Bob Groome

Bob Groome Jampro

Bob Groome is the Domestic Sales Manager for Jampro Antennas and RF Products, Inc. of Sacramento, CA. Bob is a member in good standing of NARTE (NCE), attended Daytona Beach Jr. College, University of Florida and has a degree from the Orlando Electronics Institute. He has been a Chief Engineer for several broadcast stations, Director of Engineering for a Chain of AM-FM and TV Stations (Atlantic States Industries), Field Service Engineer for Harris Broadcast, Installation and Sales Engineer for Audio Associates of PA, Sales Engineer for Allied Broadcast (later Harris Broadcast), Senior Technical Salesman for Arrakis Systems and Sales Engineer for Wheastone (Auditronics Division) before coming to Jampro.

Bob has had many years of experience installing, maintaining, systems engineering, technical support and sale of broadcast equipment. He has been an expert witness in civil and informal federal trials. Has traveled across most of the USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and Japan in work related duties. Although most all of Bob's work history has been broadcast, he did enjoying working for General Electric who contracted to NASA providing ground test equipment for the US's space exploration programs. He also was a disk jockey on a few radio stations and has done extensive Little Theater sound and light engineering.

Presenting at this session:

Bruce Johnson

Videographer, Digital Innovations Unit

Bruce A. Johnson has worked in commercial, corporate and public broadcasting for over two decades. He works with Wisconsin Public Television in the Digital Innovations Unit, researching and developing new production technologies. He is a Contributing Editor to Digital Video Magazine and freelances through Painted Post MultiMedia

Presenting at this session:

Carl Mesecher

Carl Mesecher Interactive Media Senior Producer/NETCHE program Director Nebraska Educational Telecommunications
Nebraska Educational Telecommunications

Carl Mesecher is an Interactive Media Producer for Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET). He is the project director for the NETV Digital Classroom Pilot Project. His background includes interactive media projects, distance learning and faculty/staff development. He serves as the program director for NETCHE, a statewide consortium of Nebraska colleges and universities. He received a master's in adult and continuing education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Presenting at this session:

Damir Loretic

Video Journalist

Damir Loretic graduated from Pepperdine University in 1986 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. Following graduation Damir took specialized courses in audio and video engineering to pursue his growing interest in videography.

His first assignments included local sports, news and Spanish language television. In 1989 Damir began working as a video journalist for CNNs Los Angeles bureau, where he continues to work today.

Damir has a diverse international background which drew him to an international news organization. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia to Croatian parents. He and his family moved to the Los Angeles area in 1977. As a result of this unique background, he speaks fluent Croatian and Spanish, as well as English.

He received an Emmy Award for his coverage of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, and a Cable Ace Award for his coverage of the Northridge Earthquake. Among other stories, he has covered the Los Angeles riots, the O.J. Simpson Trials, former President Carters visit to Cuba, several Presidential campaigns and conventions, the recent gubernatorial race in California, and the 2003 Gulf War.

Damir continues to expand his proficiency in the use of electronic media whenever possible. His abilities include videography, lighting, audio, digital editing and use of satellite video phones for live-shots.

Presenting at this session:

Dave Hershberger

Dave Hershberger Principal Engineer

Dave Hershberger is a Principal Engineer for Axcera at its Grass Valley (California) design center.

Dave joined Continental Electronics in 1995, which sold its TV transmitter business to ADC Broadcast Systems, which is now privately held and known as Axcera. Prior to 1995, Dave was with the Grass Valley Group for 12 years, and with Harris Broadcast Products Division for 8 years.

He has seventeen issued US patents and a few more "in the pipe." He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and bachelor's and Master's degrees in electrical engineering.

Presenting at this session:

David Liroff

David Liroff Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

David Liroff is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston. He is responsible for engineering, I.T. and production services, the WGBH Media Archives and Preservation Center, and audience research, and he has senior management responsibility for overseeing WGBH's transition to digital broadcasting and production. Since joining the station in 1979, at various times he's had senior management responsibility for broadcasting and program production, creative services, membership and fundraising.

Liroff is vice chairman of the Board of America's Public Television Stations (APTS), and is a member of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting TV Future Fund Advisory Panel, the Public Broadcasting Service New Technology and Interconnection committees, and the Association of Moving Image Archivists.

Liroff has been a member of public television's Task Force on Digital Funding, the Digital Conversion Strategic Planning Committee, and the APTS Digital Business Models Advisory Committee. He is currently a member of the public broadcasting team which has been negotiating with cable MSOs for carriage of public television's digital stations as they come on line.

Prior to joining WGBH, Liroff had been director of broadcasting at KETC-TV in St Louis; PTV program director at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio; and an assistant professor in the O.U. College of Communication.

Liroff holds a Ph.D. in Radio-TV-Film from Northwestern, a masters in Speech and Theater from Brooklyn College, and a B.S. in Political Science from M.I.T.

Presenting at this session:

Douglas Korte

Vice President of Server System Sales

Douglas is an industry veteran, with over 18 years experience in the television and postproduction industries. He has previously held leading positions in engineering, marketing and sales with JVC, Sony and Ampex. He has experience in film & video production/post production, television news systems, relational databases, media asset management and robotic data storage systems. He received his business degree from the University of Phoenix and also holds degrees from the University of Illinois in biochemistry. A long time member of SMPTE and the Society of Television Engineers, today he works as the Vice President of Server System Sales, America's for Leitch Incorporated, where he is responsible for expanding sales of Leitch video systems in North and South America.

Presenting at this session:

Ellis Bromberg

Ellis Bromberg General Manager
Milwaukee Public Television

Ellis Bromberg has been General Manager of Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV), which operates the analog and digital stations of both WMVS and WMVT, since August 2000. He is also Dean of the Associate's Degree program in Television and Radio Production at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He has spent more than 27 years in public television management, programming, and production. Previously he served as Station Manager of WILL-TV, Urbana, Illinois; Director of Broadcasting at WMHT, Schenectady, New York; and Director of Broadcasting and News at WSKG, Binghamton, New York. As president of the Illinois Public Broadcasting Council from 1996-2000, he led the effort to obtain a $22 million allocation from the state for the transition of Illinois' eleven public television stations to digital broadcasting. Under his leadership, MPTV has added six 24-hour digital television services, all available over-the-air and on cable in the Milwaukee market. Bromberg earned a Master's Degree in Journalism from the Ohio State University.

Presenting at this session:

Fred Grenier

Fred Grenier Senior Systems Design Engineer
Thales Broadcast & Multimedia

Fred Grenier is a Senior Systems Design Engineer in the Software Development Team at Thales Broadcast & Multimedia. Fred joined Thales in 1997 in France, and is now based in the US, where he is involved in the development of several multimedia products, including a PSIP generator and an interactive TV server.

His previous experience includes the hardware and software design of an MPEG-2 remultiplexer. Fred has had several patents issued in the multiplexing area. Fred holds the Diplomas of Engineer from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications.

Presenting at this session:

Gary Tuchman

Gary Tuchman CNN Correspondent

Gary Tuchman is a CNN national correspondent based in Atlanta, having joined the network in 1990.

Tuchman has covered numerous stories for CNN, including breaking news events. In 2003, Tuchman reported as an embedded journalist with the U.S. Air Force during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Filing most reports by phone or videophone, Tuchman provided viewers with the latest information. The day after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Tuchman began reporting from Ground Zero in New York City, providing constant updates and detailed descriptions of the devastation. Additionally, he covered the tragedy of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, the D.C.-area sniper case, the anthrax scare, the Alaska Airlines crash, the Egypt Air crash, the crash of TWA Flight 800, and the capture of the Unabomber.

In 2002, Tuchman traveled to Afghanistan to report from that country. He also traveled with both the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns to report on the 2000 presidential election. Additionally, he covered the 1995 papal visit to the United States, the Susan Smith murder trial in South Carolina, the 1993 flooding of the Midwestern United States and the World Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombings. In 1996, Tuchman was part of the CNN team that won a national Emmy Award and a CableACE Award for its coverage of the Oklahoma City bombings.

Before joining CNN, Tuchman worked for five years as an anchor and reporter at WPEC-TV, the CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he specialized in political reporting. While at WPEC-TV, Tuchman did a series on the Intifada from the Gaza Strip and West Bank and received an Emmy Award nomination for the series. Before working at WPEC-TV, Tuchman served as the primary anchor and reporter for WBOC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Salisbury, Md. Tuchman received several Associated Press awards while at WPEC-TV for excellence in documentary, enterprise and spot news reporting.

Tuchman earned a bachelor of science degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University. In 2003, the university honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Award.

Presenting at this session:

Graham MacDougall

Assistant Director, PBS Interactive Station Services

Presenting at this session:

James M. Burger

James M. Burger Dow, Lohnes & Albertson

James M. Burger is a member of the law firm of Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, PLLC. He specializes in representation of technology and media companies on communications, intellectual property, technology licensing, and government policy matters. Jim joined the firm's Media, Information and Technology group in January 1997. Before that, Jim was a Senior Director in Apple Computer's Law Department. During the nine years he was at Apple, Jim had a variety of assignments, including representing Apple's Advanced Technology Group, Worldwide Operations and Manufacturing, USA Field Sales organizations, as well as General Counsel for Europe and Latin America and responsibility for Government Affairs Worldwide. In addition, he was Chair of the Information Technology Industry Council's Proprietary Rights Committee, of the Alliance for the Promotion of Software Innovation, and of the Computer Industry Committee on Advanced Television Services. In addition, Jim was a member of the United States Trade Representative & Department of Commerce, Industrial Function Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights For Trade Policy Matters.

Jim has worked extensively on legal and policy issues arising from the confluence of digital technology, intellectual property protection, and government regulation, particularly with respect telecommunications issues. Jim has participated extensively in resolving such complex matters as Digital Versatile Disk (DVD) copy protection, the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), wireless data communications, over-the-air digital broadcast protection, and digital television (DTV). In addition, he has been engaged in such matters as the efforts to amend copyright law to accommodate protection of intellectual property on the Internet and the efforts to change the encryption export rules to protect digital communications. He has written and spoken extensively on digital television and on copy protection issues.

A native of New York, he received his Bachelors (with Honors), Masters, and Law (cum laude) degrees from New York University. At the NYU School of Law, he served as an editor of the NYU Law Review and he received the Order of the Coif. For several years, he was an adjunct professor at University of Virginia Law School, where he taught Advanced Administrative law. Jim's recent articles are: Wall Street Journal Online, Music Labels' Problems With Copyrights to Continue, (April 2, 2001); Wall Street Journal Online, Can the FCC Fix the Transition To Digital TV? Please Stay Tuned, (January 10, 2001); and Communications Lawyer, Rock 'n Roll Is Here to Stay": Napster and Online Music Distribution, (Spring 2001).

Presenting at this session:

Jennifer Fabian Browning

Senior Director of PBS Digital Cable and DBS Strategy

Jennifer Browning is the Senior Director of Digital Cable and DBS Strategy at PBS. She is responsible for the business relationships between public television (PBS) and the cable and satellite operators to ensure carriage of public television programming on both digital cable and DBS. She also works closely with PBS Interactive Learning on public television's digital content planning, including on-demand projects such as VOD and PVR. She came to PBS in 2000 as the Senior Advisor to PBS President Pat Mitchell, responsible for a wide variety of projects. Prior to PBS, Jennifer spent two years at the FCC in the Office of Plans and Policy and the Common Carrier Bureau, working primarily on merger analysis and competition issues in telecom and cable. Jennifer also spent several years overseas working in marketing, media and investor relations. Jennifer has her MBA from INSEAD in France, and a Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Presenting at this session:

Jerry Butler

Jerry Butler Sr. Director DTV Strategic Services Group
Public Broadcasting Service

Jerry has over 20 years in the broadcast business. After a brief time in commercial broadcasting (CBS) he has spent most of his career in public broadcasting working in both production and engineering. As VP of Engineering for WETA-TV in Washington, D.C. he designed and built one of the first HDTV stations in the U.S. He was the Executive Director of Harris/PBS DTV Express, a HDTV demonstration vehicle, giving seminars and demonstrations on DTV nationwide. He has a unique knowledge of the challenges faced by local stations in implementing DTV service. Jerry is currently head of the DTV Strategic Services Group at PBS where his mission is to provide PBS members stations with information critical to the implementation of DTV including seminars, research, guides to securing funding and development of new DTV related technologies such as data, interactivity and other applications of DTV.

He is a member of SMPTE and SBE. Committee work includes SMPTE-EBU, PBS Engineering Committee, the NAB-SBE Engineering Conference Committee, MSTV VSB Committee and member of the Technical Committee for the DTV Station Project.

Presenting at this session:

Joe Stevens

Joe Stevens CEO

Joe Stevens is CEO of Micoy, formerly known as "Prairie Logic", which brought to market the world's first virtual video reality (VVR) technology with its breakthrough announcements in January that featured its patent-pending camera as well as its processing and playback software. Micoy experiences are available on a variety of affordable display formats for both large and small venue attractions. Actual experiences and environments can now be captured using a unique camera that is capable of recording 3D immersive video and sound in formats up to 360° x 360°. Mr. Stevens, who has over 20 years experience starting and growing technology companies, has overseen Micoy's launch and is responsible for its ongoing operations and business development.

Presenting at this session:

John Orlando

John Orlando Executive Vice President for Government Relations
National Association of Broadcasters

Prior to joining NAB, John was vice president, Washington of CBS. In this role John was responsible for all aspects of CBS's day-to-day government relations. Before joining CBS John was a VP of Timmons & Company, one of Washington's leading lobbying firms.

From 1989 to 1993, John was chief of staff for the House Energy and Commerce Committee. As the principal advisor to Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-MI), John tracked legislative policy initiatives in both the House and Senate and coordinated consideration of all legislation before the Committee.

He oversaw the passage of numerous pieces of legislation including the 1992 Cable Act and was responsible for overseeing Rep. Dingell's Congressional office and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Before joining the House Energy and Commerce Committee, John served as administrative assistant to Rep. Dingell. He came to Capitol Hill after working for over seven years at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in various capacities, departing as deputy director in 1986.

John is a graduate of San Diego State University. He and his wife, Tracy, have four children and live in Bethesda, Maryland.

Presenting at this session:

John Shike

John Shike Vice President of Marketing and Channel Management
Snell & Wilcox

John Shike is Vice President of Marketing and Channel Management at Snell Wilcox Inc., where he brings over twenty years of experience in TV and new media markets. Previously he was Director of Marketing for Spruce Technologies. Prior to that, he was VP of Marketing and Sales at Chyron for Concerto, Liberty, and CMX products.

Presenting at this session:

Karl Kuhn

Karl Kuhn Application Engineer

Karl Kuhn is an Application Engineer for Tektronix supporting Analog/Digital Video and MPEG. His office is located near Washington, DC. Tektronix has employed him for 3.5 years. Previously to working for Tektronix he was the lead Video Test Engineer for IBM in their Digital Video Development Laboratory in Bethesda, MD. Karl holds 3 patents that cover In-service Testing of Digital Broadcast Video. He is the Secretary and Treasurer for the Washington DC Chapter of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). He is also a Certified Project Management Professional thru George Washington University

Presenting at this session:

Kerry Cozad

Kerry Cozad Senior Vice President, Engineering & Technology

Kerry is a native of Jonesboro, Georgia and received his B.E.E. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1981.

He joined the Broadcast Division of Harris Corporation in June of 1981 and became the Lead Engineer for the Antenna Group in 1986. In this position, he was responsible for the electrical design of high power VHF, UHF, and multiplexed FM antennas.

In 1988 he joined Andrew Corporation. As Engineering Manager for Broadcast Products, he was responsible for the design of high and low power UHF and VHF antennas, transmitting antennas for ITFS/MMDS services, HELIAX coaxial cable products and rigid transmission lines for broadcast services.

In July 1998, he became Vice President, Broadcast for Dielectric Communications in Raymond, Maine and in 2003 became their Senior Vice President for Engineering and Technology.

Kerry has presented numerous papers for the NAB Engineering Conference on RF transmission system design and is the author of the Coaxial Transmission Line chapter of the NAB Engineering Handbook, 9th Edition.

Presenting at this session:

Lawrence Grossman

The Digital Promise

Lawrence K. Grossman is former president of NBC News and PBS, advertising agency owner, holder of the Frank Stanton First Amendment Chair at the Kennedy School of Government, and senior fellow and visiting scholar at Columbia University. He currently serves as a trustee of Connecticut Public Broadcasting and various nonprofit health organizations, as a television columnist for Columbia Journalism Review, and as a Dupont-Columbia Journalism Award juror. He is the author of "The Electronic Republic: Reshaping Democracy in the Information Age". Mr Grossman is co-chairman of "The Digital Promise", a proposal to establish a major educational trust fund that will help transform education, training and lifelong learning to meet the needs of the nation's new knowledge-based economy.

Presenting at this session:

Linda Hanson

Director, School Services and Instructional Program Development
Wisconsin ECB

Linda Hanson is the Director, School Services and Instructional Program Development at the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. She is responsible for the selection and scheduling of the instructional programming as well as the development of instructional materials that meet Wisconsin's academic standards. She also conducts workshops and other in-service opportunities for Wisconsin educators.

Ms. Hanson has been at the Wisconsin ECB for 13 years and prior to that spent 15 years at WSKG Public Television in Binghamton, NY as the Director of Educational Services. She also spent two years as a middle school social studies teacher before beginning her career in public television.

Presenting at this session:

Lisa Carter

Lisa Carter Audio-Visual Archivist
Association of Moving Image Archivists

Lisa Carter is the Audio-Visual Archivist at the University of Kentucky Libraries' Special Collections and Archives. She is responsible for acquiring, preserving and providing access to media that documents Kentucky's history and culture. Currently, she is working with Kentucky Educational Television to organize, preserve and digitize 35 years of locally produced, statewide, cultural, historical, educational and public affairs programming.

An active member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, Carter has served on their Board of Directors, chaired the Conference Planning Committee, has been instrumental in the development of the association's strategic plan and participates in the Local Television Task Force's collaboration with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to save local television materials. She is also a member of the Midwest Archives Conference, Kentucky Council on Archives and Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

Carter consults on a variety of audio-visual projects, most recently managing the development of an infrastructure for the National Television and Video Preservation Foundation. The Foundation raises private funds and provides grants to support television and video preservation and access projects across the United States.

Previously, Carter was the film cataloger at the American Archives of the Factual Film at Iowa State University. Carter holds an M.I.L.S. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Michigan State University.

Presenting at this session:

Marcia Zellers

Marcia Zellers Director of Enhanced TV
American Film Institute

Marcia Zellers is the Director of Enhanced Television for the American Film Institute (AFI). Beginning its sixth year, AFI's Enhanced TV Workshop has produced 40+ enhanced TV prototypes. AFI's eTV Workshop has become the gathering place for the American eTV creative and technology communities, and is renowned as the premier environment for eTV exploration and development.

Zellers began her career in newspaper and magazines. After a number of years in the music press, including a stint as Marketing and Promotions Director at Spin magazine, Zellers joined MTV Interactive's New York headquarters in 1994 as a founding member. There she created and produced some of the earliest enhanced TV programming. In 1999 Zellers moved to Los Angeles, where she spearheaded Warner Bros. Online's Entertaindom project, one of the Web's then-highest profile entertainment destinations and the first planned broadcast-style distribution model. Zellers has been a new media consultant for entities like New Line Cinema and composer Giorgio Moroder, and previous to AFI was the Vice President of Web Development and Creative Director for Greater Relations Worldwide, a nascent dotcom.

Zellers is also a published writer and editor, and has an eclectic background that includes publishing, marketing, advertising, fundraising, and stock brokerage.

Presenting at this session:

Marina Leight

Marina Leight Director
Center for Digital Education

Marina Leight is the director for the Center for Digital education heading up its strategic planning and relationships. Prior to joining the Center's team, she was publisher for Converge Magazine, an award winning national publication designed to foster and inspire leadership for the integration of technology in education. Marina has also worked for the company as its executive director for Government Technology's executive state and local government forums. E.republic, the parent company has specialized in public sector technology topics for nearly twenty years through its publications, conferences and research division.

Presenting at this session:

Mary Halnon

Director of TeacherSource
PBS Interactive

Mary Halnon is the Director of TeacherSource at the Public Broadcasting Service. During her four years at PBS, Halnon has led the development of PBS TeacherSource,'s main area for K-12 teachers. In that capacity, she works with PBS stations and producers to develop high-quality, online curricular content and services for educators. Halnon also supports the system's overall digital content planning through research and pilot work specific to K-12 education and next-generation digital delivery of content to the classroom. Prior to PBS, Halnon worked as a high school educator in the public schools of Virginia. She holds undergraduate degrees in English and Biology from the College of William and Mary, and an M.A. in American Studies from UVA.

Presenting at this session:

Maryann Baldwin

Maryann Baldwin Director
Magid Media Futures

Maryann Baldwin joined Frank N. Magid Associates in August of 1998 as director of Magid Media Futures. Media Media Futures is a strategic consultation service designed to assist media organizations in the development of sound competitive strategies for navigating the emerging media landscape. The program offers access to both timely consumer research and the broad range of Magid expertise in traditional media, Internet, digital TV, subscription television services, and interactive TV. Prior to Magid, Maryann held a variety of management and development positions at Tribune Broadcasting, Publishing and the corporate offices. She was also Director of Station Relations at Paramount Domestic Television, seminar manager for PROMAX and held program and promotion assistant and management positions at WLUK-TV, Green Bay and WOKR-TV, Rochester, NY. She has a degree in Radio/TV Communications from Ithaca College.

Presenting at this session:

Mike Babbitt

Dolby Labs

Mike Babbitt, Broadcast Field Service Engineer for Dolby Laboratories, focuses on helping local broadcasters in the transition to digital television. Mike travels around the country speaking to different groups about Dolby technologies, as well as helping local broadcasters handle network signals within their infrastructure. Mike has also worked with many PBS member stations in providing a method for local voice over and pledge break insertion on multichannel audio programs. Mike has worked in the professional audio industry for more than 20 years, and for Dolby Laboratories for past five.

Presenting at this session:

Mike DesRoches

Mike DesRoches Product Manager, Optical Disc

A graduate of San Jose State University w/ a Bachelor's Degree in Radio, Television and Film, Mike has spent 8 years at Sony. During that time, his roles have ranged from Software QA and Sales Support Engineering, to Marketing and Product Management. His product responsibilities have included Cameras, NLEs, Transmission Systems and Tape and Disc-based Broadcast Archival systems, as well as Data Storage. He is currently the Product Manager for Sony's Optical Disc-based Camcorders and Decks. Over the years, he has worked very closely with such companies/organizations as Belo, CNN, DirecTV, General Motors and several prominent local television operations.

Presenting at this session:

Mitch Hayden

Product Manager
Thomson/Grass Valley

Presenting at this session:

Myron Fanton

Myron Fanton Senior Engineer

Myron Fanton is Senior Engineer of broadcast antenna products for Andrew Corporation, Orland Park, Illinois. He has been with Andrew since 1996 designing reflector and array antennas and transmission line components. He has been president of the Chicago chapter of IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society and is an active member of AFCCE.

Myron received a B. Eng degree (cum laude 1995) from LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois.

Presenting at this session:

Norman Slater

Norman Slater Manager of Video Networking

Norman Slater is Manager of Video Networking, Applications Engineering for Harris Corporations Broadcast Communications Division. He joined Harris in September 2002 after 22 years in the Telecom industry, holding various engineering & service development positions with Telecom Canada, Bell Canada and Williams Communications. During this time, Norman was responsible for the development of several unique applications including a Macintosh based video conferencing solution and an award-winning networked multimedia application for Canadas National Aviation Museum. He created & managed Bells Broadband Application Lab and contributed to the successful roll-out of several leading, innovative broadband service initiatives including Network Computing. He was also responsible for the MPEG-2 technology selection for Bells terrestrial broadcast network.

Norman received a diploma in Electronic Technology from Red River Community College in Winnipeg. He is an active member of SMPTE and Video Services Forum, recently contributing to the VSF wide area networking ad hoc team, defining performance objectives for video over public IP networks.

Presenting at this session:

Peggy Garties

Multimedia Analyst
Wisconsin ECB

Peggy Garties is a Multimedia Analyst with the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. She develops instructional multimedia materials for K-12 schools, and provides outreach services to the educational community. She is involved with the planning, instructional design and production of educational materials such CD-ROM's, World Wide Web sites and video programs for K-12 students and teachers. She also conducts workshops and other in-service training events to help Wisconsin teachers take advantage of ECB resources and instructional technology. Peggy was part of the ECB team that developed the instructional design and web pages for Digital Wisconsin.

Ms. Garties' previous experience in education includes positions as an elementary library media specialist, environmental educator and student teacher. She also served in the Peace Corps as a high school English teacher and elementary teacher trainer in Zaire.

Presenting at this session:

Peggy O'Brien, Ph.D.

Peggy O'Brien, Ph.D. Executive Director
Cable in the Classroom

As the Executive Director of Cable in the Classroom, Peggy O'Brien leads the National Cable and Telecommunications Association's education foundation, whose mission is to improve teaching and learning for children in schools, at home, and in their communities.

O'Brien comes to Cable in the Classroom with a long history at the helm of education and technology initiatives. She was Chief Learning Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Kiko, Inc., an Internet education company. Prior to joining Kiko, Inc., she served as Vice President of Education for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. O'Brien was instrumental in developing the education elements of Mobil Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection.

Earlier, as Head of Education for The Folger Shakespeare Library, and as founder and director of the Library's Teaching Shakespeare Institute, O'Brien developed the Library's educational department.


Trinity College, A.B. 1969; Catholic University of America, MA 1971; The American University Ph.D. 1993

Selected Publications

"The Positive Power of Television," Parent Guide, January 1996 Shakespeare Set Free Series, New York: Washington Square Press, 1993-1995 'Doing Shakespeare,' English Journal 82:4, 1993

Selected Awards

Doctor of Laws honoris causa, Trinity College, May 1994 1993 Public Humanities Award, D.C. Community Humanities Council Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa, Georgetown University, May 1991

Presenting at this session:
More Than Must Carry: What's the Cable Industry Doing About Education These Days Anyway?

Phil Livingston

Phil Livingston Panasonic

Philip Livingston is currently Vice President for Technical Liaison for Panasonic Broadcast and Television Systems Company. Phil began his four-decade long broadcast engineering career in radio at WVOS, and then WVIP and the Herald Tribune Radio Network in New York State. He moved to television with the construction of WOKR-TV in Rochester, N.Y. in 1962. Phil subsequently worked in Instructional Television in Rochester NY, establishing a citywide ITFS system for the City School District. Prior to joining Panasonic Phil served at the State University of New York College at New Paltz for ten years as Chief Television Engineer and Associate Director for Instructional Resources, and was then Engineering Vice President of TeleCommunications Systems, Inc. a systems integrator in Nashua, N.H.

Phil has been with Panasonic Broadcast for more than 25 years, and held numerous technical positions there - most recently Vice President for Technical Liaison. He previously held the positions of Chief Engineer for Video Products, Assistant General Manager for Broadcast Service, and General Manager, Technical Marketing, among others. He joined the system engineering and integration company Azcar, USA (formerly IMMAD-ECVS) as Vice President for Technology for a year, but in 2001 he re-joined Panasonic in his former role.

A member of SMPTE, Phil chaired the Committee on Television Production Technology (P-18) for 2 years, as well as representing Panasonic on the Board of WHD-TV, the Digital Model Station in Washington, D.C. He has been involved in the work of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) since 1987, and is currently on the ATSC Board of Directors. He was elected Chairman for 2002, and re-elected for 2003. As Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ATSC he holds one of the two ATSC Forum Board seats assigned to the ATSC, Inc. Phil also served as the Panasonic representative and board member of the Advanced Television Technology Center (ATTC). He has written numerous white papers and articles, and given presentations throughout the country and abroad on television systems and emerging technology.

He attended Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and the Millbrook School.

Presenting at this session:

Phillip Swann

Phillip Swann President and Publisher

Phillip Swann is president and publisher of, and the weekly e-mail newsletter, 'Swanni Sez.' He is also the author of "TV dot COM: The Future of Interactive Television," a weekly columnist for Television Week and a weekly commentator for Wall Street Journal Radio.

Mr. Swann has been a featured speaker at numerous television industry conferences. He was the keynote speaker at Scientific-Atlanta's 2001 Interactive TV Developers Conference. He has also been a guest expert on many TV and radio shows, including the NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw, Fox News, CNN, Tech TV, CNET TV and Donahue.

Mr. Swann has been quoted on TV issues in dozens of publications, including Newsweek, The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, Wired News, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Daily News, Electronic Media, Cable World, The Associated Press, The and the Digital Coast Reporter.

His bylined articles on television have been featured in a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Emmy Magazine, Satellite DIRECT, Cable World and Vision Magazine. He has also conducted a number of interviews with TV celebrities, including Howard Stern, Lorne Michaels, Bill Maher, Daisy Fuentes, Dyan Cannon and baseball's Pete Rose.

Presenting at this session:

Rich Winefield

Rich Winefield KQED

Richard Winefield is KQED's Vice President for Interactive and Educational Services, with responsibility for the station's web site ( and for new and emerging media, as well as educational programming and projects serving children, teachers, parents, and childcare professionals. Prior to coming to KQED, Winefield served in executive positions as both an educator and management consultant, including five years as Superintendent of Schools in Orinda, and five years as Assistant Superintendent in Oakland, California. Winefield holds a Doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard University, where he also taught courses in special education and educational history and philosophy. His book on education policy for hearing impaired students is used by universities nationwide.

Presenting at this session:

Rod Harlan

Rod Harlan Executive Director
Digital Video Professionals Association

Rod Harlan is Executive Director of the Digital Video Professionals Association (DVPA - ) and Multimedia Editor for MacDesign Magazine ( He is an author of numerous books, countless magazine articles, and is a frequent speaker and trainer at many of the largest conferences and expos. Rod is also the Audio-Visual Director for the PhotoshopWorld Conferences and works in all things related to Digital Video including digital editing, animation, and special effects for television, video, CD-ROM, DVD and the Net.


Presenting at this session:

Sim Kolliner

Applications Engineering Manager

Sim Kolliner is Applications Engineering Manager for Router and Master Control products for Leitch Incorporated. Mr. Kolliner has been employed in television engineering and operations since 1971 where he began his career in Austin, Texas. Mr. Kolliner has been involved in every aspect of broadcast engineering from staff hiring to DTV. He has been a Chief Engineer or Director of Engineering since 1977 and has worked for Ziff Davis Broadcasting, Post Newsweek Stations, Cox Broadcasting, Pulitzer Broadcasting and NBC. Mr. Kolliner is an active member of SBE and SMPTE and the author of several articles relating to broadcast engineering and management. Prior to joining Leitch in January of 2001, Sim worked for NBC as Director, Engineering & Operations at WCAU in Philadelphia where he designed and built WCAU-DT. Mr. Kolliner brings a wealth of experience in engineering, operations, news operations, audio & video systems, digital systems, IT and telecom to Leitch.

Presenting at this session:

Steve Lampen

Steve Lampen Technology Specialist, Multimedia Products

Steve Lampen is Technology Specialist, Multimedia Products, for Belden Electronics Division. He has worked for Belden for twelve years. Prior to Belden, Steve had an extensive career in radio broadcast engineering and installation, film production, and electronic distribution. Steve holds an FCC Lifetime General License (formerly a First Class FCC License) and is an SBE Certified Radio Broadcast Engineer. On the data side he is a BICSI Registered Communication Distribution Designer. His latest book, "The Audio-Video Cable Installer's Pocket Guide" is published by McGraw-Hill. His column "Wired for Sound" appears monthly in Radio World Magazine.

Presenting at this session:

Steve Vedro

Steve Vedro Strategic Technology Consultant
Evolving the Links

Steven Vedro is a consultant, lecturer and writer who has been at the interface of new telecommunications technology and public service media for the last twenty years. Since 1991, as an independent consultant, he has focused on telecommunications public policy, needs assessments, procurement negotiations and grant writing and helping public broadcasters prepare for the age of digital television and streaming.

Presenting at this session:

Tina Hauser

Tina Hauser New Media Specialist
Wisconsin Public Television

Tina Hauser is a New Media Specialist in the Digital Innovations Unit at Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) in Madison. She develops and manages projects that combine emerging video production and video delivery technologies with educational content and WPT broadcast programs. Recent projects involve the creation of searchable databases of digitized and indexed video clips. Previous projects include the development of digital video and audio elements for University of Wisconsin online courses and for educational CD-ROMs. Before joining the Digital Innovations Unit, Tina produced instructional videos and videoconferences for WPT Production Services clients.

Presenting at this session:

Tom Doggett

Tom Doggett General Manager
Oregon Public Broadcasting

Mr. Dogget is Vice President of Television Programming for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He is responsible for program acquisition and schedule design, and broadcast operations for the television stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland, Corvallis, Eugene, Bend, and La Grande. He also functions as executive producer for selected national productions, and provides contracted program services to five other public television licensees. Production credits include such PBS prime-time offerings as Rick Steve's Europe, In Search of the Oregon Trail, Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace, Travels in Europe with Rick Steves, Well-Tempered Bach with Peter Ustinov, The Collectors, Messa Per Rossini at Lincoln Center and Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin. Mr. Doggett earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Oregon and completed the Harvard Management Development Program for public broadcasting professionals.

Presenting at this session:


Bob Groome - Jampro
Bruce Johnson - WPT
Carl Mesecher - Nebraska Educational Telecommunications
Damir Loretic - CNN
Dave Hershberger - Axcera
David Liroff - WGBH
Douglas Korte - Leitch
Ellis Bromberg - Milwaukee Public Television
Fred Grenier - Thales Broadcast & Multimedia
Gary Tuchman - CNN
Graham MacDougall - PBS
James M. Burger - Dow, Lohnes & Albertson
Jennifer Fabian Browning - PBS
Jerry Butler - Public Broadcasting Service
Joe Stevens - Micoy
John Orlando - National Association of Broadcasters
John Shike - Snell & Wilcox
Karl Kuhn - Tektronix
Kerry Cozad - Dielectric
Lawrence Grossman - The Digital Promise
Linda Hanson - Wisconsin ECB
Lisa Carter - Association of Moving Image Archivists
Marcia Zellers - American Film Institute
Marina Leight - Center for Digital Education
Mary Halnon - PBS Interactive
Maryann Baldwin - Magid Media Futures
Mike Babbitt - Dolby Labs
Mike DesRoches - Sony
Mitch Hayden - Thomson/Grass Valley
Myron Fanton - Andrew
Norman Slater - Harris
Peggy Garties - Wisconsin ECB
Peggy O'Brien, Ph.D. - Cable in the Classroom
Phil Livingston - Panasonic
Phillip Swann -
Rich Winefield - KQED
Rod Harlan - Digital Video Professionals Association
Sim Kolliner - Leitch
Steve Lampen - Belden
Steve Vedro - Evolving the Links
Tina Hauser - Wisconsin Public Television
Tom Doggett - Oregon Public Broadcasting

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