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Iowa DTV Symposium 2004 - Des Monies Mariott - October 5, 6, and 7 2004  
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Alison White
Corporation for Public Broadcasting - Program Manager

Ms. White has worked in public broadcasting for more than two decades. Her career began at New Hampshire Public Television, where over a number of years, she migrated from field and studio production to program management and promotion.

In 1989, White joined the staff of WGBH Boston. During the next eight years, White served in a variety of production management roles within numerous national projects, most notable Descriptive Video Service and NOVA.

In 1998, White joined the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in Alexandria, Virginia as Director of Fundraising Programming, where she was responsible for commissioning and acquiring high-end performance and other pledge programs.

In 2001, White moved across the Potomac to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), where she has managed numerous collaborative and technology projects, including the Metadata Dictionary initiative. She is now the Program Manager for CPBs collaboration with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Partnership for a Nation of Learners.

Ms. White received a B.A. in Communications from the University of New Hampshire in 1979, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University.


Bill Megalos
Director/Producer/Camera Man - MegaloMedia

BILL MEGALOS began working professionally in the theater in New York in 1972 as a stagehand at the Metropolitan Opera House. He became a lighting designer and stage manager, eventually stage managing the national tours of "Godspell" and "Ain't Misbehavin'" as well as the Eliot Feld Ballet company and Nikolais Dance Theatre. As a concert lighting designer he worked with artists as diverse as Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith and The Beach Boys. In the early 1990's he designed the architectural and entertainment lighting for the 43 acre amusement park ASIAN VILLAGE in Singapore.

Since 1976, he has been involved in all aspects of film and television production, from producing the comedy feature "Mutants in Paradise" to directing music videos. He apprenticed with renowned Greek director Theo Angelopoulos on his film O Megalexandros (Alexander the Great) which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1980. Megalos was cameraman on numerous documentaries, including "Aretha," "Paris is Burning," and the Emmy Award-winning "W. Eugene Smith" with Peter Riegert for American Masters, "A Night in Havana-Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba," the PBS series "Quest for the Killers" and "Legendary Trails," as well as the Academy Award-winning "Down and Out in America," directed by Lee Grant.

Megalos' work as a director ranges from commercials and music videos to dramatic films. His biography of Jack Benny for HBO was awarded the Cine Golden Eagle Award. His series of distinctive network promos for CBS ran throughout the year of 1996. As a director or cameraman, Megalos filmed over 30 full-length documentaries for PBS, BBC and Channel 4 (UK) in more than 20 countries. His series of family planning mini-dramas in Bengali won the World Health Organization's Global Award for Media Excellence in Beijing in 1985. He produced and directed the ground-breaking half-hour infomercial that funded Jerry Brown's 1992 Presidential campaign. For the past five years, he has been making social documentaries and acting as a media consultant for the Asian Development Bank, a large N.G.O. whose aim is the reduction and elimination of poverty in Asia. In 2004 he was a director on the DVD for the extended edition of Return of the King, the final Lord of the Rings film.

Megalos has a B.A. in anthropology and comparative literature from Columbia University where he studied with Margaret Mead. He also assisted Alan Lomax at that time. He was awarded an M.F.A. from Columbia as well and taught theater there at the graduate School of the Arts. He taught film at the School of Visual Arts in New York City for four years and is on the faculty of the International Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine. He regularly lectures at the American Film Institute and at the new Getty Museum in Los Angeles. He was the Vice President of Production and Director of Programming at The Recovery Network, a new cable television, internet, and radio network, from its inception in May of 1996 until December of 1998. In his time there, he created six television series and produced 120 hours of programming. He created the company logo and the network look and was involved in the creation of the company's website. In the early 1970's he worked as a gold miner at the Homestake Mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota.


Bruce Johnson
Videographer, Digital Innovations Unit - Wisconsin Public Television

Bruce A. Johnson is a 1981 graduate of the Boston University College of Communications. He got his first big break at WFTV, the Orlando ABC affiliate, in 1982, shooting commercials, documentaries and everything in between. He joined Wisconsin Public Television in 1987, and now splits his time between videographer/editor duties and being a new technology researcher. Johnson has appeared as a speaker at DVExpo East and West, the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, and the Iowa DTV Symposium, among others.

www.ppmm.com


Chip Eberhart
Digital Assets Project Manager - Georgia Public Television

- 4 Years with I.T. Department of Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) - Former Manager of GPB's Local Area Network - Current GPB Digital Assets Project Manger - Current Web Development Group Manger - Designed streaming media infrastructure for GPB - Currently implementing GPB's Digital Library

Chip Eberhart is a Digital Assets Project Manager with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), where he leads the Web Development Team. During his 4 years at GPB, he has been involved with the design and implementation of GPB's digital media infrastructure. Chip's responsibilities also include the development of GPB's Digital Library and daily management of GPB's online streaming media services.


Craig Beardsley
- WGN

Craig Beardsley is currently Technical Facilities Manager with Tribune Broadcastings WGN-TV. For the past ten years, his focus has been on digital video technologies, including compression, digital storage, digital transmission using conventional and IP technologies, and DTV/HDTV studio design and station DTV transition strategies. In his former position with Sony, he has written and presented on these topics at previous IPTV DTV Symposiums and throughout the central US. He has more than 30 years experience in broadcast engineering, with experience in systems engineering and project management at NBC, New York; as Chief Engineer of a Chicago TV station; and performing engineering work at TV, AM and FM stations as well as in live production, post-production and recording.

He is a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE). He is certified as a Senior Broadcast Engineer by the SBE, and has received many awards for his work.


Dave Cechota
Director of Data Product Development - Decisionmark Corporation

Dave Cechota, Director of Data Product Development at Decisionmark Corp., has over 13 years of data and technology experience, including data collection and processing, information flow management, data warehousing and business development. Previously in leadership positions with Strategic Mapping (formerly owned by AC Nielsen), he is now responsible for monitoring the transition from analog to digital broadcasting for Decisionmark. Mr. Cechota was instrumental in the creation of Decisionmark's now patented Geneva technology, which today is the cornerstone of the majority of Decisionmark's products and services for consumers and broadcasters, including TitanTV and ProximityTV. Additionally, Mr. Cechota is responsible for maintaining and growing the Coronado data warehouse, which has become the industry standard for the most accurate technical and programming broadcast data. He earned his bachelors degree in geography from the University of Northern Iowa with an emphasis in cartography.


Dave Guerrero
Vice President of Advanced Technology - Videotek, Inc.

Dave Guerrero is VP of Advanced Technology for Videotek, Inc. and is a member of SMPTE, AES, SBE and IEEE. Dave has spent his lifetime engineering live and studio, audio and video productions utilizing his degree in electronics technology. Dave has received two Emmy awards for contributing engineering expertise to Emmy Award winning productions.

Past experience as chief engineer at broadcast radio and television stations as well as engineer in charge of 'network level' remote productions for all US broadcast networks including Olympics, NFL SuperBowl, and Triple Crown racing, has given him experience in all aspects of the 'Real World'. Dave brings over thirty years of broadcast experience to Videotek and is charged with applying his knowledge and experience to new product development.


Doug Hinahara
Director of Sales - Masstech

Doug's career in the television broadcast industry began in 1983. After receiving an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Electronics from Madison Area Technical College, he joined ColorGraphics Systems, a pioneer in digital television weather presentation. He transitioned from technical responsibilities to sales and marketing in short order, and has since continued his focus in those areas.

Doug has worked for a number of manufacturers serving the broadcast industry including Quantel, Scitex/Abekas, Chyron, Louth Automation, and Harris. These experiences afforded him the opportunity to gain experience with a wide range of technology and applications in television broadcast and production. He joined Masstech Group in 2002 and helped introduce Masstech Group to the industry that year, and is a key member of the team that has led Masstech Group to their position as a leading supplier of digital content and broadcast workflow management solutions.


Doug Wren
CEO and Sports Producer/Director - WinnerComm

Doug Wren worked in local television for eight years before joining Winner Communications - now Winnercomm-when the company was founded in 1981. Based in Tulsa, OK, Winnercomm is one of the largest, most respected privately owned production companies in the industry. Winnercomm produces more than 1,000 hours each year of informative, innovative entertainment for several networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ABC, NBC, CBS, OLN, Fox Sports Net and Telemundo. As Winnercomm's executive producer, Wren has guided its production of network programming including Citgo Racing to the Kentucky Derby, Triple Crown Weeks, Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships, Major League Soccer, Wrangler Pro Rodeo Tour, Primal Quest and BASSMasters.

From 1988 to 1992, Wren was a producer on NBC's Breeders' Cup telecasts. A six-time national Emmy nominee, he received the Emmy for "Outstanding Live Sports Special" as a producer with NBC on the 1992 Breeders' Cup. As a director and producer, he has worked on hundreds of horse racing telecasts on ESPN and ABC Sports over the past twenty years to include 18 Kentucky Derby Specials and seven Budweiser Irish Derby telecasts.

Highlighting his career has been his experience with the Olympic Games. Wren has worked on six Olympic Games for both the host broadcaster and for rights holder, NBC. He has been a producer at diving in Barcelona (1992), director of swimming in Atlanta (1996) and whitewater canoe/kayaking in Sydney (2000). Wren was the producer and director of the dramatic long track speed skating competition in Salt Lake City (2002). He recently returned from Athens (2004) where he directed the rowing, canoeing and kayaking venue for NBC Sports.

In 2003 Wren was the director of the world feeds of both the World Gymnastics Championships and the world feed of the Women's World Cup Soccer competition. In addition Wren has produced and directed numerous major sporting events for ABC, ESPN, NBC and Turner Broadcasting, including venues at the Seattle, Washington and St. Petersburg, Russia Goodwill Games.

Born in St. Louis and raised in Dallas, Wren started his career in television after graduating with a B.A. in Radio-TV-Film from North Texas State University in 1973. He is a member of the Director's Guild of America. Doug resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife, Terry, and son, Josh.


Ernie Jones
Vice President - ERI

Mr. Jones is the Vice President in charge of ERIs Structural Division and the companys senior structural engineer. He is active in the mechanical and structural details of all of the companys high profile projects and reviews all designs to insure their structural integrity.

Academic Background Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology 1973 Continuing Education, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology 1986 - 1990

Professional Licenses Registered Professional Engineer in the states of Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Professional Affiliations Electronics Industry Association (EIA) TR14.7 Committee Member American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Member


Gene Broderson
Director of Education - Corporation For Public Broadcasting

Gene Broderson is Director of Education for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting is responsible for helping public television stations improve and enhance their educational offerings for children, teachers and adult learners. He combines over 30 years experience in teaching and in the production of educational programs in a variety of media. He has taught in grades Pre-K to Community College and received teaching certifications in New York and Virginia. He has more than 20 years experience developing award-winning multimedia (video, satellite, Videodisc, CD-ROM, Web) training applications. He has produced training and education programs for national organizations and Fortune 50 companies.


Gerry Field
Project Manager - WGBH National Center for Accessible Media

Gerry Field leads NCAM's efforts to implement DTV closed captioning and audio description services. He is an active participant in the major broadcast standards organizations, and chairs the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) Closed Captioning Working Group, the test materials task force for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) data systems subcommittee, and is a member of the DTV Station Project's technical steering committee.

With WGBH since 1991, Gerry previously served as Operations Manager and Technology Projects Manager for WGBH's Descriptive Video Service®, was a member of the development team for WGBH's Rear Window Captioning and DVS Theatrical® systems, and has produced accessible products for home video, DVD, and the web. He holds a Masters in Education from Antioch University, and for many years worked in community-based media and education projects.


Gordon Tubbs
- Canon


Hugo P. Gaggioni
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer - Sony Electronics Inc.

Hugo Gaggioni is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Broadcast and Production Systems Division of Sony Electronics Inc.

Previous to joining Sony Corp. in 1988, he was a researcher at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) and RCA Corp. in the area of video compression and signal processing.

He holds degrees in Telecommunications (First Class, Honors), Systems Engineering, and Electronic Engineering from the University of Essex in Colchester, England, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Columbia University, New York respectively. His research interests have been the areas of digital video and image processing, information theory, video/audio compression and multidimensional signal processing. He holds 6 patents and has 32 technical publications in the areas of video compression, digital filter banks, and HDTV devices and systems.

Mr. Gaggioni has served as session-chairman of 13 international conferences in the areas of HDTV and bandwidth compression systems. He has also given numerous presentations and tutorial courses on signal processing and advanced video technologies at international events sponsored by SMPTE, IEEE, ITU, and Eurasip organizations.

He was a member of the Advanced Television Advisory group to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (1987-1994). He is a Fellow of SMPTE and has served as chairman of several SMPTE technical standardization groups. He represented Sony Corporation of America to ANSI X3-L3 committee and the ISO/IEC MPEG coding group from 1988-1996.


James M. Burger
- Dow, Lohnes & Albertson

Jim represents technology companies on intellectual property, communications, and government policy matters. Jim joined the firms Media, Information and Technology group in January 1997. For nine years before that, Jim was Senior Director in Apple Computers Law Department; his responsibility included worldwide intellectual property policy. He was also General Counsel for Europe and Latin America and responsible for worldwide government affairs. He was Chair of the Information Technology Industry Council's Proprietary Rights Committee. Jim has participated extensively in such complex matters as DVD content protection, the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), wireless data communications, the Copy Protection Technical Working Group (CPTWG), as well as representing information technology industry associations and individual IT companies before the FCC in proceedings such as Broadcast Protection and Cable Plug & Play. Jim recently won FCC Broadcast Protection certification of TiVos technology in the face of MPAA and NFL opposition. Jim works, speaks, and writes extensively on legal and policy issues arising from the confluence of digital technology, entertainment, intellectual property, and government regulation.


Jeff Riedmiller
- Dolby Laboratories

Jeffrey Riedmiller is responsible for the specification and development of Dolby's broadcast and professional products and technologies. He also manages the specification and integration of Dolby technologies and systems into major cable networks and cable distribution facilities. To support the interoperability and development of Dolby's technologies within the cable industry, Mr. Riedmiller is an active member of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), for which he currently serves as co-chairman on the Engineering Committee  Audio Quality Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and the Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA) Audio Working Group. Additionally, he serves as an Associate Editor for Transactions on Broadcasting, the journal for the Institute for the Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)  Broadcast Technology Society.


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.


Jerry Whitaker
Vice President for Standards Development - Advanced Television Systems Committee

Mr. Whitaker supports the work of the various ATSC technology and implementation committees and assists in the development of ATSC Standards and related documents. He currently serves as Secretary of the Technology Group on Distribution, Secretary of the Applications Subcommittee, and is closely involved in the work of the Implementation Subcommittee relating to educational programs.

Mr. Whitaker is a Fellow the Society of Broadcast Engineers and a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

Mr. Whitaker is the author and editor of more than 30 books on technical topics, including: The Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering, 4th ed.; NAB Engineering Handbook, 9th ed., DTV Handbook, 3rd ed., and The Electronics Handbook. Prior to joining the ATSC, Mr. Whitaker headed the publishing company Technical Press, based in Morgan Hill, Calif.


Jim Martinolich
- Chyron Corporation


John M. Lawson
President and CEO - Association of Public Television Stations

John Lawson began service as president and CEO of the Association of Public Television Stations in April 2001. Lawson leads the association's efforts to secure federal funding and favorable public policies for the nation's 357 public television stations. Priorities include digital conversion, an expanded role for public television in education, use of DTV datacasting for homeland security, and universal access to public television through all distribution technologies.

During Lawson's tenure as president of APTS, public broadcasting persuaded Congress to approve the first federal funds specifically targeted for the digital conversion of stations. Federal funding for DTV conversion has exceeded $300 million so far. Congress also approved the extension and expansion of public television's Ready to Learn and Ready to Teach programs in the "No Child Left Behind Act." And the FCC ruled that public stations can use a portion of their DTV transmission capacity for revenue producing activities.

In 1993, Lawson founded Convergence Services, Inc., a consulting and lobbying firm that focused on educational technology policy and which he ran until accepting the APTS position. Lawson also has produced and hosted seven major satellite videoconferences on educational technology, reaching thousands of schools, libraries and colleges across the U.S. Previously, he worked at South Carolina ETV Network and headed an environmental foundation.

Lawson was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission's Media Security and Reliability Council in 2002. Lawson also served on the board of the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training.

Lawson holds BA and MA degrees in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. He serves on the National Advisory Council for the university's College of Liberal Arts.


Kyra McGrath
Vice President for Strategic Projects and General Counsel - WHYY, Inc.

Ms. McGrath is Vice President for Strategic Projects and General Counsel for WHYY, Inc., a public service media provider in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which broadcasts WHYY-TV, WHYY-DTV, and WHYY-FM. She has guided WHYYs efforts to place its content on new platforms of distribution, leading to WHYY being the first public service media provider in the country to put its content on a major MSOs VOD platform. She has also created a low cost digital content production model which allows WHYY's digital technology to be shared with organizations in the community to produce content for WHYYs planned multicast channels. Ms. McGrath received her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. In December 2003 she was named one of 25 Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal. She serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Forum of Executive Women, a network of the regions top 300 women executives, as Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Division of the Salvation Army, and as Chair of the MassMutual Womens Advisory Board for the Delaware Valley. She resides in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania with her husband and three children.


Lisa Lane
Producer - NHK - Japan Broadcasting and High Definition - National News Consortium

Lisa Lane has worked as an off-air HD news producer in the Washington DC Bureau of NHK-Japan Broadcasting Corporation for the past 6 years.

NHK is the largest and oldest public broadcaster in Asia and a recognized leader in high definition television.

Miss Lane facilitates daily HD news coverage from the White House, Capitol Hill, the Pentagon and various locations within Washington DC.

She initiated the formal creation of the High-Definition-National News Consortium (HD-NNC) in March 2004. The HD-NNC seeks to work collaboratively to access and capture historical moments with the highest digital technology available and bring forth the best high definition images to TV audiences nationwide and around the world.

This summer the HD-NNC coordinated distribution of NHK's LIVE HDTV pool feed of the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston as well as the 2004 Republican Convention in New York City, to more than 400 media outlets.

Lisa Lane earned a Masters degree in Communications at American University and received her Bachelor of Journalism degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.


Marc Prensky
CEO - Games2train

Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, and designer in the critical areas of education and learning. He is the author of Digital Game-Based Learning (McGraw-Hill, 2001), the founder and CEO of Games2train and The Digital Multiplier, and creator of the sites www.gamesparentsteachers.com and www.socialimpactgames.com.

Marc has created over 50 software games for learning, including the world's first fast-action videogame-based training tools. He holds a Masters in Teaching from Yale and an MBA from Harvard. He has taught at all levels, been featured in The NY Times and The Wall Street Journal, appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and the BBC, and was named as one of trainings top 10 visionaries by Training magazine. For Marc's writings, see www.marcprensky.com/writing/default.asp.


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.


Maria Daniels
New Media Director - American Experience

Maria Daniels is Director of New Media for the PBS history series, American Experience. Maria oversees interactive programming for the popular, award-winning PBS American Experience Web site (www.pbs.org/amex), DVDs, and broadband projects, and charts a course for the series into the digital television era.

Before joining American Experience, Maria worked at the Perseus Project, Tufts University, building innovative digital library tools for humanists in collaboration with over 70 museums worldwide. Maria holds a degree in American civilization from Brown University and an MFA in photography from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University. She has received grant awards from numerous sources, including the NEH, NEA, and Getty Grant Program; served as a consultant for a variety of electronic archive projects; and participated in panels for the College Art Association, Museums and the Web, the Archaeological Institute of America, and the World Congress of History Producers.

www.pbs.org/amex


Mary Kadera
Director of PBS TeacherSource - PBS

Mary Kadera is the director of digital education at PBS, where shes worked for six years. Mary's responsibilities at PBS include oversight of PBS TeacherSource, PBS's national Web site for K-12 educators. Mary also works with national PBS program producers to adapt their content for use in the classroom, and is responsible for the development of new digital services that will support teaching and learning for K-12 educators and students. Prior to her time at PBS, Mary was a high school English and Biology teacher in the Virginia public schools. She holds B.A. degrees in English and Biology from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Virginia.


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.


Mike Beach
Chief Technology Officer - Nebraska Educational Telecommunications

As Assistant General Manager and Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Beach is responsible for all technology planning and operations for Nebraska Educational Telecommunications. NET is a statewide PBS and NPR network. The organization also runs much of the state's distance learning and teleconference systems. Mr. Beach holds a bachelor degree in Mass Communications from the University of Utah. He served in the U.S. Navy as Communications and Cryptologic Officer on the USS Duluth (LPD-6) among other duties. He also spent time in the satellite network integration and operations industry before taking a position at NET.


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.


Phillip Swann
President and Publisher - TVPredictions.com

Phillip Swann is president and publisher of TVPredictions.com, 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 Street.com 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.

www.tvpredictions.com/


Rich Schwartz
Director of Marketing and Product Management - Axcera

Richard Schwartz is the Director of Marketing and Product Management for Axcera.

Richard has been employed in the RF industry for over fifteen years in various capacities, from technical support to engineering, sales, marketing and management. After holding the position of Electrical Engineer with Nurad, a Baltimore-based manufacturer of military antennas and communications equipment. In 1991 he joined ITS Corporation, which is now Axcera. Here he has held positions of Sales Engineer, Sales Manager and most recently Director of Marketing and Product Management. Axcera, offers complete RF solutions to the broadcast industry.

Richard holds undergraduate Bachelors degrees in both Electrical Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering, as well as a Masters of Business Administration.


Seth Schoen
Staff Technologist - Electronic Frontier Foundation

Seth Schoen has served for over three years as a Staff Technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a member-supported non-profit advocacy and litigation organization based in San Francisco.


Stéphane Billat
Application Engineer - Sencore Inc.

Stéphane Billat is an Application Engineer specialized in the digital video domain for Sencore Inc. and has been with the company for 12 years. Prior to becoming an application engineer he was involved with the design of digital video test equipment. He received his master degree in electrical engineering from the Institute of Polytechnic of Grenoble in France. He is also a member of the SMPTE and ATSC where its main interest lies in the implementation of Digital Television Technology. He is the chairman of the subcommittee on DTV Stream Monitoring Points and Parameters part of ATSC IS Systems Evaluation Working Group. His main work interest is in the testing and implementation of digital television including digital video, MPEG systems, DVB and ATSC, and digital distribution systems.


Steve Lampen
Technology Specialist, Multimedia Products - Belden

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.


Ted Korte
Director of Engineering - Automation Solutions, Boradcast communications Division - Harris Corp.

Korte has held a variety of engineering positions within the Broadcast Communications Division of Harris over the past 10+ years. In June 2001 he joined the Automation business and moved to Sunnyvale, California where he manages the global engineering development. Efforts here ranged from support issues and product extensions for installations worldwide to very large new product development efforts in media asset management (Invenio) and play-out automation (HRS). Prior to this work with Harris automation, Korte managed the digital design efforts for the transmission business for Radio and Television. From 1996-1998, Korte was key to the initial rollout of digital transmission equipment including 8-VSB and COFDM exciters and both solid state and tube transmitter technologies for the global market.

He holds two patents for redundancy and distributed control solutions. Korte has demonstrated his knowledge of the convergence of IT and broadcast systems at prior speaking engagements including the Embedded Systems Conference [1999] and the Internet Device Builders Conference [2000].

Education: University of Illinois graduate in Electrical Engineering


Thomas E. Freeman
Application Engineer - Tektronix, Inc.

Thomas Freeman is a Video Application Engineer with Tektronix for over 20 years. Tom provides Seminars on DTV, MPEG, and RF Modulation for the Broadcast Industry. Starting out as a Broadcast Engineer doing both studio and transmitter maintenance and operations tasks for both TV and Radio, Tom was involved with both Digital TV and MPEG Compression formats from their start. Living in the Philadelphia area Tom supports the Northeast Region for Tektronix. Tom is a member of SMPTE, an active Amateur Radio operator, and attended Villanova University, BSEE.


Tim Hedegaard
President - Virtualsets.com

Tim Hedegaard is the President of Virtualsets.com. Prior to starting Virtualsets.com nearly a decade ago, he worked in the R&D and Showset Departments at Walt Disney Imagineering and the Art Department at CBS Television City. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska, and spent a summer as the lead 3D computer graphics instructor at McKenzie College in St. Lucia.

Born and raised in southwest Iowa, he graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in architecture. Living in the Los Angeles area since then, he has seen the interest in virtual sets rise dramatically in the past couple years.

Mr. Hedegaard's designs for Virtualsets.com have been featured at numerous international conferences, including NAB, IBC, InterBee, and the Motion Picture & TV Engineering show in Tokyo. Virtualsets.com has clients on six continents, with North America now the fastest-growing. Hedegaard has been quoted in several publications, including the RTNDA Communicator, Cadalyst, and NT Studio.

Mr. Hedegaard has worked on projects for all of the major networks, plus productions for Nebraska Public Television, PBS' ZOOM, Renaissance Entertainment, MCI WorldCom, and the Warner-Turner Film Archive. He has also provided virtual set services for corporate productions at HP, Intel, Canon, Washington Mutual, ProTalk, Northwestern Mutual, EthnicMedia, Quail Run Country Club, and others.


William A. DeCormier
Associate Principal Electrical Engineer - Dielectric Communications

William has been with Dielectric for 23 years. He is currently the Senior Electrical Engineering Designer of RF Systems. After receiving his BS in Engineering Physics from University of Maine at Orono, he began working for Microwave Techniques Inc, and then moved to Dielectric Communications in Raymond, Maine. He is a member of IEEE and has authored numerous papers for IEEE Broadcast Symposium and NAB. His design and development efforts have been focused on TV components and systems designs with a focus on combiners and transmission line.


William T. Hayes
Director of Engineering and Technology - Iowa Public Television

Mr. Hayes has been the Director of Engineering and Technology at Iowa Public Television since May of 1999. He embarked upon his broadcasting career in both radio and television in 1973 and received his Bachelors Degree in Communications from Loyola University in Los Angeles in 1977. Bill planned and was instrumental in the construction of two start-up, full power television stations and has extensive experience in planning, design and construction of all facets of television station facilities.

Bill is currently responsible for the planning and development of all technology projects at Iowa Public Television including RF transmission facilities, studio origination facilities and the 750 interactive classroom facilities of the Iowa Communications Network throughout the state of Iowa. In addition to his position at IPTV, he is also an author for TV Technology, a prominent technical magazine. Mr. Hayes also chairs the IEEE BTS standards committee.


 

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Alison White
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Bill Megalos
- MegaloMedia
Bruce Johnson
- Wisconsin Public Television
Chip Eberhart
- Georgia Public Television
Craig Beardsley
- WGN
Dave Cechota
- Decisionmark Corporation
Dave Guerrero
- Videotek, Inc.
Doug Hinahara
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Doug Wren
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Ernie Jones
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Gene Broderson
- Corporation For Public Broadcasting
Gerry Field
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Gordon Tubbs
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Hugo P. Gaggioni
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James M. Burger
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Jeff Riedmiller
- Dolby Laboratories
Jerry Butler
- Public Broadcasting Service
Jerry Whitaker
- Advanced Television Systems Committee
Jim Martinolich
- Chyron Corporation
John M. Lawson
- Association of Public Television Stations
Kyra McGrath
- WHYY, Inc.
Lisa Lane
- NHK - Japan Broadcasting and High Definition - National News Consortium
Marc Prensky
- Games2train
Marcia Zellers
- American Film Institute
Maria Daniels
- American Experience
Mary Kadera
- PBS
Maryann Baldwin
- Magid Media Futures
Mike Beach
- Nebraska Educational Telecommunications
Phil Livingston
- Panasonic
Phillip Swann
- TVPredictions.com
Rich Schwartz
- Axcera
Seth Schoen
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
Stéphane Billat
- Sencore Inc.
Steve Lampen
- Belden
Ted Korte
- Harris Corp.
Thomas E. Freeman
- Tektronix, Inc.
Tim Hedegaard
- Virtualsets.com
William A. DeCormier
- Dielectric Communications
William T. Hayes
- Iowa Public Television

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