Hotel Fort Des Moines Iowa DTV Symposium 2005
Speakers

Alan Popkin
Director of TV Engineering
KLCS-TV/DT

Since 2002, Alan Popkin has been Director of Technical Operations and Engineering for KLCS-TV in Los Angeles. He has redesigned the entire PBS station to implement state-of-the art broadcasting to the entire Southern California DMA, and datacast to over one million students and teachers, delivering digital content services to an educational audience.

Prior to KLCS, Alan was Director of Production for Time Warner Communications, where he managed technical systems, financial, and general operations of an 18,000 sq. ft. HDTV and SDTV production and post-production facility.

Previously, Popkin was with CableVision Industries, first as Producer-Director-Production Manager, where he designed and supervised construction of the West Valley Studios, a major production and post-production facility. Later, he was promoted to National Director of Production, where he directed production nationwide for the 8th largest cable MSO. Alan has performed as a studio musician, and holds a BA in Physics from CUNY. He has won several and been nominated for many awards, including Emmys, ACE and Tellys.


Bill Hanley
Executive Vice President
Twin Cities Public Television

As Executive Vice President, Mr. Hanley has overseen TPT local production for more than 20 years. He led the creation of the "Almanac" and "NewsNight Minnesota" series as well as almost all of the station's documentaries and specials. In 2002 he added the "Minnesota Channel" to his work, leading the creation and design of this new program service and fundamentally rethinking the way new local public television programs are created.


Bruce Jacobs
Chief Technologist
Twin Cities Public Television

Bruce Jacobs is Chief Technologist with Twin Cities Public Television where his responsibilities include television engineering, DTV planning and information technology.

Bruce is long-standing member of the PBS Enterprise Technology Advisory Committee and served on the Digital Steering Committee to develop the model for public television's digital conversion. He led the first national simultaneous demonstration of the four DTV image formats and edited ETVCookbook.org, a nationally recognized resource for television professionals.

Bruce holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University and earned the Senior Television Certification from the Society of Broadcast Engineers. In 2003, he was awarded the PBS Engineering Achievement Award for "Outstanding Service to Public Television". He has produced award-winning television musical specials, and consulted on audio-acoustic systems. Bruce is an avid amateur musician and whitewater canoeist.


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.

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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.


Craig Beardsley
Senior Applications Engineer
Leitch Technology Inc.

Craig Beardsley is currently Senior Applications Engineer with Leitch Technology Inc. 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.


Dennis Haarsager
Assoc. V.P. and G.M. of Educational Telecommunications and Technology
Washington State University

Dennis Haarsager is Associate Vice President and General Manager of Educational Telecommunications and Technology for Washington State University. The unit includes the 13-station Northwest Public Radio network, KWSU and KTNW public television, the University's statewide interactive video network and on-campus instructional support.

Dennis served two terms on the PBS Board from 1997-2003 where he chaired technology and interconnection committees. From 2001-03 he took a half-time leave of absence from WSU to head up CPB's Digital Distribution Implementation Initiative.

He is a prolific publisher of articles about technology-his article "It's About Time" was featured in Current last year. He also maintains a weblog at www.Technology360.com the purpose of which is to provide resources relating to technology of potential importance to public broadcasting, educational telecommunications and related public media. In addition, Dennis is on the board of the Integrated Media Association--public broadcasting's new media organization, a member of the APTS Board of Trustees, and was recently elected to a term on the board of directors of NPR. Recent projects include chairing the Public Service Publisher Initiative which has an on-demand collaboration with the Open Media Network, and helping to organize the current podcasting pilot by public radio stations, NPR, APM and PRI.


Dr. Deborah L. Linebarger
Assistant Professor of Communication
The Annenberg School for Communication at The University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Deborah L. Linebarger (Ph.D., 1998, University of Texas, Austin) is Assistant Professor of Communication in The Annenberg School for Communication at The University of Pennsylvania. She has been an Assistant Research Professor and Post Doctoral Fellow at the Juniper Gardens Children's Project, a community-based research center located within the University of Kansas. Her research is programmatic, combining three distinct strands of investigation to understand and explain the relationships among children's developmental status, their use of media, and their larger social worlds (e.g., peers, parents). These strands of research include descriptive work centered on uncovering relationships between children's media use and their cognitive and social development; micro-level work (i.e., basic experimental research) focused on detecting the features used in media that evoke and sustain attention and contribute to comprehension of the content; and macro-level work (i.e., program evaluation and intervention research) that combines the knowledge gained through both descriptive and basic research and applies it in various real-world contexts. Her work focuses on bridging the macro level contextual variables with the micro level cognitive processing patterns to provide a richer and more detailed description of the kinds of cognitive processing that occur when young children use media and what factors impact that processing, whether positive or negative. Her work has been presented at national and international conferences and has been published in books and journals related to psychology, communication, education, and pediatric medicine.


Eric Rossi
Local Product Manager
Nielsen Media Research

Eric Rossi is Product Manager at Nielsen Media Research with responsibility for issues related to the changing landscape of television and their impact on reporting television audience measurement at the local market level.

Eric began his career at Seltel Television in New York in 1992 as a Research Analyst and joined Nielsen Media Research the following year. He became a Quality Assurance Executive in 1996. In this position he made sure Nielsen Media Research's software products provided valuable client functionality. Moving to the Tampa area in 1999, he assumed his current role in the Local Product Management group. In this role he has developed plans for reporting usage of new television technologies including broadcast digital and VOD.


Ernie Jones
Vice President
Electronics Research, Inc.

Mr. Jones is the Vice President in charge of ERI's Structural Division and the company's senior structural engineer. He is active in the mechanical and structural details of all of the company's 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


Fred Engel
Vice Prsident of Technology
WTTW/Chicago

Fred a 1978 graduate of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. With his Bachelor of Science Degree in Broadcast Electronics Technology in hand he started his broadcast career at WTTW/Chicago as an Electronic Maintenance Technician. In 1990 he was promoted to the supervisory position of Engineer in Charge of the WTTW Electronic Maintenance and Design group. In 2000 he became Director of Engineering over that same group.

In 2001 he added the responsibilities of leading the WTTW Broadcast Operations group. Over the next three years he was the chief designer and project manager of the WTTW Digital Broadcast Operation Center project which successfully began operation in September, 2003. In December 2004 Fred and the WTTW Engineering team was awarded an Emmy award for their work on this project.

Fred recently added to his plate leadership of the WTTW Information Technology group.

Fred is a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers holding a Professional Broadcast Engineer Certification. He's also a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


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.


Greg Best
President
Greg Best Consulting

CAREER SUMMARY
Engineering consultant with 28 years of executive and individual level experience in engineering for broadcast transmission systems and RF communications equipment manufacturers who can successfully complete a variety of projects on time and within budget. Registered Professional Engineer and member of AFCCE, SBE, and IEEE.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND EXPERIENCE

TECHNICAL AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

  • Expert in digital and analog TV and radio broadcast transmission systems design.
  • Knowledgeable regarding FCC rules and regulations.
  • Specialist in interference and coverage studies including path analysis.
  • Expert in preparation of bid specifications for transmitters and antennas.
  • Competent in preparation of FCC applications for new or displacement applications for TV and Radio or changes to existing stations.
  • Skilled in RF communications facility design and electromagnetic compatibility analysis
  • Developed technical architecture and led development team for high power ultra reliable solid state Platinum Series VHF TV transmitters by Harris.
  • Technical direction and team leadership for low cost high performance 3 GHz spectrum analyzer.
  • Developed many medium power (1 watt to 1 kW watt) amplifiers for RF communications systems including TV and radio broadcast transmitters.
  • Chairman of the IEEE DTV RF Measurement Standards Committee

ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT
  • Developed dual ladder engineering structure to reward and motivate engineers of different disciplines and rank.
  • Established and implemented new design practices including ECO metrics and design reviews as well as new design simulation tools.

CORPORATE EXPERIENCE
President, GREG BEST CONSULTING, INC 2001 to Present
Engineering Director, ASTeX Inc. 1999 to 2001
Engineering Manager, IFR SYSTEMS INC., 1996 to 1999
HARRIS CORPORATION-BROADCAST DIVISION 1980 to 1996
     Product Line Manager
     Engineering Manager
     RF Design Engineer
RF Design Engineer, MOTOROLA INC. COMM. DIV. 1976 to 1980

EDUCATION
Executive MBA Program, Harris/University of Florida, 1983
MSEE, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1981
BSEE, University of Missouri Rolla, 1976


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.


Jack Perry
President and CEO
Decisionmark Corp.

Since 1996, Jack Perry has successfully guided Decisionmark from startup to a highly profitable business. Mr. Perry has long been acknowledged as a media technology visionary known for his work with high-growth, technology-based companies such as Powercore, CE Software, and Interactive Resources. He is also noted for his Electronic Program Guide (EPG) innovations, for his work in the digital TV sector, and for his groundbreaking efforts regarding issues surrounding the SHVIA. Mr. Perry is also a respected figure inside the beltway for having educated legislators and members of the FCC on digital and satellite broadcast issues.

He has been the lead inventor in the development of Decisionmark's growing number of patented technologies. The first patent covers household determination of broadcast signals delivered via satellite, others are key to solving issues related to broadcast signals delivered via the Internet or advancing the EPG to the household level. The most recent patent covers off-air antenna selection at the household level, a very timely patent due to resurgence of over-the-air broadcasting with the emergence of the transition to digital TV.

These technologies have served as the basis for several Decisionmark innovations, all developed under the leadership of Mr. Perry, including CheckHD.com and TitanTV.com.

It was under Mr. Perry's leadership that CheckHD, a digital TV education tool for consumers, was taken from concept to launch-a launch held in conjunction with the Federal Communications Commission in Washington D.C.

The TitanTV EPG is the premiere online program guide with PVR capabilities having nearly half of a million users and placement on nearly 1,000 TV station web sites. It is the only guide that is updated in real-time by broadcasters who use Decisionmark's proprietary program scheduling tool.

Mr. Perry has been a regular presenter at broadcast and technology conferences across the U.S., including: Streaming Media East and West, Kagan's Digital Household Summit, CES, NAB and Digital Hollywood. Mr. Perry has also been named a member of the Consumer Electronics Association's Academy of Digital Television Pioneers.

Mr. Perry was nominated by the Consumer Electronic Association's Academy of Digital Television Pioneers (the DTV Academy) for its 2004 Best DTV Leadership (Industry) Award.

A resident of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mr. Perry earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Iowa.


James M. Burger
Dow, Lohnes & Albertson

Jim represents technology companies on intellectual property, communications, and government policy matters. Jim joined the firm's Media, Information and Technology group in January 1997. For nine years before that, Jim was Senior Director in Apple Computer's 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 TiVo's 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.


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 planning committees and assists in the development of ATSC Standards and related documents. He currently serves as Secretary of the Technology and Standards Group and Secretary of the Planning Committee, and is closely involved in work 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, 2nd ed. Prior to joining the ATSC, Mr. Whitaker headed the publishing company Technical Press, based in Morgan Hill, Calif. He has served as a Board member and Vice President of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.


Joe Torelli
Director Broadcast Applications
Quantel Inc.

Joe Torelli has been on both sides of the broadcast news business for more than 25 years. His thirteen years as Editor and Cameraman for NBC News gave him first hand experience in over seventy countries covering Papal trips, presidential summits, earthquakes hurricanes and floods, Central American civil wars and terrorism in the Middle East. His specialty was crash and burn breaking news editing under deadline for NBC Nightly News and Today under extreme circumstances, with the occasional one-hour prime-time special.

After being exposed to digital non-linear editing technology in his last two years at NBC News, Joe switched to the design and marketing side. In 1992, Joe became the Senior Product Specialist at then newcomer Avid Technology. Rising through the ranks to Chief Editor - Broadcast over a ten year period, Joe had a significant role in influencing the development and popularity of NewsCutter worldwide, as well as helping design and implement the worlds first direct-to-disk professional news camera with Ikegami, the Editcam in 1995. In January of 2003, Joe accepted the role of Director - Broadcast Applications at Quantel, based in New York. His duties include product design of Quantels server-based news and graphics products, workflow analysis, and streamlining Quantel's approach to the broadcast news and graphics environment.

In 2002, Joe received the prestigious J. Winton Lemen Fellowship Award from the National Press Photographers Association, "For his outstanding work in the development of non-linear video editing systems for TV News operations and his commitment to the NPPA, Photojournalists and Photojournalism." Others who have won this award in the past include Roone Arledge and Ken Tiven.


John Kulstad
Director of Operations
National Datacast Inc.

As a specialist in broadcast and telecommunications operations for more than 20 years, Mr. Kulstad manages the day-to-day operations of the NDI data network. He spent most of his career prior to joining National Datacast at Mutual Broadcasting where he was primarily responsible for management of data delivery over FM subcarrier and satellite channels.


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.


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.


Karl Kuhn
Application Engineer
Tektronix

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


Kerry Cozad
Senior Vice President, Marketing Development
Dielectric Communications

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.


Larry Thorpe
National Marketing Executive
Canon U.S.A.

Thorpe is considered a visionary who helped pioneer HD and digital production in the broadcast and motion picture industry, Thorpe recently retired from his post as senior vice president of content creation systems for the broadcast and production systems division at Sony Electronics Inc.

Thorpe is a renowned expert in the field of video acquisition, and is a leader of the HDTV movement in the U.S. His impressive lists of accomplishments include pioneering HDTV market development in the U.S. Thorpe also holds ten patents in the field of broadcast development.

Thorpe joined Sony Electronics in 1982, where he spent more than 20 years leading the industry in HDTV development. Prior to Sony, he worked for RCA's Broadcast Division from 1966 to 1982, where he developed a range of color television cameras and telecine products. In 1981, Thorpe won the David Sarnoff Award for his innovations in automatic studio color cameras.

From 1961 to 1966, Thorpe worked in the Designs Dept. of the BBC in London, England, where he participated in the development of a range of color television studio products.

Thorpe is an IEE Graduate (1961) of the College of Technology in Dublin, Ireland and received his Chartered Engineer (C. Eng.) and MIEE distinction in 1965 from the Institute of Electrical Engineers in London, England.


Lin Hanson
Division Administrator, Education Services
Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

Ms. Hansen is the administrator, education division of the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. She is responsible for overseeing the educational services division which includes the instructional programming broadcasts, the development of instructional multimedia materials to meet Wisconsin's standards, production of instructional programming, creation of web resources, and liaison with local and state educational agencies. She also conducts workshops and other in-service opportunities for Wisconsin educators.

Ms. Hanson has been at the Wisconsin ECB for 15 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.


Mark Henry
Product Manager
Harris Corporation

Mark Henry is Product Manager of H-Class" Intelligent Transport at Harris Corporation, an international communications provider, and has the responsibility of managing the features and platform direction for content delivery implementations across various verticals. He has served in the organization for over 7 years.

He has served at EMC Corporation at Hopkinton, Massachusetts as Media Systems Engineering Manager, managing the delivery and installation of Rich Media storage and distribution systems for applications in broadcast, healthcare, education and similar high bandwidth environments. Henry has had hands-on experience with design and implementation of complex state-of-the-art digital and analog radio and television systems. Mark has earned bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering with concentrations in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Systems Engineering. He also holds an MBA with concentrations in Marketing and Management of Advanced Technology and Innovation.


Mark Ruppert
Creator
48 Hour Film Project

Mark Ruppert is the Creator and co-Executive Producer of the 48 Hour Film Project-an international filmmaking competition that is now in its 5th year. The Project, which will visit more than 30 cities this year, requires film teams to write, shoot and edit a short film in just a weekend. Ruppert is a producer, director and entertainer. His work has included several short films and several stage shows including the 11 O'Clock Show (Washington's Late Night Comedy Talk Show). Ruppert has worked with award-winning filmmaker Jeff Krulik as an editor and producer on such films as "Obsessed with Jews" and "Planet Krulik 2000." He has been a judge for Silver Docs Documentary Film Festival and for the ITVA Peer Awards. He lives with his wife and two children in Washington, DC.


Martin Faubell
Vice President, Engineering
Hearst-Argyle Television

Marty Faubell is vice president, engineering for Hearst-Argyle Television, overseeing the engineering operations and staffs for one of the nation's largest broadcast TV groups. In this role, he has supervised the Hearst-Argyle stations' adaptation of digital broadcast technology and their transfer from analog broadcasting to digital (DTV) television broadcasting and its premium application, high-definition digital television (HDTV). He also arranged with Loral for the use of dedicated satellite access for enhanced newsgathering and content-sharing between the Company's stations. Among his most significant projects have been the development and implementation of a 'sharecasting' framework serving Hearst-Argyle's stations in Boston and Manchester, NH, and the complete technical renovation of the Company's Tampa, FL, station, WMOR-TV.

Faubell moved to the corporate headquarters of Hearst-Argyle as vice president in 1997 following the merger of Argyle Television, Inc. and the Hearst Broadcasting group of The Hearst Corporation. Previously, he was since 1987 the director of engineering for one of Hearst Broadcasting's oldest and most established television stations, WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, PA. At WTAE-TV, he supervised the introduction of numerous technological advancements including robotic cameras, satellite newsgathering resources and digital editing equipment.

Prior to joining Hearst Broadcasting at WTAE-TV, Faubell was assistant chief engineer at WPIX-TV in New York City. Before that, he was engineering maintenance supervisor at WRAL-TV, in Raleigh, NC, a highly respected innovator among broadcast television stations.

A native of Cherry Hill, NJ, Faubell holds a bachelor of science degree in broadcast engineering and a master's degree in broadcast management, both from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. A member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and the Society of Motion Picture and TV Engineers, he does volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity.


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 Simon
Market Development Manager, RF Products
Rohde & Schwarz

Mike has over 25 years broadcast engineering experience, currently is Market Development Manager, RF Products, Rohde & Schwarz. Before that Lead DTV Application Engineer Harris Broadcast. Mike also worked for 15 years at the station level, as Maintenance Engineer, Transmitter Supervisor and Chief Engineer. Mike has a BSEE and a Master of Science Telecommunications, University of Pittsburgh. Mike is active member of ATSC TSG/S9, IEEE BTS, and DVB Technical Module.


Mike Simon
Market Development Manager, RF Products
Rohde & Schwarz

Mr. Simon has over 25 years broadcast engineering experience, currently is Market Development Manager, RF Products, Rohde & Schwarz. Before that Lead DTV Application Engineer Harris Broadcast. Mr. Simon also worked for 15 years at the station level, as Maintenance Engineer, Transmitter Supervisor and Chief Engineer. Mike has a BSEE and a Master of Science


Pat Murphy
Vice President of Production
KETC

Patrick Murphy is Vice President of Production at KETC in St. Louis. Over the past thirty years he has worked as both talent and independent producer, creating commercials, documentaries, corporate videos and series airing locally and nationally.

Local production is the cornerstone of KETC's strategic plan. In addition to series and documentaries, it produces Living St. Louis, a half hour prime time program airing Mondays through Wednesdays. The success of LSL demonstrates how a locally produced program can be created with a relatively small staff and limited resources - without sacrificing production quality - by carefully managing workflow and taking maximum advantage of the latest production technology.

Murphy is a former national board member and president of the St. Louis local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and an adjunct professor of communications at Webster University in St. Louis.


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/


Richard Sienkiewicz
Director, Business & Network Administration
National Datacast, Inc.

Mr. Sienkiewicz brings more than fifteen years of business ownership expertise, with broad experience in a number of management, administration, and operations areas. He presently directs a wide variety of important company areas, including Stations Relations activities as well as numerous accounting and financial functions. He is also responsible for managing contractual issues with the company's customers, vendors and station partners.


Robert "RJ" Russell CSTE CBNT
West Region, Senior Broadcast Engineer
Nextel

R. J. Russell is currently the Senior Broadcast Engineer working for Sprint Nextel on the 2GHz Relocation in the West Region. R. J. has been with Sprint Nextel since December of 2004 when he was one of the first Broadcast Engineers hired to work on this project. Mr. Russell brought over 16 years broadcast engineering experience with him when he joined Sprint Nextel.

Prior to joining Sprint Nextel, R. J. served as the Technical Services Manager for RF and Baseband at the Los Angeles Broadcast Center for DIRECTV. Mr. Russell also worked for National TeleConsultants in Glendale, CA where he was an integral part of the team that designed and deployed local collection facilities for a DBS provider. R. J. has also worked as a Chief Engineer at stations in Yuma, AZ and Chico, CA. Mr. Russell got his start in television in Raleigh, NC at WNCN, WLFL and WRDC-TV. Before working in broadcast television, R. J. worked on satellite and terrestrial broadcasting systems for AT&T and in the United States Marine Corps.


Savva Mueller
Product Designer, Newsroom Products
Avid Technology Inc.

Professional Experience
Product Designer, Newsroom Products (since 2001)

  • Avid iNEWS
  • Avid iNEWS ControlAir
  • Avid iNEWS MOS Gateway
  • Avid Media Browse
  • Avid Capture Manager

Quality Assurance Engineer (2001)
Product Specialist (1998-2001)

Industry Experience
Four years broadcasting experience as video editor, videographer, character generator operator, production staff
General Manager of student-run television station

Education
BA in Mass Communications
French speaking, writing, and reading fluency


Steve Lampen
Technology Specialist, Multimedia Products
Belden

Steve Lampen is Technology Specialist, Multimedia Products, for Belden Electronics Division. He has worked for Belden for fourteen 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.


Steve Mahrer
Director of Product Engineering
Panasonic Broadcast & TV Systems Co.

1974 - 1984 Staff Engineer, RCA (Jersey) Ltd. (Great Britain)
10 years experience in the design and customization of RCA's US broadcast television products for the European / Asian / Middle Eastern / Australasian marketplaces.

1984 - 1986. Transferred by RCA to the US as Senior Staff Engineer with RCA Broadcast Systems, worked as part of CCD camera development team.

1986 - 1991 Principle Staff Engineer, NBC, Technical Development Dept, 30 Rockefeller Plaza NYC. Worked on various NBC Network engineering tasks including early HDTV systems. Assisted in the Advanced Television Test Committee's testing of US DTV systems. Awarded two US patents for digital embedded transmission signaling / verifications systems.

1991 - present. Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company. Currently Director of Engineering. Responsibilities engineering aspects of SD and HD acquisition / editing, display technology for the US broadcast and production marketplaces.

Interests; film / imaging technologies, Fly fishing, Physics and serious Martinis!


Tim Beekman
President
Safari Network

Professional Experience:
Tim was one of three founders of Dynacom in 1988. Prior to that, he held several interesting and rewarding positions. He was the Broadcast Engineer for the Phil Donahue Show at WGN Chicago (the first superstition). He spent 7 years in public education as part of the Grand Rapids, MI, School System, where he rose to become Director of Technologies. Immediately prior to founding Dynacom, Tim spent 4 years with Burkes Audio/Visual as a Vice President. Tim has provided the leadership in growing the Safari business from $5 to $20 million in sales from 1997 to 2004

Education:
Tim holds a Bachelor in Science in Electronic Technologies from Western Michigan University, First Class Broadcaster Licenses and a Degree in Business Management from Indiana University - South Bend.


Tim Halle
Director
Project for Open Source Media

Tim Halle, Director and Chief Evangelist of the Project for Open Source Media, has been in the technical end of entertainment for over twenty years,specializing in strange, obscure and/or generally broken technologies. Prior to his life as director of the Project for Open Source Media, Tim spent three years at WGBH television as project manager for interactive television. Prior to that, Tim worked in dot com land and on the technical side of the entertainment business generating a client list that runs the gamut from corperate clients such as Nike and Motorola to entertainment clients such as U2 and Metallica. Tim currently serves as Project Manager for Public Radio International's Program Associated Data project and as Chairman of Technology Sub Committee of the Emmy Advanced Media Committee.


Tom Holter
Executive Director, Programming
Twin Cities Public Television

Since 1998, Mr. Holter has served as Executive Director of Programming for Twin Cities Public Television. He is responsible for creating the tpt program services, and directing the schedule strategies, audience research, and program operations. He has served as a member of the Board of the Public Television Programmers Association, and as its President in 2001. Mr. Holter came to Twin Cities Public Television in 1989 as Associate Director of Programming from Central Educational Network in Chicago, a company that imported and distributed programming to public television stations nationally. Prior to CEN, he worked from 1980-1985 as Director of Programming and Production for PBS station KAWE in northern Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Mass Communications and in English.


Tom Loosemore
Head of New Media Foresight
BBC

Tom has been at the forefront of much of the BBC's new media strategy since joining in 2001 as Head of Broadband & Emerging Platforms. Over the past 2 years he played a key role in developing a wide range of new media proposals, many of which featured in 'Building Public Value', the BBC's vision for the next ten years. Prior to joining the BBC, Tom was Director of Internet Applications at UPC, Europe's largest cable company. Previously, he has been web editor of London's largest radio station, Capital Radio. He was responsible for developing the multiple award-winning local information website UpMyStreet.com. From 1995 until 1997 he was a Section Editor on the UK edition of Wired Magazine.


Tom Silliman
President and CEO
Electronics Research, Inc.

Mr. Silliman is currently the President and CEO of Electronics Research, Inc. He joined the company in 1969 as a project engineer. He maintains a close interaction with all aspects of the business, including product design, manufacturing, test, and installation.

Academic Background

  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Cornell University 1969 (five year degree)
  • Master of Engineering (Electrical), Cornell University 1970

Professional Licenses
  • Registered Professional Engineer in the states of Indiana, Minnesota, and Maryland

Professional Affiliations
  • Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE), Full Member and President
  • IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, member and Secretary of the Administrative Committee
  • Volunteer on the Board of Directors of WNIN-TV/FM, the local public radio (NPR) and local public television (PBS) station licensed to Evansville, Indiana.


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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Speakers

Alan Popkin
 KLCS-TV/DT

Bill Hanley
 Twin Cities Public Television

Bruce Jacobs
 Twin Cities Public Television

Bruce Johnson
 Wisconsin Public Television

Carl Mesecher
 Nebraska Educational Telecommunications

Craig Beardsley
 Leitch Technology Inc.

Dennis Haarsager
 Washington State University

Dr. Deborah L. Linebarger
 The Annenberg School for Communication at The University of Pennsylvania

Eric Rossi
 Nielsen Media Research

Ernie Jones
 Electronics Research, Inc.

Fred Engel
 WTTW/Chicago

Gerry Field
 WGBH National Center for Accessible Media

Greg Best
 Greg Best Consulting

Hugo P. Gaggioni
 Sony Electronics Inc.

Jack Perry
 Decisionmark Corp.

James M. Burger
 Dow, Lohnes & Albertson

Jerry Butler
 Public Broadcasting Service

Jerry Whitaker
 Advanced Television Systems Committee

Joe Torelli
 Quantel Inc.

John Kulstad
 National Datacast Inc.

John M. Lawson
 Association of Public Television Stations

John Shike
 Snell & Wilcox

Karl Kuhn
 Tektronix

Kerry Cozad
 Dielectric Communications

Larry Thorpe
 Canon U.S.A.

Lin Hanson
 Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

Mark Henry
 Harris Corporation

Mark Ruppert
 48 Hour Film Project

Martin Faubell
 Hearst-Argyle Television

Maryann Baldwin
 Magid Media Futures

Mike Simon
 Rohde & Schwarz

Mike Simon
 Rohde & Schwarz

Pat Murphy
 KETC

Phillip Swann
 TVPredictions.com

Richard Sienkiewicz
 National Datacast, Inc.

Robert "RJ" Russell CSTE CBNT
 Nextel

Savva Mueller
 Avid Technology Inc.

Steve Lampen
 Belden

Steve Mahrer
 Panasonic Broadcast & TV Systems Co.

Tim Beekman
 Safari Network

Tim Halle
 Project for Open Source Media

Tom Holter
 Twin Cities Public Television

Tom Loosemore
 BBC

Tom Silliman
 Electronics Research, Inc.

William T. Hayes
 Iowa Public Television

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