News Technology Summit

September 26-27 | Atlanta Airport Marriot, Atlanta, GA.


Monday, Sept 25

8:00 – 10:00pm Cocktails Reception for Early Arrivals


Tuesday, Sept 26

12:00 – 1:25pm Opening Luncheon
Luncheon Keynote: Jason Effinger, Executive Vice President, Chief Digital & Technology Officer, Gray Television Group
1:30 – 2:00pm Boardroom Presentations
2:05 – 2:35pm Boardroom Presentations
2:40 – 3:25pm Session 1: What’s Next for 2018: News Technologies for the Digital Age

As networks and stations gear up for the 2018 mid-term elections, this panel will explore many of the key themes of this conference, including streamlined workflows, graphics, ENG, storage, archives, news production, editing, control room, camera, newsroom systems and content management systems.



Joe Addalia, Director of Technology Projects, Hearst Television



Craig A Baker, Operations Manager, CNN Newsource

Tony Brown, VP of Product, Newsy

Lantz Croft, News Operations Manager, WBRC; Regional News Operations Manager, Raycom Media

John Kowalski, Director of Broadcast & Network Sales, Clear-Com

Mike Savello, VP of Sales, LiveU

Chris Crump, Senior Director of Worldwide Sales & Marketing, Comrex

3:30 – 4:00pm Refreshments & Networking
4:05 – 4:50pm Session 2: Shooting to Win: Capturing News for Ratings Success

Competitive success remains heavily dependent on how quickly and efficiently news organizations can produce, share and distribute stories. This panel will dive into the recent advances in cameras, ENG, lenses, cellular bonding, remote production, editing, graphics and other technologies designed to improve the quality of video and streamline operations.



Mark Robichaux, Editorial Director, Television Group, Newbay Media



Aaron Brady, Technical Sales Manager, Prompting, Autocue and Autoscript Brands, Vitec Group

Ken Dillard, VP of Sales, USA, TVU Networks

Jon Landman, VP of Sales, Teradek

Mark Playdon, Director of Broadcast Sales, JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation

Ronan Poullaouec, CTO, AVIWEST

Larry Thorpe, Senior Fellow, Canon USA

5:00 – 5:45pm Session 3: News in the Cloud: Digital Infrastructures for Better Newsrooms

This panel will cover newer cloud-based technologies that are transforming newsrooms. What are some of the best practices and workflows in the transition to cloud-based infrastructures and what are some of the newest developments in cloud-based infrastructures.



Tom Butts, Editor-in-Chief, TV Technology



Régis André, Senior Director Product Management, Avid

Mike Palmer, CTO, Masstech Innovations

Steve Smith, President, Broadcast Technology Consultants

Shawn Snider, Director, OverDrive, Inception & Streamline, Ross Video

More to be announced

6:00 – 6:55pm Cocktails & Networking
7:00pm Dinner Event
Dinner Keynote:
Greg Agvent, Senior Director of National News Technology and CNN AIR, CNN


Wednesday, Sept 27

7:30 – 9:00am Breakfast Event
8:15 – 9:00am Session 4: Speed to Air: Winning the Social, Digital and TV News Wars with IP Video

With social media and digital playing an increasingly important role in attracting younger viewers and building overall audience share for TV newscasts, this panel will cover the transition to IP video and the various technologies that can speed up the delivery of content to consumers via social, live streaming, OTT, digital, mobile, on demand and newscasts.



Tom Butts, Editor-in-Chief, TV Technology



Lew Blanchette, System Architect, Snell Advanced Media

Bogdan Frusina, founder and CTO of Dejero

Drew Martin, Product Manager, Grass Valley

Don Roberts, Senior Director of Television Systems, Sinclair Broadcast Group

9:05 – 9:35am Boardroom Presentations
9:40 – 10:10am Boardroom Presentations
10:20 –10:50am Refreshments & Networking
10:50 – 11:35am Session 5: New Efficiencies: Successful Newsroom Strategies for Automation, MAM and Storage

One size doesn’t fit all in automation, newsroom workflows and storage. This panel will explore newest advances in automation, workflow software, media asset management, content management, newsroom systems, storage and archives that allow stations to be more efficient and flexible in the way they create and deliver information to viewers.



Tom Butts, Editor-in-Chief, TV Technology



Daniel Pugh, VP of Advanced Technologies, Bitcentral

Mike Smereski, Vice President of Broadcast Engineering, The Weather Channel

Bob Valinski, Sales Manager- Automation Systems, Vizrt

Will Waters, Senior Director IP Workflow Strategy, NewTek

More to be announed

11:45 – 1:30pm Luncheon Event
Luncheon Panel
12:30–1:15am Session 6: News Execs Talk News Tech: Engineering for the future

Leading news executives discuss the future of news technologies. What are some of the challenges they face and how are they using news technologies to reinvent the newsroom?



Mark Robichaux, Editorial Director, Television Group, Newbay Media



Jeffrey Liebman, Director, Network News Operations, NBC Telemundo

Mike McClain, VP & News Director, WAGA FOX 5

Sean McLaughlin, VP of News, The E.W. Scripps Company

Mel Olinsky, Executive Director of Bureau Operations, CBS News

Mal Redington, Director of News Programming & Partnerships, News4Jax

 1:30pm  Adjourn