SPEAKERS

Ken Aagaard

Aagaard is responsible for all CBS Sports field and broadcast center operations, engineering and logistical planning and budgeting. He is also accountable for the implementation of the implementation of digital facilities. Ken is a recipient of the 1998 and 2006 George Wensel “Innovative Technical Achievement” Emmy for NFL in HDTV and SwingVision, Co-Inventor of Eyevision.

Brooke Berger

Brooke Berger is MLB Network’s senior production manager for Remote Operations.

Jason Bernstein

Jason Bernstein is managing director for Hawk-Eye Innovations North America.  He oversees the implementation of all U.S.-based agreements, including the growth and development of new business and technology advancements for clients in North America.

Chris Bevilacqua

Over the past 25 years, Chris Bevilacqua has established himself as a leader in the sports media business, including being at the forefront of two transformative eras in sports media history. Bevilacqua Helfant Ventures (BHV) represents a continuation and expansion of business he previously conducted as founder and CEO of Bevilacqua Media Company (BMC).

Ken Botelho

Botelho joined Comcast in February 2003 as General Manager of CN8 New England. During this time, he was responsible for all network engineering, operations, promotions, and programming development and decisions throughout its New England footprint. In December of the same year he was promoted to Vice President. This promotion came on the heels of an impressive network launch only nine months earlier, which was marked by an expanding lineup of original programming, growing viewership, and several successful network-wide specials. In October of 2006, Botelho was promoted to VP of Engineering and Network Operations with responsibility for the entire network.

Bob Bowman

Bob Bowman was appointed President, Business & Media of Major League Baseball by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. on December 4, 2014. He directs revenue-generating and media rights activities across all MLB entities while continuing to oversee MLB Advanced Media, LP (MLBAM) and MLB Network. Bowman has been President & Chief Executive Officer of MLBAM, the league’s world-class technology company, since its inception in 2000.

Terry Brady

Terry Brady is ESPN Director of Remote Production Operations overseeing remote operations for Tennis and Major League baseball. Terry Brady is a twenty-one year veteran in remote operations with extensive experience in International Events that include World Cup Soccer, Olympics, UEFA Championships, World Cup Skiing, Davis Cup Tennis, Wimbledon, the French Open and Australian Open.  He served on the Organizing Committee in charge of Broadcast and Communications for two World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail, Colorado.  Mr. Brady began his career at Satellite News Channel in Stamford, CT.  He was the Vice President of Sales and Operations at the Vail Valley Foundation, a non-profit organization that specialized in sporting and cultural events.  He was the event director for World Cup Skiing, the American Ski Classic and the Honda Session Snowboard event.  In addition to his current role, his ESPN credentials include NFL, MLB, College Football, NHL, NBA and X-games. Terry is a graduate of the State University at Albany and lives in Avon, CT with his wife Jane and his Labrador Lucy.

Chris Brown

As the Senior Director of Technical Operations, Chris Brown oversees the coordination of technical and remote operations across many of Turner Sports properties. This includes all remote productions and studio operations for NBA TV, with roughly 50 hours per week of live (studio or remote) and taped programming during the regular season.Prior to joining Turner Sports and NBA Digital, Chris served as Director of Operations for National Mobile Television’s East Coast office in Somerville, NJ where he was responsible for up to 80 mobile unit engineers and truck drivers, as well as the oversight of technical facilities for a number of clients including CBS Sports PGA Tour, including six Masters Tournaments, the NFL on CBS and NCAA College Basketball. Other clients included Fox Sports’ NFL on Fox and Fox Major League Baseball as well as International Sports Broadcasting where Chris oversaw HD and standard definition technical facilities at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games for Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Ski Jumping, Bob Sleigh and Ice Hockey. While at NMT, other clients included Dorna Sport with the return of the Moto GP to the United States in 2005 at Laguna Seca Raceway, and a variety of Regional Sports Networks.

Sandy Brown

Alexander “Sandy” Brown is president and chief executive officer of One World Sports a national sports network delivering exclusive world-class competitions live from around the globe.

Bob Brown

Bob Brown is Vice President, Production & Broadcast Operations for ONE World Sports, a national sports network delivering exclusive world-class competitions live from around the globe.

Peter Bruggink

Peter Bruggink (1968) is Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of DutchView Infostrada and member of the NEP senior leadership team. DutchView Infostrada is one of Europe’s leading expert providers of innovative video technology and broadcast IT solutions. Combining a technological background with TV-making skills, Peter is known for his out-of-the-box creative and technical input in any project – in which he always emphasizes the importance of his teams. His innovative technical knowledge and his broad experience as a director, manager and innovator have been his driving force in re-inventing the media creation value chain since 2002.

Harold Bryant

Harold Bryant was named Executive Producer & Senior Vice President, Production in June 2014 after having been Executive Producer & Vice President, Production since August 2011. He was Vice President, Production since June 2008. He oversees all creative aspects of production and editorial content for all sports programming at CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network, including Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, the most-watched program in television history at the time, and Super Bowl XLVII. Bryant also oversees production of the Emmy Award-winning show INSIDE THE NFL on Showtime. Since March 1999 he served as coordinating producer for CBS Sports overseeing content and quality control for all sports programming on the CBS Television Network.

Mary Ellen Carlyle

As SVP and General Manager, Mary Ellen oversees the administration, sales, and operations of Dome Productions. As one of North America’s leading production facilities providers, Dome offers a long list of Production and Digital services, including HD and SD production trucks, fly packs, uplinks, satellite, fiber and internet distribution for all configurations, web-casting, social media, studio facilities with the latest green screen technology, and full turnkey host broadcast services.Dome Productions continues to adapt and evolve in the new Digital space, and we have not only provided facilities for sports clients but also entertainment clients such as Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Elton John, Bon Jovi, Tragically Hip, Celine Dion, Muchmusic Video Awards, Canada’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Canadian Idol, and recently, Placido Domingo Live to Facebook and Deadmau5 Live to Youtube and iTunes.Carlyle has held various positions at Dome Productions, including Vice President of Production Services, Director of Mobile and Stadium Operations, and Event Production Manager. In these roles she was accountable for the mobile and telecommunications businesses as well as responsible for the operation of Canada’s first HDTV mobile. Carlyle was also a member of the 2010 CTV/Rogers Olympic Team(2010), CBS’ Olympic Team (1992), and the TSN Olympic team in Calgary 1988.Mary Ellen began her career in 1985 with TSN, and she has been with Dome Productions since its inception in 1989.

Brad Cheney

Brad Cheney is the Director of Technical Operations for FOX Sports Media Group managing their Golf, Baseball and Advanced Technology Projects.  A leader in new technology approaches including highly reliable and resilient long haul fiber optic live and post production centers, advanced networking workflows in 10/40 Gigabit, and UAS systems.  As a part of FSMG, Brad manages the technical and operational planning for all of their golf events including the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay which was one of the largest productions ever.  The US Open also debuted the first live legal drone use for broadcast which was preceded by the first airing of legal recorded drone footage just after the FAA’s COA 333 exemptions were enacted in 2014. He’s a six-time Emmy winner and previously worked for MLB Network, Late Show with David Letterman, Game Creek Video and COX Sports.  Brad lives in New Jersey with his wife and two boys.

Jason Cohen

Jason Cohen is the Director, HBO Sports. His main focus is on the technical planning and advancements of HBO’s live boxing telecasts. Key areas of focus include vendor contracts and relations, managing staff tasked with crewing and postproduction, and creating innovations and implementing technical workflows to advance live production.

Margaret Craig

As CEO, Margaret Craig brings a wealth of industry experience to Signiant’s business and growth strategy, with a successful career spanning executive management roles at leading global media technology, software and managed services companies. Prior to assuming leadership of Signiant in October 2011, Margaret served as COO of Ascent Media Network Services, a provider of content creation, management and distribution services. There she led the technology transition to file-based infrastructure and oversaw contract negotiations with some of the world’s largest broadcast organizations. Prior to Ascent Media, Margaret was the CEO of publicly-traded Leitch Technology, a global provider of technical infrastructure for television production and transmission; and served as President of Snell & Wilcox, a provider of video image processing software and hardware.

Mary Critchlow

Mary Schuler Critchlow, a sports professional for more than 30 years with IMG, has extensive experience working with broadcasters around the world.  Mary has coordinated world feeds in a wide variety of sports, including, Super Bowls, U.S. Open Championships, U.S. Open Tennis Championships, PGA Championships, Ryder Cups and NCAA Final Fours.

Mike Davies

With over 20 years of experience in managing technical operations in televised sports, multiple Emmy award winner, Mike Davies is in charge of all remote operations for Fox Sports and Fox Sports 1 as Fox Sports Media Group’s Senior Vice President of Field and Technical Operations.

David S. Denenberg

As Senior Vice President, Global Media Distribution & Business Affairs for NBA Entertainment (NBAE), David Denenberg is responsible for negotiating agreements and helping manage relationships relating to all facets of NBAE’s domestic and international media business, including television, film, radio, music, digital media, photography and talent. Denenberg also negotiates distribution and affiliation agreements relating to NBA TV and NBA League Pass, and frequently advises NBA and WNBA teams on a variety of issues relating to their television and entertainment businesses.

Jed Drake

Jed Drake, who joined ESPN in its first year of operation, took on the newly created role of senior vice president, production innovation, in October 2014.  In this position, he works closely with the leaders of ESPN’s Technology division, directors of live events and Creative Services to leverage existing resources for ESPN’s event productions and identify new entities that can support events.

David Dukes

Dukes’ career began in commercial post production as an assistant editor and then editor for a Cincinnati, OH-based post-production facility more than 20 years ago. Following 8 years in Cincinnati, Dukes joined the PGA TOUR in 1996 as an editor and has held several positions within PGA TOUR Entertainment over the past 14 years. In addition to managing all technical operations and staff, his current responsibilities include direct oversight of PGA TOUR Entertainment’s Media Asset Management initiatives as well as strategic technology planning for PGA TOUR Entertainment. David resides in Jacksonville, FL with his wife and son.

John Filippelli

John Filippelli, the only known person in sports broadcasting history to have earned 100 national Emmy nominations as well as 100 local Emmy nominations, was promoted from executive vice president to president of production and programming for the YES Network in September 2004. Filippelli is responsible for all aspects of the critically acclaimed on-air content for the most-watched regional sports and entertainment television network in the country the past eight years.

Dave Franza

Franza oversees development and support of technology and applications related to Production, Operations & Administration for NFL Films and NFL Network – the television production arms of the National Football League. Hired in 1986 as Director of IT, he has directed technological advancements contributing to the explosive growth in size and production capability at NFL Films over the last twenty-five years. Included among these is the design and development of ‘SABER’, an application suite used for capturing, indexing, researching and delivering all NFL game footage recorded by NFL Films (covering 20 NFL seasons), used by over 200 Television and Internet producers and partners on both coasts. In addition, Franza is responsible for designing and/or automating the content management and delivery systems used to provide digital multi-media content to NFL.com and a host of online customers and partners in real or near real-time on NFL game days, as well as for applications and content portals such as NFL Fantasy Football, iTunes, Verizon, and HULU. He was also instrumental in the implementation of the automated nation-wide Club Game Exchange (CGE) network used by NFL Team Video Directors to electronically distribute and process game footage for scouting purposes.

Russell Gabay

Major League Baseball International Executive Producer Russell Gabay oversees the delivery of Major League Baseball telecasts to overseas rightholders in more than 224 countries. MLBI currently televises more than 50 different games a week.

Hugo Gaggioni

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

Phil Garvin

Philip Garvin is the President/Founder/Co-Owner of the Mobile Television Group, the nation’s 2nd largest mobile production facilities company. He is also the co-founder, General Manager, and COO of HDNet the all-high definition national television network, and the President of Colorado Studios.

Scott Gillies

As Head of Production & Technology for Red Bull Media House, Scott Gillies plays a dynamic role in envisioning, developing and executing the company’s unique business model. His leadership on Emmy Award–winning projects like Red Bull Stratos is instrumental in producing iconic initiatives and events that result in next-level content with global marketing and entertainment impact. Scott’s team manages all Red Bull Media House moving image production, including television series, live events; films; Distribution includes digital media platforms such as OTT (Apple TV, Google Chrome, Amazon Fire) etc and mobile. He has also been a major force in development of the Red Bull Content Pool licensing and media hub.

Nick Gold

Nick Gold is Director of Business Development for Chesapeake Systems, an East Coast-based IT-centric media systems integrator. He recently celebrated his tenth anniversary with the company.

Brett Goodwin

Brett is an expert at transforming emerging technology companies into market leaders. As Isilon’s VP of Marketing (and one of their earliest employees), Brett drove strategy and global marketing as the scale-out NAS pioneer grew revenue from zero to $100M, and then went public. At RealNetworks, Brett created RBN (one of the first CDNs for internet-streaming media), brought the first media proxy cache to market, and led enterprise products through IPO. He’s also served in marketing leadership roles at Skytap and AT&T Wireless. Brett holds an MBA from Stanford and a B.A. in Economics from Pomona College.

Steve Gorsuch

Steve Gorsuch serves as the Director of Broadcast Operations for the U.S. Open Tennis Championship and as Director of Golf Operations for CBS Sports. He is a seven-time Emmy Award winner for various projects in sports television. Along with his wife, Patti, who previously worked for ABC Sports, Mr. Gorsuch’s family is an 11-time Emmy Award winner.

Ken Goss

Ken Goss was named Senior Vice President of Remote Operations & Production Planning for NBC Sports, NBC Sports Network and Golf Channel in November 2011. A 30-year veteran at NBCUniversal, Goss is responsible for the development and implementation on remote technical operations and production planning, which includes overseeing field and studio production management, field engineering, technical field managers and mobile unit facilities. He reports to Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics, and President, Operations & Strategy, NBC Sports Group.

Curt Gowdy, Jr.

Curt Gowdy, Jr. is the Senior Vice President of Production and Executive Producer at SNY – the television home of the New York Mets, New York Jetsand all things New York sports.  SNY is also the official TV home of the UConn Huskies Men’s and Women’s basketball programs.  In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing all production, content and on-air talent for the network’s coverage of these properties.  Gowdy also oversees the network’s original entertainment and news programming, including SNY’s critically acclaimed shows SportsNite, Daily News Live, Loud Mouths, the SNY Invitational and various award-winning documentaries. Over the course of his career, Gowdy has been recognized for his work by garnering more than 24 Emmy Awards.

Alex Grossman

Alex Grossman is a 20+ year veteran of the storage industry and is currently vice president of media and entertainment for Quantum.  Previously he was Founder and President of Active Storage a developer of media and Apple-centric workflow storage solutions. Before founding Active Storage, Grossman was an Apple executive in the Worldwide Product Marketing group. He was responsible for driving the development, marketing and management of Apple’s server and storage products. Prior to joining Apple, Grossman was vice president of Sales, Marketing, and New Product Development at MicroNet Technology, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of storage solutions for creative professionals and IT managers. Grossman has contributed to several patents associated with media management and storage technology and led the team that developed the first FireWire-based Storage Area Network.

Mark Haden

Mark Haden is the Vice President of Engineering and IT for MLB Network. Mark ensures that the facility meets the technical needs of MLB Network as well as MLB Productions. With a staff of over 40 professional technicians, Mark oversees day-to-day technical operations as well as broadcast and office computer networks for this “lens to satellite” facility. Mark also is responsible for refreshing technologies and keeps a close eye on the future investigating new and promising innovations and techniques.Mark Haden brings over 35 years of varied technical expertise to MLB Network. He was previously at ABC News, served as Director of East Coast Production at HBO, and also held positions with USA Network and Lifetime Television.

Imry Halevi

Imry Halevi manages Harvard Athletics’ multimedia team, and leads all department-wide multimedia and production initiatives.

George Hoover

George Hoover, chief technology officer for NEP Broadcasting, has overseen the upgrading of more than half the company’s 60-truck fleet to HD. NEP’s  first HD unit was put into service in March 2003. But the man who’s  steeped in modern technology began his career in starry-eyed fashion,  and with an enthusiasm for the power of events. Hoover’s first  broadcast experience came in an entry-level job in graphics, audio and tape engineering at WTVJ Miami. The station owned remote trucks and  covered, among other events, Dolphins football, the Orange Bowl parade  and rocket launches from Cape Canaveral. “There wasn’t a lot of  training in broadcast engineering,” he recalls. But that lack of formal training allowed him the freedom to experiment, and he benefited from a  “great willingness, probably out of naivete, to try new stuff.”

Joe Inzerillo

Joe Inzerillo is the EVP and CTO at MLB Advanced Media. Among the plethora of projects he has had a hand in of late are the rebuilt version of the MLB.TV out-of-market package, two major updates to the MLB.com At Bat mobile application, several MLB mobile applications, and the launch of in-market live game streaming with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres.

Darryl Jefferson

Darryl Jefferson was named VP, Digital Workflows, NBC Sports Group in January  2013. In this role, he oversees the Post Production and Asset Management teams, which focus on development and execution of automated file-based ingest, production transcode, long-term archive, and remote delivery. In addition, Jefferson is responsible for transitioning the NBC Sports film/tape archive to a wholly file-based system. He reports to Dave Mazza, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NBC Sports Group.

Ken Kerschbaumer

Kerschbaumer has been editorial director of the Sports Video Group since 2005 and has been writing about how sports networks and leagues use video and audio technology to deliver a quality TV experience since 1991.  He began his career in 1991 at Television Broadcast magazine before joining Cahners where he was editor of Digital Broadcasting magazine. In 2000 he joined Broadcasting & Cablemagazine as Senior Editor of Technology. Seven years later he helped co-found the Sports Video Group with Paul Gallo and Marty Porter.

Christy King

Christy King spent 9 years as the in-house technology consultant and tech vendor manager for Zuffa, LLC sports entertainment brands, including the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). She is currently the COO of Denver-based media management software company Levels Beyond, as well as the co-founder of the start-up WoRM Inc whose product VidLasso is a simple tool to help businesses gather video captured on mobile devices, for use in production, social media marketing, and other content applications.

Marcel Koutstaal

Marcel Koutstaal is the Senior Vice President for the Imaging Product Group, which provides leading camera products and solutions to the broadcasters, content creators, and those in the professional video markets.

Arun Krishnaswamy

Arun Krishnaswamy joined Vizrt’s MAM group in the New York office in 2007 as a System Engineer. As a Solution Architect, he was responsible for the design and implementation of Vizrt’s Viz One MAM solution at numerous customer sites. He is currently Director of Technology for the Vizrt Americas MAM group.  Prior to joining Vizrt, Arun earned a Ph.D. in computational biology from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

Bob Lorenz

Bob Lorenz, who has won 12 Emmy Awards at YES, is the network’s primary studio anchor.  He is the host of the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets pre- and post-game shows, as well as the network’s Yankees Hot Stove and Emmy Award-winning Forbes SportsMoney programs.  Lorenz also has play-by-play credits to his name at YES, including Yankees regular season and Spring Training telecasts, Staten Island Yankees games and Ivy League football.

Joseph Maar

Maar is the VP of Programming & Production, Executive Producer at NESN which Forbes.com recently ranked as the 9th Most Valuable Sports Business Brand in the World (Oct, 2015).  His responsibilities include programming and production of two regional networks plus NESN National reaching a combined 9.5M homes.

Jay Mathias

Jay Mathias is a Consulting System Engineer with Cisco Sports and Entertainment Solution Group.  A seventeen year veteran with Cisco, he has been part of the Cisco Sports and Entertainment Group since 2010. He is involved in the design of networks to support various Cisco solutions including, StadiumVision, HD Wifi and Connected Stadium Architectures.   Certifications include Cisco CCIE and ISC CISSP.

Tom McGowan

McGowan is a professional with 35 years of successful sales management and engineering experience promoting hardware/software enterprise solutions and services. McGowan focuses on broadcast television stations/station groups, production, sports, leagues, and DI and film studios with a focus on media production & entertainment. McGowan works with IMT to deliver mission critical solutions and services focused on media technologies, storage, asset management, high performance computing, networking, and 24/7 support. McGowan is skilled at recognizing, developing and implementing IT solutions that fit desired workflows and business requirements of these disciplines to cut cost and provide efficiencies. Tom chairs sub-committees for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Technical EMMY Committee, is active in the SMPTE, the Sports Video Group, and similar organizations/events. McGowan understands the technical & operational aspects of broadcast TV, post, new media & film.

Bill McLaughlin

Bill McLaughlin is Vice President of Product Development at EEG, a leading provider of captioning and accessibility technology for the broadcasting and A/V industries. Since 2008, Bill has led the development and operations teams for iCap, which handles captioning for more than 10,000 scheduled programs per month and was recognized with an Emmy Award for Technology and Engineering in 2014. Bill holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University and has been working in software development and broadcasting for over 10 years.

Tom McShane

Tom McShane serves as Vice President, Remote Operations, CBS Sports Network. McShane joined the Network in 2009 and oversees all technical and financial planning for nearly 600 live games and events on CBS Sports Network each year.

Larry Meyers

Larry Meyers is the Vice President, Content and Executive Producer for TWC Sports Regional Networks. He is responsible for all event, studio and original production for Time Warner Cable SportsNet, the local TV home of the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Sparks, and works closely with his colleagues on the regional sports network’s Spanish-language sister network, Time Warner Cable Deportes.

Priya Narasimhan

She is the CEO and Founder of YinzCam, Inc., a company focused on mobile fan experiences, especially mobile video, for sports teams/leagues and live events.  She is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Grant Nodine

Nodine started his career working as a systems librarian at Editel. He moved on to working as a web developer on sites like Rodale Press’ MensHealth.com. He later co-founded a web development firm called Mercury Seven where he worked as the firm’s chief technologist. Eight-plus years ago he arrived at the NHL where he has been involved in building a technology infrastructure that supports NHL.com and all 30 of the team’s websites, numerous systems to produce and deliver streaming media, and many other large technology implementations.

Michael Ozanian

Michael Ozanian likes to take lots and lots of numbers and turn them into proprietary concepts and multi-platform content. Three of his longstanding publishing creations: the valuations of sports teams, ranking actors and movie studios on bang for the buck (ROI) and the Forbes Fab 40 (the most valuable sports brands). His most recent idea was Names You Need To Know, which broadened his concept of list creation to include direct input from our audience. He also likes to take apart corporate balance sheets to measure earnings quality and have a passion for economics (his MBA thesis at Long Island University was an empirical study on the cause of inflation in which regression analysis showed a significant correlation between the general level of prices and the money supply). Besides being an Executive Editor at Forbes  he also have a gig as co-host and Managing Editor of the 3-time New York Emmy award winning Forbes SportsMoney on the YES Network and Fox Sports 1 with his buddies at YES, co-host Bob Lorenz and producer David Alfreds, both of whom have taught him a tremendous amount. He also regularly appears on Fox and CNBC to chat about the business, political and sports issues of the day. One of his favorite times is being a guest every few weeks on Larry Kudlow’s radio show on WABC Saturday mornings. Larry has been a great mentor and friend. His brother in arms is Kurt Badenhausen, whom he has worked with for many years and knows more about sports numbers than anyone.

Grier Patterson

Grier Patterson has worked for Japanese commercial broadcast network Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) since 1989.  From 1995 he has been based in New York, where he oversees the international properties TBS holds the Japanese broadcast rights to, including the Olympics, the IAAF World Athletic Championships, The Masters and the PGA Championship.

Clark Pierce

Clark Pierce serves as Senior Vice President, TV Everywhere and Special Projects, FOX Sports, overseeing the efforts for FOX Sports GO. Launched in October 2013, FOX Sports GO provides live streaming of a wide variety of FOX Sports events and programming so fans can watch at home or on-the-go.

Scott Rinehart

Scott Rinehart is the Lead Technologist with Fighting Irish Digital Media (FIDM), responsible for providing technical direction and oversight for athletics’ multi-media production infrastructure.

Steve Rittenberg

As Director of Engineering for MLB Network, Steven provides technical support for in studio broadcast and record servers as well as developing and designing file based workflows for MLB Network’s studio control rooms and remote productions.  He designed and oversaw the deployment of the first 10Gb EVS production system in the North America. Steve also worked closely with manufacturers on the development of live production use of 4K in live productions.

Tom Sahara

Tom Sahara serves as vice president of operations and technology for Turner Sports. A 28-year veteran of the broadcast industry, Sahara has been with Turner Broadcasting since 1997 overseeing the remote broadcast facilities for Turner Sports IT departments, which includes the day to day operations of the live sports productions seen on TBS and TNT as well as supporting infrastructure for the Turner Sports online properties. Sahara also oversees remote operations and technology for NCAA Men’s Basketball on TBS, TNT and truTV, as well as remote operations of events presented on NCAA.com. Sahara also serves as the senior liaison with Turner Studios and Network Operations and manages the tape library archivists. Sahara is based in Atlanta and reports to Matthew Hong, senior vice president, general manager of sports operations. Prior to his current role, Sahara served as the director of technical operations for the Goodwill Games, where he supervised all technical functional areas, studio and remote production facilities and crews, vendors, technology providers, transmission and communications, as well as budget oversight for operations. He also previously served as the manager of studio engineering for Turner Studios where he managed the technical operations for all live studio productions.

Jeremy Schaap

An ESPN reporter since 1996, Jeremy Schaap functions in a variety of roles at the network. He is a correspondent for E:60, the host of ESPN Radio’s The Sporting Life and a frequent contributor to Outside the Lines, NFL Countdown and College Gameday. His reports, interviews and commentaries are regularly featured on SportsCenter.

David Schleifer

A 25-year veteran of the technology industry, David Schleifer previously held the positions of Vice President of Strategic Planning for Avid Technology, where he built and managed the business strategy for the Media and Entertainment market, and Vice President of Broadcast for Avid where he built and managed Avid’s growth into the broadcast market. Over his career, Schleifer has been responsible for the development and introduction of many products – including the revolutionary Avid Interplay, Avid iNEWS Instinct and products including On-Air Systems, Automation, 3D graphics and Editing solutions. His responsibilities have also included the design, rollout and management of large complex systems at broadcasters like CBS and NBC, and in other industries like Healthcare, Film Studios, Data Storage and Networking.

Leon Schweir

Leon Schweir was named the Senior Vice President of Production and Operations for Pac-12 Networks in December 2011 with the charge of overseeing all remote and studio production and operations for Pac-12 Networks.

Joe Signorino

oe has been an engineer with NEP for more than 25 years, beginning at NEP in 1988 as an Engineer-In-Charge. Since joining the company, he has worked as a Technical Manager, Engineering Manager, Senior Project Engineer and now is the Vice President of Systems Integration. Awarded several Emmy’s throughout his career for his technical expertise, Joe has also been instrumental in technical project management for top networks such as Turner, ESPN, CBS, NBC and Fox as well as some of the largest televised events, including NASCAR racing, the NBA Playoffs, and the Super Bowl. As an innovator, Joe has developed creative engineering solutions, efficiencies and communication guidelines that have benefitted many NEP partners. While serving as an NEP Engineering Manager, Joe directed the transition from analog, to digital 16:9, to HD for Fox, NASCAR coverage on ESPN and NBC, SPEED, Direct TV, and Turner. Most recently he has been heading up NEP’s in-house integration, ensuring that each project is completed with the company’s exacting standards from start to finish. In this role, during the company’s latest Mobile Unit integrations, he has directed his team through the transition to IP Audio, Video and Comms systems.

Jon Slobotkin

As Vice President, Slobotkin oversees all aspects of live sports event coverage for 11 regional sports networks (Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, Comcast Sportsnet California, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago, Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast Sportsnet Houston, Comcast Sportsnet New England, Comcast Sportsnet Northwest, Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia, Comcast Sports Southeast,  The Comcast Network and Sportsnet New York) producing over 2400 live events per year. Jon as a Producer at Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia produced over 1,500 live events, primarily Philadelphia Phillies telecasts, for both cable and over-the-air. He is a 6-time Mid-Atlantic Region Emmy award winner and a 30-time nominee. He graduated from Temple University. He is married with children.

James Stellpflug

James Stellpflug is the VP Sports Products – Americas region for EVS Broadcast Equipment. James has worked for more than 20 years in the industry in various roles including facility design and integration, mobile satellite communication, and mobile TV production. James has been with EVS Broadcast Equipment since 2000, serving in various roles during EVS’ growth. Throughout the years of experience in the industry, James’ has intersected multiple technology transitions moving from traditional video production to the world of file based workflows and the systems involved in getting us there.

Susan Stone

Susan Stone is Senior Vice President, Operations and Engineering for MLB Network. Stone oversees all production and studio operations as well as remote operations, such as on-site MLB Network production operations, game broadcasts, Spring Training shows and All-Star Game studio shows. Stone most recently served as Remote Operations Executive for NFL Network for over two years. Prior to NFL Network, Stone served as Director Production Services, CBS Sports; and Director Production Management & Venue Operations, NBC Olympics.

Jason Taubman

Jason Taubman is Vice President of Design and New Technology at Game Creek Video. He spearheads the company’s innovative efforts in the area of truck design and helps to service Game Creek’s vast profile of high-profile sports clients, including ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, HBO, NBC, MLB, NBA, YES Network, The USA Network, and NFL Network, and Winnercomm. Prior to joining Game Creek in 1999, Taubman was an Engineer in Charge for National Mobile Television and VTE Mobile Television Productions.

Kara Van Malssen

Kara Van Malssen is Senior Consultant at AVPreserve where she works with diverse clients including WWE, MLBAM, the Library of Congress, and Carnegie Hall on enterprise initiatives in metadata management, digital/media asset management, and digital preservation. Kara is also an expert in disaster response and recovery for media assets, which began in 2005 when she helped several institutions in New Orleans recover their damaged audiovisual collections in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. More recently, Kara led the recovery of a flood-damaged multimedia collection at Eyebeam Art+Technology Center in New York City following Superstorm Sandy. She has taught workshops on disaster preparedness and recovery all over the world, and is the author of the book chapter on disaster prevention, preparedness, and response in the ARSC Guide to to Audio Preservation (2015).

Joe Walsh

Walsh oversees VITEC’s IPTV strategy at premium Sports & Entertainment venues.  He has been instrumental in securing large IPTV wins, most recently at the Orlando Magic’s Amway Arena. Walsh has 20+ years of sales leadership experience in the Pro/AV space and has held several VP/Director of Sales positions at high profile technology companies. Walsh previously headed the Team Sports division for college and pro sports at Pinnacle Systems, a pioneer in the coaching sports video analysis market. Throughout his career, he has effectively promoted a diverse portfolio of full service video, hardware, software, networking, and digital media solutions.

Mike Webb

Mike Webb, an 11-time Emmy Award-winner who has been with YES since its March 2002 launch, is the Vice President of Broadcast Operations at YES Network. Webb oversees long-range planning, field and studio operations and engineering.

Mike Werteen

Mike Werteen has served as Co-President of our Mobile Units USA division since February 2014. From January 2008 to January 2014, Mr. Werteen was the Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Services, overseeing all sales initiatives for our domestic operations. From May 2005 to January 2008, Mr. Werteen was a General Manager at New Century Productions, which we acquired in 2008. Previously, Mr. Werteen oversaw sales for New Century Productions from February 1997 to May 2005. Mr. Werteen graduated from Kutztown University with a B.S. in Telecommunications. He has 30 years of experience in the remote broadcasting industry.

Hossein ZiaShakeri

A key associate since 1984 and the former vice president of advanced engineering, ZiaShakeri was named senior vice president of business development and alliances in 2004 to help maintain the company’s leadership position in product innovation and business success.