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Our speakers come from all over the country and from all areas of broadcast and media production. Please check back often to see the latest updates to the speaker list.

Andrew Baron | Anne Rawland Gabriel | Bruce Jacobs | Bruce Johnson | Chris Fournelle | Chris Lennon | Dan Rumelt | David Benco | David Rehr | Dennis Haarsager | Ernie Jones | Fred Schultz | Greg Best | Harvey Arnold | James Kutzner | James Martinolich | Jason Oxman | Jerry Whitaker | Jim Burger | Joe Bates | John C. Dvorak | John L. Boland | John Naylor | Jonathan Collegio | Karl Kuhn | Ken Eklund | Laurence J. Thorpe | Louis Dubin | Marc Pearl | Mark Erstling | Mark Schubin | Mary Lou Kenny | Maryann Baldwin | Michael Rosenblum | Nan Rubin | Naomi Boak | Paul Turner | Peter Crithary | Peter Harrison | Phillip Swann | Sam Matheny | Steve Lampen | Steve Zaretsky | Tim Mangini | Tom Silliman | Walter E. Lindblom | William T. Hayes

Andrew Baron
Creator and Producer

Andrew Baron is best known as the creator and producer of the popular daily news show, Rocketboom. With a BA in Philosophy and MFA in Design and Technology, Baron has recently taught graduate and undergraduate classes at Parsons in New York City. Previously, Baron directed tech classes at MIT, was co-creator and owner of Movements Gallery on Austin's 6th St, played in numerous bands including Julia Set and created basic and machine language BBS programs for the TRS80 and TI99/4A, saved as audio signals on cassette tapes and phreaked at 110 baud with 5 digit codes. If you have made it this far, you might also be interested to know that Baron threw-up Masala Dosa swimming in the Arabian Sea during a Monsoon in 2003 and Rode on top of a bus with chickens and luggage for 15 hours up a mud road through the rainforest of Guatemala during a rebel guerrilla uprising in 1992.

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Anne Rawland Gabriel
Technology Editor

Anne Rawland Gabriel serves as Technology Editor for Current newspaper and is President of her writing services firm, Gabriel Communications. Anne writes extensively about various technologies used by businesses and nonprofits ranging from mid-sized organizations to Fortune 10's. Presently, she focuses on IT. Her other area of expertise is medicine, where Anne has written for industry publications and consumer magazines. Anne’s previous positions include SVP of Corporate Communications for a top-25 consumer software developer, founder of an award-winning regional marketing communications firm and Electronics Editor in the marine industry. Born in 1960, Anne’s developmental years were significantly impacted by public broadcasting programs, resulting in her life-long support of public radio and TV.

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Bruce Jacobs
Chief Technologist
Twin Cities Public Television

Bruce Jacobs is Chief Technologist with Twin Cities Public Television where he directs Engineering and Information Technology.

Bruce is a member of the PBS Enterprise Technology Advisory Committee and served on the Digital Steering Committee to develop the financial model for public television's digital conversion. He led the first national simultaneous demonstration of the four DTV image formats.

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 has designed notable audio systems and acoustic spaces. Bruce is an avid amateur musician and whitewater canoeist.

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Bruce Johnson
Information Processing Consultant
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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Chris Fournelle
Post Production Director

Chris Fournelle is the Post Production Director for the PBS weekly public affairs documentary series, FRONTLINE, based at WGBH in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mr. Fournelle started his career in the film and video industry in 1993 working in television, motion pictures, commercials and corporate communication.

In 1996, he joined Hammond Communications Group in Lexington, Kentucky as a producer/director of local and regional film commercials for corporate clients such as Valvoline, Long John Silvers, and Keeneland Racecourse. His work has taken him around the world to countries such as Singapore, China, Croatia, Ecuador, and the Netherlands.

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Chris Lennon
Director of Integration and Standards in the Software Systems Group
Harris Corporation

Mr. Lennon has worked in the broadcasting industry for over 20 years. He has managed a wide array of products, and led several large scale projects at broadcast facilities around the world. He has also led the development of well over 100 interfacing/integration projects between broadcast systems.

He is currently works at Harris Corporation as Director of Integration and Standards in the Software Systems group. He is Chair of SMPTE's S22-10 Working Group, whose task is to standardize communications between Traffic, Automation, and Content Delivery Systems.

He is also an active participant in the ATSC, where he was one of the early instigators of the effort that became PMCP, enabling PSIP-related data to flow between broadcast systems.

His formal education took place at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He currently resides in Colorado, as a dual citizen of both the US and Canada.

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Dan Rumelt
Senior Outreach Advisor Consumer & Government Affairs Bureau

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David Benco
Program Manager
Rohde & Schwarz

David Benco is the Program Manager for Rohde & Schwarz broadcast transmission products in the USA. Benco has over 10 years experience in terrestrial broadcasting including not only UHF and VHF television, but also 2.5 GHz MMDS systems. Prior to joining Rohde & Schwarz, Benco was the Director of Sales for Axcera’s broadcast products and held technical sales positions with Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Indus International. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University as well as Master of Business Administration from Waynesburg College.

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David Rehr
President & CEO
National Association of Broadcasters

[KEYNOTE SPEAKER] Rehr has been NAB president and CEO since December 2005. During his first year at the organization, Rehr made it one of his priorities to visit directly with, and obtain input from, as many station groups and individual local broadcasters as possible. He delivered more than 40 speeches in 2006, including a major address called “The Future of Broadcasting” at the National Press Club.

Rehr, who has a doctorate in economics from George Mason University, has been named a "Top Association Lobbyist" multiple times by The Hill. He has also been featured in Beachum's Guide to Key Lobbyists, and after seven months at NAB, Radio Ink magazine named him the 21st most influential person in radio.

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Dennis Haarsager
Assoc. V.P. and G.M. of Educational and Public Media
Washington State University

Dennis has led Washington State University’s public broadcasting and educational media organization since 1978, serving initially as General Manager, and since 1995 as Associate Vice President and General Manager. The organization includes 13 public radio stations, two public television stations, higher education’s largest interactive video network, and WSU’s academic media services unit. In 2001, he took a two-year half-time leave of absence to head up the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Digital Distribution Implementation Initiative.

Dennis serves the boards of directors of National Public Radio, the Association of Public Television Stations, the Integrated Media Association, and the University Licensee Association. He served on the board of directors of the Public Broadcasting Service from 1997 to 2003 where he has chaired the New Technologies and Interconnection Committees. He previously chaired the boards of public radio’s Station Resource Group, West Coast Public Radio, and public television’s Small Station Association. He also serves on numerous public broadcasting and higher education committees. He was one of the founders of the Washington K-20 Educational Network and founded a number of collaborative technology initiatives within the public broadcasting community.

Early in his career, Dennis served for three years as State Coordinator for Idaho Public Broadcasting and also served as Director of Administration South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

In his spare time, Dennis edits the weblog. He is a frequent consultant, speaker and writer on public and educational media topics, especially those dealing with the impact of emerging media platforms.

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Ernie Jones
Vice President of Structural Products
Electronics Research, Inc.

Ernie 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

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Fred Schultz
Senior Marketing Manager, Newsroom Solutions, Leitch Business Unit
Harris Broadcast Communications Division

Fred Schultz has worked directly in broadcast digital media for over thirteen years, with exclusive focus on news and editing workflow for the past seven. He is currently Senior Marketing Manager for News Solutions with Harris Corporation's Digital Media group.

In 1994 Fred left a production career in film sound and editing to join ASC Video developing the seminal VR-30 video server. The one-on-one involvement with that first generation of server adopters indelibly shaped a workflow perspective about the underlying needs of broadcasters. He held responsibility with ASC and later Leitch for system definition and product management over multiple generations of video servers and editors, as well as responsibility for multi-vendor integrated digital newsroom initiatives. In 2001 Fred moved to Sundance Digital where he architected the award-winning NewsLink news automation, then in 2006 rejoined the Leitch server group shortly after it’s acquisition by Harris.

Fred has written for the SMPTE Journal, authored an early series of white papers on server technology, and provides regular articles about news process and workflow in the broadcast trades. Fred is the winner of a prime-time Emmy, and holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

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Greg Best
Greg Best Consulting

Greg Best is President of Greg Best Consulting, Inc. His firm performs broadcast consulting services for a large variety of customers and serves the RF communications industry in general. Greg earned his BSEE degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla and MSEE degree from Illinois Institute of Technology. Greg has 30 years experience in the design, marketing, and product management of RF communications equipment. His corporate experience includes 16 years with the Broadcast Division of Harris where he was responsible for TV transmitter design and management. While there, he was responsible for coordinating the development of the Platinum Series VHF TV transmitter, as well as many other VHF and UHF TV transmitters. He has also worked for Motorola on the original 800 MHz AMPS cellular phone system transmitter development and for IFR Systems Test and Measurement division developing 3 GHz spectrum analyzers. He has published papers on TV Transmitter Multichannel Sound and others on TV Transmitter Design Architecture. Greg is a registered Professional Engineer, member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, IEEE, and SBE. Greg currently heads the IEEE DTV RF Measurement Standards activities and serves as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting.

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Harvey Arnold
Director of Engineering
Sinclair Broadcast Group

Harvey Arnold is Corporate Director of Engineering for Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest television broadcast owners/operators in the US. He is responsible for engineering activities, supporting approximately 60 television stations associated with Sinclair's operations.

Before Sinclair he spent 17 years with North Carolina Public Television, managing and expanding the engineering and transmission activities of one of the largest state-wide PTV networks in the country.

Harvey has served as an engineering consultant for PBS and its member stations. He was an active member of the FCC Advisory Committee for Advanced Television Service (ACATS) to develop the ATSC standard and to implement over-the-air digital television in the United States. He played a key role in the ACATS, high-power DTV field testing in Charlotte, NC. Harvey currently supports the activities within ATSC on the T3/S9 transmission group, which is charged with the task of establishing standards relating to improving reception of over-the-air digital television. He is also active in the ATSC Mobile /Handheld Standardization activities. Harvey holds a BS in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, and is active in many broadcast-related technical organizations such as Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) and The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE). He is a member of the SMPTE Board of Editors.

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James Kutzner
Chief Engineer
Public Broadcasting Service

James Kutzner is Chief Engineer at PBS where he oversees the Engineering and Technical Support groups within PBS, including technical planning, development, and support of current and future operational systems. Kutzner has held several roles in the development of television broadcast and production standards and facilities including at the Advanced Television Technology Center and Thales. Previous to that he was Vice President, Operations and Engineering at Twin Cities Public Television, and Associate Director of Engineering at PBS where he participated in various projects including the move to digital distribution via satellite.

Kutzner is the Vice Chair of the ATSC Planning Committee and has participated in DTV development activities since 1990. He is currently in a doctoral program in Systems Engineering at George Washington University and holds a Masters degree in Engineering Management from the same institution. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and is a Fellow of SMPTE and a member of the IEEE.

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James Martinolich
Vice President, Mobile Products
Chyron Corporation

Jim Martinolich has worked in all aspects of television technology for over 20 years. At Chyron since 1999, Jim oversaw the migration of Chyron’s move from proprietary systems to open-platform software-based solutions. Jim is currently guiding Chyron’s move towards distributed applications, helping users manage their graphics assets and creating and exploiting graphics metadata.

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Jason Oxman
Vice President, Communications
Consumer Electronics Association

Oxman is Vice President of Communications for the Consumer Electronics Association. A seasoned veteran of technology policy for over a decade, Oxman has served the federal government and private sector as a legal expert and communications strategist. At CEA, he oversees the 16 member communications department, which includes technology policy, events, and publications, and serves as a primary spokesperson for CEA and its flagship production, the International CES. As a senior executive at CEA, Oxman also is responsible for developing and overseeing implementation of media outreach and public affairs strategies for CEA’s portfolio of technology policy issues.

Prior to joining CEA, Oxman was Managing Director of Law Media Group, a multidisciplinary public relations firm serving technology clients. Over the past decade, he has held senior executive positions in corporations and trade associations, including General Counsel of a telecommunications industry trade association and Vice President of a Silicon Valley-based technology company. Oxman also worked under two different Federal Communications Commission chairmen to develop and implement technology and broadband policies. A former broadcast journalist at both commercial and public radio stations, Oxman is also a lawyer.

Oxman holds a B.A. cum laude from Amherst College, an M.S. in Mass Communication from Boston University School of Communication, and a J.D. from Boston University Law School.

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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.

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Jim Burger
Dow Lohnes PLLC

Jim is a member of the law firm of Dow Lohnes. He specializes in representing technology companies on intellectual property, communications and government policy matters. Jim joined the firm's Media, Information and Technologies group in January, 1997. Prior to that, Jim was a Senior Director in Apple Computer's Law Department. During the nine years he was at Apple, Jim represented Apple's Advanced Technology Group, USA Field Sales organizations, as well as General Counsel for Europe and Latin America and responsible for world wide government affairs. In addition, from 1991 until 1996, he was Chair of the Information Technology Industry Council's Proprietary Rights Committee. Jim was named in the Washington Post’s The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Technology Law for 2007 and 2008. He is also Co-Chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee.

Jim works extensively on digital technology, intellectual property and government regulation legal and policy issues, particularly as affecting the Internet. Jim has participated in resolving complex issues such as DVD copy protection and digital download of music and movies and works on acquisition of content and provision of distribution services for digital video. Jim represents the Computer Industry Group in negotiations developing the DVD Content Scrambling System copy protection rules. In addition, he has been engaged in efforts to amend copyright law from leading the negotiations to exclude computers from the Audio Home Recording Act, to avoid passage of the Digital Video Recording Act, to accommodate the protection of intellectual property on the Internet, and to defeat efforts in the World Intellectual Property Organization to extend copyright-like rights to broadcasters.

A New York City native, he received his Bachelors (Honors) and Masters Degrees from New York University, and Law (cum laude) Degree from NYU School of Law, where he was an editor of the NYU Law Review. Jim was an adjunct professor at University of Virginia Law School, where he taught Advanced Administrative law.

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Joe Bates
Director of Research
Consumer Electronics Association

Joe Bates is the Director of Research for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) in Arlington, Virginia. Joe oversees the consumer research program at CEA which produces more than 25 unique consumer surveys dealing with buying patterns, awareness of new technologies, interest in product features and a host of other issues. In addition, he directs the Market Activity Reports and Analysis (MARA) program at CEA which produces nearly 30 reports issued on a monthly or weekly basis that track sales of consumer electronics products from manufacturers to dealers.

Joe has been conducting various types of research for over 12 years, the last 7 of which have been at CEA. He has received advanced statistical analysis and methods training from the ACNielsen Burke Institute and Sawtooth Technologies. He is trained in all commonly used basic and advanced analysis techniques and methodologies.

He is a professionally trained focus group moderator by ACNielsen Burke Institute and has been a guest lecturer on research methods at The College of William and Mary, Northern Virginia Community College, The Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, and the Marketing Research Association.

Joe graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William and Mary.

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John C. Dvorak
Columnist, Author, Editor

Current PC Magazine Columnist writing Inside Track, an essay and a weekly online column. These articles are licensed around the world. Also a weekly columnist for Dow-Jones Marketwatch, Info! (Brazil) and BUG Magazine (Croatia). Previously a columnist for Forbes, Forbes Digital, PC World, MacUser, PC/Computing, Barrons, Smart Business and other magazines and newspapers. Former editor and consulting editor for Infoworld. Has appeared in the New York Times, LA Times, SF Examiner, Vancouver Sun. Was on the start-up team for CNet TV as well as ZDTV. At ZDTV (and TechTV) was host of Silicon Spin for four years doing 1000 live and live-to-tape TV shows. Also was on public radio for 8 years. Written over 4000 articles and columns as well as authoring or co-authoring 14 books.

2004 Award winner of the American Business Editors Association's national gold award for best online column of 2003. That was followed up by an unprecedented second national gold award from the ABEA in 2005, again for the best online column (for 2004).

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John L. Boland
Chief Content Officer
Public Broadcasting Service

John Boland joined PBS in fall of 2006 as the organization’s first Chief Content Officer. In this role, Mr. Boland is responsible for television programming, new media, education and promotion. He oversees the delivery of PBS' distinctive content to multiple platforms, including television, Internet, and video on-demand, furthering PBS' commitment to educate, inform, entertain and enrich lives through media.

Prior to coming to PBS, Mr. Boland served as Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer at KQED Public Broadcasting, the San Francisco-based organization that operates the PBS and NPR stations in Northern California. There, he led a multimedia organization of more than 150 television and radio producers, programmers, editors, reporters, educators, Web content developers and technical personnel. Under his leadership, the KQED content organization was successful in delivering both traditional television and radio services and in the use of new technologies and cross-platform initiatives.

While championing digital innovation, Mr. Boland also dramatically increased the level of traditional content creation on all media, most notably the launch of seven local and regional television series and KQED's emergence as a producer of high quality national and international content, including the current Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures series, China from the Inside for PBS and the BBC, several programs for Great Performances, the acclaimed Frontline World documentary series in partnership with WGBH, and Sweeney Todd in Concert, which was recognized with the Primetime Emmy Award in 2002 for Outstanding Classical Music-Dance Program.

During his 1995-2006 tenure at KQED, Mr. Boland served in several capacities, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Vice President, Marketing, Development and Communications. He played a pivotal role in KQED's transformation from a public broadcaster to an integrated multiplatform digital media and community service organization, creating a cross-disciplinary content management structure and encouraging early experiments with Internet video on-demand, podcasting, blogs, original audio and video content for the web, content partnerships with other public broadcasters, and the use of new technologies for educational and community outreach. His responsibilities also included strategic planning, brand management, labor negotiations, and fundraising.

Mr. Boland began his career as a daily newspaper reporter and editor in his native New Jersey. Following that, he held a number of senior management positions in media and communications.

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John Naylor
Director, Infinity Series Program
Thomson Grass Valley

John Naylor is the director of the Infinity Series Program and is responsible for establishing Grass Valley as a recognized ENG/EFP solutions provider. He joined Grass Valley Group as the European Design Center Manager in 2001.

He has been involved in various technology businesses for over 20 years in diverse fields including: broadcast audio and video, film special effects, voice compression, and networking technology.

Prior to joining Grass Valley, Naylor led the software team that developed AMS-Neve Logic 1, the world’s first all-digital broadcast audio deck, a product line that culminated in the Academy® Award-winning Digital Film Console. At Kodak, he was responsible for two Cinéon workstation software releases including a hands-on role in developing the “3D Space” film-resolution 3D DVE.

Since joining Grass Valley, he has led the projects that created the PVS 3500 Profile XP Media Platform, and Turbo iDDR intelligent digital disk recorder.

A Chartered Engineer since 1992, Naylor was educated in England. He graduated in Electroacoustics with first class honors in 1987 from Salford University and a Masters in Business Administration from Henley Management College in 2004.

Naylor is now based in Portland, Oregon.

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Jonathan Collegio
Vice President, Digital Television Transition Marketing and Communications
National Association of Broadcasters

Jonathan Collegio joined the National Association of Broadcasters in 2006. As vice president, digital television transition, he manages a broad-based public affairs campaign to increase awareness of the federally-mandated switch to digital broadcasting in February of 2009.

Prior to joining NAB, Jonathan was press secretary at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in Washington, D.C., where he served as the committee’s primary spokesman on over thirty competitive congressional races. Previously he served as deputy chief of staff for Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC), and communications director for the Goli Ameri for Congress campaign in 2004.

Jonathan has worked on dozens of campaigns at the local, state and federal levels, including campaigns for the U.S. House and Senate, governor and a variety of local races. He has written articles for, and been quoted in, hundreds of publications worldwide.

Jonathan earned his master’s degree in public affairs and politics from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., where he was a graduate fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. He also spent a year as associate producer at News 12 New Jersey, a cable news network. He attended the University of Oregon and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and political science. He also studied Spanish for a year at the American University of Acapulco. Jonathan has visited 42 countries on five continents and now lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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Karl Kuhn
Application Engineer

Karl Kuhn, a Tektronix Video Systems Application Engineer for Tektronix supporting Analog/Digital Video, MPEG, and RF. Tektronix has employed him for almost 8 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 U.S. patents and 1 International patent that covers In-service Testing of Digital Broadcast Video. He the current Chairman and is past 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.

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Ken Eklund
Creative Director and Head Puppetmaster
Writerguy LLC

Ken Eklund is a freelance writer and game designer. His career spans over two dozen commercial game titles plus a dozen educational Internet projects. Most recently, he created and produced World Without Oil, the groundbreaking collaborative online "alternate reality" project for ITVS (Independent Television Service). A vivid "pre-enactment" of a global oil shock, World Without Oil is a joint project of PBS' Independent Lens and its Electric Shadows Web-original programming, and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. "The online game had offline results: teachers followed World Without Oil with their classes, participants planted apple trees and converted their cars to run on cooking oil. This is public media at its most innovative, engaging a global public concerned with the world’s dependence on oil and both educating them and moving them to action," says Jessica Clark, Center For Social Media, American University.

Ken's past projects include Harbinger, a Star Trek adventure game; the cell phone game for Mr. and Mrs. Smith; the Eagle Eye Mysteries educational series for kids; many fantasy roleplaying games; the Science Mystery interactive stories; and the Move It! fitness challenge for middle-schoolers. His goal is to continue to develop the potential for games, especially alternate reality games, to act in the public good. A graduate of Santa Clara University, Ken lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Debbie.

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Laurence J. Thorpe
National Marketing Executive
Canon U.S.A.

Laurence J. Thorpe joined the Broadcast and Communications Division of Canon U.S.A., Inc. in 2004 as National Marketing Executive.

Thorpe joined Sony Electronics in 1982, where he spent more than 20 years 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. He holds ten patents from this period. 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) in electrical engineering of the College of Technology in Dublin, Ireland. He received his Chartered Engineer (C. Eng.) and MIEE distinction in 1965 from the Institution of Electrical Engineers in London, England.

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Louis Dubin
Vice President
Radyne Corporation

Background: LOUIS DUBIN is Vice President of Sales of Radyne Corporation. Mr. Dubin joined Radyne in 1995 as sales manager for North America, since then held the role of Director of Latin American Sales and Director of America's Sales. Mr. Dubin has over 16 years of experience in the telecommunications and transmission industry. Mr. Dubin graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in 1992. Mr. Dubin holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and completed the Stanford Executive program in Technology Management.

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Marc Pearl
Executive Director
Consumer Electronic Retailers Coalition (CERC)

Marc has worked on public policy issues in Washington, DC for more than twenty-five years and also is Principal and Chairman of IT Policy Solutions, LLC, which he co-founded in 2003. ITPS represents the government policy issues and advocates for companies and coalitions that provide and use information technology. The firm focuses on cyber security, Homeland Security, consumer electronics policy issues – including privacy, security and intellectual property.

Marc was a partner at the international law firm, Shaw Pittman LLP, where he headed the firm’s eCommerce Policy Practice, and before that was General Counsel/SVP Government Affairs at the Information Technology Association of America. He has represented the private sector on U.S. government delegations at the World Trade Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization; and was the private sector’s eCommerce representative on the U.S. State Department’s delegation to The Hague Conference on Private International Law. He served as Chief of Staff, Legislative Counsel and Appropriations Committee Associate to senior members of the U.S. Congress. Marc received his B.A from Case Western Reserve University and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law. He is married to Gwen Enfield Pearl, a psychotherapist in private practice in DC. They have two grown sons.

CERC is a public policy alliance of the leading consumer electronics and general retailers and their principal trade associations. CERC’s members include, Best Buy, Circuit City, RadioShack, Sears, Target, Wal-Mart, as well as the North American Retail Dealers Association (NARDA), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the National Retail Federation (NRF). CERC also works closely with state and metropolitan retail industry associations across the country. The goal of the Consumer Electronics Retailers Coalition is to educate, advocate and instill continued consumer and market confidence through our interactions with government agencies, the United States Congress and state legislatures. The organization’s most recent focus has been on helping finalize and now help in successfully implementing the Digital TV Transition, as well as leading efforts surrounding the policy issues dealing with the management and recycling of consumer electronics at their end-of-life, and the need for a national/harmonized approach. For more information go to

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Mark Erstling
Senior Vice President
Association of Public Television Stations

Mark Erstling was appointed senior vice president of APTS in March 1999 and promoted Chief Operating Officer (COO) in April 2001. In his position, Erstling oversees APTS' day-to-day corporate functions and business activities.

Prior to joining APTS, Erstling was the general manager of WPSX-TV and WPSU-FM, operated by Penn State University, serving 29 counties in central Pennsylvania, and New York. Erstling also served as director of educational communications for the University, managing services in support of the institution's Outreach and Cooperative Extension mission. He successfully established strategic partnerships with the community and business and expanded the service area for public radio in central Pennsylvania.

Erstling has held numerous broadcast management positions at WGBY-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts, and WJCT in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as commercial broadcasting.

Erstling has chaired the Network Operations Committee of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network and served as a member of the Pennsylvania Public Television Network Commission. Erstling served as chair of the Higher Education Telecommunications Consortium and is on the Future Fund Advisory Group of the CPB. Erstling also has served on the CPB Community Service Grant Review for 1998 and for 2001. Erstling is a graduate of the University of Florida.

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Mark Schubin
Television Engineer, Historian and Journalist

SMPTE Fellow Mark Schubin is a multiple-Emmy-award-winning engineer who panned his first modern HDTV camera 34 years ago. His clients range from Sesame Street to the Metropolitan Opera and from the AFL-CIO to the World Book Encyclopedia. He is the program director of the annual Hollywood Post Alliance Technology Retreat and has had hundreds of articles about television technology published.

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Mary Lou Kenny
Partnership Manager
National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)

Mary Lou is the Partnership Manager for the DTV Converter Box Coupon Program administered by the US Department of Commerce. She is charged with building collaborations with government, industry, non-profits, and social service organizations to ensure that everyone who needs a DTV converter box is able to purchase one. The program’s objective is to ensure that consumers understand the transition, how they will be affected by it, and what steps they must take to continue to receive television service after the transition occurs.

Prior to joining the DOC, MLK, over a thirty year period, has had a series of jobs in telecommunications, child-online safety, small business, and government including the US Senate, National Public Radio, NFIB, and ICRA. Through these professional experiences, she developed a track record of building collaborative relationships between organizations, experience in successfully executing communications and public education strategies, working in a bipartisan manner, and motivating others in working toward common goals.

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Maryann Baldwin
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.

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Michael Rosenblum
Rosenblum Associates Inc.

For more than 18 years, Mr. Rosenblum has been on the cutting edge of the digital ‘videojournalist’ revolution. During this time, he has lead a drive for videoliteracy, and the complete rethinking of how television is made and controlled. His work has included: The complete transitioning of The BBC's national network (UK) to a Vj-driven model, starting in 2002. The complete conversion of The Voice of America, the United State’s Government’s broadcasting agency, (and the largest broadcaster in the world), from short wave radio to television broadcasting and webcasting using the ‘VJ” paradigm (1998-present). The design behind in partnership with former US VP Al Gore, The construction, in partnership with Carl Spielvogel, of a national hyperlocal citizen journalist network with Verizon. The construction of NYT Television, a New York Times Company, and the largest producer of non-fiction television in the US. Rosenblum was both the founder and President of NYT TV, (all based on the “VJ” paradigm – 1996-1998). The President and Founder of Video News International, a global VJ-driven newsgathering company, with more than 100 journalists around the world. (1993-1996).

He has also designed, built and implemented VJ-driven newschannels around the world, including Time/Warner’s New York 1, Associated Newspapers (UK) London based Channel 1, Young Broadcasting stations in the US, Switzerland’s largest commercial TV broadcaster, TeleZuri, as well as a host of smaller projects such as Eritrea’s ERI-TV and Sri Lanka’s SLBC. His consulting clients include The BBC, TV-24/Germany, TV4/Sweden, Oxygen Media, National Public Radio, Danmarks Radio (DK), TV-3 Sweden, Norway & Denmark, Tokyo Broadcasting, Korea Broadcasting.

As a producer, Rosenblum has produced or overseen production on more than 300 hours of programming for both network and cable. His shows have included the long-running TRAUMA: LIFE IN THE ER, Paramedics, Police Force, Labor and Delivery, Science Times. These series have aired on TLC, Showtime and National Geographic. He has also produced for ABC, CBS, Oxygen and the BBC. Most recently his groundbreaking 5Takes series for Discovery has completely rewritten the production paradigm. The company currently has more than 50 hours in production for this year alone.

He has conducted his unique VJ training classes all over the world, from Thailand to Marrakech, and has lectured extensively both overseas and in the US. He is an adjunct professor of communication at New York University, where he teaches “Television and the Information Revolution”, a course of his own design and at The Bauhaus in Germany. His Brussels based Rosenblum Institute trains European journalists to work as vjs. He is the author of Videojournalismus (germany).

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Nan Rubin
Project Director, Preserving Digital Public Television Special Projects/Technology Planning

Ms. Rubin has more than twenty years of experience managing station construction, technology and communications projects for public radio and television. She has worked under the CTO of Thirteen for nearly 10 years on such activities as restoring the station's analog and digital broadcast signals after the destruction of the World Trade Center, and planning the implementation of the station's digital asset management system. She planned and coordinated the creation of the Thirteen Tape Archives and has been instrumental in assisting Thirteen in developing an initiative for the long-term preservation of both analog and digital program assets.

As Project Director of the Library Of Congress-funded project Preserving Digital Public Television, she is responsible for overseeing and coordinating a team of 20 based at Thirteen, WGBH, PBS and New York University, engaged in technical design and repository architecture; appraisal and selection criteria; metadata schema; file formats and wrappers; promotion; and relations with external partners and others. The project is also working closely with CPB and APTS to help plan the American Archive.

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Naomi Boak
Senior Executive Producer - National Production Division
Twin Cities Public Television

Naomi S. Boak is Senior Executive Producer in the National Production Division at tpt . She is the executive producer of the new PBS series Life (Part 2). Ms. Boak was the executive producer of the critically-acclaimed and Primetime Emmy Award-winning The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s, which premiered on PBS in January 2004. Ms. Boak was also the executive producer of the PBS primetime documentary special, FAT: What No One is Telling You which premiered this spring. She has written and produced Emmy Award-winning primetime children’s specials for CBS and was Executive Producer for the daily comedy show Snap Judgment on Court TV. Boak also was in charge of television production and public television sponsorship worldwide for the IBM Corporation, was executive producer of the Lifetime Medical Television Network and Senior Vice President of Production for Reeves Television. She received an A.B. in anthropology from Stanford University and did graduate work at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

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Paul Turner
Vice President of Product Marketing

Since 2003, Paul Turner has been vice president of product marketing for Omneon, managing the product marketing function, driving the overall product strategy, and launching the Omneon MediaTools and ProBrowse systems. Mr. Turner brings with him more than 30 years of experience in the broadcasting industry in Europe and the U.S., starting his career as an engineer at the BBC in 1980. Since then he has held engineering and senior management positions both in the U.S. and the U.K at the Grass Valley Group, Abekas Video Systems, Scitex Digital Video, Sony Electronics and, most recently, Pinnacle Systems. Mr. Turner holds an honors degree in Electronic Engineering from Liverpool University in the U.K. A SMPTE member, Mr. Turner is also a member of the NATAS committee for technical Emmy awards. Mr. Turner is a member of the board of directors for the Advanced Media Workflow Association and he has published over a dozen technical papers on various industry topics.

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Peter Crithary
Senior Support Engineer
Sony Electronics Inc.

Peter Crithary has more than 17 years of experience in all aspects of the television production industry, from engineering, service and support to marketing, sales and technology development. He began his career in 1988 as a sound engineer with Channel Ten network in Sydney, Australia, later moving into video production. Peter's next move took him to the Bertlesmann Group for RTL, one of the largest television networks in Europe, based in New York. During his 10-year tenure, he eventually rose to the head of technology engineering. A member of SMPTE, Peter joined Sony in 2005 as a senior support engineer, representing a variety of product lines and formats, including the XDCAM Professional Disc system, the CineAlta family of digital 24P products and a variety of AV and IT workflow solutions.

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Peter Harrison
US Regional Sales Manager
Calrec Audio LTD

The paper will be presented by Peter M Harrison, a UK based broadcast engineer with over 30 years experience in the industry, working with in commercial television, as a freelance sound engineer for TV drama and for several broadcast manufacturers including Neve and Amek and today is Calrec's US Regional Sales Manager.

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Phillip Swann
President and Publisher

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

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

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

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

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Sam Matheny
General Manager
News Over Wireless

Sam Matheny is General Manager of News Over Wireless, which is part of CBC New Media Group, LLC. CBC New Media Group is a division of Capitol Broadcasting Company with three principle areas of operation: digital television, Internet, and mobile wireless. Sam's focus is on strategic media applications, where he is currently engaged with mobile wireless content delivery.

Sam has over fourteen years of experience in the high-tech world of computers and communications. Prior to joining CBC New Media Group Sam held management positions with satellite, digital television, web development, interactive video companies.

Sam is a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers and the Advanced Television Systems Committee. He is a 2007 American Marshall Memorial Fellow, and holds a B.S. in Communications from East Carolina University and a M.S. in Technology Management from North Carolina State University.

Sam lives in Zebulon, North Carolina, with his wife and two sons.

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Steve Lampen
Multimedia Technology Manager

Steve Lampen is Multimedia Technology Manager for Belden. He has worked for Belden for fifteen 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 in Radio World Magazine.

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Steve Zaretsky
Vice President Broadcast Sales
Solid State Logic, Inc.

Steve Zaretsky is a professional audio industry veteran with over twenty-five years of experience. He joined Solid State Logic as Vice President of Broadcast Sales in 2002 and has been instrumental in leading SSL’s success in the North American broadcast market. Steve has extensive technical experience in the broadcast and post-production markets and has served in senior positions with New England Digital, Otari Corporation and Euphonix.

Steve is currently responsible for SSL’s broadcast sales and marketing activities in North America.

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Tim Mangini

Mr. Mangini has been working in the film and video production community for over twenty-seven years. Along the way he has shot from the decks of aircraft carriers and the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. He has extensive international experience, having filmed in Africa, throughout Europe, New Zealand and Australia, and in the former Soviet Union.

Beginning his career in 1979 editing cartoon character voices for Hanna-Barbera, he soon moved on to motion picture sound tracks. Working on an award winning team as a sound editor and sound effects recordist his list of film credits include: "Pennies From Heaven", "Under Fire", “Poltergeist”, "48 Hours", "Gremlins", "2010", "Star Trek IV" and the IMAX film "Behold Hawaii".

Later he went on to shoot, produce, and edit broadcast, corporate identity, marketing, commercial, and travel/adventure programs for a wide variety of clients.

Soon after joining Frontline in 1995 Mr. Mangini created OutPost, a non-linear digital editing facility, and began posting the film and tape-based series there. As Director of Broadcast he oversees the technical and budgetary aspects of the production and post-production of the Frontline and Frontline/World series.

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Tom Silliman
President and CEO
Electronics Research, Inc.

Tom 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 Past President
  • Member IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, Senior member
  • 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.

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Walter E. Lindblom
Video Engineer and Project Manager NASA Digital Television Program

Walt started his television career in 1966 working with Sony Rover Black & White equipment while in high school. His first paying job in television was with Birmingham (AL) Schools Educational Television (an affiliate of Alabama Public Television) where he graduated to color! From there, he went on to work at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, was the unit manager for a mobile production company and worked in corporate television for 6 years. In 1985, he went to work for Boeing as a NASA contractor at Marshall Space Flight Center. At NASA, he was the lead video engineer for NASA's first compressed video conference network, managed the Marshall Space Flight Center Television Production operation, and is now part of the NASA Digital Television Program, where he serves as a video engineer and project manager. He has been involved in development of the NASA digital television standards, HDTV from the International Space Station, testing to determine the direction for imaging upgrades after the Columbia accident, video engineer and payload operations manager for an aerial HDTV system to image space shuttle launches, and project manager for the Kennedy Space Center Public Affairs HDTV upgrade.

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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 and studio origination facilities. In addition to his position at IPTV, he is also an author for TV Technology, a prominent technical magazine. Mr. Hayes is the president of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and is also actively involved with the Society of Motion of Pictures and Television Engineers and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

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