The coming year will prove once more to be one of tectonic technological shifts for broadcasters, and a group of its leading tech executives will hazard views on the likeliest impactful trends they’ll face in Technology Predictions for 2023, a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar on Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. ET.
Topics will include the industry’s historic and ongoing move from hardware to software and on-prem to the cloud, the increments likeliest to be realized in the next year and the challenges in the process. Panelists will also tackle cybersecurity, SMPTE 2110’s evolving standard, the convergence of broadcast technology and the internet of things and the numerous fronts that streaming has opened up.
“Broadcast technologists have so much on front of them to work through in the coming year,” said TVNewsCheck Publisher and Co-Founder Kathy Haley. “Another priority is how to build the right IP network and what will be moving into the cloud in terms of production and playout, major questions that will also figure into their predictions.
“This annual webinar has been enormously popular and for good reason—it’s a free-ranging conversation that helps attendees frame up their own thinking for the year ahead,” she said.
Register for Technology Predictions for 2023 here.
Stacey Decker, SVP of Innovation and System Strategies, Corporation for Public Broadcasting —He is responsible for the development and implementation of a multi-faceted strategy to advance innovation and sustainability of public media through accelerating public media’s digital transformation.
A strategic and creative thinker with more than two decades of innovative leadership in public media, Decker is helping CPB develop and create strategies and services to assist the public media industry in many areas, including implementing and leveraging the new NextGen TV broadcast standard.
Before coming to CPB, Decker was president of Public Media Management, a media management and content distribution service, and chief technology officer at Signal Infrastructure Group, which builds and operates the physical and digital infrastructure to enable all broadcasters — commercial and public — to leverage the full power and revenue opportunities of NextGen TV, ATSC 3.0.
From 2013 to 2019, Decker was chief technology officer of WGBH Boston, playing a key role in evolving the organization’s strategic planning, production, audience development and technology direction. For 11 years before that, Decker held technology leadership roles for Nebraska Educational Telecommunication and South Dakota Public Broadcasting.
Decker received his broadcast technology education while in the U.S. Coast Guard. He also served on the PBS Technical Advisory Committee from 2010 to 2016.
Mike Palmer, Senior Director, Media Management, Sinclair Broadcast Group — Prior to his current role at Sinclair, Palmer was CTO of Masstech, where he was responsible for defining and overseeing the company’s technical strategies for developing new technologies that allow it to grow its position in existing and new markets.
Palmer is an active contributor to SMPTE standards and is also spokesperson emeritus of the MOS Protocol Group, an organization which he led for nearly 15 years which was awarded a 2017 Technology and Engineering Emmy. Palmer is also a recipient of Broadcasting + Cable‘s Technology Leadership Award. Both awards recognize the impact of technical standards and highly integrated systems on the work done every day by thousands of journalists around the world.
Prior to Masstech, Palmer worked for the Associated Press, where he was director of ENPS design and integration strategy. Earlier, Palmer held both editorial and technical management positions at the local, group and national levels in the U.S.
Tim Joyce, SVP of Engineering, Operations and Technology, Fox Television Stations — Prior to joining FTS, Joyce spent nearly three years as the SVP of media and broadcast engineering for Fox Corp. Previously, he was the SVP of technology business relations for Fox Networks Group in Los Angeles, and before that, was VP of broadcast operations for Fox Networks Group in Europe and Africa.
Joyce spent six years as VP of operations and production services for National Geographic Channels International. He began his career as a senior editor for Fox Latin American Channels. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Joyce holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and Spanish.
Steve Reynolds, President, Imagine Communications — Imagine Communications is a global provider of multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.Reynolds brings 25 years of technology leadership in the video industry to Imagine Communications. He previously was CTO at both Imagine and Harris Broadcast, SVPO of premises technology at Comcast, SVP of technology at OpenTV and CTO at Intellocity USA.
Reynolds earned a M.S. in computer engineering from Widener University and a B.S. in computer science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. As the chairman of the AIMS Alliance and a member of SMPTE and SCTE, he has participated in numerous standards-making bodies in the cable and digital video industries. Reynolds also holds more than 40 patents relating to digital video, content security, interactive television and digital devices.
Peter Wharton, Chief Strategy and Cloud Officer, TAG Video Systems —TAG Video Systems makes all-IP monitoring systems. Wharton is the founder of Happy Robotz LLC, a media technology engineering, development and consulting company that focuses on creating transformative cloud-based media operations through intelligent, cost-managed and highly automated end-to-end workflows and led the cloud migration project for a major U.S. network.
Wharton has also held a range of live production, product management, technology innovation and business development roles at Grass Valley, Fox and ABC Networks.
He is a SMPTE Fellow and has previously served as SMPTE’s membership VP, secretary-treasurer and Eastern regional governor and has produced the Bits by the Bay SMPTE technology conference in the Washington, D.C., area since 1999.
Glen Dickson, contributing editor at TVNewsCheck will moderate.