Workshop Panelists

2017 List of Workshop Panelists

Paul Andrews

paul_andrewsPaul Andrews, SVP of Sales & Marketing, TelVue is a founding partner at TelVue and brings more than 30 years of experience developing digital broadcast and data communications products and services. Prior to his tenure with TelVue, Andrews developed satellite broadcast systems for TV broadcasters, satellite operators, cable systems, and corporate and military customers while holding engineering, program management and product development positions with RCA, GE, Edgix and Loral.

Paul was an early adopter of process improvement principles and earned GE’s highly acclaimed Six-Sigma Black Belt quality certification. He holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from The College of New Jersey.

Ed Cologna

ed_coloniaEdward Cologna is the owner of Cologna Productions Inc., an international, multi-media, NJ-based company. Born in New Jersey, he also lived in Argentina and Italy. From humble beginnings at a PEG TV Station he founded, he was thrust into the world of freelance production where he recorded famous people and events on an exclusive basis. He also did voice-over work for animations and commercials in English, Spanish and Italian.

Together with his team he managed and rebuilt Public TV Stations from New Jersey to Uruguay. He has a background in Electronics, is an established fourth-generation artist and has been an advocate of small community based broadcasting stations for 25 years and counting. As a hobby he is also taking flying lessons. He has received Congressional awards for his humanitarian work in Foster Care and Industry Awards for his multi-media. As a documentary producer and storyteller he wants to elevate the craft so independent creators can compete with the establishment. He consults with many TV and Production Houses regarding how to best use available resources staying within reasonable budgets.

Brandon Dittman

brandon_dittmanBrandon Dittman is an associate at the firm of Kissinger & Fellman, P.C. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Science degree, in 2011 from Purdue University, West Lafayette Indiana, and his law degree in 2014 from the University of Colorado Law School.

Brandon’s practice is focused on municipal law, public utilities law, and telecommunications law, representing clients in both the government and private sectors.

Brandon’s experience includes public utilities law and policy, municipal law, telecommunications law, environmental and natural resources law, and litigation. He has worked with local governments, utility companies, and private citizens on various energy, municipal law, transportation, environmental, and telecommunications legal matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Brandon was Attorney-Fellow at the Municipal Operations Section of the Denver City Attorney’s Office, where he represented the City in electric, gas, steam, railroad, and transportation matters before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. This includes dockets relating to electric and gas rate cases, renewable energy, resource planning, data privacy, rule-making, transportation formal complaint proceedings, and at-grade rail crossings. Before that, as an intern at Black Hills Corporation, Brandon focused on energy regulation in Colorado and Wyoming and federal environmental regulation under the Clean Air Act.

While in law school, Brandon served as the Production Editor of the Colorado Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law Review and was an officer in the Environmental Law Society.

Sam Delgado

sam_deldagoSamuel (Sam) Delgado is Vice President, External Affairs for Verizon New Jersey. He is responsible for matters related to the Jersey Company’s external environment including municipal and county relationships, emergency management, public works, customer service, philanthropy and public relations. He and his team also support Verizon’s New Jersey business units in meeting objectives.

Sam is a retired Marine Corps Reserve Combat Communications Officer with 20 years experience having served during Desert Storm, and Operation Uphold Democracy (1994-95), on the personal staff of NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and in the Republic of Haiti monitoring human rights abuses and mentoring a public security force. In 2010 he returned to Haiti to assist in earthquake relief efforts acting as a liaison for Doctors without Borders, the Haitian Government, and U.S. Military Units.

He co-chaired Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s “Housing and Economic Development” Transition Team. He also serves as chairman of Newark Regional Business Partnership; Newark Alliance, Board of Trustees and Regents of Felician University and the Business Board of Advisors for Rutgers Business School. He is a 1978 graduate of Marist College with a degree in Political Science, a graduate of the Marine Corps Basic School, Quantico, Virginia and a 2004 Leadership New Jersey Fellow.

Christina Engh

christina_enghChristina Engh, COO UASolutions. UASolutions Group, Inc. is a female disabled veteran-owned small business providing affordable innovative solutions to safe and efficient UAS integration. UASolutions Group has selected a highly specialized team with a thorough understanding of FAA regulatory and policy challenges as well as providing insight into trends and emerging markets. More specifically, the growing use of drones and their impact on towns and their residences. We are committed to delivering superior quality services to our customers through integrity, innovation and education.

Christina Engh is an Army Reserve Blackhawk Pilot and Brigade UAS Advisor. She has over 20 years of multi-service military experience with deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the southern US border. Christina was a former FAA contractor in the AFS-80 UAS Integration Office and has extensive UAS knowledge with regard to regulation, policy, and training standards. She was instrumental in the adjudication of the FAA UAS Roadmap and wrote the Aircrew Procedures Guide for Unmanned Aircraft in Afghanistan. Christina also served as the Contracting Officer Representative for Lagman Army Airfield in Afghanistan, fully integrated with manned and unmanned aircraft. Christina has both the manned and unmanned experience necessary to overcome the sophisticated challenges associated with this dynamic UAS community. Her military and civilian background provides the UASolutions Group Team with a comprehensive perspective to UAS integration.

Kenneth Fellman

ken_fellmanKen Fellman is a partner in the Denver law firm of Kissinger & Fellman, P.C. His practice emphasizes local government representation, particularly telecommunications, local government and utilities law. Ken has represented local governments, non-profit organizations and governmental associations nationwide in connection with cable television franchising, deployment of community broadband networks, tower and antenna siting, public safety communications issues, social media use, communications service contracts, and gas and electric utility franchising. He also works with local governments in telecommunications tax matters, the development of communications policy, rights of way management, infrastructure development, litigation, administrative proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Public Utilities Commission, and other related telecommunications, utilities and land use issues.

In his general municipal government practice, he has served as a city, town and county attorney in multiple Colorado jurisdictions. He is also an adjunct professor at the University Of Colorado College Of Law, where he teaches Telecommunications Law and Policy.

Appointed in 2011, Ken currently serves as a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. Previously, he served as chair of the FCC’s Local and State Government Advisory Committee from 1997 until the FCC disbanded the Committee in 2003.

Katie Houghton

katie_houghtonKatie Houghton is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with degrees in Graphic Design and Industrial Design. She has held multimedia, graphic design, and consulting positions at numerous companies including KPMG LLP, one of the big five Accounting Consulting Firms where she managed the Multimedia Department. During the “.com” boom of the 90s she was promoted to Vice President of Confidant Inc. where she managed the entire look of all visual materials including the marketing and Internet presence.

Currently, Katie is a certified instructor with Future Media Concepts and she teaches classes in Premiere Pro, Illustrator, Freehand, Director, Photoshop, InDesign, Quark, After Effects, Final Cut Pro & Acrobat. For more similar training visit fmctraining.com.

Varto Keshishian

varto_keshishianVarto Keshishian is the business owner and president of Varto Technologies, a broadcast integration company he founded in 1984 in effort to execute his passions for combining art and design into television, film, and the digital medium. Varto has traveled the world working on television broadcasts, film productions, and live festivals, and wields his expertise in order to best serve the needs of his clients. His company, Varto Technologies, specializes in helping clients envision and build the ideal workflows needed to best conduct their goals, while providing individualized and cost-effective solutions. Varto Technologies prides themselves for being able to provide access to the best products and solutions available on the market, while also providing access to their top-notch support and training specialists.

Yervant Keshishian

yervant_keshishianYervant Keshishian works as a Technical Director and Sales Engineer at Varto Technologies, a broadcast integration company. Yervant, and Varto Technologies, are dedicated to finding innovative and cost effective solutions that will help improve their client’s workflows. Yervant has designed workflows, as well as directed countless live-to-linear TV and live-to-web productions across the country, include sporting events, concerts, news broadcasts, clip shows, comedy shows, gaming tournaments, worship services, corporate events, and more. Yervant’s critical eye helps him to identify creative workflows and the best practices for delivering compelling productions to the air.

David Landau

david_landauDavid Landau has over thirty years of professional lighting experience working on feature films, TV shows, sit-coms, game shows, commercials, documentaries, industrial films, music videos and direct-to-consumer DVDs. Landau teaches lighting and cinematography at Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, where he also created the Cinematography track of study, but continues to work in the lighting industry, shooting low budget features and corporate videos, designing lights for theatre and working as one of the gaffers on the TV series Project Runway. A five-time Telly Award winner for lighting and cinematography, Landau is a member of IATSE Local 52, the University Film & Video Association and Media Communications Association International. His book “Lighting for Cinematography” is being published by Bloomsbury Press and is available from Amazon.

Darryl Love

darryl_loveDarryl Love brings more than 25 years of production and television experience to DNS Media Group. Love is an accomplished Producer, Director, and Associate Director in broadcast television sports, and a 5 time National Emmy Award winner. For 15 years (1993-2008) he was a staffer at NBC, where his projects included work on 5 Olympic Games, the NFL, NBA, NHL, and Notre Dame Football. His current broadcast clients include ESPN, MLB Network, NFL Network, The Big Ten Network and Red Bull Media House. Prior to working in broadcast at NBC, he gained management experience at Procter and Gamble, and worked as a Producer/Editor in corporate communications for the Colgate Palmolive Company.

Jesse Lerman

jesse_lermanJesse Lerman co-founded Princeton Server Group (PSG) in 2003 as President & Chief Executive Officer with the vision of lowering the cost and simplifying digital video appliances and systems by leveraging the rapid advances in the PC industry. After Princeton Server Group was acquired by TelVue Corporation in 2007, Jesse assumed the responsibilities of Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the combined companies and was subsequently appointed President & CEO.

Prior to PSG, Lerman was Director of Software at Video-On-Demand (VOD) pioneer, DIVA Systems Corporation, where he led the commercial release of three generations of high-performance, low latency media server software products and large-scale VOD systems for the cable market. Video servers developed by Lerman’s team served over two million subscribers of AT&T (now Comcast), Charter, and Insight’s cable television systems, making DIVA the VOD market leader.

Lerman’s professional engineering career began at Sarnoff Real Time Corporation. He was one of the original members of Sarnoff Real-time’s development team that commercialized the Princeton Engine technology for VOD and deployed the first VOD system in a Motorola head-end. Lerman holds seven U.S. patents in Video-on-Demand and video servers.

Linda Litowsky

linda_litowskyLinda Litowsky loves to tell stories and to travel and whether it’s her experiences shooting vampire bats in Costa Rica, producing the Survivor series in Malaysia and Switzerland or a documentary about wind power in Denmark, her dreams have definitely come true.

Before Linda got to produce internationally, she began as an intern and then was hired in 1975 at the local ABC affiliate while still a student at the University of Texas at Austin. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree with Honors and Special Honors in Radio | Television | Film, Linda took off for 15 months to tour Europe. Returning home to Austin, she was hired at the NBC affiliate as the Director of Creative Services and Public Service. Linda then moved into public information and free-lance work with increasing professional experiences as a field producer for the major networks and entertainment shows, as an editor for the Olympic Torch Relay and as proud owner of L&M Productions.

Thirty years later, Linda served as Executive Director of the nonprofit that managed Austin’s public access and community media center, along with 3 TV channels, 2 studios, the latest cutting edge technology and the ultimate free speech platform. She still makes documentaries and works for the networks as a free-lancer and of course she continues to travel and tell stories.

Linda is a devoted volunteer for organizations who work with abused children, the girl scouts and people with disabilities.

Elad Nafshi

elad_nafshiElad Nafshi comes to Comcast with a history and experience both inside and outside the cable industry. In his current role as Senior Vice President Next Generation Access Network he leads the company’s Next Generation IP network delivery as well as the key Cloud TV, cloud DVR and network based all IP digital entertainment initiatives.

Nafshi has held several product development and management roles at Comcast where he managed the development and deployment Comcast’s all digital migration, the Industry’s largest transition to all digital media as well as several other high-profile initiatives around Interactive Television, Addressable Advertising, Digital Set-Top-Boxes and On-Screen Guides.

Prior to coming to Comcast, Nafshi was with RCN Corporation, and led the product management and development group as this young company made inroads in a highly competitive industry. He launched a series of game-changing technologies including home security and monitoring, and various premium Internet subscription services that enabled the startup to capture share and consumer awareness against much larger competitors.

Mr. Nafshi graduated from The Buchmann School of Law at Tel Aviv University in Israel with a focus on corporate and international law. He also holds a Master’s in business from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester in New York, where he specialized in electronic commerce and finance.

Yan Shvalb

yan_shvalbYan Shvalb developed his skills in the digital arts through commercial work, teaching and consulting. He studied art at Brooklyn College and took to it so readily he was teaching graduate-level courses in 3D animation, compositing and non-linear editing while still an undergrad. Through an internship at Sony he learned to do high-end 3D animation and compositing on Avid, Flame and SoftImage systems. Shvalb learned DVD authoring at Crush, one of the first such facilities in the country. While there, he worked on titles for Criterion, pioneer of the now standard “added features” on DVDs.

Shvalb moved to Michigan to run a DVD authoring facility at General TV Network, then to Florida to serve as chief technical officer and CIO at Inflight Online, where he earned patents in air-to-ground communications technologies and “crazy stuff for in-flight entertainment.” In 2001 he returned to New York to start his own company, VizualFX. He currently offers custom training, contract video services, DVD authoring and consulting for workflow design, and other production and post-production processes. You can also find him teaching at NYU or speaking at events like NAB, Siggraph and Macworld.

Stephen Traylor

steve_traylorStephen Traylor, Executive Director/General Counsel, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. He is responsible for promoting NATOA as a leading voice for local government communications as well as the oversight and management of all aspects of the legal, legislative and policy activities of NATOA. Mr. Traylor has an extensive background in legislative and regulatory work having served as Associate Legislative Director for the National Association of Counties. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Director, Government Relations for NATOA with responsibilities for legislative and regulatory matters, national organization collaboration and partnership and the development and advocacy of public policy positions and materials.

Mike Wassenaar

mike_wassenaarMike Wassenaar is President & CEO of the Alliance for Community Media, the organization which supports, promotes and defends Public, Educational and Government Access television in the United States. He regularly leads seminars and lectures on community-based media organizations throughout the United States, and has made presentations before Congress, the FCC and other national and regional media organizations.

Mike served 13 years as Executive Director of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, a community media center in Saint Paul, MN. During that time, he worked as lead partner in the Community Technology Empowerment Project, an AmeriCorps program promoting digital literacy in the Twin Cities. Mike has worked in community television and community and public radio for over thirty years in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He got his start in radio working in a youth media program as a high school student in Minneapolis. He produced news and public affairs and entertainment programs with community volunteers at KFAI Minneapolis and WORT Madison, and was a reporter and radio host with Wisconsin Public Radio.

Doug Wood

doug_woodDoug Wood is the founder and President of the Omnimusic Production Music Library, and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Doug has participated in this conference in the past providing valuable assistance to insure PEG stations are aware of music copyright issues.

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