Guide TV engineers and IT together through the IP transition

TV’s transition from hardware to software and its migration to cloud and hybrid cloud workflows will find their best innovations if traditional TV engineering managers collaborate with their IT colleagues. Technology leaders from Fox Corp., CBS Television Stations and Hearst Television will discuss the best strategies to facilitate a cooperative work environment in a TVNewsCheck webinar, How We Work Now: Engineering, IT and the IP Transition, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. ET.

As more IT managers come from outside the broadcast industry and work alongside traditional television engineers, the two groups must work together as they collectively progress through the transition of the infrastructure to software infrastructure and the shift from on-premises to the cloud. The webinar will share best practices to facilitate this work.

“IT people need engineers to help them create efficient and optimal workflows as they transition to software to strengthen security and improve efficiency,” said Kathy Haley, TVNewsCheck‘s publisher and co-founder. “This webinar will address an ongoing and very important issue for the industry, given the different approaches to fostering collaboration that have so far been effective.”

Register here.


Paul Capizzi

Paul Capizzi, CIO, SVP of Technology, Fox Corp. — He leads the corporate technology teams for Fox News and Fox Television. This includes responsibility for the 29 owned and operated Fox television stations.

On a day-to-day basis, Capizzi integrates broadcast engineering to help modernize Fox technology and is responsible for networking, data center, cloud, telephony and technical support.

Jeff Birch

Jeff Birch, Vice President of Engineering, CBS Television Stations – In this work since 2004, Birch presided over the constructions of KYW Philadelphia, KCBS-KCAL Los Angeles and WBBM Chicago at a time when the industry was transitioning from analog HD SDI infrastructure. He oversaw the migration of electronic news gathering from analog to COFDM and the transition from analog (NTSC) to digital (ATSC 1) transmission. He is currently investigating the merits of ATSC 3.0. Birch is heavily involved in studio and control room automation and recently oversaw the transition to an outsourced centralized control operation.

Prior to CBS, Birch held various positions at NBC, including director of field operations for sports and director of maintenance and engineering for the network and station facilities at 30 Rock.

Joe Addalia

Joe Addalia, Director of Technology Projects, Hearst Television — He is responsible for the discovery and implementation of new technologies surrounding television workflows, including news technology and broadcast operations technology.

Addalia joined Hearst with the 2006 purchase of WKCF Orlando, Florida and is based there. His responsibilities also include broadcast-related technology for HTV’s digital media group, including idea live streaming, mobile, interactive TV, second screen and multicast. He is also HTV’s representative on industry technology committees.

Prior to joining Hearst, Addalia was General Manager of Engineering Technology for Emmis Communications and was responsible for researching and identifying technology for the company’s 16 television stations and 25 radio stations, as well as the supervision of the stations in the south-east.

Glen Dickson, Editor, TVNewsCheck (moderator)

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