Representing Pearl TV as Chief Broadcast Strategist, Richard Friedel was most recently EVP of Engineering, Operations and Technology at Fox Television Stations, where he drove the ATSC 3.0 efforts. His previous role as EVP Technology & Broadcast Strategy for 21st Century Fox saw him shepherd long-term technology strategy and day-to-day operations for the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles and the Fox Houston Technical Operations Center, home of Fox Sports’ regional networks, and provided technical support for 14 regional production centers. Before joining FOX, Friedel served in various positions at Capital Cities/ABC, NBC News and local television stations.
He is the former Chair of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and he serves as President of the Video Services Forum. He is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and a member of the Audio Engineering Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Society of Broadcast Engineers and Society of Cable Television Engineers. Friedel was honored by the National Association of Broadcasters with the 2015 NAB Engineering Achievement Award, bestowed to individuals nominated by their peers for significant contributions to advancing the state of the art in broadcast engineering. In 2018 he received an Emmy for lifetime achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Richard Friedel is serving as President of NABA.
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Mark Aitken has been involved in the broadcast industry’s migration to advanced services since 1987, from his participation in the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Services to his current involvement with the ATSC. He was the primary architect in the formation of ONE Media and a driver of key ATSC 3.0 breakthrough technologies.
Prior to his involvement with Sinclair, Mark worked with COMARK Communications where he held several positions including Manager of the Systems Engineering, RF Engineering and Sales Engineering groups, as well as Director of Marketing and Sales Support, which included digital television strategic planning.
Mark is a member of the NAB TV Technology Committee, as well as AFCCE, IEEE and SMPTE. He is the author of many papers dealing with innovative RF product development and advanced digital broadcast systems design-implementation strategies and holds patents for various RF devices and Next Gen systems. He is a recipient of the 2008 Broadcasting and Cable Technology Leadership Award, the 2013 recipient of the ATSC “Bernard Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award,” the 2018 NAB Engineering Achievement Award for his leadership in advancing the adoption of the Next Gen standard and the 2018 TV Technology Innovator Award.
Zandra Clarke is a seasoned broadcast professional at Warner Bros. Discovery. Responsible for coordinating NBA on TNT transmission logistics for all broadcasts, All-Star Weekend, Play-off, and Conference Finals. She provides world-class customer support that reinforces Warner Bros. Discovery’s brand of excellence and flexibility. She has coordinated the transmission of various live sports and entertainment broadcasts.
A Society of Broadcast Engineering, Certified Television Operator. Currently a Director of Membership, she has served as Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer for both; the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers and the Society of Satellites Professionals International of Atlanta.
Lynn Claudy is Senior Vice President of Technology for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the trade association for commercial radio and television broadcast stations. He joined NAB in 1988 as a staff engineer and held positions of Director of Advanced Engineering & Technology and Vice President before assuming his present position in 1995. He earned his BA degree from Oberlin College, BSEE from Washington University in St. Louis and MSEE degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of AES, AFCCE, IEEE, SBE, a SMPTE Fellow and serves on the FCC Technological Advisory Council. He received the IEEE’s 2016 Jules Cohen Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award. Having served as ATSC Board Chair from 2019 to 2021, he is currently a Board Vice Chair.
Mark Corl, Triveni Digital’s Senior Vice President of Emergent Technology Development, works on new technologies that impact digital TV distribution, with a special focus on IP-delivered content. During his 20-year tenure at Triveni Digital, Corl has led the metadata generation systems development and continues to lead the test and measurement monitoring systems development effort. Prior to Triveni Digital, Corl had 15 years of software engineering experience at leading companies including Texas Instruments and Xerox Corporation. Corl has been contributing to ATSC efforts, chairing two ad hoc groups and serving as vice chairman of the Personalization and Interactivity Implementation Team. He earned his B.S. degree in mathematics and computer science from Bucknell University.
Jim DeChant, Head of Live Streaming Playback Operations, Prime Video, has more than 35 years of television industry experience. Throughout his career, he has focused on utilizing best-of-class technologies to develop content creation and distribution systems for news, entertainment, educational and advertising systems. From his early days in as a cable TV producer, he has focused on the efficient program production for community producers and local origination facilities. In 2008, with the advent of video-over-IP technologies, he created an all-IP playout system used by television and cable operators today. Formerly Vice President of Technology at News-Press & Gazette Broadcasting, he focused on web and mobile streaming, over-the-top file-based content and NEXTGEN TV broadcast transmission.
PBS North Carolina
Fred Engel, Chief Technology Officer at PBS North Carolina, is a widely respected leader in the broadcast media industry. He and his team are nationally recognized for work in developing creative applications for ATSC 3.0/NextGenTV including Public Safety Communications efforts that won the 2017 NAB Pilot Innovation Grant Competition for “Digital Paging over Public Broadcasting”, an effort now funded by the US Department of Homeland Security. Related to his ATSC 3.0/NextGenTV efforts he now serves on the Advanced Television System Committee’s Board of Directors, the first public broadcaster in that role in many years.
He has been in the broadcast industry since graduating from Ferris State University in 1978. He spent 27 years at WTTW Chicago rising from an engineering maintenance technician to Vice President of Technology. He spent three years with a Systems Integration firm in Chicago as Vice President of Broadcasting, joined Kentucky Educational Television (KET) in 2010 as Senior Director of Technology and in 2016 took a similar role with UNC-TV in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Fred and his team in Chicago received a Midwest Emmy award for the design and construction of WTTW’s Digital Broadcast Operations Center. His team at KET designed and built one of the first street side studios in public broadcasting in downtown Louisville, KY.
He is the current Chapter 93 chairperson of the Society of Broadcast Engineers in the Raleigh/Durham NC market and is a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer with that organization. He has served on the FCC Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council VII (CSRIC) working group focused on improving Broadcast Resiliency, had a six-year tenure with the PBS Enterprise Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC), participates in various PBS ETAC Working Groups, and serves with the AWARN and NVISA groups focusing on emergency notifications to viewers.”
Jon Fairhurst, Principal Standards Engineer for Samsung Research America, Inc., has worked for more than 30 years on projects related to digital television. This includes 10 years at Grass Valley Group developing broadcast equipment and digital switchers and 20 years at Sharp Laboratories of America developing television technologies. He joined Samsung in April 2017. Fairhurst has been involved in standards throughout his career, spearheading standards for measuring television power consumption and leading multiple Consumer Technology Association standards over the years. Active in ATSC standards wok, he chairs the TG3 S34-1Video Ad Hoc Group. He earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Adam Goldberg has three decades of experience in various facets of digital television and has been an active participant in the ATSC since 1996. He currently chairs S36 (security) and TG3-12 (portrait mode video) and is the vice-chair of S33. He has chaired every ATSC technical group focused on security (yielding ATSC A/70 and A/360 standards families).
He has been involved in various digital television and digital telecommunications activities, including the over-the-air digital transition, cable television and home entertainment in general for more than three decades. Mr. Goldberg has been deeply involved with many aspects of digital television, including receivers, receiver silicon and broadcast equipment, and has held engineering, project management, strategic planning, standards and government relations roles for software vendors, decoder and silicon manufacturers, network and head-end vendors and consumer electronics companies and has spoken world-wide on digital television issues.
Nexstar Media Group
Brett E. Jenkins is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Nexstar Media Group. He oversees the company’s IT and technology at the corporate level and across multiple business units. Mr. Jenkins is also responsible for the company’s spectrum strategies and developing new business opportunities for spectrum utilization. Mr. Jenkins has held technology positions at Media General, LIN Media and ION Media Networks, and executive positions at Thales Broadcast & Multimedia and Thomson. Early in his engineering career at Thales, Mr. Jenkins managed modulator and exciter technology and development for what was then the new digital broadcast TV standard. He was the lead US engineer in a global team responsible for the development of Digital Adaptive Precorrection technology. Thales received an Emmy award for pioneering this technology in 2003.
Mr. Jenkins has served multiple terms on the Board of the ATSC. He has been active in numerous industry groups and was a past member of the External Advisory Board for the University of Massachusetts’ Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Mr. Jenkins earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Boston University.
Brian Markwalter is Senior Vice President of Research and Standards for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Essentially the chief technology officer for the consumer electronics industry, Markwalter oversees CTA’s ANSI-accredited standards development operations and extensive market research activities. He is a licensed professional engineer and holds seven U.S. patents. Markwalter’s industry leadership is reflected through his positions on the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Board of Governors, the Federal Communications Commission’s Technological Advisory Council and Video Accessibility Advisory Committee, the U.S. Commerce Department’s NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Governing Board, and the ATSC Board of Directors. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Anne Schelle is Managing Director of Pearl TV, a business organization of 8 broadcast TV companies investing in forward-looking opportunities including NEXTGEN TV (ATSC 3.0). Anne has more than two decades of wireless and media industry experience.
Anne was founder and President of APS Connext LLC, providing senior-level advisory to some of the nation’s largest public media companies. She served previously as senior advisor to the NAB and as Executive Director of the Open Mobile Video Coalition. Anne was also a founding management team member for several companies, including the nation’s first commercial digital cellular network American Personal Communications, dba Sprint Spectrum, and xDSL Networks. She is a past venture partner and CEO of Acta Wireless.
Anne serves currently as board chair of the ATSC 3.0 Security Alliance (A3SA), as well as a board member of WYPR, Maryland’s Public Radio Station, and the Wise Giving Alliance, Give.org. She formerly served on the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) Board, as Vice Chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association’s North American Board, founding Chair of its video committee, and as a founding member of the advisory board of the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering for Professionals.
Andy Scott is Vice President of Engineering for NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. Known as a leading industry technical authority, Scott is responsible for analyzing and evaluating industry technical and engineering issues that arise in federal regulatory and legislative proceedings. A 35-year industry veteran, Scott represents the cable industry in standards and specifications development organizations in furtherance of public policy objectives, particularly in the areas of cable system architecture and design, field engineering and operations. In addition to his role on the ATSC Board, Scott serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Engineering Committee. He holds a masters degree in Computer Science.
Dr. Yiyan Wu is a Principal Research Scientist with the Communications Research Centre Canada. His research interests include broadband multimedia communications, digital broadcasting, and communication systems engineering. Dr. Wu is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting. He has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada (June 2018).
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