10:15 am – 11:00 am Speaking of Consumption Devices: Bringing Home the Bits
Walk into any big box electronics store and you are confronted with an epic number of three letter acronyms (TLAs). From UHD to HDR to WCG, don’t forget 4K, there is a lot to take in. Just as viewers are changing, so are the devices on which they are binging. Peter Putman, Technology Consultant, Kramer Electronics, explains what the TLAs mean, but also where the technologies and standards behind the acronyms stand.
Pete Putman, Kramer Electronics

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Who’s Consuming Who? How today’s technologies are changing the relationship between content creators and content consumers
Binge-watching.  Same day releases.  Anytime, anywhere.  Couch potatoes still exist, but they’ve turned into fast food french fries, consuming their content on the go.
Recent developments in technology have allowed content creators and distributors to break the mold when it comes to how viewers are able to consume content, but have they created a monster?  In this session, six creators, consumers and distributors will give a brief presentation on their experiences and observations on content consumers’ increasing demands and how that is affecting content creators and distributors.  The second half of this panel will be dedicated entirely to questions from the audience.  After all, the modern couch potato is no longer a passive consumer!
Jennifer Zeidan, ILM Post    PDF version

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm The Content Explosion: New Content Sources and New Content
Next-gen media companies such as FullScreen Media and AwesomenessTV, are relatively new players in the entertainment experience space. They create a variety of content types and the successful ones have vast followers, sometimes numbering in the millions. These emerging models, however, require other services, such as Brightcove and QYOU, to expand distribution of content beyond their traditional home, YouTube. During this panel, you will learn what these next-gen media companies are doing, who is watching them, what technology problems they encounter with content distribution, and how the distribution is monetized.” Panelists will also explore the economics in an attempt to answer the question, “Why start something new?”.
Seth Hallen, HPA President

3:35 pm – 4:35 pm The Spectacle of the Theater!!
Theatrical presentation of feature motion pictures continues to evolve. We are seeing new options for patrons – premium large format experiences, motion seats, recliners and improved presentation technology in sound and image. How does this impact decisions made by studios and exhibitors? How is the theatrical experience changing the way we make, deliver and present movies?
Jackie Brenneman, NATO

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8:55 am – 9:15 am Introduction & Technology Year in Review

Mark Schubin

9:15 am – 10:00 am Washington Update
Jim Burger, Thompson Coburn LLP

10:00 am – 10:30 am Graceful Evolution to Beyond HD
The graceful evolution into enhanced HD content (the addition of HDR, HFR, and extended color gamut) has the potential to bring forth an ecosystem that delivers a compelling and unambiguous value to the consumer.  An important element in this evolution is making high value content widely available over the full range of delivery systems (broadcast, cable, OTT, etc.). There is a significant belief that 4K-HDR is the inevitable next step in content delivery; but is it the best next step for entertainment content? If we separate the two (4K and HDR) and proceed with HD-HDR, the acceptance for both may in fact be accelerated.
Geoff Tully

10:45 am – 11:15 am Standards, Specifications and the NABA DPP Library Master Format -
Standards are essential; without them there’s simply anarchy!   But they are designed to solve many-to-many issues and the question is “are they too generic to guarantee interoperability in fully automated television workflows”?
Specifications are business driven; they work on the many-to-one principal and don’t attempt to fix the world!. The drawback is, if they aren’t based on Standards, they are just another proprietary product, making them a major business risk to the users.
This session explores how Standards=based Specifications are vital to future fully automated workflows and can change the way we think about traditional program delivery.
Andy Quested, BBC

11:15 am – 11:45 am File Delivery Automation: The Final Frontier?
The phrase “file-based workflow” and the word “automation” have been used a lot lately, and seem to be positioned as a sort of holy grail we should all aspire to.  Some wonder if we haven’t already automated our processes to their limits.  To throw another metaphor into the mix, is the automating of the exchange of content delivery specifications the final frontier in file-based workflow automation?
This presentation will cover what’s being done by NABA and SMPTE to address this area that, today, is mired in a series of very manual processes.  Can mixing in some XML with a dash of BXF achieve the holy grail of automating all of this?  Come and find out.
Chris Lennon, MediAnswers

11:45 am – 12:15 pm Will Online Video Revolutionize Production?
More audio visual content is now commissioned for non-broadcast than broadcast distribution – for online channels and platforms, branded content, corporate, education, training, consumer experiences, and so on.  There are now numerous production companies who produce entirely for this market – and never for TV.  And beside them is growing a host of specialist suppliers.  But how different is their working culture from movies and TV? And if it is different, does it matter?
The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) has conducted unique, in-depth research into the working culture of these new content creators. The findings are eye-opening – and pose significant questions for traditional production companies and broadcasters – and their suppliers.
Mark Harrison, Digital Production Partnership

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Broadcasters Panel
The Broadcaster Panel is a free-flow Q&A session about the latest trends in broadcasting with a distinguished panel of senior level broadcast executives. Most of the questions come directly from the audience, and the panelists and the audience are encouraged to react and respond. Any broadcast hot topic could be discussed, which may include (in no particular order): migration to all-IP infrastructure, non-traditional broadcasting, the shift from live/linear to more on-demand, Ultra HD, high dynamic range, spectrum repack/reallocation, ATSC 3.0 migration, ATSC 3.0 advanced services, etc.
Moderator: Matthew Goldman, Ericsson

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm The World’s First 8K/4K Regular Broadcasting
Masayuki Sugawara, NEC

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm HDR in a Cinema: Achievable Contrast
Jean-Philippe Jacquemin, Barco

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Single-Master HDR
Gary Demos, Image Essence

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8:45 am – 9:45 am Remote and Mobile Production Panel
Due to a continuing appetite for content from viewers of all the major networks, as well as each niche network, and across to newly launched streaming services, the battle is on to make it possible to watch almost every sporting and entertainment event that takes place, all live and as it is happening.  Key members from mobile providers, content producers, and network clients will explore the challenges and changes in all areas of remote production including mobile trucks, fly packs, and remote “at home” productions, which have garnered a great deal of attention recently.
Mark Chiolis, Grass Valley, moderator
Jason Brahms, VideoGorillas

11:00 am – Noon Production in the Cloud: Pitfalls and Epiphanies
As bandwidth and WiFi reliability increases, productions are finding increased benefit in accomplishing production work in the cloud.  The cloud has not only accelerated remote collaboration on long-time digital processes, its mere existence has opened up automation not previously attempted from pre-production through post.  But there can be painful experiences for early adopters using this new technology.  This panel, referencing specific use cases, will highlight the pros and cons of current cloud production, the importance of security, and the potential of cross-app communication for more streamlining of the work, and provide a glimpse of cloud production in the coming years.
Alex LoVerde, SyncOnSet
Gurparkash Saini, Avid
Scott Squires, Pixvana

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm IMF and Automated Mastering
Stephen Wilson, Avid
Arjun Ramamurthy, 20th Century Fox
Rohit Puri, Netflix

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Security Holes and How to Fill Them
Laurence Claydon, Motion Picture Solutions Limited

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Protecting Against Ransomware Attacks
Rob Gonsalves, Avid

5:15 pm – 5:45 pm From Set to Screen: Advances in Metrics and Color Management
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents new developments that improve color management from the set to the screen. This session will cover a new, camera-independent lighting quality index and the latest ACES technical and application information.
Andy Maltz, AMPAS, moderator

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9:15 am -   9:45 am Future Media Infrastructure: Software Defined Hardware
Eric Pohl, National TeleConsultants, moderator

9:45 am – 10:15 am Lessons Learned from Open Source Technology Development -
Jai Krishnan, Google

11:30 am – Noon 2k, 4k, 8k and the Bermuda Triangle of Depth of Field, Sensitivity, and Sharpness
Peter Centen, Grass Valley

Noon – 12:30 pm Improvements in Data Cables and Connectors
There is nothing that can’t be improved, and that includes cable and connectors.  A new Category 6a data cable uses an absorptive layer in the cable to combat noise and alien crosstalk and shield induced noise problems (such as ground loops).  A new method to install RJ-45 connectors is both simple and has the highest performance and can change from a jack to a plug (or vice versa) without reterminating.
Steve Lampen, Belden

12:30 pm – 1:00-ish Post-Retreat Treat
What the H? Did Pittsburg Give Us Our First Letter?
In 1957, a plaque commemorating “Hollywood’s Golden Jubilee” was dedicated by the mayor of Los Angeles, but everything about it was wrong. Was Hollywood actually born in Pennsylvania? Sixty years after the ceremony Mark Schubin tries to uncover the truth.

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