Time Session
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

SVG Summit Exhibit Hall 

SVG’s Exhibit hall will be open to NewsTechForum attendees in the Rhinelander Room (2nd floor)


9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

News Operations in a Changed World

How has widespread remote production in news programming changed the way TV’s engineering, news and digital content community think about designing the newsrooms, studios and control rooms of the future? A brainstorming session with executives in technology, news and digital.



Erik Smith, Director of News Operations, Fox Owned Stations

Fabian Westerwelle, Executive Director, Media & Technology, ABC News

Peter McGowan, Director of News Operations & New Technology

Mack McLaughlin, CEO, FX Design Group

Jacques Natz, SVP & GM, Altice USA’s News 12

Glen Dickson, Contributing Editor, TVNewsCheck (moderator)

9:45 - 10 a.m.

Avid Fireside Chat

News Production in the Cloud: A Road Map for 2022 and Beyond

Remote production, and in particular editing in the cloud, has become a way of life in the media industry since March of 2020. What has Avid learned as it facilitated widespread remote production for enterprise clients including news organizations and TV station groups? How has this work inspired changes in Avid solutions and how do media organizations specifically benefit from those changes? How is Avid approaching security and business continuity at a time when ransomware attacks are becoming a critical concern for media companies?



Lior Netzer, SVP and General Manager for Media & Cloud Business Unit

Kathy Haley, Co-Founder and Publisher, TVNewsCheck (moderator)

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Keynote Interview – Fox Weather

Fox Weather has shaken up the landscape of TV meteorology since its October launch, accelerating competition on this crucial news front. Sharri Berg, the new streaming channel’s president, along with meteorologists Amy Freeze and Craig Herrera, will lay out how Fox plans to disrupt the industry in A Change In Weather: Behind Fox’s New Streaming Channel, the keynote interview for TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum conference on Dec. 14.



Sharri Berg, President, Fox Weather

Amy Freeze, Meteorologist, Fox Weather

Craig Herrera, Meteorologist, Fox Weather

Michael Depp, Editor, TVNewsCheck (moderator)

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Reinventing TV News for a Connected World

TV broadcasters have tried for years to attract younger audiences without offending existing linear TV audiences. The rise of streaming and mobile offer clear opportunities to reinvent the wheel. We gather news leaders, innovators and iconoclasts to re-imagine video news and talk about how technology can help or hinder the transformation.



Barb Maushard, SVP of News, Hearst Television

Brooke Thomas, Host, Fox Soul

Joanie Vasiliadis, VP of Digital Content, Tegna

Meredith McGinn, EVP of Diginets & Original Production, NBCU Local

Eric Ludgood, Head, Newsy

Stephen Bach, Director of Sales, News Segment, Amagi

Michael Depp, Editor, TVNewsCheck (moderator)

11:45 - 12:00 p.m.

Fireside Chat

Productivity Without Pain: Breaking Down the Silos in Media Production

Vice Media’s creator-driven approach allows its storytellers to produce compelling content for a diversified multimedia audience. Planning, collaboration and communication across a global talent pool are critical and at the center of all that – and more – is  Wolftech.


Daniel Elias, Global Director, Production & Media Workflows, VICE Media Group

Arne Berven, CEO, Wolftech

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

The Cloud & the Future of News Production

The cloud offers potential for news organizations with correspondents located around the world, throughout a regional or across a single DMA. TV’s engineering community is already planning content management’s move into the cloud and cloud editing is gaining ground. What steps are engineering/IT managers taking to move more news operations into a cloud or hybrid cloud setting? What are they learning about costs, security and other concerns?



Paul Capizzi, CIO & SVP Technology, Fox Corp.

Mike Palmer, Senior Director, Media Management, Sinclair Broadcast Group

Kurt Rao, CTO, Tegna

Sam Peterson, COO, Bitcentral

Glen Dickson, Contributing Editor, TVNewsCheck (moderator)


1:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Fireside Chat

Reasons to Migrate Your Weather Technology to the Cloud

Weather is one of your most important news assets. Join Ethan Dreilinger, Global Client Solutions Engineer at The Weather Company and Kurt Rao, CTO of Tegna as they discuss the benefits of migrating your weather technology to the cloud for greater scalability, collaboration and disaster recovery.


Ethan Dreilinger, Global Client Solutions Engineer, The Weather Company, an IBM Business

Kurt Rao, CTO, Tegna

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Reinventing the Live Shot

Smaller news vehicles, cameras that acquire, stream and even edit video, connectivity via bonded cellular, low earth orbit satellite, 2 GHz, 5G: the changing economics of the video news industry has technologists imagining new ways to handle the live shot. We gather leaders in traditional and non-traditional ENG to imagine the future together.



Ernie Ensign, Senior Director, News Technology, Sinclair Broadcast Group

Ben Ramos, VP Fox Archive, Field & Emerging Technology, Fox News

Rich Paleski, Director of Operations, WCBS

Tim Stevens, Global Leader, Strategic Innovation for Sports, Media & Entertainment, Verizon Business Group

Mike Fass, EVERForward Strategies (moderator)

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Networking Break

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Remote Production & the Future of News Storytelling

Has story centric workflow, long a mantra in news production, gotten a boost from more than a year of distributed production? How are news managers, producers and the operations teams that support them reimagining production and storytelling in a post-pandemic world?



Ray Thompson, Director, Marketing Solutions, Broadcast and Media, Avid

Robin Whitmeyer, VP/News Director, KDFW, Fox Television Stations

Andrea Owen, Director of Operations, Washington D.C. Bureau, ABC News

Bobby Cassidy, Executive Director of Multimedia, Newsday

Mike Fass, EVERForward Strategies (moderator)

3:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Fireside Chat


Jamie Simmons, Senior Director, Content Technology, NBCU Local

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

News Technology and Combatting Disinformation

News, technology and digital leaders discuss the daily battle with disinformation and misinformation over crucial topics like COVID-19 and elections and the newsroom resources and methodologies they bring to bear in the fight.



Dustin Block, Audience Development Lead, Graham Media Group

Jonathan Forsythe, Managing Editor, Verify, Tegna

Bruce MacCormack, Principal, Neural Transform and Co-Lead, Project Origin

Emily Stone, VP, Digital Content Operations, Fox Owned Stations

Michael Depp, Editor, TVNewsCheck (moderator)