Media companies that have scrambled to implement new workflows in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic this year will be looking for technology standards to govern them in 2021, according to four leading technologists and two rising stars set to receive TVNewsCheck’s 2020 Women in Technology Awards. During a “Predictions for 2021” conversation to be held immediately following the awards presentation ceremony on Monday, honorees will offer their thoughts on the follow-up to 2020’s extraordinary circumstances, including addressing some complicated tech debt questions.
A TVNewsCheck webinar featuring top engineers from Fox, Tegna and Gray found stations are settling well into their COVID-19-induced remote workflows. Some of those workflows, including IP contribution, cloud-based collaboration and production automation, are likely to stay even after the pandemic subsides. “There’s no going back to what it was before this started,” says Tegna’s Robert Lydick.
The coronavirus pandemic forced television news operations to produce almost entirely from producers’ and anchors’ homes. During a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar, set for May 28 at 1 p.m. ET, leading television engineering and operations executives will talk about what they’ve learned while facilitating this massive shift in workflow and the long-term changes likely to flow from it. Above, l-r: Speakers Richard Friedel, Fox Television Stations; Clint Moore, Gray Television; and Robert Lydick, Tegna Media.
Coronavirus-necessitated remote workflows have spun up quickly and reliably to allow TV stations to keep broadcasting during the pandemic. There’s reason to believe they’ll stick around after the crisis subsides. Above: Avid Edit On Demand provides a full virtual production environment in the cloud, including Media Composer software and Avid NEXIS storage. (Source: Avid)
The recipients of TVNewsCheck’s annual Women in Technology Futurist Award — Perspective Media Group’s Janet Gardner and Latakoo’s Jade Kurian — epitomize the quality of taking a long-range view of where the television industry should be moving and figuring out how to get it there. They will be honored in a virtual awards presentation and panel discussion on Oct. 19.