TVN To Present: The At-Home Studio And The Future Of News Workflow

Technology managers from ABC News, NBCU and Spectrum Networks will talk about the at-home studio and it's impact on the future of news workflow during a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar set for July 23. Speakers are (top row l to r): Brendan Falco, senior director of operations at Spectrum Networks and NY1 News; Ben Kepler, director of broadcast operations and engineering at ABC News; Keith Barbaria, VP technology at NBC's WBTS Boston, NBC Sports Boston, Telemundo Boston and NECN (r); and bottom row l to r): Fred Fourcher, founder and CEO, Bitcentral; Jade Kurian, co-founder and president; and Glen Dickson, contributing editor, TVNewsCheck, who will moderate. Register to attend here. 

Four months into the global coronavirus pandemic, TV companies across the U.S. continue to employ remote production to keep employees safe. To examine how engineering teams are refining their approaches, and how their work will affect the industry long-term, TVNewsCheck will present The At-Home Studio and the Future of News Workflow, the fourth in a series of Working Lunch Webinars.

Following up on a May webcast focused on how engineering teams, forced to set up remote production outposts for large numbers of reporters, producers, directors and anchors virtually overnight, the At-Home Studio, set for July 23 at 1 p.m. ET, will look more closely at how those set-ups are evolving technologically.

It will also provide perspective from technology managers from a different set of companies than the first installment, which featured executives from Fox Television Stations, Tegna Media and Gray Television.


Keith Barbaria, VP technology at NBC10 Boston, NBC Sports Boston, Telemundo Boston and NECN, led the technology and facility upgrade for the launch of the new NBC owned station on January 1st, 2017.  More recently, Keith worked as the project leader for the construction of the new NBCU Boston Media Center in Needham, MA which successfully launched in January 2020. In Barbaria’s time with the NBCU Owned Stations, he has worked to support a number of big news stories, major weather events, and live broadcasts. Some of these include New Year’s Eve First Night Boston, Hurricane Irene, the fall snow storm of 2011, Hurricane Sandy and the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, for which NBC Connecticut was awarded the George Foster Peabody Award for their coverage.

Ben Kepler, director of broadcast operations and engineering at ABC News,manages IT systems and broadcast computer systems at ABC News, where he has worked since 2009. He has a thorough understanding of not just television production and operations technology, but also of the increasingly prevalent IP systems being incorporated into television facilities. He has spoken at TVNewsCheck events on the subject of increasing collaboration among TV engineering and IT professionals and about cybersecurity in the production environment.


Brendan Falco, senior director of operations at Spectrum Networks and NY1 News, oversees Spectrum’s news operations in New York City (NY1), New York state and Massachusetts. Brendan has worked in the cable news industry for 18 years.  Prior to joining Spectrum News NY1 in 2017, he served for the last 10 years as operations manager and director of operations for Spectrum News in Upstate NY, overseeing a network operations hub serving Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo.  He began his career as part of the launch team for Capital News 9 in Albany, NY in 2002.

Fred Fourcher is founder and CEO of Bitcentral, a company he launched in 2000, building a nationwide news distribution network for CBS Newspath, and another one for NBC News Channel in 2003. In 2005 Bitcentral entered the news production system business and pioneered the first large-scale internet-based news aggregation and sharing platform called Oasis™ which is now used by over 1,200 news organizations worldwide and distributes over 40,000 stories per day. Fred Fourcher is a recognized thought leader in the industry who received an Emmy in 2017 for Bitcentral’s innovative use of the MOS Protocol in our news systems. Bitcentral now has more news production systems in TV stations than any competitors in the U.S., and also one of the dominant providers of master control systems in Latin America.

Jade Kurian is President and Co-Founder of latakoo, provider of an end-to-end solution for fast, secure transfer and delivery of large files. Jade has more than 20 years experience in all facets of broadcasting and broadcast technology. She is also an operational expert, having managed staff and coordinated crews while traveling the world. Jade is a patent holder for some of the technology built at latakoo. Under her leadership, latakoo has grown to serve companies around the world including television stations, production companies and marketing firms.

Glen Dickson, TVNewsCheck contributing editor, has been covering television technology for decades and is one of the leading journalists in his field. He will moderate the webinar.

Register for the webinar here.




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