Top Techs Eye Tomorrow’s Challenges

Technology executives from CBS Owned Stations, Disney ABC TV Group, Meredith and Masstech look at 2020’s horizon line and the looming challenges of IP, the cloud, multiplatform workflow and more at the seventh annual NewsTECHForum next month.

Leading technologists will share how they’re tackling the IP transition, the cloud’s growing impact on their workflows and artificial intelligence and machine learnings’ widening impact on the news video industry on Dec. 17 at the New York Hilton.

CBS Owned Stations’ Jeff Birch

Jeff Birch, VP of engineering at CBS Owned Stations; Marcy Lefkovitz, VP of technology and workflow strategy at the Disney ABC Television Group; Tom Casey, VP of engineering and technology for the Meredith Local Television Group; and Mike Palmer, CTO of Masstech will join TVNewsCheck technology writer Glen Dickson for a wide-ranging discussion of the looming challenges they face at 11:45 a.m. on Dec. 17.

Disney ABC Television Group’s Marcy Lefkovitz

“The news industry faces remarkable challenges in 2020, from covering a highly contentious election season and generating audience and revenue on OTT to developing monetization strategies that will keep local news viable over the long term,” said Kathy Haley, TVNewsCheck’s publisher and co-founder. “Technology will play a huge role in meeting all of those challenges and this year’s Top Techs panel will offer insights into how all that will play out.”

Meredith’s Tom Casey

The seventh annual NewsTECHForum, set for Dec. 16-17 at the New York Hilton, will bring together engineering, news, production and digital leaders to discuss excellence in news storytelling and challenges in news workflow.


Panels and presentations will tackle Technology and the 2020 Election Coverage; Cybersecurity in the Newsroom and the Field; News Strategies for OTT; Multiplatform Production Without the Pain; and New Frontiers in News Storytelling among other sessions.

Masstech’s Mike Palmer

NewsTECHForum is co-located with the 14th Annual SVG Summit, which gathers more than 1,000 sports video professionals and their technology partners to talk about production excellence in sports television. The SVG Summit is produced by the Sports Video Group and features a technology showcase of more than 75 companies that is open to all NewsTECHForum attendees.

This year’s NewsTECHForum will also feature the second annual Social Media Excellence Awards, recognizing extraordinary engagement and innovation by local TV brands and talent.

To register for NewsTECHForum, click here.

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