TVN Webinar: Fox Corp.’s Tech Transformation At Gryphon Project And Beyond

Executives from Fox Corp. will share insights from building a pioneering new cloud-native operations center in Tempe, Ariz., dubbed the Gryphon Project, and where it sits in a larger reinvention of the technology powering Fox’s broadcast and digital businesses in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch webinar on July 12 at 1 p.m. ET. Register here.

Fox was already migrating to cloud-based technology when it began negotiating the sale of its film studio and cable entertainment networks to Disney in 2017. It wound up using that deal, which closed in March 2019, as a unique opportunity to completely transform the underlying technology for all its businesses under the new Fox Corp.

A TVNewsCheck webinar, Accelerating Fox’s Tech Transformation: The Gryphon Project and Beyond, will explore that transformation on July 12 at 1 p.m. ET. Fox Corp. CTO & President of Digital Paul Cheesbrough will outline the company’s overall technology reinvention, and along with other key Fox executives and partners, detail the “Gryphon Project,” the creation of a pioneering new cloud-native operations center in Tempe, Ariz.

Two years in the making, this highly redundant, 8K-capable facility serves as the content hub for all of Fox’s broadcast and digital businesses, managing and delivering hundreds of thousands of hours of programming to over 200 Fox affiliated TV stations and more than 800 distribution partners around the country.

“Fox Corp. is now three years into a dramatic reinvention of all its underlying technology with the Gryphon Project being a key piece of the overall puzzle,” said TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp. “This webinar will present a vivid picture of that project and where it sits in an industry-revolutionizing overall technology plan for Fox.”

Register here.



Paul Cheesbrough

Paul Cheesbrough, CTO & President of Digital, Fox Corp. — He leads Fox Corp.’s technology teams and operations and also oversees the company’s digital strategy and streaming products.

Before the March 2019 spinoff of Fox by 21st Century Fox and the establishment of Fox as a standalone public company, Cheesbrough was chief technology officer for 21st Century Fox, where he oversaw the company’s technology operations globally. Prior, he was chief technology officer for News Corp., overseeing the enterprise technologies and digital products and platforms across the business as well as the technology investment portfolio. In these roles, Cheesbrough has led significant change and transformation through the implementation of modern technologies using internal teams and a range of established and earlier stage technology partners.

Before joining News Corp., Cheesbrough was chief information officer at the Telegraph Media Group, where he pioneered the development of a wide range of new digital products. Earlier, he was the controller of digital media for the BBC, having started his career in IBM’s media division as a software engineer.

Jeff Dow

Jeff Dow, EVP, Media and Broadcast Operations, Fox Corp. — During his 21 years at Fox, he has served in a variety of cyber security, technology and media roles. Prior to the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney, he was the CISO and CIO of 20th Century Fox Film.

In his current role, he is responsible for managing Fox’s media services team, in addition to all company broadcast, distribution and streaming operations for the Entertainment and Sports divisions. This includes the operation of Fox’s new $200 million Technology Center in Tempe and the Technical Operations Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Prior to joining Fox, Dow worked in the defense industry and served as an officer in the United States Air Force, and was assigned to the 321st Strategic Missile Wing, the 487th Tactical Missile Wing and the Medium Launch Vehicle Systems Program Office.

Peter Wharton

Peter Wharton, Chief Strategy and Cloud Officer, TAG Video Systems He leads strategy and cloud efforts for TAG, which makes innovative all-IP monitoring systems.

He is the founder of Happy Robotz LLC, a media technology engineering, development and consulting company that focuses on creating transformative cloud-based media operations through intelligent, cost-managed and highly automated end-to-end workflows and led the cloud migration project for a major U.S. network.

Wharton has also held a range of live production, product management, technology innovation and business development roles at Grass Valley, Fox and ABC Networks.

He is a SMPTE Fellow and has previously served as SMPTE’s membership VP, secretary/treasurer and Eastern regional governor and has produced the “Bits by the Bay” SMPTE technology conference in the Washington, D.C., area since 1999.

Glen Dickson, Contributing Editor, TVNewsCheck (moderator)

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humankind says:

June 14, 2022 at 4:58 pm

Interesting about the technology at the new place in Tempe, AZ. And I understand Fox has another hub in Las Vegas, NV. They use fiber optic technology I understand. I wonder what is the plan there or how many more years?