TVN Webinar: News, Sports And Remote Production In 2024

Technology leaders from NBC Regional Sports Networks, Sinclair, Gray Television, Hearst Television and Fox Television Stations discuss the benefits and challenges of remote production in an IP environment in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch webinar on July 16 at 1 p.m. ET. Register here.

Advances in remote production have been vitally important for broadcasters, especially in an era where the efficiencies they enable can be felt immediately on the bottom line. Leaders in remote production’s deployment from an array of broadcast companies will discuss the upsides and the numerous challenges that accompany them in a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar, News, Sports and Remote Production in 2024, on July 16 at 1 p.m. ET.

Executives from NBC Regional Sports Networks, Sinclair, Gray Television, Hearst Television and Fox Television Stations will share their own experiences with cost savings so far, as well as the changes remote production has ushered in for the engineering community, including greater potential for hubbing.

“Remote production has enormous implications for news and sports,” said Michael Depp, NewsCheckMedia’s chief content officer and editor, TVNewsCheck. “The remote collaborative potential alone is a game-changer for news production, while in sports the most premier production talent can now essentially work from home on more events at a huge cost reduction. As broadcasters brace for a rocky year ahead, remote production can offer a clear advantage, and our panelists will dive deeply into how that can be realized.”

Register here.


Joe Addalia

Joseph M. Addalia Jr., VP Broadcast Technology, Hearst Television — He is responsible for new technology discovery and implementation surrounding television workflows including news technology and broadcast operations technology.


Addalia joined Hearst with the purchase of WKCF Orlando, Fla., in 2006. His responsibilities also include the broadcast-related technology for HTV’s Digital Media Group including live streaming video, mobile, interactive TV, second screen and multicasting. He is also HTV’s representative on industry technology committees.

Before joining Hearst, Addalia was corporate director of engineering technology for Emmis Communications and was responsible for researching and pinpointing technology for the company’s 16 television and 25 radio stations as well as overseeing the southeast stations.

In addition, Addalia was the design engineer behind the Emmis centralcasting model and was also responsible for the implementation of centralcasting for the Emmis TV stations. The facility was among the first in the industry to drive the on-air operations through the use of metadata rather than user-intervention.

Previously Addalia held the position of corporate director of engineering for Press Communications LLC, a radio and television broadcasting company based in Wall, N.J. During his 12 years with Press, he designed and constructed the studio and transmission facilities for WKCF Orlando, as well as the group’s radio facilities located in New Jersey and Florida. He also had the honor of “signing on” WKCF in 1988 as chief engineer.

Addalia has been in broadcast engineering for over 30 years and has hands-on experience in all facets of the technical side of television, radio, digital and cable. He has an associate in applied science degree in television and is a SBE certified broadcast engineer and an active member of SBE Chapter 42 in Central Florida and a member of SMPTE.

Ernie Ensign

Ernie Ensign, Senior Director News Technology, Sinclair — He has held his current position since 2020, focused on optimizing and advancing news technology across the group. Prior to that position he was director of engineering for WJLA Washington, where he was responsible for the technical operations of Sinclair’s largest television station including supervising the design, build and launch of The National Desk studios and control rooms, a daily news show that is broadcast in 70 markets across the country.

He holds SBE certifications of CBTE and CBNE and has 25 years of television experience spanning news, operations and engineering.

Tim Joyce

Tim Joyce, SVP of Engineering, Operations and Technology, Fox Television Stations — Prior to joining FTS, Joyce spent nearly three years as the SVP of media and broadcast engineering for Fox Corp. Previously, he was the SVP of technology business relations for Fox Networks Group in Los Angeles, and before that, as VP of broadcast operations for Fox Networks Group in Europe and Africa.

Joyce spent six years as VP of operations and production services for National Geographic Channels International. He began his career as a senior editor for Fox Latin American Channels.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Joyce holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and Spanish.

Clint Moore

Clint Moore, Director of Broadcast Operations, Gray Television — He started in local news as an editor/photographer in Huntsville, Ala. He worked general assignment, investigative and consumer, bureau photographer, sports, SNG and chopper before moving into operations.

He was the news operations manager at WMC Memphis before moving into a corporate role as corporate news operations with Raycom. When Gray purchased Raycom in 2018, he moved over to Gray as director of broadcast operations where he has helped Gray grow and convert other groups purchased by Gray into the family.  He is based out of Memphis.

Jon Slobotkin

Jon Slobotkin, SVP, Content & Live Programming, NBC Sports Regional Networks — He has served in his current post since 2017. In this role he is responsible for all content and live production, which includes more than 1,500 games annually, and leads content and production strategy and execution across platforms for the group’s six networks.

Prior to his current role, Slobotkin was vice president and executive producer of live events, where he oversaw all aspects of live event coverage for the NBC Regional Sports Networks. He also served as a live event producer at the 2016 Rio Olympics, overseeing women’s basketball.

Previously, Slobotkin worked as a producer for Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, primarily covering the Philadelphia Phillies. Before SportsNet Philadelphia, Slobotkin was a producer for 15 years at PRISM, one of the country’s ealiest regional sports networks.

He is a graduate of Temple University and is a member of its Klein College of Media and Communication Hall of Fame.

Glen Dickson (moderator), Contributing Editor, TVNewsCheck

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