TV CTOs to Discuss Tech Investment Plans

Friedel Barros Honeycutt Parks

At the 2018 Devoncroft Summit: The Business of Media Technology, industry thought leaders will debate strategic drivers of media technology spending, including cloud technology, virtualization, transition to IP, 4K/UHD, artificial intelligence/machine learning and media supply chain restructuring. 

Influential technology decision makers from four of the world’s largest television network groups will take part in a panel called “The Broadcaster C-Suite: Trends Driving Investment Decisions,” where they will discuss and debate the trends and commercial considerations driving their respective plans for media technology procurement over the next several years.

This session is part of the seventh-annual “Devoncroft Executive Summit: The Business of Media Technology,” which will take place Sunday, April 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Wynn Las Vegas in Latour Ballroom, scheduled during the annual NAB Show.

Raymundo Barros, CTO of TV Globo; Richard Friedel, EVP-GM of Fox Networks Engineering and Operations; John Honeycutt, CTO of Discovery Communications; and Del Parks, CTO of Sinclair Broadcast Group will appear on the panel, which will be moderated by Joe Zaller, founder and president of Devoncroft Partners.

The Devoncroft Executive Summit at the NAB Show features C-Level executives from each part of the media world discussing the commercial issues facing their organizations, and how they have — and will — impact their technology investment and deployment strategies. 

“Over the past seven years, the Devoncroft Summit has grown organically into one of the most important events of the year,” said Zaller.  “It continues to attract senior executives from across all parts of the media technology ecosystem, who come to network, collaborate with partners, and learn from industry thought leaders. We’re excited to be moving this must-attend event to the Wynn hotel, where it will be co-located with Avid Connect.”

The full agenda includes panel discussions featuring thought leaders from across the entire media value chain. C-level executives from leading broadcasters, service providers, media technology vendors, and IT vendors will offer candid assessments of the business impact of market developments on their business models, operational practices, and strategic decision making.


In addition to executive panel discussions, the Summit will also provide an overview of the most up-to-date industry market research and analysis from Devoncroft Partners and its affiliates. This includes preliminary findings from the 2018 Devoncroft Partners Big Broadcast Survey, the industry’s definitive demand-side market study, the Devoncroft M&E Cloud Adoption Index, and the Devoncroft M&E IP Adoption Index; along with an overview of the latest market sizing and forecasting figures from the widely-referenced Global Market Valuation Report (GMVR) which is published through a 50-50 joint venture between Devoncroft and industry trade association IABM.

This event is designed for senior executives from media companies, technology suppliers, finance professionals, and industry strategists that want to gain a deeper understanding of the perspective of executive decision makers on business developments in the media technology sector. The Summit’s unique format makes it a thought-provoking kickoff to the 2018 NAB Show, as well as a great networking opportunity.

The Devoncroft Summit is being underwritten by Cisco and Intel, and is co-located with Avid Connect 2018. AWS, Avid and Lawo are also event sponsors.TVNewsCheck represents the Devoncroft Executive Summit for sponsorship sales.

For sponsorship information, please contact Jill Altmann, 610-715-9315, [email protected] or Josh Gordon, 718-802-0488, [email protected].

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