BBC?s Alan Whiston joins keynote panel at IT Broadcast Workflow

The BBC’s Alan Whiston, technology controller, Vision & North & Nations, is the latest panelist to join the opening keynote session at IT Broadcast Workflow this Wednesday 13th, at London’s BAFTA.

ITFC’s Lesley Marr opens with a keynote session on ‘Next generation workflows’ followed by a Q&A with panellists Whiston, Niall Duffy, managing director, Mediasmiths and Jon Mobbs, head of Product Marketing, Deluxe Media Technologies.

Marr is senior operations director at ITFC and will chair a session asking as budgets are shrinking and delivery platforms are increasing, how do we make it all add up? What is the next generation workflow that will really crack the problems?

Learn how high-speed transport and cloud infrastructures are powering high-availability media asset collection and delivery for a major Euro football tournament – explained by Bhavik Vyas, director of Cloud Services, Aspera.

ITV’s Coronation Street and Emmerdale now have file-based delivery workflows from production through to transmission and VOD distribution. Luan Thompson, lead strategist for Content Management at ITV, will present the case study, introduced by Paula Bargery, vice president Sales EMEA, AmberFin.

Our London 2012 Olympics case study centres on NBC Highlights Factory, and its nonlinear content delivery through effective workflow automation back to viewers in the USA. Fred Wood, head of Business Development at Sony Professional Solutions of America, will explain the SOA-based media backbone workflow and process automation platform.

Charlie Cope, technical executive for BBC Sport, will reflect on a complete broadcast operation realignment – a technical case study on BBC Sport and its migration to its new home in MediaCityUK during 2011 and 2012.

Steve Luck, senior team leader at ITN, will discuss the news provider’s integration of people, operations and IT for enhanced business and reporting. How have they developed a broadcast and IT human workflow management solution for better visibility, control and reporting? Symbox CEO and co-founder, Amit Patel, will introduce Luck.

Supersport Systems Architecture Engineer Darren Munro flies in from South Africa to tell ITBW about the Digital Delivery and Processing Project at the leading African sports provider. George Boath, director of EMEA Sales Enterprise at Telestream, will introduce this case study on a major move away from magnetic videotape.

The BBC is creating a web-based system for collaborative working, integrating all the tools a journalist needs for video, audio and web production. Pauli Visuri, consulting director at Sharepoint City, will explain his company’s role in enabling ‘Collaboration tools for News production: building the BBC Journalism Portal’.

Media delivery organisation Encompass has recently embarked on an ambitious project to create a new state of the art playout centre in London. James Crossland, chief technology officer EMEA, Encompass Digital Media, will lead the case study supported by Harold Vermeulen, VP Media Division, Grass Valley.

Andreea Buga, vice president Operations, Chello Zone, tackles ‘Leaving the horror but keeping the reality in Chello Zone operations’ with an introduction by Daniel Stourac, Key Account manager at Provys. She will discuss the experience of rationalising its outsourced content, repurposing workflows and bringing this in-house. As a consequence, the traffic and management of post production processing and languaging of 8,000 premier hours was migrated from ad hoc manual systems into the Provys rights management and scheduling system.

This event is unique: there is nowhere else to be involved in such a high-level gathering of leading broadcast workflow case studies. Join your colleagues at BAFTA on 13 June and book your place now.

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