2019 TranSPORT


Lionel Bentolila, Aldea Solutions, CEO

Lionel Bentolila is a founder of Aldea Solutions and has been its CEO since 2001. Aldea is a leading provider of high-quality, ultra-low latency, and reliable video services and solutions for the television and media industries.

Prior to Aldea, Bentolila held senior management positions in sales, marketing, and engineering at ABL Canada, a provider of broadcast video compression and networking equipment. His technology career began at Nortel Networks research and development labs.

Bentolila holds an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris in France and studied at McGill University in Montreal, Canada where he completed his M.B.A.

David Chilson, Director of Broadcast Distribution Operations and Engineering

David Chilson oversees the CBS Transmission Center and CBS’ Affiliate Engineering. At the network, he has been central to the development, design, and operation of CBS’ global contribution video networks.

Chilson provides both engineering solutions and operations management for facilities that bring feeds in and out of the NY Broadcast Center. In addition, he manages the development and sustaining engineering for the network’s satellite distribution systems and the technical support for CBS’ affiliates.

Prior to CBS, Chilson was with ABC-TV for 14 years in a variety of increasing responsibilities involving engineering, studio tech management, advanced technology, and project management. He holds a B.S.E.E. from the University at Buffalo, and an M.B.A., with specialization in media management, from Fordham.

Rick Clarkson, Signiant, Chief Strategy Officer

Rick Clarkson rejoined Signiant in 2018, filling the newly created position of chief strategy officer to steer the roadmap for new services that leverage Signiant’s market-leading SaaS platform and huge global footprint in the media and entertainment space. In his previous eight-year tenure at Signiant, Clarkson was one of the leaders in the company’s SaaS transition. His vision of using cloud technology to build a powerfully simple file transfer solution led to the category-defining Media Shuttle product, Signiant’s first SaaS offering.

With over 25 years in software technology, Clarkson spent his early career as an engineer and moved into leadership roles in product management and strategy working with companies to include SevOne, VidSys, Motorola, Sightpath, Cisco, and others.

Clarkson has a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from Bentley University.

Chris Connolly, NBC Sports Group, Senior Director, Transmission Engineering and Operations

Chris Connolly had been with NBC Sports for over 6 years. He currently oversees all transmission engineering and operations for NBC Sports Group and is based out of its state-of-the-art broadcast center in Stamford, CT. This encompasses NBC Sports, NBC Digital, NBC Olympics, Olympic Channel, and Golf Channel.

Jason Dachman, SVG, Chief Editor and TranSPORT Program Director

Jason Dachman oversees all aspects of SVG’s North American editorial operations, including the thrice-weekly SVG Insider newsletter and SVG’s annual print publications. A member of the SVG team since 2009, Dachman also serves as program director for SVG’s RSN Summit, Sports Content Management Forum, Sports Graphics Forum, and TranSPORT event. Prior to joining SVG, he spent three years covering local sports for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, MA, and two years on the production staff of SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s The Ron & Fez Show. Dachman began his career in the Sports Information Department at Northeastern University in Boston, where he also earned a B.A. in media communications and cinema studies.

Luke Fay, Sony, Senior Manager, Technical Standards

Luke Fay is a senior manager, technical standards for Sony Home Entertainment & Sound Products – America. Currently, Fay is involved with the development of the next generation of broadcast television in a variety of standards organizations and their efforts to educate members of the new possibilities available with ATSC 3.0. He has over 20 years of experience in digital communications systems engineering and receiver design.

Fay received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the National Technological University. He has been granted over 13 patents in the area of digital signal processing.

Fay is currently serving as chairman of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) Technology Group 3 (TG3). He is also the recipient of the 2015 Bernard J. Lechner Award for technical and leadership contributions to the ATSC. Fay became a SMPTE Fellow in 2018.

Mike Flathers, IBM Aspera, CTO

Currently CTO of Aspera, an IBM Company, Mike Flathers has more than 20 years of software development experience. He has a passion for pushing the technology envelope and has been a primary contributor and visionary for Aspera FASPStream.

Throughout his career, Flathers has focused on enabling third-party technology integrations by creating software solutions and APIs. He has deep video experience having been CTO at Sorenson Media prior to joining Aspera. At Sorenson Media, Flathers led the development of Sorenson VCast, one of the industry’s first online video delivery platforms, and Sorenson VRS, a video relay service empowering communication for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

Flathers also spent 14 years at Novell after the company acquired Excelan. He was a lead developer for the LANWorkplace product, the first suite of TCP/IP utilities for DOS and Windows.

Keith Goldberg, Walt Disney Television, VP, Global Operations; 2019 TranSPORT Committee Chair

Keith Goldberg has spent over 20 years managing the contribution and distribution transmission requirements for Fox Networks Group (FNG).

As a division of 21st Century Fox, FNG supported the entire Fox Network and cable groups to include entertainment, sports, and international channels, as well as the regional sports networks, which collectively produce and distribute thousands of events annually on both traditional linear and OTT distribution platforms.

Currently, Goldberg is focused on providing transitional service support between Fox and Disney operational teams to ensure that the highest levels of performance and efficiencies are being maintained during the migration period.

Matthew Goldman, MediaKind, SVP of Technology

Matthew Goldman is senior vice president of technology at MediaKind, where he is focused on video processing and media delivery solutions. He has been actively involved in the development of DTV systems since 1992. He helped create the MPEG-2 Systems standard, and he has been influential in SMPTE, AIMS, ATSC, DVB, SCTE, and the Ultra HD Forum. Four of his projects have been later recognized by Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. Goldman received BSEE and MSEE degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He holds six patents related to digital video transport. A SMPTE Fellow, he is also a senior member of the IEEE and an inductee of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers. Goldman is currently serving as SMPTE past president.

Imry Halevi, Harvard University Athletics, Assistant AD, Multimedia and Production

Imry Halevi joined Harvard University Athletics in 2012 as director of multimedia and production. He was promoted to his current role as assistant director of athletics in 2018.

Halevi manages Harvard Athletics’ multimedia team, and leads all department-wide multimedia and production initiatives. He has completely reorganized video board productions and live game broadcasting for the Crimson, bringing these efforts in house, and expanding their scope and reach. With the addition of newly streamed sports, the completion of two central control rooms, and the building of a NCAA-leading fully automated streaming infrastructure for tennis and squash meets, Halevi was able to more than double the online viewership and triple the subscription revenue for Harvard broadcasts within his first year.

Over the last few years, Halevi established partnerships between Harvard Athletics and ESPN, NESN (New England Sports Network), and other national and regional networks to broadcast the Crimson’s in-house productions of football, softball, water polo, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, and wrestling events – the first such relationship in the Ivy League. Staffing the productions almost exclusively with students from local area colleges, Halevi and the multimedia team have been able to provide real-world hands-on experience for dozens of students looking to develop their production and broadcasting skills.

While producing and streaming 32 of Harvard’s 42 varsity teams, Halevi has worked with his counterparts from the Ivy League office and the other seven league schools to launch and develop the league’s integrated platform for live and on-demand content – the Ivy League Network. In 2018, Halevi helped the Ivy League launch their new partnership with ESPN and establish the “Ivy League on ESPN” network.

Halevi is a member of the College Sports Summit Advisory Board and chaired the Sports Video Group’s 2016 College Sports Summit. Additionally, Halevi chairs the Ivy League Digital Strategy Committee, the Ivy League Multimedia Directors Group, and co-chairs the Harvard Athletics Multimedia and Technology Advisory Committee.

Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director, Editorial Services

Ken Kerschbaumer is co-executive director of editorial services for the Sports Video Group and SVG Europe. He was a co-founder of SVG along with Paul Gallo and Marty Porter in 2005 and has been writing about how sports networks and leagues use video and audio technology to deliver a quality TV experience since 1991. Kerschbaumer began his career in 1991 at Television Broadcast magazine before joining Cahners where he was founding editor of Digital Broadcasting magazine. In 2000, he joined Broadcasting & Cable magazine as senior editor of technology where he covered all aspects of broadcasting, cable, and internet content creation and distribution.

Ryan Korte, CenturyLink, Senior Director, Architecture

Ryan Korte has more than 23 years of experience in developing and managing advanced fiber-optic network architecture for both Fortune 500 enterprise companies and nationwide telecommunications carriers. In his current position as senior director of architecture for CenturyLink, he is responsible for the strategic technology direction of the global Internet networks, content distribution network (CDN), and video networks for both consumer and broadcasters.

Before joining CenturyLink, Korte held a number of positions with MasterCard International, where he was integral in determining the strategic direction and technology for the global MasterCard transaction networks.

Korte is a board member of the Video Services Forum which is an international association dedicated to interoperability, quality metrics, and education for video network technologies. He is also a board member of the Streaming Video Alliance which is a global consortium of organizations dedicated to helping shape the future of streaming video through industry collaboration.

Korte has a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and a master’s in business administration from Maryville University.

Jon Landman, Teradek, VP, Sales

Jon Landman serves as vice president of sales for Teradek, managing worldwide sales, consulting, and broadcast systems integration. Landman has over 30 years of experience in the industry, with expertise in AVC, HEVC, and cellular bonding technologies, as well as many other forms of IP video deployment.

Per Lindgren, Net Insight, Co-Founder and CTO of Media Networks

Per Lindgren is CTO of media networks at Net Insight and is a founding member of the company. Previously, Lindgren was an assistant professor at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, where he worked on optical network technologies and EU projects involving high-speed optical networks and multimedia services. Lindgren has authored numerous articles in scientific journals and participated in various international conferences. In addition, he is the inventor or co-inventor of more than ten patents. Lindgren holds a Ph.D. in telecommunications from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.

Dan Pope, Cingularity, Managing Director

Dan Pope is a telecoms industry veteran and former managing director of TeliaSonera, staying with the company as it was acquired first by Hibernia Networks and later by GTT. He founded Cingularity in 2018 to build a global broadcast network for remote production. The company’s design principles ensure its customers are always live, with perfect transmission every time. Pope shares his time between his twin bases in Stockholm and London, as well as traveling the world to ensure the success of client projects.

Paul Spinelli, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Director of Engineering

Paul Spinelli has been the director of engineering for Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG) since 2014. Prior to this he served as the engineering manager of Sinclair Television Group’s corporate facilities. He has held various operations and engineering positions with SBG for the past 12 years. Before his time at Sinclair he spent time working at WBOC, PSAV, and QVC.

Spinelli is active in many broadcast-related technical organizations such as the ATSC, Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), and the Avid Customer Association (ACA). He has been an SBE certified member and an Avid certified support representative for the past 10 years.

Spinelli has expanded SBG’s linear and file based acquisition and distribution strategies and technologies. He attended Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore where he earned a B.A. in communications, B.A. in theatre, and played football. He remains active in the Salisbury University Maroon & Gold Club to support fundraising efforts for student athletes.

Adam Whitlock, ESPN, Associate Director, Remote Traffic Operations

Adam Whitlock oversees the daily operation of ESPN’s Remote Traffic department, which is responsible for the acquisition of all live event contribution transmissions for ESPN linear and digital networks, both domestic and international. Since joining ESPN in 2001, Whitlock has provided transmission planning and on-site support to a variety of remote event productions including the Super Bowl, World Cup, World Series, X Games, and NBA Finals, as well as Monday Night Football.

The three-time Emmy recipient also oversees all remote telecom services, managing a voice-over-IP system used to support more than 1,000 remote events annually. In 2014, Whitlock supported the SEC Network launch by designing and implementing a completely fiber-optic video and data network across more than 100 athletic venues within the conference to facilitate unlimited campus productions and ESPN Remote Operations events.

Whitlock is currently focused on the UFC property and the creation of a conference-wide fiber optic video and data network in support of the 2019 ACC Network launch, while overseeing more than 50,000 satellite, fiber optic, and IP based transmissions annually.

Ben Ziskind, Fox Corporation, Executive Director, Live Video Platform

Ben Ziskind is the executive director of live video platform for Fox Corporation, where he is responsible for audience facing video solutions and operations across the company’s portfolio of sports, news, and entertainment apps/website.

Since joining Fox, Ziskind has led an overhaul of the live video platform focusing on quality of service and delivering a “better than TV” customer experience. Recently, Ziskind led the launch of 4K UHD live streaming in the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps with the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and NFL Thursday Night Football.

Ziskind holds a B.S. in information & decision systems and human-computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.B.A. from USC Marshall School of Business. He has 10 patents and patents pending in the areas of video streaming, digital rights management, messaging, and digital marketing automation.