Gary Olson, GHO Group, Principal
Gary Olson is an independent consultant in the broadcast media industry and an active practitioner in IP-based broadcast design. He has been an evangelist in the transition to IP and considered to be a media technology thought leader and industry expert. Olson is a technology architect, project executive, and media technology advisor specializing in the transition from traditional media technology, workflows, and business processes to the computer and network centric IP and file technologies and workflows. Olson has substantial experience working with project sponsors and stakeholders to help them understand the changes associated with digital media platforms and file-based workflows.
Olson has a considerable background with practical experience in the analysis, selection, and uses of emerging technology. He is also an innovator in media technologies and broadcast design. Olson advises on the selection and best use of technology in the migration and transition from traditional media to IP and file-based technology enabling distribution to the various delivery platforms in broadcast, broadband, mobile, portable multimedia, and On-Demand media technology.
Olson’s book, Planning and Designing the IP Broadcast Facility – A New Puzzle to Solve is considered by the industry as one of the most comprehensive technical guidelines for making sound decisions implementing IP technology. He is a regular contributor on The Broadcast Bridge educating the industry on IP technology and file-based workflow. Olson has created courses for SBE University and IABM online University on IP facility design. He is one of the contributing authors of the 2016 SBE Broadcast Engineering Manual. Olson is frequently asked to present and moderate discussions on IP understanding.
GHO Group was honored as one of the “10 Most Innovative Media Companies” in 2018. Olson was recognized in 2016 as one of the top 20 media CIO’s and then in 2017 as one of the “30 Innovative CEO’s of 2017 to Watch”.
Joseph Signorino, NEP Broadcast Services, VP, Systems Integration, U.S. Mobile Units
Joe Signornio has been an engineer with NEP for more than 30 years, beginning at NEP in 1988 as an engineer-in-charge. Since joining the company, he has worked as a technical manager, engineering manager, senior project engineer, and now is the vice president of systems integration. Awarded several Emmys throughout his career for his technical expertise, Signornio has also been instrumental in technical project management for top networks such as Turner, ESPN, CBS, NBC, and Fox, as well as some of the largest televised events, including NASCAR racing, the NBA Playoffs, and the Super Bowl.
Signornio has developed creative engineering solutions, efficiencies, and communication guidelines that have benefited many NEP partners. While serving as an NEP engineering manager, he directed the transition from analog to digital 16:9 and to HD for Fox, NASCAR coverage on ESPN and NBC, SPEED, DirectTV, and Turner. Most recently, Signornio has been heading up NEP’s in-house integration, ensuring that each project is completed with the company’s exacting standards from start to finish. In this role, during the company’s latest mobile unit integrations, he has directed his team through the transition to IP audio, video, and communications systems.
Wes Simpson, LearnIPvideo.com, Founder
Wes Simpson is founder of LearnIPvideo.com, the web’s newest resource for learning about advanced media transport technology. He has developed and delivered well-received training seminars covering IP video and media networking technology for a wide range of private clients and organizations such as the VSF, the IEEE BTS, and SMPTE.
Simpson is a contributing editor for TV Technology and frequently speaks at events including VidTrans, SMPTE, NAB, IBC, and their virtual equivalents. He has written two books which have both been released as second editions: IPTV and Internet Video and Video Over IP.
Simpson was a founder of the Video Services Forum and is currently co-chair of the RIST Activity Group.
Jason Taubman, Game Creek Video, SVP, Technology
Jason Taubman spearheads Game Creek Video’s efforts in truck design and helps service the company’s vast profile of high-profile sports clients including ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, HBO, NBC, MLB, NBA, the YES Network, USA Network, NFL Network, and Winnercomm. Prior to joining Game Creek in 1999, Taubman was an engineer-in-charge for National Mobile Television and VTE Mobile Television Productions.