Month: May 2023

Jackson Walker LLP

TAB2023

August 2-3
JW Marriott
Downtown Austin

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Web: www.jw.com

The media law group at Jackson Walker is one of the most prominent in the country, representing clients in the television, radio, newspaper, magazine, and publishing sectors. It’s also one of the most longstanding media law practices, having served media clients for over 100 years. Our attorneys have advised clients in matters related to the Oklahoma City bombing, Hurricane Katrina, the Branch Davidian incident in Waco, and the Rhode Island nightclub fire. JW defended Oprah Winfrey in a suit brought against her by Texas Cattlemen and successfully defended The Chicago Tribune in its first libel trial in over forty years.

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Vertical Bridge

TAB2023

August 2-3
JW Marriott
Downtown Austin

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Web: www.verticalbridge.com
Phone: 561-948-6367
Address: 750 Park of Commerce Drive, Suite 200
Boca Raton, FL 33487
United States

Vertical Bridge REIT, LLC is the largest private owner and operator of communications infrastructure and locations in the United States. The Company owns, operates and master leases over 320,000 tower, rooftop, billboard, utility attachment and other site locations, including the nation’s largest and tallest collection of broadcast tower sites. Based in Boca Raton, Florida, Vertical Bridge was founded in 2014 and is led by a senior management team with over 350 years of collective experience in tower infrastructure and a broadcast team with more than 215 years of broadcast industry expertise. For more information, please visit www.verticalbridge.com.

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Signiant

TAB2023

August 2-3
JW Marriott
Downtown Austin

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Web: www.signiant.com
Phone: (781) 221-4000
Address: 1 Harwell Place
Lexington, MA 02421
United States

Signiant’s advanced transport technology has long been trusted by the media industry for mission critical file transfer applications across the global supply chain. Our software provides fast, reliable, secure movement of large datasets via any IP network, with comprehensive control and visibility at any scale. These benefits are more important than ever in today’s hybrid cloud/multi-cloud world, where the Signiant Software-Defined Content Exchange (SDCX) SaaS platform plays a foundational role in the modern media technology stack. This unified means of accessing media assets across diverse, distributed storage repositories has set the stage for innovations that extend Beyond Fast File Movement.

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Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

TAB2023

August 2-3
JW Marriott
Downtown Austin

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Web: nexstar.tv

Since its inception, Nexstar has remained at the forefront of industry innovation by implementing new standards and technologies that leverage its award-winning local programming and content into complementary revenue streams. The Company has also significantly expanded the reach of the station group by completing select accretive transactions that have positioned Nexstar to better compete in today’s rapidly transforming industry environment. This approach has enabled Nexstar to deliver greater levels of service to its local communities and to continue investing in its business and employees.

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Tameca Jones

TAB2023

August 2-3

JW Marriott

Downtown Austin

Austin’s Empress of Soul, Tameca Jones, is a beloved soul singer praised for her intense, passionate vocal delivery and fierce performances. After gaining a strong reputation as a gifted cover artist, Jones started writing her own original compositions and debuted them at the 2015 Austin City Limits Festival.  She released her debut EP “Naked” in 2016.  She toured with Gary Clark Jr and shared stages with Leon Bridges, Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Shakey Graves, BB King, and countless other major artists.  In November 2023, she will release her debut full length album “Plants and Pills.”

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Gil Garcia

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

A 55-year industry veteran, Gil has done almost everything there is to do in Radio – and better than most anyone else – but engineering was his calling card and we’re all the better for it.

He spent 35 of those years helping build Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia).

As a Corporate Regional Vice President of Engineering, he managed technical operations for more than 125 stations in Texas and across the nation.

He also served as disaster coordinator for 1,200 Clear Channel Radio stations during several hurricanes and disasters.

Throughout his career, his natural curiosity and eagerness to apply new insights and share them with others, made him a natural teacher.

And as a keen observer of the industry, he knew that – just as he was retiring – it was more important than ever before to start teaching future engineers and other station leaders in charge of a station’s physical plant.

After a few long conversations with the TAB team, the TAB Technical Academy was born!

Tapping every resource he had – former colleagues, longtime friends, the folks at the Society of Broadcast Engineers and, of course, his own wealth of knowledge – Gil got to work developing a new Radio Chief Operator curriculum reflecting station operations and demands of the 21st Century.

Hundreds of slides, dozens of real-world examples, custom video instruction…he left no stone unturned.

The program graduated its first class of students in May, 2022 – after being delayed for two years by the pandemic.

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Perry Priestley

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

Perry Priestley has worked in the professional broadcast industry for over 49 years. He joined Broadcast Electronics in June 2019 in the position of Chief Operating Officer and now is the Chief Sales Officer. Previously he held the position of CEO at Anywave Communication Technologies Inc. He has also held positions in Sales and Business Development with Linear Industries Brazil, Ibiquity Digital Corporation (now Xperi), Thales-France (now Thomson Broadcast), EEV-Marconi, and Philips (Pye TVT) in the UK. Perry has presented at over 200 technical broadcast conferences worldwide, has been the lead commercial coordinator in notable projects around the world, and has been a significant contributor to many new product releases in the radio and television broadcast market.

Perry earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Cambridge University, England, and a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Telecommunications from Cambridge College of Technology.

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Jessica Jett Hill

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

Jessica Jett Hill holds dual roles at Advantage Systems, Inc. as Vice President of Digital and Director of Logistics. As VP of Digital, she oversees digital sales team training and client pitches, and evaluates digital solutions offered by Advantage Systems Interactive.  Jessica also handles behind-the-scenes details for Advantage Systems as the leading Revenue Generation partner in the Broadcast Industry, contributing to process and presentation development.

She joined the company in 2003 as a Project Manager and played a key role in establishing Advantage Systems Interactive, which has evolved into a full-service digital agency. Jessica collaborates with small businesses and broadcast sales reps, shaping digital strategies, overseeing training and proposals, and coordinating projects nationwide.

With a background in the radio industry, her true passion lies in marketing, particularly assisting small businesses. She has gained valuable insights from her experience as a Sales Rep, Promotions Director, and local business Marketing Coordinator, and excels at simplifying complex concepts for others.

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David Ostmo

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

David Ostmo is a Regional Engineering Director for the Sinclair Broadcast Group based in San Antonio, Texas. He oversees the technical operations for 27 Sinclair owned stations spread out over 14 markets in Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska and Utah.

Since becoming a Regional Engineer for Sinclair in 1998, Ostmo was involved in several broadcast industry initiatives including the DTV transition, station HD conversions, spectrum repack and the current roll out of ATSC 3.0. He’s overseen major station construction projects in San Antonio, El Paso and Beaumont, Texas in addition to significant facility renovations in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ostmo began working at KABB-TV in San Antonio, Texas in 1992 as Director of Operations and Engineering. For 21-years he was in charge of commercial and news production in addition to On-Air Operations and Engineering. In that capacity Ostmo produced live coverage of 71 football games, parades, and special events.

David’s broadcast career started in 1976 as a radio announcer and production assistant for KGLO Radio and TV in Mason City, Iowa. Ostmo was Program Director at KCPS Radio in Burlington, Iowa when he returned to the television side of the industry in 1980. He worked at five different TV stations in Tulsa, Oklahoma before moving to Texas.

Broadcast History is Ostmo’s passion. He began writing on the subject while he was a columnist for TV Technology in the late 1980s. His personal library includes 1,500 books on broadcasting and motion pictures dating back to the early 1900s. Ostmo is a frequent speaker around the country delivering presentations about the evolution of broadcasting.

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