Customer Association

Leadership

Executive Board of Directors

Mohamed Abuagla, Al Jazeera Media Network
Mick Audsley, Sprocket Rocket Soho
Raymundo Barros, Rede Globo de Televisão
Andreas Bereczky, ZDF German Television, Vice Chair
Steve Cohen
Richard Friedel, Fox NE&O, Co-chair
Frank Governale, CBS News
Kari Grubin, The Walt Disney Studios
Marcy Lefkovitz, Disney | ABC TV

Darren Long, BskyB, Co-chair
David Mazza, NBC Sports Group
Brinton Miller, Discovery Communications
Barak Moffitt, Universal Music / Capitol Records
Marcos Obadia, Univision Communications
Domenic Rom, Deluxe TV Post Production Services
Paul Stevenson, ITV
Jonathan Wales, Wildfire Sonic Magic

Committees

Future Technology Strategy

Mission Statement:

The Future Technology Strategy Advisory Committee is made up of ACA leaders who are at the cutting edge of technology innovation for the media industry – they are often the most accomplished and respected tech leaders working at our customer and partner organizations. This group is squarely focused on anticipating future technology trends and innovations that will benefit the media industry and the ACA community, and making recommendations about integrating new and evolving technologies, including cloud computing, artificial intelligence, artificial reality, and more onto the MediaCentral Platform, the foundation of Avid’s technology strategy. This group will also feed into, share insights, and collaborate with each of the Products, Solutions, and Technology advisory groups.

Current Leadership:

Scott Beckett, ProToolsCertified.com
Erik Breiter, CBS
Paul Clennell, dock10
James Copland, HBO
Hugues Dalton, HBO
Gustav Edling, SVT
Galal El Hakeem, HI-Media Pro's
Barbara Ford Grant, HBO
Rajasekharan Harikrishnan, Viacom18
Norm Hollyn, Professor of Cinematic Arts
Ramy Katrib, DigitalFilm Tree

David Klee, Univision
Guillaume Lemoine, TF1
Brian Leonard, IMG Media
Jon Mauldin, Fotokem
Delbert Parks, Sinclair Broadcast Group
Tobias Schwahn, ZDF
Jeff Sengpiehl, Light Iron
Dave Siegler, Cox Media Group
Anders Vallin, SVT
Meri Weingarten, USC Cinematic Arts
Barry Zegel, CBS Televison Network

Current State of the Industry & Future Disruption

Mission Statement:

The Current State & Future Disruption Advisory Committee is a small, select team of the most visionary strategic leaders within our customer and partner organizations. This group is focused on seeking and envisioning opportunities for business disruption to help the entire ACA community reap all he rewards and recognition that their hard work and efforts deserve. The group’s focus includes strategizing promising new media business models, new channels for revenue generation, new ways of improving productivity and profitability, and more.

Current Leadership:

Bill Admans, Netflix
Maureen Droney, The Recording Academy
Miljenko Logozar, Al Jazeera Network
Bruce McCormack, CBC
Matteo Sangalli, SkyTV
Mark Senior, dock10Limited
Paul Stechly, Applied Electronics

Collaboration

Mission Statement:

The Collaboration Advisory Committee is a small working group of partners and customer organizations interested in investing with Avid and working together to accelerate the development of identified future services and apps planned for the MediaCentral Platform, but not yet on the near-term roadmap. As part of this group, those who have the most urgent interest in and need for specific new developments can jointly define the objective and scope of a project, estimate time and resource needs, and coordinate with Avid about the possibility of pooling resources to accelerate development. Through this group, Avid is providing a creative new avenue through which to help media organizations more quickly meet their needs for new technology on the platform in parallel with Avid’s ongoing roadmap innovation.

Current Leadership:

John O'Shaughnessy, dock10
Tobias Yoshimura, SCAD

Newsroom & News Production

Mission Statement:

The Newsroom & News Production Advisory Committee is for news operations and production professionals working in local and regional news bureaus, enterprise-level news networks and everything in between. This group addresses the current and future operational and economic challenges faced by all news organizations. Issues covered include the disruption newsrooms are facing as a result of mobile and multi-platform viewership, consumer demand for constant 24/7 content, management of user-generated content for use in news stories, management of incoming bonded cellular IP contribution feeds, the challenge of getting news that’s breaking all the time and faster than ever to air and digital channels quickly, the shift of advertiser investment from traditional broadcast and cable to mobile platforms, and trends in leveraging data for a more personal viewing experience.

Current Leadership:

Colin Büchtmann, NDR/ARD-Aktuell
Roger Crothers, BBC Wales
Mohamad Fares, Qatar Television
Nuno Freitas, CIS Group
Tim Guilder, ITV
Hamada Hanoura, PBS NewsHour
Melissa Hunsicker Walburn, For Hays State University
Terry Heifetz, Ball State University

Juha Huusko, YLE
Andy King, BBC
Robert Lang, Reuters
Kevin McCue, Sky
Roxane Niezabytowski, Syracuse University
Don Roberts, Sinclair Broadcast Group
Scott Stewardson, CBC
Jason Sturgill, NBCUniversal

TV & Film Production

Mission Statement:

The TV & Film Production Advisory Committee is for video editors, production, and post-production professionals who create content for television, movies, and commercials. The constant pressure to create larger quantities high-quality content at a faster pace is an ongoing struggle for these professionals, and it’s affecting the entire workflow. While Media Composer is a key aspect of television and film production, this group focuses on giving Avid input about the full range of current and future video post-production workflow needs, such as meeting he technical demands of working in SD, HD, Ultra HD, 2K, 4K and 8K; local and remote collaboration in editing; integrating creative tools like visual effects and color grading, and more into the workflow; media management and storage; and the need to disseminate media across different kinds of devices and digital platforms.

Current Leadership:

Dominic Bassett, Ravensburn
Prabhu Bma, Real Image Media Technologies
Joseph Bond IV, BnB Films Inc
Lewis Brown, Atmos
Jeff Brugger, Turner Studios
Jai Cave, Envy Post Production
Steve Cohen, Motion Picture Editor
Neil Coleman, 3 Ball Entertainment
Simone Corelli, Postineurope, GTCS, AIFM & AES
Terence Curren, Alpha Dogs, Inc.
Daniel Gaucher, Emerson College
Agustin Goya, SVC (Digimedia Pro)
Adrian Klymenko, Seneca College

Dan Leonard, Chapman University
Bryan Magnum, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Bridget Murnane, California State University, Los Angeles
Gregg O'Bradovich, GFA
Rich Oldfield, Ignition Creative
Kylee Peña, Netflix
Robert Racine, Loyola University
Jeffrey Ross, NBC Universal
Daniel Sassen, Envy Post Production
Matthew Schneider, Technicolor PostWorks New York
Jeff Stepakoff, Columbia University School of the Arts
Beth Sweeney, UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television
Peter Vaughan, Columbia University School of the Arts
Scott Votaw, Atmos

Video Editing

Mission Statement:

The Video Editing Advisory Committee is for video editors who rely on Media Composer to create content and want to be part of providing direct feedback about and offering future product roadmap input for Media Composer. This group will also identify and create new resources and tools to help experienced users get the most out of Media Composer and new users become more familiar with the its full range of power and functionality.

Current Leadership:

Steve Audette, FRONTLINE
Chris Bove, WNED TV, AlwaysEditing.com
Janaki Cedanna, Arizona State University
Geoff Jones, ATTO Technology, Inc.
Dennis Keeling, Columbia College
Oliver Peters, Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
Randall Rike, Discovery Studios West
Rachel Schreibman, Feature Films
Chris Seeger, NBCUniversal LLC

Music Creation & Audio Production

Mission Statement:

The Music Creation & Audio Production Advisory Committee is for musicians, engineers, mixers, and producers creating music in professional studios, at home on their laptops, or even on their phones. Low-cost recording tools have opened the gates to music creation and recording, while also making it much harder for professionals and aspiring artists to stand out. This group will focus on what it will take to stay ahead in the music and audio industry, and the implications for current and future audio production priorities.

Current Leadership:

Jonathan Abrams, Nutmeg Post
Mischke Butler, mischkemusic inc.
Danny Caccavo, Skywalker Sound
Michael Carrera, Berklee
Frank Cook, American River College
Charles Deenan, Source Sound Inc
Simon Franglen, Class1 Media
Nick Fry, The Farm Post Production
Phil Fuller, PostWorks NY
Gregg Gasperino, WNYC

Thileepan Kumarasamy, Sakthimicro System
Dave Lawrence, Digital Brain
Russell Long, Lipscomb University
Jane McKeever,, California State University, Los Angeles
John Rodd, Scoring Mixer / music engineer
Glenn Rosenstein, Glenn Rosenstein Productions
Ceri Thomas, Twenty Four Seven Sound
Tom Thomas, MetroStudios
Ryan Ulyate, Producter / Engineer / Mixer
Samuel L. Walton, Walton Academy/MATI

Sports Production

Mission Statement:

The Sports Production Advisory Committee is for anyone in the business of sports broadcasting, from those working for national leagues or individual teams to those at local, regional, or national broadcast networks. This group provides insight and guidance about how Avid can better support sports broadcasters. It addresses priorities like keeping up with fans’ increasing content demands; generating revenue to offset escalating production costs; capturing audience attention and loyalty across all platforms, whether in-venue, on-air, or online; exciting fans’ viewing experience with enhancements like 2D and 3D graphics, and high-quality slow motion replays; high-speed, real-time media management and storage; and streamlining workflows for remote content production and editing.

Current Leadership:

Nevil Appleton, Moov
Daragh Bass, NEP
Elton Carneiro, FileCatalyst
Weston Carter, Auburn Athletics Department
Marcel Cherubin, Yepco
Frank Choquard, Managing Director
Stephen Herbster, Carolina Panthers
Mike Martin, Anthony James Partners
Anton Maximovsky, Motion Path
Don Piper, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Dejan Vujovic, RTCG – Montenegro Radio and Television
Tom Williams, Sky

Enterprise Media Management

Mission Statement:

The Enterprise Media Management Advisory Committee is for leaders in enterprise media organizations such as national and multi-national broadcast or cable networks, or digital content distributors. This group provides insight and guidance about how Avid can meet the current and future needs of those responsible for efficiently managing the vast and ever-increasing amounts of content being created in their organizations. It addresses enterprise media management priorities like streamlining media lifecycle management from acquisition to final delivery; opening new revenue streams and offsetting production costs by repurposing existing content; streamlining media management and storage for faster content creation and repurposing; achieving cost-effective global production with remote workflows and collaboration; meeting consumer demands for ubiquitous and always-available content by delivering across traditional, online, mobile, and social channels.

Current Leadership:

Kojo Acquaah, Ignition
Brett Chambers, Amber Technology
Rob Christiansen, NYPR
Brian Drown, Keep Me Posted
Stacey Georgiou, NBC Universal
Matthew Green, NBC Universal
Dustin Guest, Golf Channel
Piyush Gupta, Network 18
Legrand Hunsaker, LDS

Larry Klein , NBCUniversal
Robert Lawson, CBS News
Pierre Maillat, CANAL+
James Miles, NBC Universal
Heather Palmer, CBC
James Popowytsch, AMC
Colin Stoltz, Jasco
Chris Strobel, Northern Kentucky University

Live Sound

Mission Statement:

The Live Sound Advisory Committee is for live sound engineers who need to create the ultimate audio experience, recording and mixing in venues from huge arenas to more intimate auditoriums, and everything in between. This group provides an important forum to work with Avid to address the changing requirements of state-of-the art live sound. It addresses issues in helping to stand apart from competitors, like saving money and maintaining the value of equipment investments; keeping pace with live events by ensuring flexibility of channels, inputs, and automation; having the ability to scale processing power up or down for any job requirement; recording and archiving shows and events as they’re being mixed; and much more.

Channel Partners

Mission Statement:

The Channel Partners Advisory Committee is for members of Avid’s channel partner community, e.g., organizations who serve our community of media enterprises, post-production facilities, studios, and individual customers by providing the products and solutions that meet their needs. This group will collaborate with the Avid channel partner team, providing their perspectives and input into Avid’s go-to-market strategy, partner programs, customer needs and more. The group will also provide feedback to Avid about how we can better support and work with our resellers, who provide a vital link between Avid and our end customers.

Current Leadership:

Steve Angel, HHB Communications
Ian Ash, T2 Computing, Inc.
Russ Belttary, RSPE Audio and Video Solutions
Gary Bettan, Broadfield Distributing Inc
Rich Bettan, Broadfield Distributing Inc
Kristian Rose Bøeck, In-Site TV
Mike Cavanagh, Key Code Media
Kerry Corlett, Annex Pro
Lucio Fogler, Avid Italy
Bill Hite, Marshall Graphics Systems

Prasanna Anjaneya Kunapareddy, Qube Cinema Technologies Pvt Ltd
Doug Lady, Hal Leonard Corp.
Charlie McCormick, T2 Computing, Inc.
Sandy Nasseri, MelroseMAC
Jeff Radke, Sweetwater Sound, Inc.
Guilherme Silva, GLOOKAST
Matt Silva, CIS Group
Rupert Watson, ROOT6 Limited

Alliance Partners

Mission Statement:

The Alliance Partners Advisory Committee is for leaders representing organizations whose products and solutions interoperate with the Avid MediaCentral Platform. The members of this group help determine the future direction of the Alliance partner program, including issues around partner product certification on the platform, the Avid Connectivity Toolkit, and access to the Avid sales network as a channel to promote the sale of partner products and solutions.

Current Leadership:

Paul Adrian, Latakoo
Sam Bogoch, axle
Aurélien Brelle, Woody-Technologies
Jade Kurian, Latakoo
Ed Locke, Key Code Media
Barbara Marshall, HP
Graham McGuinness, Root6
Jim McKain, NLTek
Andreas Pongratz, x.news
Harel Ram, XTRMX
Chris Steele, Marquis Broadcast
Hossein ZiaShakeri, Spectra Logic

Development Partners

Mission Statement:

The Development Partners Advisory Committee is for leaders representing the many organizations that develop applications, plug-ins, and other technology to enhance and extend the Avid MediaCentral Platform. This group provides critical input that will help drive the future vision of the Avid Connectivity Program, including APIs, developer toolkits, documentation, and sample code. The group will also provide important feedback, insights, and ideas about how Avid and our partners can better collaborate to enhance partner training, welcome more partners to the Avid community, and help our development partners build a thriving, profitable business through their partnerships with Avid.

Current Leadership:

Neil Attard, Marquis Broadcast
Roman Cherednyk, GlobalLogic
Scott Drake, NBCU
Simon Fearn, Marquis Broadcast
Oran Gilad, XTRMX
Mathew Gilliat-Smith, Fortium
Tim Graves, Burst
Marcus Hume-Humphreys, Root6
Doug Hynes, StorageDNA
Osuke Kubo, Sony

Joe Pelayo, Latakoo
Rui Pereira, MOG
Nick Ridly, Root6
Felipe Santos, Glookast
Ross Shain, Boris FX / Imagineer Systems
Guilherme Silva, GLOOKAST
Matija Tonejc, Make.TV Inc.
Owen Walker, Root 6
Samer Youness, Alkass

Community Engagement

Mission Statement:

The Community Engagement Advisory Committee is a critical part of the ACA’s efforts to advocate for all individuals, creative teams, and media organizations throughout the industry. We believe that Avid, our customers, and our partners will succeed and thrive when as many people as possible throughout the industry come together to have a voice in shaping our shared future. Therefore, this group aims to understand, represent, and give voice to the key priorities and interests of everyone in the Avid community. Its focus areas are growing ACA membership, fostering active participation among members, facilitating consistent and effective communication, and strengthening the ACA’s connections and relationships with the industry as a whole.

Current Leadership:

Jamie Beedy, bdPost
Neal Coffey, Syracuse University
Ameera Hill, University of Salford
Sara Hills, Claremont High School
Dennis Lisonbee, Utah Valley University
Paolo Tortiglione, Milan's Conservatory of Music

Industry Advocacy

Mission Statement:

The Industry Advocacy Advisory Committee was created in the conviction that as an industry, our collective voice matters – and that as a thousands-strong community, the ACA can be a powerful force for change. This group focuses on identifying the most critical industry challenges and issues that matter most to the ACA community, and that demand that Avid take a strong public position. Among the first of this group’s initiatives is the (#WeR4Music) movement launched at NAMM 2018 and GRAMMY week. Avid has started this public petition to raise the call that all artists – writers, produces, editors, mixers, promoters, labels, publishers and distributors alike – should be properly recognized and rewarded for their work.



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