NewTek's Third Annual Broadcast Minds on the Future of Television

TWiT.tv, MTV, Turner Sports, Yamaha and actor Kevin Pollak gather to discuss the impact of live streaming and online video

NewTek today announced that its third annual Broadcast Minds™ thought leadership event will take place in Las Vegas during NAB 2012. This year’s event will feature an interactive conversation between industry experts, including MTV, Turner Sports, Yamaha Corporation, and actor and Web chat show host Kevin Pollak. Podcaster, broadcaster and TWiT.tv founder, Leo Laporte, will moderate the panel discussion.

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With a reported 179 million people in the U.S. watching nearly 38 billion online videos in February 2012 alone, Broadcast Minds brings together some of the world’s most influential people who are successfully producing original television for broadcast over the Internet—and building loyal viewing audiences across the globe.

“Television viewing is no longer a network programmed event that happens in the living room. People expect to be able to watch what they want, whenever and wherever they want—and maybe interact with show creators,” said Kevin Pollak, award-winning actor, comedian and host of Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show and Talkin Walkin. “I love that it's so easy to make and distribute my own show, completely on my terms. For anyone who wants to learn how to produce online TV, Broadcast Minds is a can’t miss event. I’m looking forward to meeting up with this group to share what we’ve discovered—and where things go from here.”

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NewTek’s Broadcast Minds examines the massive shift in the way people consume television content online, explores insights on how to professionally produce network-style television programming for the Web, and provides technical expertise for anyone interested in learning how to stream live video. In 2011, the standing-room only event was viewed live online by more than 50,000 people.

This year, NewTek has established an online conversation destination for Broadcast Minds on Twitter, using the #bcminds hashtag, where the greater community can share thoughts about creating online television and best practices for how to stream live video. The panelists will monitor—and periodically join in—the online discussion. Moderator Leo Laporte will also use the online thread as an open forum where people can submit questions for the panelists to answer during the April 17 event.

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“The continued shift in online television viewing habits is driving transformative change in the broadcast industry—and storytellers of all types are responding by delivering compelling, HD-quality content that could previously only be found on a major network,” said Carter Holland, executive vice president of marketing for NewTek. “With Broadcast Minds, we’re exposing the world to movers and shakers who are producing some of the most engaging, innovative forms of online television out there. From sports and entertainment broadcasters, to major corporations and celebrity independent producers, this year’s discussion will dispel the myths behind creating online television—and inspire anyone with an idea to see how easy it is to get in the game. We’re looking forward to a stimulating dialogue at the event itself—and online.”

Broadcast Minds 2012 will feature:
·    Kevin Pollak, Award-winning actor and comedian, host of Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show, @KevinPollak
·    Jeff Jacobs, MTV Music Group, Vice President, Production Planning, Strategic Initiatives & Business Operations, @MTV
·    Bill Chapman, Turner Studios, Vice President of Creative Development/Emerging Technologies, @TBSInc
·    Jeff Hawley, Yamaha Corporation of America, Director, Customer Experience Group, @TheYamahaHub
·    Leo Laporte, (moderator), TWiT.TV, Podcaster, broadcaster, Chief TWiT and The Tech Guy, @LeoLaporte

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Broadcast Minds will take place at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel on Tuesday, April 17 from 6-8pm PT, and will also be available for live viewing on the Web. While in-person seating is limited, registration is open to the public at www.newtek.com, where viewers can also watch the live video stream of the event.

Now in its third year, Broadcast Minds has emerged as a premier resource for anyone interested in professionally producing live television content. Former participants include Adam Carolla, the Adam Carolla Show; Mark Fratto, St. John’s University; Steve Hellmuth, NBA Entertainment; Peter Himmelman, GRAMMY-nomimated musician; Sean Smith, NBA D-League; and Don Sperling, New York Giants.

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