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Editors

Brad Dick

Brad Dick has a Bachelor’s degree in Radio/TV/Film from Wichita State University and a Master's degree in Broadcast Station Management from the University of Kansas. He served as member and President of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) and was certified as a Professional Broadcast Engineer by the SBE.

Prior to becoming the editorial director for Broadcast Engineering, Brad worked for more than 20 years in radio and television, serving as chief engineer, director of engineering and director of engineering & operations.

During his career, he has trained in a wide variety of technologies and media. His experience includes participating in background tutorials in advanced and leading-edge technology from equipment manufacturers and factory engineers around the world.

Brad has presented papers at such technical conclaves as the National Association of Broadcasters, Society of Broadcast Engineers, Audio Engineering Society, International Broadcast Convention and multiple state broadcast associations.

His expertise includes television broadcast issues including, high definition (HDTV), digital television, cable/broadcast issues, broadcast, digital and IT technology.

David Austerberry

David Austerberry has had a 360 degree view of the broadcast manufacturing industry: as a customer, a vendor and a commentator.

He started his career as a project engineer with the systems integration department of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). He moved to the manufacturing side, originally in an engineering role, then on to product marketing. Much of the product marketing role is communicating about the technology to customers, so a change of career to one in publishing required minor changes to communicate about technology to readers (former customers), but without the commercial angle of a product manager.

An author of books on streaming and digital asset management David spent ten years editing the World edition of Broadcast Engineering magazine. He is now one of the editors for The Broadcast Bridge. 

Contributing Editors

Adrian Pennington

Adrian Pennington is a Journalist and Editor specialising in the creation, business and technology of moving image media. Published in The Guardian, The Financial Times, British Cinematographer, The Hollywood Reporter, Screen International, Premiere, Broadcast, RTS Television, SMPTE and IABM journals and more.

Managing Editor of The IBC Daily since 2006; The IBC Daily Executive Summary editor since 2011 and current International Editor of CinemaEditor Adrian has also won the Anne Frankel Award for film criticism.

He has edited several industry publications including Video Age, Production Solutions, Sports Business TV and, in 2012, co-authored the Focal Press title Exploring 3D: The New Grammar of Stereoscopic Filmmaking. Adrian produced the conference programme for 3D Masters; Beyond HD Masters 2013 and 2014 and moderated sessions at CES, IBC, EditFest London, and the 3D Creative Summit.

He writes white papers, case studies, blogs, press releases and online copy for a range of brands and marketing agencies. Away from all that Adrian enjoys indoor climbing, film noir, Liverpool's pubs and is in training for a marathon, the pubs not withstanding. 

Frank Beacham

Frank Beacham is a New York City-based independent writer, director and producer who works in print, radio, television, film, theatre and on the Internet. His hands-on experience include being a documentary cameraman and owner of a film/TV production company that produced a wide range of programming for broadcast, cable, syndication and home video markets.

An accomplished author, Frank has written several books, including three on video technology for the American Society of Cinematographers. He has been a long running columnist on television and the Internet for several industry magazines. He is a strong proponent of the idea that most written web sites are evolving into video-based “television stations” that require a more professional level of video production.

Frank’s impressive client list included ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, BBC, NHK, Canadian Broadcasting and many individual television stations.

Frank has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He did post-graduate studies at UCLA, the University of Southern California, and the American Film Institute.

Michael Grotticelli

As an experienced editor working in both online and print, Michael Grotticelli has spent the last 24 years in various editorial capacities with such publications as Videography (Managing Editor), TV Technology (News editor), Television Broadcast (Editor), Digital TV (Editor), Broadcasting & Cable (Technology Editor), Broadcast Engineering (Online Editor) and one of the authors of The Guide to Digital Television, 1st, 2nd, 3rd editions. He has also compiled and edited the 3rd edition of the “American Cinematographer Video Manual,” for the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), and also currently serves as Editor and Publisher of VideoJournalistToday.com, a website for aspiring journalists and production professionals.

Ned Soseman

Ned Soseman began as FM radio board operator in 1964 and retired as director of engineering at KCTV5 in Kansas City. 

He produces and directs live television for live offshore powerboat racing television broadcasts, writes for The Broadcast Bridge  and is chief transmitter engineer at FOX 49 KRBK-TV in Osage Beach/Springfield MO, a 5 transmitter SFN system.

Philip Hunter

Philip Hunter has been covering broadcasting and pay TV for 15 years during a transformative period for the industry with the migration towards digital technologies and IP based distribution. He specializes particularly in OTT, mobile TV, content distribution, security and TV software. From a maths background with experience in software development and testing, Philip is well placed to drill down deeper into the technologies that are shaping broadcasting and TV during this migration towards file based systems.

Tony Orme

Tony Orme is an independent consultant specialising in providing solutions for the integration of broadcast television workflows with Cloud SaaS services.

Tony has gained over 30 years’ experience in television and manufacturing with broadcasters such as the BBC, Sky and ITV. Designing software and hardware products with the benefit of understanding gained through live television operation, has given Tony a unique opportunity to achieve deep insight into how broadcasting actually works, and how it could work better with file media, Cloud and SaaS technologies.

Writing for the Broadcast Bridge has allowed Tony to continue to pursue his passion for sharing knowledge and experience, helping to maintain the highest possible engineering standards, and continuing to be an evangelist for new and emerging technology in the media industry.

Tony is a member of SMPTE and a Committee Member of the Thames Valley RTS, and has organised many events and lectures to help educate fellow engineers through practical example.

Regular Contributors

Barry Braverman

Barry Braverman is a veteran cinematographer with over thirty-five years of experience in television documentaries and feature films. Notable credits include National Geographic TV Specials, music videos for Stevie Wonder, Kelly Clarkson, and Tangerine Dream, and feature films like MOONRISE KINGDOM and THE DARJEELING LIMITED. A member of Hollywood cinematographer’s guild Braverman is an expert trainer and consultant, conducting camera and video storytelling workshops for broadcasters throughout the world. His latest book VIDEO SHOOTER 3nd Edition (2013) from Focal Press explores the art and craft of video storytelling with latest-generation 2D and 3D cameras.

Bruce Devlin

Bruce Devlin has been working in the Media industry for 30 years and is the Chief Media Scientist at Dalet Digital Media Systems as well as the founder of Mr MXF Ltd and co-founder of the Media Bay LLC. He is well known in the industry for his technology presentations, especially his educational YouTube series – Bruce’s Shorts. Bruce has designed everything from ASICs to algorithms. He tweets as @MrMXF chaired the SMPTE working groups and literally wrote the book on the MXF format.

Bruce is an

  • alumni of Queens’ College Cambridge England
  • UK regional governor of the SMPTE
  • fellow of the SMPTE and member of the IABM and DPP
  • recipient of SMPTE’s David Sarnoff Medal
  • recipient of BKSTS’ Achievement award
  • keen to educate the world about media technology
  • and a rider of bicycles (occasionally quickly)

Gary Olson

Gary Olson is considered an expert in advanced media and emerging technologies. He is an advisor specializing in the transition of traditional media workflows and business processes to IP based technologies and workflows. As a designer he provides his knowledge to organizations that are implementing IP and File Based technology. His focus is the adaptation of organizational structure, staffing models and workflows to implement digital media technology. Gary has substantial experience working with project sponsors and stakeholders to help them understand the changes associated with digital media platforms and file-based workflows. Gary is a recognized industry leader with practical experience in the analysis, selection, and uses of technology and as an innovator in media technologies and broadcast design.

With expertise in IP and file based broadcast, digital asset management, interactive telecommunication, distance learning, and digital media distribution Gary has been active in many complex projects that involved the convergence of broadcast, digital media and information technology. His project portfolio includes designing the first commercial television networks for countries in Central Europe, the Caribbean and South America. He has worked for all the US major broadcast networks and cable operators; as well as numerous corporations and institutions.

Gary advises on the best use of technology in the migration and transition from traditional media technology to digital platforms in broadcast, broadband, wireless, portable multimedia and On-Demand media and information technology.

Gary recently authored the current SBE Online University course “The New Lifecycle of Media – IP and File Based Workflow and Architecture” and a white paper on The Important Role of Data in Media. His book “Planning and Designing the IP Broadcast Facility” will be available in the Fall 2014. He consults to media companies looking to optimize their broadcast and production operations to The Cloud.

Gary is a BSEE – NYIT – Communication Technology; Member of IEEE, SMPTE, SME, PMI, SOA-FIMS, NY CTO Club; serves on the Advisory Board for the Sports Video Group; and has a US Patent on Streaming Media Automation and Distribution.

John Watkinson

John Watkinson is an independent consultant, technologist and author. He has written several books on digital audio and video technology; contributed to multiple author books; is a regular columnist for international industry publications; and has delivered numerous papers at conferences of AES, SMPTE, IEE, ITS, IOA and WinHEC.

John’s consultancy includes expertise in a wide range of services related to audio, video recording, production and broadcasting especially in digital techniques. Extensive affidavit and expert witness experience for patent and other litigation involving technology, as well as technical writing services and technology courses for management maintenance courses for technicians.

His customers include major television broadcasters worldwide. John is listed in “Who’s Who in the World,” The Writers Directory,” Contemporary Authors” and by the American Biographical Institute. He won the National Training Award for training UK commercial television studios on the introduction of NICAM stereo TV sound in 1990.

John’s education includes Hymers College, Hull and Southampton University, BSc(Hons) Electronic Engineering and MSc Sound and Vibration.

Kevin Hilton

As a child Kevin Hilton was fascinated by both writing and sound, being the sort of young boy who listened to radio comedy and drama, as well as buying records of sound effects, train noises and birdsongs. He managed to combine these interests by training as a radio journalist and later working for BFBS Forces Radio during the 1980s. A growing interest in film and music video led to freelancing on video magazines around this time. A fulltime move into technology writing came in 1987 when Kevin became staff writer on Pro Sound News Europe. He later moved on to Broadcast Systems International before taking over the editor's position at Sound & Communications Systems. He went freelance again in 1993 and has written for a range of technology, broadcast and home cinema publications, including Television Broadcast Europe, Television Technology, Focus, the Guardian newspaper, Audio Media, SVG Europe, Broadcast, Broadcast TECH, Informed Sauce, British Cinematographer and Pro Sound News, as well as a number of corporate and client titles. Kevin lives on the south coast of England, where he can indulge his interests in bird watching, history and real ale. He is also a self-confessed film and TV buff - the more obscure or culty the better - and still listens to a lot of radio.

Steve Mullen

Steve Mullen Ph.D. lives in Las Vegas and has over 45 years of experience working with high technology.

Steve has a long and distinguished career in leading technology driven companies in the international broadcast market. He began his career, after teaching at the University of Minnesota and Carleton College, as a seminar development manager, R&D Systems Engineer and a Product Manager. For more than a decade Steve has been a key contributor for several industry publications.

Steve taught digital video production at Rutgers University and Electronic Cinematography at the University of the Arts. And, at Harvestworks in NYC, he taught Media 100 editing.

For more than two decades, Digital Video Consulting has provided consulting services, training, and seminars on digital video production.