Speakers

Todd Carter

Todd Carter is a visionary technology entrepreneur with a proven track record building and leading innovative early stage technology businesses. For more than a decade, he’s been training computers with the objective of bringing value to Web-based media. In 2014 Tagasauris began development of an AI powered graph media discovery platform consisting of cloud native micro services that delivers;

a smart way to describe audio-visual content including schema, vocabularies and semantics

a smart way to store the descriptions of the content including querying and inferencing over the data

a process that allows for the capture of consolidated machine, expert and end user perspectives for describing continuously improving the meta representations of the underlying content

Todd believes visual content is the currency of tomorrow’s Web and the shift from hypertext to hypermedia is both inevitable and exciting. Once computers can understand visual media, a new generation of applications for discovery, learning and storytelling will be enabled.

Tagasauris has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, Business Week, The Economist and others. Tagasauris and the Museum of the City of New York are the recipients of an award from The National Endowment for the Humanities to annotate the museum’s collections.


Jamie DiVenere

Jamie DiVenere is the Senior Project Manager for the Viacom’s Vault Project which is to transform the the most valuable footage of the MTV & VH1 tape library into a master class digital archive that will enable Viacom Production Group’s content to be immediately accessed for reuse. Jamie leads the team to build out the strategy and workflows to support the mass encoding and metadata initiative for Viacom’s Music and Entertainment assets. Prior to working for Viacom, Jamie led creative efforts for over 10 years on building out Getty Images video portfolio.


Nick Gold

Nick Gold is the Chief Revenue Officer for Chesapeake Systems, an East Coast-based IT-centric media systems integrator. Chesapeake Systems specializes in working with large media entities to design, install and maintain video post-production, archive, media asset management, storage, ingest/playout and program delivery systems.

Gold brings to his consultant role an extensive technical knowledge base. His intense curiosity drives him to stay current with the latest developments in the media & IT fields. Complementing that is his uncanny ability to communicate complex technical concepts to the layperson and is recognized as a leading expert within the realm of Media Asset Management (MAM) and related archive & storage workflows. Within the past year, Gold has moderated three New York City-based symposia concerning MAM, and he presented a MAM primer to SMPTE DC’s “Bits By The Bay” conference.

Gold is also co-host of the popular audio podcast series, The Workflow Show, now in its third season. The episodes address overarching trends and specific tech topics to help guide listeners through these challenging yet exciting times of unprecedented change within the realm of digital media workflows.


James Hendler

James Hendler is the Director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He also serves as a Director of the UK’s charitable Web Science Trust.  Hendler has authored over 350 books, technical papers and articles in the areas of Semantic Web, artificial intelligence, agent-based computing and high performance processing – his most recent book is Social Machines: The coming collision of artificial intelligence, social networking and humanity.

One of the originators of the “Semantic Web,” Hendler was the recipient of a 1995 Fulbright Foundation Fellowship, is a former member of the US Air Force Science Advisory Board, and is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the British Computer Society, the IEEE and the AAAS. He is also the former Chief Scientist of the Information Systems Office at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and was awarded a US Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 2002.   In 2012, he was one of the inaugural recipients of the Strata Conference “Big Data” awards for his work on large-scale open government data, and he is a columnist and associate editor of the Big Data journal. In 2013, he was appointed as the Open Data Advisor to New York State, in 2015 appointed a member of the US Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee and in 2016, became a member of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information.


Sally Hubbard

Sally Hubbard has extensive experience in both for-profit media and entertainment (HBO and WWE) and the cultural heritage sphere (UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Getty Research Institute), concentrating on enterprise-wide metadata strategy; digital and media asset management; standards and best practices; digital preservation, and encoding and re-purposing archival collections. She is currently the principal of SAH Consulting and an adjunct professor in the NYU Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program.


Gerry Lawson

Gerry Lawson is a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, manages the Oral History and Language lab at the University of British Columbia Museum Of Anthropology and is the technology lead for the innovative UBC Indigitization program. He takes a practical, entrepreneurial approach to heritage media preservation with a specialization in Indigenous knowledge recordings. Along with a growing team of friends and colleagues, Gerry tries to foster success through the creation of accessible jargon-free resources, partnerships and communities of practice.


Shola Lynch
documentary film maker
photographed in Harlem, NY on 24 May 2013

Shola Lynch

Shola Lynch’s work has earned her a Peabody Award, a NAACP Image Award for Excellence, among other honors.  She has produced and scripted stories that have aired on BET, CNN, ESPN, HBO Sports, TV One, and PBS.  In 2013, The Sundance Institute selected Lynch as one of five women who show great promise to be mentored in their prestigious Women’s Filmmaker Initiative. Shola was also recently awarded a prestigious Creative Capital Award for her next film, a narrative on the great liberator Harriet Tubman.  In 2013, she was named the Curator for Film, Moving Image and Recorded Sound at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2016, she was selected to the Documentary Jury of the Sundance Film Festival. Lynch holds a Master’s in American History and Public History Management from the University of California, Riverside as well as a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University. She is also working on a book based on her film Free Angela.


Johanna Salazar

Johanna Salazar is Vice President of Production Planning & Operations for the Content Managment & Production Technologies Group at Viacom Media Networks. Johanna works under the Global Entertainment Group which houses MTV, VH1, LOGO, COMEDY CENTRAL, CMT, TV LAND PARAMOUNT NETWORK. Johanna has been managing and producing content, media and production events for over 17 years. Currently, Johanna is leading the multi-year digitization project initiative (DPI 3.0, a.k.a. The Vault Project) at Viacom, with the aim of digitizing all the premium content from MTV and VH1 from the last 35 years for monetization and preservation purposes. As the self-proclaimed Metadata Ambassador, Johanna was the Co-Founder of Viacom’s First Metadata Task Force.


Robert Stone

Robert Stone’s work has earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Feature Documentary and two Prime Time Emmy nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Filmmaking – among many other awards.  Four of his films have had their world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and seven of his films have been aired on the acclaimed PBS history series American Experience.  Stone’s work has been screened and won awards at dozens of international film festivals.  He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, and the Television Academy.  Stone is currently at work on an all archival documentary mini-series for PBS about the race to the Moon to air in 2019.


Terrence A. Thomas

Terrence is a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Enterprise Infrastructure division’s multimedia department, responsible for managing broadcast integration projects, as well as non-standard audio visual and multimedia projects across the Americas.

Terrence served as the multimedia PM during the recent renovation of Morgan Stanley’s iconic digital signage at the headquarters building in Times Square.He has experience in the M&E industry as an engineer at multiple television networks, including CNN, ABC, and HBO.  He is working towards implementing MAM best practices gleaned from the M&E industry into the financial services industry, which has an increasing demand for digital media asset management.

Terrence holds a BSEE from The University of Mississippi, and an MS-MBA in Technology Management from Steven’s Institute of Technology.  He is also a member of the Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, IEEE Communications Society, Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), and Project Management Institute (PMI).


Matthew White

Matthew White is a Grammy Award winning filmmaker and the Managing Partner of Sutton Hoo Studios, a production company specializing in the development of historical documentaries from distressed analog archival artifacts.  He founded the WPA Film Library in 1986, and has held senior management positions at National Geographic TV & Film and The Corporation of Public Broadcasting, where he was responsible for The American Archive initiative. He was a founder and the first President of ACSIL, a global association of leading film & video archives, and also a founding committee member of the United Nation’s initiative “Archives at Risk,” which advocates for the preservation of distressed audio-visual archives throughout the world.

A prolific archive producer himself, White initiated and recently led the massive 10-year-long, worldwide archive research effort for the 2016 documentary  The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years directed by Ron Howard – an innovative project driven by rare footage sourced from all over the world.


Josh Wiggins

Josh Wiggins is the Chief Commercial Officer of GrayMeta. With over 20 years’ of experience in Operations, Systems Implementation, Customer Service, Account Management, and Sales, Josh Wiggins has provided and supported technology and SaaS solutions internationally for Ascent Media, Digitalsmiths, T3Media, Deluxe Media and now, GrayMeta. He has broad experience and knowledge in metadata and content workflows with global cloud, on-premises, and hybrid-based solutions. Today, Josh leads with the same forward-thinking approach at GrayMeta, as the Chief Commercial Officer, where they are shaping the future of how metadata is created, curated, and consumed within organizations. By leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence, GrayMeta is solving complex data challenges by increasing organizational efficiencies within the Media & Entertainment, Law Enforcement, and Healthcare industries, as well as other public and private organizations.