JAG’s Virtual Conference

By Geoffrey Belinfante Co-Chair, Conference Committee

Believe it or not the 2021 Virtual Eastern Video Expo is less than a month away, and things are really beginning to come together.  We are adding workshops daily that will interest those who create content and those who just enjoy watching.

Check out our Storytelling Workshop with two Emmy Award winning film makers.  They’ll explore how to produce award winning documentaries from concept to completion.  After you learn how to gather all your footage, our editing workshop will give you insights into how those documentaries are put together.  Finally, our workshop on Interviewing Techniques will also feature award winning producers/presenters who deal with the art of interviewing every day with those who enjoy being interviewed and those who don’t.

The Social Media workshop will feature experts who will teach you how to get the most out of your social media presence.  You’ll learn the importance of hashtags, what types of posts work best with algorithms, where to find the analytics and how to make sure your profile has all the right information. 

The Lighting Workshop will address how to make all those interviews you shoot look better.  For more details and the names and biographies of workshop participants, please check our website, www.easternvideoexpo.com .

If your interests go towards the legal matters facing our industry, then be sure to check out the ever popular “Ask the Lawyers” roundtable.  Learn about what’s going on in Washington and the latest on closed captioning.  If you are concerned about Broadband deployment and reliability, you’ll want to check out our panel on Broadband deployment in New Jersey.

For those who are more interested in technical issues, there are presentations from TelVue and Municipal Captioning on the various options available to help you comply with the anticipated closed captioning mandate from Washington.  If you need to follow the latest changes in streaming technology you should plan to attend the workshop sponsored by Varto Technologies and LiveU and an All-Inclusive Live Video Subscription Service.

Explore your options for over-the-top delivery of your channel with presentations from Cablecast and TelVue.  Learn about the new ways your station’s content can be easily accessed on mobile devices from Didja TV.  Hear how their free platform can increase your channel’s accessibility, viewership, and potentially create a new source of funding.

No Eastern Video Expo would be complete without specialized user groups.  Look for presentations from TelVue on their complete platform for Community Media broadcasting and Cablecast for their Billboard and Auto Scheduling products.  Be sure to check the presentations from Varto Technologies as they explain how there is a Tricaster for every production.  If you are interested in NDI workflow then you will want to attend Varto’s presentation on how NDI can change the way you work.

And no Eastern Video Expo would be complete without keynote speeches that are both informative and entertaining.  Keeping with JAG’s commitment to motivational presenters, we are excited to announce world class magician and comedian, Simon Mandal, has joined the expo as one of our keynote speakers!  His fast-paced humorous presentation will be a combination of interactive magic, and unusual stories about the importance of teamwork in every successful organization.

While we can’t get together this year for the usual cocktail parties and banquets, there are lots of opportunities for networking and getting to know your fellow conference participants.  Plan to attend the network events at the end of the day on Tuesday and Thursday.

One of the high notes of the Eastern Video Expo will be on the evening of June 9th when the winners of the JAG Awards will be announced. Expect an entertaining evening that features a virtual Red Carpet cocktail party/networking event with Simon Mandal returning to make the evening truly magical.  He’ll entertain during the virtual Red Carpet pre-show and then stay around to emcee the JAG awards.  You will not want to miss this! His magic, wit and wisdom will make the evening truly special.

Of course, as there has been in the past, there will be a virtual Affinity lunch that will feature a number of roundtables on topics ranging from developments in cloud-based workflows to new techniques in remote sports production. The cost for JAG members is $45, $60 for non-members and a special quantity discount if 4 or more members from one organization register to attend. Be sure to check out our website www.easternvideoexpo.com for the latest news on speakers and workshops.