Sponsors Help Develop The Conference

By Don Smith, Vice Chair, Conference Committee

Take a moment to think about what you were doing in 2000.  Think about where your channel was, from technology to creative to your relationships with your cable provider.

So much has changed in the local access space since JAG held their first conference back in 2000.  In just 21 years we went from shooting videos on VHS or S-VHS, or if you were lucky Mini DV, to now when everything is digital on SD Cards and hard drives.  And you know who kept you up to date on the latest tech?  JAG!  From their first conference to our 19th edition, the JAG Conference is the best place to get the latest hardware updates, the freshest gear, and collaborating on ideas with your fellow colleagues from other stations around New Jersey.  This year’s conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Edison on May 18th from 8am-11pm.  Conference workshops are being held one at a time so no need to decide which one to attend.  Attend them all!  And if you get hungry, we have you covered from breakfast to our Keynote Lunch and the JAG Banquet.


TelVue Corporation is an Organizational Member of Jag and once again our Diamond Sponsor!  I am sure everyone knows Jesse, Denise, and Mark from the great staff of TelVue.  And if not, then this is the perfect place to come and meet them!  From your bulletin board to playout solutions, they have something for everyone!  Come join us at 8am for breakfast with President and C.E.O. Jesse Lerman at the TelVue User Group Breakfast for a great meet and greet opportunity!  TelVue will also sponsor a workshop on Social Media that will be moderated by Jesse.

Varto Technologies is also a very valued member of the JAG Community, organizational member of JAG, and a Platinum Sponsor!  Varto and Yervant Keshishian are huge supporters of JAG and the mission local access stations have in the State of New Jersey!  Join Varto Technologies at 9am for a User Group Breakfast, and that afternoon Varto will be sponsoring a workshop on New Technology Tools that you do not want to miss!  LiveU will be one of the panelists talking about product updates that will be released at NAB.

Cologna Productions joins this year’s list of sponsors as a Sapphire sponsor making it possible for the entertainment at the banquet.  Cologna Production operates a number of stations all of which are members of JAG.

DeSisti Lighting is a long time organizational member and conference supporter.  DeSisti is a Silver sponsor and will be sponsoring the Networking Break and a workshop demonstrating ways to light a remote interview using a bag of tricks.  DeSisti sale manager Paul DiStefano has been at every one of JAG’s Conferences since they began in 2000.

JAG is grateful for the generous support of our sponsors in making it possible to provide this conference and continue its work in New Jersey.  They will all be exhibiting and we hope you will take the time to visit and thank them.

Last but certainly not least the conference wraps up with the JAG Awards.  Please stay and cheer on colleagues from local access stations across the state!  There are many new categories this year to win, and many stations will go home with some nice trophies!

So, to get in on all this fun you need to go to our new website www.jagconference.com.  There you will be able to see our schedule, list of exhibitors and hotel directions and accommodations.  Thinking of spending the night then make sure you use our special discount code JAA when you are booking your room.

This year the cost of the Conference and the JAG Banquet is $160 per person for JAG members.  Your admission includes breakfast, keynote lunch, networking beverage breaks, the Cocktail Party, the Buffet Dinner and the JAG Awards. JAG is a vital resource for your local access station, has been since 2000, and will continue to be for many years to come!