Events and New Technologies Take the Main Stage

The In-Vehicle Experience will provide a look at connected cars, voice activation and audio design.

MONDAY, APR. 8 | 9–10 A.M.
NAB SHOW OPENING
NAB President and CEO Gordon H. Smith kicks off the 2019 NAB Show with his State of the Industry Address after welcome remarks from NAB Joint Board Chair Caroline Beasley and Lynn Comp of Intel Corp., the opening session sponsor. The Spirit of Broadcasting Award will be presented to veteran radio industry reporter Tom Taylor of “Tom Taylor Now.” Entertainment industry legend Alan Alda will be honored with the NAB Distinguished Service Award, followed by his conversation with Variety’s Business Editor Cynthia Littleton.

MONDAY, APR. 8 | 10:45–11:45 A.M.
MEDIA IS EVOLVING AND IT’S CHANGING THE GAME. ARE YOU PREPARED TO KEEP PACE AND TO LEAD?
The media of tomorrow will take us from passive content consumption to intelligent visual experiences and will require delivery of unmatched user experiences anywhere, anytime and on any device. This poses new challenges for the industry, mandating a need for fresh mindset and terminology to align us around emerging platform requirements and rapid services innovation/deployment. Lynn Comp of Intel’s Data Center Group will share insights on how media is changing and what it will take for the industry to capitalize on the multi-billion dollar opportunity in the era of new media and 5G. The session is sponsored by Intel Corp.

MONDAY, APR. 8 | 1:15–2:05 P.M.
CONTENT CREATION & COVERAGE IN TODAY’S EVOLVING INDUSTRY
As the #MeToo movement continues to shape the social dialogue of nearly all aspects of society, it’s undeniable that it has affected the entertainment industry in ways we’ve still yet to understand. The shift and need for an overall culture change is evident as organizations grapple with how to bring about transformation from within. This insightful keynote panel aims to unpack this profound moment, discuss what’s fair in reporting on television and media, and what efforts are being made to change today’s culture in Hollywood by promoting inclusion, diversity and equal opportunities.

Panelists include Shalini Govil-Pai of Google; Melanie McFarland of Salon.com; Melissa Grego of Hollywood Radio & TV Society (HRTS); Director of Photography Sheila Smith; and Gloria Calderon Kellett of “One Day At A Time” at Netflix. The session is produced in partnership with Hollywood Radio & TV Society (HRTS) and #GALSNGEAR.

MONDAY, APR. 8 | 4–5 P.M.
AUTONOMOUS CARS AND AMAZING EXPERIENCES: SAFETY, CONTENT & CONNECTIVITY
With the next wave of autonomous vehicles just around corner, the topics of connected car, passenger economy and in-vehicle experience have become top-of-mind for the broadcast and media industries. From 5G and edge computing to ATSC 3.0 signal capabilities, this panel will share how these technologies are playing a role in creating safe environments for the future of in-vehicle content consumption, interaction and adoption.

Panelists include Carla Bailo of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), Shailen Bhatt of ITS America, James Buczkowski of Ford Motor Co., Nakul Duggal of Qualcomm Technologies Inc. and Nils Wollny, CEO & Co-founder, holoride (Audi). The session is produced in partnership with CAR and ITSA.

TUESDAY, APR. 9 | 9–10 A.M.
BEYOND THE BRIEFING ROOM: TALES FROM THE WHITE HOUSE BEAT
A panel of prominent White House correspondents from ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS will discuss the unique challenges reporters face covering an unconventional White House, the evolution of what were once daily press briefings, pressures and strains related to a 24/7 news cycle, and how they deal with issues of credibility and journalistic integrity amid allegations of “fake news.”

Panelists include “PBS NewsHour’s” Yamiche Alcindor, NBC News’ Hallie Jackson, CBS News’ Steven Portnoy and ABC News’ Cecilia Vega. NAB’s Gordon H. Smith will moderate.

TUESDAY, APR. 9 | 11:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
PRESENTED BY GOOGLE
Today’s viewers expect increasingly more innovative, immersive and interactive storytelling experiences across many different platforms. Google’s John Honeycutt discusses how Google is helping media companies create, distribute and connect their stories with global audiences. Honeycutt will be joined onstage by Philip Wiser of CBS Corp. for a discussion on how the industry’s continued evolution will be affected by the acceleration of transformational technologies such as AI. The session is sponsored by Google.

TUESDAY, APR. 9 | 3–5:30 P.M.
WE ARE BROADCASTERS
This event celebrates local radio and television stations’ critical role in our communities and their ongoing commitment to innovating to better serve their listeners and viewers. Top-rated syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley of “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” will host the program.

Highlights during this celebration include the presentation of the TV Chairman’s Award to “This Is Us” and “Black Panther” star Sterling K. Brown who is blazing trails in the industry and impacting the future of television. NAB will also honor KFOR-AM, Lincoln, Neb., with the esteemed NAB Crystal Heritage Award and recognize 10 stations for their tremendous year-round commitment to community service with the Crystal Radio Awards. NAB will also present the Engineering Achievement Award to Garrison C. Cavell, president of Cavell, Mertz & Associates
Inc., and Cindy Hutter Cavell, senior broadcast consulting engineer at Cavell, Mertz & Associates Inc., for their outstanding accomplishments in the radio and TV broadcast industry.

WEDNESDAY, APR. 10 | 9–11:15 A.M.
5G IS THE FUTURE… OR IS IT?
Known simply as 5G, the next-generation wireless network has been touted as “world-changing” and a quantum leap in the evolution of communication. There’s a good reason: It will be. Shelly Palmer, president and CEO at The Palmer Group; Lynn Comp, vice president of Data Center Group, general manager, Visual Cloud Division at Network Platforms Group, Intel Corp.; and Christopher Levendos, vice president of network engineering and operations at Crown Castle will talk about how the cellular communications paradigm is about to shift and how it is likely to affect almost every aspect of our lives.

WEDNESDAY, APR. 10 | 11:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
ASC 100TH ANNIVERSARY: FULL CIRCLE — PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF CINEMATOGRAPHY

Speakers include Bill Bennett, Sam Nicholson and David Stump, all with the American Society of Cinematographers. The session is produced in partnership with American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

WEDNESDAY, APR. 10 | 1:30–2:30 P.M.
THE ESPORTS EVOLUTION: WHAT’S NEXT IN GAMING
As eSports continues to take the world by storm, more and more opportunities are being created for broadcasters, content creators, technology implementors and brands. This panel features executives from leading eSports teams, leagues and co-ventures who will discuss how this ecosystem has evolved, what today’s big trends are and what the future holds.

Panelists include Cameron Kelly of Complexity Gaming; Michael Vorhaus of Vorhaus Advisors; Ann Hand of Super League Gaming; Jonathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel of Fatal1ty Inc. and ReadyUp; Ari Segal of Immortals LLC; and Jeff Tyler of Detroit Renegades.