NAB Recognizes Technology Veterans

Ted Schilowitz

Today NAB honors several for their achievements during the NAB Show Technology Luncheon.

Richard Chernock and Andrew Laird have been named the 2016 winners of NAB Engineering Achievement Awards. Receiving the 2016 Digital Leadership Award is Adam Symson.

Ted Schilowitz, futurist at 20th Century Fox and chief creative officer at Barco, will speak during the luncheon, which is sponsored by LG Electronics.

At 20th Century Fox Schilowitz advises senior leadership on the constantly evolving art and science of advanced motion picture creation. This includes developing strategy on future technology as it relates to cinema and exploring the emerging fields of virtual and augmented reality and immersive cinema.

“Ted Schilowitz has worked his entire career to advance media and entertainment technology,” said NAB Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny. “With virtual and augmented reality being a focus at this year’s NAB Show, we look forward to Ted sharing his insight on the development of this exciting new technology.”

Schilowitz is a founding member of the product development team at RED Digital Cinema. The company has had an impact on the motion picture industry, with many of the world’s biggest movies being shot with the company’s ultra-high-resolution digital movie cameras. Additionally, Schilowitz is one of the founders of the G-Tech product line of advanced hard drive storage products, which are implemented worldwide for professional television and multimedia content creation.

The Engineering Achievement Awards are given to individuals who are nominated by their peers for significant contributions to advancing the state of the art in broadcast engineering.

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Richard Chernock

Chernock is the recipient of the 2016 NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award. He is the chief science officer for Triveni Digital, a developer of digital broadcast and distribution infrastructure software and systems. Before Triveni he spent more than 20 years with IBM, focusing on broadcast technology. He is the current chairman of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Technology Group’s ATSC 3.0 committee. He also served as chairman of the ATSC Technology Group that oversaw the development of enhancements to the DTV standard, including the ATSC Mobile and ATSC 2.0 suite of standards, the recommended practice on audio loudness and numerous others.

Chernock has been heavily involved with industry activities regarding digital television broadcasting. He is also a prolific evangelist and educator on ATSC 3.0, publishing papers and making presentations at many conferences and tradeshows worldwide.

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Andy Laird

Andy Laird, recently retired from the Journal Broadcast Group as vice president and chief technology officer, is the recipient of the 2016 NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award. During a five-decade career, Laird has worked in radio and TV engineering, at the college and professional levels.

Throughout his career, Laird was an active industry participant, holding leadership positions within the NAB co-sponsored National Radio Systems Committee. He played a crucial role in the evaluation and standardization of the system for digital AM and FM radio broadcasting in the United States through his work with the NRSC, where he most recently served as the co-chair of the Digital Radio Broadcasting subcommittee.

The Digital Leadership Award was established to honor an individual at a broadcast station, group or network who has had a significant role in transforming a traditional broadcast business to succeed on digital media platforms.

Adam Symson

Adam Symson

Award-winner Adam Symson is senior vice president and chief technology officer at E.W. Scripps Co. He oversees a growing group of digital media experts across all areas of content creation, marketing and monetization. Under his leadership, the company has sustained consistent growth of its digital properties through the bolstering of sales and content teams, launching the nation’s first membership-based service on a TV website and furthering national investigative reporting.

Reflecting changes in media technologies, Symson spearheaded acquisitions of Midroll, a podcast company, and Newsy, a millennial-focused digital news agency, which have contributed to Scripps’ enhanced digital offerings across markets, specifically with over-the-top audio and video content.

In addition to these awards, the Technology Luncheon will host the Broadcast Engineering Conference Best Paper Award and the Technology Innovation Award. Join