Chris Daughtry, Randy Jackson, Nigel Lithgow Launch NAB Show 2013

NAB Show 2013

“American Idol” Star Performs as Series Inducted in to NAB Broadcasting Hall Of Fame

LAS VEGAS – April 8th, 2013 – The NAB Show, the world’s largest annual conference and expo for professionals projected more than 90,000 audio, video, and film content professionals from 150 countries will attend the event, which runs through Thursday, April 11 in Las Vegas. The theme this year is “Metamorphosis.”

photo courtesy NAB Shown 2013

NAB Show 2013 TV Luncheon, photo courtesy NAB Show 2013

Metamorphise or Die

Though a variety of industry-intensive training sessions and panels began on Saturday on topics ranging from the latest tools from Adobe to 4k workflows and content creation and media management in the Cloud, today the conference officially opened with a State of the Broadcast Industry Address from Gordon Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

“The time has come for us to unite in our embrace of new technology and to realize the consequences if we don’t,” Smith said “Our competitors in the wireless industry want to be a part of the mobile TV business…and they are investing a lot of money in this endeavor. They are even branding their service “mobile TV. But our competitors will never have what we have – the ability to deliver our high-quality content reliably.”

In the keynote conversation that followed between Gordon Smith and Chase Carey, COO and deputy chairman of News Corporation, Carey set the room abuzz while discussing piracy and the recent court ruling pertaining to the transmission of broadcast content by web television startup Aereo. In discussing how to remain “in the driver’s seat,” Carey offered:

“One option could be converting the Fox broadcast network to a pay channel, which we would do in collaboration with both our content partners and affiliates.”

American Idols Honored

Later in the day, and perhaps on a lighter note, the Television Luncheon, Nancy O’Dell, Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of “Entertainment Tonight,” “American Idol” showrunner Nigel Lithgow, judge Randy Jackson, and Trish Kinane, executive producer and president of entertainment programming for FremantleMedia North America participated in the induction of the top-rated television phenomenon into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The presentation closed with an energizing performance by “American Idol” superstar Chris Daughtry.

Director and producer Rhys Thomas offered an unprecedented insight into the methods used by late-night mainstay “Saturday Night Live,” in creating their wildly popular short films within implausibly tight 48-hour deadlines.

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About NAB Show

NAB Show, held April 6-11, 2013 in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 90,000 attendees from 151 countries and 1,600+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Visit the official NAB Show site for complete details.

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