Monday DTV Audio Group Production & Distribution Workshop

Monday, December 13, 2021
Location: Rendezvous, 3rd Floor
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Mainstreaming Premium Audio Production and Distribution


In recent years, the advent of affordable consumer 4K and HDR on smart TVs and other devices has transformed the home viewing experience. UHD TVs are being joined by increasingly sophisticated immersive-audio-capable soundbars and enhanced surround-virtualizing headphones, earbuds, and mobile devices, leading to a dramatic resurgence in surround listening.

With Covid home-bound viewers spending more time in front of their upgraded devices, content distributors have responded with a flood of first-run movies and premium episodics. Audio has been front and center as more-and-more premium content becomes available in Dolby Atmos immersive surround, and streaming services and MVPDS adopt next-generation audio personalization and accessibility features.

Live and linear content creators and distributors in sports television are at a crossroads. Can they transition into competitive providers of premium viewing and listening experiences to compare with Apple, Disney+, Netflix, HBO, et al, or do they simply supply commodity content at a lower quality tier? For many, the solution to this challenge is to onboard new technology and radically reimagine workflows for greater efficiency while fully integrating premium audio and video production standards.

Join DTVAG in exploring the task of cost-efficiently creating premium audio experiences, and the impact of modern networking and cloud-based processing on achieving that goal. We will also examine some emerging technologies from 5G to AI, likely to impact television audio going forward. Finally, we will revisit the latest challenges to wireless audio production and view some faintly glimmering possibilities.

* Agenda subject to change

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

The Premium Audio Challenge

Intro: Roger Charlesworth, DTV Audio Group, Executive Director
Tom Sahara, Quintar, Senior Vice President Production Technology

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11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Efficiently Scaling-Up Atmos and Accessible Audio Production and Distribution

Jim Starzynski, NBCUniversal Advanced Engineering, Director and Principal Audio Engineer
Tim Carroll, Dolby Laboratories, Senior Director of Technology, Sound Group, Office of the CTO

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12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Networking Break

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1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Streamlining Edit Workflows to Support Live Production in Atmos

Lane Crouse, WarnerMedia Studios, Senior Sound Designer / Tech Workflow Lead
Brian Rio, WarnerMedia Studios, Director, Creative Services

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2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Applying AI to Live Immersive Audio Production

Speaker: Rob Oldfield, Salsa Sound, Co-Founder & CEO

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2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

New Spectrum Challenges and Opportunities

Speaker: Prakash Moorut, Shure, Senior Director Spectrum and Regulatory Affairs

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3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Networking Break

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