Full Agenda and Speaker Line-Up for 2019 Devoncroft Executive Summit | Las Vegas

Joe Zaller | April 1, 2019


The 2019 Devoncroft Executive Summit | Las Vegas is less than a week away.

Whether you’re a broadcast technology buyer or supplier, the Summit offers a unique opportunity to gain a 360-degree view of industry economics and the strategic drivers of technology investment.

We’ve worked hard to put together a fantastic line-up of media technology thought leaders, who will share their views on the most important commercial issues facing the industry.

The agenda (see below) draws on the most up-to-date industry market research and analysis from Devoncroft Partners, including our Big Broadcast Survey (BBS), which we’ve been publishing annually for the past decade.  The sheer size, scale, international reach, and longevity of Devoncroft’s Big Broadcast Survey make it a unique source of industry data that does not exist anywhere else.

Using these insights, we’ve programmed an agenda that offers delegates a unique opportunity to hear from the right people, speaking about the right topics, at the right moment in time for the industry.

We’re very pleased with the industry-wide support for the 2019 Devoncroft Executive Summit | Las Vegas.  In particular, we’d like to thank our speakers and panelists. The insight, knowledge, and ideas for best practice you share at the Summit, will undoubtedly prove invaluable to our delegates.



There is a high probibility that this event will be sold out, so register now using the link below.





SUNDAY | APRIL 7, 2019 | 12PM – 5PM



12:00PM – 12:45PM – Registration and Networking


1:00PM – Welcome and Opening Remarks


1:10PM – 1:55PM

– Strategic Industry Analysis: Identifying Value in Today’s Market

– State of the Media Technology Industry – Latest Research Data


  • Josh Stinehour: Principal Analyst at Devoncroft Partners
  • Joe Zaller: Founder, Devoncroft Partners


1:55PM – 2:40PM – Technology Supplier C-Suite: Strategies for an Evolving Market


  • Andy Bechtolsheim: Founder & Chairman at Arista Networks
  • Tom Cotney: Chief Executive Officer at Imagine Communications
  • Angel Ruiz: Chief Executive Officer at MediaKind
  • John Stroup: Chairman and Chief Executive at Belden


Joe Zaller, Devoncroft Partners



2:40PM – 2:55PM – Executive 1:1 Briefing: The Case for Microservices and Software Defined Architecture in M&E


  • Dave Ward: CTO Engineering and Chief Architect at Cisco Systems
  • Josh Stinehour: Principal Analyst at Devoncroft Partners



2:55PM – 3:30PM – The Broadcaster C-Suite Part-1: Navigating the Transition to IP, Best Practice and Lessons Learned


  • Roger Crothers: Head of Technology at BBC Wales
  • Adde Granberg: CTO and Head of Production at Swedish Television
  • Brad Wall: SVP Network Operations at Disney/ABC Television Network


  • Michel Proulx: Media Consultant, Aspiring Ski Bum



3:30PM – 3:45PM – Executive 1:1 Briefing: The Business Case for Cloud Adoption in M&E


  • John Honeycutt: VP, Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment at Google Cloud
  • Joe Zaller: Founder at Devoncroft Partners



3:45PM – 4:20PM – The Broadcaster C-Suite Part-2: Economics of Next Gen Media Architecture | Driving New Levels of Efficiency through Cloud, Supply Chain Management, AI & ML


  • Vishal Bhasin: SVP Technology at Viacom 18
  • Renard Jenkins: VP Operations, Engineering, and Distribution at PBS
  • Michael Koetter: SVP Media technology and Development at Turner
  • Darren Long: Group Director of Content Processing at Sky


  • Christy King: Media Consultant at Christy King LLC



4:20PM – 5:00PM – The Broadcaster C-Suite Part-3: Strategic Drivers of Technology Investment


  • Simon Farnsworth: EVP Global Engineering and Operations at Discovery
  • Steve Fish: VP Media and technology Architecture at Turner
  • Richard Friedel: EVP Technology and Broadcast Strategy at 21st Century Fox
  • Francois Vaillant: Executive Director, Engineering Solutions at CBC / Radio-Canada


  • Joe Zaller: Founder at Devoncroft Partners


5:00PM End of Program


This event is designed for senior executives from media companies, technology suppliers, finance professionals, and industry strategists that want to gain a deeper understanding of the perspective of executive decision makers on business developments in the media technology sector. The Summit’s unique format makes it a thought-provoking kickoff to the 2019 NAB Show, as well as a great networking opportunity.

Now in its eighth year, the Summit remains the only conference where you’ll learn about the business and technology investment strategies of the world’s largest broadcasters, directly from the final decision makers.

With more than 850 registered delegates last year, the Devoncroft Executive Summit | Las Vegas is considered by many to be the one must-attend event in the calendar for both buyers and suppliers of media technology.

The Summit agenda, including the full list of speakers is available here.

You can register here for the 2019 Devoncroft Summit | Las Vegas.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this event without our sponsors and supporters. We’d like to thank the companies and associations listed below for their ongoing support of Devoncroft.




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