NATAS ANNOUNCES ADVANCED MEDIA COMMITTEE : (National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
A note from colleague, author and media impressario, Shelly Palmer announces that he's the new chairman of the NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) new Advanced Media Committee. Palmer explains in his missive that "our mission is to study the commercial and technological potential of advanced media and emerging technology and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees for strategy and steering. And, to create events which encourage and facilitate dialogue between industry professionals."
What the heck is Advanced media? In the Q&A section of the NATAS website on the subject they explain: HDTV, digital television (SD), cell phones (3G), PDA’s, personal computers, TiVo, PVR’s, Broadband, Cable, Addressable Advertising, Time-shifted TV and much, much more. If it shows images and plays sound and it’s new, it’s Advanced Media! For more info, www.AdvancedMediaCommittee.com. Click here for their daily blog and weekly email newsletter (click here to subscribe).
CHARTER ADVANCED MEDIA COMMITTEE MEMBERS' names provided by Palmer give us some idea of who's who in this new 'advancing-media' world: Charter committee members include: V. Michael Bove, Jr., Director, Consumer Electronics Lab, MIT Media Laboratory; Kevin Cohen, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Turner Broadcasting System; Channing Dawson, SVP Emerging Media, Scripps Networks; Barry Fischer, EVP Turner Broadcasting; Tim Hanlon, Senior Vice President, Ventures, Denuo - A Publicis Groupe Company; Steve Jacobs, VP Broadband Alliances, Sony Corporation of America; Jeff Joseph, Vice President, Communications & Strategic Relationships, Consumer Electronics Association; Rick Mandler, VP/GM ABC Enhanced Television; Eli Noam, Director, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School and Martin J. Yudkovitz, SVP Corporate Strategy and Business Development, The Walt Disney Company. More details on names involved with the committee are included on the list linking here: http://www.nyemmys.org/newmedia/. More on Palmer and his new book Television Disrupted later after we finish reading the tome we bought at the NAB bookstore -- it's on sale now on Amazon.com -- click the blue link above for details.
EDISON CHARGED A QUARTER TO HEAR YOUR VOICE RECORDED! -- fun story from Shelley and that blog about Edison & his phonograph demos: "Edison used to charge people 25 cents to try to "fool the machine." A person who spoke Latin (a dead language) would speak Latin into it and, of course, it would speak Latin back to the person. People wondered how Edison was able to teach a machine to speak Latin. A person would speak Chinese into the machine and it would speak Chinese back to them. Again, people would wonder how the "Wizard of Menlo Park" taught the machine to speak Chinese. People simply did not understand the concept of a recording."
Not unlike the story I tell when I talk to Teens about the future of entertainment -- about how PT Barnum used to charge a nickel to see a light bulb light up in his circus demos. Yes, new technology is like magic -- in more ways than one -- you just can't be a one trick pony though!
WELCOME TO VIDEOPOLIS!
Check out the Advanced Media Committee and see if it's for you. Meanwhile, if you haven't read them before -- check this blogger (Joyce Schwarz, author and emerging entertainment analyst/consultant) columns on VIDEOPOLIS and my takes on next-gen (or advanced media) entertainment from imediaconnection.com. iMedia Connection: Welcome to Videopolis (Part 1) and iMedia Connection: Welcome to Videopolis (Part 2). And then check out one fun advanced media experiment you'll see at Siggraph this summer.
HiTV @ SIGGRAPH 2006 -- ever felt like throwing something at your TV -- well look at this innovative contextual-aware TV system that will be on demo at Siggraph in August yep -- it experiments with throwing a ball at the picture! Here's the link to the website from MIT of course. www.media.mit.edu/~jackylee/htv.htm - 9k - May 20, 2006 -