The Society of Broadcast Engineers

The Association for Broadcast and Multimedia Technology Professionals

Managing a Project and Outside Contractors for Success

Originally streamed July 20, 2011


The nature of the broadcast industry is wrapped around change. One of these types of change occurs when stations face major projects that can be disruptive, yet fulfilling for those involved. This significant change causes stress unless a carefully designed structure is wrapped around the work. This webinar explores the roles and responsibilities of those involved in planning and executing a capital project. Emphasis is placed on the responsibilities of the station, consultants, and system integrators.

Who Should Attend

This webinar assists managers, design engineers, chief engineers and staff members planning and executing upgraded or new facilities plan effectively, and manage without undue conflict.

John LuffAbout Your Instructor – John Luff

A member of the SBE and SBE Engineer of the Year in 2010, John Luff is an independent media technology consultant. In a career spanning over four decades he has provided technology expertise to hundreds of clients in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. In 2005 he was elected a Fellow of SMPTE, has served as SMPTE Conference vice president, and is on the SMPTE Board of Editors. He is a member of the Business Steering Committee of the Advance Media Workflow Association. Luff has participated in SMPTE and ATSC standards development activities.

Luff was the founder of Synergistic Technologies Incorporated (STI), which was purchased by Azcar, where he served in senior management roles until 2006. He was responsible for design and project management for the first 720p origination center at ABC in New York, as well as the first 720p HDTV mobile unit used to produce Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl in 1999/2000. For more than a decade he managed the technical coverage of large news events for the EBU around the world. His consulting practice includes project management, technology consulting, early phase technology and business planning services, product planning, mergers and acquisitions, and system design for commercial and public broadcasters in North America and internationally.

Luff authored two chapters in the 11th Edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook (Master Control, and Project Management) and has delivered presentations to SMPTE and SBE conferences, as well as conferences in South America and Europe. He has developed training materials on technology and file based workflow, and delivered all day seminars in seven cities in the US and Canada in 2009/2010. Since 1998 Luff has written the monthly “Technology in Transition” column and feature articles for Broadcast Engineering magazine. He is a member of SBE, SMPTE, AMWA, ATSC, Digital Cinema Society, and the Sports Video Group.


SBE Recertification Credit

The completion of this webinar from Webinars by SBE qualifies for 1 credit, identified under Category I of the Recertification Schedule for SBE Certifications.

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This webinar is approximately 1 hour 35 minutes in length.

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If you have questions regarding this webinar, contact Cathy Orosz via email or by phone at 317-846-9000.

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