May 16, 2024

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JAG Conference

The conference is designed to bring together community media TV station staff/volunteers, independent film makers/producers, TV engineers/technicians, municipal officers/advisors/board members, IT staff, legal counsel, educators, government managers, elected officials, manufacturers/vendors/integrators, and advocates/supporters of community media, local broadcasting, and telecommunication issues and services.


Thursday, May 16th


Crowne Plaza - Edison, NJ

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event schedule

8:00 am - 8:50 am Lincoln A

TelVue Corporation User Group Breakfast: Ultra-affordable All-in-One Playout, New Mobile Scheduler & User Roles, Captioning & Accessibility, Integrated Streaming, Editing, CBB, and Archiving, Viewer Analytics, Apps and more!

Showcasing the latest and greatest from TelVue, including a peek into our broadcast products roadmap, all with the purpose of streamlining your workflow, saving you time, expanding your audience, increasing accessibility, and unlocking new sources of revenue.

Demos & topics will include: Ultra-affordable & scalable HyperCaster AIO+ All-in-One playout models; Redesigned, mobile-friendly scheduling pages for speed and scheduling from anywhere on any device; New 1-week and 4-day scheduling pages, Enhanced user access control & roles for schedulers and live event volunteers; HyperCaster integrated bulletin board, editing, streaming, and archiving; HyperCaster automatic social media integration & multistreaming (no expensive restreaming services required); Affordable, accurate live captioning with live translation and web accessibility for ADA compliance; Making your government meeting videos fully searchable with Caption Transcript Search; Viewer analytics to gain more insights into your streaming, mobile & OTT audiences; CloudCast player integrated full-view agenda/documents and channel schedules; New CloudCast streaming monetization options including pre-roll ads & paywall; Latest InfoVue digital signage features and more!

Bring your questions, feedback and feature requests. Great for existing users looking to get the most out of their TelVue systems, and prospects looking to upgrade from unsupported and cumbersome platforms, or insecure windows playout systems. Presenter: Jesse Lerman President/CEO, TelVue Corporation

9:00 am - 11:30 am Windsor

Exhibitors Meet and Greet

Visit the Exhibitors supporting JAG

TelVue/ Varto Technologies/ Cologna Productions/ DeSisti Lighting/ NewTek/ LiveU/MyCaseBuilder/NJ Film Commission/ Swit Electronics/ Eiki/ JVC

9:00 am - 9:50 am Lincoln B

Varto User Group Breakfast - TriCaster & NDI User Group: NAB Highlights & Interactive Forum

Discover the latest TriCaster and NDI advancements at our JAG Conference User Group session, where we'll kick off with an overview of the groundbreaking updates from the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Learn about innovative features such as HTML 5 Cloud Graphics and how they can revolutionize your live productions. Following this brief presentation, the session will transition into an interactive forum for both new and experienced TriCaster users. Participants can ask questions, discuss workflows, and learn from each other's experiences, with our presenter offering demonstrations and insights into real-life workflow scenarios. This engaging session provides an opportunity to connect with industry peers, share best practices, and stay ahead of the curve in live video production.

Presented by Yervant Keshishian- Technical Director and Sales Engineer, Varto Technologies

10:00 am - 11:15 am Windsor

Understanding Franchising and What to Know When Renegotiating

What are the main differences between a State Franchise, and the ones negotiated at the municipal level? Which one is a better choice, and can a municipality have a say on which one they prefer? Nationally, what is being added or taken away in negotiated franchise agreements? Franchise monies are going down due to the streaming industry, what can we do during negotiations to curb this? We hear of bills being introduced around the country that are trying to force streamers to pay a per subscriber fee to municipalities. How is this going and if successful, what does that mean for the local access station? Panelists: Mike Wassenaar, President & CEO, Alliance for Community Media; Ken Fellman, Esq., founder and partner, Wilson Williams Fellman Dittman

10:00 am - 11:15 am Lincoln A

Real-time Video Updates and Information During Critical Situations - Sponsored by LiveU

Respond faster and make informed tactical decisions, the key factors for all Police, Fire and OEM Situations. A panel of experts will discuss mission critical elements such as real-time video surveillance, bonded cellular technology, using drones in the field, along with The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2024 that includes the American Security Drone Act, which prohibits the government from using federal funds to purchase drones made in China or certain other countries. Plus, we will discuss the collaboration between Local Government Access TV and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) being highly effective in disseminating important messages to the community. Panelist: Bob Duthaler, President of JAG; Alex Joice, VP of Solution Sales Engineering, LiveU; Yervant Keshishian, Sales Engineer, Authorized Trainer & Technical Director, Varto Technologies

11:30 am - 1:20 pm Windsor

Keynote Lunch - Sponsored by Planet Network

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12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Windsor

Why PEG Stations Should Care About the Broadband Deployment

Will the Broadband landscape change how Access TV stations distribute their content to their residents? Will cable Companies and Channels. as we know them still exist in the immediate future and what might we need to do now to prepare for it? How could this work for us to quickly obtain HDTV? Will broadband help to end the Digital Discrimination/Black Holes that now exist in many NJ community and how? Panelists: Robert Boyle, CEO, Planet Networks; Marilyn Davis, New Jersey Area Director for Government Affairs, Altice, USA; Mike Wassenaar, President & CEO, Alliance for Community Media

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Garden

ADA Compliance-Updates on the DOJ Rulings and Closed Captioning for Municipal Websites and PEG Channels

We had told our members back in December to start budgeting, just in case we must need to start captioning. What new information has come out that Municipalities and PEG stations need to be concerned about regarding Closed Captioning? Are PEG Channels still safe not to caption as stated under the FCC rulings, or is this something that is now a must now because of the DOJ's Rulings? How long do we have to comply with these rulings? What can we do if a station just doesn't have the funds to make this happen? What should we concentrate on when it comes to Captioning. (Public Meetings, Sports, Concerts, Etc.) Panelists: Mike Wassenaar, President & CEO, Alliance for Community Media

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Lincoln B

Understanding the elements of Storytelling Pt1

Panelists: Jon Crowley (Showrunner, Writer, Director, Developer & "fixer" (script and post). Atlantic Highlands Councilman, College Professor (film), Police Commissioner.) Moderator: Stephanie Gibbons

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Windsor

Beyond Cable: New Ways to Communicate w/your Citizens- Sponsored by TelVue

Municipal TV is not just cable anymore. We will discuss the various ways a municipality can communicate with their citizens beyond traditional cable television channels. The panel will explore and discuss new video trends in social media, live streaming and how access channels are entering the world of Over The Top (OTT) with their own channels on Apple TV, Roku and more. Panelists: Gina Forbes, Station Manager, Woodbridge TV; Jesse Lerman President/CEO, TelVue Corporation; Joe Fernandes, Woodbridge TV; Panelists/Moderator: Bob Duthaler, Managing Partner, DNS Media Group

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Lincoln B

Understanding the elements of Storytelling Pt2

Panelists: Jon Crowley (Showrunner, Writer, Director, Developer & "fixer" (script and post). Atlantic Highlands Councilman, College Professor (film), Police Commissioner.) Moderator: Stephanie Gibbons

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Garden

Closed Captioning - Easy Solutions and Cost Considerations to Make it Happen

This workshop will explore the components TV facilities need to know to transition into incorporating Closed Captioning into your work flow. This includes products that are currently out there, ease of use and time constraints on the User, dual language abilities for the make-up of your community, the costs of incorporating it, and how does any FCC or DOJ rulings affect the operations of your products. Panelist: Jesse Lerman President/CEO, TelVue Corporation

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Lincoln A

How to Conduct a Great Interview: Interviewing Skills and Tips

Have you ever wondered how to prepare properly for an interview? How do you get the most out of your guest and avoid the single word answers? Learn how to effectively listen, react, and ask the right questions and the right time to ask them during an interview. Professional reporters from local channels in the New York/New Jersey Market will guide you through the steps to help make your next interview the best! Panelist: Kristina Behr, News Reporter; Panelist/Moderator: Don Smith, Cranford TV

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm Windsor

Less Gear and Better Production - Sponsored by DeSisti

Streamlining your workflow in the field by minimizing gear and optimizing production can significantly enhance efficiency and make your work more manageable. We will discuss ways to Prioritize Essential Equipment (cameras, audio and lighting kit), Multifunctional Tools - a smartphone with a high-quality camera can eliminate the need for a second camera in many situations. Invest time in learning the ins and outs of your equipment. This familiarity will enable you to work more efficiently and troubleshoot issues quickly. By implementing these strategies, you can create a more nimble and efficient production workflow in the field, allowing you to focus on capturing high-quality content without being weighed down by excess gear. Plus learn about the latest gear to make this all possible! Panelists: Ed Cologne, Cologna Productions; Paul DeStefano, Northeast Regional Sales Manager, DeSisti;

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm Lincoln B

New Programming Ideas for PEG stations

Tired of the same programs year after year? Is there content beyond town meetings and summer concerts. This panel might just give you some ideas for new programming opportunities to enhance your program schedule. Join fellow station managers who have found new stories to tell in their towns. Discover new sources of programming that you might have overlooked right in your own backyard. Panelists: Anthony Pagliuco, East Brunswick TV; Gina Forbes, Woodbridge TV; Moderator: Geoffory Belinfante

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Windsor

Cocktail Hour w/vendors - Sponsored by Cologna Productions

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm Garden

JAG Banquet and JAG Awards - Sponsored by Varto Technologies and LiveU

Our Speakers

Brandon Uhlig

Director of Communications / Station Manager – Metuchen Media, Metuchen NJ

Kristina Behr

Emmy-Winning News Anchor And Host

Edward Cologna

the owner of Cologna Productions Inc.

Ken Fellman

founder and partner of Wilson Williams Fellman Dittman

Joe Fernades

Producer, Woodbridge TV

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JAG Members Full conference



  • Access to all Workshops and Speakers
  • Networking and Social Experience
  • One on One Vendor Interaction
  • Banquet and JAG Awards

JAG Members Conference Only



  • Access to all Workshops and Speakers
  • Networking and Social Experience
  • One on One Vendor Interaction

JAG Members Awards Banquet Only



  • Banquet and JAG Awards

Exhibitors Include:

TelVue Cooperation

Varto Technologies
Cologna Productions
DeSisit Lighting
G&G Technologies
Swit Electronics
Eiki – Beyond Projectors
JVC Cameras
Panasonic PTZ
NJ Film Commission

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