May 18, 2023

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Exciting Day

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 18th


Crowne Plaza - Edison, NJ

Sponsored by:

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Get to know our Organizational members and Vendors and see the latest in technology


Expand your knowledge and learn new skills


Meet with others in the industry and share tips and programing

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event schedule

8:00 am - 8:50 am Breakout Room

TelVue User Group Breakfast

Presented by Jesse Lerman- President & Chief Executive Officer, TelVue Corporation Details TBA

Jesse Lerman
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Exhibitors Room

Exhibitors Meet and Greet

Visit the Exhibitors supporting JAG

9:00 am - 9:50 am Breakout Room

Varto User Group Breakfast

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

Yervant Keshishian
10:00 am - 10:50 am Banquet Room

Workshop: News from Capitol Hill and around the Country, and what it means to New Jersey PEG Stations

Do you know what is going on in the halls of Congress or even in the individual States that could affect how you are able to do business as usual at your local PEG station?

Hear how the Protecting Community Television Act bill that is circulating around both chambers of Congress can change the direction of the FCC's 621 Order that hurt the Access Community. Is the FCC going to get a 5th Commissioner and what would that mean to us. What is the status of the Broadband funds and how could this affect your community. Find out the answers to these issues and more along with having your own questions answered by experts who have national exposer to all matters that could greatly impact the future of access television.

Panelists: Mike Wassenaar, President & CEO, Alliance for Community Media,

Mike Lynch, Legislative Director, NATOA

Mike Lynch
Mike Wassenaar
12:00 pm - 1:20 pm Exhibitors Room

Keynote Lunch Sponsored by Planet Networks

Discussion: Increasing Broadband Services

Panelists: Robert Boyle, CEO Planet Networks,

Marilyn Davis, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Altice

Presentation of Legislator of the Year and Municipal Excellence Awards

Marilyn Davis
Robert Boyle
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Exhibitors Room

Workshop: TBA


2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Exhibitors Room

Beverage Break

Details TBA

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Exhibitors Room

Workshop: New Technology Tools - Sponsored by Varto Technologies

Panelists: LiveU Engineer and others Moderator: Yervant Keshishian - Technical Director and Sales Engineer Varto Technologies Details TBA

Yervant Keshishian
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Exhibitors Room

Networking Break with Exhibitors - Sponsored by DeSisti

Details TBA

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Banquet Room

Workshop: DAMN…… I need a little SOMETHING. How to light properly when you have almost NOTHING! Sponsored by DeSisti

Presenter: Tony Santoro, Lighting Director, Gaffer

Moderator: Paul A. Distefano, Northeast Regional Sales Manager, I Light USA Corp- DeSisti- Coemar USA

Network crews have the luxury of working with state of the art equipment, and budgets to match. We all know that this is not the case of the typical PEG TV crew! In this workshop, veteran Lighting Director & Gaffer, Tony Santoro, will teach you how to create nice looking images with just one or two lights, and whatever you may have available at hand. You will be surprised to learn about some very commonplace objects that you can use to accomplish this. Tony will bring his “bag of tricks” with him (perhaps we’ll even find something to use in the room that day) to show you that with the bare minimum, and a bit of creativity, you can get the shot. And…. yes…. He has used everything in his bag of tricks on locations when either the crew did not bring the right, or enough, stuff!

Tony Santoro
Paul A. Distefano
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm Exhibitors Room

Beverage Break

Details TBA

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm Exhibitors Room

Workshop: Using Video to Enhance your Municipality's Social Media Presence Sponsored by TelVue

Presenter: Cyd Katz - Founder/CEO New Jersey Isn't Boring

Moderator: Jesse Lerman- President & Chief Executive Officer, TelVue Corporation

Video can help your social media profile. Learn the importance of Reels on instagram & facebook and how to make quick engaging videos to promote events. These short videos have extended to other platforms like YouTube, Twitter and TikTok. This gives you a unique chance to expand your reach into the OTT world by starting to build your social media presence.

A lot of us use social media under the supervision of local government. In this panel we will discuss how to integrate social media in safe and approved ways. We will also discuss potential hurdles you may have to jump along the way.

Cyd Katz
Jesse Lerman
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Exhibitors Room

Cocktail Hour with Exhibitors

Details TBA

6:30 pm - 11:00 pm Banquet Room

JAG Awards: Entertainment sponsored by Cologna Productions/Banquet sponsored by VARTO Technologies

JAG Banquet, JAG Recognition Awards, JAG Awards Details TBA

Our Speakers

Jesse Lerman

President & Chief Executive Officer TelVue Corporation

Yervant Keshishian

Technical Director and Sales Engineer Varto Technologies

Paul A. Distefano

Northeast Regional Sales Manager I Light USA Corp – DeSisti – Coemar USA

Tony Santoro

Lighting Director, Gaffer

Cyd Katz

Founder/CEO New Jersey Isn't Boring

Mike Wassenaar

Alliance for Community Media President & CEO

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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 Corporation

Varto Technologies


De Wolfe Music

Cologna Productions