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 Breakout Room

TelVue User Group Breakfast - Ultra-affordable All-in-One Playout, Integrated Streaming, Editing, and CBB, Live Caption Translation, New Viewer Analytics, 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: New, ultra-affordable & scalable HyperCaster AIO+ All-in-One playout models; HyperCaster integrated CBB, editing, and streaming; HyperCaster automatic social media multistreaming, no expensive restreaming services required; Redesigned, mobile-friendly scheduling pages to streamline scheduling from anywhere; Enhanced user access control & roles to more easily and securely distribute workloads; Affordable, accurate live captioning with live translation to a second language; Making your government meeting videos fully searchable with Caption Transcript Search; New, built-in viewer analytics to gain more insights into your streaming, mobile & OTT audiences; CloudCast player integrated full-view agenda/documents and channel schedules.

Bring questions, feedback, 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.

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

Jesse Lerman
9:00 am - 11:30 am Exhibitors Room

Exhibitors Meet and Greet

Visit the Exhibitors supporting JAG

TelVue/ Varto Technologies/ Cologna Productions/ DeSisti Lighting/ de Wolfe Music/ NewTek/ LiveU/MyCaseBuilder/NJ Film Commission/US Broadcast Distribution

9:00 am - 9:50 am Breakout Room

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

Yervant Keshishian
10:00 am - 11:15 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? Learn about an act to Ensure Nondiscriminatory Treatment of Public, Educational and Governmental Access Channels by Cable System Operators that has been enacted in the State of Maine, known as the "PEG Non-Discrimination" or "PEG Equal Rights" law. 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 and Mike Lynch, Legislative Director, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, (NATOA)

Moderator: Dave Garb, Chair, JAG Legislative Committee

Dave Garb
Mike Lynch
Mike Wassenaar
11:30 am - 1:20 pm Exhibitors Room

Keynote Lunch Sponsored by Planet Networks

Presentation of Community Recognition Award

The Jersey Access Group is please to present the West Milford Town Council and in particular Mayor Michele Dale and council liaisons Ada Erik and Marilyn Lichtenberg for their continued support of their municipal channel WM77. West Milford launched its channel just 10 years ago, but since the beginning, the council, the mayor and the liaisons have supported the activities of the all-volunteer staff to keep residents informed on township activities. While WM77 is one of the smaller stations in the organization, it would not be able to continue its mission without the financial support and encouragement of the council, and for that reason we are pleased to present them our Community Recognition Award.

Vendor Appreciation Award

Launch of JAG Streaming Channel Rushworks streaming equipment and TelVue Streaming service.

The Jersey Access Group recognizes the support of Rushworks for their a donation of the Streamster a hardware/software combination for managing and streaming JAG’s own Internet TV channel.

The Jersey Access Group recognizes the support of TelVue in providing the streaming service that makes it possible for the JAG Internet TV channel to be seen on a number of different social media platforms.

Discussion: Where’s The Money? — From Washington to Trenton, accessing Broadband Money from the American Infrastructure Bill

Over a year ago the federal government approved 65 billion dollars to improve broadband deployment. That money flows from the Federal Government to the states for distribution. Where are we know? How can municipalities have access to funds? What are broadband and cable companies doing to help deployment of broadband? Our panel will talk about this and other issues, plus answer your questions.

Moderator: Brian C. Wahler, Mayor of Piscataway

Panelists: Robert Boyle, CEO Planet Networks,

Mike Wassenaar, President & CEO, Alliance for Community Media

Mike Lynch, Legislative Director, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, (NATOA),

Marilyn Davis, Senior Director of Government Affairs, Altice

Brian C. Wahler
Marilyn Davis
Robert Boyle
Mike Lynch
Mike Wassenaar
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm Banquet Room

Workshop: Is A PEG Cable Channel All You Need?

With increased cord cutters around your community, can you just have a cable channel to serve your community? Join us as we explore everything from live streaming on social media, live linear TV Apps and OTT devices like Apple TV, ROKU and Amazon Fire. What are other stations doing around the country and how should you prepare to move forward. How do you market a PEG channel for the future and how do you get the word out to those cutting the cord? Learn from the best and their success stories when it comes to community outreach and building channel value in the modern PEG environment.

Panelists: Jesse Lerman, President/CEO TelVue

Moderator: Panelist/Moderator- Bob Duthaler, President, JAG and Managing Partner of DNS Media Group

Joe Fernades
Bob Duthaler
Jesse Lerman
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Exhibitors Room

Workshop: Innovative Technology Tools - Revolutionizing the Broadcast Industry - Sponsored by Varto Technologies

Join an engaging panel discussion as we explore the latest technologies transforming the broadcast industry. Our panelists will discuss key technological advancements impacting the broadcast landscape, such as cloud-based production, 5G transmission, automation and AI, immersive experiences, and audio & video over IP. Learn about the practical applications and implications of these innovations, covering topics like low-latency transmission and remote cloud-based production. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from industry experts about the tools shaping the future of broadcasting. Gain valuable insights, participate in lively discussions, and stay up-to-date with this comprehensive look at emerging technologies.

Panelists: Alex Joyce, VP, Solutions Sales Engineering at LiveU

Chris Burgos, Sales Enablement at NewTek

Moderator: Yervant Keshishian - Technical Director and Sales Engineer, Varto Technologies

Chris Burgos
Alex Joyce
Yervant Keshishian
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Banquet Room

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

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!

Presenter: Tony Santoro, Lighting Director, Gaffer

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

Tony Santoro
Paul A. Distefano
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm Exhibitors Room

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

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.

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

Jean-Guy Lauture, Sr., IT Director, Bloomfield Township

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

Jean-guy Lauture, Sr.
Cyd Katz
Jesse Lerman
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Exhibitors Room

Cocktail Social with Exhibitors - Sponsored by DeSisti

Closing event with networking opportunities and providing time to thank the vendors that have supported the conference.

6:30 pm - 11:00 pm Banquet Room

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

A celebration of all that JAG has accomplished to advocate, promote, and preserve the right to media production, distribution, civic engagement, and education in support of diverse community voices, through Public, Educational and Government access facilities and other forms of media.

JAG Recognition Awards: Lee Beckerman is one of the founding members of JAG from its first meeting to serving on the executive board for over 18 years. Lee was involved with the writing of JAG’s first mission statement, goals and policies and procedures. Lee served as the 2nd president of JAG and has been on the production committee from the beginning. Lee has dedicated thousands of hours in the last 30+ years serving to the betterment of this organization and the PEG TV industry. Lee is the Station Manager of the Woodbridge Channels that is one of the first municipal stations in New Jersey.

Entertainment: Simon Mandel returns to JAG's Banquet. Simon Mandal is one of the most in demand illusionists in the world today. Simon combines incredible feats of skill with hilarious interactive routines that bring the house down, and make the volunteers he brings on stage look like and feel like stars.

JAG Awards: The JAG Awards are annual awards, facilitated by the Jersey Access Group that honors excellence in local & regional Public Education Government (PEG) programming. Categories cover a variety of programming including, among others, community events, documentary, talk show, sports, and entertainment. The Jersey Access Group is very proud of the programming all PEG Stations produce and is honored to host the JAG Awards each year.

President’s Ovation Awards: Bob Duthaler, the President of The Jersey Access Group will present the President’s Ovation Award to a member and/or board member of JAG in acknowledgement of their unrelenting commitment to the members of the Jersey Access Group and the operation of public, education, and government communication facilities.

Simon Mandal

Our Speakers

Joe Fernades

Producer, Woodbridge TV

Brian C. Wahler

Mayor of Piscataway Township

Chris Burgos

Sales Enablement at NewTek

Alex Joyce

VP, Solutions Sales Engineering at LiveU

Jean-guy Lauture, Sr.

IT Director, Bloomfield

Dave Garb

Legislative Committee Chair, JAG

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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



My Case Builder

US Broadcast