BiographyGary Olson is a technology architect, project executive, media technology and business advisor specializing in the transition of from traditional media technology, workflows and business processes to the computer based IP and File technologies and workflows. His focus is the adaptation of organizational structure, staffing models and workflows to implement digital media technology. Gary has substantial experience working with project sponsors and stakeholders to help them understand the changes associated with digital media platforms and file-based workflows. Gary is a recognized industry leader with practical experience in the analysis, selection, and uses of technology and as an innovator in media technologies and broadcast design. He holds a US Patent in streaming media automation and distribution.
His recently published book “Planning and Designing the IP Broadcast Facility – A New Puzzle to Solve” is a comprehensive technical guideline for making sound decisions implementing IP technology. He is a contributing writer to online magazines on IP technology and file based workflow. He created the course for SBE University on IP facility design.
Gary’s advises on the selection and best use of technology in the migration and transition from traditional media to IP and file based technology. His area of focus is the design architecture of the media management systems necessary for distribution to the various delivery platforms in broadcast, broadband, mobile, portable multimedia and On-Demand media technology.
Gary’s recent engagement with the NBA as the project executive and technology architect for the new Replay Center and replay system. This connects all 29 basketball arenas to the broadcast center in Secaucus, NJ to a centralized server based acquisition and real time replay system. The system is capable of supporting 16 concurrent games with 11 cameras from each arena including 16 channels of audio and data. There is a real time return feed to each arena for monitoring and officiating. The replay system has an IP core infrastructure and file based controlled with an automation layer integrated to data services for statistics and game metadata. The replay center is integrated with the NBA media management applications, storage and archive.
Gary led the team for the United Nations as part of their initiative to transition from analog media technology to the implementation of an IP and file based ecosystem based on a Media Asset Management and Broadcast Automation System. He analyzed the existing technical operations, workflows and processes to develop the requirements for the Media Asset Management Systems The work included analysis of the technical operations and findings for some organizational changes. He developed new organization models for staff and management of the broadcast operations group in preparation of new HD file based production technology.
For AMCNetworks Inc. Gary evaluated their best of breed technologies being used in a silo’ed environment across numerous business and production units and create a master strategy for a streamlined unified Media Management System, restructured organization and new workflows and business processes. This was using most of their existing technologies re-architected to meet their goals and expectations.
Working with AARP, Gary analyzed their workflows and business process to define the requirements and design a Media Asset Management environment integrating multiple business units. The engagement included defining new workflows and modifying organizational and staffing models to adapt to the new workflows.
He designed one of the first full IP and file based facilities for CONCACAF. Gary has substantial international experience designing the first commercial television networks in many of the Central European countries, the Caribbean and Latin America. He has designed and launched many US domestic cable and satellite channels and has worked with every major broadcaster.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Designing IP broadcast systems
Media Asset Management
Designing File based media management and media handling systems
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Published: Feb 19, 2015 by www.the broadcastbridge.com
Authors: Gary Olson
Subjects: Film and Video, Mass Communications
An overview of the changing technology used in broadcast and production facilities
Published: Nov 03, 2014 by The Broadcast Bridge
Authors: Gary Olson
Subjects: Film and Video
To help engineers and technical managers better understand the IP network, which has become the core technology in the broadcast center. There a 3 articles Parts 1,2 & 3