2018 NAB Show Highlights

2018 NAB Show Highlights

Exploring the Future of Media & Entertainment


The 2018 NAB Show is where groundbreaking technology is unveiled, innovative solutions are displayed and game-changing trends are exposed. Explore aisle after aisle of awesome tech, cool gear, smart software, capable cloud solutions and limitless ideas and inspiration. The NAB Show is where you can be hands-on with the products, services and people driving the future of content.

Celebrated thought leaders assemble to share their stories, solutions, techniques and personal journeys. You’ll get big-picture insights and critical details on the latest trends impacting content—from creation to consumption. MET-Effect-Logo-HorizonWhether your focus is on the art, the science or the business of content creation or consumption, this is where you can refine your skills and make connections. From the show floor to the conference classrooms, the NAB Show has it all: 5G; 4K/8K video; UHD and HDR video; advanced advertising; artificial intelligence and machine learning; app development; augmented reality; virtual reality; mixed reality; live streaming; cybersecurity; ATSC 3.0; IP; voice recognition!

This year, several events will debut at the NAB Show, including two that showcase broadcast industry achievement. They will recognize individuals and companies for their contributions in advancing the industry through technology, public service and superior content. Following is a summary of select show events.

Disruptive Forces in the Media Landscape

Featuring a panel of leading women in media, this event covers the impact of disruptive forces on audience, revenue and the workforce. It takes place April 9 on the Main Stage of the 2018 NAB Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center. It is produced in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, TVNewsCheck, the Alliance for Women in Media and also Radio Ink.

In “Leading through Disruption,” panelists Amy Emmerich, Refinery29; Muriel De Lathouwer, EVS; Ginny Morris, Hubbard Radio; and Marian Pittman, Cox Media Group, examine how to strategically position an organization to thrive in a climate of rapid-fire change. Moderated by Politico reporter Katy Bachman, the panel explores the effects of digital transformations, consolidation as well as FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google).

The Panelists
Amy Emmerich

Amy Emmerich is the chief content officer at Refinery29. As such she is focused on driving content strategy and leveraging distribution across channels as the brand scales globally.

She has more than 20 years of experience developing content and programming for brands like MTV Networks and Travel Channel. Emmerich formerly served as the EVP of programming at Refinery29, where she spearheaded the growth of the video department.

Muriel De Lathouwer

Muriel De Lathouwer has served as the CEO and managing director of EVS Broadcast Equipment S.A. since 2014. Previously, she spent almost 20 years in the telecom, tech, IT and media industries.

She started her career as an IT consultant at Accenture. This was followed by seven years at McKinsey in Brussels. As associate principal, she specialized in telecom, high tech as well as media sectors.

Ginny Morris

Ginny Morris is a third-generation broadcaster and chair/CEO of Hubbard Radio. She began her working with special projects and promotional events in the promotion department of Hubbard’s flagship TV station, KSTP-TV. She later became president and general manager of both Hubbard KSTP radio properties.

Morris is a former chair of the NAB Radio Board. Furthermore, she serves on the executive committee of the Radio Advertisers Bureau, the board of Broadcast Music Inc. and the Library of American Broadcasting.

Marian Pittman

Marian Pittman is Cox Media Group’s executive vice president of digital strategyand research. Pittman oversees content and sales efforts for all of Cox’s newspapers, radio and TV platforms. She also is responsible for its Digital Content Desk, Fans First Media and research division.

Previously, she was vice president of news and marketing. In that role, Pittman managed all content and marketing strategic decision making for CMG’s television markets.

2018 NAB Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner

Elvis Duran

A ticketed event on April 9 at the Encore Las Vegas, it includes a networking reception (6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.) followed by dinner (7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.).

The evening will feature the presentation of the NAB Radio and Television Hall of Fame Awards as well as the NAB Digital Leadership Award. Tickets are available for purchase through the NAB Show registration portal.

Moreover, this year, radio personality Elvis Duran as well as two game shows—Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy—are being inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

The NAB: We Are Broadcasters Celebration

Held on April 10 from 3:00 p.m. until 4:15 p.m., it will be followed by a networking reception at the NAB Show Main Stage in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. This event is open to all attendees. NAB-Crystal-Radio-AwardsIt includes the presentation of the 10 NAB Crystal Radio Awards and the NAB Crystal Heritage Award to WTOP-FM, Washington, DC. In addition, the Radio and Television Engineering Achievement Awards will be given out, and actress Kristen Bell will be presented with the Television Chairman’s Award.

Kristen Bell © Andrew Eccles

“These changes are an opportunity to better highlight key awards and expose them to a broader NAB Show audience,” said Chris Brown, NAB executive vice president of Conventions and Business Operations.

“The new schedule also reflects NAB’s focus on keeping the show fresh and relevant while continuing to highlight the great work our industry does from a business, creative and community perspective.”

Moreover, these new events replace the NAB Show Television Luncheon, NAB Show Radio Luncheon as well as the  NAB Show Technology Luncheon. The former events were all ticketed events at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort.

Travel Video Awards

Created by Citizine Networks, the Travel Video Awards (TVAs) also debut at the 2018 NAB Show on April 11. They honor innovative, inspiring travel videos released in 2017 by independent filmmakers, the travel industry, media companies and lifestyle brands.

“The trillion-dollar travel industry is fueled by a consumer base that uses video over 70% of the time when making travel decisions,” said Citizine founder and CEO Philip DeBevoise. “Travel videos are a powerful marketing tool, similar to what music videos are for the music industry—highly engaging content that leads to transactions.” TravelVideoAwards

The TVAs recognize a variety of distinguished cinematic and cutting-edge digital video content within two tracks. Self-financed projects are recognized within the Independent Track. Projects from the travel industry, lifestyle brands and media companies are recognized in the Industry Track. In addition, winners of the Nomad Award and two Audience Awards will receive cash prizes.

“Content creators come to the NAB Show year after year to elevate their craft and discover the solutions fueling the next generation of audio and video creatives,” added Brown. “This year, we are pleased to welcome the inaugural Travel Video Awards. They showcase the ‘best of the best’ within a growing community of filmmakers and brands that are combining their passion for travel with their love for storytelling.”

Video Streaming Summit

Also launching this year is the Streaming Summit, a one-day conference on April 11 at the Westgate Hotel. The program, coproduced by streaming industry expert Dan Rayburn, focuses on the dynamics of the streaming media business, from advances in technology to monetization opportunities and content offerings.  Streaming-Summit-2018-LogoThe summit brings together broadcasters, publishers and enterprise organizations to educate and empower those tasked with the creation, monetization and delivery of video across all platforms. It addresses a range of topics, such as live linear workflows, transcoding and distribution. Case studies, technical presentations and panel sessions provide attendees with insight into new business models as well as technology platforms expected to impact the industry.

“The NAB Show has more attendees, vendors, customers as well as analysts all tied to the video market than any other show in the world,” said Dan Rayburn. “The Streaming Summit will educate as well as empower attendees with the information and tools needed to understand and leverage streaming and online video services for the good of their business and the industry as a whole.”

The Streaming Summit will also extend to NAB Show New York, October 17–18, 2018 at the Javits Convention Center. It will include a show floor destination spotlighting the latest in streaming technologies. nabshow.com