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Friends, Weeds, HD and Final Cut Pro

200810151907.jpg Ben Kozuch called me a while ago to inform me that he is doing another post production event in Israel. Ben is the co-founder of Future Media Concepts, Apple certified training center with several branches worldwide, one of the producers of NAB, and a major player in the certified training area.

When I went to see the speakers, I liked what I saw- especially seeing David Helfand as a keynote speaker. You can see the rest of the speakers here.

The event covers many topics, but personally I am waiting for the ones about advanced editing techniques, HD workflow, and advanced keying. The speakers are also top notch. It is not a cheap deal – but it worth it from my perspective, as it is not that common to see trainers of this caliber in Israel. If you are attending – come and say Hi.

Disclaimer – Pravda Media is a marketing partner of the event. And we always market things we believe in.

Unified Communications Experts meet in San Francisco

200810141607.jpgIMTC is having its annual event on the 12th and 13th of November. The event is focused on unified communication and the way it supports business processes in the enterprise, as well as the blurring lines between corporate systems and online applications.

We have great speakers at the event – starting with Joe Burton, CTO of unified communication group in Cisco, Matt Collier, SVP of LifeSize communications, Ty Wang, Senior director of Product Marketing at Oracle, Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho, Hakon Dahla, CTO of Tandberg, and Anatoli Levine, IMTC President. The event covers both cutting edge technologies (such as the world beyond H264, Scalable video coding today, and conformance methodologies) as well as business issues such as unified communication beyond click to call, social networks and the enterprise, Multimedia and tele-health and many more.

It is an exciting event, taking place in an exciting location – St. Regis hotel in San Francisco (personally I am asking myself where is the nearest Apple store, after today’s announcements). I am moderating several panels in the first day, and will be there through the event.

If you are in this business, or want to meet in San Francisco, you should come and say Hi. Here is the agenda, and you can register here.

Two Major Events In November

As some of you know I was busy in the last several months in making these two amazing conferences – both of them are open for registration:

IMTC Forum – IMTC, an international video consortium, is having its annual event in San Francisco this year. on 12th-13th of November, speakers from key video and unified communication companies, will gather to share their vision and exchange ideas about the future of unified communication. More details here

Rosh Pina Festival – just a week earlier, in Rosh Pina, digital media executives will meet celebs and TV moguls, to discuss the future of digital media. More details can be found here. Register ASAP, as the first 500 get 20% discount!

Hope to see many of my readers in these events, and stay tuned for more information about speakers and program in this blog.

Shana Tova!

Technology, Media and Celebs Meet at Rosh Pina Festival

A gathering of international speakers from US and European media industry, startups, technology companies, interactive agencies, investors, TV stars and executives is taking place in Rosh Pina, Israel, on 5th-8th of November.

In the last 8 years, Rosh Pina Festival was all about the TV industry, positioning itself as the place to be for executives, creators and business people.

This year, Ami Giniger, head of Taya Media Group, the main organizer of the event, decided to extend the festival to digital media – and cover the effects of technology on the international media market. As a part of this change, Yossi Vardi became co-chair of the event.

Therefore, I was thrilled when asked by Taya to be the principal organizer of the digital track. For me, it is like being a kid in a candy store – creating an international conference in the topic I am so passionate about. Though require a lot of heavy lifting (and if you follow my twitter you know that), it is an exciting role, and I am happy to say that we are going to have an amazing event, with speakers from the local, US and European media and digital industry, research companies, and a lot of innovation and startups. And, yes, a lot of TV starts and celebs (let’s face it, geeks are cool, celebs are…. at least as cool…)

Some of the speakers are well known in the Internet TV circles – we managed to get Mike Hudak from out of his lavish NYC offices to the stages of Rosh Pina, as well as Robert Millis. Jeff Pulver will talk about disruption in the media industry. But that’s not all. IDC Research will present NBC’s Internet strategy, ESPN will present its multi-platform activities, H3G will present mobile TV case studies,Newtek‘s CEO, Jim Plant, will discuss live broadcasting,  and we are expecting some exciting presentations from Microsoft.

We decided to add a lot of innovation to the event. Therefore, after every panel, we will present a startup that is changing the media landscape. This angle makes the event the place to be for startups, investors and VCs.

Please email me for more information ( If you are interested in blogging about it, let me know, and please tag all relevant content with the following tag: Roshpinafestival08

Feel free to join our Facebook group as well. 

Stay tuned for more info about panels, speakers and cooperation opportunities.

IMTC Forum – Call For Speakers

As you might know, I am the VP of Marketing of IMTC, an international consortium in the video and UC area, which includes heavy weights such as Cisco, Radvision, Sony, Tandberg, Polycom, RealNetworks and others.

We are holding our annual Forum in November – please find below our official call for speakers:


2008 Fall Forum

Submission Deadline: August 15

Acceptance Notification: August 22

Technology Meets Customer Needs – Unified Communications Supporting Business

After a very successful 2007 IMTC Fall Forum Event, the IMTC is pleased to announce the 2008 Fall Forum Event taking place November 12-13, 2008 at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, CA near VoiceCON (which will be held November 10-13 at Moscone).

The audience will be comprised of C, VP and Director level business and technical execs as well as technical management. Attendees and speakers will represent small, medium and enterprise size companies.


The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) includes more than 50 market leaders in unified communications and multimedia content delivery fields working together to create interoperable, standards based products in a non-competitive environment.

IMTC’s mission is to improve customer experience and accelerate market adoption of content delivery and unified communications solutions through interoperability of products and services based on open standards.


The 2008 IMTC Fall Forum Event will feature a combination of keynote presentations, interactive panel discussions, and individual presentations on new and exciting technologies relevant to multimedia communications.

Topics to include but not limited to the following:

  • Health care Industry Unified Communications Requirements
  • Financial Industry Unified Communications Requirements
  • Conformance Testing & Methodology
  • Online Collaboration

IMTC has launched an industry wide effort in the unified communications area, focused around creating a blueprint for unified communications implementations.

The forum will provide a venue for vendors, customers and analysts to come together to define the industry’s needs in the area of unified communications, and to create common and agreed upon implementation blueprints. The event will also provide the opportunity for the financial services and healthcare sectors to discuss their challenges and issues around the implementation of unified communications.

The program will combine business and technical sessions in multimedia telecommunications and Unified Communications. Submissions are currently being accepted for both business and technical subjects. All presentations will be given in English.

  • Presentations – Presentations will be 30 minutes in length, including 5-10 minutes for Q&A. We are looking for presentations about business use cases where unified communications, video conferencing and collaboration play a significant role, the advantages of using standard technologies from a business perspective or the technical aspects of unified communications projects and protocols.
  • Panel Sessions- Panels can take between 45 to 60 minutes. Unlike presentations, panel are a place of debate between different views and approaches to video conferencing and unified communications issues in addition to the topics above, panels will also cover the role of online collaboration in unified communications market.


IMTC is accepting session proposals via the email to Please include the following:

1. Name, title, company name & contact information

2. Brief biography

3. Presentation proposal with information on the vertical industry upon which your presentation will focus, and whether your presentation is more technical or business in nature. You are welcome to submit several distinct proposals.

We will be accepting proposals for consideration through August 15, 2008 and notifications of acceptance will begin the week of August 22, 2008.


The program committee will receive all valid proposals and will review them. The choice of a session will be based on the presentation of the session and its value to the audience. Submitters will be contacted individually about their session. All decisions taken by the program committee are final.

The quality of the proposal is very important and preference will be given to business related content for November 12 and technically focused content for November 13.

Questions can be directed to the IMTC planning committee at

We look forward to receiving your submission!


The IMTC Fall Forum 2008 Planning Committee

TWS2008 Panel – Innovation in Content Distribution

Yesterday I attended TWS2008, and moderated a panel with a bunch of smart people:

Lior Zoref, head of digital marketing in Microsoft Israel (yes, he works for MSFT, but we still love him)

Oded Kramer, Content Development Manager, Ulpaney Herzeliya

Eyal Magen, the co-founder of Gigya, one of the most succesfull widget platforms worldwide

The panel, which started in a fairly standard and quiet manner, quickly became a heated debate between Oded, who claimed that social networks didn’t have the magnitude required to make them a worthwhile venue for the TV industry, to Eyal and Lior who defended their turf by saying that TV is not conversational and belong to the past.

This debate compelled me to show off my latest purchase in the video department – a shiny new Canon HV30, that with the Rode Videomic is a great tool for quick and dirty video sessions, in full HD (Thank you Bill for the recommendation!)

Niv Calderon was kind enough to take this picture, that tells it all…

Oded Kramer, Lior Zoref, and I with the neat little cam…

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