In his address, Smith spoke about the importance of broadcasting and specifically regarding autonomous vehicles, the rollout of Next Gen TV, and innovations in radio.
NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith opened the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas with his annual ‘State of the Broadcast Industry’ Address, and a broad range of industry professionals led sessions focusing on the latest advances in filmmaking, television production and content creation. This years NAB Show runs through Thursday, April 12.
Smith opened his remarks by noting how he always looks forward to the NAB Show, an event that tells the story of broadcasting and its latter-day convergence with broadband and other technologies to deliver the content our communities rely on every day.
Its an exciting story, he added, with the Next Gen TV Autonomous Transport giving riders a glimpse into the future of live broadcast television aboard a driverless vehicle just outside the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
He stressed that the vision of broadcasting’s future must be driven by crucial investments in innovation, like the ATSC 3.0 advanced transmission standard or all-digital FM.
He cited NAB’s partnership with Capitol Broadcasting on test ATSC 3.0 broadcasts, and ultra-high definition TV–of the Winter Olympics, as well as the “living laboratory” next-gen station, Tribune’s WJW Cleveland, on which NAB is teaming with the Consumer Technology Association.
Broadcast legend Robin Roberts received the Distinguished Service Award at the conclusion of the NAB Show Opening. Later in the day, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! were inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the new Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner. Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Alex Trebek and Harry Friedman, Executive Producer of both shows, were all present to receive the award.
In Janusz Kaminski: Three Decades of Image Making, the multiple-Oscar-winning cinematographer discussed many of his award-winning works. Examples included his historical collaboration with director Steven Spielberg on Saving Private Ryan, how he builds his shots, and working in virtual production for the first time on Ready Player One. The session was produced in collaboration with the International Cinematographers Guild Local 600.
Black Panther: Telling a Superhero Story Like No Other featured editor Michael P. Shawver, Steve Boeddeker, sound designer/supervisor and re-recording mixer, and visual effects supervisor Geoffrey Baumann, discussing how editorial, sound, and visual effects departments created one of the years biggest hits.
During Marvels Jessica Jones: The Art of Darkness, series creator, showrunner, and executive producer Melissa Rosenberg, Manuel Billeter, director of photography, and Tony DAmore, senior colourist, joined Alicia Lutes to explore how they brought the series to life discussing high-contrast lighting and their work in High Dynamic Range (HDR).