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Miranda becomes Grass Valley

2014/04/04 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: NAB.

Just in time for NAB 2014, Belden did announce that both of their professional video manufacturers Miranda and Grass Valley will be known as the “New Grass Valley”. The new merged organisation will retain the Miranda purple but the Grass Valley name. This was to be expected as it makes sense to keep the better • Read More »

So Long, Harris Broadcast

2014/03/18 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Television.

I had a long history with Harris Broadcast. My first summer job when I was 15 back in 1980 was a radio host in an eastern Canada radio station. I was doing my own technical operation with an Harris mono console with large rotary knobs and playing records with heavy-duty Harris turntable. Harris has never • Read More »

Quantel acquires Snell

2014/03/13 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | 3 Comments | Filed in: CBS, Television.

In a not so surprising move, Quantel did announced the acquisition of Snell today. In a news release, the company is of course very upbeat about it qualifying it of a “new force in media technology”. Well, I am not sure I’ll be that quick to say that. Is combining two companies that have a • Read More »

Software R&D: From Waterfall to Scrum, Promoting waste

2014/03/06 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Technology, TV.

It’s interesting to observe the trends in software R&D over the years. There are two different approach in the market place and each promote waste in it’s own way. This has a very significant impact on the job market and on organisation and this is why I am touching this in this post. Waterfall The • Read More »

All Head Hunters are Parasites?

2014/03/01 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | 6 Comments | Filed in: Technology, TV.

I am beginning a new blog series today about jobs, work and the technology sector. I published an blog entry last year call So…I am overqualified which generated significant reactions and that inspired me do this series. I have been the hiring manager for well over 100 positions in my 30 year career. With an average • Read More »

What is social media anyway?

2013/11/09 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Technology.

Fundamentally, the distribution has always been the key of the media business. “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one” was once said by A. J. Liebling, but the truth is, owning a press without the means to distribute your paper doesn’t have a lot of meaning. The Internet have somewhat • Read More »

Twitter and the myth of the “second screen”

2013/11/02 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Technology, Television, TV.

With it’s expected IPO coming this week, Twitter has put back the concept of the “second screen” on everyone’s radar it seem. I have heard more discussion about it in the last couple of weeks than in the past year, I think. Thrust marketers to create buzzword and try to make money out of everything. • Read More »

The end of the road for “Broadcast Engineering”

2013/10/27 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Television, TV.

I had a little bit of nostalgia today when I learned the the magazine “Broadcast Engineering” was publishing its last issue this week. I remember reading it regularly in the 80s when I was beginning my carrer in television engineering. It was one of my favorite “trade magazine” at the time. I didn’t know really • Read More »

WWW: A look back at the Web in relation to TV and Social Media

2013/08/25 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Technology, Television, TV.

My first look at the “Web” was in early 1992. At the time, the Internet was just beginning to open-up to non-research organization and we had a modem phone connection to a non-profit ISP. A colleague of mine had found and downloaded a copy of the “WorldWideWeb” software from CERN’s Tim Berners-Lee that was available • Read More »

Innovation in older organizations

2013/06/24 | By Stéphanie Maude Savard | No Comments | Filed in: Technology, TV.

I am sure it’s something that you have observe yourself: A new company appears and brings innovation to the marketplace. If the innovation is successful, their innovation is adopted by the marketplace, the organization grows and with time, it becomes less and less innovative. Over ten years ago, the CEO of an organization where I • Read More »