Ron de Moraes Interview

Ron de Moraes’ credits include broadcast video Director for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,”  the Miss Universe and Miss USA Pageants, the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda.” “In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul,” “The Celebrity Apprentice Live Finale,” “Disney Parks Christmas Parade Special” and…

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Defining Excellence

I would venture to say one of the most discussed yet misunderstood subjects in church production today is “excellence.” Week after week I see blog posts about excellence. Discussions with church technical artists often touch on the subject. Social media from peers address it.  Could it be that I am just…

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Attitude of Gratitude, a Tech Leader’s Most Important Resource

What would you say if I told you that there was a totally free, always available way you could multiply your own productivity as well as increase the efficacy of your volunteer’s time and efforts, grow and retain team rosters, better everyone’s mood by improving your work environment, insure your…

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Things I Like: KZ ZST & ZS10 In-ear headphones

This “Things I Like” are an inexpensive set of in-ear buds I found out about from Scott Devine’s “Scott’s Bass Lessons” YouTube channel. The in-ear buds are manufactured in China by a company called KZ. The model I bought is called the ZST and they are available via Amazon for…

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Jon Small Interview

Jon Small’s credits include broadcast TV Director and/or Executive Producer for Garth: Live at Notre Dame (CBS), “Garth Brooks: Yankee Stadium Live,” “Billy Joel Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert,”  “Blake Shelton Live: It’s All About Tonight,” and various other shows starring Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Morrison and others. Originally recorded…

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Jon Swearingen Interview

Jon Swearingen is the Director of Broadcast Media at Lakewood Church / Joel Osteen Ministries. His program is the most watched religious telecast on television with over ten million viewers per episode. Originally recorded for a 2012 break-out session at the GURUS OF TECH conference, entitled “Live Director’s: an Inside…

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Director Spotlight: Sandy Grossman

The Big Game … At a recent National Association of Broadcaster’s convention a man walked up to the booth I was working in, introduced himself and said that he wanted to talk to me about a TV production package for the upcoming Baltimore Raven’s season. I’ll admit it, I am not…

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Becoming A Partner

Most church techs I’ve met (including myself) hate to be on-stage. We’re perfectly happy behind the scenes in our chosen supporting roles. While we withdraw from the spotlight of attention some occasionally feel our work goes unnoticed, dare I say unappreciated. Unless resolved we may go through periods being conflicted….

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Video Competence

Advice received from tech conferences, magazines, websites, discussion boards and even from fellow technical-artist friends can be wonderful; but have you ever wished you could get your hands on scientific research regarding competencies using video communication technology? I have. Recently a DeGroote School of Business research study regarding the effectiveness of conducting…

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Gregg Gelfand Interview

Gregg Gelfand’s credits include live broadcast video Director for “American Idol,” the “American Music Awards,” “Michael Bublé’s Christmas in Hollywood,” “Lady Gaga & the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular,” and others. Originally recorded for a 2012 break-out session at the GURUS OF TECH conference, entitled “Live Director’s: an Inside Look,” prominent TV…

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