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HPA Honors Mark Schubin

During the Tech Retreat, HPA took time out from the conference to roast for Mark Schubin (pictured, left), who chaired the event program. This included song (lyrics below) from the “Schubin Choir” (right). Some familiar faces?

IMG_7125IMG_7162Mark’s been working on the Opera
Like a bearded elf
Mark’s been working on an Emmy
Just to fill his trophy shelf

Donʼt ya hear the alarm clock ringing
Rise up for roundtables soon
Don’t you hear Mark’s horn shrieking
Time to go into the room!

Speaker start your speech
Speaker start your speech
Speaker start your speech on ti yi yime
Speaker start your speech
Speaker start your speed
Speaker start your speech on time
Markʼs been working on the Quizzes
Digging up weird history
Markʼs been polishing up the quizzes
He’s so full of obscurity!

Canʼt you feel the answers coming?
And just when it hurt your head
Canʼt you just see Gary Demos?
Answer them all instead!

Speaker end your speech
Speaker end your speech
Speaker end your speech right now ow ow
Speaker end your speech
Speaker end your speech
Speaker end your speech RIGHT NOW!

A Pending Spectrum War?

There might be a pending spectrum war, warned Jim Burger of Washington law firm Dow Lohnes.
At the HPA Tech Retreat, he reported that the wireless industry has urged the FCC to identify 800MHz of spectrum for mobile broadcasting.
Where will it come from?, Burger asked, pointing out that terrestrial broadcasting just transitioned to DTV.
He reported that the Stimulus Bill requires the FCC to submit a “National Broadband Plan” to Congress in March.
Getting chuckles from the HPA audience, he added that an FCC spokesperson said spectrum reallocation would be “voluntary.”


Verizon Joins the Executive Board of the Entertainment Technology Center at USC

Verizon Enterprise Solutions will lend its technology expertise to the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC) through a seat on ETC@USC’s executive board. Verizon’s global cloud, IP and wireless networks, managed security services, end-to-end digital content solutions and technology-related professional services are used by media and entertainment companies to create, transport, manage and deliver digital content around the world, on any platform,  anytime.

ETC@USC is a nonprofit, member-funded entertainment technology think tank and research center, affiliated with the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It brings together senior executives, innovators, thought leaders and catalysts in a neutral setting to explore issues related to the creation, distribution and consumption of entertainment content. Verizon’s participation on the executive board will provide media and entertainment companies with opportunities to learn how Verizon’s media-focused solutions, network and technology expertise can help the industry transform its future.

“The goal of the ETC@USC is to bring industry and technology experts together to develop the solutions that will propel us through the next 20 years,” said Kenneth Williams, CEO and executive director of the ETC@USC. “Verizon’s broad set of technologies and deep industry experience will provide a unique voice on the executive board. We look forward to their active participation.”

Scott Spector, global head of Verizon’s media and entertainment vertical, added: “Verizon is committed to the media and entertainment industry, and our participation with ETC@USC will allow us to support and potentially drive innovation in the industry. There’s a vast range of opportunities to integrate technology and improve everything from digital content production through digital distribution, creating an optimal experience for the industry.”

Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and help shape tomorrow’s biggest ideas. With industry-specific solutions provided over Verizon’s secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced communications platforms, Verizon helps open new opportunities around the world for innovation, investment and business transformation. Visit to learn more.

The Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC) is a think tank and research center within the USC School of Cinematic Arts that brings together senior executives, innovators, thought leaders, and catalysts from the entertainment, consumer electronics, technology, and services industries along with the academic resources of the University of Southern California to explore and to act upon topics and issues related to the creation, distribution, and consumption of entertainment content.  ETC@USC helps drive collaborative projects among its member companies and engages with next generation consumers to understand the impact of emerging technology on all aspects of the entertainment industry, especially technology development and implementation, the creative process, business models, and future trends. (

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq:  VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 108 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide. A Dow 30 company with more than $127 billion in 2014 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 177,300. For more information, visit

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