Todd Donovan, ABC Television Network, Senior Vice President, Broadcast Operations & Engineering

November 26, 2014 · Posted in Speakers 

HEIDI GUTMANABC Broadcast Operations & Engineering is the technical and operational arm of the ABC Television Network.  The division acquires program, commercial, and promotional content to assemble and deliver the Network feeds to the ABC Owned Television Stations and more than 240 ABC affiliated stations.  The division is also responsible for providing the live content for the Watch ABC platform and preparing ABC content for cable/satellite video-on-demand viewers.  The division designs, builds, and operates the television facilities at the ABC Television Center and Times Square Studios in New York and The Prospect Studios in Hollywood.

Todd was appointed to this position in October 2011 and he provides leadership and oversees the management of over 300 people in ABC’s network broadcast operations, engineering and support, technology and workflow strategy, and telecommunications and affiliate support groups.

Reporting to Vince Roberts, executive vice president global operations & CTO, Disney ABC Television Group, Todd has delivered aggressive management of costs and resources.  BO&E is now a more flexible and nimble organization delivering technological innovation and operational excellence to its business partners: ABC News, ABC Daytime, Entertainment Marketing, ABC Studios, ESPN on ABC and other divisions of DATG and outside productions.

BO&E was a key contributor to the delivery of the Watch ABC platform, an industry first, and monetizing VOD inventory in a new way using C3 ratings in 2013.  In the past year, BO&E has shifted nearly entirely from receiving programs for air on videotape to electronic files from Hollywood post houses.  BO&E has enabled the relaunches of The View (2014) and Dr. Oz (2013) and the launches of Katie (2012) and The Chew (2011).

In February 2010, Todd reported to both the Presidents of BO&E and ABC News as vice-president of Technology & Operations.  Partnering with Operations, Production, and Engineering leaders, Todd was the Technology leader for ABC News’s automated control room project in 2011, a first at the national broadcast network-level now in use for World News Tonight, Nightline, and several other newscasts.

Before joining ABC News in June 2008 as vice-president, News Technology, Todd was Director of Digital Media Systems for NBCUniversal. There he led HD edit technology launches for  NBC News, Sports/Olympics, Entertainment and WNBC.  Todd joined NBC in 1992.

A Founding Member, he is currently on the Board of Directors of the Avid Customer Association as well as other industry organizations focusing on technology and innovation.

Todd graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in applied science and is an active alumnus.  An amateur wine collector, Todd resides in New Jersey with his wife, Elizabeth, a TV director with CNBC, NBC Olympics and NBC News, and their twin sons, Alexander and Porter.


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