Dave Weiler serves as the Senior VP of Broadcast Management Group’s consulting division. We asked Dave to provide some insight on his roles and responsibilities as the leader of our consulting division.
What are some of your responsibilities at Broadcast Management Group?
As head of BMG’s Consulting Division, I work with our clients to advance their business in the areas of workflow, technology, organizational efficiency and personnel management. Often our clients request our services to help them work-through and validate new business opportunities or to evaluate their existing business to improve efficiency while increasing performance. At BMG we are committed to providing solutions that are measurable, achievable and within the financial goals of our clients.
What are some of the most challenging aspects of your job?
Consulting is a 360-degree function when you work with a client. It is key to understand all the elements which can impact a project. For BMG, it is important for us to help our clients to engage and create buy-in with all the key stakeholders of a project. When engaging with key stakeholders you often obtain different perspectives that provide valuable insight which need to be considered as part of the overall solution. No matter what direction is ultimately determined, we want our clients to feel they fully vetted the opportunity within their organization.
What type of projects fall under your jurisdiction at BMG?
Our clients have a range of needs. From analyzing control room workflow to defining ground-up projects encompassing design, construction and system integration. We also provide guidance and support on initiatives that require staffing needs. Our role as consultants is to provide insight into how to make our client’s business initiatives a success both financially and for their brand.
What projects are you actively working on?
The consulting division is currently engaged with multiple projects. We are supporting clients with complete production facility build-outs to service their increased production needs, and working with others on organizational structure and creative content. Our current build projects focus on both hard and virtual set studios and feature live streaming capabilities for their branded content. One of our consulting clients is a long-term relationship where we have provided technical and content creation services along with engineering design and integration assistance as part of their growth plan to go from a regional network to a national network over a two year period.
How did you first get into production?
I caught the production bug in college when I witnessed the real time recording of a musical performance live in the studio and control room. The energy and excitement of working in live television continued as I directed local productions of news and entertainment while in college and never looked back. Moving on from there to directing in local TV and for a national sports network.
Over the course of your career – before or during your tenure with BMG – what has been your favorite project?
One of my favorite projects was as director of College GameDay. Going live from a different college campus each week for the most important game of the week was a creative and engineering challenge. It was an exciting four years of being a road warrior.
What’s one production trend (or technological advancement) are you most excited about?
A.I. is certainly beginning to take hold in all kinds of areas of production. Video recognition services is where we may see A.I. have the biggest impact in the near future. Being able to instantly analyze video content for key data points will reduce the turn-around time for statistical information and support data driven editing for digital or quick turn-around content for broadcast highlights. It will also impact the automated control systems which are flourishing to support amateur sporting events.
Favorite TV series – past or present?
Star Trek and This Old House.
What’s one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
I was a scholarship basketball player in college. However, I quickly learned that in the long run I wasn’t going to make a career out of playing the game, so I had to move on from my passion.
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