2018 Creative Storage Conference: Session on Preserving Digital Content on June 7, 2018!

 The Twelfth Annual Creative Storage Conference (CS 2018) will be held Thursday June 7, 2018 at the DoubleTree Hotel West Los Angeles in Culver City, CA (

The power session: “Preserving Digital Content—the Challenges, Needs, and Options” will focus on digital archiving and preservation. For industry leaders, there is a continuous amount of pressure for our visual professionals to create, produce and distribute 4K and Virtual Reality (VR) entertainment to our audiences.  The most challenging aspect is making certain the video products (including all of the video assets) are still available for the short term and long term from the time materials are archived. The session will explain processes that need to be explored so that content owners can maximize their return and not have assets compromised. Discover the valuable developments in content archiving, automated metadata generation and asset management that will ensure your content libraries are flexible, strong and useful.   The strategy for long term retention of invaluable professional content is upon us, and there is no better way to be “ahead of the curve” by attending this seminar!


Larry Jordan, Digital Production Buzz: Larry Jordan is an award-winning producer, director, editor, teacher and trainer who’s been involved in the media industry for 50 years. He’s produced, directed or edited at local broadcast TV stations, network television in the US, and created more corporate and training videos than he can count. Larry is based in Los Angeles, a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America, and the author of nine books and thousands of technical articles on all facets of production and post-production. He’s the host of the Digital Production Buzz podcast and also writes a free weekly newsletter on post-production that publishes every Monday.

Linda Tadic, Digital Bedrock: Linda Tadic is a thought leader in media and digital preservation and metadata. She has over 25 years’ experience in leading preservation, metadata, and digital production operations at organizations such as ARTstor, HBO, and the Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia. Currently an adjunct professor in UCLA’s Moving Image Archive Studies program teaching Digital Asset Management, she was previously an adjunct professor in NYU’s Moving Image Archivingand Preservation program (courses incollection management and cataloging and metadata). She consults and lectures on digital asset management,audiovisual and digital preservation, copyright, and metadata,with clients as diverse as WNET/Thirteen, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, SBS (Australia), Dunhuang Academy (China), ESPN, and the Missouri History Museum. She isco-author of the book Descriptive Metadata for Television: an End-to-End Introduction (Focal Press, 2006). She is a founding member andformer President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).

Hossein ZiaShakeri, Spectra Logic: A key associate since 1984and the former vice president of advanced engineering, ZiaShakeri is responsible for Spectra Logic’s Business Development and Strategic Alliances. Hossein is also a member of the company’s technology leadership team to maintain the company’s leadership position in product innovation and business success. ZiaShakeri has more than 30 years of experience in design, engineering and management of storage subsystems.

Andy Klein, Backblaze: Andrew Klein has 25 years experience in the cloud storage and computer security fields. He has previously worked at Symantec, Checkpoint, PeopleSoft and Baan, as well as startups throughout the Silicon Valley. During his career, he has presented at the Federal Trade Commission, RSA, the Commonwealth Club, and at over 50 other data and computer security events. His current passion is making the preservation of your digital assets as easy as possible.

Michael Oros, SNIA: Michael Oros is Executive Director at Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), where he oversees the group, industry collaboration,and standards work of the organization. Michael brings 20 years of strategy,planning, and development experience in IT services and high-tech industry to SNIA.Before joining SNIA, Michael held roles at Intel including oversight of technology initiatives and collaboration on open standards, as well as the deployment of storage, backup, and disaster recovery services for the organization.He led the storage and networking components vendors through the biggest I/O transitions of the past decade,while playing a key role in the introduction, adoption, and ramp of PCI Express, InfiniBand, OpenFabrics, and various storage/memory technologies in server, cloud, HPC, and storage industries.Michael holds an MBA in strategic management, marketing, and international business from USIU.


Dennis Leconte, Iron Mountain: Denis Leconte has over 25 years’experience working for Iron Mountain, NASA, Disney, Sony, and several pos-tproduction facilities, designing and deploying database and media handling systems and large scale, high-performance computing and storage architectures. He has over 15years experience in post production and digital media and data life-cycle management. At Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, he oversees all technology issues over several facilities that cover North America and Europe, as well as many special projects dealing withmedia and data preservation and restoration. Denis has won an Academy Award for Scientific and Engineering achievement in the field of film preservation.

Featuring a collaboration of digital storage providers, equipment and software manufacturers in professional media and entertainment industry. Attendees will explore the conference theme of “Enabling Immersive Content:  Storage Takes Off.”  At CS 2018 has always provided the latest developments in digital storage for media and entertainment, and the networking opportunity with other media professionals in how they meet their high demand of digital storage needs.

There will be 4 keynote talks and 6 sessions during the conference as well as a sponsored reception in the evening. Please go to for the complete agenda.

Note: Coughlin Associate, Inc. is conducting a survey of digital storage requirements and practices for media and entertainment professionals with results presented at the 2018 Creative Storage Conference.  M&E professionals can participate in the survey through this link:  M&E professionals who complete the survey and indicate their contact information at the end of the survey will receive a free full pass to the 2018 Creative Storage Conference.

Provided below are the list of sponsors for CS2018:

Quantum and Wasabi are Platinum Sponsors, Broadcast Beat, Overland-Tanberg, HTC, RackTop Systems, RDC, SMPTE, SNIA and Coughlin Associates are exhibitors.  Media and Organization sponsors include:  AMIA, Broadcast Beat (also official video sponsors), Digital Cinema Society, DCIA, IEEE Orange County Section, Entertainment Storage Alliance, ETC, Flash Memory Summit, HDDFA, Home Toys, iShindler, LUCPUG, LAPPG, M&E Tech, Post, postPerspective, ProductionHub, Provideo Coalition, SMPTE Hollywood section, SNIA, Sound and Picture and the Trusted Computing Group.

For additional information on the conference call 408-202-5098 or email

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