Curtis Neal, Executive Producer, Microsoft survives his 15th NAB Show in a row! and shares tips with Pamela Kleibrink Thompson, Recruiter/Creative Career Coach and Broadcast Beat Writer

Curtis Neal works at Microsoft
Curtis Neal, Executive Producer, Microsoft Studios has now survived his 15th NAB in a row–whew! And he gave me some advice since it was my first.

What advice do you have for someone who has never been to the NAB Show before?

Have an agenda/schedule and stick to it.
Pace yourself and stay hydrated!
Arrange to tour the exhibits/products you are most interested in with a rep from your equipment vendor/reseller. They will get you the front of the line for demos and Q/A.

What is the most significant trend in your industry this year?
4K and Cloud solutions

Why do you attend the NAB Show?
To stay current and network

 What did you learn at the NAB Show that helped you?
Better understanding of Cellular Web Streaming and Switching Fabric.
HDR is on the threshold of being implemented for next gen monitoring.

 What was the best thing about the NAB Show this year? What were the highlights for you? Any sessions?

Maturation and adoption of 4K as the next standard. Very impressed with Christi’s “6P” demo for projection 3D.

Where is the best place to meet people at NAB

Parties/mixers –there are dozens of these happening concurrently every evening during show week.

 What is the don’t miss event, session or gathering or aspect of NAB for you ?

For me it’s all about the exhibit hall and the new tech/prototypes introduced each year.

What do you like most about the NAB Show?

The hugeness and variety of it–it’s like a wild animal that you learn to tame over the years. Attending from Seattle, I also love the fact that it’s in Las Vegas every year — where sunshine is guaranteed in April!

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Pamela Kleibrink Thompson is an internationally-acclaimed recruiter, career coach and animation veteran (production manager on The Simpsons, ink and paint supervisor on Paramount's animated feature Bebe's Kids.) Pamela is a popular speaker at colleges, film festivals and entertainment industry conferences around the world.She has presented courses at SIGGRAPH in San Diego, Boston, and Los Angeles; was the commencement speaker at Art Institute of Tampa, and taught the Career Realities course at Gnomon School of Visual Effects.Pamela was named one of the Top Ten Recruiters by Animation Magazine and has worked with clients around the world such as Disney Feature Animation, Technicolor in Beijing, Framestore in London, and Lucas Animation in Singapore.She has written for over 80 publications including Computer Graphics, Animation Magazine, U.S. Art, Media History Digest, Apple Directions, Art Business News, Idaho Arts Quarterly, and Animation World Network.
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