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‘Meet the Government Producers’ Returns to GV Expo

 Looking to network with government video producers who hire for their projects?

Looking to network with government video producers who hire for their projects? The Meet the Government Producers panel, hosted by TIVA-DC, is returning to the Government Video Technology Expo on Weds., Dec. 2.

For the eleventh year in a row, TIVA (formerly ITVA-DC) will put the D.C. production community directly in touch with government video decision makers.

Attending video professionals from the private sector should bring lots of copies of their resumes and business cards to this mega-networking event. Video producers from the federal and state governments will be encouraged to talk about their current projects, describe opportunities to contract with their agencies, and interact directly with the audience.

Some of these video decision makers contract with individuals, independent producers, writers, editors, and talent on an as needed basis. Others contract for complete production packages from conception to completion. There are ample opportunities for qualified video professionals to find work.

It’s coordinated by Scott Gordon of TIVA.

Panelists include:

Garth Clark, Production Manager, Broadcast Media & Technology, USDA, Office of Communications. USDA-OOC does HD field production and post, encoding and web streaming. Their products range from coverage of meetings and events to scripted training and information programming. Their center creates radio features and radio news stories daily for media and public, and video feature stories for media outlets and the public weekly. They’ve recently hired scriptwriters, transcription services and out of town video crew. They are in transition from a tape to file based production facility.

Chad Heupel, Division Director, Communication Media, Food & Drug Administration. Heupel was previously with FEMA, and HHS-TV. In fact he designed and built the HHS-TV studios in downtown Washington. DCM has on staff three producers, three editors, one graphics person, two cameramen/DPs, a production manager, production accountant and an administrative assistant. They hire out for Final Cut Pro editors, Avid editors, graphic artists, camera ops (studio and field), lighting directors (studio and field), writers and (occasionally) producers. Chad says, “Things are getting busy and we are always looking for new blood.”

London Liebengood, Director of Broadcast Communications, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Liebengood manages the HHS Broadcast Studio and Photography Department and provides both creative and technical assistance to HHS clients. Her projects range from internal communications to public outreach and educational programs on a variety of public health issues- most notability pandemic flu and emergency preparedness. She also manages the HHS/Ad Council obesity prevention campaign. Before joining HHS, she was an executive producer for the Department of Veterans Affairs and was the manager of Film and Video for the Peace Corps. The HHS studio relies heavily on contract services for engineers, studio and control room staff, field production crews, producers, editors, talent and all related positions.

Michael Wilker, Senior Executive Producer, Dept. of Veterans Affairs in the Employee Education System (EES). Wilker oversees a video staff of eight executive producers, three Avid editors, two engineers and other production staff. The production facilities at the VA Central Office and at the VA Medical Center include one studio and control room, and six Avid suites tied to two Unity storage systems. EES in Washington primarily creates educational programs for employees across the country. Another part of the business model is to create outreach communication products for VA’s Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. Much of this work is contract-driven for positions ranging from full crews to producers, writers and non-linear editors. In 2010 the EES facilities and offices will shut down at the VA Medical Center and reopen in Crystal City, Virginia. VA will continue to maintain a studio at its central office location near the McPherson Square Metro.

The Meet the Government Producers panel is Weds., Dec. 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 201 of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington.

GV Expo runs Dec. 1-3. More information and registration is at

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