Interview with Mark Stolnitz – VP, Media Operations at Hallmark Channel

Mark Stolnitz,, dave ginsberg, consulting, cloud migration, digital asset management, workflow design, technology updates, Open Stack, user centric solutions, interviews, industry leaders, best practices, editing, DAM, MAM, SAN, NAS, SAAS, PAAS, technology solutionsNext in our series is Mark Stolnitz VP, Media Operations at Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, where he is responsible for technical processing of all audio visual materials for linear and non-linear use.  He directed the creation of the network’s post production facility and workflows and its subsequent conversion to high definition.  Mark also pioneered tapeless, file based workflows for short form content in 2003, overseeing the company’s first DAM deployment.  His current challenge is to apply the same tapeless philosophy to long form programming, from acquisition through multiple methods of distribution.  In support of this effort, he is directing the development and implementation of a new media asset management system for work in process that will tie multiple technical components together into one centralized cohesive workflow.

Mark joined Crown Media Family Networks, Inc., owner and operator of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, in 1999.
Prior to joining Crown Media, Stolnitz served as a post-production supervisor for Columbia/Tri-Star Television where he designed and oversaw the post-production process for a daily, magazine-formatted program.

From 1994-98, he worked at Starz!/Encore as a producer/writer/editor of on-air promotions where he also created databases and workflows to manage the creative process. Prior to that, he worked at TBS Superstation and also Time Warner’s WGRC-TV in Rochester, N.Y., as a producer of on-air promotions.  His creative efforts have garnered several Telly Awards as well as a CTAM Mark Award. Mark is responsible for the technical processing of all materials for air/playback. He has also created databases and workflows to manage promo creation, program edit processes and all video asset management.

In the podcast, Mark discusses his early use of Quicktime reference files, the advantages of working in a smaller facility and why automation is not always the answer.

If you want to contact mark for a tour or to show him your facility, please send me an Email via the contact us tab on the home page and I will forward it to him.

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Interview with Mark Stolnitz – VP, Media Operations at Hallmark Channel

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