Current TV continues to staff up. One day after Cenk Uygur took his online show to Current, the network has announced it’s hiring CNN and NBC vet Jason Odell to be its new executive vice president of technology. Odell will be in charge of IT, web engineering and broadcast engineering and will report directly to Current TV president David Bohrman.
Odell is the inventor of the hologram technology CNN used during its 2008 election coverage. Wonder if this means flying gadgets and gizmos are on the way to Current.
Press release after the jump:
New York, (September 21, 2011) – Current TV, the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning television network, has appointed Jason Odell as Executive Vice President, Technology for Current TV. Odell, who has spearheaded broadcast engineering and digital media management projects at CNN and NBC, begins immediately and will oversee IT, web engineering and broadcast engineering at Current. He will report to Current TV President, David Bohrman.
Odell brings two decades of experience in media systems management and broadcast engineering on a number of platforms to Current as the network ramps up its TV and digital programming with a focus on news analysis and political commentary. Most recently, he consulted for CNN, and helped the network introduce innovations such as augmented reality, and the use of immersive graphics driven by election data, for use in election coverage. He also invented and served as project manager for the hologram technology CNN used in its Election 2008 coverage. He also worked as a consultant and lent his design, production and engineering talents to NBC and sports data company STATS, among other clients.
Prior to that, Odell was Vice President, Broadcast Engineering at Universal Music Group, where he launched the International Music Feed, a national music cable channel. He was also a Sr. Broadcast Systems Engineer at TechTV from 1998-2004.
“Jason is perhaps the singular best example of the perfect fusion of broadcast technology, web technology, and information technology,” said Bohrman. “He is creative, innovative, and smart.”
“I’m very excited to be a part of Current. This network has innovation in its DNA, said Odell. “With the election fast approaching, we have our work cut out for us, but I am confident that with this team and with David Bohrman at the wheel we can get this thing up to ramming speed, and provide viewers with the truth, and a unique, much-needed perspective on politics.”
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