Justin Dobrow ‘17, Moderator
Supervisor of Program Operations, NBCUniversal/Peacock
Justin Dobrow ‘17 is the Supervisor of Program Operations at NBCUniversal supporting Peacock. Justin has managed delivery for tens of thousands of assets for Peacock including the migration of the full 17,000 hour WWE library, NBC network hits, Peacock originals, and the comedic hit The Office. In his previous role at NBCU as Program Operations Manager, he worked with the launch team for Peacock managing fulfillment for the streaming platform, which launched in July 2020. His career at NBCU started as an intern at Late Night with Seth Meyers.
His passion for the streaming landscape encouraged him to shift career paths into the direct-to-consumer landscape to be part of how the TV industry is changing at this very moment.
Before joining NBCUniversal Justin graduated in 2017 from the State University of New York at Oswego with a degree in Broadcasting and Mass Communication where he served as the General Manager of the college TV station, WTOP, for two years. Justin serves on the Oswego Alumni Association Board of Directors and lives in Astoria, N.Y. with his wife and two cats.
Renard Jenkins, Panelist
Senior Vice President, Production Integration & Creative Technology Services, WarnerMedia
Renard Jenkins has more than 30 years of experience in the Film, Television and Radio industry. He is WarnerMedia’s Senior Vice President, Production Integration & Creative Technology Services where he oversees teams which support 10,000 plus cast/crew members, 5,000 plus hours and hundreds of global feature film and syndicated television productions annually, providing them with creative production technology solutions and strategy for studio, post and remote applications, IP and production pipeline workflows and work stream design and implementation.
In his former position at PBS, he was responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of PBS’s entire media-supply chain. He created PBS’s Advanced Format Center. He has also worked for TV One, Discovery and Turner Broadcasting where he received multiple awards for Post Production and R&D including two national Emmys. Jenkins was also awarded the Innovator of the Year award in 2017 for his cutting-edge work and accomplishments through the PBS Advanced Format Center and other industry activities.
Jenkins is a SMPTE Fellow and currently serves as VP, Membership for SMPTE. He sits on the boards of MovieLabs, the Hollywood Professionals Association, the UltraHD Forum, the Content & Entertainment Council as well as Microsoft and Oracle Advisory Boards. He is also a recipient of a Peabody, 2 Headliners and a 2020 Broadcasting and Cable Technology Leadership award to name a few others.
He is a champion and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in the technology and media industries. He is a Strategic Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity In Communications (NAMIC), chairs the WarnerMedia Technology and Operations Equity and Inclusion Council, the SMPTE Global Inclusion Working Group and he Co-Chairs, HPA ALL which advocates for and promotes diversity, better equity and increased inclusion in our industry.
Frank Palumbo ‘83, Panelist
Vice President/Account Manager of Local Television, Nielsen Holdings
Frank L. Palumbo ‘83 is currently Vice President/Account Manager of Local Television for Nielsen Holdings. He joined Nielsen in 1997 and is part of the Nielsen local media organization that measures the 208 Local US markets.
Prior to Nielsen, Frank was a corporate research director for a Broadcast TV group and spent 14 years in television management, sales and research operations.
Frank is a 1983 graduate of SUNY Oswego and credits his career decisions directly to the Oswego Communication Program. He also served on the executive board at WTOP while attending college.
Chrissy Guest, Panelist
Associate Professor of Television Production, Ithaca College
Chrissy Guest is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies at Ithaca College. She earned her M.F.A in Creative Writing and her B.S. in Cultural Studies, Television Production. An award-winning educator, she received the University Film and Video Association Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019 and was a feature Entertainment Educator in Variety Magazine the same year. She instructs courses focused on directing and television production using multi-camera studio techniques and socially conscious storytelling. She created the award-winning course Television Live Event Production a 400-level production course that produces content coverage for remote locations. Her broadcast career spans fifteen years as a director/technical director, art-director, photojournalist, and assignment editor for news affiliates.
Guest’s research centers on career trajectory for women entering the animation field. Her award-winning short documentary film The Women of Titmouse Animation has had invitational screenings at Breaking the Glass Frame Symposium, University Film & Television Association, Los Angeles Animation Festival and Broadcast Educator’s Association. The short is part of a larger docu-series Beyond Ink & Paint: The Women of Animation, which examines the history and studio culture surrounding women working in animation from the 1970’s to present day. Guest has interviewed nearly 60 prominent women working across varying animation disciplines.
Jamie Duemo, Panelist
Media & Entertainment Business Development Leader, Amazon Web Services
Jamie Duemo is the Media & Entertainment Business Development Leader at Amazon Web Services. Jamie possesses over twenty years of experience within the broadcast and media industry, architecting solutions for post-production, broadcast and distribution workflows. At AWS, Jamie is responsible for leading cloud migrations for media workloads, bridging the gap between the business and technical requirements. Jamie’s career has included time with major network providers such as Turner Entertainment, Discovery Communications, and NBC Universal. Joining AWS in early 2017, Jamie most recently served as Senior Product Manager at AWS Elemental. Jamie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications from the University of Florida.
Travis Clark, Career Connector
Senior Media Reporter, Insider
Travis Clark is a senior media reporter at Insider, where he covers the business of Hollywood, including streaming services and box office. During his time at Insider, he has interviewed top entertainment executives and filmmakers, and written various stories that dug into companies like Marvel and WarnerMedia.
He graduated from SUNY Oswego in 2015 with a degree in broadcasting and mass communication and spent an extra year taking graduate courses on social networks. During his time at Oswego, he participated in all three media organizations, but he primarily spent his time at The Oswegonian, where he was the assistant entertainment editor and then the managing editor. Before joining Insider, he was a reporter at local newspapers in Saratoga Springs, NY and Stamford, CT.
Matt Stone ‘15, Career Connector
Segment Producer, Good Morning America, ABC News
Matt Stone has been with ABC’s Good Morning America since 2015. Matt got his start with “GMA” while he completed his undergraduate degree at SUNY Oswego. In his current role as a segment producer Matt books guests for “GMA” as well as several other ABC News platforms including “ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, Nightline, ABC/2020 as well as several others.
Matt has covered some of the biggest high-profile news events such as the Derek Chauvin trial, where he was on the ground in Minneapolis for over a month reporting and booking guests across ABC News platforms. Matt appeared live on air during ABC News Special Report for multiple segments with ABC News anchor David Muir during closing arguments of the Chauvin trial. Matt was only one of two media members granted access to the courtroom during the trial’s closing arguments.
Matt is a big sports fan and has covered high-profile events such as Super Bowl LIV in Miami, the NBA Finals and the NCAA Final Four. On a daily basis, Matt helps the GMA Booking department work for next-day air as well as work on long-term efforts for the network.
As an undergraduate student at SUNY Oswego Matt majored in Journalism and worked for WTOP-10 on live sports event and launched/produced a weekly sports show called “The Playing Field.” Matt also spent time with WNYO as a color commentator for Men’s and Women’s Basketball games.
Kalie Dobrow (Hudson) ’16, Career Connector
Senior Social Strategist, Edelman
Kalie Dobrow (Hudson) ’16 is a Senior Social Strategist at Edelman supporting Digital Strategy for Unilever, including Dove and TAZO Tea. In her role, she supports award-winning campaigns such as the Dove Self Esteem Project, Dove Men+Care’s March Madness campaign, the campaign for the Oscar winner ‘Hair Love’, and the launch of a tree equity program ‘TAZO Tree Corps’ with SZA.
Kalie started the first four years of her career at Archetype (formerly Text100), working across brands such as Microsoft, Bravo/Oxygen, and IBM, where she largely worked on executive visibility programs writing social media content for c-suite leaders. She focuses on the digital side of communications, supporting clients with copywriting, content creation, community nurturing, influencer relations, and paid social media.
At SUNY Oswego, she studied Public Relations and was the Event Director of the Media Summit for two years.
Imani Cruz ‘17, Career Connector
Talent, Casting, and Series Development Coordinator, MTV Networks
Imani Cruz ‘17 is a talent, casting and series development coordinator for MTV Networks.
Imani, who graduated from SUNY Oswego in 2017 with a degree in journalism, started her professional career as an agent trainer with The Gersh Agency in 2017. In 2018, she worked as a production assistant on the Netflix original series “When They See Us.”
During her time at Oswego, Imani was an RA in Riggs Hall, Director of SAPB from 2015-2017 and founder of Oswego’s first fashion club — Fashion at Oswego. Her favorite part of being at Oswego was the freedom to try as many different things as possible and truly learn what you’re interested in and what you’re good at. Between all of her course study and extracurricular activities, she graduated with a well-rounded experience in a bunch of different things and a unique set of skills that helps her at work every single day.
Geselle Martinez ‘17, Career Connector
Stage Manager, CBS Mornings, CBS News
Geselle Martinez is a Stage Manager for CBS Mornings. Through the Directors Guild of America (DGA), she directs the studio floor in a faced paced news production environment and acts as the primary liaison between the director, control room, anchors, and stage crew. Geselle was part of CBS’ recent launch of its new flagship morning news program, which features a new name, a new look, and a new studio in Times Square.
Geselle started at CBS as a Graphics Production Associate in April 2018. She worked in various positions including fonts and in the control room assisting the director and assistant director during live broadcasts. She’s been a part of several high-profile broadcasts on CBS, including the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and the 2020 Election.
Geselle’s career in television began at NBCUniversal in June 2017 where she worked as an Operations Coordinator in Rockefeller Center for the network’s Broadcasting Operations Center.
As a SUNY Oswego student, Geselle served on the Media Summit’s student committee. She was also a member of WTOP-TV. Geselle earned her degree in broadcasting and mass communication with a minor in Spanish.
Carmen Mendoza ‘17, Career Connector
Commercial Operations Coordinator, AMC Networks – Sundance TV
Carmen Mendoza ‘17 is a Commercial Operations Coordinator for AMC Networks – Sundance TV, where she works closely with the sales team to ensure commercials make the air. Prior to AMC Networks, Carmen worked as an Operations Coordinator and later Lead Operations Coordinator for NBCUniversal at NBC’s Broadcasting Operations Center in the iconic Rockefeller Center.
Carmen’s first professional experience came as she was completing her degree in broadcasting and mass communication at SUNY Oswego. She spent the summer of 2015 as a freelance assistant editor for BLive – AKCTV.
As a student, Carmen served as a member of the Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit student committee. She was also a member of WTOP-TV, part of the Latin Student Union Dance Team Ritmo, and a part of the Mentor-Scholar program.