About the Presenters
Marc Hand co-founded Public Media Company (PMC) in 2001 and serves on its board. As CEO, Marc is focused on creating strategic public media alliances and partnerships to strengthen public television and radio. Under his leadership, PMC has developed VuHaus and Channel X, two innovative multimedia services focused on music and video, respectively. He has led PMC’s work to support public television stations in planning for the upcoming FCC spectrum auction, as well as the upcoming ATSC 3.0 digital television technology standard rollout. Marc has also co-authored several articles analyzing opportunities for public television stations in the spectrum auction and in deploying ATSC 3.0.
Vinnie served as Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a position that he held for nearly a decade. As COO for CPB, Vinnie had overall responsibility for managing CPB’s policy, grant-making and station support activities, ensuring that all Americans, wherever they live, receive robust public media services for free and commercial-free. While at CPB, Vinnie was also deeply involved in spectrum policy and advocated for public television’s interests in the spectrum auction at the highest levels of the FCC. Since leaving CPB, Vinnie has formed a consulting firm, Breakthrough Public Media Consulting. Breakthrough assists public media companies in navigating today’s converging and competitive media world. In partnership with PMC, Vinnie is particularly focused on helping public television stations leverage the power of ATSC 3.0, the next generation, IP compatible, broadcast television standard.