As a founding partner of USTV in 2009, Ted was responsible for building Al Jazeera America’s North American News Network. From brokering the real estate deal to Project Managing the build and launch of the 24 hour news channel in less than six months, Ted and his USTV Team oversaw every aspect and managed every step of the build and launch.
For the past five years USTV has partnered with and overseen: Editing, Graphics, Technology Teams, Technical Production Managers, Operations Managers, Executive Producers and Studio Crews. USTV works to ensure that the operational and technical needs of all productions are met. They are responsible for identifying and correcting all workflow issues, determine facility needs and create solutions; including cost analyses and profit & loss. Managing multiple projects simultaneously, as well as being responsible for business development, including market positioning, facility oversight, efficiency management and marketing. Ted works with clients to identify their business needs and opportunities, and then creates contracts, scopes of work, budgets and implementation procedures.
Ted Nelson has been working in the production and operations side of television since 1986. From capturing news as a photographer to setting up and operating microwave and satellite news vehicles, to working as Technical Director and Technical Manager, he has been directly involved in all facets of news gathering and delivery. He has managed live production crews, post-production facilities and multi-camera remote events, union and non-union crews. Due to his longevity in this business, he also possesses a strong understanding of traditional and digital broadcast technologies. Most recently with Atlantic Video in New York at The Manhattan Center and in DC at the Washington Television Center, Ted managed Cold Pizza for ESPN, which was a two-hour daily live morning show that ran for over three years, and he also successfully co-wrote and negotiated the contracts for Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn, both top ten shows on ESPN.
Ted has lived and worked in the field of television news and entertainment in Providence, RI; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC. His personal travels have taken him to Canada, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe. He has a unique understanding of local and global news, entertainment and sporting events and the roles television network organizations must play to remain competitive in the twenty first century
Before founding USTV with Ted Nelson as the company’s Chief Technology Officer, Ed was instrumental in the design and rebuilding Manhattan Center’s 25,000 square foot full digital production facility, including fiber connectivity to both the Hammerstein and Grand Ballroom. During his career in tenure at EUE Screen Gems, he served as CTO, maintaining and designing upgrades to the company’s technical infrastructure for over 20 stages in the US. He successfully managed the acquisition and repurposing of the company’s assets to maintain efficiencies and minimize costs and redundancy.
Ed is currently responsible for the overall project management of Al Jazeera Media Network DC Bureau build and relocation, which successfully launched in April of 2015.
Ed’s philosophy is to actively remain on the forefront of technology and consult with clients to achieve cost effective and streamlined solutions.
Though still relatively green to NYC and the world of television, Dean quickly learned that in this constantly changing environment continued learning is the only way to stay sharp and relevant. Dean is a jack of many trades having worked with live sports production with MLS and the AFL, to editing for Style.com, Gilt, and Al Jazeera, to building a full production studio for Fox Sports.
Never afraid to roll up his sleeves, stay late or come in early, Dean is willing to do whatever is needed to make sure the client is happy and that the show makes it to air on time. When not working you can find Dean reading comics or bombing the slopes during the winter.