#70 Accessibility in Digital Media and Digital Content Development with Joe Devon, CEO of Diamond and Co-Founder of Global Accessibility Awareness Day

On this episode of The Workflow Show, Ben Kilburg and Jason Whetstone speak to Joe Devon, CEO of Diamond, a product design firm focused on digital accessibility and widening access to digital resources for all. Along with telling the story of co-founding GAAD (Global Accessibility Awareness Day) and The GAAD Foundation, Joe talks about the various ways that companies, content producers, and digital platforms can design and support accessibility within their products. Ben and Jason also ask for advice on changing mindsets in design that start with asking questions about accessibility while starting a project instead of finding the need to respond to issues in the final design. 

Episode Highlights:

  • Details on how many of the top-visited websites have accessibility issues
  • How to utilize HTML, Java, XHTML to the benefit of accessibility and broadening a user base
  • What standards of accessibility are needed in digital media and how they’re being addressed
  • How to prepare for accessibility needs in the new coming technologies, including VR

More about The GAAD Foundation and Global Accessibility Awareness Day: The GAAD Foundation was launched in 2021 to mark GAAD’s 10th anniversary. Its mission is to disrupt the culture of technology and digital product development to include accessibility as a core requirement. The GAAD Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to disrupt the culture of technology and digital product development to include accessibility as a core requirement. Thursday, May 19, 2022 is the 11th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking, and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments.  Hear about Global Accessibility Awareness Day from co-founder, Jennison Asuncion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rDaw5_PzBU&feature=youtu.be 

More about Joe Devon: Joe is a serial entrepreneur who has been fostering the growth of the Los Angeles tech ecosystem since 2008. His experience includes co-founding at Diamond, an inclusive digital agency and co-founder of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). In 2019, Joe and the Diamond team launched their first State of Accessibility Report alongside Take the GAAD Pledge a commitment made by organizations and developers to make accessibility a core value of their project. When Joe is not solving technology challenges for major organizations, you can find him on stage influencing every developer and corporation to build their digital products with inclusive design in mind.t#GAADPledge

More GAAD Reading for Developers: Blog: The GAAD Pledge – Improving React Native Accessibility” by Alexandra Marlette, GAAD Pledge Open Source Accessibility Community Manager for React Native


#69 Accessing Massive Video Storage Systems in the Cloud with George Dochev, Co-Founder and CTO at LucidLink

On this episode of The Workflow Show, Ben and Jason bring on George Dochev, the Co-Founder and CEO of LucidLink. LucidLink is a “Cloud Native NAS-replacement” that provides a solution for cloud-based video storage and utilizes block storage mechanics to do so. Jason and Ben ask George to better explain how LucidLink enables certain cloud-based workflows that were previously not possible, and what kind of new innovative workflows could spawn from LucidLink’s capabilities. They also all discuss specific workflows that have utilized LucidLink as well as CHESA’s experience in implementing it on client systems. 

#68 API First Live Video and Media Ingest with Cinedeck

On this episode of The Workflow Show, hosts Jason and Ben welcome from Cinedeck Jane Sung, COO, Charles d’Autremont, Product Development, and Ilya Derets, Project Manager. They discuss Cinedeck as a live media ingest solution, including what interesting workflows can be managed with their product and how being API first differentiates them from other solutions.

#67 Rapid Media Production in the Age of Remote Global Collaboration with Jack Wenzinger, Global Lead M&E Content Production & Matt Herson, Principal Content Production Specialist at Amazon Web Services

On this episode of The Workflow Show, Jason and Ben bring in Jack Wenzinger, Global Lead M&E Content Production & Matt Herson, Principal Content Production Specialist at Amazon Web Services (AWS), to talk about their recent partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association at their annual tech retreat in Palm Springs. Given the immediate need for remote video production at a fast pace in the last few years, this partnership led to an effort to bring creatives together to solve the challenges of rapid media production via remote and cloud workflows. Jack and Matt discuss the success of projects done fully in remote rapid production globally, including short films in Mongolia, Mexico City, London, and Dubai. They also discuss what the media workflow solutions look like through AWS given this new evolution in media production. 

#66 Virtual Reality in Media and Entertainment with Lucas Wilson, CEO of SuperSphere

This week on The Workflow Show, Jason and Ben are discussing virtual reality with Lucas Wilson of Supersphere. Our hosts ask Lucas about the tech behind the immersive experiences put on by Supersphere and where the industry is headed to incorporate more VR in the future. Jason and Ben also ask Lucas about his background, highlighting the journey from studying music to creating VR concerts and live performances.

#65 Automation in an Adobe Workflow with David Merzenich of MoovIt

On this episode of The Workflow Show, Jason and Ben chat with David Merzenich of MoovIt, a German-based systems integrator and the first Adobe Video Solution Partner in the program. David Merzenich discusses Helmut, a suite of workflow orchestration tools designed from the ground up, to bring consistency and flexibility to any Adobe post-production environment. Ben and Jason ask about the development, goals, and benefits of using Helmut within the Adobe ecosystem and discuss certain challenges of an Adobe-centric workflow. Listen in for some workflow therapy!

#64 PART 2: CHESA Interviews Adobe on the Adobe Video Solution Partner Program for Video and Audio

This is Part Two of our discussion with Dave Helmly, Head of Strategic Development, Adobe Professional Video, and Michael Gamboeck, Senior Strategic Development Manager, Creative Cloud Video regarding the new Adobe Video Solution Partner Program. In this episode of The Workflow Show, Dave and Michael further outline the benefits and intricacies of working within the AVSP Program, including how it benefits Adobe users. They also discuss the challenges of choosing a media asset management workflow and how the AVSP program aims to remove those challenges with highly trained systems integrator partners. 

Episode Highlights:

  • Ben, Jason, and guests discuss the possible impact of new Macs on customer hardware and workflow needs
  • They discuss how traditional workflows with Adobe are changing with new and exciting tech, such as LucidLink 
  • Ben and Jason bring up the new standards of workflow, including work from home, and how that will affect the connections and media asset management of editing teams
  • Dave and Michael highlight how CHESA, an Adobe Certified Service Partner, works as an extension of the Adobe engineering team
  • Dave and Michael share the benefits of Adobe’s new speech to text feature for editors in Adobe Premiere

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#63 Part 1: Introducing The Adobe Video Solution Partner Program

The Workflow Show and CHESA are proud to announce that we have achieved Adobe Video Solution Partner Program. This week’s episode is Part 1 of a 2 part discussion with guests, Dave Helmly, Head of Strategic Development, Adobe Professional Video, and Michael Gamboeck, Senior Strategic Development Manager, Creative Cloud Video regarding Adobe’s program. Here we discuss the introduction of this program and its impact on the industry. 

As a way for integrators and clients to be further connected with the Adobe Engineering team, the Adobe Video Solution Partner Program seeks to close the gap between users and engineers, enabling collaboration that best serves the creative process.

Episode Highlights:

  • Ben and Jason discuss the usefulness of working at a deep level with Adobe’s team to best understand the software and implementation
  • Dave and Michael discuss the criteria for becoming an Adobe Video Solution Partner and the importance of choosing CHESA as the first US company to be part of the program
  • This discussion covers the importance of the program to help connect creative IT to creative users for coding integrations, Adobe panels, and new workflows.


In Part 2 of our interview with Eric White, CTO of the Clinton Foundation, Ben and Jason discuss different system types and how they can integrate or customize cloud components to fit the needs of a company and creative teams. They also dig into a common customer question of on-prem versus cloud, covering how Eric works through the needs of his own team for choosing a system.

#61 Managing Technology With Humanitarian and Environmental Impact In Mind with Eric White, Chief Technology Officer at the Clinton Foundation

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This is Part 1 of 2 episodes with Eric White, Chief Technology officer of the Clinton Foundation on The Workflow Show. Ben and Jason ask Eric about his background in tech, beginning with his childhood and school experiences, and burgeoning technologies of the time. Eric covers his journey from Microsoft to founding Utopia Systems Inc., focusing on web hosting and cloud services, and eventually to the Clinton Foundation. Eric also speaks on the role of CTO in an organization the size of the Clinton Foundation and how it differs, based on the mission of the foundation, from the needs of other technology companies.