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Emmy Award-Winning Television Journalist Jane Hanson and NEP Studios Senior VP and General Manager Barry Katz '75 to Appear at March 16 Queens College Business Forum

--As Leaders in Their Fields, Hanson and Katz Will Explore

the New Direction of Broadcast Industry Careers--  

FLUSHING, NY, March 2, 2012—In today’s digital age, the broadcast industry has seen its share of change with viewer migration from broadcast to cable network shows and a shift in the way viewers tune in—with a substantial part of the audience now watching online. Also, downsizing is now commonplace in news-gathering and editing teams, where technology has made it possible to get the same jobs done with fewer people. Keeping abreast of these changes can help shed light on the direction of job expansion in the industry.

Join award winning television journalist and media coach Jane Hanson and Queens College alum Barry Katz, senior vice president and general manager at NEP Studios—the largest television production service provider in New York City—as they explore these shifts in a discussion on “It’s Not Just TV Anymore: The Changes in the Industry and Its Effect on Hiring” at Queens College on Friday, March 16. They will share their insights on what employers are looking for in today’s hiring process. The free breakfast forum will begin at 8 am in the fourth floor ballroom of the college’s Student Union.

Nine-time Emmy Award-winner Jane Hanson has spent over 30 years in the broadcast arena.
Currently she hosts a daily entertainment and lifestyle program, New York Live, for NBC4 in New York City. In her nearly three decades at NBC, Hanson has been a news anchor; co-anchor of “Today in New York”; the primary anchor for local programming, and the host of “Jane's New York.” She has also hosted programs on cable channels and private satellite broadcasts—covering subjects from health care to finance to religion—and is a frequent speaker, emcee, and panel moderator. In her consultancy business, Hanson serves a diverse array of media and presentation training clients, including top-tier leaders of financial institutions; publishers and editors-in-chief of national magazines; key opinion leaders in the pharmaceutical industry; Internet entrepreneurs; and celebrity chefs.

Hanson is currently on the board of Telecare and is a past president of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Barry Katz, NEP Studios senior vice president and general manager, is a veteran of over 35 years in the television industry. After a decade at the ABC Television Network in the On Air Promotion department, Katz served as director of Technical Operations for Rainbow Network Communications—a division of Cablevision—where he was responsible for the production center delivering American Movie Classics, Bravo, SportsChannel, Playboy and many third-party services. He has also held the positions of director of Creative Services for the television syndicator DL Taffner Ltd. and general manager of Bexel New York, the equipment rental company. Under Katz’s leadership, Bexel New York became the second most successful rental office in the country, surpassed only by Bexel headquarters in Burbank. As head of Unitel Studios, Katz acquired such clients as ABC, ESPN, HBO, and the Rainbow and Food Networks.

Under Katz’s leadership, the studio division at NEP Studios has doubled in size and is the leading provider of independent studios in the NYC area currently providing space for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Colbert Report,” “People’s Court,” “The Challenge,” “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “Yahoo Finance,” “Glen Beck Television,” “The Bill Cunningham Show,” and “The Tim McCarver Show.” 

Barry Katz and his wife Marilyn—who he met at Queens College—have two daughters, one of whom is also a Queens College alum.

The Queens College Business Forum is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.  Please register at or call Yifat Anteri at (718) 997-2920. Complimentary parking is available in the Student Union Building. For directions to the college, please visit


The Queens College Business Forum was launched in the fall of 2005. Sponsored by the Queens Borough President’s Office; Queens Chamber of Commerce; Queens Courier newspaper; Queens Economic Development Corp.; Farrell Fritz P.C.; PricewaterhouseCoopers; and TD Bank, the forum acts as a catalyst within the diverse areas of Queens, bringing together the business community, local government, academia, and students to provide an opportunity for town and gown to interact. Influential leaders in a number of fields serve as keynote speakers at its breakfast lectures, touching on issues vital to the Queens business community. Each forum fosters discussions that provide insight on how local businesses are seizing opportunities and profitably adapting to changes in business and regulatory conditions.


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