Prominent media technologists discussed how the pandemic has altered their content flow as distribution platforms for digital entertainment see increased viewership.

Presented by Western Digital, Variety hosted the Innovators in Media Technology Management panel with leading executives as part of the Variety Streaming Room series. The conversation, moderated by Variety’s New York digital editor Todd Spangler, featured panelists Bill Baggelaar, executive vice president and chief technology officer of tech development at Sony Pictures Entertainment and executive vice president and general manager at Sony Innovation Studios; Annie Chang, vice president of creative technologies at Universal Pictures; Rathi Murthy, chief technology officer at Verizon Media; and Matthew Klapman, senior director of professional products and product security at Western Digital.

The conversation also explored solutions for content management across platforms when conducting remote production. While navigating certain capabilities, such as HDR and 4K, is difficult due to expensive equipment, the panelists were hopeful of adapting to the industry’s trends.

“I think the great thing is we’ve found that our workforce is more resilient than I think anybody really thought they were,” Baggelaar said. “I know that we can solve many of the challenges that are facing the industry, but I think the workforce and their ability to pivot and say, ‘Hey, we’re going to work together to solve these problems’ has been really gratifying to see.”