External Relations Director, JAG
Geoff Belinfante has spent his entire professional life producing television shows, commercials and corporate videos for Fortune 500 companies and professional sports leagues like Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. After spending 5 years at a New York based advertising agency as a commercial producer, Belinfante was the founding line producer of Major League Baseball Productions where he created and produced shows like This Week in Baseball, The Baseball Bunch, Pennant Chase and ESPN Baseball Magazine. In 1985 he was named senior vice president executive producer of the Phoenix Communications Group, the successor of Major League Baseball Productions. During his 22 year career with Baseball/Phoenix he also produced every World Series Film/home video from 1975 through 1997, numerous television specials, and countless DVD’s on Baseball from historic compilations to entertaining blooper shows. While with Phoenix, he used his production expertise on behalf of the National Hockey League for 10 years, creating shows like Hockey Week, all the Stanley Cup Home Videos, and other Hockey Compilations for home video distribution. He also help market the original Arena Football League, creating commercials, sales presentations, internet content, and satellite media tours to help promote ticket sales and television coverage. In addition to his experience marketing sports leagues, Belinfante helped create Sports NewSatellite, a sports news feed service that provided highlights and feature material to over 400 television in the US and Canada. He is now External Relations Director of the Jersey Access Group
With the tools to create video available to anyone with a cellphone, it’s never been more challenging to produce award winning productions. Mike Kostel, the Executive Director of the New York office of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Emmy award winning producer will share with us his thoughts on what makes an award-winning television production. We’ll discuss things like choosing a compelling subject; how to structuring a show for maximum impact; what storytelling techniques can you use to entertain and inform: and how do you work with a production team post Covid.