Oct. 27, 2017 – xG Technology, Inc. (“xG” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: XGTI, XGTIW), a leading provider of wireless video solutions to broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, and private mobile broadband networks for critical communications, announced today that Jeff Cohen has joined its IMT Vislink operations as Key Account Manager for the newsnet™ solution. Jeff will be responsible for identifying and closing newsnet business opportunities in targeted broadcasting organizations
Newsnet is a next-generation newsgathering solution that helps broadcasters bring studio workflows to the field. It allows them to leverage their licensed broadcast spectrum assets to enable reliable bidirectional IP network transmissions. With newsnet, users have control over their own private high-speed IP licensed wireless network and can ensure that their content and intellectual property are never at risk. Newsnet was recently awarded the prestigious SBE Technology Award for 2017.
John Payne IV, president of IMT USA, said, “ We are excited to welcome Jeff Cohen to our team. His deep technical and engineering background in the broadcast sector, and impressive track record of sales success in the television, film and digital media industries make him the ideal candidate to drive the uptake of the newsnet solution among broadcasters looking to optimize their ENG operations.”
Jeff Cohen said, “I’m honored to join the outstanding team at IMT Vislink and especially excited about the groundbreaking opportunity to deliver benefits of the latest IP-based workflows and communications to ENG crews all over the country.”
Most recently, he was a senior sales executive at TVU Networks, a provider of bonded cellular and live IP distribution products to broadcasters. While at TVU, in addition to managing their traditional broadcast newsgathering business within the northeast territory and the Hearst corporate account, Jeff also introduced TVU’s products and services to two major new market segments: public safety (specifically police investigations) and commercial marine.
Previously, Jeff served as VP of Sales at Archimedia Technology, a software manufacturer that developed a professional file-based QC toolset for broadcast, motion picture, streaming, and live playout markets. Jeff has also served in sales management positions for Sohonet, a provider of private fiber networks to filmmakers, and Masstech Group, a media asset lifecycle management software publisher. Previously he served as Broadcast Account Manager with Avid Technology, dealing with chief engineers engaged in migration to file based digital workflows. He also founded a joint venture between BBC Technology and Video Corporation of America, successfully selling remote control, media asset management consultancy, systems design and integration services into accounts including DirecTV, ABC, Fox, and United Nations.
Among his professional affiliations, Jeff is a Voting Member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Technical Emmy Awards Engineering Committee and currently serves as Chairman of the New York Section of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association that is the worldwide leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University.