NAB Show

NAB Show
Logo nabshow wiki.jpg
Status Active
Venue Las Vegas Convention Center
Location Las Vegas
Country USA
First held 1923
Organizer National Association of Broadcasters
Attendance 100,000
Official website

The NAB Show is an annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters. It takes place in April at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show's tagline is "Where Content Comes to Life".


Show Highlights


The 2011 NAB Show was April 9 to 14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year, NAB highlighted that media consumption has become more digital and connected. This included discussion of TV everywhere strategies, mobile TV, and how the set top box will retain relevancy.[social TV] was another theme that cropped up at the show. This trend is closely tied with the adoption connected TV behaviour, and the use of social media.[1]


The 2010 NAB Show was April 10 to 15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Emmy-nominated Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons was presented the NAB Television Chairman's Award for his role as theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper. This was presented at the NAB Television Luncheon on April 12 at the Las Vegas Hilton.[2] A Super Session took place on April 13 titled “Unboxing Advertising and Entertainment: Building a Transmedia Experience.” The list of experts on the panel included writer/producer from Heroes and Lost Jesse Alexander, Ivan Askwith, director of strategy at creative agency Big Spaceship (“Tim Burton at MOMA,” “The Million Baby Crawl”); Elan Lee, chief designer and founder Fourth Wall Studios (“Watchmen,” “Kings” ARGs); Mike Monello, cofounder and executive creative director at entertainment marketing agency Campfire (“True Blood,” “Discovery Channel: Shark Week); and Ian Sander, executive producer, Ghost Whisperer.[3] 20th Century Fox Television executives Gary Newman and Dana Walden were the keynote speakers on April 12 discussing the opportunities and challenges facing TV studios at a time of technological upheaval. Los Angeles Times business reporter Joe Flint moderated.[4] Comic book legend Stan Lee held a panel on April 14 [5] and there was a significant 3D presence- 3ality demonstrated their 3D equipment at the Sony booth, and Element Technica, Panasonic, P+S Technik and Canon Broadcast made appearances as well.[6] Dreamworks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg was booked last-minute for an "open conversation" about the impact 3D is having on the box office, sparked by the hasty decision to convert the Clash of the Titans remake into 3D.


The 2009 NAB Show was held between April 18 and 23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Las Vegas Hilton. The show has evolved to remain the world's resource for high-level insight, training, education and state-of-the-art technology powering the future of content creation, management, commerce and delivery. The show drew 83,842 registered attendees of which 23,232 were international attendees and 1,246 from news media. The exhibitors included established names including Adobe, Canon, JVC, Microsoft, SAT-GE, Tektronix, 3M, Altera, Cisco, Verizon and Xilinx and promising names including Qualstar, Bogen Imaging, Dayport, LEN, Trilithic and YellowBrix. Cheers and Frasier actor Kelsey Grammer received the inaugural Television Chairman's Award on April 20.[7]


The 2008 NAB Show took place from April 11–17 in Las Vegas. The Show introduced a new technology pavilion titled Content Central, which featured forums and companies on emerging broadcast technology such as IPTV, Mobile content and a live 3D Transmission from Los Angeles.[8] National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO David K. Rehr delivered his third State of the Industry Address, which was followed by the opening keynote from actor, producer and activist Tim Robbins where he decried a media "abyss" – "We are at an abyss as an industry and as a country".[9]

Notable firsts

  • The first HDTV broadcast.[10]
  • The first presentation of the Red Digital Cinema Camera.[11]


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  2. ^ Ashley Reich (February 8, 2010). "Jim Parsons draws NAB award". Variety. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ "NAB Show Super Session Panelists Announced". Television Broadcast. February 25, 2010. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ Cynthia Littleton (March 8, 2010). "Confab nabs Fox executive chairs". Daily Variety. 
  5. ^ "Stan Lee to Talk at 2010 NAB Show". Radio Mag Online. March 26, 2010. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ Carl Mrozek (March 31, 2010). "3D comes to NAB". Realscreen. 
  7. ^ Susan Young (April 16, 2009). "NAB launches Chairman's Award". Daily Variety. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  8. ^ Douglas Bankston. "Live from L.A. in Three Dimensions - It's Howie". DV Magazine. Archived from the original on 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  9. ^ "NAB 2008: Tim Robbins Decries Media 'Abyss' in NAB Keynote"; see also Audio from, Tim Robbins' Beautiful, Impossible Media Dream
  10. ^ "KLAS-TV broadcasts HDTV images for show". Las Vegas Sun. 1996-04-16. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  11. ^ "Red Digital Cinema Camera: Ted Schilowitz, Part 1". Digital Media Online. 2006-05-09. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 

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