DEG Q: Get to Know DEG Board Director Steve Walter of Verizon Business Group

DEG Q: Get to Know DEG Board Director Steve Walter of Verizon Business Group

This interview first appeared in the December 2021 issue of DEG’s ‘Q’ member magazine.
Read or Download DEG’s 2021 ‘Q’ HERE

December 21, 2021 | Steve Walter, Global Practice Lead of Technology, Sports, Media & Entertainment at Verizon Business Group and 2021-22 DEG Board Director has spent his entire 28-year career in media and entertainment, including more than two years with Verizon. He is experienced in marketing, sales leadership and business development roles helping companies source, develop, distribute, protect, promote and monetize IP.  DEG connected with Walter to discuss anticipated developments in the digital entertainment industry and his involvement on the DEG Board.

DEG: In your opinion, what’s the most exciting thing happening in digital entertainment creation and delivery right now?
SW: I think what’s most exciting is how our industry continues to exhibit such a willingness to embrace technology and try new things. Today, untethering people from physical infrastructure, moving critical workloads to the cloud, and even managing entire productions remotely is becoming commonplace. Of course, COVID-19 accelerated this trend, but I think the ever-increasing global demand for content will ensure continued innovation and rapid evolution of workflow models—touching all aspects from pre-production to post, from distribution to archive.

DEG: How does this impact your company?
SW: In short, I believe 5G will fundamentally change the way content is created, distributed and consumed.

DEG: What do you hope to achieve in your tenure on the DEG board?
SW: The organization does such a great job of providing trusted knowledge, support and resources to companies across the entire content contribution-distribution ecosystem. And at a time when our industry is developing and adopting new technologies at an astonishingly rapid pace, DEG’s mission has never been more critical. So, I look forward to doing all I can to amplify the great work Amy, Marcy, Andi, Jean and the rest of the team is doing.

DEG: Winter is coming. What are you looking forward to bingeing during the cooler weather?
SW: I’ll try to narrow it down to include my top selections from DEG member companies:
PBS –The three-part Hemingway doc by Ken Burns has been sitting on my DVR for months now, patiently waiting for my attention.
WarnerBros/HBO – Like many, I’m ready for more scheming and intrigue on
Succession.
Peacock/Comcast – Montana is one of my favorite places on earth, yet somehow, I never got around to watching
Yellowstone. Now I can catch the first three seasons on Peacock and when I’m done, thumb over to Paramount Network for season four.
ViacomCBS/Paramount+ – As far as I’m concerned, both my mother and Dave Grohl can do no wrong, so I’ll be checking out more episodes of
From Cradle to Stage.
Universal – Speaking of musicians, Universal is distributing a doc I really want to see called
Under the Volcano about George Martin’s fabled recording studio in Montserrat.