Robert Miller provides business and tech-savvy solutions for a changing industry. Where most consultants confine their expertise to technical and engineering challenges, Miller looks at the whole picture – from operations and financial management, to green infrastructure, to work-flows – to achieve the highest quality "on-air" product and highest return on investment.
Miller’s insight into the pressures confronting the industry as well as the technology that’s reshaping it also makes him well-positioned to assist businesses ranging from Digital Media Start-ups to well established Broadcast Television stations, and MVPDs with the development and implementation of their strategic initiatives.
Media Industry Solutions
Robert Miller has years of experience working with TV stations, start-up cable channels and MVPD’s. He developed detailed operating plans for NBC Network Operations, NBC TV Stations, MSNBC, Telemundo and several other successful media properties. Miller’s deep understanding of corporate finance and media operations makes him the perfect choice for your new business development requirements.
Some legacy media businesses are maintaining an infrastructure that, quite frankly, they can no longer afford. The erosion of advertising revenue in recent years and technological change demands a new approach.
With extensive experience in corporate finance, capital oversight and technical operations – including newsroom operations – Robert Miller can help put a stop to the “P&L bleed” and help your business grow. Miller brings a fresh perspective to tired facilities and outdated cost structures, identifying savings that can be plowed back at once into areas of strategic growth.
Energy represents one of the largest expenses incurred by Broadcasters today. There are approximately 18,000 TV and FM broadcast transmitters (some consuming more than 1,500 MWh of power annually) distributed across the US. Wind turbines may be sited adjacent to transmission facilities to the benefit of the broadcaster, the environment and our national security.
A myriad of Federal, State and Local utility incentives are available to the broadcaster investing in renewable energy. These grants and incentives will cover up to 75% of the investment. This lowered investment coupled with a reduction in operating expenses produces a significant return on investment for the broadcaster.
Our firm’s expertise includes financial modeling, RF interference studies, wind energy site assessment, turbine selection, placement and overall project management.
Control Room Automation: Better Product. Lower Costs.
Robert Miller works with station group owners and MVPDs to improve their control rooms, the on-air product – and the bottom lines – through automation.
Miller drives a collaborative approach that involves the whole organization – management, producers, technicians and talent – in delivering the right automation solution: one that is tailored to fit technically, economically, and is embraced by the people who’ll make it work.
As leader of NBCU’s HD Automation Production Control (APC) project, Miller oversaw the implementation of successful, highly cost-effective automation where many said it couldn’t work: in the control rooms of the nation’s largest broadcast markets. His record of success in managing complex, multi-vendor control room automations in major markets is unmatched in the industry. The APC project saved the company tens of millions of dollars and earned Miller the distinction of being chosen by Ross Video (http://www.rossvideo.com/) as a preferred project management specialist for their clientele.
Robert Miller works with television stations within markets to help them build the framework to pool resources, where practical, and reduce overhead. Several station groups throughout the country are benefiting by the sharing of crews, ENG and satellite feeds, choppers, etc. at major (and routine daily) events. These arrangements not only reduce your daily newsgathering costs, they significantly reduce emissions, as well.
Miller also works with stations to develop digital transmission strategies for Mobile DTV and other spectrum related opportunities.
Robert Miller pioneered the use of Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology as a cost-effective way for broadcasters to assist “over the air” households through the DTV transition. With its capacity to handle literally millions of callers at minimal cost, this automated caller response system set the standard for networks, state broadcasters’ associations and MVPDs to meet the needs of consumers.
Big projects have many managers. Designers, engineers, integrators and supervisors are all tasked with oversight responsibilities within the process. Robert Miller is the one that keeps all of them all on task, on time and on budget. Miller’s Complete Project Oversight services help ensure the successful completion of complex projects by seeing to it that the team works in unison and meets benchmarks.
Robert Miller helps state and national broadcasters’ associations with new regulation compliance, devising solutions that work for all – the regulatory authority, the broadcasters and the consumers.
The DTV conversion was accompanied by many such regulations to help ensure that all consumers make the transition to the digital age. Miller’s extensive background on this issue enabled him to help federal authorities and broadcasters alike identify and address the needs of at-risk groups in the most cost-effective manner.