Our Team

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Dave Weiler

Managing Partner, Media Edge Consultants
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860-877-5920

As Managing Partner for Media Edge Consultants, Dave brings to the table a dynamic, highly focused, and results-oriented approach to the media business. Dave’s thirty-five-year professional career has garnered him extensive media experience in the areas of production, creative, operations and management, and as a nine-time Emmy winner, he knows what it takes to create award-winning productions. As part of his leadership role at ESPN, Dave oversaw contract negotiations for facilities and personnel in support of new network launches and for various individual show productions. He built successful operations in both union and non-union environments, domestically and internationally.

As part of an executive team, Dave also engaged in long-range planning at the corporate level. He is experienced at managing large organizations as well as small business units and is recognized for spearheading efforts in implementing new business development initiatives to ensure optimal operational efficiency. Dave has a track record of building strong relationships with customers and all levels of professionals alike. Dave can help make your team the best it can be.

 

 

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Rick Paiva

Senior Consultant, Media Edge Consultants
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860-966-1871

Rick offers deep experience gained during a 39-year career in Television Production and Creative Services. His career includes extensive experience in TV production, studio and remote directing, live-action shoots, creative (animation, graphics and set design), management of large teams and budgets, and the ability to shepherd a project to a successful conclusion. After 14 years of directing news and sports at the local level, Rick spent 25 years at ESPN, climbing through the ranks of Studio Directing and Management before being tabbed in 2004 as the initial VP of the newly launched Creative Services department. They now provide concept design, animation, graphics, music, live-action shoots, studio set environments, and high-end editing for all ESPN networks.

At the executive level, in addition to managing the Creative Services department, Rick developed strong relationships with the Marketing and Content departments, as well as the multiple outside design entities with whom ESPN collaborated on some of their largest projects. His successful negotiation of contracts was essential to furthering the utilization of these design firms in a manner that was satisfying to all involved

Rick also engaged in long-range planning at the corporate level. The constant development of new networks, new programs, and new studios provided numerous opportunities for project management, show-packaging, and marketing. Rick became adept at utilizing resources to their fullest and delivering projects on-time and on-budget. A ten-time Emmy award winner, he is well known throughout the domestic design and production communities. You can count on Rick to bring his experience and passion to your project.

 

 

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Barry Sacks

Senior Consultant, Media Edge Consultants
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203-376-9846

Barry’s career spans close to 40 years of working in newsroom and control room environments. Having held every position from PA to Executive Producer, Barry has experienced the thrill of managing live broadcasts during extraordinary events such as the 1989 earthquake in San Francisco during World Series coverage, to overseeing the detailed process of pulling together a team to launch new show productions never seen before.

Over his years as a sports network executive Barry has learned how to create informative, creative and entertaining programming that keeps the audience engaged. He understands how to create content that can hit a target audiences or daily news and sports wrap-up shows that appeal to large demographics and sustains an audience throughout a broadcast.

Barry has been a mentor to many throughout his career and is also currently a professor at Quinnipiac University teaching Sports Studio Production. As an experienced “in the chair” decision maker himself, Barry can help guide your team to become more efficient, timely and confident in their daily work challenges.

 

 

Aaron Coleman

Senior Consultant, Media Edge Consultants
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860-798-2438

A native of Jacksonville, Florida with a BS in Biology, Aaron seemed unlikely to have devoted his career to television production, though it helped finance his then medical aspirations. But, a seed had been planted while a high school junior hoping to get an easy “A” in a TV Production course. That led to a part-time job as a studio camera operator at the local CBS Affiliate where he worked his way up through the ranks. In short order he was directing local news and variety shows moving to progressively higher market stations that included: WJXT, WJKS, WTSP, WCSC and WPVI-TV. During Aaron’s tenure at Philadelphia’s WPVI-TV, he was promoted from director to Film Director/Production Operations Manager with oversite of the other directors, studios and control rooms. After leaving Philadelphia, he worked as a freelancer for a variety of Networks including MTV, VH-1, Nickelodeon and BET before coming to work at ESPN.

At ESPN he started out as a director for SportsCenter, the 50 Greatest Athletes, NBA Today, NHL2Night, Masters Golf Coverage and SportsCenter at the Final 4 before being tapped to launch the ESPNews Network in 1996. In 2000 he moved into management over the ESPNews Network and in 2003 he was promoted to Senior Coordinating Director of Production Operations. There he also had responsibility for budgeting and administering to the 500 plus staff and management. During that time, he also spearheaded the network’s move to Stereo and the buildout of the newest control room at that time. Aaron played an integral role in the planning and outfitting of the cutting edge technology installed in ESPN’s two large production facilities, Digital Center 1, in 2004 and Digital Center 2, in 2014.

A five-time Emmy award winner, Aaron continues to direct studio shows, sit-coms, and music videos as a freelance director. Media Edge Consultants is proud to have Aaron as part of our Senior Team Leadership.