Tab Butler

MLB Network, Senior Director, Media Management and Post Production

Tab Butler joined the MLB Network in June of 2008 as part of the Engineering and IT Department, chartered with the facility build-out and the January 1, 2009 MLB Network launch.  Currently, Butler manages the media-management team, editor manpower, software development, and postproduction engineering and operations for the MLB Network and the NHL Network. In September of 2015, Butler’s department designed, built, and launched the NHL Network from the MLB Network broadcast facility, utilizing the network's production-core infrastructure, which deploys the latest IT technologies.

Butler has a unique background in problem solving and convergence within the broadcast media space, with over 28 years of experience in network TV broadcast operations and 11 years of sales and marketing management with IT and broadcast manufacturers. He specialized in sales to broadcast networks, station groups, government, and global 2000 clients. Butler spent 18 years at the NBC Network. He worked for NBC News, NBC Sports, and NBC Operations and Technical Services. Butler received two Emmy Awards while at NBC, in addition to seven Emmy Awards and one Edison Award while at MLB Network. In June of 2012, the DIAMOND System, which is an in-house developed and enterprise-wide media asset management system, led by Butler, was nominated for a Sports Technology Emmy.

While in manufacturing, Butler has worked in various capacities for Tektronix (Grass Valley), EMC, VideoBank, SeaChange International, and IBRIX.

Featured in: Sports Content Management & Storage (SCMS) Workshop

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