CP Communications announced promotions and new hires, reflecting the successful growth of its subsidiary Red House Streaming (RHS) and the operations of CP Communications St. Petersburg (CPSP).
Effective immediately, Lowell Beckner is promoted to Vice President of Red House Streaming and General Manager of CPSP, and Jason proskurin is promoted Technical Director for RHS and Sales Administrator for CP Communications. The novelties of the operation of St. Petersburg are Beth weber, hired as a senior producer for RHS, and Tabitha coleman, Controller for CP.
Working from CP’s New York office, Aaron Segarra is now Vice President of Sales and Marketing, which includes oversight of all marketing and sales activities for CP and the RHS brand.
“As an organization, we are continually pushing the boundaries of broadcasting and producing live events,” says CP CEO Kurt Heitmann. “We successfully launched our subsidiary, Red House Streaming, during the pandemic, and we are now positioned as the benchmark for production in the Tampa Bay market. This success is made possible by our hardworking and dedicated staff. These promotions and new hires reflect this effort and the continued growth of the company.
Beckner joined CP Communications in 2020, focusing on the introduction of the RHS brand and its subsequent growth over the past year. Beckner is credited with launching RHS Studios in January 2021 and has been instrumental in expanding products and services in the RHS ecosystem.
In his new role as Vice President of RHS and Managing Director of CPSP, Beckner reports to Heitmann and is responsible for day-to-day management
the operations and business development of the RHS production center, including the control room, studios and Network Operations Center (NOC), as well as the overall management of CPSP operations.
Beckner is well suited for this leadership role with more than two decades of engineering, sales and management in the broadcast industry. His communications career began in the US Air Force with assignments at Joint Special Operations Command and the White House Communications Agency. He spent the next 21 years as Director of Engineering with TV stations in the South East and with broadcast network groups, taking on roles of increasing responsibility with Media General, Cox Media Group and EW Scripps. . In 2017, he focused on Wireless IP Networks at Vislink, where he served as Product Manager, IP Systems for Integrated Microwave Technologies, and Regional Sales Manager for Live Production. Beckner’s valuable hands-on experience across the broadcast ecosystem includes creative engineering solutions for newsrooms, broadcast, transmission, and IP / linked cellular systems.
“Viewers today want to watch what they want to watch when they want to watch it,” he says. “With the progress we’ve made at Red House Streaming since our launch in January, we’re giving Tampa Bay and even the world more opportunities to watch quality streaming 24/7! “
As RHS has expanded its services and production capabilities, the role of Proskurin within the company has also increased. He joined CP in June 2019 as
Sales Administrator, after fourteen years of freelance experience in the media industry. This promotion to CTO is in large part due to his mastery of using the NewTek TriCaster and vMix mixers for RHS studio productions and is his second position within the organization. Proskurin reports to Beckner.
In 2005, Proskurin began freelance work for FOX Sports Florida (now Bally Sports) in Miami. In 2015, he was a video operator for FOX, covering the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB) and other live sporting events. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to the coverage of FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC, ESPN and iHeartMedia.
“I am deeply touched by this promotion to CTO at CP Communications and Red House Streaming,” he says. “I am very grateful to be part of the incredible team we have here, and I am very happy to be part of the innovative evolution of our business. I really can’t wait to present the best quality productions Red House Streaming Studios have to offer.
Segarra, who recently celebrated his seventeenth year at CP, has been named vice president of sales and marketing. His role in the company has evolved over the years, from his beginnings in 2004 to that of Managing Director / Sales Director before his promotion to Vice President of Sales and
then to this widening of duties. Reporting to Heitmann, Segarra is now responsible for managing all marketing and sales strategies for CP and the RHS brand. His leadership is instrumental in developing CP’s strong market presence.
Based on the increased volume of production work at RHS Studios, Weber was hired as Senior Producer, the first producer position on staff for RHS. In this role, which reports to Beckner, Weber works hand-in-hand with clients and RHS technicians, leading show planning efforts and coordinating all aspects of studio production.
After 21 years in the media as a photojournalist, she brings her technical skills and editorial knowledge to RHS studio’s in-house productions. Most recently, she worked for the major news outlets in the Tampa Bay area.
“I am honored to join the CP family,” she says. “It’s exciting to be part of a company that focuses on the technology of the future. Like – share
stories, and streaming opens up so many possibilities for content creators. I look forward to what we will create together in this new and growing industry.
Coleman was hired by CP to serve as Controller, based at the St. Petersburg headquarters. Having worked in both accounting firms and the private sector for over 20 years, including ten years in a controller role, Coleman has a deep understanding of corporate finance. She comes to CP from a manufacturing company, where she started as a factory accountant and eventually served as a corporate controller. For CP, Coleman is responsible for overseeing all accounting. Coleman holds a BS / BA in Accounting from Union University and an MA / MBA from the University of Tennessee at Martin.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work for a long-standing company that is so passionate and committed to serving the broadcast needs of all of its clients perfectly,” she says. “It’s a great environment with great leadership and staff. “