So You Want to Sponsor CMEpalooza?

Ugh. This is one of those blog posts I have to write where I brag about CMEpalooza in order to make a point about CMEpalooza even though I really really don’t like bragging about CMEpalooza because it makes me feel icky. Not that CMEpalooza is icky (It’s not. It’s great.), but bragging in general is icky (side note: I am the worst salesperson in the world. Never hire me to be your business development guy. I’ll just say things like “Well, yeah, we’re pretty good at XYZ, but other companies are good at it, too. We might be better than them at it, though I haven’t seen their work lately, so it’s not for me to judge.”)

Anyway, the point of all this is that are planning to release our CMEpalooza Sponsorship Prospectus next Wednesday (December 7) and — here comes the braggy part — a lot of the sponsorship opportunities sell out very quickly. Once the prospectus is released, we award sponsorships on a first-come, first-served basis. Last year, all of our Gold Sponsorships were snapped up on the day the prospectus was released (I think. Scott can correct me here.) (note from Scott: Much as I love to correct Derek, he’s right this time)

(Here comes more bragging.) The reason I bring this up is that this year, for the first time ever, we are pre-releasing our Platinum Sponsorship ahead of the rest of the prospectus. We’ve offered the Platinum Sponsorship each of the last 3 years, but so far, there have been no takers. We understand that it’s a big ask financially, but as Jennifer Tilly so eloquently put it during one of the epic scenes of Let It Ride, “What is it they say? Nothing ventured…nothing ventured.”

For anyone who may be interested in venturing into this new realm, this is your opportunity to lock in our premium sponsorship ahead of time and brag to the whole CME community about how you are at the top of the CMEpalooza sponsor heap. A Platinum Sponsorship includes all of the following:

  • The opportunity to work with the CMEpalooza planning committee (that’s Scott and I) to develop a sponsored breakfast or lunch panel that can include representatives of your company for both CMEpalooza Spring and Fall
  • A CMEpalooza Spotlight session (held on a different day than either of the CMEpaloozas)
  • The ability to contribute a sponsored post to the CMEpalooza blog twice during the year
  • Special exclusive events for your staff hosted by the CMEpalooza team. This could be a trivia night (with prizes), a stand-up comedy night (Scott thinks he is funny), or something else we’ll brainstorm with you.
  • All of the other usual CMEpalooza Sponsor goodies, including a premium listing at the top of the Sponsor recognition web page and your own acknowledgment slide at the beginning of each and every CMEpalooza session
  • And more… (who wants a set of Ginsu knives?)

The cost for a Platinum Sponsorship is $25,000. Maybe you want the chance to make CMEpalooza history. Maybe you see this as the way to launch your organization forward in 2023. Or maybe your accountant is telling you to reduce your organizational income by the end of the year. Whatever the reason, if your organization is potentially interested in the Platinum sponsorship, contact me ( or Scott ( ASAP and we can discuss.

Shining a “Spotlight” on Today’s Video Production Studios

“Life isn’t all about sports.”

That’s something I remember my mom telling me when I was a young boy and finishing up a 12-hour television marathon of Penn State vs. BYU football, Wide World of Sports (dog sledding episode), Phillies vs. Giants in Game 161 of another meaningless baseball season, and 76ers preseason basketball vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv. I think there may have been a few minutes of the latest Professional Bowlers Association event thrown in there, but my memory is a bit foggy.

Looking back at things now with a clearer sense of priorities and the wisdom of old(er) age, all I have to say is this:

“It’s a good thing I didn’t listen to her!”

Alas, committing the statistics of yesteryear’s sporting superstars doesn’t pay the bills (though it does encapsulate about 75% of the conversations between Derek and I when we comb through our personal archives to see who can come up with the most obscure tidbit from our childhood) and so we have this CMEpalooza thing that we have to fall back on sometimes.

Which is why, in the midst of all of the winning currently going on here in Philadelphia – yes, we’re bragging because it’s so darn rare – we are revving up the CMEpalooza machine once again at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning for a special, live, free Spotlight broadcast with the fine folks at Broadcast Beat Studios. We did a short test run last week where they showed me some of the technology they have to offer – it’s cool stuff! And while there will be a bit of show and tell, what we’re really going to focus on is the role of the video production studio in today’s CME environment. Whether you are interested in hearing about the current (and future) of hybrid video capabilities, the current state-of-the-art in broadcast studios, or just gawk at some of the cool technology that we can potentially leverage in our education, I’d encourage you to tune in.

Just like our other CMEpalooza live events, you simply need to go to our LIVE tab at the appointed time to join us. We’ll chat for about 30-40 minutes and answer whatever questions you might have. If things start dragging, I may just recite the starting lineup of the 1987 Philadelphia Phillies like a PA announcer (“Leading off… second baseman Juan Samuel!”). But let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

CMEpalooza Archive Update

Here is a re-creation of Scott’s reaction when he found out I had already updated the CMEpalooza archive page with all of the sessions from CMEpalooza Fall (the role of “Scott” is played by Bert):

Rude but understandable since I usually don’t update the archive until, oh, around the time we are announcing the next Palooza agenda. (note from Scott: Are you picturing Derek/Ernie playing with his rubber ducky at his desk instead of updating the agenda? I sure am.)

Anyway, a big thank you to our friends over at Array for sponsoring the CMEpalooza archive and giving me the motivation to update it a little (lot) quicker than usual.

Lastly, a huge thanks to all of you who watched CMEpalooza Fall 2022 and made it a success. We had more than 200 live viewers for half of the sessions and are well over that mark for most of the rest if we include on-demand viewers of the archived versions. We continue to be amazed and humbled by the support you all have given to our little conference. See you in the spring!