Dave Franza

TIPLynx, Founder and President

As founder and president of TIPLynx, Dave Franza directly consults with media, sports, and technology companies to integrate technologies, ideas, and people in all phases of strategic planning and operations in the areas of digital asset management, content production and delivery, and information technology. Within these spaces, Franza has extensive experience in the analysis, planning, budget, development, and project management processes necessary to ensure successful system implementations.

Prior to founding TIPLynx in February, 2018, Franza served as CIO of NFL Films, and VP of production application development and support for NFL Films and NFL Network. He oversaw the development and support of systems and applications used in production and operations for Films and the Network for over thirty years. Franza led the development of SABER, the NFL Films Digital Content Management System, and then migrated it to the web-based portal, SABERNet. It is a DCMS that operates on and is integrated with over 100 in-house non-linear editing systems on both coasts and also provides research access to all NFL game content for several hundred non-editing personnel at the NFL. He led the physical deployment of the NFL’s Venue Transmission Network circuits and gear in all NFL stadiums, for secure transmission of Films’ game footage to NFL production facilities. Franza also led the Digital Content Library project at NFL Films and was part of the management team that developed the Club Game Exchange system, delivering All22 footage to all NFL clubs.

Franza also served as CIO for NFL Films, creating their IT organization and environment. He was Films’ primary technical liaison with clubs for Hard Knocks projects from the initial program in 2001 through 2017. He was awarded a Sports Emmy for the 2009 Bengals series.

Prior to joining NFL Films in 1986, Franza worked for Xerox Computer Services in the positions of programmer/analyst, project leader, and senior business systems consultant.

Franza served on several NFL committees influencing the technological advancement of the League, including committees on technology leadership, IT governance, and media asset development. Franza was the recipient of CIO Magazine’s “Bold 100” award in 2005, honoring the top 100 CIOs and technology managers in the country, as nominated by Steve Bornstein and Howard Katz. He is actively involved in organizations such as United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and Special Olympics.

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