A four decade-long telecommunications, computer, and media industry veteran, Mr. Schaeffler began his professional career with ABC Sports, during the 1972 Munich Olympics, working daily alongside the late and much-respected Roone Arledge and Peter Jennings, as well as renowned commentators Frank Gifford and the late Jim McKay. Building on that foundation, Mr. Schaeffler became a producer, executive, and attorney with ABC Sports, working at the Innsbruck, Montreal, and Lake Placid Olympic Games, and through the 1984 Games in Sarajevo.
For 1976-78, Mr. Schaeffler worked as an account executive for Mark McCormack’s International Management Group (IMG) in New York City, focusing on the skiing and bicycling sports. During 1986-90, Mr. Schaeffler was the Assistant General Counsel for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), in Colorado Springs, CO, and afterwards served in Aspen, CO, as the vice president and general counsel of the Aspen, CO-based Adventure World Productions and Ashcroft Ski Touring.
Most recently, Mr. Schaeffler was the Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) analyst for Paul Kagan Associates, In Carmel, CA. As the company’s DBS expert during 1992-1995, Mr. Schaeffler was the principal author, researcher, and analyst for the monthly Kagan DBS newsletter, and for the inaugural edition of what was then the industry’s premier databook, “The State of DBS.” His most recent company publications of public exposition include “2002 DBS North America, Trends, Analysis, Projections,” a 319 page, 132 chart treatise, where he served as its publisher, editor and principal author, as well as that of “DVRs 2006: Time In A Magical Box”; “Unlocking Cable’s True Potential: A Guide To Revenue Growth In An Age of Piracy”; and “DVRs 2007: Time In A Magical Box”; plus, hundreds of published trade and magazine articles he has written during the past 19+ years (to view samples, Google “Jimmy Schaeffler”). In April 2008, Mr. Schaeffler published his first 275+ page book for the NAB, as part of the Focal Press “Executive Technology Briefing” series, called “Digital Signage—- Software, Networks, Advertising, and Displays: A Primer for Understanding the Business.” An additional book about Digital Video Recorders was also published in mid 2009, with the same publisher, titled, “DVRs: Changing Advertising and TV Forever.” Both books may be accessed via the website:http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Jimmy+schaeffler&x=0&y=0. Furthermore, videos discussing each book can be accessed on YouTube at both:
As further evidence of his versatility and range, in late 2013, Mr. Schaeffler delivered the keynote luncheon address, entitled "The Future of Video Distribution: Are You In, Or Out?" before 600 attendees at the 2013 Wireless Service Providers Assn. (WISP) annual convention in Las Vegas, NV.
Mr. Schaeffler is regularly consulted and his positions are quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Time, The Financial Times, Bloomberg/Business Week, Reuters, The New York Times, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, and The Los Angeles Times. He has regularly contributed articles to key trade journals such as TWICE, Satellite News, and Private Broadband. Mr. Schaeffler also currently writes a regular column for the dominant Pay TV and telecom industry trade publication, Multichannel News. Further, he is either now active on or has been on the editorial boards of Private Broadband magazine, the satellite industry trade and service groups, the Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Assn. (SBCA), and the Independent Multifamily Communications Council (IMCC), as well as the advisory board of the Wall Street financial company, Near Earth LLC.
Mr. Schaeffler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (with high honors) from the University of California at Berkeley. He also speaks reasonably fluent German (having lived in Bavaria and having studied several terms at Germany’s Goethe Institute) and he holds a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he served as a staff member of and writer for the Pacific Law Journal. Prior to leaving the active practice of law, Mr. Schaeffler was licensed to practice and practiced in California, Minnesota, Colorado, Washington, DC, and before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Schaeffler also served both as a judge pro tem and a deputy district attorney for the county of Monterey, CA in the 1990-1995 timeframe.
Mr. Schaeffler’s telecommunications industry specialties include:
• Litigation Support
• Consulting and Company Introductions
• Financing and Fundraising
• Telecommunications (e.g., Satellite, Cable, Telco, Broadcast, Internet/Mobile/Broadband, Fixed Wireless, Wireless ), i.e. , New Media and Traditional Media
• Digital Satellite Radio
• Digital Signage
• Interactive + Time-shifted TV (Digital Video Recorders, Video On-Demand, Advertising, etc.)
• Internet, Online Video, and Over-The-Top (OTT) Applications
• Satellite Telephony
• Speeches & Presentations
• Piracy Analysis and Recommendations
• The Future of Video Distribution
During the past decade and a half, Schaeffler and his firm, The Carmel Group (See,http://www.carmelgroup.com), were the consulting expert witnesses on damages in the seminal TiVo vs. EchoStar case of 2004-2005, and in the TV Polska vs. EchoStar, EchoStar vs. NDS, Forgent vs. DirecTV et al, Videotron et al vs. Bell Satellite, Goldwasser vs. TiVo, TiVo vs. Motorola, and TiVo vs. Cisco cases.
Mr. Schaeffler’s most current vita can also be viewed online at The Carmel Group’s website at: Jimmy Schaefller's Bio