Former Senior CBS Engineer John Ferder Takes Broadcast Leadership Role at Key Code Media

Key Code Media is pleased to welcome John Ferder, as its Vice President of Broadcast Engineering. With over 35 years of experience in broadcast engineering– 22 of the years as the Director of Studio and Post Production Engineering at CBS- Ferder looks forward to bringing his deep technical expertise into something valuable for Key Code Media broadcast customers.

“Before joining Key Code Media, I was responsible for the design, construction, and support of all production and postproduction facilities in the CBS Broadcast Center. This included exciting projects, such as renovations for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” HD upgrades for “NFL Today,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “60 Minutes,” “48 Hours,” – John Ferder.

John also gives back to the industry, serving on the Board of Governors for SMPTE. John became an SMPTE Fellow in 2012, serving on the Program Committee since 2015, and also serves on the Board of Editors. He is currently serving as the SMPTE Secretary/Treasurer.

“Key Code Media has come a long way since it initially became a broadcast systems integrator and reseller. In just these past two years, we’ve added both the Burst Communications and Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) teams, expanding our linecard and competencies in broadcast system design and installation. With John Ferder at the helm, we expect to become the top choice for broadcast systems integration in the United States,” stated Mike Cavanagh, President of Key Code Media

The combined Key Code Media teams were first introduced to the broadcast market back in 1991. Starting in 2009, the company turned heads when it rapidly and consistently became the #1 NewTek dealer in the nation. With the introduction of systems integration services in 2010, Key Code Media started taking on more advanced master control rooms, video networks, and flypack installations, connecting hundreds of vendors- like Grass Valley, Evertz, Ross Video- into a comprehensive solution. Major broadcast victories for Key Code Media include KCRWs state-of-the-art radio broadcast headquartersCity of Costa Mesa new council chamber & master control, and some major sports venues across the country.

“I’m excited to help Key Code Media broadcast customers design facilities that meet both technical and budgetary requirements. It’s what I know and love to do. I can’t wait to share my experience and expertise with a broader community of broadcast, radio, post production, sports venues, corporate video departments, government, and education facilities. Please reach out to say hello, and let’s get to work on your next big project,” John Ferder concluded enthusiastically.


Key Code Media designs, integrates, trains, and supports broadcast production, post production, and media automation solutions. Our focus is on helping our clients maximize their budget, consulting around your objectives, outcomes, and workflow.

Key Code Media supports production systems nationwide for broadcast, entertainment, sports, government, education, reality television, pro audio, and a majority of the U.S. Fortune 100 corporations. Key Code Media has expanded in Burbank, Denver, Dallas, Newport Beach, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, and New York, with revenues exceeding $60 million per year. In 2018, Key Code Media acquired Burst Communications ( and Advanced Broadcast Solutions, expanding our core competencies in broadcast design, production studios, and full Audio Video Crestron automation systems.