[From Inside Radio]

A pair of separate conferences devoted to audio and video technology are joining forces to create a bigger East Coast event starting in the fall of 2017. The Audio Engineering Society (AES) East Coast convention will co-locate with NAB Show New York at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, event organizers announced Monday. The AES annual fall U.S. convention will be held Oct. 18-21, 2017, and NAB Show New York will be held Oct. 18-19, 2017.

NAB Show New York, formerly Content and Communications World (CCW), showcases next-generation technology for media, entertainment and telecom professionals, focusing on television, film, satellite, online video, live events, corporate A/V, production and post. Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, last year’s event attracted 7,200 attendees and 300 exhibitors.

The Audio Engineering Society dates back to 1948 and has a 12,000-person global membership of audio professionals and students. Last year’s AES Convention in New York had nearly 18,500 registrants and 300 audio-centric exhibitors.

The two groups say co-locating the events will create “the most comprehensive and largest media and entertainment event held on the East Coast, with more than 600 exhibitors.”

“Audio is the expertise of the AES, and NAB Show New York highlights expertise in video and content distribution,” AES executive director Bob Moses said in a release. “For today’s media professionals, it makes perfect sense for these two events to take place side-by-side, complementing each other’s missions, benefitting each other’s memberships and increasing the opportunities for all attendees.”

Said NAB executive VP of Conventions and Business Operations, Chris Brown, “Given the co-dependence of audio and video, we see this as absolutely the right thing to better serve the industry overall. We expect it to drive an enhanced experience for all involved.”