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Who’s who at the 2012 NAB convention? Here’s a look

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Director James Cameron speaks at the National Association of Broadcasters convention, Monday, April 11, 2011, in Las Vegas. Cameron said 3-D productions on television need the know-how of 2-D directors and producers to make economic sense for broadcasters and be compelling for viewers.

It's a debatable point: Are celebrities the star attraction at the National Association of Broadcasters convention, or is it the innovative technology on the floor of the annual trade show?

The answer will probably differ from person to person, but the 2012 convention will definitely bring some notable people to Las Vegas. Who's who at the NAB? Here's a short list:

    • FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2012 file photo, actress Betty White is shown prior to the taping of "Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America's Golden Girl" in Los Angeles. White's new, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers,"  a hidden camera show premieres April 4, at 8 p.m. on NBC.

      Betty White

      Whether she's hosting "Saturday Night Live," starring in "Hot in Cleveland" or appearing in Super Bowl ads, it seems like Betty White is everywhere these days. She'll be in Las Vegas for the NAB show, as one of three celebrities being inducted into the organization's Broadcasting Hall of Fame. TV and film icon Garry Marshall and play-by-play announcer Bob Uecker also will be inducted. Strip headliner Donny Osmond, who hosts two internationally syndicated radio shows, will keynote the show’s radio industry luncheon.

    • Academy Award-winning director James Cameron discusses the future of 3D entertainment on opening day of the National Association of Broadcasters Show at the Las Vegas Hilton on April 11, 2011.

      James Cameron

      On the heels of his deep-sea exploration in the Mariana Trench, the director will speak on advancements in three-dimensional technology in the film-making industry. Cameron also spoke at last year's convention.

    • Gary Ross arrives at the world premiere of "The Hunger Games" on Monday March 12, 2012 in Los Angeles.

      Gary Ross

      The director of "The Hunger Games" will speak as part of the “Creative Masters Series” conference.

    • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski speaks at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009.

      Julius Genachowski

      Not all of the notables are entertainment figures. Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will address a session on regulatory issues, as will commissioners Robert McDowell and Mignon Clyburn.

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