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Mike Acton is Engineering Director at Insomniac Games. When he’s not searching for new ways to optimize Insomniac’s engine, he dreams up new ways to help the development community. Mike can often be found extolling the virtues of understanding the data and hardware first along with programming for performance.
Based in Dalet's LA office, Simon is responsible for the management of the West coast of America and Canada business unit including Sales, Pre sales, Support and Projects teams. A senior broadcast technology executive with 15 years' experience and a founder member of AmberFin, Simon has been managing and overseeing complex broadcast workflows for customers, partners and system integrators to offer a holistic service both internally and externally. Simon came to AmberFin from Snell and Wilcox where he was Head of the Project Team, managing the pre and post sales support teams for major global projects.
Victoria Alonso is the Executive Vice President of Physical Production for Marvel Studios. She is currently executive producing Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange and James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In her executive role, she also oversees post-production and visual effects for the studio slate. She executive produced Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War, Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man, Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World, Shane Black's Iron Man 3, as well as Marvel’s The Avengers for Joss Whedon. She also co-produced Iron Man and Iron Man 2 with director Jon Favreau, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, and Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger. Alonso’s career began at the nascency of the visual effects industry, when she served as a commercial VFX producer. From there, she VFX-produced numerous feature films, working with such directors as Ridley Scott (Kingdom of Heaven), Tim Burton (Big Fish) and Andrew Adamson (Shrek), to name a few.
Harvey Arnold is V.P. of Engineering for Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest television broadcast owners/operators in the US. He is responsible for engineering activities supporting approximately 170 television stations associated with Sinclair's operations.
Before Sinclair he spent 17 years with North Carolina Public Television, managing and expanding the engineering and transmission activities of one of the largest state-wide Public Television networks in the country. Harvey has served as an engineering consultant for PBS and its member stations. He was an active member of the FCC Advisory Committee for Advanced Television Service (ACATS) to develop the ATSC standard and to implement over-the-air digital television in the United States.
Harvey holds a BS in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, and is active in many broadcast-related technical organizations such as ATSC, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) and The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE). Harvey is the recipient of the Broadcasting & Cable Technical Leadership Award. He is a member of the SMPTE Board of Editors and a SMPTE Fellow.
John Badham has earned the reputation of being an “actor’s director” through a career impressive in its range and diversity. In 1977, he guided John Travolta to worldwide fame with “Saturday Night Fever”. In 2010 The Library of Congress placed the film on its National Film Registry.
His career hit another high in 1983, when two films he directed, “Blue Thunder” and “WarGames”, received four Academy Award nominations. Since then he’s collaborated with Laurence Olivier, Kevin Costner, Johnny Depp, James Garner, and many other great actors in films that have won both critical praise and box office success. He continues his work today on the long running hit series “Supernatural”.
As a tenured Professor, John Badham leads the Graduate Directing Program at the Dodge College of Film and Media at Chapman University. He has also written two filmmaking books, “I’ll Be In My Trailer” and “John Badham on Directing”.
Scott Barella has been involved in the broadcast industry since 1977. He has a strong background in broadcast systems design and architecture, OEM manufacturing and design, systems integration and operations with particular emphasis in IT video. He is actively involved with the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) and serves as deputy chair of the Technical Working Group. Currently Mr. Barella is the CTO for Utah Scientific, Inc.
Owen Barthelmes is the Director of Engineering at Amphenol RF, a global manufacturer of passive electronic components, with headquarters in Danbury, CT. In this role he oversees all product development globally utilizing his over twenty years of RF interconnect design experience. He is a participating member in leading industry organization including SMPTE, IEC, TIA, SCTE and SAE to further standardization efforts. He has pioneered technology innovations in all areas of RF components and holds seven patents. He is a 1993 graduate of Clarkson University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. An avid cycling enthusiast, Owen currently lives in Putnam County, NY along with his wife and two sons.
Joshua Berkowitz holds a B.S. degree in Motion Picture Science with a minor in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has been an Engineer at Technicolor in On-Location Services since 2015. His current work involves software and computer engineering for on-set and dailies color solutions. His prior experience includes an internship with IMAX and working as a research assistant in the Munsell Color Science Laboratory at RIT on experimental display technologies. He received the SMPTE Lou Wolfe Scholarship in 2014 and served as Chairman of his student chapter.
Tom Bert works in the Digital Cinema department of Barco since 2010. First as Product Marketing Manager and since 2015 as Sr. Product Manager. He is responsible for all media server developments as well as the next generation projector platform. He holds a PhD from Ghent University in Belgium.
Robert Bleidt is General Manager of the Audio and Multimedia Division of Fraunhofer USA Digital Media Technologies. Before joining Fraunhofer, he was president of Streamcrest Associates, a product and business strategy consulting firm in new media technologies. Previously, he was Director of Product Management and Business Strategy for the MPEG-4 business of Philips Digital Networks and managed the development of Philips Emmy-winning asset management system for television broadcasting. Prior to joining Philips, Mr. Bleidt served as Director of Marketing and New Business Development for Sarnoff Real Time Corporation, a video-on-demand venture of Sarnoff Labs. Previously, he was Director of Mass Storage Technology and inventor of SRTC's Carousel algorithm. Before joining Sarnoff, Mr. Bleidt was President of Image Circuits, a consulting engineering firm and manufacturer of HDTV research equipment.
Paul began his career in the broadcasting industry in 1980 at the CBC in Toronto. Specializing in the then-new arena of digital television, he was one of the designers of the Toronto Broadcast Center, with particular focus on the plant routing system, computer graphics facilities and overall systemization and timing. Prior to CBC (and during a brief hiatus), he was involved in technology startups and provided system and product design consultation to various clients. He jumped ship from CBC in 1994 to join Leitch Technology as Product Engineer, defining products for the new digital era. Over his 19 years at Leitch (subsequently Harris Broadcast, now Imagine Communications), he was a Project Leader, Development Group Leader, R&D Manager, Manager of Strategic Engineering and Principal Engineer. He left Harris Broadcast in November, 2013, and now provides system, technology, design and standards consultation to the ever-evolving media industry.
For the past decade, Brian Campanotti has been responsible for innovation, technology and strategy for Front Porch Digital as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) leading to their acquisition by Oracle Corporation in late 2014. He now leads a global business development team at Oracle focused on advanced Digital Media Solutions serving many verticals. He is charged with guiding and promoting a strong portfolio of cloud-based and on-premises Big-Data-centric content storage management (CSM), migration and preservation solutions around the globe. He was one of the primary inventors of the Archive eXchange Format (AXF) standard and has been very active in standards body activities helping to promote innovation and openness in the industry for more than two decades. Mr. Campanotti and his team have won two Emmy® Awards for their work in content collection preservation technologies and for innovation in serial digital video technology. Mr. Campanotti has founded several start-ups including Masstech Group and PowerWatch and began his career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Canada. He holds a professional engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Eric has been in the industry since 2004 with time spent in optical media (was part of the team that drafted both HD-DVD and Blu-ray specifications), file-based QC (founder of Digimetrics and original architect of Aurora QC, now owned by Tektronix) and in media asset management with Dalet. With Bruce Devlin, he is the co-founder of MediaBay services for secure processing of IMF. In addition, he has worked with industry standards groups including SMPTE, EBU and AMWA.
Eric enjoys the challenge of finding new ways to optimize media processes to bridge the gap between the need for quality viewing experiences and additional content monetization paths. Loves the fact that this industry embraces fast-paced changes in delivery, while retaining, at its' core, the joy of entertainment.
While he was never a fan of in-home 3D, he believes that HDR is revolutionary.
Continues to enjoy working with World Baseball Outreach in the downtime, using the games of baseball and softball to help children worldwide to not only reach for the dreams of major league ball, but also major league citizenship.
Jerome is Senior Technology Architect, Business Line Media Processing at Ericsson where he is working on shaping next generation media processing products and solutions. He focuses on the new technology required to deliver the best quality of experience for streaming media.Prior to this role, Jerome was a Software Lead Engineer at Ericsson where he led a software team delivering world-leading MPEG-2 Video and MPEG4 AVC encoders.He received a Master of Science in Computer Vision, Image and Multi-Media from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in 2003, as well as a Master of Engineering in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Montpellier in 2002.
Mary-Luc Champel graduated from the ENSIMAG in 1997. After a first experience in both the development and the installation of VIACCESS Conditional Access systems, he joined Technicolor Research & Innovation in 1999 and since then he has been working on different Video over IP topics. With more than 15 years of experience in standardization, Mary-Luc is now Standards Director within Technicolor. Along these years he participated and contributed to different standards development organizations such as DVB (on DVB-MHP, DVB-IPI, DVB-TM), Pro-MPEG, the video services forum (where he served in the board of directors from 2006 to 2011), SMPTE (on SMPTE2022-x suite of standards), ATSC (on transport activities of ATSC 3.0), MPEG (on MPEG-3DGC, MPEG-MMT and MPEG-DASH) and the DASH Industry Forum. In particular, today, Mary-Luc is co-chair and editor of MPEG-DASH part 5 (Server And Network assisted DASH).
Annie Chang is the Vice President of Post-Production Technology for The Walt Disney Studios. Annie oversees the research and implementation of new technology into Disney’s feature visual effects, post-production and mastering pipelines. Her group focuses on improving the dailies, editorial, VFX, DI and mastering processes through new file-based workflows and standards efforts. Currently, she is the Chair of the Interoperable Master Format Working Group at SMPTE which has been charged to develop the SMPTE standard for IMF. Prior to Disney, she spent six years at THX Ltd. as the Senior Engineer for the Digital Mastering Program and three years in DVD authoring and compression. Annie holds a BS in Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University.
Nick is a Distinguished Systems Engineer focused on technical integration with Arista partners. Nick has extensive real world knowledge of multicast and timing protocols and works with partners and customers to guide Arista innovations.
As senior director of product management at Avid, David is responsible for product vision, strategy and business management for Avid's industry leading products including Media Composer, Pro Tools, Sibelius and shared storage. Before joining Avid in 2008, David was director of product development at Boris FX. He has a B.S. degree in Mass Communications from Emerson College.
Dr. Coleman is a research scientist in the area of liquid crystal physics. He received his Ph.D from the University of Colorado, Department of Physics in the liquid crystal group of Prof. Noel Clark. His dissertation and post-doc work covered a wide range of topics including photo-alignment and anchoring of liquid crystals, analog ferroelectric switching, and novel phases of bent-core liquid crystals. After leaving academia he focused on precision metrology for both R&D and manufacturing as well as materials science for new product development. Most recently he has been the primary scientist working on the development of RealD’s new Ultimate Screen technology.
Sean Cooper is a graduate of the Motion Picture Science program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he actively inspires and supports their ongoing research efforts. He is currently working as a Color Scientist for Sony Pictures Imageworks in beautiful Vancouver, B.C.
Founder of the independent consultancy informitv, William provides thought leadership and advises clients around the world on digital media and technology strategy and implementation.
Previously, William operationally managed online and interactive services at the BBC. William began his career as a broadcast journalist and has over 25 years of professional experience working in the television, video and digital media. He has a PhD in Communications from the Institute of Communications Studies at Leeds University, where he was one of their first researchers, specializing in ‘video literacy'.
William is internationally recognised as a regular judge of international industry awards and competitions, and has been producer, chair and speaker at over a hundred international conferences. He publishes the informitv Multiscreen Index and is also editor of the influential Connected Vision newsletter.
Grover Crisp currently manages all facets of the asset protection, restoration, preservation and digital re-mastering program for the Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures feature film and television libraries for Sony Pictures Entertainment. He has worked in the motion picture and television industry for over 35 years, and since 1984 for the Columbia/Sony Pictures Entertainment studios. He is a member of AMPAS, an Associate Member of the ASC, a Life Member of SMPTE, a Director of the Board of the National Film Preservation Foundation, served on the BoD of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and co-chairs, with Michael Friend, the Reel Thing Technical Symposium. He has supervised the restoration of classic feature films, including On The Waterfront, Dr. Strangelove, Lawrence of Arabia, Taxi Driver, In Cold Blood, The Last Picture Show, Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, From Here to Eternity, among many others.
Received the Bachelors in computer engineering form Kannur University, India (2009) and the Masters in image processing from the University of Kerala, India (2011). Currently, he is a Ph.D.student in the image processing for enhanced cinematography (IP4EC) group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. His research focus in developing algorithms to map HDR images onto lower dynamic range displays by taking into account the properties of human visual system.
Tony Davis has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University, specializing in advanced signal acquisition and processing. After several years working as a Technical Staff Member for Los Alamos National Laboratory, Mr. Davis was Director of Engineering for a highly successful line of medical and industrial X-ray computed tomography systems at 3M. He is the founder of Tessive, a company dedicated to improvement of temporal representation in motion picture cameras. Currently, Tony Davis is a Senior Scientist at RealD where he works with an outstanding team to improve the entire cinema experience.
Paul Debevec is a research professor at the University of Southern California and the associate director of graphics research at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies. Debevec's Ph.D. thesis (UC Berkeley, 1996) presented Façade, an image-based modeling and rendering system for creating photoreal architectural models from photographs. Using Facade he led the creation of virtual cinematography of the Berkeley campus for his 1997 film The Campanile Movie whose techniques were used to create virtual backgrounds in The Matrix. Subsequently, Debevec pioneered high dynamic range image-based lighting techniques in his films Rendering with Natural Light (1998), Fiat Lux (1999), and The Parthenon (2004); he also leads the design of HDR Shop, the first high dynamic range image editing program. At USC ICT, Debevec has led the development of a series of Light Stage devices for capturing and simulating how objects and people reflect light, used to create photoreal digital actors in films such as Spider Man 2, Superman Returns, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Avatar, as well as 3D Display devices for telepresence and teleconferencing. He received ACM SIGGRAPH's first Significant New Researcher Award in 2001, co-authored the 2005 book High Dynamic Range Imaging from Morgan Kaufmann, and chaired the SIGGRAPH 2007 Computer Animation Festival. He serves as Vice President of ACM SIGGRAPH and is a member of the Visual Effects Society, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Academy's Science and Technology Council.
Bruce is the founder of Mr MXF Ltd, co-founder of The Media Bay and has several consultancy roles including Chief Media Scientist at Dalet and advisor to media companies on technical and business issues. He's been interfering in the industry for 30 years and is very grateful for all the awards that he's won and very sorry for any pain that MXF has caused.
In 1985, DIEHL Eric graduated from the «Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Electronique et Radio-électricité de Grenoble (ENSERG)». Since October 2014, he is VP media and content security at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He explores security solutions as well as new paradigms of content consumption and production. Previously, in 1998, he founded and led the Technicolor Security Laboratories. This team of 33 experts designed technologies such as advanced key management, audio and video watermark, video fingerprinting, network security, and secure coding. He filed more than 95 patents in security, Pay TV, and User Interface. He published many papers and one book dedicated to DRM (Securing Digital Video, Springer, 2012). His second book (Ten Laws of Security, Springer, 2016) will appear in the second semester of 2016. He regularly blogs at https://www.eric-diehl.com/.
Subha Dhesikan is a Principal Engineer in the Core Software Group at Cisco. She is currently responsible for strategy and architecture for Broadcast Media networks/Professional Media Networks. She has been with Cisco for 18 years and has worked on network architecture for various real-time applications such as voice, video, next generation contact center and desktop virtualization. She has authored various standards and holds over 20 patents.
Matthew Donato is a part of the Video Engineering team at Netflix where he utilizes knowledge of color science and video systems to inform and improve encoding decisions for video streaming. Previously, he was an Imaging Science Engineer at Imatest. He completed his undergraduate studies in the Motion Picture Science program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. During his studies, Matthew was awarded a SMPTE Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship and held internships at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and NBCUniversal.
Jim Duval, Director of Enterprise Strategy at Telestream, has over 15 years of experience in digital media product development. He has held positions at Avid, Wolf Coach, Anystream, and Telestream to create products for various aspects of content production workflows. Jim holds a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from Union College and a Masters of Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Thomas Edwards is Vice President, Engineering & Development at FOX Network Engineering & Operations, where he works on advanced technology projects such as mobile DTV, 3D, and the FOX network satellite distribution system. Previous to joining FOX in 2007, he was Senior Manager, Interconnection Engineering for the PBS Interconnection Replacement Office, where he was responsible for the engineering planning of the PBS Next Generation Interconnection System (NGIS). He also has had significant experience with streaming media production and delivery at the Internet service provider DIGEX and the IP-over-satellite company Cidera. Edwards has contributed to the Report of the SMPTE Task Force on 3D to the Home and the NAB Engineering Handbook. He holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and is a member of IEEE and SMPTE.
Kaki Ettinger has been with Disney|ABC Television Group's R&D team for just over two years, focusing on exploration, prototyping and technology transfer of disruptive innovations in the TV space. Prior to Disney, she worked in product management and producing, including leading early stage development and production for a sports media startup (Whistle Sports). Kaki is passionate about creative industries, digital media and building things. She earned her undergraduate degree at Yale and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Dino Everett is the archivist and curator of the Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive at USC. His career began in the 1970's as a teenager running 35mm carbon arc projectors at a Florida Drive In... He has published and presented articles both on the history and technology of the moving image field and supports the safe use of original archival material and technology. He is currently working on a feature length documentary about Los Angeles punk rock in the 1970's and has been dubbed the punk rock archivist.
Karl Facredyn is the founder of Orange Logic which has provided Digital Asset Management solutions to global institutions since 2000. Orange Logic is based in California, Austin, Oxford(UK) and Montpellier(Fr).
Prior to Orange Logic, Karl was an associate at Morgan Stanley in New York and Tokyo. In his spare time, Karl worked for Elle Magazine as a portrait photographer. Karl holds an MD from Rochester University School of Medicine and a BS in EE and Microprocessor design from Columbia University.
Todor J. Fay is the co-founder and CEO of NewBlue, Inc., a growing digital video effects maker and video cloud technology company. He guides NewBlue's day-to-day operations, technology development, and strategy.
Fay has more than 25 years of software development experience and holds over two dozen audio and video technology patents. He oversees the development of NewBlue's line of professional and consumer video effects software, 3D titling, and live streaming technologies.
John Ferder is Director of Studio and Post-Production Engineering for the CBS Television Network in New York, where he has worked since September 1995. Together with his engineering group, he is responsible for the design, construction and support of all production and post-production facilities in the CBS Broadcast Center including the renovations for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, HD upgrades for the NFL Today, The Late Show with David Letterman, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and the 2008 construction of the new control room for the CBS Evening News and the new studio for CBS This Morning. He has worked extensively with various manufacturers in the development of fiber optic composite camera cables and connectors, and of the HD-BNC connector within the Broadcast Center Infrastructure.
John received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and, prior to CBS, worked for Philips/BTS, Roscor, Chyron, WOR-TV, the ABC Television Network, WLS-TV and WISN-TV.
John was elected a Fellow of the Society in 2012. Currently a Governor for the New York Region, John has also served as a Manager for the Chicago Section, and as a Manager, Chair, and Past Chair of the New York Section. He is a member of IEEE, its Consumer Electronics and Circuits and Systems Societies, and recently served as Chair of the New York Chapter of the Broadcast Technology Society .
Siegfried Foessel received his Diploma degree in Electronic Engineering in 1989. He started his professional career as a scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen and was project manager for projects in process automation, image processing systems and digital camera design. In 2000 he received his Ph.D. degree on image distribution technologies for multiprocessor systems. Since 2001 he focuses on projects for digital cinema and media technologies. He was responsible for projects like ARRI D21, DCI certification test plan or JPEG2000 standardisation for Digital Cinema. Siegfried is member of various standardisation bodies and organisations like SMPTE. In ISO SC29/JPEG he is chairing the systems group. Within the EDCF he is member of the technical board. Since 2010 Siegfried is head of the department Moving Picture Technologies, spokesman of the Fraunhofer alliance Digital Cinema and Chairman of the Board, FKTG, the German equivalent to SMPTE.
John Footen is an acknowledged industry expert in such areas as Business Process Management, Service-Oriented Architecture, and the Cloud, all of which have a major impact on today’s broadcast television and professional media systems. As head of Cognizant’s broadcast consulting practice, Footen is responsible for business and technology consulting throughout the broadcast industry. Footen is a sought-after speaker and expert writer on software architecture and workflow issues. Footen has served as chair in FIMS, AMWA, and SMPTE standards committees. He has been responsible for managing the delivery of many large and complex media solutions projects for many types of media enterprises. He has extensive international experience; having worked lived and worked in North America, Asia, and EMEA. Mr. Footen holds Degrees in Computer Science and Film & Television from New York University. He is also the co-author of the Focal Press book The Service-Oriented Media Enterprise: SOA, BPM, and Web Services in Professional Media Systems.
Kevin Gage joined ONE Media as Executive Vice President of Strategic Development and Chief Technology Officer. Gage plays a key role in shaping ONE Media’s next generation broadcast platform development and deployment. Before joining ONE Media, Mr. Gage was Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Gage was also founder and head of NAB Labs. Prior to that, Kevin worked for Warner Bros. Studios, where he helped develop the DVD specification and production facilities at the film studio. While at Warner Bros., Kevin helped launch The WB Network and was a founding member of the Advanced Television Enhancement Forum, a cross-industry initiative that developed standards for interactive TV. Kevin later became head technologist at Warner Music Group, where he oversaw creation of new digital platforms and standards for products that included iTunes. While at NBC Universal, Kevin was responsible for developing OTT video strategy development.
Kevin is the author of three patents on distributing multimedia programs. He previously was a member of the DVD Forum Technical Board and Steering Committee and served on the board of directors of the Recording Industry Association of America and the Mobile Entertainment Forum. Kevin is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University
Architecting large multi-system enterprise applications, Danny Gold views systems as a whole and visualizes all of the moving parts and how they need to fit together. With insight into the way end users think and interact with software and systems, Danny brings focus and direction to solving the multitude of challenges faced by content owners and producers. As one of the company’s original founders, Danny focuses on developing disruptive software applications in the Media & Entertainment space. Managing millions of digital assets and moving content around the globe, he leads the Strategy team that applies the Reach Engine platform to streamline video creation, management, publishing, distribution and analytics.
In today’s media landscape where content is king, Chesapeake Systems provides media and entertainment organizations the storage capabilities and collaborative video workflow solutions they need.
We see the big picture. We know there are scores of individuals involved in shooting, editing, sharing and archiving tremendous amounts of footage and it needs to be immediately accessible. As an IT-centric media systems integrator, Chesapeake is prepared to provide right workflow solution for you. Our experience runs the gamut from media and entertainment companies to large broadcasters, and we’ve built strong relationships with many leading hardware and software vendors to help meet all your needs.
Matthew Goldman is Senior Vice President Technology, TV & Media, at Ericsson, where he is focused on video processing and media delivery solutions. He has been actively involved in the development of digital television systems since 1992. He was a prominent participant in the Moving Picture Experts Group where he helped create the MPEG-2 Systems and DSM-CC standards, and he continues to be influential in other industry organizations including the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the Ultra HD Forum, the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the Digital Video Broadcasting project and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers. Recent activities include Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range technologies. Four of his projects have been later recognized by Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards. Mr. Goldman received bachelor (high honors) and master of sciences degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He holds six patents related to digital video transport. A SMPTE Fellow, he is also a senior member of the IEEE and an inductee of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers. Mr. Goldman is currently serving as Executive Vice President on the SMPTE Board of Governors.
Patrick Griffis is Executive Director, Technology Strategy in the Office of the CTO at Dolby Laboratories where he is charged with helping define future technology strategy for the company. Prior to Dolby, he spent 10 years at Microsoft leading digital media standards strategy on a global basis including adoption of the Digital Living Network Alliance as a baseline media sharing standard in Windows 7 and standardization of Windows Media Video technology as an international standard in SMPTE. Prior to Microsoft, Pat spent 15 years at Panasonic in senior management positions including VP/ Strategic Product Development at Panasonic Broadcast where he helped launch DVCPRO and drive HDTV strategy for the USA. Pat started his career at RCA earning 8 patents in TV product design. He serves as SMPTE Vice President of Education, a member of the SMPTE executive committee and is a SMPTE Fellow. He is past member of the board of the ATSC and past Vice Chairman of the board of the Digital Living Network Alliance. He is an invited member of the IBC Council, an industry executive advisory group as well as the Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. He served two terms as President of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. Pat holds a BSEE from Tufts University and an MSEE from Purdue University.
Edward T. Grogan is in his 40th year of service in the Department of Defense. His eclectic career has evolved from engineering of civil and military tactical and strategic voice systems to his current role as the Technical Director for Advanced Counter-terrorism Technologies. He is currently collaborating with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on the Media Forensics (MEDIFOR) program. Mr. Grogan earned a BSEE and an MSEE from Drexel University. He participated in a Defense Senior Technical Development Program, and is a member of SMPTE and the Visual Effects Society.
Kari Grubin joined The Walt Disney Studios in 2015 as the Vice President of Mastering for Studio Operations, where she is tasked with developing a long-term strategic vision for Mastering across the title lifecycle. She serves as the technical lead and key contributor to resolving planning conflicts, version control and general performance in the area of mastering.
In addition, Kari is the Chair of Women in Post for the Hollywood Post Alliance and has been an active member of the HPA since 2002 as well as SMPTE.
Her early career included work in staff positions at Universal Studios Hollywood and as an assistant film editor in the 1990’s, moving to Paramount Pictures Digital Mastering Operations where her last position was Head of Technical Operations.
In 2002, she formed Global Entertainment Partners (GEP). As co-owner and General Manager, she grew the company to include 2K/HD Digital Intermediates and Mastering, Dailies services, Library Restoration and Re-Mastering, along with Editorial. In 2006, Grubin and her partner sold GEP to Deluxe Entertainment Services Group.
From 2006 – 2013, Kari was Vice President of Post and Restoration for Deluxe Digital Media, a subsidiary of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group. She was responsible for business lines that included Library Restoration and Re-Mastering (4K, 2K, HD), Reality TV Finishing Services, Editorial, Digital Archive migration, Digital Intermediates and Dailies Services. As a member of the Deluxe Executive Team, she collaborated on the end-to-end services for Disney and Fox.
Kari also spent two years at NSS Labs as Sales Director focusing on the Entertainment Sector. NSS is the leading information security research and advisory company that is both an analyst firm and testing laboratory, specializing in cyber security.
Tetsuya Hayashida received an M.E. degree in computer science from Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan in 1994.He is with NHK Science and Technology Research Laboratories, Tokyo, Japan, and is working on research and development of 8K sensors, 8K cameras and 8K production systems.
Background in Mathematics, Semantics and Film making,30 years of experience in Professional Video and Film,Started as video artist. Realized special effects for film-making. Directed short films. R&D manager of teams dedicated to special effects software including film scanners and film printers' drivers since 1991. Technical manager of the European project "Limelight" aimed at the design of a complete digital film restoration system from 1994 to 1997.Founder and CEO of DUST company specialising in digital restoration and processing of film from 1997 to 2002. Author of automatic digital film restoration software.Technical Director of Doremi Technologies (Europe) from 2006 to 2012. Chief Scientific Officer of Highlands Technologies Solutions since January 2013. Designer of projection measurement system. Current interests include visual perception models, Measurement theory and Philosophy of Information.
Jack Holm is a color scientist who has worked longer than he cares to admit to bridge the gap between art and science in imaging. He developed many aspects of pictorial image processing used today including input device transforms and the first digital camera pipelines and raw processing with adaptable scene to output dynamic range tone and color mapping. He was a key contributor in the development of the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES), including the development of high dynamic range and wide color gamut support. He participates in ISO, IEC, ITU and CIE standards for photography, multimedia, broadcast and color, and previously was vice-chair of the International Color Consortium. He was an assistant professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and a principal scientist in the Hewlett-Packard Office of Strategy and Technology before forming Tarkus Imaging. He holds a BS in Physics from Texas A&M University and a MS in imaging science from RIT.
Norm Hurst has been working in advanced video at Sarnoff Corp since 1980 when it was RCA Labs. His work has included the DirecTv encoder/decoder prototypes, forensic watermarking, the Sarnoff Test Bitstreams, and the Grand Alliance HDTV system. Currently he is developing tools for testing digital video systems. He holds over 30 patents.
Walt Husak is the Director of Image Technologies at Dolby Labs, Inc. He began his television career at the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC) in 1990 carrying out video objective measurements and RF multipath testing of HDTV systems proposed for the ATSC standard. Joining Dolby in 2000, Walt has spent the last several years studying and reporting on advanced compression systems for Digital Cinema, Digital Television, and Blu-ray. He has managed or executed visual quality tests for DCI, ATSC, Dolby, and MPEG. He is now a member of the CTO's office focusing his efforts on 3D for Digital Cinema and Digital Television. Walt provides industry lectures on Digital Cinema systems, image compression and 3D. Walt has authored numerous articles and papers for a number of major industry publications.He currently chairs the SMPTE 3D Home Master Image AHG, the SMPTE Frame Packing AHG in SMPTE, DVB 3D Technology Providers Group and co-chairs the MPEG Frame Compatible AHG in MPEG.
George Joblove has played key and pioneering roles in the development and application of digital technology to the entertainment industry throughout his career, and currently advises technology- and media-oriented clients as an independent consultant. He has three decades’ experience in the strategizing, management, and development of technology in the service of the art, craft, and business of visual entertainment. He served as Executive Vice President of Advanced Technology at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where his focuses included facilitating the application of digital asset management, 4K, and 3-D across production, postproduction, and distribution. Previously he was at Sony Pictures’ visual-effects and animation unit, Imageworks, where he served as Chief Technology Officer.Prior affiliations include Industrial Light & Magic (where he co-founded and led its digital-effects department) and Warner Bros.George received a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award in 1994. He has two patents in the field of 3D photography and cinematography.George is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and served as Co-Chairman of its Science and Technology Council. He is also a member of SMPTE and VES, and an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers.He holds a B.S. in computer science, and an M.S. in computer graphics, both from Cornell University.
Jaap started his career in 1997 as a Research Scientist at Philips Research. For 7 years he developed algorithms for watermarking and fingerprinting of audio and video. Based on the output of this research, a business unit was formed at Philips to commercialize these algorithms, and in 2004 Jaap joined this unit as CTO to setup its own R&D department. This business unit within Philips was spun out as Civolution in 2008. NexGuard a business unit in Civolution was acquired by the Kudelski group in 2016. Currently Jaap serves as CTO and leads R&D of NexGuard .
Andrea is currently serving as President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, a professional organization dedicated to preserving and making discoverable moving images on film, video, and file. She is also experienced in these areas having worked as Vice President of Archives at Paramount Pictures; Head of Preservation at the British Film Institute, Digital Studio Director for Discovery Communications, Archivist for Dreamworks SKG and preservationist and research database expert at UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Eric Kaltman is a PhD candidate in Computer Science in the Expressive Intelligence Studio at UC Santa Cruz. He is currently the project manager for the IMLS-funded Game and Metadata Citation Project, a collaboration between Stanford University Library and UCSC to further understanding of games in institutional collections. His work explores interventions in the historical narratives surrounding games, and deals with the practical challenges of documenting their history through software preservation and tools for legacy software analysis.
Pradeep Kathail is the Chief Software Architect of Software Group at Cisco and is responsible for technology and standards strategy, next-generation embedded software architecture and innovation. He is also leading a team to introduce Ethernet and IP technology in Professional Media Networks (PMN). Prior to Cisco, Pradeep held various technology management jobs at Apple, Novell, SITA and IBM. He holds a MS Computer Science degree from IIT Roorkee, India.
After receiving a Master’s Degree in Communication Engineering with distinction from the Vienna University of Technology, Nikolaus led the ASIC design division at the university’s Institute of Industrial Electronics, successfully managing numerous research projects and industry collaborations. His research activities centered on distributed systems design, especially highly accurate and fault- tolerant clock synchronization. In 2001 he co-founded Oregano Systems Design & Consulting Ltd. as a university spin-off. As well as offering embedded systems design services to customers, Oregano transferred research results into a complete product suite for highly accurate clock synchronization under the brand name syn1588®, for which Nikolaus manages both development and marketing. He is an active member of the IEEE1588 standardization committee and the SMPTE 32NF standards group and holds frequent seminars on clock synchronization both for industry and academia.
Richard Kirk developed a colour calibration system for proofing colour pages on film recorders in 1985. Since then, he has worked continuously on colour and imaging technology, with Crosfield Electronics for the printing industry; with Canon for colour photocopiers and desktop devices for Canon; with Framestore-CFC for film post-production, and finally for FilmLight, where he developed the Truelight colour calibration system, the standard for the film previewing and visualization. He holds over 30 patents on colour and imaging techniques, and an AMPAS Scientific and Technical Award (Oscar) for the Truelight system.
Joshua Kolden is a pioneer of entertainment technology in Hollywood. A Visual Effects professional for more than 20 years, Kolden has credits in some of the most successful films of all time. In 1999, Kolden led a team of artists at Digital Domain to produce the world’s first digital human face replacement–a technique later popularized with projects such as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
In 2002, Kolden started Crack Creative to apply leading-edge real-time technologies to the filmmaking process. Crack Creative developed a number ground breaking technologies, and worked on many commercial and feature projects. The most well known of Crack Creative’s innovations is the “Virtual Production” process originally created for James Cameron’s “Avatar” in 2005. Four years ago, Kolden launched “Studio Pyxis,” a production studio specifically designed to employ the latest filmmaking technologies, including cloud-based rendering, automatic pixel accurate camera tracking, online services, and many other tools in addition to Virtual Production.
Currently, Kolden is a production technology consultant and the architect of the Cinema Content Creation Cloud, or C4, an open-source framework designed specifically for media production that harnesses distributed resources to provide scalable storage and computing, and remote collaboration.
Al Kovalick has worked in the field of hybrid AV+IT systems for the past 20 years. Previously, he was a digital systems designer and technical strategist for Hewlett-Packard. While at HP, he was a principal researcher and architect for a new product-class of signal synthesizer. He was also the principal architect of HP’s first VOD server. Following HP, from 1999 to 2005, Al was the CTO of Pinnacle Systems. After Avid acquired Pinnacle, Al served as an Enterprise Strategist and Fellow for six years. In 2011, Al founded Media Systems Consulting in Silicon Valley. His work focuses on all aspects of networked media systems, file-based workflows and cloud migration for media facilities. Al is an active speaker, educator, author and participant with industry bodies including SMPTE. He has presented over 50 papers at industry conferences worldwide and holds 18 US and foreign patents. In 2009 Al was awarded the David Sarnoff Medal from SMPTE for engineering achievement. Al has a BSEE degree from San Jose State University and MSEE degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a life member of Tau Beta Pi and a SMPTE Fellow. Al writes the Cloudspotter's Journal column for TV Technology magazine.
Sara Kudrle is currently Product Marketing Manager, Networking for Grass Valley, a Belden Brand. Sara received her degree in Computer Science with a Minor in Mathematics from California State University Chico. Sara's 15 plus years as an engineer in the Broadcast industry started at Tektronix where she worked in VideoTele.com. From there, she joined Continental Electronics, working within the TV Transmitter group where she was responsible for developing exciter control software. From there she joined Miranda/NVISION and was responsible for several projects within the Router Control group. Sara has authored several papers for NAB, PBS and SMPTE conferences and has been published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and Broadcast Engineering. Sara's paper on "Fingerprinting for Solving A/V Synchronization Issues within Broadcast Environments,” received the 2012 Journal Award for best article. Sara is active within SMPTE serving on several committees and within the standards community. Sara is a current SMPTE Secretary/Treasurer and former Section Manager for Sacramento as well as the Western Region Governor for SMPTE. She is also a member of IEEE.
Steve Lampen has worked for Belden for twenty-five years and is currently Multimedia Technology Manager and also Product Line Manager for Entertainment Products. Prior to Belden, Steve had an extensive career in radio broadcast engineering and installation, film production, and electronic distribution. Steve holds an FCC Lifetime General License (formerly a First Class FCC License) and is an SBE Certified Broadcast Radio Engineer. On the data side he is a BICSI Registered Communication Distribution Designer. In 2010, he was named "Educator of the Year" by the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA), and in 2011 was named "Educator of the Year" by the Society of Broadcast Engineers. His book, "The Audio-Video Cable Installer's Pocket Guide" is published by McGraw-Hill. His blog appears weekly at www.belden.com/blog He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Lange joined SMPTE in January 2010 as Executive Director. She is responsible for executing the Board of Governors’ strategic vision to increase the Society’s visibility and relevance in an ever-changing media ecosystem. The Society focuses on three pillars of activity in Standards, Membership, and Education and the various programs within each. Highlights of Ms. Lange’s tenure include successfully launching the Society’s first digital library of its complete intellectual property back to 1916; adding Executive events in Europe; publishing regular updates on Standards activities; overseeing the establishment of the newest Sections in over a decade in India, UK, and within the US; and successfully establishing the Society’s Next Century development fund as part of its Centennial in 2016. Prior to joining SMPTE, Ms. Lange developed a focus on product management as a scholarly publishing executive, often speaking at industry conferences. She spent her career at the world’s largest technical association, IEEE, and the German scholarly publisher, Springer-Verlag. Ms. Lange holds Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry and German from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA and completed the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Joined Technicolor R&I at the Imaging Science Lab in April 2013. Working in the Compression & New Video Format technology area.
Canon Research Centre (France), 2007-2013: The first two years, worked mainly on digital audio and transducers. Modeling of loudspeakers including multi-dimensional electromagnetism, acoustics, aero-acoustic turbulence, and also electroacoustic. Modeling of acoustical material (porosity, etc.) used in loudspeakers and anechoic rooms. Development of a simulation and optimization code for listening rooms coupled with automatic audio signal processing by digital filters. Development of a measurement tool to validate simulation results. Published 9 patents.
Then, three years and a half on video compression, mainly upstream by inventing new compression schemes but also downstream in standardization. Research on new mathematical methods dedicated to video compression, development of high performance codes for video compression/decompression. Author of a response to the Call for Proposal for HEVC scalable extension (contribution JCTVC-K0041). Presentation and defense of Canon technologies in standardization meetings. Promotion of new solutions to our Japanese headquarter. About 35 patents published or filed.
Multi time winner of both Canon CRF inventor prizes for the best invention and the best inventor
Ammar Latif is a Technical Solutions Architect with the Service Provider Media team at Cisco Systems . His current focus is on IP enabled cloud architectures for Digital Media workflows for Broadcasters and Content Providers. Ammar has also supported a number of large service provider networks in North America with focus on advanced IP routing technologies . Ammar is a member of SMPTE and holds a Masters of Engineering degree from the University of Toronto . He also holds CCIE certifications.
Abel Lawal joined NBCUniversal in June 2016 as a NexTech Associate. He is currently with the Filmed Entertainment Technology division. In this role, Abel is primarily a software developer, but is also migrating an executive financial application used for strategic planning in Film Entertainment to cloud architecture. Over the course of his career, Abel has worked in a range of positions from retail to an entrepreneur running his own online business. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, he worked as a Software Developer at Internet Brands, an integrated online media and client services organization. His main area of interest is the relationship between Business and Technology, and how best to implement technical solutions in an ever-changing workplace. Abel holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from California State University Northridge, where he worked on various software related projects from back-end programming in PHP to video game design in Unity 3d game engine.
Chris Lennon serves as President & CEO of MediAnswers. He is a veteran of over 25 years in the broadcasting business. He also serves as Standards Director for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He is known as the father of the widely-used Broadcast eXchange Format (BXF) standard. He also participates in a wide array of standards organizations, including SMPTE, SCTE, ATSC, and others. In his spare time, he's a Porsche racer, and heads up a high performance driving program.
Pete Ludé is a prominent engineering executive in cinema and digital media, with extensive experience in deployment of systems worldwide. Ludé serves as Senior VP for Innovation at RealD, where he is helping to re-invent motion imaging. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Sony's Silicon Valley R&D labs, where his work included workflow software for digital cinema production, stereoscopic imaging and 4K laser projectors for digital cinema. He is past president of SMPTE, and a SMPTE fellow. Pete is also was founding Chairman of the Laser Illuminated Projector Association, and is a frequent speaker on the future of cinema technology, Ultra HD, stereoscopic 3D and laser displays.
Michael Malgeri is a Principal Technologist with MarkLogic. He works with companies to match their business requirements with MarkLogic's enterprise NoSQL database and semantic features. He helps organizations reduce costs, automate processes, find new opportunities and create applications that bring high value to businesses and their customers. Michael focuses on the media and entertainment industry, where content providers, distributors and related companies are seeking to leverage the power of data in order to capture new opportunities driven by expanding global information consumption. Michael holds Master's Degrees in Computer Science, Business and Mechanical Engineering. He also volunteers with the local Boy Scout troop.
Scott Matics is a Product Manager for Enterprise Products at Telestream, Inc. where he is responsible for managing product life cycles, from market research to conception, and management of the product marketing to worldwide customers. Scott's past experience includes various marketing management, sales and development positions, spanning the past twenty-seven years. Nineteen of those years have been spent working on broadcast automation, robotic camera automation, and with cutting edge technologies for content multi-distribution for Internet and mobile initiatives.Scott has been a SMPTE Manager for the Sacramento, CA section since 2012.
Dr. McCarthy brings a unique convergence of expertise in video compression, signal processing and the neurobiology of human vision to content distribution at ARRIS. Dr. McCarthy leads advancements in state-of-the-art of video processing, compression and practical vision science. Previously, he held similar responsibilities as Fellow of the Technical Staff at Motorola, and as Chief Scientist at both Modulus Video, which was acquired by Motorola. Prior to that, Dr. McCarthy had similar responsibilities at ViaSense, a University of California, Berkeley spin-off that developed commercial applications of the human visual system. He earned a B.S. in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic, and earned his Ph.D. in bioengineering jointly at University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco.
After managing spaceflight hardware development for NASA, Kellie McKeown transitioned to Television Broadcast where she successfully managed software and hardware development projects and organizations for Sony, Sportvision, Digidesign audio division of Avid, StorerTV and as Director of Engineering for TiVo. Kellie began McKeown Consulting in 1998. Her forte is guiding software vendors to evolve their engineering organizations, procedures and processes to successfully deliver to large broadcast clients, as well as win-win client relationship management. Details at www.mckeownconsulting.tv and www.mckeownconsulting.com.
Raj is a part of the CTO executive team in Business Unit Media at Ericsson. Raj has over 20 years of experience in the software and telecommunications industries including Internet Routing, CDNs, OTT Video/TV Delivery and mobile and unmanaged device security. Previously, he was CTO & co-founder of Azuki Systems (acquired by Ericsson), the premium content delivery platform provider for leading service and content providers. Prior to Azuki, Raj was the Chief Scientist of Arrowpoint Communications (acquired by Cisco), the first web content switching company. Raj has several patents in the telecommunications area and received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.
John O'Hurley, best known for playing J. Peterman on "Seinfeld," will be the SMPTE Centennial Gala host as the Society celebrates its 100 years of leadership in motion-imaging innovation and creativity. O'Hurley is a versatile actor, presenter, and Broadway star. He is also a New York Times best-selling author and Billboard chart-topping composer. O'Hurley earned a Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG Award) for his work on "Seinfeld," was named one of People Magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive," and won the first season of "Dancing with the Stars." He is the regular host of NBC Sports' highest-rated yearly show, "The National Dog Show, Presented by Purina," and has also hosted "Family Feud" and "To Tell the Truth." He is the voice of King Neptune on "SpongeBob Square Pants" and the mayor on "Phineas and Ferb." He is also known for his theater performances as King Arthur on Monty Python's "Spamalot" and his continuing portrayal of slick lawyer Billy Flynn in "Chicago" on Broadway and stages across the country. O'Hurley has been recognized for his philanthropic work as well as his talent. He was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2012 for his accomplishments in the arts and philanthropy. His participation in the SMPTE Centennial Gala is yet another role he will play in supporting charitable organizations and the arts.
Eric embodies what it takes to understand and communicate the complexities of the new age broadcast world - a world where IT and broadcast engineering as separate disciplines are not enough. A world where keeping up means we can't rely on only what has gone before us, we need to look forward and create innovation through the application of technology that in many cases is years from industry standard. Combined with a natural ability to lead, Eric has helped bring Pebble Beach Systems to the forefront of the broadcast automation and integrated channel industry, as a key software architect of the company's flagship product, Marina Enterprise Automation, and more recently General Manager for North American operations. Eric finished top of his class in a Bachelor's of Engineering from UNSW, Australia. He has been working in broadcast automation for over 13 years and is a respected expert in his field. Eric is a musician and avid sailor, which he enjoys with his wife and 2 young boys.
Andrew Oran serves as VP Sales & Operations for FotoKem’s Large Format and Restoration Groups. Established in April 2004, the Large Format Group provides comprehensive lab, video and digital services for 65/70mm and mixed format film/digital projects. Recent IMAX format documentaries include “Journey to Space”, “Secret Ocean”, “National Parks” and many others. Recent 65/70mm feature films include “The Hateful Eight”, “Interstellar”, “The Master” and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”. FotoKem’s Restoration Group has produced high end 4K restorations on titles like “My Fair Lady”, Oklahoma!” and “The Sound of Music”, and provides on-going film evaluation, repair, preservation and digitization services for Hollywood studios and archives nationwide.
Prior to joining FotoKem, Andrew provided European-based large format film post-production and lab supervision on a number of international giant screen documentaries for a diverse range of clients, including the BBC (“The Human Body”) and National Geographic (“Wired to Win”). Andrew’s large format film experience dates back to 1994, when, as Head of Production for IMAGICA USA, he supervised optical effects and format conversions on over 100 large format and special venue films. During this time he played a key role in the development of 65mm digital film services.
Andrew served for over 10 years on the Board of Directors for the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and the Large Format Cinema Association (LFCA). He produced the 2004 Euromax Filmmakers Symposium in Berlin, and makes regular presentations on technical issues relating to post production and film restoration at events sponsored by GSCA and the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA).
Mr. Palmer is the Vice President of Business Strategy at Masstech.His past experience includes more than 15 years experience as a Broadcast and Online News Solutions Architect with more than 20 years experience working in and with newsrooms to integrate technology with editorial staff and workflows.Specific areas of expertise include newsroom production and integrated automation systems, media and asset management, newsgathering and contribution, OTA and satellite direct broadcast, as well as online CMS and publication systems.His past positions include 15 years as senior architect of the Associated Press ENPS newsroom production system and more than 12 years as leader of the broadcast automation MOS Protocol Group.Awards include Broadcast and Cable's Technology Leadership Award, AP's Chairman's Prize for Business Innovation and the AP's Oliver Gramling Award.
Oversee loudspeaker development for Cinema, Retail, and Commercial for JBL Professional. Designer of the JBL 9350, 9300, 9310 surround loudspeakers. Previously served as Director of Audio Engineering and Chief Loudspeaker Designer/Engineer for IMAX Corporation. Designer of the Kanga and MPX loudspeakers. Also Chief Engineer and designer of Empire EXTRA cinema audio system and the Sonics S4 loudspeaker line.Commissioned hundreds of cinema audio systems including: home, standard theaters, PLF, and IMAX.
Elizabeth Pieri is an Associate Engineer at Dolby Laboratories, based in Sunnyvale, CA. She received her B.S. degree in Motion Picture Science at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2016. She works for the Imaging Applied Research Team inside Dolby's Advanced Technology Group, focusing on vision science as it relates to the technology involved with High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut displays. She previously interned as a Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress in 2015, where she developed software for measuring the color accuracy of digitized images.
John Pittas has over 30 years of product design and management experience in the broadcast industry. Starting as a circuit and systems engineer at the CBS Technology Center, John has held staff, senior and consulting level engineering positions at Grass Valley and IBM Research. In 1996, John joined SeaChange International and introduced fault-resilient shared storage and multi-channel video servers to the broadcast industry. In 2001 SeaChange was awarded a technical Emmy for the Broadcast Media Cluster. John has also held consulting and senior product management positions at Fujitsu and Evertz. He is currently M&E Business Development consultant for Panasas. He has a BA degree from the University of Delaware, and MA and BSEE degrees from the State University of New York/Buffalo.
Peter Postma is Managing Director of the Americas at FilmLight, developing tools incorporated into the Truelight color management and Baselight color grading systems used in motion picture productions large and small. Previously Peter worked as a systems engineer at Eastman Kodak helping pioneer digital intermediate technology. Peter has taught seminars on color management for production and post-production around the world and holds a BFA in Film and Animation from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Peter H. Putman, CTS®, ISF, is President of ROAM Consulting LLC in Doylestown, PA. He provides consulting, training and product testing/development services to manufacturers of electronic displays, interfaces and digital TV and video equipment. In addition, he edits and publishes HDTVexpert.com, a website focused on digital TV, HDTV and display technologies.
Putman has written extensively on HDTV and display technology for numerous consumer and trade magazines, and is a frequent speaker at major trade shows and technical conferences, including the Consumer Electronics Show, the National Association of Broadcasters trade show, the Hollywood Post Alliance Technology Retreat, and the U.S.-based InfoComm International trade show. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Seton Hall University and a Master of Science degree in Television and Film from Syracuse University.
Putman is a member of InfoComm University™ faculty, as well as a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and Society for Information Display (SID). He also holds certifications from InfoComm (CTS) and the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF), and has held Amateur Radio Extra Class license KT2B since 1982. He received the 2008 Educator of the Year Award at InfoComm 2008.
Jaclyn Pytlarz is an Applied Vision Science Engineer at Dolby Laboratories in Sunnyvale, CA. She holds a B.S. degree in Motion Picture Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has worked at Dolby Laboratories inside Dolby's Advanced Technology Group since 2014 following her work at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Imaging Science Intern in 2013. Her research includes vision science surrounding developing technologies for high dynamic range and wide color gamut displays. She has also worked directly on some of the core aspects of the recent ITU-R BT.2100 Recommendation particularly in relation to the ICTCP Signal Format.
Arjun Ramamurthy is currently the VP of Technology at Twentieth Century Fox. In that capacity, he is responsible for outlining and defining the next generation workflow and technology utilized for Feature and TV post production, Digital Content Processing and downstream Distribution and Digital Archiving.
Arjun has over 25 years of experience in the Post-Production industry, and was previously with Deluxe’s EFILM facility, and prior to that with Warner Bros’. Technical Operations and Feature Animation.
He is an active member of SMPTE, HPA, IEEE, and has contributed on a variety of technical committees, such as the DCI effort, AMPAS’ ACES, and is currently the Ad-Hoc Chair of the CPL/OPL group of the 35PM-50 working group on the Interoperable Master Format and the Chair of the Mastering Display Color Volume Metadata Drafting Group within SMPTE. He holds several patents in the area of Digital Image processing and Media Post Production.
Bill Redmann is a creative technologist and inventor, designing and developing social, interactive, and new media technologies for Technicolor, where he is a Fellow and Senior Software Engineer.
His experience ranges from virtual reality, telepresence systems, entertainment simulators, theme park attractions, holography, other 3D techniques, seminal wearables technology, and puzzle design for the alternate reality games The Beast and I Love Bees. In the other 80 hours of the week, he dabbles in electric vehicle infrastructure and driver safety systems. Bill has been granted about 34 patents, is an active member of SMPTE, and has a Masters in Engineering from UCLA.
Edward Reuss is an independent consultant specializing in video, audio and Wi-Fi networks, particularly for very low latency applications.Earning his MSEE at Colorado State University, Ed started in test and measurement, for Hewlett Packard (Agilent), Tektronix and Wavetek. He worked at General Instrument on the Eurocypher project for British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB). After several years developing scientific instruments at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, he was a Director of Systems Engineering at Tiernan Communications, developing real-time MPEG-2 video encoders for DSNG and network distribution. He switched to consumer products as a Principal Engineer in Plantronics' Advanced Technology Group, where he developed several advanced technology prototype headsets incorporating DSP, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Since then, he has consulted for several clients, including GoPro, Clair Global, TiVo and Intel.Ed is active in the SMPTE Standards Community, a senior member of the IEEE and voting member of the IEEE 802.11 Working Group.
Chris Reynolds recently assumed the position of Director, Client Technical Solutions at Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, which includes the audio group formerly known as Chace Audio, where he has worked for over 15 years.
In his current role, Reynolds works closely with Deluxe’s sales and operations teams to provide integrated technical and workflow solutions to new and existing clients, and analyzes legacy workflows and processes to determine whether new approaches or technologies can be applied to improve quality or efficiency. He is focused in the areas of audio, archiving, localization and advanced formats.
Over the course of his career, Reynolds has worked in several capacities covering many aspects of administration and operations including Director of Audio Operations, Technical Operations Manager, Optical Recordist, Transfer and Conform Technician, Sound Editor, Sound Supervisor, and Re-Recording Mixer. He is a Full Sail University Alumnus and active member of AMIA, SMPTE and AES.
Andrew Rosen is a digitized, old-fashioned analog television engineer. In the 1980s he was the field service technician for the first round of digital cinema cameras and 3D video assist viewfinders at Cinema Products. At Financial News Network, he designed the on-screen stock crawl that was later adopted by CNBC. Andy cultivated some of the original MPEG2 video-on-demand encoding and DVD authoring systems at Warner Brothers. At Microsoft, his lab work contributed to video systems inside Xbox, Windows Media Player and the launch of the Internet's first full HD video store. In college, Andy joined SMPTE as a student and has been a member ever since. Within the SMPTE Standards Community he participates in several drafting groups, and serves as secretary to two. Now a freelancer, Andy's gang is engineering metadata management and streaming solutions for clients pursuing a variety of paid and advertiser-supported entertainment offerings.
Ben Rosenblatt is best known as Co-Producer on 10 Cloverfield Lane, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Trek: In the Darkness (2013), and as Associate Producer on Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation(2015) and Super8 (2011). For six year he was the Head of VFX and Post Production at Bad Robot, J.J. Abrams’ production company, and also managed its mini-studio division, Kelvin Optical. Before that, Ben was a Post Production Executive at Paramount and oversaw many films, and he got his start at DreamWorks/Amblin.
Former Aerospace Engineer Pierre Hugues Routhier, Eng., M.Eng., is a specialist in advanced imaging technologies.
He has developed innovative solutions and workflows for studios and post-production facilities in all fields of advanced imaging: Ultra-High Resolution, High Dynamic Range, High Frame Rate,Stereoscopic 3D, etc...
He is credited with more than a dozen patents related to advanced imaging and is published in several industry papers.
He is currently working with major studios and broadcasters on production, research and training related to advanced imaging.
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Based at Dolby's Advanced Technology Group, Shane is a Production Engineer, Colorist and Editor where he is a Subject Matter Expert Speaker for Dolby Vision, consults on HDR grading and workflow, presents Dolby technology demos internationally and is a "golden-eye" for the Applied Vision Science Group. Shane has color work used by MPEG to examine new video standards and has contributed to a A Perceptual EOTF for Extended Dynamic Range Imagery presented at SMPTE. He's appeared on CBS and on The Gadget Show in the UK. He was quoted at HPA's "HDR Power Session", and in blogs including Dolby Lab Notes, Alexisvanhurkman.com, Below the Line, Videon, MKM Marketing Communications, N-Screen Media, and on websites like HipHop Press and Pro Video Coalition. His post experience spans features, commercials to corporate with a project list including Apple, ARRI, Sony, LG, Visa, Yahoo!, Fox & Universal Studios, Avicci, Enrique Iglasias, Elton John, Green Day, Elle Goulding and Carrie Underwood.
Damián Ruiz Coll received the M.S. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), Spain in 2000, and the Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLM in 2015. During his doctoral studies, he was a guest researcher at the Florida Atlantic University (FAU), of United States, during 2012 and 2015. Nowadays, he is working as a researcher at Mobile Communication Group (MCG) of the Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications (iTEAM), and his research focuses on the real time optimization of HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), for broadcasting and mobile networks. He participates as a member of DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting), and the "Beyond HD" group of EBU (European Broadcasting Union). He has more than 15 years of experience as engineer at Public Spanish Broadcaster (RTVE), and he was involved in R&D projects, including collaborations with international committees as DVB, EBU, DigiTAG, and the "HDTV Spanish Forum" of Ministry of Industry.
Dr. Wolfgang Ruppel is a digital technology expert with more than 20 years of experience in broadcast and media. Dr. Ruppel’s recent work includes software development of enhanced IMF tools and mastering workflow automation utilizing Framework for Interoperable Media Services (FIMS).Dr. Ruppel serves as the special advisor to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences towards standardization of a new archival format based on IMF and Academy Color Encoding System (ACES).Dr. Ruppel holds a professorship for Media Technology at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, Germany since 2006. Prior to 2009, Dr. Ruppel served as Head of T-Systems Development of Digital Cinema servers and satellite distribution platform. He spent 14 years with Research & Development units of Deutsche Telekom. Dr. Ruppel is a member of: SMPTE, ITG and FKTG. He has worked with leading media companies and studios across North America and Europe.Dr. Ruppel earned a Dipl.-Ing. degree in 1989 and a Dr.-Ing. degree in Engineering in 1994 from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany.
Sakiyama joined NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.) in 2001 and has been engaged in development of UHDTV production devices including camera systems and 22.2-multichannel sound systems at NHK's Engineering Administration Department, since 2014. He has some experiences and keeps an interest in sound engineering for multichannel sound systems, especially.
Florian Schweiger studied Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at TUM in Munich, Germany, and at ENST in Brest and Paris, France. He holds a BSc from TUM, diplomas (MSc) form both TUM and ENST and a doctorate (PhD) from TUM. He is currently a Senior Technologist in the Immersive and Interactive Content group at BBC Research & Development where his focus lies on challenges in virtual and augmented reality and in Ultra High Definition television.
Robert Seidel graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, Bob worked for the United States Department of Defense in Electronic Countermeasures and then joined CBS Engineering as a Design Engineer.
In 1989, Bob was promoted to Vice President, Television Engineering during which time he directed the design and installation of the CBS Broadcast Origination Center.
Bob headed up the engineering team that made broadcasting history when WRAL-HD, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, NC, became the first television station to transmit HDTV on July 23, 1996.
Bob is currently Vice President of CBS Engineering and Advanced Technology. He is responsible for Television Technologies for the CBS Television Network and CW Television Network.
In 1993, Bob received an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his pioneering work in portable satellite uplink systems used for worldwide newsgathering. In 2014, Bob received the National Association of Broadcasters Television Engineering Achievement Award.
Bob is the Chairman of the Emmy Engineering & Technical selection committee for National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, President of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), as well as a Fellow of SMPTE and a member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE).
Nigel Seth-Smith joined Gennum, which has since been acquired by Semtech, in 2002 as part of a team responsible for Strategic New Product Definition and Business Development.He first digitized a video signal in 1977, and has been working with pictures, and the numbers which represent them, ever since.Prior to joining Gennum, Mr. Seth-Smith was in R&D design and engineering management at a number of organizations, including the UKIBA, where he designed and operated the equipment used to select the sampling rate for ITU-R 601; Scientific-Atlanta, where he headed up the team that developed B-MAC, the first component-based secure satellite video transmission system; DPS, where he developed the first M-JPEG based hard drive recorder; and Snell & Wilcox, where he managed R&D.He has been a member of the IET since 1982, the IEEE since 1995, and SMPTE since 2007. He has published a number of patents and papers, and has made presentations at IBC, NAB, Montreux, HD Masters, BVE, SMPTE and ICCE.He is currently active in standards work in SMPTE and ITU-R in the fields of UHDTV interfaces and network based genlock timing.
Usman Shakeel has over 15 years IT experience working in various development, architecture and sales roles. Usman is currently a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon WebServices and has been with AWS for over 4.5 years. Usman's key focus is on developing and architecting solutions for use cases common in the Media industry as well as Digital Content Security in the cloud. Usman has been involved in several large scale projects involving lift and shift as well as new implementations of Media workflows on AWS for some of the major Hollywood Studios. Usman has a M.Math. (CS) degree from The University of Waterloo, ON.
Nancy Silver is a Principal Solutions Architect for MarkLogic. Her work focuses on providing strategic and technical leadership to MarkLogic's Media & Entertainment practice and customers. Prior to MarkLogic, Nancy served as a media and entertainment industry strategist for Pivotal, Verizon Digital Media Services, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and E! Entertainment Television where she led and implemented digital asset and content management solutions. She is the principal author of Long-Term Management and Storage of Digital Motion Picture Materials: A Digital Motion Picture Archive Framework Project Case Study for the Library of Congress and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Nancy holds a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.
Daniele works in the field of Postproduction for 10 years. Hi started his carrier as a video projectionist. After his bachelor and Master graduation he worked in the field of Digital Intermediate as head of technology at Cine Postproduction. From June 2014 Daniele works as a colour- and workflow engineer at Filmlight.
Jan Skoglund received his Ph.D. degree from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. From 1999 to 2000, he worked on low bit rate speech coding at AT&T Labs-Research, Florham Park, NJ. He was with Global IP Solutions (GIPS), San Francisco, CA, from 2000 to 2011 working on speech and audio processing tailored for packet-switched networks. GIPS' audio and video technology was found in many deployments by, e.g., IBM, Google, Yahoo, WebEx, Skype, and Samsung. Since a 2011 acquisition of GIPS he has been a part of Chrome at Google, Inc., in Mountain View, CA, where he leads a team developing audio signal processing components.
Keith Slavin is a founder and CTO of isovideo LLC, leading its development of cinema quality, GPU accelerated video processing technologies for the digital media industry since 2012. These include the industry-first Viarte, a flexible, automated, clusterable server for stream-based/file-based 4K/UHD/HD/SD standards conversion and digital remastering. Viarte includes state-of-the-art HDR to SDR tone mapping, SDR to HDR up-conversion, motion-compensated frame rate conversion, deinterlacing, noise reduction, and HEVC/AVC.He previously worked at BBC Engineering Research, and was a principal engineer at Tektronix (awarded two Technical Emmy awards), Micron Technology, and Nvidia. Viarte won a 2013 IABM/NAB Game-Changer Award. Keith holds 50 US patents in digital signal processing, encryption, non-linear correction, computer architecture, compilers, and control systems. He has authored a peer reviewed mathematical paper for Integers-EJCNT, as well as several technical conference papers.
Clyde Smith is Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology for FOX Network Engineering and Operations, where he supports Broadcast and Cable Networks operating groups in addressing their challenges with technologies, standards, regulations.
Previously, he was SVP of global broadcast technology and standards for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Prior positions include SVP of Broadcast Engineering Research and Development at Turner and SVP & CTO at Speer Communications.
He worked for 8 years at the Kennedy Space Center, he supported 48 shuttle missions, three interplanetary probes and numerous Department of Defense initiatives.
Smith supported initiatives that were recognized by The Computer World Honors program with the 2005, 21st Century Achievement Award and an Emmy Award for Pioneering Efforts in the Development of Automated, Server-Based Closed Captioning Systems.
He is a SMPTE Fellow and recipient of the SMPTE Progress Medal, SMPTE David Sarnoff Medal Award, outstanding service award, The Broadcasting and Cable Technology Leadership award. He is an Honorary Member of the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM).
James Snyder is an Emmy award winning digital media engineering, data & media archiving, preservation, production and project management specialist. His 36 years' experience includes television, film, radio, internet & data technologies from traditional analog to cutting edge digital audio, video and data technologies. His career includes the commercial, non-commercial and government sectors. He was awarded a 2007 Technology Emmy for his work on the ATSC digital television standard.
Mr. Snyder serves as the Senior Systems Administrator for the Library of Congress' National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) on the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia (http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/packard/). His responsibilities include all audio, video and film preservation and digitization technologies, including long-term planning & implementation, long-term data preservation planning & implementation, technology services to the United States Congress and organizations on Capitol Hill, as well as standards participation and technology liaison with media content producers worldwide.
He has worked for many organizations in media, entertainment, engineering & communications including MCI, Verizon, Intelsat, PBS, the ABC Radio & Television networks, Harris Corporation, the Advanced Television Test Center, Fox News, Communications Engineering Inc, Reuters and Discovery Communications. He has consulted on many types of projects for organizations including Sarnoff Corporation, Turner Engineering, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, the News Corporation, FedNet and multiple agencies of the U.S. Federal government. He has worked on key projects in the creation and standardization of the ATSC digital television standard, the HD Radio digital radio standard, the AXF Archive eXchange Format (SMPTE 2034) standard, as well as the first consumer commercial HDTV satellite service Unity Motion.
Mr. Snyder is a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Association of Motion Imaging Archivists (AMIA) and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). He is a member and serves as an officer & on standards committees of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE). He serves on technical committees of the AMWA (Advanced Media Workflow Association) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. He lives and works in central Virginia near Washingto
Heiko Sparenberg, born in 1977, received his Diploma degree in Computer Science in 2004 and a Master degree in 2006. He joined Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen as a software engineer in 2006. Today, Heiko is Head of the group Digital Cinema and responsible for several software developments, e.g. the easyDCP software suite for digital cinema. In 2015, he received a PhD degree for his work with focus on improved data workflows in a professional movie post-productions using scalable media codecs including JPEG2000 and H264.SVC.
Stacey Spears is a highly respected color scientist best known for his work with Don Munsil. Spears has co-authored many seminal articles on video decoding, processing, and interlacing. The Spears and Munsil calibration disks are widely regarded as the definitive tests for a range of video formats. Spears and Munsil were also the first to publicly document and explain the now infamous chroma upsampling error in a variety of decoders.
Spears led a number of development efforts for sixteen years at Microsoft before being recruited by SpectraCal, including significant contributions to the Xbox Smooth Streaming, VC-1, and Media Foundation.
Spears is the holder of over a dozen patents in video and image processing, including “Strategies for producing quantized image information” (2007), “Image processing using linear light values and other image processing improvements” (2007), “Strategies for performing scaling operations on image information" (2008), and “Regions of interest for quality adjustments” (2012).
He is also a senior editor for Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity.
Mukund Srinivasan heads the Media Client Technologies business at Ittiam systems across its locations in Bangalore, India and the San Francisco Bay area . Ittiam Systems is a global technology company with deep R&D driven solutions for media creation, management and consumption. Ittiam provides advanced media codecs, software development platforms, systems and workflows for embedded and online applications. Its solutions are at the heart of tens of millions of lifestyle products that drive mobility, content access, networking and sharing.
In addition to leading Ittiam’s video codec and streaming player businesses for media clients, Mukund is also responsible for Ittiam’s strategic engagements with Google and represents Ittiam in the Alliance for Open Media (AOM). With a career spanning nearly two decades, across organizations like Ittiam and AVID, Mukund has rich experience in strategizing roadmaps, development and delivery of media technologies across hardware, software and hybrid high performance computing (soft-HW paradigm) platforms. With the additional role as Head of Global Marketing at Ittiam, Mukund is actively working towards enabling rapid adoption of VP9 technology in the online video industry and guiding Ittiam’s product strategies for VP9 and AV1.
Kevin Stec has more than 30 years of experience in professional and consumer video development. He currently is a Consultant to Dynamic Digital Depth DDD looking into applications of depth information. He previously held the position of Sr. Director of Image Technology Research at Dolby Laboratories overseeing development of image-processing technology for digital cinema, broadcast, and consumer entertainment applications. He spent the majority of his career at Panasonic, working in a variety of R&D and product development groups; his last position for the company was as General Manager of Panasonic AVC American Laboratories. Mr. Stec joined DemoGraFX in 2001 as the Vice President of Engineering; in 2003, DemoGraFX was acquired by Dolby Laboratories.
Mr. Stec has worked on the development of HDTV since 1981 and was awarded a Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award in 2000 for advancements in video format conversion. He holds a number of patents in the area of digital video signal processing. Mr. Stec has participated on numerous SMPTE technical committees relating to video recording and digital video technology and currently is a member of the Education Strategy Committee. He has been a session chair at the AMI Conference, a Hollywood Chapter Manager and is a SMPTE Fellow and on the SMPTE Board of Editors. He is also a Gold Member of the Hollywood Post Alliance. Mr. Stec received a BSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1980 and completed the Stanford/AEA executive management program in 2004.
Karen Stetler, is a senior producer at The Criterion Collection currently working from Los Angeles. She has worked for Criterion and its sister company, Janus Films in various capacities since the 1980’s — beginning with a position managing the master materials for the Janus Films library. Over the years she has researched, initiated and co-ordinated re-mastering, restoration and preservation projects for many titles in the Janus/Criterion library including several large scale restorations in collaboration with Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation. Most of her time is spent producing special edition DVD and Blu Ray releases for Criterion, but she continues to have the opportunity to work with talented archivists and filmmakers around the world on restoration and preservation projects.
Cho Sung Min
- Sogang University Graduate School of Media Ph.D- Korean Film Council Standard Development Team Manager
Kumar Subramanian is founding Chief Executive of MediaMelon.
Kumar previously held executive positions at a variety of infrastructure and financial companies such as Digital Island, Lucent Technologies, Madison Group and UBS Warburg.
Born in Argentina in 1952, Daniel Teruggi has developed his professional career in France, where he lives since 1977. A composer and researcher, he has worked since 1981, at Ina (National Audiovisual Institute) in Paris. He has been the Director of Ina’s Musical Research Group, GRM, since 1997 and Director or the Research and Experimentation department of Ina since 2001.
In the Research domain, he has been actively working on the preservation of audiovisual collections and particularly electroacoustic music. He has been the coordinator of the FP6 European project PrestoSpace, dedicated to the development of new technology for Digital preservation and the FP7 European project PrestoPRIME, dedicated to the long-term preservation of audiovisual digital contents. He is member of the Europeana project and Foundation and General Secretary at the International Federation of Audiovisual Archives (FIAT/IFTA).
He has composed nearly 80 works, mainly for the concert and always using electroacoustic devices with or without acoustic instruments. He is the author of numerous research articles related to sound and musical perception as well as musical analysis. His music has been performed in more than 30 countries and published in different CD collections. He is founding member of the International Electroacoustic Musical Studies network.
Simon is a Project R&D Engineer and has worked at BBC R&D for 12 years researching RF spectrum management, grid computing, advanced RF design, additional services for DVB broadcasts, OJEC procurements for cameras and the New Broadcasting House newsroom and video workflow optimisation. He currently works on the HDR research team undertaking fundamental research into human perception which formed part of the new ITU-R BT.2100 standard, has organised numerous practical tests and demonstrations and has a patent filed related to SDR to HDR conversion.Simon is currently a member of the European Broadcasting Union's Beyond HD group and has previously been a member of the Digital Television Group's Production Technology and Service Information groups.Simon holds a Master of Engineering degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Southampton where he was sponsored by BAE Systems and is a Chartered Engineer.
Tom is a Senior Applied Engineer for Professional Video and Image Processing in NVIDIA's Professional Visualization Group where he focuses on the use of GPUs in broadcast, video and film applications ranging from pre-visualization to post production and live to air. Prior to joining NVIDIA, Tom was an Applications Engineer at SGI. Thomas has a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Computer Graphics Lab at Brown University and a B.S. Degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Visionary filmmaker, innovator and entrepreneur, Douglas Trumbull has enjoyed a long and prestigious technological and creative career in filmmaking and entertainment technologies. Following his breakthrough pioneering work as one of four photographic effects supervisors on 2001: A Space Odyssey, his name rapidly became synonymous with some of the greatest effects work of its era on titles such as The Andromeda Strain, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Blade Runner.
Trumbull directed Silent Running and Brainstorm, and he has also directed numerous Expo and special venue films, videos and attractions. Along the way he has been awarded more than twenty patents, including one for the first entertainment simulator ride (Back To The Future – The Ride at Universal Studios) and another for the Academy Award-winning Showscan® process for high speed 70 mm cinematography. He was recently awarded the coveted Gordon E. Sawyer Academy Award for his contributions to cinema technology.
In 1994 Trumbull merged his company Ridefilm Corporation with IMAX and helped launch the successful IMAX IPO that brought IMAX into the commercial feature film marketplace around the world.
While continuing to write and direct, Trumbull has continued to be fascinated with the challenges of making movies using advanced production technologies, while also developing an immersive cinematic language. He has set up Trumbull Studios in Western Massachusetts and continues to experiment and push the boundaries of giant screen, high frame-rate, extreme brightness 3D and virtual digital production, recently producing an experimental demonstration movie titled UFOTOG, shot and projected in his new MAGI process of 4K 3D at 120 frames per second.
Trumbull’s most recent developments include a new Magi screening concept, called the Magi Pod. It offers an extremely immersive “Giant Screen” experience in a small 70-seat prefabricated theater at a fraction of conventional theater costs. The Magi process allows unlimited camera movement and fast action, and is the first time in cinema history that virtually everything that occurs before the camera is captured and delivered to the ultra-wide screen in perfect clarity and deep 3D without any strobing, judder, or blur. This “hyper-reality” effect is now being explored creatively by Trumbull to create a new form of immersive cinema that uses a single-camera/single projector “lens-to-lens” system.
Marc Walker was introduced to television, at the age of 5, on a public tour at KID-TV. The station was being completed in preparation to go on the air. He later worked for KID-TV and KCPX-TV for 6 ½ years while attending high school and the University of Utah. Marc then worked for over 42 years moving from TeleMation Inc. to Grass Valley, a Belden Brand. This included the companies Bell and Howell, Fernseh, Bosch, BTS, Philips, Thomson, and Technicolor. During this time, Marc designed many different pieces of analog audio and video processing equipment, synchronization equipment, control systems, and digital distribution and switching systems. He has participated in various SMPTE standards committees including Digital Control, Digital Video, Synchronization, and various SDI Interface committees. Marc has presented technical papers at various conferences, including NAB Conventions, SMPTE Conferences, the Montreux Television Exposition, and an FKTG conference. He has had papers published in the SMPTE Journal, FKTG Journal, and broadcast magazines. Favorite research projects have included multistage switching systems and coax cable transmission systems. He has been semi-retired for two years, giving more time for recreation and family. Marc earned Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah. He is a Life Fellow of SMPTE, and a Life Senior Member of IEEE.
Klaus Weber is responsible for the worldwide product marketing of the imaging products for Grass Valley a Belden Brand. The imaging products include all of the LDX Camera Systems used in a wide range of broadcast application. Klaus's past experience includes customer support, technical and operational training, and regional sales management for broadcast cameras. Klaus has over 30 years of industry experience, with the last 20 focused on various duties around marketing and business development for the Grass Valley a Belden Brand camera factory in Breda, The Netherlands. He is the author of several technical articles and white papers addressing the different camera related technologies and topics. In addition, Klaus has presented several technical papers at various industry events, as well as participating in industry round table discussions in many different countries around the world.
Chris Witham has been involved in many aspects of post-production since 1986. Chris was Chief Engineer at Technicolor Video Services and Vidfilm International Digital. He launched D-Cinema mastering operations at Technicolor before moving on to head up mastering operations at Ascent Media and Deluxe Digital Cinema. He is presently Director, Digital Cinema Technology at Walt Disney Studios. He currently resides in Thousand Oaks, CA with his wife Mary, two dogs, a cat and a rabbit.
Steve is the Director of Business Development Media & Entertainment Group for Hewlett Packard Enterprise and is serial start-up media and entertainment internet infrastructure person who enjoys putting first-ever disruptive technology in the hands of billions.
Steve was recognized with a 2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for the Teranex Video Computer. Steve is a Member of the Interactive Media Peer Group of The National Academy of Television Arts& Sciences (The Emmy Awards). He is an Executive Academy Member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (The Webby Awards). In addition, Steve is a Hollywood Section Manager of The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®). For fun, Steve writes and produces independent feature films.
Steve also is a visiting lecturer at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and a mentor at the USC Incubator (startusc.com), a program for high-potential startups founded by USC students, alumni and faculty/staff.
Steve began his career in broadcasting working for Belo Broadcasting and then moved to ABC Capital Cities (purchased by Disney) as Director of Research and Development. In this role, Steve experimented with broadcasting live news on the internet with Cu-Seeme back in 1995.
During the times of broadcast conversion from Analog to Digital, Steve used his knowledge of broadcasting to advice stations on broadcast equipment while at Leitch technologies (purchased by Harris then purchased by Imagine).
During the times of broadcast and post production conversion from Standard Definition to High Definition, Steve joined a Department of Defense Military technology spin-off start up (Teranex) that used Parallel computing for video conversion and pre-compression processing. In his role, Steve advised a number of broadcasters, postproduction studios, and movie studios on conversion, noise reduction, and 3:2 pull down.
As content moved on-line, Steve moved into video transmission, storage, and distribution joining Level 3. Steve advised client on the best practices for online live broadcast and Video on Demand distribution, storage, and monetization. Steve also helped Siemens successfully spin off a software division focused on Over the Top TV (OTT).
Currently, Steve is the Director of Business Development for the Media & Entertainment Group at Hewlett Packard.
Stephanie Wu is the Operations Manager for Disney ABC Television Group Media Operations & Distribution. She is responsible for providing collaborative support and vision on strategic projects and initiatives across the wider department. Her areas of focus include worldwide television media operations including Mastering, Servicing and Distribution to global broadcast and digital platforms. Prior to joining the industry she attended the University of California Santa Barbara and a received a B.A. Degree in Sociology.
Shigeyuki Yamashita joined Sony Corp. in 1984, where he has been engaged in the development of high-speed electrical and optical serial interface for high-definition and 4k/8k video equipment. He promoted the standardization of SMPTE ST 292 in 1996, SMPTE ST 372 in 2002 and SMPTE ST 435 in 2009. He is currently senior electrical engineer and working on the commercialization of 4k/8k products.
Jan Yarbrough is Senior DI and Restoration Colorist at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging. He is responsible for implementing the ‘look’ and ‘vision’ of filmmakers past, present and future.
Jan holds a degree in Cinema Production from the University of Southern California, and is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers and a Life member of SMPTE.
Syed Waqas Zamir
Syed Waqas Zamir received his M.Sc. in digital signal processing from Queen Mary, University of London, UK, in 2011. Currently, he is a PhD student in image processing at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. His research interests include image processing, color vision and computer vision. In particular, he is working in the development of perceptually inspired gamut mapping algorithms.
Yoel Zanger is a seasoned high-tech entrepreneur and executive. Founder of several Innovative companies bringing breakthrough technology to the media, Internet and mobile arena. He is CEO and founder of Giraffic (www.giraffic.com) - the inventor of Adaptive Video Acceleration (AVA™) technology. Prior to founding Giraffic, Yoel co-founded New-Tone Technologies, a value-added services platform for mobile applications based on advanced voice and data technologies. Prior to it, Yoel lead EMEA business development and operations at Nuance and Phonetic Systems (voice recognition solutions) and in the RAD Group (in one of the world’s first end-to-end OTT Platforms). Mr. Zanger's expertise is around the economics and technology enabling to effectively deliver and monetize online rich media content, and primarily High Definition, UHD 4K and Mobile Video. Yoel holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Jennifer Zeidan is a media systems engineer at Industrial Light & Magic, leading global editorial and focusing on streamlining workflows and infrastructure design across multiple Lucasfilm divisions. She began her career in the industry as an intern at Cisco System's Cisco TV and moved her way up to a production engineer and technical manager for large-scale global broadcasts. Five years later Jennifer found herself in a real-life "The Newsroom" at Al Jazeera Media Network, glass doors and all. As a broadcast engineer she played a key role in launching AJ+, Al Jazeera's digital-only, millennial-geared network in both the United States and the Middle East. Jennifer has a double major in Communication and Studio Art from Santa Clara University.
With a career spanning from pre-Internet days, Marc Zorn has been involved with information security as a well-recognized leader in the IT industry. His participation with various consortia has helped to lay the groundwork for international groups such as FIRST and SANS, and establish standards including ISO 17799, 27000, HIPAA, and GIAC.
Marc has held key security positions in the public and private sectors, including the last several years in Media and Entertainment primarily consulting with studios, post-production houses, exhibitors, and the MPAA to address protection of multimedia content through the transition from film-based to file-based workflows.
As an early industry leader in the space, Marc also has thorough experience of cloud technologies and market drivers for large-scale rollout of object storage and computing. He is adept with large-scale implementation of advanced technologies and security across data centers and networks in private, public, hosted, and hybrid configurations.
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