The Excellence in Standards Award Recipients

John Hurst

For his sustained efforts in D-Cinema standards and interoperability efforts for which he consistently provides objective evaluation of the technical/business trade-offs to arrive at the most cost-effective solutions with rigorous attention to technical detail in ensuring the accurate interrelationship of SMPTE's D-Cinema standards.

John Hurst is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of CineCert, LLC, an internationally recognized developer of digital cinema technology.  Mr. Hurst has more than 30 years' experience in entertainment technology, at first in the practical application of recording and post-production, then later following his interests in product development. He has been involved in developing technologies for digital cinema since 2000.     

Under his direction, CineCert has produced several benchmark d-cinema projects, among  them the Waimea KDM authoring system, the DCI Compliance Test Plan and the open source AS-DCP file access library.  Mr. Hurst has developed many SMPTE standards for d-cinema, is a SMPTE Fellow and is currently chairman of Technology Committee 21DC.

Bob Edge

Bob Edge has made major contributions in SMPTE engineering activities for many years.  As a committee chair and active participant, he has been a leader in the development of standards for file formats and file-based workflows. For his continuous and proactive commitment to the development and improvement to SMPTE’s engineering standards and practices, Bob Edge is awarded our society's Excellence in Standards Award for 2012.

Michael A. Dolan

Michael Dolan plays a leading role in SMPTE engineering activities in the field of traditional broadcasting as well as broadband and emerging technologies. For his continuous and proactive commitment to the development and improvement of our Society's practices, its history, and SMPTE's engineering standards, Michael Dolan is awarded the Excellence in Standards Award for 2011.

Thomas A. Scott

For his steady and pragmatic guidance in standards participation, his outstanding leadership in the roles of Engineering Director and Editorial Director, and for his conference participation, all of which are aimed at the continued promulgation of SMPTE standards and materials.

Peter Dare

For his continuous, active participation in SMPTE’s standards work for over 40 years.  Mr. Dare has authored countless standards related to the compression, encryption, and formatting of audio-visual content for the purposes of storage on analog and digital tape and carriage across serial interfaces, for ultimate presentation in standard-definition, high-definition, and digital cinema.   He is a careful reviewer of every SMPTE standard, often playing devil’s advocate to ensure all aspects are considered from content production to equipment playout.  Mr. Dare has chaired numerous Ad Hoc and Study Groups, as well as a Technology Committee on Networks.  He has become a proficient disciple of SMPTE process and his guidance is sought by others on navigating the rigorous standardization steps.  Mr. Dare’s dedicated performance in the SMPTE Standards Community has resulted in a high quality of professional publications.