The SMPTE Board of Governors is made up of Board Officers, Regional Governors, and Directors of specific areas including Standards, Education, and Membership. Elections are held annually with a rotating term set per member.
Hans Hoffmann | President, 2021-2022
Hans Hoffmann was born in Munich, Germany. He holds a diploma in telecommunication engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich. In 2007, he completed his Ph.D. studies at Brunel University West London, at the School of Engineering and Design. From 1993 to 2000, Hoffmann worked at the Insitut fuer Rundfunktechnik in research and development for new television production technologies. In 2000, he joined the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as a senior engineer in the technical department. Hoffmann has chaired the EBU project groups P/BRRTV and P/PITV, which were both involved in standardization activities such SDTI and file formats. He has chaired the SMPTE technology committee on Networks and File Management and has served as Engineering Director, Television. He has been involved in EBU activities on high-definition television production and emission and set up the HDTV testing laboratory at the EBU. Hoffmann is a fellow of SMPTE and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), FKT (Germany), and the Society for Information Display (SID).
Patrick Griffis | Past President, 2021-2022
As Technology Vice President in the CTO Office at Dolby, Patrick Griffis is charged with helping define future technology strategy for the company which includes identifying and tracking key technical trends, performing technical due diligence, and supporting advanced technology initiatives for the company. He has been an active company spokesperson on the topic of next generation imaging and in particular, “better pixels” - a term he coined for High Dynamic Range plus Wide Color Gamut. Before joining Dolby, Pat spent 10 years at Microsoft leading global digital media standards strategy, 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 SMPTE standard. Prior to Microsoft, Pat spent 15 years at Panasonic in senior management positions, including Vice President of Strategic Product Development at Panasonic Broadcast where he drove Panasonic’s HDTV strategy for the US. Pat started his career at RCA, earning eight patents in TV product design.
Patricia Keighley | Executive Vice President, 2021-2022
Patricia Keighley, SVP IMAX Corporation, is co-founder (1972) of IMAX POST/DKP Inc., an IMAX subsidiary since 1988. In 2008, she led the development of the IMAX digital post production workflow by adapting the long-established IMAX film post production procedures to meet digital requirements while continuing to maintain the brand’s high quality standards. Keighley has been an active member of the SMPTE Board of Governors, as well as the Hollywood Section Board of Managers, with terms as Sections Vice President, Hollywood Region Governor, Hollywood Section Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, and Manager. In 2008 Keighley received SMPTE's Citation of Outstanding Service to the Society in recognition of her role as Producer and writer of the Society's extensively revamped 2007 Honors and Awards event honoring esteemed technology thought-leaders and practitioners from all sections of the entertainment industry.
Bruce Devlin | Standards Vice President, 2020-2021
In the late 1990s, Mr. Devlin had a dream that File Based working could be better. He started a small UK project that became a big EU project that became a global effort that became SMPTE’s MXF format. MXF was SMPTE’s first big software standard and as our media world moves towards software services and away from hardware infrastructure, Devlin feels that SMPTE’s standardization processes and procedures need to keep up with those changes. The fine balance between “Do it fast” and “Do it right” needs to be respected while simultaneously preserving SMPTE’s reputation for quality standards that meet the media industry’s needs. Bruce has served as both the EMEA, Central and South America Region Governor and the UK Region Governor of SMPTE. Working with the UK Region to deliver a huge program of quality meetings, it has become clear to him that SMPTE is primarily a membership organization whose standards activities act as a technical compass for the direction of the media industry. As Standards Vice President and participant in the recently announced SMPTE–DPP B-IMF work, Bruce hopes to show that SMPTE is not just a home for that work, it is THE home for that work.
Michael Zink | Education Vice President, 2021-2022
As Vice President of Technology at Warner Bros., Michael Zink is responsible for exploring emerging technologies to enhance WB’s capabilities for production, post-production, and distribution. This includes assessing new technologies; and assisting with the setup and integration of digital workflows. Michael also participates in a number of standards associations such as CTA, DCI, SMPTE, among others; and also serves as Chairman for the UHD Alliance. Prior to joining Warner Bros. in 2014, Michael worked at Technicolor for over 10 years, most recently as Vice President of Technology Strategy, where he was responsible for launching the production efforts around various new optical disc formats. Additionally, Michael was responsible for the promotion and adoption of Technicolor technology solutions within industry groups. Earlier in his career, he worked for several media production facilities in Germany.
Paul Stechly | Finance Vice President, 2021
Paul Stechly graduated from the University of Waterloo and completed post graduate work at the University of Western Ontario. Paul joined Applied Electronics Limited in 1983, and as the President and an owner of the company since 1998, he manages and oversees the national business operations of six offices located across Canada and 135 full time employees. Paul has been extensively involved in SMPTE for over 10 years and is a SMPTE Fellow. His involvement in SMPTE started with eight years on the local Section Board as Section Secretary Treasurer and Section Chair, 10 years on the SMPTE Board itself as Past Chair and Canadian Regional Governor, as well as six years on the Executive Committee as Membership Vice President and Finance Vice President. The 2021-22 term will be Paul’s second term serving as Finance VP. He is in his 37th year of his career in the broadcast and media industry.
Renard Jenkins | Membership Vice President, 2021
Jenkins has more than 30 years of experience in the television and film industry. In addition to his current responsibilities for the strategic direction and operational management of PBS’ media-supply chain, he also leads PBS’ Advanced Format Center at NPR. The mission of the AFC is to explore and develop procedures for the creation, processing and worldwide distribution of 4K/UltraHD, High Dynamic Range content with Immersive Audio through traditional as well as new and exciting digital distribution platforms. Prior to joining PBS in 2010, Jenkins helped design, build and then lead TV One’s Production Facility which services their marketing, programming, production management, graphics and postproduction departments. From 2006-2009, he refreshed, updated and managed Discovery Communications’ Technical Center, where he managed five departments and supervised more than 100 employees. Jenkins joined Discovery after more than 16 years with CNN. During his tenure, he received two National Emmy Awards, two National Headliner Awards, a Peabody, a DuPont, and a Bronze Broadcast Design Award, as well as many other industry accolades.
John Ferder | Secretary/Treasurer, 2021-2022
John Ferder is the Vice President of Broadcast Engineering for Key Code Media, based in their Centennial, CO offices. John has over thirty-five years of experience in the broadcast industry, most notably as Director of Studio and Post-Production Engineering for the CBS Television Network in New York. Together with his engineering group, he was 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 Late Show with David Letterman”. “The NFL Today”, “60 Minutes”, “48 Hours” and the 2008 construction of the new HD Control Room 47 for the “CBS Evening News” as well as the new studio for “CBS This Morning”. John was elevated to SMPTE Fellow in 2012, chairs the David Sarnoff Medal Award Committee, and serves on the Conference Strategy Committee and Board of Editors. He is a member of IEEE, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.
Tony Ngai | Asia-Pacific Region, 2021-2022
Tony Joined SMPTE Hollywood section as a student member in 1964 when he was sent by Salon Films (H.K) Ltd to Panavision for technical training and ever since he was attracted by the width and depth of motion imaging knowledge that can be learned from SMPTE. Even more so, he was so impressed by the passions of SMPTE’s participants in media entertainment technology from 1974 till now. Hence, he was one of the strong supporters when SMPTE-HK was established in 1994 as membership chair and then he became Section chair from 2003 to 2014 as well as 2018 to 2020. In year 2017, he was honored to receive SMPTE’s Life Fellow status. Furthermore, he was also honored that Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers gave his a “Professional Achievement Award” in their 30th anniversary in 2018. Throughout the years with his contribution to SMPTE as well as motion imaging community in Hong Kong, he was always trying to organize workshops, seminars, master classes etc. aim to extend the spirit of SMPTE in area of education and training to stakeholders. His Macro goal is to contribute his soft skills (experience, knowledge and connection) to support the reach of SMPTE in Asia regions and aim to add values to SMPTE members including SMPTE students members, whereas his micro goal on area of technology education is focusing on Media over IP which is a major evolution for television industry and a must for television engineers to comprehend.
Ward Hansford | Asia-Pacific Region, 2020-2021
Ward Hansford is currently the General Manager for Oceania at Grass Valley in Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining Grass Valley back in February 2017, he spent six years based in Hong Kong working for Ericsson, as the Head of APAC - Television. He has been involved in the television and media industry for over 30 years — in the early days as a tech, and in the following years in sales/marketing and management roles. Hansford joined the SMPTE Australia Board of Managers as Secretary/Treasurer in 1995. In 2009, he was elected Section Chair, an office he held until 2012, and during his tenure the Board’s focus was to deliver value to the members and to assist them in achieving personal and professional goals. In 2012 he was the proud recipient of the SMPTE Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society, for his services to the Australia Section and the Society. Mr. Hansford's goal as Governor is to introduce a mentoring program for the next gen media professionals across the Asia-Pacific Region, drawing on the global SMPTE network of skilled and passionate individuals to connect and support this mentoring program.
Sylvain Marcotte | Canada Region, 2021-2022
Sylvain Marcotte has been a member of the Miranda team (now Grass Valley and Belden) since 1994. Over the years, he has led several teams in the design of many modular platforms for the company. Sylvain, currently a system architect and project manager, is also closely involved in emerging technologies.
Paul Briscoe | Canada Region, 2020-2021
Briscoe began his industry career in 1980 in Engineering at CBC Television. Specializing in the emerging domains of digital television and CGI, he was one of the lead designers of the all-digital Toronto Broadcast Centre. He joined Leitch Technology in 1994 as Product Engineer, defining and leading development of products for the digital, HD and IP eras. Over 19 years he occupied various R&D roles including R&D Manager and Principal Engineer. Today Briscoe provides technology and standards consultation to the rapidly evolving media industry. He is Canadian Regional Governor, Past Chair of the Toronto Section and a Fellow of the SMPTE, a member of IEEE, and an active participant on many SMPTE and other standards committees. An established industry thought-leader, Briscoe has delivered many technical papers to audiences including SMPTE, IEEE, VSF, AES, EBU, IRT, NAB, and PBS. He is an active Radio Amateur, avid maker of many things, a curler in the winter and cyclist and gardener in the summer.
William T. Hayes | USA - Central Region, 2021-2022
Bill Hayes has worked in broadcasting since 1973 in both radio and television. He has extensive experience in planning, design and the construction of all facets of a television station, and is currently responsible for the planning and development of all technology projects at Iowa Public Television, including RF transmission facilities, and studio origination facilities throughout the State of Iowa. He is active in future broadcast planning on the national level and serve on a number of committees developing standards for emerging technologies such as hybrid television, mobile digital television and 3D television. Hayes is a SMPTE Fellow, and has also served two terms as President of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society.
Karl Joseph Kuhn | USA – Eastern Region, 2021-2022
I started in this industry in ninth grade and have continued to be passionate about being active in moving the technology forward. My current position at Telestream as a Principle Solutions Architect will allow me to attend and occasionally present at monthly meetings and events in the region. This works well for me to be an engaged and a hands on Governor for the of USA Eastern Region. I have been very involved with outreach to the next generation of industry leadership by being active in nurturing our student chapters and supporting our student focused events. Over the years by being active in section leadership I have collected, and shared best practices and lessons learned with other sections. My leadership experience includes Washington DC Section Secretary/Treasurer, Washington DC Section Chair, Eastern Region Governor and most recently North American Membership Director. In 2015 I was raised to SMPTE Fellow. My responsibilities at Telestream focus on test and measurement of ST 2110 IP, ST 2059 PTP, 4K and UHD, HDR, WCG and OTT transmission. We live in very exciting times as the industry experiences many paradigm shifts.
Yvonne Thomas | Europe, The Middle East, Africa and Central & South America Region, 2020-2021
Yvonne Thomas graduated in Television Technologies and Electronic Media Engineering from University of applied Science Wiesbaden (HSRM), Germany, in Oct. 2010. She received a prominent award of the ARD/ZDF Academy for her thesis in September 2011 at the IFA in Berlin. Following these studies she started beginning of 2011 to work at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in the Technology & Innovation Department as Project Manager. She was responsible for projects and strategic programs on 3D and Future Television technologies, such as UHDTV or LED studio lighting and highly involved in its standardization. Since September 2015 Yvonne joined Arvato Systems´ Broadcast Solution division. As a Product Manager she is responsible for the journalistic frontend “MediaPortal” of the Video Production Management Suite and follows new trends in the media landscape, like AI and machine learning. At NAB 2017 Yvonne was presented with the annual Technology Women to Watch Award from TVNews Check.
Konstantin Glasman | Europe, The Middle East, Africa and Central & South America Region, 2021-2022
I received my Ph.D. degree in film and television technology from Leningrad University of Motion Picture Engineers (University of Film&TV since 1993). I held various research and teaching positions (from an engineer to Professor and Vice Rector). I always taught students to speak the motion picture and television industry’s technical language. It was actually the SMPTE language. I created the first Russian SMPTE student chapter. Three managers of the Russian SMPTE section (including chair) are my students. I am Chair of the Video/Multimedia Committee of the IEEE CE Society, a member of the IBC Conference Technical Papers Committee, a member of the IABM Broadcast and Media Awards Panel. I was a member of the IEEE.tv Advisory Committee. I am currently the producer of the YouTube broadcast channels of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society and Broadcast Technology Society. I produced more than 1400 videos for these channels. SMPTE EMEA, Central & South America Region is extremely large. But this region needs horizontal links between sections and between members to network, interact, develop and become great. I understand the potential impact YouTube and social media can have if focused correctly. I have the right experience how to use them to increase attractiveness of the SMPTE as a globalized community to the youth. If elected, I will create the SMPTE network of interconnected and interacting YouTube channels and social media pages. My focus will be to stimulate young motion picture and television researchers, engineers, creatives and students to contribute to SMPTE activities.
Eric Gsell | USA - Hollywood Region, 2020-2021
Eric is a Staff Engineer at Dolby Laboratories, where he has worked on research and operations pertaining to Imaging for the past 16 years. Eric has been involved with the development, research and testing of the DCI specifications for Digital Cinema, H.264 and the Dolby imaging products using those technologies. More recently, Eric has been working on testing and support for the development of the Dolby Professional Reference Monitor and Dolby Vision for both Consumer and Cinematic presentation. Prior to Dolby; Eric worked at DemoGraFX in Marina del Rey, The Model DTV Station in Washington DC, and the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC) in Alexandria, VA. Eric has been actively involved in SMPTE since 2000 initially participating in compression standards. Eric has been a local section Manager, Secretary/Treasurer and Section Chair and a member of the Local Arrangements Committee for the SMPTE Fall Conference as a Volunteer Coordinator (2008), Vice-Chair (2009) and Chair (2010-2018) for the conference. Eric is also a member of the Board of Editors for SMPTE. Eric has been keenly focused on the educational pillar of SMPTE and how young professionals and students are able to find opportunities and avenues of success within the greater organization and how the organization can better cater to the next generation of Engineers and Entertainment Professionals. Eric enjoys Photography, games, spending time with his family and brewing his own beer.
Michael DeValue | USA - Hollywood Region, 2021-2022
Michael Devalue, also known as Mike, serves as Director of Advanced Technology at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Devalue is responsible for standards, as well as researching new technologies related to content distribution such as 3D, 4K, and high dynamic range HDR). He has co-chaired several groups related to 3D in the home for SMPTE and presented a session on captions in stereoscopic 3D at the SMPTE 2010 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition. DeValue has been an Education Director of Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Inc. since February 2014. In addition to SMPTE, he is an active participant in the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) and Digital Cinema Initiatives, (DCI) and is also the Chairman of the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society.
Marty Meyer | USA - – Hollywood Region, 2021
Marty began her professional career managing broadcast technical operations for network and local Los Angeles television facilities ABC and CBS. Moving to broadcast equipment rental companies, she’s worked as director of engineering, marketing and business development serving scripted, non scripted and sports clients. She currently works for Gravity Media/Gear House in Los Angeles where she manages strategic accounts for production and post -production rentals. She received her bachelor’s degree from San Diego in TV/Film, English, Speech Pathology and Audiology, and studied broadcast engineering at KCSM in the SF Bay area. She holds an FCC License and an Emmy for Olympic sports broadcasting. Marty chaired the Hollywood section of SMPTE for two terms, attracting new members by looking beyond the traditional participant profile and initiated a curriculum that challenges perceptions. With experience gained producing events and workshops for the Sports Video Group, Panasonic, Canon, Red the ICGet.al, she provides the hospitality for section meetings. If she looks familiar you’ve likely seen her minding the buffet table at section meetings.
Rosemarie Lockwood | USA - New York Region, 2021-2022
Rose Lockwood is a longtime SMPTE member, and a current New York Section Manager. Having a degree in electronics engineering, she has dedicated nearly 30 years to the Broadcast and A/V industry. Lockwood is currently with Belden for 21 years as a Regional Sales Engineer for the Northeastern US. In her current role, she educates consultants and integrators on the best use and application for the Belden solutions. Through her training and service, she has helped major US television stations expand and grow their coverage.
Tom Mauro | USA - New York Region, 2020-2021
In his current position as Broadcast Sales Manager for Arvato Systems, Tom Mauro is tasked with sales and business development for enterprise-class MAM systems and workflow automation tools in North America. Previously, as Sales Manager/The Americas for Dolby, he was a member of the Emmy-winning team that introduced the revolutionary PRM series of reference monitors. He has been in the media business since long before we called it media, having designed and built recording studios, remote production vehicles, and broadcast studios since the early 80s. Mauro has been an active SMPTE member since 1984, in the New England, Rochester, Atlanta, Hollywood, and New York Sections.
Lisa Hobbs | USA – Southern Region, 2021-2022
When I was asked to accept a nomination for the position of SMPTE Governor, my first thought was “why me?” After all, I’m not an engineer. Yes, I’ve been in the industry for more than 30 years—first with Scientific-Atlanta, then NDS/TANDBERG Television/Ericsson/MediaKind. In that time, I’ve held product management, marketing and business development roles, only recently moving to sales. Then I realized: my strength throughout all the years and positions I’ve held has been to learn what I need to know technically from experts in the field, then apply it to solutions that help customers realize the benefits these technologies bring to them. Learning is why I became a member of SMPTE, it’s why I never miss the national conference (even serving on the paper review committee one year,) and it’s why I participate in as many local Atlanta meetings as possible. It’s also why I ran for Section Manager in Atlanta last year—to help bring in more speakers with programs that talk to the real-life applications of the technologies that SMPTE standards make possible, not just the technologies themselves. As Governor, it is my desire to bring this same viewpoint to the larger national organization. While extraordinarily talented engineers will continue driving new media standards, I would like to see SMPTE continually showcase the real-world applications for the standards being created. Doing so, I believe, will lead to an expanded audience for SMPTE and serve as a springboard to growing new membership outside of the engineering community.
Merrick (Rick) Ackermans | USA - Southern Region, 2020-2021
Ackermans was raised in the greater Chicago area and attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and Technology. From 1988- 2015 Ackermans worked for Turner Broadcasting System in Atlanta Georgia where he held multiple engineering and management positions for the Turner Entertainment Group. He currently runs his own consulting firm MVA Broadcast Consulting. Ackermans has been active in both the SMPTE and industry-wide standards process, having chaired multiple SMPTE standards committees and working groups. He has been active in SMPTE’s Atlanta Section and Southern Region form many years, having served multiple terms as both a Southern Region Governor and Atlanta Section Manager. Ackermans is a current board member of the Video Services Forum and is proud to be a SMPTE Fellow.
Jessica Wan | USA – Western Region, 2021-2022
Jessica Wan, a Media Systems Engineer at Pixar Animation Studios. Before Pixar, I earned my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. I studied engineering because I love technology and problem solving. I also love movies, so being able to work in entertainment technology is a real privilege and delight. I’ve been a SMPTE member for about two years. So far, I’ve attended one SMPTE conference, helped host one SMPTE meeting with the local SF chapter, and been on two panels at SMPTE-related events. I may not have decades of experience, but I can offer a different perspective. I think it is very important for the organization to expand membership to include a wider range of professional and personal experiences. If elected, I plan to engage and collaborate with SMPTE leadership on reexamining our current practices and recruitment efforts to help steer the society towards a more inclusive organizational culture. I have personally found the technical presentations, educational offerings, and networking opportunities invaluable and I would like these benefits to be enjoyed by a greater variety of people. Not only would this have lasting implications for SMPTE and the industry at large, but it will have an enduring impact on young professionals like me.
Ben Waggoner | USA - Western Region, 2020-2021
Waggoner has worked on digital video since 1995. Early on, he had many roles: writing treatments and scripts; producing; directing; post production, and digital asset creation. Waggoner joined Amazon Video as Principal Video Specialist in 2012, and has led Amazon's technical implementations of adaptive streaming, 1080p, HEVC, UHD, and HDR (launched nine months before UHD Blu-ray). He was a contributing editor for DV Magazine, and wrote two editions of his compression book. Waggoner drives collaboration between movie studios, post houses, distributions, tool vendors, service providers, and device manufacturers to deliver great experiences. As Western Region Governor, he hopes to raise the bar on the video experience by providing education, documenting best practices, and bringing in engineers-of-video as new SMPTE members.
Marina Kalkanis | UK Region Governor, 2021-2022
Marina Kalkanis is a Senior Technology Executive with broad technology leadership experience and extensive background in digital media. She is currently running a new London based startup, M2A Media Ltd., creating cloud based media solutions. Previously, she delivered digital file based playout workflows for the BBC and Video Factory, the BBC iPlayer media production service - all built on public cloud infrastructure. Prior to that, Kalkanis delivered the award winning BBC London 2012 Olympics online media services. She was responsible for teams delivering BBC online media across all platforms, from ingest to play out.
Mark Harrison | UK Region Governor, 2020-2021
Harrison spent many years as a Director, Producer and Executive Producer. He has won numerous awards including from the RTS and BFI, as well as gaining an International Emmy and BAFTA nomination. Harrison has held senior roles within the independent sector and the BBC, including as Managing Director of Soul Purpose Productions, and BBC Head of Arts. He became Controller of Production for BBC North in 2010, and later Director of Transformation in the BBC’s Design and Engineering group. Harrison has been Managing Director of the DPP since it became a not-for-profit company in 2015, and left the BBC early in 2017 to devote more time to leading the DPP. He is also Vice-Chair of an NHS Foundation Trust, and Chair of a commercial subsidiary of the Trust.