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.
Patrick Griffis | President, 2019-2020
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.
Matthew Goldman | Past President, 2019-2020
Matthew Goldman is Senior Vice President of Technology at MediaKind (formerly known as Ericsson Media Solutions), 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 (SMPTE), the Alliance of IP Media Solutions (AIMS), the Ultra HD Forum, the Digital Video Broadcasting project, the Advanced Television Systems Committee, and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers. 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.
Hans Hoffmann | Executive Vice President, 2019-2020
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).
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.
Sara Kudrle | Education Vice President, 2019-2020
Sara Kudrle is the Director of Marketing for PESA, which specializes in mission critical video distribution systems. Sara received her degree in Computer Science with a Minor in Mathematics from California State University Chico. Sara's 18 plus years in the Video Broadcast industry started at Tektronix in VideoTele.com. From there, she joined Continental Electronics as a software engineer within the TV Transmitter group developing exciter control software. Next, she joined NVISION/Miranda/Grass Valley and was responsible for several projects within the Router Control group, moving on to Imagine Communications' Playout division. Sara has authored numerous papers for NAB, PBS and SMPTE conferences and has been published in Broadcast Engineering and the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, receiving the 2012 Journal Award. In 2015, Sara was named TVNewsCheck’s 2015 Technology Woman to Watch. Sara is active within SMPTE serving on several committees and in the standards community. Sara is a SMPTE Fellow, the SMPTE Vice President of Education, former SMPTE Region Governor, SMPTE Award Chair and is a SMPTE Annual Technical Conference Co-Chair.
Patricia Keighley | Finance Vice President, 2020-2021
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.
Peter Wharton | Membership Vice President, 2020-2021
Peter Wharton most recently served as VP Technology at BroadStream Solutions Inc, a software company that specializes in television production, workflows and playout where he was responsible for the technical and strategic direction of the company. Prior to joining BroadStream, Peter was at Grass Valley (Miranda Technologies) where he held a wide range of roles in sales, business development, strategic account management, product management, development and engineering. He has played a role in the centralization initiatives of several station groups as well as the design and implementation of numerous specialty channel and TV network playout facilities. Prior to Grass Valley, Peter held engineering and management roles with Fox ABC Networks and PanAmSat. A SMPTE Fellow, he currently serves as SMPTE’s Secretary-Treasurer, previously served as Eastern Regional Governor and produces the “Bits By The Bay” SMPTE conference in the Washington DC area.
John Ferder | Secretary/Treasurer, 2019-2020
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.
H. Loren Nielsen | Governor-at-Large
Loren Nielsen leads DTS’ cinema business where, in collaboration with content and theatre owners, she ensures a flow of top-tier movies featuring DTS:X immersive sound to theatres. Loren also works with the advanced technology groups at DTS/Xperi to support the development of technologies that enable more people to experience the next generation of immersive sound, sensing and imaging technology in cinemas, television and mobile devices worldwide. For over twenty-five years, Loren has crafted strategy and content for media companies developing cutting-edge digital technology in media and entertainment. Her years of work with digital cinema technology leaders, studios and filmmakers was instrumental to the acceptance and implementation of the digital cinema ecosystem. Loren is a passionate activist in the content creator community, developing and promoting services and opportunity for women and youth, with the goal of building a more vigorous and diverse industry. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) and International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and on the Advisory Boards of the Digital Entertainment Group’s (DEG) Canon Club and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Academy Gold mentoring programs.
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.
Masayuki Sugawara | Asia-Pacific Region, 2019-2020
Masayuki Sugawara received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electric communication engineering and a Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. He joined NHK in 1983. He researched solid-state image sensors, HDTV cameras, and the UHDTV system at NHK STRL from 1987 to 2015. He was an associate professor at the University of Electro- Communications, Tokyo, Japan, from 2000 to 2004. Since 2004, he has been involved in the standardization activity at ITU-R Study Group 6 including the UHDTV standard known as Recommendation BT.2020. At present, he is the chairman of digital broadcasting experts group (DiBEG), Vice president of the institute of image information and television engineers (ITE) and an executive engineer at NEC Corporation. Dr. Sugawara is a member of IEEE, SMPTE, IEICE, and ITE.
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.
Sylvain Marcotte | Canada Region, 2019-2020
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.
William T. Hayes | USA - Central Region, 2019-2020
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.
Renard Jenkins | USA - Eastern Region, 2020-2021
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.
Jim Burger | USA - Eastern Region, 2019-2020
Jim represents technology and consumer electronics companies on intellectual property, communications, and government policy matters. Jim was Senior Director in Apple Computer’s Law Department; his responsibility included worldwide telecommunications and intellectual property policy. Jim has participated extensively in such complex matters as the FCC’s Digital Television proceedings, DVD content protection, the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), wireless data communications, the Copy Protection Technical Working Group (CPTWG), the Advanced Access Content System (AACS), as well as representing information technology industry associations and individual IT companies before the FCC in proceedings such as Broadcast Protection, and Cable Plug & Play. Jim is Co-Chair of the FCBA IP Committee, Chair of the CPTWG, and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law teaching Copyright. Jim works, speaks, and writes extensively on legal and policy issues arising from the confluence of digital technology, telecommunications, entertainment, intellectual property, and government regulation.
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.
François Abbe | Europe, The Middle East, Africa and Central & South America Region, 2019-2020
Abbe is an industry expert in mixed Broadcast / IT production and distribution vid-eo systems. At project start (audit, system design) or during deployment, his involvement helps project adhere to milestones and reduce project risks. Abbe has gained a unique knowledge in IT-based news and sports production architecture thanks to his work on recent and key major news and sports systems in France. His knowledge of Information Systems applied to global media (Business Management Systems, Media Asset Management) helps increase return on investment. Abbe was graduated from Coventry University in the U.K. before joining Snell & Wilcox as an R&D engineer then product manager, working in the fields of DTV and HD. Abbe founded the start-up company Mesclado until 2017 when he joined Qvest Media to run the Paris operations.
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.
Christopher Fetner | USA - Hollywood Region, 2019-2020
Fetner, is the Director of Media Engineering and Studio Technologies for Netflix. In this role, he works across both Netflix’s internal video engineering teams and those of their external partners. While he's not a formally trained video engineer, he has held many operation roles within the broadcast and streaming industry and has been managing engineers and technologists for more than 20 years. During that time, Fetner had the opportunity to work on exciting technology projects such as building BBC Worldwide’s first generation digital archive, creating Netflix’s first generation crowd based QC tool for video/audio/localization, migrating BBC America to HD, and transitioning Discovery Communications away from tape-based workflow. All of these projects required close collaboration with many talented engineers and a heavy dependency on SMPTE standards to achieve. As Hollywood Region Governor, he plans on driving more outreach efforts and encouraging more participation with younger engineers.
Michael DeValue | USA - Hollywood Region, 2019-2020
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.
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.
Rose Lockwood | USA - New York Region, 2019-2020
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.
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.
Michael Koetter | USA - Southern Region, 2019-2020
Holding an educational background that balances computer science with diverse influences including philosophy and anthropology, Koetter has been involved in media technology his entire professional career. After receiving a masters degree from Georgia Tech, he took a job at a large postproduction company that was remaking itself as a web-integrator in Atlanta. From there he worked at the BBC for several years, building file based production systems for several BBC divisions. Koetter has since worked at CNN, then Turner corporate. He is currently accountable for the delivery of several technology services to Turner, including News & Sports Production Systems, Post Production Systems, Content Supply Chain Systems, and Broadcast Technology Infrastructure Systems.
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.
Gary Mandle | USA - Western Region, 2019-2020
Mandle has worked within Sony Electronics in the development of new display and imaging technologies as a design engineer and product manager. Products that Mandle has been involved with include the introduction of Sony’s BVM and PVM CRT model lineup, the introduction of LCD for professional monitoring, the implementation of Sony’s digital cinema projection systems, both GLV and SXRD technologies, and the development of Sony’s current OLED technology. He has authored several SMPTE, IEEE, and SID journals and has been a contributing author of several technology text books with regard to CRT, Plasma, LCD, and OLED. Other areas of Mandle's work include the design of camera image stabilization systems and CCD sensor development where he holds multiple patents. Memberships include CIE, IEEE, SID, OSA and he is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers.
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.
Marina Kalkanis | UK Region Governor, 2019-2020
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.