Program Committee

Jerry Whitaker - Program Chair

Mr. Whitaker supports the work of the various ATSC technology and specialist groups and assists in the development of ATSC Standards and related documents. He currently serves as Secretary of the Technology and Standards Group and Secretary of the Technology Group on Next Generation Broadcast Television, and is closely involved in work relating to educational programs.

Mr. Whitaker is a Fellow the Society of Broadcast Engineers and a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He has served as a Board member and Vice President of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

Mr. Whitaker is the author and editor of more than 35 books on technical topics, including: The Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering, 4th ed.; NAB Engineering Handbook, 9th ed., DTV Handbook, 3rd ed., and The Electronics Handbook, 2nd ed. Prior to joining the ATSC, Mr. Whitaker headed the publishing company Technical Press, based in Morgan Hill, Calif.

Mr. Whitaker was previously Editor, Editorial Director, and Associate Publisher of Broadcast Engineering magazine and Video Systems magazine.

Paul Chapman  - Co-Vice-Chair

Paul Chapman has worked in the Video and Post Production industry in Los Angeles for over 25 years, having come from the UK after a career in Software Engineering. His degree is in Computers & Cybernetics from the University of Kent, Canterbury.

During the first 15 years he was very active in the Telecine community, working for both manufacturers and users, such as Rank Cintel, Unimedia and Complete Post and Unitel Video.
 
In 1996 he joined FotoKem, holding various engineering leadership positions. During the first part of his career at FotoKem he led the team that designed the infrastructure, implemented, and then moved into a new 60,000 square foot purpose built video Building.
 
At FotoKem he currently holds the position of Senior Vice President of Technology, in this position he is responsible for evaluating, recommending and implementing all aspects of digital technology company wide.
 
He is immediate past chair of SMPTE Hollywood section, having served for two years, and currently is SMPTE Hollywood regional Governor.
 

Jim DeFilippis - Co-Vice-Chair

Jim has worked in radio and television broadcasting for over 32 years.  Most recently he was EVP, Digital Television Technologies and Standards, for the FOX Technology Group. Currently Jim is a consultant to the Media and Television industry in the area of new technologies and file based work flows.

He attended the School of Engineering at Columbia University in the City of New York where he attained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1980 and his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1990.
 
Jim is a Fellow of the SMPTE and recently received the SMPTE David Sarnoff Medal.  He has participated in standards activities at SMPTE, the International Telecommunications Union, and the ATSC.  He has received two Technical Emmy awards for his work on the Development of the ATSC standard and for the FOX HD Splicing System.  
 

Harvey Arnold

Harvey Arnold is Corporate Director of Engineering for Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest television broadcast owners/operators in the US. He is responsible for engineering activities and recent digital transition supporting 60 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. He played a key role in the ACATS, high-power DTV field testing in Charlotte, NC. Harvey currently supports the activities within ATSC which is charged with the task of establishing standards relating to improving reception of over-the-air digital television. 
 
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). He is a member of the SMPTE Board of Editors and a SMPTE Fellow.
 

Don Craig

Don Craig advises companies on video technology old and new.  He is a co-founder of Omneon Inc. (acquired by Harmonic), and has also worked for the CBC, Tektronix/Grass Valley, and Sony.  Two of the innovative products he was responsible for at Tektronix received technical Emmys:  the VM700A Video Measurement Set, and Profile, the industry’s first video server.   He is a recipient of SMPTE’s Sarnoff Medal and is a Fellow of the Society. 

John Footen

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 is an active founding member of the Framework for Interoperable Media Services (FIMS) joint taskforce of the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) and European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Footen is a SMPTE member and co-chairs the 34CS Media Systems Control and Services technology committee. He has been responsible for managing many large and complex media solutions projects for many types of media enterprises. He has extensive international experience; having lived and worked in North America, Asia, and EMEA. Footen holds degrees in computer science and film & television from New York University. He is also the co-author of “The Service-Oriented Media Enterprise: SOA, BPM, and Web Services in Professional Media Systems,” published by Focal Press.

Pat Griffis

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.

Al Kovalick

Al Kovalick is a Principal Member and Founder of Media Systems Consulting. Previously, he was a Corporate Fellow at Avid, CTO of Pinnacle Systems and Video Systems Architect at HP. He is an active speaker, educator and has penned the book Video Systems in an IT Environment – The Basics of Networked Media and File-Based Workflows (2009). Al has an MSEE degree from the University of California at Berkeley, holds 18 US and foreign patents and has authored more than 50 papers. He is a SMPTE Fellow and recipient of the David Sarnoff Gold Medal.

Michelle Munson

Michelle Munson, President and co-founder of Aspera, Inc., is co-inventor of the core technology and responsible for overseeing the companies? direction. Aspera specializes in creating innovative data transport technologies that solve the fundamental problems of network data delivery. Before founding Aspera in 2003 with Romanian colleague, Serban Simu, she was a software engineer in several research and start-up companies including the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. A Fulbright Scholar, Ms. Munson holds B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and physics from Kansas State University, as well as a master's in computer science at the University of Cambridge.

Pete Putman

Pete Putman is a technology consultant to Kramer Electronics USA; engaged in product development and testing, technology training, and educational marketing programs. Pete is also a contributing editor for Sound and Communications magazine, the leading trade publication for commercial AV systems integrators. He publishes HDTVexpert.com, a Web blog focused on HDTV, digital media, wireless, and display technologies.    Pete 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. He is an InfoComm Senior Academy Instructor for the International Communications Industries Association (ICIA), and was named ICIA’s Educator of the Year for 2008. He is a member of both The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and Society for Information Display (SID).

Tom Scott

Tom Scott is an Engineering Director for SMPTE, and is a Life Fellow of the Society.  He has been involved with sound for motion pictures since 1978, employed at American Zoetrope, Dolby Laboratories, Saul Zaentz Film Center and Skywalker Sound.  He has been the recipient of two Oscars, Academy Awards for Best Sound, on the films "The Right Stuff" and "Amadeus". He is currently employed as the V.P. Technology of Onstream Media in San Francisco.

Kevin Stec

Mr. Stec has more than 30 years of experience in professional and consumer video development. He currently is the VP of Image Technology Research at Dynamic Digital Depth where he is responsible for investigating 3D ecosystems.  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 holds the position of Editorial Director.  He has been a session chair at the AMI Conference, a Hollywood Chapter Manager and is on the SMPTE Board of Editors.   He recently was nominated to SMPTE Fellow.  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.