Special Events and Keynotes

Opening Keynote - 22 October 9:15-10:15 am

Thomas Gewecke
 
Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Warner Bros. Entertainment 
 
Thomas Gewecke was named Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Warner Bros. Entertainment in May 2013. In this position, he is responsible for driving the Studio’s worldwide digital growth and managing its global business strategy. Gewecke is charged with coordinating the company’s various digital distribution strategies to maximize the value of Warner Bros.’ content across all current and emerging digital exhibition platforms. He also oversees Warner Bros. Technical Operations and Corporate Business Development as well as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Direct-to-Consumer, Business Development and Flixster groups. 
 
Prior to his current role, Gewecke served as President of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, a position he had held since January 2008. Under Gewecke, WBDD expanded its global footprint to make the Studio’s movie and television content available for transactional purchase in every major market, through more than 100 digital retail partners, and was consistently recognized as a leader and innovator in the distribution of digital content. 
 
Gewecke graduated from Harvard College in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in social studies. 
 
 

Opening Night Reception - 22 October 6-8 pm

Join your fellow colleagues and start networking while you enjoy hors d'oeuvres and our famous seafood buffet. This popular industry networking event is open to all attendees, exhibitors and the media. It is the
perfect way to end a busy day at the SMPTE 2013 with friends, colleagues and new business partnerships.
 
 
 
 

Industry Luncheon - 22 October 12:30-2:00 pm

David Gibbons, vice president of product marketing at Ustream, will present the Industry Luncheon keynote. Gibbons will describe the infrastructure that underpins the largest live Internet broadcasts and the technical limitations and opportunities inherent in this powerful delivery medium.

 

Industry Luncheon Keynote - David Gibbons

Vice President of Product Marketing - USTREAM
 
David is responsible for guiding the evolution of Ustream’s unique online live video solution as it expands to meet the needs of thousands of broadcasters from entertainers to consumers, TV companies to non-profit organizations. 

Prior to Ustream David held management positions at online video company Ooyala, and at audio/video production equipment vendor Avid Technology. He has guided product strategy for multiple product lines generating over $300M in annual revenues. He studied Electronic Engineering at the National University of Ireland, and Audio Engineering at Kingston University in London, England

 

Fellows Luncheon - 23 October 12:30-2:00 pm

New SMPTE Fellows will be inducted during the Fellows Luncheon, and further recognized on at the SMPTE Honors and Awards Ceremony. The Fellows Luncheon will feature a keynote by SMPTE Fellow Glenn Reitmeier, who serves as both senior vice president of advanced technology at NBC Universal.

 2013 SMPTE Fellows

Fellows Luncheon Keynote - Glenn Reitmeier

SVP of Advanced Technology at NBC Universal

Glenn leads the company’s technical efforts on industry standards, government policy, commercial agreements, anti-piracy operations and advanced engineering. Since joining NBC in 2002, Glenn was involved in the creation of NBC’s first high-definition cable channel, Universal-HD, launching DTV multicast programming and mobile broadcasting, and the distribution of NBCU content to new digital consumer devices, including PCs, game consoles and personal devices. Prior to joining NBC Universal, Glenn spent 25 years in digital video R&D at Sarnoff Laboratories.  Early in his career, he was instrumental in establishing the ITU-601 component digital video standard which is currently in worldwide use as the backbone of today’s television broadcasting and production facilities. 

During the competitive phase of HDTV standardization, Glenn lead the Sarnoff-Thomson-Philips-NBC development of Advanced Digital HDTV, which pioneered the use of MPEG compression, packetized transport, and multiple video formats, which eventually became core elements of the ATSC digital television standard.  Glenn was a key member of the Digital HDTV Grand Alliance. Glenn is a Fellow of the SMPTE and is a recipient of the Progress Medal and the Leitch Gold Medal.  He is also an inaugural member of the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) Academy of Digital Television Pioneers and the recipient of the National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Television Engineering Award for lifetime achievement.  He holds over 50 patents in digital video technology and is recognized in the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame.

 

Annual Membership Meeting - 23 October 6:00-6:30 pm PDT

Learn about the latest developments at SMPTE. This meeting will report on the state of the Society's three pillars of Membership, Standards and Education. From establishing new Sections, to increasing visibility of Standards activities and producing new Educational programs, your Society has been very active on many fronts. Be sure to attend to learn how your Society is working to meet the industry’s challenges.
 
 

This Event Will Be Streaming Live, Courtesy of Ustream.

 

 

Honors and Awards Ceremony and Dinner  - 24 October 7-10 pm

The SMPTE Honors & Awards Ceremony and Reception celebrates outstanding technology leaders, innovators and industry visionaries that will receive the Society’s 2013 Honors and Awards.

Hosted By Mr. David Wood - EBU

 

 

 

 

  
 List of 2013 Award Recipients

 

SMPTE Evening Jam - 24 October 10 pm

Last year, we held the first-ever SMPTE Jam as an after-party to the Honors & Award Ceremony and Dinner. It was great fun! We're gearing up for this year's Jam and it will once again be held following the Honors & Award Ceremony and Dinner in the Hollywood Ballroom of the Loews Hollywood Hotel on Thursday, October 24 from 10pm - 12am.