A Conversation with SMPTE Leadership: The Society Looks Forward to 2018 and Beyond

SPEAKERS: SMPTE President Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of technology, TV and media, at Ericsson; Pat Griffis, SMPTE Executive Vice President and executive director of technology strategy in the Office of the CTO at Dolby Laboratories; Bruce Devlin, SMPTE Standards Vice President and founder of Mr. MXF Ltd.; Peter Wharton, SMPTE Membership Vice President; Richard Welsh, SMPTE Education Vice President and CEO of Sundog Media Toolkit; and Barbara Lange, SMPTE Executive Director;

Thursday, 25 January 2018

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Happy New Year!

In 2018, SMPTE is poised to serve its members as never before. This is your Society, and, as such, SMPTE leaders want share their vision for this year and beyond.

Where is SMPTE going? What will it look like in 2020? They also want to hear what you have to say! 

Please join Matthew Goldman, Pat Griffis, Bruce Devlin, Richard Welsh, Peter Wharton and Barbara Lange for this unique opportunity to hear about the future of the Society and to ask questions or provide suggestions.

Guest Speakers

Matthew Goldman is Senior Vice President Technology, TV Compression, at Ericsson, where he is focused on video compression related products and solutions. He has been actively involved in the development of DTV systems since 1992. He was a prominent participant in the Moving Picture Experts Group where he helped create the MPEG-2 Systems standard, and he continues to be influential in other industry organizations including the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the Digital Video Broadcasting project 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. Mr. Goldman is currently serving as President on the SMPTE Board of Governors.
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 the 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 Executive Vice President, 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.
Bruce Devlin has been working in the media industry for 30 years and is the chief media scientist at Dalet Digital Media Systems as well as the founder of Mr MXF Ltd. and co-founder of the Media Bay LLC. He is well known in the industry for his technology presentations, especially his educational YouTube series—Bruce’s Shorts. Devlin has designed everything from ASICs to algorithms. He tweets as @MrMXF chaired the SMPTE working groups and literally wrote the book on the MXF format. Devlin is an alumnus of Queens’ College Cambridge England. He is a member of the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM) and Digital Production Partnership, a fellow and U.K. Governor of SMPTE, a recipient of SMPTE’s David Sarnoff Medal, a recipient of BKSTS’ Achievement award, keen to educate the world about media and a rider of bicycles (occasionally quickly). Devlin is also a recipient of the SMPTE Excellence in Standards award.
Richard Welsh is co-founder and CEO of Sundog Media Toolkit Ltd. He serves on the board of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) as Governor for EMEA, Central and South America region and is an Associate Producer on the production of the SMPTE documentary, “Moving Images.”
Welsh has worked in the cinema industry since 1999. He has been involved in various technology development work during this time, primarily in digital cinema and is named on patents in the area of visual perception of 3D. Welsh started his career at Dolby Laboratories where he held various positions including Film Sound Consultant, Mastering Engineer and Director of Digital Cinema. Subsequently, Welsh became Head of Digital Cinema Operations at Technicolor, where he was the operational lead for Digital Cinema, Localisation and Sound Services. At Technicolor, Welsh was responsible for all mastering, distribution and client services for theatrical releases across their UK facilities. In 2013, Welsh established cloud software company Sundog Media Toolkit. He also lectures in Media Technology at Southampton Solent University and holds a BSc (Hons) in Media Technology and an honorary Doctor of Technology degree.
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.
Barbara Lange joined SMPTE in January 2010 as Executive Director. She is responsible for executing the Board of Governors’ strategic vision to increase the Society’s visibility and relevance in an ever-changing media ecosystem. The Society focuses on three pillars of activity in Standards, Membership, and Education and the various programs within each. Highlights of Lange’s tenure include successfully launching the Society’s first digital library of its complete intellectual property back to 1916; adding Executive events in Europe; publishing regular updates on Standards activities; overseeing the establishment of the newest Sections in over a decade in India, UK, and within the US; and successfully establishing the Society’s Next Century development fund as part of its Centennial in 2016. Prior to joining SMPTE, Ms. Lange developed a focus on product management as a scholarly publishing executive, often speaking at industry conferences. She spent her career at the world’s largest technical association, IEEE, and the German scholarly publisher, Springer-Verlag. Ms. Lange holds Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry and German from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA and completed the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.