Industry Leaders Gather to Discuss The Future of Content Creation, Acquisition, Distribution, and Delivery at SMPTE

SMPTE Conference & Expo Explores Whats Next for 3D

White Plains, NY (September 27, 2007) - The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) today unveiled a stellar roster of technology leaders spanning a number of industries from 3D, online, film, broadcast, satellite, and cable, next generation image acquisition, networking and delivery systems, for the annual SMPTE Technical Conference & Exhibition, October 24-27, 2007 in Brooklyn, New York.

Bran Ferren, Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Applied Minds, will open the conference with a keynote, followed by a top engineering executive panel. The Panel, titled "Next Generation Media: Engineering the Multi-Platform Future," will host industry thought-leaders who will discuss and underscore strategies of the new challenges in creating, managing, and developing the multiple platforms of the future. Executives participating on the panel include:
- Pat Griffis, Senior Director, Media Interoperability, Entertainment and Devices Division, Microsoft;
- Robert J. Ross, Senior Vice President, East Coast Operations, CBS Broadcasting Inc.;
- Gary Traver, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Comcast Media Center;
- Craig Cuttner, SVP Advanced Technology, HBO; and
- Moderator: Glen Dickson, Senior Editor, Broadcasting & Cable.

SMPTE's Pre-Conference Symposium, "Stereoscopic Production," scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, and sponsored by Sony and Texas Instruments, will explore the core technologies, applications, and challenges of 3D and provide a roadmap for 3D deployment. Thought leaders from Sony Pictures Imageworks, 21st Century 3D, DreamWorks Animation, Real D, 3ality Digital Systems, Dolby Laboratories, In-Three, Insight Media, Lightspeed Design Group, Lightstorm Productions, MKPE Consulting, Pace Technology, and Quantel, will all participate in the symposium.

Additional technical topics to be addressed at the conference include advanced image acquisition, maintaining quality of HDTV, content protection and anti-piracy, advances in film/digital technologies, metadata management, hybrid AV/IT systems, audio advancements, digital intermediate, digital asset management and archive, advanced imaging, content distribution, and IPTV technology.

A special program, "Education Day," scheduled for Friday, October 26, will focus on educating faculty and students on technical updates in the motion imaging industry. Wendy Aylsworth, Vice President of Technology, Warner Bros. Technical Operations, will keynote the Education Day Luncheon. The Day will close with the "Honors and Awards Reception and Ceremony" hosted by Daniel Sieberg, Science and Technology Correspondent, CBS News.

As the premier event for the motion imaging industry, the SMPTE Technical Conference & Exhibition brings together technology thought-leaders from the post-production, filmmaking, broadcast and cable industries for four days of technical sessions, a high-tech exhibition hall and unparalleled networking opportunities. For details on registration, booth space, new sponsorship opportunities, and the complete agenda, please visit

About the Society of Motion Picture Engineers
Founded in 1916 to advance theory and development in the motion imaging field, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry. SMPTE has earned a strong reputation for its work in developing industry standards, recommended practices and engineering guidelines. SMPTE also publishes the award-winning SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. SMPTE worldwide members include engineers and other technical professionals, directors and educators working in the technical and creative provisioning of motion pictures, television and new media. SMPTE also hosts more than 200 sustaining (corporate) members.