MPAA Leader Senator Chris Dodd To Address SMPTE Fall Conference

Association’s Chairman & CEO to address the job-destroying impact of
 movie and TV theft  amid the evolving digital landscape

SMPTE 2011 Annual Technical Conference 25 – 27 October 2011
Hollywood Renaissance Hotel & Spa
24 October 2011Pre-Conference Symposium: Large-Sensor Imaging Revolution



White Plains, NY, 26 September 2011The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media and entertainment industries, today announced that Chris Dodd, the Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America Inc. (MPAA) and former United States Senator, will address attendees at the 2011 SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exposition to be held 25 – 27 October 2011 in Hollywood (

Dodd will address a SMPTE conference luncheon at 12:45 p.m. on 26 October at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel & Spa and will focus on the devastating impact of digital content theft on the workers and businesses in the entertainment industry.

“The movie and the TV industries aren’t just about big studios and stars. More than 2.2 million hard-working, middle-class people in all 50 states depend on the entertainment industry for their jobs. They work behind the scenes in production, and in small businesses like equipment rental, transportation, construction and food service,” Dodd said. “Millions more people work in theaters, video stores, retail, restaurants and other businesses that depend on entertainment. For all of these workers and their families, content theft means declining incomes, lost jobs and reduced health and retirement benefits.”

The 2011 SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exposition is the pre-eminent gathering of motion-imaging scientists, researchers, engineers, and business decision makers and is emblematic of the leadership role that the Society is taking to drive standards that will accelerate industry expansion and business success.

Conference Features Exceptionally Strong Class of Presentations
SMPTE officials have cited an exceptionally strong class of presentation for this year’s conference, including those on new multi-platform distribution schemes, including next-generation watermarking; cloud-computing production solutions; new approaches to 3D acquisition, production, distribution, and display; and new and more efficient ways of managing file-based workflows and locating digital media.

A pre-conference SMPTE Symposium, produced in cooperation with the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), will focus on large-sensor imaging revolution that is remaking creative production workflows.

“We are thrilled to have Senator Dodd address the 2011 SMPTE Annual Technical Conference,” said SMPTE President Pete Ludé. “Our attendees are on the front lines of creating the technologies that help protect the creative product of the MPAA’s members, let consumers experience in new ways, and form the basis for entirely new business models that will help the industry thrive.”

“Attendees at the 2011 SMPTE Annual Technical Conference have delivered some of the most incredible technologies for creating entertainment programming and I am honored to address this gathering to discuss how we must protect it,” Dodd said.  

Dodd served in the U.S. Congress representing Connecticut for 36 years – six years in the House of Representatives and thirty years in the U.S. Senate. He was one of the most widely respected legislators during his years in Congress, earning the trust and admiration of both Democrats and Republicans.

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About the MPAA
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar® Award-winning and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry. As an internationally recognized and accredited standards-setting body, SMPTE develops standards, recommended practices and guidelines, and spearheads educational activities to advance engineering and moving imagery. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has established close to 600 standards, including the physical dimensions of 35mm film and the SMPTE-time code. More recently, it crafted the Digital Cinema Standards, which paved the way for digital movie theaters.