SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference & Expo Show Floor Sold Out

Entertainment Technology Companies Worldwide to Launch New Products and Showcase Recent Solutions

WHITE PLAINS, NY - October 16, 2008 -Entertainment technology companies from North America, Europe and Asia will introduce new products and demonstrate recent solutions on SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference & Expo's sold-out show floor (http://smpte2008.org). Product launches will include high definition video servers and distribution solutions, 3-D IPTV compression technologies, picture quality control solutions, professional displays, and film production and restoration tools.

Produced by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, SMPTE 2008 is a conference and tradeshow focused on new and emerging entertainment technologies used in content creation, management, distribution and display. It takes place October 28 - 30, 2008 at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, CA and is preceded by a pre-conference symposium, Filmmaking and Live Event Broadcast, on October 27 at the same location (http://smpte2008.org/register).

"We designed SMPTE 2008 as a nuts and bolts resource to the entertainment technology community and selling out the show floor is a great indication of our success," said Kimberly Maki, executive director SMPTE and SMPTE 2008. "Companies in the media technology marketplace are excited about the show as a place to reach working professionals across the entire content supply chain."

In addition to the trade show floor, SMPTE 2008 will feature panel discussions, white papers and tutorials about a broad range of topics, from tools to evaluate digital camera image quality, to equipping broadcast stations for HD, to IPTV and Internet video.

On Tuesday October 28 at 9 AM, the "father of MP3," Karlheinz Brandenburg, will present a keynote about immersive entertainment. He will be followed by "Rebel Alliance - Geeks Lead Hollywood into a New Era," a panel discussion about transmedia--cross platform storytelling and branding-with the showrunners from "Lost," "Alias," and "Heroes," the director of Monsters vs. Aliens and the creator of the "Bourne Conspiracy" video game. In addition, Monday's pre-conference symposium includes a new session: "Performance Capture: Imaging Digitally, Directing Virtually, Film making for the 21st Century," which showcases the companies behind the performance capture, virtual directing and synthespian solutions.

About SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference & Expo
SMPTE 2008: Annual Tech Conference & Expo takes place October 28 - 30, 2008 at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, CA. It is preceded by the full-day symposium, Filmmaking and Live Event Broadcast, on October 27, 2008, at the same location. Produced by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry, SMPTE 2008 is created by entertainment technology professionals, for entertainment technology professionals. It features educational sessions and a hands-on show floor that highlight new and emerging media technologies of practical use to content creation, management, distribution and display professionals. Http://smpte2008.org

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The 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 codified the MXF file format to support the exchange of professional AV content and crafted the Digital Cinema Standards, which paved the way for digital movie theaters. Headquartered in New York, SMPTE is comprised of engineers and other technical specialists, IT and new media professionals, filmmakers, manufacturers, educators and consultants in more than 65 countries. They are joined at SMPTE by more than 200 sponsoring corporations, principal players in content creation, production and delivery for all platforms and in entertainment hardware and software. Http://smpte.org

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Kimberly Maki, executive director, SMPTE and SMPTE 2008