SMPTE Announces Program Advisory Committee for 2012 Emerging Technologies Forum

Initial members include leaders from ATSC, BSkyB, Communications Research Center, Dolby,
Disney, Microsoft, MPEG, Japan Broadcasting, RAI

SMPTE Forum On Emerging Technologies 13 - 15 May 2012 ● Geneva


Amsterdam, The Netherlands - 10 September 2011 – Underscoring the deep, cross-industry support for their unprecedented joint symposium next spring - The Forum on Emerging Media Technologies – the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the European Broadcast Union (EBU) today announced a program advisory committee representing some of the world’s leading broadcasters, IT companies, standards bodies, and media and entertainment organizations. The group will advise SMPTE and the EBU on programming for the symposium, which takes place next May in Geneva (

SMPTE and the EBU made their announcement prior to convening a panel discussion at IBC 2011 that provided an early look at how the Geneva symposium will use a noncommercial, science-driven approach to focus on technologies likely to come onto the market in the next three years and those whose commercialization is a decade away .The Forum is emblematic of the leadership role SMPTE is taking to drive standards that will accelerate industry expansion and business success.

Those named to the program committee for The Forum include:

  • Bernard Caron, Vice President, Broadcast Technologies Research, at the Communications Research Centre in Canada
  • Dr. Leonardo Chiariglione, Founder and President of MPEG
  • Chris Johns, Chief Engineer - Broadcast Strategy at BSkyB
  • Keiichi Kubota, Director-General of the Science & Technical Research Laboratories at the Japan Broadcasting Corporation
  • Howard Lukk, Vice President Digital Production Technology at Walt Disney Studios
  • Dr. Alberto Morello, Director of Research at RAI in Italy
  • Mark Richer, President of the ATSC
  • Craig Todd, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Dolby Laboratories
  • Curtis Wong, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research

“At a time of monumental shifts across the digital media ecosystem, this incredibly accomplished, cross-industry group is perfect to guide the programming for a symposium focused on bridging the gaps between AV and IT professionals – and helping motion-imaging scientists, researchers, engineers, and business decision maker understand where they need to focus their energies and investments,” said SMPTE President Pete Ludé.

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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. 

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