SMPTE Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age (ETIA) Virtual Press Conference Now Available Online

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — May 28, 2013 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, has made available to the public a virtual press conference that took place on May 16. The press conference offers a sneak preview of the issues and topics that industry leaders will discuss at the upcoming Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age (ETIA) conference June 18-19 at Stanford University. ETIA is produced by SMPTE in partnership with the Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering.

"Clearly, the Internet is changing everything at the speed of light, and entertainment is no exception," said Pat Griffis, who serves as SMPTE education vice president, executive director of technology strategy at Dolby Labs, and ETIA conference co-chair. "This conference is really an exciting and first-of-a-kind opportunity to discuss how the Internet is changing how we create, distribute, pay for, and enjoy entertainment media. In shaping this program, we have invited leaders, innovators, and creatives who are developing the new technology, creative ideas, and business models leading the transformation from traditional media to Internet media, or 'e-media.'"

The virtual press conference showcased the ETIA presenter lineup, which boasts senior executives from companies including Google, YouTube, Microsoft, Sony, Pixar, The Walt Disney Studios, Dolby, Netflix, Akamai, and Cisco. Panelists also offered a preview of the highly anticipated ETIA special evening session, "Legal and Illegal Distribution over the Internet: Can We Find Common Solutions(s)?" The session will feature James M. Burger, partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, as moderator, along with panelists: Mitch Singer, chief technology officer at Sony Pictures Entertainment; Steve Weinstein, chief technology officer of Deluxe Entertainment Service Group; Chris Odgers, vice president, technology at Warner Bros.; Stephen Balogh, technology policy specialist at Intel; Fred von Lohmann, legal director, copyright at Google; and Eric Klinker, chief executive officer at BitTorrent.

"The ETIA conference is designed for anyone who is interested in developing technologies for creating, delivering, and protecting content on the Internet," said Joyce Farrell, executive director of the Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering and ETIA conference co-chair. "This event will be a catalyst, bringing together a diverse group of people, many of whom will address many of the issues we discuss by introducing new ideas, new markets, and new companies."

Registration and further details about the conference are available at

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The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 600 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. SMPTE members include motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students from around the world. Information on joining SMPTE is available

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