UK Section Officers
Following the 2014 elections we will be welcoming the following members to the Board of Managers
- Simon Gauntlett, Digital TV Group
- Nigel Seth-Smith, Semtech (Gennum)
- Russell Trafford-Jones, V-Nova Ltd.
who took up office on 1 July 2014
The officers of the UK Section are:
Chair Chris Johns, Sky
ChrisJohns has been with Sky/BSkyB since its inception in 1989 having started his career in broadcast with the BBC.
As Chief Engineer, Chris has been at the forefront of delivering broadcast functionality to the platform such as the Multi channel Digital Play - out facilities, Dolby Digital audio, Server based solutions, HD &3D.
Chris is now helping Sky enhance the entertainment delivered across a multitude of different platforms from a common core whilst maintaining the audio and visual quality the customer has come to expect from today’s technologies.
Chris was appointed a Fellow of SMPTE in 2013 recognising his outstanding work in the development of Television platforms and Innovative technology in the UK
Sec/Treas Peter Weitzel, Weitzel.tv
Peter now consults for Broadcasters and small manufacturers
– having had a long & very varied career in the "projects" area with BBC BBC T Siemens latterly as Principal Technology Manager Media Systems.
He has led standardisation of Teletext, DVB Subtitles and the introduction of Audio Description.
He has worked on the technology strategy of major broadcasters as they confronted going digital – in studio & OB and Emission - recently introducing Audio & Video over IP.
Peter has been arranging lectures for many years and is very keen on ensuring that all in our industries can keep up to date and share knowledge and experience.
In 2014 Peter was Awarded The Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society, which recognizes individuals for dedicated service for the betterment of the Society over a sustained period of time
for for his instrumental role in re-establishing the SMPTE U.K. Section, and for his leadership in driving the growth of the Section and the quality of programming provided to its members over the first two years.
Andy Quested BBC
Andy Quested started working as a Technical Assistant at the BBC in 1978. from 1983 to 2000 Andy worked as an VT editor across the whole range of BBC output but is possibly best known as the editor of Keeping Up Appearances!
Since 2005, Andy has been leading the BBC’s high definition technology strategy as Head of Technology for HD (and now 3D)
Andy was asked to become an ITU Special Rapporteur with the task of examining the current world 3D production status Andy also chairs the EBU 3D group and the EBU Quality Control Programme. He is currently working on the techical challeneges of UHD1 and UHD2 for production and programme exchange
Andy was appointed a Fellow of SMPTE in 2014 recognising his outstanding work in the development of HD and UHD techniques and his work in DPP, EBU and ITU on this and Quality Checking.
Ben Roeder Sohonet
Ben Roeder is the CTO of Sohonet Ben started at Sohonet in 2000 and is runs Sohonet’s global technology programme. Ben has developed a number of groundbreaking QC and storage solutions for the media and entertainment industries and has led the award submission process for SIGGRAPH and VES for many years.
Ben was previously part of the Oscar and Emmy award-winning core development team at Lightworks, then Tektronix and has worked on many research projects and written a variety of articles regarding the future of media production.
Simon Gauntlett has been the Technology Director for the Digital TV Group in the UK since 2006, setting the technology strategy and roadmap for the UK Television Industry Association. This involves bringing together broadcasters, manufacturers, retailers and silicon vendors and agreeing interoperability standards for AV in the UK. He participates in several international standards forums and regularly presents at industry conferences. Previously, Simon worked for the BBC Research and Development department on projects including the introduction of High Definition and Digital Radio Cameras.
Simon is a fellow of the IET and an honorary fellow of the BKSTS
Simon has taken on the role of Centennial Co-Ordinator - as we move to celebrating 100 years of SMPTE....
Nigel Seth-Smith is a strategic technology manager at Semtech, with responsibility for video product definition and standards support.
He first digitized a video signal in 1977 at the IBA. Since then he has been working with pictures, and the numbers which represent them, in Canada and the UK, with Link Electronics, Scientific Atlanta, DPS, Snell & Wilcox and now Semtech. His current standards work concerns UHDTV transport and network based genlock timing.
Russell Trafford - Jones
Russell Trafford-Jones is Head of Contribution Product Support at V-Nova - implementing solutions for Broadcasters whilst developing the product range.
He has worked for BBC Technology/Siemens/ATOS, BMCUK and, most recently TSL Systems where he was a Systems Architect designing and managing bids for all types of broadcasters.
He is one of the member of the Graduate Intiative Panel - a resource for those starting in our industries
In addition to the managers the Section relies on other key Volunteers
these attend the Board of Managers meetings with full speaking rights
but are not able to vote.
We need someone to take overall direction of the UK Meetings Programme
The Role involves leading the Group which plans the meetings, the being the point of reference as individuals organise and run out meetings.
We need someone to coordinate our contact with Members and Prospective members both Individuals and Companies across the Industries in the UK
We have already got volunteers helping with Supporting younger members as they transition to working and their first years in our industries
Organiser Regional Seminar
Tim Harris, MirriAd
Tim is the VP Engineering for MirriAd, -the only end to end solution for embedding brands in video content.
Tim has an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) from the ISLI working with Snell & Wilcox and then AmberFin as industrial sponsor. His experience includes MXF and AAF support, video processing architectures, the business of video, and test patterns, and Grading systems for film and TV.
He was a founding manager of the UK section serving from 2012-14.
At its meetings in April 2012 the Board of Managers agreed that Board members should serve a maximum of two 2 year terms
so promoting a good flow of new blood to the Board,
and guidance on the chairman term ( 2 or 3 years) and Hon Sec (typically about 5 years)
Contact Peter Weitzel for more information or for details on how you or your employer can help SMPTE UK Section- we need more members to help our activities around the UK and in London