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SMPTE in the News
Highlights of SMPTE's recent media coverage are listed below. Please click each link to view the stories.

SMPTE to Offer D.C. Area Multiple Platform Content Seminar (TVTechnology)

SMPTE 2012 Highlights (Creative Cow/Ryan Salazar)

Major Exhibitors Sign for High Frame-Rate 'Hobbit' Despite Format Challenges (The Hollywood Reporter)

Roku chief exec sounds death knell for DVRs (BroadcastNow)

SMPTE Attendees Get Inside Look at 3D Olympics Challenge (SportsVideoGroup)

Exhibitors Explore High Frame Rate Support (The Hollywood Reporter)

Reports from SMPTE High Frame Rate Symposium (48 fps)

Anthony Wood Predicts the Future of TV Will Be Streaming (The Hollywood Reporter)

SMPTE Sampling: File-Based Workflows (TVTechnology)

More Work Needed on UHDTV (Broadband TV News)

Douglas Trumbull Urges 'Experience-Creating' Cinema (The Hollywood Reporter)

SMPTE Announces Results of the 2012 Society Elections (TVTechnology)

SMPTE Elects Wendy Aylsworth, Its First Female President (L.A. Biz)

Setting Standards for High Frame Rate Digital Cinema (3D Roundabout)

SMPTE to Spotlight Tech's Latest Challenges (TVNewsCheck)

SMPTE Provides Details About 2012 Award Winners at October Event Honoring Technology Leaders, Innovators and Visionaries (ShootOnline)

SMPTE Names First Female President (HomeMedia Magazine)

SMPTE Conference to Explore 70mm D-Cinema (Post)

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Section Events
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13 November 2012
Second Screen - Creating the Hybrid Experience
Eaton Theatre, Ryerson University
80 Gould St., Room RCC-204,
Toronto, ON Canada
15 November 2012
Practical Issues of DPP
Channel Four 124 Horseferry Road
London, United Kingdom
15 November 2012
524 West 57 Street
New York, NY
19 November 2012
Woodbury University
Burbank, CA
26 November 2012
SMPTE Regional Seminar: How To Generate & Automate Content for Multi-Platform, Multi-Display Distribution
NPR Headquarters
635 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC

6 December 2012
Washington, DC
Annual Holiday Dinner & Reception
Buca Di Beppo
1825 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC

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SMPTE Events
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2012 Regional Seminars: 

How to Generate and Automate Content for Multi-Platform, Multi-Display Distribution


Today's complex environment of service providers, content delivery formats, and multiple user devices - televisions, computers, smartphone, and tablets - creates tough technical challenges to deliver a seamless user experience.


SMPTE Members receive discounted registration rates

Join us and walk away with practical knowledge that you can implement right away! 


Thurs. 27 Sept. - Montreal, Canada  
Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC)
Bruce Devlin, AmberFin; Mark Darlow, Harris Corporation;
Shaun Flagg, Cox Media  
Thurs. 8 Nov - New York, NY: Postponed due to Hurricane Sandy - Stay Tuned!    
The MPE Penthouse, 432 West 45th St., New York, NY  
Ben Davenport, AmberFin; Mark Darlow, Harris Corporation; 
Shaun Flagg, Cox Media 
 Sat. 10 Nov - Toronto, Canada: Register Button Only 1 space left! 
 Ben Davenport, AmberFin; Mark Darlow, Harris Corporation; 
 Shaun Flagg, Cox Media 
Mon. 26 Nov - Washington, DC  Register Button 
Ben Davenport, AmberFin; Mark Darlow, Harris Corporation 



Regional Seminar Sponsors

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Cinema technology has historically been in the forefront of motion imaging invention.  Revolutionary new technologies tested and proven in the movie theater have later become mainstream in television broadcast or gaming. Examples include the introduction of sound, color, widescreen, stereo, computer graphics, and - more recently - 3D.  The 2013 Technology Summit On Cinema: Advances in Image and Sound (TSC), produced by SMPTE, will provide an in-depth global view of the new wave of technology coming soon to your local multiplex, with an eye toward how it might later affect the broader media ecosystem.
Hot topics this year will include the latest work on higher-frame-rate cinema - movies have been produced at 24 fps for nearly a century, but now prominent filmmakers have started producing new 3D releases in 48 or 60 fps.  The TSC will include demonstrations of improved image quality, and discussion of technical and business issues for deployment at capture, post-production and exhibition. Other topics include perceptual requirements for higher quality image and sound, new technologies for exhibition, business models for alternative content, and an update on digital cinema roll-out worldwide.
You'll hear from technology innovators, filmmakers, movie theater operators, manufactures and other experts encompassing the many perspectives of advancing the state of the art in cinema.
More details and registration to come soon...Stay Tuned!

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Entertainment technology development and content deployment has historically been the purview of Hollywood and traditional broadcast media. However, rapid convergence of technology improvements in connectivity, bandwidth, and media processing coupled with consumer interest has caused a surge in media distribution over the Web.
Produced by the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers in partnership with the Stanford Center for Image Systems Engineering, this two-day conference at the beautiful Stanford University campus will explore the technical, creative, and business requirements for delivering a compelling, high-quality, monetizable entertainment experience over the Web, covering four aspects of the ecosystem and includes an evening event with keynote speaker(s).

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SMPTE Events Calendar


Don't forget to check the SMPTE Events Calendar for updated listings of SMPTE events, Industry events, and Section meetings. Sections are especially encouraged to add their meeting dates. To add an event, please email Roberta Gorman:

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Industry Events

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Content and Communications World
14-15 November 2012
Javits Convention Center, New York, NY


Please be assured that Content & Communications World will take place as planned. We have been overwhelmed by the unanimous support from all participants . . . our thanks go out to the Javits Convention Center and the City of New York for their efforts, resilience and unwavering determination to ensure that we hold another successful CCW in 2012. We look forward to seeing you there.

At CCW you stand at the crossroads of creativity and technology. Thousands of attendees and exhibitors alike participate in the ever-changing conversation surrounding content creation, management, and distribution/delivery. You will interact not only with the latest products and technology, but with peers who share your passion for your craft.     

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27-29 November 2012
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall D
Washington. DC

Register now for Washington's largest technology event for pro video, broadcast, AV and IT professionals, 28 - 29 November 2012. Learn about cutting-edge video technologies and techniques at Digital Media D.C., a comprehensive conference program produced by the experts at Future Media Concepts. Get hands on with the latest video gear in an exhibit hall featuring more than 175 suppliers, dealers, and distributors. Attend free special events and networking opportunities to further your knowledge, career and agency mission.
Special SMPTE Offer: Use code SMPTE to receive the $50 discount to the FMC conference program!

Register Here:

GV Expo Registration 

Sign up now and learn about the key test, measurement and monitoring techniques for today's video delivery. All events are free and open to all who are interested in learning about measuring and monitoring Video and Audio Quality from production to the subscriber. We are proud to offer a wide variety of VideoInsight events across the United States and Canada. These events include:

  • Seminars
  • Open Houses
  • Equipment Showcases
  • Content Clinics
  • Product Specific Hands-on Training
  • On-Site Tutorials
  • Luncheon Meetings
  • TroubleShooting Workshops  

Upcoming Events:

Lyon Video
Embassy Suites Cleveland-Independence at Rockside
Hilton Grand Rapids Airport
AVI Systems

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Storage Visions 2013
Storage Visions 2013 Conference
6 January 2013
Riviera Conference Center
Las Vegas, NV
SV 2013 explores the convergent needs of digital storage to support cloud content distribution and sharing, user generated content capture and use, and professional media and entertainment applications.
Digital media size and bandwidth requirements are exploding with the use of higher resolution and stereoscopic content. 8K content capture projects such as the 2012 Summer Olympics point to the future of content capture and distribution. The growth in the size of digital media projects and the bandwidth requirements for content capture, post-production, and delivery are increasing the use of fast storage technologies such as flash memory. At the same time the increase in the total volume of rich media content is driving demand for hard disk drives, optical discs and magnetic tapes used for near-line as well as archive media applications.

Mobile devices are driving the use of digital content and the growth of content, both commercial and personal, in the cloud. Storage systems for rich media are developing capabilities to support the growing traffic of content. Social networks as well as over-the-top (OTT) video are expanding the options and capabilities to have access to all content, anywhere, at any time. These developments enable collaborative workflows as well as multiple format experiences on a variety of viewing devices. All elements of the digital media value chain are driving the next generation of storage. With the increase in the size of projects and the demand for performance, we can truly say, "Petabytes are the new terabytes."
Special SMPTE Offer: Get a $100 Discount and free admission to CES Exhibits!

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7 December 2012
London, United Kingdom

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A top level conference and networking opportunity bringing together leading industry players to analyse, debate and discuss loudness in production workflows and delivery. The Broadcast & Audio Series Loudness Summits are a programme of exciting business information, educational and networking events designed to discuss the challenges of delivering high-quality sound for television to the home. The Loudness Summit brings together technology experts, legislators, operators and industry professionals from around the globe who are all heavily involved in delivering high-quality broadcast sound. During 2012, Loudness Summits will take place on both sides of the Atlantic to analyse, discuss, and debate what impact the latest technologies, innovations and industry standards are having on delivering consistently high-quality broadcast sound.

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10-11 December 2012
New York Hilton, New York, NY

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The Sports Video Group will hold its seventh annual League Technology Summit: Innovation in Sports Technology on 10-11 December 2012 at the New York Hilton Hotel. More than 700 sports industry professionals and 60 exhibitors come together for two days of networking, conference, sessions, and workshops. Highlights include a Remote Production Engineering Workshop and sessions on producing and directing sports television in the age of digital distribution. For a complete schedule and to register today please click here:

"Tech-ex Cup" International University Student Video Contest is organized by Tech-ex Dot Com Ltd. since 2005. Its aim is to encourage higher education students to show their talent, creativity and use of tools for producing and editing video. For the past seven years, more than 162 universities and colleges throughout China and overseas have entered the contest. Students have tried to show their best and brightest ideas. For more information, visit:  

Live, interactive educational webcasts covering hot-topic technologies, issues and developments.
Offered Free to Current SMPTE Members! 
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Keith Graham Cloud Computing in a Content Creation Facility: Is it time?

Guest Speaker: Keith Graham, Broadcast Consultant
When: 15 November 2012 at 18:00 UTC/13:00 EST/10:00 PST


Over the past year or so, there has been a lot of buzz about "cloud computing". It certainly makes sense for certain applications, but how does it fit into the content creation ecosystem? Can content creators use cloud computing safely? Does it improve workflow? How secure is cloud storage? What are the real advantages and pitfalls? Please join Keith Graham, as he seeks to answer common questions about computing in the cloud.   


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SMPTE Standards Development Update: IMF (Interoperable Master Format)
Guest Speakers: Annie Chang, VP, Post Production Technologies at The Walt Disney Studios;
When: 27 November 2012 at 18:00UTC/13:00EST/10:00PST
Today's wide range of consumer options for viewing content has significantly challenged content creators who need to deliver masters to CDNs and downstream distribution companies.  Each downstream company asks for a different file format, and there seem to be no standards in file delivery. In an effort to enhance interoperability and facilitate automation without requiring discreet versions of content for each distribution company, SMPTE is working to develop an Interoperable Master Framework (IMF) standard. Please join Annie Chang as she explains what IMF is and specifically how it will be used. In addition, Chang will discuss what the IMF framework contains and the current status of the SMPTE standards process.


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PDA Now and Standards Webcasts On-demand Playback Videos


SMPTE captures every PDA Now webcast for on-demand playback. Our growing library of topics covers, storage, stereoscopic 3D, live streaming and much more. Members are permitted to download previously recorded PDA Now and Standards webcasts, free-of-charge.  Click here to access.


SMPTE Virtual Classroom Cisco CCNA Exploration Program


SMPTE's Virtual Classroom courses are an innovative and educational service. Through the Virtual Classroom, we offer learning opportunities to individuals from around the world. 


The Cisco CCNA Exploration Program is comprised of four intensive Cisco CCNA Exploration courses. Successfully completing all four courses in the CCNA Exploration Program may help an individual prepare for the Cisco CCNA Certification Exam.


Upcoming 2012 Course Offerings:


CCNA1 - Exploration: Network Fundamentals
Following a top-down approach, this CCNA Exploration Course introduces applications and application services very early in the curriculum to provide a foundation. Advanced technologies (voice, video, wireless, and security) are also introduced.  

Begins: Monday, 26 November 2012  
Ends: Friday, 11 January 2013 Register Now
Online - SMPTE Virtual Classroom Course


For more information, click here.

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SMPTE Journal October

The SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal

The SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal is the key publication of the Society, providing peer-reviewed articles on topics in 3D, imaging processing, display technologies, audio, compression, digital cinema, and much more.   



Join the SMPTE Board of Editors


The SMPTE Journal is seeking members interested in actively participating in its on-line peer review process. Members of the Board of Editors have the opportunity to review and evaluate papers submitted for publication in their areas of expertise and interest. Board membership also provides the opportunity to suggest and discuss important issues in motion imaging to determine relevant topics for publication in the Journal. Working with the Editorial Vice President, Managing Editor, and your colleagues on the BoE in shaping and maintaining a high level of editorial quality in the Journal, you will provide a valuable service to all SMPTE members and the Motion Imaging industry in general. If you are a SMPTE member and would like to join this volunteer effort please contact Glen Pensinger, BoE Chair, at, for further information.


Standards and Products

New Engineering Documents Standards Cover

(published during October 2012)


Executive Summary

The Q4 report includes detail on a very large number of current projects. This Executive Summary highlights just projects at a critical stage, particularly where user input is needed, and major new work items.

The Group studying Reference Display and Environment for Critical Viewing of Television Pictures is conducting an intensive series of weekly meetings to advance the work on reference monitors based fixed pixel matrix displays.

In TC-24TB Television and Broadband Media the work on SMPTE Timed Text continues. Some of the FCC rules for captioning television content distributed via the Internet are already in force with SMPTE-TT as a "safe harbor" solution. SMPTE-TT is based on W3C TTML, and the group is working with W3C to ensure coordination in future work.
This Technology Committee also continues work on developing and testing a fingerprint-based mechanism for end-to-end measurement and control of audio/video synchronization.
The imminent release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, by Warner Bros., in 48 fps 3D has heightened awareness of the work of the Study Group on High Frame Rates for 3D and 2D D-Cinema Applications. Projects are starting to amend a number of D-Cinema documents to include higher frame rates.

SMPTE ST 400:2012 (Revision of SMPTE 400M-2004), SMPTE Labels Structure   

Extract from Scope

This standard defines the structure of a register of labels as defined by SMPTE ST 336. These labels may be used in a range of applications such as production workflow applications, data exchange formats, and archival asset management systems. The standard normatively defines universal identifiers, label names, definitions, and standardized symbols, as well as other normative and informative fields. Applications of individual entries will vary but, when used, shall conform to the definitions and formats in the labels register.



SMPTE ST 2066:2012, Disparity Map Representative for Stereoscopic 3D   

Extract from Scope

This document provides a standard for data representation of disparity maps for use in exchanges between stereoscopic 3D video production and mastering systems, and is particularly suited to live events. These disparity maps represent only horizontal disparity and thus presume that the corresponding stereoscopic image pairs have no Vertical Misalignment.



The SMPTE Digital Library features new integrated search functionality, allowing users to expand their search across the entire platform. Search results reveal the number of hits and the source of the information, whether it comes from the Society's Journal, Conference Proceedings, or the Standards book content.    


The SMPTE Digital Library provides one-stop access to SMPTE resources, informing professionals about the latest technology, products, and industry research as they happen. The Library ties together the various elements of the Society's products, including the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, from 1916 to the present, the Society's conference proceedings, and the full suite of SMPTE standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.  


Visit the SMPTE Digital Library:
Email us for a FREE TRIAL: 

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3D Cinema and Television Technology: 
The First 100 Years 


This compendium contains more than 50 papers published in the SMPTE Journal during the past century from 1919 to 2010. These historic SMPTE papers provide a foundation for understanding the current innovations in 3D stereoscopic areas, including acquisition, content creation, exhibition, distribution, and display technology. Edited by Michael D. Smith, Peter Ludé, and Bill Hogan, with chapter introductions by Ray Zone, the papers in this book contain a wealth of information on the transformation of 3D from its early days of experimentation to current applications in media and entertainment. This book serves as an important reference tool in any technical library.


Purchase a copy today!


Members: $69
Non-members: $89

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Shopping at Amazon Can Benefit SMPTE! 
When you shop Amazon, remember to connect through SMPTE first. Every time you start your Amazon shopping experience from SMPTE, you help SMPTE at no cost to you. Click here to start shopping.

Membership Updates

SMPTE Student Membership ChallengeBill Miller, SMPTE Fellow and Progress Medal honoree    

Nearly Halfway There!

More than 100 Students Have Joined SMPTE!  


Bill Miller, a SMPTE Fellow and Progress Medal honoree, has challenged the membership to a fund that pays for the first year of membership for new student members. He will personally match donations, up to a total of $5000!



Your first year of SMPTE Membership can be yours, free! Click the button below to get started. Once you have completed the application, we will let you know how your membership will be supported.  


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What is the Student Membership Challenge?  
Proposed by Bill Miller, the Student Membership Challenge is a fund that is represents donations by members who wish to support students as SMPTE members.  Bill has generously agreed to match donations up to $5000.  As Bill says, "Donate so that you will cost me money!"


Why now?
SMPTE needs to attract students to membership to help us grow - and we need the best and brightest in our industry.  One of the best ways to do this is to educate college students in technical fields about our industry through their membership in SMPTE.  Even though the $35 annual student dues may seem to be quite modest, for a student on a very limited budget, paying for college, $35 can be significant amount.


How can you help?
SMPTE has set up a Student Membership Challenge Fund for this purpose.  Bill has committed to personally match dollar-for-dollar all contributions to this fund up to $5,000 and we are nearly half-way to that goal!


Remember to check if your employer offers matching charitable contributions; please look into this as policies vary from company to company.  Bill will match company contributions as well as individual. If you have a company match, your every donation would be multiplied fourfold.

And since SMPTE is a non-profit scientific, educational or cultural institution qualified under section 501 (c) 3 of the US Internal Revenue Code, your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.   



SMPTE Speakers Bureau


A new resource for Sections has been added to under Members Only (you will have to login to use this resource). In the Speakers Bureau, you can find Speakers for your meetings, volunteer to be a speaker, or nominate someone to speak at a meeting. Just follow the directions and the links on the main page.  


We currently have just a few speakers. With your help we will continue to build the resource, adding Speakers and organizing it by topic. Please contact Roberta Gorman at if you have any questions. Stay tuned for more updates!


Be a Part of SMPTE's Centennial!


SMPTE is planning for its Centennial Celebration in 2016!  We're looking for members who are interested in participating on the Centennial Planning Committee.  If you'd like to contribute your ideas, time, or knowledge, please contact us at



The Odds Are 1 in 31 - Are You Prepared?  

Have you seen these numbers?

  • Unintentional injuries continue to be a leading cause of death in the United States. (1)
  • The top three causes of fatal unintentional injuries include motor vehicle crashes, falls, and poisoning. (2)
  • The lifetime odds of dying from any unintentional cause are about 1 in 31. (3)


How the odds stack up ...

We all hope for positive events, like winning the lottery or receiving an unexpected windfall. Unfortunately, the probability is quite low. In fact, participants only have a 1 in 175,711,5364 chance of winning the jackpot in America's popular Mega Millions Lottery (4).


In contrast, the odds of dying from any unintentional cause are just 1 in 31. Yet, most of us spend more time buying lottery tickets than we do preparing for the unexpected set-backs that life serves up. These 1 in 31 odds are tough to think about, but if something were to happen to you, Group Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance could help your family maintain its lifestyle. It could ensure your family keeps its home, that your kids pursue their dreams, and that your spouse lives comfortably instead of being forced to take a second job.


Protecting those you love is easier and more affordable than you might expect.

(And smarter than just playing the lottery!)

SMPTE has arranged to make affordable Group Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance available to all members under age 70. This valuable coverage is underwritten by The United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York, and available at economical group rates through your association membership. There are no health questions to answer and no physical exam.

Coverage is guaranteed!


Now that you know the odds and how to secure a smart solution, why wait another day?

To reserve your AD&D insurance coverage, Click Here to access the product enrollment form. Or, simply call Selman and Company, our plan administrator, at 1.877.665.7563, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST.


1National Safety Council, Injury Facts 2010 Ed.

2National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

3 National Safety Council, Injury Facts 2011 Ed, Odds of Dying

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Welcome, New Members!


Welcome to our members who recently joined the Society. SMPTE is happy to have you on board and we hope that you will find your membership to be rewarding.

Sustaining Members

FOR-A (Bronze)
Digital Vision (Supporting)
Reeldata, Inc. (Supporting)
Boxx Communications (Supporting)
SEERIOUS3D (Supporting)
Cree (Supporting)
KORE Software (Supporting)


For a complete list of new Individual Members, please click here.


Promote Your Organization and Support SMPTE


Taking advantage of one of SMPTE's outstanding promotional opportunities is a great way to ensure your organization stays front of mind with the most important people in the Motion Imaging Industry. Advertising on, in SMPTE newsletters or in the SMPTE Journal provides visibility to a group you cannot access any other way. 


Want to demonstrate your company's commitment to elevating the Industry and SMPTE's furthering education and professional development efforts? There is no better way than to sponsor SMPTE's Professional Development Academy (SMPTE PDA). Supporting SMPTE PDA through one of its highly cost-effective sponsorships is a win-win-win. For more information, please visit SMPTE at:


SMPTE Staff Contacts


 Executive and Admin.


Name & E-Mail
Position Ext Direct Dial Phone
 Barbara Lange Executive Director 2370 +1 (914) 205-2370
 Sally-Ann D'Amato Director of Operations 2375 +1 (914) 205-2375
 Roberta Gorman Manager, Member Relations 2376 +1 (914) 205-2376
 Aimée Ricca Product Marketing Manager 2381 +1 (914) 205-2381
 June Marie Sobrito Executive Assistant 2384 +1 (914) 205-2384

Standards & Engineering

Name & E-Mail Position Ext Direct Dial Phone
Peter D Symes Director, Standards & Engineering 2371 +1 (914) 205-2371
 Mauricio Roldan Manager, Engineering Services/Test Materials 2374 +1 (914) 205-2374
Elizabeth Migliore SMPTE Standards Publisher 2373 +1 (914) 205-2373

Professional Development

Name & E-Mail Position Ext Direct Dial Phone
Joel E. Welch Director of Professional Development 2379 +1 (914) 205-2379
Dianne Purrier Managing Editor 2377 +1 (914) 205-2377


Name & E-Mail Position Ext Direct Dial Phone
 Ken Wendel Controller 2372 +1 (914) 205-2372
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