Meeting Report - Jan 20, 2004

ADVANCES IN BROADCAST NEWS TECHNOLOGY

The January 20 meeting of the Hollywood Section was held in the just opened Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pickford Center .  The center is the home of the Academy Film Archive, and this 286 seat theater went into operation on December 7, 2003 .  As soon as its technical installations are complete it will have the capability to show 16mm, 35mm, and 70mm film , plus digital projection.

Prior to the meeting there was a member’s get-together in the lobby, with cookies and soft drinks.  The program began with a 35mm film showing of the 1938 Warner Bros. short “Music with a Smile in the Happy Felton Style”, reminding everyone of our film heritage.  Following the short, Richard May, Past Chair, thanked the Academy for making the theater available to SMPTE, and introduced their Director of Scientific and Technical Operations, Andy Maltz.  Mr. Maltz gave a brief slide presentation of the history of the building which is now the Pickford Center .

Hollywood Section Chair David Wiswell then took over, introducing the speakers for the evening.  First was David Converse of ABC, who gave an overview of the presentations.

The other speakers talked about their specialties, which were eye openers for those not familiar with the complications of putting on a live television news program.  Persons making presentations were

DAVID CONVERSE – ABC NEWS
FRED SCHULZ – SUNDANCE DIGITAL, INC.
BRUCE LANG – GRASS VALLEY/THOMSON
RICHARD GRIFFIN – DIRECTOR BROADCAST OPERATIONS
ANDREW KLARER – AVID SYSTEM SALES, N. AMERICA

The program lasted about one and a half hours, followed by a question and answer session that went on for another half hour.  The audience was extremely attentive, and the length of the Q&A period confirmed their interest.  Ninety three people attended, which is above average for our evening meetings.