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SMPTE Presents Met.Expo.2024


The SMPTE UK Section is a vibrant and inclusive group of members from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, all of whom work with the technology of moving pictures, associated sound and metadata – creatively, practically and innovatively in any format, and on any platform.

This group, unique in the UK, brings together technical professionals at all levels of experience and seniority to share ideas and network. We have many early careers members, and actively encourage students, apprentices, and graduates to network and learn through SMPTE.

The UK Section holds monthly evening meetings, where we get together to socialise and discuss topics impacting our industry. Take a look at the meetings listed below, sign up and come along! Priority is given to SMPTE members, but newcomers are very welcome. At every event, there will be an interesting technically-oriented presentation, plenty of time to network with industry peers, and ample refreshments courtesy of our sponsors and supporters.

Take a look at our previous meetings to see what we've been upto! 2024 meetings | 2023 meetings | 2022 meetings | 2021 meetings

Next meeting

SMPTE UK explores: “How do I keep my skills current as everything changes?"

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When? Thu 21 Mar 2024. Doors open 18:00. Talk starts at 19:00. Event ends at 21:30.

Where? Eviden MidCity Place, 71 High Holborn, London WC1V 6EA

Join us for an evening exploring what it takes to develop as an engineer in media today. We will explore career transformations from broadcast to cloud engineering and new age outside-broadcast thinking; sharing areas to focus learning on and what new broadcast systems really look like.

We will hear from a number of speakers including Matt Dickinson, Cloud Engineering Manager within Sky's Origination department who will be looking at some of the most cutting edge cloud playout workflows and CI/CD methodologies.

From MCR operators to solutions architects, come and explore where the industry is going and how to continue learning as the technology and workflows change around us! 

Attendance is free of charge. As ever for a SMPTE UK meeting, there will be ample refreshments. We will also cater for Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten free.

If you're a student, we can help with your travel costs to get to the meeting. Get in touch with us.

April Meeting

SMPTE UK debates... The future of media infrastructure

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When? Tue 23 Apr 2024. Doors open 18:00. Talk starts at 19:00. Event ends at 22:00.

Where? BT Tower, 45 Maple Street, London W1T 4BG

BT Tower at Night

We're looking forward to our annual visit to BT Tower courtesy of BT Media & Broadcast!

And this year, our evening will be all about the future of infrastructure for media production and distribution. As we head inexorably towards a cloud-centric world, interoperability remains paramount to maintain inter-working between organisations. But innovation is moving at such a fast pace, is this happening or are we facing a number of closed, proprietary environments?

Andy Rayner, CTO at Appear will chair this evening's fascinating debate.

Attendance is free of charge. As ever for a SMPTE UK meeting, there will be ample refreshments.

If you're a student, we can help with your travel costs to get to the meeting. Get in touch with us.

UK Conference

SMPTE UK and MPTS present... The Media Technology Conference 2024

Launching in May 2024, the Media Technology Conference is an industry-leading event that will take place as part of the Media Production & Technology Show in a new conference suite within Olympia London.

Designed to bring together senior technology leaders and experts in the field of broadcasting and innovation, the 2-day conference offers a platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and exploring the latest trends and innovations.

Attendees can expect a mix of insightful keynote presentations, interactive panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and technology business insights. It's a must-attend event for anyone in the broadcast industry looking to stay at the forefront of technological advancements.

Access to the event will by invitation only to ensure C-Suite and senior technology decisions makers are attendance, enabling high-level discussions and debates. 

Topics include:

  • Emerging technologies
  • AI in media
  • IP workflows
  • Cloud for live production
  • Virtual production
  • Sustainability
  • Security
  • Skills

And much more!

Registration for the event will launch at the beginning of January. More information can be found at mediaproductionshow.com/technology-conference.

Meet the SMPTE UK Managers

SMPTE UK is run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers, all of whom have day-jobs as professionals in the Motion Picture and Television industries. SMPTE runs elections each year to appoint members to these and other leadership roles. If you'd like to help out with running SMPTE UK, or even run for election to one of these roles in a future year, come to our meetings and talk with our current Chair, John Ellerton.

SMPTE UK Board 23-24

We look forward to welcoming you at our next UK meeting.

We really want to hear your ideas and suggestions as we build up SMPTE UK. Feel free to get in touch if you have topics for talks you think people would be interested to hear; or a venue we could use for one of our evening meetings. We're always on the hunt for a new venue or facility to tour!

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SMPTE is a members’ organisation - we gather together for community, to educate one another, and to set standards, and we'd really like you to play a part.

The benefits of SMPTE membership are vast. Whether you're a student, graduate or industry professional, there's a lot to gain. Click here to find out more! And as an extra benefit for UK tax-payers, your membership subscription can be offset against tax.

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Past Events

November 26, 2019

Virtual Production