Event Type: 
Section Meeting
Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 18:30 to 20:45
Regent St Cinema
309 Regent St
W1B 2HW London
United Kingdom
Event Details: 

Come and Celebrate the SMPTE Centennial and 80 Years of the BBC Television service
in the same room as the Lumiere Brothers demonstrated Moving pictures 120 years ago.

In this prestigious event we celebrate the success of SMPTE 100 years
– and the impact that BBC engineering has made in the 80 years of television
and looking forward to its own centennial

We welcome Howard Lukk SMPTE Director of Engineering and Standards
and Matthew Postgate  BBC Chief Technology and Product Officer

They will  reflect on the achievements of the long and more recent past
but look forward into SMPTEs next century and towards the century of BBC Television.

We will forgo our customary ample refreshments for sparkling wine and cake/ Cookies
as we toast the BBC and SMPTE.


Howard will look at the foundation of SMPTE with Jenkins and his friends meeting the needs
of the new industry – and the Department of Defense .– and why Standards were at the forefront 
and how SMPTE has grown across the world as it draws together members  from Film TV and
digital media industries. 
He will reflect the work of members on SDI, DCP and the move to File based production with
MXF and IMF and the safe harbour that ST 2052 in has in the USA digital media world.   
And then show what SMPTE is doing now – including UK section being third largest in the world
– Education in sections and the major conferences showing the latest technology used creatively
and current Standards work on IP streams and Time code.  

Matthew will look at the pioneering work done by the BBC _ both Programme makers and engineers
to advance  the arts and science of television to the benefit of the public which continues to this day –
a review of the world of the past 20 years in the digital age
and how Television, the BBC, BBC engineers and technologists are taking the UK and International
audience  into a truly " any time anywhere” age.

Both speakers are very keen to discuss with the audience
he ways in which the the media industry is changing
and the roles that SMPTE and the BBC have over the next 20 years or so


Howard Lukk jioned SMPTE as Director of Standards in Janauary 2016  From being a writer
and director  at independent film production and management company Pannon Entertainment,
His last short film, "Emma," was shot and finished in high-dynamic-range (HDR). 

In an earlier role as vice president of production systems at The Walt Disney Studios,
he  oversaw a team responsible for engineering,  of on-lot and on-set  feature film production 
During two years as director of media systems at Pixar, Howard  was responsible for managing
the image mastering departments and the work of maintaining   post-production systems.
Before joining Pixar, he was vice president of production technology for The Walt Disney Studios.
His early work with Disney built on his previous experience as director of technology at
Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), where he was responsible for research and development, design,
and documentation of a digital cinema system specification and test plan

 A SMPTE Fellow, Howard Lukk has served the Society in numerous volunteer roles within the
Standards community. He sits on the Board of Directors of ATSC..


 Matthew Postgate is the BBC’s Chief Technology and Product Officer, leading the BBC Digital,
Engineering and BBC Worldwide technology teams.This divesion has a global remit,
leading the BBC’s digital strategy and technology operations that keep the BBC on-air,
online and operational.

Prior to his current role within the organisation Matthew was Controller, Research & Development.
He was part of the management team that launched BBC iPlayer and was in charge of BBC mobile
where he was responsible for building the corporation's world leading mobile services.

Before joining the BBC, Matthew worked as a telecommunication consultant, was the director of
an internet infrastructure start-up and worked at a digital strategy agency for clients
including the Royal Mail, BT, Lloyds TSB, Visa and Qinetiq.


The Regent Street Cinema

The Regent Street Cinema,  was re-opened by the University of Westminster in May 2015,
reinstating one of the most historic cinemas in Britain to its former grandeur.
Built in 1848 and housed within the Polytechnic Institution on London’s Regent Street,
the cinema was the first in the country to show moving pictures.
In 1896, the cinema showcased the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe to a paying audience,
and, as the curtain fell, British cinema was born.

After being used as a student lecture hall by the university since 1980, it was restored into a working cinema
featuring a state-of-the-art auditorium as well as an inclusive space for learning and cultural exchange,
It is a truly landmark venue for the British film industry in the heart of London’s West End.


The Regent Street cinema is just two blocks south of BBC Broadcasting house  
on the west side of Regent Street - enter by the doors to the right see map

Oxford Circus Central Victoria and Bakerloo line Walk up Regent Street
on the Left hand side towards the BBC – cross two side roads  
There are ample buses see map  and Santander cycles nearby   

There are other tube stations that you might like to use to avoid the crush at Oxford Street

Great Portland Street Circle, Hammersmith & City Metropolitan - exit the station
- head South down Great Portland Street until the traffic lights at Mortimer Street  (second set)
Turn Right (west) into Mortimer Street  to Regent street Crossing Regent Street
at the set of Traffic Lights turned left (south) and it’s on your right –at the far end of the Building

Goodge Street   Northern Line - turn left out of the station and walk North up Tottenham Court Road
– Turn second Left into Howland Street and walk with the direction of traffic,
past the University of Westminster and Cross Great Portland Street at the traffic lights
and turn left (south) until the traffic lights at Mortimer Street  (next set)
Turn Right (west) into Mortimer Street  to Regent street Crossing Regent Street
at the set of Traffic Lights turned left (south) and it’s on your right –at the far end of the Building