Bill Lovell Memorial Lecture 2017

Event Type: 
Section Meeting
Event Date: 
Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 18:15 to 21:00
Kings College London
WC2R 2LS London
United Kingdom
Event Details: 

Newly Elevated SMPTE Fellow Peter Weitzel reflects on his career over 50 years since being first paid by BBC  and what has lead to him being involved in the five years of the reformed SMPTE UK section in 
“Creating my/ your/a community – SMPTE 101” 
His work has covered many areas  of fast development in the Television industry, in Public Policy and Many Business activities  as well as Technology,
In memory of Bill Lovell who  tirelessly championed new technologies,
demystifying the science and providing practical understanding to countless people in  our industries

Peter covers  from when he knew that he wanted to “do technical things behind the camera”,  his time at Kings College London,What he has achieved and the people who helped him and he helped during a career with the BBC and its associated companies mainly in a “Projects role"   with high tech (for its time) TV vision mixers, and a very satisfying time working with Teletext plus establishing of Access Services - Subtitling & Audio Description in the UK broadcasting output.

 He will mention the role of   “Projects”  and the joys of working with small companies like minded and the graduate trainees, with organisations across the world and within the production community. .

He will recount how he got the BBC _ "a loose confederation of warring tribes” to work together.... and reflects on how some decisions he made early in his life shaped the things he did and who he worked with...With the setup of BBC Resources and constant  changes in the role of “BBC Engineering” he took many opportunities to be commercial with the technology expertise and his teams.

Always on the forefront of Technology he introduced Audio over IP to NPR in 2002 and with Video over IP to the BBC in 2003 and was the Project Director of the BBC/NHK Super Hi vision transmission to IBC 2008.
On leaving Siemens he did some more education – and then has grasped the challenge of setting up and growing the SMPTE UK section in a business-like manner– and expanding best practise to a wider SMPTE. This forms the latter part of his presentation as he looks forward to what SMPTE can do with your help.

Peter wants to thank all those who have helped him and others have a fun career and to point out how all those in the industry can benefit from making a contribution to their communities - personal, business and SMPTE

 Slidepack download

Video parts

Introduction and Early life 25 mins

As a Graduate learning skills through working with Voluntary Groups 9 mins

Applying them in the good years 1989 to 1999 time of turmoil 10 mins

The 2000s consolidation and reflections 11mins

SMPTE UK Formation and its successes and future 32mins

SMPTE UK Section established a lecture in honour of the late Bill Lovell,
recognising his dedication and his enthusiasm for the industry.
Throughout many years of work at the BBC and then at ARRI Media,
Bill tirelessly championed new technologies, demystifying the science
and providing practical understanding to countless camera professionals.
His passion for sharing knowledge and experience was reflected in his being among
the first to attend SMPTE UK meetings when it was founded.

With his sudden  death in March 2013 we all lost a good friend and good teacher.

SMPTE HPA Student Film Festival winner

Barbara Lange SMPTE Executive Director presents a Prize from the SMPTE HPA Student Film Festival to  Jiranant Kanjanagawin from the University of Greenwich who won the “Innovative use of Mobile Device or tablet to convey a story – Narrative short”
photo by John Emmett

View the Presentation and Jirants's film  "London Strike" 



Kings College Is on the South Side of the Strand at the Aldwych
It is served by about 24 different  busses  see map

It is a short walk from three Tube stations
Temple  District and Circle lines – exit the station turn left go up the steps turn left and
then right up  Surrey Stto the Strand – turn left and the Entrance is 100m on your left.
Covent Garden Piccadilly Line - exit the station turn right down the hill to the Market area
– skirt left and the right around the Market building and then left and right into Bow Street
and walk down to the Strand/ Waterloo Bridge approach. Cross the road with a leftwards trend
– Kings College is 200m –the main entrance is just beyond  the vehicle entrance.
Holborn  Central and Piccadilly lines – head south Down Kingsway Cross the Road at the  Aldwych  
head left and then right between Bush House and Australia House, cross the Strand and turn right
– the entrance is just on the left.

When you enter the reception area – go straight through into the old building –
go  along the corridor until it widens outside the Great Hall go up the stairs to the first floor
(Lifts are in the left further along the corridor ) 
Turn right to continue towards Chapters where ample refreshments are served
– or left back towards the Strand to the Nash Lecture Theatre.