From Jetex to Rotorway, Crystal Set to Digital Cinema… Bill Lovell Memorial Lecture 2014

Event Type: 
Section Meeting
Event Date: 
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:45
BBC NBH Learning Space
Portland Place
W1A 1AA London
United Kingdom
Event Details: 

What drives an inventor and visonary? Roderick Snell looks back to childhood passions, and the many great influencers –including Bill Lovell – that he has worked with and been inspired by.
How does he see the industry today? Where is it headed? What lessons have been learned? And what is the best  way forward for the moving image and for European industry?

In 1973 Roderick Snell founded Snell & Wilcox - a two-man team pushing the boundaries of the analogue TV technology of the day. 

The company somehow survived the troubled 70s then exploded into growth during the 80s and 90s, at the leading edge of innovation in the fields of digital standards conversion, HDTV and image processing – ultimately winning 9 Queens Awards for Technology and Export growth, as well as 4 Emmys.

Roderick’s personal mission has not only been to enhance the quality and availability of the moving image, but also to defend and support UK industry, R&D and the creative synergies between art and technology… not to forget his passion for helicopters! A Life Fellow and a staunch supporter of the SMPTE, Roderick served as Governor and was awarded the SMPTE Progress Medal for his contributions to the art and science of television.

More recently his Company played a key role in the development and promotion of digital cinema in the UK and Europe.

View the lecture on SMPTE youtube channel

or on this website


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 join SMPTE UK when it was founded.

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


You will be met at Main Reception New Broadcasting House by BBC Audience Services
– please allow time to get to the spaces in NBH where we are meeting.

At all SMPTE meetings  we meet for informal discussion and networking over ample refreshments before we hear the speakers.
SMPTE UK is supporting those who are joining our industries- so we encourage all to talk to the younger members present - and learn  something from them


Oxford Circus Central Victoria and Bakerloo line Walk up Regent Street, into the BBC open space and enter the Main Reception of BBC NBH

 There are ample busses see map  and Barclays cycles nearby   
Note the Jubliee line does not interchange at Bond St so use Bakerloo line (which does not stop at Embankment) 

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 BBC Brock House –where the north bound traffic is diverted -  cross the road and go down Langham Street – passing under BBC NBH Peel Wing to the Main Reception on your right.

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 – turn left into Hallam Street and then Right to pass under BBC NBH Peel Wing to the Main Reception on your right.

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