International Lecture International Movie Distribution and Workflow Security.

Event Type: 
Section Meeting
Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 18:15 to 21:00
1 Central St Giles, St Giles High Street
WC2H 8NU London
Event Details: 

This year’s international lecture looks at two areas of great development in the film industry: -
Versioning / Localisation - International Movie distribution by Digital files is a well-oiled machine, but very different to the days of film reels.
In some cases we have gone from 40 versions to upwards of 350 to create, package and distribute to the Cinema.
We will explore the lifecycle of movie distribution and what has changed ........
for the better and worse.

The threat of piracy is ever present throughout the whole production and distribution chain and especially before release date.
There is a requirement to have content security at all stages and we will delve into some of those details and the potential issues if something goes wrong.


As well as this, there will be an opportunity to look around NBCUniversal’s screening facilities and hopefully see some exclusive new movie clips!

SMPTE UK section holds an International Lecture every year
– reflecting that SMPTE is an  International Society
– where members in the UK can hear and reflect on a view of the world in which we operate.




David Hodgkinson Is Senior Vice president of Theatrical Operations for Universal Pictures international, based in London, and has worked in the Industry for over 30 years. His main role is to oversee the International  versioning for all of the Universal Theatrical titles, including foreign version mixing and subtitling, also supplying all downstream materials for Home entertainment and TV. He is also responsible for premieres and any other special screenings outside of North America.
Previous roles include being technical manager at Polygram Film services, and before that he was an Editor, both in house and freelance.

Andy Lucas is Vice President, Global Distribution Technology for Universal Pictures based in London and has 20 years technology experience in the media industry. Currently Andy is focused on innovation for content distribution including the introduction of UHD and HDR content with his global clients, new innovative experiences around the purchase of digital content, immersive technologies and advances in content protection.

 His previous roles include Head of Technology Planning for ITV where amongst other projects he was involved with was the launch of digital terrestrial television, widescreen and latterly the successful trials of HD over terrestrial.





Tube to Tottenham Court Road Northern and Central lines
as there is building work around that station this route is one that is mostly clear.

From Central Line Ticket line turn left and Northern Line ticket line go right to Exit 3

 Exit the station by Exit 3 onto New Oxford Street Turn Right Eastwards and then Turn Right into Earnshaw Street.  Before St Giles High Street turn left and cross the Central St Giles Piazza and enter No 1 “the Google building” opposite you..