Region Governor and UK Section Officers
The UK Section was reformed in October 2012 with 83 members and has grown in size so gaining the 500 members needed to become a region which entitles its members a Governor so from January 2016 the UK region was established with a Governor sitting on the highest committee of SMPTE
Bruce Devlin Dalet
Bruce Devlin has been working in the Media industry for 30 years and looks after Media Technology in Dalet Digital Media Systems.
Formerly the CTO of AmberFin, the VP of Technology for Snell and Principal Engineer at both Thomson in France and the BBC, Bruce has designed everything from ASICs to software algorithms.
Best known for being @MrMXF, Bruce wrote the book and chaired the SMPTE working groups on the format.
Bruce is an
alumni of Queens’ College Cambridge England
member of the IABM
Fellow of the SMPTE
recipient of SMPTE’s David Sarnoff Medal
recipient of BKSTS’ Achievement award
passionate about interoperability
keen to educate the world about media
...... and a rider of bicycles (occasionally quickly) and hewer of trees
The officers of the UK Section are:
Simon Gauntlett Chair 2016-17 DTG
Simon Gauntlett has been the Technology Director for the Digital TV Group in the UK since 2006, setting the technology strategy and roadmap for the UK Television Industry Association. This involves bringing together broadcasters, manufacturers, retailers and silicon vendors and agreeing interoperability standards for AV in the UK. He participates in several international standards forums and regularly presents at industry conferences. Previously, Simon worked for the BBC Research and Development department on projects including the introduction of High Definition and Digital Radio Cameras.
Simon is a fellow of the IET and an honorary fellow of the BKSTS
Simon has taken on the role of Centennial Co-Ordinator - as we move to celebrating 100 years of SMPTE....
Past Chair Chris Johns, Sky
ChrisJohns has been with Sky/BSkyB since its inception in 1989 having started his career in broadcast with the BBC.
As Chief Engineer, Chris has been at the forefront of delivering broadcast functionality to the platform such as the Multi channel Digital Play - out facilities, Dolby Digital audio, Server based solutions, HD &3D.
Chris is now helping Sky enhance the entertainment delivered across a multitude of different platforms from a common core whilst maintaining the audio and visual quality the customer has come to expect from today’s technologies.
Chris was appointed a Fellow of SMPTE in 2013 recognising his outstanding work in the development of Television platforms and Innovative technology in the UK
He served as the first chair of the UK section From 2012-2016
Sec/Treas Peter Weitzel, Weitzel.tv
Peter now consults for Broadcasters and small manufacturers
– having had a long & very varied career in the "projects" area with BBC BBC T Siemens latterly as Principal Technology Manager Media Systems.
He has led standardisation of Teletext,EPG, DVB Subtitles and the introduction of Audio Description.
He also was the Project Director for the first international transmission of 8k Super Hi Vision.
He has worked on the technology strategy of major broadcasters as they confronted going digital – in studio & OB and Emission - and introducing Audio & Video over IP in the early 2000s
Peter has been arranging lectures for many years and is very keen on ensuring that all in our industries can keep up to date and share knowledge and experience.
In 2014 Peter was Awarded The Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society, which recognizes individuals for dedicated service for the betterment of the Society over a sustained period of time
for for his instrumental role in re-establishing the SMPTE U.K. Section, and for his leadership in driving the growth of the Section and the quality of programming provided to its members over the first two years.
He now is one of the two Membership Directors - taking responsibilty for members outside North America and attending the Board of Governors Meetings.
Following the 2015 elections we welcome the following members to the Board of Managers
John Ellerton BT Media & Broadcast .
Tom Griffiths itv
Steve Plunkett Ericsson Broadcast & Media Services
who took up office on 1 July 2015
Nigel Seth-Smith is a strategic technology manager at Semtech, with responsibility for video product definition and standards support.
He first digitized a video signal in 1977 at the IBA. Since then he has been working with pictures, and the numbers which represent them, in Canada and the UK, with Link Electronics, Scientific Atlanta, DPS, Snell & Wilcox and now Semtech. His current standards work concerns UHDTV transport and network based genlock timing.
Russell Trafford - Jones
Russell Trafford-Jones is Head of Contribution Product Support at V-Nova - implementing solutions for Broadcasters whilst developing the product range.
He has worked for BBC Technology/Siemens/ATOS, BMCUK and, most recently TSL Systems where he was a Systems Architect designing and managing bids for all types of broadcasters.
He is one of the member of the Graduate Intiative Panel - a resource for those starting in our industries
John Ellerton is Head of Media Futures at BT Media and Broadcast. John graduated from Salford University in the UK and École Centrale de Lyon in France with an M.Eng in Electronic Engineering, and has since gained over 18 years’ experience creating specialist network and workflow solutions for broadcasters and media companies worldwide. He now leads BT M&B’s future thinking in broadcast and media services, including software-defined networks and UHDTV. He leads BT’s Gold Sustaining Membership of SMPTE and is an active contributor to the work of the EBU.
Tom Griffiths is now Director of Broadcast and Distribution Technology at itv having been Technology Controller at ITV since 2013, responsible for ITVs broadcast and content delivery technology. His role includes providing subject matter expertise to the wider ITV business on technology such as transmission infrastructure, distribution networks, content preparation & delivery, broadcast scheduling & playout, as well as being responsible for the planning and delivery of these systems throiugh the development and support of ITV's technology platforms that support Rights Management, Linear and Non-Linear Content Scheduling, Broadcast & VOD Content Delivery as well as the technology development with ITVs Linear Broadcast service providers.
CTO of Ericsson’s Broadcast & Media Services division with responsibility for technology strategy, R&D and industry engagement. Over 20 years experience as an engineer, architect and technology leader in the broadcast, Internet, mobile and enterprise industries. Regular speaker and attendee at industry conferences and events, with dozens of articles published in the broadcast press. Advocate for standardization, academic engagement and industry collaboration to make this great industry even better. Committee member of the IET Multimedia & Communications Network, AMWA board member, member of SMTPE, IEEE, IET, IBC Innovation Award winner (2012), MSc in Advanced Networking and lifelong technology enthusiast.
Peter started working life at 15 as an apprentice Electrical Fitter when fitter meant making it fit! Working mostly on Naval Electronics such as Radar..
After three stints in Education operating and building TV Studio’s used by Film and TV students he moved to Sony Broadcast where he spent 10 years involved In many different facets of the broadcast business. Majoring in special projects for the Founder of the Sony broadcast division he pioneered the HDTV business from the mid 1980’s. From Sony he passed to Snell and Wilcox where working directly with Roderick Snell and David Youlton Peter product planned and managed many pioneering award winning HDTV and AV products. In 2004 Peter Left Snell to start his own Technical consultancy and Training Operation working in areas of new technology.
After collecting a Technical Emmy for HD conversion, Queens awards for Export and Technology from the Queen
Peter has been involved in putting back knowledge into the Industry in the EDCF, BKSTS and of course SMPTE.adn though Skillset.
Peter is a Fellow of the BKSTs and SMPTE.and wishes to establish a strong and vibrant Southern Cluster
Nick Wright is Chief Technical Officer at Pixel Power and was one of the founders in 1987.
He is responsible for all development activities with particular emphasis on channel playout,
graphics and automation software.
After completing a BSc in Electronics and Computer Science at UCL early work developing graphics technology lead to an introduction to broadcast before gaining further experience developing hardware
and software for Aston and Pesa. Nick is a director of IPPG and has been helping organise East Cluster SMPTE meetings since 2015.
In addition to the managers the Section relies on other key Volunteers
these attend the Board of Managers meetings with full speaking rights
but are not able to vote.
Bruce Kruger from Sky has been appointed to lead the Group which plans the meetings, and being the point of reference as individuals organise and run meetings In London and in the clusters across the UK .
Bruce Kruger is a veteran professional Engineer who has spent a life time working in Commercial Broadcasting. He is currently Head of Broadcast Engineering for Sky U.K. and is responsible for managing the engineering design and support teams associated with television content and associated DTH platforms.
Prior to joining Sky U.K. he spent almost 3 years at TVB in Hong Kong as Engineering Controller responsible for the introduction of HD services and DTTB.
Bruce commenced his professional career in Australia as a trainee radio and television broadcast engineer and has held senior engineering and management positions in Nine Network Australia and subsidiary companies.
.His commitment is to support all the pillars of the society and is active in the education of young engineers and supportive of the development of standards for the industry as a whole.
We need someone to coordinate our contact with Members and Prospective members both Individuals and Companies across the Industries in the UK
We have already got volunteers helping with Supporting younger members as they transition to working and their first years in our industries
Organiser Regional Seminar
Tim Harris, MirriAd
Tim is the CTO at MirriAd, -the only end to end solution for embedding brands in video content.
Tim has an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) from the ISLI working with Snell & Wilcox and then AmberFin as industrial sponsor. His experience includes MXF and AAF support, video processing architectures, the business of video, and test patterns, and Grading systems for film and TV.
He was a founding manager of the UK section serving from 2012-14.
Organiser Bill Lovell Memorial lecture
Andy Quested BBC
Andy Quested started working as a Technical Assistant at the BBC in 1978. from 1983 to 2000 Andy worked as an VT editor across the whole range of BBC output but is possibly best known as the editor of Keeping Up Appearances!
Since 2005, Andy has been leading the BBC’s high definition technology strategy as Head of Technology for HD (and now 3D)
Andy was appointed a Fellow of SMPTE in 2014 recognising his outstanding work in the development of HD and UHD techniques and his work in DPP, EBU and ITU on this and Quality Checking.
At its meetings in April 2012 the Board of Managers agreed that Board members should serve a maximum of two 2 year terms
so promoting a good flow of new blood to the Board,
and guidance on the chairman term ( 2 or 3 years) and Hon Sec (typically about 5 years)
Contact Peter Weitzel for more information or for details on how you or your employer can help SMPTE UK Section- we need more members to help our activities around the UK and in London