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
Mark Harrison 2018-2020 DPP
Mark spent many years as a Director, Producer and Executive Producer. He has won numerous awards including from the RTS and BFI, as well as gaining an International Emmy and BAFTA nomination. He has held senior roles within the independent sector and the BBC, including as Managing Director of Soul Purpose Productions, and BBC Head of Arts. He became Controller of Production for BBC North in 2010, and later Director of Transformation in the BBC’s Design and Engineering group. Mark has been Managing Director of the DPP since it became a not-for-profit company in 2015, and left the BBC early in 2017 to devote more time to leading the DPP. Mark is also Vice-Chair of an NHS Foundation Trust, and Chair of a commercial subsidiary of the Trust.
The officers of the UK Section are:
Simon Gauntlett Chair 2017-18 Dolby
Simon Gauntlett is Director of Imaging Standards and Technology at Dolby based in Soho Square after being 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. 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 and Audio & Video over IP
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 was a Membership Director froma 2015-17 - taking responsabilty for members outside North America and attending the Board of Governors Meetings.
In October 2017 he was elevated to SMPTE Fellowship -
recogniing his many achievements in Broadcast Engineering - including 1980s Studio design and controlled by Software 1990s EPGs, Teletext Subtitling Audio Descripstion and 2000s leadershsip in Media over IP and UHD.
and his mentorship of over 200 trainees many of whom are the leaders of todays industry. - and his work in IEE/IET . RTS and SMPTE
He gave the 2017 Bill Lovell Memoriial Lecture - see video
Following the 2017 elections we welcome the following members to the Board of Managers
Andy Lucas Universal
Richard Mills Imaginary Pictures/Sky VR
Andy Wilson DPP
who took up office on 1 July 2017
Richard Mills is CEO of Imaginary Pictures, has over 35 years’ experience of operations,
management and development in both Film and Broadcasting industries.
He has expertise in Studio operations and management, Post Production and Transmission (MOLINARE),
Board-level technical leadership, design and management in facilities and Outside Broadcast (Onsight and VISIONS).
For the past ten years he has provided award-winning imaging and workflow solutions to film, documentary and drama.
Richard now provides production solutions and consultancy in complex imaging, 360 and Virtual Reality.
He also serves as Technical Director, Sky VR Studios.
Richard is a strong believer in education and training. He has worked extensively with industry bodies including BSC,
BKSTS, UK Screen and many Universities to educate and encourage new talent, both technical and creative.
Andy is Head of Business Development, Digital Production Partnership and leads the growth
of the Digital Production Partnership’s membership, activities and work streams.
The DPP brings together colleagues from all parts of the media supply chain to gather insights, shape and deliver change.
Andy has worked in broadcasting for over 17 years on web, red button interactive television services,
broadcast innovation and digital rights. Andy was Head of the BBC College of Technology,
overseeing all training and development for technology for the BBC.
He recently led the industry skills and development of file delivery for television programmes with the DPP.
Andy’s work also included the migration of Engineering Teams to support new technologies and studios in MediaCity UK,
New Broadcasting House, UHD and 3D broadcasts and supporting the 2012 London Olympics.
Andy joined the DPP from his role as Partnership Lead for BBC Make it Digital. A year-long broadcast campaign
to help develop the coding and digital skills of audiences across the UK. Andy led collaboration between 54 partners,
and delivered one of the BBC's most ambitious education initiatives in 30 years - the BBC micro:bit.
Following the 2016 elections we welcome the following members to the Board of Managers
Julian Knight TSL Systems
Peter Wilson Hddc
Nick Wright Pixelpower
who took up office on 1 July 2016
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 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.
Read the biographes of the Past Managers
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