At the SMPTE UK section meeting held on 17 December 2016 , Chris Johns, the  Section chairman announced that the SMPTE Governors had established  the UK Region 
- giving the 530+  members in the UK a governor to represent their views.  
– And that the first Governor is Bruce Devlin, Chief Media Scientist at Dalet
– who coincidently was presenting at the meeting.  Read SMPTE press release

Chris outlined how there  has been a great vote of confidence in the activities of SMPTE in the UK – which has grown from  85 members to over 530 in about three and a half years.  

“We have already seen the effect of the UK section in SMPTE at large through the enthusiasm and expertise in the UK, having our own governor now gives us a direct formal voice at the highest levels of SMPTE. “

“There is every encouragement for people working in the media technology industries
– Film Television or Digital Media (or anyone using video) to join us in SMPTE
and join  in our success as SMPTE’s third largest section

Chris  paid tribute to the vast amount of work done by Peter Weitzel in getting the Section up and running
in a business like fashion - "he is the  major contributor to our growth and success".

UK section Chairman Chris Johns ,  UK Governor Bruce Devlin and UK section Hon Sec/ Treasurer Peter Weitzel celebrating the Region Launch   

 Peter Weitzel Hon Sec / Treasurer paid tribute to Rich Welsh the outgoing International Governor
who started the petition for a section to be established  and to  Chris Johns who has chairman presided
over and guided the success and growth of the section 

He particularly thanked the Founding managers – Eric Bastin ,Matt Desborough, Bob Gentry
and Tim Harris who with him sat and charted out the policies on which the Section haves been built,
based on the Three pillars of SMPTE - Membership, Education and Standards ,
and how SMPTE fitted into the UK ecosystem.

They also established the principles of meeting over “ample refreshments” to network/ discuss
informally before hearing from and discussing with expert speakers
- a task which is easy because of the great wealth of practical knowledge in the UK. 
He also pointed out that the UK section holds an International Lecture
so members can learn about our industries   outside the UK,
and to the Regional Seminar – a one day event focusing on a topic of great interest to SMPTE as a whole.

The Founding managers also saw the importance of the SMPTE webcasts as a means of sharing
knowledge across the world – all from the comfort of your own computer
– and the Motion Imaging journal.. the UK section got it in a tablet friendly as well as paper version.

Chris johns announces the Establishment of the UK Region at the meeting at IBM Southbank

Another key feature was that “we meet where people work” - and this means wherever there was
a cluster of members or industry – so we from the start held meetings in Salford, the Midlands
the East and the South and now often have four meetings a year in each cluster as well as monthly meetings in London. – And are looking westwards and into what the BBC would refer as the Nations! 

The section also marked the life of Bill Lovell- someone whose friendship and experience quietly put as great as his work in the BBC and developing the ARRI Alexa, we are pleased that leading members of our industry   like Roderick Snell and John Ive have reflected on their careers and the future needs of our industries- an inspiration to us all.

Besides the success of the meetings across the UK, he was also proud of the way in which the
UK section supports those starting in our industries though the Graduate initiative
–giving personal support as well as reduced subscription. 
The section gives similar support to Student Television through NaSTA
where SMPTE UK section also funds their Technology award- as well as other students
and the new Student Chapter at Southampton Solent and at Salford Unversity being formed

As the section moved into SMPTE centennial year – he pointed out the need that the section had
for membersto give their time by attending meetings – and then to be involved in the running
of the section and arranging the meetings –
and to the companies who have   encouraged their staff to engage with SMPTE
and supported the section in kind, providing Venues and the ample refreshments –– and money....
in particular for meetings at Universities where SMPTE pays full cost. 

The section needs more companies to give and support our meetings and activities -
we have over 30 sustaining members of SMPTE represented in the UK.
They support SMPTE work worldwide but The SMPTE UK section like any Section does not get
any money from Home Office.

In summing up Peter thanked the past managers, David Austerberry, Ben Roeder and Andy Quested,
and the current managers   Simon Gauntlett, Nigel Seth-Smith, Russell Trafford- Jones, John Ellerton,
Tom Griffiths and Steve Plunkett, Managers at large Peter Wilson and Nick Wright
and to Bruce Kruger the new Chairman of Meetings ... ..
And to the Presidents and Vice Presidents of SMPTE and Barbara Lange and the Home office staff. 

He hopes that the section can continue to attract as keen members who want to carry on the all the work of SMPTE.... It is getting more complex as we grow... and there is a lot of work still to be done.

Peter pointed out that SMPTE is a members' society – and it is those members whether in standards committees making the rules by which the industries and equipment Interoperate or in organising educational activities like Section meetings or conferences  or just talking and networking at meetings which ensure that we in the UK are well prepared and influencing the future.

If you are a member – please join us serving the industries in the UK and Join in to help us go further,

If you are not a member join in our success and Join us as a Member – and then you will find out all that SMPTE can offer you and you can offer SMPTE.


SMPTE UK section serves all who are working with the technology of moving pictures
and associated sound & metadata – creatively, practically and innovatively 
in any format, and on any platform.