Program Committee

Program Committee Co-Chair
Paul Chapman has worked in the Video and Post Production industry in Los Angeles for over 25 years, having come from the UK after a career in Software Engineering. His degree is in Computers & Cybernetics from the University of Kent, Canterbury. In 1996 he joined FotoKem, holding various engineering leadership positions. During the first part of his career at FotoKem he led the team that designed the infrastructure, implemented, and then moved into a new 60,000 square foot purpose built video Building. At FotoKem he currently holds the position of Senior Vice President of Technology, in this position he is responsible for evaluating, recommending and implementing all aspects of digital technology company wide. He is immediate past chair of SMPTE Hollywood section, having served for two years, and currently is SMPTE Hollywood regional Governor.
Program Committee Co-Chair
Thomas Edwards is Vice President, Engineering & Development at FOX Network Engineering & Operations, where he works on advanced technology projects such as mobile DTV, 3D, and the FOX network satellite distribution system.  Previous to joining FOX in 2007, he was Senior Manager, Interconnection Engineering for the PBS Interconnection Replacement Office, where he was responsible for the engineering planning of the PBS Next Generation Interconnection System (NGIS).  He also has had significant experience with streaming media production and delivery at the Internet service provider DIGEX and the IP-over-satellite company Cidera.  Edwards has contributed to the Report of the SMPTE Task Force on 3D to the Home and the NAB Engineering Handbook.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and is a member of IEEE and SMPTE.
Program Committee Co-Chair
Sara Kudrle is currently the Product Marketing Manager for Playout at Imagine Communications. Sara received her degree in Computer Science with a Minor in Mathematics from California State University Chico. Sara's 18 plus years in the Broadcast industry started at Tektronix where she worked in From there, she joined Continental Electronics as a software engineer, working within the TV Transmitter group where she was responsible for developing exciter control software. From there she joined NVISION/Miranda/Grass Valley and was responsible for several projects within the Router Control group. Sara has authored several papers for NAB, PBS and SMPTE conferences and has been published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and Broadcast Engineering. Sara's paper on "Fingerprinting for Solving A/V Synchronization Issues within Broadcast Environments,” received the 2012 Journal Award for best article. Sara is active within SMPTE serving on several committees and within the standards community. Sara is a SMPTE Fellow and serves as a SMPTE Director of Education as well as an Annual Technical Conference Chair. She is also a member of IEEE.
xxxaaw-06 - Crop.jpg Andrea Avila Weiler

With over 15 years in the media and entertainment industry, Andrea's cross-functional experience spans the technology-centric aspects of content security, quality, and management. For the past 10 years, Andrea has held leadership roles in the Motion Picture Association of America's Office of Technology where she is Director of Technology and Compliance for entertainment and media technologies. Andrea's background spans a variety of industries from Technology, Standards, Studio, Production, Legal, U.S. Government, Broadcast, Entertainment to Non-Profit, Aerospace, and University.
During her time at the MPAA, Andrea has facilitated technology education sessions for overseas CE manufacturers, chaired standards committees, overseen research and evaluation of consumer products, managed the launch of a consumer platform for streaming digital content and was recently appointed by the Chairman of the FCC to represent the content industry on the Commission’s Downloadable Security Technology Advisory Committee (DSTAC).

JimDe.jpg Jim DeFilippis has worked in the broadcast/media space for 30-plus years and has been part of major broadcast/media companies ( FOX, ABC) and (6) Olympic Broadcasts.  Jim has managed large technical projects, developing new technologies into working systems for television production and distribution. Jim has established a consulting practice focusing on media file work flow, sports broadcast technology, and mobile television.  Jim has a MS in Electrical Engineering, is a Fellow of the SMPTE, a member of AES, SCTE and IEEE. In 2012 he received the David Sarnoff Medal from SMPTE for his innovative work in television technologies. Jim resides in Los Angeles with his lovely wife, Maggie and two children, Jake and Juliana. He likes to bike, sail and work in the garden.

John Ferder is Director of Studio and Post-Production Engineering for the CBS Television Network in New York, where he has worked since September 1995. Together with his engineering group, he is responsible for the design, construction and support of all production and post-production facilities in the CBS Broadcast Center including the renovations for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, HD upgrades for the NFL Today, The Late Show with David Letterman, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and the 2008 construction of the new control room for the CBS Evening News and the new studio for CBS This Morning. He has worked extensively with various manufacturers in the development of fiber optic composite camera cables and connectors, and of the HD-BNC connector within the Broadcast Center Infrastructure.

John received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and, prior to CBS, worked for Philips/BTS, Roscor, Chyron, WOR-TV, the ABC Television Network, WLS-TV and WISN-TV.

John was elected a Fellow of the Society in 2012.  Currently a Governor for the New York Region, John has also served as a Manager for the Chicago Section, and as a Manager, Chair, and Past Chair of the New York Section. He is a member of IEEE, its Consumer Electronics and Circuits and Systems Societies, and recently served as Chair of the New York Chapter of the Broadcast Technology Society .


Dr. Siegfried Foessel is head of the department Moving Picture Technologies at the Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen and spokesman of the Fraunhofer Alliance Digital Media. He was responsible for projects like the camera development ARRI D20/D21, the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) certification test plan or the JPEG2000 standardisation for Digital Cinema. Siegfried is member of various standardisation bodies and organisations like SMPTE, FKTG, ISO and DIN. In 2013 he received the SMPTE Fellow award for his work in Digital Cinema. In 2014 he received the Josef-von-Fraunhofer award for the development of easyDCP, a tool for creating and playback of Digital Cinema Packages. In 2014 he was elected to the president of the FKTG (Fernseh- und Kinotechische Gesellschaft e.V.), the german equivalent to SMPTE. Since 2016 he is SMPTE board member and regional governor for EMEA,  Africa and South and Middle America.

smallMGasparri-Photo_Bio.jpg Massimiliano Gasparri, technology executive, Partner, vLamp LLC

Massimiliano Gasparri is a partner in a digital consulting and software development company that collaborates with early stage startups by becoming part of the founding team and helping with product design, engineering development, and online marketing. Prior to vLamp, Mr. Gasparri led Warner Bros. Advanced Digital Services technology group responsible for the hosting infrastructure and the software development for direct to consumer, online and digital media applications. He oversaw the technical development of various initiatives including Blu-ray, Digital Copy, and UltraViolet.  Previously, Mr. Gasparri was Director, Multimedia Technology at Warner Bros.

Technical Operations, where he was involved in R&D projects and the evaluation of new technologies for film and television production, digital cinema, content protection and distribution.

Prior to joining Warner Bros. Mr. Gasparri was a project lead at Walt Disney Feature Animation where he implemented software applications to streamline post production and animation processes. His film credits include Tarzan, Dinosaur, Fantasia 2000, The Emperor’s New Groove, and Atlantis. His digital media expertise stemmed from his work at Avid Technology, where he focused on media asset management, metadata interchange, editing and visual effects applications for the film and broadcast industries. Mr. Gasparri was also part of the DiVA engineering team that in 1992 developed VideoShop, a QuickTime based non-linear editing software application.

Mr. Gasparri holds 13 U.S. patents (film restoration, image registration, digital media encoding, and 3D audio) and has 9 patents pending (voicemail system, digital media identification, content playlist and distribution). He also completed his undergraduate research thesis at Boston University developing a solution for “Extracting 3D Models of Houses and Buildings from Photographs”. Massimiliano is also the founder of Steps for a Cure, an initiative to promote fundraising for research against cancer via pursuit of athletic goals. Massimiliano’s interest for athletics extends from running marathons, to playing soccer and tennis, to skiing and just recently triathlons (6-times Ironman140.6 and 70.3 finisher).


Hans Hoffmann was born in Munich, Germany. He holds a diploma in telecommunication engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich. In 2007, he completed his Ph.D. studies at Brunel University West London, at the School of Engineering and Design. From 1993 to 2000, Hoffmann worked at the Insitut fuer Rundfunktechnik in research and development for new television production technologies. In 2000, he joined the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as a senior engineer in the technical department. Hoffmann has chaired the EBU project groups P/BRRTV and P/PITV, which were both involved in standardization activities such SDTI and file formats.  He has chaired the SMPTE technology committee on Networks and File Management and has served as Engineering Director, Television. He has been involved in EBU activities on high-definition television production and emission and set up the HDTV testing laboratory at the EBU. Hoffmann is a fellow of SMPTE and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), FKT (Germany), and the Society for Information Display (SID).


Al Kovalick is a Principal Member and Founder of Media Systems Consulting. Previously, he was a Corporate Fellow at Avid, CTO of Pinnacle Systems and Video Systems Architect at HP. He is an active speaker, educator and has penned the book Video Systems in an IT Environment – The Basics of Networked Media and File-Based Workflows (2009). Al has an MSEE degree from the University of California at Berkeley, holds 18 US and foreign patents and has authored more than 50 papers. He is a SMPTE Fellow and recipient of the David Sarnoff Gold Medal.


David Long joined the faculty of the School of Film and Animation in 2007, where he is currently Program Chair and Associate Professor for the BS Motion Picture Science program.  His research interests at RIT include engineering multispectral video capture and display systems and studying variability in human color vision for artistic applications.
Prior to RIT, Long worked as a Development Engineer and Imaging Scientist with Eastman Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Division.  At Kodak, his primary responsibilities included new product development and image science and systems integration for the motion picture group, focusing on film and digital imaging products.  His work has earned him numerous patents and a 2008 Scientific & Technical Academy Award for contributions made to the design of Vision2 films.
Outside of RIT, Long is an officer of the Rochester Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and is chair of the Board of the Little Theatre in Rochester. 
Long has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MS in Materials Science from the University of Rochester.


John Maizels combines life as a media verstilist and technologist in television and radio, with that of presenter, technical writer, sound editor, author and studio/OB operational crew.  When not completely confused by this life, he teaches multicamera studio TV at college level and does voice overs.  He first tasted compressed digital video as a pioneer of distance education and business television, and developed virtual routing control systems for broadcast studio use.   John is highly active in development of education and training for technologists, serves on the SMPTE Board as Governor for Asia/Australia Region, and is a Fellow of the SMPTE.


John McCoskey is an industry-recognized technology, operations and policy executive, with background spanning broad media & entertainment, broadcast, satellite, intellectual property and Internet technologies. 

He is currently Industry Lead Executive for the Communications, Media & Technology sector at Eagle Hill Consulting.

Previous roles include EVP & CTO at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) where he led global technology policy and strategy; the first-ever CTO at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); VP, Product Development at Comcast; CTO and co-founder at Brief Original Broadcasts (BOB); and SVP, Technology and CTO at Discovery Communications.

Mr. McCoskey holds two MS degrees from Johns Hopkins and a BSEE from Bucknell University. He is an inventor with 24 issued & 27 pending U.S. utility patents. Mr. McCoskey and his PBS team received a Technology and Engineering Emmy® award in 2010 for pioneering work on digital television workflows.

He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).


Originally from the Midwest, Kylee Pena spent nearly a decade as a video editor in Indianapolis and Atlanta before moving into post production technology in Los Angeles. There she applies her knowledge of a working editorial department to the technical and creative aspects of workflow design and management on shows like Jane the Virgin (CW), Scorpion (CBS), and Colony (USA/Legendary) at Bling Digital in Hollywood.

Additionally, Kylee serves as the Vice President for Blue Collar Post Collective West, a nonprofit group that seeks to support emerging talent and create a more inclusive industry by holding free and frequent events for people in all areas of post. She is also an Associate Editor for, writing technical analyses and interviewing notable film personalities while also bringing light to important topics like gender equality and mental health in post. She has spoken on many of these topics in classrooms across the country, on numerous podcasts, and at the NAB Show.


Felix Poulin Felix Poulin is Senior Manager of Broadcast Technology group at CBC/Radio-Canada, looking after new technology investigations and evaluation lab. For the previous six years, he was the topic leader for IP production at EBU Technology & Innovation in Switzerland. At EBU, he co-chaired the Joint EBU/SMPTE/VSF/AMWA Task Force on Networked Media and coordinated the annual Network Technology Seminar as well as the EBU Strategic Programme on Future Networks and collaborated to the multi-award winning VRT Sandbox LiveIP project. Felix completed his diploma in electrical engineering at Montreal’s Polytechnic with his final thesis done at MIT. He began working as an audio engineer at Solotech on Cirque du Soleil and other international productions. Felix is contributing to the SMPTE, VSF and AMWA. 


Peter HPutman, CTS®, ISF, is President of ROAM Consulting LLC in Doylestown, PA. He provides consulting, training and product testing/development services to manufacturers of electronic displays, interfaces and digital TV and video equipment. In addition, he edits and publishes, a website focused on digital TV, HDTV and display technologies.

Putman has written extensively on HDTV and display technology for numerous consumer and trade magazines, and is a frequent speaker at major trade shows and technical conferences, including the Consumer Electronics Show, the National Association of Broadcasters trade show, the Hollywood Post Alliance Technology Retreat, and the U.S.-based InfoComm International trade show. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Seton Hall University and a Master of Science degree in Television and Film from Syracuse University.

Putman is a member of InfoComm University™ faculty, as well as a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and Society for Information Display (SID). He also holds certifications from InfoComm (CTS) and the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF), and has held Amateur Radio Extra Class license KT2B since 1982. He received the 2008 Educator of the Year Award at InfoComm 2008.

Jaclyn Pytlarz is an Applied Vision Science Engineer at Dolby Laboratories in Sunnyvale, CA where she has worked inside Dolby’s Advanced Technology group since 2014. Her research includes vision science surrounding technologies for High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut displays. Her main focus is developing color mapping and display management algorithms to help maintain the director’s experience on a wide variety of displays under various ambient conditions. She holds a B.S. degree in Motion Picture Science from Rochester Institute of Technology where her foundation in color and imaging science began.

Bill Redmann is a creative technologist and inventor, designing and developing social, interactive, and new media technologies for Technicolor, where he is a Fellow and Senior Software Engineer.

His experience ranges from virtual reality, telepresence systems, entertainment simulators, theme park attractions, holography, other 3D techniques, seminal wearables technology, and puzzle design for the alternate reality games The Beast and I Love Bees. In the other 80 hours of the week, he dabbles in electric vehicle infrastructure and driver safety systems.  Bill has been granted about 34 patents, is an active member of SMPTE, and has a Masters in Engineering from UCLA.


Yvonne Thomas graduated in Television Technologies and Electronic Media Engineering from University of applied Science Wiesbaden (HSRM), Germany, in Oct. 2010. She received a prominent award of the ARD/ZDF Academy for her thesis in September 2011 at the IFA in Berlin.

Following these studies she started beginning of 2011 to work at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in the Technology & Innovation Department as Project Manager. She was responsible for projects and strategic programs on 3D and Future Television technologies, such as UHDTV or LED studio lighting.

Since September 2015 Yvonne joined arvato Systems´ New Media division. As a Product Manager she is responsible for the frontend “MediaPortal” of the MAM system VPMS (Video Production Management Suite) and follows new trends in the media landscape, like analytics and machine learning.

At NAB 2017 Yvonne was presented with the annual Technology Women to Watch Award from TVNews Check.


Richard Welsh is co-founder and CEO of Sundog Media Toolkit Ltd. He serves on the board of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) as Education Vice President.

Welsh has worked in the cinema industry since 1999. He has been involved in various technology development work during this time, primarily in digital cinema and is named on patents in the area of visual perception of 3D. Welsh began his career at Dolby Laboratories where he held various positions including Film Sound Consultant, Mastering Engineer, and Director of Digital Cinema. Subsequently, he became Head of Digital Cinema Operations at Technicolor, where he was the operational lead for Digital Cinema, Localisation and Sound Services. At Technicolor, Welsh was responsible for all mastering, distribution and client services for theatrical releases across their UK facilities. In 2013, Welsh established cloud software company Sundog Media Toolkit. He also lectures in Media Technology at Southampton Solent University, and holds a BSc (Hons) in Media Technology and an honorary Doctor of Technology degree.


Bobby White - Born to a family of very modest means in Biloxi, MS. Number 5 of 8 children, youngest boy. Moved to Los Angeles, CA at age 5. That same year mother suffered a stroke while giving birth to my twin sisters, which left her partially paralyzed on the left side of her body. Was nicknamed the “professor” at age 6 because I always had a pencil and loved to figure things out. I was known for taking things apart because I wanted to know how they worked. In my early teens, I was usually able to put them back together again properly. Graduated from Crenshaw High School in South Central Los Angeles on the Principal’s Honor Roll. Attended Los Angeles City College and Los Angeles Harbor College studying drafting and mechanical engineering. At the same time i worked full time at Todd Shipyard in San Pedro, CA in the labor department as a sandblaster. After a brief hiatus from school I resumed my studies at Video Technical Institute in Long Beach, CA, where I earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Video Electronics Technologies. While attending tech school, I worked part-time at Century Cable in Santa Monica, CA, in the promo department as camera operator and audio mixer. I began my career in broadcast television at The Production Group, in Hollywood, CA in 1987 as a staff production/maintenance engineer. Through the years I was promoted to Technical Operations Supervisor, Chief Engineer, then finally VP of Engineering. I then moved on to Tribune Studios in Hollywood, CA in 2004 as Assistant Chief Engineer. In January 2008, Tribune Studios was purchased by Hudson Pacific Properties, and renamed Sunset Bronson Studios. I was promoted to Chief Engineer, then Director of Engineering, then Director of Technology, my current position. I oversee the broadcast technical operations of all three of the Sunset studios – Sunset Bronson, Sunset Gower, and the newly acquired Sunset Las Palmas (formerly Hollywood Center Studios). I also manage the IT department at Sunset Bronson Studios. Primary engineer in charge on 1000’s of hours of live and live to tape programming appearing on; ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Fox News, GSN, USA Network, KTLA, ESPN, Prime Ticket, Sci-Fi Network, Disney, and BBC to name just a few. I design and integrate full broadcast production technical systems from analog composite & SD-SDI, to HD-SDI. I’m now in the early stages of IP infrastructure implementation. Married 26 years in June. 5 children and 2 grandchildren. Live in the San Fernando Valley area.


Chris Witham has been involved in many aspects of post-production since 1986. Chris was Chief Engineer at Technicolor Video Services and Vidfilm International Digital. He launched D-Cinema mastering operations at Technicolor before moving on to head up mastering operations at Ascent Media and Deluxe Digital Cinema. He is presently Director, Digital Cinema Technology at Walt Disney Studios. He currently resides in Thousand Oaks, CA with his wife Mary, two dogs, a cat and a rabbit.

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