Program Chair
Bill Hogan
is a consultant for the television and motion picture industries.  He worked for the ABC-TV network and Technicolor before starting Ruxton, a pioneer in the field and post production industry. Ruxton in a one-year period pioneered the use of ENG cameras for field production, purchased the first video Steadicam and installed the first Cintel flying-spot telecine in Hollywood. For use with these ENG cameras Ruxton utilized the first one-inch portable VTRs for field production for shows such as John Denver specials, Barbara Walters and David Frost interview shows and many entertainment shows worldwide. This first in Hollywood flying-spot scanner transferred the first color film negative in the U.S.

Hogan started Sprocket Digital to product telecine and other audio/video products worked for Panasonic as a product engineering manager.

He has participated on SMPTE engineering committees, working on analog and digital video standards, high-definition and digital cinema.

Hogan is a member and past president of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Los Angeles Section and is twice past president of the Society of Television Engineers. He is a recipient of a Motion Picture Academy Technical award and the Television Academy Engineering Emmy award.

   

Patrick Griffis is Executive Director, Technology Strategy in the Office of the CTO at Dolby Laboratories where he is charged with helping define future technology strategy for the company. Prior to Dolby, he spent 10 years at Microsoft leading digital media standards strategy on a global basis including adoption of the Digital Living Network Alliance as a baseline media sharing standard in Windows 7 and standardization of Windows Media Video technology as an international standard in SMPTE. Prior to Microsoft, Pat spent 15 years at Panasonic in senior management positions including VP/ Strategic Product Development at Panasonic Broadcast where he helped launch DVCPRO and drive HDTV strategy for the USA. Pat started his career at RCA earning 8 patents in TV product design. He serves as SMPTE Vice President of Education, a member of the SMPTE executive committee and is a SMPTE Fellow. He is past member of the board of the ATSC and past Vice Chairman of the board of the Digital Living Network Alliance. He is an invited member of the IBC Council, an industry executive advisory group as well as the Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. He served two terms as President of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. Pat holds a BSEE from Tufts University and an MSEE from Purdue University.

   
Peter Ludé is a prominent engineering leader in broadcast and digital media. He has been involved in designing and implementing hundreds of broadcast and media systems for television networks, film studios, satellite, cable and mobile production. Pete is currently Senior Vice President at RealD.  Before that, Pete was Senior Vice President of Sony's Silicon Valley R&D labs, where his work included workflow software for movie production, stereoscopic imaging and the next generation of 4K laser projectors for digital cinema. He is past president of SMPTE - the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers -- and a SMPTE fellow. Pete is also co-founder and Chairman of the Laser Illuminated Projector Association, and is a frequent speaker on the future of broadcast, Ultra HD television, stereoscopic 3D and laser displays
   

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 Governor for EMEA, Central and South America region and is an Associate Producer on the production of the SMPTE documentary, “Moving Images.”

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 started his career at Dolby Laboratories where he held various positions including Film Sound Consultant, Mastering Engineer and Director of Digital Cinema. Subsequently, Welsh 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.

   

Jim Whittlesey is a Digital Cinema consultant working on a number of projects such as wider color gamut, Higher Dynamic Range and Higher Frame Rates, Formerly Jim was a Senior Vice President, Technology at Deluxe Digital Cinema. Jim has worked for Deluxe Digital Cinema for eight years developing the Digital Cinema mastering workflow, content (DCP) delivery and Key (KDM) management systems. Prior, Jim worked as the Director of Technology for Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), where he was the editor and one of the many authors for the Digital Cinema Specification. Jim worked as a hardware design engineer for Grass Valley Group on the Profile Video Disk recorder system. Jim has a B.S.E.E. from Purdue University and a MBA from University of Portland.