"It's all about the Content: Creation, Management, Distribution and Display"

Exhibit Hall Open

Grand Ballroom Salons 3-6

Tuesday 1:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am- 2:00 pm

Program Committee

Thank you to our Program Committee:

Program Chair

Jerry Whitaker, ATSC Vice President for Standards Development Advanced Television Systems Committee

He currently serves as Secretary of the Technology and Standards Group and Secretary of the Planning Committee, and is closely involved in work relating to educational programs.Mr. Whitaker is the author and editor of more than 30 books on technical topics, including: The Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering, 4th ed.; NAB Engineering Handbook, 9th ed., DTV Handbook, 3rd ed., and The Electronics Handbook, 2nd ed. Prior to joining the ATSC, Mr. Whitaker headed the publishing company Technical Press, based in Morgan Hill, Calif. He has served as a Board member and Vice President of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

Program Committee Members

Harvey Arnold, Sinclair Broadcast Group

Harvey Arnold has been Corporate Director of Engineering since 1998 for Sinclair Broadcast Group. He is responsible for engineering activities supporting approximately 60 television stations including their transition to digital service.

Previously he spent 17 years with North Carolina Public Television, managing and expanding the engineering and transmission activities of one of the largest state-wide PTV networks in the country. Harvey served as an technical consultant for PBS and its member stations. He was a member of the FCC Advisory Committee for Advanced Television Service (ACATS) to develop the ATSC standard and to implement over-the-air digital television in the U.S. He played a key role in the ACATS, high-power DTV field testing in Charlotte, NC.  He currently supports the activities within ATSC on the T3/S9 transmission group, which is charged with the task of establishing standards for improving reception of over-the-air digital television.

Michael Dolan, TBT, Inc. Michael A. Dolan is founder and president of Television Broadcast Technology, providing specialized professional encoders, test tools, and technical consulting in the field of digital television. He holds a BSEE degree from Virginia Tech and has worked for and founded various leading-edge computer graphics and realtime systems companies, including early foundational work in W3C technology and analog data broadcasting. Dolan has been involved in digital television engineering for the past eight years; including data broadcast system architecture and digital receiver design and compliance. He also currently chairs the ATSC Data Broadcasting Specialist Group (TSG/S13) and is active in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). A SMPTE Fellow, Dolan authors the SMPTE Journal Almanac column, and holds several patents in computer web technology.

Paul Hearty, Ryerson University Dr. Paul Hearty received his Ph.D. in Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada in 1981. He has worked more than 28 years in fields relating to television and cinema, holding senior positions in government and industry in Canada and the United States. Since 2003, he has been Associate Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Design and Director of the Rogers Communications Centre, a major center for instruction and research in advanced media at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. From 1987 to 1995, he was a leader in the development and standardization of the digital HDTV system currently deployed in North America and elsewhere. He has actively contributed to national and international standards for production and program exchange and for broadcast, satellite, and cable. He is the author of numerous publications and presentations; his current research focuses on networked collaboration in the production and post production of 4K Digital Cinema through CineGrid, a consortium of laboratories worldwide which he helped found. He has served on the SMPTE Board of Editors since 1995 and is currently the SMPTE Editorial Vice President.

Al Kovalick, Avid Al is a Strategist and Fellow with Avid Technology. Previously, he was the CTO of Pinnacle Systems. He is an active speaker, educator and has authored a new 500 page book: Video Systems in an IT Environment – The Basics of Networked Media and File-Based Workflows. 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.

Peter Ludé, Sony Senior Vice President of Engineering for the Broadcast and Business Solutions Sony Electronics

Peter Ludé has been involved in broadcast engineering and production for over 30 years. He is currently Senior Vice President of Engineering for the Broadcast and Business Solutions division of Sony Electronics, based in Silicon Valley. In this role, Ludé is responsible for engineering and business development for Sony’s media and business electronics groups.  Recent projects have included Digital Cinema projection systems, stereoscopic (3D) imaging research, networked media systems for television newsrooms and advanced security camera applications.

Previously, he served as Chief Technology Officer at iBlast, the pioneering datacasting network, and before that was a systems integration executive for cutting-edge broadcast projects, including DBS, digital cable and DTV.  Pete was the founder of Ludé Broadcast Engineering in San Francisco, which was eventually acquired by Sony, growing into the nation’s largest system integrator serving the professional audio/video broadcast industry.   He is an active member of IEEE and SBE, and SMPTE Fellow. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics of digital communications systems and content distribution, and currently serves as Vice President of Editorial for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).  He is a graduate of the College of San Mateo, and lives in San Francisco with his wife, Lani, and two young kids.

John Luff, HD Consulting Television Technology Consultant HD Consulting

John Luff is an independent media technology consultant specializing in a wide range of television technology, facility planning and system design issues. Over the last four decades his clients have included public and commercial broadcasters across North America and Europe and Africa. He is a Fellow of the SMPTE, and the current Conference Vice President.

He was the founder of system integration firm Synergistic Technologies Incorporated (STI), where he served until 2006. He was responsible for design and project management for ABC’s HDTV facilities in NY, as well as several HD and SD mobile units. He has managed the crews and facilities for the EBU which covered major news events in over 40 venues around the world.

In addition to presentations to SMPTE and SBE conferences, since 1998 he has written a regular column and feature articles for Broadcast Engineering Magazine.

Tom Scott, Onstream Media

Tom Scott is Editorial Director, Motion Pictures, for SMPTE.  He has been involved with sound for motion pictures since 1978, employed at American Zoetrope, Dolby Laboratories, Saul Zaentz Film Center and Skywalker Sound.  He has been the recipient of two Oscars, Academy Awards for Best Sound, on the films "The Right Stuff" and "Amadeus". He is currently employed as the V.P. Technology of Onstream Media in San Francisco.