Open Exclusively to SMPTE Fellows and Life Fellows
The Fellows Luncheon, open exclusively to SMPTE Fellows and Life Fellows, will honor the industry leaders newly elevated to Fellow status.
This honor is conferred on individuals who have, through their proficiency and contributions to the motion-picture, television, or related industries, attained an outstanding rank among engineers or executives in media and entertainment.
SMPTE Fellows and Life Fellows who wish to attend must select tickets with their conference registration.
Fellows also will be recognized at the SMPTE Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, 24 October, in the California Ballroom of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites.
2019 new fellows
Peter T. Adamiak Managing Partner, National TeleConsultants
Peter T. Adamiak is one of the founders and a managing partner at National TeleConsultants (NTC). He previously held several positions with the American Broadcasting Company Network Engineering division, the most recent of which was manager of engineering for ABC’s owned and operated TV Stations. Before ABC, in the early 1970s, he worked as a video systems engineer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) working on advanced television use for educational purposes. He currently leads the services delivery group at NTC with responsibility for consulting, design and engineering, project management, and implementation services. Under Adamiak’s leadership, through NTC, many groundbreaking facilities for ABC, AFRTS, AT&T, CNBC, CNN, DIRECTV, Disney, ESPN, Fox, MTV, Nickelodeon, TV3 New Zealand, Voice of America, Warner Bros., Viacom, and others were conceived, planned, designed and constructed establishing NTC as the leader in very large and sophisticated broadcast and media systems and facilities. Adamiak earned a BSEE degree from RPI in 1972.
David Crawford holds professorships at the Universities of Essex at Colchester and Ravensbourne in London, U.K. Crawford has been working across the telecom/broadcast industries and U.K. academic institutions for more than 50 years. His research interests are in new imaging techniques, applications for mixed reality technologies, and multimedia services ‘beyond-HD’ networks. Crawford works with cutting-edge inventions and innovations, featuring the best of these at the annual IBC Conference in Amsterdam in the “Future Zone” exhibition. In his academic roles, Crawford facilitates and lectures on Degree Apprenticeship courses, strongly believing in work-based teaching curricula and collaborative industry-academia initiatives for engineering trainees. Crawford has worked in senior positions at the Marconi Company, BT, RE, Crown Castle, and Harris Broadcast and was the director of a small start-up company, TeamCast, in France. He also operates his own technical consultancy company “Telecoms Technologies,” chairs and regularly presents at international events. Crawford is a Member of the Royal Television Society, a member of SMPTE, and is an ex-Council/Board member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET).
Patricia Keighley, SVP IMAX Corporation, is co-founder (1972) of IMAX POST/DKP Inc., an IMAX subsidiary since 1988. In 2008, she led the development of the IMAX digital post production workflow by adapting the long-established IMAX film post production procedures to meet digital requirements while continuing to maintain the brand’s high quality standards. Keighley has been an active member of the SMPTE Board of Governors, as well as the Hollywood Section Board of Managers, with terms as Sections Vice President, Hollywood Region Governor, Hollywood Section Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, and Manager. In 2008 Keighley received SMPTE's Citation of Outstanding Service to the Society in recognition of her role as Producer and writer of the Society's extensively revamped 2007 Honors and Awards event honoring esteemed technology thought-leaders and practitioners from all sections of the entertainment industry.
One of several consultants at Outtahand Displays, Mandle’s current focus is on multi-color primary video systems and display. Before forming Outtahand Displays, Mandle was a Sr. product manager at Sony Professional Solutions Group. His product development initiatives included many Sony display projects, including Sony’s BVM and PVM DTV CRT models, the development of Sony’s organic light-emitting diode (OLED) monitor technology, the implementation of Sony’s digital cinema projection and server systems, and other product technologies. Mandle has been published in several SMPTE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Society for Information Display (SID) publications and has been a contributing author of several text books with regard to cathod ray tube, AC Plasma, liquid crystal display (LCD) and OLED technologies. Other areas of work include designing stabilization devices for electro-optical camera images and developing CCD sensors where he holds numerous patents. Memberships include CIE, IEEE, SID, OSA, and the ASC as well as serving as SMPTE Western Region Governor.
Sean T. McCarthy Director of Video Strategy and Standards, Dolby
In his current role at Dolby, Sean McCarthy, Ph.D., explores innovations, new use cases, and core technology standards that assist Dolby transform storytelling, and produce new experiences that unleash the potential of entertainment and communications. McCarthy brings a unique convergence of expertise in signal processing and the neurobiology of human vision to digital video and entertainment technology. Before joining Dolby, he led advances in state-of-the-art of video processing, compression, and practical vision science as a fellow at ARRIS. He held similar responsibilities as Fellow of Motorola’s technical staff and as chief scientist at both Modulus Video and at ViaSense, a spin-off from the University of California Berkeley that developed commercial applications of the human visual system. McCarthy has published many papers in the areas of video processing and applied vision science, and has more than two dozen issued U.S. and international patents. He earned a BS in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic, and earned his Ph.D. in bioengineering jointly at University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco.
Mike Overton is a principal engineer at Telestream after their recent acquisition of the Tektronix video business. He joined Tektronix in 1983 and transferred to the video group in 1989. He has been a HW designer and project leader on a variety of products covering analog and serial digital interface (SDI) generation, MPEG monitoring, picture quality measurements, audio monitoring, SDI measurement and tracking, and circling back to GPS-based reference generation for analog, SDI and timing signals. For the past four years, Overton has focused on IP-based systems, encompassing both the PTP reference and ST 2110 essence aspects. Overton has been a member of the SMPTE standards community since 2007 and participated in the development of various SDI related documents. Most recently, he helped define and execute the SMPTE-sponsored interoperability tests for PTP, the programs tested by the Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) and is the secretary for the ST 2059 standard one-year review process.
Julian Pinn is as an audio and imaging expert and innovator with more than two decades of consultancy experience in the field of media entertainment technology. He has advised hundreds of international film productions on their techno-artistic optimization for the cinema medium, often following the film from post-production to theatrical distribution and exhibition. Pinn is also a respected senior business development and sales and marketing executive with extensive international experience in leading teams of engineers, sales, and marketing professionals. Pinn is an active participant in the SMPTE standards community and past chair of the International Organization for Standardization Standards Committee for Cinematography. He is a full voting member of British Academy of Film Television and Arts, is a board director of the European Digital Cinema Forum, is the chair of the Standards Committee for Cinematography of the British Standards Institute, and chair of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) Technical Committee for Cinema Audio.
Andy Rayner heads up the Nevion U.K. Technology Centre where he provides company-wide technical strategy and direction. Rayner is a frequent speaker at major broadcast technology events and conferences worldwide. He is a member of the Video Services Forum board of directors and is part of the AIMS TWG. He is an active participant in many standards forums and is currently a manager of the SMPTE U.K. Section. Before joining Nevion in 2010, Rayner was BT’s head of broadcast technology. In this position, he was responsible for the design of the BT Global IP Media Network – the world’s first traffic engineered MPLS media network. He also supervised and architectured the creation of key video interfacing, monitoring and protection technology. Rayner has filed many patents with both with BT and Nevion. He was awarded the prestigious Martlesham Gold Medal for technical innovation during his time with BT. Rayner received a technical Emmy for JPEG 2000 standardization work with Nevion.
Jeffrey Charles Riedmiller Vice President, Advanced Media, Dolby Laboratories
Jeffrey Riedmiller leads a group of researchers and technology experts responsible for Dolby’s technology and ecosystem development on the more than five-year horizon. Joining Dolby in 1998, he worked extensively designing, developing, and launching multichannel sound for more than 60 digital cable, terrestrial, and satellite television services across North America. He is the creator of several technology and product innovations that have become the foundation for how television loudness is estimated and controlled worldwide. These include the Dolby LM100 Broadcast Loudness Meter with Dialogue Intelligence and the DP600 Program Optimizer, which earned numerous Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development. Over the past decade, Riedmiller has guided the evolution of the Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3) format to fully support immersive audio, including automated loudness control; the definition, development and standardization of Dolby AC-4; and now leads a team focused on advancing next-generation media coding and delivery over networks. Riedmiller is an active member of SMPTE, AES, IEEE, the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs), Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), Society of Cable Television Engineers (SCTE) and its Standards Committees. He is inventor on more than 30 patents and has several publications with the IEEE, AES, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), NCTA, and SMPTE.
Michael Douglas Smith Engineer, Wavelet Consulting LLC
Michael D. Smith has been working as a consultant for digital imaging and intellectual property consultant since 2003. His knowledge encompasses a broad range of topics, including color science, image quality, compression, watermarking, stereoscopic 3D, high dynamic range, and digital cinema. He has worked on projects for many organizations, including Warner Bros. Sony Pictures, and Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI), among other. He is currently co-editor of the JPEG 2000 High-Throughput image compression standard. In 2018, he received a screen credit for his work on Mary Poppins Returns, which was related to the color science involved in integrating a traditional 2D animation workflow with a modern Academy Color Encoding System production pipeline. From 2013 to 2015, Smith was co-chair of the UHD-TF Video Subgroup of the Blu-ray Disc Association, which defined the video-related requirements for the Ultra HD Blu-ray disc format. Smith’s work on more than 35 intellectual property issues related to infringement and validity of patents led to payments of approximately $1.7 billion. He was editor of the book “3D Cinema and Television Technology: The First 100 Years” published by SMPTE in 2011.
James Snyder Senior Systems Administrator, Library of Congress
James Snyder is an Emmy award winning digital media engineering, data and media archiving, preservation, production and project management specialist. His 36 years’ experience includes television, film, radio, internet and data technologies from traditional analog to cutting-edge digital audio, video, and data technologies. He was awarded a 2007 Technology Emmy for his work on the ATSC digital television standard. Snyder serves as the Senior Systems Administrator for the Library of Congress’ National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC) on the Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, VA. His responsibilities include all audio, video and film preservation and digitization technologies, including long-term planning and implementation, long-term data preservation planning and implementation, technology services to the United States Congress and organizations on Capitol Hill, as well as standards participation and technology liaison with media content producers worldwide. He has worked for many organizations in media, entertainment, and consulted on many types of projects with Sarnoff Corporation, Turner Engineering, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, the News Corporation, FedNet and multiple agencies of the U.S. Federal government.
John J. Turner Principal Engineer, Turner Engineering, Inc.
John Turner founded System Integrator Turner Engineering, Inc. (TEI) in 1967. Over the past five decades, TEI has designed and built hundreds of production and transmission facilities using a wide variety of leading-edge technologies. Examples of notable projects include the use of fiber for the Epcot Center video transport and many prototype analog and digital HDTV systems culminating in the first nationwide ATSC HD broadcast covering the STS-95 shuttle launch. Recent projects include the South Street Seaport REMI facility for ESPN and NEP and a single-frequency 4-transmitter ATSC 3.0 network for the 2019 NAB convention. Turner is an electrical engineering graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a life member of the AES, IEEE and SMPTE. He has been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1959. Turner was awarded the 1999 NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award.
Brian A. Vessa Executive Director, Audio Mastering, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Brian Vessa is a dedicated audio professional with more than 35 years of experience in the industry. He became a became a recording engineer, producing albums and recording orchestras, after the attending UCLA Engineering School. As music editor and sound editor, Vessa became a re-recording mixer at Cannon Films and MGM, then handled audio restoration at NT Audio. He was hired by Sony Pictures in 1998, and is now their executive director of digital audio mastering and representative to DCI. Vessa is a member of the Academy Sound Branch, SMPTE and AES. He is the founding chair of the SMPTE TC 25CSS Technical Committee on Cinema Sound Systems and serves on many SMPTE and AES committees. He has been instrumental in standardizing the IAB immersive audio distribution bitstream for cinema and IMF as well as a host of related standards. Vessa is a past and current chair of the DCI Technical Committee, and has written many audio specifications, including a white paper on near-field mixing for home theater that has been widely adopted.
Raymond Yeung Senior Staff Engineer, Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
Raymond Yeung is a senior member of the engineering staff at Dolby Laboratories where he serves in the Image Products group. He obtained a PhD in physics from UCLA in 1987. He has spent more than 25 years in the field of entertainment technology after working on high-performance computing, with a specialization in large-scale simulation. He started in digital imaging with Eastman Kodak’s digital film center, Cinesite, followed by several years of leadership in research and development of VXF technology. Yeung has been actively involved in developing digital mastering for feature films and television technology and production over the past decade—from digital intermediates to theatrical and home distribution. He joined Dolby Laboratories in 2012 to focus on the creation and distribution of HDR content. Raymond has been a SMPTE member throughout his career and since 2017 has been and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.