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The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students— who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Sections are the face of SMPTE to many of our members – a great resource for educational programming, technical expertise, and networking . Currently, SMPTE has 27 local sections worldwide, which host more than 200 meetings, tutorials and workshops each year.
The SMPTE UK Section was re-established in 2012 by unanimous approval of the SMPTE Board of Governors following a petition brought by Richard Welsh, SMPTE Governor for the EMEA and Central & South America Region and CEO of Sundog Media Toolkit. The Section is currently chaired by Chris Johns, chief engineer of broadcast strategy at Sky, with Peter Weitzel of weitzel.tv as Hon secretary and treasurer. Section Managers are David Austerberry, editor and journalist; Simon Gauntlett, CTO at Digital TV Group; Andy Quested, head of technology, HD and UHD at BBC; Ben Roeder, CTO at Sohonet; Nigel Seth-Smith, strategic technical marketing at Gennum Corporation; and Russell Trafford-Jones, head of customer support at V-Nova. The Section has seen a high degree of interest and support from across the creative, manufacturing, and service organisations in the UK’s thriving media landscape. Widespread support for the Section and its work is evident with rapidly increasing membership from all parts of the industries and across the UK; this has allowed the SMPTE UK Section to grow from 100 members to 400 members at the close of 2014.