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Monday, 14 December 2009 11:32


Lynn Claudy is Senior Vice President of Science and Technology for the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington DC. NAB is the leading trade association for commercial radio and television broadcast stations in the United States. As head of the Science and Technology department, he is responsible for representation of the NAB in all radio and television technical matters. He joined NAB in 1988 as a staff engineer and held positions of Director of Advanced Engineering and Technology and Vice President before assuming his present position in February 1995. Prior to joining NAB, he was employed by Hoppmann Corporation, a communications systems integration firm where he held a variety of technical and management positions. He also was a part-time professor in the Physics Department at the American University in Washington DC, where he taught courses in acoustics and audio technology. Previous to that, he was a development engineer at Shure Brothers Inc., a manufacturer of audio equipment. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Oberlin College, a BSEE from Washington University in St. Louis and an MSEE degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of IEEE, SMPTE, SBE and AES.


Mark Eyer is the Director of Systems for the Technology Standards Office of Sony Electronics. He represents Sony in standards committees including ATSC, CEA, and SCTE. Eyer earned his BSEE (1973) and MSEE (1978) from University of Washington, and has participated in ATSC since 1994; as chair of S8 Transport Specialists group since 2002. He is the author of McGraw-Hill book PSIP: Program and System Information Protocol and was awarded the 2005 ANSI Finegan Standards Medal. In 2007, he was awarded the Excellence in Standards Award by SCTE and the Bernard Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award by ATSC. His most recent work in ATSC includes contributions to ATSC 2.0 NWIP, as co-chair of PC-4, and the Non-Real-Time services standard.


Richard Friedel oversees FOX Networks Engineering & Operations, the News Corporation unit responsible for engineering, operations and technology supporting FOX’s national and regional television businesses. He manages the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, which provides facilities and technical services for FOX Broadcasting Co., FOX Sports, FOX Cable Networks Group, Fox International Channels including MundoFox and the Twentieth Television syndication division. In addition, Mr. Friedel is in charge of the Fox Network Center-Houston, home of FOX Sports’ regional networks, as well as providing technical support for their regional production centers. Prior to FOX Networks Engineering & Operations, Mr. Friedel was a member of the team that launched FOX News Channel. Before joining FOX, Mr. Friedel served in various positions at Capital Cities/ABC, NBC News and several television stations. A graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Mr. Friedel is a fellow of the SMPTE and a member of AES, SBE & SCTE. He serves as President of the Video Services Forum, is a member of the IEEE BTS Adcom and is the FOX representative on the NABA Board of Directors. Mr. Friedel contributes to the ATSC S6, S6-3,and S6-4 working groups.


In March, 2006, John Godfrey became vice president of government and public affairs for Samsung Information Systems America, a U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. of Korea. He directs Samsung’s Washington, D.C., activities related to consumer electronics and represents Samsung in external relations with government and industry, focusing on digital television, broadband, content protection, environment, and other areas.

An active participant in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Godfrey is past chair of CEA’s Government Affairs Council, current chair of CEA’s Video Division and Environmental Policy Committee, and a member of CEA’s Board of Industry Leaders. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the primary standards developing organization for digital television in the United States.

Prior to joining Samsung, Godfrey was vice president of government affairs with Pioneer North America, representing Pioneer in Washington, and previously, he was director of government affairs for Sony Electronics, also in Washington. Earlier, he was with the Information Technology Industry Council, a trade association of leading information technology companies; the National Research Council, the policy research arm of the National Academies of Science and Engineering; and SRI International.

Godfrey has a master’s degree in telecommunications from George Washington University and a master’s degree in East Asian studies from Stanford University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas.


Ira Goldstone, Vice President of Engineering for Univision Television group, is a long-time participant in the ATSC and industry digital TV efforts, including previously serving on the Board of Directors. Mr. Goldstone is the 2004 recipient of the National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Lifetime Achievement, recipient of the Tribune Broadcasting Company’s Onward and Upward award for leadership and implementation of HDTV to the Tribune family of television stations; and he also received the 2001 Broadcast & Cable magazine “Technology Leadership Award” for outstanding contributions to TV technology. He is a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and continue sto serve on numerous technology related Boards and Committees including MSTV, NAB Television Engineering Committee, OMVC Technology Advisory Group, & STE. He has also served in various capacities as advisor to Emerson College, including serving on Board of Overseers, supporting the College in development of new facilities and curriculum for students.


Brett Jenkins is LIN Media’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, overseeing the company’s engineering and IT functions and advising the executive team on new technologies, trends and best practices for integration. He is also responsible for developing new business models across all areas of technology, including broadcast, Internet, and mobile; and for maximizing the growth and efficiency of all broadcast and digital operations.

Previously, Jenkins served as Vice President of Technology for ION Media Networks. During his tenure there, Jenkins identified new business models for mobile media and helped lead the industry’s standardization around broadcast mobile digital TV. Jenkins also held past executive positions at Thales Broadcast & Multimedia and at Thomson.

Early in his engineering career, Jenkins managed modulator and exciter technology and development for broadcast products. He was the lead U.S. engineer in a global team responsible for the development of Digital Adaptive Precorrection technology.

Jenkins has also served on the External Advisory Board for the University of Massachusetts’ Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and was a member of the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE), cum laude, from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1992 and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Boston University in 2005.


Wayne C. Luplow is Vice President, Zenith R&D Lab, a wholly owned subsidiary of LG Electronics. A charter member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, Luplow is active in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), serving as Chairman of the Video Systems Engineering Committee, past chairman of the CEA Technology and Standards Council, and member of CEA’s Video Division Board. In conjunction with his Zenith responsibilities, Luplow also is active in industry‐wide HDTV activities, including the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), currently serving as the IEEE member of the ATSC Board of Directors.

Recognized worldwide as long‐time digital television industry leader, Luplow was Zenith's representative for the "Digital HDTV Grand Alliance" research consortium. His experience includes six years as head of the company's HDTV research program, leading the Zenith‐AT&T technical team that developed the original "Digital Spectrum Compatible" HDTV system. He also played a leading role in the FCC's Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Services.

A Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Luplow served as editor of the IEEE's Transactions on Consumer Electronics for 35 years. He has contributed articles to various IEEE Transactions, IEEE Spectrum and other publications. Luplow is a 2006 recipient of the prestigious IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award. He also serves on the administrative committees of both the Consumer Electronics and Broadcast Technology IEEE Societies.

Luplow joined Zenith in 1964 as a research engineer. In 1987, he was named executive director of electronic systems R&D and engineering services. He was promoted to division vice president research and development ‐ advanced television systems in 1991, to vice president, consumer electronics engineering and HDTV in 1993, and to his current position in 1996.

Before joining Zenith, he was employed by RCA at the David Sarnoff Research Laboratories in Princeton, N.J. Luplow earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1962 and a Master of Science degree, also in electrical engineering, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisc., Luplow and his wife, Judy, live in Green Oaks, Ill. They have four adult children and seven grandchildren.


Brian Markwalter is Vice President of Technology and Standards for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), a trade association with more than 2200 members representing the $161 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. Mr. Markwalter is responsible for overseeing CEA's ANSI-accredited standards development operation and provides key engineering support to the association and its membership groups. Under Mr. Markwalter's direction, CEA hosts more than 70 committees, subcommittees and working groups that produce standards used in millions of consumer devices. CEA standards are referenced by EPA, FCC and other government agencies. In addition, CEA was awarded a Technology Emmy for its closed caption standards that help millions of hearing impaired viewers. Mr. Markwalter represents CEA's technical interests in industry and international venues related to digital television, spectrum management, standards and intellectual property, and energy efficiency. Mr. Markwalter has participated in joint U.S.-China development programs on standards and presented at FCC workshops on a variety of subjects.

Mr. Markwalter has a long history of standards activities, including participation in ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 SC 25 on home electronic systems and IEC TC100 on Multimedia Systems. CEA administers the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for IEC TC100 on Multimedia Systems. Mr. Markwalter also participates in standards activities in the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, and Advanced Television Systems Committee. Mr. Markwalter is currently on the ATSC Board of Directors.

Prior to joining CEA, Mr. Markwalter worked as Director at Intellon Corporation, a semiconductor company specializing in power line communications. In this role, he helped develop and launch the technology adopted by the HomePlug Powerline Alliance for data networking over residential power lines and holds several patents in this area. Mr. Markwalter holds BS and MS EE degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a licensed professional engineer.


Sam Matheny is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the National Association of Broadcasters. Sam previously served as Vice President of Policy and Innovation for Capitol Broadcasting Company. Sam's concentration is on strategic media applications, and he is currently focusing on mobile wireless content delivery, smart TV and Internet distribution models.

Sam is a member of the board of directors for the Advanced Television Systems Committee, where he also served as Chairman of the ATSC 2.0 Specialist Group on the next generation of digital television. He serves on the FCC’s Communications, Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) where he is working on the wireless emergency alerts sub-committee. Sam is also a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers and the Mobile 500 Alliance. He was a 2007 American Marshall Memorial Fellow, and holds a B.S. in Communications from East Carolina University and a M.S. in Technology Management from North Carolina State University.


Glenn Reitmeier, Chairman of the Board, is Senior Vice President of Advanced Technology at NBC Universal, leading the company’s technical efforts on industry standards, government policy, commercial agreements, anti-piracy operations and advanced engineering. Glenn spent 25 years in digital video R&D at Sarnoff Laboratories. Early in his career, he was instrumental in establishing the ITU 601 component digital video standard that is the basis for SDI and HD-SDI. Glenn lead the Sarnoff-Thomson-Philips-NBC development of Advanced Digital HDTV, which pioneered the use of MPEG compression, packetized transport, and multiple video formats. He was a key member of the Digital HDTV Grand Alliance, which ultimately lead to establishing the ATSC digital television standard. Glenn served as Chairman of the ATSC from 2006-2009. He is President of the Open Authentication Technology Committee, and a Board member of the North American Broadcasters Association. Glenn is a Fellow of the SMPTE and is a recipient of the Progress Medal and the Leitch Gold Medal. He is also an inaugural member of CEA’s Academy of Digital Television Pioneers and a recipient of the NAB Television Engineering Award for lifetime achievement. He holds over 50 patents in digital video technology and is recognized in the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame.


Andy Scott is Vice President of Engineering for the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA). NCTA is the principal trade association for the U.S. cable industry. Its members provide video programming, broadband Internet access, wireline and wireless phone, and other services throughout the United States. Mr. Scott is responsible for analyzing and evaluating technical and engineering issues on behalf of the industry that arise in federal regulatory and legislative proceedings. Mr. Scott also represents the industry in standards and specifications development organizations in furtherance of public policy objectives, particularly in the areas of cable system architecture and design, field engineering and operations.

Mr. Scott joined the cable industry in 1978, where he has held a number of positions in engineering and deployment of advanced communications services to residential, business, and governmental cable customers.

Mr. Scott has served as NCTA representative to the National Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC) and the Media Security and Reliability Council (MSRC). He presently serves on the Communications Sector Coordinating Council and the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee's Industry Executive subcommittee (NSTAC IES).

Mr. Scott also serves on the Board of Directors of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Engineering Committee. Mr. Scott holds an MS degree in Computer Science.


Robert Seidel graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Economics. Bob is currently Vice President of CBS Engineering and Advanced Technology. He is responsible for the HDTV/DTV transition for the CBS Television Network and CW Television Network. In 1993, Bob received an Emmy award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his pioneering work in portable satellite uplink systems used for worldwide newsgathering. Bob has been instrumental in making CBS the industry leader in High Definition Television program production. Bob headed up the engineering team that made broadcasting history when WRAL-HD, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, NC, became the first television station to transmit HDTV on July 23, 1996.

Bob is the Financial VP for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), as well as a Fellow of SMPTE. He is Chairman of the Emmy Technology and Engineering Award Committee for the National Television Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers.


Dave Siegler, is Vice President of Technical Operations for Cox Media Group (CMG) at the company’s Atlanta, Ga. headquarters.

As Vice President of Technical Operations, Siegler is responsible for leading and growing the integrated media company through the rapidly changing technology and consumer demands. Specifically, he will manage CMG’s Technical Operations and Information Technology including: integrating new technology such as UHF/VHF, file based plants, cameras, edit systems, routing/mixing, IBOC, CP antennas, automation, and plant architecture; focusing on common goals and platforms; CMG nation-wide facility issues like maintenance, and security; and overseeing trade organization participation for NRSC, ATSC, MSTV, OMVC, NAB, Pearl, and BTC. Prior to his current position, Siegler was Director of Broadcast Operations & Engineering for the company’s WSOC and WAXN TV stations in Charlotte, NC. While in Charlotte, Siegler oversaw improvements to the stations’ technical reliability and uptime by planning and executing technical core UPS systems; the design and implementation of High Definition News; launching a Mobile DTV pilot station; implementation of a new studio News set; managed the Ignite automated news production system; the design and management of a new multi-channel master control suite; and launching AccuWeather DTV multi-channel infrastructure, replacing the stations’ on-air traffic and automation systems.

Before joining Cox Media Group in 2005, Siegler was Manager of Studio Engineering at Turner Studios in Atlanta. His career experience also includes News Technical Manager at WDIV-TV 4 in Detroit, Mich.; the Engineering Maintenance Supervisor in Miami, Fla; and Maintenance Engineer for WJXT-TV 4 and for PGA Tour Productions both in Jacksonville, Fla.

Siegler is a native of Jacksonville, Fla. and currently serves as Conference VP and on Executive Committee for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).


Peter Symes, SMPTE

Peter Symes gained his Bachelor of Science degree with honors in 1967 and began his career in television in the engineering department of the British Broadcasting Corporation. He worked in product management for Philips and Central Dynamics before joining Grass Valley. From 1983 to 2007 he held a number of positions with responsibilities that include strategic planning, intellectual property, and technological liaison. He represented Grass Valley in many organizations including the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) where he served two terms as Engineering Vice President and one as Financial Vice President. In July 2007 he left Grass Valley to join SMPTE staff as Director of Standards & Engineering.

Symes holds patents and is the joint recipient of Emmy awards for the architecture of the digital picture processor. He is a Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEEE), and a Fellow of SMPTE.

He has written and presented numerous papers at industry conferences, and is the author of Video Compression (1998), Video Compression Demystified (2001), and Digital Video Compression (2003), all published by McGrawHill. He has also contributed to other books, including Understanding Digital Cinema (Focal Press, 2004) and two editions of the NAB Engineering Handbook.


John I. Taylor is Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for LG Electronics USA, Inc. Active in ATSC activities for many years, Taylor also currently serves as Chairman of the ATSC Communications Committee in addition to his role as a member of the ATSC Board of Directors. Taylor represents LG Electronics on the Board of Industry Leaders and Video Division Board of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). He is Chairman of the CEA Communications Committee and a member of the CEA Foundation Board. In addition to chairing the Plasma Display Coalition, Taylor serves on the boards of directors of the Open Mobile Video Coalition Manufacturers’ Forum and Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, and on boards of trustees of The Media Institute and the Library of American Broadcasting.

Taylor’s industry experience includes serving as Chairman of the Digital HDTV Grand Alliance public affairs group, past Chairman of the CEA Video Division and former Chairman of the CEA HDTV Promotion Committee. Previous experience also includes the boards of the Digital TV Transition Coalition, the ATSC Forum and the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Active in digital television since 1988, Taylor is a charter member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers (and recipient of its highest honor, the Industry Leadership Award).

Since 2000, he has served as LG’s senior U.S. industry relations and government affairs executive. Taylor represents the company before the U.S. government and in industry organizations. He also is chief media spokesman and public relations strategist for LG Electronics in the United States. Taylor joined Zenith in 1981 and was named the company’s senior public affairs executive in 1987 and a corporate officer in 1993. (Zenith merged with LG Electronics in 1999.) He earned an M.S. degree from the Medill Graduate School of Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and a B.A. from DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.


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