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Monday, 14 December 2009 11:32


Lynn Claudy
is Senior Vice President of Technology for the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington DC. NAB is the trade association for commercial radio and television broadcast stations in the United States. 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 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 AES, AFCCE, IEEE, SBE and SMPTE and serves on the FCC Technological Advisory Council as well as the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council.


 

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 recent ATSC work involves participation in the development of the ATSC 3.0 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.


 

John Godfrey is Vice President of Public Policy for Samsung Electronics America, a U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea. Based in Washington, D.C., he represents Samsung in external relations with government and industry, focusing on communications policy and technical regulations related to digital television, wireless spectrum, health care, environment, broadband, accessibility, and other areas.

An active participant in the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Godfrey is a member of the CEA Foundation’s Board of Trustees, the Video Division Board, and the Government Affairs Council, among other groups. He is also a current member and past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the standards developing organization for digital television broadcasting.

Prior to joining Samsung in 2006, Godfrey was vice president of government affairs for Pioneer North America; 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 of Arts degree in Telecommunications from George Washington University, a Master of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas.


 

Ira Goldstone, Director of Distribution Standards, Univision is a long-time participant in the ATSC and industry digital TV efforts, including previously serving on the Board of Directors. Mr Goldstone also fills the a part time role at the Fox Networks Group focused on the implementation of new and emerging technologies. 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 continues to serve on numerous technology related Boards and Committees including, NAB Television Engineering Committees.. 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 and supports the college in the decision making process related to implementation of new technology.


 

Brett Jenkins is Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of Media General, 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.


 

Brian Markwalter is Senior Vice President of Research and Standards for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry and owner of the International CES. Mr. Markwalter is responsible for overseeing CEA’s ANSI-accredited standards development operation and extensive market research capability. 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. CEA’s market research has a rich 75 year history producing objective research, tracking sales data and forecasting trends.

Mr. Markwalter represents CEA’s technical interests in industry and international venues related to digital television, broadband access, spectrum management, standards and intellectual property, smart grid 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. His leadership in the industry is reflected through positions on the Advanced Television Systems Committee Board of Directors, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Administrative Committee, NTIA’s Online Safety and Technology Working Group, FCC’s Technological Advisory Council, FCC’s Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee and NIST’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Governing Board.

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. With over 20 years of experience in the broadcast and data networking industries, including earning a patent for inventing mobile and interactive DTV technologies, Sam leads NAB’s technology team in its efforts to promote innovation and propel broadcast technology into the future. He also provides overall leadership for NAB Labs activities, including the TV, Radio, and Digital Technology Committees.

Matheny is a member of the board of directors for the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), where he previously served as Chairman of the specialist group on the next generation of digital television. He is also a member of the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and he serves on the board of StepLeader Corporation, a mobile applications and advertising company he co-founded in 2005.

Before joining NAB, Sam served as Vice President of Policy and Innovation for Capitol Broadcasting Company where he focused on strategic media applications, mobile wireless content delivery, smart TV, and helped secure multiple patents for broadcast Internet distribution. He has also held management positions with mobile development, satellite, digital television, web development, and interactive video companies.

Sam holds a B.S. in Communications from East Carolina University and a M.S. in Technology Management from North Carolina State University. In 2007, he was named an American Marshall Memorial Fellow.

Away from work Sam serves as an advisory board member to NCSU’s Poole College of Management, and is a past chairman of the Triangle Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Sam lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife and two sons.


 

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.


 

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 technologies and consumer demands. Specifically, he manages CMG’s Technical Operations groups to integrate new technologies and processes across various platforms for CMG’s 14 broadcast television stations, one local cable television station, 57 radio stations and eight daily newspapers.

Prior to his current position, Siegler was Cox’s Director of Broadcast Operations & Engineering for the company’s WSOC and WAXN TV stations in Charlotte, NC and served 13 years in various positions with Post-Newsweek Television Stations.

Dave is a Fellow Member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

He serves as a vice-chair of the ATSC Board of Directors, Chair of the ATSC 2.0 Implementation Team, serves as Chair of NAB’s Television Technology Committee and is a member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, The Society of Broadcast Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Broadcast Technology Society.


 

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 McGraw‑Hill. 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 decades, Taylor currently serves as ATSC Communications Chairman in addition to his role as a member of the ATSC Board of Directors. He represents LG Electronics on the Video Division Board of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). He is Chairman of the CEA Communications Committee and co-Chair of the CEA 4K Ultra HD Working Group, and he serves on the CEA Foundation Board of Trustees. Taylor also is a member of the boards of directors of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, The Media Institute and the Library of American Broadcasting.

His industry experience included 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. He co-founded the Digital TV Transition Coalition and Plasma Display Coalition and previously served on the boards of 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. Among other industry honors, Taylor received the 2014 AHAM Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into the Dealerscope Hall of Fame in 2015, largely for his work related to digital television.

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.) A former newspaper reporter, 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.


 

Craig Todd is Sr. Vice President and Chief Technical officer for Dolby Laboratories. He has a Degree in Physics from the California Institute of Technology, and has been with Dolby since 1977.

With more than 40 years of experience, Craig has been involved in many state-of-the art entertainment technologies. He designed the surround sound matrix system that enabled 35mm film prints, and stereo media, to deliver surround sound. Craig led the development of Dolby Digital and was heavily involved in the effort to set the Digital TV standard for the U.S. He is considered an expert in many areas of audio/video technology. His current activities include bringing wide color gamut high dynamic range imagery into the home via both legacy, and new electronic media, formats, as well developing and bringing to market next generation audio technologies. Craig has participated in a variety of standards setting activities including ITU-R, DVB, SMPTE, AES, IEC, CEA, and ATSC. He is Vice-Chair of ITU-R Working Party 6C where he has contributed to many of the ITU-R audio and video Recommendations, a member of the Board of Directors of the Advanced Television Systems Committee. Craig is a Fellow of both the AES and SMPTE, recipient of the SMTPE Samuel L. Warner Medal for achievement in motion picture sound, recipient of an Emmy for his loudness metering work in ITU-R, and holder of more than 20 patents.


 

Dr. Yiyan Wu is a Principal Research Scientist with the Communications Research Center Canada, and an adjunct professor of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting.

 

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