Board of Directors
Lynn Claudy, Board Chairman, NAB
Lynn Claudy is Senior Vice President of Technology for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), 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 & Technology and Vice President before assuming his present position in 1995. He earned his BA degree from Oberlin College, BSEE from Washington University in St. Louis and 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. He received the IEEE’s 2016 Jules Cohen Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award.
Mark Corl, Triveni Digital
Mark Corl, Triveni Digital’s Senior Vice President of Emergent Technology Development, works on new technologies that impact digital TV distribution, with a special focus on IP-delivered content. During his 20-year tenure at Triveni Digital, Corl has led the metadata generation systems development and continues to lead the test and measurement monitoring systems development effort. Prior to Triveni Digital, Corl had 15 years of software engineering experience at leading companies including Texas Instruments and Xerox Corporation. Corl has been contributing to ATSC efforts, chairing two ad hoc groups and serving as vice chairman of the Personalization and Interactivity Implementation Team. He earned his B.S. degree in mathematics and computer science from Bucknell University.
Jim DeChant, News-Press & Gazette Broadcasting
Jim DeChant, Vice President of Technology, News-Press & Gazette Broadcasting, has more than 35 years in the television industry. Throughout his career, has focused on utilizing best of class technologies to develop content creation and distribution systems for news, entertainment, educational and advertising systems. From his early days in as a cable TV producer, he focused on the efficient production of programming for both community producers and local origination facilities. In 2008, with the advent of video-over-IP technologies, he created an all-IP playout system used by television and cable operators today. At the News-Press & Gazette Company, he is, focused on web and mobile streaming, over the top file based content and advanced television broadcast transmission.
Jon Fairhurst, Samsung
Jon Fairhurst, Principal Standards Engineer for Samsung Research America, Inc., has worked for more than 30 years on projects related to digital television. This includes 10 years at Grass Valley Group developing broadcast equipment and digital switchers and 20 years at Sharp Laboratories of America developing television technologies. He joined Samsung in April 2017. Fairhurst has been involved in standards throughout his career, spearheading standards for measuring television power consumption and leading multiple Consumer Technology Association standards over the years. Active in ATSC standards wok, he chairs the TG3 S34-1Video Ad Hoc Group. He earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Ira Goldstone, Fox
Ira Goldstone, Executive Engineer at Fox, brings extensive experience at Tribune Broadcasting, Univision, and Fox. He previously served two terms on ATSC Board of Directors and led the S34-1 subgroup on HDR. He co-chaired the 32-4 ad hoc group on core broadcast services and participated in S35’s work to identify ATSC 3.0 interoperability requirements. His 25 years with Tribune Broadcasting Company were capped as Vice President and CTO. In 2008, Goldstone joined Univision Television Group as Engineering VP, and joined Fox in 2014. A SMPTE Fellow, he received the NAB Engineering Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of 35 years of broadcast industry technical leadership, and the Broadcast & Cable Technology Leadership Award.
Paul Hearty, Sony Electronics
Paul J. Hearty, Ph.D., is Vice President, Technology Standards for Sony Electronics where he leads the company’s activities in the ATSC and other standards bodies. Actively in the ATSC since the 1980s, he was a key contributor to ATSC 1.0, co-developing many of its requirements and test protocols, and leading the Advanced Television Evaluation Laboratory. He served on the ATSC Executive Committee (predecessor to the board) from 1998-2001. Dr. Hearty serves on the boards of ANSI and CineGrid, as well as the SCTE Engineering Committee. He is Founding Chair of CTA’s WAVE project to align Internet delivery protocols. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Queen’s University (Canada) and received an Emmy for ATSC-related work.
Jong Kim, LG-Zenith
Jong G. Kim, Ph.D., has been Senior Vice President in the Office of the CTO since 2015, and Zenith President since 2005 after serving as Vice President, Zenith R&D, from 2000-04. A key contributor to ATSC standards for many years, he joined Zenith Electronics in 1990, long before LG acquired Zenith in 1999. Dr. Kim started his career as a research engineer at LG Electronics in 1983. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alabama and his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electronics Engineering at Seoul National University. He co-authored numerous papers published in leading technical journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics, SMPTE Journal and IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting.
Brian Markwalter, CTA
Brian Markwalter is Senior Vice President of Research and Standards for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Essentially the chief technology officer for the consumer electronics industry, Markwalter oversees CTA’s ANSI-accredited standards development operations and extensive market research activities. He is a licensed professional engineer and holds seven U.S. patents. Markwalter’s industry leadership is reflected through positions on the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Board of Governors, the Federal Communications Commission’s Technological Advisory Council and Video Accessibility Advisory Committee, the U.S. Commerce Department’s NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Governing Board, and the ATSC Board of Directors. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Thomas Bause Mason, SMPTE
Thomas Bause Mason is the Director of Standards Development for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). He is responsible for maintaining SMPTE’s technical infrastructure with the standards community. Former owner of Open Media Consulting, Bause Mason began his career in Germany where he worked as computer programmer and television engineer. When he came to the U.S., he was post-production consultant and managed encoding operations for Ascent Media. He joined NBC Universal in 2005, focusing on emerging digital media technology. Throughout his career, Bause Mason has assisted industry organizations in the development of standards, technical recommendations and study group reports. He holds several patents and is a SMPTE Fellow.
Anne Schelle, Pearl TV
Anne Schelle is Managing Director of Pearl TV, a partnership of broadcast TV companies that reach two-thirds of the U.S. population with more than 200 local TV stations. Schelle is responsible for developing and overseeing Pearl’s investments in the advancement of next-generation television, digital and advertising initiatives. She served previously as senior advisor to the NAB and as Executive Director of the Open Mobile Video Coalition, where she led broadcasters’ Mobile TV outreach efforts. Schelle was a founding management team member for the nation’s first commercial digital cellular network. A past venture partner and CEO of Acta Wireless, she served as Vice Chair of the Mobile Marketing Association board and chaired its video committee.
Andy Scott, NCTA
Andy Scott is Vice President of Engineering for NCTA – The Internet and Television Association. Known as a leading industry technical authority, Scott is responsible for analyzing and evaluating technical and engineering issues on behalf of the industry that arise in federal regulatory and legislative proceedings. A 35-year industry veteran, Scott represents the cable 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. In addition to his role on the ATSC Board, Scott serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Engineering Committee. He holds a masters 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.
Peter Sockett, Capitol Broadcasting Company
Peter Sockett, Head of Engineering and Operations for Capitol Broadcasting Company, leads technical activities for its television stations headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. He has been instrumental in leading the nation’s first commercial HDTV station, WRAL, into the Internet Protocol (IP) era. He supported the launch of the first commercial, simulcast TV station using the ATSC 3.0 standard. he is active in many ATSC 3.0 specialist groups (including co-chair of S35), as well as the AWARN Alliance and NAB committees. Prior to joining WRAL in 2003, he worked for CTV, CHUM and CBS. Sockett graduated from Conestoga College in Ontario, Canada, and won two technical Emmy awards and Broadcasting & Cable’s Technical Leadership Award.
Craig Todd, Dolby
Craig Todd is a Dolby Fellow, capping his 40-year career at Dolby Laboratories, which includes serving as Senior VP and CTO through 2017. A long-time ATSC volunteer leader, he also has contributed to many ITU-R audio and video recommendations, for which he earned an Emmy. He also serves on the CTA Video Division board. Todd is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Todd received both the SMPTE Warner Medal for achievement in motion picture sound and the SMPTE Progress Medal for four decades of innovation and worldwide standards work. He holds more than 20 patents and earned his physics degree from Cal Tech.
Yiyan Wu, Communications Research Centre
Dr. Yiyan Wu is a Principal Research Scientist with the Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Wu’s research interests include broadband multimedia communications, digital broadcasting, and communication systems engineering. Dr. Wu is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and an adjunct professor of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting.