Board of Directors
Richard Friedel, FOX
The ATSC’s 2017 Board Chairman Richard Friedel is the Executive Vice President and General Manager for FOX Networks Engineering and Operations. He oversees technology strategy and operations for the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles and the FOX Technical Operations Center, home of Fox Sports’ regional networks, in addition to providing technical support for 14 regional production centers. Before joining FOX, Friedel worked at ABC, NBC and local television stations. A graduate of Drexel University, he is a SMPTE Fellow and a member of AES, IEEE, SBE, and SCTE. He serves as President of the Video Services Forum and is a member of the NABA Board of Directors. Friedel received the 2015 NAB Engineering Achievement Award.
Lynn Claudy, 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.
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.
Chris Homer, PBS
Christopher Homer is PBS Vice President, Operations & Engineering, responsible for the management of Operations and Engineering at PBS Network and Satellite operations centers. Prior to joining PBS in 2013, Homer was Broadcast Operations VP at DIRECTV, where he worked since 2006. Previous experience included key engineering, operations and production roles with FOX Broadcasting and local TV stations. Early in his career, Homer was a support engineer for Harris Broadcast, Grass Valley Group and Digital F/X. He graduated from California Coast University and served as an Electronics Technician in the U.S. Navy. Homer serves on the on Board of Directors for Advanced Media Workflow Association and chairs the ATSC’s Ad Hoc Group on Accessibility.
Brett Jenkins, Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Brett Jenkins, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. since 2014, oversees the company’s engineering and IT functions and advises the executive team on new technologies, trends and best practices for integration. Previously, he served as VP-CTO at Lin Media from 2011-14, after working at Ion Media Networks, Thales and Thomson. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, cum laude, from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1992 and his Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University in 2005. 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.
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.
Howard Lukk, SMPTE
Howard Lukk is the Director of Engineering and Standards for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). He is a member of the staff responsible for maintaining the technical infrastructure for both the standards community and SMPTE. Lukk’s lifelong passion for science and filmmaking guided his storied career, which included early HDTV production work, developing specifications for digital cinema, and serving as chief engineer for a post-production house. For 10 years at The Walt Disney Studios, Lukk helped research and incorporate new technologies into the studio’s workflow. An associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, he holds patents in the areas of stereoscopic and computational cinematography.
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.
Glenn Reitmeier, NBC Universal
Glenn Reitmeier is Senior Vice President of Technology Standards & Policy at NBC Universal, leading technical efforts on industry standards, government policy, and commercial agreements. Current ATSC Board member and former ATSC Chairman for six years, Reitmeier is a graduate of Villanova University and began his career by spending 25 years in digital video R&D at Sarnoff Laboratories. He was a key member of the Digital HDTV Grand Alliance technology and policy teams, which laid the foundation for establishing the ATSC 1.0 digital television standard. His career contributions have been recognized by the NAB TV Engineering Achievement Award, the SMPTE Progress Medal and the NJ Inventors Hall of Fame. He holds more than 50 patents.
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, Cox
Dave Siegler is Vice President of Technical Operations for Cox Media Group (CMG) at the company’s Atlanta, Ga. headquarters. An industry veteran with three decades of experience, he is responsible for leading and growing the integrated media company through the rapidly changing technologies and consumer demands. The founding chairman of the original ATSC 2.0 Implementation Team, Siegler currently serves as Chair of National Association of Broadcasters Television Technology Committee. He is a long-time 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. He received Broadcasting & Cable’s coveted Technology Leadership Award.
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 Senior 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. He is a long-time ATSC volunteer leader going back to the ATSC 1.0 days. He is very active in ITU-R Working Party 6C where he has contributed to many of the ITU-R audio and video Recommendations. Todd is a Fellow of both the Audio Engineering Society and Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He received the SMTPE Samuel L. Warner Medal for achievement in motion picture sound, an Emmy for his loudness metering work in ITU-R, and more than 20 patents.
Yiyan Wu, IEEE-CE
Representing the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) on the ATSC board, Yiyan Wu, Ph.D., is Principal Research Scientist with the Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada. A respected long-time industry technologist, Dr. Wu’s research interests include broadband multimedia communications, digital broadcasting and communication systems engineering. He has been involved in the ATSC standards development since early 1990s when the ATSC 1.0 Digital Television Standard was being implemented. In addition to his ASTC role, Wu is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and adjunct professor both at Carleton University in Ottawa and Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting.