Board of Directors
Lynn Claudy, Board Chairman, NAB
2019 ATSC Board Chairman 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. 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 of television industry experience. Throughout his career, he 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 has focused on the efficient program production for 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, DeChant is, focused on web and mobile streaming, over-the-top file-based content and Next Gen TV 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, Cobalt Digital
Ira Goldstone, Vice President, Next Gen Broadcast Solutions, at Cobalt Digital, has spent five decades in the television industry in positions ranging from broadcast engineer to senior technology management. Earlier in his career, as Vice President of Engineering at both Tribune Broadcasting and Univision Television Group, he focused on developing strong engineering teams and new technology solutions. Following Univision, Goldstone joined Fox as Executive Engineer. Today, he supports Cobalt’s initiatives related to the evolution of next-generation broadcasting. Active for years in ATSC, he chairs the TG 3-9 Ad hoc Group on Interlayer Communications in the ATSC 3.0 Ecosystem. He is a Fellow of SMPTE and received the NAB Technology Leadership Award.
Paul Hearty, Technology Advisors
Paul Hearty, Ph.D., is Owner and Principal of Technology Advisors. He was a key contributor to ATSC 1.0, leading the Advanced Television Evaluation Laboratory, and serving in leadership roles in the FCC Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service and in the Digital HDTV Grand Alliance. For this work, he received an Emmy and was recognized for contributions to four others. Later, as Vice President of Technology Standards for Sony Electronics, Dr. Hearty led work in advancing ATSC 3.0 standardization and adoption. He is Chairman of CTA’s R4 Video Subcommittee and founding Chair of CTA’s WAVE project. He is founding Chair of the SCTE’s Digital Video Subcommittee, and received SCTE’s Excellence in Standards Award.
Jong Kim, LG Electronics
Jong G. Kim, Ph.D., has been Senior Vice President, LG Electronics, 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 his 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. Schelle is responsible for developing and overseeing Pearl TV’s investments in the advancement of next-generation television, digital and advertising initiatives. She served previously as senior advisor to the National Association of Broadcasters 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 & Television Association. Known as a leading industry technical authority, Scott is responsible for analyzing and evaluating industry technical and engineering issues 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 Media Group
Dave Siegler is Vice President of Technical Operations for Cox Media Group (CMG) at the company’s Atlanta, Ga. headquarters. Siegler is responsible for leading and growing the integrated media company through the rapidly changing technologies and consumer demands. He manages CMG’s Technical Operations groups to integrate new technologies and processes across various platforms for CMG’s 14 television stations, one local cable system, 57 radio stations and eight daily newspapers. Previously, Siegler was Cox’s Director of Broadcast Operations & Engineering for WSOC and WAXN TV in Charlotte, NC, after serving 13 years in various positions with Post-Newsweek Television Stations. Siegler is a Fellow Member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
Peter Sockett, Capitol Broadcasting Company
Pete 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, IEEE
Dr. Yiyan Wu, Principal Research Scientist with the Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada, represents the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers on the ATSC Board. Dr. Wu’s research interests include broadband multimedia communications, digital broadcasting, and communication systems engineering. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and an adjunct professor of at Carleton University. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting. He has more than 400 publications and has received many technical awards for his contributions to the research and development of digital broadcasting and broadband multimedia communications. He was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada.