Representing Pearl TV as Chief Broadcast Strategist, Richard Friedel was most recently EVP of Engineering, Operations and Technology at Fox Television Stations, where he drove the ATSC 3.0 efforts. His previous role as EVP Technology & Broadcast Strategy for 21st Century Fox saw him shepherd long-term technology strategy and day-to-day operations for the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles and the Fox Houston Technical Operations Center, home of Fox Sports’ regional networks, and provided technical support for 14 regional production centers. Before joining FOX, Friedel served in various positions at Capital Cities/ABC, NBC News and local television stations.
He is the former Chair of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and he serves as President of the Video Services Forum. He is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and a member of the Audio Engineering Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Society of Broadcast Engineers and Society of Cable Television Engineers. Friedel was honored by the National Association of Broadcasters with the 2015 NAB Engineering Achievement Award, bestowed to individuals nominated by their peers for significant contributions to advancing the state of the art in broadcast engineering. In 2018 he received an Emmy for lifetime achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Richard Friedel is serving as President of NABA.
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Mark Aitken has been involved in the broadcast industry’s migration to advanced services since 1987, from his participation in the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Services to his current involvement with the ATSC. He was the primary architect in the formation of ONE Media and a driver of key ATSC 3.0 breakthrough technologies.
Prior to his involvement with Sinclair, Mark worked with COMARK Communications where he held several positions including Manager of the Systems Engineering, RF Engineering and Sales Engineering groups, as well as Director of Marketing and Sales Support, which included digital television strategic planning.
Mark is a member of the NAB TV Technology Committee, as well as AFCCE, IEEE and SMPTE. He is the author of many papers dealing with innovative RF product development and advanced digital broadcast systems design-implementation strategies and holds patents for various RF devices and Next Gen systems. He is a recipient of the 2008 Broadcasting and Cable Technology Leadership Award, the 2013 recipient of the ATSC “Bernard Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award,” the 2018 NAB Engineering Achievement Award for his leadership in advancing the adoption of the Next Gen standard and the 2018 TV Technology Innovator Award.
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, a SMPTE Fellow and serves on the FCC Technological Advisory Council. He received the IEEE’s 2016 Jules Cohen Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award. Having served as ATSC Board Chair from 2019 to 2021, he is currently a Board Vice Chair.
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, Head of Live Streaming Playback Operations, Prime Video, 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. Formerly Vice President of Technology at News-Press & Gazette Broadcasting, he focused on web and mobile streaming, over-the-top file-based content and NEXTGEN TV broadcast transmission.
PBS North Carolina
Fred Engel, Chief Technology Officer at PBS North Carolina, is a widely respected leader in the broadcast media industry. He and his team are nationally recognized for work in developing creative applications for ATSC 3.0/NextGenTV including Public Safety Communications efforts that won the 2017 NAB Pilot Innovation Grant Competition for “Digital Paging over Public Broadcasting”, an effort now funded by the US Department of Homeland Security. Related to his ATSC 3.0/NextGenTV efforts he now serves on the Advanced Television System Committee’s Board of Directors, the first public broadcaster in that role in many years.
He has been in the broadcast industry since graduating from Ferris State University in 1978. He spent 27 years at WTTW Chicago rising from an engineering maintenance technician to Vice President of Technology. He spent three years with a Systems Integration firm in Chicago as Vice President of Broadcasting, joined Kentucky Educational Television (KET) in 2010 as Senior Director of Technology and in 2016 took a similar role with UNC-TV in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Fred and his team in Chicago received a Midwest Emmy award for the design and construction of WTTW’s Digital Broadcast Operations Center. His team at KET designed and built one of the first street side studios in public broadcasting in downtown Louisville, KY.
He is the current Chapter 93 chairperson of the Society of Broadcast Engineers in the Raleigh/Durham NC market and is a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer with that organization. He has served on the FCC Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council VII (CSRIC) working group focused on improving Broadcast Resiliency, had a six-year tenure with the PBS Enterprise Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC), participates in various PBS ETAC Working Groups, and serves with the AWARN and NVISA groups focusing on emergency notifications to viewers.”
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.
Nexstar Media Group
Brett E. Jenkins is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Nexstar Media Group. He oversees the company’s IT and technology at the corporate level and across multiple business units. Mr. Jenkins is also responsible for the company’s spectrum strategies and developing new business opportunities for spectrum utilization. Mr. Jenkins has held technology positions at Media General, LIN Media and ION Media Networks, and executive positions at Thales Broadcast & Multimedia and Thomson. Early in his engineering career at Thales, Mr. Jenkins managed modulator and exciter technology and development for what was then the new digital broadcast TV standard. He was the lead US engineer in a global team responsible for the development of Digital Adaptive Precorrection technology. Thales received an Emmy award for pioneering this technology in 2003.
Mr. Jenkins has served multiple terms on the Board of the ATSC. He has been active in numerous industry groups and was a past member of the External Advisory Board for the University of Massachusetts’ Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Mr. Jenkins earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Boston University.
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.
IEEE Consumer Technology Society
Wayne Luplow has been a member of the ATSC Board of Directors since 1988, representing either Zenith Electronics, LG Electronics or the IEEE Consumer Technology Society. He served as ATSC Board-Chair in 2010.
Recognized worldwide as long-time digital television industry pioneer and leader, Luplow was Zenith’s representative for the “Digital HDTV Grand Alliance” and the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Services (ACATS), which selected Zenith’s technology as the ATSC DTV (aka ATSC 1.0) transmission system – the ubiquitous broadcast television standard in the United States and other countries. Luplow, who retired in 2018, led the LG/Zenith efforts to develop the technology used in the standardization of what is now known as NEXTGEN TELEVISION (aka ATSC 3.0). An IEEE Life-Fellow, Luplow served as editor of the IEEE’s Transactions on Consumer Electronics for 35 years. He has contributed articles to numerous IEEE and other industry publications. Luplow is a 2006 recipient of the prestigious IEEE Masaru Ibuka Award, for “contributions to the development of the vestigial sideband (VSB) digital transmission system for digital television broadcasting.”
Wayne, beginning in 2011, has served four, 3-year terms as a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society’s Administrative Committee (AdCom), currently serves as chair of the Society’s Fellow Evaluation Committee, and is the AdCom’s representative to the IEEE Committee on Communications Policy. He is a decades-long member of the IEEE Consumer Technology Society’s Board of Governors. He has served on the Fellows Evaluation committees of both the BT and CT societies.
He chaired the Consumer Technology Association’s Video Systems Standards Development Organization (R4) from 1998 thru 2017. With degrees from the Universities of Wisconsin (BSEE, 1962) and Pennsylvania (MSE, 1964), Luplow was employed by RCA for two years prior to working in numerous technical and management positions, including VP of Television Engineering and VP of R&D, at Zenith Electronics for 53 years. Wayne resides with his wife Judy in Libertyville, IL. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren.
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.
Glenn Reitmeier is an industry consultant with extensive experience establishing technical standards for broadcasting, cable, satellite and internet. Throughout his career he has been a champion of technical interoperability as the foundation for a cohesive inter-industry television ecosystem. He retired from 17 years at NBC Universal as SVP, Technology Standards and Policy, where he contributed to industry technical standards and to the technical aspects of the company’s government policy positions and commercial agreements. Previously, Glenn spent 25 years in digital video research at RCA/Sarnoff Laboratories. During the 1980s, he was instrumental in establishing the component digital sampling standard BT-601 and the SMPTE Serial Digital Interface (SDI) standard for television production. During the 1990s, Glenn led the development of the Sarnoff-Thomson-Philips-NBC Advanced Digital HDTV system proposal that pioneered MPEG video compression and packet data transport. He was a leader in the HDTV Grand Alliance that forged the best-of-the-best combination of digital system proposals into the ATSC 1.0 standard. Glenn has served the industry as a Board member of ATSC, NABA and OATC, and he has been Chairman of both ATSC and OATC. He is a SMPTE Fellow and a recipient of the Progress Medal and the Signal Processing Medal. He is also an inaugural member of the CTA’s Academy of Digital Television Pioneers and a recipient of the NAB Television Engineering Award. Glenn holds over 60 patents and is recognized in the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame.
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.
Media Technology Consultant - SMPTE
Dave Siegler is the retired Vice President of Technical Operations for Cox Media Group (CMG); recently transitioning his deep experience as a Media Technology Consultant to advance the television broadcasting and production industry.
As Vice President of Technical Operations, Siegler was responsible for leading and growing the integrated media company through the rapidly changing technologies and consumer demands. Specifically, he managed 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 and 57 radio stations.
Prior to his current position, Siegler was Cox’s Director of Broadcast Operations & Engineering for the company’s television operations in Charlotte, NC, Managed Studio Engineering Operations for Turner Entertainment Networks 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 and is a recipient of Broadcasting & Cable’s Technology Leadership Award.
He is a member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, Society of Broadcast Engineers, Fellow member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and serves as the Secretary of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Broadcast Technology Society.
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.
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