NAB | Board Chairman
2021 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, a SMPTE Fellow and serves on the FCC Technological Advisory Council. He received the IEEE’s 2016 Jules Cohen Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Fox Television Stations
Richard Friedel is EVP of Engineering, Operations and Technology at Fox Television Stations, where he drives 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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