SMPTE, the association of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, will honour industry luminaries and next-generation leaders at the SMPTE Awards Gala, which takes place during the SMPTE Media Technology Summit (The Summit), the Society’s first in-person conference since 2019. The Summit will wrap up with a gala and afterparty on Thursday, Oct. 27, back at its former venue — the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California. SMPTE Fellow elevations will be conferred at the SMPTE 2022 Fellows Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 25.
“I was drawn to SMPTE because of the importance of serving engineers, scientists, and artists — the people who make things happen without getting much recognition,” said David Grindle, SMPTE’s executive director. “Bringing their achievements to the forefront through our awards program gives them the recognition they so deeply deserve. I look forward to meeting many of them in person at this year’s Gala.”
This year’s Gala will be hosted by 2021 Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship Award recipient, musician, producer, and educational television host Monica Brighton. Brighton has a strong passion for technology, children’s media, and education. She is currently the host and producer of “That TVOkids Show” on TVOKids, as well as host of “Backyard Beats,” an award-winning educational music series.
This year, 17 honours will be bestowed upon 38 individuals and organizations. Among these is the supreme accolade of the Society, Honorary Membership, which recognises individuals who have performed eminent service in the advancement of engineering in motion pictures, television, or in the allied arts and sciences. This honour has been conferred on such industry luminaries as Thomas Edison, George Eastman, Samuel L. Warner, David Sarnoff, Walt Disney, Ray Dolby, George Lucas, Richard Edlund, James Cameron, and Peter Jackson. This year, Honorary Membership will be conferred on two individuals: Ang Lee and Charles H. Jablonski.
Ang Lee will be recognised for his extensive pioneering innovation in deployment of new technologies to enhance theatrical storytelling. In particular, Lee’s use of advanced technologies such as 3D and higher frame rates in the films “Life of Pi,” “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” and “Gemini Man,” exemplify his creative use of new technologies to effectively draw viewers further into the story and the characters’ emotional states.
Charles H. Jablonski will be recognised for his decades of pushing the state-of-the-art in entertainment production and distribution, as well as his service to the education and mentorship of young entertainment engineers. He has played key roles in establishing the use of new technologies at the Olympics, in transitioning television operations and transmission from analog to digital processes, and in working with start-ups to advance and enhance the quality of content for the consumer experience.
The Progress Medal is the Society’s most prestigious medal award. It was established in 1935 and recognises outstanding technical contributions to the progress of engineering phases of the motion imaging industries. This year, the Society will recognise Touradj Ebrahimi for his leadership of the JPEG committee, as well as his recent work on exploring standardisation opportunities in the areas of learning-based image coding (JPEG AI), NFTs, secure annotation of media modifications (Fake Media), and the use of DNA molecules for image storage.
The Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal, established in 1946 and sponsored by Warner Bros., recognises outstanding contributions in the design and development of new and improved methods and/or apparatus for motion picture sound. John Meyer, co-founder of Meyer Sound, will be presented with this award in recognition of his contributions to the design, measurement, and analysis of cinema speaker electronics for cinema mixing, review, and exhibition facilities.
Established in 1950 and sponsored by SRI International, the David Sarnoff Medal recognises outstanding contributions to the development of new techniques or equipment that have improved the engineering phases of television technology. This year, Madeleine Noland will be honoured for her significant contributions to the ongoing development and implementation of the ATSC 3.0 standard within the United States and internationally.
Sponsored this year by Technicolor Creative Studios, the Natalie M. and Herbert T. Kalmus Medal, which was established in 1955 and renamed in 2020, recognises outstanding contributions that reflect a commitment to the highest standards of quality and innovation in motion picture post-production and distribution services. Patrick Renner will be honoured this year for his vision, actualisation, and continued refinement of on-set colour management and colour grading tools, as embodied in the Pomfort Livegrade software platform.
The James A. Lindner Archival Technology Medal, established in 2012 and sponsored by James A. Lindner, recognises significant technical advancements or contributions related to the archive or preservation of media content essence. This year, the Society will honour Barbara Flueckiger for her outstanding research focused on the digitisation and restoration of archival colour films.
The Workflow Systems Medal, established in 2012 and sponsored by Leon D. Silverman, recognises outstanding contributions related to the development and integration of workflows that enhance creativity, collaboration, efficiency or novel approaches to the production, post-production, or distribution process. This year, SMPTE will recognise the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Science and Technology Council for the significant creative and technical impact of the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES), which enables consistent, high-quality colour management across complex, collaborative, end-to-end workflows.
The Camera Origination and Imaging Medal, established in 2012, recognises significant technical achievements related to invention or advances in imaging technology. Michael Cieslinski will be honoured this year for his pioneering work in image and camera design, which has led to the development of a family of high dynamic range electronic cinematography cameras that have the ability to create images with the look of 35mm film.
The Digital Processing Medal, established in 2012, recognizes significant technical achievements related to the development of digital processing of content for motion picture, television, games, or other related media. The Society will recognise Didier LeGall — visionary, pioneer, and expert — in honour of his contributions to image and video compression.
Established in 2016 and sponsored by William C. Miller and Ellen Sontag-Miller, the Excellence in Education Medal recognises outstanding contributions to new or unique educational programs that teach the technologies of the motion sciences, and those who advance the educational process through innovative and inspirational methods. This year, SMPTE honours Carrie Wootten for her outstanding efforts to promote and foster careers within the broadcast technology industry through her work with universities and accrediting bodies, and the establishment of the Rise Up Academy.
In addition to the medal awards, the Society will confer several other honours during the Awards Gala.
The Journal Award for the best paper originally published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal during 2021 will be awarded to Thomas G. Edwards and Michael D. Smith for their paper, “High Throughput JPEG 2000 for Broadcast and IP-Based Applications.” In addition, Journal Certificates of Merit will be awarded to Richard Welsh for the paper “Cloud Production Pipeline Using IMF, C4ID, and Open TimeLine IO” and to Michael D. Smith and Michael Zink for the paper “On the Calculation and Usage of HDR Static Content Metadata.” Smith is the first author to receive both the Journal Award and the Journal Certificate of Merit in the same year.
Four individuals will be honoured with the Presidential Proclamation, which recognises individuals of established and outstanding status and reputation in the motion picture and television industries worldwide: Mitchell Baker, chief executive officer, Mozilla Corporation, and chairwoman, Mozilla Foundation; Toshiyuki Ogura, distinguished engineer, Sony Corporation; Dan Sasaki, optical engineer, Panavision; and Dave Schnuelle, vice president, technology, Dolby Laboratories.
The Excellence in Standards Award, recognising those who have been actively involved in advancing Society standards activities and processes, will be presented to Alan Lambshead, SMPTE Standards vice president, 2014-2018.
Five individuals will receive the Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society, recognising dedicated service to SMPTE: Peter Armstrong, Toronto Section; Paul Broderick, Australia, New Zealand, and Southern Pacific Islands Section; Jeff Cohen, New York Section; Daniel Despa, Montreal/Quebec Section; and Robert (Bob) E. Lamm, New England Section.
The Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship is designed to assist students in furthering their undergraduate or graduate studies in motion pictures and television, with an emphasis on technology. The 2022 scholarship will be awarded to SMPTE Student Member Summer E. Lange of Cedarville University.
Twelve new SMPTE Fellows will also be recognised during the Annual Awards Gala. This honour is conferred on individuals who have, through their proficiency and contributions to the motion-picture, television, or related industries, attained an outstanding rank among engineers or executives in media and entertainment.
Pedro Ferreira, founder and owner of BISECT, a company that provides software engineering services, specialising in Media over IP, Cloud, GPU and Edge computing. Pedro is also the lead architect of the EBU LIST project and a member of the Eurovision Academy faculty, where he has trained hundreds of people in subjects like MXF, File-based workflows and Live IP.
Steven E. Forshay, Former Sr. Vice President, Advanced Technology Group – Dolby Labs
Larissa Görner-Meeus, Senior Director of Product Line Management, AMPP at Grass Valley, overseeing Grass Valley’s SaaS and Cloud offerings across Live Production, Asset Management and Playout. She is also the Co-Chair of the SMPTE Media in the cloud advisory committee.
Lakshmanan Gopishankar (Gopi) is a Principal Engineer with the Tek Video Business Unit at Telestream. His current responsibilities include applied R&D in algorithms and software for video test and measurement solutions. Over a 20-year career, first at the Video Business Unit in Tektronix and then at Telestream, he has contributed to the development of several innovative video test and measurement products including the WFM/WVR series of waveform monitors and the PRISM hybrid IP/SDI waveform monitor.
Ian Hamilton, founding member and chief technology officer at intelligent file transfer company Signiant.
Sylvain Marcotte, former designer with Miranda Technologies and currently working at Grass Valley in the role of system architect/product owner within the Network Group.
Mike Radford, a seasoned technology executive with a broad set of skills ranging from digital media, color science & compression to software development, networking & cloud architecture. At Disney, he is responsible for all software systems that power Disney’s global theatrical distribution business. He also works with emerging tech as well as the standardization of technologies that drive Disney’s content supply chain. He works closely with post-production teams across Disney’s diverse studio landscape to bridge the gap between creatives and the theatrical experience. Prior to Disney, Mike was the Vice President of Technology at 20th Century Fox.
Marc Segar, SVP Global Technology at NEP Group, Inc. In early 2017, Marc was given the challenge of building two centralised broadcast facilities and new capture trucks for NEP Australia. An IP laboratory and specialist team was set up in Sydney, and on 22nd May 2017, the first SMPTE 2110 flows were established. Construction of the world’s first native IP production facilities in Sydney and Melbourne, The Andrews Hubs, alongside four native IP outside broadcast trucks then began. Manufacturer adoption of 2110 was low at the start and many products were designed around this project. He advocated for single flow 4K, simple PTP design, common SDP’s and was the enabler of NEP’s orchestration and broadcast control system. On the 21st October 2017 (21.10), his team successfully covered a 20-camera remotely produced broadcast in Sydney from a venue in Brisbane (566 miles away) in native 2110 from camera to broadcaster. Today, the Andrews Hubs covers 1600 events each year.
Gary J. Sullivan has been a chairman and co-chairman of various video and image coding standardisation activities in ITU-T VCEG, ISO/IEC MPEG, ISO/IEC JPEG, and in their joint collaborative teams since 1996 and in 2021 he became the chair of ISO/IEC JTC 1 Subcommittee 29, the organisation that oversees JPEG and MPEG. He has led the development of the Advanced Video Coding (AVC) standard (ITU-T H.264 | ISO/IEC 14496-10), the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard (ITU-T H.265 | ISO/IEC 23008-2), the Versatile Video Coding (VVC) standard (ITU-T H.266 | ISO/IEC 29090-3), the various extensions of those standards, and several other standardisation projects. He is a Video and Image Technology Architect at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington.
Kent Terry is currently Senior Manager, Sound Technology with Dolby Laboratories in the Office of the CTO. With Dolby since 1992, he was part of the team that developed Dolby Digital for the ATSC 1.0 system, for which Dolby received an Emmy award. He was also part of the Emmy award winning team that developed Dolby E for distribution of multichannel audio in broadcast distribution networks, and a key contributor to technology recognised by Dolby’s Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Emmy Award.
Frederick Walls is a Fellow at AMD, focusing on system architecture for AMD’s industry-leading display engine. He currently serves as the co-chair of the 10E Essence Technology Committee and co-chair of the ETC Joint Task Force on AI & Media. He previously served as the co-chair of the 31FS File Formats & Systems Technology Committee and led the development of the DPX extensions for HDR and associated reference materials. Walls has made significant technical contributions in the HDMI Forum, advancing features such as Source-Based Tone Mapping, and has participated in many other standards organisations.
Terence Wong got his first degree in Applied Physics and started his career in the television broadcasting industry, where he spent a decade before joining the education sector specialising in Digital Media. Part of Hong Kong’s Vocational Training Council since 2000, he has played a significant role as the Head of Department in the curriculum development of the Digital Media department, particularly on film, video and music production, 3D animation and visual effects, interactive media and transmedia. To support more on the industry’s R&D, Terence Wong established HKDI Media Lab in 2017 to demonstrate creative integrated media applications. With his 30 years’ experience in media production and HKDI Media Lab, he has demonstrated a series of virtual production in professional quality to Hong Kong industry in 2020. Terence Wong was elected as the Manager of Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (Hong Kong) in 2006, and was Chair of the society for 2017-18. He was also a long-time member of the Code of Practice Committee under Broadcasting Authority of the Hong Kong Government. In 2021, he was invited to be a member of the Film Development Council of Hong Kong Government