Peter Lude, Wendy Aylsworth Named to Society of Motion Picture and TV Engineers Board

6:00 PM PST 01/17/2011 by Carolyn Giardina
Wendy Aylsworth

Aylsworth is the first woman to be elected to her post in the history of the standards-setting and educational society.

Peter Lude of Sony has been elected president and Wendy Aylsworth of Warner Bros. is the new executive vp of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers board of directors.

Aylsworth is the first woman to be elected to the post in the history of the standards-setting and educational society, which was founded in 1916.

In another milestone, Hans Hoffmann has become the first European in nearly four decades to serve as engineering vp as he was appointed to complete Aylsworth’s term. Hoffmann is head of media fundamentals and production technologies for the European Broadcast Union.

Rounding out the re-elected SMPTE officers are Ryerson University’s Paul Hearty as editorial vp; CBS executive Robert Seidel as financial vp; and Dolby’s Patrick Griffis as secretary/treasurer.

Aylsworth, senior vp technology at Warner Bros. Technical Operations, noted that the current era of technological change includes the transition from analog to digital as well as efforts aimed at bringing 3D to the home.

“Digital workflows are becoming more like an IT-type business structure and is one of the biggest transitions still occurring. They demand more technical expertise in the entertainment world than previously,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “In 3D, we have a group working on 3D to the home, which will help make that transition smoother.”

In her new role, Aylsworth will oversee strategic planning for the organization as well as conferences.

“One objective is to expand the reach of the conferences and try to do a conference outside of the country,” she said. “Another goal is to better engage fellows (a membership tier) to do more outreach with young people.”

During Aylsworth’s three years as SMPTE engineering vp, she streamlined the organization’s standards-making processes and began work on 3D to the home and broadband standards. Earlier, she chaired the SMPTE committee that generated the initial digital cinema standards.

Aylsworth joined Warners in 1994 when she established technology operations for the then-new feature animation division.

Lude, senior vp solutions engineering at Sony, has more than 25 years of experience in the broadcast industry. He succeeds Ken Fuller of Azcar Technologies.

Board officers are elected to two-year terms.

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