CBS Exec Robert Seidel Elected President of Engineering Society SMPTE

He succeeds Warner Bros.' Wendy Aylsworth, who will serve on the board as past president

Robert Seidel, vp engineering and advanced technology at CBS, has been elected president of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1.

SMPTE is a global society for the engineering community, and its work involves setting global technical standards that support the motion picture and TV industries. Currently work includes the areas of high dynamic range and immersive sound.

Seidel, who previously held SMPTE board roles including executive vp and finance vp, succeeds outgoing president Wendy Aylsworth, senior vp technology at Warner Bros. Technical Operations, who will become the Society's past president.

Also elected to two-year terms as SMPTE officers are Matthew S. Goldman of Ericsson, who will serve as executive vp; Patrick Griffis of Dolby, who will continue his role as education vp; and Peter Wharton of BroadStream, who will continue to serve as secretary/treasurer.

Ten governors, eight of which are incumbents, were additionally elected. That includes John McCoskey, executive vp and CTO at the MPAA, who will serve again as governor for the Eastern U.S. region; Clyde Smith of Fox Networks Engineering and Operations, who returns as a governor for the Hollywood region; and Stephen M. Beres of HBO, who will additionally serve as a governor for the Hollywood region.

Said Seidel in a statement: "I look forward to embracing adjacent market industries, such as OTT television, that use motion-imaging and file-based workflows. I will also work to drive ongoing efforts to expand the number of student chapters, infuse the Society with young members, and help to ensure the long-term growth of the Society. Increasing the Society's online educational course offerings to include basic audio/video technologies for young engineers is a high priority, as is offering advanced courses in new file-based and IP technologies to the seasoned professional engineer."

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