Howard Lukk, Disney and DCI Alum, Named SMPTE Director of Standards

He will succeed Peter Symes, who plans to retire next year.
Howard Lukk
Howard Lukk

Influential Hollywood technology veteran Howard Lukk is joining global standards-setting body Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers as its director of standards.

A decade ago, Lukk served as director of technology for studio consortium Digital Cinema Initiatives, responsible for R&D, design and documentation of the digital cinema system specification and test plan that is currently used worldwide.

After his stint with DCI, he served as vp of production systems at The Walt Disney Studios, helping the studio transition to digital in areas including digital cinematography, 3D, file-based workflow, color management and digital cinema. Lukk also spent two years as director of media systems at Pixar Animation Studios and currently operates his independent film production and management company Pannon Entertainment.

Over the next 12 months, he will transition into SMPTE's director of standards post, which has been held by Peter Symes for the past eight years. Symes plans to retire at the end of 2016.

SMPTE's current work includes high dynamic range imagery and immersive sound. “The many significant technological changes taking place in our industry give an immediacy to the Society’s efforts and open up unprecedented opportunities to make a meaningful impact on the future of media creation, delivery, and consumption," said Lukk.

A SMPTE Fellow, Lukk has already served the society in numerous volunteer roles including technology committee co-chair. He has also been an advisor to the board of governors as an appointed standards director.