WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.
—The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has announced the formation of a new SMPTE Section in Pittsburgh. The new Section will offer existing and potential SMPTE members in the Pittsburgh area valuable educational programs, technical expertise, and networking opportunities. The formation of the group was spearheaded by local SMPTE Fellows George Hoover, CTO at NEP; John Luff, television technology consultant at HD Consulting; and Diversified Systems CEO (and TV Technology
columnist) Karl Paulsen.
“George, John, and Karl did tremendous work to make the SMPTE Pittsburgh
Section a reality, and the success of their initiative reflects the Society’s
growing momentum and activity in the Pittsburgh area,” said SMPTE Executive
Director Barbara Lange. “This really was an effort born in the grassroots of
SMPTE membership, and it demonstrates our members’ genuine enthusiasm for
taking advantage of educational programs and their interest in becoming more
involved in creating the standards that shape our industry.”
The launch of the SMPTE Pittsburgh Section brings the total of local Sections
to 28 worldwide. Each year, these groups collectively host more than 200
meetings, tutorials, and workshops. While these events give members access to a
broad variety of SMPTE resources, they also enable each Section to tailor
programming to address the technical and business concerns of particular
interest in the region.
“Pittsburgh is a hub of activity for our industry, and it is particularly
notable because the growing SMPTE membership in the region extends beyond
traditional television and cinema professionals in what’s proving to be a very
diverse group that includes new media,” said Paul Stechly, SMPTE membership
vice president. “Because the formation of new Sections tends to draw an even
larger membership, this announcement signals meaningful, ongoing growth for
SMPTE in terms of both the breadth and depth of its membership.”
Further information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org