SMPTE Launches Executive Director Search

White Plains, NY, August 17, 2009 –The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) today announced that it has launched a search for an Executive Director.

SMPTE has appointed a search committee to identify potential candidates for the position. It expects to complete its search by the end of the 2009 calendar year.

Former SMPTE Executive Director Kimberly Maki concluded a three-year term of service with the standards organization to take a senior executive position with Bright House Networks.

“Kimberly has been an advocate worldwide for the advancement of the engineering profession on a strategic leadership level. Our job is to find someone who – as Kimberly did so successfully – can continue to lead SMPTE forward as the role of digital technologies become greater and new applications and markets proliferate,” said Kenneth C. Fuller, President of SMPTE.

SMPTE Fall Conference Addresses Critical Opportunities

SMPTE continues to provide ongoing leadership efforts to provide technology education and information that advance and expand critical industry revenue-generating opportunities such as high-definition (HD) production, digital cinema, and stereoscopic 3D cinema and 3D television.

SMPTE will provide a forum for detailed study and discussion about such topics at its Annual Tech Conference and Expo Oct. 27 – 29, 2009 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, California. To register for the event, visit


About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

The Oscar® Award-winning and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry. As an internationally recognized and accredited standards-setting body, SMPTE develops standards, recommended practices and guidelines, and spearheads educational activities to advance engineering and moving imagery. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has established close to 600 standards, including the physical dimensions of 35mm film and the SMPTE-time code. More recently, it crafted the Digital Cinema Standards, which paved the way for digital movie theaters. Underscoring SMPTE’s leadership in technology and standards development, the society received a prestigious technical Emmy® Award in January of 2009 for its work in the development of the MXF and GXF file formats. Headquartered in New York, SMPTE is comprised of engineers and other technical specialists, IT, and new media professionals, filmmakers, manufacturers, educators, and consultants in more than 65 countries. They are joined at SMPTE by more than 200 sponsoring corporations, principal players in content creation, production, and delivery for all platforms and in entertainment hardware and software.

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