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SMPTE 2020 Announces Game On Programming


SMPTE 2020 Game OnSMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) has announced the programming for SPMTE 2020, subtitled Game On, which will be an “immersive remote technical conference experience” that runs between November 10 and 12.

Some of the programming will be designed and presented by SMPTE partners HPA Women in Post, the Information Display and Entertainment Association (IDEA), 8K Association, Reliable Internet Stream Transport (RIST) Forum, Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), and Audio Engineering Society (AES), along with a “series focusing on the Agile methodology for project management.”

People can register for SMPTE 2020 online at

SMPTE 2020 Program Committee C0-Chair Chris Witmayer made the statement: “SMPTE 2020 offers a remarkable breadth and depth of content, particularly with partner organizations contributing their time and talent to engage, educate, and even entertain. The partner programming incorporated into this year’s conference offers a closer look at the people, technologies, and techniques driving our industry forward. We’re grateful to our program partners for helping to make this year’s technical conference such a compelling event.”

You can read a list of the programs being offered this year below:

HPA Women in Post
Women in Technology Series: Felicia Yue
This moderated discussion will feature Felicia Yue, principal product manager at Amazon. Yue learned to code and play the piano from her mom (a classically trained concert pianist and illegal immigrant turned IBM software developer), earned a degree in economics (and later her MBA), and launched a career in corporate finance before becoming the only woman on the crew of “Monday Night Football.” There, she helped develop and launch products for fans of the Olympics, Major League Baseball, the NBA, and the Champions League, as well as virtual enhancements such as the Emmy Award-winning 1st & Ten line for NFL fans. Now, as a principal product manager for Amazon, Felicia is focused on introducing innovative features that will make watching sports a best-in-class experience on Prime Video.

IDEA will present eight sessions during SMPTE 2020:

• Creating the Immersive Future: How We Streamed a Light Field Over a 10G Network
Speaker: Dhananjay Lal, Charter Communications
• Future of Mobile (Untethered) Mixed Reality
Speakers: Debbie Fitzgerald, CableLabs; Bhaskar Banerjee, GridRaster Inc.
• Understanding Immersive Displays
Speakers: Pete Ludé, IDEA; Jon Karafin, Light Field Lab
• Enabling Immersive Communications
Speakers: Forest Gibson, Pluto VR; Keith Rothschild, Cox
• Light Field Cinematography: A Case Study
Speaker: Kris Chaisanguanthum, Visby
• Revolutionizing 3D Visualization
Speaker: Alex Hornstein, Looking Glass
• Understanding the ITMF Specification
Thomas Alder, OTOY
• Envisioning the Near Future of Entertainment
Eric Klassen, CableLabs; Debbie Fitzgerald, CableLabs

8K Association sessions include:

• 8K Production
Dan Duran, RED; Aaron Kroger, Panavision; Ben Cope, Intel
• The Creative Perspective on 8K
Speakers: Derek Bauer, Zak Titus, and Jake Olson of Two Yellow Lines; Peter Mavromates, Post Producer; Erik Messerschmidt, Cinematographer; Bruce Markoe, IMAX
• 8K Workflow Trends
Speakers: Andy Blondin, Epic Games; Michael Cioni,; Katie Fellion, Light Iron; Thierry Fautier, Harmonic
• Solving the 8K Distribution Challenge
Speakers: Bill Mandel, Samsung Research America; Stephan Wenger, Tencent; Mickael Raulet, Ateme

RIST Forum sessions include:

• RIST Behind the Scenes: A Protocol Deep Dive
Speaker: Ciro A. Noronha, Cobalt Digital
• Enhanced Usage of the RIST Protocol to Address Network Challenges
Speaker: Adi Rozenberg, Video-Flow Ltd.
• RIST Ground Control to Major Cloud
Speaker: Sergio Ammirata, SipRadius LLC
• Deploying RIST in the Real World
Speaker: Kieran Kunhya, Open Broadcast Systems
• How the Industry Put Differences Aside to Develop the RIST Suite of Technical Recommendations
Speaker: Rick Ackermans, CBS Operations & Engineering
• RIST Frequently Asked Questions
Moderators: Kieran Kunhya, Open Broadcast Systems; Wes Simpson,

AIMS sessions include: 

• Introduction to AIMS
Speaker: Michael Cronk, Grass Valley
• AIMS: Evolutions of the AIMS Roadmap and JT-NM Roadmaps
Speaker: John Mailhot, Imagine Communications
• AIMS: IPMX – Debunking the Myths
Speaker: David Chiappini, Matrox

AES sessions include:

• All About the PAWs – Pandemic Audio Workflows
Speakers: Greg Chin, Avid Technology; Ozzie Sutherland, Netflix; William Files, Pacific Standard Sound; Scott R. Lewis, Skywalker Sound; Jonathan Wales, Warner Bros. Studios; Iris Wu, Ambidio; Paula Fairfield,
• Seeking the Sound for Film: A Case of Mandarin-Speaking Cinema
Speakers: Iris Wu, Ambidio; Duu-Chih Tu, 3H Sound Studio

Agile Project Management sessions include:

• Introduction to the Agile Methodology for Project Management
Speakers: Christopher Witmayer, Industry Executive; Michael Vizdos, Vizdos Enterprises, LLC
• Practical Considerations and Hands-On Learning
Speakers: Christopher Witmayer, Industry Executive; Michael Vizdos, Vizdos Enterprises, LLC

Attendees for the three-day SMPTE 2020 conference can join and attend any of these live technical presentations, that will include practical hands-on training, partner programming, product and technology demonstrations, moderated roundtable discussions, and virtual panels, with continual access to a host of on-demand content.

SMPTE 2020 will also featured a full day focused on the convergence of esports/gaming and media technology and the unique requirements of the thriving esports industry.

The full SMPTE 2020 program can also be viewed at or can be downloaded here.

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