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SMPTE 2020: ‘Game On’ Augments Main Program With a Rich Blend of Sessions Organized by Program Partners

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Nov. 5, 2020 — SMPTE® today announced that SMPTE 2020: “Game On,” the Society’s interactive and immersive remote technical conference experience scheduled for Nov. 10-12, will include programming designed and presented by its 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.

“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,” said Chris Witmayer, program committee co-chair for SMPTE 2020. “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.”

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,

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

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

Throughout the three-day SMPTE 2020 conference experience, attendees can join these and other live technical presentations, as well as 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: “Game On” also will feature one 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 is available at

Registration for SMPTE 2020: “Game On” is online at

The Society would like to thank its sponsors: 8K Association, AIMS, ATSC, AWS, Constellation Charitable Foundation, IDEA, Key Code Media, National TeleConsultants (NTC), Ownzones Entertainment Technologies, RIST, and Signiant.

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