MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions has appointed an industry veteran of more than three decades to serve as its new Director of Engineering.
John Ferder, who has worked in engineering roles at Chyron Corporation, Roscor Corportation and Phillips/BTS and later spent a decade at CBS in New York, will facilitate the engineering process for all product design initiatives, develop long-term product roadmaps, and liaise with MultiDyne’s production, marketing and supply chain teams to increase accessibility to products and related information.
At CBS, Ferder moved up the engineering ladder to become Director of Studio and Post-Production Engineering — a position he held for more than 12 years. In this key role, John was responsible for the design, construction and support of all production and postproduction facilities in the CBS Broadcast Center, including renovations for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. He also spearheaded the 2008 construction of a new control room for CBS Evening News, and a new studio for CBS This Morning.
Ferder returns to the supplier side of the business at a time of significant change to the broadcast and production workflow, most notably as facilities transition to IP and cloud systems. Taking MultiDyne into new product areas is part of Ferder’s vision.
“Fiber is used today to transport files over the internet for many broadcast and production applications,” Ferder said. “We see new opportunities to improve encryption and compression to transfer files and higher data payloads over a single fiber faster and more efficiently. This will grow in importance as more facilities migrate to IP, and the release of the SMPTE 2110 standards will help to accelerate these developments. We will bring new, IP-focused products to market that are more compact, more efficient and aligned with businesses that build fixed and mobile production studios based on these standards.”
While he anticipates a busy future at MultiDyne, Ferder plans to remain active elsewhere in the industry. John was elevated to SMPTE Fellow in 2012, and has served on the Program Committee since 2015. He currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the SMPTE Society, and will chair three SMPTE Technical Paper sessions on OTT technology at the SMPTE 2018 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, taking place October 22-25 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.