Seidel moves to the top at SMPTE


SMPTECBS VP of Engineering and Advanced Technology Robert Seidel will be putting his expertise to use as President of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers beginning 1/1/15.

His two year term as President comes on the heels of two other assignments with the SMPTE board.

He succeeds Warner Brothers executive Wendy Aylsworth.

“Bob Seidel has been a tremendous asset to the Society in several key positions, and we are confident that he will continue and build on the good work done by Wendy during her successful tenure as president,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “Bob and Wendy are among the many SMPTE members who have contributed a great deal to the Society’s growth. The officers and governors elected for 2015-16 — and those who continue on in their existing roles — bring extraordinary knowledge, experience, and energy to the Society and its advancement of the motion-imaging industry.”

“Going forward in this new role with the Society, I look forward to embracing adjacent market industries, such as over-the-top television, that use motion-imaging and file-based workflows,” said Seidel. “I will also work to drive ongoing efforts to expand the number of student chapters, infuse the Society with young members, and help to ensure the long-term growth of the Society. Increasing the Society’s online educational course offerings to include basic audio/video technologies for young engineers is a high priority, as is offering advanced courses in new file-based and IP technologies to the seasoned professional engineer.”