SMPTE Elects Officers & Governors for 2017-2018; Goldman to Serve as Society’s New President

Thursday, October 6th, 2016
Incoming SMPTE Pres. Matthew Goldman

Incoming SMPTE Pres. Matthew Goldman

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has announced that the membership has elected new officers and governors for the 2017-2018 term. Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of technology, TV and media at Ericsson, will take office as the new SMPTE president on Jan. 1, 2017.

“Matthew has held a variety of key SMPTE roles that have furthered the Society’s mission, and I am confident that as the new SMPTE President, he will build on Bob Seidel’s excellent work,” says SMPTE Past President Wendy Aylsworth, who served as the chair of the Society Nominating Committee. “Matthew and Bob are among the many SMPTE Members who have worked to bolster the Society’s growth leading into and during our Centennial celebrations. The officers and governors elected for the 2017-2018 term — and those who continue in their existing roles — are a broad and strong group who bring extraordinary leadership to SMPTE as we enter our second century of ensuring interoperability across the media ecosystem and, in turn, facilitating the ongoing growth of our industry.”

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AirMagic Unveils World’s Biggest Burning School House

Friday, April 29th, 2011

To kick off this year’s Victoria Day, AirMagic is inviting everyone to the back parking lot of the company’s Toronto office headquarters at 30 Dorchester Ave., to watch their 2011 firework creation. This year’s creation is the world’s biggest burning schoolhouse.

The burning schoolhouse is a Victoria Day icon and was designed and invented in Hamilton, ON. The fun begins at 11 a.m. on May 7, and the main event is at 1 p.m. There will be prizes and refreshments throughout the day.

 Please bring a non-perishable food item to support the Daily Bread Food Bank.

 For more information please visit

LED Luminaire Draft Standard Wants Your Input

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

 New project BSR E1.41-201x, recommendations for measuring and reporting photometric performance data for entertainment luminaries utilizing solid state light sources, has been posted for public review on the PLASA website.

 E1.41 offers recommendations for measuring and reporting the output of LED luminaries used in the live entertainment industry, emphasizing on colour and colour rendering. Current methods for luminaire output measurement presume the use of broadband emitters, which LED’s are not.

 Public review will end on June 21, 2011.

 For public review please visit

XL Video Part Of Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

To pull off The Bridgestone Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, described as the most intense 12-minutes in live entertainment, it takes a team effort and XL Video supported the creative team by supplying gear and crew. Production Designer Bruce Rodgers, Screens/Graphics Producer Lee Lodge and Lighting Designer Al Gurdon closely collaborated on the NFL Network Production with Executive Producer Ricky Kirshner and Director Hamish Hamilton to present an unforgettable performance. “We wanted a design that felt epic; we wanted a design that felt like the band was performing for the stadium and not just the TV audience,” explains Rodgers.

Rodgers designed a field-wide circular stage with over 3,000 Barco MiSTRIPs. “I came up with this idea to put the band on what I refer to as Captain Continue reading