Broadcast Tech & Engineering News – Hans Hoffman named new SMPTE president

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SMPTE, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, has announced that Hans Hoffmann, Head of Media Fundamentals and Production at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), has been elected by the SMPTE membership to serve as President for the 2021-22 term. He formerly served as SMPTE executive vice-president. Hoffmann was the 2020 winner of FKTG’s Richard Theile Medal for outstanding services in television technology, recognizing his services in the development of HDTV and UHDTV television systems and his significant contribution to international standardization committees. The SMPTE Executive Committee for the 2021-22 term will include Hoffmann, Patricia Keighley as EVP, and Patrick Griffis as SMPTE Past President. Bruce Devlin will continue on as Standards Vice President, and John Ferder will continue as secretary/treasurer. Newly-added officers include Michael Zink as Education Vice-President, Renard Jenkins as Membership Vice-President, and Paul Stechly as Finance VP. Sylvain Marcotte of Grass Valley will serve as second term representing Canada on the SMPTE Regional Governors.