LTN Global Appoints Alan Young CTO and Head of Strategy

LTN® Global, the global leader in broadcast-quality IP video transport solutions, today announced the appointment of Alan Young as the company’s chief technology officer and head of strategy. Young joined LTN following its acquisition of Crystal, where he served as chief operating officer. In his new role with LTN, Young will be responsible for advising the company on all matters relating to media technology and for guiding its growth strategy.

“Alan’s extensive experience in developing and applying new technologies to existing business environments across the media, financial services, and telecom sectors makes him a perfect fit for his new role as our CTO and head of strategy,” said Malik Khan, co-founder and executive chairman at LTN Global. “His impressive technical expertise and proven leadership skills also will be invaluable to LTN as we continue to grow and expand our offerings around end-to-end media production and distribution solutions.”

Before his time at Crystal, Young served in CTO roles at SES Americom, Encompass Digital Media, and e-Citi, and as head of emerging technologies and the strategic vendor partnership program at Citigroup. He earlier served as vice president of engineering for Viacom/MTV Networks. Young began his career in broadcast as a technical manager at British Telecom after earning a master’s degree in electronic systems engineering from the University of York. He is a recognized innovator with four issued patents to his name and a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

“LTN is an exciting company with robust technologies and tremendous potential for further growth,” said Young. “I look forward to working with my colleagues across the company to realize this potential by delivering transformative solutions to LTN customers.”

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ChyronHego Announces Key Appointment of Ariel Garcia as CEO

ChyronHego today announced the appointment of Ariel Garcia as CEO, effective today.

Garcia will drive ChyronHego’s expanding focus on product innovation driven by customer requirements. He joined ChyronHego as a board member in 2015, following a strategic investment from Vector Capital, and stepped into the business as president of broadcasting at the end of 2018.

Garcia has a long trajectory of driving growth and operational enhancements for technology companies. Since 2014, he has served as operating partner and head of value creation at Vector Capital. Previously, he was senior principal at The Boston Consulting Group, where he led the company’s technology, media, and telecommunications practices. Garcia holds a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a degree in computer engineering from the Universidad Católica Argentina.

“I am thrilled to step in as CEO during this exciting growth stage for ChyronHego. Our sports intelligence and broadcasting products are top-notch, and our increasing focus and partnership with our customers will prove critical for future success,” Garcia said. “ChyronHego has a rich history as a technology innovator. With an increasing focus on customer-centricity and investment in key ecosystem partnerships, we are determined to bring the best technology, services, and value to our customers.”

 

“Ariel’s ability to successfully drive growth and change make him the ideal fit to lead ChyronHego’s next era. His deep expertise in applying strategy and operational improvement to boost company performance is a tremendous asset,” said Johan Apel, chairman of the board, ChyronHego. “We welcome Ariel as the head of our senior executive management team as we continue to advance our operations and bolster the ChyronHego brand globally.”

With this announcement, Marco Lopez steps down as ChyronHego’s CEO. Garcia commented: “I want to thank Marco for his leadership and contribution to ChyronHego as CEO. I had the opportunity to closely work with Marco over the past year, and I can attest to his deep understanding of the broadcast industry as well as the great professional and human being that he is. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Both Garcia and Lopez will be attending IBC2019 to discuss the transition and exciting next steps in ChyronHego’s evolution with customers and partners.

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Christian Snilsberg Joins Soundware

He will be instrumental in fulfilling Soundware’s responsibility as the exclusive distributor for DHD products in the Nordics.

“Christian has an excellent background both in audio technology and in sales and project management roles,” comments Soundwares Managing Director, Øivind Iversen. “He shares our strong interest in all aspects of electronic media including television and radio production, studio systems integration and IP networking.”

“Starting as an audio engineer at The Norwegian Theatre almost 25 years ago, Christian progressed to a sales role supplying Norwegian and Swedish theatres and broadcasters with equipment. During that period he established Studer as the preferred broadcast sound mixer in Norway. Working with Studer products for over eight years, and for the past seven years with Lawo, has given him a deep insight into our industry and of the markets we address. He has the social as well as the technical skills our customers appreciate.”

 

“Soundware is one of the brightest lights on the Nordic media circuit,” says Christian Snilsberg. “Audio is an essential element of all media activity and looks set to grow in importance as the video displays themselves expand in size and quality. I look forward to working with the Soundware team as the media industry moves forward to embrace the opportunities arising from OTT streaming, IP, 4K and 8K. The industry’s ongoing integration with IT makes the whole enterprise even more exciting.”

 

“This is a very pleasing appointment which we are confident will strengthen DHD’s visibility and level of support,” adds DHD’s International Sales Manager Christoph Gottert. “The Soundware team will be promoting our full range of mixing, routing and IP products to existing and potential customers in the broadcast and wider electronic media markets.”

Soundware caters for people who work professionally in broadcast, music, film, video and audio post production. Our employees have many years of experience and extensive knowledge of the media industry. Our product range is carefully selected and under constant development. We also offer full service and support on the products and systems we supply. Soundware is an integral part of Danmon Group AS.

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Utah Scientific Welcomes Four Talented Individuals Into New Positions

Utah Scientific has promoted longtime employees Randy Rose, John Bell, and Jim Barnhurst, and welcomed Mario Moreno to the team as a field service engineer. Rose has been named the new director of sales engineering, Bell will serve as customer service manager, and Barnhurst will act as the company’s new field and technical service manager.

“I am thrilled to be offered this new position in a company where there are supportive people and continued growth,” said Rose. “I look forward to bettering relationships with our integrators and external dealers, as well as to helping the sales team create more streamlined tools and functionality that will help them become more successful.”

As the new director of sales engineering, Rose will act as the technical interface between sales and customers. He began his career at Utah Scientific in 1988, serving as a technician for 10 years and more recently holding the position of customer service manager.

Bell is replacing Rose in the role of customer service manager. In his previous position as the customer support manager, Bell provided award-winning customer assistance for 14 years, and he looks forward to continuing this success in his new role.

“It’s great to be part of Utah Scientific’s high-level customer service, which we have become known for over the years,” said Bell.

He also plays a major role in representing Utah Scientific at the industry’s largest technology trade show, the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas, as the booth manager.

Barnhurst is in his 29th year as a Utah Scientific employee. He spent more than three decades as a broadcast industry professional and is well-qualified to take on the role of field and technical service manager. His professional efforts will be focused on service calls, troubleshooting equipment, training customers, commissioning/implementing systems, and overseeing day-to-day technical operations in customer service.

Moreno, the company’s new field service engineer, will be headquartered in Utah Scientific’s Houston, Texas, office and report to Barnhurst. Moreno’s background with broadcast began in 1991, and over his career he has worked in a variety of positions at television stations.

“Mario’s experience at TV stations gives him a unique perspective as he extends his skills to the supplier side,” Barnhurst commented. “He is well-positioned to make an immediate impact in his new role at Utah Scientific.”

 

“At Utah Scientific, our customers are the priority, so we are proud to have a highly skilled team supporting them,” said Dave Burland, Utah Scientific president and CEO. “Our success over the years is made possible by dedicated individuals who uphold the company values. We are pleased to have experienced talent to promote within, which allows us to welcome strong new team members.”

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National TeleConsultants’ Peter Adamiak Honored as SMPTE Fellow

National TeleConsultants (NTC) is proud to announce that its co-founder and managing partner, Peter Adamiak, has been named by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) as a 2019 SMPTE Fellow. Adamiak will be recognized at the SMPTE Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Los Angeles, California.

The SMPTE Fellow is a distinguished honor extended only to industry leaders with a strong commitment to the advancement of motion imaging and allied technologies whose work, throughout the course of their career, has resulted in significant contributions to improve the industry.

“We extend heartfelt congratulations to our colleague and friend on receiving this esteemed recognition,” says NTC Managing Partner Eliot Graham. “Peter, through his dedication and expertise, has always embraced and delivered the latest innovations, which have enhanced the art of television production and distribution.”

During his near-50-year career in broadcast engineering, Adamiak has been instrumental in implementing cutting-edge technologies for many of the biggest players in the game.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Peter went to work for the school as a video systems engineer helping to pioneer the advanced use of television for educational purposes.

His next career stop took him to ABC, where he held several positions including manager of engineering for ABC’s O&O TV stations. After eight years, Peter departed from ABC to help found the company that would become his legacy in the broadcasting industry, NTC. NTC is widely regarded as an industry leader in new media technology solutions. The company has been at the forefront of every major transition in the industry, including custom software integrations, format transitions, cloud computing, and new distribution platforms.

Leading the Services Delivery Group at NTC, Adamiak has spearheaded major projects, including the ground-up development of ESPN’s broadcasting headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut and Telepictures’ TMZ facility, the first fully tapeless facility capable of going direct to air from a server. Other major projects he has overseen for NTC include groundbreaking facilities for ABC, AT&T, DIRECTV, Disney, Fox, Voice of America, Warner Bros, and Viacom.

“Peter’s ability to design and implement successful, innovative facilities is a testament to his singular ability to shape technologies to the needs of varied business models,” says NTC Managing Partner Chuck Phelan. “His methodology has been instrumental in growing our business.”

For over 35 years, NTC has been at the forefront of solving the most vexing technological problems in the media space, and, with Adamiak’s leadership, the company continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in broadcasting.

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SMPTE 2019 Line Up Now Available

SMPTE®, the organization that is defining the future of storytelling, today announced the full event lineup for the Society’s annual technical conference and exhibition, the world’s premier forum for the exploration of media and entertainment technology. SMPTE 2019 will be held Oct. 21-24 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles. Complete information about SMPTE 2019, including a detailed schedule and registration, is available at 2019.smpte.org.

SMPTE Vice President of Education Sara J. Kudrle will co-chair the SMPTE 2019 technical program committee along with Thomas Edwards, vice president of engineering and development at Fox.

A redesigned conference schedule this year features concurrent sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Over those three days, 40 papers will address topics including machine learning and artificial intelligence technology in professional content creation; new compression techniques and implementations; putting SMPTE ST 2110 into practice; leveraging SMPTE ST 2110 for live production; cinema processing and projection technology; the cloud; advances in audio; standards-based security in collaborative media spaces; 8K, 4K, UHD, HDR, and high frame rates; perceptual color quality metrics; new production workflows; and access and the global community of technology. Thursday, the final day of the conference, will be “Space Day.”

In addition to a wealth of technical sessions and exhibitions of advanced technologies, SMPTE 2019 will include special events, including sponsored “pop-up” happy hours that offer numerous opportunities for face-to-face interaction between attendees, exhibitors, and speakers.

Vitec Production Solutions’ Jürgen Sommer Appointed to IABM Board of Directors

Jürgen Sommer, vice president of channel development, EMEA, for Vitec Production Solutions, a division of the Vitec Group, has been appointed to the IABM board of directors.

“I’ve respected and collaborated with the IABM for a long time and have benefited from its market reports and strategic analyses. I’ve always been fascinated by the organization’s ability to spot technology trends and predict what will happen in the future,” Sommer said. “Especially at this moment, when a lot of exciting changes and innovations are happening, it is very important to have an institution like the IABM helping our industry to better understand what the future will bring.

Sommer has been working in the video and broadcast industry for more than 17 years, all while working closely with the IABM. Prior to joining Vitec Group, he held various leadership positions in sales and marketing management in the manufacturing system engineering and automotive industries. He started with Vitec Group in 2002 as director of product management and marketing at Sachtler. During his tenure with the company, Sommer was a key part of sales and marketing, serving in roles such as brand development for the Autoscript, OConnor, Sachtler, and Vinten brands. He has been in his current role within Vitec Production Solutions for three years, directly responsible for channel development across the EMEA region and for providing consultation and oversight channel development in the Asia-Pacific region.

“I’m grateful to have a seat at the table with so many of the industry’s leaders to contribute to that effort. I’ll use my expertise to help IABM members prepare themselves for the challenges and benefits that are coming. I’ll also be a voice for the hardware manufacturers,” he added.