The SMPTE 2017 technical conference program committee is chaired by SMPTE Fellows Paul Chapman, senior vice president of technology at Fotokem; Thomas Edwards, vice president of technology and engineering at FOX; and Sara Kudrle, product marketing manager at Imagine Communications.



















Andrew Shulkind will present the keynote at the SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2017), which will take place Oct. 23-26 at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.


A co-founder of HeadcaseVR and sought-after expert on virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality (VR, AR, and MR) content capture and creation, Shulkind will share his experiences in developing and using the latest immersive media technologies and techniques in his keynote, “The Immersive Future: Broaden Your Horizons.”


Shulkind’s keynote will provide attendees with perspective on the impending media disruption, which promises exponential growth in everything from field-of-view to storage requirements, compression demands to distribution networks. The takeaway for attendees will be a clearer sense of what immersive content is, and what we can gain from shaping its successful implementation.


Technical conference sessions will address topics including advances in display technologies; cinema processing and projection technology; larger color and dynamic range; compression; content management and storage, restoration, and preservation; content security; virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR, AR, and MR); media infrastructure (SMPTE ST 2110) and distribution; image acquisition and processing; new techniques in audio; quality assurance and monitoring; workflow systems management; cloud technologies; and encouraging diversity technology.

Andrew Shulkind

Technologist, Director of Photography, and Award-Winning Cinematographer




The customary conference and exhibition schedule has been optimized to include the usual wealth of technical sessions and networking opportunities, as well as an array of special events.



Monday, 23 October


  • The SMPTE 2017 Symposium: “Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in Digital Media Creation: The Promise, The Reality, and The (Scary?) Future” will take place throughout the day.
  • SMPTE and Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Women In Post will present the annual Women in Technology Luncheon, which provides guests the opportunity to discuss ways to increase diversity in the media and entertainment workplace. Tickets are available for purchase separately, or as an add-on with conference registration.
  • The SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival will highlight the creative use of technology to support the art and craft of storytelling. Screenings will showcase outstanding short films submitted by students from around the world. Tickets are available separately, or as an add-on with conference registration. Tickets are free for students, and a donation to the SMPTE Education Fund is suggested for other attendees.


Tuesday, 24 October


  • The first day of the SMPTE 2017 technical conference will feature the opening keynote.
  • The Ray Dolby and Centennial Exhibit Halls will open at noon.
  • The Fellows Luncheon, open exclusively to SMPTE Fellows and Life Fellows, will honor the industry leaders newly elevated to Fellow status. SMPTE Fellows who wish to attend must select tickets with their conference registration.
  • The SMPTE Annual General Membership Meeting is open to all conference attendees, and separate ticket is not required.
  • The Oktoberfest Reception in the Centennial Exhibit Hall is open to all attendees, and no separate ticket is required.



Wednesday, 25 October


  • Day two of the SMPTE 2017 technical conference sessions will extend the entire day.
  • The Ray Dolby and Centennial Exhibit Halls will open at 10:00 am., and a Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular cockail reception in the Ray Dolby Exhibit Hall is open to all conference attendees. No separate ticket is required.



Thursday, 26 October


  • The final day of SMPTE 2017 technical conference sessions will extend the entire day, with both exhibit halls open from 10:00 am. to 2:00 pm.
  • The SMPTE Annual Awards Gala will welcome ticketed guests on the red carpet and treat them to a reception and dinner honoring industry leaders. Tickets are available for purchase separately or as an add-on with conference registration.



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SMPTE 2017 is the world’s premier forum for the exploration of media and entertainment technology. Find out more about SMPTE at www.smpte.org


SMPTE 2017 includes three days of technical sessions, two high-tech exhibition halls, special events including the Annual Awards Gala, and the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival, plus a pre-conference Symposium, bringing you unparalleled opportunities for professional development, relationship building, and “mind sharing.” Presenters and attendees include world-renowned technology thought-leaders.