Issue 27



5 February 2015

Netflix’s Chris Fetner, director of global content partners operations, will present the opening keynote at the biennial SMPTE Australia Conference & Exhibition this year. The event, called Persistence of Vision ­ Defining the Future, will be held July 14 to 17 at the Entertainment Precinct at Moore Park in Sydney.

Netflix's Chris Fetner delivers the opening keynote at SMPTE 2014 in Hollywood to a standing-room only crowd.
Netflix’s Chris Fetner delivers the opening keynote at SMPTE 2014 in Hollywood to a standing-room only crowd.

Fetner will discuss the global media marketplace, and the technologies shaping decision-making and growth at Netflix.

“With its expansion into new markets over the past several years, Netflix has become an industry disrupter on an international scale,” said Pat Griffis, SMPTE education vice president and executive director of technology strategy in the office of the CTO at Dolby Laboratories. “Chris is positioned to shed light on the company’s international activities, as well as the factors shaping the company’s technology decision-making.”

Fetner, a SMPTE member, began his career as an operations manager at a local Public Broadcasting Systems affiliate in Washington, D.C., and went on to serve as a producer for programmes including the award-winning Frontiers of Medicine. He later served as a postproduction and operations executive at Discovery Communications, guiding the company’s migration to an all-digital workflow, and as vice president of postproduction and technical services at BBC Worldwide in New York, where he oversaw all technical operations supporting both the cable network BBC America and its distribution to electronic sell-through and video-on-demand.


The Oscar and Emmy award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, a professional membership association, is internationally recognised and accredited. SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

More than 6000 members ­– motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students – meet in Sections throughout the world. Through SMPTE’s partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance, this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programmes, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content.

SMPTE’s Australia Section was founded in 1971 and today is part of the SMPTE Asia Pacific region that includes more than 750 members. SMPTE in Australia has been a leader in building ties between like-minded and guild organisations serving the media and content industry.


Source: media release


More information about SMPTE15, including details on submitting a paper proposal (due by 15 February), is available at SMPTE Australia:




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