The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited four members of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) to join its Science and Technology Council. Wendy Aylsworth (pictured), Douglas Greenfield, Rob Hummel and Beverly Pasterczyk have all accepted invitations to the Council. Its activities focus on research projects, preserving the history of motion picture technology and educating the public about the role of technology in movie making. “SMPTE members have played an invaluable role in shaping the industry we know today, and they are among the technology and thought leaders who will guide continued development of the motion-imaging field,” said SMPTE executive director Barbara Lange.
dock10 has appointed sound mixer Mark Briscoe (pictured) to the newly created role of head of audio. Jon Nunn has also joined as post producer. Briscoe has 17 years’ experience at ITV and at dock10 will work alongside Mark Stewart on dramas, documentaries, children’s programmes and other genres. Nunn commented: “dock10 has quickly become established as one of the major players in Post Production, so to be a part of their team is a fantastic opportunity for me.”
Artel Video Systems has hired Philip Dubs as its director of broadcast sales. Dubs joins Artel with more than 30 years of experience in sales, operational and management roles in the broadcast industry.
Andy Page has joined Axon Digital Design as UK area sales manager. He will be responsible for supporting key UK accounts and developing new business in the region. Page will report to Adrian Richmond, who recently became regional sales director at Axon UK.
BBC Worldwide has appointed Liam Keelan (pictured below) as director of Scripted for the company’s content business. He joined BBC Worldwide in April as global editorial director and prior to this he was controller for BBC Daytime. Helen Jackson, BBC Worldwide’s chief content officer, said: “This is a crucial role for BBC Worldwide given the genres it oversees and the international role it provides for both the BBC and our indie partners. I’m really pleased that Liam has agreed to take on the challenge as his experience is second to none – and he’s itching to get started!”
Brian Boring has joined Forbidden Technologies as its general manager of North American sales and strategic partnerships. He has expertise in technical workflow implementation consulting, sales management, business strategy, operations leadership, and enterprise technology solutions.
Prodigious, the recently-launched production platform of the Publicis Groupe has added Jamie Russell and Ben East as senior flame artists to its VFX team. Both will be based at the revamped central London location in Whitfield Street.
SMPTE has elected a number of new officers and governors who will take office on 1 January. Alan Lambshead will serve as the Society’s standards vice president; Matthew Goldman will again serve as finance vice president; and Paul Stechly will continue his service as membership vice president. Other appointments include Richard Welsh as the governor for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South America. Appointments for US regions include John Ferder, Dan Burnett,Mark Narveson, and Paul R. Chapman.
Herb Ricco has joined the sales team at Versatile Distribution Services as an account manager. He will be responsible for the company’s network of Avid, Adobe, Assimilate and Grass Valley resellers.
Viacess-Orca has named Chem Assayag as its new EVP, sales. He previously worked at OpenTV, managing operations in Europe and the Middle East. He also led the worldwide sales, marketing, and business development functions for the MediaHighway product line at NDS.
Stuart Neate has been hired by rental company VMI as the new rental desk manager. He has been with VMI since 2008, and in his new role will work with customers in film, drama and television production.