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Spanner in the works

There are many hot topics and technologies competing for attention across the media and entertainment spectrum but for a razor-sharp insider’s analysis of the ones that have made it beyond the in-tray, make a beeline for the Chief Technology Officer’s roundtable.

‘CTO Strategic Roadmap: The technologists’ view’ (9 September 09:45, Forum, part of the Business Transformation stream) promises a seat in the boardroom at some of the industry’s biggest companies needing to take the difficult decisions for business survival and success.

When and to what extent do you push the button on swapping out SDI for IP networks? How much confidence should you place in the Cloud? Is investment in 4K UHD good to go today or is it worth holding fire for 8K? Should 5G mobile or the Internet of Things be on your radar – and if so what does this even mean for your business?

Among the speakers are Dave Ward, SVP, chief architect and CTO, engineering at Cisco; Discovey Communictions’ CTO John Honeycutt; Ulf Ewaldsson, who performs the same role
for Ericsson, and Tamara Leemans, CTO for Belgium cable operator Voo.

A 12-year Discovery veteran, Honeycutt most recently served as EVP and COO for Discovery Networks International, where he led the operational structure of its growing international business operations including the 2013 acquisition of SBS Nordics – the largest transaction in

Discovery’s history. In addition, he was a key member of the team that led Discovery’s acquisition of a controlling interest in Eurosport International.

Also on the panel is Spencer Stephens, CTO at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He leads the studio’s technology development group working on technology innovation and application. The group’s role touches on every part of the path from the on-set technology including cameras and lens, through post-production and mastering to the standards used to deliver content and provide a full consumer experience such as new standards in Extras interactivity.

The group’s latest challenge has been building the workflow that adds HDR to the 4K UHD content the studio has been offering since 2013. The session will be available on demand at IBC TV.