Quantel has appointed Roland Brown as a Non-Executive Director to the company. Recently Director of Engineering at The Moving Picture Company, Brown will utilise his industry experience to help Quantel identify and harness the emerging technologies that could potentially change the face of content creation and delivery over the next handful of years, writes Andy Stout.
"We are at another tipping point for the industry, one where tools will become natural to the user and the technology will fade into the background where it belongs," said Brown. "We used to have to all be engineers to make film and television, but it's the craft skills - and empowering those skills - that will dominate the next phase of development in the industry.
"I've tracked the progress of Quantel from the beginning, which is over three decades now, and was an early adopter of its technology myself in the late 1970s," he continued. "I've always admired its approach and the emphasis on giving artists ergonomic tools that help them fully exploit their talents. And with the talent I see in Quantel's R&D department and my breadth of experience, I hope we can further accelerate evolution in that field."
Brown's CV to date is an impressive one and encompasses four decade's worth of experience working at the cutting edge of broadcast and post production technology for companies such as Intertel VTR Services (Europe's first facility company), Lion Television, Video RSA South Africa and then MPC. Along the way he's been involved in many milestones including the first satellite transmission from the UK, worked on Queen's seminal music video for 'Bohemian Rhapsody', and took MPC into HD production and a data-centric future.
"Roland joining the board as a Non-Executive Director is fantastic news for Quantel," commented company CEO, Ray Cross. "As a company we always try to work with the best people in their fields, and they simply don't come with more experience or more knowledge than Roland. I look forward to seeing the first results of what I'm sure will be a long and fruitful partnership."