DTG congratulates UK TV technology leader Simon Fell on his SMPTE Fellowship

Simon Fell, former chair of the DTG Technical Council and UK HD Forum, has been inducted as a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

The SMPTE is the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, and Simon is one of 15 people to receive a fellowship in 2015.

Currently the director of technology and innovation at the European Broadcasting Union, Simon chaired the DTG Technical Council from April 2010 to August 2013, and lead the DTG UK HD Forum from 2000 to 2009, helping to launch high definition TV across all British TV platforms by 2010.

Simon Gauntlett, CTO of the DTG, said: “The DTG would like to congratulate Simon on this well-deserved honour for his TV technology leadership.

“This fellowship recognises the key role Simon has played in transforming British TV from standard definition analogue viewing to a multi-channel digital HD experience, and his ongoing influence at an international level through the EBU.”

Simon has four decades of experience, formerly with ITV as director of future technologies, and helping to establish Carlton Television from 1991, where he held several executive positions and participated in the launch of digital broadcasting in the UK.

Additional roles include serving as director of engineering for Rushes and chief engineer of 625, and establishing Channel Four, where he assisted in the introduction of Super 16 film. Fell’s early career included periods with Rank Cintel in the U.S. and with YTV in Leeds, U.K.

Simon will receive his fellowship at the SMPTE 2015 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Los Angeles, USA, on October 28th, alongside two other British inductees—Giles Wilson, head of TV compression business at Ericsson, and Peter A. Wilson, founder and managing director at High Definition & Digital Cinema Ltd.—and 12 other new fellows.

DTG Staff  |  10.08.2015

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