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SMPTE Engineering Society Announces Election Results – The Hollywood Reporter


The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers – a global engineering association and standard-setting body – has revealed the results of its international and local elections.

Sally Hattori, director of product development for StudioLAB, the innovation team within Walt Disney Studios’ technology division, has been elected Vice President of International Community Standards. In this role, you will direct and supervise standards projects.

As a result of the local elections, the Hollywood chapter of SMPTE has new leadership. Mark Zorn, President of Content Protection and Production Security at Marvel Studios, has been elected to a one-year term as division chief.

Prior to joining StudioLAB, Hattori served as Executive Director of Product Development for 20th Century Fox’s (now 20th Century Studios) Advanced Technology and Engineering Group. “I’ve worked with many wonderful female leaders at Standards,” Hattori said in a released statement. “I am honored and privileged to be entrusted with this responsibility, and feel encouraged and empowered to drive positive change that future leaders can move forward with. … I feel I can bring a different mindset to work and help the community have a conversation about new publishing workflows and business models that can bring about greater transparency.” And it allows us to make SMPTE standards more open and valuable to the industry as a whole.”

Said Zorn, who previously held positions in content security at HBO and Technicolor, says, “SMPTE has always been the media and entertainment industry’s best source of technical expertise. With so many changes in the industry, we need new contributors to drive innovation and explore new media. One of my top priorities as President of SMPTE Hollywood is to put together a team to encourage students in STEM subjects to consider a career in M&E.”

Joanna Swanson

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