LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Section of the
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the organization whose standards work has
supported a century of technological advances in entertainment technology,
today announced that its November meeting will focus on cybersecurity.
Today, Hollywood faces growing and
increasingly complex security threats. “New digital workflows and the expanding
use of cloud-based storage, mobile devices, and social media have changed the
way entertainment industry companies conduct business, and they have also made
these companies more vulnerable to cyber-attack, whether for financial gain
or political motivations,” said Marty Meyer, chair of the SMPTE Hollywood
Section. “It is imperative for engineers to develop and implement effective security strategies
During the Nov. 15 meeting, the
panel discussion “Hacking Hollywood: How Safe Is Your Data?” will feature experts
from law enforcement and private industry. They will discuss the phenomenon of
cyber-crime and explain how companies can understand the risk and stay safe.
They will also provide an overview of cybersecurity-related educational,
certification, and employment opportunities available to engineers.
The event is sponsored by Hewlett-Packard
Enterprise Services and Verizon Digital Media Services.
(l to r) Mike Petrocelli, Philip A. Jones, Steve Wong

Panelists will include:

  • Sergeant Peter Hish, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Fraud & Cyber Crime Bureau. Sergeant Hish manages the department’s cyber-crime training center and community cyber-crime prevention efforts.
  • Lieutenant Tony Leon, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Fraud & Cyber Crime Bureau. Lieutenant Leon has managed the department’s data network and deployed several department-wide, mission-critical IT projects.
  • Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Michael Sohn, FBI, Los Angeles Field Division. Agent Sohn leads a division responsible for investigating computer and high-technology crimes.   
  • Philip A. Jones, Security & Privacy Business Leader, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services. Jones is a senior advisor in risk-based cybersecurity and privacy programs. 
  • Detective Andrew Kleinick, Los Angeles Police Department, Cyber Crimes. Detective Kleinick is the officer-in-charge of LAPD’s Cyber Crimes Unit, responsible for digital forensics and cyber-crime investigations. 
  • Mike Petrocelli, Systems Engineer, Verizon Digital Media Services. Petrocelli is an expert in content security with more than a decade of experience in the identification, management, and monetization of digital media.

  • Steve Wong, Director of Business Development, Media & Entertainment Group, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Wong is a media and entertainment internet infrastructure expert and recipient of a 2007 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for the Teranex Video Computer. 

What:    SMPTE Hollywood Section, Monthly Meeting
Topic:    “Hacking Hollywood: How Safe Is Your Data?”
When:    Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, 6 p.m. Hospitality, Networking, 7:15 p.m. Panel Discussion
Where:    DreamWorks Animation, 1000 Flower St., Glendale, CA 91201
Price:     Free for SMPTE Members and non-members
For admittance to this meeting, participants must be registered before midnight on Nov. 11, and must present valid identification, such as a driver’s license, or other government-issued photo identification, in your registered name. 

Info:  www.smpte.org/hollywood

About the SMPTE® Hollywood
The Hollywood Section of the
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)
was originally organized as the West Coast Section in 1928. Today, it
encompasses more than 1,200 SMPTE Members in the Greater Los Angeles area with
a common interest in motion-imaging technology and is its own SMPTE Region. The
Hollywood Section offers free meetings on a monthly basis that are open to
SMPTE Members and non-members alike. Information about meetings is posted on
the Section website at www.smpte.org/hollywood.
About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers®
For the past 100 years, the people of the
Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE, pronounced
“simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances
in entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and
color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, the
Society has earned an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work
in advancing moving-imagery education and engineering across the
communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. The Society
has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering
guidelines, more than 800 of which are currently in force.
SMPTE’s global membership today includes
7,000 members, who are motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and
technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students. A
partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) connects SMPTE
and its membership with the professional community of businesses and
individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for
the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs,
commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on
joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.  
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