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 February meeting, scheduled for Monday the 27th,
will focus on laser projection.
The adoption of high-dynamic-range
(HDR) production and exhibition solutions, such as large-format HDR and IMAX
displays, has led to a demand for new projection solutions for grading and
screening. At the February’s meeting of the SMPTE Hollywood Section, industry
experts will explore laser projection as a potential solution. In theory,
lasers are superior to lamps as illumination sources. They provide brighter
pictures, lower power consumption, longer life, wider color gamut (WCG), and
greater flexibility. Presenters will discuss these and other aspects of laser
projection and offer suggestions for meeting new display requirements.
Presenters at the meeting are Bill Beck and Jean-Philippe
Jacquemin, both of Barco.:

Bill Beck, “The Laser Guy,” Barco 

Beck is a photonics visionary with diverse startup, general management, and technology marketing experience, having founded two companies dedicated to furthering laser illumination technology. As “The Laser Guy,” he helps Barco commercialize and further develop laser projection for cinema and other applications in key markets. Beck holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of SMPTE, LIPA, ISDCF, EDCF, OSA, and NEFC.
Jean-Philippe Jacquemin, Product Manager, Barco
Jacquemin, a product manager,  specializes in laser projection and HDR technology at Barco. He is also an independent documentary director. For the past three years, he has worked in China, developing laser projection in a fast-growing environment in which stereo 3D is an integral part of the theatrical release.

What: SMPTE Hollywood Section, Monthly Meeting
Topic: Laser Projection: You’ve Got Questions. We’ve Got Answers
When: Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:15 p.m. Meeting
Where: Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
Price: Free for SMPTE Members and non-members 
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 monthly 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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