[Note: the official global list of SMPTE Section Officers is here.]
Paul joined the Broadcasting industry in 1981 as a Broadcast Engineering Trainee with the ABC. He has also worked at Molinair in London, TCN Nine, VTS/Edit Point and Seven Network where he became Engineering Manager of Seven Sydney’s facilities in Epping. At Seven he contributed to the upgrade of the facility to digital, then HD, the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and Seven’s News facility in Martin Place.
In 2004 Paul joined SBS Sydney as Chief Engineer TV and was subsequently promoted to Director Technology and Distribution. Whilst at SBS Paul over saw the development of a five-year technology plan to move SBS from its aging videotape environment to a fully file based facility. Paul also oversaw major events such as the Tour de France, and World Cup (Soccer) including the world’s first terrestrial 3D broadcast.
Paul is IPTV Design and Integration Manager with Telstra Australia. He joined the SMPTE Australia Section Board in 2013.
Ian Fellows (Immediate Past Chair)
Ian Joined the SMPTE Board of Managers in 2011. His career in Television Broadcasting spanning 3 decades began as a member of the Engineering team at Network Ten in Sydney in the early 80’s as a Supervising Technician. He has held successful leadership roles with NDS and Sony. His role as Director of Sales for Tandberg Television saw the company dominate the digital video compression market in Australasia for nearly a decade.
After his departure from General Dynamics Mediaware as Director of Business Development in Jan 2011, he joined Gencom Technology, his current role heading up sales in the Sydney office. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Management and a Television Operations Certificate in Broadcasting. As well as being an active member of SMPTE he is also a member of TV Pioneers and The Historical Radio Society of Australia.
Ian is Director of Marketing at Magna Systems and Engineering in Sydney.
Michael Day (Secretary/Treasurer 2016-2017)
Michael Day has been employed in the television industry since 1986, with a focus on the design and implementation of technical facilities for television production and broadcast.
At the Seven Network he contributed to the national rollout of digital terrestrial broadcasting and significant television events such as The Olympic Games (both summer and winter), and The Manchester Commonwealth games.
Whilst Chief Engineer of subscription television provider Premier Media Group (also known as Fox Sports) he oversaw the facility expansion from two analogue television channels to five standard definition channels, one high definition channel and two streaming services.
While at Network Ten, Michael managed the Network Projects Group and was a significant contributor to the national rollout of a centralised file base media asset management and workflow system.
He is now Regional Sales Manager – Strategic Accounts, APAC at Imagine Communications.
In 2012 Michael was recipient of a SMPTE Outstanding Service Award for his service to the Australia Section and the Society.
John Maizels (Regional Governor 2016-2017, Past Chair)
From 1988 to 1994 he was Chief Engineer at ISEN, IBM’s compressed digital Business TV/Distance Education network, and then Digital Media & Broadcast Engineering Consultant within IBM Business Consulting Services. In 2004 he joined FOXTEL Engineering as a Senior Engineer, and in 2009 he consolidated Entropy Enterprises to provide technical, operational, creative and consulting services to the media industry. Most recently he commissioned and integrated the Telstra CIC StudioT and Theatre facility in Sydney.
When not involved with television, John is chair of Technorama Incorporated, an organisation created for technologists in Community Broadcasting. He also teaches in TAFE and higher education, and manages this website. Blame him.
John joined SMPTE in 1988 and has sat on the Australia Section Board of Managers since 1990. He was Australia Section Chair from 2001-2008.
John has been a member of the SMPTE Board of Governors from 2008-2017, with a focus on the Society’s internationalisation effort. As a member of SMPTE’s Revisions Committee he was one of the leaders of the project to reframe of the Society’s ByLaws and governance.
In 2006 John was promoted to the grade of Fellow of the SMPTE.
John Walsh (2015-2017)
A Qualified BOCP Broadcast Engineer, John Walsh has 45 years’ experience within the Australian and International Broadcasting industry; including design and installation of Studios, Post Production and RF Transmission systems. Advancing to Sales and Management roles from 1975, representing many major overseas suppliers, John is also responsible for the Development and installation of Systems for Defence, Health, Government and Enterprise markets.
As a SMPTE Board member and Manager, John is responsible for Section Meetings and advancing the society membership, in close co-operation with personnel from all levels of the Australian Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Production Industries.
John’s current role is Business Development for AVW Broadcast Pty Ltd
Andrew King (2015-2017)
Andrew has 40 years’ experience working in the telecommunications and broadcasting industries in various roles, from manufacturing, engineering design, operations, sales, planning and working with governments and regulators. His career has spanned many different technologies, from audio to cable transmission, satellite systems, cellular mobile services, video encoding and finally broadcasting.
During a 13 year period at Network Ten, he was responsible for implementing digital broadcasting, the transition from analogue broadcasting, including network planning of in-fill translators, planning analogue switch off in conjunction with government and finally the restack of digital transmissions.
Andrew is currently the chairman of Australian Radiocommunications Study Group 6, a consultative group to government formulating Australian inputs to, and monitoring the work of, ITU-R Study Group 6 (Broadcasting). He has monitored DVB Project Group work and represented Australian inputs to DVB. He is involved in many television standards groups, including SMPTE and Standards Australia groups for television.
Andrew is a Director of BroadSpectrum Consultants Pty Ltd, a consultancy business providing services in broadcast and RF spectrum areas.
Andrew’s goal the Australia Section is to be a promoter of the value of engineers in society, something that can be achieved as part of the celebration of SMPTE’s Centenary Year, and to develop the skills of young engineers.
Peter Stavrianos (2015-2017)
Peter has been in the broadcast industry for 15 years after starting in the post production sector while completing his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at UTS. In 2010 Peter completed a Masters of Business Administration at the AGSM, the combined business school of the University of NSW and University of Sydney.
In 2004, Peter managed the technical services team that opened and operated the Seven Network’s Martin Place HD News Centre, Australia’s first purpose build HD network television production facility, and sat on FreeTV’s MPEG-4 working party.
In November 2006, Peter joined the SBS Corporation in the role of Manager Broadcast Engineering responsible for the national Television, Radio and IT network and backend infrastructure and master control operations. Peter was part of the management team that rebuilt and modernising the SBS production and presentation technology and core infrastructure, integrating new technologies into the traditional broadcasting model.
Since August 2012, Peter has concentrated on extending his consulting skills, covering strategic management and organisational transformation consulting as Senior Consultant, Media at Quay Consulting whilst remaining connected within the industry as a Manager on the SMPTE Australia Section Board.
Peter Stavrianos is co-Chair of the SMPTE15 Conference.
Kathy-Anne McManus (2015-2017)
Kathy-Anne McManus, also known as KAM, is an Executive with extensive global experience creating, growing and managing profitable software and services business units around the world. Kathy-Anne has a proven track record leading large customer success, support, consulting, professional services, and sales organisations in the digital media industry.
Kathy-Anne returned to Sydney from New York to lead the Global Media Practice for Telstra Corporation Limited, Australia’s largest telecommunications and media company. Responsible for creating the media strategy for Telstra’s B2B business globally, Kathy-Anne built, and led, a specialized team of media industry executives to incubate new media products and services.
Prior to joining Telstra, Kathy-Anne was the Vice President of Professional Services at LivePerson. LivePerson is the leading provider of SaaS on-demand intelligent engagement solutions and one of Forbes’ Top 25 Fastest Growing Companies based in NY.
Kathy-Anne also held the position of Vice President of Worldwide Professional Services for Avid Technology, Inc. a leading provider of digital media content creation products and solutions for film, video, audio and broadcast professionals, including hardware and software based editing tools, collaborative workflow and asset management solutions, as well as scalable media storage.
Before relocating to Boston in 2009, Kathy-Anne spent two years in Singapore as Avid’s Director of all Services for Asia Pacific which included Pre-Sales, Professional Services, Customer Support and Training. Prior to that she ran her own Media consultancy firm for six years in Sydney, Australia.
Having lived and worked in three continents, Kathy-Anne has extensive global experience implementing business process change, organizational effectiveness and technical solutions in the ever evolving media industry.
Kathy-Anne was Conference Chair for the SMPTE 2003 Australia and New Zealand Conference and Exhibition.
Paul Maroni (2016-2018)
Paul is a 30+ year veteran in the Australian Broadcasting industry, starting at Channel 7 in Sydney in the early 80s and with a career in Engineering spanning 15 years. He left to expand his personal development and pursued a career in Sales and Marketing.
Over a 16 year period Paul moved through the ranks at Sony to head up production marketing for Sony Broadcast Asia Pacific. In this role he represented Sony Broadcast throughout the Asia Pacific region, including as representative to the Asian Broadcasting Union (ABU). He conducted numerous seminars to Asian broadcasters on the challenges of migrating to High Definition as well as introducing 3D and 3D techniques to the region’s production industry.
Paul has now decided to harness the skills acquired throughout his 30+ years and contribute by providing Project Management services to the industry.
John Lock (2016-2018)
John Lock is a consulting Media Technology Engineer, currently working on projects using the latest SMPTE IP standards. He has a broad experience base, having operated in Radio and Television before joining engineering ranks.
John developed DSP systems for one of the first multi-user digital audio editing systems (this system won the Bradfield award for Engineering). John wrote software for sports graphics systems, trained technical staff in broadcast concepts and managed data and timing for Sydney 2000 (the best Games ever).
More recently, John has been engaged in strategic infrastructure development with a focus on playout systems and live to air studio systems. In Free TV Committees, he has contributed to some of the Operational Practices that the television industry uses every day. John’s focus in SMPTE is to encourage development of relevant, interesting and informative training initiatives, conferences and events that showcase technology.
Joseph Giovenco (2016-2018)
Joseph is a Technology Management Business Executive with over 35 years’ experience in Digital Media, Entertainment and Information Communication Technology – providing client services, sales, support, technical solutions, operational and strategic leadership management.
Joe started his career at TCN9 as a trainee Engineer, and progressed through Nine Network Engineering to become Chief Engineer. He was responsible for overall broadcast facility infrastructure design/asset management, implementation, services and support for the Willoughby studios, and contributed strongly to the development of Nine Network, technical standards and procurement for the Network, bureaus and Affiliate stations. Joe’s leadership at Nine was instrumental in the digitisation of the network from acquisition, editing and storage, to compilation and automated network program playout.
In 2001, was appointed Chief Executive Officer TX Australia Pty Limited (TXA), a joint venture company wholly owned by the three commercial metropolitan television networks (Seven, Nine and TEN). TXA provides managed Digital TV Services, FM Radio, DAB+ Transmission and Infrastructure access to Telecommunication Carriers, Emergency Services, ISP and Communication operators. Joe had ultimate technical responsibility for the business, and was the key liaison to government agencies for the conversion of analogue to digital transmission of the terrestrial services operated by the metropolitan commercial television broadcasters.
Joseph Giovenco currently operates in the role of Advisor, acting as a media and entertainment industry advocate. Through GIO Consulting, he provides entrepreneurial and strategic leadership management and technical services – with the aim of inspiring and empowering change.
Anna Lockwood (2016-2018)
Anna Lockwood is an experienced media industry executive who specialises in digital media and broadcast consulting. She started her career as a journalist and documentary film producer with a focus on environment and wildlife programming. After ten years working in the wild, she moved from India to London to join the media business as a consultant.
Anna has since had global leadership roles in London, Singapore and Boston. She is currently based in Sydney and works at the convergence of the traditional broadcast industry and leading edge telecommunications and digital platforms. She’s delighted to become a SMPTE Australia Board member and looks forward to leading initiatives around women in technology, education and training, and media industry consulting and thought leadership.
Anna is Head of Market Development for Telstra Broadcast Services.
Co-opted Board members
Recent past Board members
Stefan Sedlmeyer (2016-2018)
David Wheeler (2014-2016)
Currently he is developing business for Cisco in ANZ with broadcasters and service providers who are launching new entertainment experiences for their viewers/subscribers. He has been a regular speaker at SMPTE conference and other industry forums, and is one of the instigators of the Post NAB Bash.
David has a solid background in television engineering, satellite, cable and IP networks both in ANZ and abroad, having spent 4 years each inSingapore and Atlanta working with major international operators. Professionally he has roles in marketing and product management in addition to technical and sales.
David Wheeler is co-Chair of the SMPTE15 Conference.
Garry Mahoney (2015-2016)
Garry Mahoney, Interface Technologies Australia Pty Ltd
Managing Director of Interface Technologies Australia for the past eleven years. In 1972 Garry got his first job at the ABC as a
Technical Operator at Radio Australia in Melbourne. Radio was his first love and it didn’t disappoint him, he learned to edit foreign
language programs and make live radio current affairs. Later Garry moved to Canberra and learned about TV ops, Videotape, Telecine and
Garry moved to Sydney and the commercial side of hardware sales in the early 1980’s. He learned about margins, budgets and customer relations. Now 25 years later he is still using that early training to run his own company.
Garry was invited to serve on the Board in 2015.
Peter Collis (2014-2016)
Peter Collis worked in educational TV and as a studio TD, before starting his own business, which for the past twenty seven years has provided technical services to a wide range of TV clients, with facilities including a digital OBvan. Peter has ensured that the Section’s work is documented, he has taken a key role in ensuring that the Board is correctly minuted, and has managed a variety of portfolios associated with the biennial SMPTE conference and exhibition, and Section Meeting arrangements. Peter has also particularly focused on extending the Society’s membership outreach to include the operational and technical personnel in television, radio and film, which have been chronically under-represented.
In 2013 Peter was recipient of a SMPTE Outstanding Service Award for his service to the Australia Section and the Society.
Ward Hansford (Past Chair)
Ward has been associated with the communications and television industry for over 26 years and currently holds the position of Vice President Sales Australasia for Ericsson Television in Asia Pacific. Ward joined the SMPTE Board of Managers as Secretary/Treasurer in 1995.
In 2012 Ward was recipient of a SMPTE Outstanding Service Award for his service to the Australia Section and the Society.
John Beckhaus (2015-2016)
John Beckhaus joined the Broadcasting industry in 1964 at the Australian Broadcasting Commission. He commenced as a Technician in Training and became a Broadcast Engineering Officer. He worked mainly at the ABC’s Gore Hill Studios in Sydney but for short times also worked in Darwin and Brisbane. He became a member of SMPTE in 1986. His career in the Technical Services Department covered most areas with the longest period being in Master Control. He also worked in the Training and Development Section and in the IT Section.
His career included the Capital Works Area covering Installation and Planning and six years as Technical Manager covering the Master Control and Maintenance areas. John retired from the ABC in 2001 and joined the SMPTE Australian Section Board in 2002.
In 2014 John was recipient of a SMPTE Outstanding Service Award for his service to the Australia Section and the Society, and continues to be a contributor to Board activity.
Patrick Sproule (2014-2016)
Patrick Sproule has a media career spanning 25 years. This includes creative, engineering and management roles in live entertainment, radio and broadcast television, including ten years with the Prime Television Network.
His current role is Technical Services Manager ACT for the ABC, leading a team which supports television and radio studios at Parliament House, Northbourne Avenue, Bega and Wagga Wagga.
Previously Pat was Lecturer in Television Production and Head of School at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.
Patrick is a keen technologist, having co-designed and built studio and outside broadcast facilities. Awards include a Vice Chancellor’s award for Professional Practice. He assisted in the creation of the SMPTE student chapter at Charles Sturt University and has provided technical assistance to multiple SMPTE conferences.
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts Practice.