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SMPTE President Renard T . Jenkins to Present Keynote Addresses for the Public Media Technology Summit and 2023 NAB BEIT Conference
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers ( SMPTE ) today announced that SMPTE President Renard T . Jenkins will serve as the keynote speaker for the inaugural Public Media Technology Summit ( PMTS ) preceding the 2023 NAB Show and for the 2023 NAB Show ’ s Broadcast Engineering and IT ( BEIT ) Conference during its opening session . Jenkins is senior vice president of production integration and creative technology services at Warner Bros . Discovery .
Slated for April 13-14 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel , the PMTS will include sessions on RF , IT , and general technology practice and management — particularly as they intersect with ATSC 3.0 / NextGen TV , IP-based facilities , cloud-based production , and the related business and service opportunities that support public media ’ s unique mission . Jenkins , who served as vice president of operations , engineering , and distribution at PBS prior to joining Warner Bros . Discovery , will present his keynote address on the first day of the summit . While at PBS , Jenkins founded the organization ’ s Advanced Format Center and was responsible for the strategic direction , technology development , engineering , and operational management of PBS ’ entire media supply chain .
Part of the NAB Show , the BEIT Conference will focus on content delivery ecosystems and infrastructures through presentations and in-depth discussions . Jenkins will speak during the BEIT Conference Opening Session , scheduled for 10-11 a . m . on Saturday , April 15 , in the Las Vegas Convention Center ’ s West Hall ( W219-W221 ). The session also will include the official BEIT Conference welcome and the presentation of the NAB Best Paper Award .
Jenkins and his teams have earned numerous awards , including two Emmy Awards , an Innovator of the Year Award , and a 2020 Broadcasting and Cable Technology Leadership Award , for their work in film and television production , postproduction , and research and development . He is a SMPTE Fellow and a board member for MovieLabs , the Hollywood Professional Association , the UltraHD Forum , and the Content and Entertainment Council as well as a member of
RENARD T . JENKINS the Microsoft and Oracle advisory boards .
A champion and advocate for inclusion , diversity , equity , and accessibility in the technology and media industries , Jenkins is a strategic advisor to the board of directors of the Washington , D . C ., chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications , chair of the Warner Bros . Discovery Technology and Operations Equity and Inclusion Council , chair of the SMPTE Global Inclusion Working Group , and co-chair of HPA ALL , which advocates for and promotes diversity , better equity , and increased inclusion and accessibility in the media and entertainment industry .
Further information about the BEIT is online at nabshow . com / 2023 / learn / conferences / beit /. Details about PMTS are online at www . publicmediaventure . com / tech-summit . More information about SMPTE is available at smpte . org . PROFESSIONAL SOUND 15