Cisco’s Izdebski Signs on for SMPTE Emerging Tech Forum

Leszek Izdebski, the Managing Director of the media and entertainment practice within Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), will join a distinguished panel of industry leaders to discuss the 10 to 15 year trajectories of acquisition, local post-production, and infrastructure technologies at the SMPTE Forum on Emerging Media Technologies, an executive-level symposium to be held by the Society 13-15 May in Geneva and produced in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

Izdebski will be part of The Forum panel “More Than Clouds On The Horizon,” that will examine content production and delivery trends against the backdrop of pervasive and rapidly evolving media and entertainment industry drivers, including IT-based production and cloud deployments.

Izdebski is responsible for identifying evolving trends in the media industry and assisting Cisco clients in that area improve their business performance. A 20-year consulting veteran, his work spans IPTV, interactive TV, broadband music and gaming, and mobile gaming and media services. He has also created media joint ventures and partnerships and ran strategy engagements for some of the world’s largest media and telecom corporations and start-up organizations – and assisted some of the largest TV networks, studios, and media distributors with their transitions to digital services and in developing new business models and advertising vehicles.

“Leszek brings the hands-on perspective of someone who has helped companies thrive amid the convergence of IT, IP, telecom, and motion-imaging technologies,” said David Wood of the EBU and the chair of the symposium’s program committee. “It is exactly the viewpoint that our executive attendees are looking for as they sort out their future media business models, technology purchases, and go-forward strategies. We’re delighted to have him at The SMPTE Forum.”

Other executive presenters at The SMPTE Forum include those from ATSC, BSkyB, EBU, Ericsson, Fraunhofer IIS, Grass Valley, IBM, MPEG, NHK, Radio Bremen, Radio Television Hong Kong, Screen Digest, Singapore Broadcasting Company, Sony, the Sports Video Group, Technicolor, Warner Bros., and zeebox.

The SMPTE Forum on Emerging Media technologies is the only symposium to bring together leading motion-imaging technologists, researchers, scientists, practitioners, manufacturers, and strategic thinkers. Over the course of two days, it will provide a science-based, non-commercial opportunity for executives and other senior leaders from the broadcast, broadband, and cinema industries to discuss the most important and innovative research taking place over the next 10-15 years, with a particular focus on technologies likely to come to market within the next three years. All in an environment designed for easy networking.

Program and registration information for The Forum is available at Regular updates will also be available via Twitter at #forum2012.

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