The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has designated the UK a ‘Region’ after the UK arm of the organisation grew from 83 members in 2012 to more than 500 members this year.

Any Section of SMPTE which reaches 500 members can petition the board of governors for creation of a Region, which will provide it with formal representation on SMPTE’s board. 

Dalet chief scientist Bruce Devlin has now been appointed governor of the UK Region. 

“The widespread support for the SMPTE UK Section and its work, evident in rapidly increasing attendance at meetings across the UK, reflects the growth occurring across the Society as a whole,” said SMPTE membership vice president William C. Miller.

“SMPTE now has more than 6,400 members worldwide, and students represent the fastest-growing group of members. As we move into the Society’s centennial year, it is exciting to see that our work is relevant and important to the newest members of our industry.”

Devlin had previously been elected by the membership to serve as 2016-2017 governor for the Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Central, and South America Region.

Siegfried Foessel, head of Fraunhofer’s Moving Picture Technologies department will now take on that role.