The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is set to merge with the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA).

The US partnership will begin with SMPTE providing administrative support to HPA with the unification of the two organisations expected to complete by May next year.

SMPTE president Wendy Aylsworth (pictured) said the alliance would give SMPTE members around the world “the opportunity to engage in more frequent dialogue with non-technical and supporting industry professionals”.

She added: “For these and many other reasons, we look forward to extending the HPA brand to a broader global audience.”