NAB 2022: SMPTE announces 12 educational sessions

Sessions Include Future of Cinema: The Immersive World of MSG Sphere


"It will also be great to come back together again after two years apart. There's nothing like the spark that comes from in-person discussions on the industry's most impactful topics. Plus, I'm looking forward to seeing old friends."

Saturday, April 23
9 a.m.-10:20 a.m. — Future of Cinema: The Immersive World of MSG Sphere

  • Andrew Shulkind, Senior Vice President of Capture and Innovation, MSG Entertainment Corp.
  • Richard Welsh, Senior Vice President of Innovation, Deluxe (moderator)

In this keynote session, the future of entertainment promises to transport us to new worlds by providing a new medium and multisensory platform for artists. One of the most ambitious projects of this kind – MSG Sphere – will feature 160,000 square feet of interior immersive displays, groundbreaking spatialized audio, and full 4D effects.

10:40 a.m. to noon — Future of Cinema: Immersive Experiences & Use Cases

  • Sarah Ellis, Director of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Michael Koperwas, Supervisor, Creative Development and Visual Design, ILMxLAB / Lucasfilm
  • Jenny Weinbloom, Head of Studio, Impact Museums
  • Michael Zink, Vice President, Emerging and Creative Technologies, WarnerMedia (moderator)

1:30 p.m.-2:50 p.m. — Future of Cinema: Technology Enablers

  • Kevin Amaratunga, Vice President of Engineering, Scalable Display Technologies, Inc.
  • Gary Feather, Business Consultant and Lighting and Display Technology Expert
  • Pete Ludé, Consultant, Next Generation Motion Imaging (moderator)
  • Jeremy Hochman, Founder and CEO, Megapixel VR

3:20 p.m.-4:40 p.m. — Future of Cinema: Beyond the Big Screen

  • Chris deFaria, President, Keylight
  • Jon Karafin, CEO and Founder, Light Field Lab, Inc.
  • Ajit Ninan, Director of Engineering, Dolby Labs
  • Michael Zink, Vice President, Emerging and Creative Technologies, WarnerMedia (moderator)

Sunday, April 24
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. — How Immersive Streaming Experiences Use Data to Enhance Mental Well-Being and Improve Diagnostic Efficacy

  • Christy Lamka, Chief Knowledge Officer and Vice President of Engagement, Thrive360
  • Megan Wagoner, Senior Vice President, VIMOND

11:30 a.m. to noon — Advanced Narratives and Multimodal Computational Content

  • Arvel Chappel III, Vice President of Advanced Narratives and Neurotechnology, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Monday, April 25
10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. — Media in the Cloud and the Super User Group

  • Larissa Goerner, Senior Director Product Line Management, AMPP, Grass Valley
  • Richard Welsh, Senior Vice President of Innovation, Deluxe (moderator)

11:30 a.m. to noon — What's Up with the Metaverse – A Film School's Approach to Immersive Engagement

  • Chaitanya Chinchlikar, Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Head of Emerging Media, Whistling Woods International

3:30 p.m.- 4 p.m. — Standardizing Digital Content Delivery With the Interoperable Master Format

  • Bill Admans, Chief Operating Officer, Ateliere
  • Carlos Carmona, Business Development Manager, Rohde & Schwarz USA
  • Bruno Munger, Director of Business Development, Colorfront
  • Randy Reck, Director of Product Development, MTI Film
  • Debra Kaufman, Journalist (moderator)

Tuesday, April 26
10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m. — 5G Opportunities in Media & Entertainment

  • Pam Allison, Head of Consumer Strategy and Partnerships, 5G Labs, Verizon

11:30 a.m. to noon — The Future of Filmmaking

  • Annie Chang, Vice President of Creative Technologies, Universal Pictures

1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m. — Power of the Panel – Exploring Virtual Production

  • Lisa Gerber, Director of Media and Entertainment, PacketFabric