Media processing and delivery technology provider Appear, appointed Andy Rayner as chief technology officer (CTO), apparently replacing co-founder Halvard Brennum in this role.

Appear said Rayner brings a wealth of experience from his 13-year tenure at Nevion and 22-years at BT. At BT, he designed the UK’s Digital Terrestrial TV network, for which he was awarded the Martlesham Gold Medal, BT’s highest accolade for technical achievement. After becoming head of broadcast solutions at BT Innovate and Design, he then joined Nevion, where he became chief technologist.


Andy Rayner, CTO, Appear

Rayner said: “I admire the way that Appear’s vision and passion is enabling it to support many of the world’s leading broadcasters, operators and content providers with high quality, low latency media transport. Right now, Appear is incredibly successful in winning contracts for premium live sports contribution from the world’s biggest brands, so it’s my job to ensure that this ‘winning team’ has the technology vision to stay ahead of the pack, as the industry increasingly evolves to a software-based hybrid-cloud future.”

Rayner is also an SMPTE fellow, a director of VSF and part of the steering board at AMWA. Notably, he played a pivotal role in helping shape the SMPTE 2110 group of standards, aiming at driving the industry’s evolution to IP-based production.