The 2017 programme for the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Tech Retreat UK promises rich content on artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), cloud and high dynamic range (HDR).

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The retreat attracts experts engaged in the creation, management and dissemination of content across the ever dynamic landscape of distribution environments to Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, 11 - 13 July.

Presented by SMPTE the retreat features deep analysis and debate around timely and impactful trending topics faced by the industry including connectivity, cloud, AI, HDR and Interoperable Master Format (IMF).

SMPTE and HPA Executive Director Barbara Lange said: “Our industry is inventing and setting the pace for advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. And of course, the advancement of VR, HDR, and IMF continue to be of critical importance to content creation.

“The best way to continue to be informed is to put several of the most interesting, innovative and smart people together – both as speakers and delegates – and explore and learn where we are on these critical topics. The HPA Tech Retreat UK is a uniquely engaged opportunity to do just that.”

The retreat features breakfast roundtables, where thought leaders lead in-depth discussions on important topics.

This year’s facilitators include the BBC’s Andy Quested examining IMF for broadcasters, Jukedeck’s Lydia Gregory discussing opportunities presented by AI music and International Colorist Academy Kevin Shaw offering a colorist’s perspective on creating and delivering in HDR.

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Co-chair of the HPA Tech Retreat Richard Welsh said: “As the programme took shape, we began to see a genuine breadth and depth to the presentations that are of keen interest to attendees.

“You’ll hear thought leaders talking about key trends and developments and then everyone is invited to continue the discussion over drinks and dinner. It is this informal but productive sharing of knowledge which makes the Tech Retreat unique.” 

Confirmed speakers for the main programme:

  • Tom Burns Dell EMC, SVP, Networking
  • Paul Charleston BT Media & Broadcast, Technical Consultant
  • Matt George Equinix Subject Matter Specialist: Broadcast, Digital Media, Cloud Technology & Interconnection
  • Mark Harrison Managing Director of Digital Production Partnership (DPP) and Andy Wilson, Head of Business Development of DPP
  • Neil Hatton UK Screen Alliance, CEO
  • Chuck Parker Sohonet, CEO
  • Emma Perry BAFTA, Head of BAFTA Media Technology
  • Richard Reid Discovery Communications, Vice President, Platform Services
  • Gurpy Saini Avid Technology, Solution Integration Architect at Avid
  • Matt Stagg EE, Head of Mobile Video
  • Richard Welsh Sundog Media Toolkit Ltd., CEO
  • Gareth Williams YellowDog Limited, Founder
  • Darren Woolfson Pinewood Group, Group Director of Technology

Sessions in Connectivity include:

  • Cellular Solutions for Next Gen Production Pipelines’
  • Streaming Onset Workflows’
  • Can Remote Collaboration Revolutionise the Production Process

Cloud sessions include:

  • Practical Uses of Cloud Applications
  • The Storage Launderette
  • Discovery Networks Cloud Migration

AI sessions include:

  • Creative AI Democratises Content Creation
  • Learning from Machine Learning
  • How Machine Learning Can Tackle Media and Entertainment’s Big Data Problem
  • Machine Learning for Image Processing

HDR and IMF sessions include:

  • HDR as a Leading Aesthetic
  • HDR OB over IP
  • Better, Faster, Cheaper and Lighter – Now It is Possible…
  • IMF For Masters Delivery and Archiving
  • Deploying IMF at Scale

See the full programme and speaker details here