Symes to leave Grass Valley for SMPTE’s pastures

Long-time Grass Valley employee Peter D. Symes will join the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers as the Society’s Director of Standards & Engineering. Symes will leave Grass Valley at the end of June to assume this full-time position.

With nearly 40 years of experience in broadcast television, Symes is currently manager of advanced technology for the Grass Valley™ activity within Thomson, where his focus has been on issues related to industry standards and patents. During his more than 23 years with the company, he has represented Grass Valley in a number of organizations including ATSC and SMPTE. He holds several patents and is the joint recipient of an Emmy award for the architecture of a digital picture processor.

“Peter has been both an inspiration and an educator to those of us at Grass Valley,” said Jeff Rosica, Senior Vice President, Broadcast & Professional Solutions business unit within Thomson. “He is one of those rare brilliant people who is able to take very complex subjects and make them comprehensible so that everyone can understand them. While we will miss him both personally and professionally, this is a great opportunity for Peter and the industry.”

“Having Peter join SMPTE as Director of Standards & Engineering will be a great benefit to the engineering community at large,” said Robert Kisor, President of the Society. “We would like to thank Grass Valley for the support that they have given Peter over the years with his work at SMPTE, particularly during his terms as Engineering and Financial Vice-President from 2001 to 2007.”

Symes began his television career in the planning and installation department of the British Broadcasting Corporation, where he led a group responsible for acquisition and installation of studio cameras and related systems. Subsequently he worked in product management roles in Philips and at Central Dynamics Limited in Montreal. He moved to the United States in 1983, joining Grass Valley Group as a product manager responsible for products including the 300-series production switcher and the Kaleidoscope digital effects system.