Born in Trenton NJ, Hobson was an accomplished executive in the television industry for more than three decades and a Past President, Governor, and Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). He served as a member of the International Broadcasting Conference (IBC) board of directors and in 2006 was named a Fellow in the BKSTS. Hobson graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY, in 1971 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He worked at WRPI radio during college and began his professional career as a broadcast and production engineer at WTEN-TV, Albany NY, and WRGB, Schenectady NY.
Joining the Grass Valley Group in 1980, Hobson held several positions during his 13-year career at the company, including field service engineer, sales manager, and marketing manager. Hobson also worked in marketing management for Graham-Patten Systems (Grass Valley CA) and at Sony Electronics‘ Broadcast and Professional Group in San Jose CA. Hobson co-founded Omneon Video Networks, Mountain View CA, before joining National TeleConsultants.
“Ed‘s colleagues at NTC and throughout the media industry mourn his untimely passing,” comments Chuck Phelan, NTC Managing Director. “He was a media industry visionary who contributed greatly to NTC‘s thought-leadership in applying the latest technology solutions to the creative and commercial needs of the broadcast and media industries. Ed‘s influence was international in scope and his work in the SMPTE, the IBC, and other organizations served to advance motion imaging throughout the world. The television and media technology world has lost one of its foremost innovators and advocates. Ed‘s wife Judy Seabridge, his parents, and his entire family have our sincere condolences.”
A memorial service for Edward P. Hobson II will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, February 2, at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City CA. An East Coast memorial will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, at Grace St. Paul Episcopal Church, 3715 East State Street Extension, Mercerville NJ.
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