John Luff, the founder and president of Synergistic Technologies, acquired by AZCAR USA in 2000, is now offering his expertise as an independent consultant. Luff most recently was senior VP of business development for AZCAR. After 22 years in the integration and consulting business, he is offering his services to broadcasters, networks and manufacturers. He is a Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Fellow and the current SMPTE Conference VP, and writes a monthly column for Broadcast Engineering magazine. He speaks often at SBE and SMPTE chapter meetings on a wide range of technology issues. Beginning in 2008, he will be co-chairman of the NATAS Technology Emmy Award Committee.
His involvement in major projects includes the first progressive scan HDTV network origination facility for ABC in New York, as well as the first 720p mobile unit, which covered “Monday Night Football” in the 1999-2000 season. He has been a technical project manager for the European Broadcasting Union (Eurovision) on large events including coverage of the Hong Kong Handover, the first free elections in South Africa and numerous events in Eastern Europe and Asia. His experience also includes projects for commercial and public television broadcasters, networks and news organizations.
His services include business process planning and technology issues for broadcast and non-broadcast TV facilities, project management and training on broadcast technology topics including HDTV systems, centralized broadcast operations and cost effective facilities.
For more information, contact John.Luff@HDConsulting.tv.