HOLLYWOOD, CA—Harris Corporation announced that Chris Lennon, director of integration and standards for Harris Broadcast Communications, has been honored with the 2008 Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) Society Citation Award in recognition of his contributions in the creation of the Broadcast eXchange Format (BXF) standard.
Lennon was presented with the award at the Honors and Awards Ceremony and Reception that took place Thursday, October 30, the closing night of the SMPTE 2008 Annual Tech Conference & Expo. Produced by the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry, the annual conference features educational sessions and a hands-on expo that highlight new and emerging technologies of practical use to media professionals.
BXF is the new SMPTE-2021 software standard that was developed to standardize methodologies for communications among traffic, automation, content management and workflow software systems. Harris has implemented BXF throughout its media software suite to enable interoperable systems to communicate faster and more effectively. Industry acceptance of the BXF standard continues, and many other vendors have also begun to adopt the standard as a method of exchanging data across applications.
A member of Harris Broadcast Communications’ CTO Group, Lennon is a broadcasting industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience. During his career, Lennon has led the development of more than 100 interfacing and integration projects among broadcast systems. He is co-chair of SMPTE's 32NF Technology Committee, as well as chair of SMPTE's BXF Working Group, which created SMPTE 2021 and continues work in the area of data exchange among broadcast systems. He is also chair of the ATSC's PC-7 Working Group, focused on PMCP, and is an active participant in other standards development organizations, such as AMWA, ATIS, POPAI and SCTE.