September 21, 2023 / Modified sep 28, 2023 10:02 a.m.

AZPM’s Ian MacSpadden honored by technology industry peers

MacSpadden recognized by SMPTE for Outstanding Service to the Society

Ian MacSpadden 2022

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has announced AZPM Chief Technology Officer Ian MacSpadden will be among the honorees at its annual Awards Gala, at the conclusion of the 2023 SMPTE Media Technology Summit on October 19. This year, 17 honors will be bestowed upon 35 individuals and organizations.

"The SMPTE recognizes those behind the scenes whose work the public is often unaware of. Ian’s ongoing contributions to media production and broadcast technology make it possible for AZPM audiences and beyond to seamlessly enjoy the best of public media,” said Jack Gibson, AZPM Chief Executive Officer. “Additionally, his efforts to share decades of industry knowledge with colleagues and students ensures the future of broadcast for years to come.”

MacSpadden’s tireless efforts in assisting students and society peers , particularly for his work on the SMPTE Discord Server setup that enables more effective engagement with Student Chapters, earned him the Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society.

MacSpadden has held technology leadership roles in local, national and international television for three decades. For more than fifteen years he has been writing regularly for several professional and industry magazines. He has worked as a member of the board of editors for the SMPTE Journal and most recently joined the membership team, looking to help recruit the next generation into the SMPTE.

More information about the Gala and the 2023 Honorees, including full award citations, can be found on the SMPTE Media Technology Summit website at

SMPTE is the global society of media professionals, technologists and engineers working together to drive the industry forward. The Society fosters a diverse and engaged membership from both the technology and creative communities, delivering a vast number of educational offerings, technical conferences and exhibitions, informational blog posts, career-building networking, and the renowned SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. For more information, visit

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