The move means he will help develop mobile technology, platforms and business models in addition to working on the digital transition.
Ion Media Networks today announced the promotion of Brett Jenkins to vice president, technology.
Ion said the move reflects upon the company’s commitment to maintain its leadership role in developing technology that enables network program content to be viewed on mobile devices. In addition, it said, it “underscores Ion’s commitment in spearheading the DTV transition testing in preparation for the June analog shut off date.”
In his new role, Jenkins will support Ion’s development and evaluation of advanced television technology business models. He will also oversee the strategic and logistical direction and implementation of digital television and mobile programs. Jenkins will report to David Glenn, president of engineering, Ion Media Networks, and will be based in New York.
“Brett’s extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of digital television, datacasting applications, research and development in emerging technologies has been invaluable as we implement our vision for growth in the digital and mobile spaces,” said Glenn. “He will continue to guide our strategy as we move forward.”
Jenkins joined Ion Media Networks as director, technology strategy and development in 2007. He came to Ion Media Networks from Thomson Broadcast & Multimedia Inc., where he held several positions, the last being TV transmission U.S. product manager.
Jenkins is active in many broadcast industry groups involving digital television and is currently the chair of one of the ATSC ad hoc groups working on a new standard for mobile TV broadcast. He has authored and presented technical papers and tutorials on various digital communications topics, including his most recent contribution in which he authored the DTV transmitter chapter for the 10th edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook. Jenkins is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is also a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).
Jenkins holds a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and graduated with honors. He holds an MBA from Boston University.