May 15, 2007


With nearly 40 years of experience in broadcast television, Symes is currently manager of advanced technology for the Grass Valley activity within Thomson, where his focus has been on issues related to industry standards and patents. During his more than 23 years with the company, he has represented Grass Valley in a number of organizations, including ATSC and SMPTE. He holds several patents and is the joint recipient of an Emmy award for the architecture of a digital picture processor. 

Symes began his television career in the planning and installation department of the British Broadcasting Corporation, where he led a group responsible for acquisition and installation of studio cameras and related systems. Subsequently he worked in product management roles in Philips and at Central Dynamics Limited in Montreal. He moved to the United States in 1983, joining Grass Valley Group as a product manager responsible for products such as the 300-series production switcher and the Kaleidoscope digital effects system.