Governance

The Executive Council and the Governance of HD Forum Italia

President

Benito Manlio Mari (Sony Europe Ltd)

Former President of HD Forum Italia (2007-2009), Benito Manlio Mari is General Manager of Sony Professional Solutions Europe and has been a director of Sony Europe Ltd since 2000. Mari is considered one of the true originators of today's state of the art Italian television industry, based on his years of experience in the industry, his close interchange with the Sony parent company (European and Japanese) and his representing Italy as a member of the planning groups for application development of new technology and business segments. A key player in the media industry, he has published important articles on advanced technological solutions and participated in international conferences.

Secretary

Pietro Guerrieri (SES-Astra Italia)

Pietro Guerrieri has been General Manager of SES-Astra since November 2010 and is responsible for all the company's business activities in Italy. Born in 1961, he graduated in Aeronautical Science and boasts extensive managerial experience in the industry. Before taking up his current position in SES, Pietro Guerrieri was CEO of Milano Teleport from 2004 – an Italian company that provides broadcasting and networking services –which under his guidance achieved extremely profitable results. He worked for Eutelsat for thirteen years, holding positions of increasing responsibility and before that Mr. Guerrieri worked for Telespazio where he was head of ground operations. He was a pilot in the Italian Air Force from 1982 to 1986.

Deputy Vice President

Sebastiano Trigila (Fondazione Ugo Bordoni)

Sebastiano Trigila 1982 has worked with Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (FUB) since 1982, initially as a researcher and then as Leader of the group working on "Software technologies in telecommunications networks ". He later worked as coordinator of various ICT projects in consortiums of European telecommunications operators, producers and research institutes, co-funded by the European Commission. He was Technical Coordinator of a national project entitled "Transition to DVB-T" (2002-2007), backed and funded by the Ministry of Communications. Since 2007 he has been a member of the FUB Research Management Staff, responsible for the supervision of several initiatives at regional, national and international levels. He was the Founding President of HD Forum Italia (2006-2007), and has since served as Deputy Vice President. He is the representative of HD Forum Italia within FAME (Forum for Advanced Media in Europe). He has lectured on digital television technologies and services at seminars in Italy and abroad.

 Vice President

Luigi Rocchi (RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana)

Luigi Rocchi is Director of RAI Technological Strategies which includes the Centre for Research and Technological Innovation in Turin and the Technical Quality, Technology Planning and Technological Coordination Structures. In the past he held the office of Director of RAI Business Development and Strategies and Deputy Director of RAI Transmission and Broadcasting. President of the technical committee CT100 "Multimedia, Video and Sound System" of the Italian Electrotechnical Committee (CEI). Member of the Executive Committee of Confindustria Technological and Innovative Services. Vice-chairman of the UIT's Working Party WP6A "Terrestrial broadcasting and delivery", he coordinates the UIT Group "Analog to digital transition terrestrial broadcasting issues". Vice President of HD Forum Italia. Luigi Rocchi has lectured at "La Sapienza" University of Rome, the University of Salerno and has collaborated with Treccani Encyclopedia.
 

Vice President

Marco Pellegrinato (Mediaset)

Since 1994 Marco Pellegrinato has been Director of Videotime's Research and Engineering Department, a Mediaset company. In 1991 he led the installation and commissioning of the technical areas and studios of the TV Production Center of Telecinco in Spain. From 1993 to 1998 he was involved in EC-funded framework programmes including R.A.C.E., A.C.T.S. and I.S.T. research projects. In 1999 he designed "RAV&FAV", the IP based network infrastructure designed specifically for audiovisual production operations. In 2007 he designed "M-TUBE", the national fiber optic backbone network that links 10 regional sites, including the corresponding football stadiums, with the main Mediaset production centers in Milan and Rome. In 2003 he co-founded DGTVi and in 2006 he co-founded HD Forum Italia, where he currently holds the position of Vice President. In 2004 he was listed in "Cable and Satellite Europe's Euro 50".

Vice President

Renato Farina (Eutelsat Italia)

He is Eutelsat Italia CEO starting from 2012. Beforehand, for seven years, he was General Manager in Skylogic, the Eutelsat subsidiary for broadband services, now become Eutelsat Broadband. During its thirty-year career, also spent in Telespazio and Mediaset (RTI), he always dealt with the audiovisual industry and telecommunication, gaining an outstanding knowledge of the main dynamics of the sector. All these roles allowed him to become one of the leading expert in the italian and european market, especially among top clients. Starting from 2013 he's Vice-President of Asas, the Association for Services, Applications and ICT Technologies for Space.

Vice President

Marcello Berengo Gardin (Sky)

Marcello Berengo Gardin is currently Sky Italia's Economics and markets research coordinator in the Communication & Public affairs department. He also worked as Corporate communication manager after joining Sky in 2004. As a professional journalist, he worked for thirteen years as managing editor for the monthly magazine Satellite. He has been also author and host for Italia Radio and Radio Città Futura, and lecturer for La Sapienza University, Roma Tre University and for Campus de' Media professional training course on journalism and communication.

Chairman of the Working Group

Gino Alberico (RAI - Centro Ricerche Torino)

In 1988, after graduating in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Gino Alberico joined the RAI Research Centre where he is now head of the Study and Research Department. He also current coordinates research being carried out on broadcasting systems and networks, with particular emphasis on digital terrestrial and satellite platforms, and on the convergence of emerging Internet-based technologies. He and his group have contributed to the definition of standards and the launching of digital TV and Radio services, and to the development of interactive and multimedia applications on Connected TV for DTT and satellite platforms. He is a member of the Technical Committee of the European Union of Public Broadcasters (EBU), author of various technical publications and also participates in national and international Conferences and Conventions.

Events

European Digital Forum
5 June, 2014 - Lucca Palazzo Ducale

HD Forum Italia is pleased to announce that its annual conference will be held in conjunction with the Forum Europeo Digitale di Lucca, together with FAME (Forum for Advanced Media in Europe)  its European organisation of reference. 

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