Renard T. Jenkins
Vice President, Operations, Engineering, Distribution & PBS Advanced Format Center
Jenkins has more than 30 years of experience in the television and film industry. In addition to his current responsibilities for the strategic direction, operational and engineering management of PBS’ entire media-supply chain, he also leads PBS’ Advanced Format Center. This is a collaborative venture between PBS, member stations, vendors and manufacturers. The mission of the AFC is to explore and develop procedures for the creation, processing and worldwide distribution of 4K/UltraHD, High Dynamic Range content with Immersive Audio through traditional as well as new and exciting digital distribution platforms. Prior to joining PBS in 2010, Jenkins helped design, build and then lead TV One’s Production Facility which services their marketing, programming, production management, graphics and post production departments. From 2006-2009, he refreshed, updated and managed Discovery Communications’ Technical Center, where he managed five departments and supervised more than 100 employees. While at Discovery, he also served as the operational lead for the implementation of what was then the largest file based Avid Editing/Interplay/ISIS system installation in the U.S. Jenkins joined Discovery after more than 16 years with CNN. During his tenure, he received two National Emmy Awards, two National Headliner Awards, a Peabody, a DuPont, and a Bronze Broadcast Design Award, as well as many other industry accolades. Jenkins was responsible for helping move CNN into the file based editing/delivery/archive environment through his R&D/Training work with industry leaders such as Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Adobe, Leitch, Pinnacle, and Sony. His volunteer work with local youth in his beloved Bay Area also earned him a Healthy Image Award from the Local Teamsters Union. Today, Jenkins serves as the Eastern Regional Governor of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and Co-Chair, of the UltraHD Forums’ Interoperability Working Group. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and he is the advisor to the PBS Equity and Inclusion committee.