Manufacturer Musings: David Meynell, SIS Live
SIS Live MD David Meynell thinks the industry's biggest challenge is also its biggest opportunity.
Name: David Meynell
Job title: Managing Director
Company: SIS Live
Number of IBCs you’ve attended? Quite a few - over 15!
What do think will be the big technology trends at this year’s IBC?
UHD, remote production
What’s will your company be highlighting at IBC?
We will announce the further expansion of AnyliveTM, our powerful, rapidly expanding fibre network that strengthens our aim to become the connectivity provider of choice for critical media content. We will also announce details of “Anylive+”, a new range of services that will extend the capabilities of the Anylive network to include remote production options.
What is the biggest challenge facing the TV industry right now?
I think the biggest challenge is also the biggest opportunity - and that is how will we all be receiving content at home over the next few years and what additional online features will we see as essential to enhance our viewing experience. Traditional TV channels and programming will almost certainly be replaced by just content that we will take when we want it. This, alongside the proliferation of 4K or 8K will set many challenges to the industry.
Given that the RAI is two meters below sea level, what is your business doing to address climate change?
We have a few initiatives for renewable energy and efficient working practices and do encourage our employees to be as green as possible, but like most companies, we could do more. I have an electric car for my commute, and we are seeing many of our staff adopting more efficient means of transport and are supporting this with additional charging points at our offices.
What are your top tips for trade show survival?
Don't buy new shoes and if necessary, take your well-worn work shoes to ensure comfort! Pace yourself and don't fall for the trap of entertaining every night of the show and attempting to look bright and breezy on the stand each morning - particularly when you get to your late forties, as this is not possible any more.
Your favourite place(s) in Amsterdam to unwind and why?
I love Amsterdam as a city and it is one of the most laid back places you can go to. If you can't relax in Amsterdam then something is wrong! I also think that the Dutch people are the most hospitable around and have a similar sense of humour to us British, which adds to the relaxed and enjoyable experience of Amsterdam.