November 27, 2018

Industry veteran’s broadcast experience to support customers through IP transformation

Imagine Communications has appointed Stephan Heimbecher as its new international director of consulting services, based out of Munich, Germany. Heimbecher joins Imagine Communications from Sky Deutschland, where he spent the last 16 years at the helm of innovation and standards for the German media company.

In his new role at Imagine Communications, Heimbecher will lead a team of industry experts focused on collaborating with customers to solve significant challenges that currently face the broadcast and media industries.  In an effort to enable customers around the world, Imagine has focused its innovation efforts around IP production and playout, hybrid and IP facility implementation, cloud and virtualized deployment for playout and distribution, and multiplatform delivery and operations across traditional and OTT platforms.  Imagine’s leadership in these areas has resulted in dozens of pioneering projects that have enabled its customers to transform their businesses and operations to thrive in a next-generation media landscape.  Heimbecher and his team will bring this broad range of technologies, expertise, and successful deployment models to Imagine’s customer base to develop migration strategies that enable its customers to move forward at their own pace.

Heimbecher brings with him over 25 years experience in the broadcast industry, a journey that started when he joined the ranks of the world-renowned Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) as a research associate before moving into consulting around the topics of digital and interactive TV.  For over 20 of those years in the industry, Heimbecher has been involved in the development of standards as a longtime member of the DVB Steering Board through SMPTE and more recently the ITU and IEC, as well as other standards bodies and industry associations including the UHD Alliance and the Ultra HD Forum. Within the German TV Platform, he has been a board member and working group chairman, Ultra HD & VR, for many years.

“We are delighted to welcome Stephan to the Imagine Communications team, and we look forward to seeing him lead our new consulting initiatives in APAC and EMEA and reinforcing the IP experience we have already gained through the deployment of a significant number of projects around the world,” said Mathias Eckert, SVP & GM, EMEA/APAC, Playout & Networking Solutions, at Imagine Communications.

“As one of the broadcast industry’s IP transformation market leaders, Imagine Communications, under the guidance and creativity of Stephan, looks forward to offering even more services to help guide and educate our APAC and EMEA customers as they move along on their journey to IP, wherever they are in their transition process.”

Heimbecher holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications engineering from Fachhochschule Krefeld.

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Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds is President of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.

Steve brings 25 years of technology leadership in the video industry to Imagine Communications. He has served as the CTO at Imagine Communications and Harris Broadcast, Senior Vice President of Premises Technology at Comcast, Senior Vice President of Technology at OpenTV, and CTO at Intellocity USA.

Steve earned a MS in Computer Engineering from Widener University and BS in Computer Science from West Chester University. As the Chairman of the AIMS Alliance and a member of SMPTE and SCTE, he has participated in numerous standards-making bodies in the cable and digital video industries. Steve also holds over 40 patents relating to digital video, content security, interactive television and digital devices.