Global visual technology company RealD Inc. (NYSE: RLD) announced today that prominent executive Pete Ludé has joined the company as Senior Vice President.
A highly regarded expert on cinema, broadcast and digital media, Ludé will head the company’s development and commercialization of proprietary technologies designed to enhance production, delivery and display of digital media for an enriched visual experience in the cinema, home and on mobile. Ludé will also work closely with the motion picture, television and online production industries to introduce new innovations that enhance storytelling through advanced motion imaging.
“With the addition of Pete, we will be better equipped than ever to leverage our extensive Research & Development experience to bring exciting new imaging technologies to market,” said Michael V. Lewis, CEO of RealD. “We are only scratching the surface of what is possible in today’s digital media age, from ultra-immersive 3D to laser cinema projection and UHD content delivered on-demand to any device. We look forward to the immediate contributions Pete will bring to RealD as we move to commercialize our current R&D initiatives and develop exciting new technologies to perfect the visual image.”
Pete Ludé is a foremost engineering executive in cinema, broadcast and digital media, with extensive experience in deployment of systems worldwide. Prior to joining RealD, Ludé served as CTO at Mission Rock Digital in San Francisco, with a focus on re-inventing motion imaging for the next generation in digital media. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Sony's Silicon Valley R&D labs, where his work included workflow software for digital cinema production, stereoscopic imaging and 4K laser projectors for digital cinema. He is past president of SMPTE, and a SMPTE fellow. Ludé was also the founding Chairman of the Laser Illuminated Projector Association, and is a frequent speaker on the future of broadcast, Ultra HD television, stereoscopic 3D and laser displays.
“RealD has been a prominent force in the introduction of stereoscopic 3D cinema, and I’m excited to help the company as it moves to commercialize an expanded portfolio of innovations in visual technology,” said Pete Ludé. “It’s an honor to be working with one of the strongest R&D teams in the industry and I look forward to the impact our new products will have on the visual technology market.”
The world’s most widely used 3D cinema technology, RealD 3D is installed in approximately 25,600 auditoriums by approximately 1,000 exhibitors in 73 countries around the world (as of June 30, 2014).