Robert Banbury, Production Project Development Specialist at The Economist, has been appointed Co-chair of the new PPA Media Technical Group.
Experts from The Economist and the National Magazine Company have been appointed as co-chairs of a newly rebranded PPA committee tackling production issues.
Robert Banbury, Production Project Development Specialist at The Economist and Marcus Lynch, Media Systems Analyst at the National Magazine Company, will lead the PPA Media Technical Group (MTG).
Formerly known as the Pass4press committee, the group has traditionally focused on issues relating to print but has now expanded its remit to reflect the increasing importance of cross-media production.
The inaugural meeting of the MTG was held on July 1 to clarify the committee’s work and priorities, which includes developing a consistent approach for ePublishing/digital media; colour management and file format for web content and video content; soft proofing; job ticketing and XML metadata; ad databases; and file delivery services.
Banbury said: “I feel honoured to have been given this opportunity to co-chair the MTG with Marcus, at a time of significant change within the publishing world. The new group carries with it the experience of past endeavours, continuing to give clear guidance on the core print technologies that have driven it forward but with a sharper focus on emerging digital media technologies and their impact on publishing production teams.”
Lynch added: “We are now in a new era of cross-media publishing, and I am proud to have been asked to co-chair the new PPA Media Technical Group with Rob.”
The MTG is looking for technical experts within its publisher and supplier membership to join this Group. For further information please contact Rose Benjamin, Head of Production at the PPA.
Separately, Richard Hill, Production Director at IPC Media, will join UBM’s Doreen Loughrey as the new co-chair of the PPA Production & Technology committee. Hill has worked within the print and publishing sector for 30 years and today leads a number of teams in the production of IPC’s broad portfolio of consumer titles.
He said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be able to serve the PPA in this capacity and look forward to continuing the fine work that many on the Production & Technology Committee have contributed to over the years, I would also like to thank Richard Mason for the active part he has played in co-leading the committee and wish him all the very best for his future.”
He added: “Our industry is facing some unprecedented challenges, not only economic, but also transformational in the way that our customers interact with our businesses and brands. It’s important that we continue to work closely with our supply chain partners as we adapt to this changing and developing landscape so that together we can help shape, facilitate and realise the potential benefits arising from these exciting new opportunities.”
For further information on production issues please visit www.ppa.co.uk/production.