About Mark Hill, Managing Director, ixedia limited:
Mark Hill obtained his honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1983, with final year distinctions in communications and computing.
After a brief period in the motor vehicle industry, Mark joined the BBC where he progressed through various television and radio operational and technical departments. After finishing a series of projects to complete the transition from 16 mm film- to videotape-based news gathering and regional programme production, Mark left the Corporation in 1987 to join Central Television plc, (now part of ITV plc).
Mark's skills in successfully delivering capital projects were again soon proven in the independent sector, with the completion of a multi-format edit suite / machine room complex for Central's Birmingham-based video facilities business, CTF.
In 1989, Mark took the role of principal project engineer in charge of the replacement of Central's ageing Quadruplex videotape cartridge machines - technology responsible for the delivery to air of millions of pounds worth of video commercial spots annually.
Mark's formal management career began in 1990, working alongside consultants from Coopers and Lybrand in streamlining the efficiency of the engineering department.
Mark was accepted into corporate membership of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, becoming a Chartered Engineer in 1991 and a member of the Royal Television Society in 1994.
In November 1995, Mark was invited to project manage the technical installation of 'Central Court', Central TV's flagship new production and broadcasting headquarters in Birmingham. The project, to re-define, re-equip, and physically move Central's entire Birmingham-based TV operation some 500 metres, was at the time UK ITV's most ambitious step change in operating methods and technology.
Following completion of Central Court, Mark left Central and formed Mark J Hill Associates and then on to ixedia..
With a growing portfolio of successful assignments for industry leading clients to the company's credit, Mark looks forward to the future - "We are fortunate to be working through what I regard as being the second 'golden era' of TV. The march towards fully digital media businesses is very exciting and at the same time quite scary to many who remember how things were even just ten years ago. Developments will happen in the next ten years that will totally overshadow those of the last ten. This is a great time to be in the media business."