Jim Starzynski is Director and Principal Audio Engineer for NBCUniversal, overseeing audio technologies and practices for NBCUniversal television properties. Jim is responsible for establishing NBC’s audio strategy for digital television and works on advanced technologies.
Jim is chairperson of the Advanced Television Systems Committee’s subgroup S-42 on Next Generation Audio and S6-3, the group that developed ATSC-A/85, the Emmy Award winning Recommended Practice on Loudness for Digital Television. He is chairman of the Sports Video Group’s DTV Audio Group, is the Vice-Chairman of the Audio Engineering Society’s Broadcast and Online Delivery Technical Committee. Jim is an Ex-Officio of the Audio Board and chairman of the OTT Loudness Group, R4WG-8, of the Consumer Technology Association. He is a SMPTE Fellow and a member of AES.
Jim gave expert testimony to the 2009 U.S. Congress on the Commercial
Advertising Loudness Mitigation Act (C.A.L.M. Act). He is the recipient of four National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Awards for technical achievement for multiple Olympic broadcasts and received the 2006 NATAS George Wensel Innovative Technical Achievement Award. He is a 2018 Television Academy honoree for his contribution to the Emmy Award winning sound mixing of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Jim is a 2019 recipient of the AES Board of Governors Award and is author of the 2017 NAB Engineering Handbook’s chapter on “Digital Television Audio Loudness Management”. Jim is the 2011 recipient of the ATSC’s highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award.