Renard T. Jenkins
Vice President, Operations, PBS
As Vice President, Operations, Jenkins leads media operations and distribution at all PBS technical facilities located in Washington DC, Arlington and Springfield, VA. These sites include the operations of the Network Operations Center, Media Operations Center, Post Production Operations and Media Library, as well as the PBS Advanced Format Center at NPR. Jenkins ensures that the operations team meets reliability goals for all content delivered by PBS through broadcast, over-the-top devices, subscription video-on-demand services and other platforms. He manages operating budgets for the technical facilities and provide strategic direction on future capabilities and investments. In addition, he serves as PBS’ representative to the UltraHD Forum, an international organization that focuses on the distribution of advanced format media.
Jenkins has more than 30 years of experience in the television and film industry. In addition to his current responsibilities for the strategic direction and operational management of PBS’ media-supply chain, he also leads PBS’ Advanced Format Center at NPR. This is a collaborative venture between the two public media organizations as well as PBS member stations, vendors and manufacturers. The mission of the AFC is to explore and develop procedures for the creation, processing and worldwide distribution of 4K/UltraHD, High Dynamic Range content with Immersive Audio through traditional as well as new and exciting digital distribution platforms.
Prior to joining PBS in 2010, Jenkins helped design, build and then lead TV One’s Production Facility which services their marketing, programming, production management, graphics and post production departments. From 2006-2009, he refreshed, updated and managed Discovery Communications’ Technical Center, where he managed five departments and supervised more than 100 employees. While at Discovery, he also served as the operational lead for the implementation of what was then the largest file based Avid Editing/Interplay/ISIS system installation in the U.S.
Jenkins joined Discovery after more than 16 years with CNN. During his tenure, he received two National Emmy Awards, two National Headliner Awards, a Peabody, a DuPont, and a Bronze Broadcast Design Award, as well as many other industry accolades. Jenkins was responsible for helping move CNN into the file based editing/delivery/archive environment through his R&D/Training work with industry leaders such as Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Adobe, Leitch, Pinnacle, and Sony. His volunteer work with local youth in his beloved Bay Area also earned him a Healthy Image Award from the Local Teamsters Union.
Today, Jenkins serves as a DC regional manager of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers, Co-Chair, of the UltraHD Forums’ Interoperability Working Group, is on the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity In Communications (NAMIC) and is a member of the PBS EEO committee.