The Society of Television Engineers

Thomas David Webb, known to all as David Webb, passed away on December 29,2018 after battling lung cancer. David and I first met as colleagues working for Harris Video in Northern California’s bay area back in the early 80’s. David had joined Harris Video after graduating Napa Valley College’s television curriculum while I joined after serving in the US Navy. We each shared a love of music, poetry and good conversation. We soon became great friends and roommates.


Several years later I left the bay area for a job in Southern California. We had kept in touch while I urged him to come down to the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. David decided to make the move and joined Action Video in Hollywood working for television post production pioneer Sam Holtz. Soon afterwards he married his beloved wife Joanne whom he met at Napa College. David quickly rose to position of Chief Engineer and I enjoyed visiting him in there when in town.


As the years went by we slowly went into slightly different careers; David stayed in post-production while I went on to broadcasting. He eventually moved on to Varitel Video as Chief Engineer, one of the city’s premier post facilities. When the post industry began to consolidate he turned a bad situation it into an opportunity to start his own business assisting small post facilities with his proficient technical skills.


As the years went on I left California but we always stayed in touch. We had a tradition of having breakfast every NAB the Wednesday before the show ends. Since I did not attend the NAB last year the last time we got together was NAB 2017. We shared life stories and our latest passion of collecting and enjoying vinyl records. I will miss my friend especially when NAB come around again this year. David is survived by his wife Joanne and two daughters.


Addison “Vince” Humphrey


Born, July 9th 1941

Died, July 27th 2019


Vince was born in Evansville, Indiana to Nora and Estol Humphrey.


After attending Indiana University,  Vince started his career in broadcasting as an engineer at WISH TV, the CBS affiliate in Indianapolis. During this period he married his wife Joanne and started a family.


In 1965 the family moved to Chicago where Vince accepted a job as a video tape editor at WGN TV.


In 1973  the family moved to Los Angeles where Vince was hired by Technicolor’s post production facility,  Vidtronics.  There he worked his way to the position of Senior Editor. His credit list includes Barney Miller, Good Times, Soap, Mary Hartman-Mary Hartman, and  Bob Dylan’s Hard Rain.  He earned two Emmy Awards for editing numerous ABC After School Specials.


In 1979 Vince joined George Schlatter Productions working as an editor on the 2nd series of Laugh In, Real People, and Speak Up America. At this point in his career he transitioned from editing to engineering.  Initially he designed a purpose built post production facility for Real People, a magazine formatted show requiring an extensive number of both off-line and on-line edit bays. Later, he transformed the facility into The Editing Company, a boutique post facility that specialized in on-line editing and high end digital effects for numerous network television shows, specials and music videos.


In 1990 as the industry was transitioning from a linear based post production environment to the non linear world we live in now, Vince returned to editing working for Carsey-Werner Productions as an editor. His credits include Third Rock from the Sun, That 70’s Show, Whoopi, and the Kelly Ripa Show.


Vince and his wife Joanne later retired in Florida.


Vince is survived by his wife Joanne, son Mark, Daughter-in-law Missy,  Granddaughter  Kimberly, and her husband Stephen.


Professional affiliations.

     IATSE Local 700, The Editors Guild

     Directors Guild of America


     STE, Society of Television Engineer - President 1984.



It is with deepest regret that we announce the death of Frank L. Flemming, founding partner of Brooks Flemming Associates. Frank passed away on October 28, 2019, at the age of 91. His last hours were spent in the company of his wife, Sandy, his daughter, Leslie and his friend and business partner, John Brooks.

Frank was an outstanding member of the international broadcast community for over sixty years. He began his career at Sylvania Electric Products, designing television broadcast equipment. From 1954 to 1967, Frank was Director of Systems Engineering for the CBS Television Network, responsible for engineering and installation of technical facilities at both the network facilities and the O&O stations. In 1967, Frank joined Visual Electronics of New York, as Chief Engineer, as the Plumbicon color television cameras were introduced in the U.S. market, significantly affecting the entire nature of television production.

In 1969, Frank joined NBC as Vice President of Engineering, where he was responsible for design and installation of all major technical systems at the network and the owned station's studio plants, including the modernization of the network. Projects such as New York Switching Central, Network Video Tape Renovation, numerous studio rebuilds and other major capital activities were his direct responsibility. After NBC, Frank formed his own consulting group in 1982, later helping to build Cinedco-Ediflex, a pioneer in edit control systems for motion pictures and television.

In 1988, Frank, together with John Brooks, formed Brooks-Flemming Associates, a consulting firm specializing in large scale broadcast, motion picture and entertainment projects. During Frank's tenure at BFA, we oversaw numerous projects, both domestic and international, including those for NBC, CBS, ABC, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Universal Studios, Disney, Kuwait Radio-TV, Dong Ah TV Korea, Phoenix TV China and many others. One of the many notable projects was the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism/KAET-TV Channel 8 facility at Arizona State University, which is now the west location for the PBS News Hour. Frank remained active in the firm until shortly before his death.

Frank graduated from the University of Buffalo, and was a Life Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and a Life Member the Society of Television Engineers (STE).