As CTO for Azure Media and Entertainment Hanno Basse works with customers, partners, industry groups and vendors to bring Microsoft’s cloud, edge and AI technologies to bear on today’s problems and tomorrows opportunities. His current focus is on content production and post-production workflows for Studios and their surrounding ecosystems.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Hanno was the chief technology officer (CTO) of 20th Century Fox Film Corp. At Fox, Hanno and his team of engineers worked on next generation entertainment technologies like High Dynamic Range and Ultra-HD as well as Virtual/Augmented Reality, innovative production technologies and workflows and were involved with other industry initiatives, including Content Protection, Immersive Audio etc. He earlier spent more than 14 years at DIRECTV, ultimately as senior vice president of broadcast systems engineering, with accomplishments including the 2005 successful launch of the largest HD channel rollout at that time and the 2009 implementation of DIRECTV’s video-on-demand infrastructure. Hanno began his career in 1991 as a scientist-engineer at the Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) in Munich, Germany, and worked as a systems engineer at ProSieben Media AG, also in Germany.
Hanno is a board director of Live Planet Inc. and serves on the advisory board of Vionlabs, AB. In early 2019, he was appointed chairman of the Infinity Festival. From 2015 – 2017, Hanno served as the first president and chairman of the board of the UHD Alliance. He also formerly served as chairman of the board of directors of the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California.
He has been awarded 28 patents and was named a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers in 2014. Hanno is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.