John Simmons

Chair, CTA WAVE Content Specification Task Force
Media & Entertainment, W3C Evangelist

Picture of John SimmonsJohn Simmons is an industry recognised expert on Web media standards. He drove Microsoft’s efforts to define the Common Encryption standard, the collaboration with Google, Comcast, Netflix and the W3C for HTML5 Media Extensions and the Apple collaboration to create the Common Media Application Format.

John’s standards evangelism across the media and entertainment industry led to the creation of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Web Application Video Ecosystem or WAVE project, a global collaboration to promote the use of HTML5 Media Extensions with CMAF, and the launch of the CTA WAVE CMAF Industry Forum (

John received the CTA 2017 Technology Leadership Award for the creation of the WAVE Project and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) 2019 Emmy Award for the Microsoft, Google, Comcast, Netflix and W3C “Standardisation of HTML5, Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) and Media Source Extensions (MSE) for a Full TV Experience”.

Recently retired from Microsoft, John now runs a media standard consulting business from his home in the Cascade Range foothills, east of Seattle, Washington.

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