Tom Kobayashi is currently Chairman and CEO of San Francisco based EDnet, Inc., a pioneer in digital audio signal transmission technology. Mr. Kobayashi’s professional experience spans over thirty years in the motion picture and television industry. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BS Degree.
Prior to EDnet, he was Vice President and General Manager of Skywalker Sound, the post production division of LucasArts/Lucasfilm Ltd. Tom joined Lucasfilm Ltd. in January of
1986, after 21 years with Glen Glenn Sound, a major sound recording studio in Hollywood. Tom began with Glen Glenn in 1964 as Vice President of Finance, later serving as Vice President of Business Affairs and Executive Vice President, and in 1983 was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer. During his tenure at Skywalker Sound, the sending of digital audio over fiber optic telephone lines was developed and the idea for an entertainment digital network was formulated.
In 1993, with George Lucas’s blessings, Tom utilized the technology first developed at Skywalker to found a new company, Entertainment Digital Network (EDnet, Inc).
Tom is a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS), of which he has been a member of the Board of Governors for over ten years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.