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18 2016 Aug

HPA Announces 2016 Engineering Excellence Award Winners

HPA Announces 2016 Engineering Excellence Award Winners   

 Aspera, Grass Valley, Real D, SGO to Receive Coveted Honor

 

August 18, 2016 (Los Angeles, CA) – The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced the recipients of the organization’s prized 2016 HPA Engineering Excellence Awards. The Engineering Excellence Awards were created to spotlight and reward companies and individuals providing services to the professional media content industry for their outstanding technical and creative ingenuity in media, content production, finishing, distribution and/or archiving.

NAB Show returns as the sponsor of the HPA Engineering Excellence Awards, which will be bestowed during the HPA Awards gala on November 17, 2016 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.

The winners of the 2016 HPA Engineering Excellence Award are:

Aspera FASP Stream

A turnkey application software enabling live streaming of broadcast-quality video globally over commodity Internet networks with glitch-free playout and negligible start-up time, reducing the need for expensive satellite-based backhaul, transport and distribution. Using Aspera’s FASP bulk data protocol to transport any live video source (local multicast, unicast UDP, TCP, or growing file source) it provides timely arrival of live video and data independent of network round-trip delay and packet loss.

Grass Valley, GV Node Real Time IP Processing and Edge Routing Platform

GV Node is a fundamental building block of a Broadcast Data Center providing deterministic, vertically accurate switching of video signals whether they originate as SDI or IP, such as SMPTE ST 2022-6. GV Node offers integrated processing of video and audio signals and multiviewers for reduced cabling. The modular nature of the GV Node is ideal for distributed architectures and scales from very small to very large systems, especially when combined with COTS IP switches.

RealD Ultimate Screen

RealD Ultimate Screen delivers incredible images in both 2D and 3D formats. Ultimate Screen is a revolutionary, highly sophisticated, scientifically engineered matte-white screen that delivers the ultimate cinema experience for moviegoers.

SGO Mistika

A powerful, flexible and complete DI post-production solution built on years of research, development and production experience, enabling new levels of creative power, performance and workflow efficiency. A Hero Suite, providing editing, VFX, colour grading, text, paint, audio, S3D, full finishing, and more, in a completely scalable, truly interactive, fully real-time, and totally resolution independent post-production system.

Honorable mentions were also awarded to Grass Valley for their LDX 86N Native 4K Series Camera and Canon USA, Inc. for their 4K / UHD / 2K / HD display.

Joachim Zell, Chair of the Engineering Excellence Awards Committee, commented, “The Engineering Excellence Awards offer us the opportunity to see up close what innovations our colleagues are working on and get an advance look at the impact of their creativity on the future of the industry.  The Engineering Excellence entries often go on to have significant impact on how we work. This year brought incredible submissions that made judging a real challenge. On behalf of the HPA, and the judges, we were impressed with every presentation, and offer sincere congratulations to the winners and to their worthy competitors.”

In addition to the Engineering Excellence Awards, the HPA Awards will recognize excellence in 12 craft categories that include color grading, editing, sound, and visual effects. Herb Dow will receive the HPA 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award and Michelle Munson has been named as recipient of The Charles S. Swartz Award.  The winner of the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the HPA Awards are on sale now, and can be purchased online. For more information about the HPA Awards and the HPA, including sponsorship opportunities, visit the organization’s website, hpaonline.com.

The 2016 HPA Awards are sponsored by Blackmagic Design, Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFilm, Encore, IMAX, NAB Show, Sohonet, and Sony.

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About the HPA® Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness and recognize the achievements of the individuals and companies that have contributed to groundbreaking technologies and creative excellence within the professional media content industry, and build involvement in the Hollywood Professional Alliance. The HPA is a partner of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®). Information about the HPA Awards is available at http://www.hpaonline.com. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members and sponsors.

About the Hollywood Professional Association
Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)
Winner of an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) is a global leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem. A professional membership association that is internationally recognized and accredited, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. For a century, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.  Nearly 7,000 members – motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and

technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students – who meet in Sections worldwide, sustain the Society. Through the Society’s partnership with Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at http://www.smpte.org/join.

 

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23 2016 Jun

HPA Tech Retreat UK to Feature the Latest Cinema Display Environment

Event will Present Unrivalled Viewing Experience with Support of RealD and Other Key Companies

London (PRWEB) June 23, 2016

When the HPA Tech Retreat, a pivotal gathering of those supporting the creation, management and dissemination of content for the dynamic landscape of distribution environments, makes its UK debut in Oxfordshire, 13 – 14 July, attendees will be viewing content in one of the most advanced settings in the UK. HPA is collaborating with RealD, Dolby® and a select group of companies to create an exceptional screening environment at the HPA Tech Retreat venue at Heythrop Park Resort.

Richard Welsh, the former SMPTE governor who heads the conference alongside HPA VP Jerry Pierce, noted, “The support of RealD and Dolby at the Tech Retreat UK will take our screening environment to a new level, immersing the audience in a unique experience. With a combination of RealD, Sony, Dolby, Harman Kardon and Bell Theatre Services technology and talent, we can present our panellists’ incredible content the best way possible. The Heythrop auditorium is being transformed with a 26-foot RealD Ultimate Screen with a Sony high brightness, a dual 3D projection system, as well as a full Dolby Atmos sound system with JBL loudspeakers and amplification from Harman Kardon and Bell Theatre Services.”

The HPA Tech Retreat UK recently announced an expanded agenda for the two-day event. Highlights of the programme include presentations from ‘The Jungle Book’, experts from the record-breaking box office smash ‘Finding Dory’, an exclusive peek behind the scenes of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6, an extensive look at the technology and innovation in Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynne’s Long Halftime Walk” and many other sessions that bring compelling information on topics relevant to attendees. These include the practical use of high dynamic range (HDR), immersive sound (object-based audio), cloud applications in media, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) and many other future-facing technologies. Two pre-conference sessions, DPP’s first Plugfest, and the Charles Poynton and John Watkinson colour seminar, will kick-off the event.

The HPA Tech Retreat features the Innovation Zone, a curated environment where attendees can explore the latest developments from prominent companies including Avid, BlackBox, Dell, Emotion Systems, Grey Meta, Omnitek, Ortana Media Group, Pixspan, Quantum Data, Rohde and Schwarz, root6, SAM, Sohonet, Sony, Southampton Solent University and Sundog Media Toolkit.

The event features back-to-back social networking opportunities with catered meals and cocktail events.

For more information, or to register, visit http://www.hpatechretreatuk.org.

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17 2016 May

HPA Awards Open Call for Entries in Creative Categories

11th Annual Industry Honors Shine Spotlight on Excellence in
Sound, Editing, Visual Effects and Color

May 16, 2016 (Los Angeles, CA)  The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) has announced the opening of its Call for Entries in the Creative Categories for the 11th annual HPA Awards. These categories, considered the standard bearer for groundbreaking work and artistic excellence, recognize creative artistry in the field of post production.

The HPA Awards promote the achievement of talent, innovation and engineering excellence in the larger professional media content industry. The 11th annual gala awards presentation will be held on the evening of November 17, 2016 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.

The HPA Awards now invite entries in the following competitive categories:

  • Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film
  • Outstanding Color Grading – Television
  • Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial
  • Outstanding Editing – Feature Film
  • Outstanding Editing – Television
  • Outstanding Editing – Commercial
  • Outstanding Sound – Feature Film
  • Outstanding Sound – Television
  • Outstanding Sound – Commercial
  • Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film
  • Outstanding Visual Effects – Television
  • Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial

Entries for the Creative Categories will be accepted between May 16 and July 8, 2016, and Early Bird Entries (reduced entry fee for the Creative Categories) will be taken through June 10, 2016. To be considered eligible, work must have debuted domestically and/or internationally during the eligibility period, September 9, 2015 through September 6, 2016. Entrants do not need to be members of the Hollywood Professional Association or working in the U.S.

As announced previously, the Call for Entries remains open for the following special award categories:

  • Engineering Excellence Award
  • HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation

These awards will also be bestowed at the November gala.  The May 20, 2016 deadline is approaching for entries in these special competitive categories.

Additional honors, including the HPA Lifetime Achievement Award, will be announced later this year.

Seth Hallen, President of the HPA and a founding member of the HPA Awards Committee, commented, “Over the past 10 years, the HPA Awards have grown to become one of the most important venues of recognition for creative talent in our industry.  Considered a standard-bearer, these awards are uniquely meaningful to the winners and nominees since the judging panels are made up of their peers.  I heartily encourage individuals and companies that worked on all of the amazing projects from the past year to enter the HPA Awards creative categories.  This is our opportunity to shine a light on the talent and effort that goes into bringing stories to life and to the individuals who play such important roles in making it all happen.  We look forward to another very special event on November 17th.”

For a list of the previous years’ winners, click here.

Complete rules, guidelines and entry information for the Creative Categories and all of the HPA Awards are available at: www.hpaawards.net.

The HPA Awards are made possible through the generous sponsorship of Title Sponsor Blackmagic Design; Foundation Members Avid, Co3, Deluxe, Dolby. EFILM, Encore; and Gold Sponsor Sohonet. For sponsorship or program advertising opportunities, contact Mary Vinton or Jeff Victor by visiting HPA Awards website at www.hpaawards.net or calling 213.614.0860. Opening of ticket sales will be announced shortly.

 

About the Hollywood Professional Association®

Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide creativity, expertise, support, tools and the global infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through its partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at www.hpaonline.com.

About the HPA® Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness and recognize the achievements of the individuals and companies that have contributed to groundbreaking technologies and creative excellence within the professional media content industry, and build involvement in the Hollywood Professional Association® The HPA is a partner of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®). Information about the HPA Awards is available at www.hpaonline.com.

 

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19 2016 Apr

Pre NAB Editors’ Lounge Looks Ahead to the Future of Post-Production

DMN Newswire–2016-4-17– Burbank based AlphaDogs Post Production celebrated their 13th Annual Pre-NAB Editors?? Lounge with a panel discussion on the latest trends and where the future of post-production is headed. Moderated by Journalist, Debra Kaufman, panelists included: Terence Curren (Editor/Colorist and Founder of AlphaDogs Post), Mark Raudonis (SVP of Post Production, Bunim/Murray Productions), Michael Kammes (Director of Technology, Key Code Media) and Monica Daniel (Assistant Television Editor, Minority Report, Supergirl) The panel discussion can be watched in its entirety at 13th Annual Editors’ Lounge Pre-NAB Panel Discussion

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15 2016 Apr

13th Annual Pre-NAB Discussion Panel

The 13th Annual Editors’ Lounge Pre-NAB Discussion Panel was held on Friday March 25th at Key Code Media in Burbank. The evening was moderated by technology journalist Debra Kaufman and featured:

Terence Curren, colorist and founder of AlphaDogs
Monica Daniel
, editor
Michael Kammes
, Director of Technology, Key Code Media
Mark Raudonis, SVP of Post at Bunim/Murray Productions

Discussion covered a wide range of topics: the HPA Tech Retreat, HDR vs. 4K, VR, editing in the cloud, and much much more…

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8 2016 Apr

HPA OPENS 2016 CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD AND JUDGES AWARD FOR CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

11TH Annual HPA Awards Now Accepting Submissions
for Two Prestigious Awards

April 6, 2016 (Hollywood, CA) The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) has announced that the call for entries will open today for two coveted HPA Awards: the Engineering Excellence Award and the Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation. Submissions will be accepted from April 6, 2016 to May 20, 2016. These special awards will be bestowed at the 2016 HPA Awards gala on the evening of November 17, 2016 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The HPA Engineering Excellence Award is recognized as one of the most important technology honors in the industry, spotlighting companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity to develop breakthrough technologies. Submissions for this peer-judged award may include products or processes, and must represent a step forward for its industry beneficiaries. The date for presentations to peer judging panels will be announced soon, and is scheduled to take place on a Saturday in June in Los Angeles. Past winners have included Dolby, Canon, NVIDIA, MACOM, The Foundry, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Panasonic and Quantel.

The sought-after HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the development of workflow and process to support creative storytelling and/or technical innovation. Submissions for this special award can include content such as a unique feature film, TV program or commercial, a workflow, proprietary technical development, hardware or software toolset, or a creative approach that is not eligible for consideration in other HPA Award categories. A blue ribbon panel determines the award’s winners following the presentations in June. Past winners have included ESPN Digital Center 2, DigitalFiIm Tree, the American Society of Cinematographers: Color Decision List (ASC CDL), Testronic and EFILM.

Seth Hallen, President of the HPA, noted, “The Engineering Excellence Award shows us, year after year, the brilliance of the individuals and companies who consistently help creative vision come to life. Our entrants master and share their ideas and technical acumen, which helps foster and drive creativity. To see the presentations for both Engineering Excellence and Creativity and Innovation, and to witness the competitive playing field where the presenters operate, is inspirational. As we enter our second decade of the HPA Awards, the industry has grown to place great value in being recognized for these awards. As the call for entries in these categories kicks off our 11th season, we look forward to the submissions which represent the latest in our industry’s excellence and innovation.”

Joachim Zell, Chair of the Engineering Excellence Award noted, “The most important part of the HPA Awards is the opportunity to show how our efforts enable creativity for storytellers. The Engineering Excellence Award has always been a highly competitive honor that gives the engineering community a chance to be recognized for the invaluable and important work in which they are engaged. The Creativity and Innovation Award is equally prestigious, recognizing the brilliant ideas that don’t necessarily fit neatly into other categories. We strongly encourage you to enter your ideas.”

Entries for both the Engineering Excellence Award and the Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation will be accepted until May 20, 2016.

In addition, the HPA Awards will again honor important craft categories including Outstanding Color Grading, Editing, Sound and Visual Effects for feature film, television and commercials. The call for entries in these creative categories will be announced shortly.

Complete rules, guidelines and entry information are available at www.hpaawards.com, and here. For more information about the HPA Awards, visit www.hpaawards.com.

Contact Mary Vinton at mvinton@smpte.org for information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2016 HPA Awards show.

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About the Hollywood Professional Association®

Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide creativity, expertise, support, tools and the global infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through its partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at www.hpaonline.com.

About the HPA® Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness and recognize the achievements of the individuals and companies that have contributed to groundbreaking technologies and creative excellence within the professional media content industry, and build involvement in the Hollywood Professional Assocation® The HPA is a partner of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®). Information about the HPA Awards is available at www.hpaonline.com.

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30 2016 Mar

HPA ANNOUNCES TECH RETREAT UK! POPULAR EVENT SET FOR SUMMER 2016 PROPOSALS SOUGHT FOR PROGRAM

Heytrhop viewThe HPA Tech Retreat, one of the premier gatherings in the content technology industry, is off to the UK this summer.  For 21 years, the Tech Retreat has proven to be a vibrant place for information, community, and exploration. Now, in association with SMPTE, the HPA Tech Retreat UK launches in Oxfordshire, UK, 13-14 July 2016.

Richard Welsh, former SMPTE Governor, and Jerry Pierce, HPA Board vice president, co-chair the event.  Welsh noted, “The mainstays of the HPA Tech Retreat will serve as the foundation for the UK version. The carefully curated main conference, including its ‘Supersession’ focusing on the hot topics of the industry, the breakfast roundtables, the Innovation Zone, and of course the networking and camaraderie that mark this event, will all be part of the experience.  We are confident that this will be a thoroughly unique chance to meet the most influential individuals at work in the UK today.”  The Retreat will take place at Heythrop Park Resort, a magnificent manor house hotel about 1.5 hours from London.

The HPA Tech Retreat UK is seeking presentations for the main program and has officially opened the Call for Proposals.  Panel topics may include anything related to moving images and associated sound. No formal submissions are required, and a sentence or two is usually sufficient by way of description. All proposals should be sent to Rich Welsh at cfp@hpaonline.com by the end of the day (GMT) on 30 April 2016.

Co-Chair Jerry Pierce commented, “The HPA Tech Retreat is unique. It’s actually my favorite technical conference of the year and I’m not alone in that opinion. For a long time, the HPA Board has searched for ways to share the experience with other regions, and the UK event will meet HPA’s high standards for providing a forum for discussion, interaction and education. The expansion to the UK has been supported and enabled by our partnership with SMPTE.  While HPA Tech Retreat UK will have the foundation and many aspects of its Palm Springs sister, it will have a life and character of its own as it meets the needs of the UK community.”

Applications for the Innovation Zone, the curated demonstration area, will open soon.  Andrew Johnston heads the Innovation Zone for the UK event.

Complete information about rules, how to submit, and other details are available here.

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30 2016 Mar

MEET THE BOARD

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Who is your Board?  In a sentence, the HPA Board is comprised of a cross section of industry experts from the post, production, creative and technical communities.  They are passionate about the HPA, the industry, and the community it serves.  The HPA Board of Directors spends hundreds of hours, every year, strategically looking at where the organization is headed, while working with staff on the execution of its vision.   With the transition to the new Hollywood Professional Association, the HPA Board has expanded to include new Directors.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any board member with ideas or input.

Seth Hallen, President
Sony DADC New Media Solutions

Leon Silverman, Past President
Walt Disney Studios

Jerry Pierce, Vice President

Bill Roberts, Treasurer
Panavision

Vincent Maza, Secretary
Ncam

Wendy Aylsworth

Mark Chiolis
Grass Valley

Craig German
NBC Universal

Carolyn Giardina
The Hollywood Reporter

Jenni McCormick
ACE

Kathleen Milnes
Otis College of Art & Design

Loren Nielsen
Entertainment Technology Consultants

Chuck Parker
Sohonet

Phil Squyres
Sony Pictures Television

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30 2016 Mar

Dear Friends of HPA, Welcome to the revamped HPA Newsline!

BLange_headshotIn keeping with the tremendous changes here at the Hollywood Professional Association, we are proud to present this revitalized forum for our members to catch up on news and trends in our various intersecting industries. It is our hope that you find this monthly e-newsletter of value, and that you share your stories, announcements and events here. This is just one of the ways we aim to continue to keep our community vibrant, growing and connected.

If you have news to share, and idea to explore, or events to announce, we urge you to submit them here.

The re-launch of Newsline marks a time of great change for HPA. During last month’s Tech Retreat, Leon Silverman stepped down as President of the HPA, an organization he helped found and which he has steered for the last fourteen years.  We are fortunate that he will continue to share his vision and ideas with us as he continues on the Board of Directors in the role of Past President. New President Seth Hallen brings with him a deep experience in the industry, as well as a profound dedication to the HPA. Seth has served as a Board member since 2007, with a slate of initiatives to share and the enthusiasm and talent to execute them.  Seth will be a featured regular in the newsletter.

In other important news, HPA is going global! The HPA Tech Retreat UK will be held in Oxfordshire, the 13th and 14th of July, 2016.  More information is included in this issue of the Newsline.  Be sure to register to attend this event as a delegate, Innovation Zone demonstration, or as a sponsor.  Learn more here.

Finally, we have completed the transition from Hollywood Post Alliance to the Hollywood Professional Association.  “Professional” more accurately recognizes the ever-widening tapestry of companies and individuals that bring brilliance and innovation to the business of media content.  You can see our new logo in the masthead above.

As we head into the next phase of the HPA, I want you all to know that I consider it an honor to serve as your Executive Director, and I look forward to working with you in the year to come as we take new and exciting steps together.  As our newly-past president is fond of saying, our best work is ahead of us!

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30 2016 Mar

2016 HPA AWARDS ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE and JUDGES AWARD FOR CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN POST PRODUCTION CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS April 13, 2016

2016 HPA AWARDS ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE and JUDGES AWARD FOR CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS 6 April 2016

The HPA Awards Committee has announced the submission dates for two important special awards: Engineering Excellence and Creativity & Innovation.  Submissions will be accepted from 6 APRIL 2016 to 20 May 2016.

10th Annual HPA Awards CereomonyThe HPA Engineering Excellence Award is recognized as one of the most important technology honors in the industry, spotlighting companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity to develop breakthrough technologies.  Submissions for this peer judged award may include products or processes, and must represent a step forward for its industry beneficiaries. Presentations to peer judging panels will be announced soon, and will take place over the summer.  Past winners have included Dolby, Canon, NVIDIA, MACOM, The Foundry, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Lightcraft, and Telestream.

The HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation seeks to recognize companies and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in Production through Exhibition, whether that be in creative storytelling and/or technical innovation. The key criterion is whether the entrant demonstrates – through creativity or the use of new approaches, tools, workflows or ideas – a notable step from a technical, creative or efficiency perspective. Submissions for the award can include content such as a unique movie, television program or commercial; a workflow, proprietary technical development, hardware or software toolset, or a creative approach that is not eligible for consideration in other HPA Award categories. A blue ribbon panel determines the award’s winners. Past winners of the Judge’s Award have included ESPN Digital Center 2, DigitalFiIm Tree, the American Society of Cinematographers: Color Decision List (ASC CDL,) Testronic Lab and EFILM among others.

For rules and information, visit: hpaonline.