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18 2017 May

NET Levels Up

By Debra Kaufman

On May 24, HPA will hold its second NET (Networking Education Technology) event, the first since last summer’s. Last July, the then-SCRG (Sales Career Resource Group) changed its name to NET and announced a meeting featuring a “revitalized, disruptive and evolved format.” Taking a page from HPA Tech Retreat’s popular breakfast roundtables, the get-together featured tables with topics ranging from audio, VR and IMF to archiving and localization.

At this event, says NET co-chair Josh Wiggins, chief commercial officer of startup GrayMeta, the format has evolved. “It’s like the HPA Tech Retreat breakfasts meet speed dating,” he says. The number of topics has also been condensed to three main tracks, on complex content workflows, immersive content (360-degree video, VR/AR) and AI/machine learning. Each of three sessions lasts 20 minutes, with five minute breaks in between. An attendee can move among the tracks and topics at will during the three 20-minute sessions where, at ten tables, a table host leads the discussion.

Even though the table host stays at the same table, they too find the conversation interesting. “That’s because the attendees change, so does the conversation and the opinions,” says Wiggins. “Each session is different – and we’re stocked with good topics and participants.” To create the NET event, HPA president Seth Hallen and Wiggins tapped Eliot Sakhartov, a Microsoft account technology strategist in media & entertainment, as NET co-chair.

Sakhartov, who was a table monitor on a cloud discussion at the last NET event, notes that feedback from the past two events played an important role in transforming it. “People wished there were more time to go to more tables,” he says. “We revamped it a bit so people can understand the tracks and decide which portion of the business they’re interested in. We’re streamlining the themes.”

Along with Wiggins, he’ll be floating through the room on May 24 making sure everything works smoothly. “It’s not only a good experience for me,” Sakhartov says. “But the event itself is so valuable. It’s creating a way where people in our industry can come together and learn something new.” Wiggins points out that NET has also connected with the Women in Post and Young Entertainment Professionals teams to help organize the event and promote it among its members.

Wiggins stresses that no one is there pitching products, and that the topic-specific conversations can and will vary. Each topic or theme will devote a table to the beginning, middle or end of the supply chain. By picking among the 10 tables, an attendee can mix up topics and choose to focus anywhere in the supply chain. “If you don’t give a hoot about virtual reality, you can sit at the artificial intelligence tables,” says Wiggins. Just like the HPA Tech Retreat breakfast roundtables, if a table fills up, attendees can grab a chair and join.

Sakhartov enthuses about the AI portion of the event, as well as the examination of HDR, IMF and UHD. For the former, ETC @ USC project director and Novamente chief executive Yves Bergquist and Novamente chairman Dr. Ben Goertzel will lead a deep discussion on how machine learning and AI will play a growing role in the supply chain for entertainment. For the latter, Sony Pictures’ Greg Geier and Disney’s Ryan Kido will host a table discussion on the joys and challenges of mastering and distributing IMF, UHD and HDR.

Wiggins says that NET plans to maintain the three topics for the foreseeable future, since all the new technology looming in the near future fits into these buckets. “There’s room for growth,” he says. “Meanwhile, you can network, get education and keep up with technology.”

13 2013 Mar

The Hollywood Post Alliance Sales Career Resource Group

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 Chris Purse, 818.980.3473
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The Hollywood Post Alliance Sales Career Resource Group
March 13, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) has announced the topic for its latest SCRG luncheon panel, Deal Maker or Breaker: Collaboration, which will take place Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in North Hollywood, CA. The discussion will cover how technology has nearly leveled the playing field of opportunity and the importance of collaboration, our willingness to work together; and that now more than ever before our industry’s strengths are founded on relationships. Can we learn to be proactive and embrace this style of cooperative business practices and ideologies? Ben Benedetti, Executive Director Sound Editorial and Digital Services, Sony Pictures Entertainment will moderate.
Joining Mr. Benedetti, are top industry professionals, Bruce Sandzimier, VP Post, ABC Studios; Lisa Black, SVP Business Development and Enterprises, FishBowl; Steve Beres, Technology Architect, HBO; Michael Fink, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor and Andrea Kalas VP of Archives, Paramount Pictures.
The HPA is a leading industry organization connecting trade professionals and bringing forth awareness and recognition for the post production industry. The HPA created the Sales Career Resource Group (SCRG) to further their mission of creating community amongst sales and marketing professionals, providing a forum of support and resources; and to continue the proliferation of the HPA, stimulate member growth and further exemplify its ideals and commitment to industry support. The HPA® SCRG luncheons are engaging, expert-driven educational events that create community among sales, marketing and business development professionals.
The last several SCRG lunches have sold out, so early registration is encouraged. Online registration is $60 for HPA members and $80 for non-members, and can be purchased by visiting www.hpaonline.com. If the event doesn’t sell out, limited onsite registration may be available at higher prices. For information about the Hollywood Post Alliance and their Sales Career Resource Group (SCRG) series, please visit http://www.hpaonline.com or call 213.614.0860.

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6 2013 Mar

SCRG Luncheon – Deal Maker or Breaker: Collaboration

  

 

As the playing field from a technology stand point has become nearly level, we are now more than ever before an industry whose strengths are founded on relationships. The willingness to work together and keep parts of the pie, rather than working against each other and lose out on the meal altogether is critical.  How can we learn to be proactive and embrace this style of cooperative business practices and ideologies?

Lets hear from your clients and industry experts as they discuss collaborative approaches to business development and workflow.

Moderator

Ben Benedetti, Executive Director
Sound Editorial and Digital Services, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Panelists

Steve Beres, Technology Architect, HBO
Lisa Black, SVP Business Development and Enterprises, FishBowl
Michael Fink, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Bruce Sandzimier, VP Post, ABC Studios
(additional speakers TBA)
(*Speakers are subject to change due to scheduling.)

Event Details

SCRG Luncheon and Panel
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Beverly Garland Holiday Inn (Ballroom)
4222 Vineland Avenue
North Hollywood, CA 91602

 

Program

11:30 am – 12:15 pm – Registration and Networking
12:15 pm – 12:45 pm – Lunch
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm – Panel Discussion
2:00 pm – End of Program

Online Registration Fees:

HPA Members: $60
Non Members: $80

Onsite Rates:

HPA Members: $80
Non Members: $100

On-Site Self Parking – $5 cash
No valet parking is available

Registration Closed!

14 2012 Nov

The Hollywood Post Alliance Sales Career Resource Group Sets Record – Breaking Attendance at WTF? Part 2

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The Hollywood Post Alliance Sales Career Resource Group Sets Record-
Breaking Attendance at WTF? Part 2
(Los Angeles, CA) During the recent Sales Career Resource Group (SCRG) lunch at the Beverly Garland, “WTF?, Part 2,” presented a panel of industry experts and luminaries to a capacity audience, the largest in SCRG’s history. The panel, moderated by Hollywood Post Alliance President Leon Silverman, featured Daniel Cahn, ACE, President Board of Directors, Motion Picture Editors Guild, Larry Chernoff, CEO, MTI; Michael Cioni, CEO, Light Iron; cinematographer Steven Poster, ASC, President International Cinematographers Guild Local 600; Tom Vice, Vice President, General Manager, nextLAB, FotoKem; David Waters, Vice President of On Location Services, Technicolor; and Joachim Zell, Vice President Image Science/Remote Services and Technical Director, Deluxe.
The HPA® SCRG luncheons are engaging, expert-driven educational events that create community among sales, marketing and business development professionals, provide a forum of support and resources, and deepen the value of the HPA by exemplifying its ideals and commitment to the post production industry.
In the past several months, attendance and interest in the group has grown significantly. Recent topics included the predecessor to On-Set Dailies: WTF? Part 2; On-Set Dailies: WTF (What’s the Flow), as well as, High Noon: Shoot Out at the Editorial Corral, Live Production and Post…Catch It If You Can! and others. Some of the most insightful panelists in the industry participate in these events, which are meant to help guide the professional growth and knowledge base of the sales and marketing community engaged in post production.
The next event is scheduled for December 2012 at the Beverly Garland. More details will be announced shortly.