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28 2017 Feb

HPA Tech Retreat UK Opens Call For Proposals

Top Tech Gathering Returns to Oxfordshire 11-13 July

INDIAN WELLS, CA, and OXFORDSHIRE, UK — 24 February 2017 — Today, during the HPA Tech Retreat, the dates and the call for proposals for the HPA Tech Retreat UK were announced by SMPTE Education Vice President Richard Welsh, co-chair of the HPA Tech Retreat UK, alongside HPA President Seth Hallen and Barbara Lange, executive director of SMPTE and HPA. Like its US counterpart, the HPA Tech Retreat UK is a pivotal gathering for those engaged in the many disciplines supporting the creation, management and dissemination of content across dynamic distribution environments. The HPA Tech Retreat UK returns to Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire from 11-13 July, with a multifaceted programme and event lineup.

Programming for the HPA Tech Retreat UK is built from proposals, alongside the participation of notable speakers. Welsh said, ‘Once again, we’ll feature seminars, a Supersession and the curated Innovation Zone, where attendees can explore the latest developments in workflow, tools and technologies’. The call for proposals, he notes, ‘presents the opportunity to engage with a compelling panel presentation or keynote. Proposals for the main programme and the breakfast roundtables may address topics related to moving images and associated sound, great projects or worthy technological development. These proposals fuel the entire event’.

Submission proposals for the main programme are due by 30 May. Proposals for breakfast roundtables have no deadline for submission, however, once the maximum number of tables is reached the call will be closed.

‘Announcing the second year of the HPA Tech Retreat UK from the 23rd HPA Tech Retreat in Palm Springs is another exciting step for the organisation’, said Hallen. ‘Last year, under the guidance of Richard and the Tech Retreat UK programme committee, the event launched with flying colours. It was a great pleasure to spend the week with such outstanding members of the UK post production community and we received terrific feedback on the event and enormous interest from the attendees that we bring it back again the following year.  This year there is even more to discuss and experience. We’re looking forward to the HPA Tech Retreat UK continuing to evolve as our HPA community in the UK grows’.

Last year’s programme featured a special session examining the production and post of the hit series “Game of Thrones,” as well as seminars on Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) vs. Perceptual Quantiser (PQ), the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) and the European view of the media landscape from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), cloud workflows, and more.

Lange noted, ‘The HPA Tech Retreat is where we leave our offices behind to discuss current and future trends with colleagues who are contributing significantly to the field. When the individuals and companies driving change head to Oxfordshire for debate and exploration, important developments in our industry are explored and understood in an entirely unique way.’

Along with Welsh, co-chairs for the event are Hallen and Jerry Pierce. The HPA Tech Retreat UK is presented in association with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers®, SMPTE Ltd.

Proposals should be submitted to CFP@hpaonline.com. Complete information about rules and other details are available at http://www.hpaonline.com/ .

Registration and application to participate in the Innovation Zone will open in March. More information about the HPA and the HPA Tech Retreat is available at http://www.hpaonline.com/ .

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About the HPA Tech Retreat
The HPA Tech Retreat® is a gathering of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders, focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post production, film, television, video, broadcast and related technology areas, for the exchange of information. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place in Palm Springs, California, and Oxfordshire, UK.

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 http://www.hpaonline.com .

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)

For more than a century, the people of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE, pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in media and entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has received an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery engineering across the industry. SMPTE has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are currently in force today. SMPTE Time Code™ and the ubiquitous SMPTE Color Bars™ are just two examples of the Society’s notable work. As it enters its second century, the Society is shaping the next generation of standards and providing education for the industry to ensure interoperability as the industry evolves further into IT- and IP-based workflows.

SMPTE’s global membership today includes more than 7,000 members: motion-imaging executives, creatives, technologists, researchers, and students who volunteer their time and expertise to the Society’s standards development and educational initiatives. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) connects SMPTE and its membership with the businesses and individuals who support the creation and finishing of media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join .

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23 2017 Feb

HPA Tech Retreat: Washington Update Examines IP, FCC, FAA

At the HPA Tech Retreat, Thompson Coburn attorney Jim Burger delivered his annual Washington Update, opening with a clip of President Trump suggesting that his government is operating like a well-oiled machine. “I have nothing to say,” said Burger in response, reporting that Marco Rubio told him, “every day something is new in the Senate.” Burger’s update focused on intellectual property issues, including litigation, as well as actions of the FCC regarding net neutrality and set-top boxes, and the FAA regarding drones.

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23 2017 Feb

HPA Tech Retreat: Impact of OTT Video on TV/Film Production

The Digital Production Partnership (DPP), formed and funded by UK broadcasters BBC, ITV and Channel 4 to help broadcast companies maximize the potential benefits of digital TV production, conducted in-depth research into how OTT video is produced. It reports that more audiovisual content is now commissioned for uses other than broadcast distribution, with many production companies now producing entirely for the non-broadcast market. At the HPA Tech Retreat in Indian Wells, DPP managing director Mark Harrison addressed how this is impacting the film/TV production industry.

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22 2017 Feb

Landmark Cinemas CEO: “I Love Tentpoles but I Need More Than That”

Neil Campbell, president/CEO of Landmark Cinemas, asserted that he needs a steady stream of all types of movies—not just tentpoles—to keep his cinemas healthy.

“I love tentpoles, but I need more than that. It doesn’t pay all the bills and doesn’t take care of all my customers. I need [at least] one new film every Friday,” he said during a frank conversation with entertainment technology professionals Tuesday at the Hollywood Professional Association (formerly Hollywood Post Alliance) Tech Retreat in Palms Springs.

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31 2017 Jan

Experts, Artists from the Leading Edge of Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Head to The Desert

Experts, Artists from the Leading Edge of Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Head to The Desert
Speakers from Jaunt, RSA, Radiant Images and More Will Present at TR-X

 

LOS ANGELES 30 January 2017 –– The day before the official start of the 2017 HPA Tech Retreat, on 20 February, the VR/AR community will come together at TR-X (Tech Retreat eXtra) for a full afternoon of engagement with the thought leaders, experts, and storytellers of Virtual and Augmented Reality. A second TR-X will focus on the latest developments in the ATSC. While the HPA Tech Retreat has long been recognized as an incomparable opportunity to meet and engage with a world-class roster of well-known and emerging leaders in engineering, technology, creativity and business, TR-X offers that same pedigree in a smaller group with a single focus. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place in Indian Wells, California, near Palm Springs.

TR-X VR/AR is co-chaired by Lucas Wilson (Founder/Executive Producer, SuperSphereVR) and Marcie Jastrow (Senior Vice President, Immersive Media; Head, Technicolor Experience Center), who will lead a discussion focused on the changing VR/AR landscape in the context of rapidly growing integration into entertainment and applications. Thought leaders and creative panelists will tackle crucial questions: What do you need to understand to enable VR in your environment? How do you adapt? What are the workflows? Storytellers, technologists, and industry leaders provide an overview of the technology and discuss how to harness emerging technologies in the service of the artistic vision. A series of diverse case studies and creative explorations – from NASA to the NFL – examine how to engage the audience.

TR-X, as well as the 2017 HPA Tech Retreat main program, brings together top industry experts for uniquely unbiased and authentic discussion, deliberation, and debate for key technologies and workflows. The TR-X program, along with the complete HPA Tech Retreat program, is available here. Additional sessions and speakers will be announced. (Please note the final schedule is subject to change.)

VR/AR Speakers and Panel Overview

Monday 20 February TR-X

VR/AR Session

Co-Chairs Lucas Wilson (Founder/Executive Producer, SuperSphereVR) and Marcie Jastrow (SVP Immersive Media; Head, Technicolor Experience Center) will lead a discussion focused on the changing VR/AR landscape in the context of rapidly growing integration into entertainment applications.

Opening and Introductions

Seth Hallen, HPA President

 

Technical Introduction: 360/VR/AR/MR

Lucas Wilson, Founder/Executive Producer, SuperSphereVR

Panel Discussion: The VR/AR Market

Marcie Jastrow, SVP Immersive Media; Head, Technicolor Experience Center

David Moretti, Director of Corporate Development, Jaunt

Catherine Day, Head of VR/AR, M ss ng P eces

Phil Lelyveld, VR/AR Initiative Program Lead, Entertainment Technology Center at USC

Acquisition Technology

Koji Gardiner, VP, Hardware, Jaunt

 

Live 360 Production Case Study

Andrew McGovern, VP of VR/AR Productions, Digital Domain

 

Live 360 Production Case Study

Michael Mansouri, Founder, Radiant Images

 

Interactive VR Production Case Study

Tim Dillon, Head of VR & Immersive Content, MPC Advertising USA

 

Immersive Audio Production Case Study

Kyle Schember, CEO, Subtractive

 

Panel Discussion: The Future

Alan Lasky, Director of Studio Product Development, 8i

Ben Grossmann, CEO, Magnopus

Scott Squires, CTO, Creative Director, Pixvana

Moderator: Lucas Wilson, Founder-Executive Producer, SuperSphereVR

Jen Dennis, EP of Branded Content, RSA

 

Panel Discussion: New Voices: Young Professionals in VR

Anne Jimkes, Sound Designer and Composer, Ecco VR

Jyotsna Kadimi, USC Graduate

Sho Schrock, Chapman University Student

Brian Handy, USC Student

 

TR-X also includes an ATSC 3.0 seminar, focusing on the next generation television broadcast standard, which is nearing completion and offers a wide range of new content delivery options to the TV production community. This session will explore the expanding possibilities that the new standard provides in video, audio, interactivity and more. Presenters and panelists will also discuss the complex next-gen television distribution ecosystem that content must traverse, and the technologies that will bring the content to life in consumers’ homes.

 

Early registration is highly recommended for TR-X and the HPA Tech Retreat, which is a perennially sold-out event. For more information on event and sponsorship opportunities, contact http://sponsorships@hpaonline.com. For press registration, visit the HPA Tech Retreat registration, or contact ignite strategic communications for further information.

Sponsors of the HPA Tech Retreat include HPA Foundation members Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFilm, and Encore; gold sponsors Aspera, Avid, Blackmagic Design, and SohoNet; bronze sponsor YouTube; brand sponsors AltSystems, Primary Data, and Spectra; and contributing sponsors Avarta and PixSpan.

 

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About the HPA Tech Retreat

The HPA Tech Retreat® is a gathering of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders, focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post production, film, television, video, broadcast and related technology areas, for the exchange of information. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place in Palm Springs, California, and Oxfordshire, UK.

 

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 http://www.hpaonline.com.

 

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21 2016 Dec

HPA Unveils 2017 Tech Retreat® Schedule

HPA Unveils 2017 Tech Retreat® Schedule
Industry Leaders Head to the Desert to explore important trends and technologies

LOS ANGELES 20 December 2016 –– The HPA® unveiled the schedule for its 2017 HPA Tech Retreat® today. Seen as an incomparable opportunity to meet and engage with a world-class roster of well-known and emerging leaders in engineering, technology, creativity and business, the HPA Tech Retreat takes place in the desert over the course of a week. Participants confer on future trends and technologies of the media and entertainment ecosystem while tackling issues of the present from fresh perspectives.  The Tech Retreat offers access to a wide range of in-depth information, facilitating a nuanced and informed view of industry trajectories. The Tech Retreat returns to the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, near Palm Springs, CA, from 20-24 February 2017.

The HPA Tech Retreat is a curated week, designed to stimulate discussion between stakeholders in all aspects of production, broadcast, post production, distribution and related endeavors for media and entertainment. Session programming is decidedly non-marketing in nature, and must be so in order to be considered.  From breakfast roundtables and sessions to dinners and fire-pit conversations, the schedule creates an environment conducive to the exchange of knowledge and information. Mark Schubin, the Program Maestro of the HPA Tech Retreat, commented, “We receive many more proposals than we can possibly use from the most thoughtful and engaged experts inside and outside of our industry, from and around the world.  They cover ‘scene to seen and gear to hear.’” He continued, “From ransomware to AI and 8K to the cloud and all sorts of creative applications of technology, the Tech Retreat is the place we explore a broad panorama of topics and how they interact.  As I like to say, no matter what your question is, someone will be there who knows the answer.”

Envisioned as a retreat, the event offers attendees and speakers the opportunity to find a fresh perspective in stepping out of their daily routines, readying them to explore the most compelling topics facing the media and entertainment landscape today with a group of peers. Featuring five days of solidly scheduled sessions (including TR-X), demonstrations and events, the HPA Tech Retreat delivers a forward-looking perspective on an industry continuing a dynamic and rapid evolution.

Seth Hallen, president of the HPA, noted, “The HPA Tech Retreat defies explanation in a certain sense, but once you have been, you will never miss it again. That’s because of so many factors – the curation by Mark Schubin, the SuperSession, the retreat atmosphere that takes you away from the office and sets you down with a lot of thoughtful and passionate people who become even better friends or colleagues. The mix of attendees who are young experts to top–level network executives and creatives. The topics addressed here are the ones that shape the industry, and the discussions actually move the needle. Developments at Tech Retreats directly lead to substantive changes in the way we work.”

This year, in addition to the main program, the HPA has unveiled TR-X, half day sessions to be held Monday, 20 February. As value-add eXtras, TR-X will offer sessions in VR/AR and the annual ATSC update. The Tuesday SuperSession, moderated by HPA past president Leon Silverman and HPA board member Jerry Pierce, begins the official Tech Retreat with a full day’s deep dive into the changing viewing habits of consumers. With a long list of compelling speakers and topics, this day will challenge our ideas on how and what consumers of today and tomorrow are watching. Silverman will kick off the afternoon session with a mini-keynote that sets the stage for the afternoon events, outlining the challenges and opportunities in creating content across a wide array of formats, devices and environments. The SuperSession will include the now familiar Tech Retreat feature “The Leon and Jerry Show,” hosted by Silverman and Pierce. This end-of-day “what did we learn today” wrap-up session is one of the most popular aspects of the Tech Retreat, where the audience adds their insight and observations and continues to prove that the Tech Retreat is as much about who is attending as who is presenting.

Wednesday through Friday is under the direction of program maestro Mark Schubin.  A diverse array of breakfast roundtable discussions, led by key industry experts, kick off the day on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. The Innovation Zone will return from Tuesday through Thursday, presenting the opportunity to explore emerging and innovating technologies from nearly 60 companies at the vanguard of the industry, with a special focus on VR/AR.

The 2017 HPA Tech Retreat is a limited attendance event, strictly capped at 600 guests, and is expected to sell out.  Registration is open, and both day passes and full conference passes are available. Because this event will sell out, onsite registration is not allowed. Registration includes conference sessions, breakfast roundtables, demo room, some meals, and social events. TR-X is an additional registration and fee.

Speakers and Sessions
A complete 2017 HPA Tech Retreat program, with schedule and speakers’ bios, is available here. Additional sessions and speakers will be announced. (Please note the final schedule is subject to change.)

Monday 20 February TR-X

Two half-day sessions run concurrently:

VR/AR Session
The HPA Tech Retreat brings together top industry experts for uniquely unbiased and authentic discussion, deliberation, debate, and needle-moving for important technologies and workflows. Co-Chairs Lucas Wilson (Founder-Executive Producer, SuperSphereVR) and Marcie Jastrow (SVP Immersive Media, Head, Technicolor Experience Center) will lead a discussion focused on the changing VR-AR landscape in the context of rapidly growing integration into entertainment and applications.

ATSC Seminar: ATSC 3.0
ATSC 3.0, the next generation television broadcast standard, is nearing completion, and offers a wide range of new content delivery options to the TV production community. This session will explore new possibilities that the new standard provides in video, audio, interactivity and more. Presenters and panelists will also discuss the complex next-gen television distribution ecosystem that content must traverse, and the technologies that will bring the content to life in consumers’ homes.

Tuesday 21 February SuperSession

Consumer Choice Changes Everything: WHO is watching WHAT, WHERE and WHEN?
Technology continues to drive and enable consumer choice for media creation and consumption. The SuperSession will look at demographics of the changing consumption landscape, what they are watching, and when are they watching.

Wednesday 22 February Highlights

  • Mark Schubin’s Technology Year in Review
  • Jim Burger, Thompson Coburn LLP, returns to the Tech Retreat for his highly anticipated Washington Update
  • Geoff Tully: Graceful Evolution to Beyond HD
  • Clyde Smith, FOX Standards: Specifications and the NABA DPP Library Master Format
  • Chris Lennon, MediAnswers: File Delivery Automation: The Final Frontier?
  • Mark Harrison, Digital Production Partnership: Will Online Video Revolutionize Production?
  • The Broadcasters Panel, moderated by Matthew Goldman (Ericsson)
  • Peter Putman, Kramer Electronics Technology Consultant: CES Review
  • Masayuki Sugawara, NEC: The World’s First 8K/4K Regular Broadcasting
  • Goran Stojmenovik, Barco: HDR in a Cinema: Achievable Contrast
  • Gary Demos, Image Essence: Single-Master HDR
  • Keith Slavin, isovideo: Automatic SDR/HDR Conversions

Thursday 23 February Highlights

  • Mark Chiolis (Grass Valley) moderates Remote and Mobile Production Panel, including George Hoover (NEP)
  • Debra Kaufman moderates AI/Machine Learning Panel featuring Philip Hodgetts (Intelligent Assistance), Mark Christie (Piksel), Yvonne Thomas (Arvato), and Mark Testoni (SAP National Security Services)
  • Wendy Aylsworth (Walden Pond) moderates Production in the Cloud: Pitfalls and Epiphanies, featuring Alex LoVerde (SyncOnSet), Joshua Kolden (Avalanche), Rich Welsh (Sundog Media Toolkit), Scott Squires (Pixvana), Gurparkash Saini (Avid), and others
  • Clyde Smith (FOX) moderates IMF and Automated Mastering, featuring Stephen Wilson (Avid), Arjun Ramamurthy (20th Century Fox), and Rohit Puri (Netflix)
  • Laurence Claydon, Motion Picture Solutions Limited: Security Holes and How to Fill Them
  • Chris Taylor, Warner Bros: What Security Does Your On-Location Network Have?
  • Rob Gonsalves, Avid: Protecting Against Ransomware Attacks
  • Siegfried Fößel, Fraunhofer Institute: Lightfield Data Worklow
  • Andy Maltz, AMPAS:  Academy update

Friday 24 February Highlights

  • Howard Lukk, SMPTE: SMPTE update
  • Review of the HPA UK Tech Retreat: Rich Welsh, Sundog Media Toolkit
  • Future Media Infrastructure: Software Defined Hardware, moderated by Eric Pohl (National TeleConsultants)
  • Matt Frost, Google: Lessons Learned from Open Source Technology Development
  • Jean-Pierre Evain, European Broadcasting Union: Semantic Metadata
  • Iris Wu, Ambidio: Are You Surrounded? Immersive Sound Outside of Cinema
  • Sensor Size and Resolution Tradeoffs: Peter Centen, Grass Valley
  • Steve Lampen, Belden: Improvements in Data Cables and Connectors

Post-Retreat Treat

What the H?  Did Pittsburg Give Us Our First Letter? In 1957, a plaque commemorating “Hollywood’s Golden Jubilee” was dedicated by the mayor of Los Angeles, but everything about it was wrong.  Was Hollywood actually born in Pennsylvania?  Sixty years after the ceremony Mark Schubin tries to uncover the truth.

Breakfast roundtables: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Among  dozens of roundtables currently slated, select topics include:

  • AI in the Cutting Room
  • IP Video Distribution & PTP Timing
  • IMF for Broadcast Users
  • MAM in Post
  • Conversion between HDR & SDR: Opportunity or Problem?

The 2017 HPA Tech Retreat speaker lineup includes:

  • Wendy Aylsworth
  • Jim Burger
  • Peter Centen
  • Mark Chiolis
  • Mark Christie
  • Laurence Claydon
  • Gary Demos
  • Jean-Pierre Evain
  • Siegfried Fößel
  • Matt Frost
  • Matthew Goldman
  • Rob Gonsalves
  • Seth Hallen
  • Mark Harrison
  • Philip Hodgetts
  • George Hoover
  • Debra Kaufman
  • Josha Kolden
  • Steve Lampen
  • Chris Lennon
  • Alex LoVerde
  • Howard Lukk
  • Andy Maltz
  • Peter Centen
  • Peter Putman
  • Jerry Pierce
  • Eric Pohl
  • Rohit Puri
  • Arjun Ramamurthy
  • Gurparkash Saini
  • Mark Schubin
  • Leon Silverman
  • Keith Slavin
  • Clyde Smith
  • Scott Squires
  • Goran Stojmenovik
  • Masayuki Sugawara
  • Chris Taylor
  • Mark Testoni
  • Yvonne Thomas
  • Geoff Tully
  • Rich Welsh
  • Stephen Wilson
  • Iris Wu

…and many more.
For more information on event and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hpaonline. For press registration, visit the HPA Tech Retreat registration, or contact ignite strategic communications for further information.

Sponsors of the HPA Tech Retreat include Foundation Members Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFilm, and Encore; gold sponsors Aspera, Avid, Blackmagic Design, Canon, and SohoNet; and bronze sponsor Dolby.

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About the HPA Tech Retreat
The HPA Tech Retreat® is a gathering of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders, focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post production, film, television, video, broadcast and related technology areas, for the exchange of information. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place in Palm Springs, California and Oxfordshire, UK.

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 http://www.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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17 2016 Nov

2016 HPA AWARD WINNERS UNVEILED

2016 HPA AWARD WINNERS UNVEILED

Coveted Honors Shine Spotlight on
Creative Excellence in Post Production

17 November 2016 (Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) announced the winners of the 2016 HPA Awards (#hpaawards) during a gala celebration tonight at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The HPA Awards recognize individuals and companies for outstanding contributions made in the creation of feature films, television, commercials, and entertainment content enjoyed around the world.

Awards were bestowed in creative craft categories honoring behind-the-scenes artistry, and a host of special awards were also presented.

The winners of the 2016 HPA Awards are:

OUTSTANDING COLOR GRADING
Sponsored by Dolby

OUTSTANDING COLOR GRADING – FEATURE FILM

WINNER:
“The Revenant”
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor Production Services

“Carol”
John Dowdell // Goldcrest Post Productions Ltd

“Brooklyn”
Asa Shoul // Molinare

“The Martian”
Stephen Nakamura // Company 3

“The Jungle Book”
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor Production Services

OUTSTANDING COLOR GRADING – TELEVISION

WINNER:
“Gotham – By Fire”
Paul Westerbeck // Encore Hollywood

“Vinyl – E.A.B”
Steven Bodner // Deluxe/Encore NY

“Fargo – The Myth of Sisyphus”
Mark Kueper // Technicolor

“Outlander – Faith”
Steven Porter // MTI Film

“Show Me A Hero – Part 1”
Sam Daley // Technicolor PostWorks NY

OUTSTANDING COLOR GRADING – COMMERCIAL

WINNER:
Hennessy “Odyssey”
Tom Poole // Company 3

Fallout 4 “The Wanderer”
Siggy Ferstl // Company 3

Toyota Prius “Poncho”
Sofie Borup // Company 3

Nascar “Team”
Lez Rudge // Nice Shoes

Audi R8 “Commander”
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

Apple Music “History of Sound”
Gregory Reese // The Mill

Pennzoil “Joyride Circuit”
Dave Hussey // Company 3

 

OUTSTANDING EDITING
Sponsored by Blackmagic Design

OUTSTANDING EDITING – FEATURE FILM

WINNER:
“The Big Short”
Hank Corwin, ACE

“The Martian”
Pietro Scalia, ACE

“The Revenant”
Stephen Mirrione, ACE

“Sicario”
Joe Walker, ACE

“Spotlight”
Tom McArdle, ACE

OUTSTANDING EDITING – TELEVISION (TIE)

WINNERS (TIE):
“Roots – Night One”
Martin Nicholson, ACE, Greg Babor

“Game of Thrones – Battle of the Bastards”
Tim Porter, ACE

“Body Team 12”
David Darg // RYOT Films

“Underground – The Macon 7″
Zack Arnold, Ian Tan // Sony Pictures Television

“Vinyl – Pilot”
David Tedeschi

OUTSTANDING EDITING – COMMERCIAL

WINNER:
Wilson “Nothing Without It”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Nespresso “Training Day”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Edit

Saucony “Be A Seeker”
Lenny Mesina // Therapy Studios

Samsung “Teresa”
Kristin McCasey // Therapy Studios

 

OUTSTANDING SOUND

OUTSTANDING SOUND – FEATURE FILM

WINNER:
“Sicario”
Alan Murray, Tom Ozanich, John Reitz // Warner Bros. Post Production Services

“Room”
Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady, Ken Galvin // Ardmore Sound

“Eye In The Sky”
Craig Mann, Adam Jenkins, Bill R. Dean, Chase Keehn // Technicolor Creative Services

“Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice”
Scott Hecker // Formosa Group
Chris Jenkins, Michael Keller // Warner Bros. Post Production Services

“Zootopia”
David Fluhr, CAS, Gabriel Guy, CAS, Addison Teague // Walt Disney Company

OUTSTANDING SOUND – TELEVISION

WINNER:
“Outlander – Prestonpans”
Nello Torri, Alan Decker, Brian Milliken, Vince Balunas // NBCUniversal Post Sound

“Game of Thrones – Battle of the Bastards”
Tim Kimmel, MPSE, Paula Fairfield, Mathew Waters, CAS, Onnalee Blank, CAS, Bradley C. Katona, Paul Bercovitch // Formosa Group

“Preacher – See”
Richard Yawn, Mark Linden, Tara Paul // Sony Sound

“Marco Polo – One Hundred Eyes”
David Paterson, Roberto Fernandez, Alexa Zimmerman, Glenfield Payne, Rachel Chancey // Harbor Picture Company

“House of Cards – Chapter 45″
Jeremy Molod, Ren Klyce, Nathan Nance, Scott R. Lewis, Jonathan Stevens // Skywalker Sound

OUTSTANDING SOUND – COMMERCIAL

WINNER:
Sainsbury’s “Mog’s Christmas Calamity”
Anthony Moore, Neil Johnson // Factory

Save the Children UK “Still The Most Shocking Second A Day”
Jon Clarke // Factory

Wilson “Nothing Without It”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Honda “Paper”
Phil Bolland // Factory

Honda “Ignition”
Anthony Moore // Factory

OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS

OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS – FEATURE FILM

WINNER:
“The Jungle Book”
Robert Legato, Andrew R. Jones
Adam Valdez, Charley Henley // MPC
Keith Miller // Weta Digital

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
Jay Cooper, Yanick Dusseault, Rick Hankins, Carlos Munoz, Polly Ing // Industrial Light & Magic

“Captain America: Civil War”
Russell Earl, Steve Rawlins, Francois Lambert, Pat Conran, Rhys Claringbull // Industrial Light & Magic

“The Martian”
Chris Lawrence, Neil Weatherley, Bronwyn Edwards, Dale Newton // Framestore

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”
Pablo Helman, Robert Weaver, Kevin Martel, Shawn Kelly, Nelson Sepulveda // Industrial Light & Magic

OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS – TELEVISION

WINNER:
“Game of Thrones – Battle of the Bastards”
Joe Bauer // Fire & Blood Productions
Eric Carney // The Third Floor
Derek Spears // Rhythm & Hues Studios
Glenn Melenhorst // Iloura
Matthew Rouleau // Rodeo FX

“Supergirl – Pilot”
Armen V. Kevorkian, Andranik Taranyan, Gevork Babityan, Elaina Scott, Art Sayan // Encore VFX

“Ripper Street – The Strangers’ Home”
Ed Bruce, Nicholas Murphy, Denny Cahill, John O’Connell // Screen Scene

“Black Sails – XXI”
Erik Henry // Starz
Matt Dougan // Digital Domain
Martin Ogren, Jens Tenland, Nicklas Andersson // ILP

“The Flash – Gorilla Warfare”
Armen V. Kevorkian, Thomas J. Conners, Andranik Taranyan, Gevork Babityan, Jason Shulman // Encore VFX

OUTSTANDING VISUAL EFFECTS – COMMERCIAL

WINNER:
Microsoft Xbox “Halo 5: The Hunt Begins”
Ben Walsh, Ian Holland, Brian Delmonico, Brian Burke // Method Studios

Sainsbury’s “Mog’s Christmas Calamity”
Ben Cronin, Grant Walker, Rafael Camacho // Framestore

AT&T “Power of &”
James Dick, Corrina Wilson, Euna Kho, Callum McKeveny // Framestore

Kohler “Never Too Next”
Andy Boyd, Jake Montgomery, Zachary DiMaria, David Hernandez // JAMM

Gatorade “Sports Fuel”
JD Yepes, Richard Shallcross // Framestore

EMERGING LEADER AWARD
2016 Winners-
Jesse Korosi
Jennifer Zeidan

The following special awards, which were previously announced, were also presented this evening:

HPA ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD
Sponsored by NAB Show
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.

2016 Winners-
Aspera: FASPStream
Grass Valley: GV Node Real Time IP Processing and Edge Routing Platform
RealD: Ultimate Screen
SGO: Mistika

Honorable mentions:
Grass Valley: LDX 86N Native 4K Series Camera
Canon USA, Inc.: 4K / UHD / 2K / HD display

 

HPA JUDGES AWARD FOR CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

The HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation recognizes companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow and process to support creative storytelling or in technical innovation. The Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation is conferred by a jury of industry experts.

2016 Winner-
The Mill: BLACKBIRD

 

HPA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The HPA Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who is recognized for his or her service and commitment to the professional media content industry. The mission of the award is to give recognition to individuals who have, with great service, dedicated their careers to the betterment of the industry. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given at the discretion of the HPA Board of Directors and the HPA Awards Committee. It is not bestowed every year.

2016 Honoree-
Herb Dow, ACE

 

THE CHARLES S. SWARTZ AWARD
The Charles S. Swartz Award is conferred on a person, group, or company that has made significant artistic, technological, business or educational impact across diverse aspects of the media industry. The award was named in honor of the late Charles S. Swartz, who led the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California from 2002 until 2006, building it into the industry’s premiere testing bed for new digital cinema technologies.

2016 Honoree-
Michelle Munson, Founder and CEO of Aspera

More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Professional Association can be found at www.hpaonline.com.

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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 Association. 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 our Title Sponsor, Blackmagic Design; our Engineering Title Sponsor, NABShow; our Foundation Members, AVID, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFilm, and Encore; our Platinum Sponsors, Chainsaw and IMAX; our Gold Sponsor, Sohonet; our Bronze Sponsor, Sony; and our Supporting Sponsors, Barco, the Hollywood Reporter, and Jump!.

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 www.hpaonline.com.

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2 2016 Nov

YOUNG ENTERTAINMENT PROFESSIONALS INAUGURAL CLASS MAKES THE CONNECTION AT 2016 SMPTE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

A full day of mentorship and community for tomorrow’s industry leaders from HPA and SMPTE

 2 November 2016 (Los Angeles, CA) – The inaugural class of the Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) Program launched last week during the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2016) in Hollywood. Sponsored by the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) and SMPTE, YEP was created to encourage worthy individuals to follow a career in the media content industry and support them with connection and community. The first YEP group included applicants from a variety of disciplines and locales.

Inaugural class of the Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) Program

Inaugural class of the Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) Program

Aspiring YEP program participants were asked to outline their interests in the content creation industry and goals for their careers, and applications were supported by recommendations from supervisors. Incubated by HPA’s Women in Post, the YEP Committee, co-chaired by Kari Grubin and Loren Nielsen, considered a number of highly qualified applicants for inclusion in the program. Grubin commented, “The caliber of applicants was impressive, and the inquiries came from young men and women who are at work in complex and responsible roles, motivated to take the next step in their careers. The dedication to their current positions as well as their clear-eyed focus on the future was exactly what we had hoped for this debut class. The committee was delighted to work with the YEP group this week, and will remain with them on their journey.”

YEP Committee Members L-R: Belinda Merritt, Kari Grubin, Laura Thommen, and Loren Nielsen

YEP Committee Members L-R: Belinda Merritt, Kari Grubin, Laura Thommen, and Loren Nielsen

The first class of YEP includes 29 young men and women between the ages of 21 and 29, hailing from the US and beyond. They hold responsible creative and technical posts at studios, facilities, and tech companies, and in some cases are accomplished individuals from outside of the industry. The structured daylong event began with introductions from the YEP Committee members, HPA President Seth Hallen, SMPTE-HPA Executive Director Barbara Lange and SMPTE President Robert Seidel. Post-production guru Garrett Smith presented a history of cinema. Over lunch, YEP participants split into mentor-led roundtables. Mentors included industry leaders from studios, major vendors and manufacturers, and will have an ongoing relationship with the class. The afternoon included guided tours of the exhibition area by industry insiders, and attendance at the SMPTE panel, Re-Inventing Entertainment Engineering: How to Blend the Experience of Yesterday with Millennials’ Vision of Tomorrow. The group gathered at the end of the day for an interactive wrap up session and a stop at the SMPTE Oktoberfest party, followed by the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater.

HPA president Seth Hallen noted, “The formation of the YEP program and spending time with these amazing young people is inspiring. It became clear in our day together that mentoring is a two-way street, and they bring as many insights for us as we bring to them. As our industry continues to change and its complexities deepen, this group is proof that the future is in great hands.”  The YEP program is but one of the mentoring initiatives undertaken by the HPA. Hallen continued, “In the next few months, the HPA Board will unveil additional mentoring initiatives to nurture and launch the next generation of professionals. YEP is an auspicious start to our efforts.”

For further information, visit hpaonline.com.

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 www.hpaonline.com.

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)
For the past 100 years, the people of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE, pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has earned an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. The Society has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are currently in force.

SMPTE’s global membership today includes 7,000 members, who are motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) connects SMPTE and its membership with 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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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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25 2016 Feb

A letter from HPA Executive Director Barbara Lange

February, 2016

Dear HPA Friends,

Last week’s HPA Tech Retreat in Palm Springs provided wonderful thought provoking conversations and sessions, much-needed time with friends, and the chance to enjoy the Retreat’s unmistakable character.   Along the way, a few important developments were announced and I’d like to take this opportunity to touch upon them.

Leon Silverman announced that he is stepping down as President of the HPA, an organization he helped found and which he has steered for the last fourteen years. During the Tech Retreat, Leon handed the baton – literally and figuratively – to Seth Hallen.  All of us who are involved in HPA are indebted to Leon for his vision and passion in launching an incredible group that serves as a beacon and gathering spot for a changing industry. Fortunately, Leon will continue to serve on the Board of Directors in the newly created role of Past President. Seth will bring his deep experience in the industry to his presidency, as well as a profound dedication to, and love of, the HPA. Seth has served as a Board member since 2007, working closely with Leon on management and direction for HPA. He has a slate of ideas to share and the enthusiasm and talent to execute them. With a grateful nod to the first 14 years of HPA, we are all very excited to move forward into the next phase of the HPA with Seth at the helm.

Since the launch of the Hollywood Post Alliance in 2004, post production has seen constant change.  Technologies, workflows, companies, and talents have shifted, not away from post but expanding upon it.  As a way of acknowledging the widening tapestry of companies and individuals who bring brilliance and innovation to the business of making media content, we have officially completed the transition as we change our name to the Hollywood Professional Association.  “Professional” is a more accurate and inclusive description of the work in which we are all engaged. We unveiled the name as well as a brand new identity, both of which you’ll see in all communications and events from now on.

In other important news, HPA is going global! The HPA Tech Retreat UK will be held in Oxfordshire, the 13th and 14th of July. Building on the solid aspects of the HPA Tech Retreat – SuperSession, Breakfast Roundtables, fantastic networking and fun, Innovation Zone, which run alongside carefully curated sessions – the HPA Tech Retreat UK will definitely have a British flare and flavor. Richard Welsh and Jerry Pierce are co-chairs of the program committee, which is putting together a fantastic slate of presentations that properly reflect the Tech Retreat style.  Registration is already open at hpatechretreatuk.org, and earlybird discounts are available through 2 April.  Expect more news, exciting panels and events to be announced over the coming weeks.

As we head into the next phase of the HPA, it’s an honor to serve as your Executive Director, and build on the work that has come before. I hope to make this letter a regular communication to you, keeping you apprised of new association developments.  And I am quite open to hearing your feedback, so do feel free to send your thoughts and ideas to me at blange@hpaonline.com.  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!