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5 2018 Sep

HPA Tech Retreat 2019 Issues Call for Proposals

HPA Tech Retreat 2019 Issues Call for Proposals
Leading Industry Event Set for February 11-15 2019 in Palm Desert, CA

September 6, 2018 (BURBANK) – The Hollywood Professional Association has issued the call for proposals for the 2019 HPA Tech Retreat®, the consistently sold-out annual gathering of professionals from around the world who work at the intersection of technology and creative media. The main conference, the most extensive portion of the HPA Tech Retreat, is determined by the proposals submitted during this process.

The HPA Tech Retreat is comprised of Tech Retreat Extra (TR-X), the Supersession, breakfast roundtables, an Innovation Zone, and the main conference.  Also open now are submissions for the breakfast roundtables.

Now in its 24th. year, the event in Palm Springs attracts a wide array of distinguished attendees and speakers and engages leaders from every facet of the content ecosystem. The 2019 HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 11-15, 2019 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, CA (Palm Springs area).

Call for Proposals: Main Program

The main program presentations are set for Wednesday, February 13 through Friday February 15, 2019.  These presentations are strictly reserved for marketing-free content.  Mark Schubin, who has programmed the Tech Retreat since its inception, notes that main program sessions can include a wide range of content. “We are looking for the most interesting, thought provoking, challenging and important ideas, diving into almost anything that is related to moving images and associated sounds. That includes, but is not limited to: alternative content for cinema, AR, broadcast in the age of broadband, content protection, dynamic range, enhanced cinema, frame rate, global mastering, higher immersion, international law, joke generation, kernel control, loss recovery, media management, night vision, optical advances, plug-‘n’-play, queasiness in VR, robo-post, surround imagery, terabyte thumb drives, UHD II, verification, wilderness production, x-band internet access, yield strength of lighting trusses, and zoological holography.” It is a far-ranging and creative call to the most innovative thinkers exploring the most interesting ideas and work. He concludes with his annual salvo, “Anything from scene to seen and gear to ear is fair game. So are haptic/tactile, olfactory, and gustatory applications.”

Proposals, which are informal in nature and can be as short as a few sentences in length, must be submitted by the would-be presenter. Submitters will be contacted if the topic is of interest. Presentations in the main program are typically of half-hour duration, including set-up and Q&A.  The deadline to submit main program proposals is end of day, Friday, October 26, 2018. Submissions should be sent to tvmark@earthlink.net.

Call for Proposals: Breakfast Roundtables

Breakfast roundtables take place Wednesday to Friday, beginning at 7:30 AM. Unlike the main program, moderator-led breakfast roundtables can include marketing information. Schubin comments, “Table moderators are free to teach, preach, inquire, ask, call-to-task, sell, or do anything else that keeps conversation flowing for an hour.”

There is no vetting process for breakfast roundtables. All breakfast roundtable moderators must be registered for the retreat and there is no retreat registration discount conveyed by moderating a breakfast roundtable. Proposals for breakfast roundtables must be submitted by their proposed moderators and once the maximum number of tables is reached (32 per day), no more can be accepted.

In reflecting upon the call, Seth Hallen, president of HPA said “The HPA Tech Retreat main conference, under the brilliant leadership of Mark Schubin, is simply the must-attend event for anyone who works inside this complex world of media production and post production technology. It is a big picture event with an emphasis on the real-world application of the technology that supports the creative process. The authenticity, relevance and passion that comes through in the presentations and discussions is what has always made the HPA Tech Retreat program so unique and special.   As we are every year, we are all excited to see the proposals that come in for this year’s program. If you have ideas that you are passionate about and that you would like to share with this community, I encourage you to submit.”

Further details for the 2019 HPA Tech Retreat will be announced in the coming weeks, including TR-X focus, supersession topics, and Innovation Zone details, as well as seminars and meetings held in advance of the Tech Retreat.

The HPA Tech Retreat is a perennially sold out event, and the programming, breakfast roundtables, Innovation Zone slots fill quickly.

For more information about the 2019 HPA Tech Retreat, visit 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.

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30 2018 Jul

HPA Names Victoria Alonso Recipient of Charles S. Swartz Award

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HPA Names Victoria Alonso Recipient of Charles S. Swartz Award

July 30, 2018 (Burbank, CA)  – The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced that Victoria Alonso, respected producer and Executive Vice President, Production for Marvel Studios, will receive the organization’s 2018 Charles S. Swartz Award at the HPA Awards on November 15.

The HPA Awards recognize creative artistry, innovation and engineering excellence in the professional media content industry and the Charles S. Swartz Award honors the recipient’s significant impact across diverse aspects of the industry.  The HPA Awards will be bestowed at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.

A native of Buenos Aires, Alonso moved to the US on her own at the age of 19.  She worked her way up through the industry, beginning as a PA and then working four years at the VFX powerhouse Digital Domain. She served as VFX producer on a number of films, including Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven, Tim Burton’s Big Fish, Andrew Adamson’s Shrek and Marvel’s Iron Man. She won the Visual Effects Society (VES) Award for outstanding supporting visual effects/motion picture for Kingdom of Heaven, with two additional shared nominations (best single visual effects, outstanding visual effects/effects driven motion picture) for Iron Man.  Eventually, she joined Marvel as the company’s executive vice president of visual effects and post production, doubling as co-producer on Iron Man, a role she reprised on Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. In 2011, she advanced to executive producer on the blockbuster hit The Avengers and has since executive produced Marvel’s Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and most recently, Ant-Man and the Wasp. In her current role she serves as EVP, Production, for Marvel Studios as well as serving as producer on a number of important films.

Alonso has become an important voice in Hollywood as a producer, as a Latina and as a female senior executive.  She was listed as one of Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women in Entertainment Power 100 and was the 2015 honoree for the Muse Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement from the New York Women in Film & Television. She was also the first woman to be presented with the Harold Lloyd Award from the Advanced Imaging Society, which is given to a filmmaker who has created a body of work, and specific achievements in 3-D, that advanced the motion picture art form. In 2017, she was the first woman to be honored with the Visionary Award at the 15th Annual VES Awards for her advancement of unforgettable storytelling through visual effects.   She is currently at work on the untitled fourth installment of “Avengers” and “Captain Marvel.

The Charles S. Swartz Award is a prized honor with special meaning for the HPA, named in honor of an innovative, inspiring and compassionate executive. Charles Swartz had a far ranging creative and technical career, eventually leading the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC), a leading industry thinktank and research center. The Charles S. Swartz Award is awarded at the discretion of the HPA Awards Committee and the HPA Board of Directors, and is not given annually.

Seth Hallen, president of the HPA, said, “We are honored to present The Charles S. Swartz Award to Victoria Alonso, whose work and accomplishments are impressive by any standard.  This honor is given after thoughtful consideration, and only when the Board and the Awards Committee feel that there is a worthy and undeniable recipient. Victoria’s career trajectory has shown her talent, perseverance, and brilliance. She has brought recognition to her craft and to women who work in this industry and is richly deserving of the Charles S. Swartz Award.”

The HPA Awards honor creative categories, Engineering Excellence and Creativity and Innovation. The HPA Awards are made possible through the generous sponsorship of Foundation Members Avid, Dolby, EFILM, Encore, and Stereo D; Blackmagic Design as Title Sponsor, and Platinum Sponsor IMAX.  For sponsorship or program advertising opportunities, please contact Joyce Cataldo at jcataldo@hpaonline.com. Tickets are now available at www.hpaonline.com.

For a list of the 2017 winners, click here.

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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.

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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27 2018 Jun

2018 ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY HPA

2018 ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY HPA
Blackmagic Design, Canon, Cinnafilm, and IBM Aspera & Telestream Named

 

June 26, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA) – Today, the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards Committee announced the winners of the 2018 HPA Engineering Excellence Award.  Winners were determined at a blue ribbon judging session held at IMAX on the 16th of June. The coveted honor will be bestowed November 15, 2018 at the 13th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

The Engineering Excellence Award was 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 archive. The HPA Awards launched in 2005 to recognize creative artistry, innovation and engineering excellence in the professional media content industry.

Joachim Zell, Chair of the HPA Awards Engineering Committee said, “Once again, the Engineering Excellence judging sessions brought us outstanding presentations from a variety of companies at work in different parts of the media and entertainment ecosystem.  The presenters are representative of the amazing work that great companies and brilliant individuals are bringing to the marketplace. The judges had a strong field of excellent technologies to evaluate, and the results were extremely close. Based on the effort, talent and time from the presenters and the enthusiasm of the judges, it is clear that the HPA Engineering Excellence award is meaningful to our industry, and I want to personally thank our presenters and our intrepid judges. Congratulations to the winners and to the entrants for truly impressive work.”

 

The winners of the 2018 HPA Award for Engineering Excellence are:

Blackmagic Design – DaVinci Resolve 15

DaVinci Resolve 15, released at NAB this year, offers a major step forward for the post-production workflow, a significant shift in technically and creatively matched toolsets as well as overall efficiency. The platform, designed to provide a full suite of post-production tools, from ingest to delivery, directly integrated in a single ecosystem, includes significant improvements in quality, functionality and time to delivery. Exchange formats, translation and conform can be eliminated, and last-minute change efficiently managed for feature film, episodic TV and short form productions.

Canon – Visual and Technical Monitoring of HDR Images

Canon has seen the need for not only visually seeing HDR images on set, in editorial, and in finishing but also for engineering tools to know exact values of the HDR images and its pixels; compare SDR and HDR images; compare different HDR deliverable systems; out of gamut warnings; and connection to various manufacturers camera metadata.

This complete system from Canon ensures that HDR and SDR image creation is easily and accurately be accomplished.

Cinnafilm, Inc. – PixelStrings

PixelStrings is a cloud-based video conversion service focusing on ultimate playback quality for media.  Leveraging the award-winning framerate conversion, retiming, artifact/noise/telecine correction, and transcode technologies from Cinnafilm, this PaaS enables the mass creation of best-possible video versions while leveraging infinite, GPU-enabled cloud compute power.  The platform is a growing hub of other best-of-breed media technologies and is a simple pay-as-you-use toolset available 24/7 though a browser.  PixelStings enables the freedom of a predictable OpEx process.

IBM Aspera & Telestream – Telestream Vantage with Lightspeed Live Capture powered by Aspera

IBM Aspera and Telestream have developed a game-changing solution for high-speed capture and production of live, broadcast quality video from remote locations for faster production turnaround. The API integration of Aspera’s FASPStream streaming technology with Telestream Vantage and Lightspeed Live enables open-file workflows so production teams can work on live video feeds from remote locations in real time, with dramatically lower costs compared to satellite delivery, fiber or on-location production and more flexible deployment options.

Honorable Mention:

Samsung – Samsung Onyx

The Samsung Onyx Cinema LED technology with DCI certification has come to market for both Cinema and Post Production uses with two models: a 2K resolution 5 meter screen and a 4K resolution 10.3 meters screen.  LED technology delivers visual quality, technical performance and reliability beyond that of traditional projector-based operations. This system also features state-of-the-art surround sound from Harman/JBL. While operating nominally with traditional 14 ft-L SDR imagery the screen is adopting support for HDR systems such as EClairColor and PQ with operating points at least to 300 cd/m2 and black performance including “off” and 0.005 cd/m2.

In addition to the honors for excellence in engineering, the HPA Awards will recognize excellence in 12 craft categories including color grading, editing, sound and visual effects.  The recipients of the Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation and other special awards will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Tickets for the 13th annual HPA Awards will be available for purchase later this summer. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Professional Association, as well as sponsorship and congratulatory advertising opportunities, 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 Assciation. 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. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members and sponsors.

About the Hollywood Professional Association
Hollywood Professional Alliance (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 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. 

All trademarks appearing herein are the properties of their respective owners.

 

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19 2018 Apr

HPA AWARDS ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS

HPA AWARDS ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE CALL FOR ENTRIES OPENS
Coveted honor spotlights technical and creative ingenuity

 

April 17, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA) – The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) opens its call for entries for the Engineering Excellence Award today, April 17, 2018. Now in its 13th year, the HPA Engineering Excellence Award is considered 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 will close on May 25, 2018.

Joachim Zell, VP of Technology for EFILM and chair of the HPA Engineering Excellence Award Committee, said, “Artistic vision is what drives the technical and engineering processes that bring that vision to life. Ultimately, our work is fundamentally about helping filmmakers realize their vision.  The companies and individuals supporting creative storytellers face constant pressure to evolve to expand the creative palette. Their contribution to the entertainment industry cannot be overstated. The Engineering Excellence Award is a highly competitive honor, and the past winners have changed the course of entertainment technology. We encourage the submission of your significant technological achievements.”

Entrants for this peer-judged award may include products or processes, and must represent a significant step forward for its industry beneficiaries. Past winners have included Aspera, Canon, Colorfront, Dolby, The Foundry/Sony Pictures Imageworks, MACOM, NVIDIA, Panasonic, Quantel, and RED Digital Cinema.  Rules and procedures can be found online.

Applicants present to a blue-ribbon industry panel is required of applicants.  Presentations  will take place on a Saturday in June in Los Angeles, California. More information about the presentation dates and location will be announced soon.

Entries for the Engineering Excellence Award will be accepted until May 25. Winners will be announced in advance, and honors presented during the HPA Awards gala on the evening of November 15, 2018 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

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 in May.

For more information about the HPA Awards, including complete rules, guidelines and entry information, please visit www.hpaawards.com.

For information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 HPA Awards show, contact Joyce Cataldo at jcataldo@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.

 

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 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.

 

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28 2018 Feb

THE HOLLYWOOD PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES HPA CREATIVE TECH UK 2018

THE HOLLYWOOD PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES HPA CREATIVE TECH UK 2018

Content Creation Community Gathers for Intensive One-Day Conference in Central London

Burbank, Calif. (February 20, 2018) ­­–– Building upon the foundation of the HPA Tech Retreat in the U.K. and the U.S., the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced HPA Creative Tech UK 2018, presented by SMPTE Ltd., a one-day, intensive symposium featuring panels, technology, and networking. HPA Creative Tech UK 2018 will take place on 27 June at the Ham Yard Hotel in the heart of London’s Soho district.

In unveiling the preliminary program, Richard Welsh, co-chair of the event and SMPTE education vice president, noted: “This program touches on topics that are of utmost importance to the creative and technical communities. From cybersecurity to production tools, to the perspective of the creatives, the day will present the latest essential information and exchange in a wonderful venue with content creation industry leaders. The program was built to embrace serious and informative discussion on the timeliest topics and concerns facing our industry. And, for the first time, we have incorporated ‘live’ demo sessions including on-set systems, hacking, and more.”

Program
A first look at the program was announced today. A keynote speaker and additional program information are expected shortly.

  • How Hacks Work Live event!
    Freakyclown (FC) and Jessica Barker - Redacted FirmSome of the last few year’s most high profile hacks have involved media and entertainment giants. Despite best efforts of broadcasters and studios to ensure the highest levels of security, breaches continue to occur often with reputation damaging and costly consequences.Renowned ethical hacker FC and socio-technical expert Barker will discuss and demonstrate the who, how and why of hacking. Live demonstrations of hacks will be interjected with discussions about how these hacks work, the human factors behind each attack and what we can do to mitigate against them. This talk demystifies cyber insecurity and tackles both the human and technical elements at play. Attendees will leave this talk with a greater awareness of how quick, simple and effective attacks can be and what they can do, from a technical and human perspective, to better defend their organization.
  • CES Update
    Mark Harrison, managing director of DPP and SMPTE regional governor for the U.K. will bring insight and perspective to the latest innovations and products seen at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show last month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Remote on-set review: Live Demo
    Chris Clarke – Cerberus Tech
    Recent movies such as Solo – a Star Wars Story and Jurassic World 2 were able to leverage live broadcast video over IP to enable their second unit shoots to be relayed in real-time to the director back at base on the main set––at a higher quality than the main on-set monitoring. The ability to securely stream video from anywhere to anywhere over IP has transformed this part of the production process, enabling unprecedented collaboration and creative control. Learn how the team at Cerberus is architecting and enabling this new creative workflow, and see a live demo direct from the camera on-set to the HPA screen.
  • The Future of Everything – AI
    As discussion and consideration of Artificial Intelligence become dominate, Creative Tech UK will present leading thinkers on aspects of AI, ultimately helping to develop an understanding of its future, and how that future impacts industry and society.

Innovation Zone
As at HPA Tech Retreats in both the US and UK, the Innovation Zone be a key part of the event. This year at HPA Creative Tech UK a carefully curated collection of important technologies, products, and developments will be presented. Space is limited, and submissions will be carefully considered to support true innovations. For information, visit http://www.hpaonline.com.

Networking Opportunities
Between morning coffee, catered lunch, breaks, and a cocktail reception, HPA Creative Tech UK offers a number of opportunities for connection and conversation.

HPA President Seth Hallen commented, “For the past two years, our U.K. event has drawn an inspiring complement of industry thinkers to Oxfordshire for a few days of intense engagement. We have chosen to modify the format to accommodate the part of our audience and speakers who work in Soho. Under Richard’s leadership, the committee has put together a compelling lineup in a central and outstanding venue that will foster intense discussion, creative exchange, and focused networking over the course of a single day. We are looking forward to the HPA Creative Tech UK in its new London venue.”

Registration for HPA Creative Tech UK 2018 is now open. To register for the event, visit www.hpaonline.com. For sponsorship information, email Joyce Cataldo at sponsorships@hpaonline.com.

 

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About the HPA Tech Retreat and HPA Creative Tech UK, presented by SMPTE Ltd.
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 annually in Palm Springs, California, and the 2018 HPA Creative Tech UK, presented by SMPTE Ltd., will take place in London, 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. Now in 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. 

All trademarks appearing herein are the properties of their respective owners.

 

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6 2018 Feb

Yves Bergquist Set to Keynote TR-X at HPA Tech Retreat

Yves Bergquist Set to Keynote TR-X at HPA Tech Retreat

ETC unveils “AI, A Primer for Entertainment” at TR-X, unique program of engaging panels

 

BURBANK (February 5 2018) –– In its engaging sophomore outing, HPA’s Tech Retreat eXtra (TR-X) will launch the HPA Tech Retreat 2018 during a half-day, expert led pre-conference event entitled Everything You Thought You Knew About Artificial Intelligence in M&E and What You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know. TR-X will take place on Monday, the 19th of February in Palm Desert, CA at the JW Marriott Resort & Spa in advance of the HPA Tech Retreat 2018.  Registration for TR-X is required, and can be added to HPA Tech Retreat registration, or as standalone attendance.

Yves Bergquist, Project Director Data Analytics, Entertainment Technology Center at USC, will present a keynote session to kick off TR-X. “Makeover or Takeover? Artificial Intelligence in Media & Entertainment” will explore the extreme amount of attention building around AI.  As Bergquist notes, “No technological development has created more buzz and sheer intellectual mayhem than artificial intelligence. As a data scientist with years of experience in AI research and development, I’d like to lift the veil on what it means for the industry. What is AI? What can we expect for it in media and entertainment? When? Which jobs will live, and which won’t? Will it help us take our stories higher?”

Bergquist brings a unique blend of experience to his role at ETC and also as CEO of AI engineering firm Corto, where he and his team help the entertainment industry build and deploy next-generation machine intelligence systems. At ETC, Yves and his team manage dozens of projects that apply machine learning to the challenges facing industry, including audience intelligence, semantic content classification, windowing, and AI-driven post-production. Their efforts include using social media conversations to model audience decisions in the theatrical window, developing the first audience intelligence application focused on the Chinese market, correlating narrative structures in film to theatrical performance, and a Deep Learning-driven semantic content classification application.

Yves is an expert in complex systems with experience modeling high-velocity markets for public and private sector clients. He was part of the founding team at Singularity University, a joint venture between Google and NASA, which aims to leverage Artificial Intelligence and other exponential technologies to help solve the world’s greatest problems. In his role at ETC, which he joined in 2015, Bergquist leverages his technical background and lifelong love of storytelling to apply computational thinking and data science to the storytelling process.

ETC will debut “AI, A Primer for Entertainment” at TR-X, which is expected to become a trusted source of information and go-to reference as AI and its influence grows.

HPA TR-X runs from 1pm to 5:15pm on Monday, February 19th, and offers a compelling lineup of panels and panelists. In addition to the Bergquist keynote, panels include:

  • Novel AI Implementations: Real World AI Case Studies
  • The Potential for Partnering with AI in the Creative Process
  • Content Intelligence: AI & Marketing
  • Bleeding Edge M&E Research
  • AI Vision Panel: What Will Happen and When?

Prompt registration for TR-X encouraged; it is expected to sell out. For further info, visit www.hpatechretreat.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 the UK. Information about the HPA Tech Retreat is available at www.hpatechretreat.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 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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29 2018 Jan

2018 HPA Tech Retreat® Announces Expanded Program

2018 HPA Tech Retreat® Announces Expanded Program

 

IMF, AI Highlighted in Connective Week

 

LOS ANGELES 29 January 2018 –– Today, the HPA unveiled additions to the Tech Retreat program and events that were outlined last month in its preliminary program announcements, continuing its reputation 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 will take place at a new venue at the JW Marriott Resort, in Palm Desert, California, from the 19th to 23rd of February, 2018.

As it has for 23 years, the HPA Tech Retreat will feature an array of high-powered conference sessions (TR-X, Supersession, and the main program) as well as a curated Innovation Zone, more than 50 breakfast roundtables, and extensive networking opportunities.

Monday’s TR-X (Tech Retreat eXtra) takes an uncommon, in-depth dive into AI. Tuesday through Friday, Tech Retreat programming covers the most important topics facing the media industry. Kicking off the days on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are a diverse array of breakfast roundtable discussions, led by key industry experts.

The Innovation Zone, featuring emerging and innovating technologies from nearly 60 companies at the vanguard of the industry, will unveil the new IMF Central, a special area of Interoperable Master Format (IMF) expert companies.  Open Tuesday through Thursday, it will also feature specialty suites for presentations of cameras, monitors and other technologies that require a darkened environment.

Overview

Monday, February 19 – HPA TR-X

2018 HPA TR-X: Everything You Thought You Knew About Artificial Intelligence in M&E and What You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know

The engaging half day session will tackle one of the most important topics of the day: what’s AI all about and what does it really have to do with Media & Entertainment now and in the future. Featuring a keynote by Yves Bergquist (Project Director Data Analytics, Entertainment Technology Center at USC), as well as presentations from industry leaders Paul Roberts (Amazon Web Services), Logan Ketchum (Veritone), Greg Taieb (Deluxe Entertainment Services Group), Linda Smith (Facecake), editor and professor Norman Hollyn (USC), Greg Estes (NVidia), John Vickery (Zeroth), Raja Sahi (Pixelogic Media), Phil Lelyveld (ETC), Craig German (Amazon Web Services), John Motz (GrayMeta), Steve Cronan (5th Kind), Richard Welsh (Sundog Media Toolkit), Philip Hodgetts (Lumberjack Systems), Rachel Payne (Prizma), and Mark Chiolis (Mobile TV Group), TR-X is jam packed with opportunities to learn, explore and connect. TR-X is a standalone and separately ticketed session from the rest of the Tech Retreat.

Tuesday, February 20 – The Supersession

HPA Supersession: It’s Still Snowing and We’re Just Making Bigger and Better Snowmen

The Tech Retreat Supersession is designed to dig deep into crucial questions, including making sense of the many choices across many different workflows. Attendees will learn from industry experts about how we are producing content across the widest spectrum of content creation – from spots to blockbusters. Speakers announced include keynote speaker Usman Shakeel (Amazon), as well as Jerry Pierce (HPA), Joshua Rubenstein (LAPD), Jesse Korosi (SIM Digital), Annie Chang (Universal Pictures), Erik Hansen (HBO), Richard Welsh (Sundog Media Toolkit), Chuck Parker (Sohonet), Aaron Lovell (Amazon Studios), Chris Clarke (Cerberus Technology), Roy Trosh (The Mill), and David Benson (BeBop Technology).

Wednesday, February 21 – Friday, February 23

The main conference program consists of carefully curated talks, panels, and presentations that deal with the engrossing and provocative issues facing the industry in 2018. There are a number of new and relevant sessions on tap for the main program.

Wednesday:

  • Mark Schubin’s Technology Year in Review
  • Washington Update: Jim Burger (Thompson Coburn LLP)
  • IMF Central: Howard Lukk (SMPTE), Bruce Devlin (SMPTE), Mark Harrison (Digital Production Partnership/DPP), Andy Wilson (DPP), Andy Quested (BBC), Bill Baggelaar (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Greg Geier (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Tomasz Witkowski (Fishtank Cloud), Julián Fernández-Campón (Tedial), Clyde Smith (Fox, North American Broadcasters Association)
  • Broadcasters Panel: Matthew Goldman (Ericsson), Dave Siegler (Cox Media Group & Pearl TV), Rich Friedel (Fox & ATSC), Del Parks (Sinclair Broadcast Group), and Skip Pizzi (NAB)
  • CES Review: Peter Putman (ROAM Consulting)
  • Advanced Cinema Technology Session: Pete Ludé (Mission Rock Digital), Jean-Philippe Jacquemin (Barco), Ronan Boitard (Barco), Scott Daly (Dolby Laboratories), Gary Demos (Image Essence), Tony Davis (RealD), Bill Bennett, ASC

Thursday:

  • HDR Flavors: Seth Hallen (Pixelogic/HPA), Don Eklund (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Pat Griffis (Dolby Laboratories), Bill Mandel (Samsung), Andy Quested (BBC)
  • Establishing Metadata Guidelines for Downstream Image Presentation Management on Consumer Displays: Michael Chambliss (ICG)
  • ACES Update: Annie Chang (Universal), Wolfgang Ruppel (RheinMain University of Applied Sciences)
  • Remote and Mobile Production Panel: Mark Chiolis (Mobile TV Group), Peter Wehner (Mobile TV Group), Scott Rothenberg (NEP Group), Wolfgang Schram (PRG/Nocturne), John Vickery (Zeroth)
  • VR and The Eclipse: Alx Klive, (360 Designs)
  • Pixar’s Approach to Localization: Eric Pearson (Pixar)
  • Automation of Versioning: Richard Welsh (Sundog Media Toolkit), Henry Gu (GIC), Cédric Lejeune (Éclair)
  • Understanding Block Chain for the Biz: Steve Wong (DXC Technology), Pete Ludé (Mission Rock Digital)
  • Reinventing Digital Content Storage and Interchange with Decentralized Ledgers and Machine Learning: Michelle Munson and Serban Simu (Eluvio)
  • The Project Budget War: Views from Both Sides and the In-Between: Andy Marken (Marken Communications), Jeffrey Stansfield (Advantage Video Systems), Cirina Catania (The Catania Group), Larry O’Connor (OWC), Aaron Semmel (Semmelboomboom)
  • The Rise of eSports: Josh Rizzo

Friday:

  • Predicting Trends: Why We Get It Wrong and How to Get It Right: Mark Harrison (DPP)
  • SMPTE Update: Howard Lukk (SMPTE)
  • Detection of Modified Video: Ed Grogan (Department of Defense)
  • Immersion and the Singularity:  The Fusion of AI, Social, Advertising and Entertainment: Lucas Wilson (Supersphere)
  • Virtual Cinematography and Storytelling Engines: Ramy Katrib (Digital Film Tree), Adam Myhill (Unity Technologies)
  • Perceptual Fatigue in Film, Broadcast and VR: Thomas Lund (Genelec)
  • Where We Are Heading: Steven Lampen (Belden)
  • Post Retreat Treat: “It Talks! A very brief history of voice synthesis”: Mark Schubin

Breakfast Roundtables

Wednesday to Friday, expert led roundtables – over 50 of them – cover topics as diverse as blockchain, high speed motion control, cybercrime, AI applied to video recognition, OLED updates, and many other compelling areas. The most important meal of the day has never been so informative.

Networking Opportunities

Between cocktail receptions, breakfast roundtables, lunches, and catered breaks, the HPA Tech Retreat puts attendees, speakers and other experts together to share, discuss and debate.

The HPA Tech Retreat, a limited attendance event strictly capped at 600 guests, has sold out every year since its founding. Registration is open for TR-X and the entire Tech Retreat, and both day passes and full conference passes are available. Because both events will sell out, there is no onsite registration. Registration includes conference sessions, breakfast roundtables, Innovation Zone, some meals, and social events.

A complete 2018 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.)

For information on event and sponsorship opportunities, visit http://www.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 Foundation Members Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFILM, and Encore; Platinum Sponsors Aspera, an IBM Company, Avid, and Microsoft; Gold Sponsor Blackmagic Design; Silver Sponsor Western Digital; and Star and Event Sponsors Alt Systems, Atto Technology, Dell EMC, MicroStrategy, and Scale Logic.

 

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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 the UK. Information about the HPA Tech Retreat is available at www.hpatechretreat.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 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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HPA AWARDS ANNOUNCE 2017 WINNERS

16 November 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) bestowed the 2017 HPA Awards tonight, during a sold-out gala celebration at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.  The HPA Awards have become the banner awards ceremony for the professional media content, recognizing 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 twelve creative craft categories honoring behind-the-scenes artistry, including color grading, sound, editing and visual effects for commercials, television and feature film. Larry Chernoff of MTI received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and special awards were presented for Engineering Excellence and Creativity and Innovation.

The winners of the 2017 HPA Awards are:

Creative Categories

Outstanding Color Grading

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film

WINNER:
“Ghost in the Shell”
Michael Hatzer //
Technicolor – Hollywood

“The Birth of a Nation”
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor – Hollywood

“Hidden Figures”
Natasha Leonnet // EFILM

“Doctor Strange”
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor – Hollywood

“Beauty and the Beast”
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

“Fences”
Michael Hatzer // Technicolor – Hollywood

 

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

WINNER:
“The Crown
Smoke and Mirrors”
Asa Shoul // Molinare

“The Last Tycoon – Burying the Boy Genius”
Timothy Vincent // Technicolor – Hollywood

“Game of Thrones – Dragonstone”
Joe Finley // Chainsaw

“Genius – Einstein: Chapter 1”
Pankaj Bajpai // Encore Hollywood

“The Man in the High Castle – Detonation”
Roy Vasich // Technicolor

 

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial  

WINNER:
Jose Cuervo
“Last Days”
Tom Poole // Company 3

Land O’ Lakes – “The Farmer”
Billy Gabor // Company 3

Pennzoil – “JOYRIDE Tundra”
Dave Hussey // Company 3

Nedbank – “The Tale of a Note”
Sofie Borup // Company 3

Squarespace – “John’s Journey”
Tom Poole // Company 3

 

Outstanding Editing
Sponsored by Blackmagic Design

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film   

WINNER:
“Dunkirk”
Lee Smith, ACE

“Hidden Figures”
Peter Teschner

“The Ivory Game”
Verena Schönauer

“Get Out”
Gregory Plotkin, ACE

“Lion”
Alexandre de Franceschi

 

Outstanding Editing – Television

WINNER:
“Stranger Things
Chapter 1: The Vanishing of Will Byers”
Dean Zimmerman

“Game of Thrones – Stormborn”
Tim Porter, ACE

“Game of Thrones – The Queen’s Justice”
Jesse Parker

“Narcos – Al Fin Cayo!”
Matthew V. Colonna, Trevor Baker

“Westworld – The Original”
Stephen Semel, ACE, Marc Jozefowicz

“Game of Thrones – Dragonstone”
Crispin Green

 

Outstanding Editing – Commercial

WINNER:
Nespresso – “Comin’ Home”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Edit

Bonafont – “Choices”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Optum – “Heroes”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Edit

SEAT – “Moments”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

 

Outstanding Sound

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

WINNER:
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Addison Teague, Dave Acord, Chris Boyes, Lora Hirschberg // Skywalker Sound

“Fate of the Furious”
Peter Brown, Mark Stoeckinger, Paul Aulicino, Steve Robinson, Bobbi Banks // Formosa Group

“Sully”
Alan Murray, Bub Asman, John Reitz, Tom Ozanich // Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services

“John Wick: Chapter 2”
Mark Stoeckinger, Alan Rankin, Andy Koyama, Martyn Zub, Gabe Serrano // Formosa Group

“Doctor Strange”
Shannon Mills, Tom Johnson, Juan Peralta, Dan Laurie // Skywalker Sound

 

Outstanding Sound – Television

WINNERS (TIE):
“Stranger Things – Chapter 8: The Upside Down”
Craig Henighan // FOX
Bradley North, Joe Barnett, Adam Jenkins, Jordan Wilby, Tiffany S. Griffith // Technicolor – Hollywood

“American Gods – The Bone Orchard”
Bradley North, Joseph DeAngelis, Kenneth Kobett, David Werntz, Tiffany S. Griffith // Technicolor
Hollywood

“Underground – Soldier”
Larry Goeb, Mark Linden, Tara Paul // Sony Pictures Post

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

“The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble”
Pete Horner // Skywalker Sound
Dimitri Tisseyre // Envelope Music + Sound
Dennis Hamlin // Hamlin Sound

 

Outstanding Sound – Commercial 

WINNER:
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
– “We’re The Superhumans”
Anthony Moore // Factory

Honda “Up”
Anthony Moore, Neil Johnson, Jack Hallett // Factory
Sian Rogers // SIREN

Virgin Media “This Is Fibre”
Anthony Moore // Factory

Kia “Hero’s Journey”
Nathan Dubin // Margarita Mix Santa Monica

SEAT – “Moments”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

 

Outstanding Visual Effects

Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film

WINNER:
“War for the Planet of the Apes”
Dan Lemmon, Anders Langlands, Luke Millar, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett // Weta Digital

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
Gary Brozenich, Sheldon Stopsack, Patrick Ledda, Richard Clegg, Richard Little // MPC

“Beauty and the Beast”
Kyle McCulloch, Glen Pratt, Richard Hoover, Dale Newton, Neil Weatherley // Framestore

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Guy Williams, Kevin Andrew Smith, Charles Tait, Daniel Macarin, David Clayton // Weta Digital

“Ghost in the Shell”
Guillaume Rocheron, Axel Bonami, Arundi Asregadoo, Pier Lefebvre, Ruslan Borysov // MPC

 

Outstanding Visual Effects – Television

WINNER:
“Black Sails – XXIX”
Erik Henry
Yafei Wu, Nicklas Andersson, David Wahlberg // Important Looking Pirates
Martin Lippman // Rodeo

“The Crown – Windsor”
Ben Turner, Tom Debenham, Oliver Cubbage, Lionel Heath, Charlie Bennett // One of Us

“Taboo – Episode One”
Henry Badgett, Nic Birmingham, Simon Rowe, Alexander Kirichenko, Finlay Duncan // BlueBolt VFX

“Ripper Street – Occurrence Reports”
Ed Bruce, Nicholas Murphy, Denny Cahill, Piotr Swigut, Mark Pinheiro // Screen Scene

“Westworld – The Bicameral Mind”
Jay Worth // Deep Water FX
Bobo Skipper, Gustav Ahren, Jens Tenland // Important Looking Pirates
Paul Ghezzo // COSA VFX

 

Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial

WINNER:
Kia
“Hero’s Journey”
Robert Sethi, Chris Knight, Tom Graham, Jason Bergman // The Mill

Walmart – “Lost & Found”
Morgan MacCuish, Michael Ralla, Aron Hjartarson, Todd Herman // Framestore

Honda “Keep the Peace”
Laurent Ledru, Georgia Tribuiani, Justin Booth-Clibborn, Ellen Turner // Psyop

Nespresso – “Comin’ Home”
Matt Pascuzzi, Martin Lazaro, Murray Butler, Nick Fraser, Callum McKevney // Framestore

Walmart “The Gift”
Mike Warner, Kurt Lawson, Charles Trippe, Robby Geis // ZERO VFX

 

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

HPA Engineering Excellence Award
Sponsored by HGST

2017 Winners:
Colorfront // Colorfront Engine
Dolby // Dolby Vision Post-Production Tools
RED Digital Cinema // WEAPON 8K Vista Vision
SGO // Mistika VR

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Canon USA, Inc. for Critical Viewing Reference Displays and to Eizo, Inc. for ColorEdge CG318-4K.

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.

 

HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation

2017 Winner:
NASA, Amazon Web Services, and AWS Elemental, an Amazon Web Services Company // The First Live 4K Stream from the International Space Station

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.

 

HPA Lifetime Achievement Award

2017 Honoree: Larry Chernoff

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.

 

More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Professional Association can be found at http://www.hpaonline.com/. Title Sponsor Blackmagic Design; Engineering Excellence Sponsor HGST; Foundation Members Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFilm, and Encore; and Platinum Sponsors IMAX, Secret Headquarters, and Sohonet; Engineering Excellence Award Sponsor HGST; Bronze Sponsor Sony; and Supporting Sponsors Barco, FuseFX, The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Arnold Music, and Wipster are the sponsors of the 2017 HPA Awards, which are produced by Homerun Entertainment.

 

 

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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.

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 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.

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HPA TECH RETREAT UK UNVEILS LATEST SESSIONS AND SPEAKERS FOR MAIN PROGRAMME

HPA TECH RETREAT UK UNVEILS LATEST SESSIONS AND SPEAKERS FOR MAIN PROGRAMME

 The rich schedule includes highly relevant sessions on Artificial Intelligence,

Machine Learning, Cloud, Connectivity, IMF, HDR and more

 

(London, UK,) 13 June 2017 – The HPA has announced the main programme for its 2017 HPA Tech Retreat UK, featuring deep analysis and highly informed debate encompassing the most timely and vital topics impacting the industry. The HPA Tech Retreat UK is a pivotal gathering of experts engaged in the creation, management and dissemination of content for the dynamic landscape of distribution environments. Presented by SMPTE, Ltd., the event returns this year to Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, 11 to 13 July.

 

Many of the industry’s leading experts will be participating at The HPA Tech Retreat UK. Main programme speakers include:

  • Tom Burns of Dell EMC, SVP, Networking
  • Paul Charleston of BT Media & Broadcast, Technical Consultant
  • Matt George of Equinix, Subject Matter Specialist: Broadcast, Digital Media, Cloud Technology & Interconnection
  • Mark Harrison, Managing Director of Digital Production Partnership (DPP) and Andy Wilson, Head of Business Development of DPP
  • Neil Hatton of UK Screen Alliance, CEO
  • Chuck Parker of Sohonet, CEO
  • Emma Perry of BAFTA, Head of BAFTA Media Technology
  • Richard Reid of Discovery Communications, Vice President, Platform Services
  • Gurpy Saini of Avid Technology, Solution Integration Architect at Avid
  • Matt Stagg of EE, Head of Mobile Video
  • Richard Welsh of Sundog Media Toolkit Ltd., CEO
  • Gareth Williams of YellowDog Limited, Founder
  • Darren Woolfson of Pinewood Group LTD, Group Director of Technology

 

The conference program is delineated into sections addressing important topics including State of the Industry, Connectivity, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Interoperable Master Format (IMF).  The State of the Industry sessions include review and trend analysis from the Digital Production Partnership, the Consumer Electronics Show and updates on the post, visual effects and animation sectors from UK Screen Alliance. Sessions in Connectivity include ‘Cellular Solutions for Next Gen Production Pipelines’, ‘Streaming Onset Workflows’, ‘Can Remote Collaboration Revolutionise the Production Process’; cloud sessions include ‘Practical Uses of Cloud Applications’,’ The Storage Launderette’ and ‘Discovery Networks Cloud Migration’.  In the artificial Intelligence sessions, topics include ‘Creative AI Democratises Content Creation’, ‘Learning from Machine Learning’, ‘How Machine Learning Can Tackle Media and Entertainment’s Big Data Problem’, and ‘Machine Learning for Image Processing’ as well as a panel overview of AI.  HDR and IMF sessions include ‘HDR as a Leading Aesthetic,’ HDR OB over IP’, ‘Better, Faster, Cheaper and Lighter – Now It is Possible…’,  ‘IMF For Masters Delivery and Archiving’ and ‘Deploying IMF at Scale.’  For full programme and speaker details, please refer to www.hpatechretreatuk.org.

The HPA Tech Retreat UK kicks off at 1:00 p.m. on 11 July, with TR-extra (TR-X), a separately ticketed session focused on a specific topic.  This year’s TR-X is a dedicated deep dive into virtual, augmented and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR). Further, as previously announced, the Supersession (Wednesday, 12 July) discusses ’The Format Explosion’, featuring Eric Pearson, Post Supervisor for Home Entertainment at Pixar Animation Studios on ‘The Versioning Explosion’; the team from Planet Earth II on ‘Predicting the Explosion in Advance’; and speakers from Lost in London on ‘Exploding the Format’, among others.

Attendees are also offered the opportunity to engage directly with the latest technologies, services, and workflows in the Innovation Zone, featuring a select group of companies showcased for their ingenuity and inventiveness. Space is still available; participation details are available on the HPA website. Attendees will also enjoy expert-led breakfast roundtables and integrated networking events from morning into night.

Richard Welsh, co-chair of the HPA Tech Retreat UK, noted,” In addition to the diligent work of the programme committee, we received an influx of truly outstanding submissions to our Call for Proposals. As the programme took shape, we began to see a genuine breadth and depth to the presentations that are of keen interest to attendees. You’ll hear thought leaders talking about key trends and developments and then everyone is invited to continue the discussion over drinks and dinner. It is this informal but productive sharing of knowledge which makes the Tech Retreat unique.”

The HPA Tech Retreat UK features breakfast roundtables, where thought leaders lead in-depth discussions on important topics. This year’s facilitators include: Andy Quested of the BBC examining IMF for broadcasters, Lydia Gregory of Jukedeck discussing opportunities presented by artificially intelligent music, and Kevin Shaw of the International Colorist Academy offering a colorist’s perspective on ‘creating and delivering in HDR’. To participate in breakfast roundtables, simply send a request, including name/company and topic, to cfp@hpaonline.com.

Seth Hallen, President of the HPA, commented, “One look through the outstanding submissions, and it became apparent that engagement in the HPA Tech Retreat UK has taken hold in just our second year. Experts, companies and organisations submitted panel concepts and will be on hand to share their perspectives. I commend the work that Richard and the committee has put into creating three days of solid information and connection. I can hardly wait to get back to Heythrop Park and see what transpires over these three days.”

Barbara Lange, executive director of SMPTE and HPA, concluded, “Our industry is inventing and setting the pace for advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. And of course, the advancement of VR, HDR, and IMF continue to be of critical importance to content creation. The best way to continue to be informed is to put several of the most interesting, innovative and smart people together – both as speakers and delegates – and explore and learn where we are on these critical topics. The HPA Tech Retreat UK is a uniquely engaged opportunity to do just that.”

 

For complete information including registration for the HPA Tech Retreat UK, visit the HPA website.

 

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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.

 

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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