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20 2017 Jun

Larry Chernoff To Receive 2017 HPA Lifetime Achievement Award

Respected post production innovator will be honored during HPA Awards

Los Angeles (June 19, 2017) – The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced that Larry Chernoff has been named 2017 recipient of the prized HPA Lifetime Achievement Award. Chernoff will receive the award during the HPA Awards gala on November 16, 2017, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. The HPA Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who is recognized for 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 and Awards Committee and it is not required to be bestowed every year.

As the recipient of the Los Angeles Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1997, Chernoff is recognized as a talented entrepreneur, helping to found and lead several successful post production companies that, in turn, have launched hundreds of post-production careers. He has built companies and impacted the industry by fostering innovation and by nurturing talented young people to develop their craft, believing that they are the key to a company’s, and hence the industry’s, future. At the vanguard of inventive, creative and collaborative professionals who have led the post production industry, he is a tireless champion of the industry, a keen interpreter of its strengths and needs, and an architect of its future.

Chernoff grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and attended New York’s School of Visual Arts. Between high school and college, at the age of 18, he landed a job as a “can carrier” at a commercial production house. Once there, he learned to sync dailies. When an editor called in sick, he was asked to fill in, thus beginning his editing career.

In 1974, Chernoff moved to Los Angeles and joined Filmcore, a recently formed commercial editing company. Within two years he became partner, going on to play a lead role in the founding of post houses Encore and R!OT. He served as President of 4MC, later Ascent Media Creative Services, overseeing operations in Los Angeles, New York and London.

Chernoff joined MTI Film as a board member in 2003 and was elevated to CEO in 2005. Under his stewardship, the company has become a leading independent provider of post-production finishing and restoration services. Its software division has been the source of products including DRS™ NOVA, an industry standard tool for digital restoration, and CORTEX, a family of solutions for dailies processing and workflow management.

In announcing the award, HPA President Seth Hallen said, “Larry is one of the most thoughtful and insightful leaders I have ever known. His sense of the industry, his understanding of its trends, and his ability to build successful facilities where creative people love to work make him incredibly worthy of this Lifetime Achievement Award. On a daily basis, I meet people who got their start under his tutelage. Larry has literally helped build the future of our industry through the talent he’s nurtured, the companies he’s built, and the innovations he’s created.  I extend my congratulations to a brilliant and inspiring leader.”

In acknowledging the honor, Chernoff said “I am, of course, honored to be recognized by my peers. I follow an illustrious list of previous honorees who, like me, have dedicated their professional lives to the advancement of post production and its standing in the industry.  I share this award with many people who have consistently partnered with me to create outstanding contributions to the work and industry we love.”

In addition to The Lifetime Achievement Award, other special awards, including Engineering Excellence, The Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation, and honors in twelve creative categories (editing, visual effects, sound and color grading) will be bestowed at the gala.

Tickets for the HPA Awards gala are available now. For further information, contact HPA.

 

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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 ww.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 ww.hpaonline.com.

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)
Winner of an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) is a global leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem. A professional membership association that is internationally recognized and accredited, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. For a century, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.  Nearly 7,000 members – motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students – who meet in Sections worldwide, sustain the Society. Through the Society’s partnership with Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at http://www.smpte.org/join.

 

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16 2017 May

HPA Awards Creative Categories Call for Entries Opens Today

HPA Awards Creative Categories Call for Entries Opens Today

12th Annual Industry Awards Honor Excellence in Sound, Editing, VFX, Color

May 15, 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) has opened its Call for Entries in Creative Categories for the 12th annual HPA Awards. These awards are considered standard-bearing honors for groundbreaking work and artistic excellence, recognizing creative artistry in color grading, editing, sound, and visual effects in feature film, television, and commercials.

The HPA Awards shine a spotlight on talent, innovation and engineering excellence in the professional media content industry. The 12th annual gala awards presentation will be held on the evening of November 16, 2017 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.

Entries are now being accepted 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 15 and July 10, 2017, and Early Bird Entries (reduced entry fee for the Creative Categories) will be accepted through June 12, 2017. To be considered eligible, work must have debuted domestically and/or internationally during the eligibility period, September 7, 2016 through September 5, 2017. 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 Engineering Excellence Award, which will be bestowed at the November gala, until May 30th, 2017. Additional special honors, including the HPA Lifetime Achievement Award, will be announced in June.

Seth Hallen, President of the HPA and a founding member of the HPA Awards Committee, commented, “The HPA Awards have grown into an unmissable evening, bringing the creative community together. The judging is peer driven, so these honors resonate to winners and nominees alike. In the past 12 years, we have judged and honored the most compelling creative work. And, every year, in every category, the submissions are of the highest caliber. I sincerely encourage individuals and companies to enter the HPA Awards. It’s where we show the world the talent, fierce dedication and hard work behind the story. We look forward to another very special event on November 16th.”

Complete rules, guidelines and entry information for the Creative Categories and all of the HPA Awards are available at: www.hpaawards.net. For a list of the previous years’ winners, click here.

The HPA Awards are made possible through the generous sponsorship of Foundation Members Avid, Co3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFILM, and Encore; and Platinum Sponsors IMAX and Sohonet. For sponsorship or program advertising opportunities, contact Jeff Victor at jvictor@hpaonline.com or 213.614.0860. Opening of ticket sales will be announced shortly.

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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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25 2017 Apr

HPA Awards Opens Call For Entries for Engineering Excellence

Prestigious honors will be bestowed at HPA Awards on November 16, 2017

April 23, 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) opened the call for entries for its coveted Engineering Excellence Award today during the Future of Cinema Conference at the 2017 NAB Show. Submissions for the engineering awards will be accepted from April 23, 2017 to May 26, 2017. Now in its 12th 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.

Joachim Zell, Chair of the Engineering Excellence Award Committee, noted, “This award spotlights the work that the engineering community executes to serve storytellers and the creative process. Their contributions are invaluable and continually evolving to improve the way we work. With a dozen years into the process, the Engineering Excellence Award remains a highly competitive honor that offers the engineering community well-deserved recognition for the critical, creative work in which they are engaged.”

Submissions 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, Dolby, Canon, NVIDIA, MACOM, The Foundry/Sony Pictures Imageworks, Panasonic and Quantel.

Presentation to a blue ribbon industry panel is required of applicants, and will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Details for presentations will be announced soon. The Engineering Excellence Award will be bestowed during the HPA Awards gala on the evening of November 16, 2017 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

HPA President Seth Hallen noted, “The Engineering Excellence Award recognizes the genius of our industry in advancing the creative process through technology. It also honors the hard work and persistence required to develop robust working solutions. Every year on judging day, when innovators present their work, we are inspired. It’s a testament to the demanding, competitive nature of our industry, its dedication to excellence, and the community that we share.”

Entries for the Engineering Excellence Award will be accepted until the 26 of May, 2017. Winners will be announced in advance, and honors presented at the HPA Awards gala.

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 mid-May 2017.

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 Jeff Victor at jvictor@smpte.org.

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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®)

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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28 2016 Sep

Hollywood Professional Association Unveils HPA Awards Nominees

Hollywood Professional Association Unveils HPA Awards Nominees

Creative nominations announced for editing, sound, visual effects and color grading

28 September 2016 (Los Angeles, CA) – The Hollywood Professional Association® (HPA) today announced the nominees for its 2016 HPA Awards. Considered the standard-bearer for excellence and innovation in an industry embracing an expanding array of groundbreaking technologies and creativity, the HPA Awards honor creative achievement and artistic excellence.

Launched in 2006, the HPA Awards recognize outstanding achievement in editing, sound, visual effects and color grading for work in television, commercials, and feature films. The winners of the 11th Annual HPA Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony on 17 November 2016 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The 2016 HPA Award nominees are:

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film

“Carol”
John Dowdell // Goldcrest Post Productions Ltd

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

“Brooklyn”
Asa Shoul // Molinare

“The Martian”
Stephen Nakamura // Company 3

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

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

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

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

“Outlander – Faith”
Steven Porter // MTI Film

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

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

 

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial

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

Hennessy – “Odyssey”
Tom Poole // Company 3

 

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film

“The Martian”
Pietro Scalia, ACE

“The Revenant”
Stephen Mirrione, ACE

“The Big Short”
Hank Corwin, ACE

“Sicario”
Joe Walker, ACE

“Spotlight”
Tom McArdle, ACE

 

Outstanding Editing – Television

“Body Team 12”
David Darg // RYOT Films

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

“Vinyl – Pilot”
David Tedeschi

“Roots – Night One”
Martin Nicholson, ACE, Greg Babor

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

 

Outstanding Editing – Commercial

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 – Feature Film

“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

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

 

Outstanding Sound – Television

“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

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 – Feature Film

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

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

“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

“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

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

 

Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial

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

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

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

 

Recipients of a number of special awards have been previously announced by the HPA. Herb Dow, ACE, will be honored with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Michelle Munson, CEO of Aspera, will receive The Charles S. Swartz Award, and The Mill BLACKBIRD has been tapped to receive the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation. Winners of the coveted Engineering Excellence Award include Aspera, Grass Valley, RealD and SGO. Grass Valley and Canon USA received Honorable Mention in the Engineering Excellence category.

The HPA Awards gala ceremony is expected to be a sold out affair and early ticket purchase is encouraged. Tickets for the HPA Awards are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.hpaawards.net. For all inquiries and sponsorship information, call the HPA at +1 (213) 614-0860 or email at info@hpaawards.net. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Professional Association can be found at www.hpaonline.com. Blackmagic Design, NAB Show, AVID, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFilm, Encore, IMAX, Sohonet and Sony are among the sponsors of the 2016 HPA Awards.

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

About the Hollywood Professional Association
Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at 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 2016 Aug

HPA Announces Winner of Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation

HPA Announces Winner of
Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation
The Mill BLACKBIRD® Chosen by Blue Ribbon Judging Panel

29 August 2016 (Los Angeles, CA) – The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has awarded its prestigious Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation to The Mill BLACKBIRD®. Created by The Mill, the BLACKBIRD® is the first fully adjustable car rig that creates photoreal CG cars. The coveted honor will be bestowed November 17th, 2016 at the 11th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow and process to support creative storytelling or in technical innovation. A jury of industry experts selected The Mill BLACKBIRD® during the recent presentation and judging session in Los Angeles.

Developed by The Mill over a three-year period, the BLACKBIRD® was designed to address problems faced by the advertising industry when creating content for automobile commercials: car availability, model revisions, limited access to locations, and footage that can quickly become outdated. The Mill BLACKBIRD® is a car rig that can be shot at any time, in any location, without the need to rely on a physical car. The length, width, wheels, and suspension of the rig can be adjusted or swapped to mimic almost any car in development or on the market. Its electric motor can be programmed to simulate various driving experiences, and The Mill BLACKBIRD® packs a camera array and 3D laser scanner to generate a virtual model of the surrounding environment for even more realistic CG renderings. Beyond its advertising applications, the BLACKBIRD® technology enables many design and creative disciplines to test concepts long before manufacture.

Al Thompson, Executive Vice President – The Mill comments: “We are thrilled to be awarded the highly sought after Creativity and Innovation honor at this year’s HPA Awards; being recognized and awarded for The Mill Blackbird’s pioneering technological creativity is a huge achievement for us. The Mill Blackbird® has taken about three years to concept, design and engineer and it really has been a wonderful example of what you can achieve when you get the best minds in the business together. It was the genuine needs of our advertising clients that made the Blackbird® happen and their constant support and input has shaped its design and made it the game changing innovation that it has become.”

Seth Hallen, HPA President, said, “The Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation has opened the door for us to honor excellence in ideas and technologies that fall outside other HPA Awards categories. The Mill BLACKBIRD®, a production and design solution, is a perfect entry for the Creativity and Innovation Award that illustrates why the category was conceived. The Mill has developed an incredibly exciting technology that serves creatives as well as automotive designers that empowers the creative process. This year, the entries for Creativity and Innovation were highly competitive, and we applaud all who entered.”

In addition to the Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation, the HPA Awards will recognize excellence in 12 craft categories including color grading, editing, sound and visual effects. Other special awards will be presented to Michelle Munson who has been named as recipient of the Charles S. Swartz Award, Herb Dow, 2016 HPA Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, and winners of the Engineering Excellence Award.

Tickets for the 11th annual HPA Awards are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://www.hpaawards.com. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Professional Association can be found at www.hpaonline.com. Blackmagic Design, NAB Show, Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFilm, Encore, IMAX, Sohonet, and Sony are among the sponsors of the 2016 HPA Awards. Sponsorship and congratulatory advertising opportunities remain available, contact Mary Vinton at mvinton@smpte.org.

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

About the Hollywood Professional Association
Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at 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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18 2016 Aug

HPA Announces 2016 Engineering Excellence Award Winners

HPA Announces 2016 Engineering Excellence Award Winners   

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

 

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

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

The winners of the 2016 HPA Engineering Excellence Award are:

Aspera FASP Stream

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

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

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

RealD Ultimate Screen

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

SGO Mistika

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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5 2016 Aug

Herb Dow, ACE to Receive HPA Lifetime Achievement Award

Leading trade organization honors well-loved post production figure

Herb Dow, ACE

Herb Dow, ACE

LOS ANGELES (5 August, 2016) – The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has named Herb Dow recipient of one of its most esteemed honors, the HPA Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be bestowed during the HPA Awards gala on 17 November, 2016, at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Dow’s experience stretches across five decades, from the cutting room to the most advanced technologies in the evolution of post production.

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 Awards Committee. It is not bestowed every year.

In announcing the award, HPA President Seth Hallen, said, “Personally and on behalf of the HPA Board of Directors, it is my distinct honor to recognize Herb with this award. From his early days as a television editor to today as an executive helping bring editing to the cloud, he has been a dedicated post production professional for 50 years. On top of that, he is one of the most beloved individuals in our industry and has spent his entire career helping build our community in an incomparable way. He is like the connective tissue in our business, where bringing people together and having a positive impact on everyone he meets has been his life’s work. Most of all, he is a wonderful human being, always willing to help anyone who needs it. Herb represents the best of what our community is about.”

Born in Carmel, California, Mr. Dow was raised in Los Angeles and attended the University of California Los Angeles. He began his career as an apprentice editor at Desilu Studios, progressing to film editor. His credits as a film editor span 20 years and include projects for MGM, Warner Bros, Lorimar, Fox, Paramount, Columbia, Desilu and Universal. Segueing from the role of editor to that of enabling them and the technologies of postproduction, Mr. Dow is considered by many to be the “Godfather of non-linear editing,” pioneering the design and implementation of the Ediflex, one of the first and by far the most popular of the pre-digital non–linear editing systems. As Ediflex grew, Mr. Dow was instrumental in building the company to be a force in the industry. In 1986 Mr. Dow and the team at EdiFlex won a Technical Emmy Award for “Design and implementation of Electronic Editing for Filmed Programs.”

With Ediflex, Mr. Dow had fully entered the next phase of his career, focusing on forward thinking technology and the enablement of the creative process. The number of companies and individuals that he has helped is extensive, facilitating their next level of success. He helped to build Encore Non-linear into the largest Avid editing system rental business in the world. As Senior Vice President of Lightworks, Mr. Dow began a lasting connection with the filmmakers of the future by donating over 30 editing systems to film schools across the US. He then helped create a visual effects division at Encore Video and within 12 months, it grew to become a major force, creating the effects for such hit shows as “Ally McBeal”, “X-Files” and “Charmed.” He was Senior Vice President of the world’s largest fiber network, Media.net. Never one to be tied to convention, Mr. Dow took an entrepreneurial turn in 1998 and founded Sorrells Pickard Gourmet Peanut Butter. He is currently working with Bebop Technology to transition post production to a cloud environment. The ultimate connector, Mr. Dow is a founder of Postproductionpro.com, a LinkedIn for the post industry.

Mr. Dow is a member of American Cinema Editors, UCLA Television and Film Educational Board and F.O.C.U.S. Institute of Film Board of Advisors. He has been a Visiting Professor at UCLA Extension teaching electronic post-production and at Loyola Marymount where he taught “The Art of Film Editing.”

Leon Silverman, past president of HPA and the recipient of last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, who will present this year’s award to Mr. Dow during the HPA Awards, said, “Herb Dow has not only been the face of technology that has enhanced the creative process, he has been the heart of our community as well. Over the years he has worn many hats, but his hands have consistently helped. Through his infamous “roasts” and weekly post production industry lunches, Herb has been the master of ceremonies who brought our industry together and into the digital age. I can honestly say that Herb is someone who is not just admired for his hard work, but is loved for the joy he brings to everything he does and everyone he meets. What an honor it is for me to honor him.”

Upon receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, Mr. Dow said, “To have been selected for this honor means so much to me and to my family. After working as an apprentice, assistant, and finally editor, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to become part of the technical revolution that changed editing. To this day, I am blessed to work with wonderful friends and collaborators who are changing the ways creative people work. I’ve also had a wonderful partner for the past 51 years, my wife Sandy. We are blessed with three wonderful children, Mark, Dan, and Chris; and two grandchildren, Alex and Jack, with one more arriving soon. My deepest appreciation to my friends at the HPA.”

In addition to The Lifetime Achievement Award, other special awards include Engineering Excellence, The Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation, The Charles S. Swartz Award, honors in twelve creative categories – editing, visual effects, sound and color grading – will be bestowed at the gala. Earlier, Michelle Munson was named as the recipient of The Charles S. Swartz Award.

Tickets for the Gala are available now. For further information, contact HPA.

About the Hollywood Professional Alliance
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 ww.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 Alliance. The HPA is a partner of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®). Information about the HPA Awards is available at ww.hpaonline.com. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members and sponsors.

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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3 2016 Aug

2016 HPA Awards Tickets Now Available

The HPA Awards gala takes place on the evening of November 17, 2016 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA

Don’t miss this glorious evening, get your tickets now.

 


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21 2016 Jul

HPA Names Michelle Munson Recipient of Charles S. Swartz Award

Honor Will Be Presented to Aspera Co-Founder and CEO

During 2016 HPA Awards

Michelle Munson

Michelle Munson

19 July, 2016 (Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has named Michelle Munson as the recipient of its 2016 Charles S. Swartz Award. Munson, co-founder and CEO of Aspera, an IBM Company, is recognized as one of industry’s most accomplished technology leaders. 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 handed out on November 17, 2016, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.

Seth Hallen, President of the HPA, says of the announcement, “The Charles S. Swartz Award has special meaning to the HPA. It is bestowed with thoughtful consideration, and only when the Board and the Awards Committee feel that there is a worthy and undeniable recipient. Michelle Munson is such a person. Her intellect, talent, technical leadership, and entrepreneurial creativity represent the very cornerstone of what the Charles S. Swartz Award is meant to recognize. We are honored to present this award to Michelle.”

Michelle Munson is the co-inventor of Aspera’s Emmy award-winning FASP® transport technology and is responsible for overseeing the company’s direction in collaboration with co-founder, Serban Simu. Munson was a software engineer in research and start-up companies including the IBM Almaden Research center before founding Aspera in 2004. She has dual B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Physics from Kansas State University, was a Goldwater Scholar for achievement in Science and Mathematics, and later was a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University where she received a postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science. The youngest recipient ever of the 2006 KSU College of Engineering Alumni Fellow, Munson has also received national achievement awards from Glamour Magazine and USA Today and is a frequent speaker on technologies and trends around big data transport, cloud infrastructure, and mobile.

Munson said of the award, “I am grateful to the HPA and to all our customers and partners in the digital media industry who have supported us since our original humble beginning, and continue to shape and drive the development of our products and technology. I am tremendously honored to have received this award, and will continue to support and promote the technology innovation and entrepreneurial business spirit embodied by this award.”

The Charles S. Swartz Award may be conferred on a person, group, or company that has made a 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 test bed for new digital cinema technologies. In addition to a long and successful career as a producer, educator and consultant, Mr. Swartz served on the Board of Directors of the HPA. Past recipients of the Charles S. Swartz Award include Ben Burtt, Elizabeth Daley, and Ray Dolby.

In addition to the Charles S. Swartz Award, the 11th annual HPA Awards will recognize excellence in 12 craft categories, including color grading, editing, sound and visual effects. Other special awards will be presented to winners of the Engineering Excellence Award, the Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation, and the HPA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tickets for the HPA Awards are now available, here. For further information about the HPA Awards, visit www.hpaonline.com.