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23 2017 Feb

HPA Tech Retreat: NEC Exec Details Progress of 8K Broadcast

Yesterday during the HPA Tech Retreat, NEC Corporation executive engineer Dr. Masayuki Sugawara, who chairs the digital broadcasting experts group (DiBEG) and is vice president of the Institute of Image Information and Television Engineers (ITE), described the world’s first 8K regular broadcast. In Japan, the broadcast starts at 10:00 am and is transmitted all over the country for seven hours via satellite. “It’s in the test phase, aimed at moving to a commercial phase next year,” said Sugawara, who notes that NHK had its first public demonstration of 8K in 2002.

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23 2017 Feb

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

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

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22 2017 Feb

Disney Digital Studio GM Outlines “Biggest Challenges” In Delivering Quality Cinema Experiences

With so many ways to see a film — PLF (premium large format), 3D, laser projection, HDR — and then supporting them for a growing number of devices, “one of the biggest challenges” for the studios is the complexity of the workflows needed to finish these numerous and varying deliverables, warned Disney’s general manager, digital studio, Leon Silverman. “The number of color masters would represent a puzzle that I think would challenge Rubik.”

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22 2017 Feb

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

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

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

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22 2017 Feb

HPA 2017: The Big Screen Resurges

INDIAN WELLS, CALIF.—People are watching YouTube videos on TV, the Super Bowl online, and movies where you’d never guess—in theaters. Day No. 2 of the HPA Tech Retreat was an overview of what’s new, what’s old and what’s new again in the way of media content creation and distribution.

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22 2017 Feb

HPA Tech Retreat Panel Examines the Spectacle of the Theater

At the HPA Tech Retreat in Indian Wells, Walt Disney Studios executive/HPA founder Leon Silverman opened the discussion with a look at PLF (premium large format) cinemas. “We have unprecedented levels of quality and immersiveness today,” he said. With the new technologies in resolution, color gamut, dynamic range and brightness, however, comes more work in post production houses.

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31 2017 Jan

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

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

 

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

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

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

VR/AR Speakers and Panel Overview

Monday 20 February TR-X

VR/AR Session

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

Opening and Introductions

Seth Hallen, HPA President

 

Technical Introduction: 360/VR/AR/MR

Lucas Wilson, Founder/Executive Producer, SuperSphereVR

Panel Discussion: The VR/AR Market

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

David Moretti, Director of Corporate Development, Jaunt

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

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

Acquisition Technology

Koji Gardiner, VP, Hardware, Jaunt

 

Live 360 Production Case Study

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

 

Live 360 Production Case Study

Michael Mansouri, Founder, Radiant Images

 

Interactive VR Production Case Study

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

 

Immersive Audio Production Case Study

Kyle Schember, CEO, Subtractive

 

Panel Discussion: The Future

Alan Lasky, Director of Studio Product Development, 8i

Ben Grossmann, CEO, Magnopus

Scott Squires, CTO, Creative Director, Pixvana

Moderator: Lucas Wilson, Founder-Executive Producer, SuperSphereVR

Jen Dennis, EP of Branded Content, RSA

 

Panel Discussion: New Voices: Young Professionals in VR

Anne Jimkes, Sound Designer and Composer, Ecco VR

Jyotsna Kadimi, USC Graduate

Sho Schrock, Chapman University Student

Brian Handy, USC Student

 

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

 

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

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

 

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About the HPA Tech Retreat

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

 

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

 

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21 2016 Dec

HPA Unveils 2017 Tech Retreat® Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday 20 February TR-X

Two half-day sessions run concurrently:

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

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

Tuesday 21 February SuperSession

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

Wednesday 22 February Highlights

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

Thursday 23 February Highlights

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

Friday 24 February Highlights

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

Post-Retreat Treat

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

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

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

The 2017 HPA Tech Retreat speaker lineup includes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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christine purse | kate eberle
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23 2016 Sep

2017 HPA TECH RETREAT ISSUES CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Industry Leaders Will Head to Desert for Intellectual Refreshment 21 – 24 February 2017

HPATR_Logo_ForPosts-692x262LOS ANGELES (23 September 2016) ‑ The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has issued a Call for Proposals for the 2017 HPA Tech Retreat®. Considered one of the most important annual events for individuals and companies engaged in the creation, management, and dissemination of content in the dynamic landscape of distribution environments, the Tech Retreat will return to Indian Wells, California for the 23rd year of the event. The event attracts a wide array of attendees and speakers, from Oscar winners to NASA experts, and engages leaders from every facet of the content ecosystem.

The 2017 HPA Tech Retreat® will take place 21 to 24 February 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Resort in Indian Wells, CA (Palm Springs area). Mark Schubin will once again orchestrate the Main Program.

Call for Proposals: Main Program

The Main Program, presented 22 – 24 February, is strictly reserved for marketing-free content. According to Schubin, “Topics may include anything related to moving images and associated sounds, including (but not limited to) augmented reality, bit-rate reduction, the contrast-sensitivity function, digital rights management, energy use for HDR TV sets, format conversion, gigapixel imaging, higher frame rates, immersive-sound, just-valuable-differences, kleptomania in distribution, multi-language subtitling, near-field communications, open-source processing, psychophysics, quantum entanglement for zero latency, retinal (frame-free) imaging, soundfields, terabit transmission, ultra-high-whatever, virtual reality, wider color gamut, x-rays in 8K, young interpupillary distances, and zoom lenses for 32K imaging. Anything from scene to seen and gear to ear is fair game.”

Submissions for the Main Program

Submissions for the Main Program are short and informal. Schubin notes, “A sentence or two is usually sufficient and if those few sentences are of interest, submitters will be contacted.”  Presentations in the main program are typically of half-hour duration, including set-up and Q&A (if any). Longer or shorter presentations can sometimes be accommodated. Panels are typically longer, and submissions for panels should include the panelists and moderator.

The deadline to submit main program proposals is the end of the day on Friday, 28 October 2016, and proposals must come from the proposed presenter. Proposals should be sent directly to Mark Schubin at tvmark@earthlink.net. Every proposal will be promptly acknowledged. In the case a submission is not acknowledged, submitters should contact Mr. Schubin to confirm receipt. Decisions are expected by the beginning of December.

Call For Proposals: Breakfast Roundtables

The Call For Proposals for Breakfast Roundtables is now open. Roundtables begin at 7:30 AM on four mornings during the retreat, Wednesday to Friday. Schubin said, “The Breakfast Roundtables can include marketing information. Table moderators are free to teach, preach, ask, call-to-task, sell, or do anything else that keeps conversation flowing for an hour. The HPA Tech Retreat Roundtables are an extremely popular aspect of the Tech Retreat, and attendees and experts alike relish the opportunity to dig in, debate and discuss an array of topics.”

There is no vetting process for Breakfast Roundtables. No retreat-registration discount is conveyed by moderating a Breakfast Roundtable, and all Breakfast Roundtable moderators must be registered for the retreat. Proposals for Breakfast Roundtables may only be submitted by their proposed moderators to Mark Schubin at tvmark@earthlink.net. There is no deadline, but once the maximum number of tables is reached (32 per day), no more can be accepted. Wednesday and Thursday typically fill to the limit; Friday often doesn’t. Proposals should list the desired day(s) and the desired topic(s).

Further details for the 2017 HPA Tech Retreat will be announced in the coming weeks, including the SuperSession topics, Innovation Zone details, and seminars and meetings held in advance of the Tech Retreat.

For further information about the 2017 HPA Tech Retreat, visit http://www.hpaonline.com or call +1 213 614 0860. For sponsorship information, please contact Mary Vinton at mvinton@smpte.org.

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

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

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

 

23 2016 Jun

HPA Tech Retreat UK to Feature the Latest Cinema Display Environment

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

London (PRWEB) June 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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