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19 2017 Jun

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

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

 The rich schedule includes highly relevant sessions on Artificial Intelligence,

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

SMPTE’s global membership today includes 7,000 members, who are motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) connects SMPTE and its membership with the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at http://www.smpte.org/join.

 

About the HPA Tech Retreat

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

 

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

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18 2017 May

NET Levels Up

By Debra Kaufman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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2 2016 Nov

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

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

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

Inaugural class of the Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) Program

Inaugural class of the Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) Program

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

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

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

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

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

For further information, visit hpaonline.com.

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

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

SMPTE’s global membership today includes 7,000 members, who are motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) connects SMPTE and its membership with the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at http://www.smpte.org/join.

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5 2016 Aug

HPA Women in Post Launches Young Entertainment Professionals Program (YEP)

Ten YEP participants will be selected to participate at SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

(Los Angeles, Calif.) 4 August 2016 – The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) continues its commitment to the development of the next generation of professionals with the launch of the Young Entertainment Professionals Program (YEP), sponsored by HPA Women in Post and supported by SMPTE. YEP was created to encourage worthy individuals to follow a career in the media content industry and is one part of the HPA’s mentorship strategy.

The goal of YEP is to attract and mentor individuals in the workforce between the ages of 21 and 29 by introducing them to working professionals, connecting them with events and resources that will further their careers, and encouraging them to be active in the industry. Applicants do not have to be members of HPA or SMPTE, and there are no educational requirements. YEP is open to any man or woman interested in expanding their industry knowledge and building their media and entertainment career.

The inaugural mentoring event will take place at the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in the heart of Hollywood.

In order to be considered for the YEP program, applicants simply need to complete an online application and secure one recommendation from an employer or professional project supervisor if an independent. Up to ten qualified candidates will be selected from the applicant pool by a jury of members of the Women in Post Committee. The YEP application deadline is September 15, 2016, and those selected will be notified by October 1, 2016.

On the 26th of October, SMPTE and HPA Women in Post will host the candidates selected as YEPs during an exclusive day at SMPTE’s 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, a linchpin event, attended by business leaders from all aspects of the motion picture and television industry. For YEPs, this presents a unique opportunity to build a peer community while participating in a full day of mentoring experiences, including private booth tours with technology companies, a roundtable luncheon, and entrance to the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival.

One or more YEPs with notable industry accomplishments will be recognized as HPA Emerging Leaders at the 2016 HPA Awards. This newly established honor is determined by the HPA Board and requires no separate application. Recipients will be notified by November 4, 2016.

Kari Grubin of Women in Post noted “I have seen the power of mentorship in the HPA. After the launch of Women in Post, we saw a need to establish access for young people. YEP puts structure around ensuring the best and the brightest are interested and encouraged in our industry for the next generation.”

Barbara Lange, Executive Director of SMPTE and HPA commented that “YEP represents the core mission of both organizations. To build an industry, educate its members and support the next generation. We are all eager to meet the YEPs during the SMPTE Conference in Hollywood.”

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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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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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4 2016 Aug

Women in Post Summer Series Finale 18 August 2016

HPA’s Women In Post group is a vibrant gathering place for our community. Join us for networking, camaraderie and lunch on the West Side!

These events sell out, so get your registration in now!

Women in Post August Lunch
Daily Grill in Santa Monica
Thursday 18 August 2016
11:30a to 2p
2501 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 309-2170

This is a pre-paid event. Registration will close at noon on Tuesday 16 August, or when event is full. Cost is $39, which includes a 3 course lunch and non-alcohol beverage.

Parking: 3 hours complimentary with validation.

Refunds will carry a 10% deduction of the total fee paid to cover processing fees which are assessed both at the time a charge is made and a refund is issued. NO REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS AFTER 11 August 2016. However, you may transfer a registration to another individual.

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25 2016 Feb

A letter from HPA Executive Director Barbara Lange

February, 2016

Dear HPA Friends,

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

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

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

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

As we head into the next phase of the HPA, it’s an honor to serve as your Executive Director, and build on the work that has come before. I hope to make this letter a regular communication to you, keeping you apprised of new association developments.  And I am quite open to hearing your feedback, so do feel free to send your thoughts and ideas to me at blange@hpaonline.com.  I look forward to working with you in the year to come as we take new and exciting steps together.  As our newly past president is fond of saying, our best work is ahead of us!

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18 2016 Feb

LEON SILVERMAN HANDS REINS OF HOLLYWOOD PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION (HPA®) TO SETH HALLEN

LEON SILVERMAN HANDS REINS OF
HOLLYWOOD PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION (HPA®) TO SETH HALLEN
Transition in organizational leadership announced at HPA Tech Retreat

February 17, 2016 (Indian Wells, California) Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) President Leon Silverman has announced he will be stepping down as president of the organization that he helped found to make room for the next generation of leadership and a newly expanded Board of Directors. In his traditional remarks made today during the opening session of the 2016 HPA Tech Retreat, Silverman also announced that the HPA Board has elected Seth Hallen to succeed him. Hallen, SVP of Global Creative Services at Sony DADC New Media Solutions, has been an HPA Board Member since 2007, working closely with Silverman and the Board on a number of key initiatives and management of the organization. Silverman will continue to serve on the Board of Directors in the newly created role of Past President.

In 2002, Silverman spearheaded a coalition of post production executives to help launch the Hollywood Post Alliance. Originally envisioned as a place where individuals and companies would share information, build a community voice, and provide education, the HPA quickly established its role as an important trade organization. The HPA has grown and taken root under his stewardship, and formalized an alliance with SMPTE in November 2015. Silverman, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the HPA Awards in November, 2015, said, “Launching and leading HPA, shoulder to shoulder with a dedicated and impressive board, staff, and volunteers, has been one of the most exciting and rewarding accomplishments of my career. It has been a true honor to work together with so many colleagues within our phenomenal community, especially during these exciting times of industry transition and expansion. With the stability of our organization, especially now that we are part of SMPTE and
with the strength of our newly expanded and reinvigorated Board, it is a terrific time to pass the baton to the next generation of capable and committed leadership. Seth is a passionate leader with the focus and vision for the future that is needed to continue the growth of the HPA. Equally important, he is a wonderful friend, and a great team builder. I am proud to be working with Seth and the broadened HPA Board as we head towards a future in which our HPA mission and message is increasingly relevant.”

Newly elected HPA Board Member Bill Roberts, CFO of Panavision, will assume Treasurer responsibilities on the Board of Directors as Phil Squyres steps down from the post he has held since HPA’s founding. Squyres will remain on the Board. The HPA Board of Directors has grown over the past year with a number of key additions, including newly elected Board members Craig German, SVP Studio Post at NBCUniversal Media, Jenni McCormick, Executive Director of American Cinema Editors (ACE); and Chuck Parker, CEO of SohoNet. Wendy Aylsworth, Past President of SMPTE, was appointed as SMPTE representative on the HPA Board. Barbara Lange serves as Executive Director of SMPTE and HPA. The new Board members join Mark Chiolis, Carolyn Giardina, Vincent Maza, Kathleen Milnes, Loren Nielsen, and Vice President Jerry Pierce on the HPA Board of Directors.

Hallen commented on his new role, “The HPA is a unique and important place where creative talent, technical talent, and companies join forces to learn and share as they expand their perspectives and shape our industry. It is a distinct honor to continue the important work that Leon has undertaken for this organization, and I am clearly dedicated to making the next phase of HPA a great one. Enabling our industry to evolve by fueling our community with ideas, opportunity and recognition remains our goal. I look forward to working with our incredibly talented and dedicated board and continuing our collaboration with our colleagues at SMPTE, and the staff, volunteers and community that are the heart and soul of HPA, as we build upon the work of the past 14 years and look toward the future.”

Also today at the HPA Tech Retreat, the Hollywood Post Alliance formally and officially assumed its new moniker – the Hollywood Professional Association. The organization’s new name was revealed last year at the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat, and the transition to the Hollywood Professional Association identity formalizes the broader mission and focus of the organization while acknowledging the changing nature of the industry. Along with the name, a new corporate identity was unveiled.

HPA and SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange noted, “The nature of the work and responsibilities that our community is engaged in has changed, and will continue to change. After carefully exploring how to address this growth, it became clear that Professional more accurately and inclusively identifies the creative talent, content holders, global infrastructure of services as well as emerging processes and platforms. As an organization, we are dedicated to seeing beyond the horizon to the wider future, and bringing a wide array of individuals and companies into the organization. Our new name and identity makes that statement.”

For further information, contact hpaonline.com.

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

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18 2016 Feb

HPA Changes name and Unveils new logo

The “HPA” stays the same but now stands for “Hollywood Professional Association”.

See the new logo below: