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20 2013 May

Sony begins selling Ultra HD TVs, but no pay TV distributors offering compatible programming

While no cable operators or satellite TV providers have begun transmitting programming in Ultra HD format, that’s not stopping Sony Electronics from kicking off a marketing campaign for its new line of 4K Ultra HD TVs.

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17 2013 May

Ben Burtt on Jumping From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Star Trek’: ‘My Universes Probably Are a Little Bit Blurred’

The iconic sound designer behind the “voice” of R2D2 describes his work on J.J. Abram’s “Into Darkness” sequel.

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15 2013 May

Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Opens its Call for Entries

The 8th annual HPA Awards will be held Nov 7.

The Hollywood Post Alliance had opened the call for entries for the 8th annual HPA Awards, which will take place Nov. 7 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

The period of eligibility is Sept. 11, 2012 through Sept. 3, 2013.

Article on The Hollywood Reporter: Behind The Screen:

14 2013 May

Netflix Still Eats a Third of the Web Every Night; Amazon, HBO and Hulu Trail Behind

For the last three years, Netflix has accounted for a third of the Internet traffic zipping into North American homes every night.

But Web video competitors like Amazon, HBO and Hulu all say they’re seeing significant growth. So is anyone cutting into Netflix’s lead?

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13 2013 May

Director James Cameron to Broadcast 3D ‘Swan Lake’ Live from Russia

Reuters (via the Chicago Tribune) reports from London that “Avatar” director James Cameron and Russian conductor Valery Gergiev will beam the world’s first live 3D ballet broadcast to 50 countries from Russia’s Mariinsky theatre in June.

Read the details at the Shubin Cafe, here.

9 2013 May

Netflix, Reed Hastings Survive Missteps to Join Silicon Valley’s Elite

On a normal weeknight, Netflix accounts for almost a third of all Internet traffic entering North American homes. That’s more than YouTube, Hulu,, HBO Go, iTunes, and BitTorrent combined.

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8 2013 May

Otis CG Reel 2013

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1 2013 May

IBM Researchers Complete Stop-Motion Short by Moving Atoms (Video)

The research behind this project could someday enable every movie ever made to be stored on a mobile device, says an IBM scientist.

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2 2013 Apr

NYCPP – Mark Schubin Delivers Entertaining Media History at Our March Event

NYCPP article by Dan Ochiva

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13 2013 Mar

The Hollywood Post Alliance Sales Career Resource Group

 Media Contact:
 Chris Purse, 818.980.3473
 ignite strategic communications
The Hollywood Post Alliance Sales Career Resource Group
March 13, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) has announced the topic for its latest SCRG luncheon panel, Deal Maker or Breaker: Collaboration, which will take place Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in North Hollywood, CA. The discussion will cover how technology has nearly leveled the playing field of opportunity and the importance of collaboration, our willingness to work together; and that now more than ever before our industry’s strengths are founded on relationships. Can we learn to be proactive and embrace this style of cooperative business practices and ideologies? Ben Benedetti, Executive Director Sound Editorial and Digital Services, Sony Pictures Entertainment will moderate.
Joining Mr. Benedetti, are top industry professionals, Bruce Sandzimier, VP Post, ABC Studios; Lisa Black, SVP Business Development and Enterprises, FishBowl; Steve Beres, Technology Architect, HBO; Michael Fink, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor and Andrea Kalas VP of Archives, Paramount Pictures.
The HPA is a leading industry organization connecting trade professionals and bringing forth awareness and recognition for the post production industry. The HPA created the Sales Career Resource Group (SCRG) to further their mission of creating community amongst sales and marketing professionals, providing a forum of support and resources; and to continue the proliferation of the HPA, stimulate member growth and further exemplify its ideals and commitment to industry support. The HPA® SCRG luncheons are engaging, expert-driven educational events that create community among sales, marketing and business development professionals.
The last several SCRG lunches have sold out, so early registration is encouraged. Online registration is $60 for HPA members and $80 for non-members, and can be purchased by visiting If the event doesn’t sell out, limited onsite registration may be available at higher prices. For information about the Hollywood Post Alliance and their Sales Career Resource Group (SCRG) series, please visit or call 213.614.0860.