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8 2013 Nov

2013 Hollywood Post Alliance Award Winners Announced

See Photos from the 2013 Awards Show

Gala Event Spotlights Leaders and Innovators in Post Production

 November 7, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA)  The 2013 HPA Awards® took place tonight, celebrating talent and innovation in 12 categories as well as in three special honors. The HPA Awards recognize individuals and companies for outstanding contributions made in helping to create features, television programs, spots, and entertainment enjoyed around the world. Presented by the Hollywood Post Alliance® – the professional organization for the post production community – the 8th Annual HPA Awards took place at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, in front of a sold out audience of industry insiders and luminaries.

As announced earlier, Avid was honored with the prestigious Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production. Avid President and CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. accepted the Award on behalf of the company. Other special awards were presented, which included honors for Engineering Excellence, and the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production.


The winners of the 2013 HPA Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading – Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film

“Life of Pi”
David Cole // Technicolor


Outstanding Color Grading – Television

“Castle – Hunt”
Anthony Smith // Encore


Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial  

Under Armour “Brought To You By Under Armour”
Tom Poole // Company 3


Outstanding Editing – Feature Film

William Goldenberg, A.C.E.


Outstanding Editing – Television

“Breaking Bad – Dead Freight”
Skip Macdonald, A.C.E.


Outstanding Editing – Commercial

Nextel/Ferrari “Combustion”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios


Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
John Reitz and Gregg Rudloff // Warner Bros. Sound


Outstanding Sound – Television

“Game of Thrones – The Climb”
Tim Kimmel, Paula Fairfield, Brad Katona, Jed Dodge, Onnalee Blank and Mathew Waters // Todd AO


Outstanding Sound – Commercial 

Honda “Hands”
Anthony Moore // Factory


Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film

“Pacific Rim”
Lindy DeQuattro, Eddie Pasquarello, Nigel Sumner, Derrick Carlin and Chris Lentz // Industrial Light & Magic


Outstanding Visual Effects – Television

“Game of Thrones – Valar Dohaeris”
Joe Bauer and Jabbar Raisani
Jörn Grosshans and Sven Martin // Pixomondo
Doug Campbell // Spin VFX

Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial

Galaxy “Chauffeur”
Simon French, William Bartlett, Stephen Cullingford and Grant Walker // Framestore


A number of special awards, which had been announced earlier, were bestowed during the evening including:

Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production



HPA Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by NAB Show

  • DTS, Inc. – MDA
  • NVIDIA – NVIDIA GRID™ Visual Computing Appliance (VCA)
  • Sony Pictures Imageworks and The Foundry – FLIX
  • Telestream – 16 bit 4:4:4:4 Transcoding Technology


HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production:

Park Road Post Production: Next Generation Feature Film Workflow: Enabling HFR 48FPS Stereoscopic 3D On Set to On Screen


For further information about the Hollywood Post Alliance, contact: 213.614.0860, or visit


About the Hollywood Post Alliance®

Hollywood Post 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.


About the HPA® Awards

The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.


The HPA Awards were presented with generous support from Premier Sponsor: NAB Show; Foundation Members: Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFILM, Encore; Bronze Sponsor: Sohonet and Brand Sponsors: NVIDIA,


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31 2013 Oct

8th Annual HPA Awards Announce Presenters

Limited Tickets Available for Gala Evening
Honoring Excellence in Post

October 30, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA)  Hollywood Post Alliance® – the trade association for the post production community – has announced a stellar industry lineup of presenters for the HPA Awards next week. The event will unfold at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA, on November 7th, 2013. The organization also announced that ticket sales are well underway and the event is expected to sell out.

The HPA Awards were conceived to recognize the achievements of those individuals who work behind the scenes, with ingenuity and creativity, to create motion pictures, commercials and television programming. The HPA Awards are the unofficial launch of Hollywood’s awards season, which culminates in the Oscars. Honors will be given in 12 craft categories covering motion pictures, commercials and television.

An all-star group of presenters will be on hand, including Todd London, SVP, VFX & Post Production Feature Films at Walt Disney Studios, Salvatore Totino, ASC, AIC (Frost/Nixon, Cinderella Man, Any Given Sunday), Stephen Rivkin, A.C.E. (Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy), Dauri Chase (co-producer of the Newsroom, Post Producer at HBO Television) and Kevin Tent, A.C.E. (Nebraska, The Descendents, Sideways.) Former HPA Lifetime Achievement Winner Ted Gagliano, President of Post-production at 20th Century Fox, will be on hand to present honors in the visual effects categories. Special honors will be bestowed during the evening, including the HPA Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by NAB Show.  The Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production will be presented to Avid by Oscar-winning editor William Goldenberg, A.C.E. (Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Transformers: Dark of the Moon). Louis Hernandez, Jr, President and CEO of Avid, will accept the award on behalf of the company.

The HPA Awards, held at the Skirball since their inception in 2006, begin with a pre-show reception, followed by a 90-minute awards show, and end with a celebratory cocktail party. The gala evening is an engaging and community centered event that brings out the entire post production community.

Tickets for the HPA Awards consistently sell out, and early purchase is highly recommended. 2013 HPA Awards show tickets are available at  For questions regarding ticket purchases call 213-614-0860 or write to Press inquiries should be directed to Christine Purse or Mimi Rossi at ignite, 818.980.3473 or email

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25 2013 Oct

SMPTE and Hollywood Post Alliance Present Women in Technology Event

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) Women in Post presented “Wendy Aylsworth in Conversation with Friends” to a full house Monday, in conjunction with the SMPTE 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Hollywood. The event, which sold out well in advance, attracted a diverse group of women who are engaged in a variety of roles in the media and technology industry. SMPTE deals in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment and technology industries. The Women in Post group of the HPA — the trade association for the postproduction community — attracts professional women who fill many technical, creative and leadership roles in postproduction. SMPTE and HPA worked together to develop the event as a way to reach these women, who have crucial responsibilities and face many challenges.

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14 2013 Oct

Hollywood Post Alliance Honors Avid with the Charles S. Swartz Award

The Preeminent Post Production Organization Will Honor Avid For a Heritage of Outstanding Contributions

Read the full press release here.

10 2013 Oct

Lucasfilm will combine video games and movies to axe post-production process

OVER THE NEXT DECADE video game engines will be used in film-making, with the two disciplines combining to eliminate the movie post-production process.

That rather ambitious claim comes from Lucasfilm, the California production company responsible for the Star Wars franchise. Speaking at the Technology Strategy Board event at BAFTA in London this week, the company’s chief technology strategy officer Kim Libreri announced that the developments in computer graphics have meant Lucasfilm has been able to transfer its techniques to film-making, shifting video game assets into movie production.

From The Inquirer, read more here:

7 2013 Oct

Bill Feightner Named CTO at Colorfront

The respected innovator who co-founded Efilm will steer development of Colorfront’s On-Set Dailies and new technologies.

Bill Feightner, one of Hollywood’s most respected image science experts, has been named chief technology officer at Colorfront, maker of on-set dailies technology widely used in film and TV production.

From The Hollywood Reporter, read more here:

5 2013 Oct

How well do you use video?

Video is one of the fastest growing areas in social media. Almost every major platform including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter now encourages video to both its users and advertisers. A recent study by Cisco predicted that by 2017, Internet video traffic will more than triple to an astounding 17.1 exabytes per month.

Video advertising has grown enormously and is now viewed by many in the advertising industry as being more effective than traditional advertising. Several intriguing findings have also been recently reported relating to video advertising.

From Westfair Communications, read more here:

30 2013 Sep

“HITS” Afternoon Keynoter Jonathan Taplin Taps In to the Future of Innovation and Disruption

With a storied career that included producing Mean Streets alongside Martin Scorsese, producing the “Concert for Bangladesh” and founding the first online VOD company, Intertainer in 1996, Jonathan Taplin, currently the Director of the Annenberg School of Innovation at the University of Southern California has spent decades on the cutting edges of the media and entertainment industries.

At Friday’s HITS Digital Marketing & Analytics Summit in Los Angeles, Taplin outlined the current state of entertainment today, and what the future may hold. Taplin said that recent research shows that global growth of the middle class, coupled with the growth of online media content translates to positive growth for the entertainment industry.

From MESA Blog on “HITS” Conference – See more here

25 2013 Sep

Mark Schubin’s IBC Report – Bang for the Buck

Something extraordinary happened shortly after noon local time on Saturday, September 14, at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam (aside from the fact that the fresh herring vendors were no longer wearing traditional klederdracht). It could affect at least the short-term future of television. And a possible long-term future was also revealed at the event. IBC, however, featured not only the extraordinary but also the cute.

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19 2013 Sep

Time-Lapse of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX Renovation

From Curbed Los Angeles:

The legendary TCL Chinese Theatre reopens to the public tomorrow following several months of renovation work that’s made it into one of the biggest IMAX venues in the world. The 1927 theater’s newish owners were careful to preserve the Chinese’s beautiful and historic features (it was designed by Raymond Kennedy, with details by art director John G. Beckman) while removing the old orchestra pit to accommodate an enormous 94 by 46-foot screen, adding cushy stadium seating (932 seats), and putting in more efficient LED lighting. The Dissolve has a great piece today explaining the technical updates (and the Chinese’s long history of technical updates): for the first time ever, the theater won’t have a film projector in its booth. Most movies will be shown in digital IMAX; the latest projectors won’t work well with the huge screen, so it’ll be masked at the sides until the Chinese gets the next generation (and it should be one of the first to have those new projectors). The Chinese is now the first and only IMAX game in the area, but still also the only grand movie place in the US still operating as a first-run theater. Check out a time-lapse video of the renovations below–it’s pretty amazing to see the auditorium go from faded icon to pile of dirt to shiny new updated icon: