HPA’s Women in Post and SMPTE Present: Women in Technology Luncheon @ Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites
Oct 22 @ 7:15 pm – 9:15 pm

The Women in Technology Luncheon is hosted annually by the HPA Women in Post and SMPTE.

This year’s event will be at the Westin Bonaventure in Downtown Los Angeles and a ticket purchase is required through the SMPTE ATC 2018 registration site.

Confirmed Speakers:


Rachel Payne is Founder and CEO of FEM Inc. Rachel Payne started FEM Inc. when she realized that there was an enormous opportunity for innovation in entertainment using a data-driven approach. In her prior role as Principal, Global Strategic Alliances at Google, she worked with top executives across the company to develop comprehensive strategies for their largest global partners, including Sony, Disney, NewsCorp and Samsung. She also served externally as the global point of contact for some of the company’s most important relationships, including Sony. It was in this capacity that she was able to identify a unique opportunity in the entertainment ecosystem to serve to meet a diverse set of user needs for better entertainment. Prior to this, Rachel was Head of Industry for Technology, running cross-platform media sales teams managing advertising spend from Google’s largest technology partners.

She originally joined Google on the founding team of Google.org, and was Senior Program Officer on the Global Development team. She later led Google’s international business operations in emerging and developing markets as a Country Manager in sub-Saharan Africa, on the regional Africa management team.

Rachel has been on the founding or early teams of several successful ventures in Silicon Valley including Hotwire (acquired by IAC) and Billpoint (acquired by eBay). In 2005, Rachel Co-Founded inDplay – a media company providing cross-platform distribution for independent, professionally-produced content – and served on the Board of Directors until 2007 (acquired by Discovery Media Group); angel investors included:

Eric Schmidt, William Randolph Hearst III and Shai Agassi.

Rachel serves on the Board of Directors for BRAC USA, KCET/LinkTV public media company and CREDO Mobile (Working Assets). Rachel earned an MBA in Global Management and Public Management from Stanford University and a B.A. with distinction from Smith College. She resides in California.

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HPA Awards Show 2018 @ Skirball Cultural Center
Nov 16 @ 3:00 am – 7:00 am





2018 Awards Schedule

Period of Eligibility for Entries

Submission Period – Engineering Excellence

Submission Period – Creative Categories

“Early Bird” Entry Deadline

“Intent to Enter” Petition for Deadline

Engineering Excellence Judging Day

Creative Judging Panels

Awards Gala Tickets Orders Open

Engineering Winners Announced

Nominations Announced

Awards Gala Event

Sept. 6, 2017 – Sept. 4, 2018

April 13, 2018 – May 25, 2018

May 14, 2018 – July 13, 2018

June 11, 2018

July 13, 2018

June TBA, 2018

August, 2018

July, 2018

August, 2018

September, 2018

November 15, 2018


To promote creative artistry in the field of post production, and recognize the achievement of talent, innovation and engineering excellence in the larger professional media content industry. The first annual HPA Awards were held in November, 2006.

Show Date

November 15, 2018
7:00 pm Check-in and Pre-show reception
8:00 pm Awards Show
Cocktail party immediately following the show in the Haas Pavilion.
Cocktail attire suggested.

Show Location

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Awards Given

Creative Categories include Color Grading, Editing, Sound and Visual Effects in Film, Television and Commercials. Special Awards may also be presented, including Engineering Excellence, the HPA Judges Award for Creativity & Innovation, Charles S. Swartz Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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