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  1. The 13th annual Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards took place tonight, honoring the accomplishments of industry luminaries, behind-the-scenes artists and outstanding engineering teams. The HPA Awards set the bar for creative and technical achievement, recognizing individuals and companies for outstanding contributions made in the creation of feature films, television, commercials, and entertainment content enjoyed around the world. Awards were given to talented individuals and teams working in twelve creative craft categories, including color grading, sound, editing and visual effects for commercials, television and feature film. Victoria Alonso, EVP Production of Marvel, was honored with the HPA Charles S. Swartz Award, and special awards were presented for Engineering Excellence. The many social movements, including #metoo, of the past year that effectively harnessed the power of technology to bring positive change to our industry were also acknowledged during the show. The winners of the 2018 HPA Awards are: Creative Categories Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film WINNER: “Alpha” Maxine Gervais // Technicolor – Hollywood “Avengers: Infinity War” Steven J. Scott, Charles Bunnag // Technicolor – Hollywood “Red Sparrow” Dave Hussey // Company 3 “The Shape of Water” Chris Wallace // Deluxe – Toronto “The Greatest Showman” Tim Stipan // Company 3 Outstanding Color Grading – Television WINNER: “The Crown – Paterfamilias" Asa Shoul // Molinare “Damnation – Sam Riley’s Body” Paul Allia // Picture Shop “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Pilot” Steven Bodner // Light Iron “Game of Thrones – Beyond the Wall” Joe Finley // Sim “The Crossing – Pilot” Tony Smith // Picture Shop Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial WINNER (TIE): Volkswagen – "Kids’ Dreams" Adam Scott // The Mill WINNER (TIE): Zara – "Spring/Summer 2018 Main" Tim Masick // Company 3 Bottega Veneta – "Spring/Summer 2018 Trailer" Tim Masick // Company 3 Tile – "Lost Panda" Tom Poole // Company 3 Audi – "Final Breath" Sofie Borup // Company 3 Outstanding Editing – Feature Film Sponsored by Blackmagic Design WINNER: “A Quiet Place” Christopher Tellefsen, ACE “Coco” Steve Bloom “You Were Never Really Here” Joe Bini “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” Eddie Hamilton, ACE “Believer” Demian Fenton Outstanding Editing – Television (30 Minutes and Under) Sponsored by Blackmagic Design WINNER: “VICE – After the Fall” Kelly Kendrick // Vice “The End of the F***ing World – Episode One” Mike Jones “Vida – Episode 6” JoAnne Yarrow “Barry – Chapter Eight: Know Your Truth" Kyle Reiter “Vice Principals –The Union of the Wizard and The Warrior" Justin Bourret Outstanding Editing – Television (Over 30 Minutes) Sponsored by Blackmagic Design WINNER: “The Defiant Ones – Part 2” Doug Pray, Lasse Järvi “Stranger Things – Chapter Nine: The Gate” Kevin D. Ross, ACE “Game of Thrones – The Dragon and the Wolf” Crispin Green “Westworld – The Passenger” Anna Hauger, Mako Kamitsuna, MPEG, Andrew Seklir, ACE “Counterpart – The Crossing" Dana E. Glauberman, ACE Outstanding Sound – Feature Film WINNER: “The Shape of Water” Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern, Nelson Ferreira, Nathan Robitaille // Deluxe - Toronto “Ant-Man and The Wasp” Katy Wood, Addison Teague, Juan Peralta, Tom Johnson // Skywalker Sound “Avengers: Infinity War” Shannon Mills, Tom Johnson, Juan Peralta, Dan Laurie // Skywalker Sound “Blade Runner 2049” Mark Mangini, Ron Bartlett, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill, Mac Ruth // Formosa Group “Black Panther” Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor // Skywalker Sound Outstanding Sound – Television WINNER: “Altered Carbon – Out of The Past” Brett Hinton, Mark Allen, Owen Granich-Young, Andy King, Keith Rogers // Atomic Sound “Yellowstone – Daybreak” Alan Robert Murray, Tim LeBlanc, Dean Zupancic // Warner Bros. “Waco – Operation Showtime” Craig Mann, Kelly Oxford, Laura Wiest, Karen Vassar Triest, David Brownlow, Beau Borders // Technicolor – Hollywood “Dark – Secret” Alexander Würtz, Achim Hofmann, Jorg Elsner, Christian Bichoff // ARRI Media GmbH Ansgar Frerich // Basis Berlin “Yellowstone – Kill the Messenger” Alan Robert Murray, Tim LeBlanc, Dean Zupancic // Warner Bros. Outstanding Sound – Commercial WINNER: OXFAM – “The Heist No One is Talking About” Neil Johnson // Factory Studios KIA – “Fueled by Youth” Nathan Dubin // Margarita Mix SANE – “Let Me Talk” Anthony Moore, Jack Hallett // Factory Studios Monster – “Opportunity Roars” Tom Jucarone // Sound Lounge ICRC – “Hope” Anthony Moore // Factory Studios Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film WINNER: “Avengers: Infinity War” Matt Aitken, Charles Tait, Paul Story, Sidney Kombo-Kintombo, Marvyn Young // Weta Digital “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” R. Christopher White, Daniel Macarin, Phillip Leonhardt, Paul Ramsden, Jeremy Fort // Weta Digital “Blade Runner 2049” Richard Clegg, Axel Akesson, Wesley Chandler, Stefano Carta, Ian Cooke-Grimes // MPC “Rampage” Erik Winquist, Benjamin Pickering, Stephen Unterfranz, Thrain Shadbolt, David Clayton // Weta Digital “Thor: Ragnarok” Kyle McCulloch, Alexis Wajsbrot, Ben Loch, Harry Bardak // Framestore Outstanding Visual Effects – Television (Under 13 Episodes) WINNER: “Game of Thrones – Beyond The Wall” Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Ted Rae // HBO Eric Carney // The Third Floor David Ramos // El Ranchito “Altered Carbon – Out of The Past” Everett Burrell, Tony Meagher, Steve Moncur, Christine Lemon, Paul Jones // DNEG “Outlander – Eye of The Storm” Richard Briscoe // Outlander Production Daniel Norlund, Filip Orrby // Goodbye Kansas Aladino Debert, Greg Teegarden // Digital Domain “Black Mirror – Metalhead" Russell McLean // House of Tomorrow Michael Bell, Pete Levy, Steven Godfrey, Stafford Lawrence // DNEG “Westworld – The Passenger” Jay Worth, Bruce Branit // Deep Water FX Bobo Skipper // Important Looking Pirates Kama Moiha // COSA VFX Mike Enriquez // DNEG Outstanding Visual Effects – Television (Over 13 Episodes) WINNER: “Agents of SHIELD – Orientation: Part 1” Mark Kolpack, Sabrina Arnold // Marvel Kevin Yuille, David Rey, Hnedel Maximore // FuseFX “Supergirl – For Good” Armen V. Kevorkian, Gevork Babityan, Kris Cabrera, Jerry Chalupnik, Jason Shulman // Encore VFX “Hawaii Five-O – A’ole e ‘olelo mai ana ke ahi ua ana ia” Adam Avitabile, Daniel Toomey, Michael Kirylo, Ryan Smolarek, Wayne Hollingsworth // Picture Shop “Legends of Tomorrow – The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly” Armen V. Kevorkian, Andranik Taranyan, Jason Shulman, Dan Aprea, Lycee Anaya // Encore VFX “NCIS: LA – A Line in the Sand/Ninguna Salida" Dylan Chudzynski, Michael Carter, Joe Suzuki, Jacob Kuhne // DigitalFilm Tree The following special awards, which were previously announced, were also presented this evening: HPA Engineering Excellence Award The winners of the 2018 HPA Award for Engineering Excellence are: · Blackmagic Design - DaVinci Resolve 15 DaVinci Resolve 15, released at NAB this year, offers a major step forward for the post-production workflow, a significant shift in technically and creatively matched toolsets as well as overall efficiency. The platform, designed to provide a full suite of post-production tools, from ingest to delivery, directly integrated in a single ecosystem, includes significant improvements in quality, functionality and time to delivery. Exchange formats, translation and conform can be eliminated, and last-minute change efficiently managed for feature film, episodic TV and short form productions. · Canon - Visual and Technical Monitoring of HDR Images Canon has seen the need for not only visually seeing HDR images on set, in editorial, and in finishing but also for engineering tools to know exact values of the HDR images and its pixels; compare SDR and HDR images; compare different HDR deliverable systems; out of gamut warnings; and connection to various manufacturers camera metadata. This complete system from Canon ensures that HDR and SDR image creation is easily and accurately be accomplished. · Cinnafilm, Inc. – PixelStrings PixelStrings is a cloud-based video conversion service focusing on ultimate playback quality for media. Leveraging the award-winning framerate conversion, retiming, artifact/noise/telecine correction, and transcode technologies from Cinnafilm, this PaaS enables the mass creation of best-possible video versions while leveraging infinite, GPU-enabled cloud compute power. The platform is a growing hub of other best-of-breed media technologies and is a simple pay-as-you-use toolset available 24/7 though a browser. PixelStings enables the freedom of a predictable OpEx process. · IBM Aspera & Telestream - Telestream Vantage with Lightspeed Live Capture IBM Aspera and Telestream have developed a game-changing solution for high-speed capture and production of live, broadcast quality video from remote locations for faster production turnaround. The API integration of Aspera’s FASPStream streaming technology with Telestream Vantage and Lightspeed Live enables open-file workflows so production teams can work on live video feeds from remote locations in real time, with dramatically lower costs compared to satellite delivery, fiber or on-location production and more flexible deployment options. The HPA Engineering Excellence Award is recognized as one of the most important technology honors in the industry, spotlighting companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity to develop breakthrough technologies. Submissions for this peer-judged award may include products or processes and must represent a step forward for its industry beneficiaries. Honorable Mention was awarded to Samsung for Samsung Onyx. Charles S. Swartz Award The Charles S. Swartz Award is awarded to a person, group, or company that has made a significant artistic, technological, business or educational impact across diverse aspects of the media industry. The award recognizes broad, impactful and lasting contributions that have advanced and/or provided some unique purpose to the larger media content ecosystem. This year’s honoree is Victoria Alonso, respected producer and Executive Vice President, Production for Marvel Studios. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Professional Association can be found at http://www.hpaonline.com/. The HPA Awards, which are produced by Homerun Entertainment, are made possible through the generous sponsorship of Diamond Title Sponsor Blackmagic Design; Platinum Sponsor IMAX; Bronze Sponsors Avid and Sony Pictures Post; and Foundation Members Avid, Dolby, EFILM, Encore, and Stereo D.
  2. 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 calling 213.614.0860. Opening of ticket sales will be announced shortly.
  3. 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 Jen Dennis, EP of Branded Content, RSA Moderator: Lucas Wilson, Founder-Executive Producer, SuperSphereVR 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 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.
  4. Hollywood Professional Association Unveils HPA Awards Nominees Creative nominations announced for editing, sound, visual effects and color grading 28 September 2016 (Los Angeles, CA) - The Hollywood Professional Association® (HPA) today announced the nominees for its 2016 HPA Awards. Considered the standard-bearer for excellence and innovation in an industry embracing an expanding array of groundbreaking technologies and creativity, the HPA Awards honor creative achievement and artistic excellence. Launched in 2006, the HPA Awards recognize outstanding achievement in editing, sound, visual effects and color grading for work in television, commercials, and feature films. The winners of the 11th Annual HPA Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony on 17 November 2016 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. The 2016 HPA Award nominees are: Outstanding Color Grading - Feature Film "Carol" John Dowdell // Goldcrest Post Productions Ltd "The Revenant" Steven J. Scott // Technicolor Production Services "Brooklyn" Asa Shoul // Molinare "The Martian" Stephen Nakamura // Company 3 "The Jungle Book" Steven J. Scott // Technicolor Production Services Outstanding Color Grading - Television "Vinyl - E.A.B" Steven Bodner // Deluxe/Encore NY "Fargo - The Myth of Sysiphus" Mark Kueper // Technicolor "Outlander - Faith" Steven Porter // MTI Film "Gotham - By Fire" Paul Westerbeck // Encore Hollywood "Show Me A Hero - Part 1" Sam Daley // Technicolor PostWorks NY Outstanding Color Grading - Commercial Fallout 4 - "The Wanderer" Siggy Ferstl / Company 3 Toyota Prius - "Poncho" Sofie Borup // Company 3 Nascar - "Team" Lez Rudge // Nice Shoes Audi R8 - "Commander" Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3 Apple Music - "History of Sound" Gregory Reese // The Mill Pennzoil - "Joyride Circuit" Dave Hussey // Company 3 Hennessy - "Odyssey" Tom Poole // Company 3 Outstanding Editing - Feature Film "The Martian" Pietro Scalia, ACE "The Revenant" Stephen Mirrione, ACE "The Big Short" Hank Corwin, ACE "Sicario" Joe Walker, ACE "Spotlight" Tom McArdle, ACE Outstanding Editing - Television "Body Team 12" David Darg // RYOT Films "Underground - The Macon 7" Zack Arnold, Ian Tan // Sony Pictures Television "Vinyl - Pilot" David Tedeschi "Roots - Night One" Martin Nicholson, ACE, Greg Babor "Game of Thrones - Battle of the Bastards" Tim Porter, ACE Outstanding Editing - Commercial Wilson - "Nothing Without It" Doobie White // Therapy Studios Nespresso - "Training Day" Chris Franklin // Big Sky Edit Saucony - "Be A Seeker" Lenny Mesina // Therapy Studios Samsung - "Teresa" Kristin McCasey // Therapy Studios Outstanding Sound - Feature Film "Room" Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady, Ken Galvin // Ardmore Sound "Eye In The Sky" Craig Mann, Adam Jenkins, Bill R. Dean, Chase Keehn // Technicolor Creative Services "Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice" Scott Hecker // Formosa Group Chris Jenkins, Michael Keller // Warner Bros. Post Production Services "Zootopia" David Fluhr, CAS, Gabriel Guy, CAS, Addison Teague // Walt Disney Company "Sicario" Alan Murray, Tom Ozanich, John Reitz // Warner Bros. Post Production Services Outstanding Sound - Television "Outlander - Prestonpans" Nello Torri, Alan Decker // NBCUniversal Post Sound "Game of Thrones - Battle of the Bastards" Tim Kimmel, MPSE, Paula Fairfield, Mathew Waters, CAS, Onnalee Blank, CAS, Bradley C. Katona, Paul Bercovitch // Formosa Group "Preacher - See" Richard Yawn, Mark Linden, Tara Paul // Sony Sound "Marco Polo - One Hundred Eyes" David Paterson, Roberto Fernandez, Alexa Zimmerman, Glenfield Payne, Rachel Chancey // Harbor Picture Company "House of Cards - Chapter 45" Jeremy Molod, Ren Klyce, Nathan Nance, Scott R. Lewis, Jonathan Stevens // Skywalker Sound Outstanding Sound - Commercial Sainsbury's - "Mog's Christmas Calamity" Anthony Moore, Neil Johnson // Factory Save the Children UK - "Still The Most Shocking Second A Day" Jon Clarke // Factory Wilson - "Nothing Without It" Doobie White // Therapy Studios Honda - "Paper" Phil Bolland // Factory Honda - "Ignition" Anthony Moore // Factory Outstanding Visual Effects - Feature Film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Jay Cooper, Yanick Dusseault, Rick Hankins, Carlos Munoz, Polly Ing // Industrial Light & Magic "The Jungle Book" Robert Legato, Andrew R. Jones Adam Valdez, Charley Henley // MPC Keith Miller // Weta Digital "Captain America: Civil War" Russell Earl, Steve Rawlins, Francois Lambert, Pat Conran, Rhys Claringbull // Industrial Light & Magic "The Martian" Chris Lawrence, Neil Weatherley, Bronwyn Edwards, Dale Newton // Framestore "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" Pablo Helman, Robert Weaver, Kevin Martel, Shawn Kelly, Nelson Sepulveda // Industrial Light & Magic Outstanding Visual Effects - Television "Supergirl - Pilot" Armen V. Kevorkian, Andranik Taranyan, Gevork Babityan, Elaina Scott, Art Sayan // Encore VFX "Ripper Street - The Strangers' Home" Ed Bruce, Nicholas Murphy, Denny Cahill, John O'Connell // Screen Scene "Black Sails - XXI" Erik Henry // Starz Matt Dougan // Digital Domain Martin Ogren, Jens Tenland, Nicklas Andersson // ILP "The Flash - Gorilla Warfare" Armen V. Kevorkian, Thomas J. Conners, Andranik Taranyan, Gevork Babityan, Jason Shulman // Encore VFX "Game of Thrones - Battle of the Bastards" Joe Bauer, Eric Carney // Fire & Blood Productions Derek Spears // Rhythm & Hues Studios Glenn Melenhorst // Iloura Matthew Rouleau // Rodeo FX Outstanding Visual Effects - Commercial Sainsbury's - "Mog's Christmas Calamity" Ben Cronin, Grant Walker, Rafael Camacho // Framestore Microsoft Xbox - "Halo 5: The Hunt Begins" Ben Walsh, Ian Holland, Brian Delmonico, Brian Burke // Method Studios AT&T - "Power of &" James Dick, Corrina Wilson, Euna Kho, Callum McKeveny // Framestore Kohler - "Never Too Next" Andy Boyd, Jake Montgomery, Zachary DiMaria, David Hernandez // JAMM Gatorade - "Sports Fuel" JD Yepes, Richard Shallcross // Framestore Recipients of a number of special awards have been previously announced by the HPA. Herb Dow, ACE, will be honored with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Michelle Munson, CEO of Aspera, will receive The Charles S. Swartz Award, and The Mill BLACKBIRD has been tapped to receive the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation. Winners of the coveted Engineering Excellence Award include Aspera, Grass Valley, RealD and SGO. Grass Valley and Canon USA received Honorable Mention in the Engineering Excellence category. The HPA Awards gala ceremony is expected to be a sold out affair and early ticket purchase is encouraged. Tickets for the HPA Awards are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.hpaawards.net. For all inquiries and sponsorship information, call the HPA at +1 (213) 614-0860 or email at info@hpaawards.net. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Professional Association can be found at www.hpaonline.com. Blackmagic Design, NAB Show, AVID, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFilm, Encore, IMAX, Sohonet and Sony are among the sponsors of the 2016 HPA Awards. ### 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 http://www.hpaonline.com. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members and sponsors. 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®) 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. Media Contact: ignite strategic communications christine purse | kate eberle +1 818 980 3473 | chris mobile: +1 323 806 9696 chris@ignite.bz | kate@ignite.bz
  5. 29 August 2016 (Los Angeles, CA) - The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has awarded its prestigious Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation to The Mill BLACKBIRD®. Created by The Mill, the BLACKBIRD® is the first fully adjustable car rig that creates photoreal CG cars. The coveted honor will be bestowed November 17th, 2016 at the 11th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. The HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow and process to support creative storytelling or in technical innovation. A jury of industry experts selected The Mill BLACKBIRD® during the recent presentation and judging session in Los Angeles. Developed by The Mill over a three-year period, the BLACKBIRD® was designed to address problems faced by the advertising industry when creating content for automobile commercials: car availability, model revisions, limited access to locations, and footage that can quickly become outdated. The Mill BLACKBIRD® is a car rig that can be shot at any time, in any location, without the need to rely on a physical car. The length, width, wheels, and suspension of the rig can be adjusted or swapped to mimic almost any car in development or on the market. Its electric motor can be programmed to simulate various driving experiences, and The Mill BLACKBIRD® packs a camera array and 3D laser scanner to generate a virtual model of the surrounding environment for even more realistic CG renderings. Beyond its advertising applications, the BLACKBIRD® technology enables many design and creative disciplines to test concepts long before manufacture. Al Thompson, Executive Vice President - The Mill comments: "We are thrilled to be awarded the highly sought after Creativity and Innovation honor at this year's HPA Awards; being recognized and awarded for The Mill Blackbird's pioneering technological creativity is a huge achievement for us. The Mill Blackbird® has taken about three years to concept, design and engineer and it really has been a wonderful example of what you can achieve when you get the best minds in the business together. It was the genuine needs of our advertising clients that made the Blackbird® happen and their constant support and input has shaped its design and made it the game changing innovation that it has become." Seth Hallen, HPA President, said, "The Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation has opened the door for us to honor excellence in ideas and technologies that fall outside other HPA Awards categories. The Mill BLACKBIRD®, a production and design solution, is a perfect entry for the Creativity and Innovation Award that illustrates why the category was conceived. The Mill has developed an incredibly exciting technology that serves creatives as well as automotive designers that empowers the creative process. This year, the entries for Creativity and Innovation were highly competitive, and we applaud all who entered." In addition to the Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation, the HPA Awards will recognize excellence in 12 craft categories including color grading, editing, sound and visual effects. Other special awards will be presented to Michelle Munson who has been named as recipient of the Charles S. Swartz Award, Herb Dow, 2016 HPA Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, and winners of the Engineering Excellence Award. Tickets for the 11th annual HPA Awards are on sale now and can be purchased online at http://www.hpaawards.com. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Professional Association can be found at www.hpaonline.com. Blackmagic Design, NAB Show, Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFilm, Encore, IMAX, Sohonet, and Sony are among the sponsors of the 2016 HPA Awards. Sponsorship and congratulatory advertising opportunities remain available, contact Mary Vinton at mvinton@smpte.org.
  6. 11th Annual Industry Honors Shine Spotlight on Excellence in Sound, Editing, Visual Effects and Color May 16, 2016 (Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) has announced the opening of its Call for Entries in the Creative Categories for the 11th annual HPA Awards. These categories, considered the standard bearer for groundbreaking work and artistic excellence, recognize creative artistry in the field of post production. The HPA Awards promote the achievement of talent, innovation and engineering excellence in the larger professional media content industry. The 11th annual gala awards presentation will be held on the evening of November 17, 2016 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. The HPA Awards now invite entries 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 16 and July 8, 2016, and Early Bird Entries (reduced entry fee for the Creative Categories) will be taken through June 10, 2016. To be considered eligible, work must have debuted domestically and/or internationally during the eligibility period, September 9, 2015 through September 6, 2016. 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 following special award categories: Engineering Excellence Award HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation These awards will also be bestowed at the November gala. The May 20, 2016 deadline is approaching for entries in these special competitive categories. Additional honors, including the HPA Lifetime Achievement Award, will be announced later this year. Seth Hallen, President of the HPA and a founding member of the HPA Awards Committee, commented, "Over the past 10 years, the HPA Awards have grown to become one of the most important venues of recognition for creative talent in our industry. Considered a standard-bearer, these awards are uniquely meaningful to the winners and nominees since the judging panels are made up of their peers. I heartily encourage individuals and companies that worked on all of the amazing projects from the past year to enter the HPA Awards creative categories. This is our opportunity to shine a light on the talent and effort that goes into bringing stories to life and to the individuals who play such important roles in making it all happen. We look forward to another very special event on November 17th." For a list of the previous years' winners, click here. Complete rules, guidelines and entry information for the Creative Categories and all of the HPA Awards are available at: www.hpaawards.net. The HPA Awards are made possible through the generous sponsorship of Title Sponsor Blackmagic Design; Foundation Members Avid, Co3, Deluxe, Dolby. EFILM, Encore; and Gold Sponsor Sohonet. For sponsorship or program advertising opportunities, contact Mary Vinton or Jeff Victor by visiting HPA Awards website at www.hpaawards.net or calling 213.614.0860. Opening of ticket sales will be announced shortly.
  7. Preeminent Technology Event Takes Industry Leaders to The Desert for Exploration and Connection December 21, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) The HPA® as unveiled its 2016 HPA Tech Retreat® schedule. The Tech Retreat, now in its 22nd year, attracts a world-class roster of engineering, technology, creativity and business leaders who gather in the desert over the course of a week to confer on the trends and technologies of the future, while taking on the issues of the present from fresh perspectives. The Tech Retreat presents attendees the opportunity to access a wide range of in-depth information, enabling an informed view of future industry trajectories. The highly anticipated event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, near Palm Springs, CA, from February 15th to the 19th, 2016. Curated to pique the interest of the varied stakeholders involved in all aspects of production, broadcast, post production, distribution and the related endeavors for media and entertainment, the program schedule creates an environment conducive to the exchange of knowledge and information. Mark Schubin, the revered Maestro of the HPA Tech Retreat, commented, "We had a record number of submissions for the program. From deep-space NASA imaging to virtual reality to buried microphones to the 1955 live TV coverage of the opening of Disneyland, the 2016 program should have something for everyone." He continued, "And that's not even counting such regular features as the Washington update, CES review, broadcasters panel, and technology year in review (motion imaging without frame rates, anyone?)" Speakers and Sessions A complete list 2016 HPA Tech Retreat schedule and speakers' bios is included here. (Please note the final schedule is subject to change.) Highlights of the 2016 HPA Tech Retreat include: The HPA Supersession - Snowflake Workflows Are Turning into Distribution Snowstorms! A full day focused on a shifting industry. The 2016 SuperSession is a densely packed day, featuring all those topics that make the path ahead one with a few twists and turns - but that makes it fun to drive. Moderated by Leon Silverman, HPA President and Jerry Pierce, HPA Board. Sessions include: Mark Schubin's Year in Review Washington Legislation Update DPP and NABA Virtual Reality panel ACES 1.0 - 1 Year Later An extended HDR session Truck-Based Production Broadcasters Panel NASA Panel: Deep Space Exploration: Technology Challenges for Motion Imagery Acquisition and Distribution A Candid Review of the Industry Transition to IP Infrastructure Disney Zurich Research Cloud Session Proper Viewing Distances for Critical Applications Blame Canada, or How Research from the Mid-1960s Is Screwing Up Our Pictures Today Creative Frame Rates, the Past Present and Future of Cinema Among nearly 100 All-Star speakers, the Lineup Includes: James M. Burger, Thompson Coburn Annie Chang, The Walt Disney Studios David Coleman, RealD Jenny Fulle, The Creative-Cartel Rodney Grubbs, NASA Debra Kaufman, Journalist Christy King, Technologist Barbara Lange, SMPTE Stephen Long, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Pete Ludé, RealD Andy Maltz, AMPAS Jerry Pierce, HPA Rohit Puri, Netflix Leon Silverman, HPA Larry Thorpe, Canon Steve Wong, Siemens On Monday, in advance of the Tech Retreat, a day long pre-retreat event is presented, featuring the ATSC Seminar: Content Creation and Distribution for ATSC 3.0, and the Charles Poynton Seminar: Practical Aspects of HDR: Implementation and Deployment. Leon Silverman, President of the HPA, noted "The Tech Retreat is all about recharging, reassessing and engaging.It's amazing to start the New Year in an environment so perfect - while learning from and spending time with some of the greatest minds in our industry. From the well-attended 7:30 AM breakfast roundtables through sessions that you miss only at your own industry knowledge peril, to late into the night interacting with your heroes and new found friends, there is just no other event like it. With HPA now part of SMPTE, the Tech Retreat will continue to tap into its own unique style and at the same time have the support and resources of the organization driving standards and professional technical community innovation. If you have never been to a Tech Retreat - I can only ask why not, and if you've been, you know why." Always a key component of the HPA Tech Retreat, the carefully curated demo area has featured some of the most interesting technologies in an environment encouraging explanation and demonstration. This year, the Demo Room evolves into The Innovation Zone, still a curated environment, focused on the latest in workflows as well as products and technologies. The Tech Retreat schedule is crafted to offer time for exploration and interaction in the Innovation Zone, as well as a popular Innovation Zone Reception, Tuesday, February 16, 2016. A detailed look at the Innovation Zone, and an application for participating is available here. The HPA Tech Retreat traditionally sells out, and registration is highly recommended. The Tech Retreat is a limited attendance event, and seating is approaching capacity even at this early stage. Pre-conference registration closes Wednesday, February 10, 2016, after which time only onsite registrations will be accepted, and those registrations are space-permitting. Full-conference as well as one-day registrations are available. Registration includes conference sessions, breakfast roundtables, lunch, demo room, and social events. For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hpaonline.com. Sponsors of the HPA Tech Retreat include Foundation Members, Avid, CO3, Deluxe Media, Dolby, EFilm, Encore; Platinum Sponsor Dell; and Gold Sponors Aspers, HGST, and Sohonet.
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