HPA Tech Retreat is SOLD OUT!

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Overview

The HPA Tech Retreat is the pre-eminent gathering of industry-leading thinkers and innovation-focused companies engaged in the creation, management, and dissemination of content. Every year, for a week near Palm Springs, the HPA Tech Retreat brings together a world-class roster of well-known and emerging leaders in engineering, technology, creativity and business. At the HPA Tech Retreat, the most compelling topics facing the media and entertainment landscape today are presented, explored and debated.

HPA Tech Retreat

During the HPA Tech Retreat, attendees and speakers unplug from their day-to-day routine to engage with the brightest minds in the industry. From 7:30 AM breakfast roundtables to late-night fire pit conversations, there is nowhere else to experience the kind of unbiased, unvarnished, and authentic discussion, deliberation, and debate between experts that happens throughout the Tech Retreat.

Participants—who have included Oscar winners, program leads from NASA, and established and emerging tech mavens—take a forward-looking approach to trends and technologies of the content creation ecosystem while tackling issues of the present from fresh perspectives.

The HPA Tech Retreat is a limited attendance event, strictly capped at 700 guests, that consists of the main conference program, TR-X Tech Retreat Xtra, the Supersession, breakfast roundtables, and the curated innovation zone where companies present the absolute latest in technology.

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Tech Retreat Features

TR-X

TR-X

Stop the Technology World, I Want to Get Off!

This year’s TR-X, a half-day session produced by Mark Chiolis and Craig German, will examine how the most disruptive changes in technology will fundamentally alter the way each of us practices our craft. When anything is possible, how do you think and behave differently when you create content? What new skill sets will you need in this new era? How will each of us, from new entrants to the workforce to old hands, continue to learn when the pace of change becomes daily? From professional educators to visionaries to industry pioneers, we will explore what it looks like to live and work in a rebooted future.

Among our headline speakers will be Mark Turner of Entertainment Technologists Inc., Josh Stinehour of Devoncroft, and Rodney Grubbs of NASA.

Registration for the half-day TR-X is included in the All-Access registration package and can also be purchased as a standalone registration.

 

Supersession

Supersession

For the first time at the Retreat, this year’s Supersession will present a live production – from acquisition through post – of a short movie, in near real-time.  The culmination of the production will be a screening of “The Lost Lederhosen” at the day’s conclusion. Joachim “JZ” Zell, Vice President of Technology at EFILM, is at the helm of this year’s event.

Main Program

HPA Tech Retreat Main Program

The HPA Tech Retreat Main Program features an array of high-powered conference sessions, more than 50 breakfast roundtables led by industry experts, and extensive networking opportunities. This is an incomparable opportunity to meet and engage with a world-class roster of well-known and emerging leaders in engineering, technology, creativity and business.

Innovation Zone

Innovation Zone

HPA invites individuals and companies to share new and innovative technology with the participants of the HPA Tech Retreat®. The Innovation Zone is where attendees can discover your company’s NEW technology in a space designed for learning and discovery. Bring your latest and greatest innovations that improve how the chain from acquisition to delivery is done.

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Look Who’s Talking…

Keep an eye on this space. We will have many experts from around the world, sharing their insights and knowledge at this year’s Tech Retreat.

Annie Chang

Annie Chang

Universal Pictures
Benjamin Nowicki

Benjamin Nowicki

Brian Vessa

Brian Vessa

Sony Pictures
Christopher Grove

Chris Grove

EK Gaming
Chris Lennon

Chris Lennon

MediAnswers
Craig German

Craig German

Amazon Web Services
David Cole

David Cole

IPV
David Phillips

David Phillips

Cloudian
Del Parks

Del Parks

Sinclair Broadcast Group
Doug Walker

Doug Walker

Autodesk
Eliot Mack

Eliot Mack

Lightcraft Technology
Glen Sakata

Glen Sakata

Dalet
Greg Ciaccio

Greg Ciaccio

ASC: Chair, Workflow Committee
Guy Finley

Guy Finley

The Trusted Partner Network
Hossein ZiaShakeri

Hossein ZiaShakeri

Spectra Logic
Jerry Pierce

Jerry Pierce

Inter-Society Digital Cinema Forum, National Association of Theatre Owners
Jim Burger

Jim Burger

Thompson Coburn LLP
Jim Helman

Jim Helman

MovieLabs
John Buzzel

John Buzzell

Epic Games
John Harris

John Harris

Cambridge Research Systems
John Quartel

John Quartel

Company 3
Josh Pines

Josh Pines

Technicolor
Josh Stinehour

Josh Stinehour

Devoncroft
Karl Paulsen

Karl Paulsen

Diversified
Kenneth Cuomo

Kenneth Cuomo

Vimond IO
Kristin Petrovich

Kristin Petrovich

Createasphere
Mark Chiolis

Mark Chiolis

Mobile TV Group
Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison

Digital Production Partnership
Mark Schubin

Mark Schubin

Mark Turner

Mark Turner

Entertainment Technologists Inc
Matthew Goldman

Matthew Goldman

MediaKind
Michael Mansouri

Michael Mansouri

Radiant Images
Michelle Munson

Michelle Munson

Eluv.io
Mike Cronk

Mike Cronk

AIMS/Grass Valley
Mike Strein

Mike Strein

ABC News
Nadya Ichinomiya

Nadya Ichinomiya

Sony
Nick Garvin

Nick Garvin

Mobile TV Group
Omer Farooq

Omer Farooq

Independent Security Evaluators
Paul Bonar

Paul Bonar

Game Creek Video
Paul Debevec

Paul Debevec

Google
Peter Putman

Peter Putman

ROAM Consulting
Phil Lelyveld

Phil Lelyveld

Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California
Ramy Katrib

Ramy Katrib

DigitalFilm Tree
Renard Jenkins

Renard T. Jenkins

Supply Chain Engineer & Technologist
Reza Rassool

Reza Rassool

Real Networks
Rich Berger

Rich Berger

MovieLabs
Richard Friedel

Richard Friedel

FOX TV
Richard Duke

Richard Duke

Avid
Robin Cowie

Robin Cowie

HELO Technology
Rodney Grubbs

Rodney Grubbs

NASA
Ron Luniewski

Ron Luniewski

InPlay Studios
Ron Williams

Ron Williams

The Landmark Group/ARRI
Rowan De Pomerai

Rowan de Pomerai

DPP
Scott Rothenberg

Scott Rothenberg

NEP
Sean Tajkowski

Sean Tajkowski

Stacy Chaet

Stacy Chaet

SIM International
Steve Byrd

Steve Byrd

Sportradar
Steve Morris

Steve Morris

Skywalker Sound
Tony Gaughan

Tony Gaughan

RSTOR
Wendy Aylsworth

Wendy Aylsworth

Walden Pond

Schedule

Tech Retreat 2020 Conference Program. Main session and Supersession programs TBA. Schedule is subject to change.

Monday, February 17 | HPA TR-X

11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration Open
1:00 pm – 6:30 pm
HPA TR-X: Stop the Technology World, I Want to Get Off!

This year’s TR-X, a half-day session produced by Mark Chiolis and Craig German, will examine how the most disruptive changes in technology will fundamentally alter the way each of us practices our craft. When anything is possible, how do you think and behave differently when you create content? What new skill sets will you need in this new era? How will each of us, from new entrants to the workforce to old hands, continue to learn when the pace of change becomes daily? From professional educators to visionaries to industry pioneers, we will explore what it looks like to live and work in a rebooted future.

Among our headline speakers will be Mark Turner of Entertainment Technologists Inc., Josh Stinehour of Devoncroft, and Rodney Grubbs of NASA.

Registration for the half-day TR-X is included in the All-Access registration package and can also be purchased as a standalone registration.

1:00 pm – 1:10 pm
Mark and Craig Welcome, Overview and Goals for the Afternoon
  • Mark Chiolis, Mobile TV Group
    Mark Chiolis

    Mark Chiolis

    Mobile TV Group

    Mark Chiolis is the Director of Business Development for Mobile TV Group (MTVG), which provides facilities for over 4,000 live professional and college sports events with more than 35 mobile units based throughout the U.S. MTVG has been leading the 4K/UHD/HDR live event production with key broadcasters, networks and distribution companies.

    Mark is currently working to interface with customers and partners to develop and support MTVG’s entertainment, egames, and esports events with current and new trucks.

    Prior to MTVG, Chiolis worked in marketing, business development, and sales for Grass Valley, Thomson, Technicolor, Philips, and BTS as well as at television stations KMUV, KRBK and KVIE.

    Chiolis is an active board member of the HPA, an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, past section manager of SMPTE, member of STE, SBE and California Broadcasters Association.

  • Craig German, Amazon Web Services
    Craig German

    Craig German

    Amazon Web Services

    Craig German is Head of Post Management for Series at Amazon Studios.  Prior to holding this position, he was a Senior Consultant with AWS Professional Services in the Global Media and Entertainment Practice.  He has been an operations and technology executive in media and entertainment for over twenty-five years, including ten years in startup companies. Before arriving at Amazon, he was Senior Vice-President, StudioPost at NBCUniversal, where he was responsible for on-lot television and film picture and sound post production operations.  Before that, Craig was Executive Vice-President of Worldwide Technical Operations at Paramount Pictures, managing post-theatrical distribution, the physical and digital archive, content security, and production technology.  Craig came to Paramount from Technicolor, where he was Senior Vice-President of Global Account Management for Disney, responsible for their worldwide service portfolio across all lines of business.  He arrived at Technicolor from Ascent Media Group (now part of Deluxe Entertainment), where he spent six years developing and selling Ascent’s digital services offerings across their Creative, Broadcast, and Media Services divisions.

    Other positions in Craig’s career include system architect, software developer, and project manager for advanced projects in the interactive television, video on demand, multimedia, music, and digital rights management arenas, working with companies including Americast, TELE-TV, Universal Music Group, LEGO, Novell, and InterTrust. Craig holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. and University of Virginia, respectively.

1:10 pm – 1:25 pm
Keynote 1
  • Mark Turner, Entertainment Technologists Inc
    Mark Turner

    Mark Turner

    Entertainment Technologists Inc

    Mark Turner is President, Entertainment Technologists Inc, a boutique consulting and investment firm helping companies navigate the changes ahead. Mark was formerly Co-Founder & COO of Ryff – an innovative start-up using real-time graphics to adapt video to the viewer as it is distributed. Prior to Ryff, Mark worked for Technicolor Corporate Development & Strategy running Cloud Production, Game Engine, VR, AR and Technology Licensing. Over a 23 year career Mark has also held positions with Dolby Laboratories, Microsoft, BT Media & Broadcast and Eutelsat.

1:25 pm – 1:40 pm
Keynote 2
  • Josh Stinehour, Devoncroft
    Josh Stinehour

    Josh Stinehour

    Devoncroft

    Josh Stinehour is a principal analyst with Devoncroft Partners, a provider of market research and strategic consulting services to a wide range of digital media clients and institutional investors. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and trade shows in the media technology sector. Prior to joining Devoncroft, Mr. Stinehour was a managing director at Silverwood Partners in the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications group. While at Silverwood, Mr. Stinehour executed a range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, valuations, and private placements. Before joining Silverwood, Mr. Stinehour worked in various positions at EMC Corporation including as a software programmer and later as an analyst on integration teams for EMC’s acquisitions of Documentum, Legato, and VMWare. He holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, an MS in computer science from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BS in computer science from Union College. Mr. Stinehour is a CFA charterholder.

1:40 pm – 2:30 pm
Video Over IP: Opening the Floodgates

Video has been distributed over IP on the Internet for decades, but professional production and distribution infrastructure is still dominated by traditional technologies. What is the attraction of moving all of it to IP?  Decoupling solutions from proprietary hardware, accelerating innovation from the historical multi-year upgrade cycles, and reimagining our solutions as infrastructure-as-code are just some of the benefits. Join us as we explore the evolution of video distribution infrastructure to the CI/CD (continuous integration and continuous deployment) model that is now commonplace in software development. IP is now moving ahead as facilities and other avenues fully deploy it for use.

  • Claire Southey, Amazon
  • Mike Cronk, AIMS/Grass Valley
    Mike Cronk

    Mike Cronk

    AIMS/Grass Valley

    Michael Cronk is Chairman of the Board for the Alliance for IP Media Solutions and Vice President of Core Technology for Grass Valley. Michael guides the critical development of Grass Valley’s next generation core technologies for both cloud and on-premise topologies. He also leads Grass Valley’s company-wide cyber-security initiative. Michael’s history with Grass Valley originally dates back to 1989 to 2008 when he held a number of growing roles over the period including General Manager of the Server and News business, as well as Vice President of Marketing. During this tenure with the company, Michael led the identification and implementation of Grass Valley’s expansion strategy into the news market. After a hiatus Michael re-joined the company in 2013 as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Line Management where he was instrumental in the turn-around of the company prior to its acquisition by Belden. Between 2015 and 2016 he served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing, driving Grass Valley’s product roadmap and strategy.

  • Mike Strein, ABC News
    Mike Strein

    Mike Strein

    ABC News

    Mike is the Director of Engineering and Technology at ABC News in NY, part of Walt Disney Television. For the last 30 years he has been at the forefront of just about every technical advancement that the ABC TV network has made, from the conversion from analog to digital, through the HDTV transition to the migration to video over IP and the expansion of streaming platforms. Mike has over 40 Disney Innovation awards that have resulted in 22 US patents, with several others still in process. Mike is fairly active in the standards communities, has been an active SMPTE NY board member since 1997 and is a SMPTE Fellow. Prior to ABC, Mike spent 7 years at Standard Microsystems Corporation as part of a semiconductor design team. He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from SUNY Polytechnic University in Utica/Rome.

  • Karl Paulsen, Diversified
    Karl Paulsen

    Karl Paulsen

    Diversified

    Karl Paulsen is Chief Technology Officer for Diversified. He supports and directs the company’s consulting and technology-driven broadcast engineering services; focusing on long term strategic planning, workflow analysis, media asset management and storage solutions technologies. Karl has held senior engineering management positions at systems integration companies and broadcast television stations since the early-1980s.

    A Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), he has been active in the SMPTE standards development processes since 1986. Karl is an SBE Life Member, SBE Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer and a member of the VSF, AES and IEEE. His monthly TV Technology column has provided the industry with information on media workflow practices, storage and IP technologies for over 25 years.

  • Paul Bonar, Game Creek Video
    Paul Bonar

    Paul Bonar

    Game Creek Video
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Beat the Clock Part I

5 Industry Leaders in the know have exactly 2:30 to say where the industry is going, once early on to baseline today’s foundation and once at the end to explore the limits of the future on each of their individual topics. The clock is ticking!

  • Automating Metadata: Letting Your Data Write Itself - Stacy Chaet, SIM International
    Stacy Chaet

    Stacy Chaet

    SIM International

    Stacy Chaet is a Supervising Workflow Producer at Sim. She is involved with the creation and implementation of workflows for television and feature films as well as managing facility needs. She has a genuine curiosity for solving technical issues as well as a love for the merging of art and technology. With over 10 years experience in post production, Stacy aims to keep on the forefront of the ever evolving industry.

  • The Future of Media Creation: How to Support a Worldwide Production & Post Workforce - Greg Ciaccio, ASC: Chair, Workflow Committee
    Greg Ciaccio

    Greg Ciaccio

    ASC: Chair, Workflow Committee

    Greg Ciaccio, creative technologist, is passionate about finding new technology and workflow solutions for the Motion Picture and Television industry. Greg has served in executive operations management positions for Creative Service divisions at Ascent, Technicolor and Deluxe, and has led product development teams creating leading-edge products including Technicolor’s DP Lights and Deluxe’s Mobilabs near-set dailies solutions. In 2014, Ciaccio, along with key members of the ASC Technology Committee’s DI Subcommittee, won an HPA Judges Award for the creation of the ASC/CDL, now a commonly used format for the exchange of basic primary color grading information. Ciaccio serves as Chair of the ASC Motion Imaging Technology Council’s Workflow Committee, which includes Lighting and Advanced Data Management Subcommittees, as well as the ACESNext Working Group. He is also a member of the UHD Committee. Additionally, he is a Hollywood Manager of SMPTE and a member of HPA, founding member of DCS and is an adjunct professor at CSUN teaching Post Production Management for Film and Television.

  • Assembling the Best Team for Each of Your Projects and Why Diversity Matters - Nadya Ichinomiya, Sony
    Nadya Ichinomiya

    Nadya Ichinomiya

    Sony

    Early in Nadya’s life, when dirt was also young, she became obsessed with this question: how do you influence behavior? Her first job at 16 was calling up strangers on the phone, asking them to take a 20 minute survey about legal cases. OOOOF. The question morphed into – how do you inspire employees to unleash their passion, innovation and engagement? What needs to be in place to create highly performing teams? Nadya serves as an Executive Director at Sony Pictures in the role of Enterprise Agile Coach, working with tech teams aiming to improve their responsiveness to change in an industry tackling vast amounts of disruption. Starting out her professional life with a Business degree from USC, Nadya cut her corporate teeth at IBM, working in sales and management behind the Orange Curtain. From there she leveraged her intimacy with the umlaut to land a job as a Vice President with Electronic Data Systems (now Hewlett Packard) in Frankfurt at the young age of 27 – shattering a glass ceiling as the company’s highest ranking woman in the EMEA’s region (22,000 employees) and also was the youngest VP worldwide (out of 117,000 employees.) Never one to shy away from a challenge, Nadya moved from computer screens to movie screens, changing course and rebooting her career as a Hollywood producer. After five years working with Bonnie Hunt in both movies and TV (as a producer on ABC’s Life With Bonnie,) she was ready to return to the corporate world. First in TV Distribution at MGM and now back in technology at Sony Pictures, Nadya’s familiarity with both the wonky and the wacky aspects of Hollywood has provided a wide aperture of both the entertainment business and the tech world. In 2010, Nadya launched a side business as a literary manager, guiding the career of mom blogger, Kelle Hampton, whose first book “Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected,” debuted two years later at number 11 on The New York Times best seller list. During this time, she created, directed and edited a video for a non-profit which has over 100,000 views on YouTube and raised over $100,000 in the first week. A woman of diverse talents, Nadya also spent time training female boxers and is licensed as a boxing trainer in the states of California and Nevada, earning the ring name of “The Monster.” Six years ago, Nadya co-founded Women In Technology: Hollywood (501c3) – a cross media & entertainment non-profit with 2500+ members from all the major studios where she serves as Chairwoman. Additionally, she was co-Chair of Women in Technology at Sony Pictures, which has 250+ members. In both groups, the mission is to enable women to expand their professional development and build their network as well as empower girls to consider a career in technology, whether it’s in coding itself or code adjacent roles in project management and business analysis. In 2016, Nadya was honored with a Certification of Acknowledgement from Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, for entrepreneurial/start-up service to LA as the founder/thought leader of both influential groups, now in their fourth year. She also received the honor of a Leadership/Education/Advocacy award from Women in Cable Telecommunications. Nadya lives in LA with her husband David, their two sons Mingus and Spike & their Boston Terrier, Dolphy.

  • Producing Live Industry Events: Challenges and Solutions in an Age of Unlimited Connectivity, Social Media, and Immediate Gratification - Kristin Petrovich, Createasphere
    Kristin Petrovich

    Kristin Petrovich

    Createasphere

    Kristin Petrovich Kristin Petrovich President, Createasphere Createasphere is the leading builder of professional communities for content creation technology and media companies. Working with organizations at strategic points in their growth to build new audiences, while engaging current fans. Kristin has developed and lead hundreds of community building initiates worldwide from tradeshows, conferences, digital to educational workshops. She works closely with organizations developing market and community opportunities through expansion and acquisition. Kristin has presented at SXSW, NATPE, Motion Graphics Festival, SISO, and the Chicago Convergence Conference. She is an Associate Member of the American Society of Cinematographers and founder of Women in Business. Her passion is fostering women entrepreneurs through transformative thought leadership.

  • Managing Through the Transition to an IP Environment - Renard T. Jenkins, Supply Chain Engineer & Technologist
    Renard Jenkins

    Renard T. Jenkins

    Supply Chain Engineer & Technologist

    Renard Jenkins has more than 30 years of experience in the television and film industry. Before recently leaving PBS, Jenkins was responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of PBS’s entire media-supply chain, he also created and lead PBS’s Advanced Format Center. This is a collaborative venture between PBS member stations, vendors and manufacturers. The mission of the AFC is to explore and develop procedures for the creation, processing and worldwide distribution of advanced formatted and enhanced media, content and metadata through traditional as well as new and exciting digital distribution platforms. Jenkins was awarded the Innovator of the Year award in 2017 for his cutting edge work and accomplishments. 
 Prior to joining PBS in 2010, Jenkins helped design, build and then lead TV One’s Production Facility which services their marketing, programming, production management, graphics and post production departments. From 2006-2009, he refreshed, updated and managed Discovery Communications’ Technical Center, where he managed five departments and supervised more than 100 employees. While at Discovery, he also served as the operational lead for the implementation of what was then the largest file based Avid Editing/Interplay/ISIS system installation in the U.S. Jenkins joined Discovery after more than 16 years with CNN. During his tenure, he received two National Emmy Awards, two National Headliner Awards, a Peabody, a DuPont, and a Bronze Broadcast Design Award, as well as many other industry accolades. Jenkins was responsible for helping move CNN into the file based editing/delivery/archive environment through his R&D/Training work with industry leaders such as Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Adobe, Leitch, Pinnacle, and Sony. His volunteer work with local youth in his beloved Bay Area also earned him a Healthy Image Award from the Local Teamsters Union. Today, Jenkins serves as an Eastern Regional Governor of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and was was named as a SMPTE Fellow in 2018. He is also a past Board member of AMWA, Co-Chair, of the UltraHD Forums’ Interoperability Working Group and a member of the NABA Technical Committee. He is an advisor to the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity In Communications (NAMIC) and was recently named as a recipient of the Broadcasting and Cables Technology Leadership Award.

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Mainstream Betting: The Gamifying of Entertainment

Regulatory constraints are being removed from the gaming industry, and technology now makes it possible to place bets in real-time from any device as an integrated event experience. What will happen when betting expands beyond its traditional realm, into esports, on-line games, and even general entertainment like TV and movies? What are the basics of today’s technology, and where are the best business opportunities? How will betting data be used to drive stories, camera angles, spinoffs, etc.? How does this change the way that workflow and personnel are deployed throughout the industry over the next 5-10 years or more? Will this be the crumbling of our moral fabric, is there a rainbow waiting at the end of this, or do we find a new middle ground? Come find out!

  • Jason Dachman, SVG / Sports Video Group
  • Steve Byrd, Sportradar
    Steve Byrd

    Steve Byrd

    Sportradar

    Steve Byrd is head of strategic partnerships at Sportradar. A thirty-year veteran of the sports industry, Steve joined Sportradar’s U.S. operation as chief commercial officer in May 2015. After building out the U.S. sales team, Byrd transitioned into his current global role in May 2017. This follows a stint during which he served as a consultant and advisory board member for a number of global digital sports firms. Previously, Byrd was co-chief operating officer at STATS, leading their growth and relationships with leagues, federations, broadcasters, brands, and technology firms for nearly two decades. Byrd is a founding board member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and serves as an executive-in-residence for his alma mater, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

  • Del Parks, Sinclair Broadcast Group
    Del Parks

    Del Parks

    Sinclair Broadcast Group

    Delbert R. Parks, III is the Senior Vice President / Chief Technology Officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Del has been serving Sinclair since 1972 and has held various operations and engineering positions with Sinclair over the last 47 years, moving up through the ranks since he began in the engineering department of Sinclair’s flagship station, WBFF-TV in Baltimore. In addition, he is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, who has held various commands during his 26-year reserve career. In his current executive position at Sinclair’s Corporate Headquarters, Del is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing operational and engineering policies and strategies as they relate to television operations, internet activity, information management systems, and infrastructure. He is a SMPTE Fellow, as well as a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and has been active in the scouting program with his sons.

  • Ron Luniewski, InPlay Studios
    Ron Luniewski

    Ron Luniewski

    InPlay Studios

    CEO InPlay Studios a first to market digital streaming company in the fast-growing sports betting space. Prior to InPlay Ron for 16 years Ron built Xpressbet and Global Wagering Solutions(GWS) into a respected global leader in wagering. This multi-platform gaming company generates $300+ million in annual revenue placing $2 billion in wagers each year. Prior to Xpressbet Ron was COO\CEO of a startup to IPO; Youbet.com.

  • Chris Grove, EK Gaming
    Christopher Grove

    Chris Grove

    EK Gaming

    Chris Grove is a partner at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming where he heads the firm’s sports betting practice. His research and insights are regularly cited by policymakers, media, publicly-traded companies, and financial analysts. Grove is also a founder and managing partner at SGIF, a VC fund investing in startups focused on the legal U.S. sports betting opportunity.

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Coffee Break

Sponsored by Adobe

3:45 pm – 4:05 pm
Special guest: Poppy Crum, Dolby
  • Poppy Crum, Dolby
4:05 pm – 4:35 pm
Step Into Your Content: The Future of Experience

Real time spatial computing is changing the experiences of tomorrow.  The lines between Reality, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality have melted.  From producing The Blair Witch Project to the latest Electronic Arts story mode, Robin Cowie has 26 years in theme parks, feature films, and computer games. Joining him is John Buzzell, a strategic and creative leader focused on real time content for Epic Games and their Unreal engine.  Together they’ll share some of the most exciting projects they are currently working on and where they think experience content is going.

  • Robin Cowie, HELO Technology
    Robin Cowie

    Robin Cowie

    HELO Technology

    Robin Cowie is the Director of Experience Technology for Helo (www.flyhelo.com), a global experiential creative studio. He has 26-years creating film, television, theme park, theatre, and computer game experiences. His first feature, The Blair Witch Project, was followed by 8 other successful feature films, 2 television series, 6 video games, and a role as the Creative Director for the $600 million Dr. Phillips Center. He is the winner of numerous awards including the Producers Guild of America Award, the Prix De Jeuvenes from the Cannes Film Festival, and the Independent Spirit Award. Further, he is a founding partner for Experientia XR Limited, an original content development company located in London, England.

  • John Buzzell, Epic Games
    John Buzzel

    John Buzzell

    Epic Games

    John Buzzell is an award-winning veteran of the digital industry. In his role at Epic Games, John helps creative agencies, animation studios, and AR and VR creators leverage Unreal Engine’s real-time visuals for breakthrough experiences and compelling storytelling. His past credits include emerging technology for WarnerMedia, National Geographic, Coca-Cola, Porsche, and Discovery, Inc. John lives near Epic’s headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he also leads the VR/AR Association’s local chapter. 

4:35 pm – 4:50 pm
Beat the Clock Part 2

5 Industry Leaders in the know have exactly 2:30 to say where the industry is going, once early on to baseline today’s foundation and once at the end to explore the limits of the future on each of their individual topics. The clock is ticking!

  • Automating Metadata: Letting Your Data Write Itself - Stacy Chaet, SIM International
    Stacy Chaet

    Stacy Chaet

    SIM International

    Stacy Chaet is a Supervising Workflow Producer at Sim. She is involved with the creation and implementation of workflows for television and feature films as well as managing facility needs. She has a genuine curiosity for solving technical issues as well as a love for the merging of art and technology. With over 10 years experience in post production, Stacy aims to keep on the forefront of the ever evolving industry.

  • The Future of Media Creation: How to Support a Worldwide Production & Post Workforce - Greg Ciaccio, ASC: Chair, Workflow Committee
    Greg Ciaccio

    Greg Ciaccio

    ASC: Chair, Workflow Committee

    Greg Ciaccio, creative technologist, is passionate about finding new technology and workflow solutions for the Motion Picture and Television industry. Greg has served in executive operations management positions for Creative Service divisions at Ascent, Technicolor and Deluxe, and has led product development teams creating leading-edge products including Technicolor’s DP Lights and Deluxe’s Mobilabs near-set dailies solutions. In 2014, Ciaccio, along with key members of the ASC Technology Committee’s DI Subcommittee, won an HPA Judges Award for the creation of the ASC/CDL, now a commonly used format for the exchange of basic primary color grading information. Ciaccio serves as Chair of the ASC Motion Imaging Technology Council’s Workflow Committee, which includes Lighting and Advanced Data Management Subcommittees, as well as the ACESNext Working Group. He is also a member of the UHD Committee. Additionally, he is a Hollywood Manager of SMPTE and a member of HPA, founding member of DCS and is an adjunct professor at CSUN teaching Post Production Management for Film and Television.

  • Assembling the Best Team for Each of Your Projects and Why Diversity Matters - Nadya Ichinomiya, Sony
    Nadya Ichinomiya

    Nadya Ichinomiya

    Sony

    Early in Nadya’s life, when dirt was also young, she became obsessed with this question: how do you influence behavior? Her first job at 16 was calling up strangers on the phone, asking them to take a 20 minute survey about legal cases. OOOOF. The question morphed into – how do you inspire employees to unleash their passion, innovation and engagement? What needs to be in place to create highly performing teams? Nadya serves as an Executive Director at Sony Pictures in the role of Enterprise Agile Coach, working with tech teams aiming to improve their responsiveness to change in an industry tackling vast amounts of disruption. Starting out her professional life with a Business degree from USC, Nadya cut her corporate teeth at IBM, working in sales and management behind the Orange Curtain. From there she leveraged her intimacy with the umlaut to land a job as a Vice President with Electronic Data Systems (now Hewlett Packard) in Frankfurt at the young age of 27 – shattering a glass ceiling as the company’s highest ranking woman in the EMEA’s region (22,000 employees) and also was the youngest VP worldwide (out of 117,000 employees.) Never one to shy away from a challenge, Nadya moved from computer screens to movie screens, changing course and rebooting her career as a Hollywood producer. After five years working with Bonnie Hunt in both movies and TV (as a producer on ABC’s Life With Bonnie,) she was ready to return to the corporate world. First in TV Distribution at MGM and now back in technology at Sony Pictures, Nadya’s familiarity with both the wonky and the wacky aspects of Hollywood has provided a wide aperture of both the entertainment business and the tech world. In 2010, Nadya launched a side business as a literary manager, guiding the career of mom blogger, Kelle Hampton, whose first book “Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected,” debuted two years later at number 11 on The New York Times best seller list. During this time, she created, directed and edited a video for a non-profit which has over 100,000 views on YouTube and raised over $100,000 in the first week. A woman of diverse talents, Nadya also spent time training female boxers and is licensed as a boxing trainer in the states of California and Nevada, earning the ring name of “The Monster.” Six years ago, Nadya co-founded Women In Technology: Hollywood (501c3) – a cross media & entertainment non-profit with 2500+ members from all the major studios where she serves as Chairwoman. Additionally, she was co-Chair of Women in Technology at Sony Pictures, which has 250+ members. In both groups, the mission is to enable women to expand their professional development and build their network as well as empower girls to consider a career in technology, whether it’s in coding itself or code adjacent roles in project management and business analysis. In 2016, Nadya was honored with a Certification of Acknowledgement from Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, for entrepreneurial/start-up service to LA as the founder/thought leader of both influential groups, now in their fourth year. She also received the honor of a Leadership/Education/Advocacy award from Women in Cable Telecommunications. Nadya lives in LA with her husband David, their two sons Mingus and Spike & their Boston Terrier, Dolphy.

  • Producing Live Industry Events: Challenges and Solutions in an Age of Unlimited Connectivity, Social Media, and Immediate Gratification - Kristin Petrovich, Createasphere
    Kristin Petrovich

    Kristin Petrovich

    Createasphere

    Kristin Petrovich Kristin Petrovich President, Createasphere Createasphere is the leading builder of professional communities for content creation technology and media companies. Working with organizations at strategic points in their growth to build new audiences, while engaging current fans. Kristin has developed and lead hundreds of community building initiates worldwide from tradeshows, conferences, digital to educational workshops. She works closely with organizations developing market and community opportunities through expansion and acquisition. Kristin has presented at SXSW, NATPE, Motion Graphics Festival, SISO, and the Chicago Convergence Conference. She is an Associate Member of the American Society of Cinematographers and founder of Women in Business. Her passion is fostering women entrepreneurs through transformative thought leadership.

  • Managing Through the Transition to an IP Environment - Renard T. Jenkins, Supply Chain Engineer & Technologist
    Renard Jenkins

    Renard T. Jenkins

    Supply Chain Engineer & Technologist

    Renard Jenkins has more than 30 years of experience in the television and film industry. Before recently leaving PBS, Jenkins was responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of PBS’s entire media-supply chain, he also created and lead PBS’s Advanced Format Center. This is a collaborative venture between PBS member stations, vendors and manufacturers. The mission of the AFC is to explore and develop procedures for the creation, processing and worldwide distribution of advanced formatted and enhanced media, content and metadata through traditional as well as new and exciting digital distribution platforms. Jenkins was awarded the Innovator of the Year award in 2017 for his cutting edge work and accomplishments. 
 Prior to joining PBS in 2010, Jenkins helped design, build and then lead TV One’s Production Facility which services their marketing, programming, production management, graphics and post production departments. From 2006-2009, he refreshed, updated and managed Discovery Communications’ Technical Center, where he managed five departments and supervised more than 100 employees. While at Discovery, he also served as the operational lead for the implementation of what was then the largest file based Avid Editing/Interplay/ISIS system installation in the U.S. Jenkins joined Discovery after more than 16 years with CNN. During his tenure, he received two National Emmy Awards, two National Headliner Awards, a Peabody, a DuPont, and a Bronze Broadcast Design Award, as well as many other industry accolades. Jenkins was responsible for helping move CNN into the file based editing/delivery/archive environment through his R&D/Training work with industry leaders such as Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Adobe, Leitch, Pinnacle, and Sony. His volunteer work with local youth in his beloved Bay Area also earned him a Healthy Image Award from the Local Teamsters Union. Today, Jenkins serves as an Eastern Regional Governor of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and was was named as a SMPTE Fellow in 2018. He is also a past Board member of AMWA, Co-Chair, of the UltraHD Forums’ Interoperability Working Group and a member of the NABA Technical Committee. He is an advisor to the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity In Communications (NAMIC) and was recently named as a recipient of the Broadcasting and Cables Technology Leadership Award.

4:50 pm – 5:35 pm
Extreme Innovation: Human Visual Experience from Everywhere

The limits of camera engineering are being pushed at every extreme, from the microscopic to the gargantuan, from Arctic to volcanic, from oceanic floors to the outer reaches of space, and at every square inch around us. Can we see everything we’d ever want to see? And if we can, what will that tell us? Your eyes will be tantalized by the image menagerie we have in store. NASA, Oceanic Exploration, other far sighted opportunities that we can relate to M&E.

  • Rodney Grubbs, NASA
    Rodney Grubbs

    Rodney Grubbs

    NASA

    Rodney Grubbs began his career as a co-op motion picture photographer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center while a student at the University of Alabama. He is currently the NASA Imagery Experts Program Manager and chairs the NASA Digital Television Working Group. He is responsible for the NASA video distribution architecture including NASA TV and internet video distribution. He has been a Principal Investigator for flights of High Definition Television (HDTV) and Digital Cinema cameras and related experiments on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS), including the first ever live HDTV program from a spacecraft and more recently, the first ever Ultra High Definition program from a spacecraft. He is currently Principal Investigator for the National Lab’s Red Digital Cinema camera on the ISS and the Imagery Subsystem Lead for the Lunar Gateway. He also chairs the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems Motion Imagery and Applications Working Group. www.linkedin.com/in/rodgrubbs @rod4dtv on twitter

  • Paul Debevec, Google
    Paul Debevec

    Paul Debevec

    Google

    Paul is a Senior Staff Engineer at Google on the Daydream team, and Adjunct Research Professor of Computer Science in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, working within the Vision and Graphics Laboratory at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Debevec’s computer graphics research has been recognized with ACM SIGGRAPH’s first Significant New Researcher Award in 2001 for “Creative and Innovative Work in the Field of Image-Based Modeling and Rendering”, a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award in 2010 for “the design and engineering of the Light Stage capture devices and the image-based facial rendering system developed for character relighting in motion pictures” with Tim Hawkins, John Monos, and Mark Sagar, and the SMPTE Progress Medal in 2017 in recognition of his achievements and ongoing work in pioneering techniques for illuminating computer-generated objects based on measurement of real-world illumination and their effective commercial application in numerous Hollywood films. In 2014, he was profiled in The New Yorker magazine’s “Pixel Perfect: The Scientist Behind the Digital Cloning of Actors” article by Margaret Talbot. In 2019, Paul received a second Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement for the invention of the Polarized Spherical Gradient Illumination facial appearance capture method, along with Xueming Yu, Wan-Chun Alex Ma, and Timothy Hawkins.

  • Reza Rassool, Real Networks
    Reza Rassool

    Reza Rassool

    Real Networks

    Reza Rassool, Chief Technology Officer, joined RealNetworks in April 2016. Mr. Rassool is a serial startup professional and inventor bringing a wealth of knowledge from companies such as DirectTV, CBS, and Panasonic. He founded Kwaai Oak – CTO-as-a-Service™, a technical consulting firm specializing in digital entertainment platforms. Previously, Mr. Rassool served as chief technology officer at Zya and as chief engineer and vice president of product development at Widevine Technologies, a Seattle-based video technology startup that was sold to Google in 2010. Developer and architect whose innovations have earned a Technical Oscar™, Technical Emmy™, and over 20 patents, Mr. Rassool holds a B.Sc. in Physics from King’s College London.

  • Michael Mansouri, Radiant Images
    Michael Mansouri

    Michael Mansouri

    Radiant Images

    Michael is known as one of the industry’s most knowledgeable, inventive and passionate technologists. Born into a family of filmmakers, he has produced and directed several high-impact documentaries, most recently, for the United Nation’s Geneva Summit for Human Rights. His documentaries help raise awareness of human and animal rights violations around the world to provide a voice for the voiceless. Always interested in the overlap between film and technology, Michael co-founded Radiant Images in 2005. His work and innovations in film led to his acceptance as an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, an invite-only membership group limited to less than 400 experts with distinguished credits in motion picture industry. He also received several other prestigious honors that include the Lumiere Award from The Advanced Imaging Society, Tech Innovations Award from Definition magazine and the Mario Award, which recognizes significant technological breakthroughs, and landed a spot on The Studio Daily’s as the top 50 creatives & technologists in Motion picture industry. Mr. Mansouri’s efforts in filmmaking led to NASA / JPL’s 2018 Emmy win for Outstanding Original Interactive Program for Cassini’s Grand Finale, which was NASA’s first recognition in the film community. At Radiant, he hopes to break the technology barriers surrounding digital innovation and provide a more meaningful impact that connects and engages humanity. Always interested in the overlap between film and technology, Michael co-founded Radiant Images in 2005. His work and innovations in film led to his acceptance as an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, an invite-only membership group for experts with distinguished credits in film. He also received several other prestigious honors such as the Lumiere award, Tech Innovations Award, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Award and the Mario Award, which recognizes significant technological breakthroughs, and landed a spot on the Studio Daily’s list of The Top Creatives & Technologists. Mr. Mansouri’s efforts in filmmaking led to NASA / JPL’s 2018 Emmy win for Outstanding Original Interactive Program for Cassini’s Grand Finale, which was NASA’s first recognition in the film community. At Radiant, he hopes to break the technology barriers surrounding digital innovation and provide a more meaningful impact that connects and engages humanity.

5:35 pm – 5:55 pm
Mark and Craig: Close and Wrap of What We Learned
5:55 pm – 6:30 pm
Overtime: Fireside Chat
  • Mark Turner, Entertainment Technologists Inc
    Mark Turner

    Mark Turner

    Entertainment Technologists Inc

    Mark Turner is President, Entertainment Technologists Inc, a boutique consulting and investment firm helping companies navigate the changes ahead. Mark was formerly Co-Founder & COO of Ryff – an innovative start-up using real-time graphics to adapt video to the viewer as it is distributed. Prior to Ryff, Mark worked for Technicolor Corporate Development & Strategy running Cloud Production, Game Engine, VR, AR and Technology Licensing. Over a 23 year career Mark has also held positions with Dolby Laboratories, Microsoft, BT Media & Broadcast and Eutelsat.

  • Josh Stinehour, Devoncroft
    Josh Stinehour

    Josh Stinehour

    Devoncroft

    Josh Stinehour is a principal analyst with Devoncroft Partners, a provider of market research and strategic consulting services to a wide range of digital media clients and institutional investors. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and trade shows in the media technology sector. Prior to joining Devoncroft, Mr. Stinehour was a managing director at Silverwood Partners in the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications group. While at Silverwood, Mr. Stinehour executed a range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, valuations, and private placements. Before joining Silverwood, Mr. Stinehour worked in various positions at EMC Corporation including as a software programmer and later as an analyst on integration teams for EMC’s acquisitions of Documentum, Legato, and VMWare. He holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, an MS in computer science from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BS in computer science from Union College. Mr. Stinehour is a CFA charterholder.

Tuesday, February 18 | HPA Supersession, Innovation Zone, Welcome Dinner

7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast Roundtables
  1. Evolution of storage, David Hare, Stellus Technologies
  2. Challenges in implementing HDR online dailies, Hugh Calveley, Moxion.io
  3. Would a users group speed 2110 implementation? Mark Chiolis & Wendy Aylsworth
  4. Everything GPU, Thomas True, NVIDIA
  5. IP/PTP best practices & lessons, Karl Kuhn, Telestream
  6. UHD/HDR/WCG production tools, Gopi Lakshmanan, Telestream
  7. SFP-based processing: new way to build SMPTE ST 2110 systems, Roy Folkman, Riedel (Embrionix)
  8. Immersive Audio Delivery Now, Ken Tankel, Telos Alliance
  9. Next-generation facility architecture, Mike Strein, ABC, & Stan Moote, IABM
  10. Live content and localization for OTT services (gambling?), Vince Maza, Red Bee Media
  11. What should we call the SMPTE ST 2110 ecosystem? Bruce Devlin, SMPTE
  12. Trusted Partner Network: security assessment Q&A with an assessor, Juan Reyes, Convergent Risks
  13. VFX in the cloud: tell us what works for your projects, Anthony Magliocco, EMTM

Sponsored by:

  • Adobe
  • AWS
  • Blackmagic
  • Google Cloud
  • Key code Media
  • Nutanix
  • Ownzones
  • Red Bee Media
  • SDVI
  • Signiant
  • Stellus
9:00 am – 5:30 pm
HPA Supersession: HPA Makes A Movie

For the first time at the Retreat, this year’s Supersession will present a live production – from acquisition through post – of a short movie, in near real-time.  The culmination of the production will be a screening of “The Lost Lederhosen” at the day’s conclusion. Joachim “JZ” Zell, Vice President of Technology at EFILM, is at the helm of this year’s event.

9:00 am – 9:05 am
Open and Welcome
  • Seth Hallen, HPA President
9:05 am – 9:25 am
Pre-Production Meeting
  • Joachim Zell, EFILM
  • Steven Shaw, ASC DGA SAG
  • Peter Moss, ASC ACS
  • Roy Wagner, ASC
  • Sam Nicholson, Stargate ASC
  • Ricardo Mejia, 616 Music Lab
9:25 am – 9:45 am
Sam Nicholson Session
  • Sam Nicholson, Stargate ASC
9:45 am – 10:15 am
Shooting the first live scene
10:15 am – 10:35 am
Making of First Scene - Zeiss
  • Snehal Patel, Zeiss
  • Cahlab Knueven, Nuke
  • Dan Duran, RED
10:35 am – 10:55 am
Refreshment Break

Sponsored by:

  • Adobe
  • Blackmagic
  • Nutanix
  • Ownzones
  • AWS
  • Google Cloud
  • Key code Media
  • SDVI
  • Signiant
  • Stellus
  • Red Bee Media
  • Avid
  • LaCie
  • Zeiss
  • Sohonet
  • Frame.io
10:55 am – 11:05 am
Shooting the second live scene
11:05 am – 11:25 am
Epic Games & LUX Machina explain the functionality of the Unreal Engine
  • David Morin, Epic Games
11:25 am – 11:35 am
Drone Shots
  • Mark Bender Aerials and Associates
11:35 am – 11:55 am
Introducing the cameras in use and explaining the ACES workflow
  • Joachim Zell, EFILM
  • Josh Pines, Technicolor
    Josh Pines

    Josh Pines

    Technicolor

    Joshua is currently in charge of imaging and color science projects at technicolor digital intermediates, which provides the motion picture industry with digital color correction processes for theatrically released films.

    he joined Technicolor after more than 10 years at Industrial Light & Magic, where he supervised their film scanning/recording department from its inception, and worked extensively with both traditional and digital cinema technologies. he started his career teaching film courses at the cooper union in New York city after earning his degree in electrical engineering there. he began working in visual effects at MAGI in 1982 at the tail end of their work on “Tron”, went on to lead the computer graphics division at R/Greenberg Associates in New York city, and then supervised film effects and film recording at Degraf/Wahrman in Los Angeles before working for ILM. he has received two technical achievement awards from the academy of motion picture arts and sciences and the Herbert Kalmus award from SMPTE, has had his gender identity confirmed when SMPTE named him a fellow, and has credits on several zillion feature films.

    Joshua has always thought that computers could be a useful tool in making movies better, and he still hopes that one day this may come true.

11:55 am – 12:05 pm
Monitor Calibration
  • Tyler Pruitt, CalMan Portrait
12:05 pm – 12:15 pm
DIT onset color correction ASC CDL
  • Peter Postma, FilmLight
12:15 pm – 12:25 pm
Shooting the 3rd live scene
12:25 pm – 1:25 pm
Lunch

Sponsored by:

  • Adobe
  • Blackmagic
  • Nutanix
  • Ownzones
1:25 pm – 1:35 pm
ASC Metadata / ACES AMF
  • Patrick Renner, Pomford
1:35 pm – 1:55 pm
Frame.io instant dailies, editing in the cloud
  • Patrick Southern, Frame.io
  • Michael Cioni, Frame.io
1:55 pm – 2:15 pm
Colorfront OSD dailies processing and Transkoder VFX and DI deliverables
  • Bruno Munger, Colorfront
2:15 pm – 2:25 pm
BeBop Adobe Outtake reel and end credits
  • David Benson, BeBop Technology
2:25 pm – 2:45 pm
Pixelworks TrueCut Motion Grading
  • Richard Miller, Pixelworks
2:45 pm – 3:05 pm
AVID in Microsoft Cloud editing / Teradici
3:05 pm – 3:20 pm
Refreshment Break

Sponsored by:

  • Adobe
  • Blackmagic
  • Nutanix
  • Ownzones
  • AWS
  • Google Cloud
  • Key code Media
  • SDVI
  • Signiant
  • Stellus
  • Red Bee Media
  • Avid
  • LaCie
  • Zeiss
  • Sohonet
  • Frame.io
3:20 pm – 3:30 pm
BorisFX Remote VFX
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Skywalker Sound Remote sound mixing
  • Steve Morris, Skywalker Sound
  • Iris Wu, Ambidio
3:45 pm – 3:55 pm
Pixspan data mover
  • Keith Hogan, Pixspan
3:55 pm – 4:10 pm
Sohonet / Baselight remote grading with ClearView
4:10 pm – 4:30 pm
Amazon Cloud workflow
  • Jack Wenzinger, Amazon
  • Bruno Munger, Colorfront
  • Nick Nelson, Ownzones
  • Greg Cox, Graymeta
  • Keith Hogan, Pixspan
  • Usman Shakeel, Amazon
  • Matt Herson, Amazon
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Resolve Color Timing
  • Zach Medow, Freelance Colorist
5:00 pm – 5:10 pm
Mistika Cloud Workflow Manager / deliverables
  • Miguel Angel Doncel, SGO
5:10 pm – 05:20 pm
End 2 End Workflow recap
  • Joachim Zell, EFILM
5:20 pm – 5:25 pm
Red Bee movie to your smart phone

URL after the screening

5:25 pm – 5:35 pm
Movie Screening from Resolve
  • Zach Medow, Freelance Colorist
5:35 pm – 5:40 pm
Seth’s Thank you’s
  • Seth Hallen, HPA President
5:40 pm – 7:30 pm
Innovation Zone Open with Cocktails (dedicated demo time)

Sponsored by CP Communications

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Welcome Dinner - Celebrating 25 Years!

Sponsored by Adobe

Wednesday, February 19 | Roundtables, Individual Sessions, Innovation Zone

7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast Roundtables
  1. High frame rate: keeping it cinematic, Richard Miller, Pixelworks
  2. Challenges in implementing HDR online dailies, Hugh Calveley, Moxion.io
  3. Automating the digital distribution supply chain, Carl Segal, Prime Focus Technologies
  4. Would a users group help drive ACES for TV? Mark Chiolis & Wendy Aylsworth
  5. LED for TV & cinema display, Pete Putman, ROAM Consulting
  6. Modern production/post workflows, Greg Ciaccio, ASC Motion Imaging Tech Council
  7. Open Services Alliance & (micro) services in media, Chris Lennon, MediAnswers
  8. IP/PTP best practices & lessons, Karl Kuhn, Telestream
  9. UHD/HDR/WCG production tools, Gopi Lakshmanan, Telestream
  10. SFP-based processing: new way to build SMPTE ST 2110 systems, Roy Folkman, Riedel (Embrionix)
  11. What should Adobe AI tackle next? Van Bedient, Adobe
  12. Immersive Audio Delivery Now, Ken Tankel, Telos Alliance
  13. Monitoring, compliance, & other cool stuff, Jay Gedanken, Actus Digital
  14. Live content and localization for OTT services (gambling?), Vince Maza, Red Bee Media
  15. Intelligent metadata for media workflow, John Ying, GrayMeta
  16. Workflow challenges: dailies to finishing, Weyron Henriques, Deluxe
  17. Virtual studio in the cloud, Buzz Hays, Google
  18. UHD/HDR ecosystem interoperability. What could go wrong? Juan Reyes, Convergent Risks
  19. VFX in the cloud: tell us what works for your projects, Anthony Magliocco, EMTM

Sponsored by:

  • Adobe
  • AWS
  • Blackmagic
  • Google Cloud
  • Key code Media
  • Nutanix
  • Ownzones
  • Red Bee Media
  • SDVI
  • Signiant
  • Stellus
8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Innovation Zone open for appointments

See program below for dedicated Innovation Zone hours

8:30 am – 8:45 am
Breathe
8:45 am – 8:55 am
Welcome
  • Seth Hallen, HPA President
8:55 am – 9:15 am
Introduction & Technology Year in Review
  • Mark Schubin
    Mark Schubin

    Mark Schubin

    Multiple-Emmy-award-winning SMPTE Fellow Mark Schubin has been working in television since 1967, writing about it since 1972, and chairing the HPA Tech Retreat program since 1998. He has shot for the Rolling Stones, lit Luciano Pavarotti, mixed Stevie Wonder, hooked up the TV in Eric Clapton’s bedroom, and performed forensic analysis for the Woody Allen/Mia Farrow child-custody battle. He worked on Japan’s first regularly scheduled HDTV broadcast, Kazakhstan’s first news network, and Hong Kong’s first cable-TV system. He has also worked on standards ranging from the VU meter to digitally compressed video transmission to the national TV system of Barbados. His clients range from the Metropolitan Opera to Sesame Street, MTV, The News Hour, the AFL-CIO, the U.S. Congress, and the World Book Encyclopedia. His writing has been translated into French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. His blog, http://www.schubincafe.com, is archived by the Library of Congress.

    Schubin has also sung at most of the great opera houses of the world, appeared inside the penguin enclosure of the Central Park Zoo, and piloted a blimp from Coney Island to the Statue of Liberty. He once lent Meg Ryan a dinosaur and another time was sandwiched between Helen Hunt and Kyra Sedgwick. He is a contributor to The Coward’s Almanack and is Minister of Information of the Provisional Government-in-Exile of Redonda. The Flying Karamazov Brothers failed to teach him to juggle. He has been named the official opera archivist of American Way magazine, somehow made it into one of the obituaries for Steve Jobs, and shared a news story with Aretha Franklin.

    Marvin Kitman, writing for The Los Angeles Times syndicate, called him “a leading thinker.” In the acknowledgements to his book Fast Forward: Hollywood, the Japanese, and the VCR Wars, James Lardner of The New Yorker wrote of Schubin that “he has the spectacularly rare ability to make technical matters clear to a nontechnical person.” Graham Binns of London’s Rediffusion Group said in the European publication Intermedia, “He has a complete mastery of the technical background to video. He

    rattles off data and ideas with fluency and with wit.” Director Robert Altman said of him, “We have our quiet fun together.”

    In 2014, for their 75th anniversary, the National Baseball Hall of Fame co-sponsored his lecture on “Baseball and Opera.” He sometimes wears pants and shoes.

9:15 am – 10:00 am
Washington Update

A lot has happened in the legislative/regulatory/legal world since last year. How does it affect you? Find out from our resident expert.

  • Jim Burger, Thompson Coburn LLP
    Jim Burger

    Jim Burger

    Thompson Coburn LLP

    Jim is a partner in the Thompson Coburn Lobbying & Policy and Intellectual Property Groups. He has worked extensively on legal and policy issues arising from the intersection of digital technology, intellectual property, communications, and government regulation. Jim has represented the Computer Industry Group and other information technology entities in efforts to secure copy protection rules for DVDs, Blu-ray/UHD discs and digital music downloads. He advises technology clients on artificial intelligence IP issues. Jim has represented technology clients before the Administration, Congress, and the FCC in regard to the Digital TV Transition, the Broadcast Flag, and international agreements affecting U.S. intellectual property law. For the past three years Jim has taught Copyright Law at Georgetown Law School. Jim also served seven years as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia Law School, where he taught Advanced Administrative Law.

10:00 am – 10:30 am
CES Review
  • Peter Putman, ROAM Consulting
    Peter Putman

    Peter Putman

    ROAM Consulting

    Peter H. Putman, CTS®, ISF, is president of ROAM Consulting LLC in Doylestown, PA. A 42-year veteran of the AV Industry, Pete provides consulting, training and product testing/development services to manufacturers, dealers, distributors, and end users. Pete has written extensively on digital video and display technology for numerous consumer and trade magazines, and is a frequent speaker at major trade shows and technical conferences, including the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE) annual technology conference, the National Association of Broadcasters trade show, the Hollywood Post Alliance Technology Retreat, and the InfoComm International trade show. Pete holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Seton Hall University and a Master of Science degree in Television and Film from Syracuse University. Pete received the 2008 Educator of the Year Award and is a Senior Academy member of AVIXA University™ faculty, as well as a Life Member of and Education Director for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).

10:30 am – 10:45 am
Refreshment break

Sponsored by:

  • Adobe
  • Blackmagic
  • Nutanix
  • Ownzones
  • AWS
  • Google Cloud
  • Key code Media
  • SDVI
  • Signiant
  • Stellus
  • Red Bee Media
  • Avid
  • LaCie
  • Zeiss
  • Sohonet
  • Frame.io
10:45 am – 11:00 am
Decoding CES 2020: the key trends that will impact media and entertainment

Beyond all the noise and nonsense of the world’s biggest consumer tech show, there were, once again, important messages for the media and entertainment industry. This presentation reveals the trends that really matter; and sets them in the context of broader, transformational, trends developing over time.

  • Mark Harrison, Digital Production Partnership
    Mark Harrison

    Mark Harrison

    Digital Production Partnership

    Mark Harrison began as an Historian at Cambridge University, before moving into media. He spent 15 years as a freelance film director, and won many awards – including Royal Television Society, British Film Institute, and an International Emmy. He was also BAFTA nominated.

    Mark became MD of an independent production company before being appointed BBC Head of Arts in 2001, and then Head of Multiplatform Production. He was subsequently Controller of Production for BBC North and leader of the BBC’s End-to-End Digital Programme, before becoming Director of Transformation for BBC Design & Engineering 2014-2016.

    Mark was a founder of the Digital Production Partnership Ltd (DPP) – the media industry’s international business network. He now leads the DPP as its Managing Director. The DPP provides insight, technology change leadership and market opportunity for around 400 member companies drawn from the whole media supply chain – from start-ups to global corporations.

11:00 am – 11:30 am
“Broadcasters” panel
  • Moderator: Matthew Goldman, MediaKind
    Matthew Goldman

    Matthew Goldman

    MediaKind

    Matthew Goldman is Senior Vice President of Technology at MediaKind, where he is focused on video processing and media delivery solutions. He has been actively involved in the development of DTV systems since 1992. He helped create the MPEG-2 Systems standard, and he has been influential in SMPTE, AIMS, ATSC, DVB, SCTE, and the Ultra HD Forum. Four of his projects have been later recognized by Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards. Mr. Goldman received BSEE and MSEE degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He holds six patents related to digital video transport. A SMPTE Fellow, he is also a senior member of the IEEE and an inductee of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers. Mr. Goldman is currently serving as SMPTE Past President.

  • Dave Folsom, Pearl TV
  • Richard Friedel, FOX TV
    Richard Friedel

    Richard Friedel

    FOX TV

    Richard Friedel is Executive Vice President of Engineering, Operations & Technology for Fox Television Stations, supporting 21st Century Fox’s twenty-eight local stations throughout the United States and overseeing their rollout of ATSC 3.0 Previously, Mr. Friedel headed Fox Network Engineering & Operations, responsible for their national and regional television businesses. Early in his time at Fox, he was a member of the team that launched Fox News Channel. Mr. Friedel is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and life member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers. He serves as President of the Video Services Forum, President of the North American Broadcasters Association and is the former Chairman of the Advanced Television Systems Committee. He was previously awarded a lifetime achievement Emmy by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  • Del Parks, Sinclair Broadcast Group
    Del Parks

    Del Parks

    Sinclair Broadcast Group

    Delbert R. Parks, III is the Senior Vice President / Chief Technology Officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Del has been serving Sinclair since 1972 and has held various operations and engineering positions with Sinclair over the last 47 years, moving up through the ranks since he began in the engineering department of Sinclair’s flagship station, WBFF-TV in Baltimore. In addition, he is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, who has held various commands during his 26-year reserve career. In his current executive position at Sinclair’s Corporate Headquarters, Del is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing operational and engineering policies and strategies as they relate to television operations, internet activity, information management systems, and infrastructure. He is a SMPTE Fellow, as well as a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and has been active in the scouting program with his sons.

  • Skip Pizzi, NAB
11:30 am – 11:45 am
The Immersive Media Challenge - USC students envision the near-future of entertainment
  • Phil Lelyveld, Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California
    Phil Lelyveld

    Phil Lelyveld

    Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California

    Philip Lelyveld runs the Immersive Media (VR/AR/MR) Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC@USC), a think tank within the School of Cinematic Arts. The ETC@USC is funded by the major Hollywood studios, Cisco, Microsoft, and related service, technology, telco/internet, and consumer electronics companies to advise them on emerging technology-related opportunities, project out where entertainment will be in the 3-5 year timeframe, connect them with start-ups and communities of interest, help accelerate adoption of promising technologies, and work to drive standardization and avoid format wars. Learn more at www.ETCenter.org and www.PhilipLelyveld.com . His IM Initiative works to influence the creative, technical, social, and business issues that will shape this new, emerging art form. Phil is working on the rapidly evolving ecosystem at the convergence of immersive media, IoT, AI, and blockchain. Phil currently produces the Immersive Media Challenge, which asks students and recent graduates to think like futurists; what experience would they like to create that they can’t easily create now but expect to be able to create in 3-5 years, what needs to happen to make it possible, and articulate why their assumptions that those things will happen are reasonable. Philip has produced events that brought communities of hands-on practitioners together to discuss and document the current states of ‘the emerging language of VR storytelling,’ ‘live VR production workflow,’ ‘the business of VR,’ and ‘Spatial Audio,’ as well as AR Salons. He presented ‘The Dark Side of AR’ at Augmented World Expo, ‘Legal Questions Raised by Immersive Media’ at the Law and Culture in Virtual Worlds Conf. at Case Western Law School, Entertainment Technology and ‘fake news’ before the European Union at their 2018 commission hearing; “Preserving Democracy in the Digital Age” and to the NATO Strategic Communications leadership, and “Think like a (f)uturist” at Siggraph 2019 as a keynote speaker. Prior to joining the ETC@USC Mr. Lelyveld spent 10 years coordinating multi-business unit and multi-studio efforts related to entertainment technology including technical lead in major negotiations as Disney’s corporate VP of Digital Industry Relations. He has a BS in Civil Engineering (Tufts), an MS in Applied Geophysics (Stanford), and an MBA (UCLA).

11:45 am – noon
The Theatre is not a Big TV
  • Jerry Pierce, Inter-Society Digital Cinema Forum, National Association of Theatre Owners
    Jerry Pierce

    Jerry Pierce

    Inter-Society Digital Cinema Forum, National Association of Theatre Owners

    Jerry Pierce, Chairman ISDCF and NATO Technology Advisor Jerry Pierce serves as the Technology Advisor for NATO (National Association of Theater Owners). He provides technology guidance in conjunction with the NATO Technology Committee. Jerry serves as the Chairman of ISDCF (Inter-Society Digital Cinema Forum) a multi-industry open group that addresses digital cinema issues. His passions in the semi-retired state of mind include backpack hiking, photography and sculling (rowing). He was previously Senior Vice President, Technology, Universal Pictures. He joined Universal in 1995 and established the New Technology Department for Universal Pictures in 2000. He was responsible for the technical launch of DVD for Universal and was responsible for Digital Cinema activities for Universal. He was chairman of the SMPTE Digital Cinema Mastering group, a member of the Studio’s Digital Cinema Consortium (DCI), was an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, was Vice President of the Hollywood Post Alliance, and was on the Board of USC’s Entertainment Technology Center. He established the joint project with Universal and Panasonic for DVD disc authoring and High Definition Telecine Transfers. He was part of SRI International (Stanford Research Institute) for over 13 years. Jerry holds a MSEE degree from Stanford University and an BSEE from UC Berkeley.

noon – 1:58 pm
Lunch (dedicated Innovation Zone time)
1:58 pm – 2:00 pm
Quiz answer & announcements
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Collaboration at Any Resolution: Virtual Production for the Rest of Us

International Cinematographers Guild in Cooperation with the Art Directors Guild

  • Moderator: Michael Chambliss, ICG
  • Ramy Katrib, DigitalFilm Tree
    Ramy Katrib

    Ramy Katrib

    DigitalFilm Tree

    Ramy Katrib is an award-winning filmmaker and CEO / Founder of DigitalFilm Tree (DFT) https://www.digitalfilmtree.com, an 18 year old post-production and software development company. Ramy started his career in media & technology over 25 years ago, as filmmaker, negative cutter, and telecine colorist. In all the organizations and projects he propels, Ramy champions a multidisciplinary work culture, led by world-class creatives and technologists working hand in hand to solve huge problems. DFT played a key role in transitioning the media and entertainment industry to digital post and file-based workflows, on projects like Cold Mountain and Scrubs. Today DFT is the leading provider of IP based production, post, story visualization services and software solutions. DFT clients include ABC, A&E, CBS, Disney, Fox, HBO, Netflix, Turner, Warner Bros, and first-time storytellers alike.

  • Eliot Mack, Lightcraft Technology
    Eliot Mack

    Eliot Mack

    Lightcraft Technology

    Eliot earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then went to work at Walt Disney Imagineering, designing the backbone for an 11,000 pound walking dinosaur robot. In 2000, he joined iRobot as the lead mechanical engineer for the Roomba, the world’s first successful home robot. In 2004, having had his fill of chasing dust bunnies, Eliot followed his interests in visual effects and motion tracking and founded Lightcraft Technology, applying robotic techniques to the motion picture industry to create what would become the Emmy Award-winning Previzion and Halide FX virtual studio systems.

  • Benjamin Nowicki, art director
    Benjamin Nowicki

    Benjamin Nowicki

    art director

    Benjamin Nowicki has 25 years of experience in the Art Department of mainstream film productions (DreamWorks, Sony, Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros., among others), collaborating with directors such as Christopher Nolan, Damien Chazelle, Sam Mendes, Gore Verbinski and Robert Altman. He was Art Director for Dunkirk (Oscar nominated), Art Director for First Man (Oscar nominated). As a Graphic Artist, he worked on numerous international box office hits and also Emmy-winning TV shows, such as The Morning Show, Big Little Lies, FlashForward and The Unit. Benjamin is a member of The Art Directors Guild where he is currently serving as Chair of the Professional Development Committee.

  • David Stump, ASC
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
In-Camera Visual Effects
  • David Morin, Epic Games
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Live Production Innovative Solutions and Workflow Highlights
  • Moderator: Mark Chiolis, Mobile TV Group
    Mark Chiolis

    Mark Chiolis

    Mobile TV Group

    Mark Chiolis is the Director of Business Development for Mobile TV Group (MTVG), which provides facilities for over 4,000 live professional and college sports events with more than 35 mobile units based throughout the U.S. MTVG has been leading the 4K/UHD/HDR live event production with key broadcasters, networks and distribution companies.

    Mark is currently working to interface with customers and partners to develop and support MTVG’s entertainment, egames, and esports events with current and new trucks.

    Prior to MTVG, Chiolis worked in marketing, business development, and sales for Grass Valley, Thomson, Technicolor, Philips, and BTS as well as at television stations KMUV, KRBK and KVIE.

    Chiolis is an active board member of the HPA, an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, past section manager of SMPTE, member of STE, SBE and California Broadcasters Association.

  • Nick Garvin, Mobile TV Group
    Nick Garvin

    Nick Garvin

    Mobile TV Group

    Nick Garvin is the Chief Operating Officer for Mobile TV Group (MTVG). This includes all strategic partnerships, day-to-day operations for its mobile production unit fleet covering over 4,000 live events annually, and its audio/video systems manufacturing facility called Colorado Studios. MTVG has led live 4K HDR productions in the U.S. covering the PGA Tour, NBA, NHL, college football, entertainment, and corporate events for many of the top Fortune 500 companies.

    Garvin is also the founder of Stackup, an education technology company that uses artificial intelligence to deliver metrics on students reading and learning on the web to K-12 school districts around the United States. Stackup is among few certified Google partners, and his work on this technology put him into Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2018.

    Nick holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Eller College of Management, along with an executive education from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

  • Scott Rothenberg, NEP
    Scott Rothenberg

    Scott Rothenberg

    NEP

    Scott Rothenberg is NEP’s Senior Vice President of Technology & Asset Management. In his current role, Scott focuses on understanding and matching clients’ needs with NEP’s technical capabilities and capacity. He works tirelessly across all of NEP’s divisions to ensure that the right equipment is always in the right place—and that NEP is always working to develop technical solutions to meet emerging client needs. In addition, Scott is responsible for improving NEP’s internal operations and processes, and works with key vendors to source and develop specialized equipment. After working as a freelance technician, Scott started with NEP in 1995 as a maintenance engineer after working as a freelance technician, providing engineering and operational support for television crews and solving all manner of problems under the pressure of live television. Scott has been a member of three Emmy Award-winning NEP technical crews (twice for NASCAR and once for PokerDome), and won a CableACE Award in 1995 for his work on “Ripken’s 2131st Game” for HTS.

  • Ron Williams, The Landmark Group/ARRI
    Ron Williams

    Ron Williams

    The Landmark Group/ARRI
  • Felicia Yue, Amazon Prime Video
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Refreshment break

Sponsored by:

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  • Nutanix
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  • AWS
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  • Key code Media
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  • Red Bee Media
  • Avid
  • LaCie
  • Zeiss
  • Sohonet
  • Frame.io
4:15 pm – 4:35 pm
Tested Perceptual Difference Between 4K & 8K
  • Michael Zink, Warner Bros.
4:35 pm – 4:55 pm
Immersive Audio Rollout
  • Brian Vessa, Sony Pictures
    Brian Vessa

    Brian Vessa

    Sony Pictures

    Brian Vessa is a dedicated audio professional with over 35 years of experience in the industry. After attending UCLA Engineering School he became a recording engineer, producing albums and recording orchestras. His passion was hot-rodding studio gear and discovering novel recording techniques. Brian transitioned into film post as a music editor and sound editor, became a re-recording mixer at Cannon Films and MGM, then handled audio restoration at NT Audio. He was hired by Sony Pictures in 1998, and today is their Executive Director of Digital Audio Mastering and representative to DCI. Brian is a member of the Academy Sound Branch, AES, and is a Fellow of SMPTE. He is the founding chair of the SMPTE TC-25CSS Technical Committee on Cinema Sound Systems and serves on many SMPTE and AES committees. As one of the founding fathers of IMF, Brian was a member of the original committee that conceived and created the concept, helping write a fully detailed standard for IMF prior to it being brought to SMPTE. He then continued the work with SMPTE to create the IMF specifications suite. He has been instrumental in standardizing the IAB immersive audio distribution bitstream for Cinema and IMF as well as a host of related standards. Brian is the current chair of the DCI Technical Committee, and has written many independent audio specifications, including a white paper on near-field mixing for home theater that has been widely adopted. Brian enjoys recording jazz, rock and mixing live sound. He is a drummer and keyboardist in the LA area, an avid backpacker and an award-winning home wine and beer maker.

4:55 pm – 5:15 pm
Why Traditional Information Security Doesn’t Fit in Most of Media & Entertainment
  • Marc Zorn, HBO/WarnerMedia
5:15 pm – 5:35 pm
Latest International Guidelines to Protect Viewers from Photosensitive Epilepsy (PSE)

Provoked Seizures

  • John Harris, Cambridge Research Systems
    John Harris

    John Harris

    Cambridge Research Systems

    John Harris has worked within the Broadcast Film and TV industry for over 35 years. Initially beginning as an analogue and digital electronics specialist and growing into Sales, Marketing and Business Development roles for companies like Abekas, Ampex and Avid before co-founding root6 in London. In 2013 John emigrated to Vancouver, Canada and is now providing Business Development roles for Cambridge Research and Cinedeck.

5:35 pm – 5:45 pm
New Adventures in Mastering & Deliverables (compression edition)
  • Josh Pines, Technicolor
    Josh Pines

    Josh Pines

    Technicolor

    Joshua is currently in charge of imaging and color science projects at technicolor digital intermediates, which provides the motion picture industry with digital color correction processes for theatrically released films.

    he joined Technicolor after more than 10 years at Industrial Light & Magic, where he supervised their film scanning/recording department from its inception, and worked extensively with both traditional and digital cinema technologies. he started his career teaching film courses at the cooper union in New York city after earning his degree in electrical engineering there. he began working in visual effects at MAGI in 1982 at the tail end of their work on “Tron”, went on to lead the computer graphics division at R/Greenberg Associates in New York city, and then supervised film effects and film recording at Degraf/Wahrman in Los Angeles before working for ILM. he has received two technical achievement awards from the academy of motion picture arts and sciences and the Herbert Kalmus award from SMPTE, has had his gender identity confirmed when SMPTE named him a fellow, and has credits on several zillion feature films.

    Joshua has always thought that computers could be a useful tool in making movies better, and he still hopes that one day this may come true.

5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
What Just Happened? A Review of the Day by Jerry Pierce & Annie Chang
  • Jerry Pierce, Inter-Society Digital Cinema Forum, National Association of Theatre Owners
    Jerry Pierce

    Jerry Pierce

    Inter-Society Digital Cinema Forum, National Association of Theatre Owners

    Jerry Pierce, Chairman ISDCF and NATO Technology Advisor Jerry Pierce serves as the Technology Advisor for NATO (National Association of Theater Owners). He provides technology guidance in conjunction with the NATO Technology Committee. Jerry serves as the Chairman of ISDCF (Inter-Society Digital Cinema Forum) a multi-industry open group that addresses digital cinema issues. His passions in the semi-retired state of mind include backpack hiking, photography and sculling (rowing). He was previously Senior Vice President, Technology, Universal Pictures. He joined Universal in 1995 and established the New Technology Department for Universal Pictures in 2000. He was responsible for the technical launch of DVD for Universal and was responsible for Digital Cinema activities for Universal. He was chairman of the SMPTE Digital Cinema Mastering group, a member of the Studio’s Digital Cinema Consortium (DCI), was an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, was Vice President of the Hollywood Post Alliance, and was on the Board of USC’s Entertainment Technology Center. He established the joint project with Universal and Panasonic for DVD disc authoring and High Definition Telecine Transfers. He was part of SRI International (Stanford Research Institute) for over 13 years. Jerry holds a MSEE degree from Stanford University and an BSEE from UC Berkeley.

  • Annie Chang, Universal Pictures
    Annie Chang

    Annie Chang

    Universal Pictures

    Annie Chang is the Vice President, Creative Technologies for Universal Pictures, responsible for developing strategies and plans for innovative next-generation workflows across film and emerging immersive media experiences. In this role, Chang works closely with the film’s studio internal production groups and represents the company in various industry forums.

    Prior to joining Universal Pictures in 2018, Chang was the VP, Technology for Marvel Studios and held various roles during more than a decade tenure at The Walt Disney Studios. At Disney, she shaped technology standards and strategies, helped research and implement new technologies into the feature post-production and mastering pipelines, helped the Studio transition from tapes to files and helped launch feature iTunes and 2D/3D Blu-ray. Prior to Disney, Chang spent six years at THX Ltd. as the Senior Engineer for the Digital Mastering Program and three years in DVD authoring and compression. She also ran master control and was an online editor for broadcast and ran a small recording studio.

    Chang is the AMPAS ACES Project Chair and has been a Co-Chair of the 10E Essence Technology and Chair of the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) Working Group at SMPTE. In October 2015, she became a SMPTE Fellow and received the Workflow Systems Medal Award for her research, implementation and participation in file-based technologies. In 2016, Chang became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Members-At-Large branch. Previously, Chang was a Board Member in the Avid Customer Association and a Board Director in the UHD Alliance. In 2018, Chang was honored with The Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership award for forward-thinking efforts in visual technology and emerging content and as one of StudioDaily’s 2018 Exceptional Women in Production and Post.

    Chang holds a BS in Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University.

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Innovation Zone Open with Cocktail Reception (dedicated demo time)

Sponsored by Adobe

9:00 pm – 1:00 am
25th Anniversary Afterparty

Sponsored by Ownzones

Thursday, February 20 | Roundtables, Individual Sessions, Innovation Zone

7:15 am – 5:00 pm
Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast Roundtables
  1. Washington-update follow-up, Jim Burger, Thompson Coburn
  2. Would a users group lead to mass HDR acceptance? Mark Chiolis & Wendy Aylsworth
  3. Advanced wireless (5G, etc.), Pete Putman, ROAM Consulting
  4. Karl Paulsen & Merrill Weiss ask each other questions
  5. Hey, you; get off of my cloud, Chris Lennon, MediAnswers
  6. Immersive Audio Delivery Now, Ken Tankel, Telos Alliance
  7. Dynamic dynamic range, Walter Gish, Dolby Laboratories
  8. Technology & trends roadmap for 2020, Stan Moote, IABM
  9. Monitoring, compliance, & other cool stuff, Jay Gedanken, Actus Digital
  10. Live content and localization for OTT services (gambling?), Vince Maza, Red Bee Media
  11. Non-automated QC in the cloud, Greg Cox, GrayMeta
  12. Media preservation & archive migration, Buzz Hays, Google
  13. What should we call the SMPTE ST 2110 ecosystem? Bruce Devlin, SMPTE
  14. Live cinema multicam, Ron Williams, The Landmark Group

Sponsored by:

  • Adobe
  • AWS
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  • Google Cloud
  • Key code Media
  • Nutanix
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  • Red Bee Media
  • SDVI
  • Signiant
  • Stellus
8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Innovation Zone open for appointments.

See program below for dedicated Innovation Zone hours

8:30 am – 8:43 am
Breathe
8:43 am – 8:45 am
Quiz answer & announcements
8:45 am – noon
The MovieLabs 2030 Vision
8:45 am – 8:50 am
Introduction
  • Rich Berger, MovieLabs
    Rich Berger

    Rich Berger

    MovieLabs

    Richard Berger is CEO of MovieLabs, a technology JV of the major motion pictures studios. Rich brings over 20 years of experience in digital innovation, with more than a decade leading new media and technology efforts at Sony Pictures Entertainment, most recently as SVP of Worldwide Digital Strategy & Advanced Platforms, where he built a reputation for innovation, particularly around emerging digital platforms and formats such as UltraViolet and UHD (4K HDR). Other roles Rich held at Sony include SVP New Media & Technology where he was responsible for establishing digital policy across all Sony Pictures digital distribution businesses. He also was one of original founders of UltraViolet and helped launch the DECE consortium. Rich has also worked in the Sony Digital Entertainment department and the office of the CTO at Sony Corporation of America, responsible for digital media strategy and anti-piracy efforts. In addition, he has worked in Sony’s Interactive Services Group and Sony Music Entertainment’s New Media Department where he developed Sony Music’s first Enhanced CDs. Before joining Sony, Rich worked in the Interactive Multimedia Practice at Anderson Consulting (now Accenture) and at Bell Communications Research as a Member of the Technical Staff. He has a Master’s Degree in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU’s Tisch Graduate School of the Arts and a BA in Computer Science from Rutgers College.

8:50 am – 9:20 am
Cloud Infrastructure panel

As our workflows move to the cloud we need to agree on structures and processes that will run from cloud storage instead of local storage.  This panel will explore some of the opportunities and challenges inherent in supporting cloud-based storage including across both private, hybrid, and public clouds.  It will focus on Object vs. File, using the S3 ‘standard,’ architectures to support everything from big archives to WiP productions. Can the cloud act like local storage today; if not, when? Hybrid storage models use ultra-fast on-premises storage combined with cloud models.

  • Moderator: Erik Weaver, Entertainment Technology Center at USC
  • Tony Gaughan, RSTOR
    Tony Gaughan

    Tony Gaughan

    RSTOR

    Tony Gaughan is the Chief Technology Officer at RStor. With over 25 years of experience in various product development and executive roles within both small and large companies, Gaughan was previously chief technical officer at Proofpoint (formerly Cloudmark) and Marketron. He also held chief executive and senior product officer positions at Serenhipity, SGI, Satmetrix, Computer Associates, and Oracle.

  • David Phillips, Cloudian
    David Phillips

    David Phillips

    Cloudian

    A media technologist with over twenty years of experience in the design and deployment of media and entertainment workflows, David Phillips brings a unique set of creative problem solving skills to every project or design. After 10 years architecting feature film restoration and finishing pipelines for The Criterion Collection, David joined Rohde&Schwarz-DVS as a Solutions Architect in 2012. While at R&S, he designed SAN and workflow solutions for a wide variety of enterprise customers in North America. David joined NBCU in 2014 to manage the Entertainment Systems division, responsible for designing and building the infrastructure supporting the late night and cable entertainment production units in New York City. Seeing the exponential storage capacity requirements on the media space horizon, and the market need for storage platforms that facilitate key data analytics, David joined Cloudian in 2018 to provide next generation cloud-native designs for media enterprise customers.

  • Hossein ZiaShakeri, Spectra Logic
    Hossein ZiaShakeri

    Hossein ZiaShakeri

    Spectra Logic

    Hossein ZiaShakeri is Spectra Logic’s Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances. Hossein is an executive on the company’s technology team tasked with maintaining the company’s leadership position in product innovation and business success. Hossein has more than 30 years of experience in design, engineering and management of storage subsystems, with a special focus on the M & E industry.

  • Eric Bassier, Quantum
  • Tridib Chakravarty, StorageDNA
9:20 am – 9:35 am
In-Depth Look at Technology Migration Driven by Physical Relocation

What happens when a major television network is acquired or a major market station makes a temporary move? The long term future suddenly becomes an opportunity to transform in the present.

  • Glen Sakata, Dalet
    Glen Sakata

    Glen Sakata

    Dalet

    Glen is a Sr. Account Executive at Dalet with three decades of product, market and sales development experience across the broadcast, entertainment and enterprise markets. He has an extensive track record of launching post-incubation technologies such as studio robotics, master control automation, video processing, statistical multiplexing and media logistics with transformative outcomes at top media companies worldwide.

9:35 am – 9:50 am
In-Depth Look at Adaptive-Production Projects at ETC@USC

From archive in the cloud to blockchain to VFX standards, learn about some of the work being done at ETC and how you can get involved.

  • Seth Levenson, Entertainment Technology Center at USC
9:50 am – 10:05 am
Key Takeaways from the DPP Next-Gen Production Report

What does cloud-based production look like in the real world? What are the benefits? And could it actually bring a competitive advantage? The DPP has researched production innovation at ten companies, ranging from a small digital agency to a Hollywood studio.

  • Mark Harrison, Digital Production Partnership
    Mark Harrison

    Mark Harrison

    Digital Production Partnership

    Mark Harrison began as an Historian at Cambridge University, before moving into media. He spent 15 years as a freelance film director, and won many awards – including Royal Television Society, British Film Institute, and an International Emmy. He was also BAFTA nominated.

    Mark became MD of an independent production company before being appointed BBC Head of Arts in 2001, and then Head of Multiplatform Production. He was subsequently Controller of Production for BBC North and leader of the BBC’s End-to-End Digital Programme, before becoming Director of Transformation for BBC Design & Engineering 2014-2016.

    Mark was a founder of the Digital Production Partnership Ltd (DPP) – the media industry’s international business network. He now leads the DPP as its Managing Director. The DPP provides insight, technology change leadership and market opportunity for around 400 member companies drawn from the whole media supply chain – from start-ups to global corporations.

10:05 am – 10:20 am
A Case Study for a Post-Cloud Supply Chain

The Movie Labs 2030 Vision paper calls for foundational new technology and approaches that innovate beyond today’s cloud workflows to support the radical opportunities of the entertainment industry in the next decade. This case study will show a new supply chain approach deployed at MGM studios based on a new substrate platform that is neither cloud nor CDN in today’s sense and that implements many of the MovieLabs principles.

Key technology capabilities and learnings will be described. The substrate is a single backend source for master asset servicing including media, metadata and code, with inherent linking of components, re-use, rights, and versioning.  Streaming and file-based video presentation is delivered just in time from the source objects. There are no file copies, and the content security does not trust the infrastructure (trust less).

  • Michelle Munson, Eluv.io
    Michelle Munson

    Michelle Munson

    Eluv.io

    Michelle Munson is the co-founder and CEO of Eluvio, a new Berkeley-based start-up creating new software technologies for a content-centric Internet. She previously founded East Bay software company Aspera in 2004 and led the company as CEO until May 2017, including through acquisition by IBM in 2014. She and co-founder Serban Simu created the Aspera FASP™ transport technology, an Emmy-award winning technology used throughout the digital media supply chain for high-speed low cost secure digital content transport, replacing satellite and traditional tape based delivery technologies. Michelle holds several patents and is a frequent speaker in the areas of content transport innovation including high speed file delivery, streaming, machine learning, and cloud infrastructure. She was the 2016 Charles Swartz awardee and is a SMPTE Fellow. Michelle has dual B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Physics from Kansas State University and was a Goldwater Scholar for achievement in Science and Mathematics, and later a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University where she received a postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science. In 2016 she was named the IABM Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and TV NewsCheck Woman of the Year, and she was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the SF Business Times in 2017. She was the 2006 KSU College of Engineering Alumni Fellow (the youngest recipient ever), and is an active trustee for the National 4-H Council and 2017 4-H Luminary for her leadership with youth.

10:20 am – 10:45 am
Security & Access panel

Production in the cloud offers the opportunity for creative people to work from anywhere. But securing and accessing content in that workflow requires new thinking. We can no longer rely on physical or network-perimeter security as the primary defense. This security sea change will be discussed in the context of the MovieLabs 2030 security principles.

  • Moderator: Jim Helman, MovieLabs
    Jim Helman

    Jim Helman

    MovieLabs

    Jim Helman co-founded MovieLabs in 2006 and serves as its CTO, leading a range of projects including production technology, content security and video formats. Jim has led industry-wide initiatives for MovieLabs and its member studios, including driving worldwide standards for high dynamic range video and building the Entertainment Identifier Registry (EIDR). Jim was a founder and chief software architect at Liberate Technologies, where he led the development of a web platform for delivering interactive services on cable platforms. Prior to Liberate, he was a software architect at Silicon Graphics, developing real-time 3D systems for VR, location-based entertainment, and visual simulation. Jim holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Applied Physics from Stanford University and a B.A. in Physics and Math from Washington University. 

  • Guy Finley, The Trusted Partner Network
    Guy Finley

    Guy Finley

    The Trusted Partner Network

    Guy Finley is President of CDSA (Content Delivery & Security Association) and MESA (Media & Entertainment Services Alliance). He is the CEO of the Trusted Partner Network, a joint venture launched in 2018 between CDSA and MPA (Motion Picture Association), that helps companies prevent leaks, breaches, and hacks of their customers’ movies and television shows prior to their intended release through by creating a single, global directory of “trusted partner” vendors. Guy started his career in the entertainment industry as a successful performer and producer, making music with industry giants such as Phil Ramone, Elliott Scheiner, and Dave Grusin in the 1990s. His New York City based group was signed to Larry Rosen’s N2K Encoded Music, the first record company to distribute music via digital downloads. In 2000 he joined the home entertainment industry as President of LFA, Inc., providing home video brand and business consulting services for a worldwide clientele. His firm represented JVC in North America, licensing the loading and duplication of VHS videocassettes bearing the VHS Logo Trademark. In 2005 he joined the Content Delivery and Security Association (then IRMA, International Recording Media Association) where he pioneered the CDSA Daily News Portal. In 2008 Guy founded MESA as a coalition of service providers to the Hollywood studios, independent content holders, video game publishers, software publishers and music labels. Through MESA’s media, events, working groups and initiatives, MESA facilitates ongoing discussions about collaboration and innovation in the entertainment industry along four key verticals: supply chain, data, security and IT. MESA also manages the business affairs and calendars of CDSA, WiTH (Women in Technology: Hollywood) Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and EIDR (Entertainment ID Registry). With over 150 member companies worldwide, MESA is a leading voice in the global media & entertainment industry.

  • Spencer Stephens, TechXMedia
  • Omer Farooq, Independent Security Evaluators
    Omer Farooq

    Omer Farooq

    Independent Security Evaluators

    Omer Farooq is a Cloud Security Principle at Independent Security Evaluators who is focused on Media and Entertainment vertical. Over 10 years of experience in cloud consulting, building security programs, secure software development and DevOPs. Currently architecting, building, securing and assessing post-production security, studio-in-the-cloud, virtual desktop infrastructure, and improving overall data mobilization and delivery across the entire entertainment industry.

  • Michelle Munson, Eluv.io
    Michelle Munson

    Michelle Munson

    Eluv.io

    Michelle Munson is the co-founder and CEO of Eluvio, a new Berkeley-based start-up creating new software technologies for a content-centric Internet. She previously founded East Bay software company Aspera in 2004 and led the company as CEO until May 2017, including through acquisition by IBM in 2014. She and co-founder Serban Simu created the Aspera FASP™ transport technology, an Emmy-award winning technology used throughout the digital media supply chain for high-speed low cost secure digital content transport, replacing satellite and traditional tape based delivery technologies. Michelle holds several patents and is a frequent speaker in the areas of content transport innovation including high speed file delivery, streaming, machine learning, and cloud infrastructure. She was the 2016 Charles Swartz awardee and is a SMPTE Fellow. Michelle has dual B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Physics from Kansas State University and was a Goldwater Scholar for achievement in Science and Mathematics, and later a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University where she received a postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science. In 2016 she was named the IABM Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and TV NewsCheck Woman of the Year, and she was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the SF Business Times in 2017. She was the 2006 KSU College of Engineering Alumni Fellow (the youngest recipient ever), and is an active trustee for the National 4-H Council and 2017 4-H Luminary for her leadership with youth.

  • James Wilson, IBM Aspera
10:45 am – 11:00 am
Refreshment break

Sponsored by:

  • Adobe
  • Blackmagic
  • Nutanix
  • Ownzones
  • AWS
  • Google Cloud
  • Key code Media
  • SDVI
  • Signiant
  • Stellus
  • Red Bee Media
  • Avid
  • LaCie
  • Zeiss
  • Sohonet
  • Frame.io
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Software-Defined Workflows panel

Based on the foundations of Cloud and Security, this session to explore what we can now do to build workflows on top.  We’ll look at what companies are doing to enable software defined workflows today, what is working, and what to expect in the future with multi-cloud initiatives and the role of industry wide APIs/software interchange layers.

  • Moderator: Mark Turner, Entertainment Technologists Inc
    Mark Turner

    Mark Turner

    Entertainment Technologists Inc

    Mark Turner is President, Entertainment Technologists Inc, a boutique consulting and investment firm helping companies navigate the changes ahead. Mark was formerly Co-Founder & COO of Ryff – an innovative start-up using real-time graphics to adapt video to the viewer as it is distributed. Prior to Ryff, Mark worked for Technicolor Corporate Development & Strategy running Cloud Production, Game Engine, VR, AR and Technology Licensing. Over a 23 year career Mark has also held positions with Dolby Laboratories, Microsoft, BT Media & Broadcast and Eutelsat.

  • Richard Duke, Avid
    Richard Duke

    Richard Duke

    Avid

    As the chief cloud solutions architect at Avid, Richard is responsible for helping customers cloudify their workflows and infrastructure using Avid’s industry leading tools, including the Nexis storage platform, Media Central Asset Management and Orchestration solutions, and the Media Composer and Pro Tools creative editing tools. Richard has been working in the film and broadcast industry for over 20 years, and as senior architect for over 10 years, and has developed and deployed some of the most industry leading solutions in public and private clouds. Richard has a BS degree from Brigham Young University.

  • Kenneth Cuomo, Vimond IO
    Kenneth Cuomo

    Kenneth Cuomo

    Vimond IO

    Having worked as a cameraman and editor for close to 20 years, covering some of the biggest news events around the world, I have seen how the demands in the industry have shifted. The need for efficiency and flexibility is greater than ever before.

  • Steve Morris, Skywalker Sound
    Steve Morris

    Steve Morris

    Skywalker Sound

    Steve Morris is a 30-year veteran in the audio engineering industry and has worked in every facet of the media business, including music, film and video post-production, as well as broadcast television. Steve is a member of SMPTE, AES, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

  • David Cole, IPV
    David Cole

    David Cole

    IPV

    David is an industry visionary and technology leader in the media and entertainment sector. David’s strategy and innovation drives IPV’s leadership in production and management of video assets across multiple platforms, devices and geographies.

11:30 am – 11:45 am
Moving to the Cloud
  • Chris Lennon, MediAnswers
    Chris Lennon

    Chris Lennon

    MediAnswers

    Chris Lennon is President and CEO of MediAnswers, specialists in advertising and media workflow. He has over 30 years of experience in the media business, leading large projects on every continent except for Antarctica. He currently serves as Standards Director for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and is a SMPTE Fellow and recipient of SMPTE’s 2008 Citation. Starting his career by building custom software applications for a major Canadian broadcaster, he then moved to the States to join a then-small Enterprise Systems Group, which during his tenure, merged to become Encoda, and was later acquired by Harris Corporation. While at Harris, Chris served in a variety of capacities, acting as CTO Group Lead until Harris exited the broadcast business. He has since grown MediAnswers to the industry’s leading team of experts in the area of media software systems, counting among its clients the top media organizations and vendors around the world. A recipient of numerous awards, he is a sought-after speaker and technology evangelist at industry events, and prolific author on topics touching on media workflow. In his spare time, he is an accomplished race car driver, and high-performance driving coach. 

  • Renard T. Jenkins, Supply Chain Engineer & Technologist
    Renard Jenkins

    Renard T. Jenkins

    Supply Chain Engineer & Technologist

    Renard Jenkins has more than 30 years of experience in the television and film industry. Before recently leaving PBS, Jenkins was responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of PBS’s entire media-supply chain, he also created and lead PBS’s Advanced Format Center. This is a collaborative venture between PBS member stations, vendors and manufacturers. The mission of the AFC is to explore and develop procedures for the creation, processing and worldwide distribution of advanced formatted and enhanced media, content and metadata through traditional as well as new and exciting digital distribution platforms. Jenkins was awarded the Innovator of the Year award in 2017 for his cutting edge work and accomplishments. 
 Prior to joining PBS in 2010, Jenkins helped design, build and then lead TV One’s Production Facility which services their marketing, programming, production management, graphics and post production departments. From 2006-2009, he refreshed, updated and managed Discovery Communications’ Technical Center, where he managed five departments and supervised more than 100 employees. While at Discovery, he also served as the operational lead for the implementation of what was then the largest file based Avid Editing/Interplay/ISIS system installation in the U.S. Jenkins joined Discovery after more than 16 years with CNN. During his tenure, he received two National Emmy Awards, two National Headliner Awards, a Peabody, a DuPont, and a Bronze Broadcast Design Award, as well as many other industry accolades. Jenkins was responsible for helping move CNN into the file based editing/delivery/archive environment through his R&D/Training work with industry leaders such as Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Adobe, Leitch, Pinnacle, and Sony. His volunteer work with local youth in his beloved Bay Area also earned him a Healthy Image Award from the Local Teamsters Union. Today, Jenkins serves as an Eastern Regional Governor of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and was was named as a SMPTE Fellow in 2018. He is also a past Board member of AMWA, Co-Chair, of the UltraHD Forums’ Interoperability Working Group and a member of the NABA Technical Committee. He is an advisor to the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity In Communications (NAMIC) and was recently named as a recipient of the Broadcasting and Cables Technology Leadership Award.

11:45 am – noon
Universal Pictures Production 3.0
  • Annie Chang, Universal Pictures
    Annie Chang

    Annie Chang

    Universal Pictures

    Annie Chang is the Vice President, Creative Technologies for Universal Pictures, responsible for developing strategies and plans for innovative next-generation workflows across film and emerging immersive media experiences. In this role, Chang works closely with the film’s studio internal production groups and represents the company in various industry forums.

    Prior to joining Universal Pictures in 2018, Chang was the VP, Technology for Marvel Studios and held various roles during more than a decade tenure at The Walt Disney Studios. At Disney, she shaped technology standards and strategies, helped research and implement new technologies into the feature post-production and mastering pipelines, helped the Studio transition from tapes to files and helped launch feature iTunes and 2D/3D Blu-ray. Prior to Disney, Chang spent six years at THX Ltd. as the Senior Engineer for the Digital Mastering Program and three years in DVD authoring and compression. She also ran master control and was an online editor for broadcast and ran a small recording studio.

    Chang is the AMPAS ACES Project Chair and has been a Co-Chair of the 10E Essence Technology and Chair of the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) Working Group at SMPTE. In October 2015, she became a SMPTE Fellow and received the Workflow Systems Medal Award for her research, implementation and participation in file-based technologies. In 2016, Chang became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Members-At-Large branch. Previously, Chang was a Board Member in the Avid Customer Association and a Board Director in the UHD Alliance. In 2018, Chang was honored with The Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership award for forward-thinking efforts in visual technology and emerging content and as one of StudioDaily’s 2018 Exceptional Women in Production and Post.

    Chang holds a BS in Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University.

Noon – 1:58 pm
Lunch and Final Innovation Zone Time (dedicated demo time)
Noon – 1:00 pm
WIP Lunch (invite only)

Wendy’s Maxims: Tips and truisms gathered along the venturesome path of career and family life.

(This lunch session is by invite only)

Sponsored by Adobe

  • Wendy Aylsworth, Walden Pond
    Wendy Aylsworth

    Wendy Aylsworth

    Walden Pond

    Wendy Aylsworth is CEO of Walden Pond, providing entertainment technology consulting and strategic board guidance for entities focused on emerging ecosystems and nascent technologies.  Wendy’s career has spanned 14 years in aerospace and 30+ years in entertainment at major companies such as Lockheed and Warner Bros., transitioning older technologies to more efficient and cost-effective digital processes. She was deeply involved in the transition and standardization of digital cinema that has permeated the industry over the past two decades.  She lead the digital transitions of the entire animation processes at Disney and Warner Bros., as seen in such hits as Lion King and Space Jam, and new technologies such as high frame rate, as seen in the Hobbit trilogy.  Along the way, Wendy has been involved in outside organizations to share knowledge, and grow the next generation of entertainment professionals; participating on (and chairing many) boards of credit unions, schools, scholarship funds, university centers, and standards societies.

    Wendy is a frequent speaker, moderator, and program participant at key industry conferences.  In recognition of her work, Wendy has been honored with many  awards, including the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2018, the Bob Lambert Technology Leadership Award from the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California in 2016, the Ken Mason InterSociety Award for lifetime achievement in 2015, and is a Lifetime Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

    While semi-retired, Wendy is currently the President of UltraViolet, a board member of Qube Cinema Inc. and a board member of the Hollywood Professional Association, as well as a President Emeritus of the USC Entertainment Technology Center.  She co-chairs the American Society of Cinematographer’s Next Generation Cinema Display committee and volunteers at SMPTE, The Television Academy, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.  She spends at least one day a week watching her three wonderful grandchildren and enjoys glass fusing as a hobby.  Wendy holds a BS from the University of Michigan and an MS/MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma) from USC.

1:58 pm – 2:00 pm
Quiz answer & announcements
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
ACES Update
  • Coordinator: Annie Chang, Universal Pictures
    Annie Chang

    Annie Chang

    Universal Pictures

    Annie Chang is the Vice President, Creative Technologies for Universal Pictures, responsible for developing strategies and plans for innovative next-generation workflows across film and emerging immersive media experiences. In this role, Chang works closely with the film’s studio internal production groups and represents the company in various industry forums.

    Prior to joining Universal Pictures in 2018, Chang was the VP, Technology for Marvel Studios and held various roles during more than a decade tenure at The Walt Disney Studios. At Disney, she shaped technology standards and strategies, helped research and implement new technologies into the feature post-production and mastering pipelines, helped the Studio transition from tapes to files and helped launch feature iTunes and 2D/3D Blu-ray. Prior to Disney, Chang spent six years at THX Ltd. as the Senior Engineer for the Digital Mastering Program and three years in DVD authoring and compression. She also ran master control and was an online editor for broadcast and ran a small recording studio.

    Chang is the AMPAS ACES Project Chair and has been a Co-Chair of the 10E Essence Technology and Chair of the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) Working Group at SMPTE. In October 2015, she became a SMPTE Fellow and received the Workflow Systems Medal Award for her research, implementation and participation in file-based technologies. In 2016, Chang became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Members-At-Large branch. Previously, Chang was a Board Member in the Avid Customer Association and a Board Director in the UHD Alliance. In 2018, Chang was honored with The Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership award for forward-thinking efforts in visual technology and emerging content and as one of StudioDaily’s 2018 Exceptional Women in Production and Post.

    Chang holds a BS in Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University.

  • Patrick Renner, Pomfort
  • Doug Walker, Autodesk
    Doug Walker

    Doug Walker

    Autodesk

    Doug is the technology lead for color science at Autodesk in Montreal where he works on products such as Flame, Lustre, Maya, Arnold, and Shotgun. He is currently serving as the Chief Architect for OpenColorIO and is also the chair of the Academy’s Common LUT Format implementation working group.

  • Carol Payne, Netflix
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
State of Open-Source Software for VFX/Animation
  • Moderator: David Morin, Academy Software Foundation
  • Annie Chang, ACES Project
    Annie Chang

    Annie Chang, ACES Project

    Annie Chang is the Vice President, Creative Technologies for Universal Pictures, responsible for developing strategies and plans for innovative next-generation workflows across film and emerging immersive media experiences. In this role, Chang works closely with the film’s studio internal production groups and represents the company in various industry forums.

    Prior to joining Universal Pictures in 2018, Chang was the VP, Technology for Marvel Studios and held various roles during more than a decade tenure at The Walt Disney Studios. At Disney, she shaped technology standards and strategies, helped research and implement new technologies into the feature post-production and mastering pipelines, helped the Studio transition from tapes to files and helped launch feature iTunes and 2D/3D Blu-ray. Prior to Disney, Chang spent six years at THX Ltd. as the Senior Engineer for the Digital Mastering Program and three years in DVD authoring and compression. She also ran master control and was an online editor for broadcast and ran a small recording studio.

    Chang is the AMPAS ACES Project Chair and has been a Co-Chair of the 10E Essence Technology and Chair of the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) Working Group at SMPTE. In October 2015, she became a SMPTE Fellow and received the Workflow Systems Medal Award for her research, implementation and participation in file-based technologies. In 2016, Chang became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Members-At-Large branch. Previously, Chang was a Board Member in the Avid Customer Association and a Board Director in the UHD Alliance. In 2018, Chang was honored with The Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership award for forward-thinking efforts in visual technology and emerging content and as one of StudioDaily’s 2018 Exceptional Women in Production and Post.

    Chang holds a BS in Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University.

  • Mathieu Mazerolle, Foundry
  • Erik Strauss, Netflix
3:15 pm – 3:40 pm
Mastering with a Large LED Screen
  • John Quartel, Company 3
    John Quartel

    John Quartel

    Company 3

    John Quartel is Vice President of Imaging Science for Company 3. Within Company 3 and Deluxe he has, since 2016, been helping film and television creatives realise their visions with novel technologies and worklflows. Formerly he developed color management and film scanning technology at FilmLight, for which he received, in 2010, a scientific and engineering award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As a member of SMPTE, John contributed to standards for image file formats and to the ACES project. John has a PhD in Optical Physics from Imperial College London and a BSc from the University of Sydney. 

3:40 pm – 3:55 pm
Refreshment break

Ice Cream Break Sponsored by Microsoft

3:55 pm – 4:20 pm
Chaos on Demand: Is Online Video Just the Bad Old Days in New Clothing?

Online video has transformed the media industry, opening up new distribution opportunities and new customer experiences. This new way of working has also created the opportunity to build efficiency and elegance into new processes from the get-go, or to replicate all the complexity and expense of the past. Which is it to be? The DPP has undertaken exclusive research with major companies such as Amazon, Facebook, BBC Studios, Discovery, Sky, and ViacomCBS, to establish the realities of online video delivery. The work identifies the range of workflows and practices in use today, to learn whether the different formats and workflows in use are useful differentiators, or an unnecessary cause of cost. The findings of this research will be revealed to provide the answers.

  • Rowan de Pomerai, DPP
    Rowan De Pomerai

    Rowan de Pomerai

    DPP

    Rowan de Pomerai leads the technology strategy and delivery for the DPP, the media industry’s business network. The DPP is the place where customers and suppliers come together to solve problems and create opportunities. Rowan has an MEng in Electronic Engineering with Media Technology from the University of York, and a strong background in media innovation, having started his career in BBC Research & Development. Since then he has delivered transformative change for some of the UK’s biggest broadcasters and producers. This included architecting and deploying the BBC’s Automated QC solutions, and leading the Production Modernisation project at ITV Studios, streamlining the production and delivery process. Most recently, Rowan was Director of Professional Services, EMEA at Ooyala. He and his team delivered media workflow, asset management, and online video solutions to leading broadcasters, sports clubs and enterprises. He joined the DPP in 2018.

4:20 pm – 4:50 pm
When Is Good Enough Not Good Enough?

This panel will discuss the commonly overlooked production/post-production/distribution “physical” environments which are the backbone to the productivity and the reliability of any media and entertainment business. In mission-critical environments, such as remote production, mastering and broadcast, strict standards must be met to deliver content to and from the production facilities and/or the local/global data centers. Whether you are an all public-cloud-based facility, an internal on-premises data center, or a hybrid of the two, this panel will visit the responsibilities the facility or studio campus must provide with regard to digital distribution infrastructure. Noticing a limited number of facilities meeting telecommunications data infrastructure standards compliance, the panel will visit the need for long term evolution planning in an agile environment within the production and post-production creative spaces. The panel will also explore the current industry trends and predictions of 25G/40G/50G/100G/200G/400G infrastructure adoption needed to fulfill the current and emerging technologies within production facilities/studio campuses/private or public data center environments, and even remote production.

  • Coordinator: Sean Tajkowski
    Sean Tajkowski

    Sean Tajkowski

    Sean Tajkowski has been involved with the Media and Entertainment industry for over 33 years. In this time he has seen the production environment change exponentially. He currently provides Audit/Design/Client Representation services for mission critical environments in motion picture, broadcast, data centers, network operations centers, and federal/military/civil public safety. He has provided services to many worldwide studio organizations, production/post production facilities, and visual effects houses globally. His long history within the business gives him unique insight as a consultant/client representative on many aspects of facility design and production techniques, in both local and remote applications. Sean works with many professional organizations and manufactures to provide standards/best practices education to many mission critical environments. Sean continues to research and analyze telecommunications/big tech emerging technologies, while providing long term technical forecasting.

  • Kam Patel, Commscope
  • Robert Schimke, AFL Networks
  • Matt Allen, IES Communications
4:50 pm – 5:15 pm
SMPTE Update
  • Thomas Bause Mason, SMPTE
5:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Vid2Vec: A Machine Language for Media Content
  • Yves Bergquist, Entertainment Technology Center at USC
5:45 pm – 6:00 pm
What Just Happened? A Review of the Day by Jerry Pierce & Annie Chang
  • Jerry Pierce, Inter-Society Digital Cinema Forum, National Association of Theatre Owners
    Jerry Pierce

    Jerry Pierce

    Inter-Society Digital Cinema Forum, National Association of Theatre Owners

    Jerry Pierce, Chairman ISDCF and NATO Technology Advisor Jerry Pierce serves as the Technology Advisor for NATO (National Association of Theater Owners). He provides technology guidance in conjunction with the NATO Technology Committee. Jerry serves as the Chairman of ISDCF (Inter-Society Digital Cinema Forum) a multi-industry open group that addresses digital cinema issues. His passions in the semi-retired state of mind include backpack hiking, photography and sculling (rowing). He was previously Senior Vice President, Technology, Universal Pictures. He joined Universal in 1995 and established the New Technology Department for Universal Pictures in 2000. He was responsible for the technical launch of DVD for Universal and was responsible for Digital Cinema activities for Universal. He was chairman of the SMPTE Digital Cinema Mastering group, a member of the Studio’s Digital Cinema Consortium (DCI), was an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, was Vice President of the Hollywood Post Alliance, and was on the Board of USC’s Entertainment Technology Center. He established the joint project with Universal and Panasonic for DVD disc authoring and High Definition Telecine Transfers. He was part of SRI International (Stanford Research Institute) for over 13 years. Jerry holds a MSEE degree from Stanford University and an BSEE from UC Berkeley.

  • Annie Chang, Universal Pictures
    Annie Chang

    Annie Chang

    Universal Pictures

    Annie Chang is the Vice President, Creative Technologies for Universal Pictures, responsible for developing strategies and plans for innovative next-generation workflows across film and emerging immersive media experiences. In this role, Chang works closely with the film’s studio internal production groups and represents the company in various industry forums.

    Prior to joining Universal Pictures in 2018, Chang was the VP, Technology for Marvel Studios and held various roles during more than a decade tenure at The Walt Disney Studios. At Disney, she shaped technology standards and strategies, helped research and implement new technologies into the feature post-production and mastering pipelines, helped the Studio transition from tapes to files and helped launch feature iTunes and 2D/3D Blu-ray. Prior to Disney, Chang spent six years at THX Ltd. as the Senior Engineer for the Digital Mastering Program and three years in DVD authoring and compression. She also ran master control and was an online editor for broadcast and ran a small recording studio.

    Chang is the AMPAS ACES Project Chair and has been a Co-Chair of the 10E Essence Technology and Chair of the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) Working Group at SMPTE. In October 2015, she became a SMPTE Fellow and received the Workflow Systems Medal Award for her research, implementation and participation in file-based technologies. In 2016, Chang became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Members-At-Large branch. Previously, Chang was a Board Member in the Avid Customer Association and a Board Director in the UHD Alliance. In 2018, Chang was honored with The Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership award for forward-thinking efforts in visual technology and emerging content and as one of StudioDaily’s 2018 Exceptional Women in Production and Post.

    Chang holds a BS in Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University.

6:00 pm – 6:15-ish
Why the Show on Rebuilding The Brady Bunch House Couldn’t Get the Color Right
  • Ed Grogan

Speakers

Below are bios submitted by some of our 2020 Tech Retreat speakers. We have many more exciting speakers listed on our schedule.

Annie Chang

Annie Chang

Universal Pictures

Annie Chang

Annie Chang is the Vice President, Creative Technologies for Universal Pictures, responsible for developing strategies and plans for innovative next-generation workflows across film and emerging immersive media experiences. In this role, Chang works closely with the film’s studio internal production groups and represents the company in various industry forums.

Prior to joining Universal Pictures in 2018, Chang was the VP, Technology for Marvel Studios and held various roles during more than a decade tenure at The Walt Disney Studios. At Disney, she shaped technology standards and strategies, helped research and implement new technologies into the feature post-production and mastering pipelines, helped the Studio transition from tapes to files and helped launch feature iTunes and 2D/3D Blu-ray. Prior to Disney, Chang spent six years at THX Ltd. as the Senior Engineer for the Digital Mastering Program and three years in DVD authoring and compression. She also ran master control and was an online editor for broadcast and ran a small recording studio.

Chang is the AMPAS ACES Project Chair and has been a Co-Chair of the 10E Essence Technology and Chair of the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) Working Group at SMPTE. In October 2015, she became a SMPTE Fellow and received the Workflow Systems Medal Award for her research, implementation and participation in file-based technologies. In 2016, Chang became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Members-At-Large branch. Previously, Chang was a Board Member in the Avid Customer Association and a Board Director in the UHD Alliance. In 2018, Chang was honored with The Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership award for forward-thinking efforts in visual technology and emerging content and as one of StudioDaily’s 2018 Exceptional Women in Production and Post.

Chang holds a BS in Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University.

Benjamin Nowicki

Benjamin Nowicki

Benjamin Nowicki

Benjamin Nowicki has 25 years of experience in the Art Department of mainstream film productions (DreamWorks, Sony, Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros., among others), collaborating with directors such as Christopher Nolan, Damien Chazelle, Sam Mendes, Gore Verbinski and Robert Altman. He was Art Director for Dunkirk (Oscar nominated), Art Director for First Man (Oscar nominated). As a Graphic Artist, he worked on numerous international box office hits and also Emmy-winning TV shows, such as The Morning Show, Big Little Lies, FlashForward and The Unit. Benjamin is a member of The Art Directors Guild where he is currently serving as Chair of the Professional Development Committee.

Brian Vessa

Brian Vessa

Sony Pictures

Brian Vessa

Brian Vessa is a dedicated audio professional with over 35 years of experience in the industry. After attending UCLA Engineering School he became a recording engineer, producing albums and recording orchestras. His passion was hot-rodding studio gear and discovering novel recording techniques. Brian transitioned into film post as a music editor and sound editor, became a re-recording mixer at Cannon Films and MGM, then handled audio restoration at NT Audio. He was hired by Sony Pictures in 1998, and today is their Executive Director of Digital Audio Mastering and representative to DCI. Brian is a member of the Academy Sound Branch, AES, and is a Fellow of SMPTE. He is the founding chair of the SMPTE TC-25CSS Technical Committee on Cinema Sound Systems and serves on many SMPTE and AES committees. As one of the founding fathers of IMF, Brian was a member of the original committee that conceived and created the concept, helping write a fully detailed standard for IMF prior to it being brought to SMPTE. He then continued the work with SMPTE to create the IMF specifications suite. He has been instrumental in standardizing the IAB immersive audio distribution bitstream for Cinema and IMF as well as a host of related standards. Brian is the current chair of the DCI Technical Committee, and has written many independent audio specifications, including a white paper on near-field mixing for home theater that has been widely adopted. Brian enjoys recording jazz, rock and mixing live sound. He is a drummer and keyboardist in the LA area, an avid backpacker and an award-winning home wine and beer maker.

Christopher Grove

Chris Grove

EK Gaming

Chris Grove

Chris Grove is a partner at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming where he heads the firm’s sports betting practice. His research and insights are regularly cited by policymakers, media, publicly-traded companies, and financial analysts. Grove is also a founder and managing partner at SGIF, a VC fund investing in startups focused on the legal U.S. sports betting opportunity.

Chris Lennon

Chris Lennon

MediAnswers

Chris Lennon

Chris Lennon is President and CEO of MediAnswers, specialists in advertising and media workflow. He has over 30 years of experience in the media business, leading large projects on every continent except for Antarctica. He currently serves as Standards Director for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and is a SMPTE Fellow and recipient of SMPTE’s 2008 Citation. Starting his career by building custom software applications for a major Canadian broadcaster, he then moved to the States to join a then-small Enterprise Systems Group, which during his tenure, merged to become Encoda, and was later acquired by Harris Corporation. While at Harris, Chris served in a variety of capacities, acting as CTO Group Lead until Harris exited the broadcast business. He has since grown MediAnswers to the industry’s leading team of experts in the area of media software systems, counting among its clients the top media organizations and vendors around the world. A recipient of numerous awards, he is a sought-after speaker and technology evangelist at industry events, and prolific author on topics touching on media workflow. In his spare time, he is an accomplished race car driver, and high-performance driving coach. 

Craig German

Craig German

Amazon Web Services

Craig German

Craig German is Head of Post Management for Series at Amazon Studios.  Prior to holding this position, he was a Senior Consultant with AWS Professional Services in the Global Media and Entertainment Practice.  He has been an operations and technology executive in media and entertainment for over twenty-five years, including ten years in startup companies. Before arriving at Amazon, he was Senior Vice-President, StudioPost at NBCUniversal, where he was responsible for on-lot television and film picture and sound post production operations.  Before that, Craig was Executive Vice-President of Worldwide Technical Operations at Paramount Pictures, managing post-theatrical distribution, the physical and digital archive, content security, and production technology.  Craig came to Paramount from Technicolor, where he was Senior Vice-President of Global Account Management for Disney, responsible for their worldwide service portfolio across all lines of business.  He arrived at Technicolor from Ascent Media Group (now part of Deluxe Entertainment), where he spent six years developing and selling Ascent’s digital services offerings across their Creative, Broadcast, and Media Services divisions.

Other positions in Craig’s career include system architect, software developer, and project manager for advanced projects in the interactive television, video on demand, multimedia, music, and digital rights management arenas, working with companies including Americast, TELE-TV, Universal Music Group, LEGO, Novell, and InterTrust. Craig holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. and University of Virginia, respectively.

David Cole

David Cole

IPV

David Cole

David is an industry visionary and technology leader in the media and entertainment sector. David’s strategy and innovation drives IPV’s leadership in production and management of video assets across multiple platforms, devices and geographies.

David Phillips

David Phillips

Cloudian

David Phillips

A media technologist with over twenty years of experience in the design and deployment of media and entertainment workflows, David Phillips brings a unique set of creative problem solving skills to every project or design. After 10 years architecting feature film restoration and finishing pipelines for The Criterion Collection, David joined Rohde&Schwarz-DVS as a Solutions Architect in 2012. While at R&S, he designed SAN and workflow solutions for a wide variety of enterprise customers in North America. David joined NBCU in 2014 to manage the Entertainment Systems division, responsible for designing and building the infrastructure supporting the late night and cable entertainment production units in New York City. Seeing the exponential storage capacity requirements on the media space horizon, and the market need for storage platforms that facilitate key data analytics, David joined Cloudian in 2018 to provide next generation cloud-native designs for media enterprise customers.

Del Parks

Del Parks

Sinclair Broadcast Group

Del Parks

Delbert R. Parks, III is the Senior Vice President / Chief Technology Officer of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. Del has been serving Sinclair since 1972 and has held various operations and engineering positions with Sinclair over the last 47 years, moving up through the ranks since he began in the engineering department of Sinclair’s flagship station, WBFF-TV in Baltimore. In addition, he is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, who has held various commands during his 26-year reserve career. In his current executive position at Sinclair’s Corporate Headquarters, Del is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing operational and engineering policies and strategies as they relate to television operations, internet activity, information management systems, and infrastructure. He is a SMPTE Fellow, as well as a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and has been active in the scouting program with his sons.

Doug Walker

Doug Walker

Autodesk

Doug Walker

Doug is the technology lead for color science at Autodesk in Montreal where he works on products such as Flame, Lustre, Maya, Arnold, and Shotgun. He is currently serving as the Chief Architect for OpenColorIO and is also the chair of the Academy’s Common LUT Format implementation working group.

Eliot Mack

Eliot Mack

Lightcraft Technology

Eliot Mack

Eliot earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then went to work at Walt Disney Imagineering, designing the backbone for an 11,000 pound walking dinosaur robot. In 2000, he joined iRobot as the lead mechanical engineer for the Roomba, the world’s first successful home robot. In 2004, having had his fill of chasing dust bunnies, Eliot followed his interests in visual effects and motion tracking and founded Lightcraft Technology, applying robotic techniques to the motion picture industry to create what would become the Emmy Award-winning Previzion and Halide FX virtual studio systems.

Glen Sakata

Glen Sakata

Dalet

Glen Sakata

Glen is a Sr. Account Executive at Dalet with three decades of product, market and sales development experience across the broadcast, entertainment and enterprise markets. He has an extensive track record of launching post-incubation technologies such as studio robotics, master control automation, video processing, statistical multiplexing and media logistics with transformative outcomes at top media companies worldwide.

Greg Ciaccio

Greg Ciaccio

ASC: Chair, Workflow Committee

Greg Ciaccio

Greg Ciaccio, creative technologist, is passionate about finding new technology and workflow solutions for the Motion Picture and Television industry. Greg has served in executive operations management positions for Creative Service divisions at Ascent, Technicolor and Deluxe, and has led product development teams creating leading-edge products including Technicolor’s DP Lights and Deluxe’s Mobilabs near-set dailies solutions. In 2014, Ciaccio, along with key members of the ASC Technology Committee’s DI Subcommittee, won an HPA Judges Award for the creation of the ASC/CDL, now a commonly used format for the exchange of basic primary color grading information. Ciaccio serves as Chair of the ASC Motion Imaging Technology Council’s Workflow Committee, which includes Lighting and Advanced Data Management Subcommittees, as well as the ACESNext Working Group. He is also a member of the UHD Committee. Additionally, he is a Hollywood Manager of SMPTE and a member of HPA, founding member of DCS and is an adjunct professor at CSUN teaching Post Production Management for Film and Television.

Guy Finley

Guy Finley

The Trusted Partner Network

Guy Finley

Guy Finley is President of CDSA (Content Delivery & Security Association) and MESA (Media & Entertainment Services Alliance). He is the CEO of the Trusted Partner Network, a joint venture launched in 2018 between CDSA and MPA (Motion Picture Association), that helps companies prevent leaks, breaches, and hacks of their customers’ movies and television shows prior to their intended release through by creating a single, global directory of “trusted partner” vendors. Guy started his career in the entertainment industry as a successful performer and producer, making music with industry giants such as Phil Ramone, Elliott Scheiner, and Dave Grusin in the 1990s. His New York City based group was signed to Larry Rosen’s N2K Encoded Music, the first record company to distribute music via digital downloads. In 2000 he joined the home entertainment industry as President of LFA, Inc., providing home video brand and business consulting services for a worldwide clientele. His firm represented JVC in North America, licensing the loading and duplication of VHS videocassettes bearing the VHS Logo Trademark. In 2005 he joined the Content Delivery and Security Association (then IRMA, International Recording Media Association) where he pioneered the CDSA Daily News Portal. In 2008 Guy founded MESA as a coalition of service providers to the Hollywood studios, independent content holders, video game publishers, software publishers and music labels. Through MESA’s media, events, working groups and initiatives, MESA facilitates ongoing discussions about collaboration and innovation in the entertainment industry along four key verticals: supply chain, data, security and IT. MESA also manages the business affairs and calendars of CDSA, WiTH (Women in Technology: Hollywood) Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, and EIDR (Entertainment ID Registry). With over 150 member companies worldwide, MESA is a leading voice in the global media & entertainment industry.

Hossein ZiaShakeri

Hossein ZiaShakeri

Spectra Logic

Hossein ZiaShakeri

Hossein ZiaShakeri is Spectra Logic’s Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances. Hossein is an executive on the company’s technology team tasked with maintaining the company’s leadership position in product innovation and business success. Hossein has more than 30 years of experience in design, engineering and management of storage subsystems, with a special focus on the M & E industry.

Jerry Pierce

Jerry Pierce

Inter-Society Digital Cinema Forum, National Association of Theatre Owners

Jerry Pierce

Jerry Pierce, Chairman ISDCF and NATO Technology Advisor Jerry Pierce serves as the Technology Advisor for NATO (National Association of Theater Owners). He provides technology guidance in conjunction with the NATO Technology Committee. Jerry serves as the Chairman of ISDCF (Inter-Society Digital Cinema Forum) a multi-industry open group that addresses digital cinema issues. His passions in the semi-retired state of mind include backpack hiking, photography and sculling (rowing). He was previously Senior Vice President, Technology, Universal Pictures. He joined Universal in 1995 and established the New Technology Department for Universal Pictures in 2000. He was responsible for the technical launch of DVD for Universal and was responsible for Digital Cinema activities for Universal. He was chairman of the SMPTE Digital Cinema Mastering group, a member of the Studio’s Digital Cinema Consortium (DCI), was an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, was Vice President of the Hollywood Post Alliance, and was on the Board of USC’s Entertainment Technology Center. He established the joint project with Universal and Panasonic for DVD disc authoring and High Definition Telecine Transfers. He was part of SRI International (Stanford Research Institute) for over 13 years. Jerry holds a MSEE degree from Stanford University and an BSEE from UC Berkeley.

Jim Burger

Jim Burger

Thompson Coburn LLP

Jim Burger

Jim is a partner in the Thompson Coburn Lobbying & Policy and Intellectual Property Groups. He has worked extensively on legal and policy issues arising from the intersection of digital technology, intellectual property, communications, and government regulation. Jim has represented the Computer Industry Group and other information technology entities in efforts to secure copy protection rules for DVDs, Blu-ray/UHD discs and digital music downloads. He advises technology clients on artificial intelligence IP issues. Jim has represented technology clients before the Administration, Congress, and the FCC in regard to the Digital TV Transition, the Broadcast Flag, and international agreements affecting U.S. intellectual property law. For the past three years Jim has taught Copyright Law at Georgetown Law School. Jim also served seven years as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia Law School, where he taught Advanced Administrative Law.

Jim Helman

Jim Helman

MovieLabs

Jim Helman

Jim Helman co-founded MovieLabs in 2006 and serves as its CTO, leading a range of projects including production technology, content security and video formats. Jim has led industry-wide initiatives for MovieLabs and its member studios, including driving worldwide standards for high dynamic range video and building the Entertainment Identifier Registry (EIDR). Jim was a founder and chief software architect at Liberate Technologies, where he led the development of a web platform for delivering interactive services on cable platforms. Prior to Liberate, he was a software architect at Silicon Graphics, developing real-time 3D systems for VR, location-based entertainment, and visual simulation. Jim holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Applied Physics from Stanford University and a B.A. in Physics and Math from Washington University. 

John Buzzel

John Buzzell

Epic Games

John Buzzell

John Buzzell is an award-winning veteran of the digital industry. In his role at Epic Games, John helps creative agencies, animation studios, and AR and VR creators leverage Unreal Engine’s real-time visuals for breakthrough experiences and compelling storytelling. His past credits include emerging technology for WarnerMedia, National Geographic, Coca-Cola, Porsche, and Discovery, Inc. John lives near Epic’s headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he also leads the VR/AR Association’s local chapter. 

John Harris

John Harris

Cambridge Research Systems

John Harris

John Harris has worked within the Broadcast Film and TV industry for over 35 years. Initially beginning as an analogue and digital electronics specialist and growing into Sales, Marketing and Business Development roles for companies like Abekas, Ampex and Avid before co-founding root6 in London. In 2013 John emigrated to Vancouver, Canada and is now providing Business Development roles for Cambridge Research and Cinedeck.

John Quartel

John Quartel

Company 3

John Quartel

John Quartel is Vice President of Imaging Science for Company 3. Within Company 3 and Deluxe he has, since 2016, been helping film and television creatives realise their visions with novel technologies and worklflows. Formerly he developed color management and film scanning technology at FilmLight, for which he received, in 2010, a scientific and engineering award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As a member of SMPTE, John contributed to standards for image file formats and to the ACES project. John has a PhD in Optical Physics from Imperial College London and a BSc from the University of Sydney. 

Josh Pines

Josh Pines

Technicolor

Josh Pines

Joshua is currently in charge of imaging and color science projects at technicolor digital intermediates, which provides the motion picture industry with digital color correction processes for theatrically released films.

he joined Technicolor after more than 10 years at Industrial Light & Magic, where he supervised their film scanning/recording department from its inception, and worked extensively with both traditional and digital cinema technologies. he started his career teaching film courses at the cooper union in New York city after earning his degree in electrical engineering there. he began working in visual effects at MAGI in 1982 at the tail end of their work on “Tron”, went on to lead the computer graphics division at R/Greenberg Associates in New York city, and then supervised film effects and film recording at Degraf/Wahrman in Los Angeles before working for ILM. he has received two technical achievement awards from the academy of motion picture arts and sciences and the Herbert Kalmus award from SMPTE, has had his gender identity confirmed when SMPTE named him a fellow, and has credits on several zillion feature films.

Joshua has always thought that computers could be a useful tool in making movies better, and he still hopes that one day this may come true.

Josh Stinehour

Josh Stinehour

Devoncroft

Josh Stinehour

Josh Stinehour is a principal analyst with Devoncroft Partners, a provider of market research and strategic consulting services to a wide range of digital media clients and institutional investors. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and trade shows in the media technology sector. Prior to joining Devoncroft, Mr. Stinehour was a managing director at Silverwood Partners in the firm’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications group. While at Silverwood, Mr. Stinehour executed a range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, valuations, and private placements. Before joining Silverwood, Mr. Stinehour worked in various positions at EMC Corporation including as a software programmer and later as an analyst on integration teams for EMC’s acquisitions of Documentum, Legato, and VMWare. He holds an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, an MS in computer science from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a BS in computer science from Union College. Mr. Stinehour is a CFA charterholder.

Karl Paulsen

Karl Paulsen

Diversified

Karl Paulsen

Karl Paulsen is Chief Technology Officer for Diversified. He supports and directs the company’s consulting and technology-driven broadcast engineering services; focusing on long term strategic planning, workflow analysis, media asset management and storage solutions technologies. Karl has held senior engineering management positions at systems integration companies and broadcast television stations since the early-1980s.

A Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), he has been active in the SMPTE standards development processes since 1986. Karl is an SBE Life Member, SBE Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer and a member of the VSF, AES and IEEE. His monthly TV Technology column has provided the industry with information on media workflow practices, storage and IP technologies for over 25 years.

Kenneth Cuomo

Kenneth Cuomo

Vimond IO

Kenneth Cuomo

Having worked as a cameraman and editor for close to 20 years, covering some of the biggest news events around the world, I have seen how the demands in the industry have shifted. The need for efficiency and flexibility is greater than ever before.

Kristin Petrovich

Kristin Petrovich

Createasphere

Kristin Petrovich

Kristin Petrovich Kristin Petrovich President, Createasphere Createasphere is the leading builder of professional communities for content creation technology and media companies. Working with organizations at strategic points in their growth to build new audiences, while engaging current fans. Kristin has developed and lead hundreds of community building initiates worldwide from tradeshows, conferences, digital to educational workshops. She works closely with organizations developing market and community opportunities through expansion and acquisition. Kristin has presented at SXSW, NATPE, Motion Graphics Festival, SISO, and the Chicago Convergence Conference. She is an Associate Member of the American Society of Cinematographers and founder of Women in Business. Her passion is fostering women entrepreneurs through transformative thought leadership.

Mark Chiolis

Mark Chiolis

Mobile TV Group

Mark Chiolis

Mark Chiolis is the Director of Business Development for Mobile TV Group (MTVG), which provides facilities for over 4,000 live professional and college sports events with more than 35 mobile units based throughout the U.S. MTVG has been leading the 4K/UHD/HDR live event production with key broadcasters, networks and distribution companies.

Mark is currently working to interface with customers and partners to develop and support MTVG’s entertainment, egames, and esports events with current and new trucks.

Prior to MTVG, Chiolis worked in marketing, business development, and sales for Grass Valley, Thomson, Technicolor, Philips, and BTS as well as at television stations KMUV, KRBK and KVIE.

Chiolis is an active board member of the HPA, an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, past section manager of SMPTE, member of STE, SBE and California Broadcasters Association.

Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison

Digital Production Partnership

Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison began as an Historian at Cambridge University, before moving into media. He spent 15 years as a freelance film director, and won many awards – including Royal Television Society, British Film Institute, and an International Emmy. He was also BAFTA nominated.

Mark became MD of an independent production company before being appointed BBC Head of Arts in 2001, and then Head of Multiplatform Production. He was subsequently Controller of Production for BBC North and leader of the BBC’s End-to-End Digital Programme, before becoming Director of Transformation for BBC Design & Engineering 2014-2016.

Mark was a founder of the Digital Production Partnership Ltd (DPP) – the media industry’s international business network. He now leads the DPP as its Managing Director. The DPP provides insight, technology change leadership and market opportunity for around 400 member companies drawn from the whole media supply chain – from start-ups to global corporations.

Mark Schubin

Mark Schubin

Mark Schubin

Multiple-Emmy-award-winning SMPTE Fellow Mark Schubin has been working in television since 1967, writing about it since 1972, and chairing the HPA Tech Retreat program since 1998. He has shot for the Rolling Stones, lit Luciano Pavarotti, mixed Stevie Wonder, hooked up the TV in Eric Clapton’s bedroom, and performed forensic analysis for the Woody Allen/Mia Farrow child-custody battle. He worked on Japan’s first regularly scheduled HDTV broadcast, Kazakhstan’s first news network, and Hong Kong’s first cable-TV system. He has also worked on standards ranging from the VU meter to digitally compressed video transmission to the national TV system of Barbados. His clients range from the Metropolitan Opera to Sesame Street, MTV, The News Hour, the AFL-CIO, the U.S. Congress, and the World Book Encyclopedia. His writing has been translated into French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. His blog, http://www.schubincafe.com, is archived by the Library of Congress.

Schubin has also sung at most of the great opera houses of the world, appeared inside the penguin enclosure of the Central Park Zoo, and piloted a blimp from Coney Island to the Statue of Liberty. He once lent Meg Ryan a dinosaur and another time was sandwiched between Helen Hunt and Kyra Sedgwick. He is a contributor to The Coward’s Almanack and is Minister of Information of the Provisional Government-in-Exile of Redonda. The Flying Karamazov Brothers failed to teach him to juggle. He has been named the official opera archivist of American Way magazine, somehow made it into one of the obituaries for Steve Jobs, and shared a news story with Aretha Franklin.

Marvin Kitman, writing for The Los Angeles Times syndicate, called him “a leading thinker.” In the acknowledgements to his book Fast Forward: Hollywood, the Japanese, and the VCR Wars, James Lardner of The New Yorker wrote of Schubin that “he has the spectacularly rare ability to make technical matters clear to a nontechnical person.” Graham Binns of London’s Rediffusion Group said in the European publication Intermedia, “He has a complete mastery of the technical background to video. He

rattles off data and ideas with fluency and with wit.” Director Robert Altman said of him, “We have our quiet fun together.”

In 2014, for their 75th anniversary, the National Baseball Hall of Fame co-sponsored his lecture on “Baseball and Opera.” He sometimes wears pants and shoes.

Mark Turner

Mark Turner

Entertainment Technologists Inc

Mark Turner

Mark Turner is President, Entertainment Technologists Inc, a boutique consulting and investment firm helping companies navigate the changes ahead. Mark was formerly Co-Founder & COO of Ryff – an innovative start-up using real-time graphics to adapt video to the viewer as it is distributed. Prior to Ryff, Mark worked for Technicolor Corporate Development & Strategy running Cloud Production, Game Engine, VR, AR and Technology Licensing. Over a 23 year career Mark has also held positions with Dolby Laboratories, Microsoft, BT Media & Broadcast and Eutelsat.

Matthew Goldman

Matthew Goldman

MediaKind

Matthew Goldman

Matthew Goldman is Senior Vice President of Technology at MediaKind, where he is focused on video processing and media delivery solutions. He has been actively involved in the development of DTV systems since 1992. He helped create the MPEG-2 Systems standard, and he has been influential in SMPTE, AIMS, ATSC, DVB, SCTE, and the Ultra HD Forum. Four of his projects have been later recognized by Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards. Mr. Goldman received BSEE and MSEE degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He holds six patents related to digital video transport. A SMPTE Fellow, he is also a senior member of the IEEE and an inductee of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers. Mr. Goldman is currently serving as SMPTE Past President.

Michael Mansouri

Michael Mansouri

Radiant Images

Michael Mansouri

Michael is known as one of the industry’s most knowledgeable, inventive and passionate technologists. Born into a family of filmmakers, he has produced and directed several high-impact documentaries, most recently, for the United Nation’s Geneva Summit for Human Rights. His documentaries help raise awareness of human and animal rights violations around the world to provide a voice for the voiceless. Always interested in the overlap between film and technology, Michael co-founded Radiant Images in 2005. His work and innovations in film led to his acceptance as an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, an invite-only membership group limited to less than 400 experts with distinguished credits in motion picture industry. He also received several other prestigious honors that include the Lumiere Award from The Advanced Imaging Society, Tech Innovations Award from Definition magazine and the Mario Award, which recognizes significant technological breakthroughs, and landed a spot on The Studio Daily’s as the top 50 creatives & technologists in Motion picture industry. Mr. Mansouri’s efforts in filmmaking led to NASA / JPL’s 2018 Emmy win for Outstanding Original Interactive Program for Cassini’s Grand Finale, which was NASA’s first recognition in the film community. At Radiant, he hopes to break the technology barriers surrounding digital innovation and provide a more meaningful impact that connects and engages humanity. Always interested in the overlap between film and technology, Michael co-founded Radiant Images in 2005. His work and innovations in film led to his acceptance as an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, an invite-only membership group for experts with distinguished credits in film. He also received several other prestigious honors such as the Lumiere award, Tech Innovations Award, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Award and the Mario Award, which recognizes significant technological breakthroughs, and landed a spot on the Studio Daily’s list of The Top Creatives & Technologists. Mr. Mansouri’s efforts in filmmaking led to NASA / JPL’s 2018 Emmy win for Outstanding Original Interactive Program for Cassini’s Grand Finale, which was NASA’s first recognition in the film community. At Radiant, he hopes to break the technology barriers surrounding digital innovation and provide a more meaningful impact that connects and engages humanity.

Michelle Munson

Michelle Munson

Eluv.io

Michelle Munson

Michelle Munson is the co-founder and CEO of Eluvio, a new Berkeley-based start-up creating new software technologies for a content-centric Internet. She previously founded East Bay software company Aspera in 2004 and led the company as CEO until May 2017, including through acquisition by IBM in 2014. She and co-founder Serban Simu created the Aspera FASP™ transport technology, an Emmy-award winning technology used throughout the digital media supply chain for high-speed low cost secure digital content transport, replacing satellite and traditional tape based delivery technologies. Michelle holds several patents and is a frequent speaker in the areas of content transport innovation including high speed file delivery, streaming, machine learning, and cloud infrastructure. She was the 2016 Charles Swartz awardee and is a SMPTE Fellow. Michelle has dual B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Physics from Kansas State University and was a Goldwater Scholar for achievement in Science and Mathematics, and later a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University where she received a postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science. In 2016 she was named the IABM Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and TV NewsCheck Woman of the Year, and she was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the SF Business Times in 2017. She was the 2006 KSU College of Engineering Alumni Fellow (the youngest recipient ever), and is an active trustee for the National 4-H Council and 2017 4-H Luminary for her leadership with youth.

Mike Cronk

Mike Cronk

AIMS/Grass Valley

Mike Cronk

Michael Cronk is Chairman of the Board for the Alliance for IP Media Solutions and Vice President of Core Technology for Grass Valley. Michael guides the critical development of Grass Valley’s next generation core technologies for both cloud and on-premise topologies. He also leads Grass Valley’s company-wide cyber-security initiative. Michael’s history with Grass Valley originally dates back to 1989 to 2008 when he held a number of growing roles over the period including General Manager of the Server and News business, as well as Vice President of Marketing. During this tenure with the company, Michael led the identification and implementation of Grass Valley’s expansion strategy into the news market. After a hiatus Michael re-joined the company in 2013 as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Line Management where he was instrumental in the turn-around of the company prior to its acquisition by Belden. Between 2015 and 2016 he served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing, driving Grass Valley’s product roadmap and strategy.

Mike Strein

Mike Strein

ABC News

Mike Strein

Mike is the Director of Engineering and Technology at ABC News in NY, part of Walt Disney Television. For the last 30 years he has been at the forefront of just about every technical advancement that the ABC TV network has made, from the conversion from analog to digital, through the HDTV transition to the migration to video over IP and the expansion of streaming platforms. Mike has over 40 Disney Innovation awards that have resulted in 22 US patents, with several others still in process. Mike is fairly active in the standards communities, has been an active SMPTE NY board member since 1997 and is a SMPTE Fellow. Prior to ABC, Mike spent 7 years at Standard Microsystems Corporation as part of a semiconductor design team. He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from SUNY Polytechnic University in Utica/Rome.

Nadya Ichinomiya

Nadya Ichinomiya

Sony

Nadya Ichinomiya

Early in Nadya’s life, when dirt was also young, she became obsessed with this question: how do you influence behavior? Her first job at 16 was calling up strangers on the phone, asking them to take a 20 minute survey about legal cases. OOOOF. The question morphed into – how do you inspire employees to unleash their passion, innovation and engagement? What needs to be in place to create highly performing teams? Nadya serves as an Executive Director at Sony Pictures in the role of Enterprise Agile Coach, working with tech teams aiming to improve their responsiveness to change in an industry tackling vast amounts of disruption. Starting out her professional life with a Business degree from USC, Nadya cut her corporate teeth at IBM, working in sales and management behind the Orange Curtain. From there she leveraged her intimacy with the umlaut to land a job as a Vice President with Electronic Data Systems (now Hewlett Packard) in Frankfurt at the young age of 27 – shattering a glass ceiling as the company’s highest ranking woman in the EMEA’s region (22,000 employees) and also was the youngest VP worldwide (out of 117,000 employees.) Never one to shy away from a challenge, Nadya moved from computer screens to movie screens, changing course and rebooting her career as a Hollywood producer. After five years working with Bonnie Hunt in both movies and TV (as a producer on ABC’s Life With Bonnie,) she was ready to return to the corporate world. First in TV Distribution at MGM and now back in technology at Sony Pictures, Nadya’s familiarity with both the wonky and the wacky aspects of Hollywood has provided a wide aperture of both the entertainment business and the tech world. In 2010, Nadya launched a side business as a literary manager, guiding the career of mom blogger, Kelle Hampton, whose first book “Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected,” debuted two years later at number 11 on The New York Times best seller list. During this time, she created, directed and edited a video for a non-profit which has over 100,000 views on YouTube and raised over $100,000 in the first week. A woman of diverse talents, Nadya also spent time training female boxers and is licensed as a boxing trainer in the states of California and Nevada, earning the ring name of “The Monster.” Six years ago, Nadya co-founded Women In Technology: Hollywood (501c3) – a cross media & entertainment non-profit with 2500+ members from all the major studios where she serves as Chairwoman. Additionally, she was co-Chair of Women in Technology at Sony Pictures, which has 250+ members. In both groups, the mission is to enable women to expand their professional development and build their network as well as empower girls to consider a career in technology, whether it’s in coding itself or code adjacent roles in project management and business analysis. In 2016, Nadya was honored with a Certification of Acknowledgement from Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, for entrepreneurial/start-up service to LA as the founder/thought leader of both influential groups, now in their fourth year. She also received the honor of a Leadership/Education/Advocacy award from Women in Cable Telecommunications. Nadya lives in LA with her husband David, their two sons Mingus and Spike & their Boston Terrier, Dolphy.

Nick Garvin

Nick Garvin

Mobile TV Group

Nick Garvin

Nick Garvin is the Chief Operating Officer for Mobile TV Group (MTVG). This includes all strategic partnerships, day-to-day operations for its mobile production unit fleet covering over 4,000 live events annually, and its audio/video systems manufacturing facility called Colorado Studios. MTVG has led live 4K HDR productions in the U.S. covering the PGA Tour, NBA, NHL, college football, entertainment, and corporate events for many of the top Fortune 500 companies.

Garvin is also the founder of Stackup, an education technology company that uses artificial intelligence to deliver metrics on students reading and learning on the web to K-12 school districts around the United States. Stackup is among few certified Google partners, and his work on this technology put him into Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2018.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Eller College of Management, along with an executive education from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Omer Farooq

Omer Farooq

Independent Security Evaluators

Omer Farooq

Omer Farooq is a Cloud Security Principle at Independent Security Evaluators who is focused on Media and Entertainment vertical. Over 10 years of experience in cloud consulting, building security programs, secure software development and DevOPs. Currently architecting, building, securing and assessing post-production security, studio-in-the-cloud, virtual desktop infrastructure, and improving overall data mobilization and delivery across the entire entertainment industry.

Paul Debevec

Paul Debevec

Google

Paul Debevec

Paul is a Senior Staff Engineer at Google on the Daydream team, and Adjunct Research Professor of Computer Science in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, working within the Vision and Graphics Laboratory at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. Debevec’s computer graphics research has been recognized with ACM SIGGRAPH’s first Significant New Researcher Award in 2001 for “Creative and Innovative Work in the Field of Image-Based Modeling and Rendering”, a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award in 2010 for “the design and engineering of the Light Stage capture devices and the image-based facial rendering system developed for character relighting in motion pictures” with Tim Hawkins, John Monos, and Mark Sagar, and the SMPTE Progress Medal in 2017 in recognition of his achievements and ongoing work in pioneering techniques for illuminating computer-generated objects based on measurement of real-world illumination and their effective commercial application in numerous Hollywood films. In 2014, he was profiled in The New Yorker magazine’s “Pixel Perfect: The Scientist Behind the Digital Cloning of Actors” article by Margaret Talbot. In 2019, Paul received a second Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement for the invention of the Polarized Spherical Gradient Illumination facial appearance capture method, along with Xueming Yu, Wan-Chun Alex Ma, and Timothy Hawkins.

Peter Putman

Peter Putman

ROAM Consulting

Peter Putman

Peter H. Putman, CTS®, ISF, is president of ROAM Consulting LLC in Doylestown, PA. A 42-year veteran of the AV Industry, Pete provides consulting, training and product testing/development services to manufacturers, dealers, distributors, and end users. Pete has written extensively on digital video and display technology for numerous consumer and trade magazines, and is a frequent speaker at major trade shows and technical conferences, including the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE) annual technology conference, the National Association of Broadcasters trade show, the Hollywood Post Alliance Technology Retreat, and the InfoComm International trade show. Pete holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Seton Hall University and a Master of Science degree in Television and Film from Syracuse University. Pete received the 2008 Educator of the Year Award and is a Senior Academy member of AVIXA University™ faculty, as well as a Life Member of and Education Director for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).

Phil Lelyveld

Phil Lelyveld

Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California

Phil Lelyveld

Philip Lelyveld runs the Immersive Media (VR/AR/MR) Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC@USC), a think tank within the School of Cinematic Arts. The ETC@USC is funded by the major Hollywood studios, Cisco, Microsoft, and related service, technology, telco/internet, and consumer electronics companies to advise them on emerging technology-related opportunities, project out where entertainment will be in the 3-5 year timeframe, connect them with start-ups and communities of interest, help accelerate adoption of promising technologies, and work to drive standardization and avoid format wars. Learn more at www.ETCenter.org and www.PhilipLelyveld.com . His IM Initiative works to influence the creative, technical, social, and business issues that will shape this new, emerging art form. Phil is working on the rapidly evolving ecosystem at the convergence of immersive media, IoT, AI, and blockchain. Phil currently produces the Immersive Media Challenge, which asks students and recent graduates to think like futurists; what experience would they like to create that they can’t easily create now but expect to be able to create in 3-5 years, what needs to happen to make it possible, and articulate why their assumptions that those things will happen are reasonable. Philip has produced events that brought communities of hands-on practitioners together to discuss and document the current states of ‘the emerging language of VR storytelling,’ ‘live VR production workflow,’ ‘the business of VR,’ and ‘Spatial Audio,’ as well as AR Salons. He presented ‘The Dark Side of AR’ at Augmented World Expo, ‘Legal Questions Raised by Immersive Media’ at the Law and Culture in Virtual Worlds Conf. at Case Western Law School, Entertainment Technology and ‘fake news’ before the European Union at their 2018 commission hearing; “Preserving Democracy in the Digital Age” and to the NATO Strategic Communications leadership, and “Think like a (f)uturist” at Siggraph 2019 as a keynote speaker. Prior to joining the ETC@USC Mr. Lelyveld spent 10 years coordinating multi-business unit and multi-studio efforts related to entertainment technology including technical lead in major negotiations as Disney’s corporate VP of Digital Industry Relations. He has a BS in Civil Engineering (Tufts), an MS in Applied Geophysics (Stanford), and an MBA (UCLA).

Ramy Katrib

Ramy Katrib

DigitalFilm Tree

Ramy Katrib

Ramy Katrib is an award-winning filmmaker and CEO / Founder of DigitalFilm Tree (DFT) https://www.digitalfilmtree.com, an 18 year old post-production and software development company. Ramy started his career in media & technology over 25 years ago, as filmmaker, negative cutter, and telecine colorist. In all the organizations and projects he propels, Ramy champions a multidisciplinary work culture, led by world-class creatives and technologists working hand in hand to solve huge problems. DFT played a key role in transitioning the media and entertainment industry to digital post and file-based workflows, on projects like Cold Mountain and Scrubs. Today DFT is the leading provider of IP based production, post, story visualization services and software solutions. DFT clients include ABC, A&E, CBS, Disney, Fox, HBO, Netflix, Turner, Warner Bros, and first-time storytellers alike.

Renard Jenkins

Renard T. Jenkins

Supply Chain Engineer & Technologist

Renard T. Jenkins

Renard Jenkins has more than 30 years of experience in the television and film industry. Before recently leaving PBS, Jenkins was responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of PBS’s entire media-supply chain, he also created and lead PBS’s Advanced Format Center. This is a collaborative venture between PBS member stations, vendors and manufacturers. The mission of the AFC is to explore and develop procedures for the creation, processing and worldwide distribution of advanced formatted and enhanced media, content and metadata through traditional as well as new and exciting digital distribution platforms. Jenkins was awarded the Innovator of the Year award in 2017 for his cutting edge work and accomplishments. 
 Prior to joining PBS in 2010, Jenkins helped design, build and then lead TV One’s Production Facility which services their marketing, programming, production management, graphics and post production departments. From 2006-2009, he refreshed, updated and managed Discovery Communications’ Technical Center, where he managed five departments and supervised more than 100 employees. While at Discovery, he also served as the operational lead for the implementation of what was then the largest file based Avid Editing/Interplay/ISIS system installation in the U.S. Jenkins joined Discovery after more than 16 years with CNN. During his tenure, he received two National Emmy Awards, two National Headliner Awards, a Peabody, a DuPont, and a Bronze Broadcast Design Award, as well as many other industry accolades. Jenkins was responsible for helping move CNN into the file based editing/delivery/archive environment through his R&D/Training work with industry leaders such as Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Adobe, Leitch, Pinnacle, and Sony. His volunteer work with local youth in his beloved Bay Area also earned him a Healthy Image Award from the Local Teamsters Union. Today, Jenkins serves as an Eastern Regional Governor of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and was was named as a SMPTE Fellow in 2018. He is also a past Board member of AMWA, Co-Chair, of the UltraHD Forums’ Interoperability Working Group and a member of the NABA Technical Committee. He is an advisor to the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity In Communications (NAMIC) and was recently named as a recipient of the Broadcasting and Cables Technology Leadership Award.

Reza Rassool

Reza Rassool

Real Networks

Reza Rassool

Reza Rassool, Chief Technology Officer, joined RealNetworks in April 2016. Mr. Rassool is a serial startup professional and inventor bringing a wealth of knowledge from companies such as DirectTV, CBS, and Panasonic. He founded Kwaai Oak – CTO-as-a-Service™, a technical consulting firm specializing in digital entertainment platforms. Previously, Mr. Rassool served as chief technology officer at Zya and as chief engineer and vice president of product development at Widevine Technologies, a Seattle-based video technology startup that was sold to Google in 2010. Developer and architect whose innovations have earned a Technical Oscar™, Technical Emmy™, and over 20 patents, Mr. Rassool holds a B.Sc. in Physics from King’s College London.

Rich Berger

Rich Berger

MovieLabs

Rich Berger

Richard Berger is CEO of MovieLabs, a technology JV of the major motion pictures studios. Rich brings over 20 years of experience in digital innovation, with more than a decade leading new media and technology efforts at Sony Pictures Entertainment, most recently as SVP of Worldwide Digital Strategy & Advanced Platforms, where he built a reputation for innovation, particularly around emerging digital platforms and formats such as UltraViolet and UHD (4K HDR). Other roles Rich held at Sony include SVP New Media & Technology where he was responsible for establishing digital policy across all Sony Pictures digital distribution businesses. He also was one of original founders of UltraViolet and helped launch the DECE consortium. Rich has also worked in the Sony Digital Entertainment department and the office of the CTO at Sony Corporation of America, responsible for digital media strategy and anti-piracy efforts. In addition, he has worked in Sony’s Interactive Services Group and Sony Music Entertainment’s New Media Department where he developed Sony Music’s first Enhanced CDs. Before joining Sony, Rich worked in the Interactive Multimedia Practice at Anderson Consulting (now Accenture) and at Bell Communications Research as a Member of the Technical Staff. He has a Master’s Degree in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU’s Tisch Graduate School of the Arts and a BA in Computer Science from Rutgers College.

Richard Friedel

Richard Friedel

FOX TV

Richard Friedel

Richard Friedel is Executive Vice President of Engineering, Operations & Technology for Fox Television Stations, supporting 21st Century Fox’s twenty-eight local stations throughout the United States and overseeing their rollout of ATSC 3.0 Previously, Mr. Friedel headed Fox Network Engineering & Operations, responsible for their national and regional television businesses. Early in his time at Fox, he was a member of the team that launched Fox News Channel. Mr. Friedel is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and life member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers. He serves as President of the Video Services Forum, President of the North American Broadcasters Association and is the former Chairman of the Advanced Television Systems Committee. He was previously awarded a lifetime achievement Emmy by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Richard Duke

Richard Duke

Avid

Richard Duke

As the chief cloud solutions architect at Avid, Richard is responsible for helping customers cloudify their workflows and infrastructure using Avid’s industry leading tools, including the Nexis storage platform, Media Central Asset Management and Orchestration solutions, and the Media Composer and Pro Tools creative editing tools. Richard has been working in the film and broadcast industry for over 20 years, and as senior architect for over 10 years, and has developed and deployed some of the most industry leading solutions in public and private clouds. Richard has a BS degree from Brigham Young University.

Robin Cowie

Robin Cowie

HELO Technology

Robin Cowie

Robin Cowie is the Director of Experience Technology for Helo (www.flyhelo.com), a global experiential creative studio. He has 26-years creating film, television, theme park, theatre, and computer game experiences. His first feature, The Blair Witch Project, was followed by 8 other successful feature films, 2 television series, 6 video games, and a role as the Creative Director for the $600 million Dr. Phillips Center. He is the winner of numerous awards including the Producers Guild of America Award, the Prix De Jeuvenes from the Cannes Film Festival, and the Independent Spirit Award. Further, he is a founding partner for Experientia XR Limited, an original content development company located in London, England.

Rodney Grubbs

Rodney Grubbs

NASA

Rodney Grubbs

Rodney Grubbs began his career as a co-op motion picture photographer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center while a student at the University of Alabama. He is currently the NASA Imagery Experts Program Manager and chairs the NASA Digital Television Working Group. He is responsible for the NASA video distribution architecture including NASA TV and internet video distribution. He has been a Principal Investigator for flights of High Definition Television (HDTV) and Digital Cinema cameras and related experiments on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS), including the first ever live HDTV program from a spacecraft and more recently, the first ever Ultra High Definition program from a spacecraft. He is currently Principal Investigator for the National Lab’s Red Digital Cinema camera on the ISS and the Imagery Subsystem Lead for the Lunar Gateway. He also chairs the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems Motion Imagery and Applications Working Group. www.linkedin.com/in/rodgrubbs @rod4dtv on twitter

Ron Luniewski

Ron Luniewski

InPlay Studios

Ron Luniewski

CEO InPlay Studios a first to market digital streaming company in the fast-growing sports betting space. Prior to InPlay Ron for 16 years Ron built Xpressbet and Global Wagering Solutions(GWS) into a respected global leader in wagering. This multi-platform gaming company generates $300+ million in annual revenue placing $2 billion in wagers each year. Prior to Xpressbet Ron was COO\CEO of a startup to IPO; Youbet.com.

Rowan De Pomerai

Rowan de Pomerai

DPP

Rowan de Pomerai

Rowan de Pomerai leads the technology strategy and delivery for the DPP, the media industry’s business network. The DPP is the place where customers and suppliers come together to solve problems and create opportunities. Rowan has an MEng in Electronic Engineering with Media Technology from the University of York, and a strong background in media innovation, having started his career in BBC Research & Development. Since then he has delivered transformative change for some of the UK’s biggest broadcasters and producers. This included architecting and deploying the BBC’s Automated QC solutions, and leading the Production Modernisation project at ITV Studios, streamlining the production and delivery process. Most recently, Rowan was Director of Professional Services, EMEA at Ooyala. He and his team delivered media workflow, asset management, and online video solutions to leading broadcasters, sports clubs and enterprises. He joined the DPP in 2018.

Scott Rothenberg

Scott Rothenberg

NEP

Scott Rothenberg

Scott Rothenberg is NEP’s Senior Vice President of Technology & Asset Management. In his current role, Scott focuses on understanding and matching clients’ needs with NEP’s technical capabilities and capacity. He works tirelessly across all of NEP’s divisions to ensure that the right equipment is always in the right place—and that NEP is always working to develop technical solutions to meet emerging client needs. In addition, Scott is responsible for improving NEP’s internal operations and processes, and works with key vendors to source and develop specialized equipment. After working as a freelance technician, Scott started with NEP in 1995 as a maintenance engineer after working as a freelance technician, providing engineering and operational support for television crews and solving all manner of problems under the pressure of live television. Scott has been a member of three Emmy Award-winning NEP technical crews (twice for NASCAR and once for PokerDome), and won a CableACE Award in 1995 for his work on “Ripken’s 2131st Game” for HTS.

Sean Tajkowski

Sean Tajkowski

Sean Tajkowski

Sean Tajkowski has been involved with the Media and Entertainment industry for over 33 years. In this time he has seen the production environment change exponentially. He currently provides Audit/Design/Client Representation services for mission critical environments in motion picture, broadcast, data centers, network operations centers, and federal/military/civil public safety. He has provided services to many worldwide studio organizations, production/post production facilities, and visual effects houses globally. His long history within the business gives him unique insight as a consultant/client representative on many aspects of facility design and production techniques, in both local and remote applications. Sean works with many professional organizations and manufactures to provide standards/best practices education to many mission critical environments. Sean continues to research and analyze telecommunications/big tech emerging technologies, while providing long term technical forecasting.

Stacy Chaet

Stacy Chaet

SIM International

Stacy Chaet

Stacy Chaet is a Supervising Workflow Producer at Sim. She is involved with the creation and implementation of workflows for television and feature films as well as managing facility needs. She has a genuine curiosity for solving technical issues as well as a love for the merging of art and technology. With over 10 years experience in post production, Stacy aims to keep on the forefront of the ever evolving industry.

Steve Byrd

Steve Byrd

Sportradar

Steve Byrd

Steve Byrd is head of strategic partnerships at Sportradar. A thirty-year veteran of the sports industry, Steve joined Sportradar’s U.S. operation as chief commercial officer in May 2015. After building out the U.S. sales team, Byrd transitioned into his current global role in May 2017. This follows a stint during which he served as a consultant and advisory board member for a number of global digital sports firms. Previously, Byrd was co-chief operating officer at STATS, leading their growth and relationships with leagues, federations, broadcasters, brands, and technology firms for nearly two decades. Byrd is a founding board member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association and serves as an executive-in-residence for his alma mater, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Steve Morris

Steve Morris

Skywalker Sound

Steve Morris

Steve Morris is a 30-year veteran in the audio engineering industry and has worked in every facet of the media business, including music, film and video post-production, as well as broadcast television. Steve is a member of SMPTE, AES, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Tony Gaughan

Tony Gaughan

RSTOR

Tony Gaughan

Tony Gaughan is the Chief Technology Officer at RStor. With over 25 years of experience in various product development and executive roles within both small and large companies, Gaughan was previously chief technical officer at Proofpoint (formerly Cloudmark) and Marketron. He also held chief executive and senior product officer positions at Serenhipity, SGI, Satmetrix, Computer Associates, and Oracle.

Wendy Aylsworth

Wendy Aylsworth

Walden Pond

Wendy Aylsworth

Wendy Aylsworth is CEO of Walden Pond, providing entertainment technology consulting and strategic board guidance for entities focused on emerging ecosystems and nascent technologies.  Wendy’s career has spanned 14 years in aerospace and 30+ years in entertainment at major companies such as Lockheed and Warner Bros., transitioning older technologies to more efficient and cost-effective digital processes. She was deeply involved in the transition and standardization of digital cinema that has permeated the industry over the past two decades.  She lead the digital transitions of the entire animation processes at Disney and Warner Bros., as seen in such hits as Lion King and Space Jam, and new technologies such as high frame rate, as seen in the Hobbit trilogy.  Along the way, Wendy has been involved in outside organizations to share knowledge, and grow the next generation of entertainment professionals; participating on (and chairing many) boards of credit unions, schools, scholarship funds, university centers, and standards societies.

Wendy is a frequent speaker, moderator, and program participant at key industry conferences.  In recognition of her work, Wendy has been honored with many  awards, including the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2018, the Bob Lambert Technology Leadership Award from the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California in 2016, the Ken Mason InterSociety Award for lifetime achievement in 2015, and is a Lifetime Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

While semi-retired, Wendy is currently the President of UltraViolet, a board member of Qube Cinema Inc. and a board member of the Hollywood Professional Association, as well as a President Emeritus of the USC Entertainment Technology Center.  She co-chairs the American Society of Cinematographer’s Next Generation Cinema Display committee and volunteers at SMPTE, The Television Academy, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.  She spends at least one day a week watching her three wonderful grandchildren and enjoys glass fusing as a hobby.  Wendy holds a BS from the University of Michigan and an MS/MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma) from USC.

Participating Companies

  1. 3 Ball Entertainment
  2. 3rd i
  3. ABC Studios
  4. ABC Studios/Shondaland
  5. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  6. Actus Digital
  7. Adder Technology
  8. Adobe
  9. ADS – Advanced Digital Services Inc
  10. AJA Video Systems
  11. Alpha Dogs, Inc.
  12. ALT Systems
  13. Amazon Prime Video
  14. Amazon Studios
  15. Amazon Web Services
  16. American Cinema Editors
  17. AMPAS
  18. Apple
  19. ARRI Rental
  20. Art Directors Guild
  21. Artistic Resources Corp.
  22. Arvato SYSTEMS
  23. Autodesk
  24. Avid
  25. BH & Photo & Video
  26. Bluewater Media Studios
  27. BluFocus Inc
  28. Brooklyn College
  29. Canon USA Inc
  30. Cartoon Network – Adult Swim
  31. Cerberus Tech Ltd
  32. CineCert Inc.
  33. CineSys Inc
  34. CineSys-Oceana
  35. Cinnafilm Inc.
  36. Cloudian Inc.
  37. Cobalt Digital
  38. CODEX
  39. Colorfront
  40. Company 3
  41. Convergent Risks Inc.
  42. Coughlin Associates
  43. CUNY TV
  44. D2D Technologies
  45. Dalet
  46. Dalet Digital Media Systems
  47. Dell EMC
  48. Dell Technologies, Inc.
  49. Deluxe
  50. Deluxe Entertainment Services Group
  51. Department of Defense
  52. Devoncroft Partners
  53. Digital Cinema Society
  54. DigitalFilm Tree
  55. Discovery
  56. Discovery Communications
  57. Disney / ABC Television Group
  58. Diversified
  59. Dolby Laboratories
  60. DPP
  61. Eikon Group
  62. EIZO Inc.
  63. Eluvio
  64. Embrionix
  65. Entertainment and Media Technology Marketing, Inc.
  66. Entertainment Technology Center at USC
  67. Equinix
  68. ETC
  69. Evercast, LLC
  70. EVL/UIC
  71. Exchange Communications
  72. Fancy Film
  73. FilmLight
  74. Florical Systems
  75. FotoKem
  76. Fox Corporation
  77. Fox Networks
  78. Frame.io
  79. G&D North America Inc.
  80. Grass Valley
  81. GrayMeta
  82. G-Technology
  83. Haivision
  84. Happy Robotz LLC
  85. HardingFPA
  86. HBO
  87. HDVideoPro
  88. IABM
  89. ICG Magazine
  90. Image Essence LLC
  91. IMAGICA Lab.Inc.
  92. InterDigital
  93. IPV
  94. ISDCF/NATO
  95. Jigsaw24
  96. Joe Bogacz Consulting
  97. John Ferder Engineer
  98. JVC Kenwood
  99. Klein Media, LLC
  100. Legendary Pictures
  101. Masstech Innovations Inc
  102. MAX Post
  103. Media & Entertainment
  104. MediaKind
  105. MediAnswers
  106. MelroseMAC
  107. Merrill Weiss Group LLC
  108. MESA
  109. Microsoft
  110. Mobile TV Group
  111. Moonshine Post Productions
  112. Motion Picture Solutions
  113. MovieLabs
  114. Moxion Inc
  115. NAGRA
  116. Nat Geo -DC
  117. National Teleconsultants
  118. NBCUniversal
  119. NCAM TECH INC
  120. NEP Group
  121. Netflix
  122. New Box Solutions
  123. Nice Shoes LLC
  124. NTC
  125. NVIDIA, Inc.
  126. Object Matrix
  127. OWNZONES Entertainment Technologies
  128. Paramount Pictures
  129. Paramount Studios
  130. PBS
  131. Picture Shop
  132. Piksel
  133. Pixar Animation Studios
  134. Pixelogic
  135. Pixelworks
  136. Pixspan, Inc.
  137. postPerspective
  138. Prime Focus Technologies
  139. Quantum Corporation
  140. Racktop Systems
  141. Red Bee Media
  142. RED Digital Cinema
  143. RheinMain University of Applied Sciences
  144. Riedel Communications
  145. ROAM Consulting LLC
  146. Rohde & Schwarz
  147. Ross Video
  148. Scale Logic
  149. SDI Media
  150. SDVI Corporation
  151. Seagate Technology LLC
  152. Sim
  153. Simple Cloud
  154. Sinclair Broadcast Group
  155. Singularity Imaging LLC
  156. Skywalker Sound
  157. Slalom Consulting
  158. Sohonet
  159. Sony
  160. Sony Electronics
  161. Sony Pictures Entertainment
  162. Sony Pictures Television
  163. Sound & Communications
  164. Source Digital, Inc.
  165. Spectra Logic
  166. Sports Video Group
  167. SRI International
  168. Stellus Technologies
  169. StorageDNA
  170. Streambox Inc
  171. Sundog Media Toolkit LTD
  172. T S L Professional Products Ltd
  173. TAG V.S
  174. technicolor
  175. Technicolor PWNY
  176. TechXMedia
  177. Teledyne LeCroy
  178. Telestream
  179. Telos Alliance/TVSG
  180. Teradek, LLC
  181. Tessive LLC
  182. Testronic
  183. THE PRODUCT FACTORY
  184. The Studio-B&H
  185. The Walt Disney Studios
  186. Thompson Coburn LLP
  187. Tiger Technology
  188. TMS Consulting, Inc.
  189. TV Technology
  190. United Nations
  191. Universal Pictures
  192. Utah Scientific
  193. Vecima (root6)
  194. Vimond Media Solutions
  195. VIZN
  196. Walden Pond
  197. Walt Disney DTCI
  198. Warner Bros.
  199. Warner Media
  200. WGBH – FRONTLINE
  201. WGBH PRODUCTION GROUP
  202. Wowza Media Systems
  203. Xperi
  204. Xytech
  205. YouTube Originals
  206. ZEISS Cine Lenses

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Innovation Zone

HPA invites individuals and companies to share new and innovative technology with the participants of the HPA Tech Retreat®. The Innovation Zone is where attendees can discover your company’s NEW technology in a space designed for learning and discovery. Bring your latest and greatest innovations that improve how the chain from acquisition to delivery is done.

Innovation Zone



  • All applications will be reviewed and vetted based on meeting the intent and focus of the Innovation Zone.
  • Approved participants that apply by December 21 will receive the early rate of $900 for HPA & SMPTE Corporate Members or $1,100 for Non Members per Innovation Zone space.
  • Applications submitted and approved after December 21 will pay $1,000 for HPA & SMPTE Corporate Members or $1,200 for Non Members per Innovation Zone space.

Space Information

Innovation Zone requirements:

Your demonstration must reflect technology that is innovative, game changing and important to entertainment markets including production, post production, broadcast, distribution, OTTs or related areas. It must provide the attendees with solution(s) that are unique and, if possible, demonstrate integrated workflows for distinctive services. Experimental products and new concepts or products are of particular interest. Start ups or creative solutions are most welcome.

You may bring secondary partners to be part of your space and demonstration if it fits within a complete solution that can differentiate the workflow or delivery process from what is available today.

Service companies and solutions providers who have unique, forward thinking offerings in production, post production, broadcast, distribution, OTT’s or a related area are invited to participate.

To apply, submit a description of what you would like to demonstrate for vetting purposes. Click here for the Application Form.


General Information:

The Innovation Zone is a meeting and networking area which will be open during conference hours as well as dedicated times, including a cocktail reception, two breaks per day, lunch time and prior to the Welcome Dinner. Refer to the program online (when available) for actual times.

No one is required to be with your demo during the entire time the Innovation Zone is open, except during the specific dedicated times listed in the Tech Retreat program. You are also free to make appointments during any open hours.

You may provide white papers and handouts describing the technology you will be showing as well as swag, because everyone loves free Stuff!

Related technologies will be placed in a workflow row that might define what a customer might be looking for to purchase or integrate.

We encourage Tech Retreat Innovation Zone participants to invite clients, other individuals within your company and interested industry professionals to register and visit you at the HPA Tech Retreat. However, please note that there are no guest passes to attend just the Innovation Zone. All attendees must be registered through the Tech Retreat registration site.


Innovation Zone Space Fees:

$900/space – for HPA & SMPTE Corporate Members until December 21, 2019 deadline for early application
$1,100/space – for Non Members until December 21, 2019 deadline for early application

$1,000/space – for HPA & SMPTE Corporate Members December 22, 2019 onward
$1,200/space – for Non Members December 22, 2019 onward

Registration and additional services are not included in the Innovation Zone Space Fees. See Pricing page for all registration options and prices including Innovation Zone Tech options.

Innovation Zone Space Fees are Non-Refundable.


Space Information:

The Innovation Zone is one large ballroom. You may apply for more than one space if you have more than one technology to present. An additional fee will apply and this space will be provided on an availability basis.

If you have something that requires a separate space, we may be able to provide this on a “limited engagement” basis. Please contact Vincent Maza or Max Ma at innovation.zone@hpaonline.com. Please note that an additional fee will apply.

You may include anything that will fit into the space except an exhibit booth, bar-type unit or anything that will block full view or limit accessibility to the spaces around you. A small cove for monitors, racks, and stands, if they don’t block a view, will most likely be permitted. If there’s a question about this, please contact Vincent Maza or Max Ma at innovation.zone@hpaonline.com.

Select additional furniture (e.g. high boy table, high stools) may be ordered through the hotel vendor, PSAV.

A/V equipment may be ordered through the hotel vendor, PSAV.

Links to all forms will be provided upon acceptance of your demo.

If your application is accepted you will be sent further information and be asked to register for the Tech Retreat and confirm your Innovation Zone space by submitting payment.

Confirmation of your space in the Innovation Zone is a commitment to have your demonstration set up from Tuesday through Thursday according to the times listed in the Program.

As mentioned above, while your Innovation Zone demo does not need to be staffed at all times, there are specific times within the program during which Innovation Zone Staff is required to be present. All persons staffing your demo MUST have a valid and individual registration for the event. Those wishing to attend the HPA Tech Retreat conference program may register for the HPA Tech Retreat All-Access, Conference package or for a Daily Registration package (for day(s) attending). Those who will ONLY be attending the Innovation Zone can register for an “Innovation Zone Tech” package (up to 2 Tech registrations permitted per Innovation Zone space). HPA Tech Retreat registrations may be purchased now (Early Bird Pricing is available through December 7, 2019). Innovation Zone Tech registration instructions will be provided upon approval of your demo. Please note that as the Innovation Zone is a part of the HPA Tech Retreat conference experience, there is NO separate registration for the Innovation Zone. Access to the Innovation Zone is ONLY granted with an HPA Tech Retreat registration or an Innovation Zone Tech registration.

Please contact events@hpaonline.com with any registration-related questions.

The HPA Tech Retreat has a number of Press attending. Press are requested to respect your wishes to be off-the-record or enter into an NDA, but you will need to arrange this directly with them. It is not required as part of HPA issuing a Press Pass.

Innovation Zone Participants

  • Actus Digital
  • Adder Technology
  • Adobe
  • AJA Video Systems
  • Arvato SYSTEMS
  • Avid
  • Canon USA, Inc.
  • Cinnafilm, Inc.
  • Cloudian
  • Colorfront
  • EIZO Inc.
  • Eluvio
  • Evercast, LLC
  • FilmLight
  • Frame.io
  • G&D North America Inc.
  • GrayMeta
  • G-Technology
  • Haivision
  • Harding FPA
  • Image Essence LLC
  • JVC Kenwood
  • Moxion Ltd
  • Nagra
  • OWNZONES Entertainment Technologies
  • Pixelworks
  • Prime Focus Technologies
  • Quantum Corp
  • Racktop Systems
  • Red Bee Media
  • Rohde & Schwarz USA Inc.
  • Scale Logic / Atavium
  • Seagate Technology LLC
  • Simple Cloud
  • Sohonet
  • Sony Electronics
  • SRI International
  • Stellus Technologies
  • StorageDNA
  • Streambox Inc
  • Teledyne LeCroy
  • Telestream
  • Telos Alliance
  • Teradek, LLC
  • The Studio-B&H
  • Tiger Technology
  • Vecima (root6)
  • Vimond Media Solutions
  • Wowza Media Systems
  • ZEISS Cine Lenses

Innovation Zone Schedule

Subject to change

Monday, February 17

  • 8:00 am – 5:15 pm

    Load in of equipment to the hotel

  • 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    Innovation Zone opens for set up


Tuesday, February 18

  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

    Final time for arrival and set up of demos at the hotel

  • 2:30 pm

    Set up of demos must be complete

  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    Innovation Zone Opens with Cocktails


Wednesday, February 19

  • 8:30 am – 7:30 pm

    Innovation Zone is open

  • 10:30 – 10:45 am

    Break in Innovation Zone

  • 12:00 – 1:58 pm

    Innovation Zone will be open during lunch

  • 3:20 – 3:35 pm

    Break in Innovation Zone

  • 6:00 – 8:30 pm

    Innovation Zone Cocktail Reception


Thursday, February 20

  • 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

    Innovation Zone open

  • 10:15 – 10:30 am

    Break in Innovation Zone

  • 12:00 – 1:58 pm

    Innovation Zone will be open during lunch

  • After lunch

    Break-down and move out of Innovation Zone

  • 7:00 pm

    All equipment must be out of the Innovation Zone


Friday, February 21

  • 2:00 pm

    Equipment must have been shipped out from the hotel

    If anything is left until Monday, arrangements must be made directly with the hotel for storage and a fee may be charged.

Call for Proposals

The Hollywood Professional Association has issued the call for proposals for the 2020 HPA Tech Retreat®, which marks the 25th anniversary of this unmissable event in media and entertainment technology. Key portions of the programming – the main program and the breakfast roundtables – are determined via this call for proposals.

The 2020 HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 17 through 20 at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. Now in its 25th year, the event attracts a wide array of distinguished attendees and speakers and engages leaders from every facet of the content ecosystem. It is one of the most important annual events for individuals and companies engaged in the creation, management, and dissemination of content in the dynamic landscape of distribution environments.


The deadline to submit main program proposals is end of day, Friday, October 25, 2019. Breakfast roundtable proposals are accepted until tables are full. Submissions should be sent to tvmark@earthlink.net.


HPA TR 2019 Conference

HAP TR 2019 Breakfast Roundtables

Main Program - Submission Deadline October 25 2019

Call for Proposals: Main Program

Main program presentations are strictly reserved for marketing-free content. Mark Schubin, who has programmed the Tech Retreat since its inception and is seen as the Maestro of the Tech Retreat, notes that main program sessions can include a wide range of topics.

“We seek thought provoking, challenging and important ideas as well as the latest developments and the creative use of technology.  Chances are we will dive into the entire array of topics related to moving images and associated sounds. That includes, but is not limited to: alternative content for cinema, broadcast in the age of broadband, content protection, dynamic range, enhanced cinema, frame rate, global mastering, higher immersion, international law, joke generation, kernel control, loss recovery, media management, night vision, optical advances, plug-‘n’-play, queasiness in VR, robo-post, surround imagery, terabyte thumb drives, UHD II, verification, wilderness production, x-band internet access, yield strength of lighting trusses, and zoological holography.” It is a far-ranging and creative call to the most innovative thinkers exploring the most interesting ideas and work.

Proposals for main program presentations are short and informal, as brief in length as a few sentences, and must be submitted by the proposed presenter. Presentations in the main program are typically of half-hour duration, including set-up and Q&A (if any). Longer or shorter presentations can sometimes be accommodated. Panels are typically longer, and submissions for panels should include the panelists and moderator (arranging panelists and moderators is the presenter’s responsibility).

The deadline to submit main program proposals is the end of the day on Friday, October 25, 2019. Proposals should be sent directly to Mark Schubin at tvmark@earthlink.net.

In the event a submission is not promptly acknowledged, submitters should contact Mr. Schubin to confirm receipt. Decisions are expected by the beginning of December.

Breakfast Roundtables

Call for Proposals: Breakfast Roundtables

Breakfast roundtables are held at 7:30 AM during the tech retreat and can include marketing information, whereas the program presentation proposals cannot. Schubin comments, “Table moderators are free to teach, preach, ask, call-to-task, sell, kvell, or do anything else that keeps conversation flowing for an hour.” The HPA Tech Retreat roundtables are a popular part of the Tech Retreat, and offer attendees and experts the chance to dig in and converse on important topics.

There is no vetting process for breakfast roundtables. All breakfast roundtable moderators must be registered for the retreat and there is no retreat registration discount conveyed by moderating a breakfast roundtable. Proposals for breakfast roundtables must be submitted by their proposed moderators and should include the desired day(s) and the desired topic(s). Once the maximum number of tables is reached, no more can be accepted.

Proposals should be sent directly to Mark Schubin at tvmark@earthlink.net.


Further details for the 2020 HPA Tech Retreat will be announced in the coming weeks, including supersession topics, TR-X focus, and Innovation Zone details.

For more information about the 2020 HPA Tech Retreat, visit www.hpaonline.com or call +1 (818) 273-1482. For sponsorship information, please contact Joyce Cataldo at jcataldo@hpaonline.com.

Pricing

Please note that the HPA Tech Retreat 2020 is now Sold Out and registration is closed. We will not be able to accept any new registrations and on-site registration is not available.

If you have a question about registration or need assistance, please email events@hpaonline.com and our Staff will respond.  Please note that all HPA Staff will be onsite at the Tech Retreat and this email is the best way to reach us.


Pricing information subject to change.

Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Registration fees for the Tech Retreat do not include hotel accommodations.


HPA Tech Retreat Event
February 17 – 20, 2020
at The Westin Mission Hills

(All listed dates subject to change)

HPA Tech Retreat All-Access Registration
This conference registration package includes: All provided meals, admission to the Innovation Zone, Monday TR-X Seminar, Tuesday Supersession, Wednesday through Thursday Tech Retreat Program, Tuesday Conference Dinner, and Wednesday Innovation Zone Cocktail Reception.

HPA Tech Retreat Conference Registration
This conference registration package includes: All provided meals, admission to the Innovation Zone, Tuesday Supersession, Wednesday through Thursday Tech Retreat Program, Tuesday Conference Dinner, and Wednesday Innovation Zone Cocktail Reception.
Monday TR-X Seminar is NOT included.

Registration Options Early Registration through 12/7/2019 Regular Registration through 2/1/2020 (Space Permitting) Last Minute Registration From 2/2/2020 (Space Permitting)
All-Access Registration (Mon-Thu)
HPA & SMPTE Members $1,700 $1,850 $2,100
Non Members $1,900 $2,050 $2,300
Tech Retreat Speakers, Panel Moderators and Panelists $975 (Receive day of free) $975 (Receive day of free) $975
Tech Retreat Conference Registration (Tue-Thu)
HPA & SMPTE Members $1,500 $1,650 $1,900
Non Members $1,700 $1,850 $2,100
Tech Retreat Speakers, Panel Moderators and Panelists $825 (Receive day of free) $825 (Receive day of free) $825
Credentialed Press Registration
Credentialed Press No Charge No Charge No Charge

 

Registration By Day

Monday, February 17, 2019 – TR-X
Monday seminar is NOT included in conference registration but is included with all-access registration.
Registration Options Early Registration through 12/7/2019 Regular Registration through 2/1/2020 (Space Permitting) Last Minute Registration From 2/2/2020 (Space Permitting)
TR-X Seminar
HPA & SMPTE Members $350 $395 $450
Non Members $450 $495 $550
 

Tuesday, February 18 – Thursday, February 20 2020
This registration package includes: All provided meals, admission to the Innovation Zone and Conference Sessions for the day(s) selected, and admission to the Conference Dinner (Tuesday registration only), and Innovation Zone Cocktail Reception (Wednesday registration only).

One Day Registration (Tues Supersession, Weds or Thurs Tech Retreat)
HPA & SMPTE Members $625 $695 $775
Non Members $725 $795 $875
Welcome Dinner GUEST TICKET (Tues)
Guest Ticket $150 $150 $175
Innovation Zone Cocktail Reception ONLY (Wed)
HPA & SMPTE Members $165 $165 $195
Non Members $195 $195 $225

 

Innovation Zone

In addition to the Innovation Zone Space fee, conference registration is also required to participate in the Innovation Zone. Visitors must be registered for the one of the following packages: All-Access, Tech Retreat Conference, Registration by Day (Tues-Thurs), or Wednesday Evening Innovation Zone Cocktail Reception. There are no complimentary passes. Accepted Innovation Zone companies are limited to two Innovation Zone Tech registrations per space.

Innovation Zone Tech Registration includes access to the Innovation Zone and all included meals Tuesday through Thursday, as well as admission to the Tuesday Evening Conference Dinner.  This registration Does NOT include access to any of the Conference Sessions.

Early Application through 12/21/2019 Regular Pricing through 2/1/2020 Last Minute Registration From 2/2/2020 (Space Permitting)
Innovation Zone Space
HPA & SMPTE Corporate Members $900 $1,000 NA
Non Members $1,100 $1,200 NA
Innovation Zone Tech Registration
Innovation Zone Tech $950 $950 $1,000
Innovation Zone Space Fees are Non-Refundable.

Please be advised that space is limited and always sells out.

You may pay by credit card or check in U.S. dollars only. If paying by check, your payment MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN JANUARY 27, 2020 in order to confirm your registration. As this event will sell out, we may not be able to hold a registration which is not paid for by the deadline. If there are circumstances which prevent you from doing this, please contact our office. See registration form for complete payment information.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

You may cancel your registration online by clicking the link in your confirmation email to View or Edit your registration. Cancellations made by January 27, 2020 will be refunded, less a 10% cancellation fee. In addition, a $35 administrative fee will be charged for any refunds made to registrations paid by check.

NO REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS AFTER 27 January 2019. However, you may transfer a registration to another individual. No fee will be charged for transferred registrations provided the new registrant is of the same registration type (Member or Non-Member). If the new registrant is of a different registration type, the different in price will apply.

For questions or additional information contact: HPA at events@hpaonline.com or 818-273-1482.

Location

The HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 17-20 2020 at the The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA (Palm Springs area).

Nestled on 360 acres in Rancho Mirage, The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort is a desert oasis, moments from Palm Springs. Rugged mountains and panoramic views set an extraordinary backdrop for an unforgettable experience. Spacious guestrooms and suites feature signature Westin Heavenly Beds® and other personalized details. Several dining destinations beckon, showcasing flavorful California fare and 130,000 square feet of inspiring event space is at your disposal.

Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Registration fees for the Tech Retreat do not include hotel accommodations.


Event Hotel

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
71333 Dinah Shore Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
http://www.marriott.com
Main Telephone: 1-760-328-5955

The Westin Mission Hills Reservations

HPA has arranged a room block with a discounted rate of $249 per night for Tech Retreat attendees and you must make your reservations using the link provided or call 760-328-5955 (press 1 when prompted) to get the discounted rate. The deadline for booking within the group room block has been extended to January 25, 2020, while rooms are available. Be sure to book early as rooms typically sell out.

  • Group Rate: $249 per night
  • Cutoff Date: January 25, 2020 – THIS BLOCK IS SOLD OUT! Please check below for Overflow block details.

Resort Charge

The resort charge of $32 is waived for those who book through the HPA Group Room Block.  The resort charge includes: Overnight Self-Parking, Guest Room Wireless Internet (up to 5 devices), Complimentary Newspaper Mon-Fri, Wireless Internet in Public Spaces excluding Meeting Rooms, Access to Westin WORKOUT open 24 hours a day with room key, 15% off merchandise from Pete Dye Pro Shop, 15% off Tennis Court Fees and merchandise from the Pro Shop, Complimentary Daily Resort Activities.

Individual Reservation Cancellations

To avoid a one night’s room and tax charge, reservations must be canceled at least three (3) days prior to scheduled arrival.


The event venue hotel is sold out so you may not be able to reserve rooms there. HPA has secured other rooms block at nearby locations.

Option 1: Courtyard Palm Desert for $174 USD per night

Dates available: Sunday, February 16, 2020 – Friday, February 21, 2020
Deadline to book: Friday, February 7, 2020
To reserve: Please use this link
Information for your online reservation link above. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to contact the hotel.

Option 2: Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage for $219 USD per night

Dates available: Sunday, February 16, 2020 – Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Deadline to book: Monday, February 10, 2020
To reserve: Please call 800-854-1279 or use this link and Promo Code: HPA20
To receive special group rates, you must call before the cut-off date of Monday, February 10, 2020 and identify the name (HPA Tech Retreat) and dates of the event or by the block code of HPA20

Other overflow options are being arranged so please check back as they will be posted here when finalized.


Directions & Transportation

JW Marriott is located 7 miles from Palm Springs International Airport, 110 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 80 miles from Ontario Airport, 130 miles from Burbank Airport and 116 miles east of Los Angeles if driving. For driving directions, please click here. Or, For those of you who use GPS or Google Earth, the coordinates: 34.178783970864785 North, 118.33818636246046 West.

Shuttle Companies

Taxi Companies

  • Yellow Cab of the Desert
    760-340-8294
  • Uber
    Uber.com
  • American Cab
    760-300-000
  • Desert City Cab
    760-328-3000

There are also a large number of limo, town car and private shuttle options. The full listing of available ground transportation from the airport can be found here.


For More Local Area Information, Please Click Here.

FAQ

1. What is the HPA Tech Retreat?

The HPA Tech Retreat is the pre-eminent gathering of industry-leading thinkers and innovation-focused companies engaged in the creation, management, and dissemination of content. Every year, for a week near Palm Springs, the HPA Tech Retreat brings together a world-class roster of well-known and emerging leaders in engineering, technology, creativity and business. At the HPA Tech Retreat, the most compelling topics facing the media and entertainment landscape today are presented, explored and debated.

2. How did it start?

The International Teleproduction Society (ITS, later the Association of Imaging Technology and Sound) offered a Presidents Retreat to allow chief executives of its member companies to combine a vacation with some information exchange. In 1995, the idea was extended to engineers with a Technology Retreat, which rapidly became more information and less vacation. After ITS ceased operations in 2001, the HPA began sponsoring the Tech Retreat.

3. What does “all aspects” mean?

All aspects: academics, archivists, broadcasters, cable-TV system operators, cinematographers, computer and software makers, consultants, consumer-electronics manufacturers, digital rights managers, directors, display designers, editors, equipment-rental houses, forensic investigators, government officials, historians, Hollywood studios, intelligence analysts, interactive gamers, journalists, lawyers, lens manufacturers, licensing pools, the military, networks, producers, production facilities, professional-equipment manufacturers, post-production facilities, satellite-system operators, semiconductor manufacturers, sound mixers and editors, standards organizations, telephone companies, theater owners, venture capitalists, and vision scientists are among those who have been there or sent representatives.

There have been representatives of MPEG the Moving Picture Experts Group and MPEG the Motion Picture Editors Guild, NATO the National Association of Theater Owners and NATO the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. To add to the alphabet soup, AAF, AMPAS, ASC, ATSC, BBC, CEA, CEDIA, CPTWG, DCI, DoD, FCC, MPAA, NAB, NABA, NIMA, NSA, SMPTE, and USC have all been officially represented. So have ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, UPN, and the WB among broadcast networks; Sinclair and Tribune among other broadcast-station owners; Columbia/Tri-Star/Sony, Disney, Fox, Paramount, and Universal among Hollywood studios; Adobe, Apple, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft among others from the computer industry. People attending the retreat have also come from all over the world.

4. What does “top engineering and technical talent” mean?

SMPTE Fellows, Oscar nominees, Emmy-award winners and Ph.D.s. Creators of some of the basic technologies used daily in content creation.Many of the attendees have CTO, vp-engineering, or director of technology titles. Others work on blockbuster movies and top-rated streaming and broadcast. Thanks to the informal nature of the retreat, it’s not easy to tell, and everyone is welcome to attend.

The unofficial motto of the HPA Tech Retreat is “Someone Will Be There Who Knows the Answer.”

5. What does “informal” mean?

It’s not a typical technical conference. There are no droning introductions listing a presenter’s academic credentials. In fact, there are no introductions at all beyond name and affiliation.

6. What does “exchange information” mean?

The retreat is divided into several categories: pre-retreat seminars and events, the main program, breakfast roundtables, the demo area, the quizzes, and the softball challenge. There are also meals and breaks that are useful for networking.

7. What is the main program?

The main program is devoted to the most compelling issues of the time, with a focus to putting  the most knowledgeable experts together to explore and enliven a conversation around those issues.  Much of the main program is invited; the rest is drawn from submissions. The main program is run precisely by the clock. The slot for each presentation includes set-up and questions-&-answers, and speakers have sometimes been cut off in mid-sentence. Similarly, the program starts and returns from breaks at exactly the listed times.

8. How long are presentations in the main program?

They are probably a little shorter than they should be. Individual presentations typically last between 10 and 45 minutes. Panels typically run from 20 to 90 minutes. There is no fixed time period, but shorter presentations can more easily be squeezed in.

9. How does one get to present on the main program?

A Call for Proposals is issued every year around Labor Day. There are, year over year, more submissions than can be accommodated. The burning issues facing the ecosystem may help determine which submissions are accepted. Those wishing to make presentations should also consider breakfast roundtables and the demo area. Presentations in the main program, the breakfast roundtables, and the demo area are not mutually exclusive.

10. What are the breakfast roundtables?

Starting at 7:30 am, the breakfast roundtables are one of the most popular aspects of the retreat. Each table has a number which corresponds to a posted list of topics and moderators. Moderators may choose any topic and run the roundtables as they see fit. They may present information, gather information from those at the table, or simply moderate arguments between others. Popular tables might end up surrounded by layers of attendees and others might have only a few. There are no restrictions on topics other than length (so they may be printed; long topic titles will be abridged). There are no restrictions on moderators other than being registered at the retreat. All requests to moderate tables are accepted; if another moderator has chosen the same or a similar topic, the moderators will be informed so they may consider combining their tables. A moderator may choose to have tables at either or all, and if more than one, on the same or different topics. A single company or organization is welcome to provide moderators for as many roundtables as it would like. Once a roundtable is confirmed, it must be moderated, even if someone else seems to have a more attractive topic. Topics and moderators, however, may be changed.

11. What is the Innovation Zone?

The Innovation Zone is not a trade show but rather a curated area where the latest, often unseen technologies or applications are demonstrated.  Participants for the Innovation Zone must apply, and the applications are reviewed by the Innovation Zone manager and HPA Tech Retreat Committee.  The Innovation Zone is focused on new technology or applications. The retreat will provide table(s), chair(s), power, and security. No “booths” are permitted. No corporate signage is permitted; the retreat will provide a simple paper sign with the name of each demonstrator’s company or organization. Information about the technology or application is accepted and appreciated. White papers are encouraged. Relevant product literature is fine. Demonstrators are encouraged to join forces to show systems. In the past competitors have helped set up each other’s demonstrations.Many popular products were first introduced at the HPA Tech Retreat, -Panasonic’s Varicam and Sony’s HDCAM SR- among them. Other innovations shown at the retreat have yet to make it to mass manufacture, including a 72-frame-per-second HDTV camera and a system for automatically converging and color balancing multiple projectors forming a single image. Some are one of a kind, like a tiny Lucas Digital (ILM) camera-attitude sensor used in Star Wars: Episode 3. A slot in the main program at the end of the first day is reserved for demo introductions. Each demonstrator is allowed a very brief period (about a minute) to introduce the demonstration. That is followed by the first scheduled demo session, which includes a cocktail reception for attendees and their registered guests. There is another scheduled demo session at the end of the last day. In between, attendees may schedule demos at mutually convenient times.

12. What are the quizzes?

A quiz relating to television technology is posted at the registration table at the beginning of each session. A bowl is also provided there for answers. The first quiz is relatively easy, and there are multiple winners. Quizzes get progressively harder.
One year, participants were asked to derive the NTSC color subcarrier from scratch. Another quiz asked for the next number in these series: 51, 25, 19, 13, 8, 6 and …21, 16, 11, 8, 6.

Those entering are welcome to consult others, reference books, or the Internet. Past prizes have included glow-in-the-dark statues of the patron saint of television and plush teddy-bear TV remote controls.

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