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March 15-24, 2021 HPA Engage Platform
Renard Jenkins, Sam Nicholson, Annie Chang

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Core Knowledge for Navigating the New Reality

A mandatory attendance event for a career in our industry in normal times, the 2021 HPA Tech Retreat is destined to be a watershed event.

The world changed in the month after the 2020 HPA Tech Retreat. One year later, the most innovative technologists and shrewdest business minds working in our industry are gathering again to chart the course forward in the context of what we have learned.

In times of change, turmoil, and incredible technological advancements, the candid and unvarnished conversations between experts that take place outside of the Tech Retreat sessions are more important than ever.

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HPA is currently accepting proposals for Roundtables and Innovation Zone applications.
Main program proposals closed on November 20.


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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.

Erik Åhlin

Vidispine

Raul Aldana

ZOO Digital

Randi Altman

postPerspective

Gary Ballabio

Cloudinary

Yves Bergquist

ETC@USC

Marina Bosi

Stanford University

Philippe Brodeur

Overcast HQ

Taylor Bynum

Brat TV

Steven Calcote

Television Academy’s Interactive Media Peer Group
Annie Chang

Annie Chang

Universal Pictures

Paul Chapman

Sim

Wileen Charles

Home & Family Show on Hallmark
Mark Chiolis

Mark Chiolis

Mobile TV Group

Michael Cioni

Frame.io

Margaret Craig

Signiant
Poppy Crum

Poppy Crum

Dolby

Bruce Devlin

SMPTE

Nigel Edwards

Streamland Media - The Farm Group

Eric Einhorn

On Site Opera
Julián Fernández-Campón

Julián Fernández-Campón

Tedial

John Footen

Deloitte
Nick Garvin

Nick Garvin

Mobile TV Group

Josh Gold

Ryot

Matthew Goldman

Industry Pundit

Lakshmanan Gopishankar

Telestream

Rory Gordon

Arsenal

Thomas Graham

Dolby

Darin Grant

Animal Logic

Kari Grubin

HPA
Seth Hallen

Seth Hallen

HPA

Ian Hamilton

Signiant
Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison

Digital Production Partnership

Daryl Heinis

Scale Logic

Matthew Herson

AWS

Robert Herzan

Scale Logic

Hiren Hindocha

Digital Nirvana, Inc.

Katie Hinsen

Nice Shoes

J David Hoffman

Blackmagic Design

Renard T. Jenkins

WarnerMedia

Logan Ketchum

Veritone

Sharif Khan

Dalet Digital Media Systems

Fereidoon Khosravi

Venera Technologies

Olga Kornienko

EZDRM

Jaisica Lapsiwala

Soho Media Club

Bleuenn Le Goffic

Accedo

Cédric Lejeune

Workflowers/Perfect Memory
Phil Lelyveld

Phil Lelyveld

Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California

Chris Lennon

MediAnswers

Cerise Lim Jacobs

White Snake Projects

Joaquin Lippencott

Metal Toad

Payton List

Sim

Chase Logan

Brat TV

Thomas Lund

Genelec

Jody Madden

Foundry

James Mathers

Digital Cinema Society

George Meek

InPlayer

Jonathan Mills

Metal Toad

Jonathan Morgan

Object Matrix
Michelle Munson

Michelle Munson

Eluv.io

Sam Nicholson, ASC

Stargate Studios

Zach Oscar

Wasserman

Carol Payne

Netflix

Janice Pearson

Convergent Risks Inc

Tim Pipher

LA Castle Studios - Burbank

Rowan de Pomerai

DPP

Charles Poynton

Sarah Priestnall

Pixelworks

Peter Putman

ROAM Consulting LLC

Josh Rizzo

Sony Pictures Television

Andy Quested

Freelance

Yuriy Reznik

Brightcove, Inc.

David Rosen

Sony

Tony Rost

Metal Toad

Pierre Routhier

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Marty Sacks

Telos Alliance

James Safechuck

Avatar Labs

Tom Sahara

Tom Sahara LLC

Lina Sanchez

Kree8 Productions

Kamala Sankaram

Experiments in Opera

Mark Schubin

HPA Tech Retreat

Stephen Shapiro

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Aline Shaw

Technicolor
Leon Silverman

Leon Silverman

Strategic Perspective Consulting

Aaron Sloman

OWNZONES Media Network

Isaac Spedding

The Rebel Fleet

Muralidhar Sridhar

Prime Focus Technologies

Jeremy Stapleton

Technicolor

Sebastian Sylwan

Technicolor

Craig Todd

Dolby

Mike Tsinberg

President & CEO

Chris VIenneau

MovieLabs

Andrew Wallenstein

Variety Intelligence Platform (VIP)

Dave Ward

PacketFabric

Rohan Warey

Prime Focus Technologies
Erik Weaver

Erik Weaver

ETC

Richard Welsh

Deluxe

Jack Wenzinger

AWS

Peter Wharton

TAG Video Systems

Tomasz Witowski

Soho Media Club

Teddy Zeskind

BitMovin

Schedule

Tech Retreat 2021 Conference Program. Schedule is subject to change.

Monday, March 15 | Kick-off the 2021 Virtual HPA Tech Retreat

9:00 am - 9:05 am PT
Welcome
  • Seth Hallen, President , HPA
    Seth Hallen

    Seth Hallen

    President , HPA
9:05 am - 9:30 am PT
Technology Year In Review
  • Mark Schubin, Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    Mark Schubin

    Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    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.

9:30 am - 9:50 am PT
Keynote

Guest Speaker TBA

9:50 am - 9:55 am PT
Supersession Preview
9:55 am - 10:00 am PT
Movie #1 - A look back at 2020 Supersession
10:00 am - 10:15 am PT
Content Drop Preview #1
  • Mark Schubin, Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    Mark Schubin

    Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    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.

10:15 am - 10:20 am PT
Mark Schubin's Daily Quiz Question and What to Expect on Day 2
  • Mark Schubin, Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    Mark Schubin

    Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    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.

10:20 am - 10:25am PT
Trailer - Upcoming Highlights
10:25 am PT
Content Drop #1
10:30 AM PT
Thought Leadership presentation drop in the Sponsor Zone
11:00 AM PT
Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 16 | Roundtables / Innovation Zone Live / Content Release / Live Panels

9:00 am - 10:00 am PT
Breakfast Roundtables
  • The Transition from SDI to IP/PTP: Lessons Learned and Best Practices: Karl Kuhn, Telestream
  • Making media vendors play nice using microservices: Chris Lennon, Ross Video
  • Florical Making media vendors play nice using microservices: Eric Piard
  •  Making media vendors play nice using microservices: Loic Barbou, Bloomberg
  • The Future of Broadcast Facilities Given IP and the Cloud: Siegfried Foessel, Fraunhofer
  • Software Defined Production Facilities – Brainstorm Session: Stan Moote, IABM
  • Software Defined Production Facilities – Brainstorm Session, Mike Strein, ABC News
  • Cloud enabled VFX Workflows: David Rosen, Sony
  • Cloud First security strategy: Mathew Gilliat-Smith, Convergent Risks
  • TPN Approach to Secure Remote Working: Juan Reyes, Convergent Risks
  • AI Transcription & Captioning: Dom Bourne, Take1
  • Robots, Automation, and Quality of Experience: Jason Gish, Testronic Film & TV
  • What is a Production User ID and Why Do We Need It?: Mark Turner, MovieLabs
  • Remote editing and finishing workflows in the cloud: Matt Herson, AWS
  • Making movies in the cloud: Zach Wilner, AWS
  • HDR and Multiscreen OTT Distribution Strategies: Raul Vecchione, AWS
  • Content, Service & Workflow Security in the Cloud: Kon Wilms, AWS
  • Analytics for viewer engagement data and content metadata: Asim Jalis, AWS
  • The challenges in creating story-centric news production: Raul Alba, Avid
  • ML Driven Analytics: Charlie Hammell, AWS
  • Moving Content in AWS: Provanshu Dey, AWS
  • WFH: Automated File Based Loudness Processing: MC Patel, Emotion Systems
  • Remote production workflows: Greg Ciaccio ASC, Motion Imaging Tech Council
  • Extending creative options for motion in HDR: Richard Miller, Pixelworks
  • Pitch v. Pitch Perfect: LED-wall resolution & cost: Mike Grieve, Mo-Sys Engineering
  • Remote Working: Matching Technology to Ambition: Dominic Harland, GB Labs
  • Women in Post: Laura Thommen, HPA Women in Post, Dana Massey, HPA Women in Post
  • Lens Data for Volumetric Capture: Snehal Patel, Zeiss
  • Automating media content production pipelines: Chris Steele,  SGO
  • Immersive technology to create non-immersive content: Geoff Mills, SGO
10:00 am - 11:00 am PT
Critical Conversations: Panel w/Q&A
11:00 am - noon PT
Critical Conversations: Opera in the Pandemic

Join Mark Schubin in a panel discussion only he could host and put together. This panel will feature guests such as Kamala Sankaram of Experiments in Opera (who did the first VR opera, the first data-mining opera, and, in the pandemic, the first Zoom opera and the first sci-fi serial opera), librettist Cerise Lim Jacobs of White Snake Projects (who did “Alice in the Pandemic” with live motion capture and computer animation as well as distributed live performance), and director Eric Einhorn of On Site Opera (who was the first to use Google Glass for titles and the first to create a smartphone app for programs and titles and who, in the pandemic, has created some one-on-one opera via phone and has come up with even older media for opera).

Mark will talk about the broadcast industry technology that opera has inspired and the mind boggling complexity of opera production and the very real challenges that theatre and opera face within and after the pandemic.

 

  • Mark Schubin, Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    Mark Schubin

    Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    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.

  • Cerise Lim Jacobs, Creator and Librettist, White Snake Projects

    Cerise Lim Jacobs

    Creator and Librettist, White Snake Projects

    Cerise Lim Jacobs (Creator and Librettist) creates new American opera from her chequered past in multicultural Singapore and her sojourns around the world. Her original libretti are inspired by the myths that live in our imaginations and the excitement of current events and people she encounters.

     

    Cerise was born in colonial Singapore under British rule into a traditional Chinese family. She grew up absorbing the disparate influences of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western cultures and the world religions of Christianity (indeed, she was educated by American Methodist missionaries), Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. During the turbulence following Singapore’s independence from Great Britain and its secession from Malaysia, when fear of the “yellow peril” was rampant in Southeast Asia, her family managed to emigrate to Australia, despite its “White Australia” Policy. She dropped out of school at the age of nineteen to follow her heart, and began a sojourn that took her from Melbourne to Oxford, England; East Lansing, Michigan; Vancouver; and Pittsburgh, until she finally settled in Boston, Massachusetts.

     

    Cerise graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, summa cum laude and from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude. She spent 20 years practicing law, including serving as a trial partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, one of the largest law firms in New England, where she specialized in criminal defense and patent litigation. She also served for five years as a federal prosecutor at the US Attorney’s Office in Boston as part of her commitment to public service. She was sworn in as a citizen simultaneously with being sworn in as an Assistant United State Attorney, one of the proudest moments of her life.

     

    Cerise is a lifelong student of living creatively as a means of achieving success across many disciplines. Since retiring from law, she has returned to her creative voice in opera, music, art, and food. She is the President of the Charles and Cerise Jacobs Charitable Foundation and has endowed the Charles M. Jacobs Fund for Equal Rights and Social Engagement at the University of Chicago Law School and College. She is a founder of White Snake Projects, (formerly, the Friends of Madame White Snake), a company which commissions, develops and produces original opera of the highest production values, combined with social activism; a co-founder, with her son Pirate Epstein, of the mobile gaming company SqueePlay; and, is a founding member of Evidox, an e-discovery company.

     

    Cerise has been named a 2017 Mover & Shaper by Musical America, an award given to music professionals for driving the performing arts towards a future shaped by their vision, and one of Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color in 2018.

noon - 1:00 pm PT
Lunch Roundtables
  • The Transition from SDI to IP/PTP: Lessons Learned and Best Practices: Karl Kuhn, Telestream
  • Remote Collaboration for Finishing / DI Reviews: Patrick Sumby, Sohonet
  • Opera in the Pandemic: Media Solutions to Gathering Problems: Mark Schubin & Cerise Lim Jacobs
  • Cloud First security strategy: Mathew Gilliat-Smith, Convergent Risks
  • TPN Approach to Secure Remote Working: Juan Reyes, Convergent Risks
  • Multi-Cloud Challenges & Opportunities: Jim Helman, MovieLabs
  • NextGen Workflows: Why the 5G + MEC hype is deserved: John Footen, Deloitte
  • HPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative: Kari Grubin, HPA
  • HPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative: Renard Jenkins, HPA
  • Remote editing and finishing workflows in the cloud: Matt Herson, AWS
  • Making movies in the cloud: Zach Wilner, AWS
  • HDR and Multiscreen OTT Distribution Strategies: Raul Vecchione, AWS
  • Content, Service & Workflow Security in the Cloud: Kon Wilms, AWS
  • Analytics for viewer engagement data and content metadata: Asim Jalis, AWS
  • ML Driven Analytics:Charlie Hammell, AWS
  • Virtual Production in Cloud: Jack Wenzinge, AWS
  • WFH: Automated File Based Loudness Processing: MC Patel, Emotion Systems
  • Remote production workflows: Greg Ciaccio ASC, Motion Imaging Tech Council
  • Virtual Production: Why not the best resolution?: Mike Grieve, Mo-Sys Engineering
  • How 2020 storage challenges are lining up the vision of the future: Dominic           Harland, GB Labs
  • Solving the Media Workflow Puzzle, Chris Lennon, MediAnswers, Glenn  Reitmeier        consultant, Arjun Ramamurthy, post production counselor, Bryce Alden, Deluxe Digital Cinema, Stan Moote, IABM
  • Women in Post, Payton List, HPA Women in Post, Katie Hinsen, HPA Women in Post
  • HPA’s Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) program: Raeann Cooper HPA Young Entertainment Professionals, Dominic Koponen, HPA Young Entertainment Professionals
  • Virtual Production For Television, Ramy Katrib, DigitalFilm Tree
1:00 pm - 1:15 pm PT
Content Drop Preview #2
1:15 PM PT
Content Drop #2
1:15 pm - 1:20 pm PT
Innovation Zone Preview
  • Eliot Sakhartov
1:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Innovation Zone
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT
Cocktail Mixology Session with Equinix

Wednesday, March 17 | Innovation Zone Live / Content Release

9:00 am - 9:05 am PT
Innovation Zone Preview
  • Eliot Sakhartov
9:05 am - 9:20 am PT
Content Drop Preview #3
  • Mark Schubin, Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    Mark Schubin

    Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    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.

9:20 am PT
Content Drop #3
9:30 am - 10:30 am PT
Thought Leadership with Keycode Media
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PT
Virtual Coffee and Raffle with Adobe
9:05 am - 5:00 pm PT
Innovation Zone

Thursday, March 18 | Innovation Zone Live / Content Release

9:00 am - 9:15 am PT
Content Drop Preview #4
  • Mark Schubin, Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    Mark Schubin

    Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    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 PT
Content Drop #4

Friday, March 19 | Innovation Zone Live / Content Release

9:00 am - 9:15 am PT
Content Drop Preview #5
  • Mark Schubin, Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    Mark Schubin

    Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    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 PT
Content Drop #5

Tuesday, March 23 | Supersession Day 1 / Roundtables / Innovation Zone Live / Content Release / Live Panels

9:00 am - 10:00 am PT
Breakfast Roundtables
  • The Transition from SDI to IP/PTP: Lessons Learned and Best Practices: Karl Kuhn, Telestream
  • How do I manage IMF packages using services?: Chris Lennon, Ross Video & Bruce Devlin, Mr MXF
  • The Future of Broadcast Facilities Given IP and the Cloud: Siegfried Foessel, Fraunhofer
  • How can we fight climate change in our industry?: Cédric Lejeune, Workflowers
  • Cloud First security strategy: Mathew Gilliat-Smith, Convergent Risks
  • TPN Approach to Secure Remote Working: Juan Reyes, Convergent Risks
  • AI Transcription & Captioning: Dom Bourne, Take1
  • Dam, Mam, what’s a Pam?: Raymond Drewry, MovieLabs
  • Lens Data for Volumetric Capture: Snehal Patel, Zeiss
  • Standards for Production in the Cloud: Hanno Basse, Microsoft
  • HPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative: Kari Grubin, HPA
  • HPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative: Renard Jenkins, HPA
  • Remote editing and finishing workflows in the cloud: Matt Herson, AWS
  • Making movies in the cloud: Zach Wilner, AWS
  • HDR and Multiscreen OTT Distribution Strategies: Raul Vecchione, AWS
  • Content, Service & Workflow Security in the Cloud: Kon Wilms, AWS
  • Analytics for viewer engagement data and content metadata: Asim Jalis, AWS
  • ML Driven Analytics:Charlie Hammell, AWS
  • Moving Content in AWS: Provanshu Dey, AWS
  • WFH: Automated File Based Loudness Processing: MC Patel, Emotion Systems
  • Remote production workflows: Greg Ciaccio ASC, Motion Imaging Tech Council
  • Working Remotely? Grading, Editing, & Creating VFX with Virtual Machines in the Cloud: Jeff Olm, Eclipse Tech
  • Pitch v. Pitch Perfect: LED-wall resolution & cost: Mike Grieve, Mo-Sys Engineering
  • Remote Working: Matching Technology to Ambition: Duncan Beattie, GB Labs
  • Women in Post: Payton List, HPA Women in Post, Margaret Craig, HPA Women in Post
  • Automating media content production pipelines: Chris Steele, SGO
  • Immersive technology to create non-immersive content: Geoff Mills, SGO
  • Leveraging iPhone 12 LiDAR for Production: Kourosh Pirnazar, DigitalFilm Tree
10:00 am - 1:00 pm PT
Found Lederhosen SuperSession Day 1 - 7 MOVIES, 6 CITIES, 5 AUDIO MIXES, 4 COLOR SPACES, 3 CLOUDS, 2 LIVE TRANSMITTERS, 1 GAME

The irrepressible JZ (Joachim Zell) will host an incredible look at 7 filmmakers,  who in the midst of the pandemic shot films in London, Dubai, Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) , Mexico City,  Brisbane and Hollywood, not only testing themselves from a health and safety perspective but absolutely pushing and redefining creative, connected, remote, collaborative, cloud-based workflows. Join this session for a look at the tools, tech, workflows and filmmakers who braved virus and next gen filmmaking today.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PT
Lunch Roundtables
  • The Transition from SDI to IP/PTP: Lessons Learned and Best Practices: Karl Kuhn, Telestream
  • Remote Collaboration for Production: Chuck Parker, Sohonet
  • Working Remotely? Grading, Editing, & Creating VFX with Virtual Machines in the Cloud: Jeff Olm, Eclipse Tech
  • Cloud enabled VFX Workflows: David Rosen, Sony
  • Cloud First security strategy: Mathew Gilliat-Smith, Convergent Risks
  • TPN Approach to Secure Remote Working: Juan Reyes, Convergent Risks
  • Robots, Automation, and Quality of Experience: Jason Gish, Testronic Film & TV
  • The Need for a Common Security Model: Spencer Stephens, MovieLabs
  • Learning to Love Latency in Live Production: Peter Wharton, TAG Video Systems
  • Remote editing and finishing workflows in the cloud: Matt Herson, AWS
  • Making movies in the cloud: Zach Wilner, AWS
  • HDR and Multiscreen OTT Distribution Strategies: Raul Vecchione, AWS
  • Content, Service & Workflow Security in the Cloud: Kon Wilms, AWS
  • Analytics for viewer engagement data and content metadata: Asim Jalis, AWS
  • ML Driven Analytics:Charlie Hammell, AWS
  • Virtual Production in Cloud: Jack Wenzinge, AWS
  • WFH: Automated File Based Loudness Processing: MC Patel, Emotion Systems
  • Remote production workflows: Greg Ciaccio ASC, Motion Imaging Tech Council
  • Virtual Production: Why not the best resolution?: Mike Grieve, Mo-Sys Engineering
  • How 2020 storage challenges are lining up the vision of the future: Duncan Beattie, GB Labs
  • Burning Questions: Topics of Future Critical Conversations Webcasts: Mark Chiolis, HPA
  • Gender Bias in the Workplace: 5 Strategies to Level the Playing Field: Laura Thommen, HPA Women in Post, Lisa Gillette, HPA Women in Post
  • 5G/MEC: The Future of Content Contribution & Distribution: ErinRose Widner, Verizon, Richard Buchanan, Verizon
  • Virtual Production For Television: Ramy Katrib, DigitalFilm Tree
  • Share your thoughts: Covid and what’s next: NicoleHarmony, Company 3
  • Video Monitoring for HDR: Where We Are Today and What’s Next: Wes Donahue, Postium America
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm PT
Innovation Zone

Wednesday, March 24 | Supersession Day 2 / Roundtables / Innovation Zone Live / Content Release / Live Panels

9:00 am - 10:00 am PT
Breakfast Roundtables
  • The Transition from SDI to IP/PTP: Lessons Learned and Best Practices: Karl Kuhn, Telestream
  • Open Services Alliance Update: Chris Lennon, Ross Video,Arjun Ramamurthy, post production counselor, Glenn Reitmeier, consultant, Bryce Alden, Deluxe Digital Cinema
  • Working Remotely? Grading, Editing, & Creating VFX with Virtual Machines in the Cloud: Jeff Olm, Eclipse Tech
  • Solving Network challenges in a WFH distributed world: Patrick Sumby, Sohonet
  • Software Defined Production Facilities – Brainstorm Session: Stan Moote, IABM, & Ryan McCormick, ABC News
  • Cloud First security strategy: Mathew Gilliat-Smith, Convergent Risks
  • TPN Approach to Secure Remote Working: Juan Reyes, Convergent Risks
  • Connecting creativity to the cloud: Dave Ward, PacketFabric
  • Realizing the 2030 Vision – Aligning the Industry: Leon Silverman, MovieLabs
  • Distribution Supply Chain: Broadcast & VOD workflow convergence, a conversation with MovieLabs and DPP: Jim Helman, MovieLabs, & Rowan de Pomerai, DPP
  • Live Sports Production in The Cloud: Mark Chiolis, Mobile TV Group
  • Remote editing and finishing workflows in the cloud: Matt Herson, AWS
  • Making movies in the cloud: Zach Wilner, AWS
  • HDR and Multiscreen OTT Distribution Strategies: Raul Vecchione, AWS
  • Content, Service & Workflow Security in the Cloud: Kon Wilms, AWS
  • Analytics for viewer engagement data and content metadata: Asim Jalis, AWS
  • ML Driven Analytics: Charlie Hammell, AWS
  • Moving Content in AWS: Provanshu Dey, AWS
  • Pitch v. Pitch Perfect: LED-wall resolution & cost: Mike Grieve, Mo-Sys Engineering
  • Remote Working: Matching Technology to Ambition: Howard Twine, GB Labs
  • Women in Post: Laura Thommen, HPA WIP, Payton  List, HPA WIP
  • Lens Data for Volumetric Capture: Snehal Patel, Zeiss
  • Leveraging iPhone 12 LiDAR for Production: Kourosh Pirnazar, DigitalFilm Tree
10:00 am - 1:00 pm PT
Found Lederhosen Supersession Day 2 - Live from the Cloud...Without a Net

HPA and MovieLabs will present “Live from the Cloud – Without a Net,” a never before seen or attempted real-time demonstration of  production through editorial, VFX, conform, color, sound and delivery using 5g, and public and private hybrid cloud tools, infrastructure and workflows. All with an eye as to where we are on our path to MovieLabs “2030 Vision.”   This will be one of those demonstrations that will be talked about for years to come. And hopefully, someone will find those lederhosen.

1:00 pm -1:05 pm PT
Zoom Bah Yah
1:05 pm - 5:00 pm PT
Innovation Zone

Speakers

Below are bios submitted by some of our 2021 Tech Retreat speakers.

Erik Åhlin

Vidispine

Erik Åhlin

Erik Åhlin is the co-founder of Vidispine, which was founded 2009 by Isak Jonsson and Erik Åhlin. In 2017, Arvato Systems acquired Vidispine and as of July 1st 2020, Arvato Systems relaunched the media & entertainment unit of Arvato Systems and Vidispine as a go-to-market brand for media management and monetization. Today, Erik heads up the sales and marketing division within the new brand, focusing on growth and customer relationships. Before Vidispine, Erik was VP of Sales at Vizrt and Ardendo where he was a part of digitizing media organizations all over the world. Erik Åhlin has a Master of Computing Science from Umeå University in Sweden.

Raul Aldana

ZOO Digital

Raul Aldana

Raul started his career at the age of six,acting in a film, theatre and later, TV. When he was 14, while filming a movie and working in a TV series,he discovers the world of dubbing and voice over acting and starts combining them with the rest of his acting activities.Building on this experience for a further 20 years, Raul became the Spanish voice of Mickey Mouse, Kermit The Frog, Lion King’s Timon and many other significant pop culture characters.During this time, he expands his career as a writer and main cast member on a project that would become the most successful TV comedy in Mexico –as well as further work across TV, radio, and musical productions.It was the combination of all his talents that motivates Disney to invite Raul to lead and manage ‘Character Voices and Content Localization in Latin America.From 1997 to 2018,he was the regional creative director managing all the dubbing and localization process of more than3,500 titles, per year,in Spanish and the same amount in Portuguese. This role involved establishing the highest quality standards, especially in theatrical features in which he collaborated with star talents and celebrities –these included Phil Collins, Sting, Gloria Estefan, Viggo Mortensen, Vin Diesel, Emerson Fittipaldi and the most well-known Latin American stars like Chayanne, Shakira, Marco Antonio Solisand more. During this time, Raul managed the operations of the area; producing, directing,writing and adapting scripts and lyrics.This also involved creating and developing localization strategies to support the needs of marketing, programming and film operations–and positioning Latin America as one of the first day and date international territories; delivering each project at the lowest possible cost, in the shortest completion time with best quality.During his last three years with Disney, along with his daily managerial duties, Raul collaborated closely with Pixar in the localization strategies of the award winner animated film “Coco”, also writing the lyrics of the songs in Spanish, providing advice for cultural matters and,for the Mexican version,he brought on board and recorded more than 30 celebrities, helping the film to become the most successful theatrical release in the history of the industry in Mexico.Since March 2018, Raulhas shared his knowledge and experience with ZOO Digital, a localization service provider, helping to develop and fine tune a cloud-based dubbing platform that marks the future of the dubbing and localization industry.

Randi Altman

postPerspective

Randi Altman

An editor and journalist, Randi Altman has been a sought after source of insight in the ever-changing industry of post and production for over two decades. Covering companies, trends and filmmakers, she’s an authority on how technology is used in service to creative vision. As founder and editor-in-chief of postPerspective, she works as a bridge between the post and production communities and the companies that serve them. She is committed to telling the stories of creative talent and technical innovation and their impact on our industry.

Gary Ballabio

Cloudinary

Gary Ballabio

Gary Ballabio serves as Cloudinary’s Head of Technology Partnerships where he helps manage the company’s strategic partner and technology ecosystem. Before joining Cloudinary Gary was a strategic sales manager at Akamai where he was responsible for key relationships with Apple, Facebook and Google. Gary’s previous roles at Akamai also included Product Management, Professional Services and Engineering.

Yves Bergquist

ETC@USC

Yves Bergquist

Yves is an AI researcher and the director of the “AI & Neuroscience in Media” Project at USC’s

Entertainment Technology Center (ETC), where his team is researching new methods and

applications drawn from AI and neuroscience for the media and entertainment industry. ETC is the premier technical research organization focused on entertainment. It is funded by all 5 Hollywood studios as well as large technology companies such as Microsoft, Verizon, Cisco, and Amazon Studios. Yves’ focus is on applying frontier AI tools to solve large problems in the development and marketing of media content. In addition, he is the co-chair of SMPTE’s Joint Task Force on Artificial Intelligence Standards in Media, where he helps drive the standardization of AI methods throughout the media industry. Yves is also the founder and CEO of Corto, an AI startup developing computational tools to help media makers better understand and optimize their stories and who they tell them to. Corto is in Private Beta with a dozen studios, advertising agencies, and global consumer brands, and is already actively used to develop studio-scale film, TV and branded content. He is based in Los Angeles.

Marina Bosi

Stanford University

Marina Bosi

Dr. Marina Bosi, a pioneer in the development of digital audio coding, is a recognized global executive with deep experience in digital media technology markets, rights management, and licensing. Marina received her degrees in Physics and in Music from the University of Florence (Italy) and from the National Conservatory of Music (Florence, Italy), respectively, and completed her thesis as a Chargèe de Recherche at IRCAM in Paris, France. After working with the composer Luciano Berio at Tempo Reale, Florence, Marina came to the USA and became a Consulting Professor (since 1998) at Stanford University’s Computer Center for Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and in the Electrical Engineering department (2004-2009). An experienced industry leader, Marinaco-founded (with L. Chiariglione, MPEG Chair) the Digital Media Project and was the CTO of MPEG LA, Vice President -Technology at DTS, Project Engineer at Dolby Laboratories, and DSP Engineer at Digidesign (Avid). A Fellow and Past President of the AudioEngineering Society (AES) and a Senior Member of IEEE.Marina’s awards include the AES Silver Medal in recognition of “outstanding achievements in the development and standardization of audio and secure digital rights management” and the ISO/IEC Editor award for her contributions to ISO/IEC 13818-7, MPEG-2 Advanced Audio Coding (AAC). A graduate of Stanford Business School’s “Stanford Executive Program”, Marina holds several patents and publications and she is author of the acclaimed textbook “Introduction to Digital Audio Coding and Standards” (Kluwer/Springer December 2002). Marina has experience working with boards of directors, committees, and external stakeholders and is currently a founding Director of the Moving Picture, Audio and Data Coding byArtificial Intelligence –MPAI, and teaches and supervises graduate-level research at Stanford University.

Philippe Brodeur

Overcast HQ

Philippe Brodeur

CEO & Founder of Overcast HQ -a Video Content-as-a-Service (VCaaS) platform that helps distributed teams manage video easily and effectively | AWS Media Select Partner | NABShow “Best in Show” Award | Lecturer and Keynote Speaker.

Taylor Bynum

Brat TV

Taylor Bynum

Zachary “Taylor” Bynum is a filmmaker, editor, and producer born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He studied Media Production and Writing for the Screen & Stage at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Film/TV Editing at the Academy of Media Professionals in Burbank (formerly known as Video Symphony). He is an Avid-certified editor and member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild. His background is in feature development, media production, and editing for TV/Film. In 2012 he got his first job in Hollywood at Scott Free Productions where he worked for a year in the office of Tony Scott as a story analyst for features in development before falling in love with post production and becoming an editor. Since 2013 he has contracted as an editor, producer, and writer/director of music videos, documentaries, TV commercials, indy films, theatrical trailers, and long-form television. In 2018, he started working at Brat TV during the nascent stages of the company’s development. At Brat TV, he joined forceswith Chase Logan, and the two of them built a post production department from the ground up, using their favorite parts of different NLE workflows from their past experiences, and blending them all together into a mutant, multi-NLE Hybrid workflow that highlighted the strengths of each of these common tools in post production.

Steven Calcote

Television Academy’s Interactive Media Peer Group

Steven Calcote

Steven Calcote is an award-winning director with a passion for great storytelling, world building, and exploring humanity’s relationship with technology. An expert in the latest digital filmmaking technologies, animation, visual effects, and interactivity,Steven continues to push the envelope for original entertainment. He serves on the executive committee of the Television Academy’s Interactive Media Peer Group and has directed projects for Legendary, Twitch, BuzzFeed and many others.

Annie Chang

Annie Chang

Universal Pictures

Annie Chang

Annie Chang is the Vice President, Creative Technologies for Universal Pictures, responsible for developing strategies and designing innovative next-generation workflows across film and emerging immersive media experiences. Prior to joining Universal Pictures, Chang was the VP, Technology for Marvel Studios and held various roles during more than a decade tenure at The Walt Disney Studios. Chang is the AMPAS ACES Project Chair and Co-Chair of the AMPAS SciTech Council. She has been a Co-Chair of the 10E Essence Technology and Chair of the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) Working Group at SMPTE. She is an SMPTE Fellow and is a recipient of the SMPTE Workflow Systems Medal Award, Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership award and StudioDaily’s 2018 Exceptional Women in Production and Post. In 2020, The Hollywood Reporter named Chang on their list of top “Hollywood Innovators.”

Paul Chapman

Sim

Paul Chapman

Paul Chapman has worked in the Video and Post Production industry in Los Angeles for over 30 years,

Paul received his BSc (Hons) in Computers & Cybernetics from the University of Kent, Canterbury.

 

During his first 15 years in the USA he worked as Telecine engineer and Director of Engineering for Rank Cintel, Unimedia, Complete Post and Unitel Video.

 

He then worked at FotoKem from 1996-2017, initially as chief engineer and then as Senior Vice President of Technology.

 

Currently he is at Sim in Hollywood as VP Engineering and Technology. Responsible for running an engineering team supporting operations in the Hollywood facility, and choosing technology for that facility.

 

He is a past SMPTE Governor, and current board member of both HPA and STE.

Wileen Charles

Home & Family Show on Hallmark

Wileen Charles

Skilled production executive with command of all aspects of production.  Produced over 3,600 hours of live-to-tape broadcast programming from concept to completion.  Extensive experience in hiring key staff and negotiating with vendors to fulfill creative vision on time and under budget.  Enjoys developing personnel at all levels and varying backgrounds for a positive and powerful production environment.

Like many of her peers in production, Wileen began at the bottom.  The journey from production assistant to Line Producer overseeing 250 shooting days annually for the last eight years was anything but a straight line.  Having played every position on the floor, Wileen has very keen insight into what it takes to keep the wheels turning, even during a pandemic.

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.

Michael Cioni

Frame.io

Michael Cioni

Michael Cioni is one of the most well known international voices for workflow technologies in the cinema space. After winning 4 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy® awards,Michael founded and served as President and CEO of Light Iron, a workflow-centric post production company. After Light Iron was acquired in 2015 by the largest international camera rental group, Panavision, Cioni served as SVP of Innovation and became the product director of Panavision’s Millennium DXL 8K large format camera ecosystem.

A frequent speaker on workflow and camera systems at many international industry events, Cioni is also an active Academy member, as well as an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, focusing on research, development, mentoring, and the education of all people in the media and entertainment space.

 

Margaret Craig

Signiant

Margaret Craig

Margaret Craig is an experienced business leader in the media technology space. She currently serves as CEO of Signiant, a venture-backed enterprise software company that provides advanced technology for transferring large data sets over public and private IP networks. Under her leadership, Signiant has embraced cloud technology and developed a patented Software-as-a-Service platform that has become the de facto standard in the Media & Entertainment industry while generating a high-growth recurring revenue stream for the business. This innovative next-generation solution provides media companies of all sizes with fast, secure global access to valuable media assets ⎯regardless of where they are physically stored. Prior to assuming the CEO role at Signiant in October 2011, Margaret served as COO of Ascent Media Network Services, a provider of managed services for content distribution. There she led the technology transition to file-based delivery platforms and oversaw contract negotiations with some of the world’s largest content owners. Prior to Ascent Media, Margaret was the CEO of publicly-traded Leitch Technology, a global provider of technical infrastructure for television production and transmission; and served as President of Snell & Wilcox, a supplier of video image processing software and hardware. Ms. Craig holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University. She began her career as a design engineer at Tektronix, where she contributed to the development of television test equipmen tand RF products.

Poppy Crum

Poppy Crum

Dolby

Poppy Crum

Poppy Crum works to bridge the gap between technology and insightful, effective human interaction. As a multi-dimensional advocate of empathetic technology, she builds technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world.

 

Poppy serves as the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and as an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Program in Symbolic Systems.

 

Poppy is dedicated to the development of immersive technologies that leverage human physiology and perceptual realities to enhance our experiences and interactions in the world. She has advanced a mission to democratize the way people of all abilities benefit from sensory technologies – and how effectively technology communicates back to each of us. She believes the power of intelligent technologies is only realized with dynamic optimization and learning of as much of our personal and contextual data as possible.

 

At Dolby, Poppy directs the growth of internal science. She is responsible for integrating neuroscience and sensory data science into algorithm design, technological development, and technology strategy. At Stanford, her work focuses on the impact and feedback potential of new technologies including gaming and immersive environments such as Augmented and Virtual Reality on neuroplasticity and learning.

Bruce Devlin

SMPTE

Bruce Devlin

Founder Mr MXF; Standards Vice President, SMPTE. Bruce Devlin is well known in the media industry for his work on files, compression and systems; particularly MXF and IMF. In the last 3 decades his presentations and Bruce’s Shorts videos have become a go-to resource for CFOs, CTOs and students wanting to figure out the business of technology. Bruce has designed everything from ASICs to algorithms to industrialisation processes. He tweets as @MrMXF, he wrote the book on MXF and is now responsible for international standardis activities at SMPTE. Bruce is an alumni of Queens’ College Cambridge UK fellow of the SMPTE and member of the DPP, IABM, The IET and IMIS recipient of SMPTE’s David Sarnoff Medal & the IMIS Achievement award recipient of numerous technology awards including Techncal Emmys passionate about makeing media technology accessible to everyone and a rider of bicycles (occasionally quickly).

Nigel Edwards

Streamland Media - The Farm Group

Nigel Edwards

Nigel Edwards is a London based re-recording mixer with 40 years’ experience of mixing drama for TV. Having worked at several major London Post Houses, he became a founder member of The Farm Group which, over the last 20 years, has grown to over 20 audio studios including 4 Dolby Atmos suites.

 

The Farm group supply high end TV Drama and Documentaries to all major broadcasters world-wide including to all the main streaming platforms. The Farm Group was acquired by Streamland Media in 2019, giving it access to Ghost VFX as well as to all the studio services of the group world-wide. In January 2021, Streamland Media signed an agreement to acquire the Post Production Services’ division of Technicolor.

Eric Einhorn

On Site Opera

Eric Einhorn

Eric Einhorn is the co-founding General & Artistic Director of On Site Opera, the country’s only opera company dedicated to site-specific productions. His immersive, site-specific productions have performed to sold-out houses and critical acclaim since thecompany’s founding. Mr. Einhorn has created partnerships with venues and institutions throughout New York City that range from community gardens, historic homes, restaurants, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has also forged partnerships with social service and educational organizations to further involve the community in the creation and impact of On Site’s productions. Mr. Einhorn has become an industry-recognized leader in site-specific opera, often speaking at conferences and teaching masterclasses. He has also spearheaded a technology initiative with the company that has led to the world’s first use of Google Glass for supertitles, as well as the implementation of a mobile app for supertitles and digital programs.As a stage director, Mr. Einhorn has directed at many of the country’s leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Florentine Opera, Austin Opera, Utah Opera, and Michigan Opera Theater.

Julián Fernández-Campón

Julián Fernández-Campón

Tedial

Julián Fernández-Campón

Julián has been working in computer-related companies for 25 years. With a degree in Computer Science Engineer at the University of Málaga and a strong IT and Software Development background now is Chief Technology Officer at Tedial leading the transition over the last years to meet the new Challenges in the market with the adoption of the latest technologies in the Tedial Products, Solutions and Services and the enterprise transformation to DevOps.

John Footen

Deloitte

John Footen

John Footen is a leader in Deloitte’s Core Business Operations and Systems Engineering Practices for Media & Entertainment with over 30 years of experience in the industry. In his role at Deloitte, John works with a wide variety of broadcasters, studios, telecom companies and the firms that serve them. His client work focuses on technology strategy, media systems architecture and design, roadmaps, innovation and digital. John is an acknowledged industry expert in such areas as Business Process, Software Architecture, and the Cloud, all of which have a major impact on today’s broadcast television and professional media systems. Prior to working with Deloitte, John was an executive with several consulting firms and professional media technology vendors. He has been responsible for managing large and complex media solutions projects for many types of media enterprises. He has extensive international media experience; having lived and worked in North America, Asia, and EMEA. John has also chaired multiple SMPTE technology committees. He has led teams which have received two technology Emmy awards as well as multiple patents. He was a recipient of the prestigious SMPTE Medal for Workflow Systems and was named a Fellow of SMPTE. John holds degrees in computer science and film & television from New York University. He is also the co-author of the book, “The Service-Oriented Media Enterprise: SOA, BPM, and Web Services in Professional Media Systems,” as well as numerous articles in industry journals and magazines.

Nick Garvin

Nick Garvin

Mobile TV Group

Nick Garvin

Nick Garvin is the Chief Operating Officer for Mobile TV Group (MTVG). This includes all 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. At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Nick led the launch of MTVG’s Cloud Control, an all new cloud based live production system that facilitates the safe return of sports on TV, and outlines the future of live production.

Garvin is also the founder of Stackup, an education technology company that uses artificial intelligence to deliver metrics on students’ digital reading and learning to hundreds of schools across 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. Garvin is the inventor and patent holder of the Stackup technology.

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.

Matthew Goldman

Industry Pundit

Matthew Goldman

Matthew Goldman has been actively involved in the development of digital television systems for almost 30 years. In the 1990s, he was a prominent participant in the Moving Picture Experts Group where he helped create the MPEG-2 Systems standard, the baseline transport technology used in direct broadcast satellite, digital cable and terrestrial broadcasting. He also served as project editor for the MPEG-2 DSM-CC standard, the control signaling used in video-on-demand systems, switched digital video, and for DTV data downloads and carousels. Mr. Goldman was a co-developer of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP) standard. In the mid-2000s, he defined the broadcasting industry’s first compressed-domain high-definition program splicer. Four of his projects have been later recognized by Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards. Matthew has presented numerous papers at industry trade events and has been a contributing writer to various trade magazines. A technical paper on high dynamic range that he co-wrote received the Best Paper Award of the 2015 NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference. He is an author of the 2007 and 2017 editions of NAB Engineering Handbook, and has been published in the IEEE Proceedings and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Motion Imaging Journal. Mr. Goldman received bachelor (high honors) and master of sciences degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He holds six patents related to digital video transport. A SMPTE Fellow and former Society President, he is also a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the Broadcast Technology Society, and an inductee of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers.

Lakshmanan Gopishankar

Telestream

Lakshmanan Gopishankar

Lakshmanan Gopishankar (Gopi) is a Principal Engineer with the Tek video business unit at Telestream. His current responsibilities include applied R&D in algorithms and software for video test and measurement solutions. Over a 20 year career, first at the Video Business Unit in Tektronix and then at Telestream, he has contributed to the development of a number of innovative video test and measurement products including the WFM/WVR series of waveform monitors and the PRISM hybrid IP/SDI waveform monitor. His current research interests include developing cutting edge technologies that enhance HDR/WCG workflows and applying Machine Learning techniques for video monitoring and analysis. Gopi received his M.S.E.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. He holds multiple patents and is the recepient of the Tektronix Innovation Award in 2018.

Rory Gordon

Arsenal

Rory Gordon

Rory Gordon (she/her) is a senior colorist at Arsenal in Santa Monica, CA. She has a life-long passion for the science and art of image capture; this passion has taken her from makeshift basement darkrooms in her home state of Oklahoma, to the Munsell color laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, where she earned a BFA in film production, to Hollywood, where she has worked steadily for the last ten years. She has worked on over twenty series as a colorist, executing many different styles and always working in support of the choices made by the show’s creative team – from cinematographers, to directors, to producers. She has finished over 100 episodes of HDR content.

Gordon lives in Los Angeles with her partner James Gibson and two cats. In her spare time she enjoys subtractive media, painting in gouache and acrylic.

Thomas Graham

Dolby

Thomas Graham

Tom is a 29-year veteran of the Post Production industry working for Digidesign, Avid & Dolby and a variety of consulting/freelance work. He was one of the first to use Pro Tools to record and edit the orchestra on Hollywood scoring stages on over 40 feature films, including Collateral, Ice Age, Star Trek Nemesis, Solaris, and Serenity. He also produced and co-wrote a short film in 2011 called Agent MX-Z3RO for Avid that is still used in training curriculums. He is excited to be at Dolby for the last four plus years evangelizing Dolby Vision technology for content creators, post production and mastering.

Darin Grant

Animal Logic

Darin Grant

Darin joined Animal Logic in 2018 as the Group Chief Technology Officer. Darin is responsible for the company’s technology strategy, with a focus on content management, production pipelines, and workflows across Animal Logic’s multiple locations. Darin has over 20 years of experience in the industry, holding a variety of senior positions as a technologist across both Visual Effects and Animation.

 

Prior to Animal Logic, Darin was the Global CTO at Method Studios and Digital Domain where he drove innovation and operational excellence across engineering and operations. He has also spent considerable time consulting both in and outside of the industry for companies such as Autodesk, Foundry, Solid Angle, Chaos Group, Google, and TouchCast.

 

Darin also worked for six years as DreamWorks Animation’s Head of Production Technology. During this time, Darin was responsible for providing guidance to key departments to maintain and enhance the unified pipeline across multiple projects during the various stages of production.

 

Darin is a member of the Visual Effects Society as well as serving on its Technology Committee. He has been a frequent contributor and organizer of SIGGRAPH. He is the Treasurer of the Academy Software Foundation and he is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Digital Imaging Technology Sub-Committee of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

 

Darin’s credits include The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Kung Fu Panda, How To Train Your Dragon, What Dreams May Come, and Fight Club.

Kari Grubin

HPA

Kari Grubin

Kari Grubin is a multi-talented executive who has spent the past 20 years leading and managing studio divisions, global post production facilities, corporate departments and groups within trade organizations. Her strong record of technical operations supervision and confident, insightful leadership of creative teams led to her most recent position as Vice President of Mastering for Studio Operations at The Walt Disney Studios, where she developeda long-term strategic vision for mastering across the title lifecycle. In that role, Kari served technical lead and key contributor for content specification development and master asset delivery for all distribution windows, resolving planning conflicts, version control and general performance in the area of mastering. Kari serves on the board of the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), where she is also the chair of Women in Post Committee. In 2016, she co-created the Young Entertainment Professionals Program (YEP) at theHPA, which has provided outreach and mentoring to over 100 young leaders in the entertainment industry. Kari is now the Chair of the HPA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative to continue the expansion of HPA’s commitment to create an inclusive environment for all members of the M&E industry, especially those from under-represented groups. She is an active member of SMPTE, which is partnering with HPA on the DEI Initiative. After spending her early years in staff positions at Universal Studios and as an assistant film editor, Kari joined Paramount Pictures’ digital mastering operations, rising to head of technical operations. In 2002, she formed Global Entertainment Partners (GEP) and served as general manager, growing the company’s servicesto include 2K/HD digital intermediates and mastering, dailies services, library restoration and re-mastering, and editorial services. In 2006, Grubin and her partner sold GEP to Deluxe Entertainment Services Group and Kari transitioned to Deluxe subsidiary Deluxe Digital Media, where she was Vice President of Post and Restoration. She was responsible for business lines that included library restoration and re-mastering (4K, 2K, HD), reality TV finishing services, editorial, digital archive migration, digital intermediates and dailies services. As a member of the Deluxe executive team, she collaborated on end-to-end services for Disney and Fox. Kari then joined NSS Labs,theleading information security research and advisory company that is both an analyst firm and testing laboratory, as sales director focusing on the entertainment sector, specializing in cyber security. Kari is in demand as a speaker on a variety of topics. Recent presentations include the SMPTE Annual Technology Conference, NAB Cinemerge, HPA Women in Post, HPA Tech Retreat, theAcademy Gold Internship Programand Careers in Film Summit(AMPAS). She holds three US patents in media and entertainment technology as a co-inventor.

Seth Hallen

Seth Hallen

HPA

Seth Hallen

Ian Hamilton

Signiant

Ian Hamilton

An innovator and entrepreneur in Internetworking infrastructure and applications for more than 30 years. As a founding member of Signiant, Ian leeds the development of innovative software solutions to address the challenges of fast, secure and reliable media distribution and management leveraging private and public Internet, intranets and cloud infrastructure for many of the media and entertainment industries’ largest (and smallest) companies. Prior to Signiant, Ian was Chairman and Vice President of Product Development at ISOTRO Network Management. He was responsible for launching ISOTRO’s software business unit and created the NetID product suite before the company was successfully acquired by Bay Networks. Ian held senior management positions at Bay Networks and subsequently Nortel Networks, from which Signiant emerged. Previously Ian was a Member of Scientific Staff at Bell Northern Research performing applied research and development in the areas of Internetworking and security.

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.

Daryl Heinis

Scale Logic

Daryl Heinis

As a student of data protection, shared network file systems and server technology, Daryl has researched, developed and sustained innovations for networking, storage, and archive products covering the media and entertainment, digital security, healthcare and general IT markets. With an understanding of the industry and all the players, Daryl has developed a distinct knowledge of digital media workflows during his current tenure as CTO of Scale Logic.

Matthew Herson

AWS

Matthew Herson

Matt Herson is a Sr. Content Production Specialist enabling global media customers to successfully run production workflows on AWS. With over 10 years of experience, Matt as a passion of innovation in the post production space. Prior to AWS, he held roles as the Director of Technology, Post IT Manager, DIT, and Chief Architect roles managing a large number of teams around the word.

Robert Herzan

Scale Logic

Robert Herzan

As Founder and President, Bob brings more than 30 years of expertise in the media and entertainment industry to his role at Scale Logic. Under Bob’s leadership, Scale Logic empowers many of the world’s biggest names in post-production, broadcast, sports, video effects, religion and corporate with high-performance solutions for video data storage, archiving and retrieval; advanced media workflow solutions; and enterprise support services for optimizing client infrastructures from design to installation and beyond. Since 2013, Scale Logic has experienced 30% growth year-over-year—and today boasts a client roster including Prometheus, ShowTime, Scripps Network, CNN, Scanline VFX, Titmouse, Latter-day Saints (LDS), Target, and Walmart.

Hiren Hindocha

Digital Nirvana, Inc.

Hiren Hindocha

Hiren brings 25 years background in management and IT to Digital Nirvana, including more than 12 years of experience in a variety of technology based applications. Prior to co-founding the company, he served as Vice President of eCommerce at Go.com.

Katie Hinsen

Nice Shoes

Katie Hinsen

KATIE HINSEN is an award-winning post-production executive with an extensive background as a finishing artist, engineer, editor, VFX artist, and colorist. She brings her technical expertise to bear in building, launching and running post production facilities globally, and is deeply engaged in exploring and researching the technical innovations that are transforming the entertainment industry. Katie is a passionate mentor and advocate for emerging talent, and the co-founder of Blue Collar Post Collective. Currently she is building and developing Digital Intermediate and Dailies facilities for Nice Shoes across North America, with a focus on innovative, forward-thinking talent and technology frameworks.

J David Hoffman

Blackmagic Design

J David Hoffman

As Business Development Manager for the Americas at Blackmagic Design, David focuses his efforts on expanding the use of the creative tools for visual media production. His passion for innovation and technology are paired with his respect for craft and storytelling.

 

David’s career spans over 25 years in visual arts and media production.

 

David started his professional journey in the early 1990’s as a documentary filmmaker working on various projects in and around the high performance military aircraft industry. The experience exposed him to the full gamut of the production workflow from cameras to post production.

 

David saw new and exciting prospects to visual storytelling through the emerging computer aided production technologies in the mid 1990’s. He worked on industry leading productions utilizing advanced composting and green screen technology in both broadcast and motion picture pre-visualization while working for Discreet Logic, later Autodesk Media & Entertainment.

 

In the early 2000’s David was the project lead on the implementation of real-time graphics technology at CNBC and later NBCU, where in 2008 the use of fully immersive virtual set production was highlighted by NBC News coverage of the Presidential Election.

 

David established his own technology and production company in 2010 and worked to provide the real time visual effect technologies he had help pioneer at the studio and network levels to a broader audience of users. He continued to innovate techniques and technologies in the virtual production market leading up to his current role with Blackmagic Design.

Renard T. Jenkins

WarnerMedia

Renard T. Jenkins

Renard Jenkins joined WarnerMedia in early 2020 and serves as Vice President Content Transmission and Production Technology. In this role, he oversees teams which support hundreds of global television and feature film productions annually, providing production technologies including studio, post and remote applications, IT and IP solutions, production pipeline services, software defined workflows and more. His teams also manage the strategic direction, content acquisition, IP infrastructure and onsite connectivity for major live events including sports, entertainment and news for all WarnerMedia brands.

 

Jenkins has more than 30 years of experience in the television, radio and film industry. Before leaving PBS in early 2020, he was the VP, Operations, Engineering and Distribution. He 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. The mission of the AFC was to explore and develop procedures and standards for the creation, processing and worldwide distribution of advanced formatted and enhanced media, content and metadata through traditional as well as 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. Prior to that, he refreshed and updated Discovery Communications’ Technology Center, where he also 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 VP, Membership for the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and was named as a SMPTE Fellow in 2018. He is also on the board of MovieLabs, the Hollywood Professionals Association and the UltraHD Forum. He is also a member of the CTA Technology Committee. He is a past Board Member of AMWA, Former Co-Chair, of the UltraHD Forums’ Interoperability Working Group and the NABA Technical Committee.

 

Jenkins is a champion and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in the technology and media industries. He is a Strategic Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity In Communications (NAMIC) and the chair of the WarnerMedia Technology and Operations Diversity and Inclusion Council. He is also a recipient of the 2020 Broadcasting and Cable Technology Leadership Award.

Logan Ketchum

Veritone

Logan Ketchum

Logan Ketchum was an early influencer in the practical application of Artificial Intelligence in Media and Entertainment, working with organizations like NBCU, Bloomberg, ViacomCBS, San Francisco Giants and many more. At Veritone, Logan’s focus is on helping enterprise customers effectively implement AI work streams within their day-to-day businesses to impact workflow automation and content activation, resulting in increased audience engagement and boosts to associated revenue streams.

Sharif Khan

Dalet Digital Media Systems

Sharif Khan

Sharif Khan is the Presales Solution Architect for the West Coast of US and Canada with Dalet Digital Media Systems. Sharif joined Dalet Digital Media Systems during a time when the industry is going through many changes with the introduction of cloud platforms, more evolved artificial intelligence platforms, and machine learning in media distribution workflows. He works closely with Dalet’s customers to design solutions that integrate enterprise media asset management with existing production toolsets and utilize artificial intelligence, automated supply chains, and virtual infrastructure in private/public cloud platforms.

Fereidoon Khosravi

Venera Technologies

Fereidoon Khosravi

As a 35+ year veteran in Information Technology, Digital Media, and Business Development, Fereidoon brings in-depth technology and business experience to Venera Technologies. Responsible for the global reach of Venera’s products and services, Fereidoon works closely with Hollywood Studios, Post Production Houses, Broadcasters, Content Aggregators and distributors worldwide, as well as technology partners, worldwide. He also participates in and contributes to various Digital Media industry forums and Standards bodies. Fereidoon holds a Master of Science degree from University of Michigan, USA.

Olga Kornienko

EZDRM

Olga Kornienko

Olga Kornienko is a co-founder and COO of EZDRM, the original DRM as a Service specialist. Since 2001, Olga has driven the growth of this very international enterprise and established its strong market branding as both a business and a technology leader. Olga is an expert on video security, security industry history, and a frequent contributor to industry publications and conferences.

Jaisica Lapsiwala

Soho Media Club

Jaisica Lapsiwala

Jaisica has over two decades of experience in digital and live-event content. She has worked at world-class brands including Informa, Retail Week, IBC and The Telegraph. She is currently the founder of content agency Purple Ripple and is also the co-founder of Soho Media Club, a networking club for media professionals.Armed with heaps of experience in creating, managing and delivering global content strategies and campaigns across multiple channels including live events, social media, print and in-house TV, Jaisica is skilled at bridging the gap between digital and live event content and working collaboratively with editors to create structured media campaigns. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and launched the D&I initiative at IBC and regularly speaks on panels on this subject. Her focus is on empowering individuals and organisations no matter their background, status or gender to be the best version of themselves.

Bleuenn Le Goffic

Accedo

Bleuenn Le Goffic

Cédric Lejeune

Workflowers/Perfect Memory

Cédric Lejeune

Cedric started in 2000 as a visual effects assistant on Discreet Smoke, working on TribalX, a complex full CG/MoCap production for children and setting the network infrastructure in the small post-production facility.

In 2000 he becomes application engineer for Post-Logic and supports a wide range of products: animation, infrastructure, effects, colour grading. He was in charge of the implementation of the first industrial digital intermediate pipeline at Éclair Laboratoires in 2002 and different setups in Paris and Europe.

In 2006 he starts his first company, Workflowers, to develop consulting and training services, accompanying film labs in the transition to digital and helping post-production to step into the cinema world. He specializes in digital cinema and video workflows, infrastructures and colour science. His work on online collaborative environment and content management tools have made him an expert of cloud technologies for media. Workflowers’ image processing tools are used by major studios in the world.

In 2015 he joins Ymagis to supervise the technology for postproduction and mastering labs in the group (New York, London, Liège, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris). The integration of Eclair Laboratoires extends the delivery of content to broadcasters and OTT, and gives an opportunity to develop a century old brand as an innovative one; he manages the technology and innovation team to create more efficient and global workflows across the group. He led the development of EclairColor, the Eclair HDR solution for cinema.

In 2020, while continuing R&D efforts for EclairColor and developing HDR and HFR image technologies for the Chinese market, he reboots Workflowers to help media industries in their transition to a more sustainable model. With his business partner Benoît Ruiz, he helps studios in building and implementing organization and technical strategies with sustainability in mind. Workflowers released a major study for Ecoprod on the audiovisual market environmental impact and participates international green initiatives such as the EBU Sustainability group. Workflowers also participates european R&D programs and La Cartouch’Verte, an association to promote good environmental practices in animation. Workflowers partners with Perfect Memory for the development of their semantic technology toolset in the studio environment.

Cedric is the co-head of the postproduction department at CST and is a member of VES, SMPTE and HPA.

Phil Lelyveld

Phil Lelyveld

Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California

Phil Lelyveld

Philip Lelyveld runs the Immersive Media (VR/AR/MR/LBE) Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC@USC), a think tank within the School of Cinematic Arts. He also runs the Executive/Student Coffee program which creates structured, casual discussion and networking opportunities around topics of interest to the industry.

 

The ETC@USC is funded by the major Hollywood studios, Verizon, 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 .

Chris Lennon

MediAnswers

Chris Lennon

Chris Lennon is President and CEO of MediAnswers, a trusted advisor to the cream of the crop of media companies worldwide. He has over 30 years of experience in the media business, leading large projects on every continent except for Antarctica. He has held a variety of leadership positions in the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), including Standards Director, Local Section Manager, Technology Committee Chair, and others. He is a SMPTE Fellow and recipient of SMPTE’s 2008 Citation. He is known as a thought leader, with a reputation built on not only working with the world’s leading media organizations, but his leadership of several leading-edge industry efforts in many diverse areas, like BXF, NABA/DPP Content Delivery Specs, PMCP,3DTV, OBID Audience Measurement, Multilink SDI using CWDM, microservices in media and many more. He also serves as Executive Director of the Open Services Alliance, a global industry organization focused on interoperability among microservice oriented media systems. In his spare time, he is a championship winning race car driver, author, and high-performance driving coach, and runs Winding Road Adventures. For more details on MediAnswers, its clients, and Chris’ team, please visit www.medianswers.tv. For more details on the Open Services Alliance, please visit www.openservicesalliance.com.

Cerise Lim Jacobs

White Snake Projects

Cerise Lim Jacobs

Cerise Lim Jacobs (Creator and Librettist) creates new American opera from her chequered past in multicultural Singapore and her sojourns around the world. Her original libretti are inspired by the myths that live in our imaginations and the excitement of current events and people she encounters.

 

Cerise was born in colonial Singapore under British rule into a traditional Chinese family. She grew up absorbing the disparate influences of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Western cultures and the world religions of Christianity (indeed, she was educated by American Methodist missionaries), Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. During the turbulence following Singapore’s independence from Great Britain and its secession from Malaysia, when fear of the “yellow peril” was rampant in Southeast Asia, her family managed to emigrate to Australia, despite its “White Australia” Policy. She dropped out of school at the age of nineteen to follow her heart, and began a sojourn that took her from Melbourne to Oxford, England; East Lansing, Michigan; Vancouver; and Pittsburgh, until she finally settled in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

Cerise graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, summa cum laude and from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude. She spent 20 years practicing law, including serving as a trial partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, one of the largest law firms in New England, where she specialized in criminal defense and patent litigation. She also served for five years as a federal prosecutor at the US Attorney’s Office in Boston as part of her commitment to public service. She was sworn in as a citizen simultaneously with being sworn in as an Assistant United State Attorney, one of the proudest moments of her life.

 

Cerise is a lifelong student of living creatively as a means of achieving success across many disciplines. Since retiring from law, she has returned to her creative voice in opera, music, art, and food. She is the President of the Charles and Cerise Jacobs Charitable Foundation and has endowed the Charles M. Jacobs Fund for Equal Rights and Social Engagement at the University of Chicago Law School and College. She is a founder of White Snake Projects, (formerly, the Friends of Madame White Snake), a company which commissions, develops and produces original opera of the highest production values, combined with social activism; a co-founder, with her son Pirate Epstein, of the mobile gaming company SqueePlay; and, is a founding member of Evidox, an e-discovery company.

 

Cerise has been named a 2017 Mover & Shaper by Musical America, an award given to music professionals for driving the performing arts towards a future shaped by their vision, and one of Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color in 2018.

Joaquin Lippencott

Metal Toad

Joaquin Lippencott

Joaquin is a modern technology veteran. Throughout his career he has built successful digital strategies with a wide assortment 
of transformative technologies and platforms, helping clients identify a clear path for success. Over the years he has worked with industry leaders such as DC Comics, the Television Academy, Intel, Technicolor, Verizon Wireless, Habitat for Humanity, Limewire, the Linux Foundation, Sony Pictures Television, Mercy Corps, and Cisco as well as numerous small businesses, advertising agencies and internet start ups.

With over 14 years of experience in his field, he is still as passionate about technology as ever. Joaquin is a graduate from UCLA with a degree 
in design and has also served on the AIGA Portland chapter board as President.

-As CEO & founder of Metal Toad – an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, Joaquin provides the vision and mission for a company with big goals to transform the way enterprises use software

-Joaquin serves as a Board Member on the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce

Payton List

Sim

Payton List

Payton List, a LA-based Chicago native, is the General Manager and workflow specialist at Sim Post Los Angeles. She leads a team of incredible dailies, conform, and workflow gurus. This involves managing color-flow from set to post, metadata collection, technical troubleshooting, media management and review, conform, finishing, and VFX pull workflows, client communication, travel coordination nationally and abroad, technician training, and much more. Her vast credits include “The Leftovers”, “Narcos”, “The Son”, and “Good Girls” among many others. The priority is to make clients’ lives easier so they can focus on the creative intent of their projects. When not working directly with clients, the goal is to be be at the forefront of the industry through R&D of new technology and software.As a leader, she value’s the art of effective conversation, technical knowledge, diversity and inclusion, education, and collaboration. She doesn’t fear getting her hands dirty or taking ownership of mistakes, therein leadingby example.In her free time, she’s on the HPA Young Entertainment Professionals committee, a member of SMPTE, and enjoy speaking on industry panels. She also enjoys trail running, traveling the world, and hangin’ with her pups.

Chase Logan

Brat TV

Chase Logan

Chase Logan is a professional with years of experience managing post production teams for digital studios. He’s overseen thousands of hours of content creation across feature films, digital tv shows, and youtube channels as well as marketing content and digital distribution.

Thomas Lund

Genelec

Thomas Lund

Originally of a medical background, Thomas Lund worked in healthcare before diving into pro audio. Thomas is senior scientist at Genelec, engaged in standardisation, and author of a number of papers on perception and measurement. He is active in AES, EBU, ITU, WHO and CTA; and chairman of a working group under the European Commission, tasked with the prevention of recreational hearing loss.

Jody Madden

Foundry

Jody Madden

Jody Madden was appointed CEO in July 2019 to lead Foundry’s next stage of growth. Since joining Foundry as Chief Operating Officer in 2013, Jody has been responsible for the overall customer strategy and product line ensuring our customers’ needs remain at the heart of the business. Prior to joining Foundry, Jody spent more than a decade in technology management and studio leadership roles at Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm, and Digital Domain. Jody graduated from Stanford University.

James Mathers

Digital Cinema Society

James Mathers

James Mathers is a veteran Cinematographer, and the President of the nonprofit educational cooperative, The Digital Cinema Society, a group dedicated to the industry’s informed integration of new technology, as well as a regular contributor to a number of industry trade journals. He began his career in the entertainment industry as a child actor appearing in many films and TV series of the 1960’s. Behind the lens professional work started after he attended film school and a wide variety of staff and freelance assignments led to a specialization in cinematography and the founding of his own business, The Migrant FilmWorkers. James has been the Director of Photography on over forty feature films and MOWs and has seen six TV series from inception thru their first season. He has recently been specializing in shooting “filmstyle” digital, and while still active as a Cinematographer, James also regularly produces, writes, and directs a variety of projects.

George Meek

InPlayer

George Meek

With two decades of experience selling broadcast technology and almost as long operational experience in scaling high-growth technology companies, George Meek is CEO of InPlayer, the leading monetization and subscriber management platform trusted by over 700 customers worldwide.

Jonathan Mills

Metal Toad

Jonathan Mills

Over the last fifteen years Jonathan has focused on growing revenue and clients for a number of Los Angeles based advertising and brand agencies with a focus on the automotive, entertainment and technology sectors. His clients have included some of the world’s most recognized brands, including Michelin, Ferrari, ABInBev, Chopard, Belstaff, and Porsche. At Metal Toad, Jonathan’s focus is creating and nurturing client relationships and he is happiest when working in a values-driven organization. Select Experience: – Managed multiple account stakeholders to launch a Super Bowl Advertisement in support of ABIInBev’s e-commerce initiative-Developed and account-managed digital campaigns for Ferrari, Michelin and Pirelli Tires-Developed the business sales cycle for a popular automotive content channel-Worked cross-collaboratively with in-house team members of various disciplines including product, software, and executives-At Metal Toad Jonathan holds key account space with SONY, ABC, The Golden Globes, The Television Academy and more. Extensive B2B partnership experience from start-ups to Fortune 500.

Jonathan Morgan

Object Matrix

Jonathan Morgan

Jonathan Morgan is the CEO and founder of Object Matrix. Jon has a long history in grid and the clustered computing technologies, stretching back to the early 90s and including leading the largest development team on the EMC Centera product. As the founder of Object Matrix, Jon put together a team of storage technology experts, largely drawn from other storage technology companies, to realise his view of intelligent, scalable, and searchable object storage technology storage technology. Prior to Object Matrix Jon worked as the CTO in Agathos Software, Procis Software Limited and as a senior architect/consultant for Ubiquity, AT&T and Accenture. Well travelled, Jon studied grid computing at Texas Christian University and worked for 10 years in Brussels. Jon now lives in Wales and has a keen interest in rugby, football, college basketball and travel.

Michelle Munson

Michelle Munson

Eluv.io

Michelle Munson

Michelle Munson is the co-founder and CEO of Eluvio, a software company based in Berkeley, CA pioneering new technologies for a content-centric Internet. Eluvio’s Content Fabric is an open, high performance software network for management and distribution of large form content (video) in ways never before possible, realizing quality, efficiency, provability, personalization and monetization. Eluvio’s platform was introduced at HPA in 2019 and was the recipient of the HPA 2020 Engineering Excellence Award. Michelle previously founded Aspera in 2004 and led the company as CEO until May 2017, including through acquisition by IBM in 2014. She created the Aspera FASP™ transport technology, an Emmy-award winning technology used in 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 networking, machine learning, block chain and cloud infrastructure. She is the recipient of the 2019 David Sarnoff Medal for technology innovation with lasting impact in film and television, the 2016 Charles Swartz awardee (also won by Ray Dolby, the founder of Dolby Technologies) and is a SMPTE Fellow. In 2020 she was named to TV Technology’s top 25 “People to Watch” in the industry .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 also serves on the Board of Avid Corporation.

Sam Nicholson, ASC

Stargate Studios

Sam Nicholson, ASC

Sam Nicholson, ASC, is CEO and founder of Stargate Studios, a state-of-the-art visual effects production company founded in 1989, with studios in South Pasadena, California and Vancouver, British Columbia. As Stargate’s CEO, principal director and cinematographer, Sam draws from his thirty years of expertise in film, television and visual effects production to lead his company of over 125 talented artists and technicians. A graduate of the UCLA graduate school of Fine Arts, Sam has been involved in film andtelevision production for over thirty years. From his first experience as on-set visual effect supervisor on ‘Star Trek I’ and the groundbreaking ‘Max Headroom’, to his recent Emmy Awards for best Visual Effects for TNT’s “Battlegound” and NBC’s “Heroes”,Sam Nicholson has led his company, Stargate Studios, to become a leader in digital imaging for high concept television and feature films. Currently working on multiple television series, national commercials and feature films, Sam has overseen the visual effects for numerous series such as “Heroes”, “24”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “CSI: New York”, “Ugly Betty”, “ER”, “The Event”, “Pan Am” and “The Walking Dead”. Some of his motion picture credits include supervising and producing the visual effects for feature films such as ‘Ghostbusters II’, ‘Highlander II’, ‘Naked Gun 33 1/3′, 40 Days and 40 Nights’ and ‘White Noise’.Sam Nicholson is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, an IA Director of Photography, a member of the Directors Guild of America, an award-winning member of the Visual Effects Society and he serves on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Technical Awards committee.

Zach Oscar

Wasserman

Zach Oscar

Zach Oscar is a writer and lecturer on the gaming and esports industries. As the Gaming/Esports consultant for HocusFocus, he has delivered lectures to clients like AMC Networks, Comscore, E.W. Scripps, Fox Networks, Sinclair Broadcasting, and USIM. He has also been a featured speaker at the Secret Society, in which 200+ media industry executives get together biannually, on BIA Advisory Services webinars, and venture capital firm Needham & Co.’s panels. On top of this, Zach writes as a frequent columnist to MediaPost, serving as the publications’ gaming and esports contributor.

Carol Payne

Netflix

Carol Payne

Carol Alynn Payne started her career in visual effects, working for almost six years at Industrial Light & Magic, a Lucasfilm Company, most prominently as Color & Imaging Engineer. It was there she found her passion – in how we capture, create, digitally manipulate, and display imagery to make content shine. At ILM, Carol worked on over 30 films, including The Irishman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Avengers: Infinity War. In May 2019, Carol joined Netflix as Imaging Specialist on the Creative Technologies team, focused on standards of the future and how we can best utilize imaging technology to preserve creative intent. Carol is a Virtual Working Group chair for the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES), as well as a Technical Steering Committee member of OpenColorIO, and a chair of the Academy Software Foundation’s Diversity & Inclusion Working Group. Active in SMPTE and ACM SIGGRAPH, she’s also a founding member of Women in Visual Effects.

Janice Pearson

Convergent Risks Inc

Janice Pearson

Janice is an experienced media professional with an established background in content security, production, business strategy, risk management and compliance. She previously served as Director, Content Protection Strategy & Operations at Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.Janice is highly regarded for creating and implementing supply chain security procedures from production through distribution for motion picture, television and games content. She also has expertise in policy development, building security training programs, providing direction to business units when workflow concerns arise and investigating content leaks within the supply chain. Janice has a leadership role within Convergent, overseeing the Americas territory. She currently serves on the CDSA’s Technology Committee and previously served on the MPAA’s Content Security Working Group which writes/maintains the MPAA Best Practices. Janice is CISA and CISM certified and teaches ISACA exam preparation classes in her spare time.

Tim Pipher

LA Castle Studios - Burbank

Tim Pipher

Tim’s career shifted from the financial industry to television when he founded a small independent television station in Fort Myers, Florida to promote his investment business in 1989.

Upon realizing he enjoyed show business more than the investment business, Tim added a second small TV station by founding and running WHHI-TV on Hilton Head Island, SC, until both stations were sold in 2001.

In 2008, the show business bug emerged again and Tim founded Southeastern Studios in Vero Beach, Florida, employing one of the first 3D HD virtual studio systems open to the public in America. In 2012, the studio moved to its current location in Burbank, and renamed itself L.A. Castle Studios, specializing in the production of television host wraps, talk, and news programs for various networks and entertainment companies, including Disney, Universal, Amazon, and many others.

Early in 2018, the studio acquired and/or patented technology that would allow it to facilitate the production of narrative programming, including scenes from anywhere in the universe, (past, present, or future) by tethering the Unreal Video Game Engine with cinema cameras and lenses, creating remarkable creative opportunities while saving producers substantial financial resources.

Tim has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in economics from Bethel University in Indiana, and an MBA with a specialization in financial investments from the University of South Carolina.

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

Charles Poynton

Charles Poynton

I am an imaging and colour [color] scientist, engaged in physics, math, and algorithm development. I wrote, illustrated, and typeset “Digital Video and HD Algorithms and Interfaces” and a few other books. I was responsible for the introduction of Adobe RGB 1998 colorspace; I chose 1080 picture lines for HD.

Sarah Priestnall

Pixelworks

Sarah Priestnall

Sarah Priestnall is the Director of Product Marketing at Pixelworks. Since starting as a runner and tape op at Molinare in London, she has been at the forefront of evangelizing new technologies throughout her career. She was deeply involved in the development of the digital intermediate process at Kodak’s Cinesite and also some of the earliest RED camera workflows at Hollywood Intermediate, which became Next Element by Deluxe. As digital acquisition became the norm, she was a key member of the Codex team as they became the standard for RAW in-camera recording, storage and workflow. Sarah is an associate member of the ASC, writing the chapter on Digital Post Production in the latest edition of the ASC Manual. She is also on the board of the Colorist Society International.

Peter Putman

ROAM Consulting LLC

Peter Putman

Pete Putman, CTS®, is president of ROAM Consulting LLC in Doylestown, PA. A 43-year veteran of the AV industry, Pete has written extensively on digital video and display technology for consumer and trade magazines and has been a frequent speaker at the HPA Technology Retreat.

Josh Rizzo

Sony Pictures Television

Josh Rizzo

Multi-disciplinary problem solver, Josh assists clients in workflow design and implementation, creating hardware and software solutions for modern digital workflows. He has assisted with the lead the engineering of large-scale facility deployments and workflow design for feature film and television clients. He enjoys exploring the edges of where technology and culture meet, preparing to address the challenges of tomorrow.

Andy Quested

Freelance

Andy Quested

Andy Quested started as a BBC Technical Assistant in 1978 becoming a video-tape editor in 1985 where he worked on many comedy, children’s and documentary series, editing all episodes of “Keeping Up Appearances”!

 

He also worked on the introducing of non-linear editing, stereo and widescreen production. In 1998 moved to a new BBC technology department working on the BBC’s first HD programmes including Planet Earth I and the first UHD programme, Planet Earth II.

 

Andy left the BBC in November 2020 after 42 years but is still active in international standards and accessible media for all. He is currently the Chair of the ITU-R Working Party 6C which works to deliver standards for programme production and international exchange including work on Advanced Audio Systems and High Dynamic Range Television. The Working Party also looks into advances in immersive media technologies including personalised and accessible content.

 

Andy is also Chair of the EBU Production Strategic Programme which works on all aspects of Programme Production including the use of AI in broadcasting and all aspects of content-based data applications, data management, archives and cloud production.

 

Both the ITU and EBU groups are looking a more holistic approach to making all media a more personal and accessible experience and how to achieve the goals of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Yuriy Reznik

Brightcove, Inc.

Yuriy Reznik

Yuriy Reznik is a technology fellow and head of research at Brightcove. Previously, he worked at RealNetworks, InterDigital, and Qualcomm, and contributed to a number of well-known standards (ITU-T H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, ITU-T H.265/MPEG HEVC, MPEG DASH, etc.) as well as products in the domains of internet streaming and wireless multimedia. He received his PhD degree in computer science from Kiev University, Kiev, Ukraine, and was also a visiting scholar at Stanford University, Stanford, CA. He has co-authored more than 100 academic articles and co-invented more than 60 granted U.S. patents related to his studies and work.

David Rosen

Sony

David Rosen

David has global responsibility for leading Sony’s Ci Media Cloud SaaS business. As one of the original founders, he has grown the business from inception into the largest and most profitable SaaS company in Sony’s history. He is a valued technology thought leader within Media & Entertainment and has been a significant contributing force in bringing the reality of cloud based production and broadcast workflows to many of the largest media organizations in the world.Prior to launching Ci, David helped create the Digital Media Group within Sony Pictures where he was responsible for delivering solutions to enable the studio to transition from tape based to file based workflows. While at Sony Pictures, David also spent two years developing and bringing to market the Distribution Backbone, the industry’s first automated supply chain for post theatrical manufacturing and distribution.David started his career as a software developer and solutions consultant with Oracle Corporation where he consulted with fortune50 companies and multiple government agencies.

Tony Rost

Metal Toad

Tony Rost

Tony brings more than 20 years experience in people-first leadership of large and mid-sized public and private companies undergoing significant growth and change. He drives business value through strategic partnership with business leaders, unrelenting focus on talent development, and continuous improvement of processes and systems. Tony has shipped transformative tech products such as predictive analytics tools for energy and transportation clients, entertainment-industry innovations in distribution and audience engagement, and pioneering internationally-coordinated beta programs. Select Experience:-Led software and infrastructure teams to successful, on-time launches for hundreds of products-Oversaw successful transformation to cloud and mobile solutions for dozens of major corporations-Portfolio of work includes smart watches for Intel, big data analytics systems for Daimler and Siemens, streaming services such as Fandango NOW and Crackle, and hundreds of cloud-first digital properties for Sony, Warner Bros, Peace Health Hospitals, and many others-Launched three projects at CES-Managed dozens of agile teams internally and externally-Appointed by the governor to guide technology policy with workforce development in Oregon-Published articles with Industry Week and Smart Manufacturing-Public speaking on technology leadership with the State of Oregon, Technology Association of Oregon, and many others.

Pierre Routhier

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Pierre Routhier

Former Aerospace Engineer Pierre Hugues Routhier, Eng., M.Eng., is a specialist in advanced imaging technologies. He has developed innovative solutions and workflows for studios, post-production facilities and broadcasters in all fields of advanced imaging. He is credited with more than a dozen patents related to advanced imaging and is published in several industry papers. These days, Pierre designs advanced workflows for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, instructs the SMPTE online course on High Dynamic Range and collaborates to new video standards at the European Broadcasting Union.

Marty Sacks

Telos Alliance

Marty Sacks

Marty Sacks is the Executive Vice President of Sales, Support and Marketing for the Telos Alliance and contributes to publications like TV Tech and Radio World.During nearly two decades with Telos Alliance, Sacks has held a variety of roles in management and sales as well as business and product development. Marty has also had sales roles with some of broadcasting’s most storied brands including console manufacturer Pacific Research and Engineering (PR&E) and Electronics Research, Inc. (ERI), world-class supplier of tower and antenna systems. Prior to his roles with broadcast equipment suppliers, Marty enjoyed a career as a technologist for some of radio’s best-known stations, including highly respected NPR affiliate WAMU and the US’s first successful FM CHR station, WPGC, both located in Washington, DC. Marty also had project and technology consulting roles with group owners First Media and Greater Media for several years. Along the way, Marty led Streamline Publishing, home of Radio Ink magazine. Marty lives in Baltimore with his wife, Mary Beth. In his spare time, he teaches people to fly airplanes and is a search and rescue pilot with the Maryland Wing of Civil Air Patrol.

Tom Sahara

Tom Sahara LLC

Tom Sahara

A technology manager and operations executive with four decades of extensive live production experience, from the smallest of digital social media activations to the largest of international sports events.

Previously, Tom was the Vice President of Operations and Technology for Turner Sports where for over twenty years, he was responsible for the production operations such as NBA on TNT, MLB on TBS, Inside the NBA with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal, Inside March Madness and other sports productions.

Prior to Turner Sports, his experience includes serving as the Sr. Technical Manager for three Olympics, (2002 Salt Lake Winter, 2000 Sydney Summer, 1996 Atlanta Summer).  Tom started his career as the technical director for “The Don Ho Show” the renown Hawaiian entertainment star.

Lina Sanchez

Kree8 Productions

Lina Sanchez

Determined, passionate digital media professional with an extensive background in project and team management, the intricacies of international markets, OTT and streaming platforms, as well as branded content and workflows. A proven track record in conceptualizing and implementing improved workflows for content management systems. Bilingual both in people and tech (as well as in English and Spanish) Dedicated to seeking solutions for companies as they expand into international, multicultural and multilingual markets.

Kamala Sankaram

Experiments in Opera

Kamala Sankaram

Praised as “strikingly original” (NY Times) and “new voice from whom we will surely be hearing more” (LA Times), Kamala Sankaram writes highly theatrical music that defies categorization. Recent commissions include the Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Opera on Tap, among others. Awards, grants and residencies include: Jonathan Larson Award, NEA ArtWorks, MAP Fund, Opera America, NY IT Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical, the Civilians, HERE, the MacDowell Colony, and the Watermill Center. Known for her work with emerging technologies, her recent genre-defying hit Looking at You (with collaborators Rob Handel and Kristin Marting) featured live data mining of the audience and a chorus of 25 singing tablet computers. Sankaram, Handel, and Marting also created all decicions will be made by consensus, a short absurdist opera performed live over Zoom and featured on NBC and the BBC3, and Only You Will Recognize the Signal, a psychedelic space opera created for remote performance. With librettist Jerre Dye and Opera on Tap, she created The Parksville Murders, the world’s first virtual reality opera (Samsung VR, Jaunt VR, Kennedy Center Reach Festival, “Best Virtual Reality Video” NY Independent Film Festival, Future of Storytelling, Salem Horror Festival and the Topanga Film Festival.) Also a performer, notable appearances include the LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, and the PROTOTYPE Festival, among others. Kamala is the leader of Bombay Rickey, an operatic Bollywood surf ensemble (recipient of two awards for Best Eclectic Album from the Independent Music Awards). Dr. Sankaram holds a PhD from the New School and is currently a member of the composition faculty at SUNY Purchase. www.kamalasankaram.com.

Mark Schubin

HPA Tech Retreat

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.

Stephen Shapiro

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Stephen Shapiro

After a 15 year career in freelance editorial as an assistant editor, Stephen transitioned to the technology development side at Sony Pictures Entertainment bringing his expertise in post-production and editorial workflows to the studio. Stephen enjoys workflow design and implementation for all aspects of production workflows including VFX, picture, and sound.

Aline Shaw

Technicolor

Aline Shaw

Aline Shaw has been managing automated solutions for the media and entertainment industry for over 10 years. She started her career in media services, helping clients quickly grow their libraries in the streaming market for archival and distribution. She then moved her attention to post-production, where she is now Director of Product Innovation. As part of the post-production software team, Aline is focused on identifying industry trends while working with developers to create innovative software solutions to facilitate automation and drive efficiencies while providing a better working experience for post-production on a global scale

Leon Silverman

Leon Silverman

Strategic Perspective Consulting

Leon Silverman

Leon Silverman heads Strategic Perspective Consulting which is focused on solving for the challenges and opportunities presented by media and entertainment industry transformative change.

For over 40 years, Leon Silverman has helped to drive industry strategy focusing on the intersection of creativity and technology. He has held senior executive roles at Netflix, The Walt Disney Studios, The Eastman Kodak Company, and LaserPacific where he has dedicated his career to the development and introduction of new technology tools and workflows.

Silverman was one of the founders and long standing president of the HPA – the Hollywood Professional Association, where he still sits on the Board and currently chairs its Industry Recovery Task Force focused on return to work and future sustainability of the professional service sectors who support global content creation.

Serving his third term on the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Silverman also chairs its Industry Resumption Task Force which has a focus on how technology might aid the 17 branches of the Academy as it contemplates the transformation of the industry as it copes with the impact of the current pandemic and the technology transformation impacting the motion picture industry. In addition, he sits on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Members-at-Large Executive Committee and is a sponsor of and helped to design and launch the Academy Gold Program.

He has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the HPA, the Bob Lambert Technology Leadership Award from the Entertainment Technology Center at USC, has 2 Emmy Awards for his contributions to technology innovation, holds 10 issued patents and numerous Disney Inventor awards for his contributions to patent applications. He has served multiple terms as Governor and is a Life Fellow of the Society of  Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and is an associate member of The American Society of Cinematographers, and the American Cinema Editors.

In October 2020, he was honored with SMPTE’s Presidential Proclamation honoring his “contributions to the Society and the media entertainment industry as a visionary, innovator, and mentor.”

Aaron Sloman

OWNZONES Media Network

Aaron Sloman

Aaron Sloman is Chief Technology Officer of OWNZONES Media Network. Since 2015, Aaron has managed the company’s enterprise systems and solutions, and oversees all aspects of technology architecture for the B2B and B2C lines of the business as well as device releases. Additionally, he pilots both the U.S. product development team and the technical team based in Romania, and coordinates operations between the two. Aaron, notably, was responsible for leading the technical development of the company’s OTT platform, OWNZONES Connect and the proprietary IMF cloud transcoder and is very active with the IMF User Group and SMPTe IMF PlugFests.

 

A serial entrepreneur, Aaron, as either a Founder or Co Founder, launched several startups prior to joining OWNZONES. Ventures include Nimble Software Systems, Inc., CrossFit Chalk and Veebit and speakTECH. During this time, Aaron served as Chief Strategy Officer at Veebit, a predictive analytics company employing advanced psychometrics in conjunction with big data. He directed the mapping and product development, designed with open architecture and flexibility, of Veebit’s proprietary measurement models to generate relevant value profiles.

 

Aaron, a former Microsoft alum, worked there during the surge of technological change in the late 90’s, marked by fierce competition for browser and platform domination and the evolution of data-driven user experiences. In 2005, Aaron left Microsoft to form speakTECH, a technology consulting firm, acquired by Perficient in 2010. Aaron grew speakTECH into a leading implementation partner for companies including Disney, Dell, MySpace and Microsoft. After the acquisition, Aaron spent two years at Perficient, where he led their Microsoft business practice, and helped drive M&A efforts and strategy and organizational restructuring.

Isaac Spedding

The Rebel Fleet

Isaac Spedding

Isaac Spedding is a New Zealand based Dailies Colourist and Head of Training and Development at The Rebel Fleet. His 12 years working in digital production have included time in the USA as a Producer with Livestream (now Vimeo), Technical Direction of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks, Production Consultancy for Syrian Aid Organization HIHFAD, a TEDx Production from Antarctica and Data and Dailies Manager roles for Disney and Netflix Productions.

Muralidhar Sridhar

Prime Focus Technologies

Muralidhar Sridhar

Murali has 23 years of experience in Technology, R&D, Product management and Product creation in the areas spanning from AIML to Mobility and Networking. He has lead large Engineering and Product management teams across many geographies including India, USand Europe. He has filed 9 patents with 4 in AI. He has been an Entrepreneur before being acquired by Prime Focus Technologies. At Prime Focus Technologies, his core responsibilities include Product management, Product Engineering and Innovation for AIand ML. He works with major clients like Star India, Hearst Television, Hotstar and Sony Music.  Murali holds a degree in Computer Science Engineering from Bangalore Institute of Technology and Executive Education in Management from Wharton.

Jeremy Stapleton

Technicolor

Jeremy Stapleton

Jeremy Stapleton has over 14 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry, working on technology solutions for production, post-production and long term archive. He started his career at Deluxe Entertainment, working to create, support and manage software tools for both film and digital workflows. He is currently Global Head of Software for Technicolor Post Production, managing teams to create software solutions that improve the post production process for clients and employees as well as support digital transformation initiatives.

Sebastian Sylwan

Technicolor

Sebastian Sylwan

Sebastian Sylwan is an industry veteran with 25 years of experience that has taken him from Italy to the U.S., New Zealand, and Canada. Sylwan has held numerous leadership positions throughout his career, including successful engagements at Weta Digital, Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment Division, and Digital Domain. He joined Technicolor from Félix & Paul Studios in Montreal, Canada, where he served as CTO & Creative Partner and led its growth from an eight-person startup to a team of 65 at a studio universally recognized as a leading producer of immersive storytelling experiences. He currently chairs the Technology Committee for the Visual Effects Society (VES), is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and an active member of its Scientific and Technical (Sci-Tech) Awards Committee and Digital Imaging Technologies Subcommittee (DITS).

Craig Todd

Dolby

Craig Todd

Craig Todd, formerly Sr. Vice President and Chief Technical officer for Dolby, is now a Dolby Fellow. In his 44 years with Dolby he has been highly involved with surround sound, both analog and digital, for both cinema and for consumer media. He contributed heavily to the AC-3 (Dolby Digital) system that was used on 35mm film prints and then adopted for digital television and DVD. He conceived of a video frame rate friendly audio codec that became Dolby E. He made contributions to Digital Cinema specifications, and then helped guide Dolby into video technology, identifying contrast and brightness as areas worthy of improvement; thus leading Dolby towards HDR.

 

Craig contributed to a number of Standards in SMPTE and in ITU-R where he led the activity to specify loudness metering (resulting in BT.1770) and spearheaded the effort to specify the HDR format (BT.2100).

 

He has a Degree in Physics from the California Institute of Technology, and is a Fellow of both the AES and SMPTE. He has received a technical Emmy for his loudness metering work, and the Samuel L. Warner and Progress Medals from SMTPE.

Mike Tsinberg

President & CEO

Mike Tsinberg

Mike Tsinberg is the Founder and President of Key Digital®-a digital video technology company dedicated to researching and manufacturing innovative solutions for digital HDTV connectivity control and distribution. Born and raised in Chernovsty, Ukraine. Mike obtained his MSEE degree from the RyabinskInstitute of Aviation Technology in Russia.For over thirty years Mike has helped to pioneer both DVD technology and HDTV technology for consumer and commercial use. He is an icon in the audiovisual industry and gained notoriety as an Adele De Berri Pioneers Award winner at InfoComm 2013, participant in anEmmy Award for DVD 1999, and SMPTE Fellow. Mike was defined by his groundbreaking work in creating the MPEG-2 based DVD authoring system as well as co-creating the necessary technology for viewing and transmission of digital HDTV signals. Mike has managedboth domestic and foreign technology development efforts by having worked for both Phillips and Toshiba. During his years at Philips (1987-1991) and subsequent years at Toshiba (1991-2000), Mike amassed 40 United States and International Patents for his HDTV and DVD work.Through Mike’s efforts, Key Digital has grown to become an eight-time CES award winning technology company and is now recognized internationally for its robust product portfolio of digital video connectivity, switching, and control products.

Chris VIenneau

MovieLabs

Chris VIenneau

I am a senior leader with 25+ years of experience developing tools and services for the entertainment industry for customers such as Disney, Electronic Arts and Google. I have managed market leading tools like Maya, FBX and Arnold. I have fostered innovation on several ground breaking projects like Bifrost, ShaderX and Arnold GPU and have several authored patents. I have overseen partnerships with companies like Apple, Adobe, and Nvidia. I am a huge advocate for standards and open source having driven Autodesk’s contributions to the Academy Software Foundation, USD and Materialx. I am currently advising with Movie Labs helping them with their fantastic ten year vision of the future of production.

Andrew Wallenstein

Variety Intelligence Platform (VIP)

Andrew Wallenstein

Andrew Wallenstein is President and Chief Media Analyst, Variety Intelligence Platform, a new extension of the Variety brand focused on market research. He has been with Variety since 2011, previously as Co-Editor-in-Chief. Wallenstein received the Luminary Award for Career Achievement from the Los Angeles Press Club in 2017. He was an on-air contributor for NPR’s All Things Considered for nearly a decade and also hosted the PBS series “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” as well as TV Guide Channel’s “Square Off,” a weekly primetime series about the TV industry. Wallenstein has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe and Business Week. He was at The Hollywood Reporter from 2002 to 2010.

Dave Ward

PacketFabric

Dave Ward

Dave Ward is CEO of PacketFabric. Prior to joining PacketFabric, he was the Chief Technology Officer of Engineering, Chief Architect, and SVP at Cisco’s Networking and Security Business where he drove innovation for the company’s entire platform, product and solution portfolio. He led Cisco’s core innovation programs, unifying and advancing strategic co-innovation partnerships and programs with internal and external customers, partners, developers, academia, standards and open-source groups. He also led the portfolio trajectory Internet by creating new offerings and technologies inside and outside Cisco’s traditional product portfolio. His engineering teams built numerous hardware and software products as well as industry solutions, including automation, orchestration, workflow engineering, 5G cloud networking, and IoT-based solutions for smart cities, retail, transportation, healthcare, media and entertainment. He also led architectural governance, technology strategy and development, patent strategy and university research for the company. During his tenure at Cisco, he held the prestigious title of Cisco Fellow. He has served on the Boards of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, Advanced Imaging Society, Linux Foundation, Linux Foundation Networking, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector, Governmental Advisory boards and Open Networking Foundation. He is a tireless advocate for the environment and conservation. He has been in several documentaries.

Rohan Warey

Prime Focus Technologies

Rohan Warey

Rohan joined PFT in 2013, and oversees PFT’s pre-sales activities for the North America market. Before moving to North America last year, he was part of the company’s Product Line Management team, where he played a pivotal role in driving innovation acrossPFT’s product suite as well defining and executing strategies for new product initiatives. In his current role, he is responsible for business planning, pre-sales, product marketing and showcasing PFT’s products & services portfolio to clients. Rohan has 9years of experience in sports and media & information technology. In his previous assignment with a sports marketing company based in Mumbai, he was part of several projects that aimed to grow the non-cricket sports market in India. He has also worked with Infosys, developing software solutions for various US-based clients. Rohan holds an MBA from Mudra Institute of Communication (MICA), Ahmedabad with a specialization in Media Management.

Erik Weaver

Erik Weaver

ETC

Erik Weaver

Erik Weaver is a specialist focused on the intersection of cloud and the M&E industry, and is currently running Virtual & Adaptive production projects for the Entertainment Technology Center@the University of Southern California (ETC). Recently, he led Global M&E Strategy for Western Digital. Prior work at ETC includes spearheading the Production in the Cloud project, which encompassed many aspects of the cloud, including transport, security, metadata, long-term storage, and the creation of an agnostic framework that unites key vendors and studios.

Richard Welsh

Deluxe

Richard Welsh

Rich Welsh is Senior Vice President of Innovation at Deluxe, where he works across mastering, distribution and localization services for studios, OTT platforms and content creators worldwide. Rich has over two decades experience in movie and television post production, mastering and delivery. Prior to his role at Deluxe, Rich was CEO and founder at Sundog Media Toolkit which pioneered cloud based automated mastering for movies and TV for Hollywood studios. Sundog was acquired by Deluxe in 2020. Rich has also held positions as Head of Operations at Technicolor as well as Director of Digital Cinema at Dolby. Rich currently serves on the board of SMPTE and chairs the Media in the Cloud initiative. He has also previously held the role of SMPTE Vice President Education. Rich holds a BSc(hons) Media Technology and Doctor of Technology (HC) from Southampton Solent University.

Jack Wenzinger

AWS

Jack Wenzinger

I support technology partners in the Media & Entertainment Vertical for AWS, accelerating their adoption of AWS in media operations and services to support their customers. I’ve spend over 25 years defining contribution networks, digitization, MAM, and media workflow solutions for studios, broadcasters, sports, news, and government agencies. Over the last year, I’ve focused on how cloud technologies can advance content production workflows such as capture to cloud, production edit in the cloud, and virtual production. I’m also best known in the role as “Train Passenger #3” in last year’s HPA cinematic epic, “Lost Lederhosen”. I’m always ready to talk cloud, MAM, metadata, classic car restoration, big dogs, jeeps, Rush or other epic rock bands.

Peter Wharton

TAG Video Systems

Peter Wharton

Peter Wharton is the Director of Corporate Strategy for TAG Video Systems which makes innovative all-IP monitoring systems, and also serves as an advisor to other industry-leading media technology companies.He is the founder of Happy Robotz LLC, a media technology engineering, development and consulting company that focuses on creating transformative cloud-based media operations through intelligent, cost-managed and highly automated end-to-end workflows. Peter has also held a range engineering, product management, live production and business development roles at Grass Valley, BroadStream Solutions, PanAmSat, Fox and ABC Networks.He is a SMPTE Fellow and has previously served as SMPTE’s Membership VP, Secretary/Treasurer and Eastern Regional Governor. He has produced the “Bits by the Bay” SMPTE technology conference in the Washington DC area since 1999.

Tomasz Witowski

Soho Media Club

Tomasz Witowski

Tomasz has 20 years’ experience in the global motion picture industry. He has held many positions in which he has been responsible for teams dealing with content from Hollywood studios, independent filmmakers and advertising, under extreme time pressure. He also has experience of working with postproduction workflows and processes, encoding, conforming and editing theatrical and TV content for mastering. He is well versed in handling digital cinema packages for high-profile screenings; as well as theatre and projector installation, calibration, and alignment for image and audio, including 3D, HDR, and Immersive audio projection. He has led many projects involving DCP/IMF mastering, distribution, and content versioning. Tomasz is a standards-member of the SMPTE, BSI, ISO, and DPP. Tomasz is Ex Sundog Dolby Ymagis, Eclair Visual Data –working on new technologies and standards.Not only Tomasz is tech savvy, but also possess T-shaped skills which enable me to build deep expertise and a wide knowledge base. My interest in others means I love to collaborate with experts and create projects with others. This passion for collaboration and inclusion led Tomasz to co-found Soho Media Club (a network for media professionals) 18 months ago, which now has 1800 members

Teddy Zeskind

BitMovin

Teddy Zeskind

Teddy Zeskind is the Partner Manager at Bitmovin based in Denver, CO. Teddy manages relationships with Bitmovin’s ecosystem of partners in the M&E, OTT, and Broadcast worlds—including developing new partnerships, building go to market strategies, and identifying joint sales opportunities between partners and Bitmovin’s sales teams.

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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.



  • The 2021 HPA Tech Retreat will be a virtual event from March 15-24.
  • All applications will be reviewed and vetted based on meeting the intent and focus of the Innovation Zone.
  • HPA Corporate Members – $1,500
  • Non Members – $2,000
  • Applications will be accepted until space is filled.
  • To apply, submit a description of what you would like to demonstrate for vetting purposes. Click here for the Application Form.

One (1) virtual booth within the Innovation Zone includes:

  • Full profile, description, logo and ability to upload a video
  • Ability to schedule appointments
  • Public chat with all attendees
  • Opportunity to meet privately with other attendees one-on-one
  • Ability to upload sales collateral for attendees to download
  • In depth analytics and lead tracking reports
  • One (1) Tech Retreat access ticket.

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. 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 upload resources such as white papers and company information describing the technology you will be showing. Specs to be provided.

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:

$1,500 – for HPA Corporate Members
$2,000 – for Non Members

Innovation Zone Space Fees includes Tech Retreat access ticket for one person.

Innovation Zone Space Fees are Non-Refundable.


Space Information:

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 available during the entire event.

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 is suggested to have live availability, TBD. All persons staffing your demo MUST have a valid ticket for the event. Approved Innovation Zone Space includes one ticket with space fee. Any additional staff or attendees must purchase a Tech Retreat ticket.

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

  • Adobe
  • Avid
  • Cambridge Research
  • Convergent Risk
  • Disguise
  • EIZO
  • Emotion Systems
  • HCL America
  • LG Electronics
  • MediaKind
  • Microsoft
  • Moxion
  • SGO
  • Sohonet
  • Sony Electronics
  • Streambox
  • Thinklogical, A Belden Brand

Innovation Zone Schedule

Subject to change

Tuesday, March 16

  • 1:15 pm – 1:20 pm PT
    Innovation Zone Preview
  • 1:15 pm – 5:00 pm
    Innovation Zone (recommended hours)

Wednesday, March 17

  • 9:00 am – 9:05 am PT
    Innovation Zone Preview
  • 9:05 am – 5:00 pm PT
    Innovation Zone (recommended hours)

Tuesday, March 23

  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm PT
    Innovation Zone (recommended hours)

Wednesday, March 24

  • 1:05 pm – 5:00 pm PT
    Innovation Zone (recommended hours)

Pricing

If you have a question about registration or need assistance, please email events@hpaonline.com.


HPA Tech Retreat Virtual Event
March 15 – 26, 2021

(All listed dates and pricing subject to change)

HPA Members – $199
Non Members – $299 (includes 1 year HPA Individual Membership)
Tech Retreat Speakers, Panel Moderators and Panelists – $199 (includes 1 year HPA Individual Membership)
Credentialed Press Ticket – Free pending approval

Innovation Zone

$1,500 – for HPA Corporate Members
$2,000 – for Non Members

In addition to the Innovation Zone Space fee, conference tickets are also required to participate in the Innovation Zone. Innovation Zone Space Fees includes a ticket for one person. There are no additional complimentary passes.

Innovation Zone Space Fees are Non-Refundable.

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

Press ticket requests, please send by email to ignite.

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

2021 HPA Tech Retreat Roundtables


Traditionally, the HPA Tech Retreat Breakfast Roundtables have been literal round tables at which participants eat breakfast and discuss issues. They have been one of the most popular parts of the retreat, even covered on local TV twice.

In 2021, the roundtables will be virtual and BYOB (bring your own breakfast — or lunch or supper or snack, depending on your time zone). Each will be limited to 12 participants at a time, including host/moderator. There will be five time slots:

  • Tuesday, March 16, 9-10 AM PT
  • Tuesday, March 16, noon-1 PM PT
  • Tuesday, March 23, 9-10 AM PT
  • Tuesday, March 23, 1-2 PM PT
  • Wednesday, March 24, 9-10 AM PT

As usual, anyone registered for the HPA Tech Retreat may host/moderate a roundtable in each time slot (until we reach capacity). Topics may be anything related to our industry. Topic titles should be on the brief side (e.g., “AI subtitling” instead of “Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to create subtitles for motion picture and television programming and direct streaming”). Roundtables will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis. There is no deadline, but the capacity limit will not be exceeded. There is no vetting (there is also no speaker discount conveyed by moderating/hosting a roundtable). There is no cost beyond registration for the HPA Tech Retreat.

Hosts/moderators may preach, teach, sell, kvell, ask, take to task, referee fights, or do anything else that keeps the conversation flowing for an hour. As the word “sell” suggests, breakfast roundtables are the only part of the retreat where marketing is acceptable. If more than one slot is selected, the topics may be the same or different. Topics may be changed up to the last minute at the host/moderator’s sole discretion. Even host/moderator may be changed, but the person requesting the slot is responsible for it being covered for the full hour, even if no one else shows up and even if the host/moderator would rather sit in on someone else’s roundtable.

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Program Highlights

Technology Year in Review

A review of what happened in technology related to our business since the 2020 HPA Tech Retreat.

Presented by:

  • Mark Schubin

Opera in the Pandemic

The pandemic hit opera hard. The Metropolitan Opera House closed in early March 2020 and isn’t expected to open until September 2021 at the earliest. Loud singing is a great way to spread the virus. Crowded stages, orchestra pits, and auditoriums make social distancing a problem; an intermission could become a super-spreader event. Yet opera companies, large and small, found ways to continue to work during the pandemic, largely through media technology. The panelists–a composer, a librettist, a director, and an administrator–represent four opera companies that had already pushed the limits before the pandemic, from recordings and movies to virtual reality and Google Glass. During the pandemic they’ve gone even farther, running the gamut from live motion capture and computer animation to opera by phone and even by mail. Technologies we use today, from the lighting dimmer to the parabolic microphone, were invented by or for opera. Will the pandemic opera technologies find their way into movies and television?

Presented by:

  • Mark Schubin
  • Eric Einhorn, On Site Opera
  • Kamala Sankaram, Experiments in Opera
  • Cerise Lim Jacobs, White Snake Projects

Something We Can All Agree On: Recommendations and Best Practice for Dailies QC

“A group of professionals working in Dailies around the world have been meeting since mid-2020. As a group, we identified a need for some consistency across the industry. Dailies are a part of the production process that may be done in one or more regions, often utilizing freelance talent and requiring a significant amount of time and resources for specialized training. This presentation will cover a small part of our larger project, Dailies QC. We have identified and built a database of taxonomy and definitions, and determined best practices and recommendations that are consistent and applicable to all projects regardless of studio, type, location or scale. This presentation will offer an insight into our process, our work so far, and specifically dive into the consistent recommendations and best practices we’ve developed for Dailies QC. “

Presented by:

  • Katie Hinsen, Nice Shoes
  • Isaac Spedding, The Rebel Fleet

Environmental impact of working remotely

In this presentation we will have a quick overview of the media business’ environmental impact and how more specifically remote working is changing it. We’ll also review options to reduce the emissions.

  • Cedric Lejeune, Workflowers

Data and Microservices are the New Nouns and Verbs of the Media World. Do We Need a Dictionary and Some Grammar?

A 20 minute presentation of the activities and goals of the OSA and SMPTE including demonstrations of how standardization with a light touch can improve agility.

Presented by:

  • Christopher Lennon, Ross Video
  • Bruce Devlin, SMPTE & Mr MXF

High Quality from Home: How productions have found ways to bring technology to the living room during quarantine.

In a world before Covid, home video for the random family Skype call was expected to be anemic at best. Nothing was weighing on the quality other than the clarity of a family member’s face. But with the ongoing pandemic, productions have needed to find a way to provide high quality digital cinematography that is user friendly and manageable, either by untrained talent or using remote tools (or both).

Presented by:

  • Steven Calcote, Butcher Bird Studios

How to Get the Most Out of On-Premises and the Cloud World for the “New Normal”

This presentation will expose the real challenges when deploying a hybrid cloud infrastructure, and how to solve them with a set of best practices and the implementation of an real Integration Platform to deploy media processing workflows that are efficient, scalable and that serve the creative people in this ‘new normal’.

Presented by:

  • Julián Fernández-Campón, Tedial

What If You Could Build an Entire Media Workflow With A Single Button?

As companies migrate linear workflows to the cloud, especially live production workflows, challenges remain. What if you could build an entire live media workflow with a single button? Stand up an entire workflow for a live event, from production through playout, distribution and monitoring, all programmatically? What is needed – and what obstacles stand in the way of making this possible? What new opportunities will such orchestration enable?

Presented by:

  • Peter Wharton, TAG VS

Remote Post-Production Workflows at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

“As of March 2020, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation had to shift more than 90% of its workforce from its brick-and-mortar facilities to home. Virtualization had been under way for a while, already (e.g. cloud-based office), but for post-production the plan was still 5 years away. Or so we thought… This presentation will cover the fast-track, agile implementation of a fully virtualized post-production workflow, from initial stop-gap measures to the full implementation of a hybrid cloud-based post-production system to serve more than 4000 users in 45 regions with wildly varying bandwidth capabilities.”

Presented by:

  • Pierre Routhier, CBC / Radio-Canada

Lessons Learned: COVID-driven Acceleration of Fourth-Generation M&E Infrastructure

When the COVID-19 pandemic required M&E companies to produce and distribute programming remotely, it also pushed the industry to set aside lingering objections around cost, control, and security, and embrace cloud media operations as a business necessity. Almost overnight, production companies, post houses, and broadcasters successfully performed creative collaboration, virtual production, and cloud-based video distribution, making a return to pre-cloud business as usual highly unlikely. Having worked with major industry leaders as they made this operational transformation, this session will discuss lessons learned across the industry, explore problems yet to be adequately addressed, and projects what the post-COVID future state entails.

Presented by:

  • John Footen, Deloitte Consulting

Microservices in Media: Reality or Buzz?

“We’ll take a look at what’s really being implemented versus hype in the world of media microservices. There seems to be so much promise here, and if you believe the PR floating out there, it’s already happened, but has it? Is this something that’s really rolling out and making a difference in the business, or is it too early to really say that yet? We’ll talk to some of the companies on the bleeding/leading edge of this and see if we can get to the bottom of it!”

Presented by:

  • Christopher Lennon, Ross Video

Basic Applications, Technologies and Benefits for Video Coding by means of Artificial Intelligence

Presented by:

  • Marina Bosi, Stanford University

Exploring The Value and Practicality of 12K Acquisition

James Mathers, Cinematographer and Founder of the Digital Cinema Society, explores the value and practicality of 12K acquisition while testing the new Blackmagic URSA Pro 12K camera. In a tradition started in the early days of DCS, James puts new motion picture cameras to the test by shooting in a variety of situations, then posting footage to share with the community. Thus, the audience is enabled to make their own judgement about the merits of the technology. This presentation will be in much the same vein as one he gave at the 2008 Tech Retreat where he gave an unbiased introduction to RED’s first digital cinema camera, the RED One. Analysis and commentary will highlight some of the benefits of shooting 12K as well as some of the challenges. Sample scenes include tests to see if it is possible to accomplish proper looking multiple camera coverage using only one camera by taking advantage of the extra resolution to create closeups in post. Another sample is designed to evaluate the stabilization potential that extra resolution can offer.

Presented by:

  • James Mathers, Digital Cinema Society

High Resolution and Beyond

As technology advances, so does the ability to capture at higher and higher resolutions. But many people question the need for 8K and beyond, just as they questioned why we needed 4K those few short years ago. This panel will discuss the advent of newer technology (including the Blackmagic URSA Mini pro 12K) and how the higher resolution can serve a project in more ways than larger file sizes.

Presented by:

  • Sam Nicholson, Stargate Studios

Understanding The Cloud Media Workloads: Content Creation, Media Supply Chain, and Content Distribution (Overview Panel Discussion, Part 1)

2020 was a year of profound disruption across all business sectors. For the Media & Entertainment industry, there has been one space for media workloads that has been booming—Cloud. The reasons are simple: whether a production is ultimately successful or not, costs should not be fixed.

The very nature of how media can and should be created, managed, and distributed has changed almost overnight. Join us for an overview panel discussion regarding the three primary cloud media workloads on AWS — Content Creation, Media Supply Chain, and Content Distribution — and how the technology industry offers new solutions to simplify and streamline modern content media workloads.

Presented by:

  • Joaquin Lippincott, Metal Toad
  • Gary Ballabio, Cloudinary
  • Philippe Brodeur, Overcast HQ
  • Teddy Zeskind, BitMovin

Understanding The Cloud Media Workload: Content Creation (In-depth Panel Discussion Part 2)

The very nature of how media can and should be created has changed almost overnight. Join us for an in-depth discussion of key considerations related to capturing content for cloud-based media workloads.

Presented by:

  • Josh Gold, Ryot
  • Jonathan Mills, Metal Toad
  • James Safechuck, Avatar Labs

Understanding The Cloud Media Workload: Media Supply Chain (In-depth Panel Discussion Part 3)

The very nature of how media can and should be managed has changed almost overnight. Join us to gain state of the art insights into how to navigate this increasingly complex process from this in-depth dialogue with key independent software vendors (ISVs).

Presented by:

  • Erik Åhlin, Vidispine
  • Fereidoon Khosravi, Venera Technologies
  • Tony Rost, Metal Toad
  • Olga Kornienko, EZDRM

Understanding The Cloud Media Workload: Content Distribution (In-depth Panel Discussion Part 4)

The distribution of content across the world has undergone a radical transformation over the past few years. This in-depth dialogue with key AWS ISVs will help outline critical considerations and solutions.

Presented by:

  • Logan Ketchum, Veritone
  • Bleuenn Le Goffic, Accedo
  • George Meek, nPlayer
  • Tony Rost, Metal Toad

Build, Buy ... or Don't Bother

Modern technology and various market dynamics have shifted the build-vs.-buy landscape for media companies. In order to find the right place on the continuum, it can be instructive to think in terms of optimizing the size of the technology chunks you buy. Our thesis is that is that the most agile and cost-effective next-generation tech stacks will comprise multi-tenant SaaS functional building blocks tied together with a thin layer of custom logic. Along the way, there’s an imperative today within media companies to re-think every workflow and seriously consider how it can be vastly simplified or even eliminated.

Presented by:

  • Margaret Craig, Signiant

Making AI Work for Media and Entertainment Companies

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are technologies that enterprises across industries have been keenly experimenting with to explore the utility they can bring. M&E organizations are seeking automation, and can AI be the solution? In a post pandemic world where remote and distributed work model will be the new normal, an AI engine that can throw up accurate and actionable data in far lesser time will be highly cost efficient too. Imagine the herculean efforts on project collaboration, communications, and error mitigation that will get saved?

This presentation will showcase a Media Recognition AI platform specific to the M&E industry that brings together best-of-breed AI models (Microsoft, AWS, IBM Watson, and Google) and custom models (for M&E specific use cases) to focus on harnessing the best quality data. The combination of Technology and Consulting is to deliver accurate and actionable data, taking into consideration a customer’s specific business challenges and unique content. The updated data pack of the platform offers AI Metadata at three levels – Basic, Advanced, and Premium, along with data pack choices of Discovery, Video Comparison, Transcripts, and Compliance Data, allowing users to choose modularly deploying the requisite intelligence for a specific use case. The high quality, usable AI data, is brought alive by the patented Machine Wisdom layer that imparts cognitive benefits – it helps synthesize data and provides data in a context. In addition, it comes with powerful Action Toolkits, leveraging accurate and best quality data that offer 100% accurate and 100% frame-accurate identification of segments, near 100% automation of several content mastering and re-versioning operations for the content owners, 50%+ time savings and enhanced creativity in content discovery and promo creation workflows and 30-40% reduction in compliance edit time due to auto-identification of compliance issues across categories. It can also save time, effort, and cost significantly in subtitling operations.

Presented by:

  • Muralidhar Sridhar, Prime Focus Technologies

Cloud Dubbing and the Future of Media Localization

Ex-Disney creative director and voice actor Raúl Aldana will discuss the biggest impacts and challenges facing the dubbing industry due to COVID-19, and present his key predictions for the future of media localization.

Drawing on the experiences of studio executives and creative dubbing artists, this session will explore how the entertainment industry has evolved to meet today’s challenges. Additionally, it will uncover how cloud-based technology is giving voice artists and directors the flexibility and opportunity to continue their craft from anywhere in the world while maintaining business continuity.

Presented by:

  • Raúl Aldana, ZOO Digital

5 reasons why you need your Original Camera Files in a public cloud.

COVID came and flipped the world upside down and forever changed the way productions work. But, if in the middle of all the chaos you were told “you need to be working in the cloud” and you don’t know where to begin – don’t worry. We’re here to tell you one thing, and one thing only: start with your Original Camera Files! In this presentation, we’ll be walking you through 5 simple reasons why you need to put your Original Camera Files in a public cloud and show you why this is the best first step you can take to digitally transform your creative process.

Presented by:

  • Jeremy Stapleton, Technicolor
  • Aline Shaw

 

Detecting Diversity: The New Binge

Film academies such as the Oscars and BFI have recently implemented guidelines to encourage more diverse Film and TV crews. If diversity is being pushed behind the camera, how can we expose this content to global and local audiences to ensure it is being watched?

This presentation explores content recommendation systems designed for OTT and VoD platforms and how algorithms can be used to effectively promote diversity. Through search engine recommendations, how can we influence the content people watch and raise awareness of more diverse content? What is the magic formula for recommending content which we know the audience will definitely be interested in, but also content which makes them curious?

Presented by:

  • Tomasz Witkowski, Soho Media Club
  • Jaisica Lapsiwala, Soho Media Club

Innovation As The Key To Postcrisis Growth

Prioritizing innovation is the key to unlocking postcrisis growth. But how do you structure your media organization to innovate whilst adapting to change? How do you identify the talent and approaches you need to move fast and effectively? What are the crucial patterns and anti-patterns within your media technology stack to foster agility and ensure you can adapt to shifting audience needs? Like many things in business, innovation can be codified; described with basic logic expressions and variables. In this session, Claire Southey of Amazon Web Services will take you through some of the most common formulas for innovation and dealing with uncertainty. She’ll share some of Amazon’s own recipe for innovation and invention, and leave you with three key takeaways on postcrisis business transformation.

Presented by:

  • Claire Southey, Amazon Web Services

Connectivity, the Cloud, & the Creative Process

Dave Ward, CEO of PacketFabric, will address cloud connectivity and the various needs and barriers to entry facing studios and creatives in both broadcast and theatrical content. The presentation will view M&E’s network connectivity needs through both a technical lens and one informed by the current business and creative trends, including multi cloud, VFX rendering and transfer, and live production.

Presented by:

  • Dave Ward, PacketFabric

You're Watching TV, but What Are You Really Watching? Formats vs. displays.

Despite amazing advances, today’s streaming experience does not match the carefully perfected visuals of the cinema or the calibrated monitor in the grading room. If the streaming services are banking on consumers truly embracing the cinema experience at home post-pandemic, then they need a technology platform and format designed specifically for the in-home experience. If you’ve been watching a lot of TV over the last year, you may well recognize the problem, even if you’re not exactly sure what’s causing it.

Presented by:

  • Sarah Priestnall, Pixelworks

How the YEP Program is changing the future of the industry

The YEP program has changed since its beginnings. Previously it was much more oriented towards technology in the industry, but the pandemic played a role in transforming its focus. Once the program participants became adapted to the new reality of having to collaborate virtually, the group became much more of an interpersonal support group for the young professionals, many of whom were facing the same challenges due to the pandemic. With this new track, the group has become one of the most diverse and inclusive in its history, and is now formally focused on creating positive change in the industry.

Presented by:

  • Lina Sanchez, Kree8 Productions
  • Payton List, Sim

Who Wants to Data Millionaire

Within an hour long TV episode viewers will typically experience somewhere between 600 and 900 edit points. This means 600-900 times viewers will experience a unique composition, featuring a unique combination of spatial phenomena. On top of that, these shots must lead into one another, allowing for changes from the start of a shot to the end and confronting the “temporal contrast” that comes from having edit points at all.

During any season, throughout a show’s thousands of shots, production encounters specific technical imaging and perceptual failures and finds ways to cheat around them in order to get the image “good enough” for a general audience. However these images remain valuable even after production is complete, and in fact the archive of a complete season of episodes represents a treasure trove of naturally occurring perceptual phenomena. This presentation presents guidelines and examples for harvesting challenging images from real production and ways in which these images can be analyzed to further a better end user experience.

Presented by:

  • Rory (Aurora) Gordon, ArsenalFX Color

8K 120P Camera use case in Stadiums

Overview of 8K camera use in Stadiums today and tomorrow. Highlights the current achievements of 8K camera installation. Showcase of current 8K stadium camera workflow. How 8K video is being used in stadium operations today. Ideas of how 8K resolution systems can be used for in the near future.

Presented by:

  • Terry Harada, Astrodesign Inc

Multi-NLE Hybrid Workflow: Choosing the Right Tool for the Job

Presented by:

  • Taylor Bynum, Brat TV
  • Chase Logan, Brat TV

ATSC 3.0 Your Way: Delivering Exciting New NEXTGEN TV Audience Experiences

NEXTGEN TV will not look the same from market to market. Some will go all the way, others will do the bare minimum to get up and running, and others are only concerned that ATSC 1.0 broadcasts are still possible. What does ATSC 3.0 adoption look like for your production? In this presentation, we’ll discuss the benefits of ATSC 3.0 audio, including advanced and enhanced immersive audio, watermarking features, confidence monitoring, switching, upmixing, EAS, and backward compatibility with ATSC 1 workflows.

Presented by:

  • Marty Sacks, Telos Alliance

Post Disruption: How Production Pipelines Are Going Global

Last year we saw the disruption of the content supply chain accelerated by the rapid expansion of premium video platforms coupled with a near-instantaneous pivot to a distributed workforce brought on by COVID-19. Our panel of leaders, on both the supply and demand side of the content production pipeline will share their insights on how they are continuing to adapt to this new reality in 2021 and beyond.

Discussion will focus on how distributed global production is affecting all stages of the content pipeline, and what key factors need to be considered in order to take advantage of the opportunities this new reality brings to our industry.

Panelists will include Jody Madden, CEO of Foundry, Darin Grant, CTO at Animal Logic, Sebastian Sylwan, CTO of Production Services R&D at Technicolor, and Annie Chang, VP of Creative Technologies at Universal Pictures.

 

Presented by:

  • Jody Madden, Foundry
  • Sebastian Sylwan, Technicolor
  • Darin Grant, Animal Logic
  • Annie Chang, Universal Pictures

Production Security in a COVID World

The pandemic impact has accelerated cyber and digital innovation from script to screens. Understand how to remain agile and adapt your security posture in this dynamic environment.

Presented by:

  • Janice Pearson, Convergent Risks Inc.

A Cloud Based VFX Workflow for Pulls and Receives

Sony Innovation Studios and Sony Media Cloud Services have developed a workflow that enables automated cloud based VFX pulls and delivery directly to VFX vendors. The workflow turns what has historically been a manual process requiring people to be in a facility with direct access to storage into an automated process that can be done from anywhere.

Presented by:

  • David Rosen, Sony
  • Stephen Shapiro, Sony

Remote Management of Localization Workflows

Remote work has long been a part of the localization process, but providing a single framework for work assignments, talent acquisition, contract status, media access and reception of subtitles and dubs has remained a challenge. We will address how customizable data models, cloud interfaces & distributed media processes can be used and deployed to improve security, auditability and access for localization-focused post-production.

Presented by:

  • Sharif Kahn, Dalet Digital Media Systems

AI/ML in Production

This panel discusses the current state of AI/ML in production and how these technologies are improving the outcomes for the businesses that employ them. The promise that AI/ML holds great potential, but the reality is that AI/ML will take years to mature and it will take many hours of human effort to build, train, and manage these systems.

Presented by:

  • Tom Sahara, Tom Sahara LLC

Technology Innovations in Live Production During Pandemic Times

When the pandemic hit early in 2020 it shut down almost every live sporting, entertainment, corporate, awards, and Esports, event literally overnight. Over the next few weeks and months a lot of really smart people came together for the good of the entire industry to get productions restarted under conditions never experienced before around the globe. Competitors became partners and worked closely together, with content creators, to assure safe productions could get restarted.

The innovative technology and new workflow solutions that have emerged are changing the face of the production industry forever. This panel will showcase 4 short video clips, from 4 different companies in both sports and entertainment, that provide case studies of some of these new workflows and how they have enabled their productions to not only get restarted but to thrive and be better than they were before the pandemic.

Presented by:

  • Mark Chiolis, Mobile TV Group

Rules of Engagement

The talk summarizes recent research on human sensing; how an adult mostly perceives the world based on previous experience, and on reach-out mechanisms linked to expectations. Such findings could influence entertainment systems, for instance to better accommodate active sensing. Sound and music’s newfound potential as euphoria-inducing stimuli is also detailed, along with specific production and reproduction qualities in support of such sensation. Failing to observe these new “rules of engagement” will likely lead to some content or platforms being less attractive than others that do.

Presented by:

  • Thomas Lund, Genelec

Just-in-Time Supply Chain

Over the past year we (Eluvio) have been involved in building out the core technology capabilities for a “just-in-time” supply chain for Film and TV. This approach has now been deeply deployed by two Hollywood studios and one major broadcaster in 2020, accelerated by the need to monetize deep libraries fast, reduce costs, and to do it ‘online’ during COVID, in order to build several all new self-service properties that cover selling, screening, catalog licensing, asset servicing, clips licensing and direct-to-audience ticketed exhibition from source libraries of premium film and television content.

In this talk we will explain how the pipeline actually works by generating consumable streaming and electronic sell through (EST) output from a newly published title, through a full life cycle, LIVE (in 20 minutes), to prove the just-in-time reality.

The flow will consist of the following steps and is representative of the sites that the above studios and broadcasters have deployed during 2020.
1. Publishing a pre-release master to create a serviceable content object;
2. Adding title and contract metadata from their authoritative sources;
3. ML tagging the serviceable object on the ingest;
4. Configuring an internationalized variant on the in place object (with localized audio, subtitles/captions, and static locale specific assets eg posters);
5. Adding the resulting content object to a site object (for presentation);
6. Permissioning the title and linked assets for pre-release availability, adding assets to it (marketing trailers) with different permission windows than the title,
7. Issuing secured tickets to authorized user groups;
8. And consuming the streamable and EST output (with DRM) in a browser and on AppleTV using the issued tickets.

Finally, if time permits we will also show a second monetization case for a self-service clipping site, where the title metadata is searched to find matching scenes, and clipping points are selected by ML identified scene boundaries, and clips are instantly available through a dynamic offering that uses those offset points, for JIT download.

This talk will utilize the technology of the Eluvio Content Fabric, which won a gold level prize in the HPA 2020 Engineering Excellence award. The approach includes the following new technologies:
– just-in-time rendering of streaming and downloadable versions of premium content for viewing, clipping, and electronic sell through from the source elements;
– permissioned per title, per asset, per ‘version’ offerings (territorial localization, watermarking, and alternative content and metadata);
– data-driven availability policies (time range of access, number of accesses, geo restrictions, user location or group membership) bound to a software (blockchain) contract on the titles and assets;
– automatic ingest and translation of legal contract data to these software contract policies;
– the ability to issue one time tickets (secure codes) for access;
– an in platform video understanding pipeline based on machine learning that automatically tags incoming content with identified celebrities, places, brands, and activities, and provides deep search of these ML tags and ingested title metadata;
– linked content, metadata, and code with static ‘slugs’ for UIs (browser, mobile, smartTV) to access the dynamic content.

Presented by:

  • Michelle Munson, Eluvio Inc

Relevance of Culture in a Global Entertainment Economy

Teresa Phillips will explore the importance of culture to the business of entertainment as content goes global.

Presented by:

  • Teresa Phillips, Spherex

Using AI to Minimize Archives and Maximize Savings

Presented by:

  • Aaron Sloman, OWNZONES Media Network

Highlights from the ETC@USC Executive/Student Coffee Program

The Entertainment Technology Center at USC hosted a series of 8 1-hour discussions between industry executives and USC students on the future of entertainment during the Fall semester. For each session an executive posed one question or topic, students from across USC submitted brief statements of interest, and the ETC invited between 5 and 16 students to participate. Topics included; how will advances in network technology over the next 36 months impact the way we experience entertainment, AI development and ethics, VR and AR – what are they good for and what concerns you about them, and if you were asked to create the college-level educational system of the future what would it look like. Each session was recorded and 8-13 minute highlight videos were produced. This session will showcase key moments from the highlight reels.

Presented by:

  • Philip Lelyveld, Entertainment Technology Center @ USC

Ecosystem From Scratch

Sony Pictures present their work to build a cloud native and distributed ecosystem for media processing and delivery. This session will be exploring concepts around cloud automation, IMF and master-to-platform delivery.

Along with their partners, Sony will present how they are delivering a cutting edge technology vision that is delivering now and for the future.

Presented by:

  • Richard Welsh, Deluxe

Dolby Vision Derived SDR Survey

Dolby Vision has been adopted by all the top studios for HDR content creation. Through the color grading process of creating the metadata, an SDR trim pass is created and approved. Several studios call for that version to be the finished SDR master, with creatives having some discussion as to the capabilities and resulting quality. In response, Dolby created a worldwide tour across 10 cities to demonstrate the capabilities of the tools and conducted a survey of over 550 people to see how the Dolby Vision derived SDR stood up against the ‘hand graded’ original SDR version on 10 clips from Hollywood Studio content (both live action and animation). This presentation will explain the methodology of the survey and share the findings.

Presented by:

  • Thomas Graham, Dolby

A Cloud Based VFX Workflow for Pulls and Receives

Presented by:

  • Randi Altman, postPerspective

MovieLabs HPA - Part 1 Software Defined Workflows

Presented by:

  • Jim Helman, Movielabs

MovieLabs HPA - Part 2 A Primer on the 2030 Visual Language

Presented by:

  • Chris Vienneau, Movielabs

MovieLabs HPA - Part 3 Securing the 2030 Vision

Presented by:

  • Spencer Stephens, Movielabs

Industry Impact: COVID and the Media Business

We will provide an overview of the many different ways that the pandemic has impacted content consumption habits across a wide range of media and devices encompassing video, audio and more. Chart data will demonstrate how measured audience behaviors have changed across 2020-21 in sectors including streaming, TV, film, podcasts and videogames.

Presented by:

  • Andrew Wallenstein, Variety Intelligence Platform (VIP)

How AI/ML Empower Revolutionizing Content Creation & Distribution

This presentation will discuss the importance of having a full set of micro services to accomplish a full range of tasks. We’ll include real-world examples across the content production and delivery chain: content acquisition, contribution, and post production.

We’ll talk about some applications of AI in the content delivery area, primarily mining insights from the distributed content in ways that allow them to do product placement and advertising, but also in the area of compliance issues.

Presented by:

  • Hiren Hindocha, Digital Nirvana, Inc.

ATSC 3.0: The Content Creator's New Palette

ATSC 3.0 delivers new capabilities for content creators with features like HDR, 4k, 7.1+4 immersive audio, multiple audio tracks, video descriptive services, personalization, and more. These new features dramatically expand the content creator’s toolkit, allowing you to offer more engaging, personal, and interactive audience experiences while providing additional revenue opportunities.

Presented by:

  • Marty Sacks, Telos Alliance

Automating the Digital Distribution Supply Chain

The pandemic and its ‘stay at home’ protocols, have led to an unprecedented spike in OTT viewership. Hence, content owners are faced with an ever-growing list of requirements, formats, and standards for digital distribution and monetization. But many of these content processing and distribution operations are cost intensive due to their manual nature. This presentation highlights on how content owners can streamline and optimize the digital distribution supply chain using an innovative cloud-based solution. The solution leverages on-demand content processing infrastructure and resources, leading to minimal upfront costs. The solution can provide a single interface to manage orders, tasks, assets, tools, and resources using tightly coupled layers of work order, workflow, and asset management with a host of automation tools. Besides, it comes with numerous preset Bots that automate packaging, check for missing inventory, and facilitate delivery to multiple platforms. Using Artificial Intelligence for content segmentation, thumbnail generation, and more, the solution can further optimize processes across the distribution supply chain. Adopting such cloud-based solutions can help content owners enhance operational efficiencies, achieve faster time-to-market and increase monetization of their digital assets.

Presented by:

  • Rohan Warey, Prime Focus Technologies

Can A Display Be Too Bright?

Having enough “brightness” from displays isn’t an issue anymore. It is now possible, depending on the viewing environment, to have too much luminance from a screen. Instead, we should more accurately calculate just how much luminance we actually need by focusing on target contrast ratios.

Presented by:

  • Peter Putnam, ROAM Consulting LLC

Remote working and environmental impact: another take on the future of production

During the Covid lockdown we had the opportunity to compare the carbon emissions of digital artists working in a studio and working from home. It’s a full report, not only measuring power for the computers and infrastructure, but also including machines manufacturing and data transport impact, all based on latest scientific publications. It shows the points that generate the most emissions and where we can
improve. This is especially important now we’re moving a lot of things
to the “cloud”.

Presented by:

  • Cedric Lejeune, Workflowers

Fundamentals of Virtual Production and Safetyvis

“Simplified” is a presentation on the fundamentals of Virtual Production as explained by key community Pioneers Zach Alexander CO-CEO Lux Machina and San Nicholson CEO Stargate Studios. It covers concepts of Pixel Pitch, Parallax and Morie.

Second Video, is an introduction of Safetyvis. How Unreal and lidar scans are taking safety to the next level on set. Ramy Katrib CEO of Digital Film Tree and Erik Weaver talk about “Ripple Effect” and how sefetyvis was leveraged on set.

Presented by:

  • Erik Weaver, ETC

AI Standards in Media: An Overview of the ETC-SMPTE Task Force

Few technologies have had the potential to disrupt the media industry more profoundly than artificial intelligence (AI). With its abundant datasets, high stakes decisions, complex products, and labor-intensive workflows, the industry is a prime candidate for the application of machine intelligence at almost every step of its operations. But this evolution faces serious challenges. The field of AI is still nebulous, expensive, and experimental. To help the industry transition safely and effectively towards an AI-driven future, SMPTE has once again partnered with the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) to form the Joint Task Force on AI Standards in Media. This talk will present the work of the task force and lay out some preliminary findings.

Presented by:

  • Yves Bergquist, Entertainment Technology Center @ USC

SimpleCloud for Editorial and Music Composition

Presented by:

  • Scott Johnson, SimpleCloud

Remote Workflows For Film and TV Production

Presented by:

  • Scott Johnson, SimpleCloud

How to Use Semantic Technologies to Make IA More Efficient?

As of today we use a lot of image/sound recognition technologies available in the cloud to extract data from the media clips in our libraries: logos, speech to text, face recognition… those analysis consume a significant amount of energy that is growing exponentially with libraries growth and analysis complexity. semantic technologies allows to extract information from the library without having to go through a full detection pass, by inferring logical operations inside the description mechanism: for example if the soccer team plays on its own field, the shirt color will always be the same, and will be different if they play outside. This data is instantly available to the user, even if the info comes from different sources. We would show some examples where we could instantly extract extra information from the library and retrieve it.

Presented by:

  • Cedric Lejeune, Workflowers

Is Creative Intent Wreaking the Intent of the Creative?

There are always complaints about content but complaints about incomprehensible dialogue or too dark images seem to hit the headlines. Social Media means we know even before the end of the content if the audience has a problem (we never hear when they like it though) This session will explore some of the background to the issues and ask if Creative Intent is making it better or worse!!

Presented by:

  • Andy Quested, Freelance
  • Craig Todd, Dolby
  • Nigel Edwards, Streamland Media – The Farm Group
  • Poppy Crum, Dolby

Broadcasters Panel

Hear from leading industry experts on the state of the broadcasting industry. Topics will include timely matters such as NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0) roll-out and new features, impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and traditional broadcasting in the age of on-demand streaming services.

Presented by:

  • Matthew Goldman, Industry Pundit

New measurement tools for HDR workflows

HDR/WCG technologies have added increased complexity in production worflows, starting with camera setup all the way to post production. For post production, HDR workflows create unique challenges: how do I transfer HDR artistic intent? How can I ensure that my HDR content fits within the end user’s HDR display capabilities? We will consider a new set of HDR measurements that relate to the picture screen area, that aim to help answer these questions. For camera setup, each camera manufacturer has come up with their own way to compress and represent HDR content, leading to difficulties in both camera setup and in visualizing changes in light level (due to the non-linearity in the camera gammas). The talk will introduce a new type of waveform trace called as the “stop” waveform that aims to address these challenges.

Presented by:

  • Lakshmanan Gopishankar, Telestream

A Definition of "Scene-Referred"

“Scene-referred” is a vital concept to modern media production workflows. It is an aspect of modern cameras, and is intimately connected to RAW acquisition. The concept is deeply embedded in the ACES system and in modern post-production tools such as After Effects, Baselight, Final Cut Pro, Resolve, and many more. Nonetheless, the concept is poorly defined in the industry.

In this talk, I present a definition of “scene-referred” that not only fits into a tweet, but fits into an old-style tweet of merely 140 characters! I also present similarly sized definitions of two important and closely related concepts, display-referred and mastering-display-referred.

Presented by:

  • Charles Poynton

Not Your Father's Television

Today’s televisions are as far removed from your father’s models as a Tesla is from a Model A. They’re larger and cheaper than ever, with built-in streaming capabilities and 4K and 8K resolution. More importantly, the display type is swinging back to emissive from transmissive, and limitations on peak luminance and color gamut reproduction are being tossed aside. And in the end, one winner will emerge…

Presented by:

  • Peter Putnam, ROAM Consulting LLC

Microservices in Media: Reality or Buzz?

Presented by:

  • Renard Jenkins, WarnerMedia

Remote editing and finishing workflows in the cloud

Presented by:

  • Matthew Herson, AWS

The Digital Peanut Butter Cup: Cloud Enabled Virtual Production

Virtual Production has advanced at an incredible pace over the last year due to several factors: The Mandalorian, the advancements in GPU technology, LED stages, pixel streaming, led technologies and the cloud. Jack Wenzinger from AWS leads a panel of subject matter experts from Mo-Sys Engineering, Arch Platform Technologies, and the Entertainment Technology Center in a conversation on how Virtual Production has advanced over the last year and how cloud technology is enabling and advancing the innovation of cinematic/television production during these challenging times.

Presented by:

  • Jack Wenzinger, AWS

Efficient multi-codec streaming

In this talk I will discuss the problem of the design of an adaptive bitrate (ABR) streaming system, targeting a population of user devices with fragmented codec support. Specifically, I will consider streaming to a mix of H.264/AVC and HEVC-capable user devices. I will explain the main principles of the ABR streaming system, survey some relevant features of HLS and DASH standards (such as “SCORE” and “qualityRanking” attributes, “adaptation-set-switching” supplemental properties, etc.), and then define the problem, and show how it can be solved both mathematically and then practically. Experimental data illustrating the effectiveness of the proposed technique will also be presented.

Presented by:

  • Yuriy Reznik, Brightcove, Inc.

Cloud Based Workflow: Realities and Opportunities

Cloud based workflows are becoming more a part of the production environment as creatives look for ways to continue under social distancing protocols. While it may seem as simple as getting an account on one of the cloud platforms and starting a virtual machine, there are in fact a myriad of issue that have to be addressed in order to have a truly operational experience.
In this presentation we will cover some of the major realities, challenges and opportunities to a cloud based creative workflow.

Presented by:

  • J David Hoffman, Blackmagic Design

HPA ALL - The HPA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative

Presented by:

  • Kari Grubin

MovieLabs Visual Language

Now that the industry is looking to come together around the 2030 vision for how we will work in production it is time to have a language to talk together about how we work. This is the visual language. This is an agreed upon set of shapes, lines, and icons to describe the key concepts of the 2030 vision for film and tv production. This would be used by the member studios and by the industry to do workflow diagrams, dashboards and app development. We will make sure the language is open, flexible and has all the resources needed for widespread adoption. This presentation will introduce this project, describe its goals and give a sneak peak on where it is going.

Presented by:

  • Chris VIenneau, MovieLabs

Democratic Convention and Inauguration 2020 - How it was done.

How was the Democratic Convention produced from multiple locations across the country, making is seem like it was a live show out of Milwaukee? What was done to produce the Presidential Inauguration that made it like no other? Hear from some of the technical minds who pulled these achievements off.

Presented by:

  • Paul Chapman, SIM International

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