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About the HPA Tech Retreat:

Why is the HPA Tech Retreat the most important event of the year?

Bringing together a world-class roster of leaders in engineering, technology, creativity and business to explore and experience the most compelling topics around the creation, management, and dissemination of content, the HPA Tech Retreat is unique among tech events. Ideas are rigorously explored and debated – not just during onstage presentations, but continuously throughout the event, from breakfast roundtables through to nightcaps.

The Tech Retreat depends on participants turning away from their day-to-day routines to engage with the brightest minds in the industry. This kind of focused, and authentic discussion between experts happens nowhere else.

Who Will Be There?

Participants have included Oscar winners, studio technology chiefs, NASA scientists, and executives from the most compelling technology hubs.  Attendees are there to engage completely with forward-looking trends and technologies of the content creation ecosystem while tackling issues of the present from fresh perspectives.


NAVIGATE THE FUTURE

Networking

The who’s who of the industry gather to connect, collaborate and shape the future of media and entertainment. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get in front of top level decision makers without distractions. No mute buttons here!

Breakfast Roundtables

Pull up a chair with a handful of thought leaders and hear from a subject matter expert while you enjoy your parfait. Ask questions, argue, learn, and enjoy. Bon Appetit with a side of insight.

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Tech Retreat Features

TR-X

TR-X

Tech Retreat Extra is a one-day deep dive into a new topic each year. Stay tuned!

Supersession

Supersession

Why so super? This session has been on the cutting edge of technology and workflows in today’s ever-changing landscape. See what happens in 2023!

Main Program

HPA Tech Retreat Main Program

The launchpad and very foundation of the Tech Retreat. A day and a half of panels and presentations about the most important and intriguing ideas today, given by the people who know the most about them. Curated by the inimitable Mark Schubin, HPA Tech Retreat Maestro in Residence.

Innovation Zone

Innovation Zone

See it in the Main Program or the Supersession or TRX? Want to experience it in a fully interactive environment? It’s where you can find the latest and most compelling technologies for tire kicking and test driving. Applications open from July 1, 2022 – January 2, 2023 or until we are at capacity.

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Look Who’s Talking…

Access brilliance

Shadi Almassizadeh

Walt Disney Studios

Ron Ames

Bill Baggelaar

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Todd Bowen

BYU

Annie Chang

Universal Pictures
Mark Chiolis

Mark Chiolis

Mobile TV Group

Jason Dachman

Sports Video Group

Hai Dao

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Terri Davies

Trusted Partner Network, Motion Picture Association

Rowan de Pomerai

DPP

Nick Garvin

Mobile TV Group

Greg Geier

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Dan Germain

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Addy Ghani

disguise

Rob Gonsalves

Avid

David Grindle

SMPTE

Kari Grubin

HPA Board

Ted Harrington

ISE

Mark Harrison

DPP

J David Hoffman

Blackmagic Design

Hans Hoffmann

European Broadcasting Union

Renard Jenkins

Warne Bros. Discovery

Dr. Khizer Khaderi

Stanford Human Perception Lab

George Kilpatrick

Overcast HQ

Jesse Kobayashi

Barbara Lange

Kibo121

Cédric Lejeune

Workflowers

Chris Lennon

Ross Video

Scott Levine

Skywalker Sound

Alex Libby

ProductionPro

Micah Littleton

Technicolor

Anthony Magliocco

EMTM

Mathieu Mazerolle

Foundry

Bastien Minniti

Amazon Studios

Mark Nakano

Warner Bros. Discovery

Eddie Okuno

ESPN

Atul Phadnis

Vitrina AI

Jeff Rosica

Avid Technology

Scott Rothenberg

NEP Group

Toby Scales

Google

Jeff Sengpiehl

Key Code Media

Dr. Tamara Seybold

ARRI

Janice Simpson

The Walt Disney Company

Mike Smith

ROE Visual

Ely Stacy

disguise

Patrick Sumby

Sohonet

Kevin Towes

Adobe

Mark Turner

MovieLabs

Rohan Warey

Prime Focus Technologies

Melinda Wright

Mobile TV Group

Michele Wright

SMPTE

Schedule

Tech Retreat 2023 Conference Program. Schedule is subject to change.

Monday, February 20 | HPA TR-X

9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Registration Open
1:00 pm – 5:45 pm
HPA TR-X: The Future is Coming, Will You and Your Company Be A Part of It?
Most of us didn’t see the chaos, challenges and opportunities of the pandemic as part of our future a few years ago. What else might we be missing, that’s just around the corner, for our Media & Entertainment industry and for our own personal careers? While no one can accurately predict everything that is on the horizon, we’re doing our best to assemble an all-star group to look into their crystal balls and help us to best prepare ourselves, and our companies, for what’s ahead over the next 5-10 years. What changes are in store for production, post-production, broadcast, streaming, entertainment, sports, gaming, esports, and other areas of our industry that we need to be prepared, as best we can be, that will be a part of new workflows and solutions that will become part of our everyday lives? What new types of personnel and creative and technical positions will be included in that landscape? The sugar-coated spoon is gone and the medicine is now going down raw, is that working for you? Come join us for the 2023 HPA Tech Retreat TR-X session on Monday February 20th, 2023 as we all work together to answer as many of these questions as we can at this time.
1:00 pm
Setting the Stage
HPA Board Members, and HPA TR-X Co-Chairs, Mark Chiolis and Craig German, will take a few minutes to set the day up, provide an overview of the panels and presenters and let you know the walk-away expectations at the conclusion of today’s programs.
  • Mark Chiolis, Mobile TV Group
    Mark Chiolis

    Mark Chiolis

    Mobile TV Group

    Mark Chiolis is the Director of Business Development for Mobile TV Group (MTVG), which provides facilities for over 5,000 live professional and college sports and entertainment events annually, with more than 35 mobile units, and dozens of remote Cloud Control facilities, based throughout the U.S.  MTVG has been leading the 4K/UHD/HDR/Cloud 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, awards, corporate, concerts, egames, and esports events with current and new trucks, using both broadcast and cine workflows.

    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, member of the NAB Cine Consortium, member of the SciTech group at the Television Academy (Emmys), member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), member of International Association of Aviation Photographers, past section manager of SMPTE, member of STE, SBE and California Broadcasters Association.

  • Craig German, Crafty Apes
1:15 pm
Opening Kickoff

What better way for all of us to look at the future of our industry than through the eyes of 6 future industry leaders in media and entertainment.  We’re going to put 6 of HPA’s Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP’s) on the stage for a very fast paced 20-minute spin cycle talking about their challenges, opportunities and future thoughts to kick off this year’s Tech Retreat TR-X event with a bang!

  • Payton List, FOX
  • Jaxson McLennan, Cinematographer/Producer
  • Nicole Harmony, The Mill
  • Erik Mahoney, Paramount
  • Colin Hughes, Light Iron
1:30 pm
Audience Interaction – Let’s Hear from You

Before we move on to the structured portion of the day, and following the opening keynote thoughts, we want to hear your thoughts, predictions and challenges you think are headed our way.  The plan is to pick a few of our attendees and give each of you a minute or two that will provide background for the rest of the afternoon and hopefully shed some light on answers and directions that are brought up during this time.

  • Mark Chiolis, Mobile TV Group
    Mark Chiolis

    Mark Chiolis

    Mobile TV Group

    Mark Chiolis is the Director of Business Development for Mobile TV Group (MTVG), which provides facilities for over 5,000 live professional and college sports and entertainment events annually, with more than 35 mobile units, and dozens of remote Cloud Control facilities, based throughout the U.S.  MTVG has been leading the 4K/UHD/HDR/Cloud 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, awards, corporate, concerts, egames, and esports events with current and new trucks, using both broadcast and cine workflows.

    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, member of the NAB Cine Consortium, member of the SciTech group at the Television Academy (Emmys), member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), member of International Association of Aviation Photographers, past section manager of SMPTE, member of STE, SBE and California Broadcasters Association.

  • Craig German, Crafty Apes
1:40 pm
Designing and Implementing AI and Immersive Experiences (AR/MxR/VR) Successfully into Media & Entertainment

Referencing a unique background in ophthalmology, neuroscience, public health, gaming, esports, wearables, and media & entertainment, Dr. Khizer Khaderi will dive into the use of AI to successfully enhance workflow and provide a personalized experience for interfacing teams and machines together.

  • Dr. Khizer Khaderi, Stanford Human Perception Lab

    Dr. Khizer Khaderi

    Stanford Human Perception Lab

    Dr. Khizer Khaderi is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University. Khaderi is the Director/Founder of the Stanford Human Perception Laboratory (HPL) and the Stanford Vision Performance Center (VPC), and faculty at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI and the Stanford Human Performance Alliance.

    Khaderi is a renowned Neuro-Ophthalmic surgeon, technologist and futurist. He founded Vizzario Inc, a perceptual AI company, spun out from HPL. Khaderi has extensive domain expertise in artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MxR), wearables, applied neuroscience, human factors, and human-machine interfaces/interaction. His research interests include developing personalized human intelligent systems for the metaverse based on the human brain and sensory systems, developing technologies to optimize human performance, and combining biological and computational principles to expand our capabilities in research, clinical practice, and everyday life. Dr. Khaderi’s approach to advance research interests and develop practical applications for everyday use is building collaborative partnerships across academia and industry.

    Dr. Khaderi’s experience across industry sectors include consumer electronics, gaming, retail, life science, sports/Esports health care, Pharma, e-commerce, to name a few. He has developed novel technologies in these areas and generated multiple invention patents. Selected as a “40 under 40”, he contributed to President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology regarding vision technology and the aging population. He also advises multiple companies, venture firms and organizations including the Global Esports Federation, Magic Leap, Riot Games, Intel, Activision, Unity, Epic Games, Google, Meta, Microsoft, Apple, NBA, Aerie Pharma, the World Health Organization, the International Olympic Committee, the International Telecommunication Union, and the World Bank.

2:00 pm
The Future of Production, from the Creative Perspective

What does the future of production hold? The panel of creatives will explore future challenges from a training and recruitment perspective.

  • Moderator: Mark Chiolis, Mobile TV Group
    Mark Chiolis

    Mark Chiolis

    Mobile TV Group

    Mark Chiolis is the Director of Business Development for Mobile TV Group (MTVG), which provides facilities for over 5,000 live professional and college sports and entertainment events annually, with more than 35 mobile units, and dozens of remote Cloud Control facilities, based throughout the U.S.  MTVG has been leading the 4K/UHD/HDR/Cloud 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, awards, corporate, concerts, egames, and esports events with current and new trucks, using both broadcast and cine workflows.

    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, member of the NAB Cine Consortium, member of the SciTech group at the Television Academy (Emmys), member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), member of International Association of Aviation Photographers, past section manager of SMPTE, member of STE, SBE and California Broadcasters Association.

  • Mark Lanza, MPSE
  • Paul Debevec, Netflix
  • Shannon Baker Davis, ACE
  • Aria Jackson

    Aria Jackson

    ARIA JACKSON is a Los Angeles based director, writer, and photographer. A 2017 graduate of the Cinema and Television Arts program at CSUN, Aria has written, directed, and produced multiple independent award winning shorts and has recently joined an anthology feature film, while also maintaining a career in television production and branding. Her recent credits include creative photography and videography for a wide array of multinational brands, celebrities and influencers and producing various reality TV programs.

  • Kathryn Brillhart, ASC

    Kathryn Brillhart, ASC

    Kathryn Brillhart is a Cinematographer, Director, and Producer who leverages volumetric capture, visualization techniques, and supervising visual effects to enhance projects. For the past decade, she has helped to redefine best practices and standards in virtual production and has advocated for diversity in the film industry through her role on the Global Board of Directors for the Visual Effects Society. Kathryn is a member of the Virtual Production Committee within the ASC Motion Imaging and Technology Council as well as the Alliance of Women Directors. Her recent work and role as Virtual Production Supervisor, incorporates real-time game engine and virtual production techniques to achieve in-camera visual effects, including such projects as Warner Bros. Black Adam (2022), Netflix’s Rebel Moon (2023), and Amazon Studios’ Fallout (2023).

2:45 pm
People and AI/ML – How Machines Will Help Connect Us Together

Atul Phadnis, founder of Vitrina AI, will talk about using AI to map, organize and connect the 600,000 companies that make up the media content creation value-chain, globally. An exploration of how AI will be used to find the themes, trends and breakthrough work taking place around the world within the increasingly global content business.

  • Atul Phadnis, Vitrina AI

    Atul Phadnis

    Vitrina AI

    Atul is Founder-CEO of Vitrina AI, the global sourcing hub for the Entertainment supply-chain. The $255Billion entertainment supply-chain, has 600,000 specialist companies worldwide, and is changing rapidly due to globalization, tech disruption, demand-supply mismatches and business model changes.

    Vitrina was launched with a mission to dramatically improve the sourcing speed and efficiencies for specialist supplier partnerships across content stages, globally.

    In his prior role, Atul was the Chief Content Officer at Gracenote, a Nielsen company, where he headed global operations for Gracenote’s 80+ country coverage.

    In 2019-20, he left Gracenote to start Vitrina AI at Stanford Research Institute [SRI International] with the goal to map and connect the global Entertainment supply-chain ecosystem using the power of AI, NLP and worldwide TV-Film-&-Gaming industry data.

3:00 pm
The Talent Deficit in Today’s Market

As the need for skilled workers becomes a recurring theme in the industry, the panel will address how the M&E industry can recruit, retain, and cultivate creative and technical talent.

  • Moderator: Kari Grubin, HPA Board

    Kari Grubin

    HPA Board

    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. Kari currently leverages her expertise through her partnership with companies and professional organizations as a business consultant, specializing in the media and entertainment vertical, and currently serves as the Project Director of SMPTE’s Rapid Industry Solutions On Set Virtual Production Initiative. In 2021, Kari was invited to become a Member at Large by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Previously, Kari demonstrated her strong record of technical operations supervision and confident, insightful leadership of creative teams as Vice President of Mastering for Studio Operations at The Walt Disney Studios, where she developed a 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 the past chair of Women in Post Committee. In 2016, she co-created the Young Entertainment Professionals Program (YEP) at the HPA, which has provided outreach and mentoring to over 100 young leaders in the entertainment industry. Kari is now the Co-Chair of HPA ALL, 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 DEI efforts.

    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 services to 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, the leading 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 HPA ALL IN, SMPTE Annual Technology Conference, NAB Cinemerge, HPA Women in Post, HPA Tech Retreat, the Academy Gold Internship Program and Careers in Film Summit (AMPAS). She holds three US patents in media and entertainment technology as a co-inventor.

  • Melinda Wright, Mobile TV Group

    Melinda Wright

    Mobile TV Group

    Melinda has been working with mobile production facilities and the networks they service since 2005. She is a life-long learner that enjoys the technology involved in making live broadcast successful and the teams of people, from engineers to operations and creatives, that tell the stories that bring people together. She has built her career on connecting the web of support that makes every event successful.

  • Todd Bowen, BYU

    Todd Bowen

    BYU

    Todd Bowen, J.D.

    Postproduction and graphics manager, BYU Broadcasting

    • BYUtv founded in 2001, which is owned and operated as part of Brigham Young University. BYUtv is available through its free on-line app, cable systems, satellite, and digital carriers in the US and worldwide.
    • Postproduction manager of several original TV series, such as Studio C, Relative Race, and others.
    • Adjunct professor of Cinematic Skills and Media Law.
    • Over 35 years of media production experience in live sports, scripted, reality, and documentary.
  • Angeline Buenaventura, Netflix
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Refreshment Break
3:45 pm
The People vs. AI and ML – Positioning Yourself to Succeed

An exploration of the necessary skillset for the creative and technical craft workflow that will be required by AI/ML in the future. Will AI/ML alter or replace some of the creative and technical processes in today’s M&E environment? How can you best position yourself and your company to benefit from these changes?

  • Yves Bergquist, USC-ETC
4:00 pm
The Future Role of Institutional Organizations – Maintaining Relevance for Your Members

Warner Bros. Discovery SVP and SMPTE President Renard Jenkins leads a discussion of the challenges and opportunities for institutional organizations, including how to include new talent.

  • Moderator: Renard Jenkins, Warner Bros. Discovery and SMPTE

    Renard Jenkins

    Warner Bros. Discovery and SMPTE

    Renard Jenkins is an experienced contention creation and creative technology executive in the Film, Television and Radio industry. He is currently Warner Bros. Discovery’s Senior Vice President, Production Integration & Creative Technology Services where he oversees teams that support 23,500 plus cast/crew members, 8,500 plus content hours and hundreds of global feature film, animation, and syndicated television productions annually. He and his teams provide creative production technology solutions and strategy for film, animation, and television productions worldwide. They also provide application, IP, production pipeline support and workflows as well as work stream design and implementation. A portion of his team are also responsible for the exploration and successful implementation of emerging and creative technologies such as virtual production, multiplatform storytelling, virtual character and meta human development, neuro-technology and better images and sound for cinema and home entertainment.

    Prior to joining WarnerMedia, Jenkins served as Vice President, Operations, Engineering & Distribution at PBS, where he was responsible for the strategic direction, technology development, engineering, and operational management of PBS’s entire media-supply chain. He and his teams were responsible for the successful simultaneous launch of the Live Linear and Cloud-based PBS Kids Channel plus Live Streaming App which also contained games and VOD. It remains as one of the most popular kid’s applications and destinations today. He also created PBS’s Advanced Format Center. He has also worked for TV One, Discovery, ESPN and Turner Broadcasting where he received multiple awards for his work in Film & Television Production, Post Production and R&D, including two national Emmys. Jenkins was also awarded the Innovator of the Year award in 2017 for his cutting-edge work and accomplishments in UHD, HDR, NGA and supply chain technology through the PBS Advanced Format Center and other industry activities.

    Jenkins is a SMPTE Fellow and currently serves as President of SMPTE. He sits on the boards of MovieLabs, the Hollywood Professionals Association, the UltraHD Forum, the Content & Entertainment Council as well as the Microsoft and Oracle Advisory Boards. He is also a recipient of a Peabody, 2 Headliners and a 2020 Broadcasting and Cable Technology Leadership award to name a few others.

    He is a champion and advocate for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility 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), chairs the Warner Bros. Discovery Technology and Operations Equity and Inclusion Council, the SMPTE Global Inclusion Working Group and he also Co-Chairs, HPA ALL which advocates for and promotes diversity, better equity and increased inclusion and accessibility in the media and entertainment industry.

    When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and best friend of over 30 years, his daughters, and his grandchildren. He loves travel photography / filmmaking and only has one more continent left to explore. He is also a certified sound engineer and is passionate about the visual arts. When time permits, he loves to provide pro bono location sound, live mixing, studio recording, post-production and finishing services for aspiring filmmakers, animators, and musicians. His family moto is “In all things integrity and integrity in all things.”

  • Joyce Cataldo, HPA
  • Michael Crimp, IBC
  • Jason Dachman, Sports Video Group

    Jason Dachman

    Sports Video Group

    As Chief Editor, Dachman oversees all aspects of SVG’s North American editorial operations – including all news on sportsvideo.org, the daily SVG Insider newsletter, and SVG’s annual print publications – and is one of the primary contributors to SVG’s coverage of the sports-video-production industry. A member of the SVG team since 2009, Dachman also serves as Program Director for SVG’s Esports Production Forum, RSN Summit, Sports Content Management Forum, Sports Graphics Forum, and TranSPORT conference. Prior to joining SVG, he covered local sports for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, MA, and served on the production staff of SiriusXM’s The Ron & Fez Show. Dachman began his career in the Sports Information department at Northeastern University in Boston, where he earned a BA in Media Communications and Cinema Studies. A native of Denver, CO, Jason currently resides in Queens, NY, with his wife Alyson and daughter June.

  • David Grindle, SMPTE

    David Grindle

    SMPTE

    David Grindle joined SMPTE as Executive Director in 2022. He brings more than a decade of association leadership experience to the position along with a background in live entertainment management. Recognized globally for his work as an association leader and manager, Grindle has spoken at conferences in China, Europe, and New Zealand. He has been a guest faculty member at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Michigan Tech University, and many others. He holds degrees from Berry College and Indiana University and is a Fulbright Specialist with the US State Department.

  • Stan Moote, IABM
  • Eric Trabb, NAB
4:45 pm
The Future of Live Sports, from the Technical, Creative and Executive Viewpoint

Jason Dachman, Chief Editor at Sports Video Group, leads an all-star panel discussing the most pressing topics facing live sports now and in the future. Topics include a look at which networks and companies will lock in those broadcast and production contracts from the leagues and teams, who benefits from new regulations on wagering, MVPD, DTC, RSN, NCAA, Pac-12, Big12, blending broadcast and cine solutions, new products and innovations to wow the viewers and new apps for in-venue and external interactions.

  • Moderator: Jason Dachman, Sports Video Group

    Jason Dachman

    Sports Video Group

    As Chief Editor, Dachman oversees all aspects of SVG’s North American editorial operations – including all news on sportsvideo.org, the daily SVG Insider newsletter, and SVG’s annual print publications – and is one of the primary contributors to SVG’s coverage of the sports-video-production industry. A member of the SVG team since 2009, Dachman also serves as Program Director for SVG’s Esports Production Forum, RSN Summit, Sports Content Management Forum, Sports Graphics Forum, and TranSPORT conference. Prior to joining SVG, he covered local sports for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, MA, and served on the production staff of SiriusXM’s The Ron & Fez Show. Dachman began his career in the Sports Information department at Northeastern University in Boston, where he earned a BA in Media Communications and Cinema Studies. A native of Denver, CO, Jason currently resides in Queens, NY, with his wife Alyson and daughter June.

  • Eddie Okuno, ESPN

    Eddie Okuno

    ESPN

    Eddie Okuno is Senior Remote Operations Specialist for Disney Media Entertainment & Distribution (DMED) – ESPN.

    His responsibilities include on site remote technical planning for the NBA on ESPN-ABC Season, which includes the advancement of engineering and production workflows and integration of signal flow to all DMED-ESPN facilities.

    Heading into his 21st NBA on ESPN-ABC season, Eddie’s responsibilities not only covers the day to day technical management of the NBA season, but also works collectively as part of the DMED Operations Specialist team to continually enhance, innovate and improve global production and engineering workflows at DMED-ESPN-ABC.

    Technical and operations support for ESPN’s Monday Night Football was also part of Eddie’s responsibilities from 2006 until 2019.

    Prior to joining DMED-ESPN, Eddie was the Senior Technical Manager at ABC Sports and NBC Sports.

    His primary responsibility at ABC Sports was Senior Technical Manager for ABC Monday Night Football (3 Seasons including Super Bowl XL) and the 2006 BCS Championship (Rose Bowl USC vs Texas)

    Eddie’s repsonsibilities at NBC Sports was Senior Technical Manager for the NBA on NBC.

    At NBC, Eddie also worked on the NFL, multiple Super Bowls and Olympic Games.

  • JP Palmer, Amazon Prime Video
  • Pete Emminger, NEP Group
5:30 pm
Closing Keynote

We have a special M&E industry leader lined up to wrap up all of today’s thoughts and information into one tidy package with a pretty bow on top.  They will also provide their own insight into where our industry is headed in the future, how best for all of us, and the companies we represent, to position our skills, education, training and knowledge, to be in the best possible shape for a long career in this industry that we all love.

  • Jeff Rosica, Avid Technology

    Jeff Rosica

    Avid Technology

    Mr. Rosica is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & President, and a member of the board of directors, of Avid Technology. Prior to being appointed Avid’s CEO & President in February 2018, he had served in a number of senior executive roles with the company. Mr. Rosica is a 35+ year industry veteran in the broadcast and media technology segment, with extensive experience spanning production, post-production and distribution technology solutions. Prior to joining Avid in 2013, Mr. Rosica served in various senior leadership capacities with leading industry brands including Grass Valley, Thomson/Technicolor, and Philips Electronics.

5:50 pm
Closing Wrap and Q&A

Co-Chairs, Mark Chiolis and Craig German, kicked this off earlier and they will provide a short wrap up and their own thoughts, as they know they are the only obstacle standing between you and the networking and cocktail event!

  • Mark Chiolis, Mobile TV Group
    Mark Chiolis

    Mark Chiolis

    Mobile TV Group

    Mark Chiolis is the Director of Business Development for Mobile TV Group (MTVG), which provides facilities for over 5,000 live professional and college sports and entertainment events annually, with more than 35 mobile units, and dozens of remote Cloud Control facilities, based throughout the U.S.  MTVG has been leading the 4K/UHD/HDR/Cloud 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, awards, corporate, concerts, egames, and esports events with current and new trucks, using both broadcast and cine workflows.

    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, member of the NAB Cine Consortium, member of the SciTech group at the Television Academy (Emmys), member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), member of International Association of Aviation Photographers, past section manager of SMPTE, member of STE, SBE and California Broadcasters Association.

  • Craig German, Crafty Apes
6:00 pm – 7:10 pm
Welcome Cocktails

Join your fellow attendees in continuing the discussion from today’s TR-X, or start your own conversation, over a cocktail or two.

Sponsored by Signiant and Panavision

Tuesday, February 21 | Roundtables, Supersession, Innovation Zone, Conference Dinner

7:00 am – 6:30 pm
Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast Roundtables
  1. Your bloated archive costs more than money, Eric Radloff, Ateliere Creative Technologies
  2. Creative infrastructure-as-a-service, Laura Teodosio & Ed Churchward, Arch Platform Tech
  3. Audio post in the cloud, Brandon Lindauer, AWS
  4. QC in the cloud, Brian Kenworthy, AWS
  5. Opportunities for post-production’s evolution, Tram Le-Jones, ftrack
  6. Cloud workflows for reality/non-fiction TV, Steve Marshall, Moxion
  7. ARRI Alexa 35 custom color management, Peter Crithary, ARRI
  8. Study of lighting for virtual production, Walter Schulz, 3500 Kelvin
  9. Rental solutions & holistic virtual production, Ben Danielowski, 4Wall
  10. Camera-to-cloud workflow that fits on-set, Colin McDonald, Teradek/SmallHD
  11. In Depth with Dolby Vision, Samuel Bilodeau, Dolby Laboratories
  12. Trends in rendering, on-premises & in the cloud, Pauline Koh, AWS
  13. Camera interaction with LED volumes, Nick Jevons, ROE Visual US
  14. AI & ML: implications for high end image processing, Lance Maurer, Cinnafilm
  15. Breakthrough: Fox Sports flypack, Peter Wharton, TAG Video Systems
  16. Combating ransomware in M&E, Whit Jackson, Wasabi
  17. Archive to survive, Mark Stolnitz, Wasabi
  18. New AI/ML developments for media production, Rob Gonsalves, Avid
  19. OpenTimelineIO: how can it help me? Sarah Priestnall & Dave Colantuoni, Avid
  20. Lens to first edit: delivery trends, Raymond Thompson, Avid
  21. Building & optimizing intelligent archives, Glen Sakata, Dalet
  22. Is HDR monitoring for cinematography feasible? Wes Donahue, Teradek/SmallHD
  23. How to manage business in the downturn, Dave Leopold, LucidLink
  24. Cloud & app security for the new TPN platform, Mathew Gilliat-Smith, Convergent Risks
  25. Rendering: built to scale, not fail, Mac Moore, Conductor Technologies
  26. Virtual production accelerator training program, Addy Ghani, disguise
  27. SMPTE RIS: camera & lens metadata, Jim Helman, SMPTE RIS
  28. Remote post production workflows, Bob Hildeman, Streambox
  29. PTP synchronization of multiple GPUs in media workflows, Thomas True, NVIDIA
  30. Artist-controlled machine learning for visual effects, Mathieu Mazerolle, Foundry
  31. DE&I isn’t optional, Kylee Peña and Laura Pursley, Adobe
  32. Working better together in post: the right partner technology mix for Premiere, Karl Soulé, Adobe
  33. Christie xenon vs. RGB laser: metamerism, speckle, color space. etc., Jason Jacobson, Christie
  34. Motion grading Avatar: The Way of Water, Richard Miller, Pixelworks
9:00 am – 5:15 pm
HPA Supersession

Topic TBA

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Lunch
2:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Supersession Continued
5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Innovation Zone Open with Cocktails (dedicated demo time)

Sponsored by

  • Signiant
  • ARRI
  • Like Minded Media Ventures
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Conference Dinner

Sponsored by Adobe

Wednesday, February 22 | Roundtables, Individual Sessions, Innovation Zone

7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast Roundtables
  1. Cloud-first supply chain best practices, Sam Cook, Ateliere Creative Technologies
  2. Interoperability and recomposable, automated workflows, Jim Helman, MovieLabs
  3. Does everything really belong in the cloud? Chris Lennon, Ross Video
  4. Event-driven supply chain, Robert Raver, AWS
  5. The software that supports post-production teams, Tram Le-Jones, ftrack
  6. Cloud workflows for reality/non-fiction TV, Steve Marshall, Moxion
  7. Virtual production, Peter Crithary, ARRI
  8. Study of lighting for virtual production, Walter Schulz, 3500 Kelvin
  9. Rental solutions & holistic virtual production, Ben Danielowski, 4Wall
  10. Color Grading on AWS with Baselight, Marlon Campos, AWS
  11. In depth with Dolby Vision, Samuel Bilodeau, Dolby Laboratories
  12. Professional monitor calibration, Blake Johnson, Small HD
  13. Existing and future LED volumes, Mike Smith, ROE Visual US
  14. AI & ML: implications for high end image processing, Lance Maurer, Cinnafilm
  15. Managing data across the wide world of sports, Whit Jackson, Wasabi
  16. Remote workforce, Mark Stolnitz, Wasabi
  17. New AI/ML developments for media production, Rob Gonsalves, Avid
  18. OpenTimelineIO: How can it help me? Sarah Priestnall & Dave Colantuoni, Avid
  19. Digital nomads, Mark Chiolis, Mobile TV Group
  20. Lens to first edit: delivery trends, Raymond Thompson, Avid
  21. Optimizing supply chains for increased consumption endpoints, Glen Sakata, Dalet
  22. How can TPN help you? Terri Davies, MPA
  23. Talent identity in the age of (deep)fakes, William Kreth, HAND
  24. Making sustainability in media tech work, Barbara Lange, Kibo121, & Cedric Lejeune, Workflowers
  25. Color in the cloud with DaVinci Resolve, Zach Willner, AWS
  26. Sourcing creative talent globally, Julie O’Grady, LucidLink
  27. Connect assets & people with the MovieLabs ontology, Louis Matignon, Perfect Memory
  28. Future of documentation: unified system design, Jake Tejada & Frank Albano, Deloitte Consulting
  29. Cloud implementation with shared responsibility, Mathew Gilliat-Smith, Convergent Risks
  30. SMPTE Rapid Industry Solutions: on-set virtual production, Kari Grubin, SMPTE RIS
  31. Office space: Where’s this hybrid work model taking us? Karl Soulé, Adobe
  32. Christie CineLife+ projection workflow: I/O, BW, HFR, HDR, tools, Jason Jacobson, Christie
  33. Key to future production platforms: ease of use, flexibility, both? Art Raymond, Signiant
  34. Multi-primary color systems, Jim DeFilippis and Dr. Corey Carbonara, 6P Color
8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Innovation Zone open for appointments

See program below for dedicated Innovation Zone hours

8:45 am – 8:50 am
Welcome
  • Seth Hallen, HPA
8:50 am – 9:10 am
Introduction & Technology Year in Review
  • Mark Schubin, Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    Mark Schubin

    Program Maestro, HPA Tech Retreat

    Multiple Emmy-award winning SMPTE Life Fellow Mark Schubin is the world’s greatest expert on the intersecting histories of media technology and opera. He helped create the hotel in-room movie business, the first live nationwide stereo simulcast network, the first live multi-language cinema subtitles, and what was probably the first HDR-to-SDR converter (though no one knew what HDR was at the time). He has worked on moving-image projects on all seven continents (including Antarctica), including news in Kazakhstan, cable TV in Hong Kong, and the television transmission system of Barbados. He also worked on the standardization of the VU meter. His bedroom was an official test site of the ATSC, his paper on aspect ratios was cited by the FCC, and his blog at SchubinCafe.com is archived by the Library of Congress. He once piloted the Fuji blimp and has been known to wear shoes.

9:10 am – 9:40 am
What CES 2023 Means for the Media Industry
  • Mark Harrison, DPP

    Mark Harrison

    DPP

    Mark began his career as an Historian at Cambridge University, before moving into the media industry. He spent many years as a Director, Producer and Executive Producer, and won numerous awards for his filmmaking, including an International Emmy and a BAFTA nomination.

    Mark has held senior roles within the independent production sector and the BBC. He was MD of an independent production company before being appointed BBC Head of Arts, 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.

    In 2015 Mark became CEO of the DPP – the media industry’s international business network, which he founded. Today the DPP has nearly 500 member companies from across the whole media supply chain – from global tech giants to start ups.

9:40 am – 10:10 am
The Future of Localization
  • Rowan de Pomerai, DPP

    Rowan de Pomerai

    DPP

    Rowan de Pomerai leads the technology strategy and delivery for the DPP, the media industry’s international community. The DPP provides the insight and connections our members need to do business better.

    Rowan has a strong background in media innovation. He has an MEng in Media Engineering, and has spent 15 years in the industry, working across broadcasters, production, and software companies.

10:10 am – 10:40 am
It Is Time We Had a Conversation About Security in Our Industry
  • Moderator: Chuck Parker, Sohonet
  • Marc Zorn, Marvel Studios
  • Terri Davies, Trusted Partner Network, Motion Picture Association

    Terri Davies

    Trusted Partner Network, Motion Picture Association

    As President of the Motion Picture Association’s Trusted Partner Network (TPN), Davies is charged with leading the next stage of the organization’s growth, which includes expanding the program to a more flexible, multi-tiered model to better serve the vendor and content owner communites and align with the rapid changes in the Movie and TV industry, and the introduction of Cloud Security assessments. She also oversees the creation, publication and ongoing management of MPA’s Content Security site and cloud best practices, as well as the operations of the assessor accreditation program.

    Davies joined TPN from Anuvu (formerly Global Eagle Entertainment), where she served as Senior Vice President, Media & Content. Prior to Anuvu, Davies was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the MediaCore Program at Deluxe Entertainment and has also consulted with the Gerson Lehrman Group as a subject matter expert on the media and entertainment industry. From 2000 through 2015, Davies held various positions at Sony Pictures Entertainment in both London and Los Angeles culminating as Executive Vice President, Business Operations, Worldwide Product Fulfillment. During her tenure at Sony, Davies drove digital transformation and efficiency across all post theatrical windows including the launch of Sony Pictures’ digital supply chain and centralization of localization and media services. She began her career in the 1990s at Tele-Cine Post-Production in London.

    Davies, a respected thought leader in the post-production community, serves on various boards including Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), Canon Club, is a current member of BAFTA and serves as a BAFTA Student Film Judge. She is also a dedicated mentor, having participated in the USC Marshall Business School’s Career Advantage Program, San Diego State University’s Mentor Program, and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Leadership Program. Most recently, Davies joined the UC Riverside Advisory Board for the Transformation Leadership program, and she also serves as a USC International Case Competition Judge.

     

  • Lisa Powell, Company3
  • Micah Littleton, Technicolor

    Micah Littleton

    Technicolor

    Micah Littleton is the Vice President of Global Content Security for Technicolor Creative Studios.

    He brings over two decades of experience in the media and entertainment sector, initially as an audio engineer, editor, mixer, studio manager and producer, as well as a leader in research and development initiatives. He joined Technicolor in 2003 to lead creative technology teams before he was tasked with providing direction on how best to secure content in the sensitive and target-rich business of making blockbuster movies.

    In 2007, Littleton brought his deep domain expertise in the high-value content production business to develop security conventions and techniques that have been adopted by Technicolor and the partners and clients that make up the entertainment technology value chain. To that end, Littleton has been an active participant in MESA, MovieLabs, Motion Picture Association, and other industry organizations to collaborate with other players in the ecosystem in joint efforts to maintain the innovation edge over those who would compromise the integrity of the content development and distribution process.

    Most recently, Littleton has led a corporate-wide effort at Technicolor to develop and nurture a global leadership network dedicated to continuously improving the security posture of both Technicolor and its trading partners. The mission of the team is not only to implement best practices, but to observe and provide feedback in order to elevate the community’s ability to stay ahead of the constantly changing threat landscape.

    Security, according to Littleton, is a team sport. It requires all internal and external members of the community to observe, interpret and then act on the new challenges that are constantly emerging in this sector. He welcomes input and opportunities to engage with professionals in the industry who share this point of view.

  • Patrick Sumby, Sohonet

    Patrick Sumby

    Sohonet

    Patrick has been at Sohonet for 16+ years and oversees the Global Engineering team. His team is responsible for Sohonet’s Networks, Systems infrastructure and Security as well as working to provide compelling solutions for our customers.

  • Ted Harrington, ISE

    Ted Harrington

    ISE

    Ted Harrington is the #1 best selling author of HACKABLE: How to Do Application Security Right, and the Executive Partner at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), the company of ethical hackers famous for hacking cars, medical devices, web applications, and password managers. He’s helped hundreds of companies fix tens of thousands of security vulnerabilities, including Google, Amazon, and Netflix. Ted has been featured in more than 100 media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Forbes. His team founded and organizes IoT Village, an event whose hacking contest is a three-time DEF CON Black Badge winner. He hosts the Tech Done Different podcast.

10:40 am – 11:00 am
Refreshment break
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Why Being Green Is Not Black and White
  • Moderator: Mark Harrison, DPP

    Mark Harrison

    DPP

    Mark began his career as an Historian at Cambridge University, before moving into the media industry. He spent many years as a Director, Producer and Executive Producer, and won numerous awards for his filmmaking, including an International Emmy and a BAFTA nomination.

    Mark has held senior roles within the independent production sector and the BBC. He was MD of an independent production company before being appointed BBC Head of Arts, 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.

    In 2015 Mark became CEO of the DPP – the media industry’s international business network, which he founded. Today the DPP has nearly 500 member companies from across the whole media supply chain – from global tech giants to start ups.

  • Barbara Lange, Kibo121

    Barbara Lange

    Kibo121
  • Cédric Lejeune, Media engineer, Workflowers

    Cédric Lejeune

    Media engineer, Workflowers

    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, a French VFX system reseller 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 the European cinema group Ymagis to supervise the technology for post-production 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 then assembled the technology and innovation team to create more efficient and global workflows across the group. He led the development of EclairColor, the HDR solution for cinema (www.eclaircolor.com).

    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 team of media engineers, he helps studios in building and implementing organization and technical strategies with sustainability in mind. He Is a member of the EBU Sustainability group, the SMPTE Cloud Sustainability working group and a founding member of La Cartouch’Verte, an association to promote good environmental practices in animation movies production. With Workflowers he partners with Perfect Memory for the development of their semantic technology toolset for the movie studio environment.

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

  • Joe Zaller, Devoncroft
11:30 am – noon
Textures Feature of the Alexa 35
  • Dr. Tamara Seybold, ARRI

    Dr. Tamara Seybold

    ARRI

    Dr. Tamara Seybold started working at ARRI in 2009. Studying Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Technical University of Munich, her interest in electronics enabled her contributing to the ALEXA development. After finishing her studies in 2012, she completed a PhD about Motion Picture Denoising at the Technical University of Munich in cooperation with ARRI.

    Seybold became a full member of the Image Science team in 2015 supporting the various iterations of our ALEXA camera system and then transitioned into the development of the ALEXA 35. Since 2020, Tamara Seybold is the Technical Lead of the Image Science team in ARRI’s R&D department in Munich.

Noon – 1:53 pm
Lunch break; Innovation Zone open
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
WIP Lunch

HPA Women in Post hosts a Luncheon at the HPA Tech Retreat every year with topics and activities related to the program. Details TBA.

1:53 pm – 1:55 pm
Quiz answer and announcements
1:55 pm – 2:55 pm
MovieLabs 2030 Vision Update Panel

At IBC in 2019, the technology leaders from the major Hollywood Studios outlined a bold vision for the future of content creation. At the introduction of what has become known as the MovieLabs “2030 Vision”, the Studios promised to collaborate with partners across the content creation supply chain to begin to socialize and implement this vision. Now 3 years later, we are well on our way to implementation.  MovieLabsCTO, Jim Helman is joined by senior technology leaders from the major Studios, cloud services and leading creative applications providers who will outline their own progress and implementation journey toward the realization of the 2030 Vision.

  • Moderator: Jim Helman, MovieLabs
  • Annie Chang, Universal Pictures

    Annie Chang

    Universal Pictures

    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 served as the Co-Chair of the AMPAS SciTech Council until this year.  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.”  In 2021, Hollywood Professional Association honored Chang with the HPA League Honor of “The Catalyst” which recognizes a leader who has successfully inspired and sparked positive change and innovation in entertainment as a “mover and shaker,” and TVNewsCheck recognized Chang with their Women in Technology Futurist Award.  In 2022, Women in Technology Hollywood honored Chang with their WiTH Leadership Award.

  • Shadi Almassizadeh, Walt Disney Studios

    Shadi Almassizadeh

    Walt Disney Studios

    Experienced executive of 25+ years, with extensive experience designing, operating and supporting world-class motion picture production infrastructure and services supporting unique production and post-production workflows. Prior experience and extensive knowledge of film production and post-production pipelines and associated systems. Intimately familiar with large-scale data center infrastructure as well as cloud environments. Possessing the ability to balance the urgent needs of feature production today with long-term solutions tomorrow. Able to identify commonalities among the various stakeholders’ technology infrastructure needs and collaboratively work to bring the organization together where it makes sense, without disrupting their unique approaches for success.

  • Kevin Towes, Adobe

    Kevin Towes

    Adobe

    Kevin is a energetic and respected technology executive with over 30 years of experience in strategy, business development, product development and strategic partnerships. Kevin has focused his career as a participant in the evolution of the Media & Entertainment industry by re-imagining cloud-based creation, distribution and monetization of video entertainment. Kevin has direct expertise in leading award-winning product management, strategic partnerships, GTM strategy and concept incubation to scaling large businesses through global partnerships, building & growing impactful & diverse teams and has held executive roles in Business Development, Product Management, Marketing, Strategic Partnerships, Solution Consulting and Startup founder.

  • Toby Scales, Google

    Toby Scales

    Google

    Toby leads the Media & Entertainment vertical in Google Cloud’s Office of the CISO, where he focuses on developing specific guidance and solutions to help media companies securely achieve their digital transformation outcomes. Over the past ten years, he has led cloud transformation initiatives with every major studio in his work for both Microsoft and Google.

    Before getting involved at the intersection of Hollywood and cloud, he ran the services arm of a major MSP in Manhattan (where he developed their cloud consulting practice), and before that founded and sold his own consulting firm in Seattle, Washington.

    Now he lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two sons– who are officially recognized as the World’s Best Kids.

  • Mathieu Mazerolle, Foundry

    Mathieu Mazerolle

    Foundry

    Mathieu Mazerolle has over 25 years of engineering and product experience in the VFX, cloud and gaming industries. He is currently the Director of Product, New Technology, at Foundry. Prior to Foundry, Mathieu has worked for Amazon Web Services, Electronic Arts, Autodesk, Digital Domain, and Ubisoft.

  • Katrina King, AWS
2:55 pm – 3:40 pm
The Truth about Overhauling the DMSC
  • Moderator: Dan Germain, Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Dan Germain

    Sony Pictures Entertainment

    35+ years of global industry experience in product strategy, innovation, and partnerships, focused on Sony Pictures Entertainment and technology used for the digital media supply chain.

  • Bill Baggelaar, Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Bill Baggelaar

    Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Bill Baggelaar is the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He is responsible for the media technology strategy, along with research & development efforts into emerging technologies that will shape the future of cloud-based production, post-production and delivery of content.

    Bill brings his extensive experience in production, visual effects and post-production along with his work collaborating with industry partners and internally across Sony in developing and implementing key technologies that have been instrumental, including IMF, 4K and HDR.

    Baggelaar joined Sony Pictures in 2011, focusing his efforts on streamlining and advancing 4K workflows from on-set capture to post-production for film and TV. He led the studio’s transition to the file-based world of IMF (Interoperable Master Format) for UltraHD. He also headed the team at Sony Pictures to help develop the world’s first 4K video service, Sony’s “4K Video Unlimited”.

    Bill is a member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, The Television Academy and SMPTE.

  • Greg Geier, Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Greg Geier

    Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Greg Geier is Senior Vice President, Digital Media Supply Chain Strategy and Operations, Sony Pictures Entertainment. He had a critical role in transitioning Sony into a file-based Interoperable Master Format ecosystem, while strengthening the handoffs between productions and distribution. He is currently responsible for managing the DMSC team – a group that enables industry-leading workflow design, knowledge management, and media processes. Working together with stakeholders across the studio, the DMSC promotes the formation of an end-to-end, integrated, digital supply chain that enables SPE to more effectively acquire, manage, and distribute.

  • Hai Dao, Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Hai Dao

    Sony Pictures Entertainment

    I focused on ensuring that new solutions are meeting both business needs and business opportunities. Solutions are only valuable if they are adopted by the busy users at Sony Pictures and I believe that successful evolution and transformation will come through relentlessly “solving the next problem”. Throughout my time with Sony Pictures, I have taken on several transformation programs that bring lasting impact to the studio. I come to my role in the Digital Media Supply Chain team with experience from digital media operations at Meta (formerly Facebook), as well as business-transformation experience as a Management Consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s strategy and operations practice.

  • Adam Miller, Nomad
  • John Hurst, CineCert
3:40 pm – 4:00 pm
Refreshment break
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Web3 Movie Experience

This panel will highlight the technical and content production details used to create a first-of-a-kind Web3-native movie experience created, distributed, and sold to fans on the blockchain for a major feature film.  The project is a collaboration between Warner Home Entertainment, Pretty Big Monster, and Eluvio, Inc. resulting in a “Living Movie Experience” created for the Lord of the Rings, and sold to users as a non-fungible blockchain token replacing EST of the past.

The experience allows users to enjoy directly from their blockchain wallet an Interactive immersive experience in which they can watch the full 4K UHD film (with over 20 language localizations),  discover embedded WebXR objects, and enjoy images, special audio commentary and many hours of exclusive content.  Users experience all facets directly in their Media Wallet, and own on the blockchain an NFT associated with the experience whose ownership authorizes their exclusive access to all of the content including the 4K film with strong DRM.  The experience is stored, streamed and minted as blockchain tokens, directly to end user wallets on the Eluvio Content Fabric, a content-native blockchain network.  The offerings are served directly from the master source without the use of any traditional Web2 components (CDNs, clouds, etc.).

The panel will cover a high level overview of the business motivations, the technology requirements, the creative direction, and a live demo, and summarize some learnings for this novel format.

  • Coordinator: Michelle Munson, Eluvio
  • Mark Nakano, Warner Bros. Discovery

    Mark Nakano

    Warner Bros. Discovery

    Mark Nakano is the Vice President of Content Security at WarnerMedia.

    With over 20 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry, Mark has worked in nearly the entire media life cycle (production, post-production, distribution, security). For the past 10 years, Mark has worked in the security field and has deep knowledge in conditional access, DRM, anti-piracy and watermarking.

    Mark earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He is one of the original engineers that launched the DIRECTV service and is also a third generation Los Angeleno.

  • Greg Feo, Warner Bros. Discovery
  • Chris Kosman, Warner Bros. Discovery
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power
  • Moderator: J David Hoffman, Blackmagic Design

    J David Hoffman

    Blackmagic Design

    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.

  • Ron Ames, producer

    Ron Ames

    producer

    Ron Ames is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television. He began his career working as a theater director in Los Angeles after studying acting and directing with Lee Strasberg. Ron continued his studies at the Beverly Hills Playhouse where he worked with Milton Katselas, in the storied Los Angeles, masterclass.

    Ron began working in commercial production as a producer/assistant director. He produced and A.D.’d for many of the feature directors in the classic age of television commercials. He first became involved in Visual Effects while working in commercials at Robert Abel and Associates.

    Ron eventually started directing commercials and helped start Crash Films. He also worked with Five Union Square in New York. He directed episodic television for the USA Network and for Universal Television.

    In 2003, VFX Supervisor, Rob Legato enlisted Ron to assistant direct and produce the Visual Effects unit of Martin Scorsese’s, The Aviator. Since then, Ron has worked as a VFX producer, Post Production Supervisor, and first assistant director of special units. His credits include Robert De Niro’s, The Good Shepherd, Martin Scorsese’s, The Departed, Shine A Light and Shutter Island. Ron was the producer of the Avatar prototype team for James Cameron.

    Ron was the Associate Producer/VFX Producer for Shawn Levy on DreamWorks’ Real Steel, which garnered an Academy Award
    nomination for Best Visual Effects. He also was Associate Producer/VFX Producer for Bad Robot on JJ Abram’s Star Trek Into
    Darkness and Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond. He worked for Marvel Films, on Joss Wedon’s Avengers Age of Ultron.

    Ron won the Visual Effects Society award for producing the best supporting visual effects for his work on “The Aviator”. Ron has also won numerous national and international awards for commercials. He is an active member of the DGA, PGA, and VES.

    In 2016, Ron joined The Imaginarium team, in London, as head of post-production and VFX to work with Director Andy Serkis and Producer Jonathan Cavendish on Breathe and to develop Animal Farm as the first all virtual production feature film. Ron also produced Travis Knight’s first live action feature film Bumblebee for Paramount Pictures.

    On Amazon’s Lord of The Rings, Ron’s experience as a modern filmmaker, led to Ron producing all the technical departments from camera capture to exhibition. Ron produced the VFX, post-production, including editorial, music and sound. Ron also produced the prosthetic makeup department. The Lord of The Rings streaming series is the first production to be completely cloud based.

    Ron has started, The Modern Film Consortium, a consultancy dedicated to the development and integration of modern filmmaking technique and cloud-based film production. Ron also teaches mindfulness at InsightLA and is a certified Change and Transition strategist at the Skillful Change organization, where Ron works with organizations, specializing in change and transition in the workplace.

  • Jesse Kobayashi, visual effects

    Jesse Kobayashi

    visual effects

    Jesse Kobayashi is a Visual Effects Producer with over two decades of experience in the industry. His credits include The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power for Amazon Studios, Kong: Skull Island and Warcraft for Legendary Pictures, and Krampus for Universal Pictures. In addition to his work in Visual Effects, Jesse has also served as Director of Visual Effects at Legendary Pictures, and as a Post Producer at both Warner Bros. and Laser Pacific. As a graduate of Azusa Pacific University, Jesse was instrumental in the founding of its first-ever film courses. He is also a sought-after consultant for modern filmmaking and is a strong advocate for using new technologies to improve the overall quality and efficiency of the filmmaking process. When he’s not working or a consultant, Jesse enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

  • Hugh Calveley, Autodesk
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Remote, Mobile, and Live Workflow Innovation Updates

Key industry leaders will discuss the latest innovations happening in live sports and entertainment productions, what’s on the horizon for cloud, Remi, and at home workflow solutions, as well as how the latest tools and techniques are being utilized for maximum benefit to the production and the viewers.

  • Moderator: Mark Chiolis, Mobile TV Group
    Mark Chiolis

    Mark Chiolis

    Mobile TV Group

    Mark Chiolis is the Director of Business Development for Mobile TV Group (MTVG), which provides facilities for over 5,000 live professional and college sports and entertainment events annually, with more than 35 mobile units, and dozens of remote Cloud Control facilities, based throughout the U.S.  MTVG has been leading the 4K/UHD/HDR/Cloud 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, awards, corporate, concerts, egames, and esports events with current and new trucks, using both broadcast and cine workflows.

    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, member of the NAB Cine Consortium, member of the SciTech group at the Television Academy (Emmys), member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), member of International Association of Aviation Photographers, past section manager of SMPTE, member of STE, SBE and California Broadcasters Association.

  • Scott Rothenberg, NEP Group

    Scott Rothenberg

    NEP Group

    Scott Rothenberg is NEP’s Senior Vice President of Program and Planning. Scott is responsible for setting up the project management office (PMO) for all of NEP’s global projects. Scott and the PMO team are responsible for putting into place the standards, tools and processes to implement and manage global projects and programs. Scott also continues to oversee NEP’s capital budgeting, equipment planning and coordination.

    In his previous role as SVP of Technology and Asset Management, Scott focused on understanding and matching clients’ needs with NEP’s technical capabilities and capacity, working tirelessly across all of NEP’s divisions to ensure that the right equipment is always in the right place, we have the right technology for our clients’ needs —and that NEP is always working to develop technical solutions to meet emerging client needs.

    Scott started with NEP in 1995 as a maintenance engineer after working as a freelance technician when he provided engineering and operational support for television crews and solving all manner of problems under the pressure of live television. Scott has been a member of three Emmy Award-winning NEP technical crews (twice for NASCAR and once for PokerDome) and won a CableACE Award in 1995 for his work on “Ripken’s 2131st Game” for HTS. Scott truly loves being a member of the NEP team and enjoys sharing the outstanding dedication and commitment with his extraordinary peers and colleagues.

  • Nick Garvin, Mobile TV Group

    Nick Garvin

    Mobile TV Group

    Nick Garvin is Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner at Mobile TV Group (MTVG). Nick
    oversees all of MTVG’s operations, which includes over half of all NBA, MLB, and NHL
    broadcasts across the country and over 4,000 live events annually. Based in Denver, MTVG
    has offered high quality broadcast engineering for nearly 30 years. In 2020, the company
    introduced Cloud Control, the first fully remote production managed service, in response to the
    evolving industry and its needs. Cloud Control allows clients to go live from over 3,000 miles
    away from the onsite event without making any production sacrifices, and maintaining their
    complete production staff. This technology is reshaping the way that events are produced and
    Cloud Control has been an overwhelming success for MTVG and all of its clients. Nick is a
    member of Forbes’ 2018 30 Under 30 class and continues to lead and inspire MTVG as it
    innovates the live production industry.

  • Gary Schneider, LinkedIn
5:30 pm – 5:55 pm
Transforming Broadcasters to Media Companies with Advanced Technologies
  • Hans Hoffmann, European Broadcasting Union

    Hans Hoffmann

    European Broadcasting Union

    Dr. Hans Hoffmann is EBU Senior Manager and head of media fundamental and production technologies in the EBU Technology and Innovation department.

    In the EBU he is leading a top expert team, and working together with the EBU Members, on emerging media technology strategies such as immersive media, IP and cloud infrastructures, Data, Metadata and Artificial Intelligence, and how the industry is managing manage its constant digital transformations through open innovations and applied innovation management. Hans is the chair of the Broadcast Technology Futures groups which consist of the senior managers of the R&D centers of BBC, RAI, NHK, VRT, YLE and CBC and co-chairs the Forum of Advanced Media in Europe (FAME) and the Inter-SDO group. He has a long and broad history in SMPTE such as past Standards VP, Finance VP and Executive VP. He was the first European President of the SMPTE 2021-22 and working together with the SMPTE home-office, the executive committee and board and the SMPTE Membership in leading the transformation of the Society. Hans is a fellow of the SMPTE and recipient of the Richard-Theile Medal of the FKTG in 2021. Previously he has been with the Institute fuer Rundfunktechnik in Munich for 9 years working as project manager and scientific staff.

5:55 pm – 6:20 pm
SMPTE for a Change

The past year has brought new leadership to SMPTE. Join them as they share how lessons learned have helped lay the path for SMPTE’s future.

  • David Grindle, SMPTE

    David Grindle

    SMPTE

    David Grindle joined SMPTE as Executive Director in 2022. He brings more than a decade of association leadership experience to the position along with a background in live entertainment management. Recognized globally for his work as an association leader and manager, Grindle has spoken at conferences in China, Europe, and New Zealand. He has been a guest faculty member at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Michigan Tech University, and many others. He holds degrees from Berry College and Indiana University and is a Fulbright Specialist with the US State Department.

  • Hans Hoffmann, SMPTE

    Hans Hoffmann

    SMPTE

    Dr. Hans Hoffmann is EBU Senior Manager and head of media fundamental and production technologies in the EBU Technology and Innovation department.

    In the EBU he is leading a top expert team, and working together with the EBU Members, on emerging media technology strategies such as immersive media, IP and cloud infrastructures, Data, Metadata and Artificial Intelligence, and how the industry is managing manage its constant digital transformations through open innovations and applied innovation management. Hans is the chair of the Broadcast Technology Futures groups which consist of the senior managers of the R&D centers of BBC, RAI, NHK, VRT, YLE and CBC and co-chairs the Forum of Advanced Media in Europe (FAME) and the Inter-SDO group. He has a long and broad history in SMPTE such as past Standards VP, Finance VP and Executive VP. He was the first European President of the SMPTE 2021-22 and working together with the SMPTE home-office, the executive committee and board and the SMPTE Membership in leading the transformation of the Society. Hans is a fellow of the SMPTE and recipient of the Richard-Theile Medal of the FKTG in 2021. Previously he has been with the Institute fuer Rundfunktechnik in Munich for 9 years working as project manager and scientific staff.

  • Renard Jenkins, SMPTE

    Renard Jenkins

    SMPTE

    Renard Jenkins is an experienced contention creation and creative technology executive in the Film, Television and Radio industry. He is currently Warner Bros. Discovery’s Senior Vice President, Production Integration & Creative Technology Services where he oversees teams that support 23,500 plus cast/crew members, 8,500 plus content hours and hundreds of global feature film, animation, and syndicated television productions annually. He and his teams provide creative production technology solutions and strategy for film, animation, and television productions worldwide. They also provide application, IP, production pipeline support and workflows as well as work stream design and implementation. A portion of his team are also responsible for the exploration and successful implementation of emerging and creative technologies such as virtual production, multiplatform storytelling, virtual character and meta human development, neuro-technology and better images and sound for cinema and home entertainment.

    Prior to joining WarnerMedia, Jenkins served as Vice President, Operations, Engineering & Distribution at PBS, where he was responsible for the strategic direction, technology development, engineering, and operational management of PBS’s entire media-supply chain. He and his teams were responsible for the successful simultaneous launch of the Live Linear and Cloud-based PBS Kids Channel plus Live Streaming App which also contained games and VOD. It remains as one of the most popular kid’s applications and destinations today. He also created PBS’s Advanced Format Center. He has also worked for TV One, Discovery, ESPN and Turner Broadcasting where he received multiple awards for his work in Film & Television Production, Post Production and R&D, including two national Emmys. Jenkins was also awarded the Innovator of the Year award in 2017 for his cutting-edge work and accomplishments in UHD, HDR, NGA and supply chain technology through the PBS Advanced Format Center and other industry activities.

    Jenkins is a SMPTE Fellow and currently serves as President of SMPTE. He sits on the boards of MovieLabs, the Hollywood Professionals Association, the UltraHD Forum, the Content & Entertainment Council as well as the Microsoft and Oracle Advisory Boards. He is also a recipient of a Peabody, 2 Headliners and a 2020 Broadcasting and Cable Technology Leadership award to name a few others.

    He is a champion and advocate for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility 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), chairs the Warner Bros. Discovery Technology and Operations Equity and Inclusion Council, the SMPTE Global Inclusion Working Group and he also Co-Chairs, HPA ALL which advocates for and promotes diversity, better equity and increased inclusion and accessibility in the media and entertainment industry.

    When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and best friend of over 30 years, his daughters, and his grandchildren. He loves travel photography / filmmaking and only has one more continent left to explore. He is also a certified sound engineer and is passionate about the visual arts. When time permits, he loves to provide pro bono location sound, live mixing, studio recording, post-production and finishing services for aspiring filmmakers, animators, and musicians. His family moto is “In all things integrity and integrity in all things.”

  • Michele Wright, SMPTE

    Michele Wright

    SMPTE

    Michele Wright, Ph.D., is the 2022 USA TODAY Woman of the Year for Arkansas and a 2023 AARP Purpose Prize Fellow (the first from Arkansas to receive this honor in recognition of her global impact and nationally recognized contributions to diversity, inclusion, and health equity). She is a multi-dimensional Senior Executive with experience providing dynamic leadership in diverse roles, including pharmaceutical/biotechnology sales, healthcare administration, and business development to Fortune 100 companies and an international non-profit organization. She serves as the
    Director of Business Development and Outreach for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the global society of media professionals, technologists and engineers working together for the advancement of all things technical in the motion picture, television, and digital media industries.

    A native of Tuskegee, Alabama, she is the recipient of the Nations of Women Change Makers 2021 Global Leadership Award and a nominee of the EveryLife Foundation of Rare Diseases’ RareVoice 2021 Award for Diversity Empowerment. She was also named among JB Dondolo’s “100 Voices for our Planet” and received the organization’s 2022 “Voices for Water” Water Change-Maker Award. Dr. Wright is the CEO and Founder of My Water Buddy® and My Learning Buddy® corporations.

    My Water Buddy, Inc. is a multi-faceted enterprise that uses animation, edutainment, and storytelling and, through its engaging cast of creative, fun, relatable, and aspirational characters fashioned as anthropomorphic organs, entertainingly promotes the benefits of drinking water and educates children and their families about the benefits of achieving a more fulfilling quality of life through a healthier lifestyle.

    My Learning Buddy, Inc. is an edutainment platform featuring My Water Buddy and Family® animated characters that provides unique opportunities for elementary and special education students to grow, excel, and succeed. The platform inspires total body participation in the classroom, while helping children learn to express their feelings and engage with the world outside of the classroom. My Learning Buddy, Inc. offers Social-Emotional and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) edutainment curriculums.

    Dr. Wright is also the author and creator of THE WATER TALES: Ten Life Lessons from My Water Buddy and Family podcast and children’s book, an adventurous collection of ten short children’s stories that tell different tales centered around the importance of water, in addition to tapping into life topics that are important to children: autism, bullying, fears, self-esteem, peer pressure, etc.

    THE WATER TALES Podcast won “Best Edutainment Podcast” at the 2021 Baltimore Next Media Web Fest; awarded “Best Children’s Podcast” at the 2021 Urban Mediamakers Festival; and received the “Award of Recognition” as the winner for both Best Podcast: Episode and Best Podcast: Series at the 2021 Accolade Global Film Competition.

    She received Equanimity’s “Visionary Voice Award” for showcasing her innovative strategies and technological advancements as the creator of My Water Buddy® and My Learning Buddy®. She is also the recipient of the Sister Friends United, Inc. “Women of Excellence Business Award” and their inaugural “Five-Year Service Award.”

    With advanced degrees in engineering and public policy, she is fully committed to diversity and inclusion with a special emphasis on health equity. She has championed a diverse range of health equity initiatives as the Co-Founder, Board Chair, and Senior Executive Director of the National Organization of African Americans with Cystic Fibrosis (NOAACF).

    Through widespread involvement, partnerships, engagement, and outreach, under her leadership, NOAACF has strategically helped to ensure that communities of people who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are well informed of the existence, prevalence, and impact of cystic fibrosis (CF) on underrepresented communities.

    Dr. Wright co-founded and co-chairs the annual Blacks, Indigenous, and Other Minority Ethnicities with Rare and Genetic Diseases (BIOMERGD) Conference, an annual event hosted by NOAACF that coincides with Rare Disease Day and Black History Month, with a mission to help increase awareness of rare diseases in BIPOC communities by focusing on one genetic disease and one rare disease each year.

    Dr. Wright also created and led the development of The Wright Cystic Fibrosis Screening Tool© – in both patient and provider versions and English and Spanish translations – to help people self-identify symptoms that could be related to CF as well as help medical providers identify people who may have CF, especially those who are BIPOC.

    Simultaneously, she developed and launched the Advocating for Health Equity and Addressing Disparities© (AHEAD) Initiative with a mission to increase awareness of health disparities in minority and underserved communities and to introduce a successful roadmap and advancement strategies toward achieving health equity in healthcare, clinical treatment, medical diagnosis, and clinical trials across a multitude of disadvantaged populations.

    Dr. Wright is also using her rare voice within the rare disease space to advocate for “Terry Wright’s Law,” written in honor of her husband and which will require that all known CF-causing gene variants (also called mutations) be used for newborn screening and diagnostic testing for cystic fibrosis. This will markedly improve equity in newborn screening for BIPOC individuals, while also benefiting all people with CF who may have delayed or missed diagnosis due to the presence of rare CFTR variants.

    She also wrote, directed, and produced the 2022 Black Reels Awards nominated “Outstanding Short,” 54 YEARS LATE©, a multiple global award-winning docudrama that tells the gut-wrenching true-life story of her husband Terry Wright’s late diagnosis of cystic fibrosis at the age of 54 despite being seen by an array of healthcare practitioners, enduring countless hospitalizations and surgeries, and having all the classic symptoms of CF – a progressive and genetic disease that’s often perceived to affect only the Caucasian population.

    Dr. Wright helps to highlight and drive diversity, inclusion, and equity and remains fully committed to increasing awareness of health disparities in minority, underserved communities, and disadvantaged populations while helping to bring valuable resources, knowledge, empowerment, and support to patients, families, healthcare professionals, and the community. In 2022, she and her husband, NOAACF Co-Founder Terry Wright, became the first persons of color to receive the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Arkansas Chapter’s annual “Breath of Life Award,” CFF’s Highest Award bestowed.

    Dr. Wright is a nationally recognized motivational speaker. She was the commencement speaker for the Tuskegee University 2022 Graduate and Professional Schools Commencement Ceremony and was a featured speaker at the inaugural “World Woman Summit,” which included representatives from more than ten different countries. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University, she returned to her alma mater and served as the keynote speaker for the “Order of the Engineer” Spring Pre-Commencement Ceremony, which is held in honor and recognition of all Engineering student graduates.

    She was the guest speaker and the first recipient of the “Outstanding STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Leadership Award” presented by the Area Development Director of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) on behalf of the South Metro Atlanta Tuskegee Alumni Club (SMATAC) during their inaugural “Signature Scholarship Gala.”

    Dr. Wright is the President and Board Chair of the Milton Pitts Crenchaw Aviation Training Academy (MPCATA), an organization whose mission is to provide young people opportunities to pursue careers in aviation and the aerospace industry. She concurrently serves as a Board Member and the Technical Executive Officer for the Arkansas Mentoring and Networking Association, Inc. (AMNA), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting opportunities for historically underrepresented STEM students in Arkansas, including opportunities to gain valuable access to STEM scholarships, internships, professionals, and careers.

    She is a national and international multiple award-winning corporate leader who has worked with several top-ranked corporations including Genentech Biotechnology Company, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and The Procter & Gamble Company. She also has served with the American Red Cross as Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Region (GOAR).

    Dr. Wright holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, with a double specialization in Health and Leadership Policy; she also has a Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI), where she chartered the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), was the first National GEM Consortium (GEM) Fellow to ever attend, and became UTSI’s first African-American full-time student to receive a Master’s degree in Engineering Management/Industrial Engineering; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tuskegee University, where she was Miss United Negro College Fund, Miss Engineering, President of the Engineering Representative Council, and graduated as Electrical Engineering Student of the Year.

    Her life mantra is “The Best Is Yet to Come,” which she plans to extend towards helping and positively impacting children, women, and underrepresented populations worldwide. Dr. Wright and her husband reside in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

6:20 pm – 6:30 pm
What Just Happened? A Review of the Day by Annie Chang and Leon Silverman
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Innovation Zone with cocktails (dedicated demo time)

Sponsored by:

  • Adobe
  • AMD
  • AWS
  • NetApp Berkeley Communications
9:00 pm – 1:00 am
After Party

Sponsored by Ateliere

Thursday, February 23 | Roundtables, Individual Sessions, Innovation Zone

7:15 am – 5:30 pm
Registration Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast Roundtable
  1. Reliable Internet Stream Transport (RIST), Ciro Noronha, Cobalt Digital
  2. Creative infrastructure-as-a-service, Laura Teodosio & Ed Churchward, Arch Platform Tech
  3. Virtual lighting fixtures for virtual production, Peter Crithary, ARRI
  4. Karl Paulsen and Merrill Weiss ask each other questions
  5. Rental solutions & holistic virtual production, Ben Danielowski, 4Wall
  6. Professional monitor calibration, Blake Johnson, SmallHD
  7. Thinking spectrally, what is color anyway? Tucker Downs, ROE Visual US
  8. New AI/ML developments for media production, Rob Gonsalves, Avid
  9. Lens to first edit: delivery trends, Raymond Thompson, Avid
  10. How to future-proof for business continuity, Dave Leopold, LucidLink
  11. Virtual production for liveto-air environments, Caroline Niedzwiecki, disguise
  12. AWS cloud-based post production, Alex Telitsine, Streambox
  13. Generative AI: from concepts to production, Jeremy Krinitt, NVIDIA
  14. Cloud VFX pulls and returns, David Rosen, Sony Electronics
  15. How a global unified file system answers media workflow challenges, Dominic Harland, GB Labs
  16. Leveraging drone tracking for realtime AR graphics, Brian Olson, Pixotope
  17. Content personalization: envisioning the future ecosystem, Jesse Pitt, Deloitte Consulting
  18. Preservation and Restoration why it is important to us all, Anthony Magliocco, EMTM
  19. Save time & make money with LiDAR & digital twin technology, Ryan Metcalfe, Preevue
  20. Navigating the AI landscape: empowerment & control, Karl Soulé, Adobe
  21. The role of editorial in virtual production, Morgan Prygrocki, Adobe
  22. The future of VFX in editorial, Darren Frankel, Adobe
  23. Data pipeline for LED virtual production, Norman Wang, Glassbox Technologies
  24. Multi-vendor supply-chain network on cloud, Rohan Warey, Prime Focus Technologies
  25. Cracking the AI code, Ankur Jain, Prime Focus Technologies
  26. Cloud storage for video that’s faster and cheaper than AWS, Colby Winegar, Storj
  27. On-set to cloud VFX workflow management, Patrick Palmer, AWS
  28. AWS MovieLabs alignment, Kim Wendt, AWS
  29. Good/better/best reference video from cloud, Zach Wilner, AWS
  30. Remote production: your cloud or mine? Rick Seegull & Greg Macchia, Riedel
  31. Building a modern post facility: hybrid teams and management, Jeff Sengpiehl, Key Code Media
  32. ASC Framing Decision List (FDL): why does it matter? Jesse Korosi, Netflix, ASC ADM
  33. Metadata-aware hybrid-cloud production environments with Hammerspace, Mike Bott
8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Innovation Zone open for appointments.

See program below for dedicated Innovation Zone hours

8:30 am – 8:43 am
Breathe
8:43 am – 8:45 am
Quiz answer & announcements
8:45 am – 10:15 am
MovieLabs Showcase

A “speed dating” series of rapid fire presentations highlighting aspects of the MovieLabs2030 Vision that can and are being implemented today. During these presentations each company will demonstrate a real-life workflow or technology challenge they faced, how they implemented a solution, and how that aligned to the 10 Principles of the MovieLabs 2030 Vision. Join us for a trip from the British Royal Opera, to Wakanda, to the depths of the Disney vaults, and up into the clouds!

  • Moderator: Mark Turner, MovieLabs

    Mark Turner

    MovieLabs

    Mark Turner is President, Entertainment Technologists Inc and coordinates the Production Technology program for Movielabs that created the 2030 Vision for the future of content creation. In Mark’s 27 years in the global media industry he has always been at the intersection of technology and business. Mark has held roles from product management, to sales, strategy, business development and partnerships for start-ups to multi-billion corporates including Ryff, Technicolor, Levels Beyond, RSTOR, Wasabi, Dolby , Microsoft, BT Media & Broadcast, Eutelsat and Xinsere.

  • Scott Levine, Skywalker Sound

    Scott Levine

    Skywalker Sound

    Scott Levine oversees the software development efforts at Skywalker Sound, synthesizing the institution’s renowned creative services with groundbreaking technology design.

  • Rohan Warey, Prime Focus Technologies

    Rohan Warey

    Prime Focus Technologies

    Rohan Warey is Vice President, Presales at Prime Focus Technologies. Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) offers customers AI first transformational solutions that help automate the media supply chain. In his current role, Rohan heads the Presales function for Prime Focus Technologies across US & Canada. Rohan has 15+ years of global industry experience in consulting, product strategy, product management and pre-sales working with clients in the media and entertainment & sports industries to streamline and automate their media supply chains.

  • George Kilpatrick, Overcast HQ

    George Kilpatrick

    Overcast HQ

    George is a board adviser and senior consultant specialising in media business turnaround strategy and cloud technology adoption. George is Chief Operating Officer of Overcast HQ (the Enterprise Video management company) where he has recently joined the board. He is also currently advising Qsensei (a search technology business) and working with Deluxe Cinema where he recently lead the post-acquisition integration of Eclaire Theatrical Services.

    Before that George was appointed CEO of Masstech Innovations which he successfully turned around and sold to Telestream in March 2021, while also winning an Emmy for Technical Innovation.

    George’s earlier media career was with Technicolor where had 8 years of business and product leadership roles in post-production before being appointed the Media and Entertainment Industry Lead for AWS in EMEA.

    He has specialised in innovation leadership and the introduction of content management and cloud solutions for media workflows.

  • Brandon Lindauer, AWS
  • Alex Libby, ProductionPro

    Alex Libby

    ProductionPro

    Alexander Libby started ProductionPro in 2013 after years of stage managing on Broadway and producing in film. While working with film director Stephen Daldry on the movie “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”, it dawned on Alexander that the creative film production process was far from efficient and that an out-of-the-box approach would be necessary to help elevate the work of directors, producers and their teams. Today after multiple accelerators, rounds of funding, ProductionPro is the go-to solution for directors, designers and producers. It’s been embraced by some of Hollywood’s biggest studios. The road to success hasn’t been easy nor a given, but Alexander and his team have persevered through to change the way entertainment is produced.

10:15 am – 10:45 am
Does Everything Really Belong in the Cloud?
  • Moderator: Chris Lennon, Ross Video

    Chris Lennon

    Ross Video

    Chris Lennon serves in Ross Video’s Office of the CTO as Director, Standards Strategy. He is responsible for Ross’ activities in global standards and trade organizations

    Chris also serves as Executive Director of the Open Services Alliance (OSA), a global industry organization focused on interoperability among microservice oriented media systems. The OSA produced the media industry’s first microservices standards, working closely with SMPTE, in 2020, and continues to lead the way in this rapidly evolving area.

    Chris 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 currently, Western Region Governor. He is a SMPTE Fellow and recipient of SMPTE’s prestigious 2008 Citation.  He also has served in a variety of roles, including Secretary of the SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section.

  • Thomas Burns, Dell
  • Renard Jenkins, Warne Bros. Discovery

    Renard Jenkins

    Warne Bros. Discovery

    Renard Jenkins is an experienced contention creation and creative technology executive in the Film, Television and Radio industry. He is currently Warner Bros. Discovery’s Senior Vice President, Production Integration & Creative Technology Services where he oversees teams that support 23,500 plus cast/crew members, 8,500 plus content hours and hundreds of global feature film, animation, and syndicated television productions annually. He and his teams provide creative production technology solutions and strategy for film, animation, and television productions worldwide. They also provide application, IP, production pipeline support and workflows as well as work stream design and implementation. A portion of his team are also responsible for the exploration and successful implementation of emerging and creative technologies such as virtual production, multiplatform storytelling, virtual character and meta human development, neuro-technology and better images and sound for cinema and home entertainment.

    Prior to joining WarnerMedia, Jenkins served as Vice President, Operations, Engineering & Distribution at PBS, where he was responsible for the strategic direction, technology development, engineering, and operational management of PBS’s entire media-supply chain. He and his teams were responsible for the successful simultaneous launch of the Live Linear and Cloud-based PBS Kids Channel plus Live Streaming App which also contained games and VOD. It remains as one of the most popular kid’s applications and destinations today. He also created PBS’s Advanced Format Center. He has also worked for TV One, Discovery, ESPN and Turner Broadcasting where he received multiple awards for his work in Film & Television Production, Post Production and R&D, including two national Emmys. Jenkins was also awarded the Innovator of the Year award in 2017 for his cutting-edge work and accomplishments in UHD, HDR, NGA and supply chain technology through the PBS Advanced Format Center and other industry activities.

    Jenkins is a SMPTE Fellow and currently serves as President of SMPTE. He sits on the boards of MovieLabs, the Hollywood Professionals Association, the UltraHD Forum, the Content & Entertainment Council as well as the Microsoft and Oracle Advisory Boards. He is also a recipient of a Peabody, 2 Headliners and a 2020 Broadcasting and Cable Technology Leadership award to name a few others.

    He is a champion and advocate for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility 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), chairs the Warner Bros. Discovery Technology and Operations Equity and Inclusion Council, the SMPTE Global Inclusion Working Group and he also Co-Chairs, HPA ALL which advocates for and promotes diversity, better equity and increased inclusion and accessibility in the media and entertainment industry.

    When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and best friend of over 30 years, his daughters, and his grandchildren. He loves travel photography / filmmaking and only has one more continent left to explore. He is also a certified sound engineer and is passionate about the visual arts. When time permits, he loves to provide pro bono location sound, live mixing, studio recording, post-production and finishing services for aspiring filmmakers, animators, and musicians. His family moto is “In all things integrity and integrity in all things.”

  • Evan Statton, Amazon Web Services
10:45 am – 11:05 am
Refreshment break
11:05 am – 11:35 am
Considerations for Creative in the Cloud
  • Bastien Minniti, Amazon Studios

    Bastien Minniti

    Amazon Studios

    Bastien Minniti is a Media and Entertainment executive with over 20 years of business strategy and technology expertise.

    Bastien’s professional arc includes diverse disciplines such as film processing, DVD Compression & Authoring, Next Generation Digital Media Workflows (broadcasting, OTT, In-Flight Entertainment, Set-Top Box, mobile, web, etc.) and operational leadership for several major OTT platform launches for companies like M-GO, AT&T, and Netflix.

    In response to rapid technological advancements, Bastien joined Amazon Studios on their mission to become the First Next Generation Studio.

    Prior to joining Amazon Studios, Bastien held executive positions at Technicolor, Deluxe Entertainment, IDC-LA, Blu Digital Group, and FotoKem.

    Bastien holds a patent for method and systems for dynamic discovery of related media assets.

11:35 am – 12:05 pm
Real-World Production Tips for Implementing Virtual Production

Gain real-world production knowledge at this session, which covers tips and tricks used by VP professionals. It will cover:

  • Driving plate setup and considerations
  • “3D Plates” a novel technique which adds parallax to flat backgrounds
  • Ghostframe for simultaneous multi-cam shoot
  • Moderator: Addy Ghani, disguise

    Addy Ghani

    disguise

    As the VP of Virtual Production, Addy is immersed in Studio workflows and Industry standards for real time visualization for film and television. Addy is building a Disguise creator community and strategies that will further the proliferation of Virtual Production.

    Prior to joining Disguise, Addy designed and built world class stages for DreamWorks, Verizon Media and NBCUniversal to help creatives visualize their dreams. Addy is well versed in VFX and animation, as well as emerging formats like AR and VR. He is an unofficial Unreal Engine Evangelist and a Fellow, and loves to converse about the possibilities of game engines as a storytelling tool.

  • Ely Stacy, disguise

    Ely Stacy

    disguise

    I been working for disguise’s Technical Solutions team for over two years involved in specifying and integrating dozens of Virtual Production and XR stages as well as training operators in the Disguise Virtual Production Accelerator. Every stage is different and presents different challenges to overcome, from cameras to camera and talent tracking to GhostFrame and broadcast integration. Technology and entertainment has been evolving quickly over the last few years with industries overlapping and a demand for bigger and better experiences. I am excited to be involved in these projects and continuing to push boundaries.

  • Mike Smith, ROE Visual

    Mike Smith

    ROE Visual

    Mike Smith has over a decade of experience as a production technician for various live events. For the last three years, he has worked as the Technical Director at ROE Visual US. Prior to this role, Mike freelanced as an LED engineer for concert tours and tradeshows for five years, and before that worked as a freelance lighting technician for ten years. Mike has a thorough understanding of ROE LED systems and how they are used in various applications from virtual production to live events. Mike also leads the education outreach efforts for ROE’s US office and curates the content delivered in the ROE Academy training sessions.

12:05 pm – 1:58 pm
Lunch break; Innovation Zone open (last chance for Innovation Zone)
1:58 pm – 2:00 pm
Quiz answer & announcements
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Capture, Edit, Deliver in 16K Resolution
  • Jeff Sengpiehl, Key Code Media

    Jeff Sengpiehl

    Key Code Media

    Jeff has been helping post production companies plan, develop, and build the next generation of video production and finishing workflow. Earlier he worked as Chief Engineer for organizations like Los Angeles-based Chainsaw Edit. He has impressive credentials, including technical engineering for American Idol, The Oscars, and Game of Thrones. Jeff is also one of the pioneers of the UHD, HDR, and OTT revolution. By leveraging his knowledge of Avid, Adobe, and other edit and production systems and also his expertise in Theatrical and Episodic television post-production and finishing, he has helped many organizations in 2020 pivot in those difficult times. Jeff is also KCM’s host of two regular webinar series, evangelizing tools and technology to the industry at large – Broadcast, Post, Live and Audio-Visual. He is a member of The Hollywood Chapter of The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Restoration and Preservation

Invaders from Mars, released in 1953, won the HPA’s inaugural award for Preservation and Restoration. Like many potential winners, this film represents the arts and science that come together to preserve motion picture and television content for future generations. The HPA is committed to recognizing those individuals who do this very important work.

  • Moderator: Anthony Magliocco, EMTM

    Anthony Magliocco

    EMTM

    Anthony’s career includes over forty years leading high technology companies communications and business development with the content creation and distribution segments of the media and entertainment industry. Positions included sales, marketing, product management, and general management. Ten of those years spent bringing high-speed networking and telecommunications technology to the entertainment business. A large party of Anthony’s working life included working with International companies supporting their US operations or their export business.

    EMTM my company is now celebrating 13 years in business, clients include Visual Effects Software and a VFX studio.

    Pro-bono leadership work includes
    SMPTE Los Angeles Board of Managers, Peer Group Governor of the Television Academy, Secretary, and Co-Chair of the Visual Effects Society Los Angeles Section, HPA Awards Committee, Marketing Committee UCLA Film and TV Archives and leadership roles for the Temple University Alumni Association in Los Angeles.

    Anthony continues expanding endeavors in cinematography, photography, lighting, and audio production. He has been producing content for musical groups, non-profit organizations and students trying to enter the entertainment business.

  • Janice Simpson, The Walt Disney Company

    Janice Simpson

    The Walt Disney Company

    Janice Simpson (she/her) is the Library Archivist for Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, The Walt Disney Company (TWDC). Janice joined TWDC from NBCUniversal, where she served as Director of Governance and Preservation from 2012-2020. She was the Director of Global Preservation Programs at Deluxe (formerly Ascent Media) from 2005 to 2012 and served as President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) from 2005 to 2008. Janice was the first AMIA Managing Director (1997-2005) and received AMIA’s William S. O’Farrell Volunteer Award in 2012.

    Over the course of her career, Janice has worked on and overseen both analog and digital preservation projects and has been an active volunteer for a variety of professional organizations and festivals, including the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA), the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO), the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). In 2022, Janice served as a member of the jury for the inaugural Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Restoration Award. Janice holds a Master of Archival Studies degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

  • Vincent Pirozzi, Roundabout Entertainment
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Refreshment break
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Year in Review of New AI/ML Developments for Media Production with a Concentration on Semantic Search
  • Rob Gonsalves, Avid

    Rob Gonsalves

    Avid

    Rob Gonsalves is an Engineering Fellow at Avid. Since joining Avid in 1989 as the company’s 15th employee, he helped develop the industry’s preeminent nonlinear editing system Avid Media Composer, specializing in programming video effects and color correction. He later led the development of the architecture of Avid’s media enterprise products. He is currently researching the use of AI for media production.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
What About Legacy SDR Content in the New HDR World?
  • Bill Feightner, Colorfront
  • Tom Graham, Dolby
4:30 pm – 4:55 pm
LiDAR and Digital Twin Technologies
  • Ryan Metcalfe, Preevue
4:55 pm – 5:20 pm
Integrating Lens Metadata into a Virtual Production Workflow
  • Snehal Patel, Zeiss
5:20 pm – 5:30 pm
What Just Happened? A Review of the Day by Annie Chang & Leon Silverman
OFFICIAL END OF 2023 HPA TECH RETREAT
5:30 pm – 5:35 pm
Post-Retreat Treat: The Origins of Subscription Home Entertainment

It involves the death of a princess and the 18th-century water works of the Périer brothers.

  • Mark Schubin

Speakers

Below are bios submitted by some of our 2023 Tech Retreat speakers.

Shadi Almassizadeh

Walt Disney Studios

Shadi Almassizadeh

Experienced executive of 25+ years, with extensive experience designing, operating and supporting world-class motion picture production infrastructure and services supporting unique production and post-production workflows. Prior experience and extensive knowledge of film production and post-production pipelines and associated systems. Intimately familiar with large-scale data center infrastructure as well as cloud environments. Possessing the ability to balance the urgent needs of feature production today with long-term solutions tomorrow. Able to identify commonalities among the various stakeholders’ technology infrastructure needs and collaboratively work to bring the organization together where it makes sense, without disrupting their unique approaches for success.

Ron Ames

Ron Ames

Ron Ames is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television. He began his career working as a theater director in Los Angeles after studying acting and directing with Lee Strasberg. Ron continued his studies at the Beverly Hills Playhouse where he worked with Milton Katselas, in the storied Los Angeles, masterclass.

Ron began working in commercial production as a producer/assistant director. He produced and A.D.’d for many of the feature directors in the classic age of television commercials. He first became involved in Visual Effects while working in commercials at Robert Abel and Associates.

Ron eventually started directing commercials and helped start Crash Films. He also worked with Five Union Square in New York. He directed episodic television for the USA Network and for Universal Television.

In 2003, VFX Supervisor, Rob Legato enlisted Ron to assistant direct and produce the Visual Effects unit of Martin Scorsese’s, The Aviator. Since then, Ron has worked as a VFX producer, Post Production Supervisor, and first assistant director of special units. His credits include Robert De Niro’s, The Good Shepherd, Martin Scorsese’s, The Departed, Shine A Light and Shutter Island. Ron was the producer of the Avatar prototype team for James Cameron.

Ron was the Associate Producer/VFX Producer for Shawn Levy on DreamWorks’ Real Steel, which garnered an Academy Award
nomination for Best Visual Effects. He also was Associate Producer/VFX Producer for Bad Robot on JJ Abram’s Star Trek Into
Darkness and Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond. He worked for Marvel Films, on Joss Wedon’s Avengers Age of Ultron.

Ron won the Visual Effects Society award for producing the best supporting visual effects for his work on “The Aviator”. Ron has also won numerous national and international awards for commercials. He is an active member of the DGA, PGA, and VES.

In 2016, Ron joined The Imaginarium team, in London, as head of post-production and VFX to work with Director Andy Serkis and Producer Jonathan Cavendish on Breathe and to develop Animal Farm as the first all virtual production feature film. Ron also produced Travis Knight’s first live action feature film Bumblebee for Paramount Pictures.

On Amazon’s Lord of The Rings, Ron’s experience as a modern filmmaker, led to Ron producing all the technical departments from camera capture to exhibition. Ron produced the VFX, post-production, including editorial, music and sound. Ron also produced the prosthetic makeup department. The Lord of The Rings streaming series is the first production to be completely cloud based.

Ron has started, The Modern Film Consortium, a consultancy dedicated to the development and integration of modern filmmaking technique and cloud-based film production. Ron also teaches mindfulness at InsightLA and is a certified Change and Transition strategist at the Skillful Change organization, where Ron works with organizations, specializing in change and transition in the workplace.

Bill Baggelaar

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Bill Baggelaar

Bill Baggelaar is the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He is responsible for the media technology strategy, along with research & development efforts into emerging technologies that will shape the future of cloud-based production, post-production and delivery of content.

Bill brings his extensive experience in production, visual effects and post-production along with his work collaborating with industry partners and internally across Sony in developing and implementing key technologies that have been instrumental, including IMF, 4K and HDR.

Baggelaar joined Sony Pictures in 2011, focusing his efforts on streamlining and advancing 4K workflows from on-set capture to post-production for film and TV. He led the studio’s transition to the file-based world of IMF (Interoperable Master Format) for UltraHD. He also headed the team at Sony Pictures to help develop the world’s first 4K video service, Sony’s “4K Video Unlimited”.

Bill is a member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, The Television Academy and SMPTE.

Todd Bowen

BYU

Todd Bowen

Todd Bowen, J.D.

Postproduction and graphics manager, BYU Broadcasting

  • BYUtv founded in 2001, which is owned and operated as part of Brigham Young University. BYUtv is available through its free on-line app, cable systems, satellite, and digital carriers in the US and worldwide.
  • Postproduction manager of several original TV series, such as Studio C, Relative Race, and others.
  • Adjunct professor of Cinematic Skills and Media Law.
  • Over 35 years of media production experience in live sports, scripted, reality, and documentary.

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 served as the Co-Chair of the AMPAS SciTech Council until this year.  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.”  In 2021, Hollywood Professional Association honored Chang with the HPA League Honor of “The Catalyst” which recognizes a leader who has successfully inspired and sparked positive change and innovation in entertainment as a “mover and shaker,” and TVNewsCheck recognized Chang with their Women in Technology Futurist Award.  In 2022, Women in Technology Hollywood honored Chang with their WiTH Leadership Award.

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 5,000 live professional and college sports and entertainment events annually, with more than 35 mobile units, and dozens of remote Cloud Control facilities, based throughout the U.S.  MTVG has been leading the 4K/UHD/HDR/Cloud 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, awards, corporate, concerts, egames, and esports events with current and new trucks, using both broadcast and cine workflows.

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, member of the NAB Cine Consortium, member of the SciTech group at the Television Academy (Emmys), member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), member of International Association of Aviation Photographers, past section manager of SMPTE, member of STE, SBE and California Broadcasters Association.

Jason Dachman

Sports Video Group

Jason Dachman

As Chief Editor, Dachman oversees all aspects of SVG’s North American editorial operations – including all news on sportsvideo.org, the daily SVG Insider newsletter, and SVG’s annual print publications – and is one of the primary contributors to SVG’s coverage of the sports-video-production industry. A member of the SVG team since 2009, Dachman also serves as Program Director for SVG’s Esports Production Forum, RSN Summit, Sports Content Management Forum, Sports Graphics Forum, and TranSPORT conference. Prior to joining SVG, he covered local sports for The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, MA, and served on the production staff of SiriusXM’s The Ron & Fez Show. Dachman began his career in the Sports Information department at Northeastern University in Boston, where he earned a BA in Media Communications and Cinema Studies. A native of Denver, CO, Jason currently resides in Queens, NY, with his wife Alyson and daughter June.

Hai Dao

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Hai Dao

I focused on ensuring that new solutions are meeting both business needs and business opportunities. Solutions are only valuable if they are adopted by the busy users at Sony Pictures and I believe that successful evolution and transformation will come through relentlessly “solving the next problem”. Throughout my time with Sony Pictures, I have taken on several transformation programs that bring lasting impact to the studio. I come to my role in the Digital Media Supply Chain team with experience from digital media operations at Meta (formerly Facebook), as well as business-transformation experience as a Management Consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s strategy and operations practice.

Terri Davies

Trusted Partner Network, Motion Picture Association

Terri Davies

As President of the Motion Picture Association’s Trusted Partner Network (TPN), Davies is charged with leading the next stage of the organization’s growth, which includes expanding the program to a more flexible, multi-tiered model to better serve the vendor and content owner communites and align with the rapid changes in the Movie and TV industry, and the introduction of Cloud Security assessments. She also oversees the creation, publication and ongoing management of MPA’s Content Security site and cloud best practices, as well as the operations of the assessor accreditation program.

Davies joined TPN from Anuvu (formerly Global Eagle Entertainment), where she served as Senior Vice President, Media & Content. Prior to Anuvu, Davies was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the MediaCore Program at Deluxe Entertainment and has also consulted with the Gerson Lehrman Group as a subject matter expert on the media and entertainment industry. From 2000 through 2015, Davies held various positions at Sony Pictures Entertainment in both London and Los Angeles culminating as Executive Vice President, Business Operations, Worldwide Product Fulfillment. During her tenure at Sony, Davies drove digital transformation and efficiency across all post theatrical windows including the launch of Sony Pictures’ digital supply chain and centralization of localization and media services. She began her career in the 1990s at Tele-Cine Post-Production in London.

Davies, a respected thought leader in the post-production community, serves on various boards including Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), Canon Club, is a current member of BAFTA and serves as a BAFTA Student Film Judge. She is also a dedicated mentor, having participated in the USC Marshall Business School’s Career Advantage Program, San Diego State University’s Mentor Program, and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Leadership Program. Most recently, Davies joined the UC Riverside Advisory Board for the Transformation Leadership program, and she also serves as a USC International Case Competition Judge.

 

Rowan de Pomerai

DPP

Rowan de Pomerai

Rowan de Pomerai leads the technology strategy and delivery for the DPP, the media industry’s international community. The DPP provides the insight and connections our members need to do business better.

Rowan has a strong background in media innovation. He has an MEng in Media Engineering, and has spent 15 years in the industry, working across broadcasters, production, and software companies.

Nick Garvin

Mobile TV Group

Nick Garvin

Nick Garvin is Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner at Mobile TV Group (MTVG). Nick
oversees all of MTVG’s operations, which includes over half of all NBA, MLB, and NHL
broadcasts across the country and over 4,000 live events annually. Based in Denver, MTVG
has offered high quality broadcast engineering for nearly 30 years. In 2020, the company
introduced Cloud Control, the first fully remote production managed service, in response to the
evolving industry and its needs. Cloud Control allows clients to go live from over 3,000 miles
away from the onsite event without making any production sacrifices, and maintaining their
complete production staff. This technology is reshaping the way that events are produced and
Cloud Control has been an overwhelming success for MTVG and all of its clients. Nick is a
member of Forbes’ 2018 30 Under 30 class and continues to lead and inspire MTVG as it
innovates the live production industry.

Greg Geier

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Greg Geier

Greg Geier is Senior Vice President, Digital Media Supply Chain Strategy and Operations, Sony Pictures Entertainment. He had a critical role in transitioning Sony into a file-based Interoperable Master Format ecosystem, while strengthening the handoffs between productions and distribution. He is currently responsible for managing the DMSC team – a group that enables industry-leading workflow design, knowledge management, and media processes. Working together with stakeholders across the studio, the DMSC promotes the formation of an end-to-end, integrated, digital supply chain that enables SPE to more effectively acquire, manage, and distribute.

Dan Germain

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Dan Germain

35+ years of global industry experience in product strategy, innovation, and partnerships, focused on Sony Pictures Entertainment and technology used for the digital media supply chain.

Addy Ghani

disguise

Addy Ghani

As the VP of Virtual Production, Addy is immersed in Studio workflows and Industry standards for real time visualization for film and television. Addy is building a Disguise creator community and strategies that will further the proliferation of Virtual Production.

Prior to joining Disguise, Addy designed and built world class stages for DreamWorks, Verizon Media and NBCUniversal to help creatives visualize their dreams. Addy is well versed in VFX and animation, as well as emerging formats like AR and VR. He is an unofficial Unreal Engine Evangelist and a Fellow, and loves to converse about the possibilities of game engines as a storytelling tool.

Rob Gonsalves

Avid

Rob Gonsalves

Rob Gonsalves is an Engineering Fellow at Avid. Since joining Avid in 1989 as the company’s 15th employee, he helped develop the industry’s preeminent nonlinear editing system Avid Media Composer, specializing in programming video effects and color correction. He later led the development of the architecture of Avid’s media enterprise products. He is currently researching the use of AI for media production.

David Grindle

SMPTE

David Grindle

David Grindle joined SMPTE as Executive Director in 2022. He brings more than a decade of association leadership experience to the position along with a background in live entertainment management. Recognized globally for his work as an association leader and manager, Grindle has spoken at conferences in China, Europe, and New Zealand. He has been a guest faculty member at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Michigan Tech University, and many others. He holds degrees from Berry College and Indiana University and is a Fulbright Specialist with the US State Department.

Kari Grubin

HPA Board

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. Kari currently leverages her expertise through her partnership with companies and professional organizations as a business consultant, specializing in the media and entertainment vertical, and currently serves as the Project Director of SMPTE’s Rapid Industry Solutions On Set Virtual Production Initiative. In 2021, Kari was invited to become a Member at Large by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Previously, Kari demonstrated her strong record of technical operations supervision and confident, insightful leadership of creative teams as Vice President of Mastering for Studio Operations at The Walt Disney Studios, where she developed a 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 the past chair of Women in Post Committee. In 2016, she co-created the Young Entertainment Professionals Program (YEP) at the HPA, which has provided outreach and mentoring to over 100 young leaders in the entertainment industry. Kari is now the Co-Chair of HPA ALL, 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 DEI efforts.

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 services to 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, the leading 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 HPA ALL IN, SMPTE Annual Technology Conference, NAB Cinemerge, HPA Women in Post, HPA Tech Retreat, the Academy Gold Internship Program and Careers in Film Summit (AMPAS). She holds three US patents in media and entertainment technology as a co-inventor.

Ted Harrington

ISE

Ted Harrington

Ted Harrington is the #1 best selling author of HACKABLE: How to Do Application Security Right, and the Executive Partner at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), the company of ethical hackers famous for hacking cars, medical devices, web applications, and password managers. He’s helped hundreds of companies fix tens of thousands of security vulnerabilities, including Google, Amazon, and Netflix. Ted has been featured in more than 100 media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Forbes. His team founded and organizes IoT Village, an event whose hacking contest is a three-time DEF CON Black Badge winner. He hosts the Tech Done Different podcast.

Mark Harrison

DPP

Mark Harrison

Mark began his career as an Historian at Cambridge University, before moving into the media industry. He spent many years as a Director, Producer and Executive Producer, and won numerous awards for his filmmaking, including an International Emmy and a BAFTA nomination.

Mark has held senior roles within the independent production sector and the BBC. He was MD of an independent production company before being appointed BBC Head of Arts, 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.

In 2015 Mark became CEO of the DPP – the media industry’s international business network, which he founded. Today the DPP has nearly 500 member companies from across the whole media supply chain – from global tech giants to start ups.

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.

Hans Hoffmann

European Broadcasting Union

Hans Hoffmann

Dr. Hans Hoffmann is EBU Senior Manager and head of media fundamental and production technologies in the EBU Technology and Innovation department.

In the EBU he is leading a top expert team, and working together with the EBU Members, on emerging media technology strategies such as immersive media, IP and cloud infrastructures, Data, Metadata and Artificial Intelligence, and how the industry is managing manage its constant digital transformations through open innovations and applied innovation management. Hans is the chair of the Broadcast Technology Futures groups which consist of the senior managers of the R&D centers of BBC, RAI, NHK, VRT, YLE and CBC and co-chairs the Forum of Advanced Media in Europe (FAME) and the Inter-SDO group. He has a long and broad history in SMPTE such as past Standards VP, Finance VP and Executive VP. He was the first European President of the SMPTE 2021-22 and working together with the SMPTE home-office, the executive committee and board and the SMPTE Membership in leading the transformation of the Society. Hans is a fellow of the SMPTE and recipient of the Richard-Theile Medal of the FKTG in 2021. Previously he has been with the Institute fuer Rundfunktechnik in Munich for 9 years working as project manager and scientific staff.

Renard Jenkins

Warne Bros. Discovery

Renard Jenkins

Renard Jenkins is an experienced contention creation and creative technology executive in the Film, Television and Radio industry. He is currently Warner Bros. Discovery’s Senior Vice President, Production Integration & Creative Technology Services where he oversees teams that support 23,500 plus cast/crew members, 8,500 plus content hours and hundreds of global feature film, animation, and syndicated television productions annually. He and his teams provide creative production technology solutions and strategy for film, animation, and television productions worldwide. They also provide application, IP, production pipeline support and workflows as well as work stream design and implementation. A portion of his team are also responsible for the exploration and successful implementation of emerging and creative technologies such as virtual production, multiplatform storytelling, virtual character and meta human development, neuro-technology and better images and sound for cinema and home entertainment.

Prior to joining WarnerMedia, Jenkins served as Vice President, Operations, Engineering & Distribution at PBS, where he was responsible for the strategic direction, technology development, engineering, and operational management of PBS’s entire media-supply chain. He and his teams were responsible for the successful simultaneous launch of the Live Linear and Cloud-based PBS Kids Channel plus Live Streaming App which also contained games and VOD. It remains as one of the most popular kid’s applications and destinations today. He also created PBS’s Advanced Format Center. He has also worked for TV One, Discovery, ESPN and Turner Broadcasting where he received multiple awards for his work in Film & Television Production, Post Production and R&D, including two national Emmys. Jenkins was also awarded the Innovator of the Year award in 2017 for his cutting-edge work and accomplishments in UHD, HDR, NGA and supply chain technology through the PBS Advanced Format Center and other industry activities.

Jenkins is a SMPTE Fellow and currently serves as President of SMPTE. He sits on the boards of MovieLabs, the Hollywood Professionals Association, the UltraHD Forum, the Content & Entertainment Council as well as the Microsoft and Oracle Advisory Boards. He is also a recipient of a Peabody, 2 Headliners and a 2020 Broadcasting and Cable Technology Leadership award to name a few others.

He is a champion and advocate for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility 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), chairs the Warner Bros. Discovery Technology and Operations Equity and Inclusion Council, the SMPTE Global Inclusion Working Group and he also Co-Chairs, HPA ALL which advocates for and promotes diversity, better equity and increased inclusion and accessibility in the media and entertainment industry.

When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and best friend of over 30 years, his daughters, and his grandchildren. He loves travel photography / filmmaking and only has one more continent left to explore. He is also a certified sound engineer and is passionate about the visual arts. When time permits, he loves to provide pro bono location sound, live mixing, studio recording, post-production and finishing services for aspiring filmmakers, animators, and musicians. His family moto is “In all things integrity and integrity in all things.”

Dr. Khizer Khaderi

Stanford Human Perception Lab

Dr. Khizer Khaderi

Dr. Khizer Khaderi is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University. Khaderi is the Director/Founder of the Stanford Human Perception Laboratory (HPL) and the Stanford Vision Performance Center (VPC), and faculty at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI and the Stanford Human Performance Alliance.

Khaderi is a renowned Neuro-Ophthalmic surgeon, technologist and futurist. He founded Vizzario Inc, a perceptual AI company, spun out from HPL. Khaderi has extensive domain expertise in artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MxR), wearables, applied neuroscience, human factors, and human-machine interfaces/interaction. His research interests include developing personalized human intelligent systems for the metaverse based on the human brain and sensory systems, developing technologies to optimize human performance, and combining biological and computational principles to expand our capabilities in research, clinical practice, and everyday life. Dr. Khaderi’s approach to advance research interests and develop practical applications for everyday use is building collaborative partnerships across academia and industry.

Dr. Khaderi’s experience across industry sectors include consumer electronics, gaming, retail, life science, sports/Esports health care, Pharma, e-commerce, to name a few. He has developed novel technologies in these areas and generated multiple invention patents. Selected as a “40 under 40”, he contributed to President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology regarding vision technology and the aging population. He also advises multiple companies, venture firms and organizations including the Global Esports Federation, Magic Leap, Riot Games, Intel, Activision, Unity, Epic Games, Google, Meta, Microsoft, Apple, NBA, Aerie Pharma, the World Health Organization, the International Olympic Committee, the International Telecommunication Union, and the World Bank.

George Kilpatrick

Overcast HQ

George Kilpatrick

George is a board adviser and senior consultant specialising in media business turnaround strategy and cloud technology adoption. George is Chief Operating Officer of Overcast HQ (the Enterprise Video management company) where he has recently joined the board. He is also currently advising Qsensei (a search technology business) and working with Deluxe Cinema where he recently lead the post-acquisition integration of Eclaire Theatrical Services.

Before that George was appointed CEO of Masstech Innovations which he successfully turned around and sold to Telestream in March 2021, while also winning an Emmy for Technical Innovation.

George’s earlier media career was with Technicolor where had 8 years of business and product leadership roles in post-production before being appointed the Media and Entertainment Industry Lead for AWS in EMEA.

He has specialised in innovation leadership and the introduction of content management and cloud solutions for media workflows.

Jesse Kobayashi

Jesse Kobayashi

Jesse Kobayashi is a Visual Effects Producer with over two decades of experience in the industry. His credits include The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power for Amazon Studios, Kong: Skull Island and Warcraft for Legendary Pictures, and Krampus for Universal Pictures. In addition to his work in Visual Effects, Jesse has also served as Director of Visual Effects at Legendary Pictures, and as a Post Producer at both Warner Bros. and Laser Pacific. As a graduate of Azusa Pacific University, Jesse was instrumental in the founding of its first-ever film courses. He is also a sought-after consultant for modern filmmaking and is a strong advocate for using new technologies to improve the overall quality and efficiency of the filmmaking process. When he’s not working or a consultant, Jesse enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Cédric Lejeune

Workflowers

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, a French VFX system reseller 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 the European cinema group Ymagis to supervise the technology for post-production 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 then assembled the technology and innovation team to create more efficient and global workflows across the group. He led the development of EclairColor, the HDR solution for cinema (www.eclaircolor.com).

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 team of media engineers, he helps studios in building and implementing organization and technical strategies with sustainability in mind. He Is a member of the EBU Sustainability group, the SMPTE Cloud Sustainability working group and a founding member of La Cartouch’Verte, an association to promote good environmental practices in animation movies production. With Workflowers he partners with Perfect Memory for the development of their semantic technology toolset for the movie studio environment.

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

Chris Lennon

Ross Video

Chris Lennon

Chris Lennon serves in Ross Video’s Office of the CTO as Director, Standards Strategy. He is responsible for Ross’ activities in global standards and trade organizations

Chris also serves as Executive Director of the Open Services Alliance (OSA), a global industry organization focused on interoperability among microservice oriented media systems. The OSA produced the media industry’s first microservices standards, working closely with SMPTE, in 2020, and continues to lead the way in this rapidly evolving area.

Chris 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 currently, Western Region Governor. He is a SMPTE Fellow and recipient of SMPTE’s prestigious 2008 Citation.  He also has served in a variety of roles, including Secretary of the SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section.

Scott Levine

Skywalker Sound

Scott Levine

Scott Levine oversees the software development efforts at Skywalker Sound, synthesizing the institution’s renowned creative services with groundbreaking technology design.

Alex Libby

ProductionPro

Alex Libby

Alexander Libby started ProductionPro in 2013 after years of stage managing on Broadway and producing in film. While working with film director Stephen Daldry on the movie “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”, it dawned on Alexander that the creative film production process was far from efficient and that an out-of-the-box approach would be necessary to help elevate the work of directors, producers and their teams. Today after multiple accelerators, rounds of funding, ProductionPro is the go-to solution for directors, designers and producers. It’s been embraced by some of Hollywood’s biggest studios. The road to success hasn’t been easy nor a given, but Alexander and his team have persevered through to change the way entertainment is produced.

Micah Littleton

Technicolor

Micah Littleton

Micah Littleton is the Vice President of Global Content Security for Technicolor Creative Studios.

He brings over two decades of experience in the media and entertainment sector, initially as an audio engineer, editor, mixer, studio manager and producer, as well as a leader in research and development initiatives. He joined Technicolor in 2003 to lead creative technology teams before he was tasked with providing direction on how best to secure content in the sensitive and target-rich business of making blockbuster movies.

In 2007, Littleton brought his deep domain expertise in the high-value content production business to develop security conventions and techniques that have been adopted by Technicolor and the partners and clients that make up the entertainment technology value chain. To that end, Littleton has been an active participant in MESA, MovieLabs, Motion Picture Association, and other industry organizations to collaborate with other players in the ecosystem in joint efforts to maintain the innovation edge over those who would compromise the integrity of the content development and distribution process.

Most recently, Littleton has led a corporate-wide effort at Technicolor to develop and nurture a global leadership network dedicated to continuously improving the security posture of both Technicolor and its trading partners. The mission of the team is not only to implement best practices, but to observe and provide feedback in order to elevate the community’s ability to stay ahead of the constantly changing threat landscape.

Security, according to Littleton, is a team sport. It requires all internal and external members of the community to observe, interpret and then act on the new challenges that are constantly emerging in this sector. He welcomes input and opportunities to engage with professionals in the industry who share this point of view.

Anthony Magliocco

EMTM

Anthony Magliocco

Anthony’s career includes over forty years leading high technology companies communications and business development with the content creation and distribution segments of the media and entertainment industry. Positions included sales, marketing, product management, and general management. Ten of those years spent bringing high-speed networking and telecommunications technology to the entertainment business. A large party of Anthony’s working life included working with International companies supporting their US operations or their export business.

EMTM my company is now celebrating 13 years in business, clients include Visual Effects Software and a VFX studio.

Pro-bono leadership work includes
SMPTE Los Angeles Board of Managers, Peer Group Governor of the Television Academy, Secretary, and Co-Chair of the Visual Effects Society Los Angeles Section, HPA Awards Committee, Marketing Committee UCLA Film and TV Archives and leadership roles for the Temple University Alumni Association in Los Angeles.

Anthony continues expanding endeavors in cinematography, photography, lighting, and audio production. He has been producing content for musical groups, non-profit organizations and students trying to enter the entertainment business.

Mathieu Mazerolle

Foundry

Mathieu Mazerolle

Mathieu Mazerolle has over 25 years of engineering and product experience in the VFX, cloud and gaming industries. He is currently the Director of Product, New Technology, at Foundry. Prior to Foundry, Mathieu has worked for Amazon Web Services, Electronic Arts, Autodesk, Digital Domain, and Ubisoft.

Bastien Minniti

Amazon Studios

Bastien Minniti

Bastien Minniti is a Media and Entertainment executive with over 20 years of business strategy and technology expertise.

Bastien’s professional arc includes diverse disciplines such as film processing, DVD Compression & Authoring, Next Generation Digital Media Workflows (broadcasting, OTT, In-Flight Entertainment, Set-Top Box, mobile, web, etc.) and operational leadership for several major OTT platform launches for companies like M-GO, AT&T, and Netflix.

In response to rapid technological advancements, Bastien joined Amazon Studios on their mission to become the First Next Generation Studio.

Prior to joining Amazon Studios, Bastien held executive positions at Technicolor, Deluxe Entertainment, IDC-LA, Blu Digital Group, and FotoKem.

Bastien holds a patent for method and systems for dynamic discovery of related media assets.

Mark Nakano

Warner Bros. Discovery

Mark Nakano

Mark Nakano is the Vice President of Content Security at WarnerMedia.

With over 20 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry, Mark has worked in nearly the entire media life cycle (production, post-production, distribution, security). For the past 10 years, Mark has worked in the security field and has deep knowledge in conditional access, DRM, anti-piracy and watermarking.

Mark earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He is one of the original engineers that launched the DIRECTV service and is also a third generation Los Angeleno.

Eddie Okuno

ESPN

Eddie Okuno

Eddie Okuno is Senior Remote Operations Specialist for Disney Media Entertainment & Distribution (DMED) – ESPN.

His responsibilities include on site remote technical planning for the NBA on ESPN-ABC Season, which includes the advancement of engineering and production workflows and integration of signal flow to all DMED-ESPN facilities.

Heading into his 21st NBA on ESPN-ABC season, Eddie’s responsibilities not only covers the day to day technical management of the NBA season, but also works collectively as part of the DMED Operations Specialist team to continually enhance, innovate and improve global production and engineering workflows at DMED-ESPN-ABC.

Technical and operations support for ESPN’s Monday Night Football was also part of Eddie’s responsibilities from 2006 until 2019.

Prior to joining DMED-ESPN, Eddie was the Senior Technical Manager at ABC Sports and NBC Sports.

His primary responsibility at ABC Sports was Senior Technical Manager for ABC Monday Night Football (3 Seasons including Super Bowl XL) and the 2006 BCS Championship (Rose Bowl USC vs Texas)

Eddie’s repsonsibilities at NBC Sports was Senior Technical Manager for the NBA on NBC.

At NBC, Eddie also worked on the NFL, multiple Super Bowls and Olympic Games.

Atul Phadnis

Vitrina AI

Atul Phadnis

Atul is Founder-CEO of Vitrina AI, the global sourcing hub for the Entertainment supply-chain. The $255Billion entertainment supply-chain, has 600,000 specialist companies worldwide, and is changing rapidly due to globalization, tech disruption, demand-supply mismatches and business model changes.

Vitrina was launched with a mission to dramatically improve the sourcing speed and efficiencies for specialist supplier partnerships across content stages, globally.

In his prior role, Atul was the Chief Content Officer at Gracenote, a Nielsen company, where he headed global operations for Gracenote’s 80+ country coverage.

In 2019-20, he left Gracenote to start Vitrina AI at Stanford Research Institute [SRI International] with the goal to map and connect the global Entertainment supply-chain ecosystem using the power of AI, NLP and worldwide TV-Film-&-Gaming industry data.

Jeff Rosica

Avid Technology

Jeff Rosica

Mr. Rosica is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & President, and a member of the board of directors, of Avid Technology. Prior to being appointed Avid’s CEO & President in February 2018, he had served in a number of senior executive roles with the company. Mr. Rosica is a 35+ year industry veteran in the broadcast and media technology segment, with extensive experience spanning production, post-production and distribution technology solutions. Prior to joining Avid in 2013, Mr. Rosica served in various senior leadership capacities with leading industry brands including Grass Valley, Thomson/Technicolor, and Philips Electronics.

Scott Rothenberg

NEP Group

Scott Rothenberg

Scott Rothenberg is NEP’s Senior Vice President of Program and Planning. Scott is responsible for setting up the project management office (PMO) for all of NEP’s global projects. Scott and the PMO team are responsible for putting into place the standards, tools and processes to implement and manage global projects and programs. Scott also continues to oversee NEP’s capital budgeting, equipment planning and coordination.

In his previous role as SVP of Technology and Asset Management, Scott focused on understanding and matching clients’ needs with NEP’s technical capabilities and capacity, working tirelessly across all of NEP’s divisions to ensure that the right equipment is always in the right place, we have the right technology for our clients’ needs —and that NEP is always working to develop technical solutions to meet emerging client needs.

Scott started with NEP in 1995 as a maintenance engineer after working as a freelance technician when he provided engineering and operational support for television crews and solving all manner of problems under the pressure of live television. Scott has been a member of three Emmy Award-winning NEP technical crews (twice for NASCAR and once for PokerDome) and won a CableACE Award in 1995 for his work on “Ripken’s 2131st Game” for HTS. Scott truly loves being a member of the NEP team and enjoys sharing the outstanding dedication and commitment with his extraordinary peers and colleagues.

Toby Scales

Google

Toby Scales

Toby leads the Media & Entertainment vertical in Google Cloud’s Office of the CISO, where he focuses on developing specific guidance and solutions to help media companies securely achieve their digital transformation outcomes. Over the past ten years, he has led cloud transformation initiatives with every major studio in his work for both Microsoft and Google.

Before getting involved at the intersection of Hollywood and cloud, he ran the services arm of a major MSP in Manhattan (where he developed their cloud consulting practice), and before that founded and sold his own consulting firm in Seattle, Washington.

Now he lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two sons– who are officially recognized as the World’s Best Kids.

Jeff Sengpiehl

Key Code Media

Jeff Sengpiehl

Jeff has been helping post production companies plan, develop, and build the next generation of video production and finishing workflow. Earlier he worked as Chief Engineer for organizations like Los Angeles-based Chainsaw Edit. He has impressive credentials, including technical engineering for American Idol, The Oscars, and Game of Thrones. Jeff is also one of the pioneers of the UHD, HDR, and OTT revolution. By leveraging his knowledge of Avid, Adobe, and other edit and production systems and also his expertise in Theatrical and Episodic television post-production and finishing, he has helped many organizations in 2020 pivot in those difficult times. Jeff is also KCM’s host of two regular webinar series, evangelizing tools and technology to the industry at large – Broadcast, Post, Live and Audio-Visual. He is a member of The Hollywood Chapter of The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).

Dr. Tamara Seybold

ARRI

Dr. Tamara Seybold

Dr. Tamara Seybold started working at ARRI in 2009. Studying Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Technical University of Munich, her interest in electronics enabled her contributing to the ALEXA development. After finishing her studies in 2012, she completed a PhD about Motion Picture Denoising at the Technical University of Munich in cooperation with ARRI.

Seybold became a full member of the Image Science team in 2015 supporting the various iterations of our ALEXA camera system and then transitioned into the development of the ALEXA 35. Since 2020, Tamara Seybold is the Technical Lead of the Image Science team in ARRI’s R&D department in Munich.

Janice Simpson

The Walt Disney Company

Janice Simpson

Janice Simpson (she/her) is the Library Archivist for Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, The Walt Disney Company (TWDC). Janice joined TWDC from NBCUniversal, where she served as Director of Governance and Preservation from 2012-2020. She was the Director of Global Preservation Programs at Deluxe (formerly Ascent Media) from 2005 to 2012 and served as President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) from 2005 to 2008. Janice was the first AMIA Managing Director (1997-2005) and received AMIA’s William S. O’Farrell Volunteer Award in 2012.

Over the course of her career, Janice has worked on and overseen both analog and digital preservation projects and has been an active volunteer for a variety of professional organizations and festivals, including the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA), the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO), the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). In 2022, Janice served as a member of the jury for the inaugural Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Restoration Award. Janice holds a Master of Archival Studies degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Mike Smith

ROE Visual

Mike Smith

Mike Smith has over a decade of experience as a production technician for various live events. For the last three years, he has worked as the Technical Director at ROE Visual US. Prior to this role, Mike freelanced as an LED engineer for concert tours and tradeshows for five years, and before that worked as a freelance lighting technician for ten years. Mike has a thorough understanding of ROE LED systems and how they are used in various applications from virtual production to live events. Mike also leads the education outreach efforts for ROE’s US office and curates the content delivered in the ROE Academy training sessions.

Ely Stacy

disguise

Ely Stacy

I been working for disguise’s Technical Solutions team for over two years involved in specifying and integrating dozens of Virtual Production and XR stages as well as training operators in the Disguise Virtual Production Accelerator. Every stage is different and presents different challenges to overcome, from cameras to camera and talent tracking to GhostFrame and broadcast integration. Technology and entertainment has been evolving quickly over the last few years with industries overlapping and a demand for bigger and better experiences. I am excited to be involved in these projects and continuing to push boundaries.

Patrick Sumby

Sohonet

Patrick Sumby

Patrick has been at Sohonet for 16+ years and oversees the Global Engineering team. His team is responsible for Sohonet’s Networks, Systems infrastructure and Security as well as working to provide compelling solutions for our customers.

Kevin Towes

Adobe

Kevin Towes

Kevin is a energetic and respected technology executive with over 30 years of experience in strategy, business development, product development and strategic partnerships. Kevin has focused his career as a participant in the evolution of the Media & Entertainment industry by re-imagining cloud-based creation, distribution and monetization of video entertainment. Kevin has direct expertise in leading award-winning product management, strategic partnerships, GTM strategy and concept incubation to scaling large businesses through global partnerships, building & growing impactful & diverse teams and has held executive roles in Business Development, Product Management, Marketing, Strategic Partnerships, Solution Consulting and Startup founder.

Mark Turner

MovieLabs

Mark Turner

Mark Turner is President, Entertainment Technologists Inc and coordinates the Production Technology program for Movielabs that created the 2030 Vision for the future of content creation. In Mark’s 27 years in the global media industry he has always been at the intersection of technology and business. Mark has held roles from product management, to sales, strategy, business development and partnerships for start-ups to multi-billion corporates including Ryff, Technicolor, Levels Beyond, RSTOR, Wasabi, Dolby , Microsoft, BT Media & Broadcast, Eutelsat and Xinsere.

Rohan Warey

Prime Focus Technologies

Rohan Warey

Rohan Warey is Vice President, Presales at Prime Focus Technologies. Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) offers customers AI first transformational solutions that help automate the media supply chain. In his current role, Rohan heads the Presales function for Prime Focus Technologies across US & Canada. Rohan has 15+ years of global industry experience in consulting, product strategy, product management and pre-sales working with clients in the media and entertainment & sports industries to streamline and automate their media supply chains.

Melinda Wright

Mobile TV Group

Melinda Wright

Melinda has been working with mobile production facilities and the networks they service since 2005. She is a life-long learner that enjoys the technology involved in making live broadcast successful and the teams of people, from engineers to operations and creatives, that tell the stories that bring people together. She has built her career on connecting the web of support that makes every event successful.

Michele Wright

SMPTE

Michele Wright

Michele Wright, Ph.D., is the 2022 USA TODAY Woman of the Year for Arkansas and a 2023 AARP Purpose Prize Fellow (the first from Arkansas to receive this honor in recognition of her global impact and nationally recognized contributions to diversity, inclusion, and health equity). She is a multi-dimensional Senior Executive with experience providing dynamic leadership in diverse roles, including pharmaceutical/biotechnology sales, healthcare administration, and business development to Fortune 100 companies and an international non-profit organization. She serves as the
Director of Business Development and Outreach for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the global society of media professionals, technologists and engineers working together for the advancement of all things technical in the motion picture, television, and digital media industries.

A native of Tuskegee, Alabama, she is the recipient of the Nations of Women Change Makers 2021 Global Leadership Award and a nominee of the EveryLife Foundation of Rare Diseases’ RareVoice 2021 Award for Diversity Empowerment. She was also named among JB Dondolo’s “100 Voices for our Planet” and received the organization’s 2022 “Voices for Water” Water Change-Maker Award. Dr. Wright is the CEO and Founder of My Water Buddy® and My Learning Buddy® corporations.

My Water Buddy, Inc. is a multi-faceted enterprise that uses animation, edutainment, and storytelling and, through its engaging cast of creative, fun, relatable, and aspirational characters fashioned as anthropomorphic organs, entertainingly promotes the benefits of drinking water and educates children and their families about the benefits of achieving a more fulfilling quality of life through a healthier lifestyle.

My Learning Buddy, Inc. is an edutainment platform featuring My Water Buddy and Family® animated characters that provides unique opportunities for elementary and special education students to grow, excel, and succeed. The platform inspires total body participation in the classroom, while helping children learn to express their feelings and engage with the world outside of the classroom. My Learning Buddy, Inc. offers Social-Emotional and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) edutainment curriculums.

Dr. Wright is also the author and creator of THE WATER TALES: Ten Life Lessons from My Water Buddy and Family podcast and children’s book, an adventurous collection of ten short children’s stories that tell different tales centered around the importance of water, in addition to tapping into life topics that are important to children: autism, bullying, fears, self-esteem, peer pressure, etc.

THE WATER TALES Podcast won “Best Edutainment Podcast” at the 2021 Baltimore Next Media Web Fest; awarded “Best Children’s Podcast” at the 2021 Urban Mediamakers Festival; and received the “Award of Recognition” as the winner for both Best Podcast: Episode and Best Podcast: Series at the 2021 Accolade Global Film Competition.

She received Equanimity’s “Visionary Voice Award” for showcasing her innovative strategies and technological advancements as the creator of My Water Buddy® and My Learning Buddy®. She is also the recipient of the Sister Friends United, Inc. “Women of Excellence Business Award” and their inaugural “Five-Year Service Award.”

With advanced degrees in engineering and public policy, she is fully committed to diversity and inclusion with a special emphasis on health equity. She has championed a diverse range of health equity initiatives as the Co-Founder, Board Chair, and Senior Executive Director of the National Organization of African Americans with Cystic Fibrosis (NOAACF).

Through widespread involvement, partnerships, engagement, and outreach, under her leadership, NOAACF has strategically helped to ensure that communities of people who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are well informed of the existence, prevalence, and impact of cystic fibrosis (CF) on underrepresented communities.

Dr. Wright co-founded and co-chairs the annual Blacks, Indigenous, and Other Minority Ethnicities with Rare and Genetic Diseases (BIOMERGD) Conference, an annual event hosted by NOAACF that coincides with Rare Disease Day and Black History Month, with a mission to help increase awareness of rare diseases in BIPOC communities by focusing on one genetic disease and one rare disease each year.

Dr. Wright also created and led the development of The Wright Cystic Fibrosis Screening Tool© – in both patient and provider versions and English and Spanish translations – to help people self-identify symptoms that could be related to CF as well as help medical providers identify people who may have CF, especially those who are BIPOC.

Simultaneously, she developed and launched the Advocating for Health Equity and Addressing Disparities© (AHEAD) Initiative with a mission to increase awareness of health disparities in minority and underserved communities and to introduce a successful roadmap and advancement strategies toward achieving health equity in healthcare, clinical treatment, medical diagnosis, and clinical trials across a multitude of disadvantaged populations.

Dr. Wright is also using her rare voice within the rare disease space to advocate for “Terry Wright’s Law,” written in honor of her husband and which will require that all known CF-causing gene variants (also called mutations) be used for newborn screening and diagnostic testing for cystic fibrosis. This will markedly improve equity in newborn screening for BIPOC individuals, while also benefiting all people with CF who may have delayed or missed diagnosis due to the presence of rare CFTR variants.

She also wrote, directed, and produced the 2022 Black Reels Awards nominated “Outstanding Short,” 54 YEARS LATE©, a multiple global award-winning docudrama that tells the gut-wrenching true-life story of her husband Terry Wright’s late diagnosis of cystic fibrosis at the age of 54 despite being seen by an array of healthcare practitioners, enduring countless hospitalizations and surgeries, and having all the classic symptoms of CF – a progressive and genetic disease that’s often perceived to affect only the Caucasian population.

Dr. Wright helps to highlight and drive diversity, inclusion, and equity and remains fully committed to increasing awareness of health disparities in minority, underserved communities, and disadvantaged populations while helping to bring valuable resources, knowledge, empowerment, and support to patients, families, healthcare professionals, and the community. In 2022, she and her husband, NOAACF Co-Founder Terry Wright, became the first persons of color to receive the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Arkansas Chapter’s annual “Breath of Life Award,” CFF’s Highest Award bestowed.

Dr. Wright is a nationally recognized motivational speaker. She was the commencement speaker for the Tuskegee University 2022 Graduate and Professional Schools Commencement Ceremony and was a featured speaker at the inaugural “World Woman Summit,” which included representatives from more than ten different countries. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University, she returned to her alma mater and served as the keynote speaker for the “Order of the Engineer” Spring Pre-Commencement Ceremony, which is held in honor and recognition of all Engineering student graduates.

She was the guest speaker and the first recipient of the “Outstanding STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Leadership Award” presented by the Area Development Director of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) on behalf of the South Metro Atlanta Tuskegee Alumni Club (SMATAC) during their inaugural “Signature Scholarship Gala.”

Dr. Wright is the President and Board Chair of the Milton Pitts Crenchaw Aviation Training Academy (MPCATA), an organization whose mission is to provide young people opportunities to pursue careers in aviation and the aerospace industry. She concurrently serves as a Board Member and the Technical Executive Officer for the Arkansas Mentoring and Networking Association, Inc. (AMNA), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting opportunities for historically underrepresented STEM students in Arkansas, including opportunities to gain valuable access to STEM scholarships, internships, professionals, and careers.

She is a national and international multiple award-winning corporate leader who has worked with several top-ranked corporations including Genentech Biotechnology Company, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and The Procter & Gamble Company. She also has served with the American Red Cross as Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Region (GOAR).

Dr. Wright holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, with a double specialization in Health and Leadership Policy; she also has a Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI), where she chartered the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), was the first National GEM Consortium (GEM) Fellow to ever attend, and became UTSI’s first African-American full-time student to receive a Master’s degree in Engineering Management/Industrial Engineering; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tuskegee University, where she was Miss United Negro College Fund, Miss Engineering, President of the Engineering Representative Council, and graduated as Electrical Engineering Student of the Year.

Her life mantra is “The Best Is Yet to Come,” which she plans to extend towards helping and positively impacting children, women, and underrepresented populations worldwide. Dr. Wright and her husband reside in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

2023 Tech Retreat Participating Companies

  1. 3500Kelvin
  2. 3BMG
  3. 3rd i Digital
  4. 4Wall Entertainment
  5. 6P Color, Inc
  6. A+E Networks
  7. Absen
  8. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  9. Adobe
  10. Advanced HDR by Technicolor
  11. Advanced Systems Group LLC
  12. AJA Video Systems
  13. Altman Solon
  14. Amazon
  15. Amazon Studios
  16. AMD
  17. Annex Pro
  18. AOTO USA
  19. Apple
  20. Arch Platform Technologies
  21. ARRI
  22. ArsenalFX Color
  23. ASG
  24. ASTRODESIGN INC
  25. Ateliere Creative Technologies
  26. Autodesk
  27. Avid Technology Inc
  28. AWS
  29. Backlight
  30. Baylor University Film And Digital Media Department
  31. Belinda Reps . . . .
  32. Blackmagic Design
  33. Blackstar Engineering
  34. Boland Communications Inc
  35. Bolt Graphics, Inc.
  36. BYU Broadcasting
  37. Canon USA, Inc.
  38. CHESA
  39. Chesapeake Systems
  40. CineCert Inc.
  41. Cinegy
  42. CineSys
  43. Cinnafilm
  44. Cobalt Digital Inc.
  45. CODEX+PIX
  46. Colorfront
  47. Color Space
  48. Company 3 Method Studios
  49. Convergent Risks
  50. Crafty Apes
  51. Creative Computing Solutions
  52. Cricket Lane Post
  53. CUNY TV
  54. Dalet Digital Media Systems
  55. Dark Fiber Production Technology
  56. DataCore
  57. Data Expedition, Inc.
  58. Dell
  59. Deloitte Consulting LLP
  60. Deluxe Media Inc.
  61. Department of Defense
  62. Digital Domain
  63. Disguise Systems Ltd.
  64. Diversified
  65. Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
  66. DPP
  67. DreamWorks Animation
  68. DTS/Xperi
  69. EBU
  70. EditShare
  71. EIZO
  72. ELEMENTS Media Solutions Inc
  73. Eluvio, Inc
  74. Epic Games
  75. Evercast
  76. Evertz Microsystems
  77. EVL/UIC
  78. Filmlight
  79. First Mile Technologies
  80. Foundry
  81. Fox Entertainment Group, Inc.
  82. FPT Software
  83. Frame.io
  84. Fujifilm/Fujinon
  85. FX-DMZ
  86. GB Labs
  87. Geoffrey Tully Inc
  88. Glassbox
  89. GLOSHINE USA INC.
  90. Google
  91. Hammerspace
  92. HAND (Human & Digital)
  93. HoloDeck LED
  94. HP Teradici
  95. ICVR
  96. Imajeo Ltd
  97. IMAX
  98. Implid Ventures – Perfect Memory
  99. Independent Security Evaluators
  100. InterDigital
  101. International Cinematographers Guild
  102. Interra Systems, Inc.
  103. intoPIX sa
  104. iodyne
  105. KCET/PBS SoCal
  106. Key Code Media
  107. Keywords Studios
  108. Kino Flo Lighting Systems
  109. Lawo
  110. LDS Motion Picture Studio
  111. LearnIPVideo
  112. LG Electronics
  113. LG Electronics – Zenith R&D
  114. Light Iron
  115. Like Minded Labs
  116. LucidLink
  117. M2 IT Consulting
  118. Magicbox
  119. MAX Post
  120. Media Globalization Consultancy
  121. Megapixel VR
  122. MelroseINC
  123. MelroseMAC, Inc.
  124. Merrill Weiss Group LLC
  125. MESH
  126. Microsoft
  127. MJB Consulting
  128. Mobile TV Group
  129. Mod Tech Labs
  130. Mo-Sys
  131. Motion Picture Association
  132. Motion Picture Solutions
  133. MovieLabs
  134. NAGRA
  135. NBCUniversal
  136. NEP
  137. NetApp Inc.
  138. NetApp & Berkeley Communications
  139. Netflix
  140. Nomad
  141. NVIDIA
  142. NTC
  143. Open Drives
  144. Panavision
  145. Paramount
  146. Paramount Global
  147. PB Technologies Group LLC
  148. Perception Grid
  149. Perfect Memory
  150. Perforce Software
  151. Pixar Animation Studios
  152. Pixelogic
  153. Pixelworks
  154. Pixitmedia
  155. Pixotope
  156. Planar
  157. Post Super Ltd
  158. Preevue
  159. PRG Production Resource Group
  160. Prime Focus Technologies Inc.
  161. PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
  162. Puget Systems
  163. Quantum Corp
  164. RED
  165. RFX Inc
  166. RheinMain Univerz
  167. Riedel Communications
  168. ROE Visual US, Inc
  169. Rohde & Schwarz
  170. Ross Video
  171. Scale Logic Inc
  172. Scanline VFX
  173. SchubinCafe.com
  174. SDVI
  175. Seagate Technology LLC
  176. Sensor Tower
  177. SGO
  178. SHIFTMEDIA
  179. Signiant
  180. Skywalker Sound
  181. SMPTE
  182. Sohonet
  183. Sony Electronics
  184. Sony Pictures
  185. Spectra Logic
  186. SRI International
  187. STYPE & BROTHERS, INC.
  188. Synaflux
  189. TAG Video Systems
  190. Tech Standard Solutions
  191. Technicolor
  192. Telestream, Inc.
  193. Teradek
  194. Testronic
  195. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  196. The Landmark Group
  197. The Rebel Fleet
  198. The Studio-B&H
  199. TMS Consulting, Inc.
  200. TMT Insights
  201. Trackit.io
  202. Trailblazer Studios
  203. Universal Pictures
  204. Unreal Engine
  205. Verimatrix, Inc.
  206. Veritone
  207. Verizon
  208. Visual Data Media Services
  209. Vitrina AI
  210. Vizrt Group
  211. Voxx Studios
  212. Vū Technologies
  213. Wacom Technology Corporation
  214. Walden Pond
  215. Walt Disney Studios
  216. Warner Bros. Discovery
  217. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
  218. Wasabi Technologies
  219. X15
  220. X2X
  221. Xperi
  222. Xytech Systems Corporation
  223. YouTube
  224. ZEISS Cinematography
  225. ZEISS Group

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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. Applications will be accepted until January 2, 2023 or until we are at capacity.

Update: We are currently in a waitlist situation but will continue to take applications.



Innovation Zone Participants

  • 6P Color
  • Absen Inc
  • Adobe
  • Advanced HDR by Technicolor
  • AJA Video Systems
  • AOTO USA
  • Arch Platform Technologies
  • ARRI, Inc.
  • Ateliere Creative Technologies
  • Autodesk
  • AVID
  • Blackmagic Design
  • Boland Communications
  • Bolt Graphics, Inc.
  • Cinnafilm
  • CODEX+PIX
  • Colorfront
  • COLORSPACE
  • Creative Computing Solutions
  • DataCore
  • Dolby
  • EditShare
  • EIZO Inc.
  • ELEMENTS
  • Eluvio, Inc
  • Evercast
  • FilmLight
  • Frame.io
  • GB Labs
  • GLOSHINE USA INC.
  • Hammerspace
  • HAND (Human & Digital)
  • intoPIX SA
  • iodyne
  • Kino Flo Lighting Systems
  • LG Electronics – Zenith R&D
  • LucidLink
  • Magicbox
  • Microsoft
  • Mod Tech Labs
  • Mo-Sys USA Inc
  • NAGRA USA
  • NetApp & Berkeley Communications
  • Perfect Memory
  • Pixelworks
  • Planar
  • Prime Focus Technologies
  • Puget Systems
  • Quantum Corp
  • Riedel Communications Inc
  • Rohde & Schwarz USA
  • Scale Logic Inc.
  • Seagate
  • SGO
  • Shift Media
  • Sohonet
  • Sony CI Media
  • Sony SRD
  • SRI International
  • stYpe
  • Telestream
  • Teradek/SmallHD/Wooden Camera
  • The Studio-B&H
  • Trackit
  • Wacom Technology Corporation
  • Wasabi Technologies
  • ZEISS Cinematography

Listings With Descriptions

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.

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:

$3,500 – for HPA Corporate Members (One (1) All-Access Conference Ticket)

$4,000 – for Non-Members (One (1) All-Access Conference Ticket)

One (1) Innovation Zone space includes:

  • One (1) 8×10 space, one 6′ table, two chairs, black tablecloth, and one 20 amp power drop*
  • 18″x24″ sign for booth that includes logo and contact information
  • Opportunity to interact with key players in the M&E community
  • One (1) All-Access Conference Ticket
  • Innovation Zone participants can purchase up to two (2) IZ Tech tickets for staff at the rate of $985 (does not include conference access)

*Each space includes one table, two chairs (additional table and chairs available on a limited basis, fees apply), and one 20 amp power drop. Additional power, internet, furniture, AV, power strips and other equipment can be ordered through the hotel. Contact us for details.

Innovation Zone Space Fees are Non-Refundable.


Space Information:

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

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

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

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

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

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

If your application is accepted you will be sent further information including access to pay for your Innovation Zone space.

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

While your Innovation Zone demo does not need to be staffed at all times, there are specific times within the program during which Innovation Zone Staff is required to be present. All persons staffing your demo MUST have a valid ticket for the event. Approved and paid Innovation Zone space includes one full conference ticket. 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 Schedule

Subject to change

Monday, February 20

  • 8:00 am – 5:15 pm
    Load in of equipment to the hotel
  • 12:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Innovation Zone opens for set up

Tuesday, February 21

  • 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Final time for arrival and set up of demos at the hotel
  • 2:30 pm
    Set up of demos must be complete
  • 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Innovation Zone Opens with Cocktails

Wednesday, February 22

  • 8:15 am – 8:30 pm
    Innovation Zone is open
  • 12:15 – 1:53 pm
    Innovation Zone will be open during lunch
  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm
    Innovation Zone Cocktail Reception

Thursday, February 23

  • 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
    Innovation Zone open
  • 12:05 – 1:53 pm
    Innovation Zone will be open during lunch
  • After lunch
    Break-down and move out of Innovation Zone
  • 7:00 pm
    All equipment must be out of the Innovation Zone

Friday, February 24

  • 2:00 pm
    Equipment must have been shipped out from the hotel
    If anything is left until Monday, arrangements must be made directly with the hotel for storage and a fee may be charged.

  • All applications will be reviewed and vetted based on meeting the intent and focus of the Innovation Zone.
  • Applications submitted and approved by January 2nd will pay $3,500 for HPA Corporate Members or $4,000 for Non Members for a single Innovation Zone space and full conference registration for one person.

  • The 2023 HPA Tech Retreat will be an in person event from February 20-23.
  • All applications will be reviewed and vetted based on meeting the intent and focus of the Innovation Zone.
  • HPA Corporate Members – $3,500 (includes One (1) All-Access Conference Ticket)
  • Non-Members – $4,000 (includes One (1) All-Access Conference Ticket)
  • 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) Innovation Zone space includes:

  • One (1) 8×10 space, one 6′ table, two chairs, black tablecloth, and one 20 amp power drop*
  • 18″x24″ sign for booth that includes logo and contact information
  • Opportunity to interact with key players in the M&E community
  • One (1) All-Access Conference Ticket
  • Innovation Zone participants can purchase up to two (2) IZ Tech tickets for staff at the rate of $985 (does not include conference access)

*Each space includes one table, two chairs (additional table and chairs available on a limited basis, fees apply), and one 20 amp power drop. Additional power, internet, furniture, AV, power strips and other equipment can be ordered through the hotel. Contact us for details.

 

Update: We are currently in a waitlist situation but will continue to take applications.

 

2023 HPA Tech Retreat Call for Proposals for the Main Program and Breakfast Roundtables

Main Session proposals are closed but you can still submit Breakfast Roundtables.

Just when you thought it was safe to stay in bed…. It’s ba-ack!

No, not a fire, hurricane, or virus, the HPA Tech Retreat, 2023 in-person edition! It will take place February 20-23 at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA (Palm Springs area).

As usual, we seek proposals for presentations and/or panels related to all aspects of movies, television, and other aspects of motion imaging and related sound and other sensations, from subatomic particles to the stars of Hollywood to the unknown parts of the universe.

Topics may include ANYTHING related to the field, including (but not limited to) accessibility, broadcasting in the age of streaming, copyright of AI creations, dynamic adjustments, electrooptical transfer functions, free-viewpoint acquisition, grading control via brainwaves, high-frame-rate bit-rate reduction, idiot-proofing user interfaces, joint task forces for future standards, killing non-integer frame rates, long-term storage solutions, malware detection, neo-natal viewer training, olfactory enhancement of programming, pandemic business models, quantum entanglement for zero-latency, radio’s role in a visual world, solar-storm warnings, topical medication to restore audio frequency response, “ultra” as a gateway to the beyond, vacuum-tubes refusal to fade away, when it’s enough, xenophilia to freshen design ideas, yellow as a primary, and Zoom filters for inexpensive motion- picture effects. Anything from scene to seen and gear to ear is fair game. So are haptic/tactile, olfactory, and gustatory applications.

All presentation proposals must come directly from the proposed presenter. Anyone may help with proposal preparation, but, again, proposals must come from the proposed presenter.


The Main Program

No formal submissions are required. All we need is to know what the presentation is to be. A sentence or two is usually sufficient. If we need more info, we will ask.

Many factors affect selection, including themes that emerge from submissions, so rejection does not necessarily reflect on the quality of the submission. No marketing presentations, please.

The nominal presentation period is 30 minutes including setup and Q&A. Proposals for shorter presentations may be more easily accommodated. Longer panels might be possible. Desired durations other than 30 minutes should be noted in the proposal.

HPA is always interested in hearing from those new to the event, particularly members of underrepresented groups; we greatly value their perspectives.

Proposals, which, again, must come directly from the proposed presenter, should be sent to proposals@hpaonline.com by the end of the day on Friday, October 14, 2022. Every proposal received is quickly acknowledged; if you don’t receive an acknowledgement, your proposal probably wasn’t received; please re-send.

Accepted proposals allow speakers, moderators, and panelists free access to their sessions and a substantial discount on the full retreat. Decisions are expected in November.


Breakfast Roundtables

In addition to the main program, there will be breakfast roundtables on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. They are, literally, round tables at which people eat breakfast and have discussions. Unlike the main program, which is intended to be marketing-free, the breakfast roundtables are Liberty Hall. Moderators may teach, preach, ask, call-to-task, sell, kvell, or do anything else that keeps conversation flowing for an hour. There is no vetting process for breakfast roundtables (though the size of the proposed topic title might need to be truncated into a smaller version to fit on the list); there is, therefore, no retreat registration discount conveyed by moderating one, and all breakfast-roundtable moderators must be registered for the retreat. There is no deadline, but there is a limited number of tables. Proposed topics may be sent, again, directly by the proposed moderator, to the same email address, proposals@hpaonline.com, to establish priority.

New rule: No more than three roundtables per organization per day; more only if tables aren’t all claimed on the day.

Please feel free to ask questions. I look forward to seeing you there.

Propose a Roundtable

Pricing

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

HPA is committed to your health, safety, and comfort while attending the HPA Tech Retreat. Please read our Event Policy before registering, and do not hesitate to contact us at hpa@hpaonline.com with any questions or concerns.

HPA Corporate Members
Individuals who are inheriting members of a corporate membership can take advantage of discounted Tech Retreat registration. Please be sure to register using your company email address to receive the discount. Click here for detail on how to sign up as an inheriting member.


HPA Tech Retreat Event
February 20 – 23, 2023

(All listed dates and pricing subject to change)

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

All-Access Registration (Mon-Thu)
HPA Members $1,995
Non-Members (subject to availability) $2,395
Tech Retreat Speakers, Panel Moderators and Panelists Contact Us
Credentialed Press Contact Us

Registration By Day

Monday, February 20 – Thursday, February 23, 2023
These registration options include: All provided meals, admission to the Innovation Zone and Conference Sessions for the day(s) selected, and admission to the Conference Dinner (Tuesday registration only), and Innovation Zone Cocktail Reception (Wednesday registration only).
One Day Registration
HPA Members $995
Non-Members (subject to availability) $1,175
Welcome Dinner GUEST TICKET (Tues)
Guest Ticket $175
Innovation Zone Cocktail Reception ONLY (Wed)
Guest Ticket $175

 

Innovation Zone

Innovation Zone Space fee includes one All-Access conference registration. Visitors must be registered for the one of the following packages: All-Access, Registration by Day (Tues-Thurs), or Wednesday Evening Innovation Zone Cocktail Reception. There are no complimentary passes.

Accepted Innovation Zone companies are limited to two Innovation Zone Tech registrations per space. Innovation Zone Tech Registration includes access to the Innovation Zone and all included meals Tuesday through Thursday, as well as admission to the Tuesday Evening Conference Dinner. This registration Does NOT include access to any of the Conference Sessions.

Innovation Zone Space (Includes 1 All-Access Conference Registration)
HPA Corporate Members $3,500
Non-Members $4,000
Innovation Zone Tech Registration (No Conference Access)
Innovation Zone Tech (Limit 2 per space) $985
Innovation Zone Space Fees are Non-Refundable.

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

 

Registration Terms

Please read our Event Policy before registering. You may pay by credit card or check in U.S. dollars only. Your payment MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN JANUARY 23, 2023 in order to confirm your registration. As this event will sell out, we may not be able to hold a registration which is not paid for by the deadline. If there are circumstances which prevent you from doing this, please contact our office. See registration form for complete payment information.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

Cancellations made by January 23, 2023 will be refunded, less a 10% cancellation fee. In addition, a $35 administrative fee will be charged for any refunds made to registrations paid by check.

NO REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS AFTER January 23, 2023. However, you may transfer a registration to another individual. No fee will be charged for transferred registrations provided the new registrant is of the same registration type (Member or Non-Member). If the new registrant is of a different registration type, the different in price will apply.

In the event that a government restriction prevents attendance, we will provide a refund minus the cancellation fees mentioned above.

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


Location

The HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 20-23, 2023 at the The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA (Palm Springs area).

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

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


Event Hotel

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
71333 Dinah Shore Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
http://www.marriott.com
Main Telephone: 1-877-253-0041

The Westin Mission Hills Reservations

HPA’s room block is SOLD OUT. Please sign up for a waitlist to be contacted if rooms become available or see other options below.

Resort Charge

The resort charge of $37 has been reduced to $5 for those who book through the HPA Group Room Block. The resort charge includes: Overnight Self-Parking, High Speed Wi-Fi Access in guest room and public space (excluding Meeting Rooms), Two Daily One-Hour Bike rentals, Shuttle to Agua Caliente Casino (2 guests), Access to Little Links miniature golf course (up to 4 guests), Access to Pete Dye golf practice facility, Golf bag storage at Pete Dye Clubhouse (2 bags), Shuttle to Gary Player Golf Course, Access to Villas Paradise Pool, Access to Workout facilities.

Individual Reservation Cancellations

To avoid a one night’s room and tax charge, reservations must be canceled at least three (3) days (72 hours) prior to scheduled arrival.


The event venue room block is sold out.

Other hotel options to check for availability:

Courtyard Palm Desert

Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage

Find other Marriott Options here.


Directions & Transportation

The Westin Mission Hills is located 7 miles from Palm Springs International Airport, 130 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), 77 miles from Ontario Airport, 130 miles from Burbank Airport and 116 miles east of Los Angeles if driving. For driving directions, please click here. Or, For those of you who use GPS or Google Earth, the coordinates: 33.81021715293067 North, 116.41294168768748 West.

Shuttle Companies

Taxi Companies

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

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


For More Local Area Information, Please Click Here.


FAQ

1. Health & Safety

HPA is committed to your health, safety, and comfort while attending the HPA Tech Retreat. Please read our Event Policy before registering, and do not hesitate to contact us at hpa@hpaonline.com with any questions or concerns.

2. What is the HPA Tech Retreat?

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

3. How did it start?

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

4. What does “all aspects” mean?

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does “informal” mean?

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

7. What does “exchange information” mean?

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

8. What is the main program?

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

9. How long are presentations in the main program?

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

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

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

11. What are the breakfast roundtables?

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

12. What is the Innovation Zone?

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

13. What are the quizzes?

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

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

Innovation Zone Listings

The following companies have provided descriptions for the technology they will be bringing. More to come!

6P Color

6P Color, an innovative image processing company with expertise in color science and human visual perception, is demonstrating a multi-primary (RGB+Cyan) display that far exceeds the color gamut of any existing digital display. The display is powered by 6P Color’s patented Full Color Range (FCR)™ system. FCR™ is an end-to-end color system that starts with the RAW data captured by the camera imager, created electronically (e.g., animations, visual effects, game engines), or scanned (e.g., film). The system then processes and transports additional captured or created colors to displays using existing tools, formats, and standards, including ACES.

Standard RGB P3 displays support only 45 percent of the colors humans can see. By contrast, 6P Color’s FCR™ RGB+Cyan display shows approximately 75 percent of the colors humans can see.

For the first time, the FCR™ system will enable viewers to see nearly full spectrum color on a digital display, and experience color without limits.

Absen Inc

The PL Series is a high-performance, broadcast grade, high-definition display with high-grade electronics and advanced mechanical design. PL1.9 Pro V10 is an 4-in-1 IMD product with patented TOP frame, featuring high brightness and best white uniformity, covering 98.2% of the DCI-P3 color gamut on average. In addition, PL2.5 Pro V10 is also an ideal choice for VP or xR stage with its superb visual performance.

Advanced HDR by Technicolor

Advanced HDR by Technicolor® is a suite of High Dynamic Range production, distribution, and display solutions that leverage machine learning (ML) to maximize image quality and enhance the consumer viewing experience.

Advanced HDR by Technicolor solutions include:

  1. Intelligent Tone Management (ITM): a dynamic, tunable, real-time tool to up-convert Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) to High Dynamic Range (HDR).
  2. Single Layer HDR (SL-HDR): a dynamic and tunable real-time toolset implementing ETSI SL-HDR standards to generate and deliver consistent, high-value single-inventory broadcast streams.

SL-HDR1 transforms HDR input streams into SDR-plus-metadata streams. Compatible receivers provide consumers with high-quality HDR images adapted to optimize the display capabilities of their devices.

And the unique backward compatibility feature of SL-HDR1 lets consumers continue to enjoy the highest quality SDR experience on their SDR devices.

Advanced HDR by Technicolor enables “no-compromise” round-trip production for live TV and post-production operations. In addition, it ensures that HDR content creation and conversion processes do not alter the original creative intent of SDR sources.

Advanced HDR by Technicolor is a collaboration between Philips, InterDigital, and Technicolor.

AJA Video Systems

AJA presents its new ColorBox, designed for real time In-line HDR/SDR Algorithmic and LUT Color Transforms.

A high-performance converter for color managed workflows that meets the conversion needs of broadcast, post, live events, and on-set applications, it supports SDR, HDR, and WCG signals with 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 connectivity for single wire 4K/UltraHD HDR up to 4:2:2 10-bit 60p or 4:4:4 12-bit 30p with a unique color processing pipeline.

There are 5 modes:

AJA Color Pipeline
Colorfront Mode
ORION-CONVERT Mode (Licensable option)
BBC HLG LUT Mode (Licensable option)
NBCU LUTs

AJA Color Pipeline provides a 33-point 3D LUT processor, additional 4x 1D LUTs and 2x 3×3 matrices that are each individually configurable as Proc Amps or RGB Color Correctors. Manage options via the web user interface which can be accessed directly across Ethernet or through a third party WiFi USB adapter.

ColorBox includes processing pipeline modes with Colorfront and NBCU LUTs color managed workflows, and optional licenses for BBC HLG LUTs and the all new ORION-CONVERT engine.

ORION-CONVERT’s real-time floating point math produces higher precision results and smooth round tripping where maintaining colors is paramount.

ColorBox also includes a test pattern generator, frame store and many other features: https://www.aja.com/products/colorbox

AOTO USA

With the rapid development of small-pitch LEDs and their increased use in a wider variety of applications, film and television making are entering in a new era. VP combines a high-performance LED screen, simultaneous capture, and real-time rendering with camera tracking.

As a market leader in direct-view LED (dvLED) displays, AOTO is proud to deliver exceptional on-camera visual performance for virtual production (XR) and film studios. The premium LED products (wall/floor/ceiling) replace the traditional green screen, allowing for quick content iteration, creating immersive and dynamic shooting scene.

Arch Platform Technologies

Arch Platform Technologies (HPA Engineering Excellence Award Winner 2019) offers the easiest way to move your creative teams to the cloud! The Arch Platform is a B2B SaaS platform to create and manage powerful, cloud-based and hybrid content creation studios for editorial, visual effects, post-production, virtual production, game development and other collaborative endeavors. Instantly deploy secure cloud facilities including workstations, storage, render/build farms and seamlessly integrate with best-in-class providers of DCC tools and workflow solutions.

Come by our booth (#509) to see the latest version of the Arch Platform which features a single pane of glass to view and manage both cloud and on-premises compute infrastructure.

Arch’s customers include major studios, broadcasters, VFX, post-production, game development and engineering companies.

ARRI Inc.

ARRI Solutions is a special division within ARRI Inc. focused on the design, engineering, and realization of customized production infrastructures, which include innovative mixed-reality environments (virtual production), state of the art TV studios, and other ultra-modern solutions. ARRI Solutions will be demonstrating how the ARRI Orbiter is a versatile tunable, and directional LED lighting fixture that can be integrated into various studio applications using its high color rendition and features such as “calibrated color.” In addition to lighting control and lighting application discussions, a showreel will be promoting the various services offered from ARRI Solutions.

Ateliere Creative Technologies

Ateliere Creative Technologies, a leading developer of media supply chain solutions, has released new data analytics capabilities that enable customers to easily and quickly measure the media supply chain volume and performance. The new functionality, which is available today in the award-winning Ateliere Connect and Ateliere Discover cloud-native media supply chain platforms, aggregates all processing events from acquisition to distribution into a single, accessible data warehouse. High-level KPIs are presented in an “at-a-glance” dashboard providing customer visibility into titles processed, rejected and delivered, enabling stakeholders to make calculated adjustments and projections quickly.

Autodesk

Moxion is a fully secure cloud solution to put your production in the cloud, from pre-production to dailies all the way to final color review and delivery.

AVID

Media Composer now speaks the language of Pro Tools.

Edit, finish, and deliver projects whether on prem or remote and streamline the exchange between your picture and sound teams with a new and improved interoperability between Media Composer and Pro Tools. Simply export a Pro Tools session directly from Media Composer with embedded video, rendered audio folder tracks, etc. and complete the round trip by bringing the Pro Tools session back into Media Composer.

Blackmagic Design

With DaVinci Resolve for iPad, creators can extend video workflows in new ways and new places. Optimized for MultiTouch technology and Apple Pencil, DaVinci Resolve for iPad features support for cut and color pages, providing access to DaVinci’s award-winning image technology, color finishing tools and latest HDR workflows. And Blackmagic Cloud support allows creators to collaborate with multiple users around the world.

Blackmagic Cloud Store is an extremely high-performance network storage solution with four 10G Ethernet connections and a parallel memory core that can sustain maximum possible transfer speeds on each 10G Ethernet port, all at the same time. Blackmagic Cloud Store features an elegant design that’s been specifically designed for the requirements of the television and high-end film industry where large media files need to be shared between multiple users for editing, color correction, audio post and VFX work. It even handles massive 12K Blackmagic RAW digital cinema files. Each user gets zero latency, and they don’t need to store files on their local computer. It’s the perfect solution for DaVinci Resolve. Blackmagic Cloud Store is available in 20 TB, 80 TB and 320 TB models.

Boland Communications

The smallest of Boland’s new X-4K OLED monitor series, this 16″ model features a true 10 bit panel and processor, with a dynamic 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio that guarantees ultra deep black levels. 4K signal is delivered via 12G and 3G SDI (single or quad link), HDMI 2.0, and Sfp (2110) inputs. The next-generation X4K16HDR-OLED offers numerous scopes and audio meters, 3D LUTs, time code, markers, and multiple aspect functionality. All firmware updates are completed in-field using USB, and all X-4K Series models include VESA mount holes on the rear in addition to a desktop stand. The X-4K OLED monitor series is also available in 22″, 27”, 31”, and 65” sizes.

Bolt Graphics, Inc.

Lower your cost and increase render speed by 20x with Zeus. The first hardware path tracer on the market, Zeus outperforms CPU and GPU systems while consuming half the power. Zeus is optimized for large scenes: billions of objects, millions of lights, and complex realistic materials are encouraged. Supports USD and MaterialX for easy integration. Available in late 2024.

Cinnafilm

Cinnafilm® Tachyon™ Live – At HPA 2023, 10 years after Tachyon standards conversion won Cinnafilm their first HPA Engineering Excellence Award, the company will be showcasing their new Tachyon Live technology, bringing nearly twenty years of excellence in file-based media transformation to live domain for the first time. Alongside Tachyon Live, Cinnafilm will be showcasing the latest developments in the PixelStrings™ platform (also an HPA award winner), with new advances to Cinnafilm’s file-based image processing tools, including Tachyon (standards conversion), DarkEnergy™ (noise and grain management) and Tachyon Wormhole™ (content retiming, and also an HPA award winner). In addition, we’ll be showcasing the amazing suite of third-party tools available in PixelStrings, such as Skywalker Sound™ audio tools, Advanced HDR conversions with Intelligent Tone  Management from Technicolor™, and IMF packaging from CineCert.

CODEX+PIX

CODEX and PIX will present their comprehensive ‘Camera-to-Cloud’ workflow and tool set.

PIX partners with Teradek to provide camera-to-cloud workflows with live video playback, integrating the Teradek Serv 4K capturing color-accurate H.264/H.265 proxy files that upload directly to PIX for immediate review, and shared securely beyond the set.

A CODEX Compact Drive containing the Original Camera Files (OCF) from an ALEXA Mini LF/35, are backed up to CODEX Transfer Drive, applying High Density Encoding at the point of offload to significantly reduce the data size while retaining full original image quality and information. The Transfer Drive is moved to CODEX MediaVault Edge, where further copies can be made and once secure, the OCF is pushed up to CODEX Cloud giving all departments access to the OCF worldwide.

CODEX is an Emmy® award-winning group that creates high-performance recording media, workflow tools, and production solutions to support leading camera manufacturers and key creatives for feature, television, and commercial production.

PIX is an Academy® award-winning production management platform, delivering industry leading service for secure asset review and approval, with powerful collaboration throughout the end-to-end production pipeline process of media creation, on a global scale.

Colorfront

Demonstrating full Mastering and Quality Control Checks directly from the cloud all in AWS. Streaming reference quality images and sound including SDR, HDR and Dolby Vision in realtime.

COLORSPACE

COLORSPACE, is proud to announce COLORSPACE 2, the company’s second Motion Picture Vehicle. COLORSPACE2 was designed watching major motion picture directors use the COLORSPACE1 van on some of the biggest projects for the largest studios, improving on the many original innovations of COLORSPACE1, which launched in 2019. COLORSPACE also is soft-launching a new on-location service, stop by for a sneak preview!

Creative Computing Solutions

Creative Computing Solutions rents and sells a wide variety of Mac & PC workstations, laptops and systems. Our Xenowulf line of fully liquid-cooled systems feature Enterprise-class engineering and a unique custom modular design that eliminates the thermal, compute density, noise and power issues commonly associated with today’s multi-CPU / multi-GPU processing.

Offering unparalleled processing power, high-quality custom fabricated components and a proprietary patented liquid-cooling system, Xenowulf workstations and servers provide years of stable, predictable performance and reliable whisper quiet operation.

Xenowulf systems are the ideal solution for Content Creation, VR Production, Render & Transcode Workloads, AI, Deep Learning and Scientific Research.

DataCore

DataCore Software has been serving the media industry for over 15 years, delivering media-centric solutions for content archive, preservation and distribution. Recently introduced, Perifery is an exciting new platform providing an innovative approach to production content management, transfer and archiving. Perifery seamlessly integrates into modern workflows to help speed up production by providing fast, secure content availability delivered at any scale. Metadata aware technology enables use of AI/ML in workflows.

Dolby

Dolby Atmos is the leading immersive audio technology in cinema, at home, on the go, and now in automotive. Major auto manufacturers around the world have added Dolby Atmos music to their flagship vehicles, and the next step is Dolby Atmos sound for picture. Have a seat in our Dolby Atmos -equipped lab car to hear AND see the future of automotive entertainment.

EditShare

EditShare enables storytellers to create & manage collaborative media workflows. At HPA we’ll be showcasing how our technologies boost quality and efficiency for production & post while giving seamless & secure access to creative tools. Central to this is the ability to use EditShare storage spaces and FLOW workflow tools to synchronize projects across NLE platforms, including Media Composer, Adobe® Premiere® Pro and DaVinci Resolve. Complex projects can be moved as needed between EditShare media management and whichever edit environment the creative team needs to use.

EditShare FLEX is a suite of powerful, turn-key media asset management and storage software solutions providing a straightforward way to take full advantage of cloud services and workflows.

EditShare’s multi-site capabilities allows users with multiple locations to leverage built-in file acceleration to synchronize storage between EFS storage clusters in different facilities, ensuring users have access to content, wherever they choose to work. FLEX Cloud Sync extends this to cloud storage, providing added flexibility in access as well as security in archiving.

EFS nearline storage offers secure storage for large amounts of content which is needed but not immediately worked on, ready to be transferred to the online servers with virtually no delay.

EIZO Inc.

CG2700X: This flagship 27-inch monitor marks a new generation of ColorEdge with a new exterior design. With 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, 500 cd/m2 high brightness, and HDR gamma support, the monitor reproduces content in remarkable detail. USB Type-C connectivity provides a streamlined experience so professionals in video editing, game development, photography, and more can focus on creating.

CG3146: The world’s first true HDR reference monitor with a built-in calibration sensor. Further expanding on EIZO’s flagship HDR reference monitor, the ColorEdge PROMINENCE CG3146 is the first true HDR reference monitor in the world to incorporate a built-in calibration sensor for ensuring the ultimate color-accurate HDR viewing environment.

ELEMENTS

ELEMENTS Seamless Cloud and On-Premise Storage Workflows

The ELEMENTS media platform allows indexing assets and generating proxies, syncing media and metadata for cloud-first content to on-premise storage platforms. For on-premise storage, it enables mounting cloud buckets effortlessly to access, share, or backup content. These hybrid workflows are coupled with advanced tools such as the Media Library, the ELEMENTS Client, the intuitive permissions management layer, and our powerful Automation Engine, allowing users to realize a Hybrid Cloud’s full potential, even without any technical knowledge.

For the innovation zone at HPA Tech Retreat 2023, we will feature an ELEMENTS CUBE – portable workgroup (location) storage, a ELEMENTS BOLT all NVME on-premise Storage both connected to Cloud Buckets and the ELEMENTS Media Library. The ELEMENTS CUBE and BOLT will run the BeeGFS parallel file system, which achieves high performance by transparently striping user data across multiple storage nodes. Furthermore, it can distribute file system metadata across multiple metadata servers. A particularly useful feature of BeeGFS on ELEMENTS is that it can support hybrid storage environments easier than other solutions. It enables us to build performant yet efficient environments by mixing different storage mediums into several storage pools, thereby building future-proof hybrid solutions.

Eluvio, Inc

The blockchain home for crypto content. Enabling creators and their communities to store, stream, mint, ticket, and trade any content experience on the blockchain – live channels, films, digital albums, ebooks, collectibles, and metaverse.

Built on the Eluvio Content Fabric, the new decentralized and advanced technology platform for internet content. Own your content and data, simple to use, high-performance and hyper-efficient (10x less resource consuming than traditional content networks), built for the creator’s economy.

Evercast

Evercast is Hollywood’s virtual creative collaboration space, from ideation to delivery. Evercast offers secure, low-latency video conferencing combined with unparalleled streaming technology, empowering global teams to interact as if they were shoulder-to-shoulder in the same room.

The Emmy-award winning platform connects creatives across media and entertainment, with use cases spanning from pre- to post-production. Evercast’s industry-leading security protocol is approved by all major film and television studios worldwide.

The new Evercast On-prem offers even more advanced security for pre-release content through a fully air-gapped environment—no connection to outside systems or the internet. Experience Evercast’s signature streaming technology—up to 4K resolution, 10-bit 4:4:4 color, and 7.1 surround sound—with all content and traffic staying on your local network. Evercast On-Prem lets your team work remotely while complying with company protocol and maintaining full control over your data.

On-prem clients receive full access to Evercast’s professional services team, who can help integrate with other tools in your workflow such as group calendaring and asset management systems. Other benefits include priority backdoor access to feature requests and bug fixes, and 24/7 white glove tech support.

FilmLight

Baselight 6 is a major upgrade to the industry-leading Baselight color correction system incorporating X-Grade and other entirely new color correction tools, more remote workflow options, upgraded versions of existing tools, and deeper integrations with industry partners Dolby, AWS, and Frame.io. Baselight 6 also includes new infrastructure for quickly integrating machine learning (ML) algorithms with face-tracking, time warping, and other ML-based tools included.

GB Labs

GB Labs would like to invite you to view their latest technology, Unify Hub Generation 2.

Unify Hub Gen2 enables our file system to be used across the world in a seamless and fast way for virtually all media workflows.

It can leverage either GB Labs on premise storage servers or the GB Labs cloud storage, Nebula. It can also be used with both storage products together to offer a truly elastic and scalable solution.

Media users can connect into the ‘single point of truth’ filesystem from on premise, home, remote offices or from any other location. They can use any Win, Mac or Linux workstation with the Unify Hub 2 client software installed to securely access and benefit from block level local caching.

This simply gives all users the feeling and benefits of on premise shared storage from any location.

Furthermore, the file path for users is identical and all acceleration/caching is done within the filesystem which allows virtually all workflows to simply work as they did with on premise storage. This makes the transition from in office to worldwide access incredibly simple.

Gloshine USA Inc

GLOSHINE technology pay attention to LED field research、production、sales、and leasing services since its inception, and committed to provide its customers with full range of solution. Gloshine technology, which have modern production、SMT high-speed patch machine、high temperature reflow soldering、glue filing machine and standardized product aging production line modern production equipment、automatic angle tester、automatic constant temperature and humidity testing、BM-7 chromatic brightness tester ect. To ensure products batch、large-scale productions but also make sure first-class products quality.

Hammerspace

Hammerspace delivers a global data environment which spans across data centers, AWS, Azure, and Google cloud infrastructure. With origins in Linux, NFS, open standards, flash and deep file system and data management technology leadership, Hammerspace delivers the world’s first and only solution to connect global users with their data and applications, on any existing data center infrastructure or AWS, Azure and Google services.

HAND (Human & Digital)

The first global Talent ID registry for efficient discoverability, royalty collection and revenue tracking of Performing Arts and Sports — HAND (Human and Digital) is a B2B Talent ID registry that assigns a standard, unique, persistent and verifiable ID to talent.

It enables distribution cost savings and production revenue acceleration by automating the process of talent utilization identification – including name, image and likeness – in both real world and virtual productions.

The HAND ID can be used to identify legal-entity Humans, licensed Virtual Humans and Fictional Characters in Performing Arts and Sports.

HAND, founded by Will Kreth, CEO and former Executive Director of EIDR (Entertainment ID Registry, a universal identifier system for movie and television assets), offers automation and interoperability for workflows – driving down costs and accelerating time-to-value.

The HAND ID is a SaaS-based, B2B focused Talent ID standard, built on the ISO-level Digital Object Identifier (DOI) handle system. It is the first DOI member since DOI was founded in 1998 to be allowed to create DOI’s for Humans, Virtual Humans and Fictional Characters.

We look forward to connecting with you at HPA Tech Retreat 2023!

intoPIX SA

intoPIX presents its new addition to the JPEG XS standard: TicoXS FIP codec, combining JPEG XS with an advanced Flawless Imaging Profile (FIP) to deliver more compression efficiency on any content.
With FIP, the JPEG XS mezzanine codec standard can be applied wherever uncompressed video is currently used. It maintains lossless quality on the most complex natural and artificial content with line-based latency and high compression ratios.
Key benefits of FIP include:
  • Microsecond latency and perfect image quality on any content.
  • Frame accurate switching capabilities.
  • Facilitated convergence between ProAV distribution, Media production over LAN, WAN and to the Cloud.
  • AVoIP Interoperability guaranteed by open specifications promoted via IPMX, SMPTE 2110 with the JPEG XS standard.
  • Cost-efficiency to carry HD/4K/8K over existing Gigabit Ethernet networks, using a single CAT5E cable.
  • Handling of the most demanding graphics, spreadsheets, and test patterns on top of gaming, cinema, live content at low bitrate, down to 36:1.
  • Robust decoder with error control and recovery of corrupted content, ideal for unpredictable wireless networks.
  • 4K and 8K low footprint IP-cores for FPGA & ASIC.
  • Ultra-Fast Software on CPU and GPU with the new intoPIX Titanium Streaming SDK.

iodyne

Pro Data is both the world’s fastest Thunderbolt NVMe RAID, and a flexible, portable Storage Array Network the size of a gaming laptop that enables workflows that would normally take 2-4U of rackmounted gear.

  • Enable up to 4 computers to simultaneously ingest, edit and transcode on one storage device 4 times faster than 10Gig Ethernet…without the need for networking switches and configuration.
  • Our industry-first NVMe Thunderbolt Multipathing combines multiple Thunderbolt links into a single ultrafast 5GB/s connection, allowing editors to drop 8K RAW assets directly into their timelines.
  • All of this speed comes in sizes up to 48T (expandable up to 1PB!) with RAID-6, and always-on, easy-to-manage 256-bit AES encryption.
  • And it fits in a backpack.

Kino Flo Lighting Systems

Kino Flo will be demonstrating the new MIMIK and FreeStyle Air series. The MIMIK is a patented full spectrum solution video lighting tile that mirrors video content and doubles as a light source on virtual sets. Driven by the Megapixel Helios processor, the MIMIK maintains the colorimetry of the incoming RGB video signal. The three color RGB video signal is translated to full spectrum five color Warm White 2700K, Cool White 6500K, Red, Green and Blue LEDs. Since the MIMIK video tile uses the same video signal, it can be synchronized with other video displays. The MIMIK tile operates at a high refresh rate of 30kHz and 16-bit depth enabling camera speeds of up to 960 fps with no flickering at low light levels. A lighting desk can be used to control light levels and select the video image used on the MIMIK through the Helios processor. The MIMIK can be configured to work in parallel with other video displays / processors.

LG Electronics - Zenith R&D

LG’s Technology and Engineering Emmy Award winning OLED TVs have been upgraded with vastly improved panel technology and video pipeline / SoCs for the forthcoming model year. They continue to incorporate industry leading auto calibration capability and user configurations that meet the workflow needs of content creation and review. The range of display sizes have also increased to include various models between 42in and 97in. LG’s Direct View LED large format HDR display walls using 0.9mm and 1.25mm Chip On Board technology will also be on display. These integrate with industry-leading 3rd party controllers to allow highly flexible, reconfigurable displays for a broad range of applications.

LucidLink

LucidLink, an innovative cloud technology company, is revolutionizing how creatives access data and collaborate on media assets from any location. The award-winning SaaS solution provides the fastest access to media assets stored in the cloud. Global production and post-production teams collaborate simultaneously on projects like working off a local drive. Delivering high-performance remote collaboration to the world’s largest brands like Paramount, Omnicom, Netflix, Spotify, and A&E Networks, LucidLink Filespaces seamlessly and securely integrates into creative workflows for maximum efficiency and productivity.

Filespaces eliminate the need to download or sync files and work with any creative application, including Adobe, Apple, Avid, and Blackmagic software. Its cloud-native file system utilizes any Amazon S3 compatible storage and Microsoft Azure Blob. Creatives work with operating systems like macOS, Windows, and Linux. Data is completely secure with a Zero-Knowledge, AES 256 encryption model; only the customers hold the encryption keys.

LucidLink has received worldwide recognition winning numerous awards, including HPA Honorable Mention in Engineering Excellence, 2022, NAB 2022 Product of the Year, and TV Europe, Best in Show at IBC 2022. LucidLink sets the standard for optimizing remote workflows enabling teams to harness creative energy globally. Try LucidLink for free, and schedule a demo.

Mod Tech Labs

MOD helps entertainment and media companies scale universal 3D content creation with AI-powered automated workflows. The no-code processing platform adds efficiency by automating workflows to clean, refine and enhance 3D content. Using photos, videos, scans, or meshes to make 3D using machine learning enhanced processes make the output better with time and fully customizable. The increase in demand for digital objects, people and places requires automation to scale. Teams can minimize skill requirements, time to deliver, and overall costs to make 3D content with MOD.

The fully automated configurable MOD workflows simplify what was once segmented content creation into a unified solution for transmedia content. Assets can be used for virtual production, traditional VFX, and into any second-screen experiences. MOD proprietary algorithms are trained with hundreds of terabytes of unique 3D data, making our systems continue to increase quality over time. Users can be non-technical or expert level and achieve optimal results with either templates or custom tuning to generate and optimize 3D content. MOD is the most flexible and artist friendly solution for 3D content at scale.

Mo-Sys USA Inc

Hybrid VP Workflow.

Mo-Sys will be showing a unique hybrid virtual production workflow designed to improve the efficiency and viability of virtual production generally. Using its LED content server (VP Pro XR) and its tracking system (StarTracker), Mo-Sys will demonstrate how shooting with a green screen and an LED stage together, enables production companies to extract the benefits of each screen technology without suffering the drawbacks.

The workflow requires the green screen and LED stage to be co-located, with the lighting for each stage set up so that there is no perceivable content difference in camera output between shooting sequentially in each stage.

Directors/Cinematographers can shoot wide establishing shots on the green screen stage, and then immediately swap to close up shots on the LED stage, all at a fraction of the cost of shooting in a LED volume that would otherwise have to be large enough to accommodate both types of shot.

In essence this hybrid workflow – which isn’t unique to Mo-Sys equipment – solves the cost issues associated with using large LED volumes, whilst still delivering all the benefits of virtual production. For small to medium sized production companies, it makes shooting virtual production a compelling option.

NAGRA USA

NAGRA will demonstrate the latest NexGuard forensic watermarking solutions designed exclusively for the film and TV industry. Focused on distributed production, post-production and distribution processes, our solutions are adapted to virtual production, VFX remote collaboration workflows, adding traceability and security at every step of the way. Our HPA Retreat showcase will highlight:

  • NexGuard plugin for QTAKE Video Assist, for protecting live video and playback during movie production;
  • Editing workflow integration with NexGuard plugin for Avid MediaComposer, showing how we’re helping to secure the work of editors before distribution to third-parties (e.g. creative agencies) by watermarking content during the edit process with no impact on performance or need for complex integrations;
  • Post-production collaboration with Adobe’s Frame .io suite, ensuring valuable pre-release content is secured and traceable during the highly collaborative post-production phase;
  • Efficient and secure distribution workflows with NexGuard File Embedder running natively on AWS and designed to deliver fast video processing at scale.

Our team will also show how to quickly investigate the watermark on suspected content leaks thanks to the NAGRA NexGuard Detection Service which sits at the center of our forensic watermarking solutions.

NetApp & Berkeley Communications

NetApp storage and data management products offer a complete portfolio of storage personalities to match the requirements of media workflows.

Reduce Costs and Complexity Across All Media Workflows by Consolidating Storage Silos. Moving to a NetApp consolidated data fabric approach simplifies IT infrastructure and administration, reduces redundant data, and speeds access to assets for all departments.

Lower Overhead and Increase Reliability with Efficient, Automated Data Management. NetApp storage systems work together with external resources like the industry’s best cloud and media application providers to optimize and automate data management throughout your business to increase efficiency, protect valuable assets, and free up human resources to be more effective.

With the broadest range of configurations and supported applications and protocols, NetApp storage systems fit the specific requirements of the workflow and scale to meet the current needs of the organization and those that arise in the future. NetApp with partner Berkeley Communications, provides highly configurable and tunable storage and data management implemented into your infrastructure. Regardless of your workflow, scale, or geographic scope, NetApp and Berkeley Communications are always available to discuss the complete range of choices to address any media storage and data management challenge.

Perfect Memory

Perfect Memory is a next-generation tech provider that ensures everyone across every organisation can create maximum value from their data and multimedia assets, regardless of what form they are in or where they are stored.

Our advanced semantic AI platform collects, interprets, transforms and integrates any data and content in order to transform them into contextualised operational knowledge base.        

Guarantee continuously and to all the stakeholders access to the company’s digital assets to ensure its rapid and optimal valorisation and exploitation. We remove the data road blocks that stop everyone in your organisation to work efficiently. This rolls on three potential different levels :

  1. Maximise the content value
  2. Maximise the customer value
  3. Maximise the enterprise value

Pixelworks

TrueCut Motion® is the film industry’s first end-to-end platform for motion imaging. TrueCut Motion is a powerful solution that offers directors advanced mastering tools to motion grade their work, enabling control over how motion is visualized in their films, allowing the control of judder, the soap opera effect, cinematic frame rate looks, and other motion anomalies affecting playback. TrueCut Motion provides streaming and theatrical distribution tools as well as device certification to solve these motion issues which have long been a struggle for directors and consumers alike. By allowing filmmakers the ability to address motion looks shot by shot during post-production, optimizing the in-theater as well as the at-home viewing experience, viewers can experience incredible motion playback, consistently presented across every screen seamlessly. Pixelworks is proud to present the latest examples of full motion graded samples from Avatar and other films as well as the process workflow to achieve amazing results in motion.

Planar

Planar is a global leader in display technology; delivering proven and trusted solutions including fine pitch LED video walls and commercial-grade large-format 4K LCD displays for virtual production studio environments. Planar’s camera-ready LED video walls feature ideal pixel pitches for up-close filming, fast scan and compatibility with a variety frame rates to help content creators effectively take audiences where they’ve never been before.

Prime Focus Technologies

PFT’s CLEAR® AI combines Technology expertise and Consulting services to deliver accurate and actionable data and solves specific challenges today, not in a few months or years. And PFT can do that by leveraging its unique ‘Machine Wisdom’ that synthesizes discoveries across a wide range of engines and puts the data in context, just like a human would. This ensures better quality metadata, much better than any ONE third-party engine or a combination of them can. See real-life case studies and get a first-hand view of how our customers are taking complete advantage of AI for faster time to market and making AI work for them.

Puget Systems

Puget Systems will be demonstrating how our artist workstations for ICVFX can power not just the LED volume and real time 3D workflows but enable remote production of these workflows as well. We’re working with Vu Technologies to showcase their brand-new (currently unreleased) product that expands the capabilities of virtual production technology, allowing for further access and accessibility to a rapidly growing industry.

Quantum Corp

Quantum technology, software, and services provide the solutions that today’s organizations need to make video and other unstructured data smarter – so their data works for them and not the other way around. With over 40 years of innovation, Quantum’s end-to-end platform is uniquely equipped to orchestrate, protect, and enrich data across its lifecycle, providing enhanced intelligence and actionable insights. Leading organizations in cloud services, entertainment, government, research, education, transportation, and enterprise IT trust Quantum to bring their data to life, because data makes life better, safer, and smarter.

Riedel Communications Inc

Riedel Communications’ innovative Simplylive remote production tools provide proven solutions for scalable, sustainable productions on premise, distributed, or from home using either dedicated hardware, datacenters, or public clouds. Simplylive software defined tools are designed to migrate to IP and the cloud with native support for all of today’s video formats, including SDI, NDI and ST 2110. Simplylive’s smart, touchscreen user interface was designed for easy operation, allowing users to focus and act upon what they see and instinctively navigate the UI. The collaborative UI operates independently from the backend server allowing operators to be located virtually anywhere, while enabling another user to pick and continue the production if the original connection is lost. In addition to ease of production, Simplylive’s ISO recorder for post-production and a master recorder for the clean and dirty feeds can also stream live over the web, delivering multiple feeds in various bitrates and multiple formats…all at the same time. The Web Multiviewer brings the final piece to the production with video and audio multiviewers for all users across this distributed workflow. Riedel’s beloved Bolero wireless intercom for onset communication and Riedel’s Mediornet Fusion fan-less signal converter for quiet post-production applications will also be on hand.

ROE Visual

Showcasing the latest developments in LED for film and broadcast, ROE Visual will be demonstrating GhostFrame at this year’s Innovation Zone. The ground-breaking technology is used in studios to maximize workflows and creativity on set in real time.

GhostFrame is a game-changing technology for virtual production developed by industry veterans AGS, Megapixel VR, and ROE Visual. Combine hidden chroma key, hidden tracking, and multiple source video feeds into a single production frame. You choose which elements are visible to the human eye and which are visible only to the camera. GhostFrame unlocks unlimited creativity, while remaining comfortable for on-set actors and crew. Combining the strengths and possibilities of LED and camera technology, GhostFrame enables creative and powerful use of video and broadcast technology.

The GhostFrame demonstration will be displayed on the cinema-grade, fine-pixel pitch Black Pearl 2 Version 2 (BP2V2) LED wall display as well as the Black Marble 2 (BM2) LED floor.

Rohde & Schwarz USA

R&S®CLIPSTER 6
NEW hardware platform – 25% increased processing performance. Extended HDR workflows for Dolby Vision using GPU-based floating point HDR color transformation and an internal, software content mapping unit (CMU). NEW software implementations supporting Dolby Atmos Home bitstreams. Software and hardware configurations from play only to full mastering, enabling feature, performance and scalable economic flexibility
R&S®CLIPSTER 6 features a color-processing engine with mathematically designed high precision color transformations between color formats. Define Source Parameters (clip based) – Target Color Format, including Color Primaries, White Point, Transfer Characteristic and Encoding Range.
Extended IMF functionality supporting current, and emerging/experimental standards.

R&S®SpycerNode SC
Latest Ethernet based Storage solution featuring IBM Spectrum Scale file management system. High Performance Compute, Single Name Space, high density, high capacity, live scalable solutions designed for professional media capture, processing and playout. Options based on NLSAS and SSD storage and can be configured as all NAS or as a hybrid NAS/Native Clients system.

R&S®SpycerPAM
The software extension of the R&S®SpycerNode storage platform simplifies project management and integration of video processing tools. This improves the efficiency of production and post workflow and collaboration. Managing assets rights, metadata, and proxy generation as well as features to improve group collaboration.

Scale Logic Inc

GLOBAL LEADER IN ADVANCED MEDIA WORKFLOW INFRASTRUCTURE SPECIALIZING in NAS STORAGE and REMOTE VIDEO PRODUCTION

Scale Logic continues to be the go-to partner for the world’s largest companies seeking future-resistant media production storage and workflow orchestration solutions. The company’s highly sought-after team of experienced engineers delivers advanced infrastructure and architectures—all driven by proven methodology that enables them to quickly assess and solve even the most complex of data management, storage and networking challenges.

Scale Logic also creates a highly collaborative environment—working directly with its clients to understand current and future media requirements; thus, architecting the ideal workflow solution and tailoring it to their exact needs. Scale Logic is dedicated to helping its clients achieve tangible ROI from scalable, end-to-end media-specific solutions that fit their unique needs.

Seagate

Seagate® provides a full storage portfolio of video and Image solutions tested and built for M&E. With Exos enterprise storage systems, and Lyve™ products and services, our Workflow-optimized portfolio creates a reliable foundation that is affordable, flexible, scalable, and secure.

Lyve Cloud offering completely predictable pricing based purely on consumption – including no additional charges for moving data between continents.

Our System Storage recently released enterprise RAID block storage systems powered by our 6th generation Indium ASIC, bringing

  • Approximately double the performance of the previous generation with up
    to 12GB/s reads, 10GB/s writes, and 750K IOPs per chassis
  • The addition of 32Gb Fibre Channel, 25G iSCSI, and 10G BaseT as connectivity options
  • The third generation of our ADAPT erasure coding, with improved performance and even faster rebuild times (traditional RAID 5 & 6 are also supported)
  • The capability to utilize the Autonomous Drive Regeneration (ADR), originally released in our Corvault systems, to regenerate failed drives in place (requires the use of ADAPT erasure coding)

HAMR (Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording) in our HDDs, which will enable us to ship 30TB HDDs before the end of 2023, including in some of our Enterprise Data Systems

Learn More
https://www.seagate.com/solutions/industry/media-and-entertainment/

SGO

The spotlight will be on Mistika Workflows, SGO’s affordable and innovative technology facilitating media management, transcoding and content delivery processes. Visitors will be able to discover a whole new world of possibilities to completely automate and optimize their media processing tasks and unlock next-gen post-production workflows. One of the focuses will be on how to implement end-to-end metadata management with no mistakes following the latest industry standards and requirements for delivery to OTT platforms and major distribution companies.

Another big topic to cover will be Virtual Production and how Mistika Technology enhances the overall workflow, enabling quick and easy creation of 360º media, smooth integration with the VFX pipeline and custom render crop compatible with any virtual set, immersive room or dome projection.

Continuing our pioneering trajectory in immersive storytelling, we will also showcase our latest innovative development, introducing immersive optical flow stitching in the Meta Quest 2 headset, radically changing the perception of VR post workflow from being challenging and difficult to being much more interactive, efficient and fun to do. VR content creators are now able to simply calibrate their media automatically in one ‘magic’ click and stitch their media directly in the Meta Quest 2 headset.

Shift Media

MediaSilo is your hub for high-value work-in-progress video projects. Our all-in-one cloud platform lets your team manage, share, review and present all projects in one place. From Madison Avenue to Hollywood, professionals trust MediaSilo to manage and share any asset pertinent to production.

Sohonet

ClearView Flex

Sohonet is deploying new features for customers to manage large scale deployments including “groups” functionality to manage multiple productions under multiple content teams. Additionally, we are deploying support for NDI that still enables air gapped security, allowing customers more flexibility for large creative suite deployments.

ClearView Flex provides creative teams with a user-friendly tool to stream live, encrypted video & audio with sub-100ms of latency from any source (edit/ VFX workstation/ camera…) via HDMI, SDI, or NDI for to up to 40 viewers on tablets, phones, laptops or Apple TV.

Live content is easily viewable on any internet-connected device with no extra equipment at the viewer’s end, making it of value to those working from home. The technology supports 5.1 surround sound & 2K resolution in 10-bit colour including HDR. No time-consuming pre-rendering, uploads, file-transfers, downloads, or special viewing hardware, just near-zero latency, rock solid frame rate, professional quality, studio-grade security & 24×7 support.

Sony Ci Media

Ci Media Cloud is a cloud-based solution from Sony where users can capture, backup, review, transform and run streamlined media workflows without moving or copying files. It is the only media platform that offers remote file gathering, real-time collaboration, automated transcoding, high-speed file transfer, QC, logging, and archive functionality in a single SaaS subscription. Ci launched in 2013 and is now used by more than 250,000 media professionals each month around the world.

This year, the exhibit will showcase Ci’s camera-to-cloud and remote collaboration workflow solutions for production teams. Ci Workflow, the cloud-based VFX automation app selected for the MovieLabs 2030 Showcase, will also be available for demonstration.

Sony SRD

Spatial Reality Display: Changing the way content creators work
Since the first public demonstrations in 2020, Professionals have introduced the Spatial Reality Display into their day-to-day workflows generating high quality content and benefiting from the glasses-free 3D display.

SRI International

SRI International offers precision Sarnoff™ video patterns for end-to-end testing of complete 4K systems, including BT.2100 and BT.2111 High Dynamic Range (HDR), Wide Color Gamut (WCG), BT.2020, HLG, PQ, and ICtCp uncompressed content, either preloaded on SRI’s 4Kp60-capable test pattern generator (TG-400) or as media files. SRI’s products support all commonly used color spaces, including PQ/2020, HLG/2020, S-Log3/2020, ICtCp/2020. SRI’s Sarnoff Test Patterns visually reveal errors in workflows and monitors, verifying color space interpretation, bit depth, low light and high light performance, and more. At the HPA innovation zone, demos will include a new test pattern that reveals the 3D xyY color volume of a workflow by showing the iso-luminant contour lines on a common CIE x-y display.

stYpe

RedSpy 3.0 is an optical camera-tracking system that delivers ultra-high-precision tracking. It combines an infrared camera, accelerometer and gyroscope sensors which are interpreted by finely tuned, intelligent algorithms to deliver the highest level of camera tracking quality.

This means that it can deal perfectly with heavy, sudden shaking of the camera, making it suitable for anything from cranes and Steadicams to handheld cameras.

It can be sent wireless or via ethernet cable.
The RedSpy 3.0 is a step further from the RedSpy 2.0 which was already the world’s most used camera tracking solution in the broadcast industry.

Now, RedSpy 3.0 more than doubles the precision of RedSpy 2.0 and introduces some very useful features like the LAN connectivity between the infrared camera and the main unit. You can use your studio’s existing LAN infrastructure, including the network trunk on your cameras, and have the RedSpy main unit safely stored in the rack room.

RedSpy 3.0 was designed from scratch and is running a proprietary chip and camera. It’s a piece of hardware that will keep getting better with time, as we add next-generation features and extract the most out of the new chip.

Telestream

For twenty-five years, Telestream has been at the forefront of innovation in the digital video industry. The company develops products for media processing and workflow orchestration, live capture, production, live streaming, video quality assurance, virtual events and video hosting, content management, and video and audio test solutions. Available on premises or in the cloud as well as in hybrid combinations, Telestream solutions make it possible to reliably get video content to any audience, regardless of how it is created, distributed or viewed.

Teradek/SmallHD/Wooden Camera

SmallHD will be demonstrating our latest SDR/HDR monitoring capabilities with our OLED Series Reference SDR monitors and our VISION Series Reference HDR monitors, capable of full PQ1000 HDR image display. We will also demonstrate the latest features of our PageOS 5 operating system.

Teradek will demonstrate production streaming with Serv 4K – which allows both local and cloud-based streaming with Teradek’s Vuer and Core apps. Serv 4K can locally stream up to four live camera feeds to multiple devices at once, even without an internet connection. Cloud-based streaming to remote crew can be securely shared with an unlimited number of devices via MacOS, iOS, Android, or web browsers. Serv 4K can also create and send color-accurate instant recordings in up to 10-bit 4K HDR to Core or third-party cloud integrations such as Frame.io, Sony Ci, and Pix.

The Studio-B&H

RED CONNECT

The Studio-B&H will showcase RED CONNECT, a real time 8K workflow in partnership with RED and Silverdraft based on a unique feature set. We will demonstrate the delivery of live R3D video streaming from the camera via Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) to a GPU based camera control unit. We can then show a live output up to 8K at 60p via an 8K SDI output interface.

TrackIt

TrackIt MCSP – New suite of Managed Cloud Service Provider (MCSP) tools and services specifically designed to monitor creative tool pipelines for editing, finishing and VFX post-production on AWS. The applications on display will include: Advanced Media File Latency Monitoring, Customized Nimble Studio Performance Dashboards, Customer Access Monitoring and Ticketing Portal, and Multi-Device Alert Management. These cloud based applications will be offered as part of a new services offering for post-production facilities with AWS cloud based workflows. This market has previously been underserved with no other company offering a services package designed with the needs of the Media & Entertainment market in mind.

Also on display is the latest version of our AI Video Reviewer application now available on the AWS Marketplace. This application utilizes Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for high speed video and audio content curation. Users can scan content for designated words and images (i.e. foul or culturally sensitive words or images, trademarks, etc.), and content makers are generated and exported to many popular editing systems for review and mediation.

Vū Studio Automation & Remote Ops

Wacom Technology Corporation

Wacom Cintiq Pro 27

The Wacom Cintiq Pro 27 is the latest edge device innovation from Wacom built for evolving workflows in M&E like Virtual Production.

The Cintiq Pro 27 features a 4k, 120Hz, 10-bit P3 10-point color calibratable pen & multi-touch display with HLG/PQ capable inputs (LUTs writable to the hardware); and a portable form factor.

In addition to amplifying traditional tasks like concept art, storyboarding, 3D modeling/texturing, video editing, VFX, etc.; the Cintiq Pro 27 extends it’s capabilities to technical artists like DIT’s, dailies colorists, brain bar operators, etc. for on-set workflows such as:

  • Look development on-set for Cinematographers & DITs
  • LED wall processing & compositing
  • Color correction
  • VAD workflows
  • Virtual production workflows

Due to it’s color accuracy & color management capabilities, in many cases the Cintiq Pro 27 eliminates the need for a reference monitor by offering a GUI & color accurate monitor in one setup.

Wacom Cintiqs are the tool of choice for artists in M&E. Wacom is excited to offer industry first capabilities to support the evolving needs of artists as content creation and film making workflows evolve.

Wasabi Technologies

Wasabi provides simple, predictable and affordable hot cloud storage for businesses all over the world. It enables organizations to store and instantly access an unlimited amount of data at a fraction the price of the competition, with no complex tiers or unpredictable fees. Trusted by customers worldwide, Wasabi has been recognized as one of technology’s fastest growing and most visionary companies.

Wasabi cloud object storage service is 1/5th the price of AWS S3 and faster than the competition with no fees for egress or API requests. Wasabi provides 11 x 9s of data durability, high system availability, and object level immutability. Wasabi is fully compatible with the AWS S3 API with support for hundreds of S3-compatible storage applications and has been certified for compliance with enterprise security and privacy standards including GDPR.

ZEISS Cinematography

CinCraft Mapper – VFX Workflows reinvented

CinCraft Mapper is a digital service that provides frame-accurate lens distortion and shading data for post-production – fast and easy. All lens data are based on your shot metadata, you don’t have to worry about missing or sloppy lens grids anymore. No matter if you prefer working with a GUI or a command line interface, if you use Linux, Windows, or macOS, CinCraft Mapper is the right choice – available 24/7.

CinCraft Mapper allows the VFX department to get accurate lens characteristics for a wide range of cinema lenses. Distortion characteristics are provided in form of ST Maps for each requested lens setting and specifically for your recording conditions. After local generation, ST Maps can be used by the majority of matchmoving and compositing software easily.

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