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28 2016 Sep

HPA Women in Post and SMPTE Present the Women in Technology Luncheon


WIT Lunch

The Women In Technology luncheon is set for Monday, 24 October during the SMPTE annual conference in Hollywood. Kari Grubin (Vice President, Mastering, The Walt Disney Studios) will moderate a conversation with Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios’ Executive Producer and Executive Vice President of Physical Production. An engaging industry leader, Alonso oversees all physical production, post-production and production technical operations for the Studios. She was executive producer on Captain America: Civil War, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, as well as a string of Marvel hits including Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3. Alonso is currently executive producing Marvel’s upcoming features, including Doctor Strange, Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Her other credits include Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven, Tim Burton’s Big Fish and Iron Man.

For more information, visit SMPTE 2016 Annual Conference. 

28 2016 Sep

SMPTE ANNUAL CONFERENCE! There’s a LOT going on during the conference – don’t miss it!

See what the best and the brightest of tomorrow have submitted in the expanded SMPTE HPA Student Film Festival!

Don’t miss the Time Code Summit!

And of course a full conference schedule and the Centennial Gala! Visit for a full schedule and complete information.
For free exhibit passes use SMPTE 2016: HPAEXFREE on the registration page.

28 2016 Sep

SoundGirls: Supporting and Mentoring Women in Professional Audio


NPR listeners might recognize the name Karrie Keyes from the Weekend Edition story of a few weeks ago.  Karrie, who has been Pearl Jam’s audio engineer for the past 24 years, is one of the founders of SoundGirls, an organization dedicated to supporting and mentoring women in professional audio. We asked Karrie to answer a few questions about the organization:

How did SoundGirls come about?

SoundGirls.Org was formed in 2013 by veteran live sound engineers Karrie Keyes and Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato and operates under the Fiscal Sponsorship of The Northern California Women’s Music Festival, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

In 2012, Karrie and Michelle participated in the “Women of Professional Concert Sound” panel at the AES Conference in San Francisco. The panel was hosted by the Women’s Audio Mission (WAM) and moderated by WAM founder Terri Winston. Terri brought together five women working in live and broadcast audio. The groundbreaking panel (which also included Jeri Palumbo, Claudia Engelhart and Deanne Franklin), provided young women and men a glimpse into life on the road, tips and advice, and a Q & A with the panelists. More importantly though, was how incredibly powerful the experience was for the panelists. We had all been in the business for 20 years or more, yet most of us had never met before that day and within minutes we bonded like long lost sisters. We were struck by how similar our experiences, work ethics, and passions were and wondered why our paths had never crossed and how our careers would have been different had we been there to support each other through the years. Each of us are strong on our own, but together we were even stronger and a powerful force. We were empowered. Each of us had been asked hundreds of times in our careers: Are there other women doing sound? How did you get into sound? How would a young woman go about getting into sound?

Through creating SoundGirls.Org, we hope to establish a place for women working in professional audio to come for support and advice, to share our success and failures, our joys and frustrations, and for empowerment and inspiration. While our focus is mainly live sound, women from all areas of professional audio are welcome.

Tell us about the process for becoming a SoundGirl. What qualifies you? What commitment is demanded? What are the benefits?

SoundGirls.Org is free.  It is easy to become a member – just sign up on the website! The only qualification is a desire to learn and share advice about professional audio in a safe community. We welcome all genders and non-conforming genders.

SoundGirls isn’t just for girls. Can you talk about how you came to that decision?

Audio is a male dominated field – You will work with men 100% of the time – (except the rare occasion of an all female festival). Audio needs to be diverse – the issues women face are the same ones that people of color face and the LGBTQ community faces. We need an inclusive and safe place to share, support and mentor everyone that is interested in pursuing audio. While we focus on women in audio, we would never dream of making this an exclusive space. Our membership is about 65% women and 35% men. We try to cover all aspects of audio – with a focus on Live Sound and Live Events

What are the most exciting areas in audio… RF, VR, cinema, gaming, live theatre/music?  

That depends on the person.  Some love to be in a studio. Some love to do editing and others love looking for that special sound effect.  I advise people to explore the different jobs – you usually know what fits for you.

Is the technical training in place to help talented, interested future audio pros in careers?

There are wonderful programs – some are extremely expensive and on the other end there are great programs at community colleges. We try and help people find the best programs to suit them and their financial needs. We believe that hands on learning and internships are needed, as so much is learned by doing it.

I encourage anyone interested to visit our website – we have a detailed resource page and many talented women willing to mentor or help out.

28 2016 Sep

MPSE and CAS Serve as Event Partners for “Mix Presents Sound for Film”

Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) and Cinema Audio Society (CAS) are event sponsors for the third annual Mix Presents Sound for Film, an all-day exhibition and conference spotlighting technologies and techniques behind sound for picture from production to playback. The third annual exhibition and conference event will be held September 17th at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.

Sponsored by Mix Magazine, this year’s event will focus on workflow changes prompted by the boom in film and television production, and emergence of new entertainment media, including virtual reality.

Other features will include: 

  • Audio for VR Room: Presented in the Kim Novak Theatre, a Dolby and Auro 3D-equipped re-recording stage. New tools and techniques for the ultimate in Immersive Sound.
  • Sound Reel Showcase: Presented in the William Holden Theatre, a Dolby and Auro 3D-equipped re-recording stage. Film studios present 10-minute reels of their showcase films with introductions by the sound teams.
  • Production Sound Pavilion: Presented in the iconic Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage. Top production sound mixers show what’s in their sound carts, and top manufacturers show the latest in wireless, microphone and recorder technologies.

Event sponsors also include Avid, Harmon, JBL, Meyer Sound, ADX by Audionamix, Yamaha Commercial Audio and Lectrosonics.

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28 2016 Sep

Hollywood Professional Association Unveils HPA Awards Nominees

Hollywood Professional Association Unveils HPA Awards Nominees

Creative nominations announced for editing, sound, visual effects and color grading

28 September 2016 (Los Angeles, CA) – The Hollywood Professional Association® (HPA) today announced the nominees for its 2016 HPA Awards. Considered the standard-bearer for excellence and innovation in an industry embracing an expanding array of groundbreaking technologies and creativity, the HPA Awards honor creative achievement and artistic excellence.

Launched in 2006, the HPA Awards recognize outstanding achievement in editing, sound, visual effects and color grading for work in television, commercials, and feature films. The winners of the 11th Annual HPA Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony on 17 November 2016 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The 2016 HPA Award nominees are:

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film

John Dowdell // Goldcrest Post Productions Ltd

“The Revenant”
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor Production Services

Asa Shoul // Molinare

“The Martian”
Stephen Nakamura // Company 3

“The Jungle Book”|
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor Production Services

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

“Vinyl – E.A.B”
Steven Bodner // Deluxe/Encore NY

 “Fargo – The Myth of Sysiphus”
Mark Kueper // Technicolor

“Outlander – Faith”
Steven Porter // MTI Film

“Gotham – By Fire”
Paul Westerbeck // Encore Hollywood

“Show Me A Hero – Part 1”
Sam Daley // Technicolor PostWorks NY


Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial

Fallout 4 – “The Wanderer”
Siggy Ferstl / Company 3

Toyota Prius – “Poncho”
Sofie Borup // Company 3

Nascar – “Team”
Lez Rudge // Nice Shoes

Audi R8 – “Commander”
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

Apple Music – “History of Sound”
Gregory Reese // The Mill

Pennzoil – “Joyride Circuit”
Dave Hussey // Company 3

Hennessy – “Odyssey”
Tom Poole // Company 3


Outstanding Editing – Feature Film

“The Martian”
Pietro Scalia, ACE

“The Revenant”
Stephen Mirrione, ACE

“The Big Short”
Hank Corwin, ACE

Joe Walker, ACE

Tom McArdle, ACE


Outstanding Editing – Television

“Body Team 12”
David Darg // RYOT Films

“Underground – The Macon 7″
Zack Arnold, Ian Tan // Sony Pictures Television

“Vinyl – Pilot”
David Tedeschi

“Roots – Night One”
Martin Nicholson, ACE, Greg Babor

“Game of Thrones – Battle of the Bastards”
Tim Porter, ACE


Outstanding Editing – Commercial

Wilson – “Nothing Without It”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Nespresso – “Training Day”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Edit

Saucony – “Be A Seeker”
Lenny Mesina // Therapy Studios

Samsung – “Teresa”
Kristin McCasey // Therapy Studios


Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

Steve Fanagan, Niall Brady, Ken Galvin // Ardmore Sound

“Eye In The Sky”
Craig Mann, Adam Jenkins, Bill R. Dean, Chase Keehn // Technicolor Creative Services

“Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice”
Scott Hecker // Formosa Group
Chris Jenkins, Michael Keller // Warner Bros. Post Production Services

David Fluhr, CAS, Gabriel Guy, CAS, Addison Teague // Walt Disney Company

Alan Murray, Tom Ozanich, John Reitz // Warner Bros. Post Production Services


Outstanding Sound – Television

“Outlander – Prestonpans”
Nello Torri, Alan Decker, Brian Milliken, Vince Balunas // NBCUniversal Post Sound

“Game of Thrones – Battle of the Bastards”
Tim Kimmel, MPSE, Paula Fairfield, Mathew Waters, CAS, Onnalee Blank, CAS, Bradley C. Katona, Paul Bercovitch // Formosa Group

“Preacher – See”
Richard Yawn, Mark Linden, Tara Paul // Sony Sound

“Marco Polo – One Hundred Eyes”
David Paterson, Roberto Fernandez, Alexa Zimmerman, Glenfield Payne, Rachel Chancey // Harbor Picture Company

“House of Cards – Chapter 45″
Jeremy Molod, Ren Klyce, Nathan Nance, Scott R. Lewis, Jonathan Stevens // Skywalker Sound


Outstanding Sound – Commercial

Sainsbury’s – ­“Mog’s Christmas Calamity”
Anthony Moore, Neil Johnson // Factory

Save the Children UK – “Still The Most Shocking Second A Day”
Jon Clarke // Factory

Wilson – “Nothing Without It”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Honda – “Paper”
Phil Bolland // Factory

Honda – “Ignition”
Anthony Moore // Factory


Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
Jay Cooper, Yanick Dusseault, Rick Hankins, Carlos Munoz, Polly Ing // Industrial Light & Magic

“The Jungle Book”
Robert Legato, Andrew R. Jones
Adam Valdez, Charley Henley // MPC
Keith Miller // Weta Digital

“Captain America: Civil War”
Russell Earl, Steve Rawlins, Francois Lambert, Pat Conran, Rhys Claringbull // Industrial Light & Magic

“The Martian”
Chris Lawrence, Neil Weatherley, Bronwyn Edwards, Dale Newton // Framestore

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”
Pablo Helman, Robert Weaver, Kevin Martel, Shawn Kelly, Nelson Sepulveda // Industrial Light & Magic


Outstanding Visual Effects – Television

“Supergirl – Pilot”
Armen V. Kevorkian, Andranik Taranyan, Gevork Babityan, Elaina Scott, Art Sayan // Encore VFX

“Ripper Street – The Strangers’ Home”
Ed Bruce, Nicholas Murphy, Denny Cahill, John O’Connell // Screen Scene

“Black Sails – XXI”
Erik Henry // Starz
Matt Dougan // Digital Domain
Martin Ogren, Jens Tenland, Nicklas Andersson // ILP

“The Flash – Gorilla Warfare”
Armen V. Kevorkian, Thomas J. Conners, Andranik Taranyan, Gevork Babityan, Jason Shulman // Encore VFX

“Game of Thrones – Battle of the Bastards”
Joe Bauer, Eric Carney // Fire & Blood Productions
Derek Spears // Rhythm & Hues Studios
Glenn Melenhorst // Iloura
Matthew Rouleau // Rodeo FX


Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial

Sainsbury’s – “Mog’s Christmas Calamity”
Ben Cronin, Grant Walker, Rafael Camacho // Framestore

Microsoft Xbox – “Halo 5: The Hunt Begins”
Ben Walsh, Ian Holland, Brian Delmonico, Brian Burke // Method Studios

AT&T – “Power of &”
James Dick, Corrina Wilson, Euna Kho, Callum McKeveny // Framestore

Kohler – “Never Too Next”
Andy Boyd, Jake Montgomery, Zachary DiMaria, David Hernandez // JAMM

Gatorade – “Sports Fuel”
JD Yepes, Richard Shallcross // Framestore


Recipients of a number of special awards have been previously announced by the HPA. Herb Dow, ACE, will be honored with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Michelle Munson, CEO of Aspera, will receive The Charles S. Swartz Award, and The Mill BLACKBIRD has been tapped to receive the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation. Winners of the coveted Engineering Excellence Award include Aspera, Grass Valley, RealD and SGO. Grass Valley and Canon USA received Honorable Mention in the Engineering Excellence category.

The HPA Awards gala ceremony is expected to be a sold out affair and early ticket purchase is encouraged. Tickets for the HPA Awards are on sale now and can be purchased online at For all inquiries and sponsorship information, call the HPA at +1 (213) 614-0860 or email at More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Professional Association can be found at Blackmagic Design, NAB Show, AVID, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFilm, Encore, IMAX, Sohonet and Sony are among the sponsors of the 2016 HPA Awards.


About the HPA® Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness and recognize the achievements of the individuals and companies that have contributed to groundbreaking technologies and creative excellence within the professional media content industry, and build involvement in the Hollywood Professional Alliance. The HPA is a partner of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®). Information about the HPA Awards is available at The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members and sponsors.

About the Hollywood Professional Association
Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)
Winner of an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) is a global leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem. A professional membership association that is internationally recognized and accredited, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. For a century, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. Nearly 7,000 members – motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students – who meet in Sections worldwide, sustain the Society. Through the Society’s partnership with Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at


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27 2016 Sep

What is Real? Join the Visual Effects Society on Saturday, October 29!


Explore innovations in Visual Effects and Virtual Reality with the Visual Effects Society (VES).   The annual VES Summit, devoted to shaping the future of the industry, will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Sofitel in Beverly Hills. This year’s theme “What is Real?” will include thought-leading speakers and panels discussing a wide range of perspectives and applications of VFX, VR and AR:

  • Peter Loehr - CEO, Legendary East
  • Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D. - Director, Medical Virtual Reality – Institute for Creative Technologies
  • Edward Grogan- Technical Director for Advanced Counter-terrorism Technologies, Department of Defense
  • Panel Discussion – “Visual Effects in the Wild”
  • 14 Roundtable discussions – see topics here:
  • More to be announced…

Join us for an exciting day of networking and discussion on the realities of virtual and physical experiences, new technologies, new business platforms and the latest storytelling forms.  Lunch and post-event cocktails included.

To purchase tickets, go to: Contact Nancy Ward ( for further information or sponsorship.



27 2016 Sep

Glendale Premieres Tech Week

Following in the footsteps of New York, LA, and other tech-forward cities, Glendale launched its own week-long technology forum this September.  Nearly 1,000 people attended all events, representing over 50 companies. Entertainment tech companies featured on panels included Stashimi, Mashable, and Disney.


“This was our first year hosting Glendale Tech Week, and we were delighted with the turnout, the connections and the conversations,” said Glendale Principle Economic Development Officer and event organizer Jennifer McClain. “The talk hosted at CBRE with Rick Caruso and Lewis Horne was a hit, the startup pitchfest generated more than 150 people, and the panels during the day highlighted local companies like the Walt Disney Company as well as nearby talent such as Sidebench and Flashfunders. It was great to see people talking with VCs, startup companies, students, and current businesses.”

Plans are already underway for Glendale Tech Week 2017.



27 2016 Sep

Xytech MediaPulse Propels SuperSport

SuperSport, a major provider of premium subscription television channels in Sub-Saharan Africa, has implemented Xytech’s facility management platform MediaPulse to manage its production logistics, crew and crew logistics. SuperSport provides sports content across its region as part of the MultiChoice Group, South Africa’s leading entertainment and internet company.

SuperSport logistics are complex and time-sensitive.  Their programming includes basketball and football games and requires movement and management of staff members and actions in an array of locations. MediaPulse manages flights, hotels, car rental, and visa and vaccination requirements, along with other logistical assignments, to help SuperSport get the games on the air.

27 2016 Sep

Imagine Products Releases Next Generation of ShotPut Pro

Imagine Products Inc., creator of software utilities for backing up, viewing, sharing, transcoding, and archiving video assets, has released ShotPut Pro 6, the next generation of its ShotPut Pro offloading application. With this update, users will see a completely new user interface, significantly faster media offloading, and a number of other new or improved features that give them much more control over their offloads – not only compared to ShotPut Pro 5, but to any other offloading application on the market.

“No other offloading application has the functionality of ShotPut Pro, which is why it is the industry’s de facto standard and why so many major movie studios and insurance companies require it in their workflows. We listened carefully to our customers’ needs and wants and channeled all of that feedback into creating ShotPut Pro 6,” said Michelle Maddox, marketing director at Imagine Products. “ShotPut Pro 6 simplifies the entire process without losing the security that the software is known for. It is the most feature-rich application we’ve ever created, and our competitors don’t even come close. With ShotPut Pro 6, we’re providing the most robust offloading application on the market at a price that’s still extremely affordable.”

27 2016 Sep

Converged Storage-Network Appliance with an Integrated Compute Platform for Media-centric Applications

Synergy is the next evolution in converged storage appliances. Synergy is designed to meet the high-performance storage, compute and network requirements of the Media & Entertainment market, while still being open to a wide range of content creation, media asset management and content distribution OEMs. Synergy delivers hardware consistency supporting ease of installation and simplified support that maximizes user ROI.

Scale Logic engineers and deploys storage centric solutions for broadcast, OTT, streaming, and video post production workflows. These solutions are designed specifically for customers requiring high-performance, highly-reliable data storage and network infrastructure. Its 30+ years experience in both structured and unstructured data workflows underpins its consultative approach as a trusted extension of its customers’ resources.

Scale Logic’s value to customers is demonstrated by the range of products and related services it offers, from entry-level and mid-tier storage solutions, to global enterprise platforms, including Scale-Out NAS, SAN, and archive. Scale Logic offers a complete suite of lifecycle management, workflow enhancements, solution design, installation, post warranty

maintenance options, and system integration.

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