Advertisement

Archive for category: Emmys

SMPTE Fellow Chris Cookson Earns Only Individual Honor at Engineering Emmy Awards

  • BY
  • November 12, 2013

131112 - SMPTE - Chris CooksonWhite Plains, NY — Nov. 12, 2013 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today congratulates SMPTE fellow Chris Cookson, president of Sony Pictures Technologies, on receiving the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award, the only individual honor awarded during the 65th Primetime Engineering Emmy® Awards held Oct.23 in Hollywood.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that Chris has been so aptly honored for his fine work in the industry,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “While his contributions to SMPTE’s standards work have been tremendous, his leadership extends into development and strategic implementation of numerous key technology advances.”

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award honors a living individual whose ongoing contributions have significantly affected the state of television technology and engineering.

Cookson has earned three Emmy Awards and holds more than 50 U.S. patents. At Sony Pictures Technologies, he both oversees the development and implementation of the studio’s technology policy, and processes and serves as Sony Pictures’ chief liaison with other Sony Corporation businesses in the technology area. Cookson’s team leads the studio’s effort to evangelize and implement strategic initiatives across Sony Pictures and beyond, including UltraViolet and digital distribution; efforts to curb online piracy; and the transition to 4K, 3D, and digital, file-based workflows in the making of entertainment.

Cookson leads the effort to maintain high standards of quality on theatrical digital postproduction technologies and to roll out cloud-based production tools. In 2009, he opened Sony Pictures’ dedicated 4K Digital Intermediate facility, Colorworks, where renowned colorists use state-of-the-art technology to master movies in 2D and 3D. He also acts as the studio’s representative and a top advisor to the Sony Corp. on all things 3D and 4K.

Prior to joining Sony Pictures, Cookson was CTO of Warner Bros. Entertainment and president of the Warner Bros. Technical Operations Division. He earlier served as vice president and general manager of operations and engineering for the CBS Television Network in New York. Before that, he worked for 10 years at the ABC Television Network, where he won an Emmy Award for his work as director of the ABC and Olympics International Broadcast Centers.

Further information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org.

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students— who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

+Continue Reading

Sennheiser Receives Engineering Emmy’s Philo T. Farnsworth Award

  • BY
  • October 24, 2013

Daniel Sennheiser and Andreas Sennheiser

Hollywood, CA – October 24, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser has been honored with the prestigious Philo T. Farnsworth Award at last night’s 65th Primetime Emmy® Engineering Awards in Hollywood. The Philo T. Farnsworth Award honors an agency, company or institution whose contributions over time have significantly impacted television technology and engineering. The award originated in 2003 as a means to recognize Panavision’s years of contribution to the film and television industries. Unlike most other Emmy awards, it is not awarded every year. The award is named after the inventor of electronic television, Philo Farnsworth.

Daniel Sennheiser

Daniel Sennheiser

Seven Engineering Emmys were awarded at the ceremony: the Philo T. Farnsworth Award, the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award, Engineering Emmys for YouTube, Aspera’s FASP Transport Technology, Josh C. Kline for creating Digital Dailies®, iZotope RX Audio Repair Technology and Previzion Virtual Studio System (Lightcraft Technology), as well as two Engineering Plaques awarded to Lawo AG for their audio networking and routing system and Final Draft Screenwriting Software.

Sarah Shahi and Daniel Sennheiser

Sarah Shahi and Daniel Sennheiser

Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser accepted the Emmy statuette “on behalf of the passionate Sennheiser staff that helped to create innovative audio products and have provided impeccable customer service in the fields of TV and broadcasting.”

Frank Morrone, governor of the sound branch at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, himself an Emmy Award-winning Hollywood audio engineer, congratulated Sennheiser on the award: “I am excited that the Television Academy has chosen to recognize Sennheiser as a leader in developing products that have contributed to advancing the way television is created and produced.”

Daniel Sennheiser commented: “We are thrilled that the Engineering Awards Committee has selected Sennheiser for this much sought-after award. This is an incredible honor for all of us at Sennheiser, and I dare say especially for our teams in North America, who are reliable and enthusiastic partners to the benchmark-setting US TV industry. The award also honors the achievements of my father and grandfather, who firmly grounded and advanced the company in the fields of production and broadcasting.”

Andreas Sennheiser

Andreas Sennheiser

Sennheiser’s wireless microphone systems and shotgun microphones are used in TV and film productions the world over. Whether robust and reliable RF wireless systems like Digital 9000 or highly precise gun microphones such as the industry-standard MKH 416 – sound engineers at production centers across the globe rely on Sennheiser microphone technology.

Sennheiser began producing shotgun microphones as early as the 1950s, and when the need for wireless transmission emerged in TV broadcasts at the end of that decade, the company was at hand to liberate hosts and actors from the cable with its first wireless mic in 1957. Since then, of course, technologies have evolved tremendously, resulting in today’s climate-resistant, rugged shotgun microphones and superior multi-channel wireless systems with tiny, easy-to-hide lavalier microphones and excellent handheld microphones.

About the Primetime Emmy® Engineering Awards
The 65th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards are overseen by chair Wendy Aylsworth, SVP of Technology, Warner Bros.  Committee members are Stuart Bass, A.C.E., Picture Editors Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Chris Cookson, President, Sony Pictures Technologies; Kevin Hamburger, Sr. Supervising Producer, THE TALK; Eileen Horta, Sound Editing Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; David Jensen, Partner, Monitor; Geoff Katz, Vice President, Watchwith; Frank Morrone, C.A.S., Sound Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; John D. O’Brien, Video Control/Consultant “The Big Bang Theory”; Mark Scott Spatny, VP Digital Effects, Stargate Studios; Barry Zegel, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CBS Television City.

About Sennheiser
The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

+Continue Reading

Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development awarded for DAX’s Core Dailies Service and Application

  • BY
  • October 18, 2013

daxCulver City, CA; October 17, 2014 – Digital Dailies®, the patented technology at the heart of DAX, the leading provider of production workflow and media asset management applications and services to the entertainment industry, along with its inventor and company co-founder Josh C. Kline, have been honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Primetime Emmy® Engineering Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development.

DAX CEO Patrick Macdonald-King said, “Kline’s pioneering vision for Digital Dailies® and our company’s dedication have led the industry’s transition to file-based workflow in the cloud.  We thank the Television Academy for recognizing the significant role that Digital Dailies® play in the television industry. We feel the honor is shared by our many clients, using our technology to make great shows, and by DAX’s talented staff who are committed to serving the industry with the best tools and support.”

”It’s an honor to be recognized by the Television Academy for Digital Dailies® which grew out of my passion for innovation and the creative process,” said Josh C. Kline, “The proliferation of Digital Dailies® throughout the industry, as a tool used by television’s top talents, is an amazing and deeply satisfying culmination of our work.”

In making the announcement of this year’s Emmy Engineering Awardees, the Television Academy identified Digital Dailies® as “the impetus for significant television industry change by distributing production dailies and cuts via a web-based, streaming approach.  Digital Dailies also has provided content security in the forms of both encryption and watermarking the system.  This was rapidly adopted due to its secure, fast, reliable and low-cost delivery to anyone with an Internet connection, over which shots can be approved and annotated with frame-accurate comments. Having launched in the era of film, Digital Dailies® has bridged the gap to today’s file-based workflows through its advanced metadata processing that enabled a clip-based paradigm.”

The Engineering Emmy®, to be presented October 23 at the SMPTE conference in Hollywood, marks DAX’s second recognition this year, following the StudioDaily Prime Award at 2013 NAB. TV shows using Digital Dailies® and DAX racked up 53 nominations and 9 wins at the 2013 Primetime Emmys®.

Television shows currently using the DAX platform include: Homeland, The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, CSI, Bones, New Girl, The Walking Dead, American’s Next Top Model, The Mentalist, Two and a Half Men, Glee, How I Met Your Mother,, Dexter and Mad Men, Orange Is The New Black, and all pilots for Warner Bros. Television Studios, CBS Television Studios, 20th Century Fox, Fox Television Studios, A&E, Showtime, and Lionsgate Television.

About DAX, LLC www.daxcloud.com @daxplatform
Leading the industry at the center of the Media Universe®, DAX is the top provider of production workflow and media asset management applications and services to companies that produce, distribute and license audio-visual content. The DAX platform, including Emmy award-winning Digital Dailies®, is a highly-secure innovative web-based application used by most major studios and television networks for collaboration and distribution management of content during the production process, and for marketing and distribution of final product and library assets. The company is based in Culver City, California, close to the major Hollywood studios and networks it services, as well as serving Canada’s media industry, and its clientele shooting in Canada, from its Toronto office.

About the 65th Primetime Emmy® Engineering Awards
The 65th Primetime Emmy® Engineering Awards are overseen by chair Wendy Aylsworth, SVP of Technology, Warner Bros. Committee members are Stuart Bass, A.C.E., Picture Editors Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Chris Cookson, President, Sony Pictures Technologies; Kevin Hamburger, Sr. Supervising Producer, THE TALK; Eileen Horta, Sound Editing Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; David Jensen, Partner, Monitor; Geoff Katz, Vice President, Watchwith; Frank Morrone, C.A.S., Sound Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; John D. O’Brien, Video Control/Consultant “The Big Bang Theory”; Mark Scott Spatny, VP Digital Effects, Stargate Studios; Barry Zegel, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CBS Television City.

+Continue Reading

2013 Creative Arts Emmys Winners (Live)

  • BY
  • September 15, 2013

Emmy-3Today the Television Academy is celebrating the Creative Arts Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.  With red carpet guests Neil Patrick Harris, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Cat Deeley, Joan Cusack and Morgan Freeman along with the cast of the Children’s Hospital,  Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, David Wain, Lake Bell, Malin Akerman, Erinn Hayes and Megan Mullally, it’s sure to be a stellar evening.

The awards will be televised on FXX Saturday, September 21st at 9pm ET/PT, but if you can’t wait to see who wins, we’ll be updating the results as the show goes along. Be sure to hit refresh, Like us on Facebook or Follow along on Twitter. The first award is expected to be given out about 4:30pm PST.

Update: Click to View our Red Carpet Photos

The 2013 winners are:

Casting For A Drama Series
◎House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street
Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Laray Mayfield, CSA, Casting Director
Julie Schubert, CSA, Casting Director

Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

◎Behind The Candelabra • HBO • Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with HBO Films
Carmen Cuba, CSA, Casting Director

Casting For A Comedy Series
◎30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Jennifer McNamara-Shroff, Casting Director
Katja Blichfeld, CSA, Casting Director
Jessica Daniels, CSA, Casting Director

Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
◎Louie • FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc.
Melissa Leo as Laurie

+Continue Reading

Final Presenters Announced for 2013 Creative Arts Emmy Awards

  • BY
  • September 11, 2013

matt-weiner-linda-cardellini-360x240NoHo Arts District, CA — September 11, 2013 – Today the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, along with Producer Spike Jones, Jr. and Coordinating Producer Carole Propp announced additional presenters for the 2013 Creative Arts Emmy® Awards.

Newly announced presenters include Linda Cardellini (Mad Men), Rupert Friend (Homeland), Katharine McPhee (Smash), Rickey Minor (The Grammys &The Tonight Show with Jay Leno) and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men).

They join previously announced presenters Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn & Jon Murray (Project Runway), Joel McHale & Dan Harmon (Community), Margo Martindale (The Americans), Mark Burnett & Roma Downey (The Bible), Scott Bakula & Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra), Nolan Gould (Modern Family), Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner & Robert Herjavec (Shark Tank), Cobie Smulders & Pamela Fryman (How I Met Your Mother), Joelle Carter & Graham Yost (Justified), Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons), Gilbert Gottfried, Chris Parnell (Archer) , Robert Smigel & Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog (Conan) , McKenzie Westmore (Face Off), Jamie Hyneman & Adam Savage (MythBusters) and Neil Patrick Harris (65th Emmy ® Awards host and star of How I Met Your Mother).

The Creative Arts Emmys will be held on Sunday, September 15th at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.  A two-hour, edited presentation will air Saturday, September 21st at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) on FXX.

For a complete list of nominations and more information, please visit www.emmys.com.

+Continue Reading

TV Academy’s Documentary & Reality Programming Peer Groups Celebrate the 65th Primetime & Creative Arts Emmy Awards Nominees

  • BY
  • September 11, 2013

bartenders departure sign_0NoHo Arts District, CA – September 11, 2013 – Governors Daniel H. Birman, Shari Cookson, Jonathan Murray and David McKillop along with their respective documentary and reality programming peer group executive committees host exclusive cocktail reception on Saturday, September 14th, sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka and Beaulieu Vineyard.

Who:  65th Primetime & Creative Arts Emmy® Awards Nominees Tory Belleci (MythBusters), Anthony Bourdain (Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown), Kari Byron (MythBusters), Grant Imahara (MythBusters), Rory Kennedy (Ethel), and Adam Savage (MythBusters).

Additional nominees attending include: Nancy Abraham (Ethel & Manhunt: The Inside Story of The Hunt for Bin Laden), Marsha Bemko (Antiques Roadshow), Becky Blitz (Shark Tank) Ric Burns (Death And The Civil War), Patrick Cariaga (The Amazing Race), Randy Counsman (The Men Who Built America), Dan Cutforth (Top Chef), Nancy Daniels (All The President’s Men Revisited), Stephen David  (The Men Who Built America), Brian Dean (MythBusters), Elise Doganieri (The Amazing Race), Sam Farrell (Antiques Roadshow), Julie Goldman (Manhunt: The Inside Story of The Hunt for Bin Laden), Sharon Grimberg (The Abolitionists & Death And The Civil War), Carl Hansen (Shark Tank), Jonah Kaplan (Vice), Dennis Kwon (MythBusters), Andrew Lack (All The President’s Men Revisited), Jane Lipsitz (Top Chef), Russ W. McCarroll (The Men Who Built America), Rachelle Mendez (Undercover Boss), Lee Metzger (The Voice),  Laura Michalchyshyn (All The President’s Men Revisited), Jason Mojica (Vice), Eddy Moretti (Vice), Giselle Parets (The Amazing Race), Victoria Pearman (Crossfire Hurricane), Rob Rapley (The Abolitionists), Mark Samels (The Abolitionists), Peter Schnall (All The President’s Men Revisited), Dave Serwatka (Top Chef), Max Swedlow (Shark Tank), Dan Tapster (MythBusters), Kyra Thompson (The Voice), Bertram van Munster (The Amazing Race), Cameo Wallace (MythBusters), Linda Wolkovitch (MythBusters), Jack Youngelson (Ethel), and Amanda Zucker (The Voice).

What: The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Documentary and Reality Programming Peer Groups celebrate the 65th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards with an invitation only cocktail reception sponsored by Grey Goose® and Beaulieu Vineyard®. The 65th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards telecast will be taped on Sunday, September 15th to air on Saturday, September 21st at 9:00 PM ET/PT for the first time on the brand new FXX Network.

When: Saturday, September 14, 2013, Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, 5230 Lankershim Blvd., NoHo Arts District, CA

More: The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, founded in 1946, is a non-profit organization known for recognizing television excellence through its Primetime Emmy® Awards and the Primetime Creative Arts Awards.  In addition, the Television Academy annually awards the Television Hall of Fame, the Television Academy Honors (recognizing television’s power to create positive social change), the Emmy Engineering Awards, and the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. Its charitable Foundation operates the Archive of American Television (emmytvlegends.org), College Television Awards, acclaimed student internships, faculty seminars and other educational outreach programs. The Academy provides thought-leadership with the award-winning emmy magazine, its many industry-related programs and services, and year-round events.  For more information, please visit www.emmys.com, follow us on Twitter @primetimeemmys and like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/PrimetimeEmmys.

+Continue Reading

Emmys: DP Rob McLachlan on Game of Thrones

  • BY
  • August 21, 2013

Last year, cinematographer Rob McLachlan, ASC, CSC lens’d two of the most talked about episodes of the coveted HBO series Game of Thrones. One being The Rains of Castamere, aka the “Red Wedding.” The other being the finale, Mhsya, which bestowed him his first Emmy nomination during his well-respected 35 year career.  Taking the time out of his busy schedule, Rob sat down with S&P to talk shop and let us in on season 4.

DP Rob McLachlan, ASC, CSC

DP Rob McLachlan, ASC, CSC

First nom. Must be a nice feeling. Do you see it any differently than some of the ASC or CSC noms in the past?
I have been at this for quite a while. I never really expected to get an Emmy nom. So many things need to align for that to happen. Obviously the cinematography needs to be good, but the show needs to be really good AND hopefully high profile.

The truth is, I think the work I was doing in the past was just as good as many other shows. In fact, I think my work on Millennium in the mid-90’s for instance was better and more original. In the long run, it was certainly more influential, but that show wasn’t the hit say, X-Files was and people didn’t see the work. I guess after 360 episodes of TV and 2 dozen TV movies my number finally came up.

+Continue Reading