Is it already that glamorous time of year again? I guess so as the Hollywood Post Alliance is now accepting entries for their 8th Annual HPA Awards. So get on it. Or as Jim Gaffigan would put it.. chip chop chip.
If you’re not familiar with the Hollywood Post Alliance, you should be. Especially if you’re in the entertainment business. Besides the HPA Awards that recognize the achievements of individuals and companies in post production, they put on a remarkable Tech Retreat and assist in great events like NAB Post Pit.
The submission period this year is from May 15th through July 12th for the various categories. Submissions for the Engineering Excellence Award and the Creativity and Innovation Award will be accepted from now till June 21st. Note, if you get your entries in before June 14th, there’s a reduction in the fee. Cha-ching. The eligibility period is work produced from September 11, 2012 – September 3, 2013.
The categories included:Outstanding Color Grading-Feature Film
- Outstanding Color Grading-Television
- Outstanding Color Grading-Commercial
- Outstanding Editing-Feature Film
- Outstanding Editing-Television
- Outstanding Editing-Commercial
- Outstanding Sound-Feature Film
- Outstanding Sound-Television
- Outstanding Sound-Commercial
- Outstanding Visual Effects-Feature Film
- Outstanding Visual Effects-Television
- Outstanding Visual Effects-Commercial
- Engineering Excellence Award
- HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production
By the looks of it, the HPA has injected visual effects categories this year, which is something S&P can get behind enough. Hopefully, we’ll get to see an Outstanding Sound in Reality Television in the future..? I don’t know. It’s just a slight agenda push/suggestion as we fortunately get to talk to a lot of the Bob Bronow’s of the post world, and they have some pretty challenging work. All the complete rules, submissions forms and 10pt fine print font can be found at www.hpaawards.net. The Awards themselves will be held November 7th at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. Like em on Facebook or follow on Twitter.
March 13, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) has announced the topic for its latest SCRG luncheon panel, Deal Maker or Breaker: Collaboration, which will take place Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in North Hollywood, CA. The discussion will cover how technology has nearly leveled the playing field of opportunity and the importance of collaboration, our willingness to work together; and that now more than ever before our industry’s strengths are founded on relationships. Can we learn to be proactive and embrace this style of cooperative business practices and ideologies? Ben Benedetti, Executive Director Sound Editorial and Digital Services, Sony Pictures Entertainment will moderate.
Joining Mr. Benedetti, are top industry professionals, Bruce Sandzimier, VP Post, ABC Studios; Lisa Black, SVP Business Development and Enterprises, FishBowl; Steve Beres, Technology Architect, HBO; Michael Fink, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor and Andrea Kalas VP of Archives, Paramount Pictures.
The HPA is a leading industry organization connecting trade professionals and bringing forth awareness and recognition for the post production industry. The HPA created the Sales Career Resource Group (SCRG) to further their mission of creating community amongst sales and marketing professionals, providing a forum of support and resources; and to continue the proliferation of the HPA, stimulate member growth and further exemplify its ideals and commitment to industry support. The HPA® SCRG luncheons are engaging, expert-driven educational events that create community among sales, marketing and business development professionals.
The last several SCRG lunches have sold out, so early registration is encouraged. Online registration is $60 for HPA members and $80 for non-members, and can be purchased by visiting www.hpaonline.com. If the event doesn’t sell out, limited onsite registration may be available at higher prices. For information about the Hollywood Post Alliance and their Sales Career Resource Group (SCRG) series, please visit
About the Hollywood Post Alliance®
Hollywood Post Alliance (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.
February 5, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) For nearly twenty years, the Hollywood Post Alliance® (HPA) Tech Retreat® has drawn the top creative and technical experts involved in the creation and management of content to a conference where compelling ideas and new products are explored in lively conference sessions, networking events and demonstrations. The Tech Retreat is an informal meeting of the minds, where industry leaders in engineering, technology, creativity and strategic business; that are engaged in all aspects of digital-cinema, post production, film, television, video, and related endeavors, meet in an unparalleled environment for the exchange of knowledge and information. The gathering helps to define and clarify the development of technologies driving the industry. This year’s event returns to the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells in Indian Wells, California (Palm Springs area), on February 18-22, 2013.
January 7, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance® – the trade association for the post production community – has opened registration for the 2013 HPA Tech Retreat. The HPA Tech Retreat is the annual conference that brings together thought leaders from digital and content creation, media and entertainment, forensics, medicine, digital imaging, government, academic research and others for four days of intense conversation, learning and networking. This progressive industry event always delivers important technological developments in production, post production and broadcast. The HPA Tech Retreat is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for industry professionals.
The HPA Tech Retreat takes place February 18-22, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells, California (Palm Springs area). The event features cocktail receptions, a welcome dinner, breakfast roundtables, and fireside chats, as well as opportunities for networking throughout each day.
The four-day conference also includes a Demo Room, where groundbreaking new technologies are presented. There have been significant changes in the Demo Room and in addition to new technologies, new and unique services, which haven’t been included in the past, will be on hand during the event.
While the deadline to be included in the Demo Room has passed, the HPA will continue to try to accommodate worthy submissions. Companies and service providers are urged to act quickly if they wish to be included. Inquiries concerning the Demo Room should be directed to this year’s managers, Vincent Maza or Alexa Maza at TechRetreatDemoRoom@hpaonline.com. Also, the Early Bird registration deadline is Monday, January 7.
The HPA Tech Retreat program is being updated continuously and you will find it and all other information and registration at the HPA website: http://www.hpaonline.com. For questions, please contact the HPA office at 213-614-0860.