NoHo Arts District, CA — The Television Academy today announced the recipients of the 68th Engineering Emmy® Awards honoring development and innovation in broadcast technology. Kirsten Vangsness, one of the stars of the critically acclaimed CBS drama Criminal Minds, will host the awards on Wednesday, October 26, from the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
Vangsness, who plays an FBI technical analyst on the hit series, has broken through gender barriers and challenged conventional roles for women in television with her portrayal of the smart, quirky, tech-savvy character Penelope Garcia. The following is a list of awards to be presented:
The Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award
Honors a living individual whose ongoing contributions have significantly affected the state of television technology and engineering.
Recipient: John C. Malone
John C. Malone, cable pioneer, philanthropist and chairman of Liberty Media (with stakes in Discovery Communications, Lions Gate Entertainment and Starz) will be honored for his lifetime commitment and immeasurable contributions to the advancement of cable television.
The Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award
Honors an agency, company or institution whose contributions over time have substantially impacted television technology and engineering.
Recipient: NHK’s Science & Technology Research Laboratories (NHK STRL)
NHK’s Science & Technology Research Laboratories (NHK STRL) will be honored for their distinguished and groundbreaking contributions to the broadcast industry. NHK’s decades of pioneering innovations have transformed the technical capabilities of broadcasters both in Japan and worldwide.
Presented to an individual, company or organization for engineering developments that considerably improve existing methods or innovations that materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television.
This year’s six (6) Engineering Emmy recipients are:
SyncOnSet is the first software application for production design departments that permits immediate, collaborative access of data that supports the budgeting, continuity tracking, inventory management and wrapping of production assets. The tool employs a specialized algorithm that automates most of the script breakdown providing a universal breakdown for the departments of costumes, hair, makeup, props, set decorations, and locations, saving many hours of manual labor. Replacing traditional paper binders, this highly secure, cloud-based application permits authorized users to upload continuity photos from any browser or Android/iOS smart device in real time to be shared with other authorized viewers. These features have resulted in the rapid adoption of the product for most of television’s scripted programming.
Recipient: Ncam Technologies
Ncam’s unique approach to camera tracking technology allows for the real time integration of live action and computer-generated elements. The positional tracking system utilizes a pair of high-speed witness cameras to create a 3D image of the environment, along with a number of mechanical sensors. The system works with any kind of camera, including Steadicam, cranes and dollies. This allows productions to convincingly integrate augmented reality graphics into their broadcast shows.
Recipient: Sony 2/3” 4K Imaging System
The world’s first 2/3” 4K three-sensor system incorporated in the Sony HDC-4300 Series Camera supports traditional lens parameters essential to the production of remote sporting events and in-studio dramatic and variety programming. This revolutionary camera produces exceptional HD & 4K pictures and allows multiple frame rates, including ultra-high rates for superior super slow-motion playbacks. It incorporates multi-format, multi-speed and multi-resolution images in HDR (high-dynamic range) and WCG (wide color gamut).
Recipient: Saunders Electric
Saunders Mobile UPS Power Station is setting a new standard in providing critical technical power for major television broadcasts while providing an innovatively green approach to reducing carbon emissions. If a land power outage is detected, the fully automated system seamlessly transfers the power loads to the Autostart generator. When land-line power returns, the system automatically switches back to land-line power and shuts down the generator without interruption of power and without excessive burning of diesel fuel.
Recipient: Zaxcom Inc.
Zaxcom, widely considered the industry leader in digital wireless technology, has significantly contributed to the advancement of television broadcasting. Its innovative products include the first digital wireless transmission system for microphones and a production tool that married wireless transmission with a recording device located within the actor’s body pack. Zaxcom will be honored for innovations in digital wireless technology.
Recipient: Group It For Me!
Group It For Me! is a cloud-based software that analyzes a sync map of thousands of hours of reality series footage and quickly returns accurate grouped clips that can be viewed on Avid, significantly improving a highly labor-intensive process. Producers and editors may then view all the cameras simultaneously and make informed creative decisions. The software has quickly become a preferred organizational solution for many reality shows, both nationally and globally.
About the 68th Engineering Emmy Awards
The 68th Engineering Emmy Awards are overseen by Chair Barry Zegel, senior vice president, general manager, CBS Television City, and committee members Wendy Aylsworth, Chris Cookson, Ruth Adelman, Stuart Bass, Jim DeFilippis, Dave Stump, William Powloski, Leon Silverman and Craig Weiss.