The Hollywood Professional Association and the HPA Awards Committee have announced that respected journalist Peter Caranicas will be honored with the HPA Legacy Award. Caranicas is the first recipient of the honor. Given only at the discretion of the HPA Awards Committee and HPA Board of Directors, the HPA Legacy Award honors inspiring leaders, mentors, influencers, and those who have made consistent and valuable contributions to the industry. The award will be bestowed on November 21 at the 14th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Production & Post-Production
Ziva Dynamics has won the Monolith Award for Technology for its flagship simulation software, Ziva VFX. The annual award is presented to the achievement that represents “the most outstanding innovations in technology" across the media and entertainment industry. It was presented live to Ziva Dynamics on November 9 at the Infinity Festival in Hollywood.
The trade association New York Women in Film and Television has partnered with GoIndieTV to showcase showcase the work of its talented membership through the third annual NYWIFT Online Shorts Festival. Members are invited to submit their short films, TV pilots and webisodes to the festival, which will run on GoIndieTV.com and on Roku for public viewing in early 2020.
Post-production IT specialist Edwin Polanco has joined Periscope Post & Audio, Hollywood, as its chief engineer. Polanco will set engineering policies, oversee technical operations and lead technology planning. He will also manage the engineering aspects of the facility’s ongoing buildout.
The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will examine the promise, and potential peril, of digital humans and so-called deepfakes at its monthly meeting November 19, in Hollywood. Held in tandem with the Radio, Television, Digital Newsroom Association, the free event will include a panel discussion of experts in the emerging field of synthetic humans.
Red Digital Cinema has named Alan Piper managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Piper, a veteran in the industry with previous experience at Red, will oversee operations, sales, marketing, services, and customer relationships in the region, while expanding the company’s interface with post-production facilities. He will be based in the Red offices at Pinewood Studios and will manage the launch of Red’s new storefront facility in Soho early next year.
Visual Data Media Services, which provides digital supply chain services to global content owners and distributors, has acquired London-based MX1 UK Limited, which offers content preparation services to leading broadcasters and content owners as a part of SES, the world’s leading satellite operator and managed service provider.
Independent London post house Directors Cut Films – owned and operated by its creative staff – has invested in a Baselight Two color grading workstation with a Blackboard 2 control panel.
Axle AI has launched Ascribe.ai, which the company is calling a breakthrough in affordability for the artificial intelligence driven transcription of videos. Ascribe.ai is available directly from the Adobe Exchange Application Marketplace at no charge, and includes one hour of free transcription of video content on registration.
Warner Bros Pictures has landed a multi-film deal with Locksmith Animation, the UK computer graphics feature studio, to co-develop and distribute its slate of pictures, it was announced today by Toby Emmerich, chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group; Courtenay Valenti, president production and development, Warner Bros. Pictures; and Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart, co-CEOs of Locksmith.