Ted Gagliano to Receive Hollywood Post Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award

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Thu, 07/29/2010 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Ted Gagliano president of 20th Century Fox feature post-production will receive the Hollywood Post Alliance’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the HPA Awards in November.  The Lifetime Achievement Award pays tribute to well-respected individuals who have made a significant contribution to the post-production industry.   Gagliano has been at Fox since 1991 and was named president of post-production in 2001.  At Fox his responsibilities include oversight of the completion of all films from 20th Century Fox’s five film divisions: Fox Main Division Fox 2000 Fox Searchlight Fox Animation and Fox Walden.  Currently 20th Century Fox has over 25 films in production and post-production.   Recently Gagliano oversaw the complex post-production of the groundbreaking film Avatar. More than 100 different delivery versions of Avatar - an unprecedented number - were created for the December 18th day-and-date release in 102 countries.  There were 18 different versions of Avatar created for the domestic market plus an additional 92 for international markets which were released in 47 languages.  The international versions included more than 52 subtitled and 18 dubbed versions on film 58 subtitled and 36 dubbed versions in digital 3D nine subtitled and eight dubbed versions in digital 2D and 23 subtitled and 15 dubbed versions for Imax all optimized for different screens sizes. In the same way the accomplishments associated with the successful completion of Avatar are revolutionary and significant in the discipline of post-production. The post-production process had to manage developments from physical production the evolving 3D and visual effects pipeline and tactically execute one of if not the most ambitious delivery requirements in the history of cinema. Leon Silverman president of HPA says “Ted Gagliano’s contributions to post-production reflect his significant leadership skills during a career in which our industry has undergone profound creative technological and business change. Ted’s personal style his eager embrace of new tools and methods and his ability to navigate both within the studio and creative community have earned him deep respect and trust from some of our industry’s most influential filmmakers and executives. While Ted has attained a level of professional stature that has come through years of hard work and significant accomplishment he has always stayed close to the post community who is so proud to be honoring him with this award.” Gagliano a comparative literature graduate of Princeton University began his professional career at Paramount Pictures New York where he was the 3D technical coordinator for Friday the 13th Part III. In 1981 he moved to Los Angeles where he was named manager film library services.  In that role he supervised restoration mastering and versioning of Paramount’s famed film library.  In 1986 he moved over to the feature and television post-production department.   Over the course of his career he has overseen post production on such diverse films as Independence Day Titanic Moulin Rouge Master & Commander Walk the Line and both the X-Men and Ice Age franchises.  He has a particular fondness for his role in supervising the film restoration for the special edition of the original Star Wars trilogy. In addition to his work as a movie studio executive Gagliano has produced a number of theatrical plays music videos and original songs. The HPA Awards www.hpaawards.net