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Interview with Josh Rizzo (Part 3) – Chief Technology Officer at Hula Post Productions

Published on October 25, 2014

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We continue our sit-down with Josh as we discuss common workflow frustrations, snowflake procedures and the democratization of technology in the industry.

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Interview with Josh Rizzo (Part 2) – Chief Technology Officer at Hula Post Productions

Published on October 18, 2014

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In this week’s installment we talk about the perils of remote collaboration, how the Cloud is similar to traditional rentals and the many ways the democratization of content is changing the industry.

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Interview with Josh Rizzo (Part 1) – Chief Technology Officer at Hula Post Productions

Published on October 11, 2014

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As an entertainment technologist Josh Rizzo works with companies across the film, television, broadcast and advertising industries in the strategic implementation of new technologies. He focuses on developing workflow solutions for production, editorial, post production and archival for projects both large and small.

 

Rizzo’s background includes Vice President of Technology for Slate Media Group, Director of Technology with Wexler Video and a number of creative consultancies. He has hands-on experience with cinematography, editorial and visual effects, as well as product design, software development and systems engineering.

 

We begin our discussion looking at the rental industry, how it has changed over the years and where he thinks is headed to in the future.

 

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Interview with Ethan Applen (Part 2) – Executive Director, Global Business Development at Warner Bros.

Published on October 4, 2014

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This week we wrap up our discussion with Ethan by chatting about Media Camp success stories and the best ways for startups to pitch their companies to potential partners and investors.

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Interview with Ethan Applen (PT. 2) – Executive Director, Global Business Development for Warner Bros.

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Interview with Ethan Applen (Part 1) – Executive Director, Global Business Development at Warner Bros.

Published on September 27, 2014

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Ethan Applen is Executive Director of Global Business Development at Warner Bros., and one of the program directors of Media Camp, Warner Bros.’ media-focused accelerator. He is focused on how emerging technologies will radically change how consumers experience entertainment content, and the new business models that will facilitate those consumer shifts.  Ethan has done extensive work in the area of innovation and facilitation as a catalyst for growth; this includes internal innovation initiatives targeting new processes to enable quicker ideation, prototyping, and launching of ideas to market, as well as external partnerships allowing for innovation through collaboration (through partnerships, JVs, commercial deals, and direct investments/accelerator models). He has a history of success in building and launching new business models and products to the market.

Today we chat about how markets like China are changing the media business, tips for startups and the Warner Bros. Media Camp program.

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Interview with Ethan Applen (PT. 1) – Executive Director, Global Business Development for Warner Bros.

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Interview with Ian Sellers – Broadcast & Production Technology Lead at YouTube

Published on September 20, 2014

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Ian’s experience in live TV spans work for MLB, NHL and Univision Sports.  When the design company he was working for received the contract to build the YouTube Studios he began his journey into the world of Internet television. The project was a dream for him and his team since they were given all the resources necessary to design and build a forward thinking space to allow the next generation of video producers to create for this new and exciting medium.

In our discussion we examine how he handles a large multitude of codecs and one off processes daily, the current state of content on YouTube and the future of programming on the Internet.

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Interview with Neil Coleman – VP of Post Production at Eyeworks USA

Published on August 16, 2014

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Neil Coleman is an innovative and collaborative Television Technical and Post Production Executive. He began his television career at Swell Pictures, a post-production house in Chicago where he finessed his editing skills and client relations techniques, creating everything from music videos and commercials to tape packages for talk shows.

His career took off when he joined the staff of The Oprah Winfrey Show, where he worked on every aspect of the history making broadcast. From Oprah’s month-long remote during her Mad Cow trial in Amarillo, Texas – to her celebrated interview with Nelson Mandela, Neil’s time in the editor’s chair won him five Emmy awards and the trust and praise of the show’s producers. It also gave him a unique perspective and into how each department’s needs could be met with improved workflow solutions, stronger relationships and better communication.

Moving into management allowed Neil to use his editor’s insight to create innovative solutions that improved the efficiency of producing each episode. When The Oprah Show ended, Neil became a principal member of the team that guided Harpo Studios into collaboration with Discovery Communications and the launch of OWN.

In 2012, Neil moved to Los Angeles to launch the nationally syndicated Jeff Probst Show. Building his team from the ground up, Neil guided and mentored the staff, building a creative and inspiring environment. Responsible for creating a local cloud based production workflow, he established a system that allowed all departments to share the same data and media. Currently, Neil is Vice President of Post Production at Eyeworks USA where he is researching new opportunities to enhance efficiencies through elegant workflows. A “geek” at heart, Neil is constantly investigating the latest technology and is passionate about pursuing how best to advance the collaborative nature of producing entertainment.

In our interview, we take a trip back into the early days of both of our careers and discuss many of the important lessons we have both learned, examine change management challenges and how to best handle UI requests from users.

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Interview with Neil Coleman (Full Interview) – VP, Post Production at Eyeworks USA

 

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Interview with Guillaume Aubuchon – CTO, DigitalFilm Tree

Published on June 13, 2014

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Guillaume Aubuchon is a leader in technology innovation pioneering file-based workflow breakthroughs on TV shows such as Nip/Tuck, The Sarah Silverman Program, and NCIS: Los Angeles and feature projects like Spike Jonzes’ “Her”.

Guillaume has led the development of new camera systems, editing software and storage solutions. As CTO of DigitalFilm Tree, he is now focused on bringing cloud based workflows into mainstream productions.  Guillaume is a huge proponent of OpenStack and a leader in its implementation in entertainment.

In our chat, we discuss what OpenStack is,  some examples of its implementation in productions and the reaction of the industry to this new technology.

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Interview with Guillaume Aubuchon (Full Interview) – CTO DigitalFilm Tree

 

 

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Interview with Michael Kammes – Director of Technology & Marketing at Key Code Media

Published on September 7, 2013

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Michael Kammes consults on and demonstrates workflows benefiting the post industry: acquisition, stereoscopy, storage, editorial, audio, finishing, and encoding in his role as Director of Technology & Marketing  at Key Code Media. His background of integration and configuration of both hardware and software, coupled with his production experience, gives him a keen insight into the future of the post industry.

Michael has spent many years on the technical, consulting, and demonstration side of post production. He’s been involved in the design and build of hundreds of NLE systems and facilities, and consulted on even more. He’s also had the privilege of working on many new media and interactive media based projects, from web design to DVD to interactive kiosks. He’s been a keynote speaker at colleges, conventions, technology retreats and symposiums.

His post audio experience encompasses serving as a Dialogue Editor, SFX Editor, ADR Recordist & Editor, Re-Recording Mixer and Supervising Sound Editor on dozens of film, television and internet based projects.

He is currently a member of the MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors), an Apple Certified Trainer (Final Cut Pro – ACT FCP), an Avid Certified Support Representative (ACSR), and is constantly becoming certified on latest and greatest post technology has to offer.

In our discussion we talk about NAB and many of the Avid announcements including MC7, Sphere and how Avid’s new look up table feature will change a lot of post workflows in TV/Film.

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Interview with Michael Kammes – Director, Technology & Marketing at Keycode Media

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Submission Date Extended for the Fourth Annual DAMMY Awards

Published on August 29, 2013

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Just a reminder that you still have time to get your entry considered for the DAMMY awards.  Please see the press release below for more information.

LOS ANGELES (August 23, 2013) — Createasphere, the leading community builder uniting business leaders, content creators, emerging technology providers and thought leaders working in entertainment and media, has extended the submission date for the Fourth Annual DAMMY Awards.

In the three years since their launch, the DAMMY Awards have become the standard for excellence in the industry, sought after by a wide variety of companies and individuals at work in asset management. The deadline for written submissions has been extended to September 16, 2013. The DAMMY Awards will take place on October 8, 2013, at the Westin New York Grand Central during a gala luncheon ceremony.

The DAMMY Award winners are chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges who review the entries. The submissions process is a rare opportunity for entrants to articulate their process, work, and excellence. After the submission period ends and judging has been completed, an abstract of all the entries will be published online so others in the community can pick up information and learn more about asset management challenges and solutions.

Categories include:

Best Storage, Archive, and/or Preservation Solution

Recognizing the most innovative solution for storage, archive, and/or preservation, which could include software, hardware, a specific project or services. The winner’s solution will demonstrate the most user-friendly option(s), revolutionary design and maximum return on investment. This must be presented in the form of a case study and include the components of the challenge/problem, solution, examples and results.

Best Strategy or Solution for Digital and Media Asset Management during the Acquisition of Content

Recognizing streamlined and innovative workflow at the content acquisition or creation stage. The winner’s solution must demonstrate core understanding of digital and media asset management through development of strategic processes and implementation of software or hardware. Submissions can include content providers, software, hardware or consultants. This must be presented in the form of a case study and include the components of the challenge/problem, solution, examples and results.

Best Example of Asset and Media Repurposing

Recognizing a company, organization or technology that has demonstrated profitability with multi-use of assets and media to increase or create an additional revenue stream or product. This must be presented in the form of a case study and include the components of the challenge/problem, solution, examples and results.

Best Strategy Ease of Use for End-User Interface

Recognizing a company, organization or technology that has created ease of use for end users in a DAM System interface reflecting an intuitive user experience. This must be presented in the form of a case study and include the components of the challenge/problem, solution, examples and results.

DAMMY of the Year

Recognizes an outstanding individual that has positively impacted the success and growth of the digital asset industry and community. A well-known and respected individual that exemplifies forward thinking, leadership, and innovation, and has made global contributions to the standards and best practices for management of digital and media assets.

For more information about the DAMMYs, and complete submission guidelines please visit http://createasphere.com/event/t5/dammy-awards or call Chris Webb at 818.842.6611, ext. 1386.

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Interview with Jennifer Neumann of Final Candidate

Published on August 17, 2013
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Jennifer Neumann has more than 20 years' experience developing and deploying content
solutions. After finishing her university degree in computer science, she co-founded
and bootstrapped Canto Inc, establishing it as a global brand.

She has built worldwide sales and marketing partnerships with companies including
Quark, Adobe, Apple, Kodak, and many others.

Ms. Neumann also fostered strong partnerships with clients including several Fortune
100 entities such as Citigroup, IBM, State Farm and Walt Disney.

In 2004, under Ms. Neumann's leadership, her previous company was awarded
Entrepreneurial Company of the Year by leading analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.

Respected as a market influencer and visionary, Ms. Neumann has spoken at numerous
worldwide industry events, and has frequently been interviewed by leading magazines.

Below are the links to the articles on the site that Jennifer mentions as well as 
information on Content Management Interoperability Services or "CIMS":

Funding your MAM Part 1
Funding your MAM Part 2

Budgeting Part 1

Budgeting Part 2

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Interview with Roger O’Donnell – Musician, Composer and Keyboardist for The Cure

Published on July 27, 2013

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This week we change our focus to the music industry as we interview a true pioneer from that scene Roger O’Donnell.  Roger is best known for his work with The Cure but he has had a very long and interesting career.

To learn more about Roger’s life and career, please check out rogerodonnell.com.

In our interview we discuss Roger’s career, how art and music are so similar and the evolution of the music business, building your own home studio and his opinion of technology companies.

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Interview with Roger O’Donnell (Full Interview) – Musician, Composer and Keyboardist for The Cure

 

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Interview with Terry Curren – Founder of Alpha Dogs on NAB 2013 (Full Interview)

Published on June 22, 2013

We visit again with a site favorite as we chat about NAB 2013 with Terry Curren, Founder and President of AlphaDogs. AlphaDogs is a post production facility and design studio located in the heart of Burbank’s Media District, blocks from the Walt Disney Company and NBC Studios.

To check out Terry’s previous interview please go to – First Interview with Terry Curren

In the series of interviews, we cover his favorite NAB product, cloud providers, Apple’s new Mac Pro, the future of cinema and how that business model is changing right before our eyes, the myth of 4K and Lytro camera based workflows.

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DAMMY Awards

Published on June 3, 2013

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For those of you with DAMs in operation or involved with a technology company, you might be interested in entering your work for a DAMMY.

Below is a press release with more information:

Now in their fourth year, the DAMMYs are recognized as the most prestigious awards in the field of Digital Asset Management, honoring the people and organizations whose creativity and innovation made a positive impact in the previous 12 months.

DAMMY categories include:

DAMMY of the Year

Recognizing an outstanding individual that has positively impacted the success and growth of the digital asset industry and community.

Best Storage, Archive and/or Preservation Solution

Recognizing the most innovative solution for storage, archive, and/or preservation, which could include software, hardware, a specific project, or services.

Best Strategy or Solution for Digital and Media Asset Management during the Acquisition of Content

Recognizing streamlined and innovative workflow at the content acquisition or creation stage. Submissions can include content providers, software, hardware, or consultants.

Best Example of Asset and Media Repurposing

Recognizing a company, organization or technology that has demonstrated profitability with multi-use of assets and media to increase or create an additional revenue stream or product.

Best Strategy Ease of Use for End-User Interface

Recognizing a company, organization or technology that has created ease of use for end users in a DAM System interface reflecting an intuitive user experience.

Past winners across the categories have included ADAM Software; Hallmark Cards; UPS; Showtime Networks; and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. DAMMY of the year winners have included Steve Cronan of 5th Kind; Jason Bright of Media Beacon; and Thomas Schleu of Canto Software.

The entry submission period closes August 30 and the DAMMY Awards will be presented on October 8, 2013, at a gala luncheon ceremony held during Createasphere’s Digital Asset Management Conference at the Westin New York Grand Central Hotel. Reservations for the luncheon can be made at https://www.etouches.com/dammyawards2013 beginning April 22nd. The luncheon is included with full DAM Conference registration available now at https://www.etouches.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=58749&.

This year’s judges include:

  • Fran Alexander, Information Architect, BCA Research. From 2009 to 2013, Alexander worked for the BBC’s Information and Archives division as Taxonomy Manager, using metadata and taxonomies to support search, browse and content management.
  • Lisa McIntyre, GSD&M. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Library and Information Science, McIntyre has filled various roles at GSD&M. Positions as an Information Professional and an Account Executive have uniquely prepared her to help lead the company’s charge into the DAM arena.
  • David Riecks, ControlledVocabulary.com. Riecks founded ControlledVocabulary.com as a resource to help others learn how best to build controlled vocabulary lists, thesauri, and keyword hierarchies for describing images in databases. Riecks was named “Pioneer of Digital Preservation” by the Library of Congress for his work in photo metadata standards.

For more information about the DAMMYs and complete submission guidelines please visit http://createasphere.com/event/t5/dammy-awards or call Createasphere at 818.842.6611.

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Interview with David Peto, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Aframe

Published on June 1, 2013

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David Peto started Aframe after seeing the daily grind that moving image makers had to go through just to be creative, and how disillusioned they were by an ever more technical industry. He has taken Aframe from an idea to a multi-site company with development and management teams from the best the industry has to offer.

Starting his career as a producer, David took his last company, Unit Post Production, from idea to a turnover of £3.5 million, staff of 50, and top ten industry ranking in two and a half years, before selling out in 2009.

In the series of interviews with David we discuss how inefficient our file based workflows have become, why a hybrid cloud solution can help you leverage your current infrastructure, the best ways to handle change management as you migrate to the cloud, how to design simple user facing front ends and cloud best practices for productions.

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Interview with David Peto (Entire Interview) – CEO of Aframe

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Interview with Ian Hamilton – Chief Technology Officer at Signiant

Published on May 16, 2013

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Ian Hamilton has been an innovator and entrepreneur in Internetworking infrastructure and applications for more than 20 years. As a founding member of Signiant, he has led the development of innovative software solutions to address the challenges of fast, secure content distribution over the public Internet and private intranets for many of the media and entertainment industries’ largest companies.

Prior to Signiant, Ian was Chairman and Vice President of Product Development at ISOTRO Network Management. He was responsible for launching ISOTRO’s software business unit and created the NetID product suite before the company was successfully acquired by Bay Networks.

Ian held senior management positions at Bay Networks and subsequently Nortel Networks, from which Signiant emerged. Previously Ian was a Member of Scientific Staff at Bell Northern Research performing applied research and development in the areas of Internetworking and security.

We discuss with Ian how just getting a file to a destination is not the only thing you need to worry about, why simplicity of workflow through practical standardization is the key to cleaner workflows and the concept of designing media solutions for non-technical users to help streamline your processes.

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Interview with Ian Hamilton (Entire Interview) – Chief Technology Officer at Signiant

 

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Interview with Chris Parker – CTO of Sim and Bling Digital

Published on May 4, 2013

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Considered one of the world’s foremost experts in file-based workflow from camera acquisition to post, Chris is recognized as a leading innovator in the new world of digital production. As a founder of Bling Digital and now CTO of the merged entity of Bling and Sim Digital, Chris’s fingerprints are having far reaching impacts on TV series, features and commercials shot throughout the world.

Chris and his teams’ have a forward thinking mentality based on a single goal of finding new efficiencies for production and post when shooting digitally. This has led to new workflows that are being utilized across the world, with dozens of shows shooting all over the world utilizing workflows and equipment tailor made for their needs by Chris and his teams.

In this week’s segment, we talk about the changes in post as the industry as evolved, how to balance the needs of all of the departments on a show when designing a workflow/change management and why shows might want to build their own post facilities right in their own offices and best practices for doing that.

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Interview with Chris Parker – CTO of Sim and Bling Digital

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Interview with Stuart Bowling – Sr Worldwide Technical Marketing Manager at Dolby Labs

Published on April 6, 2013

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Stuart Bowling leads technical aspects of product and technology deployments for Dolby’s Cinema business on a global level. This includes sound and image technologies and products such as audio processors, servers, software and Dolby 3D. He works with a team of experienced professionals to address challenges that arise from the deployment of audio and video technologies as well as potential services.

One of his current projects is the application of the Dolby Atmos technology in the entertainment industry.

In our chat with Stuart, we talk about the recent history of cinema sound, what makes Dolby Atmos so revolutionary and how the technology standardizes the theatrical experience around the world.

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Interview with Stuart Bowling – Sr Worldwide Technical Marketing Manager at Dolby Laboratories

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