Interview with Stephen Beres – VP of Media and Production Operations, West Coast for HBO

Stephen Beres, elegantworkflow.com, dave ginsberg, consulting, cloud migration, digital asset management, workflow design, technology updates, Open Stack, user centric solutions, interviews, industry leaders, best practices, editing, DAM, MAM, SAN, NAS, SAAS, PAAS, technology solutionsStephen Beres currently serves as Vice President of Media and Production Operations, West Coast for HBO. As a member of the HBO Studios West team Steve is actively researching, testing and helping productions to integrate new acquisition formats and helping HBO to bridge the digital gap.

Previously, Steve worked with FotoKem Inc. as Director of Engineering for the HPA Award winning nextLAB project. NextLAB is a division dedicated to pioneering file based workflows and empowering filmmakers with the tools they need to produce exceptional work in the digital cinema age. Steve’s lab helped to integrate new technologies and processes into the vast array of services already offered by FotoKem and its subsidiaries Burbank’s Keep Me Posted and San Francisco’s Spy Post.

Before that, Steve served as Chief Technical Officer for PlasterCITY Digital Post (PCDP) of Hollywood, California. PCDP was an acknowledged leader and innovator in post-production processes for feature films, commercials, music videos, and non-fiction programming. As system architect for PCDP’s nonlinear editing facility-designed around Apple Final Cut Pro and central storage-Steve was a key player in developing the industry’s first 4Gb SAN solution, based on Apple Xsan technology.

Steve also earned distinction on television and film projects for Sony Pictures Classics, Mandalay Entertainment, Canada’s YTV, Fox Sports, Comedy Central, The WB and many others. Before joining PlasterCITY, he worked with Apple Computer as a Final Cut Pro Trainer and Video Systems Engineer. Steve’s insights and experience have made him a popular guest speaker at The National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB), MacWorld and the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), as well as an instructor and curriculum developer for Panasonic & HD Expo.

In our interview Steve discusses his history in developing cutting edge workflows, how off the shelf programs led to a revolution against “heavy iron” and why Game of Thrones could never have been shot in film.


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Interview with Stephen Beres – VP of Media and Production Operations, West Coast for HBO

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