AMWA Workflow Seminar Panel Includes Leading Studio Officers


Hollywood Seminar on advanced media workflows will feature industry experts speaking about their experiences with file-based production

Last Updated: October 20, 2009 6:32 pm GMT
(Atlanta, Georgia--October 20, 2009) For the first time, the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is pleased to co-sponsor this seminar that brings together production and post-production experts, vendors and users to explore the current generation of file based workflows and future expectations.

The seminar is a pre-conference event for the 2009 SMPTE Technical Conference and Expo and will begin at 1:00 PM with an industry panel presentation, followed by technical demonstration, and end with a Cocktail Reception from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

The seminar panel of studio, post production and industry experts will talk about what they are actually doing today with file-based workflows in their facilities. They will also share how they are looking to improve their metadata workflow through the production and distribution process. Confirmed speakers are:
  • Christopher T. Carey, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Technical Operations, Paramount Pictures
    Chris Carey is responsible for all studio centralized operations, archive activities including physical and digital asset storage, management, preservation and restoration of program, mastering and distribution fulfillment services thru all release windows, and all post production services facilities. He was formerly the Chief Marketing & Technology Officer with Technicolor, Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Studios and General Manager of Westlake Audio, Inc. He is a member of AMPAS, MPSE, CAS, and SMPTE; and served on the boards of numerous industry associations. Chris is a contributing author of Understanding Digital Cinema, which was published in 2005. His education is in Music Theory and performance at State University at Buffalo, NY.

  • Christopher J. Cookson, President, Sony Pictures Technologies
    Chris Cookson oversees the development and implementation of the studio’s technology processes and policy; and serves as Sony Pictures’ chief technology liaison with other Sony Corporation businesses. He was formerly Chief Technology Officer of Warner Bros., President of the Warner Bros. Technical Operations Division, General Manager of Operations and Engineering for the CBS Television Network, and at ABC Television Network was responsible for International and ABC Domestic broadcast centers for the 1984 Olympics. Chris holds more than 50 U.S. patents, including several underlying DVDs. He is a Fellow of SMPTE, and member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and AMPAS; and has been awarded two Emmys. Chris holds a BSE degree and an MBA from Arizona State University.

  • John Footen, Vice President, National TeleConsultants
    John Footen is an acknowledged industry expert in such areas as service-oriented architecture, business process management, and web services, all of which have a major impact on today’s broadcast television and professional media systems. At NTC, he is in charge of business and services development of the Software Solutions Group. He is a sought-after speaker and expert writer on software architecture and workflow issues, and serves as NTC's senior representative to the industry. John serves on the AMWA Board of Directors, is a member of SMPTE and has extensive international experience from living and working in North America, Asia, and EMEA. He holds degrees in Computer Science and Film & Television from New York University and is the co-author of The Service-Oriented Media Enterprise: SOA, BPM, and Web Services in Professional Media Systems.

  • John Hurst, Chief Technology Officer, CineCert
    John Hurst is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of CineCert, LLC., a leading provider of consulting services and software products for d-cinema. CineCert developed the Compliance Test Plan for DCI and is the only DCI-licensed testing laboratory in North America. John is a member of the AES and a Fellow of the SMPTE. He was the editor of many SMPTE standards for d-cinema and currently serves as vice chairman of Technology Committee 21DC. With more than 25 years of experience with production and post-production technology and prior to his involvement in d-cinema, John was responsible for the design and operation of audio production facilities, location recording systems, and large-scale IP networks.

  • Tim Padilla, Executive Director, Digital Media Systems, Warner Bros.
    Tim Padilla is responsible for technical aspects of the Digital End to End (DETE) project including encoding and transformation technologies, solution architecture and infrastructure. In his systems-based role, Tim has been deeply involved in the studio's transformation from physical to digital distribution of content for the past five years. Heim is also responsible for the Media Asset Retrieval System (MARS), the studio's enterprise digital asset management solution that catalogs, stores and distributes Ad/Pub assets for 30+ business units. Prior to DETE and MARS, Tim led implementations of Global ERP and enterprise financial reporting systems.

  • Leon D. Silverman, General Manager of the Digital Studio, The Walt Disney Company
    Leon D. Silverman is responsible for the strategy, policies and transition of the live action motion picture studio to a fully digital post production platform. Prior to joining Disney, he was President of LaserPacific Media Corporation, a Kodak subsidiary, and Vice President of Entertainment Imaging for Kodak. For his work at LaserPacific, he was awarded two Emmys. Leon is the current president and a founder of the Hollywood Post Alliance, is a Fellow of SMPTE, and serves as a Disney management representative on the Entertainment Technology Center at the USC’s Interoperable Master Format specification efforts. Leon is also an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers and an affiliate member of the American Cinema Editors.

About the AMWA
The Advanced Media Workflow Association is a user-focused industry body dedicated to the promotion, development and adoption of open, accessible standards and specifications relating to file-based workflows (including AAF, MXF and other formats), Service Oriented Architectures, and Application Specifications as they apply to the areas of content creation, production, post-production, rich media authoring, archiving and distribution. AMWA members include Ad-ID, Adobe Systems, AmberFin, Ascent Media, Avid Technology, BBC, Discovery Communications, National TeleConsultants, Omneon, Turner Broadcasting, FOX, Grass Valley, Harris Corporation and TMD. Visit the AMWA on the web at


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