ARRI Awarded Technical Engineering Achievement by TV Academy


Last Updated: January 29, 2013 1:34 pm GMT
(January 29, 2013) The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored Arnold & Richter Cine Technik (ARRI) with a 2012 Technical Engineering Achievement Award on Jan. 10 in Las Vegas at a ceremony during the Consumer Electronics Show.

Taking note of the ARRI ALEXA camera’s high performance and prevalent use in broadcast television, the achievement recognized “Improvements to Large Format CMOS Imagers for Use in High Definition Broadcast Video Cameras.” Many feature film and television productions shot with ALEXA like GAME OF THRONES, DOWNTON ABBEY and MAD MEN have been recognized with awards. This past weekend at the Producers Guild Awards, MODERN FAMILY, HOMELAND and GAME CHANGE took home top prizes – all were shot with ALEXA. Earlier this month at the Golden Globes, HOMELAND won Best TV Series in Dramatic and Best TV Series Comedy/Musical went to GIRLS, which was also shot with ALEXA.

Franz Kraus, ARRI’s Managing Director, accepted the award on behalf of Arnold & Richter Cine Technik. When accepting the award, Kraus specifically thanked two of the company’s long term imaging technology partners, ON Semiconductor and Tower Jazz, for their contributions. Bob Klosterboer, Senior Vice President at ON Semiconductor, and Michael Cieslinski, technical lead of ARRI´s digital imaging group, accompanied Kraus on stage to accept the Emmy.

Kraus commented, “Since 2000, when ARRI’s first CMOS sensor was designed, Michael Cieslinski has headed the ARRI sensor design group. The first sensors were used in 2002 in the ARRISCAN 35 mm film scanner, and in 2003 in the ARRIFLEX D-20, ARRI’s first digital motion picture camera. The invaluable knowledge gained from these early efforts helped us to develop an entirely new sensor, which is now used in thousands of ARRI ALEXA cameras worldwide.”

Other manufacturers who were recognized with this distinction included Canon USA, INC, Sony Electronics Inc and RED Studio.

Said committee Chairman, Robert P. Seidel, Vice President of CBS Engineering and Advanced Technology, “The National Academy’s Technology and Engineering Achievement Committee is pleased to honor technology companies and individuals whose innovation and vision have materially affected the way the audience views television and have set the standard for technological excellence in the industry.”

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public. For more information, please visit the website at

About ARRI:

With headquarters located in Munich, Germany, Arnold and Richter Cine Technik (A&R) was founded in 1917 and is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of motion picture camera, digital intermediate (DI) and lighting equipment. The ARRI Group comprises a global network of subsidiaries, agents and representatives that covers all aspects of the film industry: design, engineering, production, equipment rental, turnkey lighting solutions, post production, film and sound laboratory services, and visual effects. Manufactured products include the groundbreaking ALEXA digital camera system, film cameras, professional camera accessories, cutting edge LED lighting and DI solutions such as the ARRISCAN and archive tools. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI’s engineers and their technical contributions with 18 Scientific and Engineering Awards.

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