PANAVISION'S GENESIS CAMERA HONORED WITH AN ENGINEERING EMMY

On Wednesday, October 26, Panavision will be among those selected to receive a prestigious Emmy Engineering award. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced this week that Panavision and Sony will receive an Engineering Emmy for technical collaboration and significant advances in single chip digital camera technology use for primetime television production.

“We are honored to receive this recognition which highlights the innovative work that was done by our team in the field of digital imaging,” said John Suh, President and CEO, Panavision Inc. “Congratulations to Panavision’s Advanced Digital Imaging group, which drove the technical development, and to the many people within our organization who delivered the product into the hands of our customers. They are ultimately responsible for making the product a success.”

Engineering Emmys are presented to an individual, company or organization for engineering developments so significant an improvement on existing methods or so innovative in nature that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television.

The Panavision Genesis was the first digital motion picture camera to commercially introduce in 2005 a single-chip (CCD) sensor the size of a Super 35mm motion picture frame. Developed by Panavision in conjunction with Sony Corporation, the Genesis marked an innovative breakthrough in digital motion picture camera design. It enabled the use of existing 35mm motion picture lenses, along with an advanced log encoding of its image capture (Panalog) that reproduced a wider dynamic range of scene tones that are better able to emulate a more filmic look and feel.

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards will be hosted by “Big Bang Theory’s” Mayim Bialik at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles. Other honorees include Fox Group’s Andy Setos, who will be recognized with the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award and Time Warner and Time Warner Cable, who will receive the Philo T. Farnsworth Award (of which Panavision was a past recipient). The other recipients of the Emmy Engineering Awards include IBM Corporation and Fox Networks Groups, Ultimate Arm and Apple Inc. for the development of the iPad. An engineering plaque will go to Yahoo Connected TV and engineering certificates will be given to Xfinity TV ipad App and Time Warner TV iPad App.

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards are overseen by co-chairs Chris Cookson, President, Sony Pictures Technologies and Geoff Katz, VP, Executive Producer, Related Content Database, Inc. Members of the committee include Wendy Aylsworth, SVP of Technology, Warner Bros.; Curtis Clark, ASC; David E. Feldstein, Executive Producer, Mobile and Advanced Platforms, Fox Sports; Kevin Hamburger, Supervising Producer, "The Talk"; Eileen Horta, Sound Editing Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; David N. Jensen, Partner, Digital Transformation Leader, IBM; Will Kreth, Sr. Director - Advanced Video Strategy, Time Warner Cable; Bob Lambert, CEO, the digital firm; John D. O'Brien, Electronic Production Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Leon Silverman, General Manager, Digital Studio at Walt Disney Studios.