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Who Will SMPTE Honor This Year?

SMPTE announces winners for outstanding achievement in motion imaging (October 11, 2004)

SMPTE has announced the award winners for outstanding achievement in the motion imaging industry. The Annual Honors and Awards ceremony and reception will be held Thursday, October 21 in the Fountain Ballroom at the Westin Hotel, Pasadena from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

This ceremony is just one of the events taking place during the SMPTE Technical Conference and Exhibition in Pasadena, October 20-23. For more information about the conference please visit the SMPTE website at

Listed below are the individual award recipients and background information on each honoree.

This award is given to honor the individual by recognizing outstanding technical contributions to the progress of engineering phases of the motion picture, television, or motion imaging industries.

This year’s recipient is Kees Schouhamer Immink, president and founder of Turing Machines Inc. For more than 30 years, Immink, a SMPTE Fellow, has been in the forefront of the research of digital recording products. He developed the coding technology of a wide variety of digital video and audio recorders such as the Compact Disc, Compact Disc Video, CD-R, MiniDisc, DAT, DCC, DVD, and recently the BluRay disc system. His research has resulted in 4 books, more than 100 articles, and more than 400 international patents. For his pioneering contributions to the digital audio and video revolution, Immink has been honored with numerous awards, including an Emmy and the SMPTE Poniatoff Gold Medal.

It is the purpose of this award to honor the recipient by recognizing outstanding contributions in the application of digital technology to the motion imaging arts and sciences. The award shall recognize developments in software, equipment, systems, or the standardization of technology involved in the acquisition, processing, or distribution of sound and images related to motion imaging.

Hugo Gaggioni, this year’s recipient, is Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer of the Broadcast and Production Systems Division of Sony Electronics Inc. Gaggioni’s research interests have been in the areas of digital video and image processing, information theory, video/audio compression, and multidimensional signal processing. He holds 6 patents and has 32 technical publications in the areas of video compression, digital filter banks, and HDTV devices and systems. Gaggioni has served as session chair of 13 international conferences in the areas of HDTV and bandwidth compression systems. He has also given numerous presentations and tutorial courses on signal processing and advanced video technologies at international events sponsored by SMPTE, IEEE, ITU, and Eurasip organizations. He is a Fellow of SMPTE and has served as chair of several SMPTE technical standardization groups.

It is the purpose of this award to honor the recipient by recognizing outstanding contributions which lead to new or unique educational programs utilizing motion pictures, television, and high-speed and instrumentation photography, or other photographic sciences. The award shall recognize developments, which result in advancing the educational process at any or all levels.

Dr. Roderick T. Ryan, this year’s recipient, began his career as a World War II naval photographer and was one of the cameramen who photographed the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. A 40-year veteran of Eastman Kodak, Ryan retired in 1986 having served for many years as a Regional Director of Engineering Services in Hollywood. Throughout his career, Ryan has been honored with many awards. He is a Life Fellow of SMPTE and the recipient of the 1978 Technicolor-Herbert T. Kalmus Gold Meal Award for his continuing and substantial contributions to color film printing and processing systems. An active member of the organization, Ryan has served as a Governor, Treasurer, Vice-President of Photoscience and Vice-President of Motion Picture Affairs. Ryan also is a Fellow of the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society. He has been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Scientific and Engineering Award in 1981, a Medal of Commendation in 1990, and the Gordon E. Sawyer Award in 1999. The American Society of Cinematographers selected Ryan as an Honorary Member, a special tribute limited to only a few non-cinematographers, including George Eastman, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, Neil Armstrong and Gregory Peck.

The John Grierson Gold Medal Award
This award recognizes an individual for technical achievements related to the production of documentary motion picture film and significant contributions to the technology of documentary film production.

Ed and Steve Sabol are the recipients of this year’s award.

Ed Sabol began his film career shooting his son’s prep school football games. His reputable technique for filming games was soon sought after by other area schools. In 1962, Sabol created Blair Motion Pictures and later that year bid for the rights to film the 1962 NFL Championship game; with its success he filmed ensuing NFL Championship games. He later convinced the League to start its own motion picture company to promote the league and reserve its history. Over the years, NFL Films’ innovations in the film industry have changed the way America watches football. NFL Films has received an Emmy award and numerous International awards. Sabol has also received awards for his contributions to football and the NFL. In 1991, he was honored with the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio and Television Award, recognizing exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.

Steve Sabol is president of NFL Films and the artistic vision behind the studio. Building on the entrepreneurial spirit of his father and founder of NFL Films, Sabol was recently named the 2002 Sports Executive of the Year by Sporting News magazine. Each season, Sabol uses his unique management style to inspire an ensemble cast of 300 creative personalities to produce hundreds of hours of original television programming for NFL Network. He was recently honored with the prestigious Pete Rozelle Award, which is presented each year to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the National Football League and professional football.


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