Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood Tech Retreat Shifts Attention to UK

Magazine article Screen International

Hollywood Tech Retreat Shifts Attention to UK

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Trade body HPA, which recently rebranded from the Hollywood Post Alliance to the Hollywood Professional Association, is targeting facility engineers, CTOs and post producers to a local reworking of the conference and networking event, which it has organised in the US since 1993.

It arrives in the UK at an auspicious time, given the country's explosion in staging and post production of studio features and high-end TV drama.

"It's an acknowledgment from the powers that be in LA that UK houses have a lot of influence on the worldwide stage," said Framestore CTO Steve MacPherson.

"With facilities in Montreal, Vancouver and India, there's a lot of activity which is not LA based so the 'Hollywood' in the HPA brand is less about location and more about the concept of a global post community."

It was the merger last May with technical standards body SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) - and in particular the influence of SMPTE's 500-plus UK members - which drove the decision to launch in the UK.

The North American retreat is located in Palm Springs. The UK venue is Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire.

Game Of Thrones

Steve Beres, HBO's vice-president for west coast media and production operations, will open the two-day event with a spotlight on the latest series of fantasy epic Game Of Thrones. This will include an explanation of the show's use of Dolby Atmos object-based audio and the challenges delivering this to the home.

Shot in Belfast, the post-production for Game Of Thrones is shared roughly 50/50 between UK and LA facilities. …

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