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Peter Jackson to receive SMPTE honorary membership

Lord of the Rings director is being recognised for his technical contributions to the advancement of engineering in motion pictures and the allied arts and sciences

Director Peter Jackson is being recognised by SMPTE at its annual awards, where he will be awarded honorary membership in recognition of outstanding technical contributions to the advancement of engineering in motion pictures and the allied arts and sciences.

This year’s SMPTE Awards Gala will be taking place virtually across two ceremonies on 30th November and 1st December.

During the first event, Girish Balakrishnan, director of virtual production at Netflix will be SMPTE’s most prestigious honour the Progress Medal, in recognition of his “long-term commitment and unwavering pursuit of the democratisation of virtual production methodologies.”

Former Warner Bros exec Christopher J Cookson will have honorary membership conferred upon him in recognition of his efforts to advance technology in the production and distribution of television and motion pictures.

The following day Jackson will receive his award, alongside Wendy Aylsworth, CEO, Walden Pond, who will receive the Progress Medal in recognition of her long career, during which she helped shape how media content is distributed to homes and cinemas around the world.

The ceremony on 1st December will also see David Sarnoff posthumously recognised with SMPTE’s Society Honour Roll.

“This year’s Gala leverages a virtual format to make the awards celebration more accessible than ever,” said SMPTE executive director Barbara Lange. “We’re proud to be presenting the event on a truly interactive virtual platform that will give guests a real opportunity to meet, connect, and share the experience in a meaningful way.”