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ARRI, disguise, ILM, Shure among Emmy Award winners

Annual awards honour an individual, company or organisation for developments in broadcast technology

The Television Academy has announced the recipients of the 74th Engineering, Science and Technology Emmy Awards.

The annual awards honour an individual, company or organisation for developments in broadcast technology.

“Innovation is a vital part of television production; and the talented engineers, scientists and technologists we have recognised are essential to the growth of our industry,” said Frank Scherma, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy. “These pioneering companies and visionaries have leveraged the power of technology to elevate television and storytelling in fundamental ways.”

Dr Paul Debevec has been awarded the 2022 Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in high dynamic range imaging, image-based lighting and photogrammetry. Debevec’s pioneering work makes it possible to record and reproduce the light of real scenes to illuminate virtual scenes and vice versa, said the Academy.

The Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award has been won by ARRI for its more than a century of designing and manufacturing camera and lighting systems as well as “systemic technological solutions and service networks for a worldwide complex of film, broadcast and media industries”.

Speaking about the award, Dr Matthias Erb, chairman of ARRI’s executive board, said: “We are very thankful to the Television Academy for this esteemed recognition. Throughout our history, ARRI has been dedicated to creating the very best tools and solutions for the global production community. We look forward to many more years of successful collaboration.”

The Academy has announced seven Engineering Emmy recipients, including:

Mark Hills and Marc Bakos for the Cleanfeed remote audio review/recording system: Cleanfeed is a high-fidelity “conference call” software as a service with a focus on audio production. It enables collaboration with audio-quality equivalent to all participants being together in the same studio and with low latencies for smooth interaction between talent.

disguise Systems Ltd for the disguise platform: The disguise platform is an advancement in image processing that incorporates elements of video playback and real-time technology to improve interaction between computer graphic elements, digital images and environments, physical actors, props, and practical sets.

“Receiving this award is a huge win for disguise and a testament to our efforts to redefine the world of production through our xR solution,” said CEO Fernando Küfer. “We are grateful for our team who keep on pushing boundaries and our community of users who partner with us and use our technology to create amazing productions.”

Industrial Light & Magic for the StageCraft virtual production tool suite: ILM StageCraft is an end-to-end virtual production tool suite that bridges the gap between practical physical production methodologies and traditional digital postproduction visual effects by providing the ability to design, scout and light environments in advance of the shoot and then capture that vision in camera during principal photography.

Geoffrey Crawshaw and William Brinkley for the Leostream remote access software: Leostream’s remote access and desktop connection management software enables news and entertainment organisations to create security-conscious remote production environments that are sustainable, performant and cost-effective.

Shure for the Axient Digital wireless audio system: The Shure Axient Digital Wireless System equips audio production teams with the wireless capabilities necessary to deliver transparent, true, artifact-free audio for television and television broadcasts.

Sohonet for the ClearView Pivot remote collaboration tool: Sohonet’s ClearView Pivot is a real-time remote collaboration tool with the flexibility to connect creative users at the click of a button, allowing the user to stream colour and frame-accurate footage in 4K HDR, 12-bit colour depth and 4:4:4 chroma sampling in real time with ultra-low latency.

Stype Cajic, Andrija Cajic, Daniel Kruselj and Ivica Antolkovic for the stYpe suite of optical/camera tracking tools: The stYpe suite of optical/tracking tools includes the first bolt-on mechanical tracking kit for camera cranes (StypeKit) that was used to retrofit existing cranes and transform them to virtual production cranes (complete with lens data delivered to an ethernet interface).

The winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony on 28th September in Los Angeles.