January 06, 2014 9:00am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Curt Behlmer Joins Dolby (Exclusive)
Curt Behlmer -- a 30-year motion picture industry vet who most recently served as chief technology officer of entertainment services at Technicolor — has been named senior vp, content solutions and industry relations at Dolby Laboratories.
He will report to Doug Darrow, Dolby’s senior vp, cinema.
Behlmer told The Hollywood Reporter that in his newly-created position, he will be combining Dolby’s imaging and audio technology and postproduction tools to create a “full ecosystem to represent [filmmakers’] creative vision all the way through the chain. It’s not just about Atmos or TrueHD, it’s how do we pull it all together.”
He added that he will initially be working with the creative community on the cinema environment as a springboard to additionally reach areas including broadcasting and streaming. This week, Behlmer will be at the International CES, where Dolby is introducing its Dolby Vision technology and also demoing its Dolby 3D system.
“Curt has the experience, knowledge, and leadership to help Dolby strengthen its connections with the entertainment industry and creative community, and to ensure that we are developing technology aligned with the industry’s own aspirations and needs,” said Darrow.
While at Technicolor, Behlmer's responsibilities including building the company’s digital cinema services organization, as well its audio postproduction facility on the Paramount Studios lot.
Earlier, he held technology and senior executive positions at Warner Bros., Soundelux Entertainment Group, Digital Cinema Ventures, Ryder Sound Services, and Lions Gate Films.
Behlmer is also a multiterm Governor of the Sound Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, president of the Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, and a member of the Hollywood Post Alliance and British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society.