10:20am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Marvel Tech VP Annie Chang Named to AMPAS SciTech Council
Marvel Studios vp technology Annie Chang, one of the leading women in Hollywood's tech community, has accepted an invitation to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
During Chang’s prior 11 years at Marvel's parent company Disney, she has shaped technology standards and strategies, helped research and implement new technologies in feature postproduction and mastering and helped the studio transition from tapes to files and launch consumer distribution platforms.
A fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Chang also is the co-chair of SMPTE’s Essence Technology Committee and was a five-year chair of SMPTE’s Interoperable Master Format standardization project. She joined the Academy as a Member-at-Large earlier this year.
With the addition of Chang, the 2016-17 Council now has 25 members, led by two co-chairs from the Academy’s visual effects branch: Academy governor Craig Barron, an Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor; and Paul Debevec, a senior staff engineer at Google VR, adjunct professor at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and a lead developer of the Light Stage image capture and rendering technology, for which he received a Scientific and Engineering Award in 2009.
The Council’s 22 other returning members are Wendy Aylsworth, Academy vp John Bailey, Rob Bredow, Lisa Zeno Churgin, Elizabeth Cohen, Douglas Greenfield, Don Hall, John Hora, Jim Houston, Rob Hummel, Randal Kleiser, Academy governor John Knoll, Beverly Pasterczyk, Cary Phillips, Joshua Pines, Douglas Roble, Milt Shefter, David Stump, Steve Sullivan, Academy governor Bill Taylor, Academy governor Michael Tronick and Beverly Wood.