6:31pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
Postproduction Industry Veteran Ron Silveira Dies
Ron Silveira, a well-known and well-liked veteran of the postproduction community in Hollywood, died June 20 after a battle with cancer.
He most recently served as vp Universal Studios Digital Services for NBCUniversal, which he joined in 2004. Earlier, Silveira spent nine years as COO of The Post Group, where he was responsible for the visual effects division and the digital film group as well as formed its design group, Momentum Lab. While there, Silveira contributed to the development of HD and digital-cinema services at a time when the post industry was going through rapid technological change.
"Ron was probably the kindest man in post," said longtime colleague Loren Nielsen, co-founder and president of Entertainment Technology Consultants. "His clients, employees and colleagues all adored him. Not only was he committed to getting the job done, he was committed to making everyone around him feel good. He could always be counted on for words of advice, an introduction to colleagues and support for industry events.
"He was also a pioneer. He was involved with establishing the first nonlinear editing systems, and it was in 1996, while at The Post Group, that he first tested targeting projectors in his telecine suites, creating the earliest digital cinema images of the modern era."
Earlier, Silveira served as president of Compact Video/Image Transform and president of Unitel. He was a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and a past president of former postproduction trade association ITS' Southern California chapter.
Silveira received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MBA from Willamette University in Salem, Ore.
Survivors include his wife, Annaliz, and a brother.