Herb Dow to Receive HPA Lifetime Achievement Award

Industry vet Herb Dow will receive the Hollywood Professional Association’s lifetime achievement award during the HPA Awards on Nov. 17 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Dow’s five-decade career has included editing and helping to introduce cutting-edge technologies in postproduction.

After attending UCLA, he began his career as an apprentice editor at Desilu Studios, progressing to film editor. His credits as a film editor span 20 years and include projects for MGM, Warner Bros., Lorimar, Fox, Paramount, Columbia and Universal.

Dow segued from the role of editor to that of enabling edits when he pioneering the design and implementation of the Ediflex, one of the first and most popular of the pre-digital nonlinear editing systems, which helped to usher in the transformative way of editing. In 1986, he was a member of the Ediflex team that received a Technical Emmy Award.

Dow went on to work for and with companies including Encore, Lightworks and Media.net, and is currently working with Bebop Technology, which aims to transition postproduction to a cloud environment.

"Herb Dow has not only been the face of technology that has enhanced the creative process, he has been the heart of our community as well,” said HPA past president Leon Silverman, who will present the award to Dow. “Through his infamous ‘roasts’ and weekly postproduction industry lunches, Herb has been the master of ceremonies who brought our industry together and into the digital age. I can honestly say that Herb is someone who is not just admired for his hard work, but is loved for the joy he brings to everything he does and everyone he meets.”

Said Dow: "To have been selected for this honor means so much to me and to my family. To this day, I am blessed to work with wonderful friends and collaborators who are changing the ways creative people work.”

Dow is a member of American Cinema Editors, UCLA Television and Film Educational Board and F.O.C.U.S. Institute of Film board of advisors. He has been a visiting professor at UCLA Extension and taught editing at Loyola Marymount.