Honors and Hires: USC Dedicates Charles S. Swartz Chair

Professor Richard Weinberg is installed as its first holder.
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Dean Elizabeth M. Daley, Richard Weinberg and Stephanie Rothman.

This column in THR’s Behind the Screen blog -- which runs on Fridays -- covers members of the filmmaking and technology community.


The Charles S. Swartz Endowed Chair in Entertainment Technology at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts was dedicated last week. Writer/director Stephanie Rothman, wife of the late Charles Swartz, donated the chair. Her husband is perhaps best known for his extensive contributions to the industry's transition to digital cinema. That included serving as CEO of USC's Entertainment Technology Center and editing the textbook Understanding Digital Cinema. Richard Weinberg, research associate professor at SCA, was installed as the first holder of this chair. Pictured above at the dedication are (from left) Dean Elizabeth M. Daley, Weinberg and Rothman.


Paradigm announced the following client news: Production designer Kathrin Eder and editor Wendy Smith have joined Amazon’s Maker Shack Agency; cinematographer Kitty Doris-Bates is on board NBC series Growing Up Fisher; and editor Kevin Ross will cut AMC’s Halt & Catch Fire

Dattner Dispoto and Associates shared the following client news: Director of photography Sam Levy will photograph director Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young; costume designer Paco Delgado has joined The 33, helmed by Patricia Riggen; director of photography Trevor Forrest will lens director Rory Rooney’s Unreachable By Conventional Means; and line producer Rick Bosner joined director Nick Sandow’s The Wannabe.


Dattner Dispoto and Associates has signed production designer Richard Berg (Dallas, Modern Family), and directors of photography John Barr (Last I Heard) and Benn Martenson (commercials).

Paradigm has signed editor
 Andrew Cohen (Bag of Bones, Masters of Horror).


Arri had hired Jim Davis as a broadcast sales specialist, focused on areas including field production, news and sports magazines, and reality programs. Davis brings more than 20 years of experience in TV broadcast sales and technology, at companies including Vitec Videocom. He is based in Burbank.

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