Leon Silverman to Receive HPA Lifetime Achievement Award

Silverman, general manager of Disney's Digital Studio, will receive the honor at the 10th annual HPA Awards.
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Leon Silverman will receive the Hollywood Post Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award at the 10th annual HPA Awards on Nov. 12 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

The postproduction veteran — who is the founding and current president of HPA — is general manager of the digital studio for the Walt Disney Studios. He oversees Digital Studio services and has overseen several construction projects on the studio's lot that included the 26,000 sq. ft. Digital Studio Center, a new editorial center in the Frank G Wells Building and a high dynamic range laser projection review theater.

Before Disney, he spent two decades at LaserPacific during a time marked by technological changes including the introductions of HD and digital motion picture finishing. In 2004, a year after it was acquired by Kodak, Silverman was named the company's president and simultaneously served as Kodak's vp entertainment imaging and director of strategic business development for entertainment imaging services.

In 2002, Silverman spearheaded a coalition of postproduction executives to help launch the Hollywood Post Alliance. He has served as its president since its inception, and the organization is now in the process of formalizing an alliance with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

“It is a delight to honor Leon on this, the 10th anniversary of the HPA Awards," said SMPTE executive director Barbara Lange. "The award shines a light on his role in the organization, his significant contributions to the postproduction industry and his unfailing support of the vision of so many filmmakers. ... What I enjoy most about working with him is the passion he brings to every endeavor, and his championship of the industry that he loves."

For decades, Silverman has helped to introduce new technology and workflows to Hollywood. He's been recognized for his contributions to LaserPacific’s Electronic Laboratory and SuperComputer assembly process, both of which earned engineering Emmys. While at Disney, he has received six Disney Inventor Awards.

Silverman currently serves as governor at large for SMPTE, where he's a Society Fellow. He's an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, an affiliate member of American Cinema Editors and was recently invited as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.