THX Developer to Receive Inaugural Edward J. Greene Award

The Cinema Audio Society established the new award to honor work in advancing sound.
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Tomlinson Holman

The Cinema Audio Society has created a new award in memory of Edward J. Greene, a sound veteran who earned a remarkable 22 Emmys during his career and who died last summer at the age of 82.

The award will be called the Edward J. Greene Award for the Advancement of Sound and will be presented when the society's board feels it is merited. The inaugural award will be presented to Tomlinson Holman, a previous CAS Career Achievement Award honoree who is credited with creating THX, at the 54th CAS Awards, which are set to be held Feb. 24 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

“The passing of Ed Greene had a profound effect on the CAS and sound community at large. The board of directors and the former presidents wanted a meaningful way to honor Ed’s memory,” CAS president Mark Ulano said Tuesday in a statement. “Presenting this inaugural award to Tomlinson Holman, who has contributed so much to the sound community in both cinema and broadcast, is the perfect representation of who and what this award represents.”

When George Lucas sought a rethink of film systems, Holman was named chief engineer of postproduction at Lucasfilm and was challenged to work on the ends of the chain that would be needed no matter whether it was an analog or digital workflow. He found that for over 30 years, theater sound system technology had stagnated even as many improvements in loudspeaker theory and design had occurred. Holman evaluated those improvements, invented some new technology and then combined them into a system that Lucas named THX, after Holman's initials and the crossover(X) electronics that he invented.