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Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will appear in a featured conversation at an annual Women in Technology luncheon, held in conjunction with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers’ annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Oct. 26-29 at Loews Hollywood Hotel.
The conversation with Boone Isaacs, moderated by The Hollywood Reporter’s contributing tech editor Carolyn Giardina, will touch on topics including the evolution of the Academy and the industry as a whole. The event will be hosted by the Hollywood Post Alliance’s Women in Post group and SMPTE.
Boone Isaacs is currently serving her third term as president of AMPAS, and heads CBI Enterprises. Prior roles include president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema and executive vp worldwide publicity for Paramount. Beginning this month, she will serve as an adjunct professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
Diversity is a topic at this year’s SMPTE conference, which will also feature a session examining how broader outreach, more inclusive of women, minorities and younger industry members, can better enable the industry to attract top engineers. Chaired by Kellie McKeown, a software engineering turnaround consultant, the session will feature Wendy Aylsworth, SMPTE past president, former senior vp technology at Warner Bros. Technical Operations and current chair of the USC Entertainment Technology Center; Andrea Berry, media consultant for Fox Networks Engineering and Operations; Marilyn Pierce, director of engineering for master control and program distribution at FOX News Channel; Renu Thomas, senior vp technology and operations at Disney ABC Television Group; and Jennifer Zeidan, media systems engineer at Industrial Light & Magic.
“Though the industry today is more diverse than in past decades, there is much work yet to do to inspire people from all demographics to become involved in the art and science of motion imaging and related fields,” said Aylsworth. “By enriching the engineering ranks with a more diverse workforce, we strengthen the industry’s ability to create and distribute entertainment that is widely accepted by all cultures. During SMPTE 2015, attendees will have valuable opportunities to engage in dialogue about how we can be more effective in achieving this goal.”
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