Elektrofilm taps Phillip J. Feiner

Duties include managing the Burbank facility

Veteran film industry innovator Phillip J. Feiner has been named COO/executive vp of Elektrofilm Digital Studios, for North America.

The executive will manage the postproduction business' Burbank facility, as well as oversee strategic planning and growth of the company, which also maintains offices in the Berlin, London and Munich areas.

He will focus in particular on the development of the Elektrofilm Digital Media Environment (DME), a digital asset management and archiving system that is beginning to rollout in the community.

He is well versed in this area. The industry veteran previously held the position of president/CEO of Pacific Title & Art Studio, a company he served from 1977 until they parted ways last year.

In 2007 he won an Academy Award for Scientific and Engineering Achievement for his part in the development at Pacific Title of the Rosetta digital archiving process.

Feiner is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards Committee and its Science and Technology Council. He chairs the Academy's Digital Archival initiative.

"Phil Feiner has consistently demonstrated a talent for anticipating where the industry is going and an ability to respond to its needs with innovative thinking and smart business practices," said Elektrofilm Digital Studios CEO Rob Walston.

The DME system for managing digital assets in particular attracted Feiner to Elektrofilm. "It is critical in this particular time," Feiner said. "A lot of libraries at the studios are going to at some point go digital, and (will go digital) all the way down the value chain."

Feiner is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers and its technology committee; an affiliate member of American Cinema Editors; and a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, Association of Moving Image Archivists and Visual Effects Society.

During his tenure at Pac Title, Feiner oversaw the restoration of such classics as "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Ben Hur," and the original "Star Wars" trilogy prior to its 1989 re-release. Feiner's projects included the creation of Pacific Title Digital in 1989. In 2002, he began work on the Rosetta process.