Swartz tribute in works for NAB confab


Plans are under way for a tribute to Charles Swartz during the upcoming Digital Cinema Summit at the 2007 National Association of Broadcasters convention, set for April 14-19 in Las Vegas. Swartz, who died last month, was director and CEO of the Entertainment Technology Center, an organized research unit at USC within the School of Cinema-Television. He led ETC-USC from February 2002 until his retirement last spring. Under his watch, ETC-USC's Digital Cinema Lab became Hollywood's de facto digital-cinema forum, hosting and supporting the Digital Cinema Initiatives work toward establishing d-cinema specifications. The ETC-USC and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers are co-producing the sixth annual summit.