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ATAS Announces 2008 Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards Recipients

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) has announced the recipients of the 2008 Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards. Recipients will receive their awards during the Engineering Awards ceremony, to be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles.



Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award
The Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Dr. Woo Paik for the invention of the digital video compression technology adopted by the HDTV Grand Alliance; his leadership in the development of DigiCipher, the digital compression technology that is the basis for DTV broadcasting; and his leadership in the development of Video Cipher, the de facto standard for distribution of scrambled cable channels over satellite. 



Without Dr. Woo’s many contributions, there would be no switchover from analog to digital television on Feb. 17, 2009. The Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award is an Emmy Award that honors a living individual whose contributions over a long period of time have significantly affected the state of television technology and engineering.



Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award
The Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award will be given to Evertz Technologies Ltd., an industry leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of video and audio infrastructure equipment for the production, postproduction, broadcast and Internet protocol television.

Evertz’ technologies are utilized by content creators, broadcasters, specialty channels and television service providers to support their increasingly complex multi-channel digital and high-definition television broadcast environments. The Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award is an award to honor a company whose contributions over a long period of time have significantly affected the state of television technology and engineering.



Engineering Emmys
Two Engineering Emmys will be awarded at the August 23 ceremony. These Emmy Awards are presented to an individual, a company, or an organization for developments in engineering that are either so extensive an improvement on existing methods or so innovative in nature that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television.

Recipients of the Engineering Emmys are the Joint Video Team Standards Committee (for the development of the High Profile for H.264/MPEG-4 AVC) and Zaxcom Inc. (for the Deva Location Sound Recorder).

Engineering Plaques
Four Engineering Plaques will also be awarded. The Engineering Plaque is presented for those achievements that exhibit a high level of engineering and are important to the progress of the industry. The Engineering Plaque is not meant to be a consolation prize, but a positive recognition of engineering achievements that are on a different level of technology and industry importance than the Emmy.

Recipients of the Engineering Plaques are Scott Leva (for the Precision Stunt Air Bag

), Sebastian Cramer and Andreas Dasser (for the Skater Dolly Product Family, P+S Technik GmbH), Craige Bandy and Ed Bandy (for the 360 Overhead Jib, Tricam Video Productions Company), and Pandora’s Box (Media Magik).

  • Scott Leva for the Precision Stunt Air Bag


    Stunt falls broken by conventional air bags are dangerous, because if the stuntperson hits the bag off center, he/she risks being bounced off or sliding off onto the ground, causing serious death or injury. The Precision Stunt Air Bag is engineered to safely roll the jumper into the bag rather than bounce or let him/her slide off the bag.


  • Sebastian Cramer and Andreas Dasser for the Skater Dolly Product Family (P+S Technik GmbH)


    The Skater is an extremely compact and lightweight dolly and, uniquely, the only one to merge a basic camera head and a small lightweight dolly into one single unit.


  • Craige Bandy and Ed Bandy for the 360 Overhead Jib (Tricam Video Productions Company)
    Unlike the conventional floor-mounted 360 jibs, this device is mounted above the action and enables 360 degree moves around a subject with the camera facing toward the center or facing out.


  • Pandora’s Box (Media Magik)
    A complete real-time compositing media server each with a 4K workspace in dual channels of 2K HD/SD outputs for on-air and pre- and postproduction.



Engineering Certificate
One Engineering Certificate will be presented. Engineering Certificates are not classified as awards; rather, they are meant as recognitions for those accomplishments which contribute to the efficiency and productivity of the industry. The recipient is:



  • Paulo Castillo for the Motion Control Telescoping Timelapse Crane (Paulo Castillo Productions)
    The timelapse crane advances the field of time lapse by integrating the use of DSLRR cameras and a motion control crane into a small, easy to transport package.



The 2008 Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards are overseen by the Technology and Convergence Committee co-chairs Stephen Jones and John Nachreiner. Members of the committee are Philip Angerhofer, Russell Calabrese, Don McCuaig, Michael Olman, Jason Rosenfield, Cristy Trembly and Steve Venezia.

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