October 19, 2011

Big Bang Theory Star Mayim Bialik to Host the 2011 Engineering Emmys in Los Angeles

Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik will host the 63rd Primetime Emmy® Engineering Awards on October 26 in Los Angeles. Time Warner's work in on-demand media and Fox Group’s Andy Setos to be recognized with special honors. Plus one of four engineering Emmy® Awards to Apple iPad.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the recipients of the 63rd Primetime Emmy® Engineering Awards. Recipients will receive their awards during the ceremony on Wednesday, October 26th at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, which will be hosted by Mayim Bialik from The Big Bang Theory. Below is a list of the awards that will be given:

The Philo T. Farnsworth Award will be given to Time Warner and Time Warner Cable for their pioneering work in bringing true interactive and versatile on-demand television to audiences as exemplified by the Full Service Network.

The Philo T. Farnsworth Award honors an agency, company or institution whose contributions over time have significantly impacted television technology and engineering.

Time Warner and Time Warner Cable's Full Service Network (FSN) was a pioneering trial for interactive television that targeted an initial 4,000 households in Orlando, Florida, with services that ranged from video-on-demand to ordering fast food using just the TV remote.

The trial aimed to study how interactive services would work, as well as their costs and advertising capabilities. It was the first service network to offer traditional cable, interactive television, telephone services, and high-speed PC access by integrating them over a fiber-optic and coaxial cable network, which has now become an industry standard. It was the forerunner to robust video on demand and other entertainment and communications services consumers enjoy today.

The Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award honors a living individual whose on-going contributions have significantly affected the state of television technology and engineering.

This year’s award will be given to President of Engineering for The Fox Group, Andy Setos. Setos is a pioneer and thought-leader in advanced broadcast and video delivery across many distribution channels. This includes initial -- as well as the most recent -- efforts in advanced television systems delivery, standards work, inter-industry collaboration, rights management, optical media, IP, and satellite-delivered video, high-bandwidth fiber optic systems in news and sports, and digital workflow and asset management. Under his stewardship, Fox has garnered awards and accolades for innovative applications of emerging technologies in state-of-the-art production and distribution facilities which Setos and his team architected and operated.

Four Engineering Emmys also will be awarded. Presented to an individual, company or organization for engineering developments so significant an improvement on existing methods or so innovative in nature that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television, this year’s Engineering Emmy recipients are:

IBM Corporation and Fox Networks Group for media workflow transformation and pioneering the development and application of LTFS (Linear Tape File System) in a broadcast environment enabling real-time content recording and high-speed recovery of content leading to a broadly supported multi-industry solution.

IBM and Fox Networks Group have worked together since 2004 to fundamentally change the way audio and video content is recorded and transmitted. This effort enabled major improvements in digital workflow and dramatic reductions in the costs associated with capturing, storing and repurposing media content while providing dramatic improvements in transfer rates, storage density, automated workflow, meta-data capture and content availability.

Panavision and Sony for technical collaboration and significant advances in single chip digital camera technology used for primetime television production.

The Panavision Genesis was the first digital motion picture camera to commercially introduce in 2005 a single-chip (CCD) sensor the size of a Super 35mm motion picture frame. Developed by Panavision in conjunction with Sony Corporation, the Genesis marked an innovative breakthrough in digital motion picture camera design. It enabled the use of existing 35mm motion picture lenses, along with an advanced log encoding of its image capture (Panalog) that reproduced a wider dynamic range of scene tones that are better able to emulate a more filmic look and feel.

Ultimate Arm, for the concept and development of the Ultimate Gyro-stabilized Remote Controlled Crane; a high speed, high torque, lightweight crane, with record image stability, and the amazing capability to thrive in all operating conditions.

Apple, Inc., for pioneering engineering and product development achievement for the iPad. The iPad is a tablet computer developed and marketed primarily as a platform for audio-visual media and is revolutionizing the television experience for consumers. With over 33 million iPads sold worldwide, it has easily become one of the fastest selling consumer electronic devices in history. It has also revolutionized the television experience, by providing users with over 1500 TV-centric apps. These apps not only allow users to watch original programming directly on the device, but also provides a companion viewing experience for many of televisions biggest shows.

The Engineering Plaque honors achievements that exhibit a high level of engineering and are important to the progress of the industry. The Engineering Plaque is not a consolation prize, but a positive recognition of engineering achievements on a different level of technology and industry importance than the Emmy statuette. This year the plaque goes to:

Yahoo! Connected TV
In 2009 Yahoo! shifted the television viewing paradigm, enabling the internet experience on TV to become a reality. Yahoo! Introduced the Connected TV platform with applications designed specifically for the TV – ushering in an explosion of consumer personalization and choice, ultimately enhancing the viewers’ TV watching experience.

Today the Yahoo! Connected TV experience centers around a collection of more than 180 easy-to-use TV apps, providing deep content designed to complement TV viewing. TV apps run the gamut from video on demand, including more than 75,000 movies and TV shows on-demand, to news, finance, sports, games, social networking, music, photo sharing, shopping, and more.

The Engineering Certificate honors those accomplishments which demonstrate a high level of engineering and are important to the progress of the industry. The certificates go to:

Xfinity TV iPad App
The Xfinity TV iPad App gives Comcast customers more ways to interact with their TVs at home without requiring them to be in front of the cable box. Sports fans can find the shows they want to record on the fly or pre-tune the DVR so they can advance Live TV. Parents can program what their children watch from another room in the house. Customers can even locate the On Demand videos they want to enjoy using web-enabled search and browse filters and tune to the video information page of the TV.

Time Warner TV iPad App
The TWCable TV iPad App is an important step along the path of helping Time Warner Cable customers enjoy the entertainment they love anywhere, anytime, on any device. Delivery of live streaming content to mobile devices such as the iPad required innovation both in content services and workflow (ingest, management, and distribution) and content experience (discovery and rendering). With version 2.0, the app introduced the ability to control the set-top box and DVR, adding time-shifting capability in addition to place-shifting. It is also one of the first apps combining the use of the iPad as a "consumption" device for video viewing and a "companion" device for enhanced experience with the traditional TV.

About the 63rd Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards are overseen by co-chairs Chris Cookson, President, Sony Pictures Technologies, and Geoff Katz, VP, Executive Producer, Related Content Database, Inc. Members of the committee are Wendy Aylsworth, SVP of Technology, Warner Bros.; Curtis Clark, ASC; David E. Feldstein, Executive Producer, Mobile and Advanced Platforms, Fox Sports; Kevin Hamburger, Supervising Producer, "The Talk"; Eileen Horta, Sound Editing Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; David N. Jensen, Partner, Digital Transformation Leader, IBM; Will Kreth, Sr. Director - Advanced Video Strategy, Time Warner Cable; Bob Lambert, CEO, the digital firm; John D. O'Brien, Electronic Production Governor, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Leon Silverman, General Manager, Digital Studio at Walt Disney Studios

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