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HPA Tech Retreat unveils updated sessions schedule

The Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) has announced the final schedule for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat, which is happening February 9-13 in Indian Wells, California. It’s the yearly gathering in the desert of where post pros and engineers talk technology and business strategy.

“As we enter our 21st year, the Tech Retreat continues to be one of those events you can’t afford to miss. The mix of topics, technology and top industry minds makes this event a yearly check-in with industry gurus and deep thinkers that seem to gather at the HPA every year in the desert,” says HPA president Leon Silverman. “Making the pilgrimage to the HPA Tech Retreat seems to provide so many of us with a check on the pulse of the entire industry.”

Here is a look as some of the speakers and sessions, but for a complete 2015 HPA Tech Retreat schedule click here. There are over 45 sessions presented during the course of the Retreat.

Highlights include:
•    The HPA Supersession – A full day of sessions focused on a shifting industry. Just when we thought we had mastered the transition to the “digital age,” we’re seeing new and fundamental shifts.
•    Keynote – Not Your Father’s Post
•    Cyber and Content Security: Time for a Strategy Change
•    Sensory Stimulation
•    Next-Generation of Cinema: New Technologies and Techniques: What they Mean for Filmmakers
•    Understanding the New Acquisition
•    From Snowflakes to Standards: Maintaining Creative Intent in Evolutionary Times
•    Drones for Dummies
•    The Annual Broadcasters Update
•    Personalized and Immersive Sound
•    DDP and IMF
•    The Cloud Demystified
•    Utilizing Fingerprinting Technology for Shot Matching
•    Enhancing the Creative Palette
•    Automatic Content Recognition

Among nearly 100 speakers, the lineup includes:
•    Wendy Aylsworth, Warner Bros.
•    Bill Bennett, ASC
•    Stephen Beres, HBO
•    Sara-Duran Singer, Netflix
•    John Fithian, National Association of Theater Owners
•    Barbara Lange, SMPTE
•    Carolina Lavatelli, Internet of Trust
•    Pete Ludé, Real D
•    Theresa Miller, Lionsgate
•    Loren Nielsen, Entertainment Technology Consultants
•    Daryn Okada, ASC
•    Vikram Phatak, NSS Labs
•    Bob Seidel, CBS
•    Skip Pizzi, NAB
•    Andy Shenkler, Sony DADC New Media Solutions
•    Leon Silverman, HPA
•    Masayuki Sugawara, NHK
•    Larry Thorpe, Canon
•    Mario Vecchi, PBS
•    Erik Weaver, Entertainment Technology Center at USC

In addition to the sessions there is a demo room where attendees could check out the latest gear. Plus the daily breakfast roundtables are popular as well. Check out this one from last year being run by Steven Poster, ASC.

Registration for the HPA Tech Retreat is strongly recommended. The Tech Retreat is a limited attendance event and seating is approaching capacity and expected to sell out. It is still possible to register, but pre-conference registration closes Monday, February 2, 2014, after which time only onsite registrations will be accepted, and those registrations are space-permitting. Full-conference as well as one-day registrations are available. Registration includes conference sessions, breakfast roundtables, lunch, demo room and social events.