HPA® Expands Popular Event, Unveils Plans For HPA Tech Retreat UK

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Retreat set for 13-14 July 2016 in Oxfordshire

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The HPA Tech Retreat UK will present as many valuable opportunities for knowledge, connection, and community as the Retreat in Palm Springs, does

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) has unveiled plans for a regional version of its preeminent event, the HPA Tech Retreat, to be held in the UK this July. The HPA Tech Retreat UK is the first example of an HPA global focus enabled by its affiliation with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®). SMPTE and the HPA are partnering to present the event. The 2016 HPA Tech Retreat UK will take place at Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire, Wednesday and Thursday, 13-14 July 2016.

The HPA Tech Retreat UK is co-chaired by Jerry Pierce, HPA Vice President, and Richard Welsh, former SMPTE Governor for EMEA, Central and South America Regions. The event was announced this week at the 21st Annual HPA Tech Retreat near Palm Springs, California. Pierce stressed, “The Tech Retreat is unique, and the UK version will be uniquely British as well. We will take the essential ingredients that have made the HPA Tech Retreat such a powerful combination of intense knowledge transfer and dynamic personal interaction, adapted for the UK”.

HPA’s Seth Hallen noted, “With its Hollywood base and focus, HPA coming to the UK is rooted in our desire to ‘compare notes,’ collaborate and engage with industry professionals and like-minded organizations on issues of common and future interests”.

The programme is in development, with a few sessions already announced. Sessions include a rare opportunity to look behind the scenes at tentpole productions that have a firm foothold in both the UK and Hollywood, from major motion pictures and television productions, and more. Other panels will include broadcasters, technology thought-leaders and those at work on a variety of informative projects and processes. The HPA Tech Retreat programme committee, including Leon Silverman and Seth Hallen, will collaborate with Welsh and Pierce and the SMPTE team.

Richard Welsh noted, “Those familiar with HPA Tech Retreat in the US, will recognise its mainstays at Tech Retreat UK. The carefully curated main conference, including its ‘Supersession’ which focuses on the hot topics of the industry, the breakfast roundtables, the Innovation Zone, and, of course, the networking and camaraderie that mark this event – our venue lends itself quite nicely to that”.

Pierce quipped, “The fact that this event is being held at the Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire, a circa 1700’s English country house turned luxury hotel and conference venue will create a unique environment with the right combination of information and mingling”.

As at the HPA Tech Retreat in Indian Wells, California, companies driving change and innovation gather to explore, understand and debate the trends and technologies of the future, while tackling head-on the issues of the present. Barbara Lange, Executive Director of SMPTE and HPA, concluded, “The HPA Tech Retreat UK will present as many valuable opportunities for knowledge, connection, and community as the Retreat in Palm Springs, does. Once again, the event this week in California has sold out and every part of every day is full of interesting topics, and conversation. That’s because the content and connections are unparalleled, and we are confident that we will have an equally exciting time in Oxfordshire!”

Registration has opened today. The Call for Proposals will be announced shortly, as well as the application information for the technology demo area and the Innovation Zone.

For registration and further details, about the HPA and the Tech Retreat, visit http://www.hpatechretreatuk.org.

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About the HPA Tech Retreat®
The HPA Tech Retreat® is a gathering, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders, focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post production, film, television, video, broadcast and related technology areas, for the exchange of information. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place in Palm Springs, California and Oxfordshire, UK. The UK event is being presented by SMPTE.

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)
Winner of an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) is a global leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem. A professional membership association that is internationally recognised and accredited, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. For a century, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. 

Nearly 7,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections worldwide, sustain the Society. Through the Society's partnership with Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at http://www.smpte.org/join .

About the Hollywood Professional Association®
Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide creativity, expertise, support, tools and the global infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through its partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at http://www.hpaonline.com.

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