The 2021 Engineering Emmy Awards winners include Reed Hastings, Dolby, and more.



The Television Academy on Thursday unveiled the winners of the 73rd Engineering Emmy Awards, which recognize the best in broadcast technology. With eight Emmy statue recipients this year, the organization said Reed Hastings will receive the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award and Dolby Laboratories the Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award.

Winners with innovations in everything from rendering and lighting systems to audio and scripting tools and even a wireless video transmission system that has helped social distancing requirements on sets will be celebrated on October 21 at the event. a live ceremony at the JW Marriott in LA Live. Kirsten Vangsness will be the master of ceremonies for the sixth consecutive year.

Hastings is the co-founder and co-CEO of Netflix which already won an Engineering Emmy in 2012. He is honored with a lifetime award this year for “continuing contributions” that have changed the state of engineering and development. technology on television.

“The main patent portfolio that Netflix has developed, combined with the scale of service delivery, the widespread use of the services in the market, and the validation of an alternative business model for television distribution is fundamentally changing the television industry, ”the Academy said. “With these and other innovations in the way television content is designed, produced, packaged, distributed and marketed, Mr. Hastings has positioned Netflix to dramatically change and continue to affect the state of technology and engineering. from television. “

Dolby Laboratories receives the Farnsworth Award which recognizes “an agency, business or institution whose contributions over time have had a tremendous impact on the technology and engineering of television.”

The Engineering Emmys are “presented to an individual, company or organization for engineering developments which significantly improve existing methods or innovations which materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television. This year’s winners are:

Arnold Global Lighting Rendering System
Marcos Fajardo, Alan King, Thiago Ize

Arnold is a photorealistic, stochastic, and ray tracing renderer widely used by visual effects and animation studios around the world. Taking an artist-friendly approach, Arnold faithfully simulates the equation of light transport at render time, without relying on problematic caching methods. Extensive scientific research, along with algorithmic, system, and low-level optimizations were required to reduce memory usage and render time. Its high quality rendering and ease of use have resulted in its heavy use and popularity for television productions.

ARRI SkyPanel

The ARRI SkyPanel is a family of ultra-bright soft LED lights. They are efficient and versatile lighting instruments with multiple control options. SkyPanels can generate precise color temperatures between 2,800k and 10,000k with excellent color rendering across the entire range. Lighting directors can control all parameters, including color, hue and saturation, as well as pre-programmed lighting effects. These fixtures have optimized the production lighting workflow and have been widely adopted in the television industry.

CEDAR Studio
CEDAR Audio Ltd.

CEDAR Studio was developed specifically to meet the needs of audio professionals in the field of film and television post-production. Originally comprised of four processes, it has grown to provide a wide range of audio cleaning and restoration tools. These include industry standard dialogue noise suppressors as well as Retouch, the process that brought spectral editing to the industry. CEDAR Studio enables users to eliminate a wide range of problems and deliver unmatched results quickly and efficiently.

Crowd of Golaem

Golaem Crowd helps artists complete TV shows, movies, and game cutscenes in minutes by procedurally animating thousands of characters with advanced real-time behaviors and complete artistic control. Golaem functions enable automatic character navigation, path planning, and leadership behaviors, including responsive collision avoidance, to create realistic human behaviors. These characteristics have made Golaem a ubiquitous tool in the generation of computer generated characters in the television industry.

Etienne Regelous

Massive is a pioneering software package that first gave artists the ability to simulate crowds using an artificial intelligence-based approach. It enables artistic control with a cost-effective way to flexibly simulate realistic crowd behavior by creating semi-autonomous behavior through its node-based brain system. Massive has been used in many Emmy Award winning shows and was the first package to create large crowds on a large scale.

Steve Vitolo, Felipe A. Mendez P., Franco Zuccar

Scripting automates the tedious process of transferring handwritten notes, annotations, and verbal comments to script and redistributing to all departments. Now all personal notes, annotations and diagrams are transferred to new versions of the script and are redistributed automatically. Departments are now able to share their script notes with all other departments in one place, allowing for streamlined communications and a better understanding of the overall script plan. Scriptation has become a popular application, adding efficiency through environmentally friendly workflows and clear communication in today’s production environment.

Teradek Bolt 4K
Nicolaas Verheem, Marius van der Watt, Dennis Scheftner, Zvi Reznic

Teradek Bolt 4K is a delay-free wireless video transmission system for on-set surveillance, delivering high-quality wireless video integrated into the workflow. Bolt 4K has been instrumental in implementing the changes needed to support social distancing protocols. Today, tens of thousands of Bolt transmitters and receivers are operating in the entertainment industry, owned by camera operators, digital imaging technicians, drone pilots, production companies and rental companies. , to effectively serve all television productions.


V-Ray of Chaos is an adaptive physical rendering and ray tracing solution used to create photo-realistic visual effects in episodic production since 2003. Optimized to handle large production scenes, V-Ray is used to render digital environments, digidoubles, creatures, vehicles and more in a very efficient manner. By accurately calculating the overall illumination and light distribution, as well as the physical properties of any material, the software ensures a consistent mix of real and virtual elements on the screen.

The 73rd Engineering Emmy Awards are overseen by committee chair John Leverence and committee members Wendy Aylsworth; Stuart Bass, ACE; Bob Bronow, CAS; Jeff Calderon; Jim De Filippis; Greg Gewickey; David Ginsberg; Frank Morrone, CAS; David Plakos; Jeffrey Riedmiller; Michel Ruscio; Leon Silverman; Derek Spears; David Stump, ASC; Craig Weiss; and Barry Zegel.



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