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A night at the Oscars for the AV industry

A night at the Oscars for the AV industry
Mike Perkins

A night at the Oscars for the AV industry

The AV industry is due to outdo itself this year, as two well-known companies announce that they will be awarded for their work at the Oscars, due to take place on 23 February. Christie’s principal product developer, Mike Perkins has been awarded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award in Scientific and Engineering, along with three others, for his work on the design and development of the Christie E3LH projection system. The system was developed in partnership with Dolby Laboratories.

The Christie E3LH Dolby Vision Cinema Projection System is said to be the first projector to bring both high dynamic range (HDR) and wide colour gamut (WCG) technologies to the viewing audience. The system can be used as a single projector head or dual projector head configuration with a patented relay lens that enables 3D stereoscopic presentations with full brightness and simultaneous imaging to both eyes for an improved viewing experience. The system has been installed in more than 300 commercial and non-commercial cinema screens, including 3D colour correction and review rooms in more than 15 countries.

“This coveted award is a testament to the skilled engineering team at Christie. I’m extremely proud of everyone’s dedication to this important project and thank them for developing this award-winning innovative cinema projection system,” said Koji Naito, chief executive officer, Christie.

“We’re thrilled that Mike has been recognised for his innovative work that has, and will, continue to shape the cinema industry. With over 25 years at Christie, Mike’s vision and expertise, in collaboration with the cinema team, have led to the development of technology that has truly redefined the moviegoing experience,” said Brian Claypool, executive vice president, cinema, Christie.

Barco is also an award winner
Barco is also an award winner

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is to award Barco with the Scientific and Engineering Academy Award for its contribution to the design and development of laser projection in cinema. The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards honour individuals and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant and lasting ways to motion pictures.

Barco’s Wouter D’Oosterlinck, VP R&D, Goran Stojmenovik, R&D director and Peter Janssens, senior expert optical design, will take home the Academy Award. Also among the winners is Barco's EVP of cinema, Gerwin Damberg, for his contribution to the Dolby Cinema system development.

“Innovation has been running through our veins for 90 years and the recognition by the Academy is nothing less than historical. We are extremely proud that our team is added to the exclusive list of winners of a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award,” commented An Steegen, co-CEO of Barco. “We have been visioneering in cinema technology and the motion picture industry for over 25 years and this achievement is a testament to our leadership and commitment to the industry.”

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