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HPA Tech Retreat UK Opens Call for Proposals

Top Tech Gathering Returns to Oxfordshire July 11-13

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., and OXFORDSHIRE, U.K. (February 24 2017) — Today, during the HPA Tech Retreat, the dates and the call for proposals for the HPA Tech Retreat UK were announced by SMPTE Education Vice President Richard Welsh, co-chair of the HPA Tech Retreat UK, alongside HPA President Seth Hallen and Barbara Lange, executive director of SMPTE and HPA. Like its US counterpart, the HPA Tech Retreat UK is a pivotal gathering for those engaged in the many disciplines supporting the creation, management and dissemination of content across dynamic distribution environments. The HPA Tech Retreat UK returns to Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire from July 11-13, with a multifaceted program and event lineup.

Programming for the HPA Tech Retreat UK is built from proposals, alongside the participation of notable speakers. Welsh said, “Once again, we’ll feature seminars, a Supersession and the curated Innovation Zone, where attendees can explore the latest developments in workflow, tools and technologies.” The call for proposals, he notes, “presents the opportunity to engage with a compelling panel presentation or keynote. Proposals for the main program and the breakfast roundtables may address topics related to moving images and associated sound, great projects or worthy technological development. These proposals fuel the entire event.”

Submission proposals for the main program are due by May 30. Proposals for breakfast roundtables have no deadline for submission, however, once the maximum number of tables is reached the call will be closed.

“Announcing the second year of the HPA Tech Retreat UK from the 23rd HPA Tech Retreat in Palm Springs is another exciting step for the organization,” said Hallen. “Last year, under the guidance of Richard and the Tech Retreat UK program committee, the event launched with flying colors. It was a great pleasure to spend the week with such outstanding members of the UK post production community and we received terrific feedback on the event and enormous interest from the attendees that we bring it back again the following year. This year there is even more to discuss and experience. We’re looking forward to the HPA Tech Retreat UK continuing to evolve as our HPA community in the UK grows.”

Last year’s program featured a special session examining the production and post of the hit series “Game of Thrones,” as well as seminars on Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) vs. Perceptual Quantiser (PQ), the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) and the European view of the media landscape from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), cloud workflows, and more.

Lange noted, “The HPA Tech Retreat is where we leave our offices behind to discuss current and future trends with colleagues who are contributing significantly to the field. When the individuals and companies driving change head to Oxfordshire for debate and exploration, important developments in our industry are explored and understood in an entirely unique way.”

Along with Welsh, co-chairs for the event are Hallen and Jerry Pierce. The HPA Tech Retreat UK is presented in association with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers®, SMPTE Ltd.

Proposals should be submitted to Complete information about rules and other details are available at

Registration and application to participate in the Innovation Zone will open in March. More information about the HPA and the HPA Tech Retreat is available at


About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®

For more than a century, the people of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE, pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in media and entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has received an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery engineering across the industry. SMPTE has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are currently in force today. SMPTE Time Code™ and the ubiquitous SMPTE Color Bars™ are just two examples of the Society’s notable work. As it enters its second century, the Society is shaping the next generation of standards and providing education for the industry to ensure interoperability as the industry evolves further into IT- and IP-based workflows.

SMPTE’s global membership today includes more than 7,000 members: motion-imaging executives, creatives, technologists, researchers, and students who volunteer their time and expertise to the Society’s standards development and educational initiatives. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) connects SMPTE and its membership with the businesses and individuals who support the creation and finishing of media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at 

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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.

About the Hollywood Professional Association

Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their 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


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