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10/03/2016

HPA Tech Retreat Heads To The UK

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The HPA Tech Retreat UK is set for Oxfordshire 13-14 July, 2016.

The HPA Tech Retreat – where top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent from all aspects of digital cinema, post-production, film, television, video, and related technologies – gather for the exchange of information and shared exploration. The HPA Tech Retreat is considered one of the most important gatherings in the industry and is now headed for the UK this summer. For 21 years, the Tech Retreat has proven to be a vibrant place for information, community, and exploration. Now, in association with SMPTE, the HPA Tech Retreat UK heads to Oxfordshire, UK, 13-14 July.

"The HPA Tech Retreat is unique. It's my favorite technical conference of the year – and I'm not alone in that opinion. For a long time, the HPA Board has searched for ways to share the experience with other regions, and the UK event will meet HPA's high standards for providing a forum for discussion, interaction and education! This has been enabled by our partnership with SMPTE. The HPA Tech Retreat UK will have the foundation and may aspects of its Palm Springs sister, but it will be a local event. The HPA Tech Retreat UK it will have a life and character of its own – meeting the needs of the UK community," said Jerry Pierce, HPA Vice President and Co-Chair of HPA Tech Retreat UK.

"The mainstays of the HPA Tech Retreat are the foundation of the HPA 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. Programming is rolling out, and we're confident that it will be a thoroughly unique chance to meet some of the most influential individuals at work in the UK today," said Richard Welsh, Co-Chair of HPA Tech Retreat UK and former SMPTE Governor for EMEA, Central and South America Regions.

"The HPA Tech Retreat UK will present as many valuable opportunities for knowledge, connection, and community as its well-known sister, Retreat in Palm Springs, does. The content and connections to be made at the HPA Tech Retreat are unparalleled, and we are looking forward to an incredible time in Oxfordshire!" said Barbara Lange, Executive Director of SMPTE and HPA.

"There is genius in the companies that support the work of the creative community and the industry in general, in the UK and around the world. Companies with expertise, an innovative approach and a dedication to creating viable solutions, are a perfect fit for the Innovation Zone. We're looking forward to working with the companies and individuals who have these ground breaking products. For Innovation Zone participants, the interaction with the delegates is an incredible opportunity for connection," said Andrew Johnson, Manager of the HPA Tech Retreat UK Innovation Zone.

"There really is nothing like the HPA Tech Retreat, and our recent event in California might have been the best in the 21 years of the event, which is saying a lot. That is an inspiring launch for the UK Retreat this July. From NASA's acquisition and transmission of images in deep space to Dolby's buried microphones on a regional ball field, there was something for everyone and that focus is part of the UK Tech Retreat, too. And the breakfast roundtables are always a must-attend. I went to one on mezzanine compression, and I think we discussed the pros and cons of maybe a dozen different versions! And the Innovation Zone! Going through more than 24 stops of dynamic range after decompression! Wow!" Mark Schubin, HPA Tech Retreat US, 'Maestro'.

Image: Richard Welsh, Co-Chair of HPA Tech Retreat UK and former SMPTE Governor for EMEA, Central and South America Regions.

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