Topper took the reins of the ETC in 2002

Charles Swartz, executive director and chief exec of USC’s Entertainment Technology Center, has retired abruptly for health reasons.

Swartz took the reins of the ETC in 2002. With Swartz at the helm, the ETC’s Digital Cinema Lab in Hollywood became a critical forum for the development and adoption of digital cinema, including support for the Digital Cinema Initiative as it established the first d-cinema specifications.

He produced events including the Digital Cinema Summit at NAB, “Other Digital Stuff: Expanding the In-Theater Experience,” the Digital Screening Series and the Entertainment Technology Summit.

The nature of his illness was not disclosed.

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