Leon Silverman will receive the Hollywood Post Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award 2015, the organization announced Tuesday. The honor will be bestowed at the HPA Awards gala Nov. 12 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles.
Since 2009 Silverman has been general manager, Digital Studio, for the Walt Disney Studios, where he oversees digital studio services that provide on-lot infrastructure, including editorial and sound post production services, digital platform distribution services, and workflow expertise to studio operations.
“I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Leon as we crafted the formal consolidation of HPA with SMPTE,” said Barbara Lange, executive director of the HPA. “While he is consistently insightful, what I enjoy most about working with him is the passion he brings to every endeavor, and his championship of the industry that he loves. This award honors Leon’s creativity, focus and dedication to navigating new and sometimes uncharted territories, which is an inspiration to us all.”
Silverman, who co-founded HPA in 2002 and went on to serve as its president, has been a strong presence in Hollywood’s post-production community for over 30 years. He began his career at Compact Video, where he worked in the shipping and receiving department and eventually worked his way up the ranks to lead the sales and marketing division.
Silverman later joined Pacific Video, which became Laser Pacific Media Corporation. After Laser Pacific was acquired by Kodak, he simultaneously served as president of Laser Pacific and Kodak’s VP of Entertainment Imaging and director of strategic business development, Entertainment Imaging Services.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition from the HPA, the organization that is so close to my heart, and from the community that has helped to define my career,” said Silverman. “My sincerest thanks to the HPA and to all of those who have helped me my entire life and every day – I so appreciate your support, guidance and recognition. I will treasure this award.”