Actor, presenter, and Broadway star John O’Hurley, perhaps best known for playing J. Peterman on “Seinfeld,” will host the Centennial Gala of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood and Highland Center on October 28.
Cameron, director of “Avatar” and “Titanic,” will receive honorary membership, SMPTE’s highest honor, in recognition of his work advancing visual effects, motion capture, and stereoscopic 3D photography – as well as for his experimentation in higher frame rates.
Trumbull, who was responsible for the visual effects in “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Blade Runner,” will be presented with SMPTE’s most prestigious award, the Progress Medal, acknowledging his work in visual effects, stereoscopic 3D, and high-frame-rate cinema, including his current work to enable stereoscopic 3D with his 120-frames-per-second Magi system.
“The more I learn about SMPTE, the more I understand how powerful its influence has been in the entertainment industry,” said O’Hurley, who won a SAG Award for his “Seinfeld” work. “The standards and recommendations developed by the Society play a vital role [and] are often taken for granted… They help make those of us on screen look good and provide technology that contributes to the industry’s ability to produce engaging content for audiences across the globe.”
“John O’Hurley is a multifaceted entertainer with so much talent, and we are very excited to see what he has in store for our Centennial Gala,” said SMPTE executive director Barbara Lange. “The evening will acknowledge the remarkable impact of the Society’s work in shaping the entertainment industry of today.”
The gala will take place following the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2016), which will be held Oct. 25-27 at the Hollywood and Highland Center.