Asset-Management Awards Go to Spielberg, CNN

Jan 21, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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The 2nd Annual Entertainment Asset Management (EAM) Conference in New York City announced that its First Pioneer Awards will go to Steven Spielberg's Shoah Visual History Foundation for the system it uses to archive more than 120,000 hours of footage and testimony from World War II Holocaust survivors and to Gordon Castle, senior VP of CNN technology, for his work on implementing the complex system at the news giant. The EAM Awards will be presented during a ceremony at the Bel Age Hotel in West Hollywood on January 21 at 7 p.m. during the 2nd Annual Entertainment Asset Management Conference.

The EAM Pioneer Awards was created to recognize the achievements of individuals, organizations and manufacturers who have made significant contributions to the development and deployment of entertainment asset-management strategies and systems. The awards are decided on by a judging panel of trade journalists and industry professionals.

The Shoah Visual History Foundation has taken on the monumental ongoing task of preserving the stories of more than 300,000 World War II Holocaust survivors. What began as a project to record a riveting oral history on videotape has evolved into a more permanent record by digitizing more than 120,000 hours of video and storing it in a readily accessible digital archive. Steven Spielberg launched Shoah in 1994 shortly after he finished filming Schindler's List. The project has received $15 million in donations to set up the 400TB digital library. To date, Shoah has taken the testimonies of 50,000 Holocaust survivors and put nearly half into its 400TB digital archive.

CNN's Gordon Castle--who is responsible for the analysis, acquisition and implementation of the technology that CNN employs for the gathering, production and distribution of news--is a leading executive behind the creation of an all-digital production environment at CNN. This multi-year, multimillion dollar digital project is a cornerstone of CNN's technology plan. Castle initiated the planning for the CNN project in 1997, recognizing early on the inherent value of the preservation of important news footage of national and international interest; the system was up and running in 1999.

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