Leon Silverman Hands Reins of HPA to Seth Hallen

Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) President Leon Silverman has announced he will be stepping down as president of the organisation that he helped found to make room for the next generation of leadership and a newly expanded Board of Directors.

Leon Silverman

Leon Silverman

In his traditional remarks made today during the opening session of the 2016 HPA Tech Retreat, Silverman also announced that Seth Hallen has been elected by the HPA Board to succeed him. Hallen, SVP of Global Creative Services at Sony DADC New Media Solutions, has been an HPA Board Member since 2007, working closely with Silverman and the Board on a number of key initiatives and management of the organization. Silverman will continue to serve on the Board of Directors in the newly created role of Past President.

"Seth is a passionate leader with the focus and vision for the future that is needed to continue the growth of the HPA. Equally important, he is a wonderful friend, and a great team builder. I am proud to be working with Seth and the broadened HPA Board as we head towards a future in which our HPA mission and message is increasingly relevant.”

Newly elected HPA Board Member Bill Roberts, CFO of Panavision, will assume Treasurer responsibilities on the Board of Directors as Phil Squyres steps down from the post he has held since HPA’s founding. Squyres will remain on the Board. The HPA Board of Directors has grown over the past year with a number of key additions, including newly elected Board members Craig German, SVP Studio Post at NBCUniversal Media, Jenni McCormick, Executive Director of American Cinema Editors (ACE); and Chuck Parker, CEO of SohoNet. Wendy Aylsworth, Past President of SMPTE, was appointed as SMPTE representative on the HPA Board. Barbara Lange serves as Executive Director of SMPTE and HPA. The new Board members join Mark Chiolis, Carolyn Giardina, Vincent Maza, Kathleen Milnes, Loren Nielsen, and Vice President Jerry Pierce on the HPA Board of Directors. 

Seth Hallen

Seth Hallen

Hallen commented on his new role, “The HPA is a unique and important place where creative talent, technical talent, and companies join forces to learn and share as they expand their perspectives and shape our industry. It is a distinct honor to continue the important work that Leon has undertaken for this organization, and I am clearly dedicated to making the next phase of HPA a great one. Enabling our industry to evolve by fueling our community with ideas, opportunity and recognition remains our goal. I look forward to working with our incredibly talented and dedicated board and continuing our collaboration with our colleagues at SMPTE, and the staff, volunteers and community that are the heart and soul of HPA, as we build upon the work of the past 14 years and look toward the future.”

Also today at the HPA Tech Retreat, the Hollywood Post Alliance formally and officially assumed its new moniker - the Hollywood Professional Association. The organisation’s new name was revealed last year at the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat, and the transition to the Hollywood Professional Association identity formalizes the broader mission and focus of the organization while acknowledging the changing nature of the industry. Along with the name, a new corporate identity was unveiled.

Barbara Lange

Barbara Lange

HPA and SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange noted, “The nature of the work and responsibilities that our community is engaged in has changed, and will continue to change. After carefully exploring how to address this growth, it became clear that Professional more accurately and inclusively identifies the creative talent, content holders, global infrastructure of services as well as emerging processes and platforms. As an organization, we are dedicated to seeing beyond the horizon to the wider future, and bringing a wide array of individuals and companies into the organization. Our new name and identity makes that statement.”

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