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The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. promotes interactive dialogue and information exchange between cinema-related entities with the goal of resolving issues affecting the overall cinema presentation. Founded in 1978 by Eastman Kodak VP Ken Mason, membership is composed of its four charter trade organizations - International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) - along with over 40 member companies, made up of trade organizations, motion picture studios, exhibition companies, manufacturers, technical consultants, and other industry stakeholders.
 


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Los Angeles, CA—Jan 14, 2020

John Fithian, NATO President & CEO, to receive Inter-Society's Ken Mason Award

Award Recognizes Contribution to Overall Motion Picture Experience
Cinema-industry veteran John Fithian, President and CEO, National Association of Theatre Owners, has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Ken Mason Inter-Society Award. The Ken Mason Award honors an individual who has made outstanding long-term contributions leading to the overall improvement of the motion picture experience. The announcement was made today by Paul Holliman, President, The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. Fithian will receive the award at a ceremony held on Tuesday, January 21 at the ICTA Seminar Series LA at the Universal Hilton.
 
“John is one of the most respected and trusted individuals in this business,” said Holliman.  “For 20 years, John has taken a leadership position in cinema technology.  His steadfast guidance and proactive approach have resulted in amazing stability for an industry that has completely reinvented itself since 2005 from the standpoint of technology.”
 
Previous recipients include: Susie Beiersdorf, Ken Mason, Barry Reardon, Al Shapiro, Bud Stone, Ioan Allen, Curt Behlmer, Wendy Aylsworth, Mark Christiansen, Sid Ganis, and Jack Kline.
 
As President and CEO of NATO, Fithian has played an integral role in ushering in new technological developments in cinemas. During the early 2000s, Fithian worked with stakeholders from across the industry in support of an orderly transition to digital cinema, which included establishing technical standards, the creation of virtual print fees to pay for new equipment, and the Cinema Buying Group’s efforts to ensure independent cinemas could accomplish the transition.
 
The transition to digital ensured a uniform, higher standard of projection, and enabled more flexible programming abilities, live events, and alternative content.
 
During Fithian’s tenure, NATO created its own convention. CinemaCon, now in its 10th year, is the preeminent exhibition convention in the world, dedicated to celebrating the moviegoing experience with the latest Hollywood movies, cutting edge cinema technologies, and educational seminars. CinemaCon’s 10th annual edition is at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, March 30 – April 2.
 
In his role at NATO, Fithian facilitates biannual meetings between exhibitors, distributors and manufacturers in order to find common ground on important tech issues.
 
In the last year, Fithian oversaw an initiative at NATO that is focused on the development of next generation digital equipment that includes theater owners, technology manufactures and suppliers, distributors, and filmmakers.
 
Fithian assumed the post of President and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) in January 2000.  During his twenty years in office, Fithian has helped guide movie theater owners through recent challenges facing the exhibition industry, including movie theft, theater security, government oversight of the movie rating system, preservation of the theatrical release window, and relationships with the creative, production and distribution communities.  He serves as the chief public spokesperson for theater owners before public officials and the press.  Recognizing the rapid globalization of the exhibition industry, Fithian has worked to improve coordination and communication between domestic theater owners and international cinema operators. NATO represents members in 103 countries around the world.
 
“John has been a huge supporter of the Inter-Society and has been instrumental in moving technology and digital cinema forward, encouraging exhibitors to deliver the best movie going experience,” said Don Tannenbaum, Chairman of Inter-Society. “John’s leadership has helped the industry successfully evolve in a fast changing landscape. I truly admire all he has accomplished, he is so deserving of this award."
 
About Inter-Society
The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. promotes interactive dialogue and information exchange between cinema-related entities with the goal of resolving issues affecting the overall cinema presentation. Founded in 1978 by Eastman Kodak VP Ken Mason, membership is composed of its four charter trade organizations - International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) - along with over 40 member companies, made up of trade organizations, motion picture studios, exhibition companies, manufacturers, technical consultants and other industry stakeholders.


Inter‑Society Contacts:
Erin Von Hoetzendorff 
Executive Director, The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc.
evh@natoca.com

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About Inter‑Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc: The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. promotes interactive dialogue and information exchange between cinema-related entities with the goal of resolving issues affecting the overall cinema presentation. Founded in 1978 by Eastman Kodak VP Ken Mason, membership is composed of its four charter trade organizations - International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) - along with over 40 member companies, made up of trade organizations, motion picture studios, exhibition companies, manufacturers, technical consultants and other industry stakeholders.
 
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Mar 13, 2019 Susie Beiersdorf, Vice President of Sales, Cinema - the Americas, Christie, to Receive Inter-Society’s Ken Mason Award
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Cinema-industry veteran Susie Beiersdorf, Vice President of Sales, Cinema – The Americas, Christie, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Ken Mason Inter-Society Award. The Ken Mason Award honors an individual who has made outstanding long-term contributions leading to the overall improvement of the motion picture experience. The announcement was made today by Paul Holliman, President, The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. Beiersdorf will receive the award at a ceremony held at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on April 4.

Mar 6, 2017 Dolby’s Curt Behlmer to Receive the 2017 Ken Mason Inter-Society Award
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Cinema-industry veteran Curt Behlmer, Senior Vice President, Content Solutions and Industry Relations, Dolby Laboratories, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Ken Mason Inter-Society Award. The Ken Mason Award honors an individual who has made outstanding long-term contributions leading to the overall improvement of the motion picture experience. Behlmer will receive the award at a ceremony onMarch 28 at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

Apr 11, 2016 Ted Costas, Founder and Partner, SGI QC, to Receive Inter-Society’s Ken Mason Award
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Recognizes Contributions to Overall Motion Picture Experience In his current role as Founder/Partner at SGI QC, Ted oversees Domestic and International QC for several of the top studios. SGI has worked on major releases such as Transformers, The Avengers, and recently, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. SGI also helps on innovative engineering projects like the recent 35mm film release of InterStellar, and the 70mm film release of Hateful Eight, with installs and alignments. 

Mar 25, 2015 Wendy Aylsworth, Senior Vice President, Technology, Warner Bros. Technical Operations, to Receive Inter-Society’s Ken Mason Award
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Entertainment industry veteran Wendy Aylsworth, Senior Vice President, Technology, Warner Bros. Technical Operations, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation’s Ken Mason Award, honoring an individual who has made outstanding long-term contributions leading to the overall improvement of the motion picture experience.  The announcement was made today by Susie Beiersdorf, President, Inter-Society.

Mar 26, 2012 Jerry Pierce to Receive Inter-Society’s “2012 Ken Mason Award” at CinemaCon® 2012
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The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. (the Inter-Society), in concert with CinemaCon, announced today that Jerry Pierce, former Senior Vice President of Technology at Universal Pictures and Founder/Chairman of the Inter-Society’s Digital Cinema Forum (ISDCF), will receive the Inter-Society’s “2012 Ken Mason Award.”

Feb 15, 2011 Sid Ganis to Receive Inter-Society’s 2011 Ken Mason Award at CinemaCon 2011
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The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. (The Inter-Society), in concert with CinemaCon, announced today that industry veteran Sid Ganis, former President and current governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will receive the Inter-Society’s 2011 Ken Mason Award at CinemaCon 2011 to be held March 28-31, at Caesars  Palace in Las Vegas, NV.

Mar 9, 2010 Gary Weaver of The Walt Disney Studios to Receive Inter-Society’s 2010 Ken Mason Award at ShoWest 2010
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The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. (the Inter-Society) announced today that Gary Weaver, Senior Vice President of Administration, Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures, will receive the Inter-Society’s 2010 Ken Mason Award at ShoWest to be held March 15-18, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.   The award, named after the Inter-Society’s founder, will be presented to Weaver, during the opening day breakfast ceremony by Mark Christiansen, Executive Vice President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution Operations, Paramount Pictures and the President of the Inter-Society.
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