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Seth Hallen to Replace Leon Silverman as HPA President


Leon Silverman
Leon Silverman
Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) president Leon Silverman announced that he will be stepping down as president of the organization that he helped found to make room for the next generation of leaders and a newly expanded board of directors. In his remarks at the opening session of the 2016 HPA Tech Retreat, Silverman also announced that the HPA board has elected Seth Hallen 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. Silverman will continue to serve on the board of directors in the newly created role of past president.

In 2002, Silverman spearheaded a coalition of postproduction executives to help launch the Hollywood Post Alliance. Originally envisioned as a place where individuals and companies would share information, build a community voice and provide education, the HPA quickly established its role as an important trade organization. The HPA formalized an alliance with SMPTE in November 2015.

“Launching and leading HPA, shoulder to shoulder with a dedicated and impressive board, staff, and volunteers, has been one of the most exciting and rewarding accomplishments of my career,” said Silverman. “It has been a true honor to work together with so many colleagues within our phenomenal community, especially during these exciting times of industry transition and expansion. With the stability of our organization, especially now that we are part of SMPTE and with the strength of our newly expanded and reinvigorated board, it is a terrific time to pass the baton to the next generation of capable and committed leadership. 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.”

Seth Hallen
Seth Hallen
Newly elected HPA board member Bill Roberts, CFO of Panavision, will assume treasurer responsibilities 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.

“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,” said Hallen. “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.”

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