The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) “kicks off” a wonderful luncheon today(October 24th), presented by HPA Women In Post, and SMPTE, and will feature engaging conversation with Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios’ Executive Producer and Executive Vice President of Physical Production the “sit and chat” will be moderated by Kari Grubin, Vice President, Mastering, The Walt Disney Studios! *Here’s a run down of the their respective biographies provided by SMPTE:
*Victoria Alonso is the Executive Vice President of Physical Production for Marvel Studios. She is currently executive producing Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange and James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In her executive role, she also oversees post-production and visual effects for the studio slate. She executive produced Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War, Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man, Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World, Shane Black’s Iron Man 3, as well as Marvel’s The Avengers for Joss Whedon. She also co-produced Iron Man and Iron Man 2 with director Jon Favreau, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, and Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger. Alonso’s career began at the nascency of the visual effects industry, when she served as a commercial VFX producer. From there, she VFX-produced numerous feature films, working with such
directors as Ridley Scott (Kingdom of Heaven), Tim Burton (Big Fish) and Andrew Adamson (Shrek), to name a few.
*Kari Grubin joined The Walt Disney Studios in 2015 as the Vice President of Mastering for Studio Operations, where she is tasked with developing a long-term strategic vision for Mastering across the title lifecycle. She serves as the technical lead and key contributor to resolving planning conflicts, version control and general performance in the area of mastering. In addition, Kari is the Chair of Women in Post for the Hollywood Post Alliance and has been an active member of the HPA since 2002 as well as SMPTE.Her early career included work in staff positions at Universal Studios Hollywood and as an assistant film editor in the 1990’s, moving to Paramount Pictures Digital Mastering Operations where her last position was Head of Technical Operations. In 2002, she formed Global Entertainment Partners (GEP). As co-owner and General Manager, she grew the company to include 2K/HD Digital Intermediates and Mastering, Dailies services, LibraryRestoration and Re-Mastering, along with Editorial. In 2006, Grubin and her partner sold GEP to Deluxe Entertainment Services Group.From 2006 – 2013, Kari was Vice President of Post and Restoration for Deluxe Digital Media, a subsidiary of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group. She was responsible for business lines that included Library Restoration and Re-Mastering (4K, 2K, HD), Reality TV Finishing Services, Editorial, Digital Archive migration, Digital Intermediates and Dailies Services. As a member of the Deluxe Executive Team, she collaborated on the end-to-end services for Disney and Fox. Kari also spent two years at NSS Labs as Sales Director focusing on the Entertainment Sector. NSS is the leading information security research and advisory company that is both an analyst firm and testing laboratory, specializing in cyber security.
About Women In Post:
Women in Post was created to provide leadership and visibility opportunities for women working in post-production at all levels, in motion pictures, television, commercials and other media. It is a community for women to network, learn and share information and ideas in a friendly, welcoming environment. Our mission is to:
- Provide a forum for the networking of colleagues and peers who have dedicated their careers to the professional media content industry with a goal of representing a large and diverse community of interests and experience.
- Facilitate information exchange on issues that relate to business, technology, skills training and industry education.
- Become the industry’s advocate and speak with the power of the “larger voice” of the entire industry on common issues and topics such as government affairs, technology and local community and business issues.
- Provide a platform for: industry events, seminars, electronic email exchange, web-based information outlets, and professional special interest groups dedicated to specific skills and areas of expertise.
The HPA is delighted to be joining with SMPTE in partnership to further the interactions between the creative, business communities and the technical experts that drive innovation forward. The HPA is dedicated to the notion that in times of technological and economic challenge and opportunity, the professional media content community can better be served if the entire industry learns and works together. The HPA Awards support this notion by promoting creative artistry in the field of post production and recognizing the achievement of talent, innovation and engineering excellence in the larger professional media content industry. The first annual HPA Awards were held in November, 2006.