March 26, 2015
Warner Bros. exec Wendy Aylsworth has been selected by the Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation to receive the prestigious Ken Mason Award, which recognizes those who have “made outstanding long-term contributions leading to the overall improvement of the motion picture experience.” Aylsworth, SVP of Technology for Warner Bros. Technical Operations, has been instrumental in steering industry standards for Digital Cinema. She will receive the award at an April 21st ceremony during CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
“In her current role at Warner Bros. Technical Operations, Aylsworth oversees the development and establishment of new technologies for Warner Bros.’ production divisions and assesses the impact of emerging technologies on content creation and distribution,” notes the press release. “Technical Operations participates in international standards and interfaces with research entities to leverage interoperable technologies into the entertainment space, recently focusing attention on the next generation of content formats and accompanying security.”
“I cannot think of anyone who is more deserving of this important honor,” said Veronika Kwan-Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. “Wendy has been instrumental in helping the motion picture industry navigate the unprecedented transition to digital projection, and without her leadership, technical prowess and diplomacy, we would not have the consistent quality, interoperability or common format that audiences around the world expect to see in cinemas.”
Aylsworth is past president of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and a SMPTE Fellow, serves as board chair for ETC@USC, sits on the Motion Picture Laboratories board, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She currently serves as chair of the Technical Emmy Committee.