Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) today announced that cinema-industry veteran Curt Behlmer is joining Dolby as Senior Vice President of Content Solutions and Industry Relations, reporting to Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema. Behlmer and his team will advance and evangelize the possibilities of cinema sight and sound, starting with Dolby® Atmos™ audio, making sure that Dolby technologies fit well into content workflows and are embraced by the industry.
“It is our strong connection to the creative community that inspires us to invent new ways to help them bring their stories to life," said Doug Darrow. "Curt has the experience, knowledge and leadership to ensure that we continue to develop technology solutions aligned with the industry’s own aspirations and needs.”
Behlmer is a 30-year veteran of the motion picture industry and recently served as Chief Technology Officer of Entertainment Services at Technicolor, where he developed and sponsored technology initiatives across a broad range of production, postproduction, and distribution services. While at Technicolor, Behlmer was also responsible for building a worldwide digital cinema services organization and the recently completed state-of-the art audio postproduction facility on the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood. Earlier in his career, he held technology and senior executive positions at Warner Bros., Soundelux Entertainment Group, Digital Cinema Ventures, Ryder Sound Services, and Lionsgate Films. Active in many industry associations and standards bodies, Behlmer is a multiterm Governor of the Sound Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, President of the Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, and a member of the Hollywood Post Alliance and British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society.
“With such a rich culture of innovation, Dolby has the vision and the necessary ingredients to create a very powerful set of tools for filmmakers and the ecosystem that allows audiences in a wide range of environments to enjoy the creative intent with incredible fidelity and accuracy,” said Behlmer. “I share that passion and am very excited to help realize the vision.”
About Dolby Cinema
Dolby Laboratories has been involved in cinema sound for more than 40 years and is currently equipping the cinema world with its new Dolby Atmos technology. Dolby Atmos unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by providing sound experts the creative freedom to easily place or move specific sounds anywhere in the movie theatre, not just where there happen to be speakers. The result is what moviegoers have described as the most engaging and lifelike cinema sound experience ever.
Introduced in April 2012, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by all the major Hollywood studios, six Academy Award® winning directors, and 11 Academy Award winning sound mixers, among others. More than 450 Dolby Atmos screens have been installed or committed to in 38 countries with more than 150 exhibitor partners. Nearly 90 films from 10 different countries have been or are scheduled to be released with Dolby Atmos sound since the first film debuted in June 2012.
Dolby Atmos has received technical achievement awards from both the Hollywood Post Alliance and the Cinema Audio Society. As the inventors of the only object-based audio format used in the cinema today, Dolby is working closely with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers in driving adoption of standards for object-based audio.
To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/Atmos