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Los Angeles—Apr 11, 2016
Ted Costas, Founder and Partner, SGI QC, to Receive Inter-Society’s Ken Mason Award
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.
Ted was the only two-term President in the history of the Inter-Society, serving from 2004 to 2007. While
President, Ted successfully worked to increase movie studio participation in the Inter-Society. Ted started the
ISEC (Inter-Society Environmental Committee), which instituted both the Film Trailer Recycling Program and
3D Glasses recycling at a time when the 3D glasses were called “disposable.” Yet the most significant
committee Ted started while President of the Inter-Society was the ISDCF (Inter-Society Digital Cinema
Forum). No other committee or group has done more to “tame the Wild West of Digital Cinema” than the
ISDCF and it’s seven years of successful monthly meetings. In 2007, Ted was named on the Sci-Tech Academy
Award for the Cyan Dye Track Committee.
Ted started his career at Lucasfilm, THX, where he spent fifteen years with the Theatre Alignment Program
(TAP). At TAP, Ted started the Academy Award winning TASA Program (Trailer Audio Standards
Association), to help limit volume levels in trailers domestically. Ted also oversaw the very first four Digital
Cinema installations ever, for Star Wars Episode 1, in Los Angeles and New York. Ted then spent six years at
Dolby Laboratories where he helped introduce Dolby Digital Cinema and Digital 3D to the world. While at
Dolby, Ted also worked with Disney and Pixar to develop the “Perfect Projection Contest”, that has been on
almost every Pixar release ever since. Ted has made a career out of being a champion of quality for our
industry. That is why he is the perfect person to win an award from an organization who has the words, “for the
enhancement of cinema presentation,” in it’s name.
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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