The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, (SMPTE) has announced plans to consolidate some services with the Hollywood Post Alliance. The move portends further cooperation and eventually combining of the two organizations.
The announcement was made yesterday, (6-17-14) by SMPTE at their Stanford University conference, Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age. The organizations tentatively plan to consolidate by May 2015.
The SMPTE, founded almost 100 years ago has 6,000 members, while the HPA, founded in 2002, is considerably smaller and more specialized in Entertainment Industry Post Production. Their efforts include the very well regarded annual HPA Tech Retreat as well as the HPA Awards honoring the accomplishments of Post Production professionals.