The Hollywood Professional Association recently awarded Panavision President and CEO Kim Snyder their Alchemist award, which recognizes a leader in the entertainment industry who spearheads the innovation of noteworthy technology in production, post or workflow, and who is dedicated to serving the community. The Alchemist Award, an HPA League Honor, was presented during the HPA Women in Post summer lunch where she was the featured speaker. In a wide-ranging Q&A, Snyder spoke about overcoming obstacles while bringing new technologies to life, adapting to new trends in an ever-evolving industry, and fostering a culture of curiosity and risk-taking.
Snyder has led Panavision’s global portfolio of companies since 2012, after a long tenure at Eastman Kodak, where she served as president and general manager for the company’s Entertainment Imaging Division. Throughout her career, Snyder has been committed to supporting under-represented communities in the entertainment industry — clients, colleagues and coworkers. Under her leadership, Panavision has supported and helped spearhead a variety of industry initiatives, including as a founding partner of the Academy Gold Program, a multi-tiered educational and experiential diversity initiative, and a primary sponsor of the AFI Cinematography Intensive for Women, a tuition-free workshop for women early in their journey as directors of photography. Snyder is a graduate of the California University of Pennsylvania with a degree in computer science, and she holds an MBA from the University of Rochester William E. Simon Graduate School of Business.