Thursday, May 18, 2000

IECF honors Dark as industry pioneer

Randall Dark is one of two leaders in the field of high-definition production who have been selected for major awards from the International Electronic Cinema Festival (IECF) in Portland, Oregon May 15-19.

Joe Flaherty, Ph.D. of CBS is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Randall Paris Dark of HD Vision was selected to receive the Pioneer Award. The Astrolabium Awards ceremony is May 19 at 11 a.m.

Randall Paris Dark, founder, president and CEO of HD Vision, was selected to receive the Pioneer Award. The Pioneer Award is granted for "contributions the individual has made to HDTV production and/or to the promotion of the IECF from a technical, creative, or business aspect."

Dark is an undisputed pioneer in the HDTV industry. He has over 300 high definition productions to his credit, in a career that began with "Chasing Rainbows," the world's first mini-series imaged in High Definition. As a writer, director, and producer he is able to offer an artist's point of view while demonstrating the technological advantages of high definition.
From January-April 2000 alone, programs he directed and produced have received one Silver and three Bronze Tellys, two Communicator Crystal Awards of Excellence, a Communicator Award of Distinction, an Aurora Gold Award, a Gold Summit Creative Award, an Aurora Platinum Best In Show Award and a Certificate of Merit from the Chicago International Television Festival.

In addition to his experience in high definition, Dark is a theatrical director/producer and published playwright, with memberships in the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and the Playwrights Union of Canada.

The International Electronic Cinema Festival, the oldest and most prestigious forum for recognizing outstanding achievements in digital television and digital cinema, is in the United States for the first time ever in Portland, Oregon. It has been held alternately in Montreux, Switzerland, and Chiba, Japan, since 1987.

read the full press release here