07 Nov DEG Hedy Lamarr Award Honorees Talk Embracing Technology in Entertainment [Media Play News]
BY STEPHANIE PRANGE
November 7, 2023 | DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group Nov. 7 presented Shalini Govil-Pai, VP and GM of TV platforms at Google, with the 2023 Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment Technology and Dean Elizabeth Daley, of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, with the Hedy Lamarr Inspiration Award for her pioneering adoption of cutting-edge technology into curriculum and practice. The awards were presented on the Paramount Studios lot in Los Angeles.
In its seventh year, the Hedy Lamarr Awards recognize female executives in the fields of entertainment and technology who have made a significant contribution to the industry.
“One of the things that we know at the school is that we couldn’t be very effective in any of the things we do without the tools and needless to say [directors such as George Lucas and Steven Spielberg] really pushed me into the digital transition and I’m very glad they did,” said Daley in accepting the award. “The latest and best technologies are simply imperative for our creative work. People will say, oh, well, great movies were never made by the technology. Well, you don’t make them without the technology.”
Daley is the longest serving Dean at USC. As part of the digital transition in the School of Cinematic Arts, Dean Daley founded the Entertainment Technology Center @ USC in the early 1990s to foster collaboration between academics, students and the media and entertainment industry.