Former Warner Exec Vicky Colf, Starz’s Alison Hoffman and Panavision’s Kim Snyder Honored by HPA

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced that three industry leaders — Vicky Colf (formerly at Warner Bros.), Starz’s Alison Hoffman and Panavision’s Kim Snyder — have been named recipients of HPA League Honors.

“The League Honors were created to recognize diverse members of the media and entertainment community who shine as examples of accomplishment, innovation and leadership,” according to the HPA.

Colf, former CTO at Warner Bros., will receive the Excelsior Honor, which recognizes a leader who runs a business or finance team in the M&E industry (either manufacturer, service provider, or end-user) and who shows impressive business acumen and outstanding leadership while achieving remarkable business growth as well as a commitment to service in our community.  
Hoffman, president of Starz Domestic Networks, will receive the Rainmaker Honor, recognizing a leader who deployed intelligent tactics and ensured their company or organization achieved its sales and marketing goals and revenue targets. The award honors excellence in creative marketing, financial performance and business growth, as well as commitment to serving the community.  

Snyder, CEO of Panavision, will be recognized as the Alchemist. This honor recognizes a leader who spearheads the innovation of noteworthy technology, bringing tangible benefits to the industry in production, post or workflow, as well as a commitment to serving the community. 

Colf was promoted and served as CTO/CIO at Warner Bros. Entertainment from 2017 until the close of 2020, overseeing the studio’s extensive technology services and solutions portfolio (including security). She led the development of the entertainment industry’s first-of-its-kind, completely automated, digital supply chain, Digital End-to-End (DETE), which has helped improve efficiencies and speed up time-to-market for industry-related managed content. Colf sat on the Board of Motion Picture Laboratories (MovieLabs) until the end of 2020 and is a current member of Harvey Mudd College Board of Trustees, Harvey Mudd College STEAM:Coders and the Sierra Ventures CXO Advisory Board. She holds a bachelor of science in engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif.

Hoffman has revenue and operational responsibility for Starz’s U.S. retail and wholesale businesses. She oversees key network operations, including distribution, marketing, publicity, product development, analytics and program planning. Hoffman was one of the key executives responsible for launching the Starz app and manages the network’s direct-to-consumer business. She reorganized the business and built world-class performance marketing and analytics departments from the ground up, setting Starz up for success in the streaming landscape. Additionally, Hoffman works closely with wholesale partners, including Amazon, Hulu, Roku and Apple to drive revenue on their platforms. She previously served as chief marketing officer for Starz and was responsible for spearheading brand and content marketing for the network, driving acquisition for the Starz app and delivering data-driven insights that support all facets of the business. Hoffman has been named to Variety’s “Annual Impact” Issue and “Women’s Impact” Report, Multichannel News’ “Wonder Women in Streaming” Awards and “Women to Watch” List as well as Cablefax’s “Most Powerful Women” and Media Play News’ “Most Important People in Streaming.” She joined Starz in 2012 after serving as VP, creative and brand strategy at AMC Networks where she was a key architect of marketing campaigns for series such as “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.” She holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Brown University.

Snyder has led Panavision’s global portfolio of companies since 2012. Under her guidance, the company has innovated in the areas of camera and lens design, enhanced its rental footprint, and expanded the company’s reach into services. She has overseen the acquisition of Light Iron, advancing Panavision’s evolution as a provider of end-to-end services for the feature, series, and commercial markets. Prior to joining Panavision, Snyder held the position of president and GM for Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Division, responsible for all aspects of its business with the motion-picture industry. 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. She is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

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“These outstanding individuals operate at the vanguard of change,” HPA president Seth Hallen said in a statement. “They are the people that up-and-coming leaders can aspire to emulate, while leading organizations and illuminating a path to the future.  We are delighted to honor their accomplishments.”

Previous recipients of the League Honors include Annie Chang, VP of creative technologies at Universal Pictures (The Catalyst); Tammy Garnes, VP of education and understanding at ARRAY (The Excelsior); Patricia Keighley, chief quality guru at Imax Corp. (The Rainmaker); Charles D. King, founder and CEO of MACRO (The Star); and Iris Wu, founder of Ambidio (The Alchemist).

Recipients of the HPA League Honors are determined by a jury of industry leaders, with the support of the HPA board of directors.

Industry Veteran Darcy Antonellis to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from HPA

Veteran media technology executive Darcy Antonellis will receive the Hollywood Professional Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award during a gala celebration at the Hollywood Legion on Nov. 18.

The Lifetime Achievement Award, given only at the discretion of the HPA Board and Awards Committee, honors the recipient’s dedication to the advancement of the industry. For 16 years, the HPA Awards have recognized creative artistry, innovation, and engineering excellence in the media content industry. After presenting a virtual HPA Award ceremony in 2020, the awards return to an in-person event this year.

The veteran technologist and executive has been formally recognized for the impact of her innovations and leadership in the media and entertainment technology space, according to the HPA.

During her early career at CBS, she led operations and engineering for the CBS News Bureau in Washington, D.C. Moving to New York, her responsibilities extended to CBS Network’s technical operations and ultimately as head of technical and Olympic operations for CBS’s coverage of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. In addition to these highlights at CBS, Antonellis held a variety of leadership positions covering a variety of global events cutting across news and sports, including the Albertville and Lillehammer Winter Olympics Games for sports, and as director of operations in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the Gulf War.

After her career at CBS, she was recruited to Warner Bros. as SVP, then EVP, of distribution technologies and operations. In 2004, she was named Warner Bros. corporate SVP for worldwide anti-piracy operations where she oversaw the creation of Hollywood’s first anti-piracy operation and developed a multi-tiered strategy focused on technology, business development, enforcement and legislation, to enable compelling, competitive options to piracy, according to the HPA. In 2008, Antonellis was named president of technical operations and chief technology officer at Warner Bros., where she was instrumental in the studio’s transition to digital technologies and automation for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment and television, and oversaw the studio’s supply chain.

Antonellis was named CEO of Vubiquity, a global media and entertainment distribution technologies and services provider, in 2014 and oversaw the company’s growth and global footprint expansion. In 2018, the company was acquired by Amdocs Inc., a provider of software and services to communications and media companies around the globe, where she most recently served as division president of Amdocs Media, bringing together content experiences linked to subscription and identity management, before taking up her current position as senior advisor.

Antonellis serves on the boards of Cinemark Holdings and Xperi Corp. She holds patents in the areas of digital distribution, imaging and audio processing and is a member of the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and an SMPTE Fellow. Antonellis served on the advisory boards of Temple University’s College of Engineering and the Global Advisory Council for the professional Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). As a supporter of a number of socially conscious initiatives throughout her professional and private life, Antonellis has served in a variety of charitable roles. Some include the American Cancer Society fighting breast cancer, and on behalf of the American Heart Association ideating its STEM Goes RED program for SoCal, designed to encourage high school girls to gain interest in studying the sciences to support better health. She also served on the board of Kidsave, a non-profit focused on finding adoptive families for children ages 6 to 16.

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Antonellis earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Temple University and an MBA from Fordham University with a concentration in finance. She is a three-time Emmy recipient in the areas of Technical Production and Engineering (Lillehammer and Nagano Olympics and for Warner Bros.’ development of the first studio digital supply chain platform). Some additional acknowledgements include Broadcasting and Cable’s Technology Leadership award, India’s NASSCOM award, Hollywood Reporter’s Digital 50 and Multichannel’s Class of 2018 Wonder Women.

“HPA’s roots are embodied within our craft — as peers within media and entertainment — whether through technological innovation or most importantly through the content and experiences that come to life by incredible artists and talent. I’m humbled by this acknowledgement,” said Antonellis in a statement. “Most importantly, I am and always will be grateful for the talented and dedicated people who I’ve had and have the honor to work alongside.”

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“It is a great honor for us to name Darcy Antonellis as the 2021 HPA Award Lifetime Achievement winner,” said Seth Hallen, president of the HPA in the statement. “The impact that Darcy has had is irrefutable. Her efforts to build an anti-piracy framework for our industry, her leadership across the important companies she has steered, and her brilliant and innovative perspective is well known. Her patents, stellar record, her Emmys and other honors, all stand as evidence of the significant contributions she has made to our industry.”