Chris Cookson, president of Sony Pictures Technologies, will receive the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award at the Television Academy’s 65th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards, being held Oct. 23 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
This year, the Television Academy will award Engineering Emmys to five developments: YouTube, Aspera’s FASP transport technology, Digital Dailies from Josh C. Kline, iZotope’s RX audio repair technology, and Lightcraft Technology’s Previzion Virtual Studio System.
Additionally, Engineering Plaques will be presented to LAWO for its audio networking and routing system for large scale television entertainment productions and to Final Draft for its screenwriting software.
During the ceremony, Sennheiser Electronic Corp. will receive the Philo T. Farnsworth Award. The company manufactures audio technology products, including headphones, amplifiers and speakers. It received an Oscar in 1987 for its MKH 816 shotgun microphone, and in 1996 it received an Emmy Award for its advancements in RF wireless technology.
Prior to joining Sony Pictures, Cookson was CTO of Warner Bros. Entertainment and president of Warner Bros. Technical Operations. Earlier, he served as vp and general manager of operations and engineering for the CBS Television Network. He also spent 10 years at the ABC Television Network, where he won an Emmy award for his work as director of the ABC and International Olympics Broadcast Centers.