SMPTE Archival Technology Medal Award Recipients
2019: Ralph Sargent
In recognition of his more than four decades of contributions to the preservation of motion pictures. In 1971, Sargent founded the Film Technology Company, a laboratory specializing in the restoration of film images. He authored “Preserving the Moving Image,” the first book to seriously consider the subject of preservation from a technical perspective. Sargent did one of the earliest restorations of two-color Technicolor, developed solutions for recovery of lenticular color, and participated in the preservation of Academy Award broadcasts from 2-in. tape. Sargent has worked with and informed several generations of archivists.
Robert J. Heiber
In recognition of his contributions to the preservation and restoration of motion-picture and television sound. In addition to creating technologies and methodologies for the recovery of legacy motion-picture soundtracks and television programs, Heiber has created numerous programs to educate audio scholars on the history, protection, and restoration of moving-image sound and its importance. He has an outstanding record of teaching, lecturing, and advocating for the technology of media sound preservation at the academic and governmental levels worldwide.
James M. Reilly
For his more than three decades of contributions to image preservation and sustainable preservation practices. In 1985, Reilly founded the Image Permanence Institute, a non-profit, university-based laboratory devoted to preservation research — the world’s largest independent laboratory with this specific scope. As its founder and director, Reilly studied the mechanisms of film deterioration and developed technology, techniques, and preservation strategies to lengthen its life in storage.
For his contributions to preservation of the world’s audio visual cultural heritage through his leadership of the Presto European Commission Research and Innovation Projects. No aspect of the complex set of challenges facing media archiving has been left unexamined by the Presto projects. Through this series of projects, Mr. Teruggi has directed the efforts of hundreds of scientists and researchers from dozens of academic and commercial entities in their investigations of archival technology from the broadest possible perspective. Teruggi’s efforts have resulted in development of new tools and technologies for archival preservation and access.
For a career largely devoted to the art and science of media preservation and the development of technologies and techniques widely used in the world of media archiving. His research into the JPEG‐2000 format as a target preservation codec for moving image conservation contributed to the broad acceptance of the format in media and in cultural heritage archives. He also is cited for development of the SAMMA workflow and systems for digitizing videotape. He has advanced the state of the art in preservation of both physical media and digital representations of motion imaging content.
In recognition of his long-term contributions to the research and implementation of strategies and solutions for digital preservation. Mr. Beagrie played a key role in the development of a collaborative approach to the study and dissemination of knowledge relating to Research Data Management, Digital Preservation, Digital Curation and Data Archive. He was responsible for establishing the Digital Preservation Coalition, with more than 35 major members from industry, national libraries, broadcasters and archives. In addition, he was responsible for establishing the digital preservation program within the Joint Information Systems Committee. This program helped to create the Digital Curation Center, which seeks to actively manage, preserve, and curate digital data throughout the research lifecycle.
Milton R. Shefter
In recognition of his long-standing continued leadership contributions to the motion picture & television industry in defining practices for the storage and archive of our industry's film legacy and digital media content. Co-author and co-editor of "The Digital Dilemma," which articulates our industry’s archival challenges in the digital era, Shefter is one of the industry's earliest and most consistent expert voices on image and sound preservation. He is a SMPTE Fellow and a Past President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists.
Library of Congress, Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation
For their leadership, dedication and commitment to our media cultural heritage through their archive and preservation of the world's largest collection of film, television, radio and sound recordings.