The James A. Leitch Gold Medal Award Winners

2007
No Award Given

2006
No Award Given

2005
Frederick M. Remley

For his pioneering work in chairing the IEC and SMPTE committees that created the first digital videotape recording format, Type D-1.

2004
Hugo P. Gaggioni

In recognition of his substantial contribution and pioneering work in digital television, digital media, and digital convergence. Mr. Gaggioni was chairman of the SMPTE technical groups on Digital Representation of the 1125/60 High Definition TV Standard (SMPTE 260M, 88’-92’) and Digital HDTV Serial Interfaces (SMPTE 292M, 93’-96’). He has also chaired a SMPTE group on Editing of MPEG bit streams for TV Studio usage. He was a member of the Advanced Television Advisory group to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (1987-1992).

2003
John D. Lowry

President of Lowry Digital Images, for his pioneering work in the application of digital signal processing methods to the improvement of images and systems in television and film applications. With a career spanning 50 years in film and television, his early work on digital methods made major contributions to the development of the fundamental standards for digital television and the application of digital techniques to the processing of analog images. John Lowry's more recent work has led to the improvement of image quality through digital image processing of motion picture films for release on DVD, for HDTV and theater presentation, and for film preservation. He was the first to restore a major feature film back to film for preservation purposes. These advances are leading to new availability of archived films for presentation to the public with a quality not seen before.

2002
Leonardo Chiariglione

Vice-President, Multimedia Telecom Italia Lab, for his substantial contributions and pioneering work in digital television, including leading several European collaborative projects.

2001
Glenn A. Reitmeier

For his substantial contribution and pioneering work in digital television, digital media, and digital convergence.