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da Vinci's Inaugural Master Colorist Awards Announced

da Vinci Systems named the winners of the inaugural Master Colorist Awards competition, comprised of four categories, including TV and long form, theatrical release, commercial and music video reels. The awards recognize colorists' innovative and skillful use of da Vinci's film enhancement and restoration tools.

In the category of TV and long-form reels, Gareth Cook of Encore Hollywood won for a submission from THE DISTRICT, episode 415. In the theatrical release category, Nico Mueller Ilies of Technicolor, Montreal, won for his work on CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, completed in conjunction with Sparkle in TCS-Hollywood and Stephen Nakamura at TDI. The Master Colorist Award winner for the commercial category was Bob Festa of R!OT Santa Monica. David Hussey of Company 3, Santa Monica, won the music video category for his work on Grammy award-nominated video HEY YA by Outkast.

"We are often surprised and astonished by the ways in which the artists at post houses and other creative firms use our film enhancement and restoration tools to advance the quality or character of the material that moves through their facilities," said Matthew Straeb, da Vinci vp of marketing and product management. "The winners of this year's competition are no exception, together providing an exceptional illustration of the value of our advanced color-science technologies in today's television and film markets. We're very pleased with the success of this first-time event, and look forward to establishing the Master Colorist Award as a well-known annual competition."

The winning colorists were honored at an awards ceremony at da Vinci's booth at NAB2004.

da Vinci Systems (, an Acterna Corp. company, provides SDTV, HDTV, data and digital film color enhancement technology and film restoration products to the worldwide post-production marketplace. The company has its headquarters in Coral Springs, Florida., with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Germany and Singapore.