August 6, 2009
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the recipients of the 61st Primetime Emmy® Engineering Awards. Recipients will receive their awards during the Engineering Awards ceremony on Saturday, August 22nd at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles.
The Philo T. Farnsworth Award will be given to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), commemorating the 40th anniversary of the technological innovations that made possible the first live broadcast from the lunar surface by the crew of Apollo 11 on July 20th, 1969. The Philo T. Farnsworth Award honors an agency, company or institution whose contributions over a long period of time have significantly affected the state of television technology and engineering.
Four Engineering Emmys will be awarded at the August 22nd ceremony. Presented to an individual, company, or organization for engineering developments so extensive an improvement on existing methods or so innovative in nature that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television, this year’s Engineering Emmy recipients are: Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, Fujinon Precision Focus Assist, Litepanels LED lighting products, and Dolby DP600 Program Optimizer.
One Engineering Plaque also will be awarded. The Engineering Plaque honors achievements that exhibit a high level of engineering and are important to the progress of the industry. The Engineering Plaque is not a “consolation” prize, but a positive recognition of engineering achievements on a different level of technology and industry importance than the Emmy. Grip Trix Electric Motorized Camera Dolly (Grip Trix) will be awarded this year’s Engineering Plaque. This special equipment camera dolly is virtually silent and is adaptable to accommodate just about any moving camera shot.