Andrew Maltz to Head Academy’s New Science and Tech Council

Entertainment technology exec. Andrew Maltz, former president and CEO of Avica Technology Corp., has been named the first director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ new Science and Technology Council.

In his new role, Maltz will be in charge of hiring staff and setting up the Council’s operation, which will be housed at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in Hollywood.

The Council will be charged with monitoring the current state of technology, facilitating understanding of new technological developments, presenting educational programs on the technology of motion pictures and developing a database of the history of film technology.

At Avica, Maltz led the deployment of the world’s largest installed base of digital cinema servers. He also drove the development of key technologies for digital cinema such as encryption, compression, mastering and distribution, and was heavily involved with the digital releases of many major motion pictures in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Last year, the Academy honored Alias with a Scientific and Technical Award for its 3D modeling and animation tool Maya. Also recognized was the team of Mark Elendt, Paul H. Breslin, Greg Hermanovic and Kim Davidson, who received a plaque for the development of the Prisms program, which is used in the Houdini 3D animation software.

This year’s Scientific and Technical Award ceremony will be held on Feb. 14 at 6:00 p.m. PST at a yet-to-be-announced location.