Leon D. Silverman
President, Strategic Perspective Consulting
The Presidential Proclamation recognizes individuals of established and outstanding status and reputation in the motion picture and television industries worldwide.
The 2020 Presidential Proclamation is awarded to Leon D. Silverman, in recognition of his contributions to the Society and the media entertainment industry as a visionary, innovator, and mentor. Silverman has focused on Hollywood’s evolving technology and its impact on innovation and workflow for more than 40 years. As a mentor, he has collaborated with colleagues to understand and address the challenges of an increasingly digital and data-centric industry and how they contribute to creative processes, workflow efficiencies, quality and digital content integration and archiving. He continues to carry the future generations with him as he pushes the technology forward.
Leon Silverman helps to drive industry strategy focusing on the intersection of creativity and technology. Over his decades long career, he has held senior executive roles at Netflix, The Walt Disney Studios, Eastman Kodak, and LaserPacific where he has dedicated his career to the development and introduction of new technology, tools and workflows.
Silverman was one of the founders and long standing president of the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), where he still sits on the Board. Serving his third term on The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Science and Technology Council, Silverman also sits on the Academy’s Members-at-Large Executive Committee and is a sponsor of and helped to design the Academy Gold Internship / Mentoring Program.
He has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the HPA, the Bob Lambert Technology Leadership Award from the Entertainment Technology Center at USC, has 2 Emmy Awards for his contributions to technology innovation, holds 6 issued patents and over 10 Disney Inventor awards for his contributions to pending patent applications. He has served multiple terms as Governor and is a Life Fellow of SMPTE as well as an associate member of The American Society of Cinematographers, and the American Cinema Editors.