Darcy Antonellis to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From HPA

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BURBANK, Calif.—The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards Committee has announced that veteran media technology executive Darcy Antonellis will receive the organization’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award during a gala celebration at the Hollywood Legion on November 18, 2021. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award, given only at the discretion of the HPA Board and Awards Committee, honors the recipient’s dedication to the advancement of the industry.

Widely respected as both a technologist and executive, Antonellis is being formally recognized for the impact of her innovations and leadership in the media and entertainment technology space during a long career with such companies as CBS, Warner Bros. and Vubiquity. 

Seth Hallen, president of HPA, explained that “it is a great honor for us to name Darcy Antonellis as the 2021 HPA Award Lifetime Achievement winner. The impact that Darcy has had is irrefutable. Her efforts to build an anti-piracy framework for our industry, her leadership across the important companies she has steered, and her brilliant and innovative perspective is well known. Her patents, stellar record, her Emmys and other honors, all stand as evidence of the significant contributions she has made to our industry.”

During her early career at CBS, she led operations and engineering for the CBS News Bureau in Washington, D.C.  Moving to New York, her responsibilities extended to CBS Network’s technical operations and ultimately as head of technical and olympic operations for CBS’ coverage of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. In addition to these highlights at CBS, Antonellis held a variety of leadership positions covering a variety of global events cutting across News and Sports, including the Albertville and Lillehammer Winter Olympics Games for Sports, and as director of operations in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the Gulf War. 

After her career at CBS, she was recruited to Warner Bros. as senior vice president, then executive vice-president distribution technologies & operations. In 2004, as the filmed entertainment industry was taking lessons from the impact of piracy on the music industry, she was named Warner Bros. corporate senior vice-president for worldwide anti-piracy operations where she oversaw the creation of Hollywood’s first anti-piracy operation and developed a multi-tiered strategy focused on technology, business development, enforcement and legislation, to enable compelling, competitive options to piracy. 

In 2008, Antonellis was named president of technical operations and chief technology officer at Warner Bros., where she was instrumental in the studio’s transition to digital technologies and automation for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment and television, and oversaw the studio’s supply chain.

In 2014, Antonellis was named CEO of Vubiquity, a global media and entertainment distribution technologies and services provider and oversaw the company’s growth and global footprint expansion. In 2018, the company was acquired by Amdocs Inc., a provider of software and services to communications and media companies around the globe, where she most recently served as division president of Amdocs Media bringing together content experiences linked to subscription and identity management, before taking up her current position as Senior Advisor.

Antonellis serves on the boards of Cinemark Holdings and Xperi Corporation. She holds patents in the areas of digital distribution, imaging and audio processing and is a member of the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a SMPTE Fellow. Antonellis served on the advisory boards of Temple University’s College of Engineering and the Global Advisory Council for the professional Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). 

As a supporter of a number of socially conscious initiatives throughout her professional and private life, Antonellis has been involved in a variety of charitable causes. Those include working with the American Cancer Society fighting breast cancer, and on behalf of the American Heart Association ideating its STEM Goes RED program for SoCal. She has also served on the board of Kidsave, a non-profit focused on finding adoptive families for children ages 6 to 16.

Antonellis earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Temple University and an MBA from Fordham University with a concentration in Finance. 

Over the years, she has received a number of honors for her work. 

She is a three-time Emmy recipient in the areas of Technical Production and Engineering (Lillehammer and Nagano Olympics and for Warner Bros’ development of the first studio digital supply chain platform). 

Other acknowledgements include Broadcasting and Cable’s Technology Leadership award, India’s NASSCOM award, Hollywood Reporter’s Digital 50 and Multichannel’s Class of 2018 Wonder Women. 

“I’m humbled by this acknowledgement” by HPA, Anontellis said. “Most importantly, I am and always will be grateful for the talented and dedicated people who I’ve had and have the honor to work alongside.”    

George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.