Createasphere, founders of the annual DAMMYs – the first awards specifically recognizing excellence in innovative digital and media asset management technology, methodologies and services – announces that Steve Cronan, CEO and Founder of 5th Kind, has been awarded the 2012 DAMMY of the Year. 5th Kind is a Los Angeles-based company that provides digital asset management software to view, track and secure digital files and a platform to distribute and communicate. The award will be presented at a gala luncheon on September 28th during Createasphere’s Digital Asset Management Conference and Exhibition.
The goal of the DAMMY Awards is to raise awareness of the evolving and crucial role of digital asset management (DAM); to promote creative and technical excellence in the field; and to recognize notable achievements in DAM. It has grown to be an important and meaningful event in the digital asset management community, and the 2012 Awards mark the third edition of the popular show.
The DAMMY of the Year honors an outstanding individual or organization that has positively impacted the success and growth of the DAM industry and community. Qualities that include forward-thinking leadership, innovation and a global perspective underpin the decision about who receives the accolade. Cronan was chosen to receive the DAMMY of the Year by a panel of blue ribbon judges consisting of digital and media asset management experts who are professionals in the space.
“I am honored to receive this award, and to be among the individuals and companies that were nominated,” says Cronan. “The DAMMY means a lot to 5th Kind, and we’ve worked really hard to not only create great products and services, but be actively involved within the film community to educate and evolve the industry. We feel privileged to be recognized by a jury of our peers and look forward to continuing our work with industry experts to push the advancement of asset management and workflow innovation.”
5th Kind has managed the digital asset workflows on over 35 Hollywood blockbuster films including The Avengers, Men in Black 3, Man of Steel, Ender’s Game, and notably, Marvel has standardized their entire studio on the platform.
Mary Yurkovic, manager of Createasphere’s DAM Conference, noted, “Steve is so worthy of this honor. 5th Kind is working on global productions and infrastructure projects that are impacting the way that entertainment and enterprise approach DAM. The DAMMY of the Year gives special recognition to the innovative thinking and dedication to excellence that is propelling the digital asset management industry forward. Steve and 5th Kind represents the best of these qualities.”
In addition to DAMMY of the Year, categories for the DAMMY Awards include : Best Storage, Archive, and or Preservation Solution; Best Strategy or Solution for Digital and Media Asset Management During the Acquisition of Content; Best Example of Asset & Media Repurposing; and Best Strategy Ease of Use for End-User Interface. Eligibility for the DAMMYs included innovative organizations and individuals breaking new ground in managing digital assets, creating new revenue opportunities, increasing security and developing more efficient workflows to maximize ROI.
A limited number of tickets for the DAMMY Awards are still available. For more information, visit http://provideocoalitionexpo.com/En/dammys.html. For information about the Createasphere or Digital Asset Management Conference, please visit http://provideocoalitionexpo.com/DAM or call 818.842.6611.
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Createasphere was founded in 2001, and over the past decade has grown into a global company that in 2011 produced seventeen events over three continents as well as five websites. Createasphere became part of Diversified Business Communications in 2008, and now drives their entertainment, media, technology strategies and properties division. Currently, Createasphere produces the Entertainment Technology Expos in Los Angeles; the Digital Asset Management Conference in New York, Los Angeles, and Europe; The DAMMY Awards in New York; the Executive Marketplaces for Houses of Worship in Los Angeles and Chicago; Post Production Master Classes in New York and Los Angeles, the Digital Process Workflow Lab and the online news and content portals ProVideoCoalition.com, DamCoalition.com and ProPhotoCoalition.com.
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