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Motion Picture Laboratories, the studio-backed research and development and standards venture, has appointed Richard Berger as president and CEO.

movielabs 26 sept 2017Berger will lead MovieLabs’ cross-industry initiatives focused on next-generation content platforms and products, automated digital workflows, content security and digital analytics.

Berger spent more than a decade leading new media and technology efforts at Sony Pictures Entertainment, most recently as SVP of worldwide digital strategy & advanced platforms.

“I have been fortunate to collaborate with the technologists at MovieLabs on many key industry initiatives,” said Berger. “That includes the introduction of UltraViolet, the advancement of HDR and Ultra HD, enhanced content protection, and standards for automated digital workflows such as delivery of next-generation extras to consumers. MovieLabs has proven an invaluable source of technical excellence and leadership for our industry, and I look forward to shaping more innovation initiatives in the coming years.”

Berger will report to the MovieLabs board of directors and will be based out of a new MovieLabs office in Los Angeles. He replaces Steve Weinstein, who was serving as interim CEO. Weinstein leaves to spend more time on his entrepreneurship and teaching activities at Stanford and UC Berkeley.

“Rich brings that most unusual blend of qualities - deep technical knowledge coupled with an instinctive commercial understanding of how technology can disrupt and swiftly transform our industry,” said Hanno Basse, MovieLabs board member and CTO at 20th Century Fox Film Corp. “His mix of business and technical savvy will provide strong direction to MovieLabs as it drives new technology solutions that will change how the industry delivers and protects its content.”