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ICTA Annual Convention

July 23 - 26 2023
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Biltmore, Los Angeles

Classic Elegance steeped in Hollywood glamour – Iconic Then, Iconic Now.

This is the historic Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, the location of the Annual ICTA Convention which will be held from Sunday, July 23, and concluding the evening of Wednesday, July 26 with the final evening’s President’s Banquet.

The beaux-arts hotel has impressed guests and locals since the glory days of Old Hollywood, capable of entertaining a galaxy of stars, dignitaries, and presidents from around the world. The Biltmore has played host to a golden era prohibition nightclub, numerous Academy Award ceremonies, and feature film sets throughout the years.

Certainly, a fitting location for the annual meet. With memorable hotspots nearby, including Disney and Universal Studios, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Melrose Avenue, the Santa Monica Pier, and so many more wonderful points of interest.



Sunday, July 23 

7:30 AM     Golf Outing at Angeles National Golf Club

(Range Balls and Breakfast available)

First Tee-Off begins at 7:28 AM. Members cars leave at 6:15 AM.

9:00 AM –  Convention Registration 

6:00 PM      (Sponsored by Bay Area Cinema Products)

3:00 PM       Board of Directors’ Meeting (Cordoban Room)

 7:00 PM       Welcome Reception  (Emerald Ballroom)

 8:00 PM       Dinner (Emerald Ballroom)

(Sponsored by Adaptive Technologies Group)

 9:30 PM       Hospitality Suite (Athenian/Grecian)

(Sponsored by Christie Digital)


Monday, July 24        

 8:00 AM     Group Breakfast (Roman Room)

(Sponsored by Tony & Patricia Adamson)

 9:00AM      Group Trip – All Registrants

Buses leave at 8:30 AM for both Members and Spouses

(Buses Sponsored by Cinematronix)

EGG Show at Regal LA Live

Presented by Ioan Allen, SVP Cinema-Industry Relations, Dolby Laboratories

Ioan Allen’s The Egg Show introduces various aspects of film sound design and mixing technique. Multiple film examples are used, each of which has been chosen to demonstrate a different mixing issue. You will see how film sound mixers highlight a conversation in a crowd scene, inter-cut music to film and create artificial sound effects that sound more real on film than a “live” recording. Numerous slides enhance the lecture, most of which use photographs of eggs to illustrate the artistic uses of sound on film. This non-technical lecture has been given many times throughout the world at film conventions and festivals, film schools, and to technical societies.

Gary Rydstrom, winner of seven Oscars for sound design and mixing for films including Jurassic Park, Titanic and Saving Private Ryan, says:

“Ioan Allen’s ‘Egg Show’ is the most unexpected, yet revelatory lecture on film sound. It uses unique visuals, not to mention props, to illustrate sound concepts. Like eggs themselves, it is both fun and good for you.”

Ioan Allen is an SVP at Dolby Laboratories. He has received five Academy Awards, including an Oscar® — the Progress medal from the SMPTE, the Silver Medal from the AES, and earlier this year he received an Icon Award from the ICTA

 12:00 PM   Spouses Tour

(Sponsored by Allen Theatres)

Trip To Academy Museum & Lunch at Fanny’s

Bus leaves at 8:30 AM for Regal Theatre and then at 11:15 AM to Academy Museum for Tour and Lunch. Returns at 4:00 PM

Walk through Farmers Market after Lunch

12:00 PM    Lunch at Hotel for Members (Roman Room)

2:00 PM      Business Sessions: (Corinthian Room)

Revolutionizing Live Music: Exploring the Power of Dolby Atmos and Dolby Live

Presented by Mark Tuffy, Director of Business Development & Strategic Planning, Atmos for Live.

Developments in Holographic Display Technology: Creating A World Where Content Escapes the Screen and Merges with Reality.

Presented by Jon Karafin, CEO, Light Field Lab

Member Presentations

  • Moving iMage Technologies
  • Dolby Laboratories
  • Casablanca Payments
  • GDC Technology
  • Sharp NEC Display Solutions
  • Cinionic
  • Adaptive Technologies

6:00 PM      Explore Downtown and Make Your Own Arrangements for Dinner

A list of suggestions will be made available.

Tuesday, July 25

 7:00 AM     Group Breakfast (Roman Room)

(Sponsored by Beth Figge & Danny Pickett)

 8:15 AM     XR Studios Hollywood Campus Trip

Bus leaves at 8:15 AM

Hosted by Marisa Uribe and John Clavier

A cutting-edge digital production company specializing in immersive technology for entertainment. Known for producing Extended Reality (XR) and Augmented Reality (AR) workflow solutions, XR Studios executes innovative experiences for some of the most renowned artists and brands across the globe. From concept to completion, XR Studios is a premier, full service solutions provider led by a network of creatives and industry leaders at the core of mixed reality technology for broadcast, live, and virtual productions.

Tour of IMAX and Demonstrations

Jason Swanson, Vice President of Sales, The Americas, IMAX Corporation

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of IMAX’s post-production facility, demo with IMAX with laser and an overview of IMAX’s filmed for camera program.

11:00 AM    Spouses Trip to Getty Museum 

(Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories)

Bus leaves at 11:00 AM

1:00 PM     Joint Lunch with Members and Spouses at Getty Museum

2:00 PM     Tour of Getty Museum 

First stop is a Tram to the Top to glimpse views of the Center and the city as we glide from the main parking area to the top of the hill. Then, we’ll explore art from the Middle Ages to today set amid modern architecture and gardens. Download the GettyGuide App:  https://www.getty.edu/visit/app/ and bring your own earphones to enhance your experience of exhibitions, architecture, and outdoor spaces with perspectives on art and immersive audio.

7:00 PM     Group Dinner at Perch

(Sponsored by Bright Star Systems Corp)

Group will be walking to restaurant—448 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Join us for dinner and drinks in this glamourous rooftop setting with French cuisine, handcrafted cocktails and grand views of the city.

Wednesday, July 26

 8:00 AM    Group Breakfast (Roman Room)

(Sponsored by Casablanca Payments)

 9:00 AM    Business Sessions: (Corinthian Room)

Challenge of Direct View Installations

Moderated by Danny Pickett, Vice-President, Bay Area Cinema Products


Mark Mayfield, QSC

Mark Collins, JBL/Harman

Andrew Poulain, Dolby Laboratories

Jay Wyatt, Meyer Sound

Frank Tees, Moving iMage Technologies

Pete Ludé, Mission Rock Digital

Sustainability in the Cinema

Presented by Theresa English, TK Architects

Discussion of some of the easy changes that can be made within existing facilities to operate more efficiently and environmentally. Ideas for new buildings/expansions that are easy to integrate.  We’ll also touch on some of the new energy code requirements and changes and their impacts for construction.

Compression Drivers: A Fundamental Part of Film Sound

Presented by Tom Holman, Tom Holman Labs

Compression drivers were fundamental to film sound since their introduction in 1926, and remained largely unchanged in form from until about 1976, and are still an important part of installations. In all that time, the basics were a metal dome, edge-driven by a voice coil close to a phasing plug that steered sound waves into an exit throat. The Western Electric 555 was first, and you can now find them on eBay for $12,000. For fifty years changes to their design were in materials and details of their construction. One thread in development over that time was to use ever lighter and stiffer diaphragms going from aluminum to titanium to beryllium. But 4” diameter diaphragms exiting into a 2” throat to which they evolved are still challenged to stay a piston out to the top octave.

Newer designs include two-way drivers with two annular rings, each center driven, one lighter and smaller for higher frequencies, and one larger for lower frequencies, exiting into a common throat. Another uses a single large titanium diaphragm, center driven, and with a very complex diaphragm shape called axiperiodic meant to harness break up modes.

Five driver variations have been tested on one well-known constant-directivity horn. Results will be shown. The problems of ordinary three-way designs will be described, and how the new developments allow for one mid- to high-frequency horn driven by a modern compression driver to overcome these problems. Modern DSP now available with much more sophistication than 33 years ago can also be brought to bear.

11:00 AM    Annual Membership Meeting (Corinthian Room)

11:45 AM     Continuation of Board Meeting (Lunch Served—Athenian Room)

12:00 PM    Your chance to discover Los Angeles—Enjoy your free time!

6:30 PM     President’s Reception (Roman Room)

(Sponsored by Sharp/NEC)

7:30 PM     President’s Banquet Dinner (Emerald Room)

(Sponsored by Q-SYS)

  • Outgoing Board of Directors Award
  • Special Recognition Award – Sam Chavez
  • Presentation of Allen Award
  • Teddy and Rodney Awards

Entertainment by the “The Traveling Cinema Thugs

10:00 PM     Hospitality Suite (Athenian/Grecian)

Please see the following form below to register:

Members                                $825

Spouses                                  $400

Children                                 $250

Dinner Only                          $150

There will be no refunds after June 23rd

Room rate is $189 for DELUXE ROOM; $229 for a STUDIO SUITE; and $329 for a ONE BEDROOM SUITE. To make your reservation, use the link below or call 213.612.1575 and mention our group “ICTA”. The cut-off for the hotel room block is June 23, 2023.


We are very excited about having a great and productive convention in a wonderful and vibrant city. This is one you won’t want to miss.

Annual Convention Registration - Biltmore Los Angeles 2023

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    Room rate is $189 for DELUXE ROOM; $229 for a STUDIO SUITE; and $329 for a ONE BEDROOM SUITE. To make your reservation, use the link below or call 213.612.1575 and mention our group “ICTA”. The cut-off for the hotel room block is June 23, 2023. CLICK HERE FOR HOTEL
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    All ICTA Members are eligible to petition the Members Presentation Committee to participate in this segment of the program. If you have a new product, service or new technology that you would like to present to the membership, kindly complete the form below. You will be notified by the ICTA office if your request has been approved.
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