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Netflix Hires Paul Debevec to Oversee Emerging Technology Team – The Hollywood Reporter

Respected researcher Paul Debevec joined Netflix as director of research and creative technologies; a newly created role in the streaming services data science and engineering team.

He will also perform his duties as Associate Research Professor of Computer Science at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, works in the Vision and Graphics Laboratory of the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.

At Netflix, Debevec will oversee research and development into new technologies in computer vision, computer graphics and machine learning with applications in all areas of production including visual effects, virtual production and animation. He will also build a team at Netflix that will bring together data and experience from Netflix productions to develop new storytelling features.

Research by Debevec and several colleagues won a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award in 2010 for the development of the Light Stage recording devices and image-based rendering system designed for re-lighting characters and used to create photorealistic digital actors. This system has contributed to a number of Hollywood films, including VFX Oscar winners The strange case of Benjamin Button, gravity and User picture.

In 2017 Debevec received the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers’ highest award, the Progress Medal, for groundbreaking techniques for illuminating CG objects and their application in numerous Hollywood films. In 2014, he was invited to the White House to create a 3D digital model of President Barack Obama.

Debevec is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was co-chair of the Science and Technology Council from 2012 to 2018. He is also a Fellow of the Visual Effects Society and was a member of the Executive Committee and Vice President of the computer graphics research organization ACM Siggraph from 2008 to 2014.

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