During the evening, Hirsch and Bonnie Koehler, ACE, announced the newest ACE members, and those that were in attendance received their plaques. This round of new members included Lee Haxall, ACE; Gabriel Fleming, ACE; Amy Linton, ACE; Ben Lester, ACE; Chris McCaleb, ACE; Daniel Nussbaum, ACE; Daniel Valverde, ACE; Darren Hallihan, ACE; Dirk Westervelt, ACE; Elisabet Ronaldsdottir, ACE; Isaac Hagy, ACE; James Ryan, ACE; James Wilcox, ACE; Jeff Buchanan, ACE; and Jeff Gilbert, ACE.
It also included Jeff Granzow, ACE; Jeff Malmberg, ACE; Jennifer Barbot, ACE; Kenneth LaMere, ACE; Kyle Reiter, ACE; Len Ciccotello, ACE; Luyen Vu, ACE; Mark Hartzell, ACE; Martin Singer, ACE; Matthew Philip Smith, ACE; Michelle Tesoro, ACE; Pamela ZiegenhagenShefland, ACE; Patrick J. Don Vito, ACE; Peter B. Ellis, ACE; Richard Sanchez, ACE; Robert Fisher Jr., ACE; Rosanne Tan (Colello), ACE; Ting Yu, ACE; Vashi Nedomansky, ACE; and Yvette Amirian, ACE.
Rivkin noted that in total this past year, ACE has added a record 57 new members plus nine associates. During the meeting, he also emphasized the importance of passing the torch to the next generation of editors. Citing the ACE Internship Program and Diversity Program, he said, “I think it’s fantastic and all the ACE members that contribute to these programs – I salute you.” Several former interns joined him at the podium to thank their mentors, including Qingya ‘Emma’ Li, Luke Palter and Katelyn Wright.
Past intern Tyler Nelson read a statement from Irene Chun who was unable to attend. Rivkin updated members on several initiatives and issues during the evening. For instance, he reported that ACE continues to fight those production companies of unscripted programs that don’t honor the ‘ACE’ acronym in credits. Also, he reminded members of the adjusted 2020 Eddie Awards schedule, reflecting changes to the overall Hollywood awards season schedule.
He also reported that membership requirements had been revamped, and that the ACE Board is finalizing details for a new International Affiliate membership. ACE Past President and current Vice President Alan Heim received a standing ovation for his many years of service, when Rivkin announced that Heim chose not to run for reelection.
He saluted Heim’s contributions of more than 20 years on the board to “build ACE into what it is today.” Meeting sponsor Avid provided Media Composer demonstrations and raffled two editing systems during the evening. Avid’s Michael Krulik welcomed members and thanked them as Avid celebrates the Media Composer’s 30th anniversary.