Joel Silver, founder of the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and unquestionably the industry's most renowned video expert, has been chosen as the CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Silver will be honored at the CEDIA Awards Celebration hosted at Petco Park on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
With his trademark all-black attire, perfect Florida tan and flowing black hair, the fast-talking Silver is undeniably the go-to video guru for the industry. Multiple generations of integrators can credit the entire video calibration field (and the revenue earned from calibrating flat panels and projectors), directly to Silver and ISF. Over the years, Silver has taught around the world and is an annual fixture at CEDIA Expo.
According to CEDIA, the Lifetime Achievement Award “recognizes an individual who has exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative, and visionary leadership in the growth and advancement of the residential technology industry.” Nominations are submitted by industry professionals and evaluated on the basis of achievement and service within the industry.
“We could not be happier to recognize Joel for his contributions to the industry. Anyone who has worked with him knows that his credentials are extensive, and his expertise is highly sought after,” says Dave Humphries, CEDIA chairman.
Joel Silver's Impressive Credentials
In 1994, Silver founded The Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) which introduced video image quality calibration services into consumer electronics, and he has been a pillar of the industry ever since. His work in advancing HDTV image quality has been covered in the New York Times, the LA Times, Popular Mechanics, Wired, and numerous A/V publications in the United States and abroad.
Silver has also managed research projects for the California Energy Commission documenting how video calibration produces significant energy savings, and has been a consultant for the high-end video, high-end audio, telemedicine, and medical management industries, as well as for Microsoft Media Center Edition PCs and the Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship program at the W. Averill Harriman School of Management.
In 2004, Silver was named as one of CE Pro's “Top 10 Original Industry Leaders” over the first 10 years of the custom electronics industry. That recognition was followed up in 2013 when Silver was named to CE Pro's list of the “20 Most Influential People in the Industry over the Past 20 Years.“
He is the producer of the HDTV Calibration Wizard DVD and is a co-inventor of the patented Microsoft Windows Display Calibration Wizard, which is now on over 111,000,000 PCs.
“Joel’s energy and thirst to acquire and share knowledge is infectious,” says Walt Zerbe, CEDIA senior director of technology and standards. “He’s been a champion for the industry and has impacted hundreds of home technology professionals and industry peers.”
Silver also gives back to the industry, frequently volunteering his time. He has served on the CEDIA Awards Technical Judging Panel for the last several years and has been a popular instructor at CEDIA Expo. He also volunteers as the chair of the CTA and CEDIA committee on Home Theater Video recommended practices.