The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will honor Ray Dolby with the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2003 Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards on September 13. The award will be given to Dolby in recognition of his career achievements, including practical noise-reduction systems for improving sound quality in a variety of professional and consumer environments.
The Academy's Engineering awards are overseen by the Technology and Convergence Awards Committee co-chairs, Cristy Trembly and Brian Seth Hurst. The Emmy Award is given to an individual, company or an organization for developments in engineering that are either so extensive an improvement on existing methods or so innovative in nature that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television.
Dolby Laboratories, founded in 1965 by Ray Dolby to explore noise-reduction systems for recording, continues to make strides in improving audio quality. In the television broadcast industry, Dolby multichannel audio has become a regular enhancement to high-quality programming, allowing viewers to enjoy their favorite content in Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital and, most recently, Dolby Surround Pro Logic II technologies.
Broadcasters such as ABC, CBS, Fox, Discovery HD Theater, HBO, HDNet, Showtime, Starz!, and various pay-per-view channels broadcast in Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. In Europe, commercial broadcasters BSkyB, Premiere, ProSieben, and Teleclub also include this popular feature.