“[We all] have a favorite movie or television program or series that we love. Imagine that one day, you would never be able to see that again,” said Klein College of Media and Communication alumnus Anthony Magliocco, KLN ’74.
Lucky for most of us, the professionals in the field of film restoration and preservation have made it so we don’t have to worry about losing our favorite shows and movies. And yet, Magliocco noticed that not enough people appreciated, or even knew about these individuals.
Magliocco serves on the awards committee of the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) and spent three years turning his idea for an award in preservation and restoration into a reality. The award was given out for the first time this year to Invaders From Mars, a 1953 film that was recently restored.
“This adds to HPA’s goals of recognizing artists in categories and areas that are so important to the industry but haven’t yet had their day in the sun,” said Partner and Managing Director of ArtisansPR and HPA awards committee member Linda Rosner.
Rosner met Magliocco while serving on the awards committee and immediately supported his desire to honor those in restoration and preservation.
Magliocco has a great deal of experience in Hollywood awards processes. After serving six years as governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awards committee and seeing how important the Emmy awards were to his colleagues, he knew that the time was right to recognize preservation and restoration.
In addition to his work with HPA, Magliocco is also the owner of Entertainment and Media Technology Marketing, Inc. Much of Magliocco’s career has been spent in marketing and managing technology for domestic and international companies. With his company’s guidance, Magliocco and his client RE:Vision Effects received an Engineering Emmy Award in 2020.
“My career has been mostly using my experience in production and post to help technology companies introduce new products and break into new markets,” Magliocco said.
In high school, Magliocco worked at RadioShack and has always been interested in new technologies. As the audio and sound manager at South Philadelphia High School, Magliocco began to see himself pursuing a career in production technology.
This informed his decision to attend Temple University, as Klein College was leading the charge in video production at the time. Though many students attending what was then the School of Radio, Television and Film wanted to pursue careers in front of the camera, Magliocco was happy to do the technical jobs for class projects and credits his experience in college to his current success.
Now, Magliocco supports Klein College students that are studying away in Los Angeles, where his company is based. He often speaks to classes about the technology side of the entertainment industry and has been on the board of the Los Angeles chapter of the Temple University Alumni Association for many years and served as president for six of them.
“He has not just kept up with the evolution [of] technology, he’s kind of led the evolution of technology. And yet, [he] still has the ability to talk to less technologically-versed people like myself about it in a human and not patronizing way,” said member of the Board of Visitors for the School of Theater, Film, and Media Arts John P. Connolly, TFMA ’79.
Connolly also speaks to classes of students in Los Angeles, and he and Magliocco have collaborated on alumni programs for other alumni in the area. Connolly never ceases to be amazed by Magliocco’s ability to humanize technology to people wary of change.
Magliocco encourages students to not wait until they are retired to get involved in the Temple alumni community and to also give back to their field in meaningful ways. In addition to HPA, he is a lifetime member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Magliocco also served on the board of the Los Angeles section of the Visual Effects Society.
“Be an alumni throughout your career because it’s invaluable the contacts that you will make and the people that will help you,” Magliocco said. If he hadn’t met Connolly, he wouldn’t have met Connolly’s wife, Bronnie Stein, who introduced him to the field of film restoration and preservation.