The Hollywood Post Alliance’s first-ever Charles S. Swartz Award will be bestowed upon Elizabeth M. Daley, dean of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. The award honors a person, group, company or technology that has made a significant artistic, technological, business or educational impact on post-production.

Charles S. Swartz, in whose honor the award was named, was the executive director and CEO of the Entertainment Technology Center at USC as well as a respected technologist, educator and producer.

HPA president Leon Silverman says of Daley, who has been the dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts since 1991, “Her prescient view, executed in an advanced curriculum, is producing some of the industry’s most important creative and artistic innovators. Through her work and ideas she is helping to set the stage for the industry of the future. ”

Daley will be honored at the HPA Awards gala along with several others, including a soon-to-be-announced recipient for the Lifetime Achievement Award, on November 6, 2008.