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RealD Wins Colorado Photonics Company of the Year 

Boulder, Colorado, October 10, 2012 – The Colorado Photonics Industry Association (CPIA) has named RealD, Inc. (NYSE: RLD) as the 2012 Colorado Photonics Company of the Year.  The award was presented to Gary Sharp, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Innovation Officer for RealD at the CPIA Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 10th 2012. 

The CPIA presents the Photonics Company of the Year award to the company or institution that it feels has contributed the most to the Colorado photonics industry over the preceding year. The 2012 winner, RealD, is a visual technology developer, manufacturer and licenser enabling premium 3D viewing experiences in the theater, the home and beyond.  RealD was selected from more than 200 companies in the aerospace, renewable energy, defense, life sciences, telecommunications, and electronics industries, which are involved in photonics, or light-based, technologies. 

“RealD has continued to expand its technology since being recognized in 2008 as the photonics technology innovator or the year.  Their technological and commercial successes have enabled the prolifferation of 3D viewing exeriences around the world,” notes Brian Knollenberg, CPIA awards committee chairman and board member.  “RealD stands as an example of how photonics technology can touch our lives and in this case expand our viewing experience. Since 2008 RealD’s global install base has grown from 1,200 screens to more than 20,000 screens, with their technology being used by most of the world’s largest theatre chains.  This commercial success was key toward RealD receiving the award this year. Continued technological innovations and further expansion of 3D content availability would indicate RealD and Colorado photonics have a bright future”.


“It is a great honor to be selected as the Colorado Photonics Company of the Year,” said Gary Sharp, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at RealD.  “We take enormous pride in being part of the Colorado photonics industry, having our companywide R&D based out of our Boulder office.  An award from peers is certainly the highest honor and a tribute to our staff’s tireless focus on innovation.”

About CPIA

The Colorado Photonics Industry Association (( is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging cooperation, collaboration, and partnering among the 250 industrial, academic, and governmental organizations in Colorado involved in optics and photonics technologies.  CPIA's mission is to promote the Colorado photonics industry and to enhance the profitability of its members.   Founded in 1997, CPIA now includes over 80 members.  In addition to industrial organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, the photonics community in Colorado includes four national laboratories and five academic institutions.  The last three Nobel Prize winners for physics in Colorado have won for photonics related research.  For more information, please visit

About RealD Inc.

RealD is a leading global licensor of 3D technologies. RealD's extensive intellectual property portfolio is used in applications that enable a premium 3D viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere. RealD licenses its RealD Cinema Systems to motion picture exhibitors that show 3D motion pictures and alternative 3D content. RealD also provides its RealD Display, active and passive eyewear, and RealD Format technologies to consumer electronics manufacturers and content producers and distributors to enable the delivery and viewing of 3D content.  RealD's cutting-edge 3D technologies have been used for applications such as piloting the Mars Rover.

RealD was founded in 2003 and has offices in Beverly Hills, California; Boulder, Colorado; London, United Kingdom; Shanghai, China; Moscow, Russia; Hong Kong; and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, please visit our website at


Questions about this press release can be directed to:


Brian Knollenberg, Board Member, 970-215-1079,

Brian Hooker, Board Member, 303-444-2943,


Rick Heineman, SVP, Marketing Communications, 310-385-4020,








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