The International Cinematographers Guild said today that it will give cinematographer John Simmons, ASC, its ASC Cinematography Mentor Award and will present technology journalist Debra Kaufman — a contributor to StudioDaily, among many other industry publications, with expertise in cinematography — with its Technicolor William A. Fraker Award.
Simmons was a 2016 Emmy-winner for Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series for his work on Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. He was behind the camera on made-for-TV movies including installments of ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney series, shot a number of documentaries destined for PBS, Showtime and HBO, and got his start in the world of multi-camera sitcoms with The Hughleys. He was Vice President of the ASC in 2017 and 2018 and is currently shooting Netflix series.
Debra Kaufman is being recognized for “her journalistic contributions in covering the film and television industry from the perspective of cinematography.” Her byline can be found in the USC Entertainment Technology Center’s ETCentric newsletter as well as in American Cinematographer, ICG Magazine, the Motion Picture Editors Guild’s CineMontage and elsewhere. She earned her master’s degree from UCLA and a bachelor’s from UC Berkeley, and has worked for UNESCO in Paris and the United Nations in New York.
The awards will be handed out at the 2019 Emerging Cinematographer Awards Luncheon set for next Friday, October 4, at the ASC Clubhouse in Los Angeles.