Nikola Tesla Satellite Award

The Nikola Tesla Award is an honorary Satellite Award bestowed by the International Press Academy to recognize the "pioneers of filmmaking technology industry."[1] It was first presented on January 12, 2003, at the 7th Annual Golden Satellite Awards ceremony to George Lucas. Hive Lighting and its company co-founders Robert Rutherford and Jon Edward Miller are the latest recipient.

The trophy awarded to the honorees is a bust of inventor Nikola Tesla cast in bronze, on a marble base, inscribed for the recipient. It was designed by Sarajevan sculptor Dragan Radenović.[2]


Year Recipient Reason
2002 George Lucas For a lifetime of visionary filmmaking achievement and his privately held company, Lucasfilm, continues to expand frontiers in the cinematic arts[1]
2003 James Cameron For his stand-out effects and 3D lens innovations[1]
2004 Jerry Lewis For introducing video-assist and video playback techniques, which have become industry standards[1]
2005 Stan Winston For his special effects contributions to cinema[1]
2006 Richard Donner For creating special effects on the 1978 film Superman that pre-dated contemporary computer-generated images[1]
2007 Dennis Muren For his visual effects in films, especially with computer digital rendering and compositing[1]
2008 Rick Baker For his innovative make-up, prosthetics, and creature effects in films[1]
2009 Roger Deakins For his creative cinematography in films[1]
2010 Robert A. Harris For his work as film preservationist and historian[1]
2011 Douglas Trumbull For his film inventions and entrepreneurial work[3]
2012 Walter Murch For award-winning sound design and editing in films[4]
2013 Garrett Brown For visionary achievement in filmmaking technology[5]
2014 Industrial Light & Magic For setting the standard for visual effects and creating some of the most stunning images in the history of film.[1]
2015 Robert Rutherford and Jonathan Miller (Hive Lighting) For their energy efficient, full-spectrum, flicker-free plasma lighting systems.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 "Nikola Tesla Award". International Press Academy. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  2. "International Press Academy Awards". International Press Academy. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  3. "VFX Pioneer Douglas Trumbull Honored with IPA's 2011 Tesla Award". International Press Academy. November 21, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  4. Johnson, Quendrith (November 13, 2012). "Terence Stamp, Paul Williams, Walter Murch, X-Men's Bruce Davison Shine Among 17th Satellite Award Honorees". International Press Academy. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  5. Kilday, Gregg (February 23, 2014). "Satellite Awards: '12 Years a Slave' Wins Best Motion Picture". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 3, 2014.

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