Kylee Peña

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
  • Science & Technology Peer Group Associate Member, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • SMPTE Hollywood Leadership
  • Junior League of Los Angeles Leadership
  • Published in SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal – October 2018 Issue
  • Exceptional Woman in Post & Top Technologist, StudioDaily 2018
  • Over 12 years of experience in media and entertainment
  • Technically still certified in Final Cut Pro 6 and DVD Studio Pro

Kylee Peña is a Program Manager for the Creative Technologies team at Netflix in Los Angeles. Her work is focused on facilitating the development of innovations and thought leadership across motion imaging and sound. Kylee’s efforts and empathy at Netflix are informed by over a decade of work in offline editorial and dailies & workflow for which she earned dozens of major credits on television and feature films.

In addition to her day job and writing for CreativeCOW.net, Kylee prioritizes the support and empowerment of underrepresented and underserved individuals in the entertainment industry and the LA region through mentorship and volunteerism. She served as a Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Hollywood Section Manager for the 2019-2021 term and as SMPTE Technical Conference Programming Co-Chair in 2020 after several years on the programming committee. The paper Kylee co-authored for the 2017 technical conference, “Why Diversity Programs Fail – and How to Fix Them,” was published in the Motion Imaging Journal in October 2018. Additionally, she volunteers in a leadership position with the Junior League of Los Angeles, an organization that seeks to develop women as civic leaders as they improve the community.

Kylee holds degrees in video production and applied computer science from Indiana University and Purdue University, a certificate in project management from Cornell University, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Kylee was also named a StudioDaily Top Technologist and Exceptional Woman in Post and most importantly, voted “Most Likely to Be President” in college by her coworkers at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Kylee has been called the “Leslie Knope of post production” and encourages you to find your team and get to work.

I discovered post production through storytelling at the age of 14 in my childhood bedroom in rural Indiana, started working as a video production volunteer at 16 at a local church, and I’ve been known to bring video into unexpected places…like turning a video in for English class in place of an essay. Having gotten my start in post at the same moment when Final Cut Pro was changing the accessibility of digital video for a home user, I learned the frustrating art of troubleshooting sync drift and codec incompatibilities at an early age.

I started out in the industry as an offline (and sometimes online) editor. I spent about six years in that role, mainly cutting corporate, reality, unscripted, and documentary content like This American Land on PBS and Arson Dogs for State Farm and Victoria Stilwell. I shifted into technical leadership and workflow design and worked in dailies. My work brought me from Indiana to Atlanta and finally, to Los Angeles.

I’ve inarguably taken an odd path into the industry, working the long way around to get to Hollywood. But along the way, I’ve gained an incalculable amount of knowledge from the experiences of having to be on my own to solve my own problems, whether they’re in a machine room or an office.

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