Rheinstein founded the Post Group in 1974 as Off-Line, Inc.
Over the next 30 years, the company was one of a handful of
independently-owned, full-service organizations that grew into one of
Hollywood's leading post facilities, servicing major television series,
specials and movies. He sold the company in 2005.
Before embarking into post, Rheinstein had a far ranging
producing and directing career in news and entertainment.
In 2001, Rheinstein helped found the HPA, when the
organization evolved from the International Teleproduction Society (ITS.) He had served as an active board member
of the ITS and is the long-time vice chairman of the Directors Guild of America
Foundation, as well as a member of the Windsor Square Association.
"Today's post production industry would be a very different
place indeed if not for Fred Rheinstein," says HPA president Leon Silverman.
"His trademark bow-tied, gentlemanly, entrepreneurial prowess cut a
larger-than-life figure that helped create more than just The Post Group, but a
post production industry that was recognized and respected world-wide. Fred was
'The Dean' of the school of 'on-the-job training.' He hired, trained, mentored
and supported so many young people who became some of the most successful post
production professionals in our industry. Fred, by giving of his own time,
resources and knowledge, helped to create a real sense of community within post
production; especially in his roles as Board Member and President of the ITS
and as a founding member of the HPA. Fred's vision of a broad-based
organization for the entire post production community guided the formation of
the Hollywood Post Alliance. This award seeks to recognize his influence and
acknowledge his significant contributions."