In 1986 Barry Rebo co-founded the first high definition video (HDTV) production company in the United States, REBO Studio.
Barry had long been a pioneer in the application of portable video systems, beginning in 1975. He has been awarded many honors, including national and local Emmy Awards for documentary cinematography for shows including CBS Reports; PBS’ FRONTLINE; and Time Life Television. In music television he produced and directed programs for Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, and New Order, amongst others.
Between 1985- 1999 Rebo produced or Executive Produced more than one hundred and fifty high definition commercials, documentary specials, short features, live concerts, music videos and animation programs. For PBS’ American Playhouse drama series he Co-Executive Produced, “Fool’s Fire” by Julie Taymor (Broadway’s “The Lion King”) in 1991. These productions have garnered numerous awards; including best narrative short for the 1989 Cannes International Film Festival. He served a two-year term on the Board of Governors of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Science.
Barry Rebo is a widely recognized expert in digital imaging systems by both the electronic and print media. His frequent television appearances have included interview segments on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America”, CNN’s “Inside Showbiz”, the Discovery Channel’s “Innovations”, and news and technology programs on PBS, CNN, Bloomberg, Financial News Network, Fox Television and others. In addition, Mr. Rebo has been quoted and profiled in Billboard, Forbes, Broadcasting & Cable. Business Week, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Variety, Rolling Stone, as well as WIRED and RES Magazines.
In addition to various production and entrepreneurial activities, he also served as digital television consultant to Discovery Communications, Inc.’s Discovery HD Theater and The Advertising Council, the nation’s largest producer of public service advertising (PSAs).
“If the HDTV “guerilla” movement has a godfather, it would be Barry Rebo. The Manhattan-based Rebo is the original trailblazer of HDTV in the U.S. In 1986, after pioneering the use of small-format video cameras, he turned his attention to producing HD programming. REBO Studio produced 150 hours of HD programs, including the feature film Fool’s Fire, by the then undiscovered Julie Taymor, for early outlets such as Japanese broadcaster NHK.”
–Debra Kaufman, WIRED Magazine