The 1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences special ‘Gordon E. Sawyer Oscar’ for Lifetime Achievement in Technology was awarded to Don, representing the gratitude of the motion picture industry for what was then, forty-three years of involvement, dedication and accomplishment, a career that continues on today. In 2011 Don was awarded the first Fellowship of the Science and Technology Council for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

At the National Association of Theater Owners - Show West in March 1997, Rogers received the Third Annual Ken Mason Inter-Society Award. This award is presented for dedication and specific achievement in enhancing the theater going experience. Rogers has been a member of SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) since 1960 and a Fellow since 1974. He is a Lifetime member of the American Society of Cinematographers, a member of BKST, ACE (the Film Editors Guild) and the Motion Picture Sound Editors Guild.

Rogers was a member of the sound crew that received Oscars for “The King and I” and “South Pacific”. He was head of the Todd-AO Camera Department and directly involved with its development of the first lightweight 65mm production camera as well as the TODD-AO 35mm Donald C. Rogers Executive Producer Wide Scope Lens System, each of which was given the Academy Scientific or Technical Award. During 1971-1992 Rogers was Director of Technical Operations at the Samuel Goldwyn Studios during which time his Sound Department staff was recognized with 23 Academy Award nominations leading to 15 Oscars. This gave Goldwyn Studios worldwide recognition for its excellence in quality and outstanding progress in motion picture sound recording.

Over the span of his career in the motion picture industry, Don has had a part in the production of over 1,000 movies including:

  • There’s No Business Like Show Business
  • The Sound of Music
  • West Side Story
  • South Pacific
  • The Misfits
  • Bus Stop
  • Spartacus
  • Untamed
  • Carousel
  • Hello Dolly
  • Can-Can
  • Patton
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Serpico
  • Star Wars
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Silverado
  • Body Heat
  • The Big Chill
  • The Accidental Tourist
  • Terms of Endearment
  • As Good As It Gets
  • Broadcast News
  • Rocky (I – IV)
  • Raging Bull
  • The Right Stuff
  • Ordinary People
  • Grease
  • Back to the Future
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Steel Magnolias
  • American Graffiti
  • My Cousin Vinny
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Beetlejuice
  • The Unforgiven
  • Clear and Present Danger
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Purple Rain
  • The Graduate
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Carnal Knowledge
  • Young Frankenstein
  • The Producers

During the years 1972 through 2007 Don Rogers served over twenty five years on the Academy’s Board of Governors, serving five years as Vice- President and Treasurer and eleven years as Secretary. In 1973 he began to serve nine years as Chairman of the Scientific or Technical Awards Committee and continued his involvement in 2007 as Chairman of that committee.

Don remains actively involved in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and continues to help elevate industry and public awareness of that important aspect of the motion picture art. In 1975 Don Rogers and Gordon Sawyer were instrumental in acquiring the needed funds from the Samuel Goldwyn family for completion of the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. In 1987, Don was chairman of a committee to completely renovate both Academy theaters. In 1993, he completed the renovation of the post-production facilities at Warner Bros. Burbank Studios which included five dubbing stages, automated dialogue replacement and Foley stages, and new digital editorial suites, all considered the best in the industry.

In July 1996, Don Rogers retired as Sr. Vice President-Post Production Services at Warner Bros. and accepted a leadership role as President of Real Image Digital, LLC. In August of 1999, Technicolor acquired a significant partnership stake in the company in an effort to support and promote the evolution of Digital Cinema. Don continues to contribute his time and skills toward the development of digital technology.