Bay Area Filmmaker Honored for Achievements

Company news  |  May 10, 2004

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - May 10, 2004 - Silicon Valley Bank, the primary operating subsidiary of Silicon Valley Bancshares [Nasdaq: SIVB], today announced its director of multimedia, Steve Norfleet, has been recognized for his outstanding achievements as a filmmaker and has received multiple industry awards for his documentary about the company. In celebration of Silicon Valley Bank's twentieth anniversary in 2003, Norfleet lead the development and production of a documentary chronicling the history of the company, from concept and start-up to multi-billion-dollar, global financial institution.

"Silicon Valley Bank: Reinventing an Industry, Financing the Future," has become part of the permanent collection of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, the premier museum in the world devoted to exploring the computing revolution and its impact on people's lives.

The film features interviews with legendary Silicon Valley figures and documents the rise of the region and the technology industry through the company's story. For his outstanding efforts, Norfleet received multiple awards from international film industry organizations that considered hundreds of films in their documentary categories:
  • Winner, Documentary - 2003 Aegis Award, recognizing excellence in the video production industry, as judged by industry peers
  • Winner, Long Format Documentary - 2003 DV Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in digital video production
  • Finalist, Non-broadcast History/Biography - 25th Annual Telly Awards, honoring the finest video and film production
  • Gold Award, Corporate Documentary - 2004 Aurora Award, awarding international competitors for excellence in the film and video industries
"The Silicon Valley Bank story has all the makings of an award-winning film, growing out of conversation over a poker game in the early 1980s. Since then, Silicon Valley Bank has bucked conventional wisdom and overcome significant challenges in a burgeoning industry to become the leader in its business," said Ken Wilcox, president and CEO of Silicon Valley Bank. "Steve's unique take on this story and his talents as a filmmaker resulted in a product that perfectly captures the character of this company and this valley in a way that is both revealing and absorbing."

The forty-seven minute film, which was written by Brendan Smith-Bentley, Silicon Valley Bank's corporate communications editor and directed by Norfleet, chronicles the company's milestones, missteps and achievements against the backdrop of the last 20 years in Silicon Valley. The documentary is based on first-hand accounts from SVB co-founders Bill Biggerstaff and Bob Medearis, past and present employees and Silicon Valley notables including Larry Sonsini, Mark Hoffman and Barry Weinman.

To receive a copy of the film on DVD, please contact Carrie Merritt at Silicon Valley Bank ( or 408-654-7193).

About Silicon Valley Bank
Silicon Valley Bank provides diversified financial services to emerging growth and mature companies in the technology, life sciences and private equity markets, as well as the premium wine industry. Through its focus on specialized markets and extensive knowledge of the people and business issues driving them, Silicon Valley Bank provides a level of service and partnership that measurably impacts its clients' success. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company serves more than 9,500 clients across the country through 26 regional offices. More information on the company can be found at