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VFX Legion Marks 5th Anniversary With Signing of Senior Artists and Evolution of its Pipeline

VFX Legion, the LA studio specializing in providing episodic television shows and feature films with efficient, high quality end-to-end visual effects services, recently marked its fifth anniversary with the signing of senior talent and refinements to its next-generation infrastructure that continues to evolve the company’s technical landscape. The expansion and upgrades further increase the studio’s capacity to handle multiple projects with large shot counts, complex effects and challenging budgets, while consistently meeting tight deadlines. The Burbank-based studio centrally manages visual effects for asteadystream of television shows that currently includes, ‘How to Get Away with Murder,’ ‘Madam Secretary,’ and ‘Legends of ...

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BeckTV Adds Further Depth and Resources to Its Engineering Team With Three New Hires

Matt Weiss, Nik Kumar, and Paul Nijak Bring Senior Engineering and Leadership Experience to New Roles With BeckTV AUSTIN, Texas — Sept. 27, 2018 — BeckTV, one of the United States’ premier broadcast systems integrators, has significantly extended its engineering resources through three new appointments. Matt Weiss has joined the company as senior engineer and vice president, Eastern region, while Nik Kumar and Paul Nijak have joined the company as senior engineers. “Matt is a well-known and highly respected professional within the broadcast industry,” said Fred Beck, principal and senior systems engineer at BeckTV. “His numerous contacts across the East ...

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Call for Television Entries Announced by The American Society of Cinematographers

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is now taking submissions for the television competition of its 33rd Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. The event, which will also salute the organization’s 100th anniversary, takes place February 9, 2019, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, and winners will be announced in all categories. Three categories comprise the TV awards: Episode of a Television Series – Commercial (half hour and one hour) Episode of a Television Series – Non-Commercial (half hour and one hour) Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for TV The deadline to enter is ...

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Wisycom is at The Core of Soundfish’s RF System Workflow

In just a short time since its launch last year, production sound company Soundfish has made quite a name for itself in the Italian reality TV market. With credits that range from Italia’s Got Talent and The Apprentice to The Great Italian Bake Off and MasterChef Italy, the Soundfish team works on both studio and ENG programs, using a vast array of Wisycom professional RF solutions to achieve an ideal sound. Chosen by Soundfish’s trio of principals, Matteo Olivari, Giacomo Avanza and Daniele Turi, who each worked as freelancers for more than 15 years, Wisycom has been the company’s go-to ...

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Sigma Announces Its October Lens Workshops Lineup

Carefully curated along with Sigma nationwide dealers, these educational and inspirational events focus on teaching various genres of photography through lectures and practical photo walks and shoots, bringing the photo community closer together Ronkonkoma, NY – September 27, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced its Lens Workshops lineup for October, inviting photographers in New York, California, Virginia and Wisconsin to take advantage of versatile training, hands-on experience with Sigma lenses and networking opportunities available to them in their backyard. Sigma Lens Workshops October Lineup: Sports Photography ...

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China Central Television selects Nevion for new UHD/4K contribution

Oslo, Norway, 27 September 2018 – Nevion, the award-winning provider of virtualized media production solutions, announced today that China Central Television (CCTV), the largest  television broadcaster in China, has selected Nevion Virtuoso software-defined media nodes to provide a contribution solution for 4K Ultra HD signal transmission between studios.   CCTV wants to increase its use of UHD/4K, so it needed a solution that would enable it to transport these signals reliably and efficiently over its existing baseband (SDI) infrastructure initially, and over IP eventually. The new Nevion Virtuosos will be used to encode UHD/4K signals (4x3G-SDI) to fit on bandwidth ...

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Klover Products Even the Audio Playing Field

TORONTO, CANADA, SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 – As a nearly 30-year veteran in the sports audio arena, Steve Koubridis knows a thing or two about quality, high-performance products. When he discovered the Klover MiK™ from Klover Products™, designer and manufacturer of live sports audio and video production equipment, he jumped at the opportunity to use the parabolic microphone dish. Today, he owns two 26-inch models and two nine-inch versions, to capture on-field audio from a targeted area during live broadcasts of professional football, baseball, soccer and hockey games. For Koubridis, and many of his colleagues in the industry, the Klover MiK ...

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Rock Salt Media Adopts flowtech100, World’s Fastest Tripod, for Emmy-Winning Program

Renowned Hawaiian Production Company Applauds Tripod’s Fast, Easy Setup, Durability, and Stability for Heavier Payloads BURY ST EDMUNDS, U.K. — Sept. 27, 2018 — Rock Salt Media, with roots as Hawaii’s first-ever woman- and minority-owned production company, has adopted the all-new flowtech100 carbon-fibre tripod for use on the popular “Family Ingredients” lifestyle program. “Family Ingredients,” which garnered an Emmy Award for its producers, showcases the many cultures that have shaped the Hawaiian Islands and is also the first-ever Hawaii-produced program to be shown on PBS stations throughout the U.S. The flowtech100 tripod was recently tested by Rock Salt Media Co-Owner ...

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SMPTE at NAB Show New York

Top Tech Session: The State of UHD and HDR: Five Things Everyone Should Know At the NAB Show New York, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 2:45 p.m., SMPTE’s Director of Standards Development, Thomas Bause Mason, will present on UHD and HDR content. UHD and HDR are appearing all over the big-box stores that sell televisions. The 4K UHD sets are taking up more and more shelf space every day. What about the content, though? What about the professional media creation facilities and distribution? Join Bause Mason as he answers these questions and explains the five things that everyone should know ...

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SuiteLife Systems and Mediaproxy Partner to Deliver Advanced Transmission Monitoring

Mediaproxy, the leading provider of software-based IP broadcast solutions, has announced a new partnership with SuiteLife Systems, the advanced Manage, Monitoring and Control solutions provider based in Los Angeles, CA. The bi-directional integration enhances the monitoring confidence levels of enterprise scale content management. Mediaproxy develops compliance recording systems for broadcasters worldwide. Its premier technology, LogServer, provides real-time compliance monitoring, reporting, and incident management of multiple channels by uniting access to all broadcast sources via IP. Once logged and stored in a proxy format, content can be retrieved for reconciliation using the intuitive HTML5-based Mediaproxy LogPlayer. The integration of LogServer, with ...

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Nominees Announced for 2018 HPA Awards

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced the 2018 nominees for the HPA Awards creative categories. The Awards are considered the standard bearer for creative excellence and technical innovation in an industry embracing an expanding array of groundbreaking technologies and creativity, honoring achievement and artistic excellence by individuals and teams who bring stories to life and outstanding content to audiences around the world. Launched in 2006, the HPA Awards recognize outstanding achievement in editing, sound, visual effects and color grading for work in television, commercials, and feature films. The winners of the 13th Annual HPA Awards will be announced at ...

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Litepanels’ Gemini Soft Panels Illuminate Alice Temperley Catwalk at London Fashion Week

BURY ST EDMUNDS, U.K. — Sept. 26, 2018 — During London Fashion Week, an array of 29 Gemini LED soft panels lit the way for models in the Alice Temperley catwalk show on Sept. 16. The Geminis offered the ideal lighting complement to the natural sunset conditions of the venue, the 32nd floor of London’s iconic Centre Point. Working with INCA Productions, lighting design firm Renegade Design created the lighting effects for the fashion show. The Gemini 2×1 soft panels were supplied by Version 2, a leading U.K.-based broadcast equipment rental house. “We had very specific requirements for this project. ...

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PowerHouse VFX Leverages World-Class Talent and Strategic Partnership with Sixteen19 to Rise to the Top of New York’s VFX Industry

Building on a rock-solid foundation of quality work and deep relationships, the boutique VFX house looks back on a stellar first year in operation. NEW YORK—Buoyed by a string of high-profile film and television projects, PowerHouse VFX has quickly solidified its place as an industry leader on New York’s VFX scene. Founded last year by Emmy Award-winning visual effects supervisor Ed Mendez, executive producer Bob Lowery and chief engineer Eric Zeller, the studio is adding significant talent in all departments as it gears up for current and future assignments, notably the M. Night Shyamalan film Glass, where it’s serving as ...

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Marketing to Gen Z Requires Ultra-Personal Approach

“It doesn’t make sense to leave home to look for home, to give up a life to find a new life, to say goodbye to friends you love just to find new friends.” – Laurie Henderson, “American Graffiti,” Universal Pictures, 1973     Businesses try every trick in the book (and some that aren’t in the book) to convince millennials to buy stuff.   They’re a logical prospect because, well, just because.   After all, they’re in the prime of debt (we mean life), are working (have money), have a big mortgage and a student loan cloud over them.   ...

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TVU Networks MediaMind AI solution demonstrates step-change in ROI and efficiency at IBC2018

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – September 11, 2018 –TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, today announced that the TVU MediaMind solution portfolio is to make IBC debut. TVU Networks will demonstrate (IBC stand: 2. B28) how this AI-led set of solutions can enable broadcasters and operators to migrate seamlessly towards the ‘smart studio’ of the future, delivering ROI and efficiency benefits both now and moving forward. At the heart of MediaMind is an AI real-time search engine, which from the start of the video production process, indexes all video. Using an entirely cloud-based model, ...

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Digital Nirvana @ DMP Conference ’18 – Showcasing Closed Captioning Services and Metadata Creation Application

Fremont, CA, September 24, 2018 – Digital Nirvana, a global provider of media solutions and services will be a featured sponsor at the Digital Media Pipeline 2018 conference at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on September 26, 2018. Given the gradual evolution of digital media, the company’s focus for this one-day event will be business-to-business opportunities in the delivery of digital entertainment. During the conference, Digital Nirvana will showcase its Metadator application and Closed Captioning Services to interested participants. Metadator: Metadator is a software application that makes content-based metadata creation efficient for those using the AVID media platform. ...

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Croatian VPK PRO deploys EVS switcher for new live sports channels

Independent television producer VPK PRO has deployed a DYVI live production switcher from EVS for the launch by leading telco VipNet of five new live sports channels in Croatia. The IP-driven technology installation was put in place by VPK PRO, acting as technical partner, ahead of the roll out of the new PlanetSport channels which went live earlier this summer. Part of the MEDIAPRO Group, VPK PRO is Slovenia’s largest independent television producer and is providing playout services in HD and UHD-4K, when needed for the new channels. The first deployment of the switcher in the Balkan region, DYVI is ...

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Switzerland’s tpc integrate EVS’ DYVI switcher for new IP-based live workflow

Set to be integrated into a new studio and production facility, Switzerland’s Technology and Production Center (tpc), has purchased a DYVI switcher from EVS, the leading provider of live production solutions. Entirely IP-based using the SMPTE 2110 standard, this Zurich-based facility will be used by tpc to provide production services to Swiss broadcaster Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF). The production team will also put in place a new XT-VIA live production server and IPDirector content management suite. “The production of SRF’s high-quality programing needs to be done with technology that can use IP-connectivity to operate quickly and reliably. Above all ...

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