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Eric Zapakin Joins We Are Royale As Head of Production

Creative & digital agency We Are Royale (Royale) has hired Eric Zapakin as Head of Production. Zapakin brings more than a decade of production experience in branding and entertainment/sports content and marketing. He will work closely with We Are Royale Partner / Managing Director Jen Lucero, overseeing all systems and strategies for the company’s in-house creative production capabilities spanning design, animation, live-action, and VFX applications. Zapakin will also work in parallel to Head of Digital Production Beck Henderer-Peña, who directs Royale’s diverse range of next-level digital experience offerings, such as AR/VR development. “I’m very excited to have Eric join the team here,” ...

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The Helm Creative Grades Budweiser’s ‘One Last Ride’ Spot with DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio

Fremont, CA – January 19, 2018 – Blackmagic Design announced that Lez Rudge, colorist and head of creative at NYC-based post facility The Helm Creative, a Chimney Group Company, used DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio to grade Budweiser’s “One Last Ride” spot, a tribute and farewell to Dale Earnhardt Jr. toasting his retirement. In addition to a three minute web version, a 30 second spot aired during the broadcast of Earnhardt Jr.’s final NASCAR Cup race on November 26, 2017. “The spot is an homage to Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his career as a NASCAR driver,” explained Rudge. “It’s very elegantly done, ...

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wTVision Uses Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink Products for Its Broadcast and Graphics Solutions

Fremont, CA – January 19, 2018 – Blackmagic Design today announced that wTVision is using its DeckLink family of capture and playback devices, as well as a number of other Blackmagic Design products, to provide software-based broadcast and graphics solutions for customers around the world. This use includes the development of a new virtual and augmented reality sports broadcast in Bolivia. wTVision, a part of global audiovisual giant Mediapro, has become one of the world’s top real-time graphics and playout automation providers. The company creates innovative and extremely effective solutions for the broadcast industry and is focused on software development, graphics design ...

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AES® Los Angeles Section and SMPTE® Hollywood Section to Showcase Sound for Amazon Series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” at January Meeting

LOS ANGELES —  The Los Angeles Section of the Audio Engineering Society (AES®) and the Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) will host a joint meeting this month exploring sound editorial for Amazon’s new sci-fi anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. The meeting is slated for Tuesday, January 30 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. Based on various writings from author Philip K. Dick, Electric Dreams features ten standalone episodes, each set in a different and unique world – some that lay in the far reaches of the universe, and others ...

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HOBO Partners With Gigantic Studios On Audio Mix For New Netflix Doc “Voyeur”

NEW YORK, NY – Netflix’s latest documentary triumph, “Voyeur” – the story of a motel owner with an elaborate means of spying on his unsuspecting visitors — benefits from a striking audio post production effort courtesy of another collaboration between HOBO’s Senior Engineer Chris Stangroom and noted indie film mixer Tom Paul of Gigantic Studios. The two collaborated on the Emmy-nominated doc “Amanda Knox,” (also for Netflix), and acclaimed “Weiner,” among many others. “Typically in our work with Tom we handle dialogue editing, sound design, sound effects editing and a full 5.1 premix of all the elements,” Stangroom says. “For ‘Voyeur,’ ...

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Grupo Imagen Prepares for Major National Network Expansion with EditShare

  EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, announced that Mexico-based media conglomerate Grupo Imagen is implementing EditShare XStream EFS 450 scale out production storage, XStream EFS 40NL parking storage, and Flow media asset management to support content automation and fast turn-around workflows. Grupo Imagen was recently awarded a nationwide broadcast television license that expands its current broadcast network to over 190 transmission sites with its multiplex signal across the Mexican national territory. The opportunity requires the broadcaster to build out a network of brick and mortar stations in some of the major cities across ...

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Arkansas-based Waymack & Crew embraces the Hawk-Woods Sticky Battery

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.— Dan Waymack is a filmmaker and president of Waymack & Crew, a production company with offices in Little Rock, Arkansas and Chicago, and a staff of 15. The company has an enviable list of credits that includes the familiar Allstate ads with actor Dennis Haysbert, as well as work for the U.S. Army, Marlborough, Kellogg’s and many other national and regional advertisers. A devoted student of his craft, Waymack has an insatiable interest in camera gear and developing inventive ways to put it to use. One of his favorite recent finds is the Hawk-Woods Sticky-Battery, which he ...

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SMPTE Announces Appointments of New Secretary/Treasurer and 2018 Directors

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Jan. 18, 2018 — SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that the SMPTE Board of Governors has appointed a new secretary/treasurer and has named the Society’s 2018 directors. John E. Ferder has been appointed to serve as SMPTE secretary/treasurer, a position left open when Peter Wharton was elected to serve as SMPTE membership vice president. Ferder has previously served on the Society’s board as a governor of the New York region. In his new role as Membership Vice President, ...

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Ericsson and Bell Canada sign landmark TV deal

Ericsson has been selected by Bell Canada, the number one television provider in Canada, to power its next generation multiscreen TV services. Ericsson’s MediaFirst TV Platform solution will enable Bell to offer an enhanced, personalized and converged multiscreen TV experience to its more than 1.5 million Fibe TV and Alt TV subscribers in Canada. The multi-year deal expands on the companies’ long-term relationship, which dates back to the 2010 launch of Bell’s Fibe TV service and deployment of Mediaroom, the world’s leading IPTV platform. When integrated with Mediaroom, MediaFirst will deliver an agile, next generation TV platform with the necessary flexibility to ...

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Prestigious Slush Conference in Helsinki Partners With Riedel Communications

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Jan. 18, 2018 — With Riedel Communications providing the comprehensive radio communications infrastructure, the 10th annual Slush conference — drawing high-profile speakers and nearly 20,000 attendees — was executed perfectly in Helsinki Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2017. A celebration of entrepreneurship and a meet-up for the global business startup community, Slush is a world-renowned event that brings together the leading actors in the global tech scene for two days of presentations, competitions, and mentoring activities. “We’ve heard Slush described as ‘Burning Man meets TED,’ and it really is brilliant! From the first Slush in 2008, our mission has ...

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Renewed Vision Ships PVP3 Multi-Function Media Server

Third-generation of popular ProVideoPlayer, to be demonstrated at 2018 NAB Show, combines powerful new features and a redesigned user interface to form a complete media server, video processor and screen control solution Alpharetta, GA, January 18, 2018 — Renewed Vision is now shipping PVP3, the ground-breaking third generation of the popular ProVideoPlayer multi-function media server. Building extensively on earlier versions’ powerful toolset for creating engaging multi-screen video displays, the vast new capabilities and redesigned user interface packed into PVP3 elevate the solution to an all-in-one media server, video processor and screen control system while retaining its precursors’ remarkable ease of ...

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VITEC to Highlight EZ TV IPTV and Digital Signage Platform in First ISE Appearance

PARIS — Jan. 18, 2018 — In its first-ever attendance at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), VITEC, a worldwide leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, will showcase EZ TV — a market-leading, broadcast-grade IPTV and digital signage platform with key installations in Europe and the U.S. Targeted to enterprises, sports stadiums and arenas, and government agencies, EZ TV combines low-latency, broadcast-quality IPTV distribution with powerful digital signage capabilities to give audiences a more engaging and interactive experience. “As Europe’s largest show for AV systems integrators, ISE is the perfect forum for us to present our EZ TV IPTV platform,” ...

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LYNX Technik Joins AIMS Alliance for IP Media Solutions

LYNX Technik AG®, provider of software-defined modular interfaces for broadcast as well as professional AV and industrial signal processing applications, announced that is has joined the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS). LYNX Technik’s solutions are installed at facilities worldwide supporting applications ranging from broadcast production, playout and distribution, global sporting events, houses of worship, government, as well as medical installation and theatrical events. With the ever-changing AV environments that media companies are operating within, LYNX Technik is committed to collaborating with AIMS and its partners toward reaching IP interoperability as well as the adoption of common standards for greater ...

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Smart Home Solutions Are Coming in Bits, Pieces

“There are two dilemmas… that rattle the human skull. How do you hold onto someone who won’t stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won’t go?” Gavin, “The War of the Roses,” 20th Century Fox, 1989 CES is all about “things.” Things people can talk to; which, in turn, talk to other things as well as something somewhere else to come up with things to sell you; and so, the cycle continues. For many of the things, services and apps at the show CES 2018 will be the last time they will be seen. But for the ...

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Jünger Audio Gives China’s ZRTV Its Digital Processing Backbone

Zhejiang Radio and TV Group (ZRTG), a leading player among China’s TV broadcasters, has extended its existing relationship with digital audio specialist Jünger Audio by equipping its new Zhejiang International TV Centre with a range of loudness control and audio processing solutions from the German manufacturer. Owned by the local Government, ZRTV delivers over 450 broadcast hours a day via its 12 television channels and eight radio channels. Since 2011 ZRTV has been successfully using Jünger Audio products to ensure the quality of its broadcasts, particularly those such as the popular music show Sing! China that are transmitted in 5.1 ...

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AFP Photo Journalists Will Deliver Real-Time Coverage of 2018 Tour De France With AVIWEST Transmitter

SAINT-GRÉGOIRE, France — Jan. 17, 2018 — AVIWEST, a global provider of video contribution systems, today announced that starting with the 2018 Tour de France, Agence France-Presse (AFP) will provide real-time pictures of the event using AVIWEST’s PRO180 video transmitter. AVIWEST’s system features a unique, compact design that fits into a backpack or motorcycle saddlebag and leverages up to eight 3G/4G modems simultaneously to allow automated push transmission of photos. “For the past two years, AFP and AVIWEST have been working together to adapt the PRO180 video technology to instant professional photo transmission,” said Yves Tassel and Karim Menasria, IT ...

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Rising Sun Pictures Honoured with VES Award Nomination for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok

Adelaide, South Australia—Three artists from Rising Sun Pictures have been nominated for a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award for their work on Marvel Studios’ summer blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok. CG Supervisor Hubert Maston, Lighting Technical Director Arthur Moody, On-Set VFX/Concept/Pre-vis Adam Paschke and Virtual Production Supervisor Casey Schatz (from Third Floor) are nominated for Best Virtual Cinematography for the film’s “Val’s Flashback” sequence. The team will travel to LA where the winners will be announced at the 16th Annual VES Awards Ceremony, February 13th in Beverly Hills. “We extend our heartiest congratulations to our nominees on this wonderful honour,” said RSP ...

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Yospace and NexPlayer announce integration that helps broadcasters monetise live streams on HTML5 platforms

Yospace and NexStreaming have today announced an integration that simplifies the route to market for broadcasters wishing to monetise their live OTT streams. The companies have pre-integrated Yospace’s HTML5 SDK into the NexPlayer HTML5 player, allowing Yospace’s multi-award-winning Server-Side Dynamic Ad Insertion to be accompanied by real-time, client-side tracking.  The integration also enables an interactive element to advertisements by allowing viewers to click on ads for more information on the product. The news is significant for broadcasters, who today are faced with an online marketplace in which device and platform fragmentation significantly complicates the process of delivering and effectively measuring ...

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