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Universal Production Music and FirstCom Music Combine, Establish New Gold Standard in U.S. Production Music

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Combination to Enhance Client Offerings, Open New Opportunities for Artist Producers SANTA MONICA –  Universal Publishing Production Music, the leading global production music company, today announced that two of its companies – Santa Monica-based Universal Production Music and Dallas-based FirstCom Music – are merging to create a new U.S.-based production music powerhouse, unsurpassed in services, offerings and quality of music. The combined entity will operate as Universal Production Music and will provide clients with personalized services, taking advantage of its world-class production music library, innovative search technologies, support from top creative teams, and streamlined licensing capabilities. As part of the ...

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Silicon Valley Video Hosts Virtual Tour of ASG’s New Virtual Production Control Room

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EMERYVILLE, CALIF., JULY 29, 2021 – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a solutions provider for media creatives and content owners, today announced Sports Video Group’s Silicon Valley Video initiative will host a free virtual tour of ASG’s new Virtual Production Control Room on Thursday, Aug. 5, at 5 p.m. PT. Powered by Google Cloud, the VPCR remote production service allows real-time, broadcast-quality coverage of live events and other programming. Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG, will serve as tour guide for the event. “VPCR is a complete in-cloud solution that requires no on-prem services, which makes it a cost-effective option for ...

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IBC announces shortlist for IBC2021 Innovation Awards

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LONDON, UK – 29 July 2021 – IBC today announces the shortlist for the highly coveted IBC2021 Innovation Awards. This year, the awards will celebrate the spirit of collaboration within the content and technology industry, where organisations identified a market challenge and worked together to create a solution. Winners and their technology partners will be honoured at an awards ceremony at  IBC2021 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 3-6 December 2021). Dick Hobbs, Chair of the IBC Innovation Awards Jury, commented: “This year’s finalists submitted awe-inspiring projects, many of which had the primary purpose of creating a sense of togetherness despite global circumstances ...

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AJA Desktop Software and SDK v16.1 Debut with Native Apple® M1 Support

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New releases deliver feature improvements for AJA KONA, Io, T-TAP, and Corvid solutions, including Apple M1 chip compatibility Grass Valley, CA (July 28, 2021) – AJA Video Systems today rolled out Desktop Software v16.1 for KONA, Io, and T-TAP Pro products, alongside AJA SDK v16.1 for Developer Partners. Both releases include native support for the powerful Apple® M1 chip, and feature enhancements that optimize audio, broadcast, and production and post workflows, and third-party tools built with AJA Developer Partner solutions. Broadening system compatibility, the latest AJA Desktop Software and AJA SDK updates allow AJA KONA, Io, and T-TAP Pro users ...

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David Johnson Joins ACT Entertainment in New Post of Senior Vice President Sales

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ACT Entertainment, the new entity formed by the ACT Lighting, RapcoHorizon and AC Power Distribution brands, announces the appointment of David Johnson to the new post of Senior Vice President Sales. Johnson is well known for managing the Live Design International (LDI) franchise. “When we rebranded as ACT Entertainment, it was clear that we needed strong leadership in the sales department to bring all our world-class sales forces together across the organization and ensure their continued success and the high level of customer service for which we’re known,” says Ben Saltzman, CEO of ACT Entertainment. “David has 30 years’ experience ...

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AE Live delivers graphics solutions remotely for The Hundred

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AE Live (AE), a leading provider of broadcast services, is delivering its graphics solutions for cricket’s latest format, The Hundred, run by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), from its newly built graphics suites based at the AE Live Campus. The purpose-built pods, which are on-net with major connectivity partners, enable AE to deliver its services to any well-connected venue or production hub. For The Hundred, AE will be remotely connected to the Sky Sports’ studios in Osterley where Sky Sports’ main production crew will be located. The set-up of the pods replicates the feel of a production room ...

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MAX Live Media Access Services depends on SubtitleNEXT to meet real-time accessibility goals

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“SubtitleNEXT enables us to meet broadcasters’ demands and high standards by being our one-stop-shop for all of our subtitling needs – the results are always high quality.” Veronique Denis, Co-founder, Max Live Media Access Services Belgium’s MAX Live Media Access Services relies on SubtitleNEXT’s advanced toolsets to meet real-time accessibility goals For immediate release – 28 July 2021, Kontich, Belgium  – Belgium-based live-subtitling experts MAX Live Media Access Services have invested in SubtitleNEXT to provide real-time subtitling workflows. SubtitleNEXT has already been put to work to support MAX Live Media’s broadcast clients with advanced subtitling services to help meet stringent ...

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Off the Fence celebrates World Nature Conservation Day by adding WaterBear Network’s original impact-led content to its catalogue

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This World Nature Conservation Day, leading content company Off the Fence has announced it has furthered its collaboration with WaterBear Network, a free streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet, by adding the platform’s original documentaries to its extensive catalogue. Sharing the same founder, the executive producer of BAFTA and Oscar winning feature documentary My Octopus Teacher Ellen Windemuth, both companies have been working hand in hand to create engaging content to inspire global audiences to drive change. Off the Fence’s Head of Acquisitions Loren Baxter said: “We are thrilled to be adding WaterBear Network’s groundbreaking content to ...

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