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George Masek Joins A.C.T Lighting in New Post of Vice President, Automated Lighting

George Masek

George Masek

A.C.T Lighting, Inc. has named George Masek Vice President, Automated Lighting for the company. He will be based in Dallas, Texas. A.C.T Lighting is the distributor of Clay Paky lighting in North America.

“We are delighted to welcome George to A.C.T Lighting,” says president and CEO Bob Gordon. “George strengthens our knowledge base on automated stage lighting and brings with him first hand knowledge of the history of automated lights. He knows how to take care of lighting professionals and how to provide exactly what they need to be successful. He has more than 20 years experience in the lighting industry and we expect him to strengthen our position as the number one Clay Paky distributor in the world.”

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the folks from A.C.T Lighting and to have the chance to be associated with the powerful brands they represent,” says Masek. “I saw joining A.C.T Lighting as a great chance for growth and an opportunity to work with a group of professionals I truly admire. I’m looking forward to combining my knowledge base in automated lighting with their great products and talented people.”

Masek started as a road tech for Philips VARI*LITE in 1990. He toured with Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, INXS, Depeche Mode, Gloria Estefan and other top bands and designed lighting for the Incredible Acrobats of China. He became a charter member of The 500 Club, an exclusive group of staff members who worked on shows featuring more than 500 VARI*LITE fixtures.

He later moved over to manufacturing and tech support becoming head of the company’s tech support department. He became an account manager for touring, handling Jimmy Buffet and Lords of the Dance, among others. Subsequently, Masek took a position in long-term leases and installation support and was named Product Manager in 2001.

“The various positions I held allowed me to work in rock ‘n roll touring, on Broadway, for feature films and television, as well as on installations and corporate tradeshow projects,” he notes. “If you can use an automated light for it, I’ve done it!”

A 1989 graduate of Southern Methodist University with a B.A. degree in Radio/Television, Masek is a member of IATSE Local 82.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

George Masek can be reached by email at george@actlighting.com

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BTX Offering Net Display Systems’ Next-Generation PADS4 Digital Signage Software

Updated Software Offers Enhanced Applications, Restyled Interface, and New External Data Sources

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — May 10, 2012 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, today announced that the company is offering PADS4, Net Display Systems’ (NDS) next-generation digital signage software. PADS4 is the successor to the award-winning PADS Professional software and offers restyled and enhanced applications, simplified installation, streamlined processes, and much more — providing any audience with the right targeted content at the right time. more

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Robert Juliat Hires Alan Keen As Part of Its American Team

Alan KeenRobert Juliat (RJ) is pleased to announce that Alan Keen has joined its American team. Alan joins RJ with more than twenty years experience in design, sales, and management within the theatrical lighting industry. He will be responsible for strengthening relationships with current dealers, specifiers and end-users, while actively identifying and establishing new opportunities and relationships.

Fred Lindauer, Robert Juliat USA Managing Director, states, “I am thrilled that Alan is part of our team. He shares my desire to provide prompt and enthusiastic customer support and I am confident that his knowledge and experience will be instrumental in growing our business.”

“I am excited about the opportunity of working with Robert Juliat,” Keen comments. “Robert Juliat manufactures high quality and innovative products for the entertainment and architectural lighting industries and I look forward to sharing our message, building upon our current associations, and developing new relationships.”

Prior to joining Robert Juliat, Alan worked with Production Resource Group (PRG), Genlyte -Entertainment Technology (now Philips Entertainment), and Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC).

Alan can be reached at (203) 623-0041 or alan@robertjuliatamerica.com

About Robert Juliat

Robert Juliat is a three-generation, independent family-run company dedicated to the manufacturing of professional stage lighting products. Robert Juliat lights are used by customers who include Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, New York’s Lincoln Center, LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Bruce Springsteen, Disney Theme Parks, Carnegie Hall, The San Francisco Opera and Ballet, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Comedie Francaise, The Sydney Opera House, plus theatres, schools and public venues around the world.

R&D, production and the company headquarters are based in the village of Fresnoy-en-Thelle, 50 km north of Paris. Robert Juliat USA is located in Wallingford, Connecticut. For more information visit www.robertjuliatamerica.com.

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National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet Powers up with Meyer Sound MICA and M’elodie

Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel

Having continued successful permanent productions in Chicago and New York, the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet (MDQ) has hit the road with a North American tour. To accommodate venues seating from 1,400 to over 3,000, sound designer Kai Harada specified a Meyer Sound system based around MICA® and M’elodie® line array loudspeakers.

“My goal was to give the touring crew a system with a lot of flexibility, so they could adjust coverage angles for theatres of all shapes and sizes,” explains Harada. “With the M’elodie center cluster and MICA side arrays, they have all the power they need for bigger houses, along with reliable consistency of sound—a quality at which Meyer systems always excel.”

Inspired by a 1956 recording studio jam session by Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, Million Dollar Quartet captures a pivotal night in the history of rock ’n’ roll. On the MDQ tour, the lion’s share of the show’s energy is delivered by a split dual center array of 20 M’elodie loudspeakers and the upper and lower side arrays comprising a total of 20 MICA loudspeakers. A left-right configuration of 600-HP subwoofers and a 700-HP at center provide low end, while a total of 16 UPM-1P and UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers supplies fill and delay systems as needed. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with four Galileo 616 processors provides drive and optimization.

“This is a rock ’n’ roll show, but it was my goal to preserve the dynamic between the book scenes, the songs, and the big finale,” Harada says. “It’s important to hold a lot of punch in reserve, and this system certainly has it.”

Harada is also the sound designer for resident productions of MDQ at Chicago’s Apollo Theater and off-Broadway at New York’s New World Stages. The New York system is based around a MINA™ line array in the center with CQ-1 and CQ-2 loudspeakers on the sides, while the wide thrust staging in Chicago also employs CQ-1 loudspeakers with smaller UltraSeries™ models for delays and fills. PRG Audio supplied all three systems for the touring and resident productions.

Despite the radical differences in venues, Harada credits the Meyer Sound systems with maintaining a uniform sound. “For me, it comes down to consistency and transparency,” he says. “I can focus on bringing the audience closer to what is happening on stage with the confidence that the system won’t adversely color their experience.”

Harada also specified Meyer Sound systems for MDQ’s well-received 2010-11 run on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre and in London at the Noël Coward Theatre in 2011-12.

The book for Million Dollar Quartet was written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott. The Broadway production was nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards, with Levi Kreis (Jerry Lee Lewis) winning Best Featured Actor in a musical.

A long-time associate of Broadway sound designer Tony Meola, Kai Harada currently supervises sound for all productions of Wicked, and has designed around the world using Meyer Sound systems, including Hinterm Horizont in Berlin, and the critically acclaimed revival of Follies on Broadway.

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Extron Now Shipping Two Output HDMI Distribution Amplifier

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the HDMI DA2, a one input, two output HDMI distribution amplifier. The HDMI DA2 supports HDMI specification features including data rates up to 6.75 Gbps, Deep Color up to 12-bit, 3D, Lip Sync, and HD lossless audio formats. The HDCP-compliant distribution amplifier supports all HDTV rates including 1080p/60 and PC resolutions up to 1920×1200. It also features two Extron-exclusive technologies: EDID Minder®, which maintains continuous EDID communication between connected devices, and Key Minder®, which continuously authenticates HDCP encryption between all devices, ensuring the simultaneous distribution of source content to both displays. The compact HDMI DA2 is ideal for applications that require the distribution of an HDMI source signal to two displays. more

Top Television Stations in Malaysia Select Power Options, On-Camera Lighting From Anton/Bauer

SHELTON, CT, MAY 10, 2012—Anton/Bauer®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, is pleased to announce it is the battery provider of choice for leading television stations in Malaysia. Whether shooting live events or the evening news, Anton/Bauer batteries, chargers and on-camera lighting have become a trusted part of production ensembles in the region.

For more than 10 years, System Television Malaysia (TV3) and the Astro satellite television broadcasting service have been exclusively using Anton/Bauer batteries and chargers to help power Panasonic professional cameras. During broadcasts, live telecasts and recorded programs, these stations trust the DIONIC® 90, DIONIC HC and DIONIC HCX, among other batteries from Anton/Bauer, to provide maximum battery performance, superior reliability and legendary life cycle.

The DIONIC 90 was designed by Anton/Bauer to deliver consistently reliable performance even in the most challenging shooting environments on Earth. Weighing only 1.7 pounds, the DIONIC 90 is a 95 Wh battery that can handle a consistent load of six amps, and offers run times ranging from six hours at 15 watts to 1.75 hours at 50 watts. What’s more, the DIONIC HC series was designed to handle the demands of today’s power-hungry equipment, utilizing advanced lightweight, high-current and high-capacity lithium ion cells. The HC series utilizes a honeycomb design to protect cells from puncture and minimize damage in the event of failure. The 91 Wh DIONIC HC sustains a 10-amp draw and can operate a 40-watt HD camera for more than two hours. The DIONIC HCX is a 124 Wh capacity battery with the ability to sustain a 10-amp draw, and run a 40-watt camera with a 20-watt light for two hours. Both include a motion-detection feature that incorporates a “deep sleep” setting reducing battery self-discharge, allowing for extended periods of storage with minimal capacity loss. The battery can be “awakened” by the built-in motion sensor.

To make available precise run-time data and superior reliability, the DIONIC 90, DIONIC HC and DIONIC HCX all include an enhanced RealTime® LCD fuel gauge to display up to nine hours of run time (under low power load conditions) using a seven-segment display enclosed by four circular arcs that indicate 15-minute time intervals.

“Anton/Bauer batteries are an ideal fit for these stations because they are compatible with every camera they use now and also in the future,” says Chee San Wan, general manager of VME Broadcast Sdn Bhd, the company’s distributor in the Malaysia market. “The batteries are safe, optimized for performance and can detect camera loads. They prove to be a worthy investment time after time.”

The local stations also use the Ultralight 2-20 (UL2-20) camera-mounted lights. The Ultralight system was designed to include a variety of lighting options, including LED, HMI and tungsten, and provides creative options and flexibility to achieve the perfect light for any shot quickly and seamlessly. Featuring the integral 20” PowerTap® cable, which plugs directly into the PowerTap receptacle on all Gold Mounts®, the Ultralight System shares power with the camera from a single battery. The compact, lightweight UL2 base is the foundation of this quick-change head module system without adding any perceptible weight, bulk or external cables. Unlike other on-camera lights, with the head module removed, the base folds down into itself like a pocketknife and can remain on the camera at all times, even when the camera is in its case.

For more information, visit www.antonbauer.com.

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and a premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount® system, InterActive® chargers and Logic Series® batteries such as the HyTRON® 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC® 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight® 2, ElipZ®, CINE VCLX and the Tandem 150 Modular Charging System. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera.

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Victor Abramson Joins ABS as National Sales Manager for Cable TV Solutions

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) has hired Victor Abramson to serve as national sales manager for CATV solutions, effective April 16. He will be based out of the ABS office in Portland, Ore.

Abramson has worked in cable television sales for more than a decade. Most recently, he served as a regional sales manager for Satellite Engineering Group, a division of TVC Communications, where he established a new regional sales office, led sales efforts for audio and video test equipment, and initiated a national installation, integration, and certification program for cable and broadcast customers. He also worked as a senior account manager for Mega Hertz, LLC, focusing on complex networking, video, and transport solutions for cable operators and independent regional telecommunications companies.

“Not only will Victor lead our efforts to increase our cable business, he will strengthen our account coverage in Oregon,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “He is very familiar with the cable industry, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, and will be a valuable resource for our clients.”

Abramson can be reached at (503) 701-2323 or via e-mail at victor@abs-cablesolutions.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 200 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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SnapAV Appoints Former Dell Supply and Operations Director Brad Redmond to Vice President of Operations

Charlotte, NC – May 10, 2012 – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, today announced its hiring of Brad Redmond for the company’s newly-created role of Vice President of Operations.

“Adding a seasoned operations professional from one of the most admired companies in the world is pretty exciting for us,” says SnapAV President Craig Craze. “With the continued growth of the company, we’re in a position where we can invest in world-class talent and there’s no better investment for us to make than in product quality, purchasing and operations. Delivering in these areas means supporting our dealers-plain and simple.”

Over his twelve-year tenure with Dell, Redmond held several operations, procurement and supply chain management positions. In his last position, he served as Business Unit Supply Chain Director, where he managed global supply chain initiatives to manage inventory gaps and overages for the company’s regional distribution centers.

“SnapAV has a very strong reputation for product availability, quality and superb technical support. I’m hoping to bring industry-leading supply chain and quality processes that build upon those core strengths to ensure SnapAV is the #1 reason our dealers succeed,” says Redmond.

Redmond holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas, and a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Tampa.

About SnapAV: Established in 2005 by custom integrator Jay Faison and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installer-friendly products for the custom A/V channel. SnapAV empowers custom installers to run more efficient businesses. The company provides high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties. www.snapav.com

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Red TX Records MTV Presents Titanic Sounds For International TV Broadcast

Broadcast sound specialist Red TX was recently commissioned to record the audio for MTV Presents Titanic Sounds, an open-air festival to mark the opening of the Titanic Belfast tourist attraction.

Set against the backdrop of the new building, this one-off major music gig featured performances by Olly Murs (with a full nine-piece band), Pixie Lott, Katy B, Rizzle Kicks and Sean Paul.

Red TX used its newly refurbished Red 1 truck for the 5.1 audio recording, with director Tim Summerhayes manning the controls.

Summerhayes says: “Apart from the weather, which was absolutely freezing, the recording was a huge success and we had a great time working with the MTV production team. The setting, on the slipway in front of the new Titanic Belfast tourist attraction, was perfect and the concert was very well received by the audience.”

MTV Presents Titanic Sounds will be broadcast internationally on MTV on May 25th 2012 as part of MTV’s World Stage music series.

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About Red TX:
Red TX provides a comprehensive concert recording and broadcast service to the music and television industries. The company has state-of-the-art mobile recording facilities and can handle projects of any size or complexity. As well as recording audio for broadcast, the company also records live music events for subsequent release on CD or DVD. It is headed by Ian Dyckhoff and Tim Summerhayes, who have extensive experience in delivering high-quality audio for broadcast. www.red-tx.com

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II and 7D Digital SLR Cameras Add Muscle to Action Scenes in “Marvel’s The Avengers”

An epic confrontation between nightmarish super villains attacking the Earth and the super-heroic team of Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow explodes onscreen in “Marvel’s The Avengers.” Directed by Joss Whedon, the film is packed with intense action and visual effects created by Hollywood’s most advanced production technologies, including the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D digital SLR cameras from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions.

Compact, lightweight, and compatible with Canon’s wide selection of EF Series lenses, the Canon
5D Mark II and EOS 7D digital SLR cameras are equipped with large Canon CMOS sensors and Canon DIGIC 4 image processors that enable them to record exceptional full 1920 x 1080 HD motion images at the user-selectable frame rate of 24p (23.976 fps), the standard for theatrical filmmaking. As “Marvel’s The Avengers” cinematographer Seamus McGarvey explained, these Canon digital SLR camera features made possible new creative opportunities for capturing thrilling point-of-view (POV) shots that can be seamlessly intercut with footage from the film’s principal 35mm and digital cinematography cameras to heighten the visual impact of this latest and most extraordinary Marvel Studios Super Hero movie to date.

“I think very highly of the Canon 5D Mark II, as I’ve been using it for the last few years on documentaries and other drama projects,” McGarvey stated. “When I started working on ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’ I knew there would be a lot of close-quarter action work and unrepeatable stunts to capture. The 5D Mark II and the 7D digital SLR cameras produce images that are worthy of cinema, and their small size is a major advantage. You can place them in locations where a typical movie camera wouldn’t fit, and you can capture images that other cameras cannot. They are perfect for shooting additional angles that give film editors more options for creating powerfully immersive and kaleidoscopic views of action scenes.”

Hidden Cameras
Featuring unprecedented battles between iconic super heroes and villains, “Marvel’s The Avengers” sets new standards for filming elaborate stunts and pyrotechnics in actual urban locations. Using multiple cameras limits the need for “retakes” of these complex scenes, and the affordability and small size of Canon 5D Mark II and 7D digital SLRs, enabled McGarvey and his crew to obtain ample coverage by positioning as many cameras as they needed, practically anywhere they wanted them. According to McGarvey, a particularly noteworthy sequence was shot in downtown Cleveland involving flaming cars zooming down an alley amid simulated rubble and debris.

“We had five Canon 5D Mark II’s and two 7Ds,” he said. “We hid them in places that were really close to the big stunts, which would be too risky to do with bigger cameras that would require an operator and two assistants. We were able to slide one Canon digital SLR into a sewer grating and put another under a pile of debris for a key shot of a car hurtling toward the lens, flipping through the air on fire. There’s always the danger of destroying one of these SLR cameras, but as long as you can still recover its CF media card you’ve got the shot.”

McGarvey also noted the immersive impact of Canon POV footage on scenes involving stunt performers. “Stunts are conventionally seen from outside the action,” he explained, “but we got great footage from a stunt man running with a Canon digital SLR camera. This conveyed a realistic sense of jeopardy to the audience, and a much more intimate view of the action. This footage worked especially well, since the film will be converted to 3D.”

Lighting and Lenses
Night scenes were also an important component of the action in “Marvel’s The Avengers,” and McGarvey had special praise for the low-light capabilities of the Canon 5D Mark II and 7D digital SLR cameras, both of which range from ISO 100 to 6400.

“These cameras really have an incredible register in darkness, which has been integral to our shooting,” he said. “We did second-unit shots in a mine with minimal and intermittent light sources, and the detailed images we created using the Canon digital SLR cameras were extraordinary. We also used them for night exteriors with minimal lighting, and they coped very well with the range between our bigger, hotter light sources and the lower end of darkness. I also find this to be true when using 5D Mark II SLR cameras for my documentary work, shooting inside cars and restaurants. Working only with available light, the image registers in a rounder way than the other digital cameras I have used. I think part of that is the way the big CMOS sensors work in the Canon digital SLR cameras, particularly if you work with a lens with a wider aperture. I’m very fond of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L lens, which produces a unique look I love.”

Further enhancing the creative filmmaking potential of HD-capable Canon digital SLR cameras such as the 5D Mark II and the 7D is Canon’s EF lens series, one of the world’s most comprehensive selections of high-quality precision optics. Canon EF series lenses include a broad range of standard and medium telephoto models as well as wide-angle, ultra-wide zooms, macro, fisheye, and even tilt-shift lenses.

“I’ve been working with a range of great Canon lens choices throughout this production, and on my documentary work,” McGarvey noted. “I love the look that these lenses create. They create a softer, more rounded look. The resulting footage is still crisp in terms of contrast but have a warmer feel. This helped us match the Canon footage with images from the digital movie cameras we used.”

Shots captured using Canon 5D Mark II and the 7D SLR cameras were conformed to motion sequences acquired using the film’s principal digital cinematography and 35mm movie cameras during months of extensive digital intermediate sessions. For McGarvey, the Canon digital SLR cameras were as important as any of the other production tools employed to make “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

“I don’t see a difference in terms of storytelling value between the scale and size of the Canon digital SLR cameras and the main digital cinematography and film cameras we used,” McGarvey confided. “They’re all part of the artistic palette of filmmaking. Cinema and photography are converging and the technology continues to rapidly accelerate. Canon is at the vanguard of this revolution. Cinema is still evolving and there are many stories yet to be told. The affordability and high quality of Canon’s digital SLR cameras are democratizing film production and will allow everyone to try their hand at it. I think that out of this revolution will emerge an unusual perspective on our world through cinema.”

About the Movie
Marvel Studios presents “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, directed by Joss Whedon, from a story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon with screenplay by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures. The film is being produced by Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige and executive produced by Alan Fine, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Patricia Whitcher, Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham. The film releases May 4, 2012, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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