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Imerge Adds STARS AV To Its International Distributor List

Imerge, manufacturer of premium quality audio and media servers, has appointed STARS AV as its new Spanish distributor, with responsibility for its entire product range including the recently launched MS1-3D media server, the Mini Client and the S4000 audio server.

STARS AV specialises in home systems distribution and focuses its portfolio on up market residential audio visual needs. Established in 2009, the company is exclusive distributor for a number of high-end brands including Meridian Audio, Future Automation, Sonance, Avielo by Projectiondesign, Liberty Cables, Intelix, Waterfall, and Proficient.

Graham Boswell, Sales Director for Prism Sound that owns the Imerge brand, says: “We are delighted to add STARS AV to our growing list of international distributors and we feel confident that the local knowledge and retailing skills the company brings to the Imerge brand will significantly increase our presence in the Spanish market.”

STARS AV is headed by directors Patrick Kahr and Boyen Rienks, both of whom have backgrounds in high-end retailing and marketing.

“Our focus is very much on brand development and strategic commercial alliances to build brand awareness for the companies we represent,” Patrick Kahr says. “STARS AV’s business is geared towards the luxury consumer segment and the high-end residential market.

“We work with a network of highly qualified third party installers, focusing on residential projects with multi room audio video and control requirements. Imerge products are ideally suited to this market as they offer a centralized database that allows us to deliver the high quality, multi-room audio and video that these customers demand.”

Mr. Kahr adds that Spain’s economic difficulties have had an impact on sales but the market for quality remains consistent.

“There is some movement in the high end segment but we recognise that we have to be patient and work on building a solid foundation,” he explains. “We are delighted to bring Imerge into the STARS portfolio because its products are ideally suited to our core customer base. We have already sold a number of systems, with more sales in the pipeline, and we are also promoting the range by displaying Imerge in our strategic product showrooms in Madrid, Marbella and Barcelona. This is an exciting relationship and we look forward to developing it in the future.”

For more information about Imerge in Spain, please contact STARS AV on telephone: +34 91 563 1092. Email: pk@starsav.com

For general information about Imerge and its extensive product range please visit www.imerge.co.uk

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Imerge
Part of what is popularly known as the “Cambridge Phenomenon”, Imerge is well-qualified to be the leader in its field. A spin-off from Cambridge-based technology consultancy “Scientific Generics”, it developed the world’s first hard drive-based audio server, the SoundServer, back in 1990s. In 2007 Imerge launched a multi-terabyte, 1080p-capable music/movies multi-room server hailed for setting new standards in usability as it also integrated multi-room entertainment, as well as delivering the very highest standards of audio and video performance. In 2008, Imerge changed the rules by introducing the world’s most advanced media server, the MS1, and its associated enterprise grade storage solution, the XiVASafe. Redefining the way we interact with our media, Imerge has continually innovating releasing MS1-HD and most recently the MS1-3D, incorporating 2D and 3D Blu-ray support, and the revolutionary new and unique XiVA music store and user interface in over 12 languages and many more market firsts. The current range in includes two brand new products introduced in 2012, the multi-zone S4000 audio server product and a miniature HD video player unit (Mini Client) for the MS1-3D video server.

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Middle Atlantic Names Vergano VP of Human Resources

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products has appointed Peter Vergano as Vice President of Human Resources, reporting to President Mike Baker. In this newly created post, Vergano will oversee all elements of HR as the company continues to grow since joining the Legrand North America organization.

Vergano joins Middle Atlantic after nearly seven years at Samsung Electronics, most recently as a Senior HR Business Partner Leader in the company’s Ridgefield Park facilities. He graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in Business Administration and also earned an MBA from Centenary College.

Asked about Vergano’s appointment, Mike Baker stated, “We are entering a new phase of very aggressive growth and opportunity for Middle Atlantic. Our continued investment in people, both those who are already here and the new positions we are creating, will ultimately determine our long-term success. Peter’s hiring reflects our commitment to grow our business to more fully support our customers with application-specific products befitting any size project or budget.”

The company has recently appointed several key personnel to sustain this commitment, including two new Regional Sales Managers, a Power Products Application Engineer, and a Furniture Design Engineer.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Christie to Deliver Superior Visual Experiences at Toronto International Film Festival 2012

Entrusts Christie’s Powerful Digital Cinema Projectors With Over 600 Screenings.

Christie, a world leader in advanced cinema technologies, today announced its continued sponsorship of the Toronto International Film Festival by providing multiple Christie Solaria Series digital cinema projectors.

Recognized around the world for presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers, the Festival screens more than 300 films from 60+ countries during its 11-day program September 6-16, in addition to offering year-long programming. This year represents Christie’s 12th year as the official projection sponsor, supporting The Festival’s mission of transforming the way people see the world through film. In 2011, The Festival selected Christie’s industry-leading Christie Solaria 4K DLP Cinema projector for screening filmmakers’ Ron Fricke’s and Mark Magidson’s 70mm movie Samsara –marking the first 4K screening at The Festival, while Francis Ford Coppola’s movie Twixt was shown in 3D on a Christie CP2230 4K-ready DLP Cinema projector.

General view of the atmosphere around town during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.

“The explosion of digital cinema technology has provided the industry with accessibility while meeting the rising demand of filmmakers around the world who want their films screened in the highest digital quality available,” said Diane Cappelletto, The Festival’s Director of Technical Production. Cappelleto adds: “Transforming many of our screens to digital format was made possible with the support of Christie, whose digital projectors are recognized worldwide for performance and reliability. We value Christie’s exceptional image quality and expert service to help make the Festival successful every year.”

“Throughout Christie’s long-standing partnership with The Festival, we have seen a growing use of digital projection technology for screenings. Last year, the sold-out documentary “Samsara” was screened in 4K,”said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global and Corporate Marketing, Christie. “With its international flavor, The Festival truly transforms the way people see the world, and Christie is proud to support it as it transitions from what was once a film-only industry to one predominantly digital,” adds Cress.

Christie digital projectors are used by leading Festivals around the globe. This year, Christie renewed its official technical sponsorship of the Festival de Cannes for the next three years, a position it has held since 2006. In addition, Christie was the exclusive projection sponsor of the “Water for Elephants” screening at the opening gala of the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival last year. Today, Christie equipment is found in more than half of all digital projection rooms – about 33, 000 projectors in use.

Christie’s Commitment to HFR
The two main goals of Christie’s HFR activities are to help the industry develop the best HFR content and the best delivery system for HFR content. The first goal involves assisting leading-edge filmmakers and post-production companies in perfecting HFR movie creation, so the industry has the most engaging, entertaining content possible. The second goal is to assist exhibitors in showing these 3D HFR movies in all their glory. To these ends, Christie is helping create the standards for 3D HFR movies through formal and informal technology-development alliances with major producers and directors, post production facilities, studios and technology partners. On the exhibitor’s front, Christie provides one stop shopping for all the hardware, software and services that enable exhibitors to deliver a filmmaker’s vision in stunning 3D HFR quality. For more information visit http://www.higherframerates.com.

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TAIDEN the Conferencing Technology for 31 Leaders to Communicate in 14 Languages during the G20 Summit

Last month in Los Cabos, Mexico, for the annual G20 Leader’s Summit, the heads of government, heads of international organizations, central bank governors, and other high-profile attendees used the TAIDEN conferencing and interpretation systems to communicate effectively during 4 days of meetings, in multiple languages.

This was the culmination of a series of large events in North America selecting a TAIDEN conferencing rental house as equipment provider to ensure the flawless implementation of meetings. For Media Vision USA, TAIDEN’s exclusive distributor in the US, Canada and Mexico, this is due to the technical features and flexibility offered by the TAIDEN technologies as well as to the availability of large quantities of recent, fully digital conferencing equipment for rental.

“In Media Vision’s TAIDEN rental network, companies have all the right technologies to respond to technical requirements such as all-digital conferencing, 32 channels of digital infrared language distribution, room overflow for the press center or remote interpretation” says Fardad Zabetian, CEO of Media Vision USA, “With all the high-profile events done in the past years, our rental network also has the experience to ensure expert setups, prompt adjustments and professional services; The staff is always what makes the difference”.

For the G20, meetings were held in 4 different event sites and about 20 rooms. Remote interpretation was setup for some sessions including for the G20 Leaders’ Dinner and the Press Center with interpreters using the booths in the main Plenary room and receiving video and audio feed from the rooms at the other side of the Convention Center. For the key meetings – the G20 Plenary Sessions with 31 heads of State, including President Obama, and international organizations – the ultimate TAIDEN HCS-4886/50 Fully Digital Conferencing Microphone with built-in channel selector and a large LCD display was used ensuring that the full spectrum of features would be available.

In the past years, TAIDEN conferencing and interpretation systems were also used for the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington D.C. Another key statistic: the largest global forum ever held in Mexico, the October 2010 International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference, had a setup of about 1500 TAIDEN conferencing microphone units and 2600 digital infrared receivers for language distribution that worked flawlessly for the 18-day duration of the event.

With such references, Media Vision USA can only expect that the demand for TAIDEN conferencing and language interpretation technologies to be used for large events will keep on growing in the upcoming years. Companies interested in becoming a member of this rental network can contact Media Vision USA by email at sales@mediavisionusa.com

About Media Vision USA

Media Vision USA is a leading provider of professional wired and wireless conferencing solutions for meeting rooms, VTC boardrooms, training centers, council chambers and auditoriums. Supported by feature-rich, flexible technologies, powerful software, and a dedicated product engineering team, we work with system integrators and consultants to design conferencing solutions that improve the quality of the audio in the room, and outside the room for distance communication. Additional information can be found at www.mediavisionusa.com

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