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CRAIG RICHARDSON, Ph.D., JOINS SYMETRIX AS V.P. OF GLOBAL SALES

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 2013: Symetrix announces today the appointment of Craig Richardson to the position of Vice President of Global Sales. Richardson assumes responsibility for management of the company’s worldwide sales and business development. Richardson most recently served as Vice President of A/V Integrator Market Development with Polycom and prior to that was the Vice-President and General Manager of Polycom’s Installed Voice Business for many years. According to Symetrix CEO, Paul Roberts, “Craig Richardson is a major player in the world of audio for voice and video conferencing. We’re extremely excited to have a person of his caliber on board as we rapidly add teleconferencing products to our complete range of digital signal processors and accessories.”

“At Symetrix, I found a company with talented and dedicated people, a reputation for great products and customer-support, and a palpable level of enthusiasm for their new products and direction,” said Richardson. “It’s exhilarating to experience the passion and focus a rapidly growing company like Symetrix has for creating best-in-class products and services.”

During InfoComm Richardson will deliver a session called, “Designing and Troubleshooting Audio Conferencing Systems” on Wednesday, June 12th from 8 am to 10 am.  The session will focus on the lifecycle of an audio conferencing system: from the needs assessment and design guidelines to troubleshooting during installation and commissioning. “This session will streamline participants’ installation efforts and allow them to finish an installation sooner and with greater customer satisfaction,” said Richardson. “From a solution perspective, Symetrix’ new conferencing products, including SymNet Edge, the SymNet 4 Channel AEC Input Card, and SymNet Radius AEC, have a number of unique strengths including audio performance, audio routing options, form-factor, and price points. Their flexible architectures support both cost-effective smaller conferencing systems typically with eight or fewer microphones, and large, complex, conferencing systems connected via a Dante network over Ethernet.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

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The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) Opens 2013 HPA Awards Call For Entries

Honors Celebrate Excellence in Post and Feature Expanded VFX Categories


(Hollywood, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) announces the opening of the Call for Entries for the 8th Annual HPA(r) Awards, which will take place on the evening of November 7th, 2013 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. Considered the standard bearer for excellence and innovation, the HPA(r) Awards recognize the achievements of the individuals and companies that have contributed to groundbreaking technologies and creative excellence within the post production industry.

The HPA Awards invite entries in the following competitive categories:

* Outstanding Color Grading-Feature Film
* Outstanding Color Grading-Television
* Outstanding Color Grading-Commercial
* Outstanding Editing-Feature Film
* Outstanding Editing-Television
* Outstanding Editing-Commercial
* Outstanding Sound-Feature Film
* Outstanding Sound-Television
* Outstanding Sound-Commercial
* Outstanding Visual Effects-Feature Film
* Outstanding Visual Effects-Television
* Outstanding Visual Effects-Commercial
* Engineering Excellence Award
* HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production

The period of eligibility for the HPA Awards is September 11, 2012 through September 3, 2013. To be considered eligible, work must have debuted domestically and or internationally during this period. Entrants need not be members of the Hollywood Post Alliance or working in the U.S. to submit work for consideration. Lists of previous years’ winners can be found by visiting www.hpaawards.net.

A notable difference in the 2013 competition is expansion in the visual effects categories, which have become more encompassing, focused on a broader section of the visual effects pipeline.

Complete rules, guidelines and entry information are available at: www.hpaawards.net. Submissions for the creative categories will be accepted May 15, 2013 through July 12, 2013 and Early Bird Entries (reduced fee for the creative categories) will be accepted through June 14, 2013. Submissions for the Engineering Excellence Award and the Creativity and Innovation Award will be accepted May 15, 2013 through June 21, 2013. Entrants for the Engineering Excellence Award will be invited to present at a special HPA judging event in early August.

Contact Eileen Kramer at 213-614-0860 or write to ekramer@hpaonline.com for information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2013 HPA Awards show. For more information about the HPA Awards, visit www.hpaawards.net or call 213.614.0860.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

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FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division to Show 4K Cine Zooms and Compact Cabrio Lenses at Cine Gear Expo 2013

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division will demo several of its latest products ideal for the film and video production community at the Cine Gear Expo, to be held at The Studios at Paramount in Hollywood from May 31-June 1. The company will be in booth #43 and will showcase its Premier PL 4K+ cine lenses and Cabrio cine/ENG-Style lens series.

The Premier PL 4K+ Series features the fastest T speeds available in a family of zooms, with unprecedented color matched 4K and beyond optical performance. The Premier PL lenses are available in 14.5-45mm T2.0, 18-85mm T2.0, 24-180mm T2.6, and 75-400 mm T2.8-T3.8. All four PL Mount zooms are similar in size and weight, and uniform gear placement and front barrel diameters (136mm). Focus, zoom, and iris gears are all in the same position—which speeds up lens changes, since follow focus accessories and lens motors can stay in the same position on the rods. Focus barrel rotation is a uniform 280 degrees on all four zooms.

Premier PL 4K lenses have been used by several acclaimed DPs for feature films including Oblivion and Iron Man 3.

In its Cabrio series, the PL 19-90 (model ZK4.7×19) and PL 85-300 (model ZK3.5×85) will be on hand at Cine Gear. These Cabrio lenses feature an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making them ideal for use as standard PL lenses or as ENG-style lenses. The PL 19-90 and PL 85-300 FUJINON lenses offer exceptional optical performance with a 200-degree focus rotation, are equipped with flange focal distance adjustment, self-aligning servo drive, a macro function for extreme close-up focus, and coverage of a 31.5mm diagonal sensor. The digital servo on both lenses has 16-bit encoding, so operators can be assured that all lens data output is extremely accurate. Each lens can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers or with existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

With a 19-90mm focal range and weight of only 2.7kg including servo motors, the compact PL-19-90 boasts the longest focal range available in a light weight zoom. The PL 85-300 Cabrio offers a longer lens that makes it ideal for shooting in demanding production environments, such as documentaries, wildlife and car commercials.

Cabrio lenses are being used in TV series and feature film production, including several 3D features currently in production.

“Cine Gear always provides a great opportunity to connect with our current and with potential customers,” said Thom Calabro, director, marketing and product development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “The expo continually draws an audience of key decision makers in entertainment production, and we look forward to showing off our popular products and latest technologies at this year’s show.”

Fujifilm on Cine Gear Panel

The Digital Cinema Society will hold a panel during Cine Gear on Friday, May 31st at 2:15pm in the Sherry Lansing Theater. Among the topics to be addressed will be the challenges inherent in lens design with the need for increased coverage areas and resolution while camera pricing is decreasing. Chuck Lee, Technology Manager, will participate on behalf of the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM. Representatives from Angenieux, Canon, Cooke, Leica, Schneider Optics, Service Vision, and Zeiss will also participate in this event.

To learn more about Fujifilm’s lenses, please go to: https://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/optical_devices/

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar

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LECTROSONICS ASPEN TECHNOLOGY DEPLOYED AT OCHSNER HEALTH SYSTEM

*** Nicholas P. Folse ***

New Orleans, LA – May 2013… As southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system, Ochsner Health System has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 16 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a ‘Best Hospital’ across 11 specialty categories. With greater than 13,000 employees and over 850 physicians in more than 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, training and related administrative functions are a regular part of Ochsner Health System’s efforts. With that in mind, their Poydras Conference Room was recently equipped with state-of-the-art AV technology. And at the heart of the AV system, there resides ASPEN audio processing technology from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics.

Interstate Electronic Systems (IES), LLC, a design/build firm with offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, LA, was contracted to handle Ochsner Health System’s AV facility upgrade. Nicholas P. Folse, Sales Engineer for IES, is based in the firm’s New Orleans office. He discussed the nature of the project and the decision to deploy Lectrosonics’ SPNTrio 8-In / 12-Out, ASPEN processor and the ASPEN SPN16i 16-input expansion unit. more

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Memphis Zoo Uses Digigram’s PYKO to Simplify and Manage Networked Playout of Music Across Events and Exhibits

GRENOBLE, France — May 15, 2013 — Digigram today announced that the Memphis Zoo in Memphis, Tenn., is using PYKO-in and PYKO-out IP audio terminals to create a special ambiance surrounding events and exhibits located across the 70-acre park. Supplied and supported by Digigram’s U.S. distributor, Point Source Audio, the PYKO-in and PYKO-out products are enabling simple, seamless streaming of background music to multiple sites within the zoo. more

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Portugal’s TVI Launches Two New Channels on Snell’s ICE Channel-in-a-Box System

Installation Builds on Existing Infrastructure to Enable Fast, Cost-Effective Launch

READING, U.K. — May 14, 2013 — Snell today announced that Portugal’s most-watched broadcaster, TVI, has deployed the Snell ICE channel-in-a-box solution to support two new channels: TVI Fiction and +TVI. By installing ICE systems, TVI is quickly and cost-effectively bringing new channels to air. While the ICE systems enable fast expansion without significant changes to existing infrastructure, they also integrate seamlessly with TVI’s installed Snell Morpheus automation system enabling it to scale from a single channel to many complex channels, controlled from just one user interface.

“Snell’s ICE gave us a straightforward, easy-to-deploy solution for adding two new channels to our existing lineup,” said Carlos Gomes, head of technical department at TVI. “While our investment in ICE systems alone enables us to reduce the time and cost of our channel launches, we will realize a further benefit in the added power and flexibility that our Morpheus automation system brings to these channel-playout boxes.”

ICE is a best-of-breed IT-based playout system that combines what once were multiple racks of hardware into a single system. Each ICE has multiple inputs and outputs and includes two DVEs and eight keyers per channel mixer, routing and mixing functions, SD and HD format conversion, audio processing capabilities, and closed-caption/subtitle support.

TVI currently relies on Morpheus to drive playout for its main TVI channel, its 24-hour news channel (TVI24) and TVI International. The installation of the ICE units provides all the functionality that TVI needs to expand their flexible and highly scalable multi-channel system. In this environment, Snell’s unique FlexiCore architecture allows ICE to emulate the master control environment by facilitating reconfiguration of internal routing and supporting dynamic allocation of resources across all channels to meet operational requirements. Following rapid delivery and commissioning of its ICE systems, TVI successfully launched TVI Fiction in October 2012 and +TVI in February 2013.

More information about ICE, Morpheus, and other systems within the Snell product family is available online at www.snellgroup.com.

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About Snell:
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions for creating, managing, and streamlining the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere and Live TV applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to 4K UHDTV, file-based, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

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Riedel Expands Global Operations With New Offices for Benelux and Australia

WUPPERTAL, Germany — May 14, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that it is expanding its worldwide presence with a new office in Hilversum, Netherlands (just outside Amsterdam). Riedel has also opened a new office in South Sydney, Australia.

“Over the past few years, we have observed significant growth in the Benelux broadcast and event market,” said Wilbert Kooij, general manager of Riedel Benelux. “Therefore, the next logical step was to expand with a dedicated office here in the Netherlands. The office gives us the opportunity to offer very direct rental and sales support, along with even more thorough customer service.”

The new Hilversum office addresses growing markets and rising demand for Riedel solutions in the Benelux region. The facility will cover all sales, rental, and service operations. Kooij has been responsible for Riedel operations in the Dutch market for more than two years. The Benelux team also includes David Bouma, who will be responsible for the entertainment and event markets, as well as Christiaan Haasdijk as rental operations manager. Recent projects in that area involve the Dutch broadcast provider Dutchview and the Hilversum-based video service provider Parkpost.

Riedel’s new South Sydney office was opened in conjunction with the company’s five-year anniversary celebration in Australia. Situated in a 440-square-meter warehouse with a two-story office attached, the brand-new building offers Riedel customers a convenient location close to other production rental companies and broadcast/OB facilities and just 10 minutes from the Sydney Airport. Riedel Australia has provided solutions to Channel 9 Australia, The Canberra 100, Australia’s Opera on Sydney Harbour, The Maj theatre in Perth, and the Arts Centre Melbourne.

“Australia is home to Riedel’s second-largest rental division, which has staged events all over Australia, New Zealand, India, and the UAE,” said Cameron O’Neill, Riedel solutions manager, Australia. “This new office will allow Riedel Australia to grow with our existing and new clients. Now we will be able to serve their needs not only in the field, but also with appropriate training and pre-preparation facilities. The bigger premises will allow us to stock more of the equipment that our clients want, including wireless HD camera systems and fiber-optic systems, as well as more of the communications and two-way radio equipment that we currently supply.”

Contact and location information for the new Riedel offices:

Riedel Communications Benelux B.V.
Zuidergracht 21-13
3763LS Soest
Netherlands
Phone: +31 35 6035483

Riedel Communications Australia Pty.Ltd.
Unit 2/ 38 Morley Avenue
Rosebery NSW 2018
Australia
Phone: +61 (0) 2 9669 1199

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Sound Devices Offers Enhanced Recording and File Transfer Options for PIX 260i Users

Latest Firmware Update, Version 1.02, Now Available for Free Download

LOS ANGELES, MAY 15, 2013 — In an effort to continue to streamline workflows for production and post-production environments with its rack-mounted PIX 260i Production Video Recorder, Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, now offers expanded audio and video recording and file transfer capabilities with its newest firmware update, Version 1.02. Available as a free download to all PIX 260i users, this latest version will be highlighted at Cine Gear 2013 (Booth 94).

With Version 1.02, all drives are now formatted as exFAT instead of UDF. While this new drive formatting is available, it is still possible for PIX 260i users to record and play back from UDF drives for compatibility with the PIX 220i and PIX 240i. Users have the ability to set each PIX 260i drive independently to Ethernet File Transfer (Network) mode. This offers the convenience of transferring files over a network while the PIX 260i records new data. Drives will also automatically switch to the Ethernet File Transfer mode when full. In addition, the end user can now read and write data to PIX 260i drives over Ethernet. The update also enables the PIX 260i to provide users with both simultaneous recording to multiple drives or sequential mode, recording to the next successive drive as drives become full. A 10-second (maximum) pre-record buffer for the audio-only mode has also been added.

“The PIX 260i offers an innovative new approach to file-based audio and video recording,” says Paul Isaacs, Technical Development Manager for Sound Devices. “Every new version of PIX 260i firmware, including version 1.02, is the result of feedback from customers who have incorporated it into their everyday workflows.”

Based on Sound Devices’ PIX 240i portable audio/video recorder, PIX 260i is a rack-mounted, file-based audio/video recorder that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments. PIX 260i offers 32 tracks of audio record and playback as well as control functionality from browser-capable computers and tablets. PIX 260i offers the features and tools that production companies and broadcasters require to migrate to file-based recording and playback capabilities. It records QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats. Files recorded in these intra-frame codecs are ready for editing directly from the recorder in common editing environments, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For color-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time applications.

PIX 260i users can download Version 1.02 by visiting www.sounddevices.com/download/pix260i-firmware/.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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SSL Appoints Jason Kelly as Product Manager for New ‘Live’ Product Division

Industry Veteran Joins Company to Develop the Brand’s Entry in the Live Market

OXFORD, UK – Solid State Logic is pleased to announce that Jason Kelly has been appointed Product Manager for its new Live console. With a 25-year career that spans live sound production, live event systems design and implementation and technical support management, Kelly has developed a solid understanding of the key aspects of the pro audio industry. In his new role, he will spearhead the recent introduction of SSL’s ‘Live’ console, which brings to the stage the industry standard, sonic legacy of the SSL brand.

Kelly’s understanding of the live sound market makes him the ideal candidate for the position. He will build on his knowledge, as well as his sales and technical support experience, to help dealers and key customers understand all of the benefits of this innovative live-sound product. Working closely with SSL’s product design and development team, Kelly will also help to define product requirements and marketing strategies into the future.

“Everyone at SSL is very excited to enter this arena of audio production, and we are glad to have Jason with us to help support our success in the live sound industry,” says Antony David, Managing Director of Solid State Logic. “The SSL Live console has been years in the making and we’re happy to now be able to share it with the world. We know Jason’s keen understanding of the market and product sectors is the perfect combination for this position. We’re confident that he will help build our presence in the live market.”
Prior to joining SSL, Kelly was Technical Support Manager at Midas Klark Teknik (MKT), where he provided front line technical support and marketing strategies for all MKT products worldwide. In this position, he developed and implemented courses and training materials for MKT products, in addition to providing system design and integration support for customer installations.

His other recent roles include UK Sales and Support Manager for MKT, Technical Director for CTI Live Technical Engineering, a company involved with designing and implementing all aspects of live event production; and Technical Manager for Staras Technical Productions, which produces high-level live presentations.
“I am truly delighted to be working for a world-renowned company such as SSL,” says Kelly. “My years of experience in the live sound industry offer me the great opportunity to recognise the needs of the customers in that market. I foresee a strong future for SSL in this arena and look forward to helping the company grow its customer base.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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