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Broadway Systems Welcomes James J. Ackerman as Executive Chairman

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, announced that James J. Ackerman has joined the company as executive chairman, effective Sept. 3.

Ackerman has extensive executive experience leading software and advanced media companies. As president and CEO of Documentary Channel, he led the company into sustainable profitability that resulted in the sale of the company to Participant Media in July 2012. Previously, during his tenure as president and CEO of OpenTV Corp., he led the company through a change in control ownership, the acquisition and integration of two publically traded competitors, and the transition of the company from a pure software vendor to a leading provider of advanced interactive television technologies, applications, and services.

While serving as CEO of British Interactive Broadcasting, Ackerman was responsible for the launch of the world’s first comprehensive interactive television service as part of Sky Digital. He also served as managing director of Sky Ventures, vice president of international business development at A&E Television Networks, vice president of program development for Hearst Entertainment, director of original programming for The Family Channel, and account supervisor at Grey Advertising.

“We are thrilled to have James join the board of Broadway Systems and to assume the position of executive chairman,” said Chris Noe, board director of Broadway Systems. “He brings an intimate knowledge of Broadway’s cable network customers and an outstanding track record in media technology. We are very excited he is assuming the leadership role of our company, and confident he will extend Broadway’s current leadership position.”

“Broadway has experienced excellent growth over the past several years, offers a remarkable end-to-end advertising management platform, and is bolstered by a team that delivers great results for our clients,” Ackerman said. “The cable television landscape is changing rapidly, and I look forward to helping Broadway respond to these changes with innovative, best of breed technologies and services. Today, Broadway has an outstanding solution designed to help our clients more effectively and efficiently manage their advertising proposal and deal management needs, as well as the central nervous system needed to traffic any cable TV network.”

Ackerman is based in Beverly Hills, Calif., and can be contacted at (310) 844-8953 or via e-mail at james.ackerman@broadwaysystems.com.

About Broadway Systems

Since 2002, Broadway Systems has collaborated with cable networks to engineer a contemporary and fully integrated programming, sales, traffic, stewardship, and billing software system. Today, this platform manages more than $3 billion in advertising revenues for top 20 rated cable networks as well as startups. Broadway Systems offers cable networks a strategic alternative to existing vendors, one that is dedicated to their business and keeps pace with the changing needs of this dynamic industry. Find out more at www.broadwaysystems.com.

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IBC 2013: Vizrt demoing graphics systems exclusively on HP workstations and monitors

At the IBC Show, taking place from September 12-17, 2013, Vizrt is demoing its graphics products using HP high-performance and visualization workstations and monitors exclusively at its booth, Hall 7/Stand A10, in the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam.

“Based on our long, rewarding relationship with HP, all of our product displays and demonstrations at IBC will be running on HP workstations, servers, and monitors,” said Gerhard Lang, Chief Engineering Officer for Vizrt. “HP desktop computing hardware is the proven, trusted solution for our customers’ demanding, mission-critical, real-time media and graphics applications.”

At its booth, Vizrt is using a wide range of HP high-performance computing products including 85 workstations, 30 monitors, and several servers. HP ProLiant DL 380p Gen 8 servers—with Intel XEON E5 2640 2.5 GHz of processing power, 16 GB of RAM, and a Matrox G200 video card, will be used to run the IP-based Viz Engine, Viz Map Server, Viz Content Pilot server, Viz Media Engine video transcoder server, and Viz Media Engine Online live transcoder.

Of the 85 workstations, Vizrt is using a mix of HP Z820 and HP Z420 workstations primarily to run Viz Engine systems, while 20 HP Z420 workstations will run other systems including the Viz Trio live graphics generator, Viz Content Pilot, Viz Weather, Viz Multichannel, and the Viz Artist real-time 3D modeling and animation tool. The HP Z820 desktop workstation has Intel XEON E5-2643 3.3 GHz four-core processing with 8 GB of DDR3 and one terabyte of HDD capacity. The HP Z420 mini-tower has the XEON E5-1600 or E5-2600 series with up to eight-core and 3.6 GHz processing power. The Vizrt exhibit is also using a mix of 30 high-resolution HP LED and LCD Z displays to showcase imagery coming from Vizrt graphics and video systems.

On Saturday, September 14 at 5pm, Vizrt and HP are looking forward to meeting visitors at the Vizrt IBC booth. Norwegian cuisine, including Aquavit (a traditional drink in Norway) and Fenalor (a popular, Norwegian dried meat dish.) will give a warm reception.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

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RTW Debuts SurroundControl Series Firmware Update at IBC 2013

Latest Version Simplifies Monitoring While Working in Various Audio Formats

AMSTERDAM, 14 SEPTEMBER, 2013 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to debut at IBC 2013 (Stand 8.D92) a firmware update for its flagship SurroundControl 31900 and 31960 series. In addition to supporting all current EBU/ITU loudness regulations, including ITU 1770-3, the new firmware simplifies the control of the studio monitoring environment when switching over between various audio formats like stereo, 3.1, 5.1 or 7.1, a common occurrence in today’s broadcast environment.

By enabling the user to select independent Trim and Delay values for both analog and digital monitoring outputs, this information can then be stored in up to five Level/Delay Trim Sets in the Audio System menu. When defining the individual input routing for the sub presets, these new Level/Delay Trim Sets can be allocated and tapped into as needed.

“It’s not uncommon for an audio engineer, especially in the broadcast sector, to be working with multiple audio formats at one time,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “By adding this new feature to our popular SurroundControl series, we are enabling users to easily organize their workflow, while simultaneously keeping up with the demands of working in various formats.”

RTW’s SurroundControl 31900 and 31960 series combines control, analysis and monitoring of eight-channel 5.1 to 7.1 surround sound into one single system. The proprietary Surround Sound Analyzer (House display) is a powerful tool for visualizing the interaction of all important parameters of surround signals. The dynamic behavior of all display elements corresponds to the subjective listening impression, enabling you to see the balance of a surround program intuitively and at a glance. RTW’s unparalleled Surround Sound Analyzer is capable of displaying any surround program up to 7.1 DD+ and Cinema for fast, in-depth evaluation.

Further, the SurroundControl series’ popular Multicorrelator display offers detailed phase information between all channel-pair combinations. Meanwhile, the LFE correlator is an advanced feature for testing for phase problems between any given channel in respect to LFE.

Users can download the firmware for free by logging onto RTW’s website: http://www.rtw.de/en/sales-support/manuals-software.html.

About RTW
For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world. With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades.

RTW’s range of products currently include the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

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