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Bexel Promotes Greg Bragg to VP of Global Sales

(BURBANK, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has named Greg Bragg vice president of Global Sales.

“Greg’s comprehensive understanding of our day-to-day operations and his strong customer relationships make him a perfect match for this new role,” said Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. “He has learned our business from the ground up, and his leadership will be instrumental as Bexel continues to expand its reach across the worldwide broadcast industry.”

Bragg started his career with Bexel in 1995; working his way up through positions such as quality control supervisor and audio department technician, to rental department division coordinator, among others. In 2006, Bragg was named rental manager for the company’s headquarters in Burbank, Calif. Within a few years, he was appointed to serve all Bexel locations, and soon after was promoted to associate director of Network Rentals. He has been serving as director of sales since 2012.

Bragg has played a critical role in broadening Bexel’s broadcast services to include reality programming and production support. He has developed strong relationships with reality production companies that include Mark Burnett Productions (Apprentice), Upper Ground Enterprises (Hell’s Kitchen), Endemol USA (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Evolution Media (Real Housewives franchise) and Original Media (LA Ink, NY Ink).

“I am excited about this opportunity to represent the entire Bexel family in my new role,” said Bragg. “Bexel has a long history of superior customer service and engineering excellence. I am confident in my vision for our sales organization, and a lot of that stems from the fact that that I am surrounded by the best sales team, engineering, and support staff in the industry”

About Bexel:
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Vitec Group:
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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Haivision Video Cloud Gains Momentum Globally with Channel Partners

Hulskamp Audiovisueel and Ikonik Media Choose Haivision Video Cloud to Simplify Customers’ Video Management, Publishing and Delivery

MONTREAL, CANADA — December 16, 2013 — Haivision today announced that channel partners Hulskamp Audiovisueel (a leading Dutch media company) and Ikonik Media (a service organization focused on digital strategy and optimization) have selected the Haivision Video Cloud as a service for their global customer base to manage, publish and distribute live and on-demand video content.

Haivision Video Cloud is an end-to-end platform that simplifies video management, publishing and delivery to multiple sites and devices. As enterprises continue to adopt video to communicate to audiences globally, including employees, partners and customers, the management and distribution of that content has grown complex due to the proliferation and diversity of mobile devices, social media sites and video formats. Haivision Video Cloud simplifies video workflows by integrating automated video content management, audience analytics, live and file-based transcoding and CDN services.

Hulskamp Audiovisual manages more than 80 projects per week for clients in the financial, education, corporate, healthcare and government industries: “We rely on the Haivision Video Cloud to manage and deliver our customer content for high profile events and corporate communication applications throughout Europe,” said Eduard Hulskamp, owner, Hulskamp Audiovisueel. “High quality, online streaming has been in great demand by our customers. By leveraging the Haivision Video Cloud, we’re able to create great online experiences for our customers and offer a complete solution for their needs.”

A number of Ikonik Media customers have already deployed the Haivision Video Cloud to achieve their online video goals: “Our customers are taking advantage of the unrivaled flexibility and agility of Haivision Video Cloud’s robust architecture every day,” said Matt Browning, president, Ikonik Media. “In addition to providing an extensive and reliable foundation for long-term content strategy, Haivision Video Cloud has allowed us to deploy highly customized integrations on behalf of our customers, bringing their video publishing workflows into their existing content management systems to further streamline video publishing and efficiently distribute content to all of their web properties and video-centric applications.”

“With our dedicated channel partner network embracing the Haivision Video Cloud, they can now combine high value products and cloud-based media services in a comprehensive solution for their clients,” said Charles Dobson, vice president, global channels at Haivision.

The Haivision Video Cloud provides enterprises with a complete ecosystem to take their content from the source encoder right through to distribution on any mobile device, eliminating the complexity of coordinating multiple solutions from different vendors. The Haivision Video Cloud integrates key video solutions, including on-premise source encoding, live and file-based transcoding, media management, automated publishing, content delivery and real-time analytics, so organizations can deliver both live and on-demand media experiences from every source to every device.

About Haivision
Haivision delivers end-to-end solutions for streaming, encoding, recording, managing, and distributing secure IP video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical/healthcare, and federal/military industries. Haivision is a private company based in Montreal and Chicago with regional offices in Austin, Tx; Atlanta, Ga.; Portland, Or.; Washington D.C. and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

 

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Bose® L1® Systems Chosen for Hawaiian Virtuoso Daniel Ho

GRAMMY® Award-winner, and curator of traditional Hawaiian music, relies on a combination of Bose portable products to bring perfect clarity and tone to his concerts in the U.S. and abroad

Framingham, Massachusetts, December 12, 2013 – From his base in Los Angeles to venues as far apart as Nashville and Hong Kong, Daniel Ho has taken the traditional music of Hawaii far and wide. The Oahu native has recorded 18 solo albums and produced over 100 albums, in the process winning six GRAMMY® Awards as an artist, producer and audio engineer. But Ho’s greatest pleasure is taking Hawaiian music to people, performing it in concerts all over the world. And besides his ukulele, he always travels with his L1® portable sound system from Bose® Professional Systems. From ukulele clinics at venues around the country, including Guitar Center stores, to huge concert settings, Bose L1 systems and T1 ToneMatch® components have supported Ho’s live performances night after night.

Ho travels with a pair of Bose L1 Model II loudspeaker systems and uses one or both, depending upon the size and the acoustical nature of each venue. For the smallest venues, he’ll use the Bose L1 Compact system, which combines conventional PA and monitors into a single sleek unit. Ho is also a user and fan of the Bose T1 ToneMatch digital multichannel mixer that features over 100 proprietary ToneMatch presets for instruments and microphones and includes the Bose zEQ, storable scenes and a suite of studio-class effects. These few components allow Ho to travel the world, ready to interface with any kind of performance venue confidently.

“I’m also an audio engineer, and I do all the mixing and mastering for our record label, DHC, so I know exactly how I want everything to sound,” he explains. “The Bose L1 system and T1 mixer are the only way I know I can reproduce exactly the sound I want in any venue. The L1 system delivers great sound and the right dispersion – I set it up and I immediately have a 180-degree soundfield. For instance, I can plug an instrument mic into the mixer, call up that preset and I have the sound I’m looking for at the press of a button. We’ve tried using a variety of studio-quality microphone pre-amps live, but nothing comes close to the quality we get from the ToneMatch engine.”

Ho plugs everything into the Bose T1 audio engine including the piezo-electric pickup on his ukulele, giving him complete control over his live sound. He can simply give the output of the T1 engine to the FOH mixer at a large venue and know that the exact sound he’s hearing on stage is precisely the sound that’s being sent to the house PA system. “It’s a real confidence booster,” he says. “I’m always sure that my mix is what I want it to be, regardless of the size of the room.”

With his accolades and appearances in contemporary cinema hits like 2008’s Forgetting Sarah
Marshall, in which he sang “Nothing Compares 2U” in Hawaiian, he’s become one of Hawaiian music’s most recognized exponents. But at heart Ho is still a gigging road warrior and as such truly appreciates the ergonomic benefits of the L1 system and T1 ToneMatch engine. “They’re incredibly lightweight for the kind of performance they offer,” he says. “And I especially like the fact that the T1 mixer has a cover that I can use when the unit is unattended. No one can touch the knobs or spill something into it. I don’t have to carry extra equipment like mic pre-amps. These components offer a turnkey travelling PA system solution that fits any audio environment.”

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Kilgore ISD Undergoes Seamless Installation for New Campuses with Hitachi 3LCD Projectors

Kilgore, Texas, December 16, 2013 – Kilgore Independent School District (ISD) in eastern Texas recently passed a bond to build two new campuses—one primary school and one middle school. When it came to selecting projectors for the new schools, Kilgore ISD looked to the manufacturer it was most familiar with—Hitachi.

“They knew the brand and knew the high quality of the projectors,” said Jimmy McMahon of Visual Techniques, Inc., the systems integrator responsible for the installation. “Along with affordability, the school’s 15-year relationship with Hitachi was the deciding factor.”

According to Mark Lane, Executive Director of Technology of Technology at Kilgore ISD, “We wanted a solution that was highly reliable and simple to maintain. Based on past experience and having achieved great results with Hitachi products, we expected the same this time around..”

For both campuses, a total of 150 Hitachi 3LCD projectors were installed. Interactive whiteboards and standard projector screens were both utilized, along with larger projections in each school’s gym, cafeteria and library. Completed just a month ago, the projectors were ready in time for students’ first day at the new schools.

“It was a very straightforward project,” said Mr. McMahon. “The projectors were easy to install and surpassed our clients’ needs.”

For more information on Visual Techniques, Inc. visit www.visualtechniques.com

For more information on Kilgore ISD visit: w3.kisd.org

For more information on Hitachi visit: www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

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About Hitachi.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com/.

School of Marine Sciences – Old Friendship, New TecPodiums!

The Ruppin Academic Center School of Marine Sciences trains its students in fields related to the sea, the marine environment and marine technology. The School’s location on the shore encourages fruitful research collaboration with universities and research institutes worldwide.

Enjoying the quality and durability of Tecom’s TecPodiums for more than 9 years, RAC has recently upgraded their main auditorium and a several more classrooms with the All-In-One TecPodium Interactive Lectern.

Faculty and the Technical team chose TecPodium Lecterns as they go way beyond “easy-to-use” and get down to where it should be: Intuitive. The Interactive Lecterns come fully loaded from the factory to simplify your life.

TecPodium Interactive Lecterns and Podiums

After 9 years of successful service, Tecom’s motto – “Simple. Works.” – gets a whole new verification.

For more information visit Tecom website www.tecpodium.com

TNDV Mobile Production Trucks Standardize on Harman

NASHVILLE, December 16, 2013 — Mobile television production specialist TNDV has standardized on Harman digital audio consoles, allowing the company to deliver exceptional multi-channel audio production capabilities for remote broadcast and production projects of all sizes.

Nic Dugger, owner and president of TNDV, notes that the fleet-wide upgrade took several years and required a sizable investment, but the return on investment has been clear from the outset — and in some cases, the standardization has encouraged repeat business.

“Harman digital audio consoles produce outstanding sound quality, which is primarily why we choose them,” said Nic Dugger, TNDV’s president and owner. “Today, when a customer books any of our trucks, they are assured the best performing digital audio consoles on the market. Freelance crews can use the same intuitive user interface, operation, and architecture, and once familiar with set-up and software they can quickly turn their attention to the production.”

Besides having a high degree of confidence in their performance, Dugger likes that all Harman models have compatible, interchangeable parts. Because of this consistency, TNDV’s flexibility on live show sites is greatly improved since parts can be swapped between the Soundcraft and Studer models on different trucks in the field. And since TNDV’s truck engineers are intimately familiar with the Harman architecture, they can perform routine maintenance and even trouble-shoot the consoles when necessary.

“Because Harman appreciates that their media and entertainment customers are doing time-critical projects, they send us replacement parts no questions asked. They stay engaged with our engineers until the matter has been resolved,” he said.

Meet the Fleet
Aspiration, TNDV’s flagship HD expanding side video mobile unit, offers a Soundcraft Vi4 live production console with 72 input channels and 36 outputs, with up to 42 faders and 5.1 surround sound mixing capability in a private, on-board audio mix booth.

TNDV’s Vibration—a digital audio-only mobile unit—features the flagship Studer Vista 9 console with 256 inputs and 7.1 surround sound capabilities. Designed for audio mixing and recording of broadcast television and digital film productions, Vibration is a 53-foot semi-trailer that houses an acoustically isolated audio suite, machine room, and comfortable client lounge with custom furnishings and hardwood floors.

TNDV’s other Nashville-based trucks, Inspiration and Origination, both feature Soundcraft Vi1 consoles with up to 32 motorized faders, 96 DSP channels and 5.1 surround sound mixing capability. The Origination installation was the most recent upgrade, with the Soundcraft Vi1 vastly improve audio capabilities on the 30-foot mobile production unit.

Dugger approximates his business at 60 percent live entertainment and 40 percent live sports, which he says makes Harman consoles attractive for his bookings since they are “primarily entertainment desks.”

ABOUT TNDV: Television

Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and the inaugural season of Sing for Your Supper on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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Electrosonic Provides AV Support for New Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios

Electrosonic has provided the primary audio and video systems at the Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios in Los Angeles, a new 5,000-square-foot multimedia studio and retail gallery located across the park from the Annenberg Space for Photography.

The Annenberg Space for Photography exhibits digital and print photography by some of the world’s most renowned photographers and emerging talents. The new Skylight Studios provides an enhanced lecture viewing atmosphere and experience through state-of-the-art AV equipment, a concert-quality audio system and HD broadcast capabilities. The venue also accommodates photography workshops and special events. It’s the new home for the long-running, free Iris Nights lecture series and the Meet & Greet program where visitors interact with photographers, photo editors and other guests.

Electrosonic delivered a comprehensive roster of services to Skylight Studios, including audio and video system engineering design, on-site rack fabrication, systems integration, installation, commissioning and programming. The company met the challenge of a fast-paced installation schedule, which was part of the overall facility renovation.

To meet the video needs of the new space, Electrosonic mounted Christie projectors in Tempest housings to minimize the noise of their operation. Samsung flatscreen monitors were installed for viewing in back of house and in the guests’ green room.

On the audio side, Electrosonic was charged with distributing background music to the retail area and restrooms, and background music plus the performance audio feed from the main sound system to the green room. The company provided Renkus-Heinz and JBL speakers, Extron extenders, a Peavey DSP, Crown amps and Shure mics.

Electrosonic also created Skylight Studios’ back of house studio control room for presentation and broadcast operations. That space is compartmentalized with two equipment racks behind frosted glass doors and the primary space featuring the operations desk with mixing console, lighting console, confidence monitors, control touch panels and edit bay for on-the-fly production of broadcast, webcast and social media events.

“The biggest challenge was the fast paced installation schedule, which was part of the overall facility renovation schedule and coordination with other service providers,” commented Electrosonic’s Steve Calver.

Michael Morrison, Technology Officer for The Annenberg Foundation concluded, “As one of our key partners, Electrosonic delivered. From design collaboration to installation, they were instrumental to bringing our multimedia studio to life.”

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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Iconyx Makes it Clear at St. Rose of Lima

Simi Valley, CA — December 2013… When St. Rose of Lima was founded in 1921, the Arroyo Simi was a rural valley, sparsely populated with hardy farming families. Like much of Southern California, the area grew quickly, as did the church’s small congregation. Today, St. Rose of Lima’s bustling campus in Simi Valley is home to a 600-seat sanctuary, as well as elementary and middle schools, a meeting hall, offices and other community facilities.

The sanctuary recently underwent a major renovation, and the result is a spacious, ornate but tasteful and unassuming space, with high peaked ceilings, stained glass windows, and hardwood pews. But the new sanctuary’s angular architecture and an abundance of smooth, reflective surfaces has created new challenges.

“The new space looks great, but it’s a far more reflective and reverberant environment now,” says Ken Buckowski of Burbank, CA-based Studio Spectrum. “The old sound system would have been problematic, both functionally and aesthetically.”

Studio Spectrum recommended a pair of Iconyx digitally steered line array systems to replace the existing system. A single IC32-R-II column is mounted on either side of the proscenium, with multiple sound beams steering sound away from walls and windows, and toward the congregants in the pews.

“They were very concerned with the aesthetics of the space, and didn’t want to see a room full of speakers anymore,” says Buckowski. “The Iconyx has such a slim, low profile design, they pretty much blend in with the architecture. Most of the people didn’t even notice them.”

The renovation also included opening additional seating to the left and right of the existing pews. “The side wings have much lower ceilings, and our original thought was to put additional speakers in there to fill that zone,” says Buckowski. “But the Iconyx enabled us to steer sound directly into that space, so we didn’t need anything else.”

Buckowski concludes, “Iconyx was the perfect solution for this space. Coverage and intelligibility are consistent to every seat in the house, and it blends perfectly with the sanctuary’s architecture. We went from having a room full of speakers to just two. They love the way it looks and the way it sounds.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

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