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WSDG CONTINUES INT’L GROWTH WITH RUSSIA/EASTERN EUROPE REP

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA: Spearheading an ongoing international expansion program, Walters-Storyk Design Group, Co-Principal/Director of New Business Development, Sergio Molho has announced a formal representation agreement, with St. Petersburg, Russia-based audio/video pro Pavel Shemyakin. “With established offices in Switzerland, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, and India, we are keenly aware of the growing world-wide need for professional architectural acoustics, and technology integration,” Molho said. “As the Russian market continues to gain importance, we felt an Eastern European bureau would be highly beneficial. The timing is particularly appropriate in light of WSDG’s extensive experience with FIFA and Olympic stadiums, and considering Russia’s increased hosting activity of international athletic events.”

Pavel Shemyakin studied Sound Engineering at the St. Petersburg State University of Cinema and Television. He has logged 6+ years as a successful Pro Audio sales and distribution rep, and served as a brand manager for such internationally recognized manufacturers as: SSL, Avid and API. He has also accrued invaluable experience in global trade activity and logistics.

Shemyakin owns Studio Center, a company specializing in Pro Audio Consulting and Systems Integration. In addition to his primary office in St.Petersburg, he maintains a network of partners across Russia. The firm provides services for commercial and private recording, post-production and broadcast studios, theaters, concert halls and educational facilities. A pianist, violinist, and technology enthusiast, Shemyakin also composes electronic music and plays synthesizers and groove-boxes. He has found the ideal field for combining these passions with his primary career.

“WSDG enjoyed great success with a major project for GTRK Kultura, the Russian State TV and Radio Broadcasting Corp.’s Moscow studios,” Sergio Molho concludes. “It was a rewarding experience, and inspired us to contribute our skill set to other Russian projects. Pavel Shemyakin is technically savvy and extremely well connected to Russia’s professional audio/video community. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with him.”

Photo: Walters-Storyk Design Group has named Pavel Shemyakin, Russia/Eastern Europe rep

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s 1969’s Electric Lady Studios; NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music Boston and Valencia, Spain; media rooms for Hoffman La Roche, and other corporate clients. Recent projects include NYC’s TEC award winner Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk (an adjunct professor at Berklee College,) Beth Walters, Sergio Molho and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, LA, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City, Mumbai & St. Petersburg,

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T3Media Selects Front Porch Digital’s SAMMA Migration System to Digitize Visual History of U.S. Armed Forces

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — Jan. 27, 2014 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced that T3Media, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based video management and licensing services, has chosen Front Porch Digital’s SAMMA(R) migration system to digitize the videotape collection of the Department of Defense (DOD) dating back to World War II. The collection is managed within the DOD by the Defense Imagery Management Operations Center (DIMOC).

The DOD collection contains a wide range of videotape formats including Betacam, VHS, and U-matic. T3Media will incorporate a seven-stream SAMMArobot into its workflow to enable automated, high-throughput migration of the Betacam material.

“Front Porch Digital’s SAMMA line was a natural choice for such a large and important digitization project as this one,” said Mark Lemmons, chief technology officer at T3Media. “The SAMMA migration system enables us to scale the encoding of this unique content and rapidly onboard it into our world-class platform.”

Besides being able to produce multiple digital file recordings from seven videotape recorders simultaneously, SAMMArobot can monitor and improve the video signal at the same time — all while generating associated technical metadata for every stage of the migration. It can also interface with T3Media’s existing platform, retrieve the information generated during the migration process, and guarantee the creation of open video formats and genuinely interoperable technical metadata.

“T3Media is the acknowledged industry leader in enterprise-scale archive management, and we appreciate their confidence in our capabilities,” said Mike Knaisch, Front Porch Digital president and CEO. “Our SAMMA products will provide a critical piece of T3Media’s workflow for this project, and we’re thrilled to be such a big part of preserving the visual history of our nation’s armed forces.”

More information about Front Porch Digital can be found at fpdigital.com. More information about T3Media can be found at t3media.com.

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About T3Media
T3Media offers cloud-based storage, access, and licensing for enterprise-scale video libraries. Its technology platform and services enable media owners to generate new value from their content while managing cost and complexity. Through www.t3licensing.com and its global sales force, the company licenses sports, news, and creative footage to producers in advertising, entertainment, publishing, and emerging media.

T3Media works with the world’s leading video libraries, including Discovery, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, National Geographic, The New York Times, and the NCAA(R). Connect with T3Media on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital is the global leader in solutions for migrating, managing, and monetizing media content. Operating on site and in the cloud, the company’s purpose-built software employs the latest technologies to deliver truly flexible and scalable media workflows. Solutions delivered by Front Porch Digital appropriately manage large and complex media files and workflows while ensuring optimal performance and utmost security. More information is available at fpdigital.com.

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NEP Finalizes Acquisition of Global Television

Marriage of Two Leading TV Technical Production Experts Creates Worldwide Entertainment Powerhouse; Strengthens NEP’s Footprint in Australia and Asia

PITTSBURGH — Jan. 24, 2014 — NEP announced today that the company has closed on its acquisition of Australia’s Global Television from Catalyst Investment Managers. The completion of this transaction officially brings Global Television into NEP’s worldwide operations, uniting two of the world’s most experienced and successful television technical services companies.

NEP is one of the largest broadcast and live event service companies in the world, with operations across the United States, United Kingdom, and Brazil and supporting thousands of events annually around the world. Global Television, Australia’s largest provider of independent TV studios and OB services, is internationally recognized for its technical expertise in host broadcasting, and its partnerships with broadcasters and production companies have resulted in several major contracts including the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the 2014 G20 Summit in Brisbane.

With the acquisition, NEP adds Global Television’s top-tier fleet of outside broadcast and studio facilities to its worldwide pool of resources — raising NEP’s total facilities to more than 70 high-definition (HD) units; several HD flypacks; studios in Los Angeles, New York, London, Cardiff, Sydney, and Melbourne; thousands of plasma, LED, and projection video display solutions; and a large team of industry-leading engineering and technical experts.

“We are pleased to officially welcome Global Television into our worldwide network of brands. Global is a true service leader, and I am looking forward to working with them as they continue to grow their business,” said Kevin Rabbitt, CEO of NEP. “This is an exciting opportunity for all of us. As NEP continues to look for opportunities for expansion into new geographies, the addition of Global not only brings us to Australia, but provides a great launching point into Asia and other areas around the globe.”

Global Television will remain an independent entity based in Australia, operating under NEP management, led by Global CEO Keith Andrews and his executive team.

“We’re very excited to become a part of the NEP team. This outcome is terrific news for both NEP and Global’s clients, staff, and partners, because it will broaden and deepen the pool of expertise and technology available to them all,” said Andrews. “This is a powerful marriage of two companies with similar cultures and a shared commitment to provide exceptional service and lead technology innovation with the best teams in the business.”

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About NEP
With the world’s most advanced equipment, largest fleet of mobile units and global production studios to suit every genre, NEP enables its clients to execute, deliver, and display exceptional productions on any platform around the world. For more than 30 years, NEP has ensured its clients’ success by delivering superior service and building lasting relationships with a passion for continuous innovation. NEP’s talented staff is committed to acting with integrity and working as a team to deliver comprehensive solutions for remote production, studio production, video display, and technical host broadcasting services that set the global industry standard. NEP is based in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA and has offices throughout the United States and United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.nepinc.com.

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Visual Unity Global and Clouds Media Bring vuMobile™ to Africa

Leading OTT solutions provider Visual Unity Global is expanding its vuMobile™ platform into Africa after signing a new partnership agreement with Tanzanian media conglomerate Clouds Media.

Designed to rapidly mobilize mobile businesses and empower partners and resellers, the vuMobile™ platform will be white labelled, allowing subscribers to create mobile optimised websites in a fast and effective way, under the Clouds Media brand.

In a country where nearly 80% of all internet access is carried out via a mobile phone, this partnership between Visual Unity Global and Clouds Media will bring significant benefits to the local business community. Thanks to the vuMobile™ platform, local companies will now have access to mobile optimized websites offering a highly intuitive and user friendly experience.

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity Global, says: “By collaborating with Clouds Media we are helping to rapidly grow our web services for mobile devices in the Tanzanian market. Together with Mobile Money, vuMobile™ will complement the m-commerce offering of local SMBs.”

Using vuMobile™, businesses in Tanzania will have access to the latest website building technologies such as HTML 5/CSS 3 and Responsive Design. Moreover the platform also enables an m-commerce presence robust media streaming capabilities and QR codes.

Joseph Kusaga, Managing Director at Clouds Media, says: “This partnership with Visual Unity will allow us to bring the most relevant and latest technologies to Tanzania, so that we can better serve our clients.”

Gabriel Dusil, Chief Marketing and Corporate Strategy officer at Visual Unity Global, adds: “In Tanzania, as in many parts of Africa, a company’s mobile presence plays a critical role in establishing new revenue streams. vuMobile™ helps businesses to generate new subscribers, retain existing customers, and stand out from competitors.”

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About Visual Unity Global

Visual Unity Global is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content over the internet. Our clients can measure, analyse and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMediaTM is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Munich, Nairobi and Los Angeles. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com, info@visualunity.com

About Clouds Media Group

Clouds Media Group is a privately owned media house based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Clouds Media Group excels at entertaining and deepening community engagement, integrating new media technologies to meet evolving lifestyles, and leveraging resources to build vibrant and informed communities. Now celebrating its 15th year, Clouds Media Group has an impeccable track record for excellence in execution of radio campaigns and broadcasting performance. Comprised of 4 dynamic broadcast stations, East & Central Africa’s largest event production firm as well as a 40 Channel DTT network on the Island of Zanzibar, all of which are leaders in their specific categories fuel the Clouds Media Group powerhouse. This dynamic assortment of formidable companies allows advertisers to achieve maximum value by enabling them to reach their core demographic on multiple platforms all within one media house. Clouds Media Group stands as a beacon of fair business ethics, openness, transparency, and value; and is one of the highest awarded media houses in Tanzania. Clouds Media Group recently was named the #2 Mid-Company in Tanzania in 2012 by Superbra.

Alcorn McBride Appoints Loren Barrows as Director of Business Development

Loren Barrows has been named Director of Business Development at Alcorn McBride, which is renowned for its show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry and an array of other applications.

Barrows, who was already part of the business development group, will join the leadership team in charting the direction for the company championing internal and external customer service. She will also engage in business strategy and planning and partner with the sales force to pave the way for continued growth.

Barrows moves into the top business development role following the departure of Jeremy Scheinberg, who has launched the venture, www.herecomestrobo.com. The father of young children, Scheinberg is creating innovative and fun programs focusing on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum. Scheinberg’s start-up features a storytelling plush robot “Trobo” and companion Apple iPad and Android adventures.

“Jeremy has been a key member of the Alcorn McBride team since 1996, and we will miss him. At the same time, he’s also a good friend, and we are all excited to see him follow his dream. We hope to see Trobo on everyone’s holiday gift list next year!” says Alcorn McBride’s CEO, Steve Alcorn.

“For nearly five years Loren has been a near-magical force here,” Alcorn continues. “Whether developing new customer relationships or organizing fun and creative activities for the Alcorn McBride family, Loren is indispensible. As her duties expand in her new role, I’m excited to hear the fresh insights and enthusiasm she brings to every project.”

Barrows is well prepared to take on her new position. “I’ve enjoyed working with Jeremy and learned so much from him,” she says. “I hope to build on his successes and grow our core product lines while keeping focus on our biggest strength – delivering above bar service and support experiences that will shock our customers.”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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DK-Technologies Appoints Maser As Its UK Distributor

Audio and video metering specialist DK-Technologies has appointed the Maser Group as its distribution partner in the UK, with responsibility for handling its entire product range.

Established in 1983, the Maser Group is a multinational company with offices in Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom, Maser Group supplies communications solutions, products and systems to a large number of market segments including Broadcast, Audio/Video, Fixed/HFC Networks, Industrial, Mobile/Wireless Networks, Public Security & Safety and Defence. Maser Communications (UK) Ltd, located on the south coast is one of the major cable, connectivity and solution distributors to the Broadcast and AV industries.

By adding DK-Technologies to its UK distribution roster, Maser can now offer its customers high quality, Award-winning metering and monitoring solutions.

Graeme Lewis, General Manager of Maser Communications UK, says: “I have been a fan of DK’s products ever since the company captivated the audio industry with the introduction of the world’s first surround sound metering system. Now, as DK-Technologies and with the addition of the video products, I am very happy to finally become a distributor for this unique and innovative company. The introduction of the PT0800 Audio and Waveform monitor and the DK T7 continues the pedigree of the MSD meters and makes this a particularly exciting time to represent DK’s innovative products.”


DK-Technologies has been developing high end audio and video monitoring and metering products for more than 20 years and is renowned for the extreme accuracy and quality of its products. In recent years it has led the market in Loudness metering technology, particularly in portable and affordable solutions such as those exemplified by the DK Meter family – a range of audio and loudness metering products that have been exceptionally well received by broadcasters and post production facilities around the world.

Uffe Kjems Hansen, Product Marketing Director at DK-Technologies, adds: “We are excited about the cooperation with Maser Communications. Maser has tremendous insight and experience in the broadcast industry on both audio and video applications. We see a strong synergy between our product portfolio and Masers access to the UK market and expect that this combination will continue our growth and presence in the UK broadcast industry.”

For more information about DK-Technologies products in the UK, please contact Graeme Lewis at Maser Communications UK. Tel: 01329 236000. Email: graeme@masercomms.co.uk Alternatively please visit www.dk-technologies.com

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

Jünger Audio Celebrates Sales Success In China

As China celebrates the start of a New Year, dynamics specialist Jünger Audio is also marking an important event – the culmination of its most successful sales year in the country.

“Since opening a dedicated regional office in Beijing in 2010, we have seen our Chinese sales grow year on year,” says Jünger Audio CEO Peter Pörs. “However, 2013 was successful with sales exceeding our expectations. We shipped a wide range of audio processors which were delivered to a number of different Chinese broadcasters. 44 D*AP4 LM Digital Audio Processors went to GZTV, therefore our success was especially noticeable in the Guang Dong region where all three provincial and city TV stations are now using Jünger Audio products to control broadcast loudness.”

Pörs adds that Jünger Audio’s achievements in China are down to two key factors – having a permanent base in the country, which inspires customer confidence, and offering a range of high quality products that are renowned for their ability to deliver uncompromised audio loudness management.

“Our Beijing office is headed by Jian Gao, a Chinese national who understood both the business climate and our own industry,” he says. “Jian’s broadcast and pro audio experience, combined with her local knowledge, make a huge difference to how we are perceived by our Chinese customers. Having a local presence reassures our customers as they know they will be properly supported after they buy.”

Jünger Audio’s D*AP4 LM series has proved particularly popular in China because it gives users the processing quality and features offered by Jünger Audio’s flagship T*AP Television Audio Processors, but in a smaller 4 or 2 channel system. Incorporating Jünger Audio’s unique LEVEL MAGIC™ algorithm, the unit focuses on automatic and adaptive loudness management compliant with all current broadcast audio loudness recommendations including ITU.1770 Standards (revisions 1, 2 and 3) as well as recommended practices ATSC A/85 (2011/2013), ARIB TR-B32, Free TV OP-59, Portaria 354 and EBU R128.

Recent customers in China have included Guang Zhou TV, which has investing in 44 D*AP4 LM processors, making this one of the largest single orders to PRC in the company’s history. As the TV station of Guang Zhou city, GZTV is determined to ensure that its viewers receive the highest quality audio and it is therefore installing Jünger Audio’s loudness control throughout its playout chain and advertising servers.

Another prestigious Jünger Audio customer is Nan Fang TV Station, the second provincial terrestrial and satellite TV station in Guang Dong province. Nan Fang TV is now using D*AP4 LM processors and J*AM loudness logging software to control and monitor loudness quality on all eight of its TV channels.

In the same region, Guang Dong TV Station in Guang Zhou city has invested in 12 D*AP4 LM processors and six T*AP Television Audio Processors as part of a station upgrade to HD. These units have been installed on GDTV’s three HD channels and six SD channels, all of which will go on-air once the station completes its system upgrades.

Finally, major satellite TV station ShenZhen TV, based in Shen Zhen city, has recently started using Jünger Audio D*AP4 and J*AM loudness logging software to monitor and log its program loudness.

“Chinese broadcasters are now well aware of the importance of loudness control and are choosing Jünger Audio’s products to achieve it because they meet China’s demands for technical sophistication and audio quality,” Jian Gao says. “In recent months, Jünger Audio’s loudness control and Surround production tools have been used on some highly prestigious broadcasts – for example Shanghai Media Group’s Season One finale of The Chinese Idol, which was broadcast in August 2013; all Guang Dong TV’s New Year’s Eve concerts since 2012 and ZITV’s Voice of China, including the Season 2 Finale in 2013 where Jünger Audio’s M*AP processor was used as the Dolby surround signal monitor control. That broadcast also featured two T*AP units, which were used for Dolby E encoding from ZITV’s HD OB Van where they performed beautifully.”

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.junger-audio.com

Trevor Horn’s Band to Perform Live at MPG Awards 2014


Renowned producer, musician and songwriter Trevor Horn has revealed his plans to perform live at next month’s Music Producers Guild Awards in London – and that he will be joined on stage by some ‘special guests’.

Horn, who is attending the event to receive the Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award, will perform as part of the supergroup Producers, the band he established in 2006 with former 10CC musician Lol Crème, award-winning engineer and producer Stephen Lipson and drummer Ash Soan. This exciting collection of extraordinarily highly regarded producers and artists have scored over 200 hit singles and albums, including their own debut album Made in Basing Street, which was released in 2012.

Music Producers Guild Chairman Steve Levine says: “A live performance by Producers is quite a coup for the MPG and we’re really thrilled that guests attending our 2014 Awards ceremony will have the opportunity to witness this unique performance. The MPG Awards are always a popular event on the music industry calendar because they are such a joyful celebration of the UK’s recording talent, but when you get the chance to see a supergroup play live as well, you just know it’s going to be a brilliant night.”

The MPG is presenting Trevor Horn with the PPL-sponsored Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award in recognition of a remarkable career that has spanned more than three decades. The award he will receive from the MPG acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution over a long period of time to the success of the UK music recording industry.

Described variously as ‘unashamedly an exhibitionist’, an ‘architect of sound’ and a producer whose work is linked by a common theme of excellence, Horn has been responsible for numerous hits for artists such as ABC, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones and Robbie Williams. He first achieved success as an artist with The Buggles, Yes and Art of Noise, but eventually turned to production and song writing where he established a reputation for pushing the boundaries of music production. During the early 1980s he set up Sarm Studios in London and also ZTT Records and music publishing company Perfect Songs.

Trevor Horn will be presented with his award at the MPG’s 2014 Awards Ceremony, which takes place on February 13th at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London. Tickets for the event are available by emailing event organiser, Joe Edwards. Email: joe@ilikethesoundofthat.com

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About Music Producers Guild (UK):
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk or www.mpgawards.com

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