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2015 HPA Tech Retreat(r) Announces Power-Packed Schedule

Preeminent Technology Event Features All-Star Lineup of Industry Leaders
HPA Tech Retreat
(Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) (HPA) has unveiled the schedule for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat(r). A who’s who of engineering, technology, creativity and strategic business will gather in the desert to discuss the trends and technologies of the future, while tackling head-on the pressing issues of the present. Over the past 21 years, the HPA Tech Retreat has unveiled many industry-shaping technologies and processes to a vanguard audience of those involved in the creation, management, delivery and curation of all forms of content. The event takes place at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, near Palm Springs, CA, from February 9th to the 13th, 2015.

The Tech Retreat is designed to offer attendees the opportunity to access a wide range of in-depth information, enabling an informed view of future industry trajectories. Aimed at the many stakeholders involved in all aspects of production, broadcast, post production, distribution and the related endeavors for media and entertainment, the program schedule facilitates an environment conducive to the exchange of knowledge and information. In lively conference sessions, the programmed topics will take the Tech Retreat audience from the finest details to the edge of the horizon and beyond. Over the course of the week, more than 25 sessions will speak to participants across the content eco system.

Mark Schubin, the long-time maestro of the HPA Tech Retreat programming, noted, “The Tech Retreat program is built from topics that are of great interest to the technical and creative communities, and they largely derive from submissions. This year, we had more submissions than ever before, and the breadth and scope of what we received was truly impressive.”

For a full 2015 HPA Tech Retreat schedule, click HERE.

2015 HPA Tech Retreat Schedule Highlights:

Monday, February 9th
Preregistration opens on Monday, February 9th. Physics, Optics, and Electronics of Image Sensors is a pre retreat course offered by Charles Poynton.

Tuesday, February 10th
The day-long HPA Supersession kicks off the Tech Retreat with Shift Happens: Not Your Father’s Post, led by Leon Silverman with Michael Cioni. Even as some stability returns, fundamental changes continue in the creation, finishing and distribution of content. The Supersession takes a thoughtful look at these changes and ultimately offers insight about how to be prepared for them.
After the Supersession, the Demo Room opens its doors with a cocktail reception.

Wednesday, February 11th
The highly anticipated annual Broadcasters Panel returns on Wednesday as well as sessions including a CES Review; A Year in Review from Mark Schubin, From Smartphones to Cinema; Extended Color Gamuts; Contemplating the Expanding Canvas with Bill Bennett, ASC alongside other leading cinematographers; and the Future of Cinema, and many others.

Thursday, February 12th
Sessions focused on topics as diverse as Maintaining Creative Intent; The Cloud Demystified; Role of non-Linear Coding of the Television Image from NHK Science and Technology Research Laboratories; IP or not IP; and Drones for Dummies are among the many offerings in a day filled with panels and presentations.

Friday, February 13th
As the week draws to a close, compelling presentations continue with Lightfield Capture and Post Update with Siegfried Foessel; Enhancing the Creative Palette While Preserving Intent from Camera to Consumer; the SMPTE Update; and more. The day closes up with a post-HPA Tech Retreat session, How The Great Depression Led to Cloud Computing.

Leon Silverman, President of the HPA, noted, “The Tech Retreat is not just a conference where the latest, greatest, most important, and interesting technology and topics are displayed, presented, discussed, debated and sometimes even refuted – it is the closest thing to adult geek summer camp (held in the Palm Springs winter) that one can imagine. Come for the topics, stay for the people who can change your life. For the past 21 years, the Tech Retreat has truly been a place to meet the movers and the shakers right before they make their moves.”

In addition to sessions and demos, the Tech Retreat features sunrise past sundown activities that include Breakfast Roundtables with compelling topics as well as numerous opportunities for networking, discussion, and socializing at sponsored meals and receptions. The event has a history of selling out, and timely registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat is highly recommended. For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hpaonline.com, call 213.614.0860 or email Eileen Kramer at ekramer@hpaonline.com.

Sponsors of the HPA Tech Retreat include: Avid, Dolby, Quantuum, Sohonet and Spectra.

About the HPA Tech Retreat (r)
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post production, film, television, video, broadcast and related technology areas, for the exchange of information. The 2015 HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 9 to 13, in Indian Wells, California.

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. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

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Vitec Group Acquires SmallHD

Company Brings Quality Field Monitors To Vitec Product line-up

LONDON (December 11, 2014) – The Vitec Group today announced that it has acquired SmallHD, the North Carolina company known for its high-quality, high-definition, on-camera field monitors used by videographers, cinematographers, camera assistants and other creative professionals across the filmmaking world. SmallHD will be incorporated into the Vitec Group’s Videocom division, complementing its existing brands.

SmallHD pioneered the design and manufacture of rugged, future-proofed field monitors based on the company’s experience in production, collaborations with other filmmakers, and from extensive customer feedback. SmallHD’s association with the Vitec Group will enable it to bring a new range of innovative monitors to customers.

SmallHD DP7_PRO_Color_Grading

“With the rapid increase of independent filmmakers and videographers, the need for quality, high-performing, end-to-end solutions has never been stronger,” said Vitec Videocom CEO Matt Danilowicz. “There is definite synergy between SmallHD and Vitec Videocom, especially given that their pioneering drive matches our own. The acquisition enables us to offer another set of professional and innovative solutions for the production workflow, and takes us a step closer to fully addressing the needs of this expanding and exciting market.”

SmallHD was officially founded in 2009 by Wes Phillips and Dale Backus. The pair, along with a group of friends, had been creating spots for local businesses and entered the Doritos-sponsored Crash The Super Bowl contest with a spot entitled Live the Flavor. The resulting notoriety from winning brought national work in for the team. The demand to complete increasingly higher-calibre work made the SmallHD creatives and production crew aware of a need for better tools. Rather than buying off-the-shelf solutions, they were inspired to create them, specifically field monitors. The DP6 field monitor, their first mainstream product, not only met their own high standards but was immediately sought after by other filmmakers. When SmallHD won an unprecedented second Doritos Crash The Super Bowl challenge in 2010, the company used the winnings to develop its product line and expand manufacturing operations.

“We are looking forward to joining the Vitec Group of companies,” said Wes Phillips, founder and CEO of SmallHD. “It’s exciting for SmallHD to be included among the great brands that they represent. We have aspirations to continue to build outstanding monitors, and Vitec not only encourages that entrepreneurial spirit but offers the support and expertise we need to move forward.”

SmallHD joins the Vitec Videocom line-up of brands that serves its users in broadcast, cinematography and professional content creation. Other Vitec Videocom brands include Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Autocue, Camera Corps, Bexel, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Teradek, The Camera Store, Vinten and Vinten Radamec.

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Management Team Purchases Digital Vision

Kelvin Bolah, Digital Vision

Kelvin Bolah, Digital Vision

London, UK – Digital Vision, the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries, has been acquired by its management team consisting of Kelvin Bolah, Greg Holland and Claes Westerlund. The acquisition from Swedish company Image Systems, for 6.1 Million SEK, will preserve the heritage of the 26 year old company and provide significant funding for future investment in R&D.

Bolah will become CEO, while Holland takes the role of Worldwide Vice President of Sales and Claes Westerlund becomes Worldwide Vice President of Operations. As part of the acquisition the entire Digital Vision team will remain with the new company, as will all of the company’s offices in London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York and Sweden.

Bolah said, “Digital Vision’s staff, customers and partners were of the utmost importance in this acquisition and our main reason for the management buy-out. Having worked with them for many years and seeing their passion, expertise and the amazing projects they produce, we knew we had to keep the Digital Vision brand alive. With the investment that the company now has we will be able to accelerate the R&D and engineering to deliver our award-winning products in a timely fashion to a global customer base.”

Digital Vision’s current product range includes:

* The Golden Eye 4 archive scanner which incorporates many new features and enhancements including universal optics – a single lens, motor driven, multi-axis optical system for precision image sizing, position and focus. Users can scan at HD to 4K any film size from 8mm to 70mm without changing the optics, gate or sensor.
* The Bifrost Archive Bridge, a unique scalable solution, suitable for archives of any size, comprising various workflow components that can be utilised either as a complete end-to-end solution or integrated into existing infrastructures depending on individual requirements.
* The Nucoda colour grading suite, which combines a creative colour toolset, Precision and Tangent panel support and access to the DVO suite of enhancement tools, allowing users to easily create complex looks and visual styles.
* Phoenix, the world’s premier film restoration software, designed to produce great results fast with less manual intervention. Phoenix features award-winning DVO restoration tools.
* Thor hardware designed for real time 4K image processing.

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About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, and Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners, Thor, and the Bifrost Archive Bridge solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognised highest quality in scanning, film digitisation, preservation and archiving and 4K real time image processing. For more information, visit www.digitalvision.se

All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:
Patrick Morgan | patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7734 8282 | Mobile +44 (0) 7917674711

Digital Vision PR Contacts:
EMEA/APAC
Dawn Bochenski, Bubble & Squeak | dawn@bubblesqueak.co.uk | Tel: +44 (0)7887 627764

USA
Chris Purse, Ignite | chris@ignite.bz | Tel: +1 818 980 3473

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AMIA’s DAS Comes to New York in 2015

Experts Discuss the Management of Media Assets from Creation to Preservation
DAS Logo
(LOS ANGELES, CA) – AMIA has announced the preliminary lineup for its popular Digital Asset Symposium (DAS). DAS will be held on May 8, 2015 at The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.

“DAS is a unique international event that brings together an unparalleled cross-section of domain experts in a pragmatic, engaging and educational format to discuss the most current challenges and breakthroughs in managing digital assets today. I am extremely excited about witnessing the cross-pollination and convergence of ideas that will emerge from the amazing lineup of speakers and presentations we pulled together for this DAS,” said Chris Lacinak, the DAS New York program chair.

This is the second time AMIA has partnered with MoMA on the DAS event. With one of the strongest international film collections in the United States, MoMA is committed to the preservation of its media collection.

The preliminary lineup includes case studies from WWE Network, the Belgium Ministry of Culture, the HyperTED project, MoMA and John Hopkins University.

AMIA Board Member Tom Regal notes, “The DAS focus on case studies and discussion from content managers across a broad range of interests is distinct. The hosting of this event and the participation of MoMA, an institution that has led the charge in establishing best practice for preservation of museum based digital artworks is an outstanding opportunity.”

Registration for DAS will open December 3rd at www.DAS2015.org. For further information, visit www.DAS2015.org.

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ABOUT DAS
DAS addresses the full life cycle of the media asset – from content creation to rights management to assuring asset preservation – with speakers and case studies that address what works in the real world. Each part of the life cycle impacts the next and DAS is the only place where everyone is part of the conversation – content creators, post-production, systems designers, archives, asset managers – where commercial meets nonprofit and corporate meets public.

ABOUT AMIA
As the world’s largest international association of professional media archivists, AMIA is uniquely poised to bring together a broad range of experts. Members represent film studios, corporate and national archives, historical societies, labs, post production, universities, footage libraries and more. Because of this diverse membership, AMIA provides an opportunity to interact with every facet of the field and a single forum to address the best ways to preserve our media assets.

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Robin Melhuish Joins Digital Vision as Sales Manager for the Americas

Experienced Global Executive Joins Growing Team in Los Angeles and New York

Digital Vision
(London, UK/Los Angeles, CA) – Digital Vision has announced that seasoned sales and operations executive Robin Melhuish has joined the company as Sales Director, Americas. He will be based in Digital Vision’s Los Angeles office, responsible for working with restoration, post production and broadcast clients in the Americas.

Robin Melhuish, Sales Manager, Americas

Robin Melhuish, Sales Manager, Americas

Prior to Digital Vision, Melhuish worked in a number of key positions at SAN Solutions, Wohler Technologies, Reliance MediaWorks, and Lowry Digital. His career has taken him to postings in Europe, Africa and India, as well as the US. After graduating from Oxford University (UK), he began his career as a cinematographer, working on a number of major studio projects as well as television and independent films.

“Robin brings a breadth of experience to our customers and our operations that is unique,” noted President Kelvin Bolah. “He has been an integral part of key companies in the industry, including Reliance MediaWorks and Lowry Digital, where he has worked closely on important technologies in critical markets. It goes without saying that his training as a cinematographer is a crucial advantage when working with our clients’ images.”

Melhuish’s experiences also include the successful set-up of one of the world’s largest digital film restoration facilities in Mumbai, India, and working with emerging storage technologies. Melhuish joins Brian Beard, in the Los Angeles office. Beard joined Digital Vision in 2013. Janet Tsang continues to lead Field Engineering efforts out of the New York office of Digital Vision.

Bolah concluded, “As we prepare to unveil a number of new products and some very exciting technologies over the next few months, we are pleased to have built a strong global team. We are all excited to continue our growth in the US, and I’m pleased to have Robin join the great team already in place.”

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Linköping in Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners and the Bifrost Archive Bridge solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognised highest quality in scanning, film digitisation, preservation and archiving.

In April 2011, Digital Vision acquired Image Systems and is now a division of the Image Systems group of companies.

For more information, visit www.digitalvision.tv. All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:
Patrick Morgan | patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7734 8282 | Mobile: +44 (0) 7917674711 | Office: +1 818-769-8111

Digital Vision PR Contacts:
USA
Christine Purse, Ignite Strategic Communications | chris@ignite.bz | Tel: +1 818 980 3473 | Mobile: +1 323.806.9696

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2014 Hollywood Post Alliance Award Winners Announced

Hollywood Post Alliance Gala Shines Brightly as Leaders and Innovators in Post Production are Recognized
2014 HPA Awards
(Los Angeles, CA) – On November 6th, honors and accolades were bestowed during the 9th Annual HPA Awards. The Awards recognize individuals and companies for outstanding contributions made in helping to create features, television programs, commercials and entertainment enjoyed around the world. Honors were bestowed in craft categories as well as awards in three special categories; Engineering Excellence, the HPA Judges Awards for Creativity and Innovation, and two Lifetime Achievement Awards. The gala took place at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, in front of an engaged audience of industry insiders and luminaries.

The winners of the 2014 HPA Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading – Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film

“Gravity”
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

“Reign – Pilot”
David Cole // Modern VideoFilm

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial

Doosan “Heavy Industries”
Siggy Ferstl // Company 3

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film

“Captain Phillips”
Christopher Rouse, ACE

Outstanding Editing – Television

“Breaking Bad – Felina”
Skip Macdonald, ACE

Outstanding Editing – Commercial

Nissan Juke “Trigger”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

“Gravity”
Glenn Freemantle // Sound 24
Skip Lievsay // Warner Bros. Sound
Christopher Benstead and Niv Adiri // Warner Bros. De Lane Lea

Outstanding Sound – Television

“Toy Story OF TERROR!”
Axel Geddes // Pixar Animation Studios
Tom Myers, Gary Summers, Michael Silvers and Dustin Cawood // Skywalker Sound

Outstanding Sound – Commercial

Honda Europe “Inner Beauty”
Anthony Moore and Tom Joyce // Factory

Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist,
Keith Miller and Paul Story // Weta Digital

Outstanding Visual Effects – Television

“Game of Thrones – The Children”
Joe Bauer // Fire and Blood Productions
Sven Martin // Pixomondo
Jörn Grosshans // Mackevision
Thomas Schelesny // Scanline VFX
Matthew Rouleau // Rodeo FX

Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial

GE “Childlike Imagination”
Benjamin Walsh, Dominik Bauch and Brian Burke // Method Studios

The HPA Lifetime Achievement Awards:

Alan Heim, ACE and Randy Roberts, ACE were individually honored for their outstanding careers in editing.

The 2014 HPA Engineering Excellence Awards

MACOM: 12G-SDI Chipset
NVIDIA: NVIDIA VCA
Wohler/Cinnafilm Joint Venture: Tachyon Wormhole

The 2014 winners of the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production are:

American Society of Cinematographers: Color Decision List (ASC CDL)
DigitalFilm Tree: Cloud Post Workflow Initiative (ProStack)

For further information about the Hollywood Post Alliance, contact: 213.614.0860, or visit http://hollywoodpostalliance.org/.

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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. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

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. The HPA is a partner of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)). Information about the HPA Awards is available at ww.hpaonline.com. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members: Avid and Dolby Laboratories and Supporting Sponsors: Chainsaw, The Hollywood Reporter, Jump!, MESA, Stephen Arnold Music and VER.
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Bexel Supports a New Season of the Best in Reality TV

From “Chopped” to “The Apprentice,” Company Provides Services for a Host of Non-Scripted Shows
Bexel
(BURBANK, Calif.) – As the Fall television season rolls out, a wide array of reality programming is being supported by Bexel, a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions. Bexel can be found behind the scenes on a veritable who’s who of non-scripted programming, including Chopped and The Apprentice, providing them with the equipment, state-of-art systems, and engineering support needed to meet the highest broadcast standards.

The span of Bexel’s services in reality television covers the entire gamut the genre has to offer. From competitions like American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Hell’s Kitchen, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Utopia; to the real world exploits of Beyond Scared Straight, Black Ink Crew, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Orange County, Vanderpump Rules, Watch What Happens: Live, and White Girl Problems; to sports-based shows including The Big Break, Deadliest Catch: The Bait, and Hard Knocks, Bexel contributes expertise, support, and solutions to some of television’s most entertaining shows.

Bexel provides a variety of premier technology solutions to these shows, including complete ENG camera packages with wireless monitoring, full ENG audio packages with multi-track recording, Cat-5 monitoring for offstage production offices, fiber booth kits, flypack systems, director/DP monitoring solutions, and much more. The company’s services also incorporate on-site design and installation, overall project management of the technical production, customized communication systems, and frequency coordination and consultation.

Chopped, which will soon begin airing its 22nd season, has been working with Bexel from day one. The popular cooking competition works with a 12 ENG camera flypack from Bexel, utilizing 10 Panasonic AJ-HDX900s cameras and two Panasonic AK-HC1500G robotics systems. The show is provided with CopperHead and SMPTE fiber cable, as well as Bexel’s custom camera harness, to make the ENG cameras work as needed in a studio application.

“From season one, we’ve worked with the great team at Chopped to build a camera package specific to their needs,” says Ernesto de la Torre, business development manager for Bexel. “To be cost effective, they need a very versatile system. With their 12 cameras, they have the flexibility to do what they need in the fast-paced Chopped Kitchen, while still being able to go ENG, which they do for the contestant bio packages. We’re also able to support their Steadicam Operator, who uses a Teradek Bolt Pro system. It allows him to record onboard with the Bolt, and transmit his signal to the control room integrating it into the full production process.”

Bexel also provides hands-on engineering support, delivered in a way that is uniquely integrated with the production. Timothy Quinn, a system engineer for Bexel, serves as the Engineer in Charge on Chopped. In that role, Quinn oversees the technical engineering aspects of the entire production. “Tim is an integral part of the show, and he’s truly considered to be a member of the Chopped crew after all these years,” notes de la Torre. “We also provide a Video Operator who’s charged with making sure all the cameras are matched when the show is being produced, which helps manage time and budgets during the editing process. Bexel’s commitment to our clients is exemplified by Tim and the complete services and support we’re proud to provide for Chopped.”

“Bexel’s support has been invaluable on Chopped,” comments Notional’s Loe Fahie, Line Producer for Chopped. “As an equipment and services provider, they’ve been with us every step of the way. Even when we moved studios a few seasons ago, everything went seamlessly. The team at Bexel knows our production requirements and anticipates our technical needs, which helps keep our production on schedule. I love this team. Ernesto and Tim act as if our show is their show as well. Bexel is part of the Chopped family!”

Bexel has also enjoyed a longstanding relationship with The Apprentice franchise. The popular series, featuring Donald Trump, will soon begin airing its 14th season (The Celebrity Apprentice 7), and Bexel has been in “the boardroom” from the very beginning. Each season the company sends a team of engineers to execute and oversee the entire installation in The Apprentice’s Trump Tower studios. For the upcoming season, the production is utilizing 24 cameras from Bexel, including 18 Sony PDW-F800s cameras and 60 channels of wireless audio from Sennheiser and Lectrosonics.

“From the very start, versatility was key for this production,” notes Gregory Bragg, vice president of Global Sales for Bexel. “Their field crews are able to use the 18 ENG cameras to shoot the contestants in ‘reality situations’ and set up mini-fly packs with six to ten cameras to cover a ‘task delivery’ in the field. Then all of those cameras are able to come in when they shoot the boardroom material. They get tied into Bexel’s control room facilities and become part of the studio flypack as well. The Apprentice franchise is the reason we originally developed our custom harness system. The only cost effective solution for them was to allow the flexibility of an ENG camera into a flypack situation, and our harness has continued to serve us well on many other shows.”

Bexel has served as a resource to production companies from the initial days of reality television. “Since the dawn of the early MTV shows in the mid-1990′s, including Road Rules and many others, Bexel has been at the forefront of support for reality television,” concludes Bragg. “As the genre has evolved, so have the services and solutions that we offer. The depth of our reach into the reality market is really unmatched. Whether it’s a small two to three camera production, a 24 camera mega-show, the 90 robotics involved in Hell’s Kitchen, or the massive infrastructure of Utopia, Bexel covers the entire range.”

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 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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Registration for the 21st HPA Tech Retreat Now Open

The Bellwether Entertainment Technology Event Returns to Indian Wells
HPA Tech Retreat

(Los Angeles, CA) Today at the SMPTE Symposium, produced by the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA(r), registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat officially opened. For the 21st consecutive year, a veritable who’s who of engineering, technology, creativity and strategic business leaders will gather in the desert to discuss the trends and technologies of the future, while tackling head-on the issues of the present. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, near Palm Springs, CA, from February 9th to the 13th, 2015.

The HPA’s preeminent event enjoys a global reach, bringing together the thought leaders and senior practitioners driving the rapidly advancing entertainment technology landscape. The HPA Tech Retreat has consistently proven to be a crucial gathering where technological developments in production, post production and broadcast are unveiled, discussed and debated. During the Tech Retreat, attendees from the media and entertainment industries are uniquely able to share time and ideas with academics from around the world, scientists, and experts in technology from various disciplines. The environment is one of discovery and exploration.

Mark Schubin, who has led the programming for the HPA Tech Retreat for many years, notes, “Each year, we receive submissions from all over the world – about six times more than we can possibly use – and, based on what I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be hard to choose. So many new technologies have been introduced at the Retreat over the years that it’s tough to count them all.”

Over the course of its history, the HPA Tech Retreat has seen a number of breakthrough products and processes previewed in advance of their actual debuts. Surround headphones, full-color full-motion holograms, Sony’s HDCAM SR, SR Memory, targeted-ad production and distribution systems, Panasonic’s Varicam and stereoscopic cameras, Dolby’s high-dynamic-range video monitors, Pencil-beam microphones, and OLED monitors to name just a few of the many “firsts” to be unveiled at the Tech Retreat.

Leon Silverman, President of HPA, notes, “The Tech Retreat is the place you go to see history before it’s made, and to move and shake with the movers and shakers across the technology community. The subjects are always topical, but the real value of this event is the ability to share ideas and challenges, to understand from those who really know and get inspired. While I take away so much from this event each year in program content, an equally important take away comes from mingling with this amazing group – the teachers who teach the teachers. If you have not been to the Tech Retreat, you owe it to yourself to make a pilgrimage to the desert. If you have been, you know exactly what I’m talking about.”

Breakfast roundtables are also a popular part of every HPA Tech Retreat. Schubin comments, “Participants begin hashing out the future of media at the lively breakfast roundtables. Among the topics already confirmed for the 2015 event are net neutrality, content security, workflow complications, and a review of the legislative and regulatory environment.”

The HPA Tech Retreat is a not to be missed opportunity for industry professionals. The five day, multifaceted event includes dynamic conference sessions, a curated Demo Room with leading-edge technologies, networking events, and parties. The session schedule and programming information will be announced soon.

Earlier this year, SMPTE and HPA became official partners, moving forward with plans for full organizational consolidation by May 2015. Today’s Symposium is the first jointly produced HPA/ SMPTE event, an auspicious time to open registration for the HPA Tech Retreat.

The event has a history of selling out, and timely registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat is recommended. Registration at Early Bird rates is now available, REGISTER. For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hpaonline.com, call the HPA office at (213) 614-0860, or email Eileen Kramer at ekramer@hpaonline.com.

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About the HPA Tech Retreat
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post production, film, television, video, broadcast and related technology areas, for the exchange of information. The 2015 HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 9 to 13, in Indian Wells, California.

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. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

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Hollywood Post Alliance to Honor Alan Heim, ACE, and Randy Roberts, ACE, with Lifetime Achievement Awards

2014 HPA AwardsOrganization Will Recognize the Careers and Contributions of Influential Editors

(Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) (HPA) has announced that Alan Heim, ACE, and Randy Roberts, ACE, will each receive one of the organization’s highest honors, the Lifetime Achievement Award. The special awards, which are determined by the HPA Board of Directors and a select committee, are presented to honorees whose contributions to the field of post production are significant. Heim and Roberts will be on hand to accept their awards at the 9th Annual HPA Awards Show on November 6, 2014, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Leon Silverman, President of the HPA, said, “The bonds between editors and other members of the post production community are amongst the most binding. It is an honor to celebrate the work of these two wonderful men with this award, which is given in recognition of their creativity, dedication and service to our industry. Alan and Randy have both served as President of American Cinema Editors, bringing awareness and respect to the role of editorial during this exciting time of industry transition. In addition, they have made important contributions to the art and craft of editing through their hard work and dedication. It is a personal and professional honor to be able to recognize them with this award. I have been honored to have worked with both Randy and Alan in our professional roles as well as in the HPA’s collaboration with ACE for many years. I could not be more delighted to give these two men this award, which means so much to me personally and to the HPA.”

Alan Heim, ACE

Alan Heim, ACE


Alan Heim, ACE
HPA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Alan Heim, ACE is a native New Yorker whose credits and awards span feature films and television. Early in his career, he worked on many television shows as a sound editor, eventually working with Sidney Lumet on a number of films including The Pawnbroker and The Group, and with Mel Brooks on the original version of The Producers. He also worked as a music editor on Paul Newman’s Rachel, Rachel. He then became a picture editor and edited The Sea Gull for Lumet, The Twelve Chairs with Brooks, and many other projects, including Godspell, She’s Having a Baby and Funny Farm. Heim was nominated for an Emmy(r) for Liza With a Z, directed by Bob Fosse. That was the beginning of a collaboration that spanned three films: Lenny, All That Jazz and Star 80. Heim won an Oscar(r), BAFTA, and ACE Eddie Award for All That Jazz. He also edited Network for Lumet, for which he was again nominated for an Oscar. Heim moved to Los Angles in 1994, where he worked on American History X, The Notebook and Alpha Dog. In addition, Heim won an Emmy for editing the miniseries Holocaust, and was nominated for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, and Grey Gardens. He is currently President of both ACE and the Motion Picture Editors Guild.

Heim commented, “I learned to edit on the Moviola, then the Kem and Steenbeck and other venerable mechanical systems and have spent some years meeting with many of the people who have advanced the technologies that impact the editing room. We are all in service to telling great stories. I have been privileged to be a part of my community – MPEG and ACE – and that work continues to be very important to me. To be honored with this award from my peers in the post production community is extremely meaningful, and the recognition of my colleagues is deeply appreciated.”

Randy Roberts, ACE

Randy Roberts, ACE

Randy Roberts, ACE
Honoree Randy Roberts, ACE, has served the American Cinema Editors tirelessly for nearly two decades; as a member of the board of directors since 1996, as vice president from 2005-2008, as president from 2008-2012, and currently as the organization’s director of marketing. Roberts is one of the originators of EditFest, a global series of editing festivals that highlight the art and business of film editing. He helped to implement ACE Tech Day to help ensure that the organization’s membership remain at the top of their field in technology. Born into the entertainment industry in Burbank, California, Roberts began his career in front of the camera with a number of roles in movies, TV shows and commercials during his youth. Eventually, he worked his way into the Film Editing Department at Warner Bros. and an apprenticeship with the union. His first feature film editing credit was on Richard Pryor’s Greased Lightning, followed by projects with Francis Ford Coppola (One from the Heart), Robert Evans (Players), David E. Kelley and Dick Wolf, to name just a few. In addition to his motion picture and television editing credits, which include Chicago Hope, LA Law, The Agency and Tour of Duty, Roberts’ career has also included directing a number of episodes of network television, but his first love remained the cutting room. He spent the last decade working as supervising producer on the long-running hit series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. He is an ACE Eddie Award winner and nominee, a Primetime Emmy Award nominee, and the recipient of the American Cinema Editors’ Heritage Award.

Of being honored, Roberts said, “My career in this industry is an incredibly important part of my life, coaxing stories into life, working with some of the greatest people I have ever known. I have enjoyed the collaboration and participation of so many people and companies in the post production community, and it has consistently been a great partnership. To receive this award from my friends at the HPA is heartwarming and means the world to me. I am personally grateful, but also want to say thank you for recognizing the incredibly important role of editors in our industry.”

In addition to the Lifetime Achievement honors, winners in 12 craft categories, special awards for Creativity and Innovation, and the Engineering Excellence Award will be bestowed at the HPA Awards gala on November 6th.

Tickets for the 9th Annual HPA Awards are now available (TICKETS). For questions regarding ticket purchases call +1(213) 614.0860 or write to info@hpaawards.net. Press inquiries should be directed to Christine Purse or Mimi Rossi at ignite, 818.980.3473 or email mimi@ignite.bz.

For information about the HPA Awards, please contact Alicia Rock, arock@hpaonline.com or call +1(213) 614.0860. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 HPA Awards, please contact Garrett Randall, garrett@MESAlliance.org, or call +1 (310) 882.9204.

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. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

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. The HPA is a partner of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)). Information about the HPA Awards is available at ww.hpaonline.com. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members: Avid and Dolby Laboratories and Supporting Sponsors: The Hollywood Reporter and MESA.

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HPA Announces Power-Packed Line Up for SMPTE 2014 Symposium, “Making Do With More”

SMPTE 2014 Pre-Conference Event Explores the Impact of Image and Sound Advancements for Content Creators
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(Los Angeles, CA/White Plains, NY) – The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) will for the first time, host the SMPTE(r) Symposium, “Making Do With More,” in advance of the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition. The day-long event is set for Monday, October 20, 2014, at Hollywood’s historic El Capitan Theatre. The event brings together top technology experts and leading filmmakers to explore the impact of enriched image and sound technologies for today’s content creators.

As the changing techniques and workflows in production and post meet an equally evolving environment in distribution and audience options, the HPA plays an invaluable role in helping to make sense of an increasingly complex and evolving content ecosystem. The SMPTE 2014 Symposium will include creative sessions with renowned filmmakers, cinematographers, visual effects artists, sound specialists, and colorists providing an in-depth discussion on the challenges they face and the expansive opportunities now open to them with new tools to support their vision.

Leon Silverman, President of the HPA, noted, “The Symposium is HPA’s ‘coming out party’ for our partnership with SMPTE and in typical HPA fashion, we hope to provide a forum for these important industry discussions. Technology, filmmaker options and consumer choices are driving us to learn how the Hollywood professional community can better understand how to evolve our current workflows to meet the demands and characteristics of next generation content and delivery platforms. These sessions demonstrate the value of HPA working together with SMPTE to create a powerful forum to drive greater awareness, industry knowledge and understanding.

The SMPTE 2014 Symposium lineup includes:

“How Come You Always Want More” – Leon Silverman, HPA President
An inquisitive look at the burning questions facing the entertainment community: What is happening? What is driving it? What role does consumer electronics play? What part do content creators play, and where do filmmakers fit in?
“So Tell Me More About More” – Mark Schubin, The Schubin Café

An insightful overview of the technical considerations required to get a clear understanding of topics including resolution, contrast, color, frame rate, screen brightness and immersive sound.

“What We Want to Do With More” – Creative Session
Participants to include: Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter; Chris deFaria, Executive Vice President, Warner Bros.; Laura Jans-Fazio, Senior Colorist; Joe Kosinski, Director (Oblivion and Tron: Legacy); Steven Poster, ASC, President ICG; Steven J. Scott, Senior Colorist.

A real world discussion about what is missing from today’s workflow and what content creators need from the HPA/SMPTE community. Filmmakers, along with leading industry executives and artists, share their views on new tools, techniques, and what still might be missing.

“Filmmakers Preview: Emma” – Creative Session
Participants to include: Howard Lukk, Director; Daryn Okada, ASC
An exclusive preview of one of the first films made with enhanced dynamic range, color, and resolution in mind. The film’s director, Howard Lukk, and cinematographer, Daryn Okada, bring a unique perspective to discussion of this groundbreaking project.

“Listen Up – Immersive Sound” – Creative Session
Participants to include: Moderator, Sara Duran-Singer, Post Executive/ Supervisor Dennis Baxter, Sound Designer; David E. Fluhr, Re-Recording Mixer, Disney Digital Studio Services; Hanne Stenzel, Sound Engineer and Tonmeister, Fraunhofer IIS; Ben Wilkins, Supervising Sound Editor, Technicolor.

Active sound professionals discuss the creative options available to them today and the challenges associated with the proliferation of audio deliverables. With the need for elements in 2.0, 5.1, 7.1, Atmos, Auro and IMAX for both the theater and the home, sound design and mixing need to take a creative approach to accommodate modern realities.

“Bringing It HOME – the Future of MORE Delivery” – Creative Session
Participants to include: Jerry Pierce Technologist, Mitch Singer President, DECE Ultraviolet and Pete Putman, President, ROAM Consulting

What does the future of home entertainment look like? The panel will discuss Blu-ray, Cable, OTT, OTA, and more in an insightful look at how the next generation consumer experience will be delivered.

The SMPTE 2014 Symposium is among the first joint efforts by SMPTE and HPA as they move forward with plans for full organizational consolidation by May 2015. In addition to an illuminating day of panels and presentations, the SMPTE 2014 Symposium will provide an opportunity for networking with representatives from leading companies while exploring the latest technologies. Technology demos and experts will be hand during the Symposium. Session breaks will also facilitate networking and further engagement with speakers and other industry experts.

For tickets or further information on the SMPTE 2014 Symposium, please visit www.smpte.org/smpte2014/symposium.

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About The SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition
Taking place October 20-23, 2014, at the Lowe’s Hollywood at Hollywood & Highland, SMPTE 2014 is the premier annual event for motion-imaging and media technology, production, operations, and the allied arts and sciences. Beyond the SMPTE 2014 Symposium, other highlight events of the week include the SMPTE 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony on the evening of Oct. 23. A detailed event schedule for SMPTE 2014 is available online at www.smpte2014.org.

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. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)
The Oscar(r) and Emmy(r) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

The Society is sustained by more than 6,000 members – motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students – who meet in Sections throughout the world. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA), this membership is complemented by 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. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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