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Digital Vision to Demonstrate at HPA Tech Retreat

Thor and New 4K Tools in the Spotlight at the Tech Retreat Demo Room
Digital Vision
(Indian Wells, CA) – Digital Vision will be front and center at the HPA Tech Retreat this week, having been selected to participate in the event’s meticulously curated demonstration area. The Tech Retreat Demo Room showcases innovative companies that have been chosen to exhibit their products and technologies for the HPA’s audience of industry thought leaders. This is the 21st year for the Tech Retreat, seen as one of the most influential conferences serving the entertainment and media technology communities.

Digital Vision excels in providing the best image processing technology available to the broadcast, film and post production industries. To address the need for higher resolution formats, as many program providers are now requiring 4K deliverables, Digital Vision created THOR, a hardware accelerator designed to enhance their applications and process images in real time or faster.

Thor is offered as a part of the Nucoda and Phoenix ecosystems but also functions independently across multiple platforms, making the toolset available to broadcasters in a file-based or video environment, such as live broadcast applications. Initially available with Thor Clarity, other tools including Thor Zoom and Thor Sharpen will be available to users soon.

Digital Vision continues to transition its business across the broadcast, film and archive worlds owing to its rich heritage and its continued development of technology in motion compensated standards conversion, automation, media management and monitoring. From The Golden Eye 4 archive scanner (8mm to 70mm) through the Nucoda and Phoenix toolsets to Thor, Digital Vision supports varied infrastructures depending on individual requirements.

Patrick Morgan, Product Marketing Manager, said, “We are looking forward to participating in the HPA Tech Retreat. It is a very unique event where we get to show our work to the best and brightest minds in the business. We’re incredibly proud of Thor, and we are excited to demonstrate it for the HPA audience.”

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 Stockholm. 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.

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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2015 HPA Tech Retreat(r) Unveils Expanded Session Schedule

Power-Packed Lineup at Preeminent Technology Event Focuses Beyond the Horizon

Indian Wells, CA – The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) (HPA) has announced the final schedule for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat(r), February 9th to 13th, 2015 in Indian Wells, CA. The Tech Retreat is a relaxed yet focused gathering where engineering, technology and strategic business leaders join top creative talent to explore and debate the most compelling topics facing the media and entertainment industry today. The event offers four solidly scheduled days of sessions, demonstrations and events, and delivers a forward looking perspective on an industry continuing its dynamic and rapid transformation of how content is created, finished, distributed and arrived.

For 20 years, the Tech Retreat has proven to be a bellwether event where groundbreaking ideas are born and industry-changing technologies unveiled. From drones and UHD, the cloud and cyber security, to maintaining creative intent while exploring the next iteration of broadcast standards – if it’s being thought about, it will be discussed, debated, and perhaps even refuted at the Tech Retreat. More than 45 sessions, 75 early morning thought provoking breakfast roundtables and over 100 speakers make up the conference program. In addition, 30 new technologies are slated to debut in the event’s curated Demo Room, and the schedule is crafted to offer time for exploration and interaction.

Leon Silverman, President of the HPA, noted, “As we enter our 21st year, the Tech Retreat continues to be one of those events you can’t afford to miss. The mix of topics, technology and top industry minds makes this event a yearly check-in with industry gurus and deep thinkers that seem to gather at the HPA every year in the desert. Making the pilgrimage to the HPA Tech Retreat seems to provide so many of us with a check on the pulse of the entire industry.”

Speakers and Sessions

For the complete 2015 HPA Tech Retreat schedule and speakers’ bios, click HERE. There are over 45 sessions presented during the course of the Retreat (Please note the final schedule is subject to change.)

Highlights of the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat include:

  • The HPA Supersession – A full day of sessions focused on a shifting industry. Just when we thought we had mastered the transition to the “digital age,” we’re seeing new and fundamental shifts.
  • Keynote – Not Your Father’s Post
  • Cyber and Content Security: Time for a Strategy Change
  • Sensory Stimulation
  • Next Generation of Cinema: New Technologies and Techniques: What they Mean for Filmmakers
  • Understanding the New Acquisition
  • From Snowflakes to Standards: Maintaining Creative Intent in Evolutionary Times
  • Drones for Dummies
  • The Annual Broadcasters Update
  • Personalized and Immersive Sound
  • DDP and IMF
  • The Cloud Demystified
  • Utilizing Fingerprinting Technology for Shot Matching
  • Enhancing the Creative Palette
  • Automatic Content Recognition
  • Among nearly 100 All Star speakers, the Lineup Includes:

  • Wendy Aylsworth, Warner Bros.
  • Bill Bennett, ASC
  • Stephen Beres, HBO
  • Sara-Duran Singer, Netflix
  • John Fithian, National Association of Theater Owners
  • Barbara Lange, SMPTE
  • Carolina Lavatelli, Internet of Trust
  • Pete Ludé, Real D
  • Theresa Miller, Lionsgate
  • Loren Nielsen, Entertainment Technology Consultants
  • Daryn Okada, ASC
  • Vikram Phatak, NSS Labs
  • Bob Seidel, CBS
  • Skip Pizzi, NAB
  • Andy Shenkler, Sony DADC New Media Solutions
  • Leon Silverman, HPA
  • Masayuki Sugawara, NHK
  • Larry Thorpe, Canon
  • Mario Vecchi, PBS
  • Erik Weaver, Entertainment Technology Center at USC
  • Silverman commented, “It’s our 21st year, and the lineup is more inspiring and informative than ever. We don’t go to the Tech Retreat with the answers, we go with the questions, and that’s by design. And you always leave feeling as though you’ve been engaged and informed, even though you may leave with different questions! It’s not a sales event, it not a typical conference, it’s not a trade show, and it’s not a scholarly event. But, it’s personal and thought provoking, and all of the most interesting people are there; especially the ones you have never met. There’s simply nothing else like it.”

    Throughout the Tech Retreat, new technologies are explored and demonstrated in sessions and in the Demo Room. This year, dozens of new technologies will appear, in keeping with the event’s history of unveiling important technological advancements – advanced cameras, holographic imagery, 3D, to name a few. Another first this year, Christie’s new laser projection solution will be utilized during the Tech Retreat Sessions.

    Registration for the HPA Tech Retreat is strongly recommended. The Tech Retreat is a limited attendance event and seating is approaching capacity and expected to sell out. It is still possible to register, but pre-conference registration closes Monday, February 2, 2014, after which time only onsite registrations will be accepted, and those registrations are space-permitting. Full-conference as well as one-day registrations are available. Registration includes conference sessions, breakfast roundtables, lunch, demo room, and social events.

    For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, http://hollywoodpostalliance.org/, call 213.614.0860 or email Eileen Kramer at ekramer@hpaonline.com. For press registration, please contact ignite strategic communications, chris@ignite.bz, 818.980.3473.

    Sponsors of the HPA Tech Retreat include Aspera, Avid, Black Magic Design, Christie Digital, Dolby, Fuji, Oracle, Quantum, Sohonet, Sony, Spectra Logic.

    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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    Sachtler launches Premium Bags range

    (Eching, Germany) – Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec group company, has announced the launch of its new range of Premium Bags, in line with the phase out of the group’s Petrol Bags brand.

    The new Sachtler Premium Bags will see 37 of the 47 existing bags transition over to the brand to complement Sachtler’s wider product range. The product line will enhance the tradition of creating the ultimate protection in the premium video bag market place for professional gear, with the reassurance of the exceptional quality associated with the Sachtler brand.

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    James Wilson, product manager, Sachtler Bags says: “We have simplified the product range to ensure it meets all of the key needs of the industry – whether it is for the camera, lighting, audio or camera support equipment. The new Sachtler Video Bags will take the DNA of Petrol Bags and combine it with those attributes that have become synonymous with the Sachtler brand, fast, high quality and robust durability.

    “There will be very few changes to the bags themselves, reflecting the quality of the existing products. The design, features and functions remain the same and any changes will be minor, and mainly cosmetic, to incorporate the Sachtler logo, a new interior design and other minor enhancements such as improved zippers and comfort fit straps.”

    The 37 key products that form the new range will include carrying solutions of premium shoulder, backpack and trolley bags for video, film and broadcast applications. The products will all be manufactured and produced by the existing independent supplier – who has had a strong working relationship with the Vitec Group brand for the past 15 years.

    Wilson continues: “Sachtler’s renowned camera support products are consistently delivering the ultimate performance for operators around the globe, from our award-winning artemis stabiliser systems, to our innovative tripods and the recently released Ace Accessories range. Regardless of the application, users rely on our products to offer the ultimate in quality and reliability, and that ethos will be carried through to the new range of Sachtler Premium Bags.”

    The new comprehensive range of Sachtler Premium Bags is available via Sachtler and Vitec Videocom’s extensive distribution network.

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    Digital Vision Appoint Sam Florey As Part Of Regional Growth

    Digital Vision(LONDON, UK) – Digital Vision has announced the appointment of Sam Florey as Head of Sales for the Asia Pacific region. Sam will be working closely with Peter Charles and Felipe Muraca and will be responsible for developing and managing channel partners in the region.

    Sam Florey, Digital Vision

    Sam Florey, Digital Vision


    Sam has over 25 years’ experience in distribution and representation for the technology sector. Starting out in Desktop Publishing at the beginning of the rise of the industry Sam was instrumental in establishing Adobe in the UK and throughout the rest of EMEA. Following a key role at Macromedia heading up its OEM sales internationally, Sam moved from the Rich Media and Graphics sector to spend 15 years in big data visualisation at several global consultancies in senior roles.

    Sam relocated from London to India just over a year ago where he ran his own consultancy firm. His location added to his experience make him well positioned to manage the region for Digital Vision.

    Kelvin Bolah, CEO, Digital Vision, said, “Sam’s technical sales expertise is backed up with a strong work ethic. I’m confident he will enhance the sales organisation and have an immediate and positive effect on our APAC business.”

    Sam Florey said, “I am excited to join Digital Vision at this exciting time for the company, and am looking forward to contributing to its continued growth and success.”

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

    Digital Vision Marketing Contact:

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

    Digital Vision PR Contacts:

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

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

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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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    ignite strategic communications
    p: 818.980.3473
    Christine Purse, chris@ignite.bz or
    Mimi Rossi, mimi@ignite.bz

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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.

    Media Contact:
    Chris Purse
    ignite strategic communications
    818.980.3473
    chris@ignite.bz

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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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    Media Contact:
    ignite strategic communications
    p: 818.980.3473
    Christine Purse, chris@ignite.bz or
    Mimi Rossi, mimi@ignite.bz

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