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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
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(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
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(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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Digital Vision Heads To AMIA 2014 Annual Conference

Digital VisionLos Angeles, CA/London, UK – Digital Vision will be on hand for the Association of Moving Archivists Annual Conference, which kicks off today in Savannah, Georgia. One of the most important events in the restoration and preservation community, AMIA’s Annual Conference provides an opportunity for a diverse array of professionals and companies to participate in an intensive learning forum for audio visual preservation and access. The Conference takes place from October 8 to October 11, 2014.

At the Conference, Digital Vision will be participating in the AMIA Vendor Café, two full days of access to experts who are on hand to answer questions, consult and spend time with Conference attendees. Digital Vision’s Phoenix restoration software will be on display, and the new enhanced DVO DeFlicker and DVOReGrain tools will be showcased in the U.S. for the first time. Also on display will be the THOR 4K, a hardware accelerator designed for running the most demanding algorithms in real-time or faster.

Digital Vision is able to offer a complete workflow from film scanning to restoration and archiving. The company’s Golden Eye 4 archive scanner incorporates new features and enhancements including universal optics, and can scan any film size from 8mm to 70mm without changing the optics. In addition, Digital Vision’s Bifrost Archive Bridge is a unique scalable solution, suitable for archives of any size. It comprises various workflow components that can be utilized either as a complete end-to-end solution or integrated into existing infrastructures depending on individual requirements.

Digital Vision has been able to transition its business across both the broadcast and archive worlds due to its heritage and continued development of its technology in motion compensated standards conversion, automation, media management and monitoring.

To book a demo or meeting at the Vendor Café or meet during the Conference, please contact Patrick Morgan patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se or visit www.digitalvision.tv

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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, 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.se

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The 24th Annual Conference of the Association of Moving Image Archivists Opens Wednesday

Featuring Ian Mackaye, The Reel Thing, Screenings, and Dozens of Expert-Led Sessions
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Savannah, GA – The 24th Annual Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference begins Wednesday in Savannah, Georgia, bringing leaders and practitioners together in the number one event for the archiving, preservation, and content communities. This year’s Conference presents an extensive schedule to attendees, which is available at www.amiaconference.com. The Annual Conference runs from October 8th, to October 11th, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah.

Over the course of four days, more than 50 sessions, section meetings, screenings, and workshops will be available to attendees. Keynotes and the daily plenaries feature speakers who will present a big picture perspective as well as opportunities to follow up those offerings with specific, technical, and targeted sessions. The Conference includes experts from the leading institutions around the world, including Library of Congress, Universidad de la República, HBO, Sony Pictures, WGBH, Indiana University, MOMA, and EYE Film Institute, as well as Iron Mountain, Deluxe, FotoKem, Kodak and other leading companies in the field. There will also be demos and vendors on hand during the Conference to showcase crucial technological developments.

At the end of the week, AMIA is offering a public screening for the Savannah community. Open free to families all over Savannah, the Lucas Theatre will screen Peter Pan at 3pm on Saturday, October 11th. The film will be introduced by a Disney preservationist.

A brief highlight of the extensive session lineup includes:

Ian MacKaye, Keynote
Currently the front man of The Evens and formerly of the influential punk bands Minor Threat and Fugazi, MacKaye is also founder of the Dischord Records music label and the mastermind behind the Fugazi Live Series project. The Fugazi Live Series is in the process of digitizing and publishing over 800 of the band’s nearly 20 years of shows performed and recorded internationally. MacKaye is a sought after speaker bringing a unique perspective and appreciation on archival practice and managing collections.

Curated Streams of Programs
The conference will offer a curated stream of programming each day. Topics include Global Exchange, Film in Transition, and Open Source Digital Preservation and Access. The streams will feature invited speakers from around the world.

Preserving Eyes on the Prize
Regarded as the definitive work on the Civil Rights Movement. There are more than 75 hours of additional, invaluable resources available for scholars, teachers, students, and filmmakers alike through its Eyes on the Prize Preservation Project.

Play It Again: Creating a Playable History of Australasian Digital Games from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
The ‘Play It Again’ project is collaboration between cultural and academic institutions to preserve the largely unknown histories of 1980s game development in Australia and New Zealand.

Bing Crosby’s Dictaphone: Recovering the Lost Voice
In 1945, Bing Crosby acquired a piece of cutting edge technology, the Dictabelt,
two years before it was publicly available. For over twenty years, he spent hours every day recording letters and more, generating thousands of recordings.

Film, Feet and the Photochemical: The Next Three Years
As Motion Picture labs are shutting with regularity; existing labs that intend to continue photochemical preservation are purchasing equipment. The panel will address the challenges and future of film based preservation.

Surveillance and Security in the Archive: Managing Sensitive Multimedia Collections
In an increasingly technologically dependent world where access to information is a click away, society faces a growing reliance on digital tools and infrastructure that are easily surveilled, produce seemingly limitless records and data, and require security precautions to maintain basic privacy.

Juliette Gordon Low and the Girl Scouts
Savannah is the birthplace of both Girl Scouts and the organization’s founder Juliette
Gordon Low. Screening and panel discussion, that offers an inside glimpse.

Global Exchange Screening: Pan Si Dong
Pan Si Dong was regarded as lost until 2011 when a copy was found in the vaults of
The Norwegian National Library. The news about the find made headlines all over China. It is regarded as one of the most important films in the history of Chinese cinema.

During the Conference, AMIA will recognize important significant contributions to the field. This year’s Award recipients are:

* The Silver Light Award: Robert J. Heiber
* The O’Farrell Volunteer Award: Rick Utley
* The Alan Stark Award: Grover Crisp and Michael Friend for The Reel Thing
* AMIA Spotlight: Pam Wintle

AMIA, a non-profit international association, is dedicated to the preservation and use of the moving image. To that end, the organization sponsors a number of events and tools to its community in cities around the US. In October, AMIA will present the Digital Projection Workshop, in collaboration with The Alamo Draft House in Austin Texas. The Workshop is the first of a series of training seminars for film projectionists, to keep an important skill in place for film-based venues.

For information about the Conference or any AMIA activity, please call +1.323.463.1500, or visit amianet.org.

ABOUT AMIA
AMIA is a nonprofit international association dedicated to the preservation and use of moving image media. AMIA supports public and professional education and fosters cooperation and communication among the individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, preservation, description, exhibition, and use of moving image materials.

The annual AMIA Conference is the largest gathering of motion picture and recorded sound archivists and interested professionals. More than 550 annual attendees include members and colleagues from the world’s major media, library, university, military and other institutions.

The AMIA annual conference provides an opportunity for colleagues and those interested in the field to meet, share information and work together. For newcomers to this vibrant, dynamic and committed community, networking with other AMIA members and industry professionals is invaluable for professional development. AMIA conference registration includes participation in all regular sessions and screenings and some special events.

For more information about AMIA, events and membership, go to www.AMIAnet.org.

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Vitec Videocom Acquires Autocue Group Ltd

Bury St Edmunds, UK: October 7, 2014 – Following approval from the Competition & Markets Authority, Vitec Videocom, a division of the Vitec Group plc, has completed the acquisition of Autocue. This deal forms part of the company’s ongoing strategic program to bring a broader range of solutions to its customers.

"We reached a conditional agreement to acquire Autocue in April and now that the Competition & Markets Authority has cleared the deal, we can move forward with integration," said Matt Danilowicz, CEO, Vitec Videocom.

"Our top priority is ensuring that it remains business as usual for all our Autocue and Autoscript customers, while continuing to invest in the business and maintain high levels of service and product quality," Danilowicz added. "Richard Satchell, the current CEO of Autocue, will be joining the team at Vitec Videocom and we look forward to him working with us to make this transition."

The acquisition will help to ensure that both Autocue and Vitec Videocom customers have access to the broadest range of teleprompting technologies and solutions in the market that address the entire spectrum of requirements across all applications in terms of size and functionality.

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The Hollywood Post Alliance Opens Ticket Sales for the 2014 HPA Awards Gala

Must-Attend Industry Event Shines Spotlight on Post Production
2014 HPA Awards
(Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) has announced that ticket sales are now open for the 9th Annual HPA Awards Show, set for November 6th, 2014. The HPA Awards are the standard bearer for excellence and innovation in the industry, honoring outstanding accomplishments in post production and recognition to the creative achievements of individuals and companies. The gala event returns to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.

The HPA honors twelve craft categories including Color Grading, Editing, Sound, and Visual Effects for feature film, television and commercials, and a trio of special awards: Engineering Excellence, the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Winners of the Engineering Excellence and Creativity and Innovation Awards were announced earlier (http://bit.ly/ZxgmVj).

The popular and engaging event brings out the entire post production community. An evening of camaraderie and recognition, the HPA Awards kicks off with a wine and cheese reception, followed by the 90-minute awards show. The evening ends with a cocktail party. Early ticket purchase is highly recommended as the show perennially sells out.

Tickets for the 9th Annual HPA Awards are now available at http://bit.ly/1vBzixD. 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 +1 (310) 882.9204.

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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.

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The HPA Announces 2014 Winners of Engineering Excellence Awards and HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation

MACOM, NVIDIA, Wohler/Cinnafilm for Engineering Excellence, ASC-CDL, DigitalFilm Tree Garner Honors for Creativity and Innovation

2014 HPA Awards

(Los Angeles, CA) – The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) has announced recipients of the organization’s 2014 Engineering Excellence Award and the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production. These awards were developed to recognize the technical excellence and creative innovation that continually drive the post production industry in the advancement and support of content creation. The coveted honors will be bestowed on November 6th, 2014 during the ninth annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The Engineering Excellence Award spotlights companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity and apply it to real world post production demands while raising the profile of breakthrough technologies.

The winners of the 2014 HPA Engineering Excellence Awards are:

MACOM: 12G-SDI Chipset
12G-SDI is the next data rate in the evolution of SDI, and MACOM has introduced the industry’s first complete chipset to enable next-generation 4K video production applications. Our newest family of SDI equalizers, reclockers and cable drivers supports 4K video resolutions at 60 frames per second over a single link and complements our industry-leading crosspoint switch portfolio.

“The MACOM team is honored to accept an Engineering Excellence Award from the Hollywood Post Alliance,” said Hasnain Bajwa, Senior Vice President and General Manager, High-Performance Analog at MACOM. “We are encouraged to be recognized for our technical achievement by such an esteemed panel of industry insiders and thankful for the contributions of our customers, partners and supporters as we help to enable the migration to 12G-SDI for the next generation of broadcast video equipment.”

NVIDIA: NVIDIA VCA
Accelerate design and VFX workflows with NVIDIA(r) Visual Computing Appliance (VCA), the fastest way to interactive photorealistic digital 3D models and scenes. This network-attached appliance easily integrates into the design workflow and scales to multiple VCAs, each decreasing the time to noiseless, physically based global illumination.

“The Hollywood Post Alliance’s recognition of NVIDIA VCA is validation of how our GPU rendering appliance is changing the way filmmakers, artists and animators work. NVIDIA VCA removes the need to wait hours for rendered movies and allows artists to interact and edit their photo-real digital models in real time, dramatically accelerating the review and approval process,” said Jeff Brown, vice president and general manager of Professional Visualization and Design at NVIDIA.

Wohler/Cinnafilm Joint Venture: Tachyon Wormhole
Tachyon Wormhole is a file-based Retiming and Standards Transcoding solution which leverages commodity enterprise hardware to deliver content based on time or standards requirements. Fully automated with audio pitch correction and caption retiming, Tachyon Wormhole processes two files faster than real time, simultaneously, on a single small footprint server.

Ernie Sanchez, COO, Cinnafilm, Inc. commented, “Because it is peer-based, few awards invoke the same sense of pride as the HPA Engineering Excellence award. We are truly honored to be recognized a second time by the HPA for our achievements, and we are thrilled that we earned it through intelligent partnering with the team at Wohler.”

The HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow and process to support creative storytelling and/or technical innovation. A jury of peers and industry experts determines the HPA Judges Award winners.

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)
The ASC CDL helps maintain and communicate creative intent, from production, dailies, post, VFX, editorial, in a multi-facility, multi-vendor environment. The ASC CDL enables creatives to set the look of a shot via system-independent primary color corrections communicated as metadata from on-set through dailies and post. Developed by the ASC Technology Committee – a broad group of industry members working to benefit the industry – the ASC CDL is freely available, saving time and money, improving the artistic result and audience experience in the vast majority of motion pictures, TV shows, and VFX.

David Reisner, D-Cinema Consulting commented, “We are honored to be recognized by our colleagues at the HPA. The ASC CDL was developed to help all participants in the production and post pipeline most effectively produce the best result and deliver the creative vision of filmmakers to audiences. The ASC CDL could only have been created by filmmakers, the post community, and vendors’ active collaboration.”

DigitalFilm Tree: Cloud Post Workflow Initiative (ProStack)
ProStack enables instantly accessible, widely deployable post production. ProStack packs the capacity and bandwidth needed to manage the entire post process- high-end color correction, VFX and DI workflows- into a scalable solution. Flexible design and implementation incorporates the best tools for every job, connecting all users via cloud storage. ProStack, in conjunction with Critique, integrates the entire spectrum of file-based workflows into one hub, while simultaneously embracing the evolving role of production and the post facility.

Guillaume Aubuchon, DigitalFilm Tree CTO commented, “We have been focused on developing a system that is truly cloud based and easily useable for our clients, an OpenStack environment with secure and instantaneous access. It is an honor to be recognized by the HPA for our work on ProStack, and we are honored to receive our second C&I Award.”

Leon Silverman, President of the HPA commented, “The HPA Awards have become an important acknowledgement and celebration of creativity in content, technology and workflow innovation. This year’s awards for Engineering Excellence and Creativity and Innovation in Post Production represent significant and foundational new approaches. The HPA is proud to be able to recognize these outstanding achievements.”

Tickets for the HPA Awards will be available in late September. They can be purchased online at www.hpaawards.net, by calling the HPA at +1(213) 614.0860 or by writing info@hpaawards.net. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Post Alliance can be found at www.hpaonline.com.

For information about the HPA Awards or general HPA information, 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 +1 (310) 882.9204.

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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.

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.

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Vinten and Vizrt Bring Ryder Cup to Life

Bury St Edmunds, UKVinten®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, has supplied a Vinten encoded pan and tilt head to Sky Sports for use in studio during the upcoming Ryder Cup.

The Vinten Vision 250E features a box that can supply positional and lens data for the virtual reality (VR) processing software and will be used in studio by presenters to showcase the golfers and statistics in a virtual environment during the tournament.

Ryder Cup Insitu Visual Option 3The VR graphics element is provided by Vizrt - an expert in the supply of real-time 3D graphics, studio automation, sports analysis and asset management tools for the broadcast industry - with the data from the VR processing box streamed to the 3D rendering engines.

"Sky Sports has already proved its skill in using our virtual reality software for its IBC award-winning Monday Night Football program," says Rex Jenkins, MD for Vizrt UK. "Sky Sports is now going a step further by taking VR and AR on the road for a flagship OB event. Vinten VR tracking heads have shown themselves to be solid and reliable for many indoor and outdoor sports events, and integrate well with Vizrt's graphics system."

"The Vision 250E is ideal for use in virtual applications as it provides the performance and accuracy required of a manually operated pan and tilt head combined with optical encoders to provide precise real-time digital electronic positioning of pan and tilt," says Mark Osborn, director of business development, EMEA and Asia, Vinten. "Combined with the VR processing box, the encoded head provides a greater level of versatility and functionality to any studio environment."

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