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Bexel Adds Two More to Expanding Roster

BURBANK, April 3, 2013 – Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has brought on two new hires, Paul Kasparian and Lars Osterlind, as company growth continues, and its reach across the broadcast industry expands.

Kasparian joins Bexel as a key account manager, responsible for growing Bexel’s business with enterprise level customers, specifically television networks, major cable program providers and sports venues, all with an eye on developing new business within these vertical markets. Kasparian brings a wealth of valuable experience with him to Bexel after holding senior management roles in broadcast business development at Panasonic Solutions Company, and in digital video at JVC Professional Products Company, among other industry leaders.

Osterlind is a systems engineer in Bexel’s Engineered Systems & Solutions (ESS) division, with more than 30 years of industry experience in engineering and operations for live productions and events, as well as systems design engineering. ESS offers unique end-to-end solutions, including systems integration, fiber and infrastructure support. Prior to joining Bexel, Osterlind served as a broadcast systems engineer for the Harris Corporation.

“We are excited to have Paul and Lars on the Bexel team,” says Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. “They are yet another example of the top-tier talent that makes Bexel the go-to services and solutions company for the broadcast industry. As Bexel expands, we are thoughtful in our approach to growing our team, and strategic in putting the most important people in place to serve our customers and their projects.”

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

About the Vitec Group:
Capture the moment™

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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Ciphertex Debuts Portable, Secure NAS Server at NAB

NAB Booth SL12510



CX-6K-AV 24TB Designed to Meet Needs of Entertainment-Media Industry

(LOS ANGELES,CA) Ciphertex, the global provider of unique hardware-encrypted storage products, will unveil the CX-6K-AV at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 8-11. This new 24TB portable, highly secure NAS server is ideal for backup, disaster recovery and business continuity, file sharing and virtualization, will be showcased at booth #SL12510, along with the company's full line of encrypted digital storage solutions.

"The Ciphertex CX-6K-AV is a compact, lightweight, high-performance server designed for directors, producers, postproduction and archival facilities that need a secure, portable NAS server," says Jerry Kaner, CEO and founder of Los Angeles-based Ciphertex. "More than any other market, media and entertainment demands performance. What is unique about the CX-6K-AV is that our AES 256-bit encryption engine provides the high level of security with no loss of performance. The combination of portability, encryption and high performance are a first in a server for this market."

Ciphertex comes to the media and entertainment space with an uncommon level of experience. The company is the leading provider of secure, portable data storage systems using advanced hardware encryption for the forensics, oil and gas, government and healthcare market. The work in which they are engaged for those sectors demands an incomparable level and depth of security. For the entertainment industry, a natural outgrowth of their historical competencies, Ciphertex has been successfully collaborating with Universal, Sony, Warner Bros. and HBO.

Kaner notes that the Motion Picture Association of America statistics point to piracy costs in the U.S. of $58 billion annually, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that such piracy threatens 19 million American jobs. As digital picture capture dramatically increases across all production, secure digital storage of assets is a primary concern for on-set and near-set digital dailies and postproduction.

The Ciphertex CX-6K-AV server offers lightning fast transfer of video dailies, high bit-rate audio files, 3D renderings and other high-resolution content. It serves as both IP-SAN (iSCSI) and NAS, offering advanced RAID configuration with hot-swap capability. The cost-effective server can store HD video footage and transmit fully encrypted data using AES 256-bt encryption at an incredibly fast 1,000 MB/s over a 10 GbE network.

Ideal for the production ecosystem, the new NAS server is packed with security features to stop all unauthorized data access and prevent data breach even if the hard drives or the device is stolen. The dual OS embedded on the DOM architecture ensure redundancy. If one of the two operating systems fails, the other will boot up and operate normally while repairing the failed system. The dual Gb LAN ports can also be configured for failover, which allows the Ciphertex CX-6K-AV to sustain the failure of one network port and still provide continuous service.

The CX-6K-AV is VMware certified, Citrix XenServer ready, and Windows Hyper-V compliant. With an advanced Intel Core i3-3220, dual-core processor with 3.3 GHz, 2 GB DDR3 memory, it enables fast data transfers directly to any workstation via its 1GbE or 10 GbE interface and connects to external devices over eSATA or USB-3. The server easily accommodates three streams of 1080p24 at 16-bit RGB, three streams of 2K x 1,556p24 at 16-bit RGB or one stream of 4Kp24 (RED) at 10-bit RGB.

"Multiple users, such as teams of editors in different locations, can aggregate two units and have access to the same files for postproduction efficiency, business continuity and asset protection," says Kaner. "Data transfer to 4TB USB-3 also ensures fast movement of assets from location to location."

The Ciphertex CX-6K-AV's small footprint makes it quick and easy to set up and dismantle networks wherever they are required. The portable NAS server units are available with an air-tight, water-tight and shatter-resistant field kit to ensure reliability in all environments.

The CX-6K-AV is expandable with Ciphertex's 20TB CX-Ranger RAID for a total capacity of 44TB of algorithm-encrypted storage. Additional CX-6K-AV units can also be networked together.

For under $5,000 the Ciphertex CX-6K-AV server is expected to ship in late spring 2013.

About Ciphertex
Ciphertex was launched in 2011 and differentiates itself from the rest of the storage industry by securing data with real-time AES-256 encryption/decryption implemented in hardware in an ergonomically- designed, portable direct attached storage system and in software in powerful NAS systems. Ciphertex offers a full line of encrypted digital storage solutions ranging from a 1TB pocket drive to 48TB expandable, rack-mounted network servers.

For more information, visit www.ciphertex.com, or call 877.977.8878.

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Media Contacts:
Ignite strategic communications
818.980.3473
Christine Purse - chris@ignite.bz
Sally Christgau - sally@ignite.bz

Digital Vision Brings Image Technology Innovations to NAB 2013

NAB 2013, Stand SL14518 / Chairman’s Room, Renaissance Hotel




Technology Demonstrations, New Features Unveiled for Colour Grading, Archive, Stereo and Image Processing

(London, UK) Digital Vision will bring its range of image technology solutions to NAB 2013, including the Nucoda 2013 colour grading product line which features many new tools and enhancements, and the latest version of Phoenix restoration software. In addition the company, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, will present the first technology demonstration of Thor, a soon-to-be-released dedicated hardware product for advanced image processing.

Kelvin Bolah, Managing Director, Digital Vision, said, “We’ve been listening to customer feedback and working hard to develop a wide range of new tools and features for our product ranges. In our 25th year we are particularly excited to unveil the first technology demonstrations of Thor, our forthcoming hardware product that can achieve superb quality automated restoration and processing at high speeds.”

Thor will be suitable for video and file-based sources, and will initially be able to process up to four HD video streams in real time, or one stream of 4K in real time, producing high quality images initially using Digital Vision’s DVO tools. Thor can be deployed as multiple cards in a single system and will be able to switch between algorithms on the fly. It is designed to be platform independent.

The Nucoda 2013 product line enhancements include expansion and refinement of the ACES workflow, as well as integration with Cortex Dailies from MTI. This integration allows for complex data to be shared between Nucoda and Cortex, including CDL, LUT and Camera RAW settings. Other new features include an updated DVO Stereo fix tool and updated stereo tools, including two new Warping tools as well as a De-Warper to fix camera lens distortion.

The Phoenix restoration software continues to grow in capability and reputation, with the latest release including tools to fix Chromatic Aberration, Y/C Alignment issues and a Colour Component Align tool. There is also the addition of the 9 point and 4 point warper. Digital Vision will demonstrate the soon-to-be-released DVO De-Warp, a fully automatic system for repairing warped film.

The Golden Eye archive scanner, which forms an element of the Vintage Cloud Archive workflow solution, will also be on show.

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 Vintage Cloud solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognized highest quality in scanning, film digitization, 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

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

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

Xytech Powering Today’s Digital Supply Chain with Innovative Facility Management Solutions

NAB 2013 – Booth # SL2427

(Mission Hills, CA) Xytech, the global leader in facility management software for the broadcast, production, media services and video transmission industries, will be showcasing updates and additions to their industry-leading MediaPulse platform at NAB 2013. Xytech continues to define the marketplace with the most innovative and client-centric products available.

MediaPulse, Xytech’s flagship product, is uniquely positioned to offer out-of-the-box automation for the entire production ecosystem. With more than 150 implementations, the platform enables craft workflow and asset management systems to work seamlessly with planning, scheduling, and financial management tools. All tasks in the workflow chain, from automation to asset scheduling and personnel management, are managed in the product by a modular architecture. Templated and dynamic workflows are driven by Xytech’s unique event orchestration technology, managing all activities in an order and automatically monitoring individual tasks for operational status and financial impact.

Xytech is keenly focused on ongoing product innovation, such as platform independence, keeping clients ahead of the changes they continually face in the dynamic landscape of today’s media and entertainment industries. Major additions and advancements to Xytech’s MediaPulse platform will be on demonstration in Las Vegas, NV, April 8th through the 11th, including:

MediaPulse SKY
PRODUCT PREVIEW
SKY is a platform independent, browser-based, HTML5 compliant new user interface (UI) bringing complete MediaPulse functionality to Xytech users, regardless of whether they are operating on Mac, PC, Mobile, iOS or in the Cloud. By introducing the ability to access MediaPulse on any device, SKY manages facility operations in a way that meets 21st century requirements. SKY delivers custom configured interfaces to all users, dramatically reduces rollout costs, drives real time collaboration across the media enterprise between clients and multiple vendors, and is appropriate for freelancers, clients and the edit suite. The dashboard-enabled module is perfect for the executive suite.

MediaPulse Personnel Rules
PRODUCT PREMIER
Xytech’s new Personnel Rules provides much anticipated functionality and technology for the personnel management tasks of any facility. Payroll rules in labor contracts or European Working Time Directives are easily configured using scripted workflows. Payroll penalties are controlled by issuing warnings and alerts on pre-configured parameters including; limits to the number of hours worked in a given period, a mandated minimum amount of time off between assignments, and considerations regarding scheduling personnel to work on days off or holidays. All functionality is presented in a highly configurable interface that makes order entry, operations management, and financial reconciliation user friendly.

MediaPulse Fuse & Fuse Connect
PRODUCT ADVANCES
Xytech’s Fuse is rolling out important advancements. Fuse is a flexible and robust platform extension that offers the unique ability to interface with other systems across a network or over the cloud; Fuse allows users to cover the entire spectrum of system interfaces in a highly scalable manner. Now an XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) data transformation capability is included in the system, allowing developers and integrators to conditionally pull transformed data from MediaPulse supporting ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) strategies in a simplified and easily supportable model. In addition, Fuse now offers the ability to remotely create orders in any other MediaPulse system through simple configuration. This advanced functionality provides real ROI as it supports modern digital ecosystems where orders are shared amongst several companies.

Greg Dolan, Chief Operating Officer of Xytech, noted, “Our mission commands all of us at Xytech to remain sharply focused on our clients’ need for flexible, scalable solutions to today’s issues. Digital Order, unveiled at last year’s NAB, is now driving essential automated workflows at national broadcasters. This is simply one example of how we build products to solve our clients’ problems. Every year, we look back on our successful products in place in the community, and ahead to those that will help our clients in the future. The products we are announcing at NAB this year are a direct result of ceaseless innovation on behalf of our customers. We never stop the evolution of our products or inventive new solutions. This is why we are the dominant provider of facility management systems.”

Visit Xytech at NAB 2013, Booth # SL2427.

About Xytech
Xytech Systems Corporation(tm) is the leading global provider of facility management software for today’s media and broadcast companies. Leveraging a 25-year history of innovation and market expertise, Xytech brings unparalleled proficiency to its customers with flexible, transparent and evolutionary solutions that set the standard for successfully managing the continuous business realignments that define today’s marketplace. Xytech’s collaborative MediaPulse platform and suite of solutions enable craft workflow and asset management systems to work seamlessly with the company’s renowned planning, scheduling and financial management tools. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world and is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.3478.1450 (UK).

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Media Contact:
Chris Purse, 818.908.3473
ignite strategic communications
chris@ignite.bz or mimi@ignite.bz

Audionamix Brings Cutting-Edge Sound Solutions to NAB

Audionamix, the premier sound separation technology and services company, will present Unmixing Audio with Cutting-Edge Technology at NAB.

In these two 20-minute sessions, free-to-attendees, Audionamix will highlight the role sound plays in revitalizing existing content for future revenue opportunities, and why their ability to isolate and separate audio elements at a high quality has been fundamental in revolutionizing the possibilities for remixing.

Two demos at the 2013 NAB Show take place:
Tuesday, April 9
Pro Audio Pit (Central Hall, C3155)
12:30 p.m.
AND
Wednesday, April 10
HPA Post Pit (South Hall, Lower level, SL15708)
10 a.m.

The company will demonstrate concrete examples of easy workflow integration and answer questions about the possibilities for unlocking the vaults by:
• Separating dialog from a full mix for foreign re-versioning
• Removing and replacing costly music cues from television shows while preserving the dialog and effects in the original mix
• Isolating and separating a singing voice from its orchestration to fuel new creations, or just modulate the levels while synching to commentary.

Based on years of audio science, Audionamix is the industry’s leading audio deconstruction specialists, providing proprietary sound separation technology and services for the film, broadcast and music sectors. Their ability to isolate audio elements and provide stems at a high quality has unleashed the creative power of many sound editors/mixers/designers as well as the assets of content owners to “unmix to re-create.”

Audionamix’s ADX technology essentially reverse engineers mono or stereo audio recordings into tracks for dialogue/vocal/instrument isolation, music dissociation, and instrumental creation, for various applications.

Bexel Contributes Broadcast Solutions and Expertise to Zuckerberg Media;

New Silicon Valley Studio Puts Foothold on Content Creation Outside of Hollywood

(BURBANK, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, collaborated with Zuckerberg Media on the launch of its new 12,000-square-foot production studio in Menlo Park, Calif., which recently began broadcasting original content, both live and streaming.

Zuckerberg Media, founded by CEO Randi Zuckerberg, brought Bexel onboard in the early planning stages to help design and outfit a state-of-the-art media production facility capable of broadcasting live around the world on television and the internet. After identifying the full range of needs for Zuckerberg Media, Bexel constructed plans and made recommendations on the best equipment selections.

“Bexel is at the top of the broadcast solutions game and came highly recommended to Zuckerberg Media,” said Bradley Lautenbach, chief operating officer of Zuckerberg Media. “Bexel was able to work within our very aggressive startup timeline to deliver infrastructure that produces wonderful output-and we are delighted that they will be a partner to Zuckerberg Media as we continue to grow.”

Bexel worked from the ground up with the general contractor and architect to assist in meeting codes, all with an eye on future scalability. Bexel was able to create smart solutions to help Zuckerberg Media achieve their goals for the new studio, which included production solutions “to conquer the world with content.”

“Zuckerberg Media is an innovative, tech-driven entertainment company run by revolutionary thinkers,” notes Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. “It is an incredible opportunity for Bexel to support the vision of Randi and her team with pragmatic tools as well as a strategy for the future. We are enthusiastic fans of what Zuckerberg Media is creating, and we are excited to see what the ‘next generation of media’ brings.”

Approximately 90% of the operational equipment found at Zuckerberg Media was purchased from Bexel. New assets were combined with post-Olympics (2012) gear to design a solution that was customized to the studio’s unique needs and stayed within budget. Top-of-the-line equipment integrated into the studio included products from AJA, ASG Custom Audio Products, Blackmagic Design, Evertz, Sachtler, Sennheiser, TBC, Panasonic, LG and NewTek. Bexel outfitted the production facility with Sony EX3 Cameras, modified with monitors, teleprompters, and a proprietary data transfer system to ensure maximum flexibility and functionality. TSL Audio Monitoring was installed, and studio lights include the new Litepanels Sola 6 and Sola 4 LED Fresnels.

“From the very beginning, this was an honestly collaborative effort with the team at Zuckerberg Media,” said John Root, Western region product sales manager, Bexel TSS. “From the integration of audio and video systems to helping them locate a talented lighting designer, from control room design to engaging in full testing and training, we supported their creation of a world-class facility. It was an intriguing assignment to help launch an environment where the future will unfold.”

To learn more about Bexel, stop by their booth (#C6932) at the NAB Show in Las Vegas April 8- 11, or visit their Web site at www.bexel.com

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

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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Media Contacts:
ignite strategic communications
818.980.3473
Lisa Muldowney: lisa@ignite.bz
Sally Christgau: sally@ignite.bz

Camp Creative Chooses ProMAX Platform for Shared Storage Solution


(SANTA ANA, CA) ProMAX, the innovative provider of turnkey editorial, shared storage, and asset management solutions, has announced that Camp Creative has chosen ProMAX Platform as their shared storage solution. Camp Creative, a marketing and experiential event design agency serving clients in the Bay Area and across the U.S., had Platform installed to meet their creative needs in January of this year, and the server has been running nonstop as the facility’s replacement for its aging SAN (Storage Area Network).

Introduced in November of last year, Platform is a crucial development in the shared storage market that provides a modular approach to the changing needs of users. Modules can be added to the enterprise-class server as building blocks to support growing and changing demands, as required. With Platform, one uniquely flexible server brings together shared storage, asset management, archiving, and transcoding for the first time.

Camp Creative implemented the ProMAX Platform with the 32TB SHARE module, which offers high-speed, expandable online backup and storage. The company’s four edit stations are connected to Platform over 10 gigabit Ethernet, and all assets and footage stored on Platform can be accessed by any edit station, facilitating speed and promoting collaboration. Two other computers are connected to Platform via 1Gb Ethernet, and more ports are available so Camp Creative can add additional computers and laptops with ease.

“We’re a one-stop shop from concept to completion, so the solution we chose had to be flexible enough to accommodate editorial, color correction, audio and motion graphics software, including MAXON CINEMA 4D, Autodesk Maya, Adobe After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop,” says editor-director Adam Planas of Camp Creative. “A number of things made Platform stand out. The system was very comparable to other players in the space, but its price point worked within our budget. ProMAX was also more responsive throughout the process. We felt really comfortable working with them, and it felt like they were answering all of our questions honestly and intelligently.”

Camp Creative took advantage of ProMAX’s unique place in the market, as both a manufacturer and systems integrator, utilizing their problem-solving expertise to craft the right technical solution for them.

“We had a good idea of the amount of storage and connection speeds we needed, but one of our edit stations is older and one is a new laptop with no Ethernet port,” Planas recalls. “We told ProMAX early on about these issues, and they were very responsive and worked with us to find the best way to organize our edit stations around the system. They had a real understanding of how we worked in our agency. It’s one thing to know your product and how it’s built, and another thing to understand the nitty-gritty of how people actually use it.”

Built with the ProMAX modular advantage, Platform currently offers three additional modules to SHARE: TRANSCODE which manages an entire facility’s transcodes in one advanced server; DAM which puts a complete asset management system into facility workflow; and ARCHIVE for direct backup and archive from Platform and automatic scheduled backups.

Camp Creative knows they have the flexibility to expand their storage capacity and scale up with additional Platform modules as their needs require. “We needed an immediate replacement storage solution, so we moved forward with SHARE, but it’s great to know that Platform’s data management and archiving modules are available if we need them,” Planas says.

Jess Hartmann, CEO of ProMAX, comments, “Camp Creative is an outstanding agency and a great group of people to work with. We designed Platform to enable just such a company. The ProMAX modular approach allows them to expand as needed and add multiple functions to their server without buying more hardware.”

Camp Creative counts Cisco, Google, HP, Nissan, Visa and Zynga among its roster of top-tier clients. Planas concludes, “We are a creative agency, so the extra bonus for us was that Platform was also the coolest-looking solution available. It’s an aesthetically pleasing system instead of just a bunch of drives. It has not only been developed well on the software side, but on the hardware side too.”

About ProMAX Systems
With offices in Santa Ana and Burbank, California, ProMAX is the innovative provider of professional media technology solutions, specializing in the development, manufacture and integration of high-end workstations, network servers and storage devices for content creators around the world. The company has been providing expertly devised and supported end-to-end workflow solutions to the media and entertainment, enterprise, house of worship, education, and government sectors since 1994. Acquired by CEO Jess Hartmann in 2008, who is guiding the company’s expanding manufacturing operations and direct-to-end-user offerings, ProMAX remains a reliable resource for building a powerful IT infrastructure that supports the collaborative media production process. For more information, visit www.promax.com and follow ProMAX on Twitter and YouTube.

ProMAX will be at NAB Show in booth SL5324.

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Media Contacts:
ignite strategic communications
818.980.3473
Lisa Muldowney, lisa@ignite.bz
Christine Purse, chris@ignite.bz

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Sohonet Builds New Team of Leading Industry Executives To Support Rapid Global Expansion Plans

Sohonet Scales Up for Significant Growth in 2013 with New Staff, New Territories and a Range of Advanced Services for Digital Content Management

(London, UK) Sohonet, the leading expert in connectivity and data management for the media and entertainment industry, is pleased to announce a raft of new global appointments to support its global expansion program.

Seven key executive personnel have been brought on board to support Sohonet’s rapid expansion into new, global territories and to help develop a range of new services that will ultimately enable media customers to better manage the increasing volumes of digital content they have to deal with.

Sohonet’s recent key hires include a new Director of Product Management, Director of Sales (EMEA), Director of Sales (North America), Director of Global Operations, East Coast Sales Executive, a West Coast Sales Executive and a new CFO.

David Scammell, Sohonet’s CEO, said, “This is going to be a very exciting year for Sohonet and we are delighted to welcome a number of talented new faces to help ramp up our presence and service offerings across the globe. It’s also pleased me immensely to see a good number of the Sohonet staff progress to new roles and to take advantage of the opportunities that have arisen as the company continues to grow. With new, on-the-ground resources in many of our key territories, Sohonet is now geared up to deliver a truly enhanced 24/7 ‘follow-the-sun’ sales and technical support service. Internationally, we are in the process of opening new services in Montreal, Paris and Singapore and as we continue to develop our Sohonet Hub service, we look forward to expanding our Storage solution, a powerful, new tool for flexible, cost-effective, utility-based storage, which will help the broadcast industry address some of its short and long-term storage challenges.”

Sohonet’s first quarter 2013 new hires include the following industry professionals:

Rupert Mussen replaces Clare Wadd, who has taken a role in the charity sector, as Chief Financial Officer. Rupert has extensive experience of working with technology companies and is the perfect candidate to help steer Sohonet through its rapid growth program. Rupert joins Sohonet from VoxGen where he was CFO and Company Secretary. Prior to this, he has spent over ten years at Deloitte’s TMT Group.

Steven Rich will play a pivotal role in the expansion of Sohonet’s US operation as Director of Sales, North America, and has already been instrumental in setting up new sales resources on both the East and West Coasts. Steven has an excellent track record in media and technology sales and has previously worked for Sierra Video Systems and Media.net. Steven ran his own systems integration and workflow consulting company for over seven years and is an expert on digital video hardware, software, encoding and storage system technologies.

Ben Dair takes on an important new role for Sohonet as Director of Product Management. Ben will play a major role in developing and delivering a range of exciting new services for digital media production, distribution and storage that will successfully meet customer requirements both technically and commercially. Ben is a respected thought leader within the film, broadcast and games industries and has a tremendous track record in developing compelling product propositions for the production and post-production sectors.

Rhodri Evans has come on board as Director of Global Operations to ensure the effective delivery of Sohonet’s growth plans. Rhodri has previously held Director of Operations positions for Discovery Communications and Ascent Media and has gained over ten years experience in technical operations from his time at the BBC and Pearsons TV. His experience of managing complex technical operations, managing large expansion projects and delivering exacting service levels to broadcast clients will be a great asset for Sohonet.

Thomas Filloud joins Sohonet as its new Director of Sales, EMEA and will play a pivotal role in expanding Sohonet’s global footprint. As a French native living in London for almost ten years, Thomas brings a unique blend of experience of the London and mainland European markets. Thomas has extensive experience in network engineering and technical pre-sales support and has a strong track record of sales success in organizations such as Dell, Active Storage and Atempo.

Jeff Cohen is a welcome addition to Sohonet’s US Sales team. As Sohonet’s first East Coast Sales Executive, Jeff will be responsible for developing key markets in New York, Toronto, Montreal and other Eastern Seaboard cities. He has a wide and varied technology sales experience within the broadcast and post-production market, including time spent at Sony, Avid, BBC Systems and Masstech Group.

Julian Ramm takes on the role of West Coast Sales Executive to deliver exciting, new services and support for Sohonet’s growing West Coast customer base. Julian brings with him a wealth of experience in technology sales for broadcast and post clients, having previously worked for Sony Broadcast, Panasonic Broadcast, and Avid. Originally from the UK, Julian has spent over 15 years in the USA cultivating contacts on both sides of the pond.

In response to extensive customer feedback, Sohonet has also improved its award-winning File-Runner service to make it easier to connect to both Sohonet Media Network (SMN), as well as off-net (non SMN) users. This will ultimately make FileRunner more in tune with customers’ requirements, especially with regards to accessing, sending and receiving content at home or when working remotely.

Dave Scammell adds, “We look forward to a very exciting year with an ever-increasing focus on delivering value-added services to the Sohonet platform. These new services, in addition to an accelerated focus on geographical expansion will enable new and existing customers to obtain greater value from being a member of our world-renowned Sohonet community, which is going to be bigger and better than ever before.”

For new staff photos and/or an interview with Dave Scammell, please contact Laurena McKenna at Laurena.mckenna@sohonet.com or on T: +44 (0) 7292 6900

About Sohonet
Sohonet is a leading global expert in connectivity and data management services for the media and entertainment industry. Fully independent, with over 15 years media expertise, Sohonet offers a range of connectivity, data management, storage and compute solutions that enable clients to manage store and transfer valuable and critical content quickly, securely and effectively – all backed up by unrivalled technical support. Our Sohonet Media Network is the largest and most established private, high-performance network for the media industry connecting the leading studios, production and post-production facilities across the globe.

Sohonet continues to forge strong partnerships within the broadcast and film industry, supporting organizations such as the British Film Institute (BFI), SIGGRAPH, VES Awards and the Director’s Guild Trust and Director’s Guild of Great Britain. Its QC Solution plays an integral part in the complicated submission process for both the VES Awards and SIGGRAPH Awards for the past four years.

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ALT Systems Brings Powerful Gaming Technology to Award-Winning HP Z Workstations

Game Developer Editions for Autodesk(r) and Unreal Engine Users Launch at GDC

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) ALT Systems, a full-service systems integrator and workflow solutions provider, has announced its collaboration with HP, Autodesk(r), Epic Games and PNY Technologies to offer high-performance game development packages designed specifically to support Autodesk(r) and Unreal Engine users. Unveiled today at GDC 2013, these systems optimize pipelines with a new combination of elite tools for the professional gaming community.

Tested by Autodesk and Epic Games, the ALT Systems Game Developer Edition for Autodesk Users and the ALT Systems Game Developer Edition for Unreal Engine Users will be available on three platforms: the HP Z1, the world’s first 27-inch all-in-one workstation, and HP’s powerful and reliable HP Z820 and Z620 Workstations. ALT Systems will work with customers to configure systems to their needs, as well as supply the technical support they require to operate with maximum performance.

ALT Systems will also be offering GDC attendees special promotional pricing during the conference, providing high-performance solutions for a range of budgets.

“As a systems integrator serving the media and entertainment industry for over 18 years, we have profound understanding and extensive experience supporting the technology needs of professionals working on high-end visual and immersive environments for end users,” said Jon Guess, president of ALT Systems. “We are a longtime, authorized Autodesk and HP integrator. This collaboration is a natural evolution for us to leverage our capabilities with these leading technology companies to support game developers and artists.”

The collaboration provides the professional game development community – for the first time – with the opportunity to integrate GeForce(r) GTX 680 XLR8 Edition by PNY graphics cards into HP’s award-winning Z Workstations. PNY graphics cards are highly regarded for their performance-enhancing applications in advanced and competitive gaming, and photo and video editing, among other uses.

“As the workstation industry leader, HP customers require ultimate performance and reliability that has been tested and certified for the professional applications that enable their creativity,” said Jeff Wood, vice president of worldwide product management, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. “By working with a renowned integrator like ALT Systems, HP is able to provide our customers with the GeForce graphics solutions they require, combined with the qualifications and professional support they expect from HP.”

The GeForce graphics cards from PNY will be available through ALT Systems on three of the award-winning HP Z Workstations:

* Designed like no other, the display of the HP Z1 All-in-One Workstation snaps open so users can easily swap out parts and make upgrades without any tools required.(1) The HP Z1 combines a sleek industrial design with accelerated performance featuring Intel(r) Xeon(r) processors,(2) support for more than 1 billion colors(3) and HP’s world-class reliability. The HP Z1 will be available with the GeForce GTX 680M graphics by PNY.

* Engineered for the most demanding and compute-intensive visualization needs, the HP Z820 is ideal for development customers aiming to bring gamers the next blockbuster game. The HP Z820 provides up to 16 processing cores, up to 512 GB of ECC memory, up to 14 terabytes (TB) of high-speed storage and will be available with the GeForce GTX 680 graphics by PNY.

* For quiet space constrained environments, the HP Z620 is a great choice for customers who need high-end performance in a compact form factor. Updated last year to support both single- and dual-socket processors, the powerful and versatile HP Z620 provides up to 16 processing cores, up to 192 GB of ECC memory, up to 11 TB of high-speed storage, and will be available with the GeForce GTX 680 graphics by PNY.

A cornerstone of ALT Systems’ longstanding media and entertainment solutions is Autodesk’s Digital Entertainment Creation (DEC) products. Over the past several years, ALT Systems has consistently been recognized as one of Autodesk’s Gold Partners, delivering Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Motionbuilder, Autodesk Flame, and Autodesk Flare to both large and boutique-sized facilities. With the addition of Autodesk Beast, Autodesk Navigation, Autodesk HumanIK, and Autodesk Scaleform, professional developers, artists and creators have a full spectrum of powerful tools to help usher in the next generation of games.

“Autodesk strives to bring our customers the latest technology solutions that enable creativity,” said Mark Strassman, vice president, Media & Entertainment Strategy and Marketing, Autodesk. “HP Z Workstations are tested for Autodesk applications, and combining these leading technologies with the professional GeForce graphics cards from PNY delivers the ultimate development experience.”

Epic Games’ industry-standard game engine brings award-winning, cross-platform game engine technology to ALT Systems’ Game Developer Editions.

“Epic’s Unreal Engine is set to power the next generation of games, with high-end rendering, scalable cross-platform features, and revolutionary new tools for productivity,” said Mark Rein, vice president, Epic Games. “The HP Z Workstations combined with the power of GeForce graphics cards provides our developers with high-performance technology that allows them to push the limits of their creativity and deliver incredible new experiences.”

For information on pricing and availability, please visit http://altsystems.com/gamedevelopereditions/.

At GDC, stop by Autodesk (booth #1240) and Epic (booth #BS322) to see these solutions and receive more information, or call ALT’s main office at 818.504.6800.

Read more about how HP is helping to create some of the world’s most graphics intensive games here.

About ALT Systems
ALT Systems Inc. is a Los Angeles-based systems integrator and workflow solutions provider, offering superior compositing, rendering, editing, color correction, digital intermediate, 2D/3D, restoration, large format film recording, and SAN and NAS networking and storage options to the post production, visual effects and gaming industries. Founded in 1995 and privately owned, the company is a leading solution provider in the global media and entertainment marketplace. For more information, visit www.altsystems.com.

(1) All specifications represent the typical specifications provided by HP’s component manufacturers; actual performance may vary.
(2) Dual-core and quad-core technologies are designed to improve performance of multithreaded software products and hardware-aware multitasking operating systems and may require appropriate operating system software for full benefits; not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of these technologies.
(3) 1.07 billion viewable colors through A-FRC technology.

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Bexel Demonstrates Live Broadcast Solutions at NAB

BEXEL BOOTH at NAB 2013: C6932

(BURBANK, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, will power the live stage at the Vitec village, where presentations will take place hourly. The custom-designed control room duplicates a fully functioning broadcast system used in real-time environments. It will highlight Bexel’s unique approach to integrated solutions utilizing an array of equipment, including multiple Vitec brands.

The company offers systems and expertise for a wide range of televised needs, as well as fiber, wireless and audio equipment and infrastructure services. Bexel will also showcase a number of systems and solutions for applications ranging from small to large scale operations.

“We create expertly designed, customized solutions for every client with an unsurpassed understanding of the demands broadcasters face,” says Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. “In each case, Bexel provides the best equipment and supports it with top-tier engineers to make absolutely certain that events – from the newsroom to live sporting events and popular televised specials – run according to plan. At NAB, we’ll be demonstrating systems and solutions that showcase our capabilities to solve any broadcast need, and to back them with unparalleled technical talent.”

The cornerstone of the system at the booth will be Bexel’s Water Flypack from the company’s Element Flypack line of integrated solutions. This multi-camera HD production system can be used for various televised or streamed events. At NAB, the Water Flypack will include a Leitch router, Evertz terminal equipment, Sony monitors and a DiGiCo audio console. Sony HDC-2500 cameras and Camera Corps Q-Balls will be the primary capture source.

Bexel’s latest slate of high-profile events in support of major broadcasters includes on-site production, fiber infrastructure and engineering support for this year’s Super Bowl week from Jackson Square to the Superdome, the Golden Globes, and the presidential inauguration as well as Sunday Night Baseball, Monday Night Football, NCAA basketball, NASCAR and the X Games, among others.

Bexel is organized into three specialized divisions to optimize their services and solutions. Bexel Engineered Systems & Solutions (ESS) offers unique end-to-end solutions, including systems integration, fiber and infrastructure support. Bexel Technical Sales & Solutions (TSS) is a leading dealer in professional audio, video and fiber equipment sales, including Bexel’s pre-eminent used equipment sales. Bexel Rental Services & Solutions (RSS) provides a comprehensive resource for the latest broadcast equipment and technical services.

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

About the Vitec Group:
Capture the moment(tm)

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

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