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Nathan Dubin and Jeff Levy of Margarita Mix Win Telly Awards


(HOLLYWOOD, CA) – Mixers Nathan Dubin and Jeff Levy of Margarita Mix, a FotoKem company specializing in audio post services for commercials and advertising media, have each won a 2013 Telly Award in the Sound/Sound Design category of the 34th annual competition. Dubin earned a Silver Telly for his work on Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights “Gates” spot for David & Goliath. Levy took the Bronze Telly for G-Net’s “Borderlands 2.”

The Telly Awards honor the very best film and video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. For over 30 years, the Telly Awards have been known for honoring the most worthy projects in film, television, corporate and advertising. This year, the competition drew over 13,000 entries. The judging and oversight committee is comprised of top industry professionals who are all past winners of Silver Telly Awards.

Every year, the Universal Studios(r) theme park is transformed into the award-winning Halloween Horror Nights(r) for a month just prior to Halloween. During that time, spine-chilling street experiences, haunted houses and live shows fill the park. The TV commercial for Halloween Horror Nights builds suspense for the holiday event, and plays on the theme and tagline: Once You’re Inside There is No Way Out. The :30 spot opens on a group of young friends in a dark, ominous alley. They look up to see another friend barreling towards them, sheer panic on his face, as a stampede of zombies pursue him. Even though they turn and run to escape the zombies, their safe haven behind a gate proves ineffective, as more creatures appear on the other side.

Dubin says, “The creative goal was to make the spot as scary as legally possible.” He achieved that by playing with dynamics – the difference between loud and quiet moments, the hallmark of a good horror mix. “In a post-calm world, there are still opportunities to make a great sounding mix if you pick and choose your moments to swing for the fences, balanced with some quiet spots.”

“Borderlands 2″ is an extended live-action trailer for the popular video game, and features a never-ending barrage of action besieging a remote location. As an epic battle ensues, mayhem envelops those trying to survive. Players fight across the whole of Pandora to stop Jack – the brilliant, charismatic, and utterly despicable CEO of the Hyperion Corporation – from awakening an ancient alien evil known only as “the Warrior.”

Levy’s task was to create the sounds of an alien world, and a battle between the four heroes and evil forces attacking them. The live action was shot MOS. Utilizing some sounds from the game as inspiration, Levy created this world literally from the ground up, starting with backgrounds and footsteps all the way through the guns, explosions and sounds for each character’s unique fighting abilities, as well as vehicles, flying weapons and alien creatures. “This was really a pleasure to work on because these characters are so visually exciting, and (director) David Moodie and (producer) Lindsey Kohon gave me a lot of freedom to create and add to the sounds from the game.”

Dubin and Levy are part of an award-winning mixing team at Margarita Mix, which includes Paul Hurtubise and Jimmy Hite, to name a few.

FotoKem’s Senior Vice President Rand Gladden comments, “We are very proud of the award-winning talent and cutting-edge services that Margarita Mix has been providing for over 30 years to the commercial production and advertising industries. Nathan and Jeff are part of dedicated team focused on helping the creative community do great work. We will continue to make the necessary investments to offer the best tools and experts that foster the community’s creativity and usher their projects through the post pipeline in the most efficient ways.”

About Margarita Mix
Margarita Mix, a FotoKem company, is an award-winning studio with exceptional in-house talent and expertise that provides audio services for commercials, branded entertainment, digital media, video games, radio, promos, and trailers. In addition to state-of-the-art mixing rooms, the facility offers sound supervision services, sound effects creation, 5.1 mixing, 3D mixing, sound design, voice over, ADR, ISDN, and a variety of recording capabilities. Margarita Mix is located in Hollywood and Santa Monica. SPY, another FotoKem company, shares space at the Santa Monica location, which augments Margarita Mix’s audio solutions with a full range of VFX, CGI and picture finishing services under one roof. For more information, visit www.margmix.com, or follow them on Facebook.

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Bexel Expands 4K and HD Camera Solutions

Company to Showcase New Offerings and Equipment Sales at Cine Gear Expo

Bexel Cine Gear Expo Booth # 98C

(BURBANK, CA) – Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has expanded its selection of camera solutions with the purchase of four Sony F55 cameras, a compatible selection of PL-mount Fujinon Cabrio Lenses, as well as 10 Canon EOS C300 cameras. The new camera packages will be on display at Cine Gear Expo (Booth #98C), which runs May 31 through June 1 in Los Angeles.

“The investment in these acquisition formats expands the broad base of Bexel’s available camera packages, and ramps up our turnkey solutions featuring leading products from the chief manufacturers in the industry,” says Bexel CTO Tom Dickinson. “We have been following the market quite closely, as we always do at Bexel, and know that this is the right time to jump into an extended offering that includes a series of PL-mount cameras.”

The Sony F55 cameras will play a crucial role in Bexel’s new 4K solutions, and their capabilities for providing camera packages that augment any major sporting event or live production, while also providing clients with an outstanding HD source for various broadcast television projects and other high-end programs. Bexel will offer a full suite of accessories with the camera, including the AXS-R5 RAW recorder, which enables incredibly precise 16-bit linear RAW in both 2K and 4K.

To complement their new Sony F55 cameras, Bexel has acquired eight Fujinon PL 19-90mm Cabrio lenses (ZK4.7×19) and PL 85-300mm Cabrio lenses (ZK3.5×85). These premier PL-mount lenses provide a film-like look, and are easily scalable to enable full 4K production.
The Cabrio lenses feature a detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as a standard PL lens or an ENG-style lens. Bexel anticipates that the ability to extract sharp, crisp, high-resolution 4K images from a zoom will be especially desirable for live sports broadcasts.

The Canon EOS C300 with the EF-mount provides users with the ability to give a project a variety of looks, as it delivers an effective and cost efficient cinema-style look that is ideal for reality programming, field acquisition, and the enhancing of high-end video production. The Canon’s Super 35mm CMOS Sensor, DIGIC DV III Image Processor and XF Codec augment reality show productions at a very cost effective price point.

Dickinson adds, “We’re very pleased to be expanding the range of our camera lines. The Sony F55 is going to give our clients great shots that look like film, and the ability to be more creative. And on the 4K side of the spectrum, particularly when paired with the Fujinon PL Cabrio lenses, the F55 provides a larger image for 4K production. We also have a whole range of customers who will benefit from the flexibility and affordability the EF-mount Canon EOS C300s offer in augmenting a variety of video productions.”

Also at Cine Gear, Bexel’s Technical Sales & Solutions division (Bexel TSS) will be promoting its portfolio of new and pre-owned gear. Bexel TSS is the leading dealer of professional broadcast equipment sales, boasting a multi-million dollar standing inventory of the latest audio, video and fiber equipment. Bexel TSS recently became a premier reseller of DiGiCo’s broadcast digital audio consoles, and will showcasing the DiGiCo SD 11 at the booth. The company is planning a summer sale at its Burbank headquarters on June 7. Expo attendees can preview a selection of gear that will be available for purchase, as well as inquire about other equipment sales and rental needs.

“Having everything under one roof makes Bexel the go-to resource for rentals and sales,” notes Joyce Bente, director of sales for Bexel TSS. “We are thrilled to be able to provide more resources to our customers, including increased support and the ability to leverage all our products to meet their demands.”

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 Bexel on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BexelBroadcast) and Twitter (@Bexel).

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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Sally Christgau – 415.238.2254 / sally@ignite.bz

The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) Opens 2013 HPA Awards Call For Entries

Honors Celebrate Excellence in Post and Feature Expanded VFX Categories


(Hollywood, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) announces the opening of the Call for Entries for the 8th Annual HPA(r) Awards, which will take place on the evening of November 7th, 2013 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. Considered the standard bearer for excellence and innovation, the HPA(r) Awards recognize the achievements of the individuals and companies that have contributed to groundbreaking technologies and creative excellence within the post production industry.

The HPA Awards invite entries in the following competitive categories:

* Outstanding Color Grading-Feature Film
* Outstanding Color Grading-Television
* Outstanding Color Grading-Commercial
* Outstanding Editing-Feature Film
* Outstanding Editing-Television
* Outstanding Editing-Commercial
* Outstanding Sound-Feature Film
* Outstanding Sound-Television
* Outstanding Sound-Commercial
* Outstanding Visual Effects-Feature Film
* Outstanding Visual Effects-Television
* Outstanding Visual Effects-Commercial
* Engineering Excellence Award
* HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production

The period of eligibility for the HPA Awards is September 11, 2012 through September 3, 2013. To be considered eligible, work must have debuted domestically and or internationally during this period. Entrants need not be members of the Hollywood Post Alliance or working in the U.S. to submit work for consideration. Lists of previous years’ winners can be found by visiting www.hpaawards.net.

A notable difference in the 2013 competition is expansion in the visual effects categories, which have become more encompassing, focused on a broader section of the visual effects pipeline.

Complete rules, guidelines and entry information are available at: www.hpaawards.net. Submissions for the creative categories will be accepted May 15, 2013 through July 12, 2013 and Early Bird Entries (reduced fee for the creative categories) will be accepted through June 14, 2013. Submissions for the Engineering Excellence Award and the Creativity and Innovation Award will be accepted May 15, 2013 through June 21, 2013. Entrants for the Engineering Excellence Award will be invited to present at a special HPA judging event in early August.

Contact Eileen Kramer at 213-614-0860 or write to ekramer@hpaonline.com for information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2013 HPA Awards show. For more information about the HPA Awards, visit www.hpaawards.net or call 213.614.0860.

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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American Cinema Editors Announces Debut of EditFest London

Popular Event Heads to the U.K. for the First Time with World-Class Line-Up of Editors

(Universal City, CA) On 29 June, 2013, American Cinema Editors (ACE) will present the London debut of its popular event, EditFest. After five years in Los Angeles and New York, EditFest London will take place on Saturday, the 29th of June, marking the first time the event has traveled outside of the U.S. An impressive roster of top editors is scheduled to share their experiences with attendees for a full day at the Ray Dolby Screening Room in Soho.

ACE launched EditFest in 2008 in Los Angeles, in response to a need to put the industry’s top editors in conversation with other editors and post-production professionals. By popular demand, EditFestNY was added to its agenda in 2010. Considered the premier editing event of the summer in the U.S., the move to London is part of ACE’s efforts to provide programming and activities for a global audience. Designed for professional as well as aspiring editors, post production team members, content creators, production execs, and those who love the art and craft of editing, EditFest is a rare opportunity to hear the most compelling artists talk about their work and interact with them in an intimate theater setting. An impressive array of BAFTA, Oscar(r) and Emmy(r) winners and nominees are scheduled to be part of EditFest London.

ACE President, Alan Heim, A.C.E., stated, “ACE is thrilled to put these talented editors in front of and in touch with audiences in London. For the past 5 years, in Los Angeles and New York City, we have seen that there is a thirst among the editing community to meet, connect, and hear from their colleagues. We have had many requests over the years to bring EditFest to London and it’s exciting to finally make the vision a reality. We are looking forward to engaging with the editing community in the UK.”

The agenda for the 29 June event features interactive, face-to-face dialogue, Q&A sessions and includes:

Small Screen, Big Picture – Panel with Television Editors
Featuring Frances Parker, A.C.E.* (Game of Thrones), Alexandra Mackie, A.C.E.* (Downton Abbey) and Oral Norrie Ottey, A.C.E.*, (Generation Kill).

From Dailies to Delivery – Editing Features
Mick Audsley, (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) will moderate a panel featuring Chris Dickens, A.C.E.* (Slumdog Millionaire), Tracy Granger, A.C.E. (Still Life), John Wilson, A.C.E. (Billy Elliott) and Eddie Hamilton, A.C.E. (Kick-Ass 1 & 2).

Closing Dialogue
ACE is honored to present an in-depth conversation with the legendary Anne V. Coates, A.C.E.* (Lawrence of Arabia, The Elephant Man, Erin Brockovich) moderated by Tom Rolf, A.C.E.* (Taxi Driver, The Right Stuff, War Games)

In every city where it unfolds, EditFest includes social events. In London, EditFest ends with a closing night cocktail reception, followed by an after-party led by Art of the Guillotine’s http://www.aotg.com Gordon Burkell.

To make this week even more of a not-to-be missed event for editors, EditFest London is collaborating with the Third Annual London SuperMeet. SuperMeets are annual events held in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Amsterdam, London and Boston. The London SuperMeet is set for Friday evening, 28 June in the Great Hall at the Kensington Conference & Event Centre. SuperMeet attendees will receive a discount for EditFest.

Tickets for EditFest are available online at www.editfest.com for £200/$299. For further information, email amercinema@earthlink.net or call +1818.777.2900.
*Denotes BAFTA, Oscar(r), Emmy(r), ACE Eddie nomination or win

About ACE
AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) is an honorary society of motion picture editors founded in 1950. Film editors are voted into membership on the basis of their professional achievements, their dedication to the education of others and their commitment to the craft of editing.

The objectives and purposes of the AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS are to advance the art and science of the editing profession; to increase the entertainment value of motion pictures by attaining artistic pre-eminence and scientific achievement in the creative art of editing; to bring into close alliance those editors who desire to advance the prestige and dignity of the editing profession.

ACE produces several annual events including EditFest (a weekend editing festival in the summer), Invisible Art/Visible Artists (annual panel of Oscar(r) nominated editors), and the ACE Eddie Awards, now in its 63rd year, recognizing outstanding editing in ten categories of film, television and documentaries. The organization publishes a quarterly magazine, CinemaEditor, highlighting the art, craft and business of editing and editors.

About ACE EditFest
Launched in Los Angeles in 2008 to put the leading film editors in touch and in communication with editors and those who work with editors and editing enthusiasts, EditFest expanded to New York in 2010 and London in 2013. EditFest presents panels, conversations and social interaction with some of the most influential editors working in film and television. The highly anticipated annual event, which sells out each year, has plans to expand to additional cities in the future.

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For ACE:
Lea Yardum
Perception PR
c: +1.323-606-2080 | o: +1.323.956.2817
lea.yardum@gmail.com

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Bexel Launches 4K Solution with Evertz Dreamcatcher

Purchase Adds Cutting-Edge Slow-Motion Replay Technology for Sports and Live Broadcasts

(BURBANK, CA) – Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has purchased two Dreamcatcher systems from Evertz, a leading global manufacturer of broadcast equipment. The acquisition serves as a cornerstone for Bexel’s new 4K solutions, which provide turnkey packages that will be available to augment any major sporting event or live production broadcast.

Dreamcatcher represents the next generation in slow-motion replay technology and offers real-world 4K benefits. The product provides enhanced storytelling capabilities by allowing a production team to capture an event from all angles, without ever missing a moment of action. When 4K cameras are used, Dreamcatcher’s zoom capability lets broadcasters zero in on the action and extract an HD image from a larger 4K frame. This high resolution zoom ability allows broadcasters to enhance the narrative and definitive coverage of close calls at sporting events. When used in conjunction with Evertz’ patent-pending tracking feature, the 4K zoom functionality enables a totally unique replay experience. Dreamcatcher’s proprietary Mosaic function synchronizes multiple angles that can be played out with the press of a single button, allowing a captured event to be shown from brand new perspectives.

Tom Dickinson, CTO of Bexel, comments, “Bexel is a leader in building server systems for a myriad of sporting events, and the addition of Dreamcatcher is a natural expansion of our offerings – and it’s ready for 4K now. Dreamcatcher will be available to our customers as part of a customized solution that will deliver an elegant, streamlined 4K package that can be integrated into a sports production easily, and play a key role in providing 4K replay for live events. Dreamcatcher is a great storytelling tool that employs state-of-the-art technology to allow broadcasters to use 4K to its fullest extent on an HD production.”

Evertz’ Joe Cirincione, VP Sales-U.S. Sports and Entertainment, who has been on over a dozen shoots including the Super Bowl and Daytona 500, says, “Dreamcatcher allows an audience to experience an event like never before, and we know that it will make a perfect addition to Bexel’s offerings. We have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Bexel, and we are very pleased they have chosen Dreamcatcher.”

“We engage many Evertz products in our systems and solutions,” concludes Dickinson. “This is a logical expansion for Bexel and the Dreamcatcher’s features augment the sports experience in exciting new ways, and for live content replay and multi-screen output for award shows as well as other live events. We’re thrilled to add this to our fleet of solutions.”

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.

About Evertz
Evertz is a leading global manufacturer of broadcast equipment and solutions that deliver content to television sets, on-demand services, WebTV, IPTV, and mobile devices. Evertz has expertise in delivering complete end-to-end broadcast solutions for all aspects of broadcast production including content creation, content distribution and content delivery. Evertz delivers cutting edge hardware and software solutions for television broadcast, telcos, satellite, cable TV, and IPTV providers. For more information, visit www.evertz.com.

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Sally Christgau – 415.238.2254 / sally@ignite.bz

PGA TOUR Entertainment Relies on Xytech

MediaPulse Supports Multi-Faceted Entertainment Sports Group


(Mission Hills, CA) Xytech, the global leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media services industries, announced that PGA TOUR Entertainment has chosen MediaPulse to support its wide range of services, which include commercial production, live event coverage, creative services, and licensed golf footage.

PGA TOUR Entertainment, headquartered in St. Augustine, FL, is a world-class, innovative entertainment company and the full service content production arm of the PGA TOUR. Established in 1985, the Emmy(r) Award winning company has produced countless television series and specials for broadcast, cable and digital platforms. PGA TOUR Entertainment’s 32,000 square foot facility offers North Florida’s premier high definition edit facilities, state-of-the-art graphics, animation, audio sound design, and satellite and fiber transmission facilities. After a careful review of available solutions by PGA TOUR Entertainment, MediaPulse was chosen to support operations across an extensive roster of schedules, deliverables, facilities and project management.

David Dukes, Senior Director of Technical Operations for PGA TOUR Entertainment saw MediaPulse as a strong solution to their multi-faceted needs. “Sports entertainment organizations are uniquely focused on so many areas these days. Commercial and long form programming, live events, broadcast, and digital media are now all part of the mix for us. We found MediaPulse to be a perfect fit for our need to manage production staff, project schedules and reporting.”

Greg Dolan, COO of Xytech, said, “PGA TOUR Entertainment is at the top of the list of the great organizations we have had the pleasure of working with in the past year. It’s been a wonderful experience putting MediaPulse in place for this terrific group of professionals. We designed our platform to support just the sort of work they are delivering.”

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 or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.7903.5170 (UK).

About PGA TOUR Entertainment
PGA TOUR Entertainment is a world class, innovative entertainment company and the full service content production arm of the PGA TOUR. Established in 1985, the Emmy Award winning company has produced countless television series and specials for broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Their 32,000 square foot facility offers North Florida’s premier high definition edit facilities, state-of-the-art graphics, animation, audio sound design, and satellite and fiber transmission facilities.

For more information, please visit www.pgatourentertainment.com or call (904)940-7000

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Xytech’s MediaPulse Digital Order Integrates with Sony’s Media Backbone System

NAB 2013 – Booth # SL2427

(Mission Hills, CA) Xytech, the global leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media services industries, is announcing complete integration of its MediaPulse Digital Order with Sony’s Media Backbone system. This comprehensive approach to end-to-end facility management will be demonstrated during NAB 2013, in Las Vegas, NV, April 8th through April 12th, in Sony’s NAB Booth #C11001.

The announcement heralds a combination of technologies that allows clients to plan, orchestrate, streamline and manage complex workflows, bridging manual and automated steps as part of a holistic facility management solution. Now all the disparate activities of a broadcast facility – resource management, asset management, crewing, and job costing – are tied together to give clients a real-time understanding of all tasks as well as the cost implications for each decision.

Today’s announcement is meaningful to media companies that require real-time integrations to monitor events along the digital supply chain in broadcast and post production environments, enabling them to compete in a complex environment. MediaPulse supports SOA and transactionalizes events so facility staff can manage related business processing, resource scheduling, and media asset cataloging within its Digital Order structure. The value proposition for clients lies in the complete meshing of order entry, resource management, operational execution, and financial systems.

“Sony’s Media Backbone Solutions family is designed to support the widest range of complementary products and technologies,” said Wayne Zuchowski, Marketing Manager for Media Backbone Solutions at Sony Electronics. “The compatibility with MediaPulse extends the workflow management potential to a much broader audience. We are proud to be collaborating with Xytech on this new solution.”

Greg Dolan, COO of Xytech, commented on the new solution, “Previously, only highly customized solutions were available, with price tags and timelines that were no longer tolerable to the broadcast community. At Xytech, we are providing truly productized solutions. We are thrilled to be working with Sony and excited to show off our efforts at NAB 2013″

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.

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Digital Vision Announces Technology Partnership with MTI Film; Unveils Slate of Advanced Image Processing Tools

A History of Innovation, Collaboration, Integration in the Spotlight at NAB 2013

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

(London, UK) In keeping with its 25-year history of advancing creative technology, Digital Vision is proud to announce a technology partnership with MTI Film that will include the integration of MTI’s Cortex::Control Dailies with the award-winning Nucoda grading platform. In addition, Digital Vision is unveiling exciting new developments for their Nucoda and Phoenix product lines during NAB.

Cortex::Control Dailies is part of MTI Film’s on-set/near-set and facility dailies solution for playback, color, synchronization, metadata and transcoding. The integration of Cortex with Nucoda will support the setting of looks and exporting of stills with complete CDL and metadata for set-through-post coherency. It will also allow for complex data to be shared between Nucoda and Cortex, including CDL, LUT and Camera RAW settings. Integrated into Nucoda, Cortex brings production color choices directly into the final color process, moving on-set preferences dailies through final color easily.

Other new features in Nucoda and Phoenix include an updated DVO Stereo fix tool and updated stereo tools, including two new Warping tools as well as a tool to fix camera lens distortion.

Kelvin Bolah, President, Digital Vision, said, “MTI has been our collaborator, customer, and technology partner for many years, and this integration is the result of an in-depth look at how we can better support our customers. Working closely with MTI, we know how good Cortex is, and this integration into Nucoda unleashes powerful color management and on-set capabilities. This means an accessible, ACES compatible, color pipeline that serves our clients exceedingly well.”

Larry Chernoff, CEO and Founder of MTI commented, “We have worked closely with the team at Digital Vision for many years, and they consistently bring an unparalleled sense of experimentation and ingenuity to the process, which is evident in their outstanding product line. As Cortex becomes more integrated into the Nucoda toolset, we expect to see customers reap wide benefits.”

The Nucoda 2013 product line enhancements include expansion and refinement of the ACES workflow, as well as extension to the ASC CDL. Other products in demonstration at NAB include Thor, a soon-to-be-released dedicated hardware for advanced image processing; Phoenix restoration software, whose latest release includes tools to fix Chromatic Aberration, a Color Component Align tool, and the much anticipated DVO De-Warp, a fully automatic system for repairing warped film, and the Golden Eye archive scanner, which forms an element of the Vintage Cloud Archive workflow solution.

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.

About MTI Film
Since 1997 MTI Film has provided award winning software applications to the post-production industry with a focus on technology for digital film restoration and digital dailies. With strong ties to our customers and an in-house services arm providing real-world, real-time development experience, MTI Film offers the most advanced, efficient and user-friendly applications on the market. MTI Film products include Correct DRS(tm) Control Dailies and Convey, and introducing the Cortex family – a simple, powerful and coherent digital workflow solution from pre-production through post-production.
For more information, visit www.mtifilm.com.

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Bexel’s Extensive Fiber Optic Infrastructure Supports the Oscars(r)

Celebrating 12-Year Partnership in Evolving Fiber Network, Bexel Transports High Volume of Communications Signals from the Heart of Hollywood

(HOLLYWOOD, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, recently celebrated its 12th year supporting the global live broadcast of the Academy Awards(r) with its largest effort to-date – connecting every major component of the 2013 show’s broadcast together at the Dolby Theatre. Working with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including Engineer in Charge Tad Scripter and Hollywood & Highland management company CIM, Bexel implemented a comprehensive fiber optic network connecting key production locations such as Hollywood & Highland, Dolby Theatre, Loews Hotel and the domestic and international television compounds behind the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Blvd.

“With all the complexities involved in a live program, Bexel did a great job with no malfunctions!” said Michael B. Seligman, supervising producer of the 85th Academy Awards(r).

For the Oscars, Bexel deployed more than 17 miles of temporary fiber. This is in addition to the four miles of permanent multi-strand fiber optic cables utilized to successfully transport HD/SD video, audio, data and communications signals for live simultaneous broadcasts of the Red Carpet pre-shows, the Oscar ceremony, backstage press interview and photo rooms and the Governors Ball, the Academy’s official celebration following the Oscars.

“The technical complexity of this project in connecting so many different elements of the show has continued to grow since we first installed the permanent fiber network into the Hollywood & Highland and Dolby Theatre complex back in 2001,” said Bexel’s Craig Schiller, vice president of engineering and operations. “We continue to enhance the fiber optic network, as it is the backbone that allows us to make point-to-point connections and the reason we are able to service all of our customers so effectively.”

In order to pull off a live event of this magnitude, Bexel’s credentialed staff of more than 40 skilled fiber engineers and support technicians were onsite for 15 days. The team enabled the transport of 275 video signals, 180 audio signals and 150 intercom signals over fiber for the Academy’s domestic and international broadcast partners.

Still photographers were provided with 40 fiber connections from the Red Carpet, Orchid Court and the Dolby Theatre. They were also equipped with sufficient bandwidth to connect to their workrooms in the Loews Hotel, enabling immediate delivery of still images to media and photographic services worldwide.

In addition, Bexel once again deployed its RF-Over-Fiber antenna system to enable all of the exciting action during the official Red Carpet pre-show. Bexel’s RF-Over-Fiber system provided unprecedented wireless communications coverage not previously available with a conventional wireless system. Bexel’s RF base camp was located at the 90-degree turn of the Red Carpet, and was used as the head-end position. Four small RF fiber-site boxes were established along the Red Carpet and enabled connection for up to six antennas to ensure there was no loss of signal and that none of the evening’s star-studded arrivals were missed.

“Oscar(r) weekend is without a doubt the most fiber-intensive event we do and the fact that it continues to flourish and continues to be such a success is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the professionals at Bexel,” added Schiller.

The 86th Academy Awards will take place on March 2, 2014.

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. Service 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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Bexel Collaborates with Canon for a Live 4K Broadcast Demonstration at NAB 2013

Bexel NAB 2013 Booth # C6932

Bexel’s Hercules Flypack Will Simulate New Live Broadcast Capabilities for Sporting Events

(BURBANK, CA) Bexel’s Hercules HD Flypack will play a pivotal role in the simulation of a live broadcast truck located at Canon U.S.A.‘s, a leader in digital imaging solutions, booth (C4325, C3628) during NAB 2013. Bexel collaborated with Canon on the system, which utilizes Canon’s 4K monitors, currently under development, along with an Evertz Dreamcatcher unit. This simulation demonstrates Bexel’s capabilities for bringing the high-demand environment of live broadcasts to any location.

Bexel’s Hercules HD Flypack is a scalable and customizable solution, bringing first-class production facilities to remote and space-constrained venues around the world. Powering some of the most important televised live events – including the Olympic Games, Super Bowl, X Games, World Cup, and U.S. Open – the Flypack is designed by Bexel with their unsurpassed ingenuity and expertise. Configured with every component of high-end production control rooms, Hercules boasts state-of-the-art HD technology with complete adaptability, including custom-designed modular racks to handle a variety of complex production requirements.

“Canon’s innovative approach and products are perfectly meshed with Bexel’s dedication to high-end solutions, combined with our extensive experience in live sports broadcasting,” says Tom Dickinson, CTO of Bexel. “Hercules has defined the best-in-class solution for HD location production. As Canon puts their incredible imaging technologies into play at 4K for sports, we are looking forward to our ongoing collaboration on this exciting initiative.”

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.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

†Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.

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