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Digital Vision Empowers Siren Digital

New State-of-the-art Hollywood Facility Relies on Nucoda and Phoenix

(LOS ANGELES, CA) Siren Digital, a film, TV and new media production group, has yet again turned to Digital Vision for a number of solutions to power the company’s new, state-of-the-art facility in Hollywood. Siren Digital has chosen Digital Vision’s Nucoda high-end color grading system with the DVO toolset and Precision control panel to sustain their DI and technological operations. Continuing a long-standing collaborative relationship, the team at Siren has worked with Digital Vision over many years, beginning with installations of Nucoda in Santa Monica and extending overseas to large-scale, facility build-outs in Korea and China. Over the course of many projects, the companies have found new ways to produce and manage the creation and delivery of entertainment content.

Kyle Jackson, co-founder of Siren Digital noted, “We have a significant comfort level and familiarity with Digital Vision’s outstanding toolset, support, and R&D group, built upon years of experience at another facility we designed and operated in Los Angeles, and global projects we’ve managed. Over the past five years, Digital Vision has been the backbone of many of our endeavors. Their software proves time and again to be able to handle the real-world challenges of changing post production workflows.”

Digital Vision’s Nucoda grading and mastering solutions offer a powerful color toolset that integrates easily with customized workflows. It supports ACES, all the major digital camera formats on the market, and provides robust features for creative flexibility. The Precision panel adds a high level of control for colorists, with its unique, industry-leading combination of tactile controls and integrated touch-sensitive panels.

The awarding-winning DVO (Digital Vision Optics) image processing software provides a comprehensive solution for image repair, restoration, enhancement and format conversion whether originated from film or video. DVO tools are only available on Digital Vision’s Nucoda and Phoenix platforms.

Siren Studios, an emerging 360-degree production studio, and Siren Digital together offer a broad base of services to the industry, from creative to advanced production, visual effects, post production audio, film finance, and international distribution. “We are engaged in a number of traditional and emerging processes, globally, and it is crucial that our tools work now and evolve with the way our colleagues want to collaborate in the future. While we are involved in some very technologically advanced work, we are also working daily on digital intermediates, designing post workflows, and delivering projects. We believe that Digital Vision is with us today and for the long run.”

In 2011, Digital Vision supported a massive restoration and color pipeline project for Jackson in South Korea with over 200 licenses for Digital Vision’s Phoenix restoration software. Jackson notes, “We knew from our experience that the range of capabilities – Phoenix for restoration and Nucoda for grading, as well as the tools in the highly regarded DVO toolset – was a perfect fit.”

Jackson adds, “Working with Digital Vision has always been one of the most rewarding technological collaborations we have ever engaged in. Their willingness to work closely with us to devise solutions is crucial. They understand real-world demands as well as creative needs. Just as important as the toolset is their willingness to respond with flexibility, ingenuity and dedication.”

Kelvin Bolah, President of Digital Vision stated, “We have known the Siren team for years, and have seen them consistently do ground breaking, interesting work. They think a bit differently, and they think big. You must be careful with words like ‘visionary,’ but that’s what we consider Siren Digital. We are looking forward to the exciting projects that Kyle, and his partners Jeff Brue and Matthew Treinish, have in their pipeline.”

Digital Vision’s Nucoda and Phoenix systems are in use around the globe on thousands of features, commercials, broadcast programs and restoration projects. To learn more about Siren Digital, visit www.siren6500.com. For further information about Digital Vision please visit www.digitalvision.tv.

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.

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

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The HBO Studio Goes Live with Xytech’s MediaPulse

Mission Critical, 72-Hour Integration Successfully Ensures Smooth Transition for Studio

(Mission Hills, CA) Xytech, the global leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media services industries, announced that their MediaPulse platform has been launched at HBO Studios in New York. A carefully orchestrated, multi-stage implementation plan, configured to the needs of HBO’s Production Operations at the HBO Studio, preceded the installation. A live deployment was then conducted over one weekend, with all users brought successfully online Monday morning.

Located in Manhattan, HBO Studios provides production services for internal and external clients creating and packaging promotional and programming content for series, specials, documentaries, movies, and sports. Services include editing, audio mixing, graphics, and file-based asset management. The installation was a success, as the Xytech and HBO teams were able to deploy the MediaPulse platform, with integrations, on time.

For the HBO Studio, MediaPulse provides job management, scheduling, integration to HBO’s accounting system, and notifications throughout the enterprise system.

Greg Dolan, COO of Xytech, described how the HBO project was executed, “Our team evaluated the needs of HBO Production Operations and recommended a suite of MediaPulse services. To say there was no room for error is an understatement. Xytech partnered with HBO to plan and execute a large-scale implementation of software that we knew was going to be challenging, and was critical to HBO’s operations. With a limited time frame to execute, the volume of assets involved, and the time-dependent nature of the work that travels through the pipeline at the HBO Studio, the project required meticulous planning. The carefully thought-out implementation plan ended with a full scale Go Live deadline, which had their system ready for studio and editorial on Monday morning.”

Lynne Chernow, Senior Vice President of Application Development at HBO, said, “The planning and deployment of MediaPulse clearly demonstrated technical expertise, team work, and a focus on getting the job done. Clear thinking and effective customer care won the day. We hit our deadlines and benchmarks with no interruption of our services. Xytech helped us deliver a crucial system, and the manner in which the integration was executed was exemplary.”

Concluded Dolan, “Our collaborative MediaPulse platform was designed to accommodate today’s multifaceted workflows as exemplified by the HBO Studio. They are continually delivering world-class content, and we are honored to be working with them.”

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)20.7903.5170 (UK).

About HBO
Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. and the world’s most successful pay TV service, providing the two television services – HBO(r) and Cinemax(r) – to over 100 million subscribers worldwide. The services offer the most popular subscription video-on-demand products, HBO On Demand(r) and Cinemax On Demand(r) as well as HBO GO(r) and MAX GO(r), HD feeds and multiplex channels. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO GO, bring HBO services to over 60 countries. HBO programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide.

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Margarita Mix’s Jimmy Hite Receives Sound Mixing Award for Nissan Leaf Spot

Jimmy Hite, Chief Sound Engineer for Margarita Mix, won the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) Award for Outstanding Sound in a Commercial for the Nissan Leaf spot, “Gas Powered Everything.” Hite’s work on the commercial included a 5.1 surround sound mix. He was also recognized earlier this year with a Bronze Telly Award for the same spot.

“TBWA\Chiat\Day requested our high-quality sound mixing services, understanding the effect that 5.1 surround sound brings to enhancing the final mix,” says Senior Producer Whitney Warren of Margarita Mix. “And Jimmy has the right combo of expertise and skill to create just the right balance of the various elements for a compelling brand experience. We are proud of our experienced, award-winning talent roster and the creative environment they bring forth for our clients.”

Hite has over 30 years of experience in sound mixing for the commercial and advertising industries, and has won numerous awards throughout his career. Since joining Margarita Mix/LA Studios, Hite has provided sound mixing and recording services to a multitude of advertising clients, including Nissan, Activision, Disney, AT&T, Kaiser Permanent, and UPS, among others. He works alongside accomplished mixers and sound designers at Margarita Mix, such as Nathan Dubin, Jeff Levy, and Paul Hurtubise, rounding out a robust service offering at the studio.

Honoring innovation and artistry in post production, the HPA Awards were presented November 1 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The spot can viewed here: http://vimeo.com/25536623.

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The 7th Annual Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Winners Unveiled

Post Production Gala Brings Recognition to Innovation and Artistry

(Los Angeles, CA) In a gala celebration last night, winners of the 2012 HPA(r) Awards were recognized for the outstanding contributions they have made in helping create the features, programs, spots, and entertainment seen around the world. The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) – the professional organization for the post production community – presented the 7th Annual HPA Awards to a sold out audience of industry insiders and luminaries. Industry professionals were honored in 12 creative categories as well as a number of special awards including Engineering Excellence, HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production, and the prestigious Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production, which had been announced earlier.

Ray Dolby, Founder and Director Emeritus of Dolby Laboratories, received the Charles S. Swartz Award for his profound impact on the post production industry and innumerable contributions to image and sound recording technology. Sound Designer, Editor and technology visionary, Walter Murch, A.C.E. was on hand to present to his friend and colleague.

The winners of the 2012 Hollywood Post Alliance Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading – Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories
Outstanding Color Grading using a DI process – Feature Film

“The Iron Lady”
Rob Pizzey // Company 3

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

“Game of Thrones – The Prince of Winterfell”
Joe Finley // Modern VideoFilm

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial

Chrysler “Halftime in America”
Siggy Ferstl // Company 3

Outstanding Editing – Sponsored by Avid Technology

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film

“Hugo”
Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E. // Sikelia Productions

Outstanding Editing – Television

“Downton Abbey – Series 2 Episode 7″
John Wilson, A.C.E. // Carnival Film & Television

Outstanding Editing – Commercial

MasterCard “Tango”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

“The Adventures of Tin Tin”
Chris Ward, Brent Burge, Michael Hedges, Christopher Boyes and Andy Nelson // Park Road Post Production

Outstanding Sound – Television

“Grimm – Pilot”
Mark Lanza, Larry Mann, Alan Decker and Nello Torri // Universal Sound

Outstanding Sound – Commercial

Nissan Leaf “Gas Powered Everything”
Jimmy Hite // Margarita Mix Santa Monica

Outstanding Compositing – Feature Film

“Marvel’s The Avengers”
Nelson Sepulveda, Alan Travis, Peter Demarest and Chris Bayz // Industrial Light & Magic

Outstanding Compositing – Television

“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service – Rekindled”
Bob Minshall, Mark Intravartolo, Jeremy Jozwik and Carrie Smith // Encore

Outstanding Compositing – Commercial

Chevy “2012 Silverado”
Benjamin Walsh, Dominik Bauch and Nicholas Kim // Method Studios

A number of special awards, which had been announced earlier, were bestowed during the evening including:

Charles S. Swartz Award
for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production:

* Ray Dolby, Dolby Laboratories

Engineering Excellence Award:

* Cinnafilm – Tachyon(tm)
* Crossroads Systems – StrongBox
* Dolby Laboratories – Dolby(r) Atmos(tm)
* Sony Electronics – F65 Camera

HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production:

* Gradient Interactive – Sandbox

For further information about the Hollywood Post Alliance, contact: 213.614.0860, or visit hpaonline.com.

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.

The HPA Awards were presented with generous support from Premier Sponsor: NAB Show; Foundation Members: Avid Technology, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby Laboratories, EFILM, Encore and Stereo D; Bronze Sponsor: RED Digital Cinema and Supporting Sponsors: Chainsaw, Inc., Sony Electronics and The Hollywood Reporter.

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Award-winning Mixer Paul Hurtubise Joins Margarita Mix

SANTA MONICA (October 25, 2012) – Margarita Mix, a FotoKem company specializing in audio post services for commercials and advertising media, has added sound mixer Paul Hurtubise to its talent roster. The highly regarded sound designer/mixer and music composer has been contributing his art and craft to the industry since 1996. His work includes numerous Super Bowl spots throughout his career, and he has earned CLIO and Telly Awards, among other accolades.

Known for his technological acumen and expertise in audio tools, Hurtubise began his career when Avid Pro Tools first hit the scene for commercial post production. As an early adopter, he became a recognized expert in Hollywood. He has worked on a vast array of projects over the past 20 years, and his recent client roster reads like a “Who’s Who” of spots, including Honda, Toyota, Old Navy, AT&T, Qualcomm, Burger King, Carl’s, Nike, Smartwater, Coke Zero, American Express, Apple, and Microsoft.

FotoKem’s Senior VP Rand Gladden comments, “For over 30 years, Margarita Mix/LA Studios has been providing award-winning, cutting-edge services to the commercial production and advertising communities. And we remain committed to growing our outstanding group of engineers, designers and mixers. We’re excited to add Paul to the team.”

Hurtubise joins multi-award winning mixers Jimmy Hite, Nathan Dubin, and Jeff Levy, to name a few, at Margarita Mix.

“I’m thrilled to be part of such an acclaimed studio with a long history and stellar reputation in the industry,” says Hurtubise, who will be based in Santa Monica. “I am looking forward to working in this state-of-the-art environment supported by a great team. All of us at Margarita Mix are focused on helping our clients do great work, and exceed their expectations on a session-by-session basis.”

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Boxx Communications Showcasing Meridian at SMPTE

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 18, 2012—Boxx Communications will bring Boxx TV’s latest technologies to the SMPTE 2012 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition next week in Hollywood. Boxx Communications (Booth #416) will be showing the Meridian product line, as well as giving conference goers a sneak peak at the prototype h.264 HD system that is covering a distance of three miles. SMPTE 2012, considered the premier annual event for motion-imaging professionals in the media, entertainment, communications and technology industries, will be held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel (formerly the Renaissance Hollywood) from October 23-25. The Boxx TV Meridian is used on a wide variety of projects including the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall; episodic television shows like Revenge, Body of Proof and the Emmy® Award-winning Modern Family; and on breaking news stories on stations such KABC, KNBC and KTLA.

“Boxx TV is thoroughly focused on evolving and innovating our product line,” notes Boxx Communications Founder Mark Walker. “We are constantly in the field, working events in venues, on sets, and in broadcast trucks and control rooms. We derive significant understanding from that kind of real-world, hands-on experience. We get it, and understand what our customers have to accomplish, and that drives us to continually improve our products. What Boxx TV offers is an incredible option for the industry in terms of functionality and affordability.”

For those situations that demand high-quality, zero-delay HD and SD live transmission, Boxx TV’s Meridian Wireless Microwave Broadcast System is an affordable alternative to traditional COFDM systems with unprecedented success. The Meridian system uses license-exempt channels, and offers secure encrypted transmissions. It can be used for a variety of applications including large screen presentations, award ceremonies, and live broadcast events.

Boxx Meridian supports full 4:2:2 video including all formats up to 1080/30p, and delivers uncompressed, artifact-free broadcast video with in sync sound to integrate seamlessly with coax cameras switched live.

SMPTE 2012 attendees will also get a look at the recently released Meridian Tallis, an iris control and tally indicator accessory for two cameras. The Tallis provides tally and iris only control, and complements any brand of broadcast camera. The product is small enough to mount on any camera and the control knob gives accurate iris control. For a price around $4,000.00 for two channels controlling two cameras, the Tallis opens up a solution for productions where only iris control and tally indication is sufficient.

For more information about Boxx Communications, visit www.boxxusa.com or call 310.287.1285.

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About Boxx Communications
Boxx Communications is the Los Angeles-based reseller for Boxx TV products, an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer. Boxx Communications provides the broadcast industry with a wide range of innovative digital microwave systems for live broadcasts, as well as Steadicam, portable field, video assist and ENG applications. Boxx is revolutionizing the industry with reliable, cost-effective, and groundbreaking technology. Continually innovating, constantly advancing, Boxx Communications offers impeccable solutions. For more information about Boxx Communications, visit www.boxxusa.com or call 310.287.1285

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Walter Murch, ACE to Present Hollywood Post Alliance Charles S. Swartz Award to Ray Dolby

Legendary Sound Designer, Technology Visionary and Editor will Present Award to his Colleague and Joint Visionary

Walter Much, ACE


(Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) just announced that sound designer and film editor Walter Murch will be on hand to present the Charles S. Swartz Award for Creativity and Innovation in the Field of Post Production to his colleague and joint visionary, Ray Dolby. Ray Dolby, renowned inventor, engineer, and founder of Dolby Laboratories, has been named recipient of its Charles S. Swartz Award. Mr. Dolby, accompanied by his family, will be honored during the 7th Annual HPA Awards ceremony on November 1, 2012 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Walter Murch has been editing and mixing sound for feature films since starting on Francis Ford Coppola’s film The Rain People in 1969. He edited sound and was lead re-recording mixer on THX-1138, American Graffiti and the Godfather: Part II, won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation, won his first Oscar for Apocalypse Now, and won an unprecedented double Oscar for sound and film editing for his work on The English Patient. He has been nominated another six times for film editing and sound Oscars, including his first Emmy in 2012. Mr. Murch was, along with George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola, a founding member of Northern California Cinema. For his work on the film Apocalypse Now, he coined the term “Sound Designer,” was instrumental in the development of the 5.1 format, and along with colleagues such as Ben Burtt (2009 HPA Charles S. Swartz Award winner), helped to elevate the art and impact of film sound to a new level. In addition, Mr. Murch has been nominated for and won numerous BAFTA, ACE, CAS, and film festival awards, including career achievement awards from the CAS and the MPSE. He is also known as a technology visionary, introducing editing platforms and innovating ways of working creatively with new and emerging engineering. His book In the Blink of an Eye is a standard text at film schools throughout the world.

For further information about the awards or to purchase tickets, please visit www.hpaawards.net or call the HPA at 213.614.0860 or write info@hpaawards.net.


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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Sohonet Puts Lantana Campus in Fast Lane for Connectivity

Turnkey Production Platform Combines Creative Workspace with High-Performance Data Services

(SANTA MONICA, CA) Lantana, one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious properties for leasing creative office space, has joined forces with Sohonet, the global expert in connectivity and data management, to create an infrastructure that supports the professional content creation community. Lantana chose Sohonet to retrofit their Santa Monica campus, giving tenants easy access to networking solutions that are customizable to their creative needs. The campus-wide implementation has now been completed, positioning Lantana as a unique real estate hub for feature film and television production companies.

The expansion creates an ideal environment for clients who work around the clock and have dynamic needs. Lantana and Sohonet have designed a scenario where a full range of highly secure connectivity solutions can be initiated within just an hour, or even in minutes, and services can be scaled up and down throughout the duration of a project.

Harrison Marks, Visual Effects Coordinator for The Bourne Legacy and a number of high-profile studio projects, moved operations on the feature film from New York to Los Angeles in the thick of the project’s demanding schedule. Marks notes, “Sohonet kept us up and running in the midst of everything, and there was a lot going on. The availability of production-ready, creative workspace at Lantana powered by Sohonet is amazing for projects like The Bourne Legacy. I believe that during the entire transition, we were down less than one hour. Their support helped us keep our editors and production humming continuously, and deliver on schedule.”

Lantana is home to a number of media companies, and their security and bandwidth demands are increasing exponentially. Rebecca Hamilton, General Manager of Lantana, says, “Lantana’s clients are working with some of the world’s most valuable and sensitive content, moving bigger and bigger files farther and faster. Our clients face complex working requirements that call for tightly integrating data services with creative workspace into a turnkey production services offering. We knew that we needed an easy and secure way for them to keep them functioning on many levels, and a long-term solution for our campus.”

From internet services through high-volume data transfer services across its private media network, Sohonet supports the entire range of worldwide networking needs at Lantana. “Working with Lantana, we were able to put a turnkey solution in place that’s flexible and matches production needs and timescales,” explains Sohonet’s Joseph Ramsey, VP of Sales and Marketing for North America. “Our services are built around the demands of media clients, which gave Lantana the infrastructure they needed so creative teams can work without restrictions.”

The upgrade was significant in terms of planning and execution. “Sohonet is simply the best at what they do,” adds Hamilton. “They understand the way that our tenants work and they carefully managed every step of the implementation. I could not have asked for a smoother or more successful outcome.”

Dave Scammell, Sohonet’s CEO, says, “We are delighted to have been part of this collaboration with Lantana. We both have a deep understanding of the demands of this industry, and worked to optimize this location for their needs and their clients’ needs, effectively providing the best technology and expertise available to them.”

The Lantana media campus is comprised of four, distinct buildings on 12 acres, offering over 200,000 square feet of space. As part of the building modernization process, Sohonet successfully transitioned over 40 tenants, with unlimited capacity for adding long- and short-term clientele.

About Sohonet
Sohonet is the only global expert in connectivity and data management services for the media and entertainment industry. With over 15 years of experience, Sohonet offers an extensive range of solutions backed by unrivalled technical support to enable clients to manage and transfer valuable and critical content quickly, securely and effectively. 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. For more information, visit www.sohonet.com.

About Lantana
Lantana is one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious properties for leasing creative office space. The Lantana campus is comprised of four, distinct buildings on 12 acres. With easy access to major freeways and the beautiful Santa Monica coastline, the Lantana Campus is a premier location for entertainment companies interested in working on the Westside. Tenants include such distinguished companies as IMAX, Dick Clark Productions, Todd-AO and BermanBraun. Lantana Center has been the home to film and TV production along with writers, directors, producers, editor and sound designers since it was reconfigured for entertainment tenancy in the 1980s. The building underwent a complete renovation in 2006. Today, the two-story Lantana Center offers over 200,000 square feet of rentable, dog-friendly space for short or long-term leases. The building features newly renovated lobbies, eight colorful garden courtyards, a gourmet restaurant (Stefan’s LA Farm), conference rooms, valet parking, 24-hour on-site security, and a supportive staff that caters to the individual needs of each tenant. For more information, visit www.lantanasantamonica.com.

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2012 Hollywood Post Alliance Awards Announce Nominees


(Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance has announced the nominees for the 2012 HPA Awards. The Awards honor excellence in post production and bring recognition to the achievements of individuals and companies who are engaged in significant and revolutionary work in post production. The nominees in the 12 craft categories were chosen from a field of talented and innovative entries in color grading, editing, sound, and compositing for motion pictures, commercials and television. This year marked the largest number of entries in the Awards’ history. The winners of the 2012 HPA Awards will be announced at a gala evening at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA on November 1st, 2012.

Nominees for the 2012 HPA Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading using a DI process – Feature Film
Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories

“Drive”
Tom Poole // Company 3

“Prometheus”
Stephen Nakamura // Company 3

“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”
James Norman // 1000volt

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Adam Glasman // Company 3

“The Iron Lady”
Rob Pizzey // Company 3

Outstanding Color Grading – Television
Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories

“Game of Thrones – The Prince of Winterfell”
Joe Finley // Modern VideoFilm

“Magic City – Castles Made of Sand”
Tony D’Amore // Technicolor Creative Services Hollywood
“Hatfields & McCoys Miniseries – Night 2″
Lorraine Grant

“Castle – The Blue Butterfly”
Tony Smith // Encore

“Boardwalk Empire – 21″
Martin Zeichner // Technicolor-PostWorks New York

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial
Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories

Captain Morgan “Secret Passage”
Tim Masick // Company 3

Audi “Ahab”
Sean Coleman // Company 3

Chrysler “Halftime in America”
Siggy Ferstl // Company 3

Ciroc “Rat Pack”
Dave Hussey // Company 3

Elizabeth Arden “Wonderstruck”
Tim Masick // Company 3

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film
Sponsored by Avid Technology

“The Artist”
Michel Hazanavicius // La Classe Américaine
Anne – Sophie Bion

“The Dark Knight Rises”
Lee Smith, A.C.E.

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Kirk Baxter, A.C.E. and Angus Wall, A.C.E.

“Hugo”
Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E. // Sikelia Productions

“Marvel’s The Avengers”
Jeff Ford, A.C.E. and Lisa Lassek

Outstanding Editing – Television
Sponsored by Avid Technology

“Breaking Bad – Face Off”
Skip Macdonald, A.C.E.

“Downton Abbey – Series 2 Episode 7″
John Wilson, A.C.E. // Carnival Film & Television

“Boardwalk Empire – Under God’s Power She Flourishes”
Kate Sanford, A.C.E.

“Homeland – Pilot”
Jordan Goldman and David Latham

“Final Witness – Graveyard Love”
Miky Wolf // Big Sky Editorial

“Dexter – Those Kinds of Things”
Louis Cioffi, A.C.E.

Outstanding Editing – Commercial
Sponsored by Avid Technology

ESPN MLB “Walk Off”
Jeff Ferruzzo // Outside Editorial

Werthers “Magic”
Kristin McCasey // Therapy Studios

MasterCard “Tango”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Miller64 “Living the Dream”
Jeff Ferruzzo // Outside Editorial

Telekom “Life”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

“The Hunger Games”
Lon Bender, Bill Dean, Kris Fenske and Glynna Grimala // Soundelux
Mike Prestwood Smith and Michael Keller // Todd AO

“Brave”
Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, E.J. Holowicki and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle // Skywalker Sound

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
Skip Lievsay, Blake Leyh, Eliza Paley and Paul Urmson // Warner Bros. Sound

“The Adventures of Tin Tin”
Chris Ward, Brent Burge, Michael Hedges, Christopher Boyes and Andy Nelson // Park Road Post Production

“Safe House”
Conrad Kuhne, Chris Jenkins and Frank A. Montaño // Universal Studios Sound
Per Hallberg // Soundelux

Outstanding Sound – Television

“Grimm – Pilot”
Mark Lanza, Larry Mann, Alan Decker and Nello Torri // Universal Sound

“Person of Interest – Matsya Nyaya”
Scott Weber and Keith Rogers // Disney Digital Studio Services
Tom de Gorter and Matt Sawelson // Atomic Sound

“Hatfields & McCoys Miniseries – Night 3″
Christian Cooke and Brad Zoern

“The Walking Dead – Beside the Dying Fire”
Jerry Ross, Lou Thomas, Tim Farrell, Gary Rogers, Dan Hiland, Phil Barrie and Bartek Swiatek // Warner Bros. Sound

“Homeland – Finale: Marine One”
Craig Dellinger, Jonathan Golodner and Larry Goeb // Sony Pictures Studios
Alan Decker and Nello Torri // Universal Sound

Outstanding Sound – Commercial

Lurpak “Rainbow”
Aaron Reynolds // Wave Studios

Nissan Leaf “Gas Powered Everything”
Jimmy Hite // Margarita Mix Santa Monica

Durex “Vinyl”
Jack Sedgwick // Wave Studios

Cadbury’s “Twirly Gig”
Parv Thind // Wave Studios

Irish Road Safety “Drug Driving Night Out”
Aaron Reynolds // Wave Studios

Outstanding Compositing – Feature Film

“Marvel’s The Avengers”
Matt Holland, Tim Hey, Caterina Schiffers and Steve McGillen // Weta Digital

“Battleship”
Marshall Krasser, Ben O’Brien, Sherry Hitch and Mike Conte // Industrial Light & Magic

“John Carter”
Zave Jackson, Helen Newby, Aymeric Perceval and Jamie Wood// Cinesite Ltd.

“Prometheus”
Alfred Murrle, Christoph Salzmann, Florian Schroeder and Paul Redican // Weta Digital

“Marvel’s The Avengers”
Nelson Sepulveda, Alan Travis, Peter Demarest and Chris Bayz // Industrial Light & Magic

Outstanding Compositing – Television

“The River – Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
Stephan Fleet, Mitch Gates, Charley Carlat and Sarah McGrail // Encore

“Castle – Head Case”
Mitch Gates, Rick Ramirez, Jeremy Jozwik and Brian McIntyre // Encore

“Great Expectations – Episode 3″
Henry Badgett, Stuart Bullen, Markus Kuha and Simon Rowe // BlueBolt

“NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service – Rekindled”
Bob Minshall, Mark Intravartolo, Jeremy Jozwik and Carrie Smith // Encore

Outstanding Compositing – Commercial

Sky Sports “Do the Fold”
David Lebensfeld, Grant Miller, Nick Sorenson and John Martini // Ingenuity Engine

Tooheys Extra Dry “Nocturnal Migration”
Colin Renshaw, Matt Chance and Urs Furrer // Alt.vfx

Chevy “2012 Silverado”
Benjamin Walsh, Dominik Bauch and Nicholas Kim // Method Studios

BP “Side By Side”
Glen Noren, Paul Rosckes, Marko Markewycz and Mark Walczak // Optimus

Trust Bank “Bus”
David Lebensfeld, Grant Miller, Nick Sorenson and John Martini // Ingenuity Engine

In addition to the craft categories, the HPA will also honor winners of the Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by NAB Show, present the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production and the prestigious Charles S. Swartz Award, which recognizes broad and lasting contributions that have advanced and provided a unique purpose to the field of Post Production.

Tickets for the HPA Awards will be available beginning September 17th. They can be purchased online at www.hpaawards.net, by calling the HPA at 213.614.0860 or by writing info@hpaawards.net. More information about the HPA Awards and the Hollywood Post Alliance can be found at www.hpaonline.com.

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.

The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Premier Sponsor: NAB Show; Foundation Members: Avid Technology and Dolby Laboratories and Bronze Sponsor: RED Digital Cinema.

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Digital Vision and MTI Film form Strategic Partnership to Create Grading and Control Dailies Workflow


(Los Angeles, CA) Digital Vision and MTI Film have formed a strategic technology partnership to develop a new digital dailies software solution, built upon Digital Vision’s Nucoda colour grading system and the MTI’s Cortex::ControlDailies solution. Introduced this morning at IBC in Amsterdam, the announcement marks the development of a previously unavailable dailies product in the marketplace, built upon two powerful technologies.

Nucoda Look with Cortex::ControlDailies will soon be available as a software package that offers a unique set of integrated features to enable users to seamlessly move the Cortex grades into the Nucoda Look for more precise and controlled “near-set” grading and preparation for final grade. The new package pushes the boundaries of the digital dailies process by offering a simple and powerful production process from set to final colour grading.

In addition to their on-set dailies offering, MTI Film Los Angeles is a leading post production facility serving motion pictures and television projects for major studios and networks, with multiple Nucoda Film Master systems at the center of their colour operations. Recently, they provided remote control dailies for Warner Horizon Televisions’ reboot Dallas. It was during that project, where dailies were moved into Nucoda for final ultimate grading, that MTI Film and Digital Vision were propelled to form the new alliance.

Larry Chernoff, CEO of MTI Film commented, “We have worked closely with the team at Digital Vision for many years, and have found them to consistently bring creative ideas to every project. This partnership is a continuation of our successful collaboration, and we see it as an important service and product for anyone that hopes for powerful colour coherency from day one of dailies to the final delivery.”

Kelvin Bolah, Managing Director, Digital Vision says, “Our intention is to provide a cost effective high-end solution for on-set and near-set dailies that benefit our clients by combining the best experience with MTI’s dailies processing and the industry’s best colour correction 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.

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.digitalvision.tv and www.mtifilm.com

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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:
Alexa Maza | alexa.maza@digitalvision.se | Tel: +1 (818) 769-8111

Digital Vision USA PR Contact:
Ignite | Christine Purse | chris@ignite.bz | Tel: +1 818 303 8088
Mobile: +1 323 806 9696

Digital Vision EMEA & Asia PR Contact:
Jump PR | Kate Ford | kate@jumppr.tv | Tel: +44 (0) 1932 240001
Mobile: +44 (0) 7740 948 065

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