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Testronic Announces Expansion of File-Based QC Lab

State-of-the-Art Lab Adds UltraViolet Interoperability Testing, Secure Management of Internet Access, and Downstream Deliverables

(Burbank, CA) Testronic Labs, the global leader in quality assurance services for film and television, games, consumer electronics, enterprise, and publishing, has completed a significant expansion to its award-winning File-Based QC Lab (the File-Based Lab), located in the company’s First Street facility in Burbank, California. Building upon the existing secure infrastructure, the File-Based Lab has been upgraded to provide UltraViolet(tm) Interoperability Testing capabilities and related test automation services, including extended services and environments to support the evolving digital ecosystem from mastering to consumer distribution.

UltraViolet is the cloud-based home entertainment industry standard that allows consumers to download and stream movies and TV shows for viewing on a wide range of devices. The expansion of Testronic’s File-Based Lab adds UltraViolet Interoperability Testing services, and features independent test stations supporting both hardware and software-based Common File Format (CFF) Players connected to a secure NAS, allowing client files to be quickly tested against a wide-range of CFF Players. UltraViolet Content Providers, Retailers, Download Service Providers (DSPs), and CFF Player manufacturer licensees can bring and transmit CFF content files for testing against available players, and have their players tested against CFF reference files and representative UltraViolet content. Testronic engineers are available to assist in consultation, setup, configuration, and to perform interoperability testing, including end-to-end consumer purchase, download, and playback scenarios.

In addition to supporting UltraViolet testing, the updated File-Based Lab can securely receive and test digital content and all downstream deliverables for Over-the-Top (OTT) services such as iTunes, Netflix and Hulu. To better support website, web portal and content rights redemption testing, Testronic has further expanded its online test lab environment, adding 12 additional test stations and upgrading the Master QC testing suites with greater functionality and additional technologies.

Albert Koval, Testronic’s Vice President of UltraViolet Services and Software Testing US, said, “Adding UltraViolet interoperability testing capabilities for content and CFF playback devices was a natural extension of the work that began when Phase I of the File-Based Lab was unveiled in mid-2011. The Lab has been designed from the ground up to serve the needs of studios, content providers and player manufacturers as the industry transitions to file-based workflows. Our customers are continually engaged in a never-ending cycle of change regarding the creation, management and delivery of content, and we feel that our ability to look ahead of the horizon and help them be prepared is crucial. Testronic is making this investment to stay ahead in critical areas like UltraViolet that relate to OTT and digital distribution, including the testing of desktop and mobile apps, websites, web portals and plug-in services, all of which are a growing focus for our clients.”

Testronic developed the File-Based Lab after careful research clearly showed a need to support clients in performing end-to-end, secure, testing services in the digital space. 1 Gigabit and 10 Gigabit download capabilities ensure fast, secure ingest of large media files; and future growth is secured, with the ability to add additional testing stations and capacity as needed. In Phase I, the company invested heavily in ground-breaking technology, including an innovative, advanced playback system for high-resolution, multi-format A/V, which reduced the time and equipment required to test the many master and distribution content file formats that exist across the entertainment ecosystem. The Phase II expansion is a continuation of thoughtful and advanced creativity by the Testronic team to develop file-based testing services to support clients now and in the future.

About Testronic Labs
Testronic’s high standards have been protecting clients and safeguarding the consumer experience since 1998. As the leading global provider of quality assurance, compliance, and localization services for a notable array of industries; including media, entertainment, games, education, e-commerce and consumer electronics, Testronic Labs ensures efficient and secure delivery of the highest quality consumer deliverables. Based in Burbank, CA; London, UK; Diepenbeek, Belgium; Warsaw, Poland; and Tokyo, Japan, Testronic Labs offers an unparalleled history of next-generation innovation and service excellence across the entire digital media industry. For further information, visit www.TestronicLabs.com.

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2013 HPA Tech Retreat Opens Registration

Thought Leaders Gather to Converse, Present and Demonstrate New Technologies

(Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) – the trade association for the post production community – has opened registration for the 2013 HPA Tech Retreat. The HPA Tech Retreat is the annual conference that brings together thought leaders from digital and content creation, media and entertainment, forensics, medicine, digital imaging, government, academic research and others for four days of intense conversation, learning and networking. This progressive industry event always delivers important technological developments in production, post production and broadcast. The HPA Tech Retreat is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for industry professionals.

The HPA Tech Retreat takes place February 18-22, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells, California (Palm Springs area). The event features cocktail receptions, a welcome dinner, breakfast roundtables, and fireside chats, as well as opportunities for networking throughout each day.

The four-day conference also includes a Demo Room, where groundbreaking new technologies are presented. There have been significant changes in the Demo Room and in addition to new technologies, new and unique services, which haven’t been included in the past, will be on hand during the event.

While the deadline to be included in the Demo Room has passed, the HPA will continue to try to accommodate worthy submissions. Companies and service providers are urged to act quickly if they wish to be included. Inquiries concerning the Demo Room should be directed to this year’s managers, Vincent Maza or Alexa Maza at TechRetreatDemoRoom@hpaonline.com. Also, the Early Bird registration deadline is Monday, January 7.

The HPA Tech Retreat program is being updated continuously and you will find it and all other information and registration at the HPA website: http://www.hpaonline.com. For questions, please contact the HPA office at 213-614-0860.

The 2013 Tech Retreat is sponsored by the Hollywood Post Alliance(r), Foundation Sponsor Dolby, as well as others to be announced soon. Media Sponsors include; Post Magazine, Shoot Magazine, Creative Handbook, Production Hub, and Sound & Picture.

About the HPA Tech Retreat(r)
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post-production, film, television, video, broadcast, and related technology areas, for the exchange of information.

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.

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FotoKem Automates nextLAB Integration with PIX System; Improved Process Powers “House of Cards” Dailies

BURBANK, Calif. (December 18, 2012) – The latest version of FotoKem’s award-winning nextLAB™ software for advanced media management now automates the transfer of dailies to PIX System’s industry-leading digital collaboration service. nextLAB transcodes the source media files, and immediately uploads the material and over 60 fields of searchable metadata per take directly into PIX. This strategic relationship increases the efficiency of a dailies workflow, and makes it easier for productions to securely access and leverage not just their media, but all the associated production data.

This improved process has been deployed on a number of projects, including the recent production of House of Cards for NetFlix. The automated nature and integration of nextLAB to PIX for dailies on House of Cards added a new level of data management firepower to the shoot, while keeping the workflow streamlined and simple.

Developed in house by FotoKem’s software team, nextLAB is an on-set and near-location solution for file-based workflows that supports projects from camera to color through editing and archive. nextLAB can manage digital files and metadata for a wide array of cameras in the marketplace – including ARRI, Sony, RED, Canon and Silicon Imaging – and incorporates the Academy Color Encoding Specifications (ACES) architecture.

PIX System’s secure digital collaboration platform is widely used on feature and television productions around the globe by filmmakers, motion picture studios and television networks. Over 700 productions have used the PIX service to view, manage and collaborate on their media during various phases of production and marketing.

Larry Schalit, Senior Vice President of PIX System, comments, “FotoKem shares our dedication to client service and to integrating new technology into file-based workflows. nextLAB is a great example of that commitment. They’ve been very proactive in working with us to seamlessly integrate the dailies workflow for our clients – from the camera through to PIX, the edit room, and on to archive. With nextLAB, filmmakers using PIX can be viewing dailies in our system a couple of hours after being shot. Furthermore, by capturing all of the metadata at the source, our clients are able to easily search and organize material by virtually any attribute. This saves significant time and effort throughout the project.”

FotoKem’s nextLAB was designed to identify, capture, carry and manage extensive amounts of information throughout the workflow from dailies to archive. The metadata gathered in nextLAB and now automatically shared through PIX allows for easy viewing, commenting, collaborating and manipulating of the data on set, at the studio, in editing rooms, at visual effects houses, or by other important stakeholders of a production.

Tom Vice, Vice President and General Manager of nextLAB for FotoKem, notes, “The collaboration with PIX System delivers speed, efficiency and a rich set of metadata to our customers. Their services are the industry standard at the major studios, as well as network and cable television. In combination with nextLAB, we’ve opened up the process for automatic, quick information sharing that is ideally suited to the data that nextLAB gathers and the way filmmakers need to access their material. Additionally, the team at PIX is simply outstanding, and we look forward to working closely with them for ongoing innovation for our customers.”

For more information about PIX System, visit www.pixsystem.com. For more information on FotoKem and nextLAB, visit www.fotokem.com.

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Visual Data Announces Opening of New Premier Facility

Company to Launch 21st Century Facility in Burbank

(Burbank, CA) Visual Data Media Services – an industry leading provider of integrated end-to-end post production solutions and distribution for all media outlets – has announced the opening date of their new, state-of-the-art facility in Burbank, California. The new location will greatly expand the capacity of Visual Data’s current space and was designed from scratch to support 21st century workflows and accommodate the needs of a changing industry. Upon taking ownership of the Hollywood Way building earlier this year, the veteran post production company gutted the space to its outside walls, and an innovative, data centric facility arose in its place. The new Visual Data location will open its doors, with no interruption in service, on January 2, 2013.

John Trautman, President of Visual Data, commented, “We simply had to increase capacity to meet demand, and moving was a long term investment we were willing to make. When I first looked at the building, it was apparent that a lot of work would be needed to meet our goals, but I also knew that it presented an amazing opportunity. We had the chance to gut a strong structure in a great location, and then visualize exactly how we would build out a space and infrastructure to meet the demands of today’s industry and tomorrow’s as well. A place that would be thoroughly outstanding for our clients and our staff to work.”

The 30,000 square foot facility features 20 suites for editing, QC, color correction, and captioning, built around a highly secure Data Center, a large Digital Machine Room, and an Encoding Center. The cutting-edge Data Center was built to support the company’s proprietary Asset Management System, which will simplify and refine distribution and archival tasks for the company’s clients. The new space will also offer 2 mix stages, an ADR stage, and a Foley stage that will be unveiled early in 2013. The latest products from a number of leading vendors are being installed; including DVS-SAN, Aspera, Isilon, Avascent, Miranda, and DaVinci.

The increased capacity afforded by the new facility will support Visual Data’s wide ranging service offerings dedicated to the creation, management, repurposing and distribution of content; including Subtitling and Localization, Closed Captioning, DVD services, Syndication services, Asset Management, Encoding, Digital Cinema DCP, and Digital Delivery. “In today’s content driven world, everything is repurposed, repackaged and delivered a number of times. There are many steps involved to the work that we touch, and we’ve made it our business to make that process as easy as possible for our customers. That’s a core part of our business, and we wanted to bring a future-centric strategy to those services, including automation and data centric workflows,” noted Trautman.

The company’s investment, totaling more than eleven million dollars, comes at a time when some independent facilities are facing an economic slowdown. However Visual Data has carefully structured its business in a way that supports the evolving needs of its client base. Concluded Trautman, “This move is a fantastic opportunity for us to grow our footprint and accommodate the changing needs of our customers. We see this as an investment in a bright future.”

About Visual Data Media Services, Inc.
Visual Data earned its reputation for outstanding quality, service and dependability by providing integrated end-to-end post-production solutions for over 17 years. To meet the ever evolving needs of television, feature film, and new media clients, Visual Data focuses on the seamless repurposing and distribution of content for all media outlets; including Domestic Syndication, Network Broadcast, International Distribution, Home Video, Video-On-Demand, the Internet, and Mobile Devices. Visual Data’s veteran management team, with over 85 years of combined industry knowledge, ensures that customers will be met with a high level of service and efficient turn-around on tight deadlines. Strategically integrated services, all under one roof, allow Visual Data to fulfill complex deliveries and solve difficult problems for clients with ease.

Visual Data is currently located at 145 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91502. The new Visual Data facility will be located at 610 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA, 91505.

For more information on our services, please call 818.558.3363 or visit www.VisualDataInc.com.

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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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