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Bexel to Showcase Robust 4K Portfolio at Cine Gear Expo New York

Company’s East Coast Presence Continues to Grow with New Secaucus Facility

(SECAUCUS, NJ) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, will be highlighting their growing inventory of 4K camera systems at Cine Gear Expo New York, which runs September 27-28 at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Pavilion. The company recently increased its East Coast presence by opening a new 20,000-square-foot facility in Secaucus, New Jersey, to support broadcast productions with a broad depth of solutions.

At Cine Gear Expo, Bexel will be showcasing the 4K Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 with Fujinon Cabrio PL-mount lenses, as well as the Canon EOS C300, among other offerings.

“We are committed to investing in the advancing camera and lens technology that broadcasters need, and provide the expertise and equipment choices that satisfy a variety of shooters integrating HD video and cinema-style options,” says Tom Dickinson, CTO of Bexel. “To do that, we are broadening our PL-mount inventory. The Sony F55 and F5 are giving our clients great shots that look like film, and the ability to be more creative, particularly when paired with the Fujinon Cabrio PL lenses. We also have a whole range of customers benefitting from the flexibility and affordability that the EF-mount Canon EOS C300s offer in augmenting a variety of video productions.”

Cine Gear Expo New York also gives Bexel the opportunity to introduce its New Jersey hub, and make the broadcast community aware of the company’s increased services, as well as the vast inventory that Bexel now has available on both coasts.

The new Secaucus facility marks a significant expansion for the company. The large, modern space located near the Newark International Airport offers robust systems for rental or purchase, regional engineering support, large staging areas and loading docks, and warehouse-sized storage.

Bexel’s New Jersey team recently supported the broadcasts for the entire run of the 2013 US Open, one of the longer sporting events on the company’s roster, and is currently preparing for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda.

“Secaucus is a convenient and familiar spot, and we secured a beautiful space that will help us serve our customers better,” adds Dickinson. “The new facility nearly triples the size of the former Manhattan Bexel operation.”

In addition to the Secaucus location, Bexel hubs are set up in Dallas, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, complemented by regional sales offices in Atlanta and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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

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

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Digital Vision Brings Thor Advanced Image Processing to IBC 2013

Thor to deliver high quality, real time processing at 4K, faster than real time for HD and SD

(London, UK) Following well received technology demonstrations at NAB 2013 and Broadcast Asia 2013, Digital Vision will bring Thor to Stand 7.E30 at IBC 2013. The dedicated hardware platform for advanced image processing, which is scheduled for delivery in December 2013, enables real-time processing for 4K and faster than real-time for HD and SD sources. 8K processing will be enabled during 2014.

Kelvin Bolah, Managing Director, Digital Vision, said, “The enthusiastic feedback we have received about Thor shows that there is a great demand for better, faster image processing. Thor is already achieving speed and quality that up to now has been unthinkable; by incorporating our DVO image enhancement and restoration tools into Thor we will have created a formidable toolset.”

Thor will initially feature the award-winning DVO Clarity noise and grain management tool, followed by other tools including DVO Dust 2.0, DVO Steady, DVO Upscale and others.

Thor will be available as a part of the Nucoda and Phoenix ecosystem, but will also function independently across multiple platforms, making the tools available to broadcasters and archives in a file-based or video environment, including live broadcast applications.

At IBC 2013 Digital Vision will also present the latest versions of the Nucoda colour grading product line and its Phoenix restoration software.

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Linköping in Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners and the Vintage Cloud solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognized highest quality in scanning, film digitization, preservation and archiving.

In April 2011, Digital Vision acquired Image Systems and is now a division of the Image Systems group of companies.

For more information, visit www.digitalvision.se

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

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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:
Patrick Morgan | patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7734 8282 | Mobile +44 (0) 7917674711

American Society of Cinematographers Launches New Master Class Program

Award-Winning DPs to Teach Inaugural Session in October

LOS ANGELES – The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) announced today that it will be hosting a new series of Master Classes that will teach all aspects of the art and craft of cinematography.

Each Master Class will be held over a five-day period and will convene four times a year. The first will run October 21 through October 25, 2013 and will be limited to 20 students. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis. The syllabus – along with tuition and registration information – may be viewed on the ASC Web site.

“The ASC Master Class offers an unprecedented opportunity to get direct, hands-on instruction from the best cinematographers in the world,” notes ASC President Richard Crudo. “Classes will be based at our historic Clubhouse in Hollywood, and will be augmented by field trips to nearby state-of-the-art facilities. No one else can give such access to the range of knowledge and experience that resides under our roof. It represents a truly comprehensive, one-of-a-kind experience.”

The ASC Master Class Program Advisor is Oscar(r)-nominee Stephen Burum, ASC. Different cinematographers will lead the classes each quarter.

Among the participating faculty for the inaugural session will be the world’s foremost shooter of car spots and other commercials, Bill Bennett. Additional instructors will include ASC greats Dion Beebe, Russell Carpenter, Dean Cundey, Caleb Deschanel, Richard Edlund, Robert Elswit, Matthew Libatique, Dean Semler, Dante Spinotti and John Toll. Each of whom has been Oscar(r) nominated on at least one occasion, while Beebe, Carpenter, Elswit, Edlund (three), Semler and Toll (two) are Oscar(r) winners. In addition, Deschanel, Semler and Spinotti are also ASC Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, and Edlund has received the ASC Presidents Award. (All participants subject to availability)

At the conclusion of the week participants will receive a certificate of completion at a celebratory dinner with ASC members.

ASC was founded in 1919. There are 350 active members today who have national roots in some 20 countries. There are also 150 associate members from ancillary segments of the industry.

For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com, or join ASC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/the.ASC and American Cinematographer magazine fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AmericanCinematographer.

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2013 HPA Awards Announce Craft Category Nominees and Special Award Winners

Judges Award for Creativity & Innovation and Engineering Excellence Winners Revealed

(Los Angeles, CA) Today in a special on-line press event, the Hollywood Post Alliance(r) – the trade association for the post production community – announced the nominees for the craft categories of the 8th Annual HPA Awards and winners of several special awards. The HPA 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 HPA Awards will take place on the evening of November 7th, 2013 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The number of entries in all categories and for special awards topped every year to date for this year’s honors. The nominees in the 12 craft categories were chosen from a field of talented and innovative entries in color grading, editing, sound, and visual effects for motion pictures, commercials and television.

Nominees for the 2013 HPA Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film

“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

“Oblivion”
Mike Sowa // Technicolor

“Anna Karenina”
Adam Glasman // Company 3

“Life of Pi”
David Cole // Technicolor

“Pacific Rim”
Maxine Gervais // Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging

“Iron Man 3″
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor

“Man of Steel”
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

“Castle – Hunt”
Anthony Smith // Encore Hollywood

“Behind the Candelabra”
John Daro // FotoKem

“Hell on Wheels – Slaughterhouse”
Steven Porter // MTI FILM

“Game of Thrones – Kissed By Fire”
Joe Finley // Modern VideoFilm

“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Ghosts of the Past”
Paul Westerbeck // Encore Hollywood

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial

Call of Duty “Masks”
Dave Hussey // Company 3

Louis Vuitton “L’Invitation Au Voyage”
Tim Masick // Company 3

Procter & Gamble: Thank You, Mom “Best Job”
Adam Scott // The Mill

Under Armour “Brought To You By Under Armour”
Tom Poole // Company 3

Mercedes-Benz “Soul”
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film

“Zero Dark Thirty”
William Goldenberg, A.C.E. and Dylan Tichenor, A.C.E.

“Flight”
Jeremiah O’Driscoll

“Les Miserables”
Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris Dickens, A.C.E.

“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Maryann Brandon, A.C.E. and MaryJo Markey, A.C.E.

“Argo”
William Goldenberg, A.C.E.

Outstanding Editing – Television

“Breaking Bad – Gliding Over All”
Kelley Dixon, A.C.E.

“Dexter – Are You…?”
Louis Cioffi, A.C.E.

“Downton Abbey – Series 3, Episode 5″
John Wilson, A.C.E. // Carnival Film & Television

“Breaking Bad – Dead Freight”
Skip MacDonald, A.C.E.

“American Horror Story: Asylum – Welcome To Briarcliff”
Joe Leonard and Bradley Buecker, A.C.E.

Outstanding Editing – Commercial

Verizon Wireless “Big Vision”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Nextel/Ferrari “Combustion”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Verizon Wireless “Brothers”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Obama for America “Lena’s First Time”
Cristina Rackoff // Big Sky Editorial

Ragu “Hamster”
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

“Gangster Squad”
Cameron Frankley and Dean Zupancic // Warner Bros. Sound
Jason W. Jennings and Jon Taylor, CAS

“Argo”
Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
John Reitz and Gregg Rudloff // Warner Bros. Sound

“Pacific Rim”
Scott Gershin // Formosa Group
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Timothy O. LeBlanc // Warner Bros. Sound

“Iron Man 3″
Mark Stoeckinger, Michael Keller, Mike Prestwood Smith and Andrew DeCrisofaro // Todd/Soundelux

“Turbo”
Richard King and Michael Babcock // Warner Bros. Sound
Andy Nelson // Fox Studios Post Production Services

Outstanding Sound – Television

“Banshee – Pilot”
Brad North, Elmo Ponsdomenech, William Freesh, Luis Galdames and Tiffany Griffith // Universal Sound

“Dexter – A Beautiful Day”
Pete Elia, CAS; Kevin Roache, CAS; Fredric Judkins, MPSE; Christian Buenaventura and John Snider // Technicolor Creative Services

“The Americans – Mutually Assured Destruction”
Ken Hahn, James Redding and Neil Cedar // Digital Cinema, LLC

“Homeland – Beirut is Back”
Alan Decker and Nello Torri // Universal Sound
Craig Dellinger, Larry Long and Jonathan Golodner // Sony Pictures Studios

“Game of Thrones – The Climb”
Paula Fairfield, Brad Katona, Jed Dodge, Onnalee Blank and Mathew Waters // Todd AO

Outstanding Sound – Commercial

Honda “Hands”
Anthony Moore // Factory

Lurpak “Weave Your Magic”
Aaron Reynolds // Wave Studios

Barclaycard “Toys”
Sam Robson // Factory

Nextel/Ferrari “Combustion”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Lurpak “Good, Proper Food”
Dan Beckwith // Factory

Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film

“Man of Steel”
Keith Miller, Daniel Barrett, Phillip Leonhardt, Thelvin Cabezas and Mark Tait // Weta Digital

“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Dan Pearson, Jay Cooper, Alex Prichard and Adrien Saint Girons // Industrial Light & Magic
Adam Watkins // Pixomondo

“Iron Man 3″
Guy Williams, Aaron Gilman, Matt Aitken, Dan Macarin and Thrain Shadbolt // Weta Digital

“Pacific Rim”
Lindy DeQuattro, Eddie Pasquarello, Nigel Sumner, Derrick Carlin and Chris Lentz // Industrial Light & Magic

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White and Eric Reynolds // Weta Digital

Outstanding Visual Effects – Television

“Banshee – Pilot”
Armen Kevorkian, Mike Oakley, Jeremy Jozwik, Andranik Taranyan and Gevork Babityan // Encore VFX

“Under the Dome – Pilot”
Stephan Fleet, Matthieu Perin, Jeremy Jozwik, Chad Schott and Arutyun Arthur Sayan // Encore Hollywood

“Game of Thrones – Valar Dohaeris”
Joe Bauer and Jabbar Raisani
Jörn Grosshans and Sven Martin // Pixomondo
Doug Campbell // Spin VFX

“Magic City – Angels of Death”
Mark Velazquez, Seth Brower, Doug Ludwig, Jeremy Jozwik and Chad Schott // Encore Hollywood

“Hawaii Five-0 – La O Na Makuahine”
Armen Kevorkian, Jeremy Jozwik, Rick Ramirez, Gevork Babityan and Andranik Taranyan // Encore VFX

Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial

Galaxy “Chauffeur”
Simon French, William Bartlett, Stephen Cullingford and Grant Walker // Framestore

Johnnie Walker “Where Flavour Is King”
Colin Renshaw // Alt.vfx

Kia “Space Babies”
Brian Burke, Charles Abou Aad, Jordan Harris and Patrick Ferguson // Method Studios

Abbott’s Village Bakery “Free Range”
Colin Renshaw // Alt.vfx

Qualcomm Snapdragon “Coming Soon”
James Dick, Andy Rowan Robinson, Shayne Ryan and Russell Dodgson // Framestore

In addition to the craft categories, the HPA also announced the winners of the Engineering Excellence Award as well as the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production. These prestigious Awards recognize the technical excellence and creative innovation that is helping to drive the post industry forward.

The winners of the HPA Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by NAB Show are:
DTS, Inc.
MDA

NVIDIA
NVIDIA GRID(tm) Visual Computing Appliance (VCA)

Sony Pictures Imageworks and The Foundry
FLIX

Telestream
16 bit 4:4:4:4 Transcoding Technology

The winner of the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production is:

Park Road Post Production
Next Generation Feature Film Workflow: Enabling HFR 48FPS Stereoscopic 3D On Set to On Screen

Tickets for the HPA Awards are available now and can be purchased online at www.hpaawards.net or by calling the HPA at 213.614.0860 or writing 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.

The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Engineering Excellence Award Sponsor: NAB Show; Bronze Sponsor: Sohonet and Supporting Sponsors: Chainsaw, Inc., MESA and The Hollywood Reporter.

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Testronic Ups Key US Executives

Jason Gish Named Senior Vice President-General Manager

(Burbank, CA) Testronic, the global leader in quality assurance services for film and television, games, software, and digital television, has announced two promotions of key staff in their US headquarters. Jason Gish has been named Senior Vice President of Film and Television Services and General Manager of US Operations. He previously served as Vice President of Business Development. Shana Rosencrans has been elevated to Vice President of US Operations from Director. Testronic’s US operations are critical service suppliers to leading creators and holders of entertainment content and a significant part of the global Testronic family of services.

With an expanded slate of responsibilities, Gish will manage strategic development, sales, and technical operations in the Americas. In his new role he will focus on the implementation of an innovative and growing service offering that includes UltraViolet interoperability testing, file-based workflows and QC, app and mobile testing, disc services, web and portal testing, catalogue services, and User Experience testing. Gish will serve as part of Testronic’s global management team, working closely with the company’s UK, Belgium and Poland offices. He will continue to be based in the company’s Burbank headquarters.

Since joining Testronic in 2003, Gish has been instrumental in the development of new service offerings for the company’s US division. In addition to his long-standing expertise in quality assurance services for film and television content, he created the company’s On-Site offering, which provides testers on demand, and a suite of services for digital publishers. Gish commented, “For the past decade, I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with wonderful clients who are constantly exploring innovative solutions to manage the complexities of the changing manner in which content is being consumed. I am honored to take on these expanded duties and lead our remarkable Testronic US team.”

Rosencrans has played an important part in the success of Testronic’s film and television division, working closely with customers and the operations team to deliver quality assurance services to the major studios and other key content holders. In her new role, Rosencrans will oversee all day-to-day operations of Testronic US, supervise the operations staff, and manage technology implementations. She will also interface extensively with Testronic operations in the UK and Poland. Rosencrans has been with the company since 2004.

“Testronic has been fortunate to build the best team in the business, and Jason and Shana are at the very heart of it,” noted Mike McGarvey, Testronic CEO. “I am delighted to have Jason lead our US offices, and I believe he will play a pivotal role in our continued success. He has helped move our business forward with his talent and experience, but most importantly, with his sincere desire to serve our clients in an uncompromising way. Shana is an innovative thinker and diligent expert who has been instrumental to our ability to deliver the highest caliber work for the past decade. It is an exciting time for our US operations, as our new UltraViolet, Library, and User Experience services present so many exceptional opportunities. With these outstanding professionals at the helm, we are perfectly positioned to capitalize on them for our clients.”

About Testronic
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 localisation services for a notable array of industries; including media, entertainment, games, education, e-commerce and consumer electronics, Testronic 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 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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Boxx Communications Provides Panavision with Award-Winning Boxx TV Meridian Wireless Systems


(LOS ANGELES, CA) Boxx Communications is bringing Boxx TV‘s award-winning technology to Panavision with the delivery of 12 more Boxx TV Meridian Wireless Microwave Broadcast Systems.

“Panavision has been a leader in this industry for as long as I can remember,” says Mark Walker, founder of Boxx Communications. “And this is a perfect example of why; they provide productions with the very best technology available today, and certainly that is true with the Meridian.”

The Meridian System, which was recently selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) for further Sci-Tech awards consideration, represents a new era in wireless HD/SD microwave video transmission system for cameras. It instantly delivers extremely high-quality uncompressed SD and HD video over license exempt channels, with zero delay. This revolutionary technology works with all formats (composite, component, SDI and HDSDI) and frame rates, breaking new ground in affordable SD and HD transmission for broadcasting. The Meridian supports full 4:2:2 video for 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.

The Meridian, system is used in a variety of settings that cover the gamut of production needs and are frequently found on feature film and TV productions, at live broadcasts of sports, worship, award ceremonies, and news, and in large screen presentations.

Panavision has deployed the Boxx TV Meridian for feature films such as Transformers, Let’s Be Cops and Pacific Rim, and on TV shows including Dallas, CSI, NCIS, Army Wives, and Body of Proof, among many others.

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About Boxx Communications
Boxx Communications is the Los Angeles-based reseller for Boxx TV products, an Emmy(r) 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 TV 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.

About Panavision
Panavision Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-precision camera systems, including both film and digital cameras, and lenses and accessories for the motion picture and television industries. Renowned for its world-wide service and support, Panavision systems are rented through its domestic and internationally owned and operated facilities and distributor network. Panavision also supplies lighting, grip and crane equipment for use by motion picture and television productions.

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Pacific Post Unveils New Location

New Facility in North Hollywood Significantly Expands Company Footprint, Team and Services

(North Hollywood, CA) Pacific Post, a leading provider of Avid rental equipment and editorial space for the film and television industry, will open the doors of its new North Hollywood facility this week, adding to the company’s well-established Hollywood presence with more space, services and capabilities.

Pacific Post Lankershim (4142 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood) is a location familiar to the post production community. Over the past few months, the site has undergone a top-to-bottom renovation and upgrade, transforming it into a state-of-the-art editorial space.

Pacific Post’s Founder and Owner Lorenzo Sgroi notes, “This new space is a culmination of input from our clients, our experience, and our desire to build a very specific kind of environment: highly technical, comfortable, secure and creative. We will continue to offer the most responsive rental and editorial system support, as well as foster a place where editors want to spend their time, work closely with their colleagues, and share conversation in common areas with peers at work on different projects.”

Pacific Post Lankershim offers 40 edit rooms in over 21,000 square feet, all connected internally and externally via fiber. The rooms come with all new cabling, completely configurable to accommodate the needs of a variety of productions, with space for editors, post staff and/or production teams.

“Secure and rapid data transfer is crucial, and that was one of our paramount concerns for this new space,” says Sgroi. “Storage and access to material is extremely important to our customers. This facility features multiple 10-GigE ISIS 5000 systems in its in-house network and dedicated Internet fiber with busting capabilities over 150Mb bi-directional at any given time.”

The site has 24-hour, IP cameras, seven-days-a-week access and climate-controlled rooms. In addition, technical support staff and client services staff will be onsite. The Lankershim facility also delivers on amenities, with a new kitchen, comfortable communal areas, VOIP phone systems, valet parking, and daily janitorial services.

Accompanying the Pacific Post Lankershim unveiling, Srgoi announced a new member of a growing team, with industry vet Kristin Kumamoto joining the company as vice president. Kumamoto brings a wealth of post production management experience to her post, with previous executive roles at Hula Post and Orbit Digital. At Pacific Post, she will continue to foster the company’s relationships with the post community and build upon future opportunities. “Pacific Post is poised to lead the community in services and technical expertise,” says Kumamoto. “I’m excited to join such a talented team and play a role in their growth.”

Srgoi concludes, “We wanted to build a space where people wanted to work – on every level. Our customers spend extreme amounts of time in the places where they work. It was our goal, and I believe that we have succeeded, to create an environment where the technology, the equipment, our support and connectivity intersect in an extremely comfortable and secure environment. I’m delighted that Kristin will be part of helping us realize this vision and we hope that customers find this spot collegial and technically superior.”

About Pacific Post
Pacific Post has been servicing the film and television industry since 2004. With locations in Hollywood and North Hollywood, it’s the premier resource for post production rental equipment and editorial space. Pacific Post offers full-scale Avid editing systems and dailies stations powered by FotoKem’s nextLAB(r), along with 24-hour support and expertise. The company’s hands-on approach takes the guesswork out of the post production workflow while ushering it from the first ingest to the final cut.

For more information, visit www.pacpost.com, and follow Pacific Post on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PacificPost1.

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Xytech Unveils Advanced Product Developments at IBC

MediaPulse 6.1 Advancements Help Companies Move Forward

IBC Stand # 6.C22

(Mission Hills, CA/London, UK) Xytech, the market leader in facility management software for the broadcast, production, media services and video transmission, will unveil its latest product developments in their flagship MediaPulse platform at IBC, continuing to advance marketplace defining solutions with the innovative and client-centric products.

MediaPulse automates functionality across the entire production ecosystem, fusing operational automation, asset management, order management, resource management and crew management into a coherent, multi-discipline product. Platform independent, mobile and adaptive to the rapid evolution of workflows, MediaPulse has been proven in hundreds of projects, enabling atomic workflows and asset management functions to work with planning, scheduling, and financial management tools providing the only comprehensive management tool on the market. All tasks in the workflow are managed in the product by a modular architecture. Templated and dynamic workflows are driven by Xytech’s unique event orchestration technology, managing all activities in an order and automatically monitoring individual tasks for operational status and financial impact.

At IBC, the company will unveil a new Competitive Upgrade initiative, offering customers with competitor’s legacy systems new ways to upgrade to MediaPulse and take advantage of Xytech’s ability to deliver across the enterprise.

The major advancements and additions to Xytech’s MediaPulse Platform that will be on demonstration at IBC include:

    MediaPulse SKY(r)
    A platform independent, browser independent, cloud ready, HTML5 compliant new user interface delivering complete MediaPulse functionality to Xytech users. MediaPulse SKY delivers custom interfaces to all users, dramatically reduces rollout costs, and drives real time collaboration across the media enterprise and ecosystem. The dashboard-enabled module is perfect for the executive suite.

    MediaPulse(r) Transmission
    The fastest growing Transmission Solution has been enhanced with the inclusion of interfaces to Miranda iControl, Net Insight and Avid Capture for the control of Airspeeds. Circuit Profiles and Specifications now allow for the automation creation of multiple circuits in an order based upon user configurable parameters in an easy to use, clean, modern interface.

    MediaPulse(r) Personnel Rules
    Personnel Rules automates the personnel management tasks of any facility. Payroll rules in labor contracts or European Working Time Directives are easily configured using scripted workflows. Payroll penalties alerts are controlled configurable parameters including; hours worked in a given period, minimum time off, and holidays.

    MediaPulse Fuse(r) & MediaPulse Fuse Connect(r)
    Fuse is a robust platform offering the unique ability to interface with other systems across a network or over the cloud. Now an XSLT data transformation capability is included in the system, allowing developers and integrators to conditionally pull transformed data from MediaPulse supporting ETL strategies in a simplified and easily supportable model. The new ability to remotely create orders MediaPulse through simple configuration supports the creation of ecosystems spanning multiple companies.

Greg Dolan, Chief Operating Officer of Xytech, commented, “At Xytech, we help our customers move forward. While the technology is advanced, and the needs are often complex, our perspective is straightforward: we build long-term partnerships with our customers. That’s just part of the reason that during the course of the past year, major broadcasters around the world have moved to MediaPulse. We are committed to this client centric perspective, and will continue to deliver unprecedented solutions to our customers.”

About Xytech
Xytech Systems Corporation(tm) is the leading global provider of facility management software for today’s media and broadcast companies. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world and is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

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

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Testronic Opens a New Dedicated Games Facility in Poland

(Burbank, CA) Testronic, the global leader in quality assurance services for film and television, games, digital TV and software, today announced the opening of its new facility in Warsaw, Poland. The new site will be specifically used to service Testronic’s growing games business line, carrying out functionality, compliance and compatibility testing.

The modern new facility provides space for Testronic to expand its games operation in Poland, tripling the current capacity there to 190 people per shift. Testronic has created an environment that is unique to the games division, while retaining the previously shared Piaseczno facility in order to continue to grow the company’s Film and TV business line. Coupled with the localization testing provided from Testronic’s London office, the company provides a comprehensive range of testing services for many of the biggest names in games publishing.

The move marks an expansion of operations in Warsaw after eight years of successful work in functionality, compliance and compatibility testing. The new location was selected to capitalize on the public transport infrastructure and the local talent in the area. Testronic benefits from the vibrant capital city’s excellent central transport links and access to a highly qualified team, many drawn from the area’s numerous colleges and universities.

“Both the site and the environment are hugely important factors in employing and retaining the personnel required to continue to provide the highest quality games testing standards to our clients, at the best value”, stated Mike McGarvey, Testronic CEO. “We work on many of the world’s biggest games franchises and our clients appreciate the service that we provide, but we are always looking to make improvements. This marks another step forward for the games business line and for Testronic as a company”.

About Testronic
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 localisation services for a notable array of industries; including media, entertainment, games, education, e-commerce and consumer electronics, Testronic 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 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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Margarita Mix Hollywood Adds Color Finishing to Become a One-Stop Shop


(HOLLYWOOD, CA) Margarita Mix Hollywood, a FotoKem company that has been providing award-winning audio post services to the entertainment and advertising industries for 34 years, has developed a unique post production finishing workflow that includes the addition of two color suites and an upgraded hub for media management. The expansion and inventive new process enable content creators to complete audio and video work simultaneously at a single facility, adding speed and cost efficiencies to the workflow.

The new color suites are completely integrated with the existing audio bays, utilizing Nucoda Film Master color grading systems to ensure unmatched Avid integration with direct connectivity to the ISIS and Avocent network. Through this network, the experts at Margarita Mix are able to access audio and video elements from multiple terminals at the facility.

As part of the expansion, Margarita Mix has added colorists Troy Smith and Michael Mintz, and online editor Adam St. Clair, to their family of artists and engineers.

Margarita Mix clients that utilize ISIS media servers from FotoKem’s Nonlinear Services Division can now tap into the high-speed fiber connection between facilities, eliminating the need for transporting tapes and drives across town. Addressing the frequent need for shot replacement and other creative changes during the finishing process, this direct connection to the client’s servers allows new media to be prepped and incorporated quickly.

A variety of content creators have utilized Margarita Mixes’ augmented capabilities in the last 18 months. Their projects include Ridiculousness, Top Gear U.S.A., Life Below Zero, Fantasy Factory, Breaking Pointe, The Glee Project, and Richard Hammond’s Crash Course.

Dustin Montez, Post Supervisor for Ridiculousness and Fantasy Factory, was one of the first clients to utilize the new color capabilities and expanded services offered by FotoKem and Margarita Mix. “With our space and equipment rented from FotoKem, the streamlining of our services made perfect sense. The fact that the buildings are connected via fiber saves us, literally, hours of time. When there are fixes, everything is instantly sent back and forth. In our business, it ultimately comes down to the people, and we love our team at Margarita Mix – our colorist, sound designer, the engineers, everyone we work with is top notch. The workflow is easy, saving me time and money, and I don’t have to worry about anything. Any type of show would benefit from collaborating with Margarita Mix.”

Margarita Mix brings award-winning sound services to the pipeline, with four full mixing suites featuring 5.1 surround sound, as well as stations where sound design and pre-lay can take place. The facility’s talented mixers frequently contribute to animated and reality shows, as well as gaming and long- and short-form projects.

Rand Gladden, Senior Vice President of FotoKem, explains, “We knew that combining the power of our network with one-stop audio/video finishing would result in some major advantages in cost and time. This is especially a game changer for reality TV productions that may not have previously had access to high-end workflows at an affordable price point.”

Veneta Butler, General Manager of Margarita Mix, adds, “Our clients have been asking for centralized services for years, and now it’s a reality. Shots on the editorial ISIS across town can be replaced in minutes during an audio or video finishing session at Margarita Mix, providing incredible efficiencies and the ability to work on every aspect of their projects simultaneously.”

Gladden adds, “The connection and design of these facilities will empower collaboration; when there are tight turnarounds, creative changes, and advancing deliveries, this will be a great value-add for the creative process.”

About Margarita Mix Hollywood
Established in 1983, Margarita Mix is a premiere audio and video post-production facility located in the heart of the Hollywood media district. They provide a wide variety of services, including audio mixing, color grading, online editing, sound design, ADR, and voice over recording. Their projects include television shows, feature films, commercials, animation, video games, DVD commentaries, and web-based content. For more information, visit www.lastudios.com.

About FotoKem
FotoKem is an independently-owned, full-service post production facility serving the worldwide creative community. Since 1963, the company has been a trusted resource for every corner of the entertainment market, providing broad post production expertise, high-end solutions and innovative in-house technologies. The company assists filmmakers in successfully bridging production and post, helping navigate the expanding world of motion picture finishing technology. FotoKem offers a broad spectrum of services, including a full service film lab, file-based workflows, digital intermediates, digital cinema packaging, mobile dailies, global data delivery, film and video finishing, audio mixing and mastering, visual effects, restoration, and production rentals. FotoKem has expanded over the years with the acquisition of SPY Post, Keep Me Posted, L.A. Studios, and Margarita Mix. For more information visit www.fotokem.com, or follow FotoKem on Facebook and Twitter.

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