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Bexel is Set for New TV Season


(BURBANK, CA) The new television season is rolling out with extensive backing from Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions. From reality programs to talk shows, sporting events, and narrative programming, Bexel provides an award-winning TV line up with the equipment, state-of-art systems and engineering support needed to meet the highest broadcast standards.

“We take great pride in being able to contribute our expertise and support to many of today’s top-rated television programs,” says Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. “There is no room for error in broadcast television. Productions face aggressive timelines, and our goal is to always be raising our game to make sure clients feel like they have a partner in securing the most advanced solutions for the season.”

The list of reality shows that Bexel supports is comprised of competitions as American Idol (Fox), The X- Factor (Fox), Dancing with the Stars (ABC), and Hell’s Kitchen (Fox), as well as serials such as The Real Housewives (Bravo) franchise, Vanderpump Rules (Bravo) and Beyond Scared Straight (A&E), among many others.

Some of the narrative programming that Bexel contributes to are The League (FX), The Ricky Smiley Show (TV One), Dog with a Blog (Disney Channel), The Ex-Terminator (A&E), and talk shows such as The Chew (ABC) and Conan (TBS).

Bexel’s end-to-end solutions include supplying productions with premier technology such as complete ENG camera packages with wireless monitoring, full ENG audio packages with multi-track recording, Cat-5 monitoring for offstage production offices, fiber booth kits, flypack systems, director/DP monitoring solutions, and much more. Some of the company services include on-site design and installation, overall project management of the technical production, customized communication systems, and frequency coordination and consultation.

Bexel also specializes in sports broadcasts including games for college football, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer, the National Football League, as well as live events such as concerts and awards shows. Web-based series are also on Bexel’s docket such as Anarchy Afterward.

“Bexel is poised to provide the best broadcast systems and solutions – backed by superior engineering expertise and customer service – across the range of today’s programming,” adds Hatic. “It’s an exciting time for content owners in this arena, and we’re ready for the challenge.

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

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

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Testronic Announces Centralization of US Operations

Burbank Facility Optimizes Efficiencies in Upgraded Location

(Burbank, CA) Testronic will unveil a single, redesigned location in early November 2013, to centralize US operations and streamline customer services. The move is focused on increasing efficiencies and integrating infrastructure for the company, which is the global leader in quality assurance services for film and television, games, software, and digital television. For the past seven years, Testronic has operated two facilities in Burbank, California. The company will now perform all of its testing and QA services from their high tech hub located at 111 North First Street, in Burbank.

Jason Gish, SVP and General Manager of Testronic’s US Operations, said, “Testronic began a multi-phase expansion of our First Street facility two years ago, and the centralization of our services is the final piece. We have spent significant intellectual and financial capital to build out our downtown Burbank test environment, where we unveiled our File-Based QC Lab, UltraViolet(tm) Interoperability testing services, and other innovative offerings like User Experience testing for entertainment content. Testronic is focused on staying ahead of industry needs, and we saw an opportunity to improve our services by creating a central hub, with everything and everyone in a single space. The physical consolidation enables a centrally managed core that takes advantage of the latest technology and allows access to our expert staff in one location. We see this as a big win for our customers.”

Testronic’s First Street facility includes its award-winning File-Based QC Lab, which was upgraded in 2012 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. The facility can securely receive and test digital content and all downstream deliverables for Over-the-Top (OTT) services, such as iTunes, Netflix and Hulu; supports website, web portal and content rights redemption testing; and houses upgraded Master QC testing suites. The move is set to be complete by November 15, 2013, and will not impact customer services or access.

“Even as our business grows and our service offerings expand, we are continually analyzing the way we work and consistently focus on ways of working smarter,” Gish concluded. “Testronic’s First Street Facility 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. This move to a centralized US hub is another step forward for our customers and for Testronic.”

For further information, visit TestronicLabs.com or call 818.845.3223.

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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Chris Purse, 818.980.3473
ignite strategic communications
chris@ignite.bz or mimi@ignite.bz

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Hollywood Post Alliance Honors Avid with the Charles S. Swartz Award

The Preeminent Post Production Organization Will Honor Avid For a Heritage of Outstanding Contributions

(Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) – the trade association for the post production community – has announced that Avid(r) will receive the 2013 Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production. The HPA will present the honor during the 8th Annual HPA Awards, which takes place on the evening of November 7th, 2013 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA. Louis Hernandez, Jr, President and CEO of Avid, will accept the award on behalf of the company.

Leon Silverman, President of the HPA, commented on the award, “From its founding days to the present, Avid has not only helped to lead our industry’s transition to new, powerful digital creative tools, but has also expanded the creative image and sound post production palette in a way that has fundamentally enabled new creative abilities. Building on their strong heritage of innovation, it is exciting to see Avid’s ongoing dedication to our community.”

Recognized as a leading provider of audio and video technology for media organizations and content creators, Avid’s tools and products are widely used by creative and media professionals around the world to make, distribute and monetize content. Avid led the revolution in non-linear editing over 25 years ago, irrevocably changing the way that creative projects were finished. Unveiling a prototype of their first non-linear editing system – the avid/I – at the 1988 NAB, within just a few years Avid’s category-defining products began to dethrone traditional film editing. Non-linear digital editing came to be the predominant standard, and the company has continually exerted its influence through its extensive R&D, development of IP, and expansion into audio production, broadcast, and live sound. The company’s products have been recognized with numerous industry and technology awards, including 2 OSCARS(r) a GRAMMY(r), and 14 EMMYS(r). The company holds over 200 patents.

Avid continues to develop crucial new technologies, and is at the forefront of helping an industry in rapid change, continually move forward. In September, the company announced “Avid Everywhere,” its vision to connect creative professionals and media organizations with their audiences in a more powerful, efficient, collaborative, and profitable way. In a major move to broaden collaboration across its community of customers and industry partners, the company also announced the creation of the Avid Customer Association, a comprehensive initiative designed to provide essential strategic leadership to the media industry, collaborate with key industry leaders and visionaries, and deepen relationships between the company and its customers.

Hernandez said of the award, “We are deeply honored to receive this award, and are especially proud to be recognized by the HPA, the voice of the post community. The post production industry has always been a source of innovation and inspiration. From the beginning, Avid has had deep roots within this community and, we are dedicated to being your trusted partner long into the future.”

The award was named in honor of the late Charles S. Swartz, who led the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California from 2002 until 2006, helping to build it into the industry’s premier test bed for new digital cinema technologies. Charles was a member of the Hollywood Post Alliance Board of Directors until his passing in 2007. The Charles S. Swartz Award is not bestowed every year, but rather only as worthy recipients are identified. Silverman concluded, “The mission of the Charles S Swartz Award is to recognize those efforts that have had profound and global impact on post production. Avid, throughout its 25-plus year history, has impacted our post production community so significantly that they indeed exemplify the meaning of this Award and so honor the memory of our friend and colleague Charles Swartz.”

The HPA Awards were designed to draw attention to the creative work being done in post production by companies and individuals. During the upcoming event in November, awards will be presented in 13 craft categories, as well as special awards, including the Charles S. Swartz Award, a Judges Award for Creativity & Innovation and the Engineering Excellence Award. Nominees for the craft categories as well as a number of special award winners were announced earlier. The list is available here http://bit.ly/17OZiMd.

Tickets for the HPA Awards are available now and can be purchased online at www.hpaawards.net. For further information about tickets or the Awards Show call HPA at 213.614.0860 or write to 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 Sponsors: Foundation members: Dolby, Company 3, Deluxe, EFILM, Encore; Premier sponsor NAB Show; Bronze Sponsor Sohonet; Brand Sponsor NVIDIA and Supporting Sponsors.

About Avid
Through Avid Everywhere, Avid delivers the industry’s most open, innovative and comprehensive media platform connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution and consumption for the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world-from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concerts and news broadcasts. Industry leading solutions include Pro Tools(r), Media Composer(r), ISIS(r), Interplay(r), and Sibelius(r). For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+; or subscribe to Avid Blogs.

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Media Contact:

HPA
ignite strategic communications
818.980.3473
chris@ignite.bz

Avid
Lisa Kilborn
978-640-3230
lisa.kilborn@avid.com

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Neglab Reopens in Australia in Response to Demand for Film Processing

Veteran Facility Owner Werner Winkelmann Will Oversee Motion Picture Film Processing



(SYDNEY, Australia) Neglab, a motion picture film laboratory for processing 35mm and 16mm color negative, will reopen its doors later this month, providing high-quality film processing services to the region. Werner Winkelmann, original owner of the facility, has over 25 years of experience working in the lab industry and brings extensive expertise to the entire imaging chain.

“All of us at Neglab are thrilled to re-engage with the filmmaking community and provide outstanding lab services for the region,” says Winkelmann, co-founder and technical operations manager. “We are poised to provide unparalleled services, and have brought together a staff of professionals with incredible knowledge and a dedication to superior quality control standards.”

A recognized expert in the laboratory business, Winkelmann has been involved in building ECN2, ECP2 and ECP3, and black-and-white processors throughout his career. Joining him at Neglab will be Herbert Stegbauer, director and owner of Stegbauer Pty., manufacturer and supplier of film processing equipment. Stegbauer started his career at Colorfilm and later co-founded Filmlab Engineering. Neglab will operate out of Stegbauer’s factory. Together, Winkelmann and Stegbauer have assembled a team of experts with over 80 years of experience in the film industry.

Neglab has been designed to provide superior motion picture laboratory services to filmmakers, installing the latest design magnetic drive processor, and surpassing standards for cleanliness. The backup and safety systems on Neglab’s processor ensure trouble free operation and perfect processing of 35mm and 16mm color negative formats.

“Customer service is a priority for us,” adds Winkelmann. “We know that labs need to be responsive to filmmakers. We offer location pick up and handling anywhere within the Sydney central business district, and all rushes will be quickly delivered directly to the production’s telecine facility of choice. We can also arrange Interstate shipments at reasonable rates, when requested by the customer.”

Neglab originally opened in July 1997, and briefly suspended operations a few years ago based on industry economics. But with today’s production landscape and a resurging choice by filmmakers to originate on film, Winkelmann saw an opportunity to reopen.

For more information on Neglab, contact w.winkelmann.48@gmail.com, or call +0409.928.117.

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Sally Christgau – direct 415.238.2254 / sally@ignite.bz

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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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Media Contacts:
ignite strategic communications
Lisa Muldowney – 760.212.4130 / lisa@ignite.bz
Sally Christgau – 415.238.2254 / sally@ignite.bz

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

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

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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Lisa Muldowney – 760.212.4130 / lisa@ignite.bz
Sally Christgau – 415.238.2254/ sally@ignite.bz

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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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