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Bexel Broadens Equipment Offerings with New Dealer Partnerships

Company Expands Video and Audio Product Lines for Purchase or Rental

(BURBANK, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has expanded its new equipment offerings of high-end video and audio products. Bexel’s Technical Sales & Solutions (TSS) business segment is now the first authorized U.S. reseller of Lawo, and has added five new product lines, including: Lawo’s V_pro8 video processors, AJA acquisition/edit/conversion products, Grass Valley production solutions, Harris Broadcast, and Panasonic professional video products and displays. These brands join over 200 products available from Bexel TSS to the broadcast and production segments of the industry.

These products will also be incorporated into Bexel’s Engineered Systems & Solutions (ESS) business segment, which designs and implements solutions for the broadcast industry, including systems integration, fiber, engineering expertise, and technical production support.

“This strengthening of inventory and manufacturing relationships builds on Bexel’s long history of supporting the broadcast industry with new and pre-owned equipment for purchase or rental,” says Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. “These new partnerships make it possible for content creators and production pros to leverage Bexel’s wide-range of offerings for all their needs.”

As the first certified reseller for Lawo’s new V_pro8 video processor in the U.S., Bexel is able to provide robust features for the video engineer in a small 1RU form factor. The V_pro8 combines a number of different tasks into one tool, including eight 3G/HD/SD-SDI video channels with frame synchronization, variable video and audio delays, and 128 audio channels via MADI or RAVENNA for embedding, de-embedding and shuffling. Additionally, the V_pro8 offers high-quality up/down/cross and AR conversion, RGB color correction with Proc Amp and quadsplit monitoring including waveform and vectorscope display as supplementary options. All features are configured via an intuitive html5-based touch user interface.

“At Bexel, we pride ourselves on knowing how video and audio products service the broadcast and engineering needs of the community, because we rent and integrate systems all the time,” adds Joyce Bente, director of sales, Bexel TSS. “We don’t just sell equipment; we use it in real-world environments, offering our customers unmatched expertise about product performance.”

After working with AJA for many years, Bexel TSS now offers the complete Ki Pro Family of file-based recording and playback devices, Io Family hardware and software for on-set editorial and graphics capabilities, KONA cards, and conversion solutions. According to Bente, the Ki Pro recorders have become a go-to product for file-based recordings due to their easy file compatibility for editing.

Grass Valley brings broadcast technology to teleproduction facilities, independent video professionals, and emerging content creators and distributors. Bexel represents their full line of cameras, switchers, converters, servers, replay systems and other tools for broadcast, sports and venue applications.

For nearly 100 years, Harris Broadcast has been a leading source for professional audio and video equipment for the broadcast industry. Bexel now offers their portfolio of automation products, editing systems, networking and encoding, servers, and signal processing solutions.

Panasonic offers a range of professional video solutions. This wide selection of gear provides Bexel’s customers with comprehensive equipment from camcorders and camera systems, to mixers, switchers, video recorders, displays and digital media. From ENG and field production to the studio, Bente notes that Panasonic’s advanced solutions complement a plethora of sports, news, and entertainment equipment needs.

Bexel is also the exclusive U.S. distributor of TSL and SoundField audio products. As part of the Vitec Group of companies, Bexel has access to a wide range of industry standard product lines including Anton/Bauer, Vinten, Litepanels, Sachtler and Petrol Bags. Additionally, Bexel TSS offers its own line of intercom and audio products made in house under the Bexel ASG business segment.

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About Bexel TSS
Bexel Technical Sales & Solutions (TSS), a business segment of Bexel Broadcast Services, a Vitec Group Brand, has offered the latest new and pre-owned professional broadcast video and audio products since 1991. Over the years, Bexel TSS has expanded to include exclusive dealerships with top-of-the-line manufacturers. The company is the exclusive U.S. distributor of TSL and SoundField audio products, as well as the only U.S. dealer for Lawo. As part of the Vitec Group of companies, Bexel has access to a wide range of industry standard product lines including Anton/Bauer, Vinten, Litepanels, Sachtler and Petrol Bags. Bexel TSS also offers its own line of intercom and audio products made in house under the Bexel ASG brand. Bexel’s specialists offer product training and support before and after the sale, as well as in-house equipment maintenance and repair. In an effort to supply the broadcast industry with unequaled service and product solutions at exceptional prices, Bexel TSS represents over 200 product lines, including AJA, Canon, Clear-Com, DiGiCo, Evertz, Fujinon, Grass Valley, Harris, Lawo, Lectrosonics, Panasonic, Sennheiser, and TSL/Soundfield, among many others.

For more information about Bexel, visit www.bexel.com, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

New Zealand Racing Board Taps Xytech to Keep Operations Running Smoothly

Organization Bets on MediaPulse for Advanced Software Solution

(Mission Hills, CA/London, UK) Xytech, the global leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media services industries, announced that the New Zealand Racing Board (NZ Racing Board), the organization responsible for managing New Zealand racing and betting, has implemented MediaPulse to power its broadcasting logistics operations.

The NZ Racing Board is an important entity in New Zealand, regulating the industry in a number of important ways. It runs the TAB, the country’s sole provider of betting on racing and sport, maximizes the betting profits in the best interest of New Zealand racing, and promotes the racing industry in general. The role that the NZ Racing Board fulfills is a critical one; racing is a significant contributor to the country’s economy, generating nearly 1% of New Zealand’s GDP – around $1.6bn per year – directly employing more than 17,000 people in fulltime positions and another 52,000 in associated industries, contributing more than $170m in export sales. Highly visible, the NZ Racing Board supports more than 50,000 domestic and imported races every year, with 1,050 domestic race meetings attended by more than one million visitors.

The MediaPulse implementation, completed early in 2013, is used for workforce planning, event management, and resource rostering/tracking for NZ Racing Board’s multiple locations across the North and South Islands.

Glen Broomhall, General Manager of Broadcasting at the NZ Racing Board, said the NZ Racing Board’s broadcasting obligations required robust and effective logistics management. “The NZ Racing Board is tasked with covering events in multiple locations requiring numerous resources across an expansive geographical area. Logistics management of the highest efficiency is vital for us, as we have to ensure that we make the best use of our resources while making sure that we have the right people in the right place at the right time. We needed a solution that not only met our immediate needs, but one with the flexibility and scalability to accommodate any future changes, including the potential expansion of our business. We took a hard look at MediaPulse, and it was apparent that it was the only software solution that could give us everything we needed. Working with the team from Xytech was a pleasure from beginning to end.”

Greg Dolan, COO of Xytech, said, “Following our recent success in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, Xytech is undertaking a significant expansion into the Asian market. The NZ Racing Board is one of the most sophisticated and influential operations in New Zealand, and they are exactly the type of operation we are looking to bring our hallmarks of innovation and service to. We were honored to work closely with them in the implementation of MediaPulse, and we look forward to continuing our outstanding relationship with this stellar group.”

About New Zealand Racing Board
The New Zealand Racing Board is the country’s peak racing organisation and operator of the country’s iconic, official racing and sports betting agency, the TAB. For every bet placed with the TAB on the gallops, trots or greyhounds, and on all sport, the TAB contributes to the sustainability, development and growth of racing and sport in New Zealand and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Kiwis involved in these sectors.

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).

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Sohonet Appoints Non-Executive Chairman, Chuck Parker to Steer its Global Expansion Plans


(London, UK/Santa Monica, CA) Sohonet the leading expert in connectivity and Infrastructure-as-a-Service for the media and entertainment industry, is pleased to announce the Board appointment of Chuck Parker to help guide Sohonet through it’s continuing global expansion process.

Chuck Parker is a sought-after industry thought-leader and brings a wealth of media and technology experience to the Sohonet Board. He spent 15 years at Technicolor where he enjoyed a variety of roles, including: Chief Commercial Officer; President of Technicolor’s Digital Division; EVP & Managing Director of Technicolor’s International Home Entertainment division and CIO. Parker is currently the Chief Revenue Officer of Unicorn Media and is the Chairman of the 2nd Screen Society.

Dave Scammell, CEO, Sohonet said: “This is a very exciting time for Sohonet. We are significantly extending our expertise beyond our renowned Sohonet Media Network to include a range of specialist, media-aware Infrastructure-as-a-Service offerings, and Chuck Parker is the ideal person to keep us on track to achieve our ambitious objectives. Chuck is highly regarded as an innovative and particularly engaging industry leader and we are truly delighted to have him on board to help us take full advantage of increasing global demand for our solutions and services.”

Sohonet recently launched the first dedicated storage service for the media and entertainment industry, the Sohonet Media Storage. The company also announced the expansion of its Sohonet Media Network to Singapore – an ideal launch point for Sohonet to extend into greater Asia.

“Sohonet is a highly ambitious company at the leading edge of change and is perfectly positioned to capitalize on the media industry’s continuing demand for better, more secure solutions to manage its valuable and ever-increasing digital assets. The company is the recognized global leader in network services for the media and entertainment industry with its renowned Sohonet Media Network. Sohonet has listened very carefully to its customers to develop a range of flexible, cost-effective services that will effectively help media companies meet the many challenges of a demanding digital world and I look forward to working with the board to significantly increase Sohonet’s footprint on the global stage,” said Parker.

About Sohonet - www.sohonet.com
Sohonet is a leading global expert in connectivity and data management services for the media and entertainment industry. Fully independent, with over 15 years media expertise, Sohonet offers a range of connectivity, data management, storage and compute solutions that enable clients to manage store and transfer valuable and critical content quickly, securely and effectively – all backed up by unrivalled technical support. Our Sohonet Media Network is the largest and most established private, high-performance network for the media industry connecting the leading studios, production and post-production facilities across the globe.

Sohonet continues to forge strong partnerships within the broadcast and film industry, supporting organizations such as the British Film Institute (BFI), SIGGRAPH, VES Awards and the Director’s Guild Trust and Director’s Guild of Great Britain. Its QC Solution plays an integral part in the complicated submission process for both the VES Awards and SIGGRAPH Awards for the past four years.

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Testronic Unveils New Brand Identity


(Burbank, CA/London, UK) Testronic, the global leader in quality assurance services for film and television, games, hardware, and software, today revealed its new brand identity. The new look provides a complete overhaul of the company brand and positively promotes the services that Testronic supplies and industries that it serves.

Last year was a record year for Testronic, and this year is expected to be even better. The new brand has been created to communicate the quality and integrity of the company’s business lines and services, in order to support further growth. The logo is simpler than the old identity, but creates more impact with a distinctive emblem and a bold use of color. The emblem is formed by color coded ticks, each representing one of the four Testronic business lines. The company has for a long time internally referred to Games, Film & TV, Digital TV and Software, but now this will also form part of the external communication message to Testronic customers.

The supporting tagline, ‘Our assurance is your guarantee,’ is more than a simple statement; it is a positive commitment to the customer. It is also a promise of quality. Testronic has an impeccable customer retention record and therefore the bold statement is not without merit.

Mike McGarvey, Testronic CEO, commented, “This is an exciting time in Testronic’s history. We are restructuring for further growth, and the new brand development is an important part of this. It will allow us to clearly communicate the range of services that Testronic offers and assist internal communication across our business lines.”

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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Sohonet Launches New Service in Singapore


(London, UK) Sohonet – the leading expert in connectivity and data management for the media and entertainment industry – is pleased to announce the availability of Sohonet’s renowned Sohonet Media Network in Singapore as part of its significant expansion program.

Asia is a key territory for Sohonet. It has the fastest growing economy in the world and is quickly become a significant center for media companies, visual effects facilities and post-production houses. Singapore is an ideal location for multi-national media companies, broadcasters, and an ideal launch point for Sohonet to expand into greater Asia.

The continuing globalization of the media industry means that media companies based in Singapore require the same quality of connectivity and service offerings that are available to customers throughout Europe, North America, Canada, Australian and New Zealand.

Sohonet will offer a range of local and international connectivity options including dedicated, private bandwidth between Singapore, Sydney, Los Angeles, New York and London, as well infrastructure services like secure file transfer, production quality storage as service, and high performance compute clusters. These services are provided through Sohonet’s simple to use community web portal, the Sohonet Hub, which ties infrastructure and service layers together.

Sohonet recently received their telecommunications license from the Info-Communications Development Authority of Singapore, making the Sohonet Media Network currently available to customers in Singapore.

Dave Scammell, Sohonet CEO said, “We are delighted to announce the expansion of our network to Singapore and look forward to engaging with local Singapore media companies to fulfill their networking and infrastructure service requirements to ensure they can truly become part of the growing global media community.”

After ten years with Sohonet in Australia and New Zealand, local Director for ANZ and Asia, David Edgar, will be the driving force in deploying the Sohonet Media Network in Singapore. Edgar stated, “It has always been our plan to grow the network out from ANZ to Asia and then back to the UK to complete our global diversity and we are really excited about the opportunity to work with new customers in this region. Singapore is the ideal first step for Sohonet and a natural progression from Sydney. Many of the people we’ve spoken to consider the importance of having a reliable, predictable network as a key business requirement for effective global working.”

Sohonet was launched at Broadcast Asia 2013 by Sohonet’s CTO, Ben Roeder after finalizing the technical deployment.

About Sohonet
Sohonet is a leading global expert in connectivity and data management services for the media and entertainment industry. Fully independent, with over 15 years media expertise, Sohonet offers a range of connectivity, data management, storage and compute solutions that enable clients to manage store and transfer valuable and critical content quickly, securely and effectively – all backed up by unrivalled technical support. Our Sohonet Media Network is the largest and most established private, high-performance network for the media industry connecting the leading studios, production and post-production facilities across the globe.

Sohonet continues to forge strong partnerships within the broadcast and film industry, supporting organizations such as the British Film Institute (BFI), SIGGRAPH, VES Awards and the Director’s Guild Trust and Director’s Guild of Great Britain. Its QC Solution plays an integral part in the complicated submission process for both the VES Awards and SIGGRAPH Awards for the past four years.

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2013 HPA Awards Extends Key Category Deadlines

Engineering Excellence, Creativity and Innovation Award Submissions Accepted Through July 3rd

(Hollywood, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance is extending deadlines for the Engineering Excellence Award and the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation. The HPA will now accept entries in these categories until July 3rd, 2013.

Since 2006, The HPA Awards have recognized excellence in post production, consistently growing in attendance and entries. The awards are the standard by which creative and technical excellence in the art, science and craft of post production is measured, attracting attention for the companies and individuals whose work brings vision to reality.

The Engineering Excellence Award raises the profile of breakthrough technologies within the industry, spotlighting those who bring technical and creative ingenuity to the real world of post production. Past winners include Sony Electronics, Cinnafilm, Dolby Laboratories, Crossroads Systems, Lightcraft Technology and IBM.

The HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have made significant achievements and pushed the envelope forward in post production, whether in creative storytelling and/or technical innovation. Highly sought after every year, past winners include Gradient Interactive, Testronic Labs, and Steven J. Scott of EFILM.

Entrants need not be members of the Hollywood Post Alliance or working in the U.S. to submit work for consideration. The HPA Awards will take place November 7, 2013 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Contact Eileen Kramer at 213-614-0860 or write to ekramer@hpaonline.com for information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2013 HPA Awards show. For more information about the HPA Awards, visit www.hpaawards.net, write to info@hpaawards.net or call 213.614.0860.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

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ASC Announces Winners of Savides Student Heritage Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA – The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) announced the winning films in the 2013 ASC Harris Savides Student Heritage Awards last night in a ceremony here at the organization’s clubhouse. The awards are designed to showcase the artistic abilities of the next generation of filmmakers, with a focus on their cinematographic abilities.

The winners and honorable mentions are:

Graduate
WINNER: Ryan Broomberg of Chapman University with “The Bright Side”
HONORABLE MENTION: Petr Cikhart of AFI for “First in Flight”
HONORABLE MENTION: Martin Kobylarz of AFI for “Wolves from Another Kingdom”

Undergraduate
WINNER: Mishka Kornai of Chapman University for “Straight Down Low”
HONORABLE MENTION: Nick Reinhard of Florida State University for “Cootie Contagion”
HONORABLE MENTION: Daniel Rink of Brooks Institute for “Ai”

Documentary
WINNERS: Drew Heskett and Ryan Westra of Chapman University for “We are the Land”
HONORABLE MENTION: Dan Duran and Sam Price-Waldman of Chapman University for “Wolf Mountain”

Each year, the ASC Heritage Award is rededicated in memory of an individual who advanced the art and craft of cinematography. This year’s award is dedicated to the memory of Harris Savides, ASC. Savides earned Independent Spirit Award nominations for his photography of Gerry, Elephant, Last Days, Milk and Greenberg. In 2008, he was nominated for a BAFTA for American Gangster. Savides was known for his stunning cinematography on such acclaimed films as The Game, The Yards, Finding Forrester, Margot at the Wedding, Zodiac and Somewhere. He was highly lauded for his imagery of award-winning music videos for artists such as Madonna, R.E.M. and Michael Jackson, among others.

“Harris wasn’t just an amazingly talented cinematographer, but also a wonderful person,” says Richard Crudo, ASC President. “His point of view and artistry have left a lasting impression on the filmmaking community, and for these students and the generations after them, his influence will have a profound effect.”

To qualify, professors at film schools recommended one student for each category from their school, who then submitted their film for judging. A Blue Ribbon panel of ASC members judged the 135-plus entries.

The ASC Heritage Award was inaugurated for the purpose of encouraging filmmakers to pursue careers in cinematography. Past winners have gone on to prolific professions.

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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Avalon Studios Puts Xytech at Core of its Thriving Operations

Renowned New Zealand Film and Television Company Implements MediaPulse

(Mission Hills, CA/London, UK) Xytech, the global leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media services industries, announced that Avalon Studios has chosen the company’s Media Pulse Express solution to support its studio production operations. Located in Wellington, New Zealand, Avalon Studios is an independently owned and operated studio complex. MediaPulse Express helps the busy studio manage its varied facilities, as well as staff, resources, and back office operations.

The Wellington studio facility was originally launched in 1975 to support TVNZ’s production operations supporting an impressive list of television shows, feature films, commercials and media events. It provided an extensive infrastructure with sets and stages, back lots, control rooms, post production environments, camera and lighting hire, staff and crew support, and even a helipad. With the implementation of MediaPulse, Xytech’s resource, work order and asset management platform featuring a full suite of scheduling, operational, and financial management tools, Avalon Studios has the software solution it needs to keep all of the various and demanding aspects of the studio running seamlessly.

Paul Mainwaring CEO of Avalon, said, “As a studio complex that stretches over 2.45 hectares and offers the entire production and post production service spectrum, we required the most efficient, effective, and powerful solution available. We evaluated MediaPulse and found it to be the perfect fit for us. From scheduling stages and crew, to the hire of equipment, to final invoicing, it makes our job easier. We’re very pleased with our decision.”

Greg Dolan, COO of Xytech, said, “New Zealand has become one of the most appealing location centers in the world, and Avalon is a bustling production center right in the heart of things. The variety of their needs and the demands of their busy production center put MediaPulse Express in the spotlight, and I’m happy to say it delivered. We are looking forward to continuing our outstanding relationship with this stellar company.”


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 Avalon Studios
Avalon Studios Ltd is an independent and privately owned New Zealand television and film studio company. The aim at Avalon is to provide studio premises at competitive prices for short or long term hire while delivering a high level of customer service to international customers.
Avalon is 20 minutes from downtown Wellington and 30 minutes from Wellington International Airport and the Peter Jackson film production facilities in Miramar.

Avalon Studios are considered by many to be the finest television studios in New Zealand and highly suited to film production. We have a wide range of equipment and facilities with a highly experienced and skilled workforce.

Avalon is part of a vibrant and internationally admired film and television sector in Wellington along with Sir Peter Jackson, Sir Richard Taylor, Stone St Studios, Weta Digital, Pukeko Pictures and Park Road Post,

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Sohonet Launches First Dedicated Storage Service for the Media and Entertainment Industry

Sohonet Media Storage Expands and Extends Production and Post-Production Storage Capability on Pay-As-You-Go Basis for Sohonet Media Network Community


Ben Dair, Director of Product Management



(LONDON, UK) Sohonet, the leading expert in connectivity and data management for the media and entertainment industry, has announced the launch of Sohonet Media Storage, the first private cloud storage as a service platform tuned and optimized for the media sector and accessed via its world-renowned Sohonet Media Network.

Sohonet Media Storage is an extensible, secure and flexible storage solution, which provides additional and supplementary storage capability to existing infrastructures when local storage has reached critical or maximum utilization. The service has a variety of pricing plans to suit all project sizes, which should prove particularly appealing to creative businesses that tend to predominantly operate on a short-term, project basis.

Ben Dair, Sohonet's Director of Product Management, commented, "As digital workloads rapidly increase, the demands made on media companies' IT infrastructure, especially at peak times, is often unsustainable. Media companies and service providers are crying out for a short term, flexible storage service that enables them to expand and extend storage capability on production or post-production projects quickly, easily and without having to purchase and maintain assets. Sohonet Media Storage has been developed to respond to this need by providing flexible, affordable access to short and long-term archiving, back up, and parking as well as a viable option for intermediate storage or as an alternative to LTO or portable disks."

Sohonet Media Storage is attached and embedded within the Sohonet Media Network which, unlike other storage providers, ensures that, productions and post-production companies can leverage the benefit of their Sohonet Media Network connection at speeds of up to 10Gbit/s, with no data transfer charges in or out nor bandwidth limitations on transfer speeds. The solution is built on Open Stack technology, with the embedded redundancy required to reassure media businesses that their valuable digital assets are in good hands. The service provides customers with one terabyte to multiple petabytes of data storage, at the flick of a switch as if located on-site, and provides intuitive tools to allow customers to scale their provision up and down, as required.

Dave Scammell, CEO

Dave Scammell, CEO, Sohonet, said, "We are expanding our reputation as a world- leading connectivity and data management company by adding increased value to our existing services. We understand exactly what our media customers need to help them meet the many challenges of a demanding digital world, and we are extending our expertise beyond the network, to include a range of specialist, media-aware offerings, on an infrastructure-as-a-service basis. Our latest service, Sohonet Media Storage promises to take the headache out of storage procurement on both a short and long-term basis for new and existing members of our Sohonet Media Network. The new service will enable content producers to manage more projects and internal resources without impacting on capital expenditure, and we believe that we have created the ideal storage service to fully support our customer's journey into an exciting digital future."

By integrating the storage offering into the Sohonet Hub alongside Sohonet's award winning FileRunner file transfer solution, customers continue to benefit from an increasing range of tools and services available on the Sohonet platform.

Sohonet Media Storage is ideal for: parking, short-term archive, long-term archive, in-production remote storage, transition storage between ingest and post-production, shadow storage and the replacement of portable media.

About Sohonet
Sohonet is a leading global expert in connectivity and data management services for the media and entertainment industry. Fully independent, with over 15 years media expertise, Sohonet offers a range of connectivity, data management, storage and compute solutions that enable clients to manage store and transfer valuable and critical content quickly, securely and effectively - all backed up by unrivalled technical support. Our Sohonet Media Network is the largest and most established private, high-performance network for the media industry connecting the leading studios, production and post-production facilities across the globe.

Sohonet continues to forge strong partnerships within the broadcast and film industry, supporting organizations such as the British Film Institute (BFI), SIGGRAPH, VES Awards and the Director's Guild Trust and Director's Guild of Great Britain. Its QC Solution plays an integral part in the complicated submission process for both the VES Awards and SIGGRAPH Awards for the past four years.

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Bexel Supports Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert

Special Live Telecast Raised Money for United Way of Central Oklahoma

Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, contributed broadcast equipment and engineer expertise to the recent telecast of Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Organized by Oklahoma native Blake Shelton, the concert was televised live on NBC. It also aired live and/or delayed on cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT.

“Bexel has an outstanding relationship with some of the top tech managers throughout the country, and when the Healing in the Heartland event was conceived, they reached out to us,” says Justin Paulk, fiber business segment manager, Bexel ESS. “Due to our involvement with the NBA, we have documentation showing the infrastructure of the Chesapeake Energy Arena. We provided this information to the tech managers, giving them quick insight into the facility. We also offered available gear and staff, including prebuilt press bridges from our Burbank office.”

Due to the quick nature of this project, the Bexel team drove the necessary equipment and staff to Oklahoma City. Once there, Bexel provided onsite technical support, the press bridge set up, fiber cable, and the fiber electronics to move the additional signals needed around the arena.

“We were honored to be a part of something so special and thrilled that the network of people we work with regularly trusted us to respond,” adds Paulk.

The program, which earned the highest viewer ratings the night of May 29, was executive produced by R.A. Clark (Academy of Country Music Awards, MDA Show of Strength) with supervising producer Rob Paine and director Gregg Gelfand.

In addition to Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker performed.

Blake Shelton performs at the HEALING IN THE HEARTLAND: RELIEF BENEFIT CONCERT. Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC; (c)NBC Universal, Inc.


The event raised funds for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. The United Way of Central Oklahoma will use the money for recovery and rebuilding efforts in Oklahoma following the tornadoes that recently devastated the area.

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