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JVC 3.0 Firmware Upgrade for GY-HM600/GY-HM650 ProHD Mobile News Cameras Now Available

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company announces the availability of its Version 3.0 firmware upgrade for its GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 mobile news cameras. Available through the JVC Web site, the upgrade is free to all current GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 owners.

For both cameras, the upgrade includes 1080p/60 recording modes, Extreme High Quality (XHQ) recording with virtually lossless 50 Mbps H.264 (.MOV), and large file support for SDXC media cards. The firmware upgrade adds Zixi advanced streaming capabilities and live RTSP/RTP format streaming to the GY-HM650.

Using Zixi’s new Advanced Streaming Technology (AST), the GY-HM650 3.0 provides content-aware error correction and bandwidth shaping. Proprietary Zixi algorithms maximize bandwidth to ensure reliable transmission, and advanced content aware error correction compensates for up to 30 percent packet loss. With the upgrade, the GY-HM650 is also compatible with JVC’s Professional Streaming Services, including the new ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi that provides reliable live content delivery to a variety of hardware decoders, CDNs, and the Web.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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Zylight to Exhibit Product Range at Cine Gear and Lightfair International

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will showcase its wares at next month’s Cine Gear Expo in Hollywood and Lightfair International in Las Vegas. Zylight’s instruments will be displayed within their North American distributor, Ushio America’s, booth at both exhibitions. Among the Zylight offerings on hand will be the F8 LED Fresnel, palm-sized Z90 LED and IS3c LED lights.

Ushio will be in booth #S310 at Cine Gear and booth #5124 at Lightfair International.

Cine Gear occurs from June 5-8th at The Studios at Paramount in Hollywood. In its 18th year, it is the premier film, video, and digital media expo for the entertainment industry.

Gear Expo attracts specialists from every major department of the entertainment production and the post production world.

Held from June 3-5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Lightfair International is the the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. Lightfair International is co-owned by the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD, www.iald.org) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES, www.ies.org). The event is co-owned, produced and managed by AMC, Inc. (www.americasmart.com).

F8 LED Fresnel

Recently updated, Zylight’s F8 LED Fresnel delivers close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel and collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport. A number of refinements deliver improved performance for field and studio applications. The yoke mount has been angled for greater positioning range and can accommodate 90-degree stand mounting. All locking and adjustment can be done with a single knob. The light’s self-locking focus automatically holds focus position. Other improvements include: improved bellows design for smoother operation, a self-terminating DMX input, better protection from the elements, and a new heat sink orientation that allows 20 percent better cooling.

“We’ve been blown away by the response to this light. Commercial and TV show producers as well as independent filmmakers are embracing our LED Fresnel,” said Joe Arnao, president of Zylight. “We went back to the drawing board a few months ago to make the F8 even better, without changing the features that make it the most exciting lighting instrument on the market.”

Z90

The palm-sized Z90 LED provides the flexibility of variable color temperature and access to any color of the rainbow at the touch of a button – without gels or filters. It can instantly switch between fully calibrated Daylight and Tungsten, with no color shift while dimming. An adjustable 2500K-9000K color temperature and variable ±GREEN color correction enable smooth on-location lighting adjustments. Built-in controls and digital display make set-up fast, with user-defined presets for storing frequently used settings. The light’s built-in color mode provides immediate access to millions of colors. The Z90’s HD-led™ module is the brightest available anywhere. And its 130° spread ensures that one Z90 will do the job of two or more inferior bulb-type LED lights.

IS3c

The IS3c combines Zylight’s color-mixing technology and high-quality construction to meet the needs of location and studio professionals who require an extremely bright and wide soft source, while offering all of the innovative features for which Zylight is known: fully dimmable with minimal color shift, adjustable color temperature and color correction, unlimited color control, and rugged construction for years of reliable service.

The IS3c’s advanced four-color mixing ensures excellent skin tones and rich, accurate color rendition. And the IS3c’s wide 90° spread means the IS3c can shoot with wide angle lenses or in 16×9 format.

Integrated ZyLink™ wireless control

Each of the lights are equipped with Zylink wireless control technology that allows the operator to wirelessly link multiple Zylights to create a soft LED source as large as necessary. Zylights that are linked act in concert as if they were one unified LED source, with adjustments made on one light changing all lights in the group. Lights can be controlled wirelessly or from another light from up to 60′ away.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

ABOUT USHIO AMERICA, INC.

USHIO America, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of Specialty and General Illumination lighting solutions based in Cypress, California. Established in 1967 as a subsidiary of USHIO Inc, in Tokyo, Japan, USHIO now carries over 3,500 lighting related products. These Lighting-Edge Technologies™ are provided to a variety of industries such as general illumination, audio-visual, photographic, stage, studio and television, semiconductor, printed circuit, video projection, cinema, UV curing, germicidal, horticulture, graphic arts, flashlight, scientific, medical, dental, ophthalmic, infra-red heating, and many others. For further information, visit www.USHIO.com.

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FUJIFILM to Showcase All PL 4K and Cabrio Cine-Style Lenses at Hollywood’s Cine Gear Expo 2014

Wayne, N.J. – The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation will showcase its entire range of Premier PL 4K+ cine lenses and the Cabrio cine/ENG-Style lens series at the Cine Gear Expo 2014, being held from June 5-8 at The Studios at Paramount in Hollywood.

The Premier PL 4K+ Series features the fastest T speeds available in a family of zooms, with unprecedented color matched 4K and beyond optical performance. The entire range of Premier PL 4K+ cine lenses will be in the booth. The 14.5-45mm T2.0, 18-85mm T2.0, 24-180mm T2.6, and 75-400mm T2.8-T3.8 will all be on display. All four PL Mount zooms are similar in size and weight, and uniform gear placement and front barrel diameters (136mm). Focus, zoom, and iris gears are all in the same position—which speeds up lens changes, since follow focus accessories and lens motors can stay in the same position on the rods. Focus barrel rotation is a uniform 280 degrees on all four zooms.

Premier PL 4K lenses have been used by several acclaimed DPs for feature films including Life of Pi, Oblivion and Iron Man 3.

The latest addition to its popular series of cine zooms – the FUJINON Premier PL 25-300mm Cabrio [ZK12x25], introduced in April at the NAB show – will be on hand with the rest of the Cabrio series at Cine Gear. Equipped with a 35mm PL mount, the PL 25-300mm boasts a high zoom ratio covering the focal length of 25mm to 300mm. The PL 25-300mm supports an optional, detachable servo drive for electric zooming, focusing and iris. Mounting the unit enables remote control of zoom, focus, and iris adjustment.

FUJINON’s popular Cabrio series includes the new PL 25-300mm (model ZK 12×25), PL 19-90 (model ZK4.7×19), PL 85-300 (model ZK3.5×85) and PL 14-28mm (model ZK2x14). The PL 19-90, PL 85-300, and PL 14-28 Cabrio feature exclusive detachable servo drive units, making them suitable for use as a standard PL lens or as an ENG-style lens. And they can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

Designed using the latest proprietary optical simulation software, the entire range of Cabrio lenses offer exceptional optical performance in the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens data output—including the position of the zoom, iris, and focus—is extremely accurate. The zooms support Lens Data System (LDS) and /i Technology metadata formats, and can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

The PL 25-300, PL 19-90, PL 85-300, and PL 14-28mm FUJINON lenses are equipped with flange focal distance adjustment, a macro function for extreme close-up focus, and coverage of a 31.5mm diagonal sensor.

Cabrio lenses are being used in TV series and feature film production, including several 3D features currently in production.

“Cine Gear is a thriving show attended by some of our most loyal customers,” said Thom Calabro, director, marketing and product development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “We always look forward to connecting with them and meeting potential new users during Cine Gear. It continually draws an audience of key decision makers in entertainment production, and we’re eager to show off our 4K and Cabrio zooms this year.”

This year marks FUJIFILM’s 80th anniversary, and 40 years for the Optical Devices Division, formerly known as FUJINON, in the U.S.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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FUJIFILM Technical Support Centers to Serve Brazil’s World Cup

Wayne, N.J. – The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation has announced that two technical support centers have been setup to provide customer service and support to the company’s broadcast lens customers during the World Cup in Brazil running from June 12 through July 13th.

One service center will be located in Rio de Janeiro and the other in Sao Paulo. During the entire World Cup, Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division will have a engineers available at each technical center to support FUJINON lens customers. Hours of operation during the matches will be from 9:00 a.m. through 18:00 p.m.

The location and contact information for the Rio de Janeiro technical support center is:

Camera – 2 Video Films

Rua: Visconde da Graca 43 e 63

Jardim Botanico CEP 22461-010

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Tel: 55-21-2294-9391, 55-21-3874-0146

Additional contact information:

Karla Alvera, cell:55-21-7836-5839, email: karla@camera2.tv

Jorge Delgado, cell: 55-21-8133-1533, email: jorgedelgado@camera2.tv

The location and contact information for the Sao Paulo facility is:

Trevisan’s Lens Service

Rua: Brigadeiro Jordao, 113

Ipiranga, Sao Paulo

CEP 04210-000 Brasil

Tel: 55-11-4508-5650

Additional contact information:

Flavia Trevisan, cell: 55-11-8789-2770, email: flavia.trevisan@trevisans.com.br

Umberto Trevisan, cell: 55-11-7757-9034, email: umberto.trevisan@trevisans.com.br

Ademir Santos, email: ademir.santos@trevisans.com.br

“The World Cup is a crucial event for many of our customers,” said Thom Calabro, director, marketing and product development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “Everything has to work perfectly, and we do everything we can to support them in producing the best possible images. As we did during the Sochi Games inRussia, we’ve established technical service centers staffed by knowledgeable technicians to communicate with our customers directly from the event’s home cities.”

This year marks FUJIFILM’s 80th anniversary, and 40 years for the Optical Devices Division, formerly known as FUJINON, in theU.S.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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PESA Recognized for International Sales with NAITA’s 2014 Global Trade Award

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced it has received the prestigious 2014 Global Trade Award from the North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA). The award was presented on April 29 during NAITA’s 31st annual World Trade Day Luncheon in Huntsville.

PESA, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013, has been involved in international sales for more than 35 years, and sells its routing and processing equipment in more than 20 countries. While Europe has historically been PESA’s largest international market, the company is positioned for increased sales in Southeast Asia, South America and the Middle East in 2014.

For years, PESA has promoted its products internationally through an extensive dealer network led by an international sales manager. PESA maintains an office in Canada and recently established an office in China to promote sales and business development. The company will also exhibit at three international trade shows this year, including IBC2014 in Amsterdam in September.

The NAITA Global Trade Award honors local businesses and organizations for pursuing and penetrating global markets. By recognizing these efforts, NAITA hopes to encourage other companies to explore or expand their international business efforts, as well as strengthen the network of businesses involved in international trade. PESA is a corporate NAITA member and actively participates in NAITA programs.

In March, PESA was also a recipient of the 8th annual Governor’s Trade Excellence Award, which was presented by the Alabama Department of Commerce and the Export Alabama Trade Alliance. The award acknowledges Alabama-based companies that excel in overseas sales and service.

“It is very gratifying to be recognized for our international sales efforts, and NATIA’s Global Trade Award is a huge honor for us,” said Chuck Tillett, PESA president and COO. “At PESA, we are developing new products and expanding our current product lines, and international sales remain an important part of growing our business.”

About NAITA

The North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) is a business-driven organization committed to increasing knowledge, interest, and activity in international trade in North Alabama. NAITA’s mission is to promote economic growth through international trade education, training, and networking. Further information on NAITA is available at www.naita.org.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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‘Anchorman’ DP Thomas Ackerman, ASC, Impressed with Zylight F8 LED Fresnel

LOS ANGELES – When he’s not the director of photography for commercials or major motion pictures like Beetlejuice or Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Thomas Ackerman, ASC, teaches cinematography at the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C. When his lectures inevitably turn to lighting, he has a surprising setup of choice.

“Ideally, my ideal lighting scheme is nothing,” he admitted. “When the existing light is sweet, why re-invent the wheel? Many of my colleagues would probably say the same thing. Of course, we would also agree that this almost never happens. Over the years, I’ve shot some huge sets with a power draw to match. But we can always dream.”

Because the lion’s share of his work is not done in natural light, Ackerman continues to explore new lighting options to create images that support the story or script. “When I’m working, I’m sort of an illustrator telling a story. There’s always a target in mind,” he said. “Clearly lighting technology and the choices of lighting systems have grown exponentially since I started doing this. It’s crazy. Now we can choose equipment with almost surgical precision.”

According to Ackerman, cinematographers render images based on contrast as well as the color and volume of light, but some shoots are more artistically challenging than others. New DPs, for example, sometimes have difficulty with night scenes. “They get hung up on naturalism, where is the light supposed to be coming from?” he explained. “Light should be motivated, but you don’t have to be a slave to reality. At night, you have the ability to create a world of your own choosing.”

With today’s advanced camera technologies, Ackerman is not concerned with whether or not he can capture a nighttime image; instead, the challenge is in balancing the lighting. He suggested that high quality LED instruments like the Zylight F8 LED Fresnel, which is portable but delivers close to the output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel, can be valuable on night sets. “LEDs as high output, low-power tools can splash light virtually at the last minute on a night exposure that could be tremendously helpful,” he offered.

While his toolkit continues to grow and now includes LED lights, Ackerman is not ready to abandon his more traditional lighting options. “There’s a lot of mediocre LED equipment,” he said, “and claims are often ill-founded with significant limitations.”

One LED that has not disappointed, however, is the Zylight F8, which Ackerman and his students used during the Spring 2014 semester. He said it has an extremely fine build quality and a thoughtful design, which includes the ability to collapse the entire

Students at the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts used the Zylight F8 during the Spring 2014 semester.

instrument, including its eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, for easy transport. He also said the option to power the F8 using a standard 14.4V camera battery is a significant asset for location and documentary-style shoots.

As far as the quality of the output, the F8 delivered “an amazing amount of punch with miniscule power draw,” he said. “It has a very nice, creamy smooth spread of light, but when you want to spot it in, it concentrates and accordingly picks up. This lamp is officially added to my list. It’s a lot of quality in a very small package.”

Available in daylight (5600K) or tungsten (3200K) versions, the F8 has a high CRI (color rendering index) and Its LED engine features quantum dot technology to provide a more refined and balanced natural light output, which is tuned to work with today’s digital camera systems. The fully dimmable F8 maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping and offers an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees), with a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

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Advanced Systems Group Assists in Production of ‘The Galapagos Affair’ Documentary

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading video, data, audio and film integration firm, today announced it provided camera and editing equipment for The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, a new documentary released by Zeitgeist Films that is being screened in U.S. theaters through June.

Directed by Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller, the two-hour film paints a fascinating portrait of a 1930s murder mystery based around German physician Friedrich Ritter and his mistress, who start a new life on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos Islands. When the international press sensationalizes their exploits, others flock there, including a family determined to become the “Swiss Family Robinson of the Galapagos” and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness with her two lovers.

Goldfine and Geller told their story by interweaving newly unearthed home movies and archival stills of the settlers with testimonies of modern day islanders, HD footage of the area’s native flora and fauna, and voice performances from international stars including Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, and Sebastian Koch. The movie took about six years to produce, though the initial idea was planted in 1998 when the directors visited the islands while working on a different project.

The production used a Panasonic DVCPRO HD camcorder with a Fujinon wide angle lens purchased from ASG for shooting interviews and island imagery. ASG also installed an Xsan infrastructure, which Geller said was used for editing on Apple Final Cut Pro edit systems, creating Adobe After Effects sequences and photo retouching using Adobe Photoshop. ASG has designed, installed and supported the infrastructure at Storyline Productions, Geller and Goldfine’s San Francisco-based production company, since 2001.

“The team there has for years not only provided equipment at good prices,” he added, “but has also been great advisors about finding the gear best suited to our needs by talking extensively with us before making recommendations. ASG is our go-to VAR.”

About ASG:

Based in Northern California with offices in the Northwest, Southern California and New York City, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 300 SANs, production and post-production systems. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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Digital Nirvana System Ensures Confident 24/7 Monitoring of Live Feeds at Discovery Communications

Fremont, CA – Digital Nirvana, a provider of monitoring, compliance and content repurposing systems for broadcast, cable, and satellite networks, has announced that Discovery Communications selected its Monitor IQ™ broadcast monitoring system. The system will be used to provide 24/7 confidence monitoring for 45 live channels for Discovery North America’s broadcast operations.

“ASI functionality means less hardware for across the North America services and provides greater data metrics with regards to DPI and CALM logging,” said Tim Mazzacua, Director, TOC Operations, Discovery Communications, Inc. “By reducing the total equipment footprint, we can free up valuable rack space. Additionally, the Digital Nirvana system gives us a much better idea of what our customers are actually seeing.”

Arco Groenenberg, director of sales and marketing for Broadcast Products, Digital Nirvana, said Monitor IQ provides unique benefits to large, subscriber-based networks: “Networks run the risk of losing subscribers if there are frequent signal losses. Often the provider doesn’t know there’s a signal loss until a customer reports the problem. Monitor IQ lets operators keep track of their channel feeds and react to any signal loss or impairment before customers call.

“We look forward to a continued successful relationship with Discovery,” he continued, “and ensuring the network’s programming is delivered to its customers at the highest possible quality 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching 2.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 220 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through more than 190 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and the Hub Network. Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of television brands that feature leading nonfiction content, as well as locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, and a digital leader with a diversified online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

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Advanced Systems Group to Host Portland Happy Hour with NetApp and Telestream

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading video, data, audio and film integration firm, will host a free Technology Trending Happy Hour on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Rock Bottom Brewery in Portland, Ore. Sponsored by NetApp and Telestream, the informal gathering starts at 5 p.m. with free drinks and appetizers, followed by product demos at 6 p.m.

“Our Technology Trending Happy Hours are fun, relaxing and a great way for local video professionals to network and learn about new products and technologies,” said Dave Van Hoy, president, Advanced Systems Group. “The product demos from NetApp and Telestream will touch on SANs and transcoding, which are two important considerations for today’s file-based workflows.”

For real-time production tasks like editing, compositing and color grading, NetApp’s E-series platform delivers a SAN solution focused on sequential I/O performance. Its Data ONTAP has the breadth of performance and storage efficiency features, combined with non-disruptive operations, to support media workflow and business needs in a unified environment.

Telestream Vantage video transcoding and workflow automation products streamline file-based workflows. Telestream offers a complete family of award-winning products that enable file format conversion, device interoperability, and workflow orchestration for multiscreen, OTT, broadcast, cable, IPTV distribution, and production and archiving.

The Technology Trending Happy Hour is free, but pre-registration is requested. For online registration and more information, please visit www.asgllc.com/events/happy-hour-may-1. Attendees who registered for the original April 24 date do not have to re-register to attend.

About ASG: Based in Northern California with offices in the Northwest, Southern California and New York City, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 300 SANs, production and post-production systems. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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Digital Nirvana Joins Forces with EMEA Gateway to Expand International Sales

Fremont, CA – Digital Nirvana, an industry leader in broadcast monitoring and content delivery solutions, is pleased to announce its partnership with EMEA Gateway for global sales and marketing operations. Founded by industry veteran Guy Elliott, EMEA Gateway has over 25 years of experience selling hardware and software products in the broadcast industry throughout the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

With more than a hundred countries, each with a unique business culture, the EMEA region presents both challenges and opportunities. “EMEA is a key
component in Digital Nirvana’s global business expansion plan. By joining forces with EMEA Gateway, we benefit from their expertise in this diverse

Guy Elliott, Managing Director, EMEA Gateway Ltd
amarketplace,” said Arco Groenenberg, director of sales and marketing for Broadcast Products, Digital Nirvana. “This gives us instant traction to penetrate the market, increase brand awareness, expand our reseller networks, and manage the sales pipeline. Guy Elliott and his company are ideally suited to give us the local presence that will help us grow our business and better serve our customers throughout the region.”

Elliott said, “EMEA Gateway offers a deep understanding of broadcast technology as well as the complex challenges of both traditional and emerging markets. Most importantly, we provide unmatched access to contacts formed over decades in the EMEA broadcast arena, including close relationships with the local resellers in the region. We know what works to jumpstart sales and marketing efforts, and we deliver ‘feet on the street’ to make that happen. We’re excited to partner with Digital Nirvana, allowing them to focus on developing their unique technology solutions while we drive the sales channel and expand the company’s EMEA market share.”

About Digital Nirvana
Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

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