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CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY SELECTS 10 FUJINON HDTV LENSES FOR EVENTS STAGING AND A/V RENTALS

WAYNE, N.J., March 16, 2011 – Creative Technology Group, a leading international supplier of specialist audio/visual equipment for the rental and staging of large corporate events, concerts, and televised sports and entertainment programming, purchased 10 Fujinon ZA17x7.6BERD-S HD ENG lenses. The 10 Fujinon lenses were purchased along with 10 new Grass Valley LDK-3000 multi-format HD cameras to support the demand for affordable, high-quality HD acquisition by the firm’s growing clientele.

“Creative Technology chose these Fujinon lenses because they are not only excellent lenses, but they hold up well on the road,? said Jason Meckler, Chief Video Engineer, Creative Technology Group, North America, in Panorama City, CA, (www.ctus.com). “Quality and durability were our main concern, and these Fujinon lenses met both of those requirements.?

Since the new equipment went into service, the Grass Valley LDK-3000 cameras and Fujinon ZA17x7.6 HD ENG lenses have already been used for more

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FOR-A HVS-4000 PRODUCTION SWITCHER MAKES U.S. DEBUT AT 2011 NAB SHOW

Multi-Format Switcher Available in 2 M/E, 2.5 M/E, and 3M/E Versions, Offers Options for 3D, 3 Gbps* Production

Fort Lee, N.J., March 16 2011 – FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will showcase its new HVS-4000 multi-format video switcher at the at the 2011 NAB Show, which runs April 11-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. (Booth C5219). Available in 2 M/E, 2.5 M/E or 3 M/E models, the switcher is loaded with standard features to handle complex video productions, and offers optional support for 3 Gbps* and 3D production.

“The new HVS-4000 was designed to handle a variety of production challenges,? said Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corporation of America. “With options that can support 1080p* and 3D production, our switcher can easily grow with our customers as their production needs more

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New Online Product Strategy Manager Lifts Vizrt’s Go-To Market Strategy and Marketing Efforts

New Online Product Strategy Manager Lifts Vizrt’s Go-To Market Strategy and Marketing Efforts

Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ) – Morten Holst joins Vizrt’s marketing team as Online Product Strategy Manager on June 1st. This is a newly-created position and reflects the increasing importance Vizrt attaches to growing its range of online products. Holst joins Vizrt from VG, Norway’s largest online and printed newspaper, where he held the position as Business Development Manager for Strategic Channels and Platforms.

“We’re very happy to welcome Morten to Vizrt. He has extensive knowledge and experience of the digital challenges facing today’s newspapers and TV stations. His sharp insight, analytical skills and vision are a real treasure?, said Vizrt’s Executive Vice President of Marketing, Håvard Myklebust.?

At VG, Morten was involved in several high-profile projects, among them the media group’s digital TV service, VGTV, which is distributed via the more

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City Cable 14 Buys Nine Hitachi DK-Z50 HDTV Cameras and PT-101 Pan/Tilt Systems for Government Access Channel Serving Fort Collins, CO

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – The City of Fort Collins—the largest city in Larimer County, Colorado—acquired nine Hitachi DK-Z50 multi-format HDTV high-performance special applications cameras as well as Hitachi PT-101 camera control systems (with integrated Eagle pan/tilt capability).

All nine cameras are dedicated to local HD programming for City Cable 14. City Cable 14 acquired the Hitachi DK-Z50 cameras in two orders—handled by Hitachi dealer RIA Corporation in Colorado Springs, CO—with five installed in November 2010 and four in January 2011. The camera systems, which replaced older Hitachi analog cameras, were purchased as part of City Cable 14’s gradual migration to full HDTV production.

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“We’ve been long-time Hitachi customers,? said Carson Hamlin, Cable TV Manager, City of Fort Collins, CO. “We choose our cameras based on reliability, picture quality, price, and ease of use. The combination of more

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FUJINON’S SOCIAL MEDIA INITIATIVE FURTHERS EDUCATION AND DIALOGUE

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has debuted a series of videos on its website as well as the company’s YouTube and Facebook portals, as a means to further inform the market about the benefits to users and unique features offered by Fujinon lenses.

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The first of the series of videos demonstrates the myriad of features Fujinon lenses offer and is presented by Thom Calabro, Director Marketing and Product Development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. Calabro also addresses some of the key issues for cinematographers who may be unfamiliar with digital video lenses and what they need to know for optimal use.

Lyon Video owner Bob Lyon follows up with the second installment. Lyon discusses the Fujinon lenses that are most requested by his clients. On top of the most-requested lens more

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ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP HIRES NATALEE ALERING TO LEAD PURCHASING, KRISTINA CASPARI TO STREAMLINE OPERATIONS

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, has hired Natalee Alering as its new purchasing manager, effective Jan. 24. In addition, the company announced Kristina Caspari, who has been with ASG since 2006, will have an expanded role as operations manager.

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Alering is a 17-year veteran of the video industry, with previous positions with the Bay Area Video Coalition and Industrial Light and Magic, among others. At ASG, she will be responsible for managing equipment purchases and inventories for the company and its customers. In her new supervisory role, Caspari has been tasked with streamlining operations for the company. Another industry veteran, she previously worked with Second Sight Video & Multimedia and as a broadcast engineer for the City of Emeryville.

“We are very pleased to add Natalee to the ASG more

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BELTON HIGH SCHOOL UPGRADES TO JVC PROHD CAMCORDERS FOR STUDENT PRODUCTIONS

WAYNE, NJ – Mark Fitzwater, a teacher in the Career and Technical Education Department at Belton High School in Belton, Texas, launched the school’s first audio and video production courses three years ago with 26 students, three old computers, and one mini-DV camcorder. Today, the program has more than 160 students and is moving toward HD production with the recent purchase of four GY-HM790U ProHD camcorders from JVC Professional Products Company.

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Tiger Productions, the Belton High School student production group, uses JVC GY-HM790U camcorders to provide video production services for the 12-school Belton Independent School District.

Tiger Productions, the Belton High School student production group, provides video production services for the 12-school Belton Independent School District. The new GY-HM790Us were purchased in October through Austin, Texas-based Omega Broadcast, and were used to cover the high school’s more

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FUJINON TO BRING NEW LENSES, ADVANCES AND POPULAR EXISTING MODELS TO THIS YEAR’S NAB

Wayne, N.J. – Among the offerings from FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division at the 2011 NAB Show this year will be a new lens for the half-inch format, an updated digital control system, an improved facial recognition system, as well as other recently released, popular lens models. The 2011 NAB Show takes place in Las Vegas, Nev., from April 11 through April 14. FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division will exhibit within Booth #C7525.

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Shown as a technology demonstration at last year’s NAB convention, the TRACE facial recognition system allows a camera operator to set automatic focus parameters on one person’s face in a frame. When a subject walks into the frame, a box appears around that person’s face, and if the operator touches that person’s box, the lens automatically focuses on that face throughout the more

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Vermont Public Television Selects Four Hitachi SK-HD1000 HDTV Cameras for Hi-Def Studio Production Upgrade

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – Vermont Public Television (VPT)— Vermont’s statewide PBS network —purchased four new Hitachi SK-HD1000 digital HDTV studio cameras as part of an extensive HDTV production upgrade at its Colchester, VT broadcast television facility.

“We chose the Hitachi SK-HD1000 after a year of exhaustive, comparative research and testing of all major HDTV studio cameras on the market,? said Joseph Tymecki, CPBE, Chief Technology Officer, Vermont Public Television. “Since the cameras replaced four older analog studio cameras that’d been in service for nearly 20 years, we wanted to be sure we were ordering studio cameras that would serve us well into the future. We feel that these Hitachi cameras are the perfect fit for our facility.?

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“The picture quality is just stunning,? added Tymecki. “After we first put them on the air to cover the inauguration of more

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Travel Channel Moves Forward with Broadway Systems for Ad Sales Operations

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, announced today that Scripps Networks is using Broadway’s end-to-end software platform to help manage program scheduling, advertising sales, traffic, and billing for Travel Channel. The cable network went live with Broadway last March.

“Because Scripps already used Broadway to help manage these systems and processes at all their other cable networks, they wanted that same platform for Travel Channel,? said John Sorensen, president of Broadway Systems. “Within a limited window of time, we were able to provide Scripps with an efficient migration path for Travel Channel’s operations.?

Broadway worked with Scripps to convert the historical and operational data from two different systems to the Broadway platform. As part of the project, Broadway created a series of tools to assist with Travel Channel’s data migration, which began in late 2009.

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