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Switzerland’s Top News Portal Opts for Vizrt to Boost Growth

Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ) – Vizrt Ltd. supply production tools to the digital media industry and announced today that the Swiss multi-national company, Ringier, has chosen its Escenic Content Management System (CMS) to run its Blick Internet News Portal (www.blick.ch), Switzerland’s most-visited news site.

Martin Burkhalter, CEO of Vizrt, said, “The fact Blick chose our system to provide its core online publishing platform is very rewarding. Market-leaders like Blick have a clear vision of the future. They are very aware that media-rich functionality will play an increasingly important role in the distribution of their online content. It is satisfying to see that their vision matches our own. This deal clearly endorses our investment in the development of efficient workflows, enabling publishers like Blick to accomplish their ambition. ?

Blick will use Escenic Content Engine, Vizrt’s online publishing software, widely used for multi-site publishing. Blick more

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ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS SERVES AS PLATINUM SPONSOR FOR BROADCAST ENGINEERING CONFERENCE AT 2011 NAB SHOW

SEATTLE, WA – Premier systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) is a Platinum Sponsor of the Broadcast Engineering Conference at the 2011 NAB Show, which runs April 9-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. This is the second consecutive year ABS has sponsored the conference, which addresses recent broadcast technology developments and provides networking opportunities for engineers, consultants, and equipment manufacturers.

“With technology changing and evolving so rapidly, education is vital for engineers and technicians in our industry. Supporting this conference and other educational events throughout the year is an important part of the value ABS brings to our customers and potential customers,? said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “We consider education to be a critical investment in our business. The Broadcast Engineering Conference is one of the most important events at NAB, and we are proud to not only continue but upgrade our more

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ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP WELCOMES JULIE GANTNER AS MARKETING DIRECTOR

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, announced today the appointment of Julie Gantner as its new marketing director, effective Dec. 13. She will be based out of the company’s main office in Emeryville and responsible for promotional efforts, including marketing materials, event planning, and social media strategies.

“We are thrilled to welcome Julie to the ASG team,? said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “She has an excellent background in developing marketing campaigns and branding initiatives for traditional and new media, which will help us build our brand and grow our business.?

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Prior to joining ASG, Gantner designed and implemented marketing programs for a number of companies through her own company, Julie A. Gantner Consulting. Previously, she served as marketing and account manager for Marcom Showcase, a marketing communications firm, more

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RTV Chooses T-VIPS IP Video Transport Solutions for Slovenia’s Terrestrial Digital Switchover Project

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announces that its TVG420 ASI to IP gateway has been chosen by RTV Slovenia to distribute Digital Terrestrial programming from the RTV media centre to 13 transmitter sites throughout Slovenia. The choice of the TVG420 enables RTV to deploy ASI in the studio and for final transmission, while taking advantage of cost-effective and flexible IP networks for transport to the transmitters. The Digital Switchover (DSO) project will go live in 2011.

“When we were designing the architecture for Slovenia’s Digital Switchover project we knew that we wanted to utilize the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of IP; the T-VIPS solution is ideal as it enables us to do this, while using ASI in other parts of the network,? says Bojan Ramšak, technical expert, RTV Slovenia. “A unique feature of the solution is that it has redundancy more

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DP BOB POOLE CAPTURES DRAMATIC FOOTAGE IN AFRICA FOR “GREAT MIGRATIONS? WITH FUJINON HD LENSES

WAYNE, N.J. – As a principal cinematographer on four episodes of the acclaimed National Geographic series, “Great Migrations,? Bob Poole, www.poolefilms.com, captured intimate close-ups of Mali’s desert elephants – a remote and dangerous herd that were difficult to film. And in war-torn Southern Sudan, tense battles between male white-eared kob (antelopes) that often fight to the death for the right to breed. “Great Migrations? is the largest endeavor in National Geographic’s 122-year history, and Poole was provided the time and resources to capture images that otherwise would be impossible.

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Poole used two Fujinon lenses to capture all of his “Great Migrations? footage – a HA25X11.5BERD HD lightweight telephoto lens and a HA13x4.5BRD HD wide angle ENG-Style lens. When the winds were particularly heavy, Poole often employed his TS-P58 image stabilizer from Fujinon.

“Great Migrations tells life and death stories about more

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Broadcast Pix Hires Fred van Elk as Director of Sales for EAME Region

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ announced today that Fred van Elk has been named director of sales for the Europe, Africa, and Middle East (EAME) region, effective Jan 1. He replaces David Hughes, who has retired.

“The EAME region continues to be a growing market for Broadcast Pix,? explained Arco Groenenberg, vice president of sales for Broadcast Pix. “We are delighted that Fred has joined our team. With his knowledge of the industry and the region, he will be a great asset to Broadcast Pix, our dealers, and our customers.?

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A veteran of the broadcast industry, van Elk began his career as an engineer for Canada’s Global TV. After he moved to Germany in the 1980s, he worked for a number of companies, including Grass Valley, Avid Technology and Ross Video. Most recently, he worked for the TDF Group (TéléDiffusion more

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ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS, RATIONAL ACOUSTICS TO OFFER SMAART SOFTWARE TRAINING CLASSES

SEATTLE, WA – Premier systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) has partnered with Rational Acoustics to offer Smaart® Training Classes, a comprehensive program to provide a solid foundation in the use of Smaart software for real-time sound system measurement and analysis. The three-day class schedule runs Feb. 22-24, 2011, at the ABS facility in SeaTac, Wash.

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Advanced Broadcast Solutions has partnered with Rational Acoustics to offer Smaart® Training Classes, a comprehensive program to provide a solid foundation in the use of Smaart software for real-time sound system measurement and analysis. The three-day class runs Feb. 22-24 at the ABS facility in SeaTac, Washington.

The available training includes “Smaart Fundamentals and Applications,? a two-day lecture and presentation forum that covers the basics of assembling and using a Smaart measurement rig to make valid and more

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KARK-TV LITTLE ROCK SELECTS JVC GY-HM790U PROHD CAMERAS FOR STUDIO

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company today announced that KARK-TV, the NBC affiliate in Little Rock, Ark., has purchased three JVC GY-HM790U ProHD cameras for production of its local newscasts. The Nexstar Broadcasting station, which serves the Little Rock-Pine Bluff market (DMA #56), has been using the cameras in its main studio daily since June. While the new JVC cameras, which replaced BTS LDK-91 units, are currently being used for SD production, the station is expected to move to HD production in early 2011.

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With a redesigned studio adapter sled and innovative modular design, the GY-HM790 is an ideal solution for multicore or fiber-based studios. Its three, 1/3-inch progressive scan CCDs produce 1280×720 and 1920×1080 images, and its proprietary MPEG-2 encoder supports 1080i, 720p, and even SD (480i) for operations that have not yet made the move to HD. The more

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GERMANTOWN COMMUNITY TELEVISION IN MEMPHIS INSTALLS FOUR NEW HITACHI SK-HD1000 MULTIFORMAT HDTV STUDIO CAMERAS

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – Germantown Community Television recently installed four new Hitachi SK-HD1000 multi-format HDTV studio cameras in an effort to improve picture quality and lay the groundwork for an eventual transition to high-definition. Known as GHS-TV, Germantown Community Television is based at Germantown High School in Germantown, TN, a suburb of Memphis.

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Germantown High senior Jared Cox operates the Hitachi SK-HD1000 studio camera during Germantown Community Television’s live coverage of Election Night 2010.

The studio facility supports the high school’s Production Workshop program, which teaches basic and advanced broadcast television skills. The program’s 75 students produce over 740 hours of public affairs programming annually for broadcast on Memphis stations, including Germantown Community Television (Comcast Channel 17), WPXX-TV (Ion Media Channel 50), and WMC-TV (NBC-5).

“Our new Hitachi cameras enable us to produce high-caliber more

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WASHINGTON REDSKINS UPGRADE TO HD AT FEDEXFIELD WITH FUJINON HA AND XA SERIES LENSES

WAYNE, N.J. – Home to the NFL’s Washington Redskins, FedExField in Prince George’s County, Md., received a comprehensive upgrade to high definition production for the 2010-2011 football season. As part of the upgrade, the arena features three new Sony HSC300K cameras paired with Fujinon lenses: the HA23X7.6BERM Premier Series HD ENG-style telephoto, XA50X9.5BESM HD box-style telephoto with 2X extender, and XA76X9.3BESM HD telephoto.

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Cameras are placed at various points around the venue to provide a total stadium experience. The new system enables the stadium’s control room to originate HD programming and transmit the signals to new HD LED video displays and stadium-wide video distribution systems. In addition to improving video for the fans, the HD video is also archived for promos and highlight reels.

The video control room and infrastructure were upgraded by Communications Engineering, Inc. (CEI). Based in Newington, more

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