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DAVID RANDOLPH JOINS ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP TECHNICAL SERVICES TEAM

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, has hired David Randolph as part of its Technical Services Team, effective Jan 10. An 18-year veteran engineer in the broadcast, film, and video game industries, he will work directly with clients while performing system installations and training. Randolph will also provide consulting support and equipment recommendations for the ASG sales staff.

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With a wide range of experience in live production, post production, master control operations, and computer graphics, Randolph has worked for G4 Media, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Savannah College of Art and Design, among others. Most recently, he served as broadcast applications engineer at Snader and Associates. His product expertise includes Autodesk, Apple, Avid, storage solutions, and render farms.

“David is a great addition to the ASG team,? said Dave Van Hoy, more

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IP Video Contribution Solutions from T-VIPS Enable Two Top PBS Affiliates to Transmit High-Quality Video in Real-time

Millburn, New Jersey – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video transport solutions for contribution, distribution and Digital Terrestrial Television today announced that PBS member station WNET selected the T-VIPS TVG420 ASI to IP Gateway solution to transmit the stations’ locally produced programming over an IP network to the PBS Network Operations Center, in Alexandria, VA. WNET/Thirteen in New York, NY is a leading producer of programming for the PBS Network. PBS, the nation’s premiere public broadcasting network, broadcasts four HDTV and eight SDTV services to its network of over 360 member TV stations.

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After encoding the HD video to a 30 Megabit MPEG-2 ASI transport stream, WNET uses the T-VIPS TVG420 ASI to IP Gateway to move the compressed digital video over a high-performance OC 3 IP network to PBS’ network operations center in Alexandria for HDTV broadcast nationwide. At more

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German News Portal General-Anzeiger Bonn Selects Vizrt to Empower Online Future

Schwaz, Austria, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ) – Vizrt Ltd., a world-wide supplier of production tools for the digital media industry, announced today that the German newspaper printing and publishing house, BZV, has selected its Online Content Management System (CMS) to drive the news portal www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de.

Eirik Svendsen, executive VP online, Vizrt, said, “We’re proud to have such a highly regarded newspaper as our next customer in the German market. This deal clearly demonstrates the important role that media-rich functionality plays in the distribution of online content.?

The core of Vizrt’s online system, Escenic Content Engine, will publish content to multiple channels, providing efficient and instant flow of information to websites and channels directly from Escenic Content Studio, the module that enables online design, layout and content creation. Together, Vizrt’s Online Content Management System provides a single production pipeline for text, image and video where dynamic content more

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John McCluskey Joins T-VIPS America as Director of Western Regional Sales

Millburn, New Jersey – T-VIPS America Inc, a leading provider of IP-based video transport solutions for high-end contribution and distribution, today announced that John McCluskey has joined the company as Director of Western Regional Sales. With over 14 years of technical sales experience in the video compression and transmission arena, McCluskey is entrusted with expanding T-VIPS America Inc.’s market share in 14 Western U.S. states and Vancouver, Canada.

In this position, McCluskey’s responsibilities include the management of key accounts, increasing sales in the region, as well as maintaining solid relationships with area business partners and systems integrators.

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McCluskey reports directly to T-VIPS America Inc.’s Vice President and General Manager Joe LoGrasso. “We’re extremely pleased to welcome John to our U.S. sales team,? LoGrasso said. “With his extensive professional experience, management abilities, and knowledge of the Western more

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TV2GO BUYS ADDITIONAL FOR-A FRC-7000 UNITS FOR CONVERSION AND TRANSMISSION OF NFL SEASON TO EUROPE

CYPRESS, Calif., January 20, 2011 – FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, recently sold two new FRC-7000 HD Frame Rate Converters to TV2GO Inc., an international satellite transmission and video production company. TV2GO has been engaged by Sm2 Sports Media Solutions, hired by the National Football League (NFL), for conversion and transmission of the entire NFL season to Europe, including the upcoming championship game to be played on February 6th.

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“Now, for the first time, all NFL games are distributed internationally in high definition,? said Lawrence Partington, TV2GO partner. “Previously, we were transmitting only selected games to Europe in HD, but the majority were going over in PAL.?

The upcoming NFL championship match marks the fourth year for TV2GO to broadcast that event to Europe using the FOR-A FRC-7000 units. more

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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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