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Media Group International Introduces SIENNA to Its Broadcast Customers

Leading systems integrator Media Group International can now offer its broadcast customers seamless integration and next generation workflow after becoming an Approved SIENNA Systems integration partner.

The new partnership brings enormous benefit to MGI’s customers by giving them easy access to SIENNA’s cutting edge systems for News, Sport, Live Event and Mutli-Camera Television Production.

MGI recently sent its Senior Solutions Architects Jim White and Tyrone Donnelly on a weeklong intensive Sienna training program in London, England. The program is designed to give MGI self-sufficiency in implementing and supporting Sienna Systems and affords MGI the coveted Approved Sienna Systems Integrator status.

Founded in 1992, Gallery offers the Post Production, Film, Music, TV and Broadcast industries a portfolio of more than 50 sophisticated software and hardware products that are sold to more than 12,000 customers across 50 countries. The company’s SIENNA software family, which was launched in 2007, has revolutionised News and Sports broadcasting and has an international reputation for delivering cutting edge results in highly demanding environments.

Some of the world’s leading broadcasters have built their news and sports workflow around SIENNA, including the BBC, the Associated Press, Turner and Televisa. SIENNA products have been responsible for coverage of major global events such as the US Presidential election, and the Beijing and London Olympics. With a worldwide integration channel, Sienna delivers functionality, performance and reliability without compromise.

Roger Barton, MGI’s Sales Manager, says: “As always at MGI, we’re committed to bringing the very latest technology and products to our customers and Gallery’s SIENNA products absolutely fit this brief. It is also extremely important nowadays that you’re able to back up your sales with integration services and after sales support locally. This is why we always invest in training prior to signing partnership agreements, so that we can confidently support our partners.”

Mark Gilbert, Gallery SIENNA’s CTO, adds: “We are delighted that MGI has made a strong commitment to Sienna, and MGI’s experience and reach will make Sienna accessible to a new audience in the Gulf region. Local support is fundamental to our vision, so MGI’s formally trained Sienna engineers are a welcome addition.”

Media Group International has over 35 years’ experience of systems integration in the Gulf region and represents many worldwide manufacturers. These include Avid Technology, Quantel, SeaChange,, Vinten Broadcast Ltd, Telestream, Vizrt and EVS Broadcasting. It also serves TV channels and networks, movie studios and network operators in the region, providing telecommunications, broadcasting, integrated systems and state-of-the-art security.

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About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings
Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.
GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and internationally. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.
The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.
In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.
www.gssg.com

Media Group International
Media Group International (MGI) is a proven media broadcast and communications systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.
Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor and multisensory environments. MGI provides solutions from safeguarding national security, such as in government operations, to creating the best educational venues in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.
Media Group International is ISO 9001:2008 certified, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. It is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.
Media Group International recently launched their new website to give customers a better experience online.
www.mgi.tv

Gallery SIENNA
Based in London, England, and with a global reach, Gallery SIENNA has been serving the Post Production, Film, Music, TV and Broadcast industries since 1992, with more than 50 software and hardware products sold to more than 12,000 customers in 50 countries. Some of the world’s leading broadcasters have built their news and sports workflow around Sienna, including the BBC, the Associated Press,Turner and Televisa. Sienna products have been responsible for coverage of major global events such as the US Presidential election, and the Beijing and London Olympics. With a worldwide integration channel, Sienna delivers functionality, performance and reliability without compromise.

The Music Producers Guild Gives Special Recognition To Sean Davies

The Music Producers Guild is delighted to announce that Sean Davies, an internationally acclaimed studio designer, technical engineer and authority on disc cutting lathes, will be presented with a Special Recognition Award at the MPG Awards 2014, which take place in London next month.

Renowned as an audio consultant, Davies is also at the heart of the UK and European disc cutting business thanks to his extensive knowledge of cutting techniques, lacquers and the ins and outs of the equipment needed to cut a vinyl record.

He first became interested in audio at the age of 13 when he began repairing broken radios and cutting discs at home. His hobby developed into a career when he was offered a job at IBC Studios, initially in the maintenance department and then in the disc cutting operation. Davies’ reputation as an expert soon spread, securing him other key technical positions until he eventually founded his own company, SW Davies Ltd, which specialises in maintaining high quality disc-cutting lathes and supporting cutting facilities around the world.

Although he recently announced his retirement after 53 years in the professional audio industry, Davies is still acting as a consultant – most notably for the recently launched Art of Vinyl (AoV), a new maintenance business headed by the former-Metropolis Mastering engineer Crispin Murray and audio/video equipment repair specialist Duncan Crimmins.

Ray Staff, of the MPG’s Mastering Group which nominated Sean Davies for a prestigious Special Recognition Award, says: “I am so pleased Sean is receiving this acknowledgment. He has been my mentor for over 40 years. Sean is a generous educator, gifted with the ability to explain often complex theories, simply and clearly. His skills and knowledge have benefited every aspect of recording, mastering, manufacturing and design. He is a truly unique man in our industry.”

Sean Davies will be presented with his award at the MPG 2014 Awards ceremony, which takes place on February 13th at the at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London.

Now firmly established as a must-attend industry event, the MPG Awards attract music industry stars and VIPs who turn out in force to celebrate the enormous contribution that recording professionals make to the success of the UK’s music industry. In 2014, the MPG is once again collaborating with the BRITS to present the winner of its Producer of the Year Award with a BRIT Award for Best Producer.

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About Music Producers Guild (UK):
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk or www.mpgawards.com

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DPA Microphones Capture the Sound of Andrea Bocelli’s Orchestra

Andrea Taglia, live sound engineer for the famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, is a huge fan of DPA microphones and rates them as the most technically advanced and sonically transparent microphones on the market.

It is therefore no surprise that Taglia personally owns a selection of DPA microphones and regularly sources additional units whenever he is on tour with Bocelli.

“I’ve been using DPA microphones for many years and bought my first stereo d:dicate™ 4006 Recording Microphone when it was still known by the old Bruel & Kjaer name,” Taglia says. “I first became familiar with the DPA brand when I was using DPA miniature microphones on singers in musical productions. Eventually I began experimenting and started using them on instruments as well, which gave me great results. I’m now a huge fan and have bought quite a few for my own microphone collection, including d:dicate 4006 and 4011 Recording microphones and a selection of d:screet™ 4090 and 4061 Miniature microphones.”

Andrea Taglia began his career in the theatre, mixing audio for plays and musicals and working with directors such as Peter Stein, Bob Wilson, Massimo Castri. He also worked with classical orchestras and jazz musicians and acted as a live sound consultant designing sound systems for touring and fixed installations such as cruise ships.

“I made a conscious decision to stop touring in 2003 when my second son was born, but when I met Andrea in 2006 he persuaded me to go back on the road – although these days I only go on tour with him,” Taglia says.

Bocelli’s most recent concerts have taken place all over the world and in each venue Taglia has supplemented his own DPA collection with additional microphones supplied by DPA’s Italian distributor M. Casale Bauer.

“We used DPA d:screet 4061 Miniature microphones as close proximity mics for the strings – four on first violins, three on second violins, three on violas and three on cellos,” he explains. “We have also been using them for our guest violin soloists and for our guitar duo CARisMA, who usually play at Bocelli’s concerts.

“In large and reverberant venues where the noise floor can be pretty high, it is important to have good close proximity microphones to help reduce feedback and deliver more attack and a more present and detailed sound. This is especially important when the orchestra is playing over pre-recorded tracks.”

Taglia adds that DPA’s wide range of instrument clips and accessories adds an extra dimension to the versatility of the company’s products.

“DPA has always been very careful about providing the correct accessories so that users can get the best from their products,” he says. “For example, the DPA MHS6001 rubber suspension, which we use on strings with the 4061, is a real problem solver as it is universally accepted by every musician, even on very expensive instruments. They are happy to use it because it doesn’t actually touch the instrument. Instead it allows the microphone to float under the strings on the rubber mount.

“I’m also a big fan of the DMM0007 rubber holder as it allows me to position a 4061 miniature microphone very close to the strings on an acoustic guitar without annoying the musician playing it. With this solution I can get the full sound of the instrument in a way that wouldn’t be possible with a pick-up.”

Taglia adds that he uses his own DPA microphones on a daily basis as they are invaluable for live recording work and for aligning sound systems, which is what he does when he isn’t on tour.

“Over the years I have used literally tons of DPA miniature microphones on singers in the theatre and I’ve also used my fair share of d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones on double basses and cellos,” he says. “Every time I need a linear, true microphone that is capable of handling high SPL, I always choose DPA.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Prism Sound’s Titan Is An Instant Hit With Supa Dups

Grammy Award winning producer and DJ, Supa Dups, has just added a Prism Sound Titan USB multitrack audio interface to his equipment roster, complimenting the Prism Sound Lyra 2 audio interface that is already an integral part of his studio set up.

Supa Dups, who began DJ-ing at the age of 11 and producing at 16, has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business. A member of the influential Black Chiney Sound System, a nod to his Chinese Jamaican heritage, Supa Dups’ breakthrough came in 2004 when he produced Nina Sky’s Turnin’ Me On. He is now one of the most sought after writer/producers around and has worked with numerous artists including Eminem (one track on the Grammy Award winning ‘Recovery’), Mary J Blige, John Legend and Bruno Mars.

“Prism Sound is the Rolls-Royce of converters and there’s nothing else that sounds like it,” he says of his kit. “There is other equipment and then there’s Prism Sound. In fact, the Lyra 2 is my mobile rig now.”

Although he is exceptionally busy, Supa Dups prefers not to name the artists he’s currently working with because not everything recorded in his studio always sees the light of day. But he is very keen to talk about his Prism Sound converters – Titan, which he only recently took delivery of and Lyra 2, which he uses all the time.

“I haven’t had a lot of time to play with Titan yet, but I keep having excellent experiences with Lyra,” he says. “The other day I was working with a band and plugged the guitar and bass into it at the same time and used it right there on the spot. It sounded excellent. We finished everything on it, even the demo vocal. Basically it has become the centrepiece of the studio. Everything about it is awesome.”

Supa Dups spends a lot of time working out of Circle House studios in Miami, and credits the city with having a fantastically diverse music scene.

“It’s like London minus the dub-step, but with an additional overall Caribbean influence which collides with the American sounds. It’s definitely got a style all of its own,” he says.

Proving he’s a man of much versatility, Supa Dups recently finished an entire live reggae album. “I didn’t know I could do that,” he says. “It was a challenge for me but I’d definitely like to be involved in more entire projects in the future and writing classic albums that people will be listening to in decades to come.”

And the Lyra 2 and his new Titan will be with him every step of the way. “There is a lot more to explore with them,” he says. “I’ve used the Lyra 2 for hours and hours and technically I’m not sure I’ve broken the back of it yet. There’s still a lot to learn and play with, but it always sounds awesome.”

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Broadcast Networks Delivers Key Infrastructure Projects Across Europe

Systems integration specialist Broadcast Networks completed a number of diverse broadcast system projects during 2013 for international organisations such as Chellomedia, News UK the Dutch Parliament.

The projects showcase Broadcast Networks’ SI expertise in fixed and mobile solutions including live production and studio systems, transmission and content distribution systems, Outside Broadcast and Satellite News Gathering vehicles and command and control facilities.

“2013 was a successful year Broadcast Networks with both new and repeat business,” says Managing Director Tom Haye. “As we start 2014, our new partnership with IEC gives us the investment we need to push the company to the next level, while the expansion of our team allows us to deliver the added value customers now demand.”

As the preferred SI partner for Chellomedia, Broadcast Networks completed various key infrastructure projects for the international media company including the installation of a 24 channel playout system for a new Arts channel, the rebuild of Chellomedia’s Master Control Room, an entire upgrade of the broadcaster’s automation system to ITX2 and the installation of a number of smaller playout systems.

For Slovenian national broadcaster RTV, Broadcast Networks was contracted by Sony PSE to design and build two new 16-channel Outside Broadcast vehicles, which are now being used to capture various sporting events including the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

Back in the UK, Broadcast Networks installed a Master Control Room and three new television studios at News UK’s headquarters in London. The studios are now being used by The Sun newspaper to create news content for its online editions.

Other notable projects completed during 2013 include the installation of audio and video equipment at the Dutch Parliament, enabling meeting to be streamed over the internet, and the design and build of an 18 camera armoured surveillance vehicle for the Dutch police, which is now being regularly used to support large scale events.

As a systems integrator with more than 25 years’ experience, Broadcast Networks has a proven record in the delivery of high-quality broadcast, digital media, security & defence systems to an international client base.

Tom Haye believes the company’s proactive approach to customers’ projects is key to its current and future success, especially during a time of intense change for the broadcast industry.

“The traditional broadcast model is changing, with 4k now a serious contender as a new archive format and IP and data manipulation becoming increasingly crucial in our customers’ daily lives,” he explains. “As a systems integrator with experience in the live production and playout arenas, Broadcast Networks is ideally placed to deliver the leading edge solutions our customers demand and consolidate our position as a leading international systems integrator.”

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About Broadcast Networks
Broadcast Networks is a UK-based Systems Integrator with over 25 years’ experience in delivering solutions to clients the world over, including national broadcasters and global media organisations. From live production systems and OB vehicles, studios and broadcast infrastructure, satellite uplinks to content distribution, the company offers totally integrated and innovative solutions. With a highly experienced and knowledgeable team of solution architects and project managers, a flexible approach and a real commitment to customer service, Broadcast Networks works closely with organisations to meet their business and operational objectives and to deliver game-changing ideas.
Learn more: www.bcnet.co.uk

Funky Junk Takes On UK Distribution For Sandhill Audio

Funky Junk, Europe’s leading supplier of new and refurbished professional recording equipment and services, has been appointed exclusive UK distributor by Finnish microphone manufacturer Sandhill Audio.

Established in 2008 by sound engineers Riku Pasanen, Petteri Taponen and Sammy Roiha, Sandhill Audio launched its first product in 2011 – the 6011A ribbon microphone.

“We’re continuously working on new designs and prototypes and eventually the range will grow,” says co-founder Petteri Taponen. “However, any product we release has to justify its existence. We will not put out anything just to have more items in the catalogue.”

Taponen adds that Funky Junk was chosen to handle Sandhill’s UK distribution because it has a strong reputation for handling innovative pro audio products.

“Funky Junk’s catalogue is exceptional and, being a high-end studio microphone, the Sandhill 6011A fitted nicely into their product range,” Taponen says. “I was also really impressed with Mark Thomson (Funky Junk’s Managing Director), who sent me a long email in response to my initial enquiry even though he was on holiday in Italy at the time. His straightforward way of communicating suited our approach to doing business and it also helped that the company came highly recommended by a number of our contacts.”

Sandhill Audio’s 6011A Ribbon Microphone is designed to sound exceptional while being free of the usual limitations of ribbon microphone technology. Although primarily designed for high end studio applications, the microphone is sufficiently versatile that it can also be used in live environments.

Mark Thompson, Managing Director of Funky Junk, adds: “The guys at Sandhill have achieved the seemingly impossible; they’ve designed a microphone that retains the airy warmth of the best ribbon mics with a rugged construction capable of coping with a kick drum, a jumbo jet or a producer screaming at a tape op. The Sandhill 6011A isn’t cheap, but great performances demand great microphones. We carry demo stock for discerning tests.”

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About Funky Junk:
Funky Junk is Europe’s leading supplier of new and refurbished professional recording equipment and services. It has offices in London, Paris, Milan and Spain and has been in business for over 20 years. The company is renowned for its high level technical knowledge, backed by extensive workshop facilities. As well as handling sales and repairs, Funky Junk also acts as a distributor to a number of equipment brands and deals with their service and warranty.

For more information please visit www.proaudioeurope.com

Broadcast Networks Appoints New Technical Staff

Systems integration specialist Broadcast Networks has consolidated its leading position in the broadcast market by appointing five key members of staff to its technical team.

Peter Timmons, Francis Lea, Ben Curtis, Nick Petty and Philip Walters have all joined the company from Sony Professional Solutions Europe where they worked closely with Malcolm Robinson, Broadcast Networks’ recently appointed Director – Media & Broadcast Solutions.

“Our new recruits bring a wealth of knowledge to the company, specifically in the areas of solution design and project management,” Malcolm Robinson says. “The sector-leading expertise we now have on board is phenomenal and we are very excited about the future. These new appointments allow us to grow the business by consolidating the experience already present at Broadcast Networks so that we are better able to deliver game-changing results to our customers.”

Solutions Architect Peter Timmons gained a wealth of experience at Sony – and prior to that at Harris, Zandar Technologies and BAE Systems. His main strength lies in designing and developing next generation solutions for the broadcast industry.

Proposal Bid Manager Francis Lea will be looking after Outside Broadcast vehicle tenders and opportunities. His core skills, coupled with the existing Broadcast Networks Bid Team, will ensure that all proposals meet all technical and commercial requirements and incorporate alternative options that will enhance customer choice.

Broadcast Engineer Ben Curtis is highly skilled at designing and commissioning technical Broadcast Systems. While at Sony he worked on numerous high profile projects, including relocating and commissioning a new headquarters for QVC and upgrading the broadcast capabilities at the Parliament Building in The Hague.

Senior 3D Design Engineers Nick Petty and Philip Walters have joined the Broadcast Networks’ Design office where they are adding their renowned design expertise to the look and feel of all Broadcast Networks solutions. Their experience in dealing with customers and suppliers is also ensuring that all ergonomical and structural concepts of coachbuilding design are covered.

Broadcast Networks has more than 25 years’ experience and a proven track record in the delivery of high-quality broadcast and digital media systems to an international client base. The company specialises in fixed and mobile solutions including live production and studio systems; broadcast infrastructure, transmission and content distribution systems; Outside Broadcast and Satellite News Gathering vehicles. Clients include Chellomedia, News International, UPC, NBC Universal, Bloomberg Television, ITV and OB Team in Norway. Broadcast Networks has recently announced a strategic partnership with IEC Group and investment which will drive the expansion of its operations and capabilities.

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About Broadcast Networks
Broadcast Networks is a UK-based Systems Integrator with over 25 years’ experience in delivering solutions to clients the world over, including national broadcasters and global media organisations. From live production systems and OB vehicles, studios and broadcast infrastructure, satellite uplinks to content distribution, the company offers totally integrated and innovative solutions. With a highly experienced and knowledgeable team of solution architects and project managers, a flexible approach and a real commitment to customer service, Broadcast Networks works closely with organisations to meet their business and operational objectives and to deliver game-changing ideas.
Learn more: www.bcnet.co.uk

DK-Technologies Appoints Eurocom Broadcast in France

Audio and video metering specialist DK-Technologies has appointed Eurocom Broadcast (www.eurocom.fr) as its exclusive distribution partner in France.

Based in Paris, Eurocom will handle sales, distribution and after-sales support for the entire DK-Technologies range, which includes the Award-winning DK Meter range and the recently launched flagship PT0800 Audio and Waveform Monitor.

Uffe Kjems Hansen, Product Marketing Director at DK-Technologies, says: “We are delighted to be working with Eurocom in France and feel confident that their expertise and contacts will help drive sales for DK-Technologies. Our metering and monitoring products are already well established in France and, with new products scheduled for 2014, there couldn’t be a better time to refocus attention on the brand in this important market.”

Established in 1996 by owner and CEO Bruno Guers, Eurocom offers a wide range of professional audio products to the radio and television industries, along with installation, cabling and after-sales service and support.

“As someone with many years’ experience in the broadcast and pro audio industry I’ve always been aware of the quality of DK-Technologies’ products,” Bruno Guers says. “I am very pleased that we now have an opportunity to work together and I believe there is great potential for sales growth in France, which will benefit both businesses.”

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

Hackenbacker Tackles the Audio for a Classic Tale of Valour

Award-winning facility Hackenbacker has completed the entire audio post production for The Musketeers, a new 10-part BBC Drama Production for BBC One that will make its television debut next year.

Commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, and Danny Cohen, Director of Television, BBC (previously Controller, BBC One), this contemporary take on Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale of The Three Musketeers was created and written by Adrian Hodges.

Hackenbacker’s founder Nigel Heath, who was also re-recording mixer for the series, says: “The Musketeers was pretty much the dream job for us: there were some fantastic opportunities for sound in this series, the stories are brilliant, the show looks amazing and the score by Murray Gold via Air Studios sounds astonishing. All in all, it’s been a fantastic experience. The mixes have run extremely smoothly, which is a testament to the fine work done by our in house sound editors.”

The Musketeers stars Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) as D’Artagnan, a skilled fighter from rural Gascony who is on a mission to right the wrong of his father’s death. When he reaches the lawless streets of 17th century Paris he meets Athos, Aramis and Porthos, the Three Musketeers played respectively by Tom Burke (Great Expectations, The Hour), Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes) and Howard Charles (Royal Shakespeare Company). Although they are primarily Louis X111’s bodyguards, these highly trained soldiers also stand resolutely for social justice, honour, valour and love. To D’Artagnan they are kindred spirits and, despite meeting them in unfortunate circumstances, he soon becomes accepted as part of the group.

The Musketeers also features performances from Peter Capaldi (The Hour, The Thick Of It), Tamla Kari (Cuckoo, The Inbetweeners Movie), Maimie McCoy (Loving Miss Hatto), and Hugo Speer (Bedlam).

The 10-part drama (10×60-minute) is a BBC Drama Production London for BBC One, co-produced with BBC America in association with BBC Worldwide.

Jessica Pope is the BBC executive producer, Adrian Hodges is the creator and executive producer, and Colin Wratten is producer.

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About Hackenbacker:
With more than 25 years experience in the audio post production business, Hackenbacker provides a first class service to the film and television industries. Its award-winning team of sound editors, designers and mixers combine a thorough knowledge of today’s technology with an understanding of the importance of deadlines in order to deliver an exceptional service to all Hackenbacker clients. The facility offers full time technical support and access to the very latest equipment as well as some more esoteric specialist devices. www.hackenbacker.com

New Deal Sounds Great To DPA Microphones

Leading microphone manufacturer DPA Microphones has consolidated its position in the market by joining forces with The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm that focuses on acquiring strong and growing businesses.

The Riverside Company’s investment in DPA Microphones will allow DPA to significantly expand its operation and grow the company at a much faster pace.

“DPA is already a very successful and profitable company, which has been experiencing a 15% increase in sales, year on year, for the last five years,” says DPA’s CFO Christian Hoff. “With Riverside involved, we anticipate even stronger sales growth in the next five years.”

Riverside has long experience in the audio and electronics industry, having previously invested in German loudspeaker company Teufel, which was successfully divested in 2010. More recently Riverside acquired BLUE Microphones, a US manufacturer of consumer and performance microphones and related products.

Riverside Partner Thomas Blomqvist says that Riverside saw DPA Microphones as an attractive partner because it has an innovative and well-designed product range and an international reputation for delivering outstanding quality and durability.

“This is a solid foundation for further growth, and Riverside’s global network and experience in the audio industry should help propel DPA to further success,” he says.

Under the terms of the new deal, DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen and CFO Christian Hoff have retained their current positions in management and on the board, along with a 40% shareholding. Riverside is now the majority shareholder and will also have representation on the DPA board.

“For our day to day operation, it is business as usual,” Christian Poulsen says. “What has changed is our ability to capitalize on our current success and make this even more significant in the future. Riverside has an extensive network worldwide, many of whom are specialists in the audio industry and have deep technical knowledge and experience that we can exploit. This investment will allow us to develop new technologies and new products at a much faster pace. It will also allow us to move into new markets and attract more good people to our brand, while still properly supporting our existing customer and partner base.”

DPA makes an array of microphones geared toward demanding professional users in application areas such as theatre, broadcast, public address/live and studio. Its current product range includes headset, lavalier, instrument, and vocal microphones. In addition, the company makes adaptors and a variety of accessories to complement its offerings. DPA’s products are sold through own sales offices in Denmark, the US and Hong Kong as well as through a worldwide network of licensed distributors, and are used by many of the world’s top studios, broadcasters and recording artists.

Working with Thomas Blomqvist on the transaction for Riverside were Vice President Björn Larsson and Associate Martin Gustavsson. Principal for Origination Lars Eriksson sourced the opportunity for Riverside.

L.E.K., KPMG and Gorrissen Federspiel performed commercial, financial and legal due diligence, respectively. Danske Bank provided financing for the transaction. Audon A/S, an M&A International Inc. firm, advised DPA Microphones.

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About The Riverside Company
The Riverside Company is a global private equity firm focused on acquiring growing businesses valued at up to $250 million (€200 million in Europe). Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 320 transactions. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 70 companies.
www.riversidecompany.com or www.riversideeurope.com

About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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