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Bob Poucel Returns to Broadcast Pix as Director of Support

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ announced today that Bob Poucel has returned to the company as director of support, effective Feb. 3. Based out of the company’s main office in Billerica, he is leading the company’s technical support efforts.

Poucel managed technical support at Broadcast Pix for more than three years before he went to Imprivata to manage its U.S. technical support center. Previously, he managed technical support organizations for IBM Rational Software, the MITRE Corporation, and Avid Technology.

“We are very happy to welcome Bob back to Broadcast Pix,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “He has years of experience with our product lines, which will help him improve our processes and help our team continue to exceed customer support expectations.”

Poucel can be contacted at (978) 600-1100 or via e-mail at rpoucel@broadcastpix.com.

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its systems combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading streaming, broadcast, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix is a trademark of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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Christie Announces Executive Appointments

Christie today announced that Kenji Hamashima, Chairman, President and CEO of the Christie group of companies will step down from his current role effective April 1, 2014.

Jack Kline becomes Christie Chairman, President and CEO, effective April 1

Jack Kline, President and COO, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. will assume the role of Chairman, President and CEO of all of Christie’s operating companies, worldwide.

Mr. Hamashima will remain as Chairman, President and CEO of the Christie holding company, Christie Digital Systems Inc., as well as Ushio America Inc.

“For the past 14 years I have had the pleasure and privilege of serving alongside the dedicated staff of Christie worldwide, in our Christie group of companies, for which I am very grateful,” said Mr. Hamashima. “It has been an exciting time to help Christie grow to become a global leader in cinema and digital display solutions.”

Mr. Hamashima added that “For almost 35 years, Jack has devoted himself to growing Christie’s business and reputation for innovation, and I am confident that in assuming leadership of our operating companies across the globe, he will lead them to new heights of success.”

Pierre Lesperance Joins LMG Systems Integration

Orlando, FL – LMG, a national provider of video, audio and lighting support, is pleased to announce the hiring of Pierre Lesperance as a sales engineer in the firm’s Orlando headquarters. Lesperance’s duties will include developing new business, client communication, and advising clients on the optimal equipment to meet design and budget needs to support the systems integration division, which focuses on permanent installations and product sales of video, audio, lighting and audiovisual equipment.

Pierre Lesperance brings over 25 years of audiovisual industry experience to his new role at LMG. Previous to LMG, Lesperance held the position of sales and account manager at a national audiovisual firm for the last decade, and has a depth of experience handling account management, business development and marketing of complex technical solutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Howard University in Washington, DC, and is a Certified Technology Specialist through Infocomm International.

“Pierre is a seasoned veteran within the industry and we are excited to have him on our team,” states Les Goldberg, CEO/president of LMG. “His solid background of technical knowledge combined with customer service will be an asset to our clients, and help us grow the systems integration division.”

LMG Systems Integration provides design, consulting, installation, as well as product sales, of customized audiovisual technology – including video, audio, control and teleconferencing equipment, working with clients nationwide on educational institutions, healthcare facilities, executive boardrooms, command/control centers, houses of worship, and specialty installations.

For more information, please visit lmgintegration.com

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Ricardo Milani Joins FOR-A as Sales Engineer for South America

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America announces that Ricardo Milani has joined the company as a sales engineer in South America. His focus is to provide sales and technical support specifically in Brazil, and he will also assist with sales in other South American countries, including Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Milani began his position at FOR-A in late January and is based out of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Having worked over 14 years in the broadcast media market in Brazil, Milani brings extensive knowledge of industry in the area. He previously was a business manager for broadcast solution sales for the Brazilian dealer Farnell Newark, and spent years as a sales manager for the Sao Paulo-based dealer Oreon Broadcast.

“I am happy to have Ricardo on board with us,” said Hiro Tanoue, President, FOR-A Corporation of America. “One of our priorities at FOR-A is to strengthen our business and provide excellent support in Brazil and all of Latin America. I’m confident that Ricardo’s expertise in the Brazilian broadcast industry will go a long way toward that goal.”

Ricardo Milani can be reached at milani@for-a.com.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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ITV Backs HARMAN’s Studer Vista 1 as New Coronation Street Production Goes Digital

TRAFFORD, United Kingdom – The relocation of the famous ITV Coronation Street lot, from Manchester’s Quay Street Studios to the 7.7-acre studio and production facility on the Trafford side of MediaCityUK, has coincided with a significant streamlining of technology. Set in a fictional town in the north of England, what has become the world’s longest-running television soap opera is a British ‘institution’, having first been broadcast back in December 1960. One of the biggest upgrades in this latest development has been the transition from an analogue mixing environment to a HARMAN Studer digital platform, once ITV had learnt that its familiar analogue surface would no longer be supported.

With AVC Electronics appointed project consultants and TSL tendering successfully for the installation contract, Coronation Street’s head of sound, Alan Monks and Coronation Street technical manager, Stan Robinson, researched the market for suitable options. But it was the show’s senior sound supervisor, Mark Cochran, who suggested investigating Studer Vista 1 all-in-one desk for each of its two new production galleries.

These were duly adopted, along with Compact Stageboxes and a Soundcraft Si Compact 16 mixing desk from Studer’s sister company Soundcraft, to provide resilience. When the order was placed by TSL, the Vista 1 became the first Studer sale to an ITV facility.

Earlier, a site visit had been arranged for the show’s leading technicians, along with AVC’s lead consultant Raz Khan, at Studer’s offices in Potters Bar. Khan recalls, “Initially we evaluated the Vista 5, and had one on demo, so we could evaluate the platform, knowing that the Vista 1 would shortly be in production. From that it was written into the specification.”

Stan Robinson added, “We realised the Vista 1 would offer more or less the same facilities and also that it was compatible with Optocore fibre distribution, which we were running right across the site, linking the five production control areas.”

The 22-fader Studer Vista 1, containing 20 channel strips and two grand master faders, provides Coronation Street with true broadcast monitoring, talkback, red light control and eight general-purpose control inputs/outputs (GPIO).

But aside from ease of use and intuitive Vistonics™ interface, one of the key reasons for choosing Studer was the superior mic preamp — an observation made after the technical team had carried out comparison tests with their own alternatives.

Stan Robinson admits that the Studer D21m mic input card, transformer balanced to all five stageboxes, had been a key driver, with Studer stageboxes transporting native MADI over an Optocore system.

Noted RazKhan, “This solution meant that the whole rigging set up became a lot simpler, with fibre out to the OB van to transport MADI and a ruggedized case housing the electronics. With DSP onboard, this fitted the bill perfectly for the budget and operational flexibility and redundancy.”

He added, “We didn’t like the multi-layered menu of other desks — this was a lot easier. Also it needed to be intuitive because we have a small core of technical staff and a lot of freelance engineers using the system. It has been extremely well received.” Once a mic is plugged into appropriate input the source immediately appears on the relevant fader in the sound control room.

Speaking of the desk’s attributes, Mark Cochran stated, “You can access everything at the press of a button and EQ all your channel strips — and because the Studer stage box has option cards we were able to buy the highest quality mic amps.”

This digital format has allowed Stan Robinson to introduce a unique fibre transportation system for the signals around the site. Based on the Optocore network structure, the portable stageboxes allow signals from the studios (or anywhere else on the site) to be routed to either gallery.

Each gallery has its own stagebox, which production simply wheels to where shooting is taking place, and plugs in to the SMPTE 311M hybrid camera cable network — with 100 SMPTE sockets distributed around the site that can be patched in. Signals such as microphones, foldback, picture monitoring, video router control and talkback are automatically routed to the Studio Floor and Galleries. “In effect, the whole site becomes our studio floor,” says Stan Robinson.

Summing up he backs Mark Cochran’s endorsement of the Vista 1. “We have all been extremely happy with the decision to back the Studer platform, and it has been extremely well received.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

CAD Audio Unveils Equitek E19 Miniature Earworn Mic

Solon, OH––The Equitek E19 Broadcast and Production miniature earworn microphone combines industry-leading performance with upgraded features and sonic excellence.

Its miniature ergonomic profile, comfortable behind-the-ear design, and field-replaceable cable have been updated for ease of use, comfort and stability to meet and exceed the industry’s newest standards.

The E19 provides maximum intelligibility with natural, accurate reproduction for the most demanding broadcast, house of worship and live performance applications.

Currently available for CAD Audio Wireless with a TA4F-type connector, the E19 will soon be equipped with replacement cables that include TA3F, HRS and locking mini type connectors.

E19 MSRP: $279

For more information about CAD Audio, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

MTJ Upgrades Indonesia’s Stadium Club Lighting With HARMAN’s Martin Professional Fixtures

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Built in the disco era, Stadium Club is one of the largest and oldest dance clubs in Indonesia. For decades, the venue, located in Jakarta, has entertained hundreds of music and dance fans a night with the newest tracks and brightest lights for the ultimate night out. Stadium Club recently underwent a renovation to improve its facilities, which included the installation of numerous HARMAN Martin Professional lighting fixtures by Monalisa Tunggal Jaya (MTJ).

As the official distributor for Martin products in Jakarta, MTJ delivers Martin fixtures to customers around the area with confidence in the manufacturer’s continued quality and reliability, with the best and brightest outputs in the industry. “The newly installed fixtures significantly improve the environment and ambiance in Stadium Club,” stated Zandy Jong, MTJ. “The lighting performance of Martin in the venue is highly trusted by the club’s staff and continues to engage revelers every night.”

Twenty-two units of Martin MAC 350 Entour Profiles and eight units of RUSH MH3 Beam effects have been installed in Stadium Club.

MTJ also delivered and installed in a large number of Martin lighting fixtures for Stadium Club’s sister venues: Kingcross, with eight MAC 350 Entours and Light Jocky USB DMX Controller; Malioboro, with 12 MAC 350 Entours and Light Jockey USB DMX Controller.

Additional clubs in South Jakarta MTJ updated feature Martin as well: Exodus Club lvl 5, with six MAC 350 Entours, eight RUSH MH-3 beams, two Atomic Strobe 3000’s and one Jem K-1 haze machine; and the Exodus Restaurant lvl 6 & 7, with six MAC 350 Entours, eight RUSH MH-3 beams, one Jem K-1 and Light Jocky USB DMX Controller.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Fishman Appoints Iain Wilson as International Sales Manager

Andover, MA––Fishman is pleased to announce the appointment of Iain Wilson as International Sales Manager.

In this capacity, Wilson’s primary role will be the development of strategies to increase sales in each of Fishman’s current export markets while seeking new business opportunities for the company.

Iain will also be managing the existing distribution network, carrying out a SWOT analysis of the distribution companies and their respective markets, and looking at constructive and effective ways to increase sales in each region.

In addition, Wilson will oversee Fishman’s international clinic tours, workshops, sponsorships and other marketing events with the help of Fishman demo artist and clinician Steve Fairclough. He will also work with distributors in each market to maximize exposure in consumer and trade publications.

Iain Wilson has been in the music industry for the past 20 years and has gained vast international experience with companies such as Lowden Guitars, Breedlove, G7th capos etc. He has also worked for Fishman in various International Sales roles since March 2003. For the last 6 years he has spearheaded Fishman’s OEM business in Asia and is now returning to the role where he began 10 years ago, taking care of International Retail Sales.

“It’s great to combine my knowledge of guitar brands, markets and international sales. I’m looking forward to driving Fishman’s international business again and with the release of new electric guitar products, there’s a lot of work to be done,” says Wilson.

For more information about Fishman, please click to www.fishman.com.

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Point Source Audio President James Lamb Appointed Band Master of California’s First State Military Reserve Band

Newly Appointed Warrant Officer Lamb Actively Recruiting Volunteer Reserve Musicians Across the State

James Lamb

Point Source Audio's James Lamb is appointed Band Master for CSMR Band

Petaluma, CA — Point Source Audio today announced that company President James Lamb has been tapped as the first commander of the newly-formed California State Military Reserve (CSMR) Band. Lamb, a lifelong trumpeter, composer, and arranger, earned an appointment as a Warrant Officer in the State Military Reserve in August 2013. In addition to playing trumpet and writing arrangements, Lamb will help coordinate support for California’s three National Guard Bands, based in Sacramento, Oxnard, and Los Alamitos.

The California National Guard Bands uphold a long tradition dating back 150 years of Guard bands providing music at military and civic events across the state. The bands perform a wide-ranging repertoire that requires high standards of musicianship. “The CSMR Band role is to act as a reserve to the Guard Bands, filling out the ranks as needed or providing other necessary support functions,” Lamb says.

James Lamb Conducting

James Lamb Conducting with the National Guard Band

As president of Point Source Audio, an electronics manufacturer specializing in professional grade miniature microphones, including headsets, earsets, and lavaliers, Lamb was already well prepared for his leadership role as Band Master. In addition to the intensive year long course he completed at the Warrant Officer Candidate School, finishing as Honor Graduate for Academic Excellence, Lamb has a longstanding connection in his life between music and military service. He joined the Navy after attending the School of Music at California State University at Northridge, and performed in Navy bands throughout the 1980s, becoming an arranger, performer, and band leader touring the US, Asia, and Australia.

After leaving the Navy in 1991, Lamb enjoyed a career in New York City as a professional trumpeter, music director, and conductor, which took him to performances in storied venues including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He then transitioned into work in the audio industry, first for Apogee Sound, a manufacturer of high-performance sound reinforcement loudspeaker systems, and later for Digigram, a maker of networking products for audio and video distribution for the Broadcast market. “Many of the skills that you learn from playing in bands translate well into business,” Lamb observes. “Early on you learn to listen to the people around you, to communicate, and to work well with a group. Business organizations require much the same skills.”

In 2004, Lamb founded Point Source Audio, where he continues to draw on his performer’s perspective. “My background shapes my view and understanding of the market,” he says. “It gives me an understanding of how important quality and dependability are to ensuring that a performer can give their best performance. The ultimate goal for me all along has been to put tools in the hands of performers that allow them to do their job as well as they can.”

By 2009, with Point Source Audio well established, Lamb felt it was time to give back to the military music community that had been so crucial in shaping his life and career. He stepped in as staff arranger and associate conductor with the National Guard band in Sacramento. When the state decided to form a formal reserve band, one of only three in the nation, Lamb was tapped to become its first Band Master.

The band is currently looking for qualified individuals who are interested in serving and playing with the band. “There is satisfaction in serving the community and helping the National Guard,” Lamb says. “As with all CSMR duties, we’re an all-volunteer force, the CSMR Band offers a unique way for those interested in serving a chance to apply their musical skills in a way that benefits the state and their local communities.” Qualified musicians who are interested in volunteering should contact James Lamb at jlamb@point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (PSA) manufactures and distributes worldwide a unique line of lightweight bendable boom headset and earworn microphones—known as the “toughest” in the industry. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

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PESA as Part of the Serco Team Awarded Position on $4.1 Billion U.S. Army Communications Multiple Award IDIQ Contract

2/18/2014 – PESA, as part of the Serco team, will participate in the award of a new multiple award ID/IQ contract to provide global communication systems for the U.S. Army. Serco was selected as one of 12 companies to compete for tasks on the Communications and Transmission Systems (CTS) contract. The Serco team will provide design, procurement, installation and testing services in support of delivering global, mission-critical communication systems. The team will utilize its experience in the areas of engineering, Operations & Maintenance (O&M), and lifecycle management services to provide a more secure, operational, and sustainable network communications solutions for the United States’ expeditionary warfighters. PESA intends to provide mission critical Audio/Video hardware and software to include its Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certified Cheetah Video Distribution Systems for use in Army and DoD command and control centers in support of the overall team effort. The contract vehicle has an overall ceiling value of $4.1 billion over a five year period.

“PESA is extremely pleased to be a part of the Serco Team for the Army CTS contract,” says Chuck Tillett, PESA President/COO. “We have supported Serco for C5I applications at several DoD installations and we value our relationship. As the only manufacturer of JITC certified Video Distribution System hardware for use by DoD we look forward to continuing our support to the Army and all services.”

Serco provides communication system solutions to the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. Utilizing its Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Collaboration and Intelligence (C5I) expertise, the Company delivers engineering, systems integration, hardware procurement, software development, technical support, installation and testing, operations and maintenance solutions.

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 A/V products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is a U.S. Small Business, located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com.

About Serco Inc.: Serco Inc. is a leading provider of professional, technology, and management services focused on the federal government. We advise, design, integrate, and deliver solutions that transform how clients achieve their missions. Our customer-first approach, robust portfolio of services, and global experience enable us to respond with solutions that achieve outcomes with value. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Serco Inc. has approximately 10,000 employees, annual revenue of $1.2 billion, and is ranked in the Top 40 of the largest Federal Prime Contractors by Washington Technology. Serco Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Serco Group plc, a $7.5 billion international business that helps transform government and public services around the world. More information about Serco Inc. can be found at www.serco-na.com.

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