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MBC completes migration of its entire playout operation to Pebble Beach Systems Marina automation control

Weybridge, UK, January 22nd, 2018 – Pebble Beach Systems, a leading automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, today confirmed that MBC Group, the Arab world’s largest free-to-air broadcast network, has now completed the process of migrating playout of all 23 channels to the company’s flagship Marina automation solution. Originally an ADC facility, MBC initially deployed a Pebble Beach Systems Neptune playout automation solution several years ago. The phased migration across to Marina automation was completed late in 2017. Nick Barratt, Senior Manager – Broadcast at MBC Group expanded on the rationale for migrating to Marina, which presents the operator ...

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Twelfth Annual Creative Storage Conference Seeking Speakers and Panelists

Coughlin Associates, Inc. is seeking media and entertainment professional questions and discussion topics to ask storage companies at the 2018 Creative Storage Conference.  M&E professionals can submit their top three questions or topics at:  www.surveymonkey.com/r/6ZM7H2 Separately Coughlin Associate, Inc. is conducting a survey of digital storage requirements and practices for media and entertainment professionals with results presented at the 2018 Creative Storage Conference.  M&E professionals can participate in the survey through this link:  www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXRN5S The Twelfth Annual Creative Storage Conference (CS 2018) will be held Thursday June 7, 2018 at the DoubleTree Hotel West Los Angeles in Culver City, CA ...

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Caringo Selected 2017 Product of the Year Finalist in TechTarget’s Data Storage Management Tools Category

Caringo, Inc. announced that Caringo FileFly 2.0 Secondary Storage Platform has been chosen as a finalist in TechTarget’s Storage magazine and SearchStorage.com 2017 Product of the Year awards in the Data Storage Management Tools category. Caringo FileFly enables the efficient migration of data from Microsoft® Windows® Servers or NetApp® Filers to a limitless secondary pool of self-healing storage on commodity servers powered by Caringo® Swarm Scale-Out Hybrid Storage. The company’s Swarm product was similarly honored in 2014, as was the original FileFly™ for Swarm in 2015 and SwarmNFS in 2016. Finalists were judged by a panel comprised of a cross-section ...

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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce 65th MPSE Golden Reel Nominations

Los Angeles—The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces nominees for the 65th MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Nominees represent the work of the world’s most talented sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment productions. “This has been an outstanding year in entertainment sound,” said MPSE president Tom McCarthy. “Sound artists have crafted brilliant soundscapes for movies, television, games and other media. The Motion Picture Sound Editors extends its congratulations to this year’s Golden Reel Award nominees for their wonderful contributions to the art of sound.” The MPSE Golden Reel ...

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More than 55 Sundance Films, Series and Projects Created Using Blackmagic Design

Fremont, CA – January 22, 2018 – Blackmagic Design congratulates the many films, episodic series and projects at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival that were shot and completed using Blackmagic Design products. More than 55 of the films, series and projects selected for Sundance used its digital film cameras, professional editing, grading and audio post production software DaVinci Resolve Studio, Video Assist recorder and monitor, and more. This includes “Yardie,” shot by DP John Conroy with a Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro; “We the Animals,” shot by DP Zak Mulligan with a Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera; and highly anticipated films such ...

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Sherpas Cinema Pays Tribute to Skiing Legend J.P. Auclair in North Face Film “Imagination”

Latest project from adventure filmmakers, represented in the U.S. by Accomplice Media, becomes an instant free-skiing classic. Los Angeles— A boy riding in the backseat of his parents’ car through snow-swept Nelson, British Columbia, has his skiing fantasy spring to life in a sweetly thrilling short film produced by Sherpas Cinema for The North Face. Directed by Dave Mossop, Imagination stars professional free-skier Tom Wallisch who skies alongside the car while performing one incredible stunt after another. The boy watches in delight as Wallisch soars over trucks, buildings and RVs, while mom and dad remain oblivious and chatter about fixing ...

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Alchemy Post Sound Pulls Out all the Stops for EPIX Spy Thriller “Berlin Station”

Westchester, New York— Now in its second season on EPIX, the tense cloak and dagger drama Berlin Station centers on undercover agents, diplomats and whistleblowers inhabiting a shadow world inside the German capital. It’s hard to tell who’s working for or against whom in this nothing-as-it-seems tale where a CIA team operates out of hidden quarters within the American embassy and where even footsteps seem to be concealing something. Working under the direction of series Supervising Sound Editor Ruy Garcia, Foley studio Alchemy Post Sound is using every resource at its disposal to provide Berlin Station with cinematic sound. Practical ...

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dotstudioPRO Offers Direct Connection for Brands to Reach Consumers Through the Roku Platform

BURBANK, CA, JANUARY 22, 2018 – dotstudioPRO, a leading online video platform that directly delivers streaming video to multi-platforms, announces that it is offering clients the ability to quickly launch channels for the Roku platform through Roku Direct Publisher. “The dotstudioPRO platform offering for Roku Direct Publisher is an ideal opportunity for content owners to capitalize on their existing video libraries,” says Joe Pascual, CEO of dotstudioPRO. “With a seamless process in place to manage and publish content, the dotstudioPRO solution offers a completely new revenue stream by simply providing direct and immediate access to Roku’s Audience Network.” By submitting ...

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LA Film School Relies on Soundly for Editing and Cloud-based SFX Library

Founded in 1999, The Los Angeles Film School and its division, The Los Angeles Recording School, offer associate and bachelor’s degrees in majors pertaining to the media and entertainment industry. Audio, both for music and production/post production has deep roots at the schools, having been a core part of the curriculum from the beginning. Today, the schools’ facilities train students in the latest tools and techniques used by the pros with a focus on hands-on learning. The LA Film School’s Los Angeles campus operates five different programs: Film, Computer Animation/VFX, Audio Production, Music Production and Entertainment Business. There are also ...

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Bannister Builds a Data Interface for EA Sport Championships in Barcelona

CAMBRIDGE, ON 01-22-17 Today Bannister Lake announced Chameleon’s powerful graphics and data package will help publish tournament stats during the upcoming EA sports FIFA World Cup Championship. The tournament, taking place in Barcelona, will showcase some of the worlds best EA FIFA players.  Gamers from around the world have been playing hard in order to qualify for the 128 player roster on Xbox and PS4 consoles. Chameleon HTML 5 web player will have results during the pre-bracket tournament on Friday Jan 26th.  On Jan 27th and 28th, from the final 16 games to the championship match, Chameleon will collect and ...

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Eric Zapakin Joins We Are Royale As Head of Production

Creative & digital agency We Are Royale (Royale) has hired Eric Zapakin as Head of Production. Zapakin brings more than a decade of production experience in branding and entertainment/sports content and marketing. He will work closely with We Are Royale Partner / Managing Director Jen Lucero, overseeing all systems and strategies for the company’s in-house creative production capabilities spanning design, animation, live-action, and VFX applications. Zapakin will also work in parallel to Head of Digital Production Beck Henderer-Peña, who directs Royale’s diverse range of next-level digital experience offerings, such as AR/VR development. “I’m very excited to have Eric join the team here,” ...

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The Helm Creative Grades Budweiser’s ‘One Last Ride’ Spot with DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio

Fremont, CA – January 19, 2018 – Blackmagic Design announced that Lez Rudge, colorist and head of creative at NYC-based post facility The Helm Creative, a Chimney Group Company, used DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio to grade Budweiser’s “One Last Ride” spot, a tribute and farewell to Dale Earnhardt Jr. toasting his retirement. In addition to a three minute web version, a 30 second spot aired during the broadcast of Earnhardt Jr.’s final NASCAR Cup race on November 26, 2017. “The spot is an homage to Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his career as a NASCAR driver,” explained Rudge. “It’s very elegantly done, ...

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wTVision Uses Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink Products for Its Broadcast and Graphics Solutions

Fremont, CA – January 19, 2018 – Blackmagic Design today announced that wTVision is using its DeckLink family of capture and playback devices, as well as a number of other Blackmagic Design products, to provide software-based broadcast and graphics solutions for customers around the world. This use includes the development of a new virtual and augmented reality sports broadcast in Bolivia. wTVision, a part of global audiovisual giant Mediapro, has become one of the world’s top real-time graphics and playout automation providers. The company creates innovative and extremely effective solutions for the broadcast industry and is focused on software development, graphics design ...

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AES® Los Angeles Section and SMPTE® Hollywood Section to Showcase Sound for Amazon Series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” at January Meeting

LOS ANGELES —  The Los Angeles Section of the Audio Engineering Society (AES®) and the Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) will host a joint meeting this month exploring sound editorial for Amazon’s new sci-fi anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. The meeting is slated for Tuesday, January 30 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California. Based on various writings from author Philip K. Dick, Electric Dreams features ten standalone episodes, each set in a different and unique world – some that lay in the far reaches of the universe, and others ...

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HOBO Partners With Gigantic Studios On Audio Mix For New Netflix Doc “Voyeur”

NEW YORK, NY – Netflix’s latest documentary triumph, “Voyeur” – the story of a motel owner with an elaborate means of spying on his unsuspecting visitors — benefits from a striking audio post production effort courtesy of another collaboration between HOBO’s Senior Engineer Chris Stangroom and noted indie film mixer Tom Paul of Gigantic Studios. The two collaborated on the Emmy-nominated doc “Amanda Knox,” (also for Netflix), and acclaimed “Weiner,” among many others. “Typically in our work with Tom we handle dialogue editing, sound design, sound effects editing and a full 5.1 premix of all the elements,” Stangroom says. “For ‘Voyeur,’ ...

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Grupo Imagen Prepares for Major National Network Expansion with EditShare

  EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, announced that Mexico-based media conglomerate Grupo Imagen is implementing EditShare XStream EFS 450 scale out production storage, XStream EFS 40NL parking storage, and Flow media asset management to support content automation and fast turn-around workflows. Grupo Imagen was recently awarded a nationwide broadcast television license that expands its current broadcast network to over 190 transmission sites with its multiplex signal across the Mexican national territory. The opportunity requires the broadcaster to build out a network of brick and mortar stations in some of the major cities across ...

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Arkansas-based Waymack & Crew embraces the Hawk-Woods Sticky Battery

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.— Dan Waymack is a filmmaker and president of Waymack & Crew, a production company with offices in Little Rock, Arkansas and Chicago, and a staff of 15. The company has an enviable list of credits that includes the familiar Allstate ads with actor Dennis Haysbert, as well as work for the U.S. Army, Marlborough, Kellogg’s and many other national and regional advertisers. A devoted student of his craft, Waymack has an insatiable interest in camera gear and developing inventive ways to put it to use. One of his favorite recent finds is the Hawk-Woods Sticky-Battery, which he ...

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SMPTE Announces Appointments of New Secretary/Treasurer and 2018 Directors

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Jan. 18, 2018 — SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that the SMPTE Board of Governors has appointed a new secretary/treasurer and has named the Society’s 2018 directors. John E. Ferder has been appointed to serve as SMPTE secretary/treasurer, a position left open when Peter Wharton was elected to serve as SMPTE membership vice president. Ferder has previously served on the Society’s board as a governor of the New York region. In his new role as Membership Vice President, ...

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