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The Avid Media Composer Symphony systems, including hardware and monitors, are part of an upgrade to HD that allows the production to adhere to Sky 1 standards, and ensures that the trainees gain valuable experience on the latest equipment. Mama youth project funds new Avid edit suites F ineline Media Finance has provided funding to MAMA Youth Project (MYP) to purchase two Avid Media Composer Symphony edit suites, as the charity upgrades its equipment to HD. Each year MYP recruits and trains 48 disadvantaged young people aged between 16-25 in a range of core production skills including research, camera work, lighting and sound operation, location-fi nding, editing, and production paperwork. As part of the training programme participants work together to produce six episodes of ‘What’s Up’, a magazine-style show that has recently moved from Pick TV (formerly Sky 3) to Sky 1, demonstrating its high production values. Bob Clarke, Founder and CEO, MAMA Youth Project, said, “We are committed to getting young people into employment and to bringing diversity to the media industry. The content that our trainees produce is outstanding, and gives them a substantial taste of real-world production that makes them excellent candidates for employers.” It is estimated that eight out of ten trainees can expect to fi nd work in the broadcast sector following the MYP training course. This was the fi rst time that MYP had used fi nance to purchase equipment. “I had worked with Fineline before for my own editing company,” Clarke explains, “Their knowledge of the industry gives them a unique understanding of our requirements, and the transaction has been very smooth.” www.fi neline.co.uk Strengthening International sales team W ith an investment cushion of $7.2 million, OTT platform provider Visual Unity is now in a formidable position to significantly strengthen its staff infrastructure in key international markets. To that end, the company has announced four new sales managers - Sharon Quigley, Don Golden, Brian Pang and Inanc Vardar. Their appointments will enable Visual Unity to grow its portfolio of national and regional accounts in North America, Europe and Asia. www.visualunity.com TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 91 JULY 2014 | 33