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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE by Will Strauss A mongst the raft of company acquisitions that took place before Christmas (many of which are clocked within this issue of KitPlus), one seems especially noteworthy: Procam’s purchase of Leicester-based True Lens Services. When it comes to hiring lenses, quality is everything. Shooters want to know that what they will receive is clean, well maintained and securely boxed. Many hire firms offer these services but by snapping up True Lens Services Procam now has a differentiator. True Lens Services engineers can update vintage lenses to work with modern equipment, provide preventative maintenance and repair damaged or worn lenses. And they can also develop their own glass. So, Procam will now not only be able to offer beautifully maintained lenses but also potentially develop bespoke glass and tailor-made packages to suit the increasingly cinematic demands of TV producers. On announcing the deal, John Brennan, Procam’s group chief executive said: “Through today’s acquisition and further investment, we will accelerate the introduction of pioneering lens technology in the UK. We know that lenses can make or break a production and the acquisition will allow us to reduce the time it takes for these products to come to market.” It’s an interesting and progressive move by Procam, one that will clearly benefit its client base. It may also shake up the UK hire market by prompting further innovation. Adding value, as Procam is doing, is one way of generating business. But if a company can find a way to reduce the cost of hiring lenses too - be that through economies of scale or new routes to market - glass could soon become an even more highly competitive battleground for hire firms. Video production Trickbox TV will give visitors to BVE 2015 in Excel, East London, a view of the Thames river from stand D49, as it presents the spectacular backdrop and state-of-the- art HD production services available at its Tower Bridge TV Studios. Trickbox TV manages and operates Tower Bridge TV Studios, a self-contained studio facility situated on the sixth floor of 2 More London Riverside. Trickbox TV also offers broadcast quality HD and SD bespoke flyaway services, providing multi-camera workflows from two to 12 cameras, with a choice of CCU or ENG camera units. Liam Laminman, the managing director of Trickbox TV, said: “BVE 2015 provides an ideal opportunity to present our various production services to production professionals, as well as catching up with existing clients and finding out about the latest technology on offer.” BROADCAST FIBRE OPTIC SOLUTIONS OB and Field Deployable Applications Caddie-LB 4K Caddie-LB 3G BlueLite BC364 Wavelength Mapping ShaxX Power Insertion Infrastructure BC365 12G-SDI BC860 Gigabit A complete range of modular field proven interfaces. From compact stand alone units to complete optical networks. Broadcast Specialists 06 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 97 JANUARY 2015