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Finance ES Broadcast has acquired the assets of Gearbox, the kit hire business, from broadcast equipment dealer CVP. Azule Finance provided funding for the deal. Edward Saunders, the managing director of the ES Broadcast Group, said: “This is a substantial step forward for ES Broadcast Hire. It not only strengthens our position in the UK hire market but also enhances our position as a leading European player. It will also allow us to introduce a number of new client synergies.” Mark Forth, the managing director of CVP, added: “By withdrawing from the hire market we will be able to focus our resources and efforts on taking our sales service to a new level of excellence.” ES Broadcast is a Watford-based supplier of new and used television broadcast equipment. It is an authorised Grass Valley dealer and an official supplier of Canon equipment. Live IP production The European Broadcast Union (EBU) has completed the latest phase of its LiveIP project by broadcasting a live 45-minute multi-camera debate, using IP technology. The debate was shown live and featured experts sharing their perspectives of the transition to live IP production. The Live IP project, part of the VRT Sandbox technology acceleration programme, is a proof of concept of a complete live production that relies exclusively on IP using existing open standards. It is headed up by Belgium’s VRT and the EBU and makes use of technology from Axon, Dwesam, D&MS, EVS, Genelec, Grass Valley, Lawo, Nevion, Tektronix and Trilogy. sandbox.vrt.be Azule Finance is a leading provider of asset finance and leasing solutions for the media and technology sectors in the UK and across Europe. Azule chief executive Peter Savage said: “Although we are predominantly known as a broadcast asset finance company we also are able to provide various types of business acquisition finance. This was a deal that needed to be completed quickly and confidentially. The end result was a win-win all round” azule.co.uk Battery chargers At NAB (Booth C10248) Switronix will demonstrate its VoltBridge wireless battery monitoring platform and the Hypercine X Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) block battery unit. The VoltBridge uses Bluetooth to transmit smart battery data to iOS/Android devices, allowing the user to monitor and set low battery warnings via push notifications. The Hypercine X transforms the company’s Hypercore battery packs into a “block” battery form. Also on show will be the Hypercore SLIM batteries for applications that need a low profile battery pack such as gimbals and drones. switronix.com KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 111 MARCH 2016 | 7 TV-BAY111MARCH_Book.indb 7 11/03/2016 17:16