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BUBBLE AGENCY APPOINTS MELANIE WEBB TO GROW BROADCAST PRODUCTION PORTFOLIO Posted: 27/05/2020
BUBBLE AGENCY APPOINTS MELANIE WEBB TO GROW BROADCAST PRODUCTION PORTFOLIO

Bubble Agency, the global PR, marketing and events specialist for the media and entertainment technology and services sectors, today announced the appointment of Melanie Webb, as a PR and marketing consultant. Melanie brings to Bubble over 15 years of experience working in the production and distribution end of the broadcast sector at agencies including Premier PR and Franklin Rae.

Melanie has held various positions within production, including TV producer, further exemplifying her strong expertise in managing and delivering corporate publicity for TV, film, media companies and brands, as well as consumer programme publicity for a range of broadcasters, independent production companies, distributors and content providers. Her client experience includes: Rough Cut, A&E Networks, Edinburgh TV Festival, Independent Films, Women in Film & Television Awards, DRG and more.

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Polar Graphics announces product support and technical sales appointments Posted: 24/03/2020
Polar Graphics announces product support and technical sales appointments

Polar Graphics, a UK leading distributor for the broadcast, post and pro-AV industries, has announced the appointments of Alexandros Galanos and Christopher Stone to further enhance ongoing business growth.

Galanos joins Polar Graphics as a product support specialist with responsibility for providing technical liaison with resellers and end users as well as support for product demos. Prior to Polar Graphics, Galanos was at Tyrell as a senior engineer with extensive experience in technical auditing, installation, workflow design, and technical support.

Stone takes on the role of technical sales manager, responsible for advising resellers and end users of the best product fit from the Polar Graphics product range for their specific workflow and providing full, first-hand guidance through the entire purchase process. Before his arrival at Polar Graphics, Stone was EMEA and APAC director of business development for XenData Ltd.

Polar Graphics Managing Director Peter Rowsell said, “Alexdandros and Christopher are seasoned professionals who bring a wealth of industry experience to their respective roles and I am delighted to welcome them both. The hands-on knowledge and decades of experience they possess will be of great benefit to our customers and is a clear indication of the ongoing expansion of Polar Graphics’ business.”

Galanos said, “Polar Graphics has a long and enviable reputation as a first-class distributor, and I look forward to using what I know to the benefit of the company and its customers.”

Stone echoed Galanos, saying, “With 40 years of experience around the broadcast world, I believe I am very well-placed to guide Polar Graphics customers, traditional and new, through a process that identifies the best product fits for their operation and, even more specifically, for their world region.”

Both appointments are effective immediately.

Tags: Polar Graphics | Appointment | Alexandros Galanos | Christopher Stone | Reseller | Distributor | AV | Broadcast | Post Poroduction
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IPV Names Highly Experienced Broadcast Media Leader Philip McDanell as Chairman Posted: 23/03/2020
IPV Names Highly Experienced Broadcast Media Leader Philip McDanell as Chairman

Industry leading media asset management software provider IPV today announced the appointment of Philip McDanell as Chairman of the Board.

McDanell is a highly knowledgeable executive director with extensive experience in the media and technology sector, having held senior board positions at MTV, Chrysalis Group, and most recently Peach, formerly Group IMD, where he helped devise and execute the company’s global business strategy, growing the business value from £14m to £100m.

McDanell said, “I am excited to be joining IPV at this interesting stage of its growth. IPV’s Curator platform is without doubt one of the best products that I have seen. I am particularly pleased that IPV has just launched CuratorNow to help the broadcast industry address the present market difficulties by enabling editors to work remotely on frame accurate proxy videos.”

Available immediately and deployable in days, CuratorNow fast-tracks the ability of creatives to work from any location, including their home, with just basic Wi-Fi for project collaboration using the core tools of Curator, IPV’s proven flagship video content management platform, allowing for simple scalability and an easy upgrade path.

IPV CEO Mark Fagan said, “Philip brings highly relevant experience to IPV, especially from his most recent position at Peach during which time the business expanded from a UK-centric business to operating in more than 40 countries after having transitioned from original legacy software to a world-beating cloud platform.

“We are currently in a similar position with the expansion of our Curator platform to include the remote operation benefits of CuratorNow and very much look forward to gaining from Philip’s expertise at a corporate level, as well as the demonstrable benefits that will naturally accrue to our customers, existing and new, worldwide.”

McDanell’s appointment is effective immediately.

Tags: IPV | Appointment | Chairman | Philip McDanell | Curator | CuratorNow | Media Asset Management | MAM | Collaborative Cloud | Remote Editing | Video Editing | Video Production | Ingest | Metadata | Adobe Premiere Pro | Media Workflows
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Morten Aass Joins NEP Norway as Managing Director Posted: 03/03/2020
Morten Aass Joins NEP Norway as Managing Director

NEP Norway announced today that Morten Aass has joined its organization, based in Oslo, as managing director, effective immediately. NEP Norway is a division of NEP Group, the leading worldwide outsourced technical production partner supporting premier content producers of live sports and entertainment.

Aass, an industry veteran, will oversee all of NEP’s Norwegian operations, client relationships, broadcast production facilities and a team of more than 100. His primary focus will be to ensure the position, continued growth and success of the Norwegian company. Aass

takes the helm at NEP Norway as Lise Heidal, former managing director, transitions to a new role as NEP’s SVP of Global Media Solutions. In addition to being the managing director of NEP Norway, Aass will also be part of NEP’s European management team.

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Densitron appoints Mark Brown to head sales and operations for the Americas Posted: 02/03/2020
Densitron appoints Mark Brown to head sales and operations for the Americas

Densitron, a creator of HMI technologies and a global leader in display, monitor, and embedded computing solutions, has announced the appointment of Mark Brown as Director of Sales and Operations for the Americas. A sales and business development executive with extensive knowledge and relationships in the IoT space of Industrial, Medical, Security, Consumer and Test & Measurement markets.

Brown joins Densitron having led technical sales organisations focusing on hardware, software, firmware and associated development tools for complex semiconductors such as FPGAs, custom ICs, wireless connectivity solutions and control systems.

Brown held senior positions at QuickLogic, OKI Semiconductor and ChipX. He also drove sales of RF microwave, wireless modules and services at California Eastern Laboratories across the Americas; and serving as VP, Business Development and Sales at wireless solutions company MMB Networks.

At Densitron Brown will be charged with further expanding the global reach of the company’s control surfaces, control systems, monitors and displays. In particular, Brown will be exploring new markets, in broadcast and elsewhere, for the Intelligent Display System (IDS) platform. Combining proprietary hardware and software that allow broadcasters to connect, control and automate devices and activities in and around the studio.

Simon Jones, Managing Director of Densitron, says: “Mark’s unique background and extensive relationships across the Americas will help bring Densitron’s game-changing control surfaces and control systems to new markets and customers. We are hugely excited by the potential to raise awareness of our entire product range, and Mark will be an integral part of this next major stage of our development.”

Mark Brown adds: “I’m honored to be a part of this team, and I look forward to implementing sales and operational strategies that foster long-term partnerships and long-term growth. I’m excited to put my experience to work at Densitron, delivering value-added display solutions and exceeding our customer expectations.”

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ED TISCHLER TO HEAD UP GRAVITY MEDIA UK BUSINESS Posted: 21/01/2020
ED TISCHLER TO HEAD UP GRAVITY MEDIA UK BUSINESS

Gravity Media, the leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors, has promoted Ed Tischler to the position of Acting Managing Director. In this new role, Ed will be responsible for the strategic direction and commercial performance of all Gravity Media’s UK-based operations, which include Media Services & Facilities, Production & Content and Equipment Rental & Sales. This appointment follows the recent move to the single brand of Gravity Media late last year and Ed will take the lead in integrating the former Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast and Input Media businesses in the UK. In addition, Layla Cook has also been promoted, becoming Gravity Media’s new UK Broadcast Equipment Rental Manager. 

Ed will report directly into John Newton, Gravity Media’s CEO. In the UK he will work closely with James Gander who continues to oversee Gravity House, the Soho post-production facility, as well as the integrated workflows service for live broadcast and feature film post-production and Steve Norris, the new Director, Production and Content. 

Layla will now oversee Gravity Media’s extensive inventory of the latest professional equipment which includes 4K-ready lenses, cameras and live production tools.

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NewTek Investing In 2020 Business Growth, Names New Global Leadership Posted: 10/01/2020
NewTek Investing In 2020 Business Growth, Names New Global Leadership

NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today announced two new key personnel moves as part of an overall growth strategy focused on deepening relationships with channel partners in order to delight and serve more customers with accessible professional quality video tools.

NewTek today named Barbara Spicek as senior vice president of Global Sales. With more than 20 years of experience working with channel sales in the software/technology industry, Barbara is a dynamic leader with an innate ability to inspire excellence from her teams while motivating everyone around her to perform their best. Barbara’s expansive industry experience along with her ability to create and elevate trusted partnerships at the highest levels will play a key role in deepening channel partner engagements as NewTek remains 100% channel focused. Barbara will be based at NewTek headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, when she is not on the road visiting channel partners.

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Quantum adds Cisco veteran to board of directors to help guide growth and technology momentum Posted: 18/12/2019
Quantum adds Cisco veteran to board of directors to help guide growth and technology momentum

Quantum Corp. today announced that Rebecca Jacoby has joined the company’s Board of Directors. She will serve on the Board’s Audit Committee and Leadership and Compensation Committee.

Jacoby joins Quantum’s board as the company expands its product portfolio in the high-speed processing and management of video and video-like data, and the long-term, low-cost archive of unstructured data. The addition of Jacoby to the board underscores Quantum’s drive for operational excellence.

“With the company now restored to responsible and accountable governance, and with continued significant shareholder representation on the Board, Quantum is turning its focus to growth,” said Jamie Lerner, President and CEO of Quantum. “With experience as both CIO and Senior Vice President of Operations at Cisco, a highly respected business leader, Rebecca offers a track record of operational excellence and technology leadership that will be a real asset to Quantum’s Board. Rebecca brings greater diversity to our Board, and a technical depth that will be valued.”

Jacoby served as senior vice president of Operations at Cisco Systems Inc., a worldwide leader in IT networking, which was recently ranked fifth best-managed company worldwide in 2019 by The Wall Street Journal. Jacoby held the position of CIO for 8 years and retired from Cisco in 2018 after more than 22 years of service. As SVP of Operations, she led Cisco's global operations, driving profitable growth. She also oversaw various functions including IT, supply chain, security and trust, global procurement and employee services and workplace resources. Known for her demonstrated understanding of how to drive operational excellence, innovative problem solving and talent development, Ms. Jacoby was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame by CIO magazine and was recognized by Forbes as a “Superstar CIO” in 2012.

“With the restatement completed and new governance practices now in place, and with a sharper focus on innovation and profitable sales, Quantum has been on a roll with a brisk pace of new product development,” said Rebecca Jacoby. “This is a particularly exciting time to join Quantum’s Board, and I look forward to applying my experience to help Quantum grow and realize its true potential.”

 

 

 

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Nevion sales grow by more than a third in the Americas Posted: 12/11/2019
Nevion sales grow by more than a third in the Americas

 

Nevion, award-winning provider of virtualized media production solutions, has experienced a growth in bookings in its Americas region of 34% so far in 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. Sales of software and services in the region have also more than quadrupled in the period, reflecting the increased demand for IP solutions, based on Nevion’s flagship software-defined products.

In 2019, Nevion has signed several significant deals with new and existing customers in in the Americas, most notably with a US national broadcast network and a leading international satellite services provider. These high-profile projects are currently in the process of being delivered.

To build on that growth, and to meet the surge in interest in workflow-transforming IP solutions, two seasoned and highly-regarded sales executives, Edward McGivern and Ron Rosenthal, have recently joined Nevion’s Americas team.

With 20 years’ experience selling high-value technology solutions in the broadcast market, McGivern has held senior sales positions at Snell Advanced Media, Imagine Communications and Grass Valley. Most recently, he was the director of Tektronix’s video sales division for the Americas.

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LAURA PODOLAK WADDELL JOINS GRAVITY MEDIA TO MANAGE ITS NORTH AMERICAN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS Posted: 11/11/2019
LAURA PODOLAK WADDELL JOINS GRAVITY MEDIA TO MANAGE ITS NORTH AMERICAN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

 

Gravity Media, the leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors, has appointed former Pac-12 Networks Sr. Director, Content Production Laura Podolak Waddell as its new Director, Strategic Partnership Management for North America. Laura joins the team to enhance brand relationships with a focus on an ongoing studio operations project that Gravity Media is overseeing for a major media and technology brand.

After nearly a decade of local news production for radio stations in Colorado and California, Laura became part of Pac-12 Networks’ launch team in 2012. The considerable amount of broadcasting experience she gained during her time there has led her to join Gravity Media where she will bring teams across the country closer together to streamline production processes and improve content output for clients. As Laura emphasises, the role comprises everything that fascinates her about production; “compelling content, a fast-paced environment and all the unique personalities of content creators.”

Laura’s past seven years at Pac-12 Networks were focused on relationship building, enhancing communication across content teams and implementing production best practices. The biggest challenge she’s seen in the broadcasting industry over that time was engaging a young audience, finding out where the younger viewers are consuming content and what sports they’re most interested in watching to entice the next generation of fans. “Nobody can predict exactly where media consumption is going, but what we do know, is that people want to watch engaging content,” she notes.

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Masstech Announces James Whitebread As New CDO Posted: 07/11/2019
Masstech Announces James Whitebread As New CDO

Masstech is pleased to announce that James Whitebread has joined the company as Chief Digital Officer.

James has a 15-year background in product design and development for sports and media and entertainment (M&E), and extensive experience in telecoms and security. He has led product development and builds for diverse clients including IMG, BT, UEFA, Disney, Warner Bros., FIFA, Technicolor, Amazon Prime, TATA and Cardinal Heath Care.

Before joining Masstech, James was CTO at MarcoPolo Learning, supporting the company’s expansion into China through delivery of new products and services. Prior to that, James was VP of Product and Technology for UI Centric, leading projects for high profile clients such as UEFA, FIFA, AMC, PIX Systems and VUBIQUITY to deliver products and services such as UEFA.TV and MUTV.

Previously James was Director of Digital at Technicolor, where he designed and built the Showcase platform that went on to service clients including Canal Plus, Entertainment One and Warner Bros.

James holds a BSc in Business Systems, and is currently studying for an MBA at Wrexham University, along with a Professional Qualification in Platform Disruption at MIT.

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Quantum appoints new chief legal and compliance officer to guide expansion initiatives Posted: 30/10/2019
Quantum appoints new chief legal and compliance officer to guide expansion initiatives

Quantum Corp. today announced that Regan MacPherson has joined the company as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer.

 

MacPherson joins the company as it builds on a growing reputation for leadership in the high-speed processing and management of video and video-like data, and the long-term, low-cost archive of unstructured data. The new role underscores Quantum’s commitment to corporate governance as the company prepares to resume public trading on a national stock exchange.

 

“Regan joins Quantum at a time when the company is transitioning from its reorganisation phase and resuming a growth posture,” said Jamie Lerner, President and CEO of Quantum. “As we set the stage for more sustainable success, Regan’s track record for strong corporate governance and broad experience managing complex transactions makes her a welcome addition to a refreshed executive team.”

 

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Tony Rhodes Joins Tyrell as UK Account Manager Posted: 09/10/2019
Tony Rhodes Joins Tyrell as UK Account Manager

Tyrell, a leading broadcast, professional video and audio solutions provider in the United Kingdom and Ireland, has announced the expansion of the team, with the appointment of Tony Rhodes as Account Manager, based in London. The appointment of Tony reflects Tyrell’s continued investment in the UK team.

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disguise Grows EMEA Sales and Support Teams with 10 New Hires Posted: 23/09/2019
disguise Grows EMEA Sales and Support Teams with 10 New Hires

disguise is celebrating its most successful year to date with multiple awards wins, and industry-first product launches. disguise is also pleased to announce the expansion of its EMEA sales and support teams with a number of new appointments.

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NEP UK APPOINTS NEW COMMERCIAL AND TECHNICAL LEADS Posted: 20/09/2019
NEP UK APPOINTS NEW COMMERCIAL AND TECHNICAL LEADS

NEP UK, the leading provider of outside broadcasting, fixed rig, remote production and media workflow solutions, has appointed a raft of new commercial and technical leads who will be key to accelerating growth within the expanding divisions of the world renowned company.

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