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ATG Danmon Builds UHD Video Production Studios for Fidelity International Posted: 15/04/2020
ATG Danmon Builds UHD Video Production Studios for Fidelity International

ATG Danmon announces the completion of a UHD video production facility for the London headquarters of Fidelity International. The project was prompted by Fidelity's recent relocation to a new office building in the centre of the city's financial district.

"As a flagship location, the Cannon Street office needed to be a future-focused space," says Adam Sheldrake, Head of Studios at Fidelity International . "Good communication is essential to our business so we make full use of video media for internal communication, podcasting and participation in finance-related broadcasts. ATG has worked very successfully with us in projects at our previous London headquarters as well as designing and equipping studios at our Hong Kong offices. I have always been happy with what they have provided and how they have supported us. They responded to a proposal based on our initial specification but, because of their experience in past projects for us, were able to suggest a more cost-effective approach which also provided more functionality and included kit of superior specification. The result meets our highest expectations."

"We have designed, integrated and configured a full TV studio and production control gallery plus a podcast studio with its dedicated control room, edit suites and a green room," adds ATG Danmon Managing Director Russell Peirson-Hagger. "The project also included cabling through from the control areas to a technical apparatus room."

 

 

 

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Media Links Appoints Tsukasa Sugawara as new CEO Posted: 02/04/2020
Media Links Appoints Tsukasa Sugawara as new CEO

Media Links, manufacturer and pioneer in Media over IP transport technology, has appointed Tsukasa Sugawara as its new CEO, effective April 1, 2020. Tsukasa was previously Chief Technology Officer for the Company and succeeds John Dale III, who will remain actively involved in the role of Chief Marketing Officer. John also remains a board member of Media Links.

Tsukasa has been the CTO for Media Links since June 2014 and is a key architect of Media Links' ongoing IP product development strategy. As Media Links‘ new CEO, his leadership expertise will help steer the company and its dedicated and talented employees forward toward its next generation charge into 100G and beyond Media over IP transport technology, serving broadcasters and service providers across the globe.

Tsukasa Sugawara comments: “I’m excited to see how our solutions are developing and I look forward to working more closely with our current and new customers as we continue to provide a bridge from SDI to their new IP environments. As the requirements of accelerated IP workflows and bandwidth demands increase, we are poised to address the business challenges this brings and deliver the IP transport solutions our customers need. I would like to thank John Dale for his diligent work over the last few years. His customer-commitment, dedication and vision has, and will continue to guide Media Links as a pioneer and leader in the field of Media over IP technology.“

In his new role as CMO, John will focus on new global business development to further advance Media Links‘ presence in the broadcast market and create new opportunities in other vertical markets.

Both Tsukasa and John have led the company through a rapidly evolving IP transition, serving as industry visionaries and Media Links technology evangelists. Their strategies have helped develop Media Links into a company known for its proven and trusted IP media solutions & services. The company’s reputation for reliability has ensured that its products & professional services are used time and time again for the world’s most watched sporting events, political conventions and media showcases.

Tags: Media Links | Video over IP | 100G IP | Tsukasa Sugawara | John Dale
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ATG Danmon Completes Westminster Links Upgrade Posted: 27/03/2020
ATG Danmon Completes Westminster Links Upgrade

ATG Danmon announces the completion of upgrades to OB link facilities in the City of Westminster, central London, for one of Europe's leading television news providers. The project centred on new interface portals at Abingdon Green adjacent to the UK Houses of Parliament, and in Downing Street. Abingdon Green is often used by TV and radio reporters as a location for interviews with politicians and political commentators. The Downing Street portal is frequently used by reporters and mobile production crews covering activity outside the residences of the UK prime minister and the chancellor of the exchequer.

"Our role was to modernise the cabling, fibre and connectivity at each portal," says ATG Danmon managing director Russell Peirson-Hagger. "These are used for many Westminster-related broadcasts, both live and recorded, in addition to similar facilities at various other key London locations. They also form part of the wide range of facilities offered to other broadcast and corporate clients."

"Both portals are equipped to handle 1920 x 1080p50 Full-HD HD-SDI and IP. They also include high quality multi-channel analogue audio in/outs, genlock reference, IP data, a video return feed, audio talkback and electrical power. Everything is housed in highly robust and fully weatherproof steel cases which are kept locked until actually needed."

"The project is the latest of several commissions we have completed for this client. We were chosen both for our proven experience and because we already had accreditation to work within the Palace of Westminster."

 

 

 

 

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LEE Filters launches LEE Direct eCommerce Channel for UK Customers Posted: 05/03/2020
LEE Filters launches LEE Direct eCommerce Channel for UK Customers

LEE Filters, a leading manufacturer of high-quality lighting, photographic and cine filters, has launched LEE Direct, an ecommerce website giving UK-based customers the option to purchase a range of photographic products directly.

LEE Direct provides photographers with the opportunity to purchase over 100 products – including LEE Filters’ top 40 photographic products, inclusive of adaptor rings, holders, polarisers and system kits as an alternative to LEE’s UK dealer network.

“We live in world where B2C is more and more e-commerce orientated, so LEE is reacting to this growing trend and has made it easy for customers to buy direct from their manufacturer of choice, if that’s their preference” says Paul Mason, Managing Director, LEE Filters. “LEE continues to innovate with both its products and how it does business, so LEE Direct is part of this strategy to offer our end customers more choice in how they prefer to buy LEE.”

Customers purchasing through LEE Direct benefit from free shipping on all orders over £100, with no minimum order quantity, and delivery times of one to three working days. UK customers also benefit from a seamless shopping experience, with an easy and intuitive login process that ensures a speedy checkout process, easy-to-access order history and account information, as well as shipment tracking and easy re-ordering of previous purchases. The UK based LEE customer service team is available to support customers who have any technical and photographic queries or just need product support.

“LEE Direct builds on the momentum of the many new products and initiatives introduced at LEE Filters over the past 12 months,” says Nathan Bailey, Marketing Manager, LEE Filters. “This new sales channel will allow us to more deeply engage with all our customers, build the strong LEE brand and make it easy to access and develop knowledge of the LEE product range.” Stay tuned for more product announcements and exciting customer engagements coming over the coming months.

For more information, visit: https://leefiltersdirect.com/

 

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Nuke 12.1 released with artist-focused improvements across the Nuke family Posted: 25/02/2020
Nuke 12.1 released with artist-focused improvements across the Nuke family

Building on the Nuke 12.0 release, Nuke 12.1 brings updates across the entire Nuke family with an emphasis on enhancing the artist experience through UI and tool improvements, the largest update to Blink and BlinkScript in recent years improves Cara VR node performance and introduces new tools for developers, and extended functionality in the timeline-based applications speeds up and enriches artist and team review.

Tags: Nuke | Nuke 12.1 | Compositing | Post-production | post production
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FIRST SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR CREATIVE CITIES CONVENTION 2020 Posted: 30/01/2020
FIRST SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR CREATIVE CITIES CONVENTION 2020

Fiona Campbell, Sinead Rocks and Ben Frow are amongst the first speakers confirmed for the convention in Glasgow on 23-24 April.

BBC Three Controller Fiona Campbell will talk about her strategy for reaching different parts of the UK when she speaks at this year’s Creative Cities Convention on April 23rd and 24th at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. Commissioning more homegrown programmes and casting contributors from different parts of the country are a priority for Fiona and she will discuss how she’s collaborating with digital teams to deliver content that cuts through for young audiences.

Announcing the first tranche of names in the 2020 convention line-up, director Ruth Pitt said “We’re delighted that once again some of the industry’s biggest players are joining us to discuss and celebrate the fantastic growth of media production outside London.”

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JP Delport joins Broadcast Solutions UK as Sales Director Posted: 21/01/2020
JP Delport joins Broadcast Solutions UK as Sales Director

Having opened an office in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in 2019, Broadcast Solutions are pleased to announce a new member of the UK team. As of January 2020, JP Delport will join the company and take on the role of Sales Director (Broadcast Solutions UK). With this addition, Broadcast Solutions has now underpinned its commitment to the UK market and is able to facilitate an increasing demand for their products and services with a dedicated team of six experts based in the UK full time. 

 

 

 

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ATG Danmon Completes New HD UHD Production System for That Lot Posted: 10/12/2019
ATG Danmon Completes New HD UHD Production System for That Lot

ATG Danmon announces the completion of a broadcast-quality production facility for the London headquarters of That Lot, one of Europe's leading providers of social media content production support. Core of this project is a multi-camera studio plus a fully equipped control room including lighting, vision and audio mixing, routing, recording, monitoring and archiving.

"Working with ATG Danmon, we have been able to create the most flexible possible system for use across our wide range of creative services," comments Ben Forder, Head of Video at That Lot. "The new studio and its control suite enable us to offer our clients versatile resources for creating broadcast-quality content for a wide range of media applications."

"A full-colour back-lit LED cyclorama, which we believe is the first of its kind in Europe, provides sharp chroma-key superimposition onto on any background. Lighting is from a ceiling-mounted rig which can be adjusted to get the exact style of illumination we need for live-streaming or recording sketches, scripted videos, interviews, podcasts, vodcasts and social media photoshoots. That includes 360 degree surround video and audio capture if specified."

 

 

 

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Composer Youki Yamamoto Feels Childish Delight in His New PMC Monitors Posted: 26/11/2019
Composer Youki Yamamoto Feels Childish Delight in His New PMC Monitors

No matter how old you are, it is always lovely when something excites you enough to feel like a child again – and that is exactly how renowned musician, composer and orchestrator Youki Yamamoto felt the first time he heard PMC monitors in his own studio.

Yamamoto has had a 15 year residence at Pinewood Studios where he creates his own music as well as other compositions for films and computer games. He is also equally at home in Katara Studios, Doha, which is where he first had the idea of investing in a pair of PMC monitors for his own facility.

After doing some research, he chose PMC MB2 monitors with a separate Class A Bryston amp because he felt this was the most versatile system for any kind of music. “I get all the lovely clarity and detail that PMC delivers, but I don’t get tired listening all day and the sound is so beautiful that I find it hard to leave the studio,” he says. “I just want to stay in there and keep working. It is almost like being with your first ever girlfriend!”

Tags: PMC Speakers | Youki Yamamoto | MB2 monitors | Composer | Orchestrator | Final Fantasy | Paddington 2 | Pinewood Studios
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ATG Danmon Completes News Studio Systems for Cardiff Universitys School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies Posted: 14/11/2019
ATG Danmon Completes News Studio Systems for Cardiff Universitys School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

ATG Danmon announces the completion of a full broadcast-quality news studio facility for Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. The project coincides with a relocation to new city-centre premises situated next to BBC facilities. Cardiff University will use the facility to train the next generation of television, radio, online and printed-media journalists. Herefordshire based CJP Broadcast Service Solutionsprovided the installation services for the project.

 

"We were invited to propose a turnkey solution based on an outline specification provided by the university," explains ATG Danmon Managing Director Russell Peirson-Hagger. "The project comprised a large TV studio and dedicated gallery, a smaller TV studio with its associated gallery, plus a broadcast newsroom. Both galleries connect via SDI to Vizrt media, graphics and automation. Avid iNEWS is also integrated."

 

"The system links to a news presentation suite where a remotely controlled camera and two-way video feed allow the newsreader to talk to a newsroom reporter. The systems simulate the functionality and processes of a real broadcast environment, the output being used for academic review."

 

 

"We worked in partnership with CJP and Cardiff University staff to design and integrate a complete solution that kept within the budget and provided the specified level of functionality that is required by the teaching staff. This was successfully achieved before students returned after the summer recess.

 

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Visual Data Media Services acquires MX1 UK Limited Posted: 04/11/2019
Visual Data Media Services acquires MX1 UK Limited Visual Data Media Services, the leading provider of digital supply chain services to global content owners and distributors, has acquired MX1 UK Limited, a London-based entity that has a track record of providing excellent content preparation services to leading broadcasters and content owners. Located in North Acton, MX1 UK Limited provides content preparation services as a part of SES, the world’s leading satellite operator and managed service provider. Its strong client base of major studios, TV and film distributors, broadcasters and streaming platforms complements Visual Data’s existing client base in Europe and North America. With this sale, SES continues to focus on its core business of hybrid content distribution, end-to-end content management and content monetisation services. SES remains firmly committed to the development of its core service business in the UK market and worldwide. VDMS plans to make substantial investment in 4K, HDR and IMF mastering at the company’s 10,000sqft site in North Acton as part of its mission to pursue a best of the best approach with technology and systems. All existing MX1 UK contracts with current customers will remain unaffected.
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CREATIVE CITIES CONVENTION GOES GLOBAL IN 2020 Posted: 25/10/2019
CREATIVE CITIES CONVENTION GOES GLOBAL IN 2020

After two successful years, the Creative Cities Convention (CCC) will scale up its ambitions in year three by looking at the global growth of production outside London when it convenes in Glasgow on 23 – 24 April 2020.

As a creative media event designed specifically for content producers working across the country, the convention visits a different UK city each year. Following a fiercely competitive ‘Big City Challenge’ bid process, the City of Glasgow will welcome delegates to its Royal Concert Hall.

With one of the biggest production sectors outside London, Glasgow is a popular choice. For the third year running, top broadcaster and Newsnight journalist Kirsty Wark will host, with household names Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer opening the conference. “I’m delighted that Phil and I will be speaking at the Creative Cities Convention in Glasgow next April,” Allsopp said. “The conference is rapidly becoming the go to event for anyone producing content outside of London. We are proud to add our voices to the many key players who will be attending next year.”

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Record numbers of exhibitors at KitPlus Show MediaCityUK Posted: 25/10/2019
Record numbers of exhibitors at KitPlus Show MediaCityUK

KitPlus Show, MediaCityUK, Manchester 5 November: A record number of exhibitors, ready to demonstrate leading products, services, and technologies from more than 100 brands – many for the first time - will be on hand at the ninth annual KitPlus Show MediaCityUK.

Simon Tillyer, KitPlus Show says, “Having recognised that people are increasingly less able or willing to travel long distances to shows, we decided a long time ago to take KitPlus Show to regional media hubs such as Glasgow, Bristol and Manchester. The concept is to give visitors the opportunity to see the very latest in new kit without having to travel far in a friendly, relaxed environment, and it doesn’t cost a thing.

“As well as getting hands on with new kit and speaking directly with manufacturers, there are workshops, training sessions and seminars throughout the day together with excellent networking opportunities. The emphasis is on creating quality time, and the exchange of quality information, both of which are far more readily available at these regional shows than during the crush of major trade shows.”

These free-to-attend events host many of the top names in the business, including EditshareBlackmagic Design, CanonJVCNewTekPanasonic, and many more.

Tags: Kitplus Show | MediaCityUk | A.C. Entertainment Technologies | AES Global | AJA Video | Altered Images | Boxer | Broadcast Bionics | Canford | Cirro Lite | Cuescript | CVP | DekTec | DigiBox | Editshare | Fujifilm UK Ltd | G-Technology | Glensound | Global Distribution | Gravity Media | HHB
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NEP UK Powers Up The Circle Posted: 15/10/2019
NEP UK Powers Up and lsquo;The Circle and rsquo;

NEP UK, the leading provider of outside broadcasting, fixed rig, remote production and media workflow solutions, reveals that is has played a critical role as key technical partner for a second year for the largescale production of Studio Lambert’s social media reality TV series, The Circle, for Channel 4.

The Circle returned to Channel 4 for its second series this autumn, with NEP UK remaining its’ trusted partner since the show’s inception in 2018, refining its talented team and adapting the equipment used to ensure it can meet the evolving requirements of the huge reality production.

Over 135 cameras cover a total of 18 apartments and breakout rooms, the largest number of cameras NEP has deployed on a single production to date, allowing up to 36 video streams to be recorded simultaneously, and editing is undertaken on an EVS backbone with a 25-minute turnaround. One of NEP’s key workflow innovations, and one that distinguishes it from previous reality show successes for the company, such as its long running support of Big Brother, is the use of 10 mini galleries in the production each using a bespoke NEP camera control platform and router setup Each of these galleries in turn feeds into a Master Gallery which stitches all the elements together.

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Zixi Accelerates Growth with Strategic Hiring and Opening of New Offices Facilitating Growth in Engineering and Sales to Keep Pace with Worldwide Posted: 07/10/2019
Zixi Accelerates Growth with Strategic Hiring and Opening of New Offices  Facilitating Growth in Engineering and Sales to Keep Pace with Worldwide

Zixi, the industry leader for enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over all IP networks, announced the hiring in vital roles and the opening of offices in three strategic regions to capitalize on the rapid customer growth being seen across the globe. To keep pace with the growth, in addition to the Waltham, Massachusetts headquarters and R&D center in Tel Aviv, Zixi has established presence in New York, Los Angeles and London in order to work more intimately with the large and expanding customer base on the East and West Coasts of the US, as well as in Europe.

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