Archive for January, 2011

Gravity Attracts Award Winning VFX Supervisor & Lead Flame Artist Nic Seresin


New York City, NY, February 2, 2011 — Gravity, an international creative content and brand communications company, has named Nic Seresin as VFX Supervisor/Lead Flame Artist for the company’s Commercials Group. In his new post, Seresin will lead VFX projects from start to finish, collaborating closely with directors on shoots. He will also oversee the company’s team of technical, artistic and production personnel on all related projects. Seresin will report directly to Gravity’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer, Zviah Eldar.

“Nic has an impressive track record within the visual effects industry,” said Eldar. “We are excited to have him join our team. The addition of Nic, who will work closely with Bob Samuel, the Chief Marketing Officer/Executive Producer of our Commercials Group, clearly shows the new momentum were are building at Gravity, and sends a clear message more

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Prime Focus to open state-of-the-art New York facility

Prime Focus to open state-of-the-art New York facility
New facility marks major expansion and renewed focus on New York advertising and broadcast markets

New York, NY, January 31, 2011 – Prime Focus, the global visual entertainment services company, has announced plans to create a cutting edge new visual effects and post production facility in the West Village, New York City. The opening of the 13,300 sq ft studio at 345 Hudson Street, slated for early summer 2011, marks a major expansion of Prime Focus’ presence on the East Coast, and signals a renewed focus on the New York advertising, broadcast, content services and feature film markets.

Jay Silverman Productions Produces One Hour Pre-Superbowl FOX TV Special Hosted by Troy Aikman & Joe Buck for Rent-A-Center


Hollywood, CA, Jan. 25, 2011 –Jay Silverman Productions and its founder Jay Silverman have produced and directed a special, pre-Superbowl television show for Rent-A-Center which will air on FOX TV on Feb. 6th, entitled “Inside the Rings.� Silverman has also directed a new Rent-A-Center commercial campaign featuring Troy Aikman and Hulk Hogan that will debut during that show’s telecast. (Silverman, Aikman and Hulk Hogan appear from left to right at photo on the right)

The special TV presentation, sponsored by Rent-A-Center, will be hosted by legendary football star Troy Aikman (three time Superbowl quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and current FOX NFL broadcaster) and Joe Buck, NFL Commentator for FOX Sports. Guests include NFL greats Jerome “The Bus” Bettis (Pittsburgh Steeler Superbowl 40 champion), Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints Superbowl 44 MVP winning quarterback) and Kurt Warner (St. Louis Ram’s Superbowl 34 winning quarterback and Superbowl MVP)

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Vicon House of Moves Completes NHL/Stan Lee Superhero Franchise Debut

‘The Guardian Project’ short film premieres during NHL All-Star game; Project built and rendered in the Unreal Engine as part of proprietary House of Moves workflow


Vicon House of Moves (HOM), a leading motion capture and animation service company, was contracted by Guardian Media Entertainment (GME), a joint venture between the National Hockey League® (NHL) and SLG Entertainment led by Stan Lee of POW! Entertainment, to develop a short film as part of their launch efforts for new superhero franchise titled The Guardian Project.

The Guardian Project Launch
The Guardians, 30 animated superheroes created to reflect NHL team attributes, were individually introduced throughout the month of January via an elaborate social media campaign promoted with broadcast and in-arena marketing support. The culmination of this campaign came during the NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on January 30th in Raleigh, North more

Sonnox Warms February With Special 30% Discount Promo

Broadcast, Post & Restore Bundles Offered at Reduced Price Thru Feb. 28

OXFORD, UK: Released to highly favorable reviews in late 2010, Sonnox Broadcast and Post Bundles have quickly become post and broadcast production tools of choice, with the award-winning Restore Suite (included in the Post bundle) being put to work on such high-profile projects as The First 48 and The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary DVD, Blu-ray editions.

Sonnox Sales and Marketing Manager, Nathan Eames, has announced that all three of these popular bundles – Post, Broadcast and Restore – will be available at a 30% discount for the month of February. Specifically targeted at their respective sectors, these Sonnox Oxford plug-in bundles have proven themselves as intuitive, time saving and cost-effective problem-solvers for a wide range of broadcast/post-production challenges. The offer will expire on February 28, 2011.

* Sonnox Broadcast: EQ, Dynamics, Inflator, more

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JBL Accepts TEC Hall of Fame Award on Behalf of Lansing Iconic, The World’s First Studio Monitor

Widely regarded as the world’s first studio monitor, the Lansing Iconic was inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame in ceremonies held at the 2011 NAMM show in Anaheim, January 15th. The Iconic was developed specifically to meet the needs of film and audio production control rooms, and was introduced in 1937 by James B. Lansing, the founder of JBL. Its 2-way configuration of a 15-inch woofer and compression driver/horn high-frequency section established the standard for studio monitor systems, still in use today.

Accepting the award for JBL was 35-year JBL veteran Mark Gander. Gander noted, “This is the fifth loudspeaker to be inducted into the TEC Hall of Fame with components designed by Jim Lansing. His loudspeaker design innovations were seminal to virtually all aspects of recorded and reproduced sound, and we at JBL are proud to carry on his traditions and embody his spirit of innovation in more

The Conga Room at LA Live Turns Up the Beat With JBL Loudspeaker System

The Conga Room is Los Angeles’ number one Latin music venue, hosting top performers from around the world and offering a diverse range of Latin, world beat, urban, jazz, rock en Español and pop/rock. Located in the LA Live downtown entertainment district, The Conga Room recently upgraded its audio system with the installation of a complete JBL loudspeaker system comprised of VP (Venue Performance), VerTec and VRX Series loudspeakers.

Owned by celebrities including Jimmy Smits, Jennifer Lopez, Paul Rodriguez, and others, The Conga Room combines musical excitement with style, sophistication and fine dining. When the owners decided to upgrade the audio system, they turned to Sound Image of Escondido, California for the audio system design and installation, in collaboration with AVS Production Group of the Bronx, NY. Both companies have 60 years combined experience in providing sound for stadiums, clubs, museums, houses of worship and other large venues.

Harman IDX Information Delivery System Provides Comprehensive Life Safety Solution Fronted By Best In Class Airport FIDS Software

Providing systems integrators in the European transportation and infrastructure markets with a robust, high-performing life safety paging system with airport Flight Information Display System (FIDS) software, Harman Professional’s IDX Information Delivery System today made its European debut at ISE 2011. Capitalizing on the advanced design capabilities of Harman’s HiQnet™ System Architect™ and coupling that with paging specialist Com-Net Software’s ECLIPSX FIDS, the co-developed Harman IDX System features Crown CTs, and BSS London technologies. The combined result is great sounding, highly reliable audio networks with application-engineered interfaces and control in a versatile, cost-efficient package.

According to Van Williamson, Sales & Marketing Manager Commercial Systems, Harman Professional, IDX provides European integration professionals with an array of attractive features and benefits that, essentially, deliver the best of both worlds. “IDX builds on the best-performing audio components and software and the transportation community’s justifiably-preferred interface and software. We look forward to working with more

AJA Ships Ki Pro Mini Portable Flash Disk Recorder

aja-kipromini-cf-card.jpgMiniature 10-bit 4:2:2 file-based recorder mounts easily on digital cameras and accessories

AJA Video Systems is now shipping Ki Pro Mini, the smaller, lighter version of its breakthrough portable tapeless recorder that captures to the Apple ProRes 422 codec directly from camera. With its miniature form factor and ability to mount easily to a range of digital cameras and accessories, Ki Pro Mini makes for the smallest camera and recorder package available for the capture of high-quality 10-bit 4:2:2 files that are immediately ready for editing.

Ki Pro Mini bridges production and post, effectively eliminating log and capture. It supports SDI & HDMI cameras and key features including:
• 10-bit full-raster recording to Apple ProRes 422 SD and HD formats (including HQ, LT and Proxy)
• Recording of SD/HD files from digital video cameras to Compact Flash (CF) cards
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