Archive for November 20th, 2012

Sonnox Signals 2nd Annual ‘Black Friday’Sale

50% Discount On Elite, Essential and Enhance Plug-in Bundles

OXFORD UK: Continuing their support of the spirit of Thanksgiving shopping bargains, Sonnox has re-introduced their irresistible “Black Friday Sale.” As a nod to America’s massive Thanksgiving holiday discounts, beginning at 12:01 PST on Thursday, Nov. 22nd, 2012, and continuing until 11.59 pm PST Friday, Nov. 23rd, plug-in shoppers will enjoy 50% Off List Price on the following bundles (Native or TDM):

* Sonnox Elite, Sonnox Essential, Sonnox Enhance

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Photo: The Sonnox Elite bundle includes: the Oxford TransMod,Inflator, Dynamics, SuprEsser, EQ, Reverb and Limiter Plug-ins


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Harmonic Appoints Industry Veteran Lauren Ventura as VP of Channels

Lawrence R. Kaplan Becomes Advisor to Company

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Nov. 20, 2012 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced the appointment of Lauren Ventura to its leadership team as vice president of channels.

Ventura joins Harmonic with more than 20 years of experience driving new business, building channel business programs, and executing overall marketing plans for global companies. As a consultant for Boston Consulting Group and Bain Capital, Ventura worked on channel innovation programs and marketing strategy for several high-profile clients. Ventura previously spent more than 15 years at Cisco in senior marketing, services, and channel roles, including the head of marketing in Singapore for the Asia-Pacific region.

“We’re looking forward to seeing Lauren’s impact here at Harmonic,” said Harmonic’s CMO Peter Alexander. “Our channel program is a vital component of our overall growth strategy, and her background in building channel business programs and her strategic execution both in the United States and abroad are the right ingredients for taking the Harmonic channel business to the next level.”

Harmonic also announced that Lawrence R. Kaplan, founding CEO of Omneon(R), is stepping down from day-to-day operations. Kaplan will continue as an advisor to the company.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Larry for his important contributions to Harmonic,” said Patrick Harshman, president and CEO at Harmonic. “With the benefit of his guidance, the integration of Omneon into Harmonic is complete, and we are well-positioned for the future.”

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About Harmonic
Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure for emerging television and video services. The company’s production-ready innovation enables content and service providers to efficiently create, prepare, and deliver differentiated services for television and new media video platforms. More information is available at

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Visual Effects Supervisor Steve Meyer Joins the FuseFX Team

Burbank, CA—Bringing 25 years of experience to the studio, award-winning artist and supervisor Steve Meyer has joined visual effects company FuseFX.
Meyer, an Emmy and VES winning visual effects supervisor and artist, comes to FuseFX to work on the CBS series “Criminal Minds,” along with several other projects, according to Dave Altenau, founder and president.
Meyer joins FuseFX after working at Zoic Studios for the past 10 years, during which time he had many responsibilities including 2D Facility Supervisor, VFX Supervisor, and Flame artist. While at Zoic, Meyer built a formidable credit list of spot work, including Jeep, Re/Max, McDonald’s, Nissan and Toys R Us among others.
Meyer also worked as a compositing supervisor for many leading series such as “True Blood,” “Fringe,” “White Collar,” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” His diversified background also includes an impressive list of music videos for Michael Jackson, Madonna, Beastie Boys, Sheryl Crow and Linkin’ Park, along with the opening titles to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and “CSI: Miami.”
Prior to his stint at Zoic, Meyer was at Radium and 525 Studios, where he launched his visual effects career in 1993.
“We feel really lucky to have Steve join our team at Fuse” says Altenau. “He adds great talent, experience, and creativity to our supervision staff and really broadens our ability to provide great service to our clients.”

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NEP Enters Into Agreement to Acquire Corplex

Addition of Leading Mobile Broadcast Brand Further Expands NEP’s Pool of Expertise in Delivering Industry-Leading Service for Sports and Entertainment Production

PITTSBURGH — Nov. 20, 2012 — NEP today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Corplex, a Chicago-based provider of digital and HD mobile broadcast production facilities and services. Building on their longstanding relationship, the two companies expect to consummate the transaction on or around Dec. 17, by which date NEP will acquire Corplex’s entire fleet of production vehicles including its three HD trucks: Chromium, Iridium, and Platinum. In addition, Corplex’s renowned engineering and support staff will join the team of top professionals in NEP’s Mobile Unit division.

“We’re proud to add Corplex and its talented and experienced team to our growing network of industry-leading brands in mobile production. The expertise available in both companies, combined with NEP’s depth of resources, will enable us to continue offering exceptional service to our clients focused on major sports and entertainment events,” said Mike Fernander, president and general manager, NEP U.S. Mobile Unit division. “We’ve worked together for many years in some of the world’s largest mobile broadcast compounds; therefore, we know Corplex shares NEP’s core values of delivering superior service, working together as one team, providing innovative solutions, and meeting commitments with integrity and passion.”

The Corplex brand joins NEP’s other high-profile mobile production subsidiaries including Supershooters, NCP, Denali, Sweetwater, and Trio Video. Corplex’s top executives, including current president Scott West, Dave Greany, Joe Scionti, and Carter Ruehrdanz, will all assume significant roles within the NEP Mobile Unit division. As a result of the acquisition, NEP will consolidate all of its Chicago operations at Corplex’s current Lake Bluff, Ill., headquarters.

“The acquisition by NEP is a tremendous opportunity for Corplex and our clients. This allows two financially strong and well-respected companies to join together, and it makes complete sense, given our complementary business focus and our longtime working relationship. We are very pleased to join the NEP team,” said West. “As part of NEP, we’ll be able to offer our clients access to the largest pool of resources in the industry, including some of the leading technology experts and engineers in the mobile broadcasting field.”

Founded in 1985 as a broadcast engineering company, Corplex has grown to become a leader in live television broadcasting. In 1998, Corplex designed and built one of the industry’s first all-digital mobile production units, and the company’s commitment to innovation continues to be reflected today in the design elements of Chromium, Iridium, and Platinum — all state-of-the-art 53-foot expanding HD trailers backed by three graphics/support B-units. Corplex maintains a busy schedule of production for sports, corporate, news, and entertainment events throughout the United States and Canada.

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About NEP
With the world’s most advanced equipment, largest fleet of mobile units and global production studios to suit every genre, NEP enables its clients to execute, deliver, and display exceptional productions on any platform around the world. For more than 30 years, NEP has ensured its clients’ success by delivering superior service and building lasting relationships with a passion for continuous innovation. NEP’s talented staff is committed to acting with integrity and working as a team to deliver comprehensive solutions for remote production, studio production, video display, webcasting, and power generation that set the global industry standard. For more information, visit

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DIVArchive(R) Brings Workflow In-House and Speeds Content Retrieval for The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

ANNECY, France — Nov. 19, 2012 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in solutions to migrate, manage, and market media content, today announced that The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NIBG) has installed DIVArchive(R) to manage its broadcast and film files. DIVArchive gives the Institute — one of the largest A/V archives in Europe — a complete in-house workflow and centralized archive, which ensures more control and a quicker response time than with its previous solution.

NIBG is using DIVArchive to archive A/V content that has been broadcast and scanned. The institute will also move all of its assets that are now archived at Ericsson (formerly Technicolor) into its new in-house digital archive. When that process is complete, the DIVArchive system will manage 10 PB of DPX files and 6 PB of broadcast files.

NIBG purchased a DIVArchive system with an unlimited-capacity license, 11 DIVArchive Actors that move content throughout various workflow systems, and several options such as timecode-based partial file restore, storage plan manager, and disaster recovery via a second robot. DIVArchive gives Sound and Vision important features it didn’t have before, including complete object management of D10, XDCAM(R), and multiple other video formats; scalability; disaster recovery; tape-grouping capabilities; DPX support; and the ability to retrieve specific portions of files. NIBG will eventually move the DPX archive to DIVArchive V7.0 in order to take advantage of that version’s AXF support.

“We preserve a major part of the Dutch A/V heritage and make it accessible to broadcasters, journalists, educators, and others via the Web, so the partial file restore capability is especially important,” said Phillip Maher, NIBG manager of preservation and digitization. “With that feature, you can extract directly from the archive only the portion of video you need, which will help our users retrieve their content and complete their projects much more quickly and efficiently.”

DIVArchive, the world’s leading content storage management (CSM) system, is a centralized content repository for digital media assets regardless of format, size, or type, with direct and proven interfaces into all leading broadcast devices, nonlinear editing platforms, media asset management solutions, and broadcast control systems. DIVArchive is the industry standard for CSM in broadcast, production, education, government, and historical archiving. DIVArchive’s suitability for mission-critical applications and large-scale operations is further enhanced through a uniquely scalable architecture and the option to operate over multiple sites.

“By adding capabilities to the workflow that didn’t exist before, DIVArchive makes it much easier for the NIBG to fulfill its responsibility for managing the country’s A/V heritage and making it accessible to the people,” said Rino Petricola, Front Porch Digital SVP and managing director. “These improvements come from an off-the-shelf product that requires no development or customization, and completely integrates with NIGB’s existing workflow.”

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About The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid) is one of the largest A/V archives in Europe. The Institute preserves a major part of the Dutch A/V heritage and makes it accessible to potential users. The collection totals more than 700,000 hours of television, radio, music, and film. Apart from functioning as an A/V archive for the national broadcasting corporations and others, it also offers a unique media experience for its visitors. Sound and Vision focuses on collecting and preserving most of the A/V heritage of The Netherlands and making it available to as many users as possible.

About Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital is the global leader in solutions for migrating, managing, and monetizing media content. Operating on-site and in the cloud, the company’s purpose-built software employs the latest technologies to deliver truly flexible and scalable media workflows. Solutions delivered by Front Porch Digital appropriately manage large and complex media files and workflows while ensuring optimal performance and utmost security. More information is available at

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iZotope Releases Trash 2

Distort, mangle, and transform audio with the next generation of Trash

Cambridge, MA (November 20, 2012) – iZotope, Inc., a leading innovator in digital audio signal processing, has announced Trash 2, the ultimate audio mangling and distortion device. Completely rewritten from the ground up, Trash 2 has an entirely new sonic architecture, brand new features, optimized performance, better sound quality, and support for modern hosts and formats.

It’s been a decade since Trash first arrived as the ultimate distortion toolkit. As the years have passed, it’s remained a cult favorite of artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Noisia, Garbage, Ko?n, Sigur Rós, and anyone looking to add dirt, grime, and character to their tracks. Fully overhauled from Trash 1, Trash 2 adds a wealth of new features including twenty new distortion algorithms, fresh filter modules, fifty new impulse responses, multiband waveshaping, 64-bit and AAX support and much more.

“For Trash 2, we wanted to increase the level of freedom in the features that Trash 1 users loved best.” explains Jack Cote, Product Manager. “Now you can have even more influence over your sound, whether you’re loading your own impulse responses, creating new filter combinations, or designing and editing your own multiband waveshapes. With Trash 2, it’s a new era of personalized distortion.”

Key Features
? Distort in ways you never dreamed with the Trash module’s 60+ distortion algorithms, perfect for transforming your sound into something never before heard.
? Design your own unique distortions, from massive to mild and everything in between, with a new, customizable, multiband Waveshaper.
? Let your tracks inhabit any space or object with the new Convolve module. Choose from over 100 impulse responses, or load your own to put your bass in a washing machine or your keys in a cave.
? Find a new voice: make your audio speak and growl with two redesigned Filters, each one featuring new vowel formant filters, screaming peaks, node modulations, and more.
? Start trashing your audio immediately with an extensive new preset library and an ear-friendly Limiter that ensures you can play without fear.

For even more sonic mayhem, add the Edge Expansion Pack to Trash 2. Full of extra-exotic and extra-gritty presets for a broad range of sonic treatments, the Edge Expansion Pack is perfect for unconventional guitars, synth basses, synth pads, drum mangling, and more. With 30 new impulse responses for further tone coloring and 70 new presets built directly for these impulses, the Edge Expansion content was born to bring out the best of Trash 2′s classic out-there sound.

Pricing and Availability
Trash 2 is available for $149 (regularly $249 MSRP, €195 EUR) through December 6, 2012. Trash 2 Edge Expansion Pack is available for an additional $29 USD (€25 EUR).

For a limited time, Trash 2 will be available as part of iZotope’s new Creative Bundle which includes Trash 2, the Trash 2 Edge Expansion, Iris+5, and Stutter Edit. This collection of must-have production tools is available for just $499 USD (€399 EUR) and available until December 31, 2012.

Upgrade Information:
Trash 1 customers who purchased on or after October 1, 2012 will receive upgrades to Trash 2 for free.
For Trash 1 owners who purchased prior to October 1, 2012, special upgrade pricing of $99 will be available.
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About iZotope, Inc.
iZotope is a research-driven audio software company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Its products and audio technology are used by millions of people in over 50 countries, from hobbyist musicians to GRAMMY® Award winners. iZotope focuses on developing innovative audio technology for professional and consumer applications. This core technology is presented to customers in its award-winning product line and through its extensive licensing program.
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Tool Buzzes the Buzzwords for Adobe

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Tool Director Tom Routson takes a hammer to corporate convention in a hilarious package of spots for Adobe via Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.



Client: Adobe
Spot Titles: BS Detector, Slap, Robot
Air Date: November 2012

Agency: Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
Executive Creative Director: Rich Silverstein
Creative Director: Keith Anderson
Copywriters: Anders Gustafsson (BS Detector), Steve Nathans (Slap, Robot)
Art Director: Shane Fleming
Agency Producer: Cindy Epps

Production Company: Tool
Director: Tom Routson
Executive Producer: Brian Latt, Oliver Fuselier

Editing Company: Arcade Edit (BS Detector, Slap)
Editor: Andrew Leggett, Pete D’Andrea

Editing Company: Barbary Post (Robot)
Editor: Bob Spector

About Tool:

Bicoastal Tool is an award-winning production company, representing top live-action directors and interactive directors for advertising projects. From funny… visually engaging… and/or interactive, Tool’s diverse roster of unique talent creates unforgettable commercial and digital content across all platforms.

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The Artery VFX and Harbor Picture Company Form Artist-Driven Alliance

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The Artery VFX, led by Partner/CD/VFX supervisor Vico Sharabani and Partner/EP Yfat Neev along with Harbor Picture Company, fronted by Founder/President Zak Tucker, Partner/Colorist Joe Gawler and Partner/Director Theo Stanley, are forming an artist-driven alliance for post-production in New York City. Fusing The Artery VFX’s A-level CG artists with Harbor Picture Company’s production and postproduction expertise, this collaboration serves every stage of content creation – from creative direction, production, creative editorial, high-end VFX, commercial color correction, feature film DI and the full spectrum of deliverables for feature films, commercials, web, installations and music videos.

The Artery VFX and Harbor PIcture Company have several campaigns in the works that speak perfectly to the synergies and efficiencies provided by the two companies. “This is a union of studios that are artist driven and share an ethos of humanistic collaboration,” stated Tucker. “We’ve designed a home base for creatives – a rare place where top notch talent exists in every imaginable production discipline and is expert in every conceivable medium.”

The Artery resides within Harbor’s state-of-the-art facility occupying 15,000 square feet of SOHO, NY loft space, comprising Harbor’s recently built 30 offline editorial suites and two DI theaters along with The Artery VFX’s client-friendly Flame and CG suites.

“This partnership will offer a boutique level of artistry and attention with real infrastructure capable of taking on a project of any size,” stated Gawler. “We will offer limitless creative oversight from concept to completion or any step in between, tailoring the perfect solution to every job.”

The alliance between the two studios emerged from a number of recent collaborations, including a Nike interactive project and Coldplay and Rihanna’s mystical Princess of China music video. “We heard over and over again that we should meet Zak and Joe,” stated Sharabani. “When they had a client who insisted upon having color correction and VFX under one roof, we tried it out with a lot of success. Formalizing the process was a no-brainer.”

“The artists at The Artery VFX share our belief that there are big changes coming in the industry, and we will be better positioned to guide rather than follow those changes if we collaborate and cohabitate,” stated Neev. “This will be a top-notch home for creative minds who want to shape the production landscape of the future.”

Harbor’s most recent feature projects include Mira Nair’s, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” starring Liev Shreiber and Kate Hudson, “Admission” for Focus Features starring Tina Fey and “Untitled Christmas Tree Project,” starring Paul Giamatti. Recent commercial projects include campaigns for Nike, Chase,, St. John, Tommy Hilfiger, adidas, Banana Republic, J. Crew and Ralph Lauren.

About Vico Sharabani: With a portfolio that includes spots for Fortune 500 companies Nike, Mercedes and AT&T; music videos for Coldplay/Rihanna and Kanye West; and work for Sex & The City, Sharabani is legendary for his Flame work. He has serviced the advertising and entertainment industries for more than 23 years – 12 of those as partner at RhinoFX – working across the creative, production and technical disciplines. Sharabani is also involved with TED Ads Worth Spreading and TEDxEast.

About Yfat Neev: A cross-platform EP with global operations experience, Neev is known for her ability to effectively bridge technologies, disciplines, production and talent. Her VFX projects for film and television, digital and social marketing, public relations, and branding complement an interactive portfolio that includes projects for Mercedes, P&G, Nike, Toyota, Revlon, MGA Entertainment, Levis, L’Oreal, AT&T, Nissan, and others. Neev was previously EP at RhinoFX/Gravity, and head of production at McCann Erickson Tel Aviv.

About Zak Tucker: A creative editor and director, Zak’s work has spanned the feature narrative/documentary and commercial/broadcast landscape; AOL, adidas, Y3, MTV, VH1, HBO, Discovery, etc. Based in NYC, Zak founded his boutique editorial studio in 2000 and has steadily grown its scope and footprint ever since, with its most recent evolution in Soho with the state-of-the-art Harbor Picture Company. Always an early adopter of emergent technologies and workflows, Zak’s guiding principle is artistry supported by cutting edge tool sets brought together in an aesthetic space that inspires the imagination and enables groundbreaking creative work coupled with unparalleled technical delivery.

About Joe Gawler: New York City’s premiere feature film colorist and a defining industry force for motion picture color timing, Gawler has close to 100 films to his credit. He has collaborated with more than 30 Academy Award-winning and -nominated directors and cinematographers. The colorist of choice for The Criterion Collection in NYC, Joe created critically acclaimed remasters of many titles and collaborated with Wes Anderson, Jonathan Demme, Brian De Palma, Woody Allen, and many others.

About Theo Stanley: Theo Stanley is a NYC based director, cinematographer and visual artist with experience in the fine art and commercial industries. Theo utilizes his experience and education in the visual arts to empower his films, bringing an approach of classic photographic cinema and craft in balance with an ever questioning and experimenting eye.

He founded Harbor Picture Company in creative collaboration with director and editor Zak Tucker to produce a range of projects including narrative films, documentaries, music videos and commercial advertising with a specialty fashion division. Harbor clientele includes New York’s prominent advertising agencies, as well as direct to client services for a variety of moving image needs. A partial list of clients include GAP, adidas, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, St. John, Beyoncé, Nautica, CHANEL, Estée Lauder.

Theo also frequently collaborates with Bruce Weber’s films and commercial projects, including moving image work for Ralph Lauren, CHANEL Moncler, and Bruce’s feature documentary projects, “A Letter for True” and “Chop Suey”.

About The Artery: The Artery is a global network of VFX artists collaborating in the creation of high-end visual content: feature films, commercials, digital experiences, art installations and music videos.

Led by Vico Sharabani and Yfat Neev in our NY studio, we offer custom-tailored A-teams and unique production pipelines to efficiently deliver the highest level of work based on the project needs.

We take a global perspective, collaborating with the best talent and the latest technologies from around the world to achieve outstanding results.

About Harbor Picture Company: Harbor Picture Company is a full service studio for feature, commercial and television productions offering physical production, dailies, offline editorial, commercial color correction and feature DI, and full deliverables services. Harbor offers boutique level artistry, aesthetic and service coupled with enterprise level delivery infrastructure. This hybrid of artistry and technical infrastructure enables unrivaled creative, delivery and budgetary efficiencies without artistic compromise.

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Honda Launches Annual Happy Honda Days Campaign, ‘More Happiness with Every Honda’

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Santa Monica, Calif., Nov. 19, 2012 – The latest rendition of the “Happy Honda Days” holiday campaign begins today and features various amusing thank-you letters to Honda dealers from “Happy Honda Days” shoppers and their loved ones. These personalized stories of happiness come with every Honda.

Developed by Honda’s long-standing agency of record, RPA, six comical TV spots showcase the Honda product line and various standard features such as rearview camera, Pandora® internet radio or Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®.

“It’s critical for our holiday campaign to break through the clutter during this time period, and we’re confident that these lighthearted spots will stand out,” said Susie Rossick, senior manager, regional marketing, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Because this is the ninth chapter of ‘Happy Honda Days,’ the phrase has become shorthand for dealers who rally around the concept each year and consumers who instantly recognize the name from a trusted brand and know it’s a great time to buy.”

Each spot opens on someone thanking Honda for giving their friend or relative a great deal on a new car. The narrator gives a detailed account of why the car is such a great purchase. Precocious Samantha loves getting rides in her big sister Laura’s new Civic while rocking out to her USB-connected iPod®. Doting Nancy loves her son Steve’s new Pilot with its Bluetooth and rearview camera. Spikey-haired tween Pete is grateful for his Dad’s Accord; its low cost equals more presents, and Pandora distracts Dad from his son’s paintball escapades.

“During the holiday season, it can be a little tougher to get potential car buyers’ attention, and ‘Happy Honda Days’ pulls consumers in with a brighter, more fun approach than the screaming ‘buy it or die’ messaging so prevalent elsewhere,” said RPA ACD Sarah May Bates. “These are humorous and relatable stories filled with colorful characters—mischievous kids, moocher roommates and hard-to-read fathers-in-law—that will hopefully be more entertaining for car shoppers this holiday season.”

Spots will air on high-profile network programs such as “Modern Family,” “The Good Wife,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Office,” “X-Factor,” and on ESPN, TNT and TLC.

Creative will also be integrated on display ads running on car-shopping sites, network radio, two Spanish-language TV spots and print ads in national publications, including “Entertainment Weekly,” “People,” “Sports Illustrated,” “TIME,” “Us Weekly,” “USA Today” and “Wall Street Journal.” Dealers have access to customizable TV, print, radio, banners and social media assets. The campaign runs through January 2.



Titles: “Dad’s New Accord,” “Laura’s New Civic,” “Lisa’s New Odyssey,” “Steve’s New Pilot”
First Air: November 19, 2012

“George’s New Honda”
First Air: November 29, 2012

“Carly’s New CR-V”
First Air: December 17, 2012

Agency: RPA
EVP, CCO: Joe Baratelli
SVP, GCD: Jason Sperling
VP, CD: Curt Johnson
CD: Alicia Dotter
ACD: Sarah May Bates
SVP, Executive Producer, Content: Gary Paticoff
Agency Senior Producer: Fran Wall

Production Company: Moxie Pictures
Director: Frank Todaro
Executive Producer: Robert Fernandez, Karol Zeno, Roger Zorovich
Producer: Laura Heflin

Editing Company: The Reel Thing
Editor: Lance Pereira
Flame Artist: Moody Glasgow
Executive Producer: Doug Kleckner

Telecine: Co3
Colorist: Beau Leon

Audio Post: Lime Studios
Mixer: Dave Wegg
Music: Wojahn Brothers

“Lisa’s New Odyssey,” ends with Run DMC, “Christmas in Hollis”
“Laura’s New Civic,” ends with song composed by Jeremy C. Simon

About RPA:

RPA, headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., is a leading independent advertising agency. RPA builds momentum for brands by offering its clients truly integrated campaigns that resonate throughout its disciplines, which include traditional advertising, interactive, and direct and event marketing. RPA’s client list includes American Honda, both the Honda and Acura brands, ampm, ARCO, Castrol, California Department of Public Health, Intuit Small Business, La-Z-Boy, Farmers Insurance Group and Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. For more information, visit

About Honda:

Honda offers a complete lineup of Honda cars, trucks and service through a network of 1,037 Honda dealerships within the United States. In 2012, Honda will mark 30 years of producing automobiles in the region1, which began with the Accord in Marysville, Ohio in November 1982. Having produced over 23 million vehicles in North America, Honda currently operates 7 major automobile manufacturing facilities in the region.

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Spyders Meet Titans at Nashville’s LP Field

It may sound like a summer blockbuster action film, but Spyders met Titans when ANC Sports Enterprises selected Vista Systems’ Spyders to power two of the world’s largest video screens at Nashville’s LP Field, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.

ANC Sports Enterprises, LLC of Purchase, New York, an industry leader in providing integrated signage, design and marketing solutions for sports and commercial facilities, is transforming the professional football experience with an unprecedented approach to sound and video, which debuted for the 2012 NFL season and is now featured at all Titans home games.

ANC Sports installed two HD video displays measuring 157 x 54 feet at LP Field, each featuring 8,478 square feet of LED signage – the largest end-zone video screens in the world. They are also the largest outdoor displays in sports with surface mount LEDs, the next evolution of outdoor signage technology. With over 3 million physical pixels per screen spaced 16mm apart, fans in the stadium will see details as sharp as on their HDTVs at home.

“The new video screens at LP Field are much larger, feature a higher-resolution, and show sharper, crisper content than the previous scoreboards,” notes Chris Mascatello, ANC’s Executive Vice President of Technology Sales. “Our surface mount LED technology provides clearer visuals and better viewing angles than traditional LED lamp video screens.”

Long-time Spyder users, ANC Sports chose Spyder X20 1608s to handle multiple inputs for the screens so they can display PIPs, overlays and transitions. “The Titans run the full gamut of content, including pre-recorded elements and animations, live game action, replays, crowd shots, and statistics,” says Mascatello. “The Spyder enables the Titans’ broadcast staff to seamlessly jump from live action, to replays supplemented with CG, to animated content, to in-game promotion and back to live game action without any alteration in the Technical Director’s preferred workflow.”

Spyder offers ANC Sports the advantage of seamless interaction with the company’s VisionSOFT 64-bit operating system, Mascatello reports. “That integration is a real benefit as DVI from VisionSOFT and HD-SDI from the broadcast switcher are composited into one image for the Spyder with no customization. Spyder’s capability of processing large files in real time supports VisionSOFT, which outputs uncompressed content to the displays creating the sharpest visuals in sports.”

Each end-zone screen can be driven separately by Spyder so different content can be displayed when desired.

More than 800 new audio speakers have also been installed at LP Field. At times the displays will coordinate with the new sound system to synch dynamic visuals with audio.

ANC Sports has formed a 10-year partnership with the Titans, which includes manufacturing, installation, operation, ongoing maintenance, content creation and display usage consultation. In addition to the Titans’ home games, LP Field hosts the Music City Bowl, soccer and concerts and the LED displays are expected to be key components in the fan experience at those events.

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching. Vista Systems was acquired by Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, to create a comprehensive source for image processing and projection solutions. The acquisition combines the power and flexibility of Vista’s video switchers and real-time windowing and composition products with the power, performance and reliability of award-winning Christie projection systems. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at


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