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CPL Collaborates in Re-launched Giltbrook Studios Venture

West Midlands, UK, based video and production specialist Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) will be the main supplier of specialist broadcast and AV equipment to the re-launched Giltbrook Studios in Nottingham.
Giltbrook offers a cutting edge facility in the heart of the Midlands for all types of productions from drama and commercials to business television, infomercials and green-screen shooting.

The project to rejuvenate and bring the space right up to date – originally opened as a purpose-built, sound-proofed TV studio in the 1970s – is the brainchild of TV professional Andy Swain and other key individuals with extensive broadcast industry experience, who have teamed up with studio owners, Finishing Post.
Says Swain, “Many people have fond memories of working at Giltbrook over the years and the ‘new’ Giltbrook will be a vibrant and exciting space with great functionality and a modern infrastructure that will allow creativity to flourish. It will also be a cost effective option, and we look forward to a long and fruitful working relationship with CPL and Finishing Post on this project”.
This completely new era Giltbrook Studio has benefitted from a substantial programme of reinvestment, re-equipping of the studios including a new lighting rig, and a completely new mind-set, plus the association with CPL.
All of these elements have already energised its new lease of life.
The 1300 square foot facility is ideally located just off Junction 26 of the M1 motorway outside the city of Nottingham – and is the only space in the Midlands offering such a complete, fully-flexible, multifunctional studio solution.
It has a 360 degree blackout, a permanent green-screen on two walls which has been augmented with a new infinity cove on the other two walls effectively creating two easily accessible studio environments in one space. The infinity cove will be of great interest to producers who have been demanding it for some years!
The new lighting package includes 6Kw space lights and eco-friendly Kino-Flos amongst a wide selection of other sources. The choice of fixtures is designed to offer the most variety with the lowest carbon footprint. LED fixtures will be added in phase two of the lighting investment.
There is a full multi-track sound system installed which can accommodate any set up from full orchestras to rock bands, music videos right down to single vocals to camera.
Other facilities include a large scene dock / workshop for scenery construction, a pleasant green room and full kitchen. The reception area has also been fully re-energised.
Lee Gruszeckyj head of CPL’s Broadcast division comments, “It’s a great idea, there is nothing like it in the area, and with the contacts that Andy and his colleagues already have, it should be a great success”.
CPL will be supplying extra and more specialised kit to extend the in-house system as required including PPU racks with associated camera and video playback channels – which can be extremely quickly and efficiently deployed and ready to roll.
CPL was chosen to partner with Giltbrook due to the quality of its equipment, their policy of continual investment into new and emerging technologies, outstanding crew and engineers and friendly and approachable attitude.
CPL will also be taking advantage of Giltbrook’s close proximity, offering it to their clients as a new service, which will be ideal in particular for the growing number of web-streamed events that they are producing.
Feedback from the first shoots at the ‘new’ Giltbrook have already been hugely positive, with camera operators and directors very impressed with the choice of equipment and the general speed of set up and excellent organisation.

Photo shows Giltbrook’s Andy Swain setting up some of the new lights

XL Events scores ‘Hat Trick’ with Eventia Award for ‘Best Technical Supplier’

XL Events was delighted to receive the Gold Award for Technical Supplier Of The Year for the third consecutive year at the event industry’s biggest awards ceremony.

Held at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London, the Eventia Awards 2012 gathered together the biggest names in event production to celebrate another hugely successful year.
With the UK playing host to major events like the Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the competition for this year’s awards was fiercely contested.
XL Events Director Rich Rowley comments “We have had another interesting year, our market position was strengthened by a number of historic events such as the Queens Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics and through all those we continued to deliver the service for which XL is known to our existing clients. More importantly our business has adapted to offer these clients multiple solutions.”
XL Events played a major role in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – providing projection onto Buckingham Palace as well as LED screens, cameras and monitoring for the concert.
2012 has also seen XL Events provide audio visual equipment and services for a wide range of other events both in the UK and abroad including the Premieres of Skyfall, Les Miserables and Total Recall; the Festival of Speed at Goodwood; the UK launch of the new Mercedes-Benz Actros truck; the Best Of Belron in Barcelona; the Nissan Leaf Driver Experience in Scandinavia; the L’Oreal Professional Colour Trophy; and the UK Launch of EE Live.
To sum up Rowley comments, “Feedback for all the events was strong. This showed how an industry-leading company that has always been at the cutting edge of technology within our market sector, can deliver. We pride ourselves on the quality of service and how, through this service, we maintain strong and long-lasting customer relationships. Our staff, our clients and the service we provide are key to XL’s continuing success.”

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L-R : Stephen Mangan – awards host, Rich Rowley, Director, XL Events, Phil Goddard, Divisional Manager, XL Events, Lee Spencer, Managing Director, XL Video Attila Keskin, Managing Director, DesignScene, award sponsor
Photo © Leo Wilkinson

Click 3X and The Great Mikillstökk Send a Holiday Gift to Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds

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Click 3X gets into the spirit of giving this holiday season with The Great Mikillstökk, a Facebook experience that continues the company’s tradition of harnessing social media in clever and unconventional new ways. Launching Monday, December 17th, Click will make a charitable donation to Hurricane Sandy relief funds when users send a digital holiday card to their Facebook friends. Utilizing data from the user’s profile and Google Maps API, the app then generates a video of Glennard Fricks, the Mikillstökk’s premier stunt elf, being launched to his destination.

Click 3X will track Glennard’s travels, donating to Rockaway Renegades, the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, and the Sandy NJ Relief Fund based on his many journeys.

About Click 3X:

Click 3X, its interactive division ClickFire Media, and the recently launched C3X Live create engaging film, TV, web, and branded content. Positioned at the intersection of entertainment, advertising, and technology, the studios work in tandem or autonomously. Click 3X shoots, edits, designs, animates and creates VFX; ClickFire brings those disciplines into the interactive space; and C3X Live delivers branded content in-house from conception to full-service production to distribution. Click operates a full service, 11,000 square foot state of the art studio in Manhattan outfitted with 60 fulltime staffers.

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Jonathan Lia, Brian Welsh, and Ryan Heiferman Launch GOODCOMPANY

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New York-based GOODCOMPANY is an innovative, producer-led production company that makes commercials, music videos, and films around the world.


“We build relationships with the freshest, brightest and most creative minds,” noted Jonathan Lia, the shop’s Executive Producer, Director and Co-founder. “Artists, directors, and brands have sought us out to find creative solutions to the most challenging concepts. From Kanye’s ambitious seven-screen film installation, Cruel Summer, to an innovative spot that saw Nike and Microsoft creatively joining forces, we find ways to make memorable, meaningful content that realizes the core of our clients’ wishes.”

Behind a directorial roster comprised of Aaron Platt, Alexandre Moors, Daniel Gomes, Jonathan Lia, Noah Conopask, Scarlett Johansson, and Surround, GOODCOMPANY has already produced an impressive reel of commercial and music video work. This includes a series of promos co-directed by Jonathan Lia for Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards, co-producing a Kinect Training spot for Nike and Microsoft featuring Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson and DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles, and a series of TV spots for ASUS directed by Daniel Gomes.

On the music video front, GOODCOMPANY has been producing many projects for Kanye West, including his recent Birthday Song video with 2 Chainz, the Mercy video and the Ni**as in Paris video with Jay-Z, the latter two each nominated for two VMAs.

Before forming GOODCOMPANY, Jonathan Lia and Brian Welsh each had their own companies, producing content for brands including Nike, AMEX, Microsoft, Adidas, and Toyota and for artists such as Madonna, U2, Beyonce, MGMT, Coldplay, Depeche Mode and Justin Timberlake to name a few. Their work has earned a trophy room’s worth of D&AD, VMA, Much Music, BET, UKMVA, National Board of Review, and Grammy nominations and awards.

The shop will continue to grow its talent roster as it expands its portfolio of commercial, music video and film work. “The industry is changing rapidly – format, ingestion, culture,” continues Lia. “Rather than wait around for these changes, we are spearheading them. GOODCOMPANY is made to innovate.”

About Jonathan Lia, EP/Director/Co-Founder:

Jonathan Lia has produced major national campaigns for brands including Nike, Ford, and Adidas and some of the most prominent music videos in recent times, including videos for Kanye West, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Madonna, and Beyonce. He co-directed the SNL/Lonely Island Digital short I’m On A Boat and produced the first-ever live, scripted, one-take music video: Death Cab for Cutie’s You Are A Tourist.

He has also directed commercials for Adidas and SPIKE TV and music videos for Asher Roth and Need to Breath. Lia’s work has garnered two D&AD’s, National Board of Review honors, a Grammy nomination, and many MTV VMA nominations.

About Brian Welsh, Executive Producer/Co-Founder:

Brian Welsh has overseen campaigns for Toyota, American Express, Nike, Swatch and VH1, to name a few. He has also produced music videos for Timbaland, Rye Rye, Marilyn Manson, TV on the Radio, and M.I.A. Welsh also received a Grammy nomination for Mana’s Lluvia al Corazon which also won a VMA.

Fresh off the campus of UC Berkeley in 1999, Welsh started his career on the West Coast at the global design agency ATTIK. As a broadcast producer for ATTIK, Welsh oversaw many international campaigns and was a prominent figure in the groundbreaking U.S. launch for Scion. Welsh moved to NYC in 2003 to take over as Executive Producer at the motion design/vfx shop UVPH for almost six years, where he produced various commercials and music videos including the network launch for Al Jazeera International and the D&AD award winning Bjork Wanderlust music video.

About Ryan Heiferman, Managing Director/Co-Founder:

Ryan Heiferman spent the past fifteen years working on national ad campaigns, network shows and films for the likes of McDonald’s, NFL, Crayola, Mastercard, History Channel and Discovery. Heiferman also put the finishing touches on the award winning Disney show, Little Einsteins and oversaw the sonic-branding of Spike TV.

About Scarlett Johansson, Director:

Scarlett Johansson has starred in dozens of movies as an actress and directed the 2009 short film These Vagabond Shoes. She also directed Jessie Baylin’s Hurry Hurry music video, produced by Jonathan Lia.

About Alexandre Moors:

Alexandre Moors is known as a visual director, having directed commercials for the likes of Nike, Swatch and Johnson & Johnson, and music videos for Jennifer Lopez, Miguel, Talib Kweli, and The Crystal Method to name a few. He was just recently the co-director of Kanye’s 7-screen, immersive film, Cruel Summer and has just finished up his first feature, Blue Caprice, which was recently accepted into Sundance 2013. Co-written by Moors and starring Isaiah Washington, Blue Caprice is a psychological thriller based around the story of the Beltway sniper attacks of 2002.

About Noah Conopask:

The Emmy-nominated Noah Conopask’s reel includes spots for Under Armour, Target, Lincoln, General Motors, Olay, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, 2K Sports and Verizon. With his diverse background of experience in design, animation, and photography, Conopask is known to create distinctly designed films that have a bold graphic finish. Noah’s prior stops include Shilo, DNA Studio, and Digital Kitchen, earning multiple Emmy nominations along the way. His work has been featured and recognized by The FADER, Res, Boards, Best Ads on TV, and Shoot, to name a few. GOODCOMPANY is representing Conopask for music videos only.

About Aaron Platt:

Aaron Platt has directed and shot commercials, music videos, and films for a plethora of brands and artists, including Fiat, Beats by Dre, Diane Von Furstenberg, Bono, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, and MGMT. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and his films have been shown at Sundance and Cannes, among other festivals. In 2009 Platt was featured in Shoot Magazine’s “New Directors” series.

About Daniel Gomes:

Daniel Gomes hails from the UK and has directed commercials for brands such as ASUS and Factory and has worked with various record labels including Atlantic, Universal, Sony, and Warner Brothers. Gomes is currently based out of Los Angeles, writing and directing commercials, music videos and narrative films. His latest short film, Abstraction, just won three awards, including The Audience Award, at the NYLA Film Festival.

About Surround:

Surround is Brian and Brad Palmer. Together, they have co-directed hit music videos, successful network campaigns and groundbreaking content for numerous brands and artists that include JC Penny, Comedy Central, MTV, Usher, The Killers, TV on the Radio, and They Might Be Giants among many others. Their inventive approach to live-action directing coupled with organic post processes has gained accolades from such notables as Steve Jobs, who showcased their work in 2006 and in publications such as Die Gestalt. Surround operates as a full service production and post-production studio in Brooklyn, NY where projects are handled from inception to completion.

About GOODCOMPANY:

We realize concepts. We foster creativity. We live in the solution. Whether it’s realizing challenging boards, developing a custom camera system, broadcasting the first live and scripted music video, or taking the kernel of an idea and nurturing it into something profound, we deliver quality through innovative problem solving. A company founded by producers, no challenge is too great.

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Marcus Nispel Joins Tool

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Award-winning director, Marcus Nispel, has signed with Tool of North America.

Nispel cites Tool’s physical production and post-production capabilities as a primary motivation for the move. “Tool goes beyond just representing directors,” Nispel said. “Big jobs don’t always come with big budgets anymore. To maximize a client’s budget this kind of infrastructure is needed.”

For Nispel, joining Tool is a natural partnership of similar personalities, experiences and visions. “Tool shares my vision that advertising, as we know it, will transform into branded content, where all these disciplines will ultimately come together. We’re not just talking about small stunts on YouTube, but significant platforms like “American Idol,” “Transformers,” even MTV. That requires expertise in long-form, and conceptual acumen. It takes incredible production muscle to create entertainment that, on its own, is as captivating as the actual product that it is advertising.”

Tool Executive Producer, Oliver Fuselier, added, “I’m really excited to work with Marcus again. He’s an incredible talent who’s directed some of the most engaging spots and music videos of all time.”

Nispel shares a background as an advertising creative with Tool founder, Erich Joiner, and several other Tool directors. “Having served at agencies ourselves—concepting ideas and being immersed in agency culture—gives us all a great understanding of the advertising process and what’s expected.” Some of Nispel’s most recognized and awarded work has come from projects where he was brought directly into the creative process to collaborate with the creative team.

On his parting ways with MJZ after more than a decade, Nispel said, “My working relationship with MJZ has simply transformed, and David Zander and I remain great friends. I’m currently directing a feature film with MJZ and David Zander producing.”

Over the course of his career, Marcus Nispel has directed over 250 music videos, worked with nearly every agency and advertiser on about 2000 commercials, and shot features for the USA Network, New Line, Warner, Lionsgate, and 20th Century Fox. Now, Nispel seeks to combine his formidable background in advertising and feature films to push advertising into the future with his new partner, Tool of North America.

Nispel is already in development on numerous branded long-form projects slated to go into production early next year.

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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HARMAN’s Studer Compact Remote Bay Gets Its Maiden Voyage at Colorado Sound Recording Studios

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WESTMINSTER, Colorado — Colorado Sound Recording Studios is one of the finest facilities in the state. The studio and its remote truck have recorded artists including Norah Jones, Eminem, Steve Miller, Dave Matthews and many others. Recently, the HARMAN Soundcraft Studer truck rolled into Colorado Sound with the new Studer Compact Remote Bay and its latest Virtual Vista software for its first-ever use at a recording session.

The Compact Remote Bay allows access to a Studer Vista digital mixing console’s settings from anywhere in a venue. A little larger than a laptop, the unit has 12 P&G faders, 40 rotary controls and a 19-inch touchscreen running Studer’s Virtual Vista software. In addition to remote operation, the bay may be used to extend the main console’s control surface for a second operator, for monitor mixing or for other functions.

“We used the Compact Remote Bay to record a studio session band to allow Colorado Sound and HD NET and the Mobile TV Group who were also at the session to put the Compact Remote Bay through its paces,” said Rob Lewis, Director of US Sales for Studer. “We put the Compact Remote Bay in the recording studio’s tracking room and interfaced it with the Vista 9 console in the truck to record the piano, bass and drums session band.”

Three stereo headphone mixes, a 5.1 surround and a stereo control room mix were created, all going to the Vista 9 and the Compact Remote Bay with a Studer Stagebox connecting the recording studio feed to the truck via fiber cable.

“As we were getting recording and headphone levels, we tweaked the musicians’ headphone levels with the Compact Remote Bay. Of course everything was really being adjusted via the Vista 9 on the truck, but the Compact Remote Bay made things a lot easier since we could get immediate comments from the musicians and tweak everything right in the room without the need for talkback from the control room in the truck,” Lewis noted. “It worked flawlessly.”

“After we tracked the band we just moved the Compact Remote Bay from the tracking room into Colorado Sound’s main control room and patched in the stereo mix,” Lewis continued. “This allowed the engineers to use the bay and have a feel for the setup’s overall sound quality, dynamics, EQ and so on from the comfort of their control room using their main studio monitors. They were astounded by how we were able to do this without effort, and how easy it was to make patch changes and snapshots without missing a beat.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

Broadcast Pix Simplifies Multi-Camera Production for Finland’s Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced the Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos in Inari, Finland, is using a Granite™ 1000 Video Control Center™ for live event production. Built to preserve and develop Sámi culture and business, the modern facility was completed in January and has hosted a variety of events, including seminars, workshops, and concerts.

“Granite is a good solution because of the powerful features and because it is a cost effective HD video control system,” said Mikko Juntunen, systems specialist, production and post, for Mediatrade in Helsinki, Finland, the systems integrator that installed the system. “The integrated switcher and clip server – and options such as Panasonic camera control – were also important issues in planning the system integration.”

Sajos offers several venues for events, from small and medium-sized conference rooms to a main hall that can accommodate up to 430 people. Multi-camera productions have been streamed on the Internet, recorded for event organizers, distributed on the facility’s internal television channel, and used to provide I-MAG (image magnification) for live audiences. Juntunen said the facility uses a variety of Granite’s built-in workflow tools, including the Fluent™ Clip Store, Harris Inscriber CG, customizable Fluent-View multi-viewer, and chromakey. Granite may also be used as the clip server for all screenings during Skabmagovat 2013, an upcoming film festival, according to Juntenen.

“Granite is an all-in-one package,” said Joonas Saari of the Sajos Centre. “It has made the multi-camera tasks, such as live streaming and video projection projects possible.”

About Broadcast Pix
The leader in live video production systems, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and device control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays that enable operators to create with confidence. That confidence is further enhanced with rock-solid stability, patented technologies to maintain lip sync, and great technical support. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent, Granite, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Berklee Opens World-Class Recording/Teaching Studio Complex At New Valencia International Campus

VALENCIA: December 17, 2012 – Berklee College of Music, the world’s premier learning lab for contemporary music, and Walters-Storyk Design Group, renowned for their work on studios for Jimi Hendrix, Alicia Keys, and Bruce Springsteen, today announced the completion of a cutting edge recording/teaching complex at Berklee’s Valencia campus. Berklee’s new state-of-the-art campus is located at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain. The studio facility is the final element of Berklee’s first international campus, which recently launched its master’s programs.

The audio production and teaching complex is comprised of five inter-related components. The 1600 sq. ft. scoring stage/studio – Studio K – includes an 860 sq. ft. live room with 15-foot ceilings and boasts variable acoustic wall treatments developed for diverse recording configurations. The studio’s windows provide fantastic views of the Palau and allow the public to view Berklee’s music activities. Supporting the live room is a 500 sq. ft. control room, two 250 sq. ft. ISO/overdub booths, and an isolated machine room. The aggregate advantages of the control room configuration fully supports Berklee’s primary teaching mandate. Each aspect of the studio coalesces to form an indisputably world-class recording complex.

“Our master’s students and visiting artists will benefit from an extremely sophisticated studio environment. This is an extraordinary educational tool, expressly designed to prepare them for their transition from student to music professional,” explained Guillermo Cisneros, Berklee Vice President for Global Initiatives, and Executive Director, Berklee in Valencia.

“The studio complex needed to make a statement in a design-conscious country, and be technically and acoustically capable of representing a desirable destination for professional work,” said Carl Beatty, Berklee Chief of Staff, who has headed the project since the beginning of the Palau de les Arts renovation. “We decided to employ Avid/Euphonix controllers to take advantage of their Eucon protocol that allows seamless migration of projects across the facility, all the way up to the flagship System 5. Additionally, when we install an identical console in Boston, we will be doing real time joint sessions between the two locations via Internet 2 technology.”

The entire facility is configured through a central machine room for speed, ease of turnaround, and high interconnectivity between rooms, including the Palau de les Arts’ concert halls. The System 5 has 48 channels, with 128 channels of I/O, and 176 mic lines. There is a broad selection of analog processing with plenty of room for additions should the need arise.

Monitoring in the production suites is all Genelec – 5.1 surround in Studio A, and 2.1 stereo in Studios B, C, and D. The control room in Studio K features the Meyers Acheron 7.1 surround monitoring system, an acknowledged industry standard. The room also includes Griffin G2B Active main stereo monitors. “These monitors are impressive. Along with their dual 15″ subwoofers, the use of ribbon tweeters gives the speaker a very impressive transient response and high-mid articulation,” said Beatty. “There are also mid field monitors available- ProAc’s and Yamaha NS-10′s. Additionally, the room has been designed to Dolby specifications and readied for the new Dolby Atmos(tm) Cinema Sound monitoring protocol. This facility is an integral component of the comprehensive, modern Music Technology Complex developed for Berklee’s Valencia campus.”

Commenting on the new complex, architect/acoustician John Storyk remarked: “Berklee’s new Valencia recording/teaching studio raises the benchmark for European audio education. We have been the designers for dozens of educational recording environments around the world and are incredibly proud of our tenure at Berklee, both at the Valencia and Boston campuses.”

Impressed by the quality of the recording studio at the Berklee campus, visiting master class instructor and former Fox Music President, Robert Kraft commented, “The recording studio is an amazing asset to have in Valencia, and has the potential to be even more of a reason for students and professionals to come to the Berklee facilities.”

“The recording studios and production suites at Berklee Valencia are simply sublime,” said composer and visiting professor, Laura Karpman. “In the studios I was able to compose, record, and mix a film for Sony/Lifetime with a very fast turnaround. The results were fabulous. It was a pleasure to make music there.”

In addition to designing and constructing recording studios for Berklee College of Music in both Valencia and the $100 million + new building at 160 Massachusetts Ave. in Boston, Walters-Storyk Design Group is renowned for its work on studios for Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion, Def Jam Records, ESPN, Jay-Z, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MTV Latin America and the 2012 TEC Award-winning Jungle City Studios.

View the YouTube video tour of the studios:

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1. Berklee Valencia Studio K Live Room
2. Berklee Valencia Studio K Control Room
3. Berklee Valencia Studio A Control Room
4. Berklee Valencia Campus

Photos by: Mercedes Herrán

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About Berklee College of Music:

Berklee College of Music was founded in 1945 and for more than 65 years has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. The college’s belief i that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through contemporary music education. The college was the first in the U.S. to teach jazz, the popular music of the time. It incorporated rock ‘n roll in the 1960′s, created the world’s first degree programs in film scoring, music synthesis, and song-writing, and, in recent years, added world music, hip-hop, electronica and vide game music to its curriculum. With a diverse student body representing over 80 countries, and alumni that have received over 270 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow. Notable alumni include Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, Aimee Mann, Roy Hargrove, Gillian Welch, Miguel Zenon, Susan Tedeschi, John Scofield, Bruce Cockburn, Arif Mardin, BT, Alan Silvestri, John Mayer, Howard Shore and Gary Burton.

About Berklee In Valencia:

Berklee in Valencia is the first international campus established by the renowned Berklee College of Music – and its first campus outside of Boston. Located in the iconic building of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain, the magnificent 3,600 square metre campus has been designed specifically for music and is equipped with state-of-the art technology. Berklee in Valencia aims to provide a hub to launch the careers across the globe for the most musically talented international students. Offering a unique curriculum, as well as an International Career Center to assist students in their transition from student to music professional, the campus presents Berklee College of Music’s first master’s degree programs in contemporary music (Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games; Contemporary Studio Performance; and Global Entertainment and Music Business;) launched in September 2012. In addition, Berklee in Valencia offers a Global Studies Program for Berklee students from Boston to study for a term at Valencia, Summer and Special Programs, as well as a new way for musicians around the world to join the global music community – as performers, as practitioners, and as leaders.

About Walters-Storyk Design Group:

Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for the Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the U.S. and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent Credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio, private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Acrosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland

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Token Creek Mobile Television Acquires a Dozen New FUJINON Lenses

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division announces the recent sale of 12 of its lenses to Wisconsin-based Token Creek Mobile Television. The mobile broadcast production company acquired four XA88x8.8BESM Telephoto Field lenses, six ZA12x4.5BERM Super Wide Angle ENG/EFP lenses, and two XA101x8.9BESM Super Telephoto Field lenses. Nine of the lenses are being used in Token Creek’s newest HD mobile unit, Chippewa, while the others have been outfitted in two of their other mobile trucks, Varsity and Hiawatha.

“We’ve been a customer of FUJINON lenses for a long time, and have been continually pleased with the quality of their products,” said John Salzwedel, President of Token Creek Mobile TV. “When rolling out our newest HD production truck, it was an easy decision for us to include FUJINON HD lenses. We’ve been particularly happy with the cost of their lenses and the company’s excellent customer service.”

The FUJINON XA101x8.9 lens features a combination of wide angle and 101x zoom range, and the XA88x8.8 offers the industry’s widest angle in class with an 88x zoom range. Both telephoto field lenses feature FUJINON’s exclusive anti-fogging design to minimize lens fogging and reduce downtime due to climate change. The FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERM ENG lens features a 2x range extender and Digital Quick & Cruise Zoom. All three of the lenses boast exclusive FUJINON technology, including the DIGI POWER digital servo control system, EBC coating, and built-in F.I.N.D. diagnostics.

The Chippewa HD mobile unit was first used for a Thanksgiving Day parade telecast in Detroit. The next day, the truck was used for production of the Chicago Public School City Football Championship Game at Soldier Field, home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears. Chippewa is also set to be used for NBA game coverage, and is expected to be in high demand for many upcoming live sporting events.

Other equipment in Chippewa includes: Grass Valley LDK-8000 HD Elite cameras, Grass Valley Kayenne 4 M/E switcher, PESA routing system, EVS XT-3 servers, Calrec Artemis audio console, and a Chyron Hyper X3 Graphics system.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site: www.FUJINON.com

32TEN Studios Hosts Three New Tenants, Including Companies Working in Film, Video and Animation

San Rafael, CA, December 17, 2012 – 32TEN Studios is now hosting three new tenants at its San Rafael site. These new tenants include companies working within the film, video and animation sectors.
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“The addition of these companies to the growing production community that has chosen to headquarter at 32TEN allows us to provide extensive creative capabilities and unique technological services to any content creator,” said Tim Partridge, CEO, 32TEN. “We are delighted that these new tenants have decided to base their businesses here, and we look forward to collaborating with them on a diverse array of future projects.”
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Photo: Left to Right: Tim Partridge, CEO, 32TEN, Merrick Cheney, Greg Maloney, COO, 32TEn
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Lou Romano is now based at 32TEN. Currently working as a freelance Art Director, Romano has previously worked as an illustrator and designer on various animated projects, including “The Powerpuff Girls” and “The Iron Giant” (1999.) His production design work on Pixar’s “The Incredibles” (2004) earned him an Annie Award. His artwork has appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, and has been published in several books, including “The Art of The Incredibles,” “The Art of Monsters, Inc.,” and “The Ancient Book of Myth & War.” Also renowned as a voice over artist, Romano has given voice to several popular animated characters, including “Linguini,” the young boy from the hit film “Ratatouille.” See: http://www.louromano.com/
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Another new tenant to 32TEN is George Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld founded SylvanVideo in l996 as a full-service production and post production facility based in Marin County, CA. The company is involved in a variety of projects, including documentaries, feature films, broadcast and corporate video, music videos, educational films and direct sales presentations. Among the company’s clients are such notable entities as Visa, Levi Strauss and Company, San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, Adobe Systems, Inc., Kaiser-Permanente, and the Government of Tibet. See: http://sylvanvideo.com/SylvanVideo1/about_us.html
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Merrick Cheney is the third new tenant to 32TEN. The owner of a puppet design studio, Mechinations, Cheney is an expert in the design and manufacture of puppets featured in stop-motion animated films. His work has appeared in such high profile feature films as Henry Selik’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “James And The Giant Peach,” “Coraline,” and Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” and “Frankenweenie.” Mechinations offers its clients custom machining services for Industrial Design. CAD/CAM modeling services are also offered.
See: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0155525/
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About 32TEN Studios:
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Launched in early 2012 by longtime entertainment industry leaders Tim Partridge and Greg Maloney, 32TEN Studios is a production services company offering digital and practical FX, as well as stage rentals. The company provides its services to producers of major motion pictures, independent films, TV programs, commercials, industrials, web content and multi-media projects. 32TEN Studios is located at 3210 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, CA, 94901. The phone is 800-717- 3210, and the website is: www.32ten.com

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