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SKYFALL Earns Top Honors from Cinematographers;

Game of Thrones, Hunted, Wilfred and Great Expectations Win in TV Categories

LOS ANGELES – Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC; Balazs Bolygo, HSC; Kramer Morgenthau, ASC; Florian Hoffmeister; and Bradford Lipson claimed top honors in the four competitive categories at the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement, which was held here tonight at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. Deakins won the ASC Award in the feature film competition for SKYFALL. Bolygo and Morgenthau tied in the one-hour television episodic category for Cinemax’s HUNTED and HBO’s GAME OF THRONES, respectively. Hoffmeister won the TV movie/miniseries award for PBS’ GREAT EXPECTATIONS, and Lipson was the recipient of the half-hour television episodic category for FX’s WILFRED.

The ASC Award for best feature was presented by Emmy(r)-nominated actor John Slattery. Deakins, who was regrettably not able to attend, has previously won ASC Awards for THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1995) and THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE (2002). His other ASC nominations include FARGO (1997), KUNDUN (1998), O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (2001), NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2008), THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (2008), REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (2009), THE READER (2009), and TRUE GRIT (2011). He also received the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

The other nominees in the feature film category were Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC (ANNA KARENINA), Danny Cohen, BSC (LES MISERABLES), Claudio Miranda, ASC (LIFE OF PI), and Janusz Kaminski (LINCOLN).

Actor David Zayas, also known as Sgt. Batista on DEXTER, announced Bolygo and Morgenthau had tied for the Outstanding Achievement Award in the one-hour television category. This is the first tie in ASC Awards history.

Bolygo, a first-time ASC nominee, won for the "Mort" episode of HUNTED. This is the first win for Morgenthau, who has been previously nominated for THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN (2005), LIFE ON MARS (2009) and BOARDWALK EMPIRE (2011). Tonight's award is for the GAME OF THRONES episode "The North Remembers."

The other nominees in the one-hour television episodic series category were Christopher Manley, ASC for AMC's MAD MEN ("The Phantom"), David Moxness, CSC for FOX's FRINGE ("Letters of Transit"), Mike Spragg for Cinemax's STRIKE BACK (Episode 11) and David Stockton, ASC for FOX's ALCATRAZ (Pilot).

Oscar(r)-nominee Mary McDonnell presented the Television Movie/Miniseries Award to first-time ASC nominee Hoffmeister for the PBS Masterpiece presentation of GREAT EXPECTATIONS.

Nominated along with Hoffmeister were Michael Goi, ASC for FX's AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM ("I am Anne Frank: Part 2"), Arthur Reinhart for History Channel's HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, and Rogier Stoffers, ASC for HBO's HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN.

TWO BROKE GIRLS' Matthew Moy presented the half-hour television category award to Lipson, who was a first-time ASC nominee for the "Truth" episode of WILFRED.

Nominated alongside Lipson were Ken Glassing for FOX's BEN AND KATE ("Guitar Face"), Goi for NBC's THE NEW NORMAL ("Pilot"), Peter Levy, ASC for Showtime's HOUSE OF LIES ("Gods of Dangerous Financial Instruments"), and Michael Price for ABC's HAPPY ENDINGS ("Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)").

Oscar(r)-winner Angelina Jolie presented the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award to Dean Semler, ASC, ACS who earned an Oscar(r) and an ASC Award for Kevin Costner's DANCES WITH WOLVES (1991). In 2007, his work on Mel Gibson's APOCALYPTO earned him a second ASC Award nomination. Semler's nearly 70 feature credits include such memorable films as CITY SLICKERS, LAST ACTION HERO, WATERWORLD, THE BONE COLLECTOR, WE WERE SOLDIERS, XXX, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, THE ALAMO, GET SMART, 2012, DATE NIGHT, SECRETARIAT, Jolie's directorial debut IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY, PARENTAL GUIDANCE, and the upcoming MALEFICENT.

The ASC International Award was presented to Robby Müller, NSC, BVK by director Steve McQueen and actress Nastassja Kinski who worked with him on the film PARIS, TEXAS. Kinski noted, "Seeing Robby work on that film made me want to know all about the camera - how it catches light, images, and feelings. How it serves as the window to each film." Müller was unable to attend the event, and McQueen and Kinski accepted the award on his behalf.

The Career Achievement in Television Award was presented to Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC (24) by Sir Robert Harvey, mayor of Waitakere City in New Zealand.

The ASC Presidents Award was given to Curtis Clark, ASC (THE DRAUGHTSMAN'S CONTRACT) by Stephen Burum, ASC.

Last year, Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC won the ASC feature award for THE TREE OF LIFE.

The American Society of Cinematographers was chartered in January 1919. There are more than 300 active members of ASC, and 150-plus associate members from sectors of the industry that support the art and craft of filmmaking. Membership and associate membership is by invitation based on contributions that individuals have made to advance the art of visual storytelling.

For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com. Join ASC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/The.ASC and American Cinematographer magazine fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AmericanCinematographer.

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Orad Marks Its 20th Anniversary

Orad celebrates 20 years of landmark broadcast graphics development and innovation
 
February 11, 2013—Orad, the leading provider of broadcast graphics solutions, marks the new year with its 20th anniversary. Since its inception, Orad has developed a wide range of products, offering broadcasters state-of-the-art graphics, media asset management and video servers. The company’s technology is used in just about every major sports production, including four Olympics. Its enhancement solutions have garnered more than a dozen major industry accolades, including multiple Emmy® Awards.
 
CEO and Founder Avi Sharir said in a speech to Orad employees at the company’s 20-year celebration event, “When we founded Orad 20 years ago, we wanted to create a company that would be a bit different. Over the past two decades, we have seen our vision come to fruit. Throughout the years, Orad has earned recognition from the world’s largest TV networks. Today, our products are used by just about every major broadcaster around the world. We are involved in some of the world’s most watched events, including the US elections and major sports events where we won prizes including two Emmy® Awards. Today, Orad employs 250 people, 130 of whom are in Israel. About a third is continuously working on developing new products that will keep Orad’s leading market position.”
 
To learn more about Orad’s rich history, watch these 20th anniversary videos: Thank you Orad; Orad’s Family Album
 
About Orad Hi-Tec Systems
Orad Hi-Tec Systems is a world-leading provider of real-time 3D broadcast graphic, video server, and media asset management solutions including news, channel branding, sports production and enhancement, elections and special events, virtual studios, and virtual advertisement. Orad’s compelling solutions streamline production workflow, enhance viewer experience, and improve production value. Founded in 1993, Orad is a public company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (OHT). More information is available at http://www.orad.tv/.
 
For further information contact:
Orad Hi-Tec Systems Ltd
Ofir Benovici
Vice President Marketing
ofirb@orad.tv
 
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Bling Digital to Host “Post on Demand” Panel at HPA Tech Retreat

Post production workflow specialist to showcase modular post-production solution in Retreat’s Demo Room.

Los Angeles—Bling Digital, a pioneering developer of today’s most innovative digital workflows , will host a panel discussion at the Hollywood Post Alliances’ annual HPA Tech Retreat exploring the rapid evolution of feature and television post production away from brick-and-mortar facilities into solutions that can happen anytime and anywhere.

“We are excited to participate in the HPA Tech Retreat both in hosting a panel and through the Demo Room,” said Chris Parker, Chief Technology Officer of Bling Digital and its parent company SIM Digital, an international supplier of camera systems. “The Hollywood Post Alliance has played a pivotal role in advancing the interests of the post production industry, and in providing forums where industry leaders can meet and discuss issues critical to the future of post production.” more

Vista Systems Spyder Goes Inside The Brain at TEDx Caltech for Jon 9

Vista Systems Spyder X20 played a key role in supporting digital artist and technologist Jon 9′s participation in TEDx Caltech, an immersive one-day experience that grew out of the celebrated 26-year old TED idea conference.

Held in the Beckman Auditorium at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, the independently-organized TED event explored the topic of the brain with a diverse group of speakers sharing their newest, most unique and visionary ideas. Their appearances were punctuated by music, performance and comedy.

Supported by the Vista Systems Spyder, Jon 9 of Holonyne Corporation, Los Angeles, produced innovative backdrops and content for the expert presenters and did improvisational video mixing for musical performers David Torn and Moira Shirley.

“You could best describe my role as projection designer,” he says. “The brief from the conference organizers was to create an immersive, interesting, visually stimulating environment that could display content related to the theme of the brain and also create an overall ambient environment. My creative approach was to make the audience feel that they were ‘inside’ the brain of the conference itself.”

Jon 9 was instrumental in crafting the display system for the stage. His Holonyne Corporation specializes in creating WallSite(tm) installations, an approach to large-scale immersive display systems that mimics the interactive and information delivery functionality of a website but on large scale for public events.

Three 1080P screens were onstage at the Beckman Auditorium, with 180 pixels in between. Twenty-four Christie MicroTiles, also 1080P, formed a 4×6 videowall centered beneath the center screen with 120 pixels between the top of the MicroTiles and the screen. Content was driven by the Spyder, whose I/Os included four 10K and 20K projectors, four Green Hippo Hippotizer HD digital media servers and a live video truck. “This represented a cutting-edge configuration that went far beyond the typical set up for conferences of this nature,” Jon 9 says.

“The Spyder played a crucial role in the immersive video configuration, linking together the four Hippotizers with the four projectors and 24 MicroTiles plus the speech-support system and confidence monitors,” he explains. “We were able to monitor all the inputs on a single screen in two locations, backstage and the booth. We were also able to send and receive feeds from the video truck where the event’s video director was calling a five-camera shoot. The flexibility and programming power of the Spyder meant we could use one device to do all our switching and scaling instead of a rack of separate components.”

For playback with realtime control for the improv video mixing for the musical artists, Jon 9 tapped four Hippotizer HDs, which integrated smoothly through the Spyder, he reports.

“The entire configuration was an example of what’s possible when you want to expand the boundaries of digital environmental design for academic and other types of informational events,” says Jon 9. “By combining the high-powered projectors with an on-stage MicroTile videowall and the flexibility and power of the Spyder, we created an environment that was both highly functional and visually stunning.”

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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