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LECTROSONICS INTEGRAL TO PRODUCTION OF SPIKE TV’S “INK MASTER”

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Rio Rancho, NM – May 2013… For those with a fascination for body art, Spike TV’s Ink Master is ‘must-watch’ TV. Sixteen of the country’s most skilled tattoo artists compete for $100K and the title of Ink Master. ‘Living Canvasses’ are permanently marked in a series of extreme challenges that push the contestants to their limit in this high-stakes elimination competition, hosted by rock legend Dave Navarro and judged by tattoo icons Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck. The show’s production utilizes a lot of wireless microphones and audio processing / networking technology—all of it coming from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. more

Buster Beefs Up Creative Talent Roster: Joseph Kiely Named Executive Creative Director, On-Air Design, While Neville Burtis is Named Executive Creative Director for BusterINK

Los Angeles, CA, May 6, 2013 — Design and animation studio Buster has beefed up its creative talent roster by naming Joseph Kiely as the company’s new Executive Creative Director for motion graphics, and Neville Burtis as Executive Creative Director of the agency’s print, outdoor and digital division, BusterINK. Both men report to Buster’s Chief Creative Officer / Executive Producer Jonas Morganstein. Brad Roth and Mark Feldstein, principals of Stun Creative, the parent company of Buster, made the announcement.
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“Joseph Kiely brings his extensive experience implementing creative strategy, visual branding, and consumer & entertainment marketing and promotion expertise to Buster,” said Morganstein. “Concurrently, Neville now leads the charge at BusterINK, where he will continue to develop our core TV client base while also expanding our business into theatrical marketing. We’re delighted to welcome both of these especially talented executives to our team.”
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ABOUT JOSEPH KIELY:
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As Buster’s new Executive Creative Director, Joseph Kiely returns home to Los Angeles, having spent the last ten years building and leading the design team at Viewpoint Creative in Boston. Kiely joins Buster’s on air design and motion graphics group, lending his strategic branding experience, and promotional acumen to all facets of the business. He brings a unique mix of design and conceptual big picture thinking to the Buster team.
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While at Viewpoint, Kiely supervised high-profile brand makeovers for HBO and HGTV as well as consumer brands Staples, Lowe’s and Timberland.
Kiely began his career in the music industry, working with such iconic music brands and artists as Neil Diamond, Dwight Yoakam, The Grammy Awards, and Warner Music. He later transitioned into advertising, and while based in Chicago worked with several agencies including DDB, on behalf of consumer brands such as Dove, Whirlpool and State Farm.
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ABOUT NEVILLE BURTIS:
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Neville Burtis (pictured above) is now Executive Creative Director with BusterINK, the print, outdoor and digital division of creative brand agency Buster. Before joining BusterINK, Burtis co-founded the award-winning industry leader Art Machine in 1999. In 2007, Art Machine merged with Trailer Park, Inc. Burtis’ creative drive helped push Art Machine to the highest levels of film, television and video game print advertising excellence within the entertainment industry.
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While with Art Machine, Burtis worked on such studio tentpole motion pictures as “The Dark Knight Rises,” “X-Men” and “Star Trek,” to name a few.
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ABOUT BUSTER AND BUSTERINK:
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Buster is a division of the LA-based advertising agency Stun Creative, helmed by principals Mark Feldstein and Brad Roth. Buster is a conceptual design studio, specializing in design and animation for the advertising and broadcast industries.
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Led by Chief Creative Officer / Executive Producer Jonas Morganstein, Buster provides its clients with a one-stop solution, by developing and delivering dynamic ideas driven by innovative imagery that always tells a story. Buster specializes in design and animation for TV commercials, TV show opens, and network packages.
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BusterINK is industry renowned for having produced numerous noteworthy print, outdoor and digital campaigns, promoting such hit TV series as TNT’s “The Hero” and “Dallas,” A&E’s “Ducky Dynasty,” CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” and History Channel’s “Top Gear,” to name a few.
For more info, please see www.busterdesign.tv.
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ABOUT STUN CREATIVE:
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Launched in 2000 by principals Mark Feldstein and Brad Roth, Stun Creative is an award winning, Los Angeles-based advertising agency and production company that specializes in writing, directing and producing spots for cable and broadcast television networks, studios, and consumer brands.
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Stun’s entertainment and broadcast industry clients include NBC, CBS, TBS, TNT, FX, Bravo, ABC, E!, Discovery Channel, Warner Bros, and 20th Television. The agency’s corporate clientele include Virgin America, Dove and Monster.com, among others.
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Stun Creative is located at 5757 Wilshire Blvd, Suite # 600, LA, CA, 90036. The phone is 323/460-4035 and the web is www.stuncreative.com.
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Restored “Lawrence of Arabia” Wins FOCAL International Award

4K Restoration of David Lean’s Masterpiece Receives Top Honors;
Sony Pictures’ Grover Crisp Recognized for “Outstanding Achievement in Restoration”

CULVERY CITY, CA – The newly-restored, 50th Anniversary Directors Cut of David Lean’s 1962 masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia took home the award for “Best Archive Restoration/Preservation Title” at the tenth FOCAL International Awards held May 2nd in London. The 4K restoration of the film was completed last year by Sony Pictures Entertainment under the direction of Grover Crisp, EVP of Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering for SPE. Crisp also received a special, individual award for “Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Film Restoration and Preservation.” more

Adorama Introduces Its First Annual Post-NAB Event



The NAB buzz comes to Manhattan at Adorama’s spin-off event, where companies including Canon, Sony, Blackmagic Design and RED will have the latest innovations on display this Thursday, May 9th; admission is free

New York, NY – May 6, 2013 – Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, imaging, pro video and electronics retailers, is hosting its first-ever post-NAB* event this Thursday, May 9th from 1pm to 8pm at 55 West 17th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in New York City. After a wildly successful show at NAB 2013, Adorama is keeping the momentum going with a trade show-like event for the East Coast, which will feature a handpicked selection of pro video gear manufacturers.

Twenty vendors, including Canon, Sony Electronics, RED, Blackmagic Design, JVC, Panasonic, TV Logic and Newtek, will have a collection of pro video products on display, including some of the latest innovations shown for the first time in Las Vegas at NAB. Open to the public, event attendees will have a chance to test-drive the gear and speak one-on-one to product representatives. Adorama video, film and photography specialists will also be onsite to provide attendees with information on the latest acquisition technology and digital media accessories available, as well as to place orders for interested attendees. Those who place orders of $1,000 or more on products from participating manufacturers will receive a $100 Adorama gift card to be used towards a future purchase.

Details for the Adorama Post-NAB Event
This exclusive post-NAB event will take place at Adorama’s event space located at 55 West 17th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, in New York City. Admission is free, with doors open to attendees between 1pm and 8pm on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

To set up a press briefing with a member of the Adorama team, please contact Anya Oskolkova at anya@zazilmediagroup.com.

*Adorama’s post-NAB event has no affiliation with the National Association of Broadcasters organization.

ABOUT ADORAMA

ADORAMA: More Than a Camera Store

Adorama is more than a camera store – it’s one of the world’s largest photography, imaging and electronics retailers. Serving customers for more than 30 years, Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to include the leading online destination for photography, imaging and consumer electronics. Adorama’s vast product offerings encompass home entertainment, mobile computing, and professional video and audio, while its services include an in-house photo lab, AdoramaPix, pro equipment rental at Adorama Rental Company and the award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free education for photographers in video channels such as the popular AdoramaTV.

Adorama is listed as Forbes.com’s “Best of the Web” and in the Internet Retailers Top 100, and is the official Photo and Electronics Retailer of the NY Giants.

Visit ADORAMA at www.adorama.com.

Press Contact:
Anya Oskolkova
Zazil Media Group
(e) anya@zazilmediagroup.com
(p) 617.817.6559
(skype) anya.oskolkova

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Hollywood Center Studios Hosts Stock Shoot for GreenScreen Animals

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

HOLLYWOOD—Things were wild on Stage 12 at Hollywood Center Studios recently as a pair of gray wolves, two grizzly bears, a leopard, a lion, an African elephant and other exotic animals stopped by for their close-ups. The occasion was a 3-day shoot conducted by GreenScreen Animals, a Santa Monica supplier of specialty stock footage, that was seeking to add to its one-of-a-kind collection of more than 3000 stock images of wild animals.

There is a huge demand for stock images of wild creatures, especially hard to come by green screen shots, that are ideal for special effects purposes. GreenScreen Animals’ animal content has been used in everything from films (We Bought a Zoo) to commercials (FreeCreditReport.com) to late night TV (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno). more

New Dealership Agreement for Hybrid in the Middle East

MGI to Represent Company’s Line of Virtual Studio and Robotic Camera Technology

Montrouge, France – Hybrid, a leading provider of real-time graphics and robotic camera systems, is announcing a dealership agreement with Media Group International (MGI), www.mgi.tv, a leading systems integrator in the Middle East. Under the agreement, MGI will sell and support Hybrid’s virtual studio and robotic camera products in the region.

With offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, MGI (formerly known as Salam Media Cast), has served the Gulf region for over 35 years. Within the past year, MGI has entered into several notable partnerships to help diversify its business. MGI recently signed a deal with HoloVis International, developers of advanced 2D and 3D immersive systems, as well as recent agreements with VidiGo, Visual Unity and never.no.

“I’m confident that MGI will provide excellent support and increase our exposure to potential customers in the Middle East,” said Olivier Cohen, CEO, Hybrid. “They take a keen interest in the product lines they carry and make sure their sales and technical support team are well versed on each line they represent. I’ve been very impressed with how they work and their commitment to their broad customer base.”

MGI will support and sell Hybrid’s flagship Krypton 3D tracking virtual studio solution, the NEON trackless virtual set, the Chrome broadcast robotic jib, and Hybrid’s entire line of robotic camera systems.

Some of the other partners MGI represents include: Avid, Axon, Canon, Christie Digital, Cisco Systems Inc., Evertz, Front Porch Digital, Fujinon /Fujifilm Global, Grass Valley, Harmonic Inc., JVC, Oracle, Quantel, ROSS, Sennheiser, Sonifex, Sony, Studer, Telestream, and Vizrt.

“Hybrid’s line of robotics and virtual sets are very innovative and fit perfectly into our current lineup,” said Paul Wallis, Sales Director, UAE, MGI. “We’re looking forward to learning as much as we can about the technology in order to share this knowledge with our current and prospective customers throughout the Middle East. In particular, we’re very excited to showcase the virtual studio in a box [NEON] system, as this solution can potentially be very cost effective, while enabling our clients to produce live shows with dynamic virtual sets. Personally, I believe there is a significant market for this product within corporations, government organizations, schools and news organizations of all sizes.”

While many of the virtual studio solutions currently on the market are expensive or technically complex, the NEON trackless virtual studio solution is a user-friendly system that simply requires software running on a PC. NEON supports up to five live HD/SD camera inputs and can be controlled via Hybrid’s Ozone software controller or through BPI I/O production switchers, such as Broadcast Pix, Sony, or Grass Valley production switchers.

Rather than camera tracking and calibration technology, the Neon 3D virtual studio solution enables virtual camera movements in real-time from fixed cameras on set. Despite its simplicity, the 3D virtual scenes are photo-realistic and anti-aliased. Users can either use Neon’s set design tools, or import virtual sets created using 3D Max, Maya, Softimage, or other common modeling software.

About Hybrid

Hybrid is a leading manufacturer of broadcast production technologies. The company’s mission is to develop solutions and products that allow the digital media market to produce value-added content within an integrated workflow. Our product range includes virtual studio and augmented reality solutions and broadcast robotic camera supports. Hybrid consistently develops new products and solutions that push the limits of content creation while providing a clear rationalization of costs. Further information is available at www.hybridtv.tv.

Media Group International

Media Group International (MGI) is a proven media broadcast and communications systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.

Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor and multisensory environments. MGI provides solutions from safeguarding national security, such as in government operations, to creating the best educational venues in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.

Media Group International is ISO 9001:2008 certified, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. It is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.

Media Group International recently launched their new website to give customers a better experience online. Visit: www.mgi.tv

PHOSPHENE ADDS TRIO OF INDUSTRY VETS: CG SUPERVISOR VANCE MILLER, LEAD DIGITAL ARTIST EDDIE PORTER, AND LEAD COMPOSITOR SCOTT WINSTON; PROMOTES AARON RAFF TO VFX SUPERVISOR

L-R: Vance Miller, Scott Winston, Eddie Porter. Not pictured: Aaron Raff

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – May 6, 2013 – NY based independent VFX and design house, Phosphene, continues the expansion of its core creative team with the addition of CG Supervisor Vance Miller, Lead Digital Artist Eddie Porter, and Lead Compositor Scott Winston. In addition, Lead Digital Artist Aaron Raff has been promoted to VFX Supervisor.

Partner and Executive Producer Vivian Connolly explains: “With Vance, Eddie and Scott on board, we now have the team we’ve been wanting from day one. Also, Aaron being promoted to VFX Supervisor means Phosphene can expand and take on more projects.”

Vance Miller, CG Supervisor

For over 25 years, Vance Miller has been an integral part of the immense growth and expansion of the visual effects world in New York. Early on in his career, Miller took to CG work, and by 1995 was serving as Vice President of CGI Operations for NY-based Pixel Light Communications. Soon after realizing he craved a more hands-on approach, Miller went on to become one of the most coveted freelance animator/modeler and lighters in New York. Over the next ten years he worked primarily in the commercial and gaming worlds for clients including AT&T, MTV, Best Buy, McDonalds, Jeep, Tropicana, and Verizon.

However, his heart was always in long-form where he says “there is more time for R&D and creative exploration,” so in the mid-00’s, Miller made the transition to film and television work where he took on the role of CG technical director and lighting/rendering specialist. More recently, Miller has been focused on character animation.

After collaborating with Phosphene partners Vivian Connolly and John Bair for many years, Miller was brought on staff to help Phosphene continue to expand its CG pipeline, with greater focus on character animation and 3D environments.

John Bair said of his new CG supervisor: “I have collaborated with Vance for over 10 years. He has an unmatched combination of creative talent and technical savvy with a real eye for innovative solutions to CG challenges.” Prior to joining Phosphene’s staff, Miller collaborated on many Phosphene projects including Tower Heist, The Adjustment Bureau, Salt and Doubt.

Eddie Porter, Lead Digital Artist

Eddie Porter got his start in 2006 as Lead Matte Painter/Background Designer on “Fat Guy Stuck in Internet” for Adult Swim. Following this project, Porter briefly left film and television to pursue opportunities working in the commercial world. Between 2006 and 2011, he had a range of roles from development and previs work to overseeing the completion of full ups on over 100 commercials. During this time, Porter remained passionate about working in film, and dedicated his free time to working on short films, including: Mean to Me, and Portal: No Escape.

After leaving the commercial world in 2011, Porter broke into feature work and episodic television again, working as a visual effects artist and expanding his knowledge of title design. As a freelancer, Porter was able to work on many of the exciting television shows and films that have come through New York City in the past few years including, Smash, The Borgias, So Undercover, Tower Heist, and Rampart, for which he was credited as Lead Digital Compositor. Porter also contributed work to the title design and compositing of the 3D credits for Hugo.

Scott Winston, Lead Compositor

Scott Winston is known in the industry as an extraordinary technical talent, as well as an incredible teacher and mentor to young artists. Winston was 17 when he began his first internship at a stop-motion studio. Having realized his passion for this work very early on, he went on to train as a traditional animator at New York’s School of Visual Arts and worked in traditional animation before transitioning to 3D animation and compositing work.

As a freelancer, Winston had the opportunity to work as both a compositor and as an on-set supervisor, contributing to more than 50 projects, including The Da Vinci Code, SeeMore’s Playhouse, and Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way. Between 2003 and 2006, Winston lent his talents as an educator to NYU, teaching the theories and practices of visual effects work to undergraduates and graduate students. Winston has been collaborating with John Bair and Vivian Connolly since 2005 on projects including The Adjustment Bureau, Salt, and Mildred Pierce, for which Winston was nominated for an Emmy as part of the Phosphene team.

Aaron Raff, VFX Supervisor

Phosphene’s Lead VFX Artist Aaron Raff is now the company’s second in-house VFX Supervisor. Raff, who has been working with Bair since 2008, has supervised Treme, John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo, and is hard at work in New Orleans on the set of HBO’s currently untitled series directed by Cary Fukunaga. Jess Levin, producer of both the Fukunaga project and Treme said of Raff’s talents, “Aaron has that perfect balance of creative and technical knowledge that we’ve long valued in Phosphene’s John Bair, and his collaborative attitude, fast-thinking, and ability to integrate post-production VFX expertise with on-set production needs has made him a great asset!”

In addition to Owner/Executive Producer Vivian Connolly and Owner/VFX Supervisor John Bair, Vance Miller, Eddie Porter and Scott Winston join a core Phosphene creative team that includes Aaron Raff, Digital artist Greg Radcliffe, Associate Producer Ariela Rotenberg, Senior Producer Renuka Ballal, and Producers Lea Prainsack and Beck Dunn.

ABOUT PHOSPHENE

Phosphene is an independent design and visual effects house led by founders/co-owners John Bair and Vivian Connolly who have collaborated on projects since 2005. In 2010, the duo launched Phosphene and immediately hit the ground running. Selected visual effects and title design work over the past three years include Barry Levinson’s “You Don’t Know Jack” (HBO), Phillip Noyce’s “Salt,” George Nolfi’s “The Adjustment Bureau,” Jodie Foster’s “The Beaver,” Brad Anderson’s “Vanishing on 7th Street,” Brett Ratner’s “Tower Heist,” Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult,” David Frankel’s “Hope Springs,” and Tony Gilroy’s “The Bourne Legacy.”

For Phosphene, 2013 marks the release of sci-fi thriller “Europa Report,” a contemporary space adventure, developed by Wayfare Entertainment and Misher Films, with acclaimed Ecuadorian director Sebastián Cordero at the helm, the cast includes “District 9’s” Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist (“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Anamaria Marinca (“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”) and Daniel Wu. The film, which leans heavily on visual story-telling, boasts over 200 VFX shots by Phosphene.

For the company’s television clients, in addition to their Emmy-nominated work for Todd Haynes’ HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” and their season 3 VES-awarded work on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Phosphene just wrapped season 4 of “Treme” for HBO, season 3 of CBS’s “Blue Bloods,” the first season of “The Americans” for FX. Phosphene has recently embarked on season 4 of Boardwalk Empire.

Phosphene is located at 180 Varick Street, Suite 1621, New York, NY 10014. For further information contact vivian@phoshenefx.com; Phone (646) 350-3370; Fax (212) 671-1734; or visit www.phosphenefx.com.

Antenna Forges Creative Pact with Barcelona’s Custom EFX

Studios plan to collaborate on advertising projects originating in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.

Los Angeles—May 6, 2013—Seeking to extend its global footprint and add some European flair to its creative offerings, multi-platform content creation company Antenna (http://www.antennacreates.com/) has forged a strategic alliance with Barcelona-based Custom EFX. The agreement provides Antenna with access to the talent and resources of one of Europe’s top boutique providers of visual effects, animation and post-production services, with a client list that includes some of the world’s best known brands. Custom EFX secures access to the U.S. market via a well-established production services provider with a strong, national sales network. It will also have the opportunity to market Antenna’s services in Europe. more

MOJAVE AUDIO AND ROYER LABS ANNOUNCE AVAILABILITY OF FOLK ALLIANCE 2013 CONFERENCE VIDEOS

Burbank, CA … Mojave Audio, a company founded by David Royer (known for his work with ribbon microphones), and its sister company Royer Labs, a leading manufacturer of high quality ribbon microphones, recently participated in the Folk Alliance International 2013 conference held at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Folk Alliance International exists to foster and promote traditional, contemporary, and multicultural folk music and dance and related performing arts. As part of this year’s activities, Mojave Audio and Royer Labs established a ‘Pop up Studio’ as a means of demonstrating the companies’ products and to give conference attendees the opportunity to experience the capabilities of these products first hand.

Gaining logistical assistance from company friends at HHB Canada, the Mojave and Royer team set up a studio in one of the hotel rooms. With support from Auralex, the pop up studio gained some acoustical treatment while Universal Audio graciously provided some signal processing equipment—specifically the LA-610 MkII Classic Tube Recording Channel, the 4-710d microphone preamplifier, and Apollo high resolution interface. Combined with a wide assortment of Mojave and Royer microphones, conference attendees found themselves in the midst of world-class recording products and acclaimed recording engineers. more

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SIM Digital Acquires Canada’s PS Production Services

Los Angeles—SIM Digital, one of the leading suppliers of digital production equipment and post production services in North America, today announced that it has acquired PS Production Services Ltd, one of Canada’s largest rental houses for lighting, grip, generators, digital cameras and dolly equipment. The move is the latest in a series of acquisitions by SIM Digital and is part of an ongoing global strategy to be the most comprehensive provider of motion picture and television services in North America. more

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