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Front Porch Digital Featured Products at Thai BEx 2013:

LYNX(SM) — Cloud Content Storage Management System
LYNX(SM) from Front Porch Digital is the industry’s first enterprise-scale cloud implementation of content storage management (CSM). LYNX delivers adaptable on-demand scalability, reduces capital and operational costs, and revolutionizes the way media organizations manage assets. LYNX leverages the latest cloud and Web technologies to provide a range of networked and distributed solutions.

The company will show LYNXdr and LYNXlocal at Thai BEx. LYNXdr is a hosted disaster recovery service that allows global media enterprises to centralize critical assets and consolidate operations, and LYNXlocal is a simple extension to LYNX that operates locally as an appliance, caching cloud content and providing integration to specialized systems as required. LYNXlocal is billed as a service element at a low monthly rate.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/FrontPorch/LYNXCubicCloud.zip
Photo Caption: LYNX(SM) Cloud-Based Content Storage Management

DIVArchive(R) V7.1 — Now for a Broader Array of Applications
At Thai BEx 2013, Front Porch Digital will showcase its DIVArchive(R) V7.1 content storage management (CSM) system. New features and capabilities make the system ideal for a broader array of applications. The new AXF Explorer offers an intuitive interface for parsing Archive eXchange Format (AXF) objects, with straightforward operations that are performed using drag-and-drop procedures similar to the Windows(R) operating system. DIVArchive V7.1 also enables a complete range of world-class video transcoding and workflows and is directly integrated with Telestream’s Vantage(R) Transcode and Vantage Transcode Pro. The enhancements to DIVArchive extend its applicability to media operations of every kind — broadcasters, educational and heritage institutions, the film industry, and government entities. With its unique ability to interconnect every element of operations from archive to production to transmission, DIVArchive V7.1 becomes the highly effective foundation on which to base cost-effective, seamless, file-based workflows.

In March, Front Porch Digital announced an agreement with file-transfer software company Data Expedition Inc.(R) to integrate its ExpeDat(TM) WAN acceleration product into DIVArchive V7.1. The integration gives DIVArchive users a WAN acceleration option that is fully managed and supported by Front Porch Digital. It is the first direct integration of a WAN acceleration protocol directly into a CSM cloud-based solution.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/FrontPorch/DIVArchiveScreen.zip
Photo Caption: DIVArchive(R) Content Storage Management System

DIVAdirector(R) V5.1 — Easy and Efficient Media Asset Management System
DIVAdirector(R) V5.1 is Front Porch Digital’s newest update to its DIVAdirector media asset management (MAM) system. It is a permission-based Web application that enables complete access to file-based content stored by DIVArchive(R) content storage management (CSM) systems. DIVAdirector V5.1 contains new features that make it even easier for any media organization with DIVArchive to manage its digital files, especially if that organization is using Front Porch Digital’s new LYNX(SM) platform for moving, archiving, and publishing video to the cloud.

With cloud operations starting to dominate the industry, DIVAdirector V5.1 addresses LYNX-specific workflows and requirements, such as site awareness, with a single DIVAdirector system showing all enterprise assets stored across different archive systems — local, networked, or cloud-based systems, or any combination thereof — with integrated user permissions controlling access.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/FrontPorch/DIVAdirectorV5.1.zip
Photo Caption 1: DIVAdirector(R) V5.1 Organization and Clipboard
Photo Caption 2: DIVAdirector(R) V5.1 Organization and Shot Lists

DIVASolutions SAMMA(R) Migration Systems
Front Porch Digital will also showcase its SAMMA(R) product lines at Thai BEx 2013. These solutions are the first of their kind to automate the digitization of videotape, moving content into secure, accessible, and searchable digital storage. SAMMArobot and SAMMAsolo take content from videotape on the shelf into the digital environment, using an automated workflow that’s tried and tested in high-profile installations. The SAMMAsolo product line offers a range of migration solutions built to meet specific archive migration needs. From a single SAMMAsolo to a multiple-stream SAMMArobot, these DIVASolutions systems maximize efficiency by encoding to multiple formats simultaneously while also analyzing content to ensure the quality of the migration.

Company Quote

“More and more media organizations around the world are transitioning to file-based workflows, and those files are becoming ever more complex to store and manage. Front Porch Digital’s comprehensive offering of products and services gives broadcasters everything they need to get the most out of their video files. Our solutions were built specifically for big data, and we will be demonstrating our latest product updates across our full product line at Thai BEx. Visitors to our stand will see how our solutions can help them migrate their videotape libraries to a digital archive, manage their files efficiently, and ultimately make more money from the content.”
– Rino Petricola, SVP and General Manager of Front Porch Digital

Company Overview:

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 fpdigital.com.

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New Zealand Racing Board Taps Xytech to Keep Operations Running Smoothly

Organization Bets on MediaPulse for Advanced Software Solution

(Mission Hills, CA/London, UK) Xytech, the global leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media services industries, announced that the New Zealand Racing Board (NZ Racing Board), the organization responsible for managing New Zealand racing and betting, has implemented MediaPulse to power its broadcasting logistics operations.

The NZ Racing Board is an important entity in New Zealand, regulating the industry in a number of important ways. It runs the TAB, the country's sole provider of betting on racing and sport, maximizes the betting profits in the best interest of New Zealand racing, and promotes the racing industry in general. The role that the NZ Racing Board fulfills is a critical one; racing is a significant contributor to the country's economy, generating nearly 1% of New Zealand's GDP - around $1.6bn per year - directly employing more than 17,000 people in fulltime positions and another 52,000 in associated industries, contributing more than $170m in export sales. Highly visible, the NZ Racing Board supports more than 50,000 domestic and imported races every year, with 1,050 domestic race meetings attended by more than one million visitors.

The MediaPulse implementation, completed early in 2013, is used for workforce planning, event management, and resource rostering/tracking for NZ Racing Board's multiple locations across the North and South Islands.

Glen Broomhall, General Manager of Broadcasting at the NZ Racing Board, said the NZ Racing Board's broadcasting obligations required robust and effective logistics management. "The NZ Racing Board is tasked with covering events in multiple locations requiring numerous resources across an expansive geographical area. Logistics management of the highest efficiency is vital for us, as we have to ensure that we make the best use of our resources while making sure that we have the right people in the right place at the right time. We needed a solution that not only met our immediate needs, but one with the flexibility and scalability to accommodate any future changes, including the potential expansion of our business. We took a hard look at MediaPulse, and it was apparent that it was the only software solution that could give us everything we needed. Working with the team from Xytech was a pleasure from beginning to end."

Greg Dolan, COO of Xytech, said, "Following our recent success in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, Xytech is undertaking a significant expansion into the Asian market. The NZ Racing Board is one of the most sophisticated and influential operations in New Zealand, and they are exactly the type of operation we are looking to bring our hallmarks of innovation and service to. We were honored to work closely with them in the implementation of MediaPulse, and we look forward to continuing our outstanding relationship with this stellar group."

About New Zealand Racing Board
The New Zealand Racing Board is the country's peak racing organisation and operator of the country's iconic, official racing and sports betting agency, the TAB. For every bet placed with the TAB on the gallops, trots or greyhounds, and on all sport, the TAB contributes to the sustainability, development and growth of racing and sport in New Zealand and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Kiwis involved in these sectors.

About Xytech
Xytech Systems Corporation(tm) is the leading global provider of facility management software for today's media and broadcast companies. Leveraging a 25-year history of innovation and market expertise, Xytech brings unparalleled proficiency to its customers with flexible, transparent and evolutionary solutions that set the standard for successfully managing the continuous business realignments that define today's marketplace. Xytech's collaborative MediaPulse platform and suite of solutions enable craft workflow and asset management systems to work seamlessly with the company's renowned planning, scheduling and financial management tools. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world and is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.7903.5170 (UK).

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Vietnam Television Calls on Jampro Again for VHF and UHF Antennas

Sacramento, CA — Jampro Antennas of Sacramento, California has been awarded another contract by Vietnam Television (VTV) to supply two high-power broadband antennas, one for VHF Band III transmission, the other for UHF. Both antennas will provide coverage of CanTho, the fifth largest city in Vietnam, and the largest city in the Mekong delta.

“This follows a major 2011 order for ten Jampro DVB-T (Digital TV) antenna systems that were installed at sites located throughout the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,” said Alex M. Perchevitch, Jampro president. “For many years, we supplied Voice of Vietnam (VOV), the founder of VTV, with radio broadcast antennas. That excellent relationship and the proven field performance of our equipment led to this latest award.”

The JHD-HV4 is a half wave spaced, horizontally polarized flat panel, dual-dipole high-band VHF antenna that can broadcast on Band III at 174 to 230 MHz. Rugged galvanized steel construction ensures many years of dependable performance. The JHD antenna has been proven to have excellent bandwidth and VSWR. It’s ideal for VTV’s broadband/multi-channel op¬erations. Many standard and custom directional patterns are available to fit VTV’s coverage requirements.

The JUHD UHF antenna was selected by VTV for two primary reasons. Due to a modular design, it gives VTV flexibility to configure various elevation patterns so coverage can be customized to suit the topographical challenges of Vietnam which range from flat deltas to mountainous areas exceeding 3,000 meters. VTV engineers worked with Jampro’s technical staff to customize patterns to optimize coverage for the sites.

Secondly, the JUHD antenna’s robust stainless steel construction has proven reliable in hot, wet tropical climates. Fiberglass radomes provide additional panel protection.

Jampro is also providing its own manufactured Proline brand of rigid transmission line for both installations and related RF components.

Vietnam Television, or VTV, is the national television broadcaster for Vietnam. Each major city and most of the 64 provinces have their own TV stations. VTV broadcasts several terrestrial cable, satellite and regional channels, plus an international channel.

About Jampro
Jampro Antennas Inc., established to answer the need for quality broadcast systems at a reasonable price, is a leading supplier of antennas, combiners & filters and RF components for every application in the broadcast industry. Reputed for innovation and customization, Jampro builds each system to the specifications of the individual broadcaster. From the first system delivered in 1954 to those installed today, the Company is committed to consistent performance and quality founded on solid engineering. Today, over 15,000 broadcasters worldwide benefit from the quality and performance provided by Jampro systems. Additional information on JAMPRO can be obtained at www.jampro.com.

Jampro contact: Sonia Del Castillo
916-383-1177 • mailto:Sonia@jampro.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener • 845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmoon.tv

Sound Devices Celebrates 15 Years of Industry Innovation

REEDSBURG, WI, JULY 11, 2013 — Sound Devices is proud to announce its latest company milestone, commemorating 15 years as specialists in portable audio and video products for field production. Founded by three industry veterans in 1998, the company continues to fulfill its original mission—to develop products that help customers achieve the highest quality and performance in their field production workflow. Today, Sound Devices’ growing product portfolio of award-winning audio mixers, recorders, preamplifiers, computer interfaces, and video recorders, offer customers a wide range of essential gear for television and film production.

“We are very proud to celebrate our 15 years in the industry,” says Matt Anderson, Co-founder and President of Sound Devices. “The company has evolved into one of the industry’s most trusted companies, due in large part to the hard work and commitment of our staff.” Jon Tatooles, Co-founder and Vice President of Business Development adds, “We also thank our customers for their loyalty, support and feedback, helping us to reach this milestone in an industry where technology is constantly changing.”

Sound Devices entered the industry with its first broadcast-oriented product, the durable battery-powered MP-1 Portable Microphone Preamp. The company introduced the product and made it available for purchase at the 1999 NAB Show. Today, many elements designed into the MP-1 continue to live in later-generation Sound Devices products, including the battery tube design, high-performance microphone preamplifiers, and durable mechanical construction.

In 2000, Sound Devices introduced its 442 Field Mixer, essentially an over-the-shoulder portable mixing console for production, ENG and film. Developed with input from the industry’s top audio engineers, the 442 offered the audio performance, feature set and mechanical construction demanded by customers with higher expectations for audio from the field.

Soon after, in 2003, Sound Devices announced its entry into the portable digital audio-recording category with its 7-Series Recorders. The 722 and 744T began shipping in early 2005. The 702 and 702T followed, and in 2008, the 788T portable, eight-input, 12-track recorder with time code made its debut in the 7-Series family. Numerous accessories such as the CL-8, CL-9, and CL-WiFi have expanded the number of applications for these recorders, along with numerous feature enhancements through firmware updates.

At the 2011 NAB Show, Sound Devices brought its portable digital recording technology to video with the introduction of its PIX audio/video recorders, PIX 220 and PIX 240. With its strong history of developing high-quality products for the evolving production world, this was a natural progression for Sound Devices. The audio circuitry on the PIX 220 and PIX 240 is based on Sound Devices’ award-winning 7-Series digital audio recorders.

As part of the company’s continued evolution and commitment to its customers and community, Sound Devices relocated its headquarters to a new 27,000 square-foot facility in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, in early 2012. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the facility enables Sound Devices to continue to develop new, innovative field-production audio and video products with greater operational capacity. The headquarters is large enough to hold training meetings for its sales representatives and distributors, and offers space for permanent product displays designed for training.

Entering its 15th year, Sound Devices’ commitment to innovation has continued with the introduction of the PIX 260i. The rack-mounted PIX 260i is a file-based audio/video recorder that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments. Its extensive audio capabilities include 32 tracks of audio with analog, AES digital, embedded audio over SDI and HDMI, or Ethernet-based Dante. Powerful network control capabilities include browser-based Ethernet machine control and drag-and-drop network file transfer.

For more information on Sound Devices and its innovations over the last 15 years, visit www.SoundDevices.com or www.facebook.com/sounddevices.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The 15-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

Colorflow Grades Afghanistan Doc “The Kill Team”

Berkeley, CA—Colorflow provided final post-production services for The Kill Team, an emotionally gripping documentary from Director Dan Krauss that probes one of the most troubling chapters of the Afghanistan War. The Berkeley boutique performed conform, color and final finishing for the film.

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RTW Adds BLITS Instrument to Its TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitors

COLOGNE, JULY 11, 2013 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, has introduced a new BLITS instrument option for its line of TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitors. Part of the SW20013 software license recently issued by the company, the BLITS instrument is designed to generate and analyze BLITS test signals. The new software license with this option is now shipping.

BLITS (Black & Lane’s Ident Tones for Surround) enables testing for channel allocation, level and phase of 5.1 surround signals. Developed in 2004 by Martin Black and Keith Lane at London’s Sky TV, this sequence has gained widespread adoption in international broadcasting.

RTW created a special instrument not only to generate a BLITS test signal, but also to use the BLITS sequence for a user-friendly and comprehensive analysis and display of level, channel allocation, phase, delay and polarity of incoming digital audio signals in 5.1 mode. Adjustable limits complement the analyzer, and the sequence can be accessed from any digital input of the TouchMonitor.

In addition to the analyzer, the BLITS instrument features a signal generator. This feature is capable of generating not only the 5.1 sequence, but also a stereo ident sequence either in EBU 3304 format or as the widely known GLITS tone. A user can choose to place an identification header, similar to a station ident, in front of the test sequence. The signal will then be output through the AES 3 or AES3id output feeds.

The BLITS license option for TM7 and TM9 uses the order code SW20013, and requires users to install the current firmware, version 3.10, first. Users can download the firmware for free by logging in to RTW’s website: http://www.rtw.de/en/sales-support/manuals-software.html.

About RTW
For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world. With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades.

RTW’s range of products currently include the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

P!NK takes off with Sennheiser

International superstar P!NK’s The Truth About Love arena tour is wowing audiences around the world with its incredible mixture of chart-topping tunes, aerial acrobatics, and sheer no-holds-barred entertainment – all powered by audio equipment from Sennheiser. The 140-date 2013 tour sees P!NK perform like never before, flying above the audience, dancing between two stages and diving into water – a demanding high-energy extravaganza that required custom solutions from the audio specialist.

Today’s arena shows offer ever-increasing level of spectacle, fusing sound, vision, special effects and pure performance. In taking to the road with The Truth About Love tour, P!NK has raised the bar even further, with an elaborate game-show themed concert that takes off in every sense – exploding into wild baroque performances and taking to the air with extensive aerial acrobatics driven by a wire system that lets the star travel to every corner of the arena. But how do you maintain great sound and all the emotion when everything is in motion?

Reaching new heights takes innovation:

Monitor assistant and sound engineer, Ben Byford described the challenge: “With this tour, the biggest challenge is that she is so much in the air. This show takes it further than anything I have ever done just because of the distances she can fly over the audience, the height, the movement, including spinning on her own axis. It’s definitely pushing it to a new level – technically and physically for her as well. It was vital to plan for this and get equipment that worked for the job.”

As Byford explained, the production relied heavily on solutions from Sennheiser, including custom prototypes developed specially for the tour: “The whole show is essentially all Sennheiser: every microphone, every in-ear system, every radio system – it’s all Sennheiser. The in-ears we use are Sennheiser 2000 series IEM systems. P!NK uses an SKM 2000 microphone, but with an MD 9235 head. The in-ear piece that she uses is a special prototype that we’re helping to test – a custom-made in-ear with an integrated microphone.”

That custom solution was developed by virtuoso monitor engineer, Horst Hartmann, who worked closely with Sennheiser. He explained that developing a special integrated monitor and microphone was the only way to cope with the highly physical nature of the performance, the aerial stunts and the lifts within the dance routines: “As well as the challenge of the range of motion, we also needed to provide P!NK with a headset that could also work in front of the PA because she is often flying above the audience and through the whole room. Additionally, the microphone had to sound as good as a hand-held one and had to be extremely resistant to feedback, like a hand-held would be.”

A headset with a neckband was ruled out because the set-up time would inhibit costume changes. They also needed a precise fit, as use of a cardioid mic meant that it had to stay in position right at the corner of P!NK’s mouth in order to receive the highest possible intensity of sound. On past tours, the team had used an earset mic taped in position on P!NK’s face but this time the audio team wanted to take things still further: “We came up with the idea of an in-ear with an integrated microphone,” said Horst Hartmann. “I’d seen referees, pilots, and firefighters wearing this but that’s about communication – walkie-talkie rather than the hi-fi quality we demanded. The capsule was already there: that of the HSP 4, an incredible microphone. Working with Sennheiser, we then developed the “hardware” around this capsule.”

Sennheiser developed a microphone that could be attached to the in-ear mould. With the in-ear fixed and securely in position, the attached microphone would stay in place with no adjustments. That was the theory, and in practice the solution proved a match for the demanding performance. Monitor engineer Jon Lewis explains: “Being integrated means that it’s very much set at the right position because it’s custom-made to the curve of her face, so there’s no movement. There’s nothing to tighten or loosen. So once it’s clicked into the in-ear piece, that’s it! This was perfect as any movement would have made things impossible, given the circus-style aspects of the show.”

Hartmann also describes the advantages of developing the whole solution with Sennheiser: “It’s now also one solution from one company, a simple solution that means everything is carried to the transmitter via the same cable. Much better for costume changes: You can take it off very quickly with one click, put a blind cover on it, so the connection is protected and that’s it. Sennheiser developed this just for P!NK’s current tour, and she liked it from the start. No other company offers this kind of product at the moment. And while it’s a prototype, it’s proved reliable – we don’t have any drop-outs when she is flying through the hall. It works perfectly.”

Instrument and ambience mics:

For miking the band, Chris Madden, FOH, and Horst Hartmann drew on the extensive range of wired Sennheiser microphones. The 24” kick drum was miked with an e 901 and an e 902, while the hi-hat and ride cymbal were picked up using e 914s. Two MKH 80s were used as overheads. The guitar cabs were captured with a total of three e 906s. The Leslie speaker was miked by three MK 4s, with two of them positioned at the top of the speaker, and one at the bottom.

In order to capture the audience reactions for the artists’ IEM receivers, Madden and Hartmann used two cardioid MKH 8040 for outside left and right, two MKH 8060 short gun mics for inside left and right as well as two MKH 8070 long gun microphones for far left and right.

A global tour, a universal receiver:

The Sennheiser EM 3732-II wireless receiver delivered a robust backbone to the audio. With a switching bandwidth of 184 MHz, the EM 3732-II can be deployed worldwide. Hartmann explains that its versatility offered a solution that would work perfectly in any venue, in any country: “This is a universal receiver that is capable of working wherever the tour lands: We use receivers that are capable from 600 to 800 MHz and can be used in America, Europe, and Asia. We do need to occasionally change the hand-held transmitters, but have two versions to cover both 600 and 700 MHz. We also love that the EM 3732-II is compatible with the 2000 series as well as the 5000s series transmitters.”

The Truth About Love – partnership counts:

The flexibility of the products and the audio specialist’s readiness to go the extra mile in developing dedicated prototypes has made Sennheiser a true partner to the tour. “Sennheiser are always there for us,” said Chris Madden. “You just have to pick up the phone or e-mail and you’re being supported – no matter what you ask for.” Ben Byford agrees: “There’s no other manufacturer that you feel you can just pick up the phone and ask for advice or ask for new products. It’s definitely the aftersales and the relationship side that makes Sennheiser stand out as a partner.” For Hartmann, reliability is also key: “The most important thing is that the solutions and devices are perfectly reliable. On a tour like this, you really depend on the equipment to perform each and every day.“

“It’s a great pleasure for Sennheiser to be able to support high flying touring artists such as P!NK,” said Pierre Morant, Global Relations Manager for EMEA at Sennheiser, “Taking a hands-on and collaborative approach is the key to making these relationships successful and to delivering the best service and products. In this case, working closely with Horst Hartmann was the key to innovating a new solution that has taken our ability to deliver flawless sound to – quite literally – new heights.“

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiser.com.

Photo captions:
1: The Truth About Love 2013/2014 tour sees P!NK perform like never before – extensive aerial acrobatics are part of her energetic show
(Photo credit: Kevin Mazur)

2: P!NK with her custom-designed Sennheiser in-ear/mic combo
(Photo credit: Todd Kaplan)

3: Chris Madden, FOH engineer for P!NK, with Horst Hartmann, monitors (l/r)

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Front Porch Digital Featured Products at IBC2013:

LYNX(SM) — Cloud Content Storage Management System
LYNX(SM) from Front Porch Digital is the industry’s first enterprise-scale cloud implementation of content storage management (CSM). LYNX delivers adaptable, on-demand scalability; reduces capital and operational costs; and revolutionizes the way media organizations manage assets. LYNX leverages the latest cloud and Web technologies to provide a range of networked and distributed solutions.

The company will show LYNXdr and LYNXlocal at IBC2013. LYNXdr is a hosted disaster recovery service that allows global media enterprises to centralize critical assets and consolidate operations, and LYNXlocal is a simple extension to LYNX that operates locally as an appliance, caching cloud content and providing integration to specialized systems if needed. LYNXlocal is billed as a service element at a low monthly rate.

Photo link: www.wallstcom.com/FrontPorch/LYNXCubicCloud.zip
Photo Caption: LYNX(SM) Cloud-Based Content Storage Management

DIVAdirector(R) V5.2 — Easy and Efficient Media Asset Management System
DIVAdirector(R) V5.2 is the latest version of Front Porch Digital’s DIVAdirector media asset management (MAM) system, a permission-based Web application that enables complete access to file-based content stored by DIVArchive(R) content storage management (CSM) systems. DIVAdirector’s latest enhancements make the MAM more stable and versatile than ever before. With support for multiple audio channels for different language tracks, users can provide multiple language options for a given video file. Behind the scenes, the change from a Linter to PostgreSQL database offers increased stability.

DIVAdirector V5.2 also gives users more quality control options in the form of graphical metadata charts from Front Porch Digital’s SAMMA(R) ingest system. The charts show graphical representations of metadata for video files in order to illustrate visual information such as color, brightness, and luminance. The charts are a good way to uncover imbalances and undesirable effects in video files to ensure quality. In addition, a new QC import and analysis feature allows users to import and analyze third-party quality-control metadata.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/FrontPorch/DIVAdirectorV5.2.zip
Photo Caption 1: DIVAdirector(R) V5.2 Organization and Clipboard
Photo Caption 2: DIVAdirector(R) V5.2 Organization and Shot Lists

DIVArchive(R) V7.1 — Now for a Broader Array of Applications
At IBC2013, Front Porch Digital will showcase its DIVArchive(R) V7.1 content storage management (CSM) system. New features and capabilities make the system ideal for a broader array of applications. The new AXF Explorer offers an intuitive interface for parsing Archive eXchange Format (AXF) objects, with straightforward operations that are performed using drag-and-drop procedures, just like in the Windows(R) operating system. DIVArchive V7.1 also enables a complete range of world-class video transcoding and workflows and is directly integrated with Telestream’s Vantage(R) Transcode and Vantage Transcode(R) Pro. The enhancements to DIVArchive extend its applicability to media operations of every kind — broadcasters, educational and heritage institutions, the film industry, and government entities. With its unique ability to interconnect every element of operations, from archive to production to transmission, DIVArchive V7.1 becomes the highly effective foundation on which to base cost-effective, seamless file-based workflows.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/FrontPorch/DIVArchiveScreen.zip
Photo Caption: DIVArchive(R) Content Storage Management System

DIVASolutions SAMMA(R) Migration Systems
Front Porch Digital will also showcase its SAMMA(R) product lines at IBC2013. These solutions are the first of their kind to automate the digitization of videotape, moving content into secure, accessible, and searchable digital storage. SAMMArobot and SAMMAsolo take content from videotape on the shelf into the digital environment, using an automated workflow that’s tried and tested in high-profile installations. The SAMMAsolo product line offers a range of migration solutions built to meet specific archive migration needs. From a single SAMMAsolo to a multiple-stream SAMMArobot, these DIVASolutions systems maximize efficiency by encoding to multiple formats simultaneously while also analyzing content to ensure the quality of the migration.

Company Quote:

“IBC stands at the forefront of technological innovation and draws creative, technical, and business professionals from more than 160 countries. We are looking forward to networking and exchanging ideas with talented individuals in the electronic media and entertainment industry.” — Rino Petricola, SVP and General Manager of Front Porch Digital

Company Overview

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 fpdigital.com.

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Snell Adds Depth to U.S. Sales Team, Appointing Two New Regional Account Managers

READING, U.K. — July 9, 2013 — In a move that further expands its U.S. sales force, Snell has appointed Bil Apker to the role of account manager for the Western United States and Greg Doggett to the role of senior account manager for the Southeastern United States. Both new hires join Snell with a wealth of experience from within broadcast organizations and from leading manufacturers serving the broadcast industry.

“Bil and Greg bring to our U.S. sales team a valuable mix of hands-on broadcast experience, technical know-how, and successful management of sales and support activities,” said Terry Barnum, Snell vice president, sales, North America. “Their familiarity with the U.S. broadcast market, their understanding of the many challenges facing the industry today, and their fluency in applying current and emerging media technologies to those challenges, make each an asset both to Snell and our growing U.S. customer base.”

Apker began his career in broadcast in Spokane, Wash. with KHQ and KXLY, where his work ranged from running a camera and managing tapes to editing, directing, and technical directing. Moving to Seattle to work at KIRO, he switched local newscasts and took on technical responsibilities for newsgathering equipment. Apker made his move to manufacturing with Leitch (Harris BCD), where he worked as a senior support engineer, traveling worldwide to support clients. Working primarily with clients in news operations, Apker took the lead on system installation projects. Next, while managing the Western U.S. region for Miranda Technologies, Apker took on a broader role addressing overall customer needs and helping them discover new technology that would benefit their business and operations.

Doggett entered the broadcast industry in 1987, working first in radio and then transitioning to television as a camera operator for WWBT in Richmond, Va., where he eventually became a director. He continued in broadcast television and with technical directing of major live sporting events until he began his sales and business development career with The Whitlock Group, where he ultimately held the role of national sales engineer. Doggett next moved to Pro-Bel (now Snell), where he managed accounts in North and South America as the company’s vice president of business development. He most recently served as director of file-based solutions, Americas, for Miranda Technologies.

Both Apker and Doggett report to Barnum. Apker is based in Burbank, Calif., and Doggett is based in Richmond, Va.

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About Snell:
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions for creating, managing, and streamlining the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere and Live TV applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to 4K UHDTV, file-based, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

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Social Media Decides Winners For Global Rockstar Competition, Winners Receive HARMAN AKG Prize Package

VIENNA, Austria – With a vision to bring international musicians together in a peaceful and fair contest, the Global Rockstar competition will once again rely on social media to find the best new musicians around the world. Bands, singers and musicians from all genres are invited to upload their original compositions to be put up against fellow international artists in an online voting contest. The Global Rockstar winners receive a prize package from HARMAN’s AKG, in addition to international recognition.

“We launched Global Rockstar simply because we love music,” stated Christof Straub, Founder of Global Rockstar. “There is so much undiscovered talent that is worth a listen and we hope to provide a stage for all artists who believe in their art.”

To ensure a fair outcome during the contest, a jury formed of social media users and an expert panel of music business professionals will choose those who advance throughout the contest. The highest voted songs and additional “wild card” votes from the panel will be in the running for $10,000 and an AKG prize pack worth more than $15,000, which includes: numerous D5, D7 and C214 microphones, K271 and K171 headphones and WMS470 instrument and vocal wireless system sets.

For their loyalty, activeness and support, fans are also eligible to win AKG prizes.

“Our motivation for supporting the Global Rockstar competition is its offering of a professional competition for young, up and coming musicians and an opportunity to present themselves internationally without a major recording deal,” said Walter Ruhrig, Artist and Key Customer Relations, AKG. “With AKG’s professional line of mics, headphones and wireless systems, these artists will be able to continue pursuing their dreams with professional-grade equipment, bringing out their best sound possible!”

For more information and to register for the Global Rockstar competition, please visit: https://www.global-rockstar.com. Artists can upload their original songs on the site up to August 5, 2013. National pre-selections will end September 2 and one national winner from each country will be chosen for the global finals, which run from September 2 through December 20.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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