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The Blackbird Academy Prepares to Open Its Nashville Facility with a Helping Hand from Leading Designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz

— Audio recording and live sound school gets professional touch from top NY Designers, set to air on Katie Couric’s syndicated daytime TV show Katie, July 17, 2013 —

— With custom-built classrooms and access to the world-renowned Blackbird Studio, Nashville’s The Blackbird Academy will offer comprehensive instruction and virtually unlimited hands-on access for hundreds of students yearly to the best audio instruction and technology platforms in the industry —

Nashville, TN (July 15, 2013) – In preparation for their first class, Nashville’s The Blackbird Academy got the pro designer’s touch from Robert and Cortney Novogratz, whose handiwork will be seen on Katie Couric’s syndicated daytime TV show Katie on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

The husband and wife design team, who formerly did business as Sixx Design, are known worldwide from their Bravo docu-series 9 by Design as well as Home by Novogratz on HGTV. The couple have twice been profiled in The New York Times and have been featured in such publications as Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Travel + Leisure, American Way, Oprah, Architectural Digest and Star, among many others.

Located in the heart of Music City, The Blackbird Academy is owned by John McBride and award-winning country recording artist Martina McBride. The school, which has been positioned as the educational gateway to the recording and live sound industries, is spearheaded by co-directors and industry veterans Kevin Becka and Mark Rubel. The Blackbird Academy is based out of Blackbird Studio, Nashville’s premier recording facility and home to top recording artists, producers and engineers. The school will offer an unprecedented level of hands-on education and industry involvement for its students.

“Opening a school has been a dream of mine for a long time,” stated John McBride. “After talking with hundreds of Blackbird Studio interns and hearing about their experiences, I believe we can provide a better and more affordable educational solution than what is currently available, and that offers our students real-world knowledge that they will use moving toward a career of audio recording or live sound engineering. We want to change the world and make it better for the next generation – The Blackbird Academy is just the place to make that happen.”

The Blackbird Academy programs include:

Studio Engineering Program – A 24-week, 700-hour intensive program with classes meeting five days a week, Monday through Friday, with possible weekend workshops. The facilities consist of three recording studios and a large main laboratory/studio dedicated full time to education. The Learning Laboratory seats 30 students and is an audio production space in its own right.

Live Sound Engineering Program – A 24-week, 720-hour intensive program with classes meeting five days a week, Monday through Friday, with possible weekend workshops. The facilities consist of a purpose-built classroom, and students are trained on the latest consoles, PAs and other gear used for touring, medium and small venues and houses of worship.

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Photo Caption: The Blackbird Academy celebrates its designer makeover from NY designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz. Shown L-R: Robert Novogratz, Cortney Novogratz, Martina McBride, John McBride and recording artist Gavin DeGraw. Photo by Brian Totoro

For more information please contact us at http://theblackbirdacademy.com or email us info@theblackbirdacademy.com.
You can also call us at:
615-385-2423
1-855-385-3251 Toll Free (International)

About The Blackbird Academy and Blackbird Studio
Located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, Music City’s Blackbird Studio is the recording facility of choice for many artists including Jack White, Kid Rock, Ke$ha, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw and many more. The Blackbird Academy is an advanced audio recording/live performance school, specializing in academic instruction for students interested in audio production and live sound. The Nashville campus will encompass the latest in professional audio technology, live sound reinforcement and access to the state-of-the-art Blackbird Studio facilities, including its renowned recording platforms, microphone locker and unprecedented selection of analog and digital recording equipment.

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Vaddio ClearVIEW HD-USB Camera Gets Certified for VidyoRoom Group Conferencing Solutions

Vaddio, the global leader in robotic PTZ cameras and camera control systems, announces the joint certification of the ClearVIEW HD-USB PTZ camera for VidyoRoom group conferencing solutions.

“We are committed to assuring that all of Vaddio’s professional audio and video USB products are compatible with all of the premiere market-leading UC vendors like Vidyo,” explained Vaddio CEO, Rob Sheeley. “We will be announcing additional certifications in the near future.”

“Vidyo has certified the Vaddio ClearVIEW HD-USB camera with the 2.2.2 version of its VidyoRoom portfolio of group video conferencing solutions,” explained Sr. Director of Product Marketing for Vidyo, Mark Noble. “In addition to delivering up to high definition 1080p video, the Vaddio ClearVIEW HD-USB supports Vidyo’s control solutions, including far-end participant control of the pan, tilt and zoom capabilities of the camera from VidyoMobile, VidyoDesktop, and other room-based devices. This capability is critical for applications like tele-medicine, research and manufacturing where remote specialists need to have control of the in-room ‘eyes’ for efficient diagnosis and analysis.”

For more information on the ClearVIEW HD-USB Camera and VidyoRoom compatibility please visit the Vaddio website at www.vaddio.com.

Bright’s New BrightRaid Avior Simplifies Storage with High-Speed, Cost-Effective Solution

Feature-rich RAID Appliance Targets NAS, DAS and SAN

Reno, NV – Bright Technologies, Inc., developer of advanced technologies for low-latency high-performance IT environments, has announced the launch of BrightRaid Avior, a high-speed and cost-effective cross-platform fibre storage solution with comprehensive web based RAID monitoring and management tools. Avior is easily integrated into existing workflows as direct-attached or shared storage with features and tools that simplify administration and accelerate everyday tasks.

Avior, a storage-only 4U solution, connects up to 8x16Gbit FC with capacity from 24TB to 108TB. Its user-friendly storage management and monitoring interface makes both integration and maintenance fast and easy and significantly simplifies daily routines in a storage environment.

Building on Bright’s recent additions to the popular BrightDrive range of ‘all-in-one’ servers, Avior broadens the Company’s appeal to an even wider market. Like the new Astella* models – Astella Dx and Nx - Avior accommodates post and broadcast facilities as well as any media-dependent operation that requires low-latency, high-performance SAN or NAS-based workflows.

“Avior enhances our turnkey offering by giving our customers a high-performance storage appliance that provides the outstanding quality Bright customers are accustomed to),” said Shawn Clark, Bright Technologies’ director of sales. “Avior, a simple, yet powerful and versatile RAID array for both SAN and NAS-based workflows, has been qualified and certified by our own experts to deliver up to 4 x 2K material specifically for media streaming.

“Avior is a very cost effective way to simplify the storage environment while still providing reliable, high-speed performance that supports up to 4 x 2K or 2 x 4K concurrent streams,” added Roger L. Beck, CTO at Bright Technologies. “Avior’s many and varied features ease installation, manage daily operations, and reduce maintenance over time.”

BrightRaid Avior is available immediately directly from Bright Technologies or its worldwide network of resellers with prices from $23,000 USD.

About Bright
Bright Technologies develops highly specialized technology for shared media environments. In the mid-1990s, Bright’s core team began the development of the first file system for shared media. By 1999, Bright was the first company to address the core issues and challenges of file handling in media. Over the past 12 years, Bright has earned a reputation as an innovative, collaborative, problem-solving media software and technology developer. Based on this level of experience and vision, Bright has developed and successfully marketed its current product line. Today, Bright Technologies provides the most advanced and sophisticated SAN servers in the industry – specifically designed to meet the needs of media file-based workflows, ie low-latency, high performance, best possible predictability and reliability.

Bright Headquarters: 10405 Double R Blvd, Reno, Nevada, USA. t: +1 775 823 9002 www.4bright.com

Contacts:
Catrin Beck, press@4bright.com
Bright Technologies, Inc.

Harriet Diener, harriet@desertmoon.tvDesert Moon Communications
+1-845-512-8283

Anton/Bauer Exhibits at 2013 Mediatech Africa

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, JULY 15, 2013—Anton/Bauer®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video, film and healthcare technology industries, will be on-site at the 2013 Mediatech Africa exhibition (Vitec Videocom Stand A35). At the show, one of the largest gatherings for broadcast and media professionals in the world, the company will showcase its DIONIC® HD battery, Gold Spectrum™ Wireless Series, and Gold Mount® solutions for the industry’s newest cameras.

“We look forward to exhibiting with Vitec Videocom at Mediatech for the very first time as it has rapidly grown into one of the foremost technology trade shows in the industry,” says Chris O’Neill, vice president of product management and marketing, Anton/Bauer. “Attendees will have the opportunity to experience our field-proven products at this exhibition, whether they are seeking solutions for the latest cameras, live event production tools or virtually any other type of equipment requiring power to support the broadcast production process.”

Anton/Bauer will demonstrate its DIONIC HD Logic Series® battery, suitable for powering high-current digital cinema cameras such as the Sony F65 and F5/F55, RED, ARRI Alexa, Vision Research Phantom series and more in a lightweight and robust package. The DIONIC HD is a 183 Wh Li-Ion battery that incorporates sixth-generation cell technology and the company’s latest software architecture. Weighing 40 percent less than a NiCad or NiMH battery, the DIONIC HD has 25 percent more capacity and will run a 30-watt camera, monitors and multiple accessories for more than six hours. The company’s patented RealTime® LCD ensures superior safety and reliability in the most extreme environmental conditions. It indicates both fuel gauge and remaining run-time data simultaneously, incorporating readouts of hours, minutes and remaining capacity.

The company will also introduce its Gold Spectrum™ Wireless Series to Mediatech attendees. A collaboration between Anton/Bauer and Vitec Group sister company Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), Anton/Bauer’s Gold Spectrum Series encompasses the AB-HDRF Kit and the AB Direct VU handheld receiver/monitor. The size of each component within the series (AB-HDTX, AB-HDRX and AB Direct VU), makes it ideal for reality TV, ENG/EFP, OB and live event coverage and the entire series is powered by Anton/Bauer batteries.

To help provide secure connections for the latest Sony and JVC cameras, Anton/Bauer will showcase its new QRC-4K-S and QRC-HM-J Gold Mount solutions. Anton/Bauer’s QRC-4K-S Gold Mount attaches instantly to Sony PMW-F5 and Sony PMW-F55 Cine Alta cameras to accept Anton/Bauer batteries, offering consistent and reliable power. It contains three PowerTap® outputs for powering additional accessories, helping professionals bring 4K productions to life. The QRC-4K-S is also compatible with the Sony AXS-R5 recorder. The QRC-HM-J Gold Mount is a pouch-style 7/14 adapter for the JVC GY-HM600/650U handheld cameras. The QRC-HM-J connects via the DC power input and maintains the system’s portability while providing two PowerTap outputs for accessories. The QRC-HM-J can be mounted to Anton/Bauer’s MATRIX Cheese Plate when using rails.

For more information, visit Stand A35, www.antonbauer.com or call (203) 929-1100.

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and a premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film and healthcare technology industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Spectrum™ Series, Gold Mount® system, InterActive® chargers and Logic Series® batteries such as the HyTRON® 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC® 90, HD, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight® 2, ElipZ®, CINE VCLX and the Tandem 150 Modular Charging System. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – advancing the quality and science of media production.

“No Means No”: Accomplice’s Hans Petter Moland Wins Gold Lion at Cannes for Public Service Ad that Changed Norwegian Rape Law

SANTA MONICA, CA— Women in Norway now have the same protections against unwanted sexual advances enjoyed by women in most other Western countries thanks to an award-winning public service advertising campaign conducted by Amnesty International. The group’s No Means No campaign, which last week won a Gold PR Lion at Cannes (and previously won a Gold Clio), stirred wide public outrage and eventually prompted the Norwegian government to change laws that defined rape as a sexual assault involving violence or threats, but not simply a lack of consent.

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Hawthorne Direct Earns Three “Moxie Award” Nominations in Conjunction with ERA D2C 2013 Convention

Los Angeles, Calif., July 15, 2013 — Hawthorne Direct, a full service brand response advertising agency, is the recipient of three “Moxie Award” nominations from the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA). The 2013 awards ceremony will take place on September 26 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, during the ERA’s annual Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) Convention. Hawthorne Direct’s Moxie Award nominations are as follows:
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Best Long Form, DR Corporate Branding:
Transamerica – Hawthorne Direct
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Hawthorne Direct was engaged to develop a campaign marketing strategy, and to create and produce a 28:30 Brandmercial, entitled “Transform Tomorrow,” by which to market client Transamerica’s Term Life insurance product. Trans-america’s Affinity Markets division had been familiar with DRTV-driven lead generation and wanted to evaluate the ROI potential of a long form TV-driven campaign for its Term Life Insurance product. The Hawthorne Direct campaign leveraged the new Transamerica brand look and messaging.
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Best Long Form, Health:
United HealthCare – Hawthorne Direct
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On behalf of client United HealthCare, Hawthorne Direct created and produced a 28:30 Infomercial entitled “Medicare Advantage.” The show was designed to be helpful, insightful, professional, knowledgeable and dedicated to United Healthcare’s mission, while following United Healthcare brand guidelines. Messaging was designed to create an emotional connection with the viewer around the difficulties in choosing the type of health insurance coverage that supplements Original Medicare — and show how it meets their individual health management needs, communication needs and budgets.
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Best Short Form, DR Corporate Branding:
Hamilton Beach – Hawthorne Direct
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Hamilton Beach Brands engaged Hawthorne Direct to develop a TV-driven advertising strategy for its product, The Scoop coffeemaker. Hawthorne created and produced Short Form television spots entitled “How Do You Scoop?” Media and creative teams at Hawthorne developed a strategy for tagging the spots with varying combinations of logos for mass retailers carrying The Scoop coffeemaker. Hawthorne also planned and executed the 2012 TV media campaign.
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ABOUT THE MOXIE AWARDS:
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The Direct Response Marketing industry’s most exciting evening is undoubtedly the presentation of the Moxie Awards. The gala awards event celebrates the year’s best direct to consumer marketing campaigns. For full list of the 2013 Moxie Award nominees, please see:

http://www.retailing.org/2013-moxie-awards-nominees

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ABOUT THE ERA:
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The annual ERA D2C Convention is produced by ERA, the only trade association in the U.S. and internationally that represents leaders of the direct-to-consumer marketplace. ERA includes members that maximize revenues through direct-to-consumer marketing on television, online, mobile and on radio. For more information about the 2013 convention, please visit: http://www.d2cshow.org/
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ABOUT HAWTHORNE DIRECT:
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Hawthorne Direct is a full service brand response advertising agency, specializing in strategic planning, creative development, production, media planning, buying and analytics, and campaign management for integrated marketing campaigns. With nearly 30 years of proven excellence in brand
response, the agency combines persuasive brand messaging with best-in-class analytic systems to create accountable, high performance advertising campaigns.
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Hawthorne Direct has developed successful award-winning campaigns for brands such as 3M, Armor All, Bose, Black & Decker, Hamilton Beach, Pella, SanDisk, Transamerica, United Healthcare, and more.
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The agency is headquartered in Los Angeles, with the founding office located in the Midwest. Hawthorne Direct was founded in 1986 by Timothy R. Hawthorne, who serves as Chairman/CEO. Hawthorne’s daughter, Jessica Hawthorne-Castro, today holds the post of COO. For more information, please visit www.hawthornedirect.com
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RTW to Participate in Mediatech 2013 Africa Loudness Summit

Company Will Also Exhibit Latest TouchMonitor Audio Metering Solutions

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, JULY 15, 2013 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce that it will be participating in the Africa Loudness Summit taking place July 17 – July 19 at this year’s Mediatech Show in Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition, RTW will exhibit its TM3, TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitors at the Wild & Marr stands (G30, G38a).

The summit, which features a discussion by Florian Camerer, PLOUD chairman and EBU R-128 co-author, will explore the issue of loudness in Africa—its effect on broadcasters and the potential solutions that various vendors have to offer. RTW will share its expertise in loudness monitoring with a presentation of its range of TouchMonitor loudness meters. The following is a description of the meters that RTW will have on hand:

TM3 and TM3-3G TouchMonitors
Controlled using a touch-sensitive display, the TM3 and TM3-3G both have a budget-friendly base price, a 4.3-inch touchscreen and a stylish exterior allowing for horizontal and vertical placement. They include a large number of graphical and numerical instruments showing single-channel or, in the case of the TM3-3G, any of the eight audio channels contained in a 3G SDI stream used for metering, de-embedding and monitoring 3G SDI audio. Both also include summing-loudness bargraphs, PPM, true peak, SPL, loudness range (LRA), dialnorm and correlation. The TM3 and TM3-3G are highly appealing compact solutions ideal for editorial offices, edit suites and small control rooms.

Both the TM3 and TM3-3G also feature PPM and true-peak instruments and offer comprehensive loudness metering in compliance with all globally relevant standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85 and ARIB. Finally, they also feature the Magic LRA instrument, specifically designed by RTW for intuitive visualization of the loudness range and integrated-loudness parameters. Finally, the units on display will be equipped with the new TM3-SWMC Software license, available as an add-on option, which incorporates a moving-coil emulation display.

TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitors
RTW will have on display its TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitors on display, equipped with the new BLITS instrument option that is part of the new SW20013 software license. The TM7 and TM9, which also include the innovative Magic LRA instrument, feature a seven- and nine-inch touch-sensitive display, respectively, and provide unparalleled flexibility and modularity combined with intuitive control. The software visualizes multiple sources simultaneously. Both support displaying the same signal on multiple instruments in parallel, each with dedicated defaults with both horizontal and vertical operation. The system visualizes up to 16 analog and/or digital sources at the same time.

The TM9 is also capable of providing a view of up to 32 digital channels when the 3G-SDI option is implemented. Along with RTW’s entire TouchMonitor range, the TM7 and TM9 were created to help adhere to all major industry loudness standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85 and ARIB.

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 ranges of products currently includes 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 the Cologne, Germany-based RTW, offering further proof of the company’s continued 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, further reducing product delivery lead times.

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.

Matrox Releases Support for Adobe Creative Cloud and Avid Media Composer 7 on Mac and PC

Matrox MXO2 family of I/O devices and Matrox Mojito MAX card tightly integrated with popular editing apps to maximize performance of I/O workflows

Matrox MXO2 Family and Matrox Mojito MAX

Matrox® Video today announced the immediate availability of full support for the latest releases of the Adobe® Creative Cloud™ and Avid® Media Composer® 7 families of professional video editing and content creation tools with the Matrox MXO2™ family of I/O devices and the Matrox Mojito™ MAX I/O card. The award-winning Matrox I/O products provide broadcast-quality video and audio input, output and monitoring to enable traditional tape-based workflows including deck control for frame-accurate batch capture and print-to-tape. They are also the only I/O solutions on the market that let users encode H.264 files for delivery to the web, iPad® and iPhone® up to five times faster than software alone without sacrificing quality. In addition, MXO2 devices provide cross-platform Mac® and Windows® support and are still the only solutions that connect anywhere, Mac and PC, via Thunderbolt™, PCIe® or ExpressCard/34® — with the same versatile unit.

“These unified drivers support the latest releases of NLE software from Adobe, Apple and Avid”, said Wayne Andrews, product manager at Matrox. “They are designed to give our customers the freedom to work easily and efficiently with whatever app is best for each task as they craft and deliver their stories.

Price and availability
Matrox MXO2 devices are priced starting at $449 US (£338, €382) not including local taxes and delivery. Matrox Mojito MAX is priced at $995 US (£749, €799). Matrox products are available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Support for Windows is part of Matrox driver release 7.5 and support for Mac OS is part of Matrox driver release 4.0. The drivers are now available to registered users as a free download from the Matrox website.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

Director Georgi Banks-Davies Joins Madheart

MadheartLOS ANGELES— Georgi Banks-Davies is heading to Madheart. The British director, the subject of growing international acclaim for her work for Coca-Cola, AT&T, O2 and other brands, has chosen the boutique, Los Angeles-based production company to orchestrate her entry into the U.S. market.

“Georgi is a brilliant talent whose work is particularly relevant to today’s culture,” says Madheart executive producer Lisa Phillips. “She creates advertising that is uplifting, with a depth and richness that is both real and appropriate to the subject or brand. We are very excited to work with her.” Phillips added that Banks-Davies is currently working on a campaign for Coca-Cola via Ogilvy & Mather, Berlin, and German production company Tony Petersen Film (TPF). more

HARMAN’s Martin M6 Console A SMASH Hit In European Debut

BRISTOL, United Kingdom – Creative visual design company SMASH Productions has ordered and taken delivery of the first HARMAN Martin M6 lighting control console in Europe, making it readily available for rental and deployments for assorted shows and productions around the UK.

SMASH, headed by Alex ‘Junior’ Cerio and Tim Smith is known for its innovative, imaginative and fresh approach to production design, creating fabulous environments by combining lighting, video, visuals and scenic elements for any type of live event. Their work has encompassed many genres and styles, from corporate launches and parties, to touring with international DJs and bands.

“Investing in control elements to run mixed media shows is very much on our agenda, so we wanted a forward-looking console,” stated Cerio. “M6 definitely fits the bill, providing straightforward and simple control of complex multimedia and supplying the user with a look into the future with its variety of visual tools.”

The M6 is a state-of-the-art lighting console, which functions as an advanced ‘visual control’ surface, able to control any lighting rig from conventional moving lights to digital fixtures and LED pixels. The console can be hooked up to media servers in SMASH’s studio and used for pre-visualizing, designing, planning and programming shows in advance. The console also provides an element of continuity for shows on worldwide tours. With a Martin M2GO console and Ether2DMX8 node already in its rig, SMASH is well aware of the reliability and intuitive operational philosophies of the Martin M-Series of products.

“A massive amount of thought has gone into the M6 console and how it can be used by the most demanding designers, programmers and operators, like our friends at SMASH,” said Dave Stewart, Martin Show Consultant. “The M6 presents a real challenge to established control brands, with inventive and easy-to-use hardware like fast-dials access to parameters and multi touch-screens.”

The first SMASH Productions show for the new M6 was David Guetta’s special guest appearances on Rihanna’s UK & European stadium shows. SMASH recently provided production and visual design (lighting and video) plus technical co-ordination for the main stage of the Love Saves The Day Festival in Bristol. Additionally, Cerio is the Lighting Director for David Guetta’s on-going live performances.

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

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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