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2013 Hollywood Post Alliance Award Winners Announced

Gala Event Spotlights Leaders and Innovators in Post Production


(Los Angeles, CA) The 2013 HPA Awards(r) took place tonight, celebrating talent and innovation in 12 creative categories as well as in three special honors. The HPA Awards recognize individuals and companies for outstanding contributions made in helping to create features, television programs, spots, and entertainment enjoyed around the world. Presented by the Hollywood Post Alliance(r) - the professional organization for the post production community - the 8th Annual HPA Awards took place at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, in front of a sold out audience of industry insiders and luminaries.

As announced earlier, Avid was honored with the prestigious Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production. Avid President and CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. accepted the Award on behalf of the company. Other special awards were presented, which included honors for Engineering Excellence, and the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production.

The winners of the 2013 HPA Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading - Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories

Outstanding Color Grading - Feature Film

"Life of Pi"
David Cole // Technicolor

Outstanding Color Grading - Television

"Castle - Hunt"
Anthony Smith // Encore

Outstanding Color Grading - Commercial

Under Armour "Brought To You By Under Armour"
Tom Poole // Company 3

Outstanding Editing - Feature Film

"Argo"
William Goldenberg, A.C.E.

Outstanding Editing - Television

"Breaking Bad - Dead Freight"
Skip Macdonald, A.C.E.

Outstanding Editing - Commercial

Nextel/Ferrari "Combustion"
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Outstanding Sound - Feature Film

"Argo"
Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
John Reitz and Gregg Rudloff // Warner Bros. Sound

Outstanding Sound - Television

"Game of Thrones - The Climb"
Tim Kimmel, Paula Fairfield, Brad Katona, Jed Dodge, Onnalee Blank and Mathew Waters // Todd AO

Outstanding Sound - Commercial

Honda "Hands"
Anthony Moore // Factory

Outstanding Visual Effects - Feature Film

"Pacific Rim"
Lindy DeQuattro, Eddie Pasquarello, Nigel Sumner, Derrick Carlin and Chris Lentz // Industrial Light & Magic

Outstanding Visual Effects - Television

"Game of Thrones - Valar Dohaeris"
Joe Bauer and Jabbar Raisani
Jörn Grosshans and Sven Martin // Pixomondo
Doug Campbell // Spin VFX

Outstanding Visual Effects - Commercial

Galaxy "Chauffeur"
Simon French, William Bartlett, Stephen Cullingford and Grant Walker // Framestore

A number of special awards, which had been announced earlier, were bestowed during the evening including:

Charles S. Swartz Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Post Production

Avid(r)

HPA Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by NAB Show

* DTS, Inc. - MDA
* NVIDIA - NVIDIA GRID(tm) Visual Computing Appliance (VCA)
* Sony Pictures Imageworks and The Foundry - FLIX
* Telestream - 16 bit 4:4:4:4 Transcoding Technology

HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production
Park Road Post Production - Next Generation Feature Film Workflow: Enabling HFR 48FPS Stereoscopic 3D On Set to On Screen

For further information about the Hollywood Post Alliance, contact: 213.614.0860, or visit http://hollywoodpostalliance.org/.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

The HPA Awards were presented with generous support from Premier Sponsor: NAB Show; Foundation Members: Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby Laboratories, EFILM, Encore; Bronze Sponsor: Sohonet and Brand Sponsor: NVIDIA

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Four K Productions Launches in Los Angeles as New Producer of Original Broadcast Content in the 4K Format; Founders Have Decades of Entertainment Industry Experience; Slate of Original Programs In Development

Los Angeles, CA, November 11, 2013 – Four K Productions LLC has been launched in Los Angeles as a new production company specializing in the development, production, and distribution of original broadcast content shot and post-produced in the 4K/UltraHD format. The company has secured initial financial backers, and has already completed its first production, “MIX: LA.” The new company also has a slate of original programs currently in development. The announcements were made today by company Founder/President Kevin Williamson.
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To view clips from “MIX: LA,” please see: http://wdrv.it/17gK2sa
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Four K is currently seeking distribution partnerships for its original content with 4K television and cable networks located in Europe and Asia, as well as with 2K compatible TV networks and within the digital and steaming space in the United States. Additionally, the company is holding discussions with major 4K television manufacturers in Asia about potential future distribution arrangements.
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Concurrent with the formation of the new company, Williamson has also announced that longtime entertainment industry marketing and advertising executives Dean Blagg and Martin Gueulette will serve Four K Productions as Creative Consultants. Blagg and Gueulette are experienced within the areas of movie trailers, TV promos, motion graphics, print advertising, and cross-platform marketing campaigns, having worked with every major motion picture studio and television network for nearly three decades.
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Four K Productions is also working with Wayne Threatt, a strategic advisor and investment professional with extensive financing experience in institutional private equity and venture capital, as its Corporate Strategic Consultant. In addition, Threatt is also a digital image processing industry veteran, who has fashioned numerous strategic partnerships in the U.S., Europe, and Asia
.
“We have nailed down the 4K work flow, and we consider ourselves adept in the creation and production of original 4K content,” Williamson said. “We are committed to this new and emerging technology, and realize that we are among very few competitors who really understand how this format works. In addition to producing our own content, we are also seeking to co-produce programming with partners, and we are also open to financing interesting new 4K projects that are pitched to us from the outside.”
.
Add Blagg and Gueulette, “After having worked in long-form editorial with Digital Kitchen, Kevin saw the future as being the 4K format, and approached us to help him launch this amazing new company. We are huge proponents of the 4K format — it simply looks incredible. We are convinced the marketplace for this
new format is just around the bend. It’s coming. You just can’t go wrong with the quality of this content.”
.
Through its association with Blagg’s company TAO Post Studios, Four K Productions has access to full-service 4K post production technology and services. These include audio and video editorial, DaVinci Resolve color correction, 5.1 surround sound mixing, 4K mastering, and 3D motion graphics.
.
About Original Four K Productions Programs in Development:
.
** “MIX”: Four K Productions has just completed production of a 21-minute pilot for a series entitled “MIX.” The show captures the essence of the modern day “Mixology Movement.” The series focuses on the preparation, ingredients and the making of signature mixed drinks offered to customers at popular bars, nightclubs, restaurants and saloons across the United States. The pilot episode was shot at three locations in Los Angeles. To view clips, please see: http://wdrv.it/17gK2sa
.
** “Travel Show with Phil Keoghan”: Four K is developing a show hosted by “The Amazing Race’s” Phil Keoghan, which will explore exotic locations by land, sea and air.
.
** “Car Shows:” Four K is working on a series of automobile-themed programs featuring celebrities showing off their favorite vehicles, as well as an exclusive tour inside the Petersen Automobile Museum based in Los Angeles.
.
** “Napa Valley Wine Tour:” Four K is also developing a program that will explore both the classic and historic Napa Valley, as well as investigate the modern techniques being used by wine makers in the area today.
.
** “The Range:” Hosted by comedian Bil Dwyer, this show presents a look at golf courses across the country.
.
** “Professor Hill’s Magic Chair:” Designed for kids, this show takes an educational slant on entertainment.
.
** “Los Angeles by Helicopter:” A look at the City of Angels from above the clouds. This show will present Southern California by air as it’s never been seen before. Four K Productions’ flyover will encompass points of interest from the Hollywood sign to beautiful Avalon on Catalina Island and beyond.
.
** “Joshua Tree National Park:” Joshua Tree is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. This show will take viewers on a tour of the park’s wonders. The series will include historically relevant information narrated by Jon Bailey, one of Hollywood’s greatest voice artists.
.
** “Penske Wynn Museum, Las Vegas:” This special will present an unparalleled collection of Maseratis and Ferraris at the fabulous Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, all filmed in jaw dropping 4K.
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About Kevin Williamson:
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Prior to launching Four K Productions, Kevin Williamson has been a noted movie trailer editor for many years. He held in-house editorial posts with such prominent trailer companies as Creative Domain, Digital Kitchen, Kaleidoscope, Craig Murray Productions, Seiniger Advertising, Dazu, and Skip Film, among others.
.
During the course of his career, Williamson has edited promotional trailers for such hit films as “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Grinch,” “Man on Fire,” “Alexander,” “I Am Legend,” “Matchstick Men,” and many others.
.
About Dean Blagg and Martin Gueulette:
.
Dean Blagg is Managing Partner and Creative Director with the motion picture advertising agency TAO Creative. He is also the President of the state-of-the-art postproduction facility, TAO Post Studios. Both companies are located in Los Angeles, CA.
.
Blagg is an award-winning editor/producer, with over 25 years of experience in movie marketing. He has been responsible for such theatrical trailer, television, and home entertainment campaigns as those promoting such hit motion pictures and TV series as “Godzilla,” “Spider-Man,” “Super Bad,” “Iron Man,” “Step Brothers,” Breaking Bad,” “Terminator 4,” “Seinfeld,” “Justified,” “21 Jump Street,” “Resident Evil: Retribution,” “Evil Dead,” and the recently released, “Insidious: Chapter 2.”
.
Martin Gueulette is a veteran movie marketer and the winner of dozens of Key Art and Clio Awards. Prior to starting his own company VOX Associates, Gueulette was a partner in the boutique marketing company IKON Creative Services. He later served as a Creative Director with both Creative Domain and Aspect Ratio, two of the most prominent motion picture advertising agencies in Hollywood.
.
Gueulette has overseen, and is credited with having created, some of the most memorable and successful theatrical print campaigns of all time. These include those behind the hit motion pictures “Spider-Man 1, 2, and 3,” “Casino Royale,” “Batman Begins,” “The Smurfs,” “Django Unchained,” and dozens more. He is renowned for smart marketing strategies which are married with outstanding creative execution.
.
About Wayne Threatt:
.
Wayne Threatt is a strategic advisor and investment professional with extensive financing experience in institutional private equity and venture capital. In addition, Threatt is also a digital image processing industry veteran, who has fashioned numerous strategic partnerships in the U.S., Europe, and Asia
.
About Four K Productions LLC:
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Founded in Los Angeles in 2013, Four K Productions is a production company specializing in the development, production and distribution of both original content shot in the 4K format, as well as a co-producer and financial partner in the production of 4K content.
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Helmed by Kevin Williamson, with Dean Blagg and Martin Gueulette serving as Creative Consultants, and Wayne Threatt as Corporate Strategic Consultant, Four K Productions is located at 955 South Carrillo Drive, Suite # 205, Los Angeles, CA, 90048. The phone is 323/930-8550, and the website is www.fourkproductions.com
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Front Porch Digital’s Guillaume Neveux to Discuss Cloud Storage and Data Management Strategies at SATIS 2013

ANNECY, France — Nov. 11, 2013 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced that its business development manager, Guillaume Neveux, will participate in a panel discussion at the SATIS show for audiovisual technologies and solutions in Paris on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 10:30 a.m. During the hourlong session, titled “Cloud and Broadcast Services: Mission Impossible?” Neveux will discuss the value of cloud storage in today’s demanding, ever-changing media environments and how to leverage the cloud to achieve a seamless flow of content for on-air transmission.

Neveux and the panel will share real-world use cases to help media and entertainment organizations plan for and implement cloud ecosystems that interoperate in a wide variety of workflows. Attendees will hear case studies on how the most current storage and data management technologies simplify and speed up workflows. Neveux will also present attendees with approaches for maximizing efficiency with the storage they have today while planning for the future, as capacity and performance requirements continue to increase.

As a key member of Front Porch Digital’s cloud solutions team, Neveux has intimate knowledge of today’s many storage technologies and their varying abilities to ensure content is preserved and accessible now and in the future. Attendees will benefit from his insight into CSM, digital asset management, and video archiving as they look to adopt new strategies for storing and accessing their content.

More information about Front Porch Digital can be found at fpdigital.com.

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About Front Porch Digital
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.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/FrontPorch/GuillaumeNeveux.zip
Photo Caption: Guillaume Neveux, Front Porch Digital business development manager

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Kodak Goes Behind the Lens with Sean Bobbitt & Delbonnel at Camerimage Festival


(BYDGOSZCZ, Poland) - Kodak is hosting back-to-back conversations with renowned cinematographers Sean Bobbitt, BSC and Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC at the 21st edition of Camerimage, the international film festival of cinematography, on November 21 at 7:00 (CMT) in the Opera Nova, first floor seminar room. Both Bobbitt and Delbonnel have films competing in the main competition: Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave and the Coen brothers' Inside Lewelyn Davis, respectively. Each discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Bobbitt, a BAFTA and Emmy(r) nominee, recently shot Killing the Messenger, The Place Beyond the Pines, 12 Years a Slave, Shame and Hunger. The latter three of those movies were done with McQueen.

Delbonnel collaborated with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet on Amelie and A Very Long Engagement, and earned Oscar(r) nominations for both films. His credits include Dark Shadows, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Cat's Meow, Infamous and Across the Universe, which garnered the Silver Frog at Camerimage in 2007.

"Camerimage is a wonderful opportunity for the cinematography community to share ideas and philosophies, as well as celebrate the art itself," says Andrew Evenski, president of Kodak's Entertainment Imaging business. "We are proud to be part of the 20-plus year history of this unique festival."

This year's festival opens November 16 with a screening of Saving Mr. Banks which was photographed by John Schwartzman, ASC on Kodak film.

For updates on what is happening at the festival, follow Kodak on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about the festival, visit http://www.camerimage.pl, and for more information about Kodak's motion picture films, visit www.kodak.com/go/motion.

(Note: All participants are subject to availability)

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About Kodak's Entertainment Imaging Business
Kodak's Entertainment Imaging business is the world leader in providing motion picture film and imaging products, services, and technology for the professional motion picture and exhibition industries. For more information, visit www.kodak.com/go/motion.

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IABM Brings Benefits of Membership to Inter BEE 2013

Association Will Host Three IABM Members Exhibiting at Their First Inter BEE Show and Provide Keynote on Key Business and Technology Developments

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. — Nov. 11, 2013 — The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today announced that it will be exhibiting at Inter BEE 2013, Nov. 13-15 in Tokyo, to support association members at the show — both new and experienced exhibitors — and to share its expertise and data on the state of the industry.

To foster the participation of its members in important events such as Inter BEE, the IABM is hosting three new exhibitors on a pavilion adjacent to the IABM stand (#6112). Continuing the IABM’s work to equip industry members with the latest data and forecasts, John Ive, director of business development and technology at the IABM, will deliver a keynote titled “Key Business and Technology Developments in the Broadcast and Media Industry” on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m.

“The IABM is dedicated to supporting our global membership in ways that encourage further growth and success, and our presence at Inter BEE 2013 will reflect that focus,” said IABM Director General Peter White. “In addition to introducing several companies to Inter BEE and helping them to build valuable industry connections, we will provide all attendees with the opportunity to learn more about the impact that changing technology is having on our business.”

Ive’s keynote will examine the rapid evolution of the broadcast and media industry, particularly with respect to improvements in image quality and much greater use of IT technology. His presentation will give attendees an overview of the current business climate for technology suppliers to the broadcast and media industry and identify the key enablers contributing to the technology revolution. Looking ahead, Ive will discuss what is on the horizon and which initiatives are most likely to succeed. He will also take a practical view in examining new end-user priorities when making purchase decisions.

Information about the IABM is available at www.theiabm.org.

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About the IABM:
The IABM, the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, training, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, the IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication among broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org.

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Whitehouse Post Fights Crime with Blake Griffin, Kia Optima

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Shopping for a new vehicle that isn’t a Kia Optima? You’ll think twice when you check out a hilarious new eight-spot campaign cut by Whitehouse Post via agency David & Goliath, and starring Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin and actor Jack McBrayer. The spots, cut by editors Corky DeVault, Lucas Spaulding and James Dierx, portray the duo as a superhero team relentlessly promoting the Kia Optima as the stylish, feature-packed choice for the practical auto shopper.

Credits:

Brand: Kia Motors America
Product: 2014 Kia Optima Limited
Title: Blake Griffin “The Griffin Force” (“Trailer” :30, :60)
Air Date: October 29, 2013


Agency: David&Goliath
Chief Creative Officer: David Angelo
Executive Creative Director: Colin Jeffery
Senior Copywriter: Dan Kelly
Senior Art Director: Todd Rone Parker
Executive Broadcast Producer, Managing Director: Carol Lombard
Executive Producer: Christopher Coleman
Managing Partner, Client Services: Brian Dunbar
Group Account Director: Brook Dore
Account Director: Mike O’Malley
Account Supervisor: Stacy Garibay
Account Executive: Ashley Standridge
Account Coordinator: Lauren Kelley
Senior Strategic Planner: Steven Garcia
Director Business Affairs: Rodney Pizarro
Product Information Manager: Russ Wortman


Production Company: Prettybird
Director: Paul Hunter
Executive Producer: Kerstin Emhoff
Executive Producer: Ali Brown
Head of Production: Tracy Hauser
Line Producer: Leora Glass


Editorial: Whitehouse Post
Editor: Corky DeVault
Editor: Lucas Spaulding
Editor: James Dierx
Assistant Editor: Sam Perkins
Assistant Editor: James Dierx
Producer: Joanna Manning
Executive Producer: Joni Williamson


Visual Effects: Mass Market
Head of CGI / Director of VFX: Andy Jones
VFX Supervisor: Diego Vazquez
Producer: Shannon Alexander
Executive Producer: JJ Wilmoth
Managing Director: Jay Lichtman


Music, Sound Design & Mix: Barking Owl


Talent: Blake Griffin, Jack McBrayer


About Whitehouse Post:

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Four K Productions Launches in Los Angeles as New Producer of Original Broadcast Content in the 4K Format; Founders Have Decades of Entertainment Industry Experience; Slate of Original Programs in Development

Los Angeles, CA, November 11, 2013 – Four K Productions LLC has been launched in Los Angeles as a new production company specializing in the development, production, and distribution of original broadcast content shot and post-produced in the 4K/UltraHD format. The company has secured initial financial backers, and has already completed its first production, “MIX: LA.” The new company also has a slate of original programs currently in development. The announcements were made today by company Founder/President Kevin Williamson.
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To view clips from “MIX: LA,” please see: http://wdrv.it/17gK2sa
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Four K is currently seeking distribution partnerships for its original content with 4K television and cable networks located in Europe and Asia, as well as with 2K compatible TV networks and within the digital and steaming space in the United States. Additionally, the company is holding discussions with major 4K television manufacturers in Asia about potential future distribution arrangements.
.
Concurrent with the formation of the new company, Williamson has also announced that longtime entertainment industry marketing and advertising executives Dean Blagg and Martin Gueulette will serve Four K Productions as Creative Consultants. Blagg and Gueulette are experienced within the areas of movie trailers, TV promos, motion graphics, print advertising, and cross-platform marketing campaigns, having worked with every major motion picture studio and television network for nearly three decades.
.
Four K Productions is also working with Wayne Threatt, a strategic advisor and investment professional with extensive financing experience in institutional private equity and venture capital, as its Corporate Strategic Consultant. In addition, Threatt is also a digital image processing industry veteran, who has fashioned numerous strategic partnerships in the U.S., Europe, and Asia
.
“We have nailed down the 4K work flow, and we consider ourselves adept in the creation and production of original 4K content,” Williamson said. “We are committed to this new and emerging technology, and realize that we are among very few competitors who really understand how this format works. In addition to producing our own content, we are also seeking to co-produce programming with partners, and we are also open to financing interesting new 4K projects that are pitched to us from the outside.”
.
Add Blagg and Gueulette, “After having worked in long-form editorial with Digital Kitchen, Kevin saw the future as being the 4K format, and approached us to help him launch this amazing new company. We are huge proponents of the 4K format — it simply looks incredible. We are convinced the marketplace for this
new format is just around the bend. It’s coming. You just can’t go wrong with the quality of this content.”
.
Through its association with Blagg’s company TAO Post Studios, Four K Productions has access to full-service 4K post production technology and services. These include audio and video editorial, DaVinci Resolve color correction, 5.1 surround sound mixing, 4K mastering, and 3D motion graphics.
.
About Original Four K Productions Programs in Development:
.
** “MIX”: Four K Productions has just completed production of a 21-minute pilot for a series entitled “MIX.” The show captures the essence of the modern day “Mixology Movement.” The series focuses on the preparation, ingredients and the making of signature mixed drinks offered to customers at popular bars, nightclubs, restaurants and saloons across the United States. The pilot episode was shot at three locations in Los Angeles. To view clips, please see: http://wdrv.it/17gK2sa
.
** “Travel Show with Phil Keoghan”: Four K is developing a show hosted by “The Amazing Race’s” Phil Keoghan, which will explore exotic locations by land, sea and air.
.
** “Car Shows:” Four K is working on a series of automobile-themed programs featuring celebrities showing off their favorite vehicles, as well as an exclusive tour inside the Petersen Automobile Museum based in Los Angeles.
.
** “Napa Valley Wine Tour:” Four K is also developing a program that will explore both the classic and historic Napa Valley, as well as investigate the modern techniques being used by wine makers in the area today.
.
** “The Range:” Hosted by comedian Bil Dwyer, this show presents a look at golf courses across the country.
.
** “Professor Hill’s Magic Chair:” Designed for kids, this show takes an educational slant on entertainment.
.
** “Los Angeles by Helicopter:” A look at the City of Angels from above the clouds. This show will present Southern California by air as it’s never been seen before. Four K Productions’ flyover will encompass points of interest from the Hollywood sign to beautiful Avalon on Catalina Island and beyond.
.
** “Joshua Tree National Park:” Joshua Tree is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. This show will take viewers on a tour of the park’s wonders. The series will include historically relevant information narrated by Jon Bailey, one of Hollywood’s greatest voice artists.
.
** “Penske Wynn Museum, Las Vegas:” This special will present an unparalleled collection of Maseratis and Ferraris at the fabulous Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, all filmed in jaw dropping 4K.
.
About Kevin Williamson:
.
Prior to launching Four K Productions, Kevin Williamson has been a noted movie trailer editor for many years. He held in-house editorial posts with such prominent trailer companies as Creative Domain, Digital Kitchen, Kaleidoscope, Craig Murray Productions, Seiniger Advertising, Dazu, and Skip Film, among others.
.
During the course of his career, Williamson has edited promotional trailers for such hit films as “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Grinch,” “Man on Fire,” “Alexander,” “I Am Legend,” “Matchstick Men,” and many others.
.
About Dean Blagg and Martin Gueulette:
.
Dean Blagg is Managing Partner and Creative Director with the motion picture advertising agency TAO Creative. He is also the President of the state-of-the-art postproduction facility, TAO Post Studios. Both companies are located in Los Angeles, CA.
.
Blagg is an award-winning editor/producer, with over 25 years of experience in movie marketing. He has been responsible for such theatrical trailer, television, and home entertainment campaigns as those promoting such hit motion pictures and TV series as “Godzilla,” “Spider-Man,” “Super Bad,” “Iron Man,” “Step Brothers,” Breaking Bad,” “Terminator 4,” “Seinfeld,” “Justified,” “21 Jump Street,” “Resident Evil: Retribution,” “Evil Dead,” and the recently released, “Insidious: Chapter 2.”
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Martin Gueulette is a veteran movie marketer and the winner of dozens of Key Art and Clio Awards. Prior to starting his own company VOX Associates, Gueulette was a partner in the boutique marketing company IKON Creative Services. He later served as a Creative Director with both Creative Domain and Aspect Ratio, two of the most prominent motion picture advertising agencies in Hollywood.
.
Gueulette has overseen, and is credited with having created, some of the most memorable and successful theatrical print campaigns of all time. These include those behind the hit motion pictures “Spider-Man 1, 2, and 3,” “Casino Royale,” “Batman Begins,” “The Smurfs,” “Django Unchained,” and dozens more. He is renowned for smart marketing strategies which are married with outstanding creative execution.
.
About Wayne Threatt:
.
Wayne Threatt is a strategic advisor and investment professional with extensive financing experience in institutional private equity and venture capital. In addition, Threatt is also a digital image processing industry veteran, who has fashioned numerous strategic partnerships in the U.S., Europe, and Asia
.
About Four K Productions LLC:
.
Founded in Los Angeles in 2013, Four K Productions is a production company specializing in the development, production and distribution of both original content shot in the 4K format, as well as a co-producer and financial partner in the production of 4K content.
.
Helmed by Kevin Williamson, with Dean Blagg and Martin Gueulette serving as Creative Consultants, and Wayne Threatt as Corporate Strategic Consultant, Four K Productions is located at 955 South Carrillo Drive, Suite # 205, Los Angeles, CA, 90048. The phone is 323/930-8550, and the website is www.fourkproductions.com
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Daktronics Revitalizes Lane Stadium’s Sound System with HARMAN Professional Audio Components

BLACKSBURG, Virginia – Systems integrator Daktronics recently upgraded Virginia Tech University’s Lane Stadium with new HARMAN’s JBL VLA Series loudspeakers, along with equipment from BSS audio and Soundcraft. The stadium seats 66,233 and is home to the Virginia Tech Hokies football team.

The goal of this renovation was to ensure a high output system and even coverage from seat to seat. Daktronics selected JBL Professional’s VLA Series line arrays, which offers revolutionary high-impact sound beyond the reach of traditional loudspeaker designs.

“We designed the JBL VLA system to meet and exceed the initial performance standards of point-and-shoot horn speakers, while also reducing costs,” said David Sturzenbecher, Audio Project Engineer for Daktronics.

Daktronics installed a system consisting of 18 JBL VLA601H loudspeakers, four JBL VLA301H loudspeakers, two JBL PD5212 loudspeakers, two JBL PD764 loudspeakers, powered by 17 Crown I-Tech HD 4×3500 amplifiers and nine I-Tech 9000 amplifiers, with two BSS Soundweb London BLU-800 processors. The system also features a Soundcraft Performer 3 audio/lighting mixing console.

“The system has been functioning great and received many positive reviews. We utilized additional DSP I/O to control additional areas outside of the initial scope to provide added customer functionality,” Sturzenbecher added.

Besides installation, Daktronics was also responsible for system design and programming. Of course, a project incorporating all these elements did not go unchallenged.

“The original design did not call for vertical arrays, so we collaborated with the structure engineer to redesign the space to accommodate for the VLA system,” Sturzenbecher noted. “With support from [JBL Senior Applications Engineer] Brad Ricks and [owner’s representative] Anthony James Partners, we successfully completed the project.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

RTW to Demo TM3, TM9 Audio Meters at the Group One Booth During CCW 2013

NEW YORK CITY, NOVEMBER 11, 2013 ? RTW, a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional audio metering and control devices, is pleased to announce that during this year’s CCW show, Group One (Booth 859) will exhibit RTW’s TM3 and TM9 TouchMonitors. The monitors will be fully equipped with the latest software options, including the TM3 firmware update 2.50, which includes the new Time Test Control option and the popular RTA analyzer for the TM9. RTW invites attendees to stop by the Group One booth for demonstrations of the products.

TouchMonitor Series, TM3
Controlled using a touch-sensitive display, the TM3 has a budget-friendly base price, a 4.3-inch touchscreen and a stylish exterior allowing for horizontal and vertical placement. Features 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.

The TM3 also features PPM and true-peak instruments and offers comprehensive loudness metering in compliance with all current globally relevant standards, including EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85 and ARIB. Finally, it also features the Magic LRA instrument, specifically designed by RTW for intuitive visualization of the loudness range and integrated-loudness parameters.

Offered as part of firmware 2.50, users can employ the Time Test Control sub menu to set the parameters for starting and stopping loudness measurement functions. In addition to a manual control enabled by on-screen keys and/or the GUI interface, full or semi-automatic measurements can also be defined. Therefore, the user can choose between an autostart after loading a preset or autostart when reaching the value of an adjusted gate, with or without an automatic reset of previous values. Users can terminate loudness measurements manually with on-screen keys and/or GUI commands, as well as automatically by defining a threshold value and time span. The combination of those parameters allows users to set an automatic, semi-automatic or manual loudness measurement process as required for different applications. The Test Time Control option will also be available for the TouchMonitor TM7, TMR7 and TM9 with the next firmware update.

TouchMonitor Series, TM9
The TouchMonitor series is a range of products that RTW designed to support all relevant loudness recommendations, such as EBU R128 or ATSC A/85, with true peak metering, flexible I/O options with up to 16/32 input channels, a fully modular software design and more. On display will be the TM9, which combines unprecedented flexibility and modularity with an intuitive, nine-inch GUI touchscreen. RTW’s latest firmware, version 1.14, for the TouchMonitor series includes various performance and stability optimizations, as well as new function enhancements and improved ergonomics.

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.

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It’s a first: TDC wraps Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylons in projection for Australian Naval Spectacular

Achieving the very first projection onto both sides of the epic proportions of Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House as well as onto the pylons of Sydney Harbour Bridge was by no means a small challenge for any technology company.

Australia was celebrating the first entry of the national Australian fleet into Sydney Harbour one hundred years ago and re-telling the story for The Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review. Imagination Australia was the Creative team and Producer of the event, who engaged Technical Direction Company (TDC) as their video technology partner.

An evening spectacular involved video projection that was combined with stunning fireworks launched from seven warships. There was lighting from 28 land and ship locations plus live action on board ships culminating in an aerial fly past from the Royal Australian Air Force that was enjoyed by the millions lining the foreshore.

“The spectacular was created in seven acts, from introducing Australia’s original fleet, through 100 proud years of service to Australia, current capabilities, a moment of reflection for the fallen and a finale to rival Sydney’s New Year’s Eve,” said Heath Campanaro, Project Director at Imagination Australia. “The show was a once in a lifetime project and will go down in history as one of the most inspiring, moving pieces of creativity at this kind of scale.”

We make it happen

Digital video projection onto both sides of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons was a first. To create such a visual spectacular, TDC worked for months of planning and testing with Imagination Australia to design and realise the brightest projection ever delivered.

TDC deployed a total of 56 Barco projectors including models FLM-HD20, HDF-W26 and HDQ-2K40 that were positioned at great distances and angles, including projection towers located up to 700 metres away from across Sydney Harbour. It was vital to that the projection was visible from all sides of the Harbour – which had not been done before.

TDC ensured that the content created by Imagination Australia was managed using Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image and display software and 26 computer servers. The entire proceedings were synchronised by timecode and transmitted across Sydney Harbour using Reidel MediorNet fibre optic media signal distribution and processing.

“The project took months of planning and days of painstaking projector alignment and positioning to get every pixel lined up and just right across various projectors,” enthused Olin Winton, Technical Manager at TDC.

“Rarely does a project of this epic scale take place in Australia. Our team of projection experts did a great job and we’re very proud of what we’ve delivered,” said Michael Hassett, MD at TDC.

The TDC project team for this event were:

Project Manager: Kain Jones
Technical Manager: Olin Winton
Head Technician: Steve Cain
Projectionists: Drew Ferors, Matt Teale, Anthony Pellizzari, Isaac McKenzie
Projectionist Assist: Max Rowen, Gareth Marsh

The biggest event to happen at Sydney Harbour for years, The Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review was held from 3-11 October 2013.

ENDS

Watch the video at: http://www.tdc.com.au/gallery#type=video&mot=&filter=

Images provided with this story should be credited to: © Technical Direction Company.

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