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Burt Young Joins Snell as Sales Manager, U.S. Northeast Region

Young Brings Extensive Background in Sales Management for Industry-Leading Companies to New Role

READING, U.K. — Nov. 13, 2013 — Snell today announced the appointment of Burt Young as sales manager for the U.S. Northeast region. Young will be responsible for driving sales growth and strengthening partner relationships throughout the Northeast and brings with him a rich background in sales for several of the broadcast industry’s leading manufacturers.

“Burt is an insightful, proactive leader with extensive success building and leading national sales and marketing teams to expand market share and increase revenue for companies such as Harris, Ross, and Philips,” said Terry Barnum, Snell vice president, sales North America. “With his well-established relationships, deep technical and industry knowledge, and keen insights into the region, Burt will be a powerful addition to our Northeast team.”

Prior to joining Snell, Young was an account executive with Harris Broadcast for New York City and the Northeast, where he was responsible for named key accounts such as Viacom, Showtime, HBO, AMC, Fox News, Cablevision, and Comcast Sports. During his six-year tenure at Harris, he also served as South Central regional manager. Before joining Harris, Young was the North American director of sales for Ross Video and also served as product marketing manager for the Broadcast Camera Division of Philips Broadcast. In addition, he held regional sales manager positions for Philips and for Pro Bel (then a division of Chyron) in the Chicago area. Young attended the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business.

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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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Front Porch Digital Sells 27 DIVArchive Systems to Russian State Broadcaster VGTRK

VGTRK Upgrading All Broadcast Operations as Part of Switch to Digital

ANNECY, France — Nov. 13, 2013 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced that the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) has purchased 27 DIVArchive(R) CSM systems, which will be installed for long-term storage in regional stations from Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean to Arkhangelsk on the Arctic Ocean, and from Tomsk in Siberia to Vladikavkaz in the Caucasus. VGTRK is in the process of upgrading its more than 80 regional stations as a result of Russia’s transition to digital television broadcasting.

“As we modernize all of our stations and replace older equipment in every aspect of the operation, we’re putting LTO archives in place not only to ensure reliable long-term preservation of decades’ worth of content, but also to make the content easier to find and access,” said Ilya M. Lebedev, chief of TV section, regional resources department at VGTRK. “We chose Front Porch Digital because it is the leading CSM supplier in Russia, with a strong reputation, top-notch support, and a product designed specifically for video. DIVArchive will give our various regional stations a professional-grade archiving system and immediate access to archived material from any nonlinear editing station anywhere in the newsroom, which will reduce production time and improve quality.”

With DIVArchive, each VGTRK station will be able to keep its various archived materials — currently stored on a combination of film, BETACAM(R) and DVCAM(TM) tapes, DVDs, and on various networks with specialized software — in one central repository with metadata that will make searching quick and convenient. VGTRK will install DIVArchive in a variety of facilities, from small regional stations to a large television complex in Moscow, for use in every aspect of the operation. The systems will integrate with VGTRK’s media asset management and newsroom automation systems, which will further accelerate the workflow.

“VGTRK is one of the largest television companies in the world and will soon represent the largest installation of DIVArchive systems in the world, as well,” said Rino Petricola, senior vice president and general manager at Front Porch Digital. “VGTRK already uses our SAMMA(R) migration systems, so its decision to deploy DIVArchive to so many of its regional stations is the next step in what we hope to be a long relationship between our companies.”

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

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Photo Caption: From left to right: Ilya M. Lebedev, chief of TV section at VGTRK; Svetlana Kuznetsova, chief of automation systems section at VGTRK; Rino Petricola, SVP and general manager at Front Porch Digital; Michel Jambart, regional sales manager at Front Porch Digital; and Oleg Demyanov, chief specialist at OKNO-TV

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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.

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Hitachi “Installation Series Giveaway” Sweepstakes Offers Free Projectors to Hitachi’s Facebook Fans

CHULA VISTA, California, November 13, 2013 — Now through November 30, fans of Hitachi on Facebook can enter the “Installation Series Giveaway” sweepstakes to win Hitachi projectors.

One Grand Prize winner will receive one Hitachi CP-X8170 projector (ARV $9,895) and one First Prize winner will receive a Hitachi CP-X8150 projector (ARV $6,495). After receiving their prizes, the winners will also be profiled on the Hitachi website, detailing how each winner is using their projector.

The entry form can be found online: https://www.facebook.com/HitachiProjectorsUSA/app_647054518648380

Or accessed through Hitachi’s Facebook page at the “Win a Projector” tab: https://www.facebook.com/HitachiProjectorsUSA

All U.S. citizens of at least 18 years of age are eligible to enter the sweepstakes by providing basic contact information through the entry form. Winners will be announced approximately one week after the sweepstakes’ closing time, 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on November 30, 2013. Full details and official rules can be found here.

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

Follow Hitachi on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hitachi-Projectors/131067323636829

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com/.

HARMAN’s Studer Touts VistaMix, Lexicon Effects and StuderBroadcastAcademy.com at CCW Expo

NEW YORK, New York – HARMAN’s Studer will be exhibiting at the Content and Communications World (CCW) Expo in New York City on November 13-14, showcasing its Vista 1 digital console, which is now available with VistaMix and Lexicon effects. Studer is also promoting the online version of its Studer Broadcast Academy.

Instead of needing to manually adjust all the faders each time, VistaMix automatically mimics the action of a human operator so the ‘talking’ mic gain can be increased at lightning speed while reducing gain for all others — ensuring a clean balanced mix.

Studer has added Lexicon effects to the Vista 1 console through an integrated VistaFX engine. VistaFX is a suite of effects processing engines capable of providing high-quality world-renowned Lexicon effects, and was released last year as an external engine for the Vista 5 and Vista 9 consoles ranges. The Vista 1 FX engines are all integral to the consoles DSP system, so require no external signal connection or patching. As all the hardware required already exists within the console, the new functionality is available as a software upgrade to existing consoles as well as provided as standard in new systems, and without loss of mix processing power or I/O capacity.

In addition, Studer will be promoting the online edition of its Broadcast Academy training course at StuderBroadcastAcademy.com. The popular and informative training program has been previously held in the United States on the Soundcraft Studer mobile audio truck, which has visited numerous locations of Studer regional sale rep firms and flagship Studer customers in recent years.

StuderBroadcastAcademy.com is an interactive online course for engineers worldwide to learn the operation of the company’s Vista Series digital mixing consoles. The course consists of a series of modules, which participants must complete and pass 100 percent to officially certify as a Studer Vista Operator. The course is structured in an interactive format and students can download the Virtual Vista software that gives them a graphic, active representation of a Vista console. Virtual Vista can also be used for offline console configuration and online remote control of Vista mixing consoles. Video segments, system and technical diagrams, a dictionary of terms and other resources round out the program.

“I’ve found Studer consoles to be very user-friendly, intuitively laid out and much easier to operate than a lot of digital consoles out there,” said Brian Pannier, a freelance audio engineer who has recently been using a Studer Vista 1 on “The Crowd Goes Wild” program on FOX Sports. “Just as importantly, the sound quality is top-notch and we’re using the Vista 1 to its complete and full capacity and it’s performing great.”

Studer will be exhibiting at CCW Expo at booth 1149. To book an appointment, please email studer-usa@harman.com

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio 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 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Christie’s “Solutions That Rock” Display Technology Show Rolls Into Boston Area November 19-21

Christie®, along with Draper Inc., Alcorn McBride and rp Visuals Solutions, is presenting the latest Solutions that Rock Nov. 19-21 at High Output Studios in Canton, Mass., just outside Boston. The free event shows several display solutions to organizations involved with professional AV rental staging, fixed installs and corporate AV environments.
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“Solutions that Rock” gives consultants, architects, service planners and designers hands-on experience with some of the best audio and visual systems available, allowing them to discover inspiring ways to transform projection ideas into reality. Attendees can enjoy complimentary refreshments and gifts, and a chance to win an Apple iPad mini.
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Christie’s wide range of technologies include LCD, DLP® and DLP Cinema® projectors, rear screen projection modules, video walls, advanced 3D projection technologies, virtual reality and simulation. Whatever the application, Christie solutions are purpose-built to meet unique projection requirements and are backed by industry-leading service and support.
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Day one is sponsored by distributor JB & A with HB Communications sponsoring the second day and Adtech Systems the third. Also on the agenda is the AIA-certified class – presented by Draper – from 10-11 a.m. on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21.
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“Solutions that Rock” is also an informal opportunity for dealers, integrators, distributors, consultants and end users to see how the showcased products offer leading edge and fully workable solutions for their customers. Attendees can participate in technology demonstrations and receive hands-on experience of each solution’s capabilities that will increase their confidence when demonstrating and selling to customers.
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Christie Technology on Display
The benefits of the new Christie Brio will be highlighted onsite. This presentation and collaboration solution enables multiple users to share video and audio content from their laptop or mobile device by connecting to the meeting room’s video system through a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network. Presentations, video, and other media can be displayed without wires, dongles, or special software applications so meeting participants can go right to work without setup delays.
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Christie Brio makes collaboration across multiple rooms, auditoriums and offices easy and immediate. It can connect to multiple worksites on a college campus or across several campuses. All Brio nodes added to a meeting will be able to see the same content and contribute to the meeting by sharing any presentation.
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Christie Brio also takes full advantage of interactive whiteboard technology by turning it into a bi-directional collaboration tool. Any participant in a Brio meeting can use touch-enabled displays to add to or edit whiteboard contents, regardless of geographic location.
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Another highlight is the eye-catching tower display of Christie® MicroTiles® using Christie Jumpstart. Built on proven DLP® technology, Christie MicroTiles – the industry’s most flexible, high-resolution modular design concept – are specifically designed for maximum image quality in demanding indoor, high ambient light environments.
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Both the Christie M Series and Christie J Series of projectors will be displayed as well as multiple solutions, ranging from HD and 2K LCD to Xenon 3-chip DLP® images, displaying on a 30-foot wide screen. Attendees will learn how to control any Christie J Series or M Series projector directly from their iOS-enabled mobile device using Christie’s latest network wired and wireless control solutions.
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Also displayed is the Christie Vista URS. The all-in-one matrix switcher accepts multiple sources in any format (analog composite to digital 4K) and seamlessly routes these sources to any of eight user-configurable outputs, which can be configured independently for any analog or digital output format.
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The Christie FHD551-W 55-inch LCD outdoor flat panel will also be at the booth and, to fulfill the need to interface with IT systems, Christie will showcase its network solutions with all projection and multi-image systems connected to, and managed through, the IP network – including wireless control of all devices. Christie AutoStack™ – Camera-based, software driven solution used for maintaining projector alignment in multiple blend and stacked designs, will operate across the network, offering a solution that manages both fixed installs and rental staging designs for both flat and curved screens.
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Showing the architectural flexibility of Christie MicroTiles, the RPMM Mobile Matrix (Deployable Matrix Video Wall) from rp Visual Solutions will be supporting four Christie MicroTiles in a snake-like, staggered environment while the Christie Spyder X20 multi-image processor will manage all display content across the booth including the stereoscopic demonstrations.
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High Output Studios is located at 495 Turnpike Street in Canton. To register, please visit http://www.christiedigital.com/solutionsthatrock2

SOUND DEVICES EXHIBITS LATEST FIRMWARE FOR 664 PRODUCTION MIXER AT CCW 2013

NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 13, 2013 — Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, continues its tradition of adding significant features to its products through regular firmware updates. The latest update, Version 2.00 for its flagship 664 Production Mixer, unlocks six additional line-level inputs on this already powerful field mixer. The 664 now offers 12 analog inputs and 16-track recording without requiring the CL-6 Input Controller. Sound Devices showcases the benefits of the 664’s latest firmware update, Version 2.00 at Content & Communications World 2013 (CCW Booth 1140).

Sound Devices 664 features six ultra-low-noise, high-dynamic-range preamps that accept mic- or line-level signals and include analog peak limiters, high-pass filters, and input trim control. Version 2.0 firmware provides access to six additional, menu-controlled, line-level inputs for a total of 12 inputs. Inputs 7-12 appear on TA3 connectors shared with the direct outputs. Inputs 1 and 6 can be set to accept AES3 or AES42 for digital microphones, each with its own SRC for simplicity in system clocking.

With version 2.00, the 664 can record 16 track files, which include all 12 inputs plus its four outputs, without requiring the CL-6 Input Controller. The CL-6 continues to be an important accessory for users requiring hardware fader control of inputs 7 through 12. Firmware revision 2.00 also brings additional LCD metering modes to support the expanded input capability. Three menu-set metering modes are selectable from the front panel meter button. Meter modes offer combinations of input and output levels.

The 664 records 16-track monophonic or polyphonic broadcast WAV files or stereo MP3 files to SD and/or CompactFlash cards. All inputs and outputs are individually selectable for recording, and feature up to three seconds of record pre-roll. With its dual card slots, the 664 can record content to either or both cards simultaneously, with the ability to assign different tracks to each memory card. With cards not optimized for multi-channel monophonic file recording or if the monophonic 10-track limit is exceeded, a warning message is displayed on the LCD display when starting a recording. In addition, when formatted in the 664, SD cards 64 GB and larger are automatically formatted as ExFAT (in accordance with the SD Association’s recommendation). All CF cards and lower-capacity SD cards remain FAT32.

The 664 offers greater flexibility and ease-of-use with its “LCD Daylight Display” mode, which incorporates a daylight-specific color scheme and solid-bar metering option for improved readability in direct sunlight. In addition, it includes a high-precision, Ambient-based timecode generator/reader for multi-camera and double-system sound applications.

Existing 664 users can download version 2.00 for free by visiting http://www.sounddevices.com/download/664-firmware/.

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. Founded in 1998, the 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.

AJA Ki Pro Helps David Marks Capture Sole-Searching Documentary

Documentary filmmaker David Marks approaches each new project with a genuine intent to improve the world and inspire human benevolence. Continuing this tradition, Marks’ latest observational documentary, “In the Cobbler’s Shoes,” follows the workday of Misak Pirinjian – a hardworking shoemaker and owner of a reputable family business in Mill Valley, CA. Highlighting Pirinjian’s daily interactions with customers and repairs on seemingly dilapidated shoes, the modern fable illustrates how one man’s compassion can impact an entire community. To accurately depict Pirinjian’s story, Marks relied extensively on an AJA Ki Pro file-based recording device to capture hundreds of hours of footage in Pirinjian’s shop over the course of a year.

From the documentary’s inception, Marks recognized an intriguing story, but wasn’t quite sure how it would all coalesce. Using a Panasonic HDC-TM900 prosumer 3-chip camera with a Leica lens outputting at 1080 29.97i, he began unobtrusively capturing Pirinjian dispensing advice and encouragement to shop customers on a regular basis – making note of any magical moments. Sending an uncompressed HD signal out of the HDMI camera port directly into the AJA Ki Pro, Marks recorded these interactions in Apple ProRes 422 HQ on AJA KiStor modules to garner a high-quality picture. He also used a Zoom H4n Handy recorder mounted on the ceiling to gather additional audio.

“The Ki Pro performed flawlessly throughout the entire production,” explained Marks. “I could easily hit play, stop, pause and record directly from the Ki Pro and even remotely from my laptop and iPhone. It operates like an old fashioned tape deck, but with the convenience of hard drives instead of tape.”

After each day of shooting, Marks transferred footage from the KiStor modules to Hitachi G-Tech drives – eventually filling four 1-TB drives for editing on a personal Mac computer. Editing in the latest version of Adobe® Premiere Pro®, Marks began to shape the film by reviewing footage and selecting material that would complement the separate audio interviews he completed with Pirinjian. Using Ki Pro, he was able to edit in the same format with which he recorded – a capability that proved to be a tremendous asset.

“Ki Pro helped drive the level of quality for the film, because I could record and edit at much higher resolution than I normally would have. I also didn’t realize just how much it would help me in editorial; I could easily get a close up on medium-wide shots without any degradation because of the density of information,” he shared. “It’s an excellent, well-designed unit that I would use again. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to record directly in a secure and stable manner.”

Using LookLabs‘ SpeedLooks plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro, Marks was able to complete his own color correction on the film. Once complete, he exported the final sequence from Premiere Pro in the same format as it was shot – a 29.97i QuickTime ProRes 422 HQ file – and brought it to DXD Productions in West Los Angeles, where it was converted to a 23.98p file. From there, it was sent to Simple DCP in Hollywood for digital cinema conversion. “I couldn’t have been happier with the final result,” Marks said. “The quality of the film on the big screen rivals features shot for millions of dollars.”

“In the Cobbler’s Shoes” opened at the Mill Valley Film Festival on Saturday, October 5, 2013, and has received rave reviews from film critics, documentary enthusiasts and the Mill Valley community since its debut. Marks concluded, “People came up to me on the street and thanked me for reminding them why they live in Mill Valley. I couldn’t ask for a better response to a film than that.”

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion, acquisition and desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post- production markets. With headquarters in Grass Valley, California, AJA maintains an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world. For further information visit www.aja.com.

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New Broadcast Pix Promotion Bundles Systems with Matrox Monarch HD Streaming Appliance

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced its Matrox Monarch HD Bundle Promotion, which packages a Mica™ or Granite™ integrated production system with the new Matrox streaming/recording appliance at a special price for customers who purchase by Dec. 31, 2013. The Matrox Monarch HD Bundle Promotion is also being offered to Slate™ system owners who upgrade to a Mica or Granite.

Matrox Monarch HD, which began shipping in September, connects directly to a Broadcast Pix system via HDMI, and features one touch stream and record buttons on the front of the unit for easy operation. “This promotion is an affordable way for new or upgrading Broadcast Pix customers to add a reliable streaming appliance to their new systems,” said Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO.

Designed for professional video producers who need to stream a live event andrecord a master quality version for post simultaneously, the compact Matrox Monach HD generates an H.264 stream with adjustable streaming parameters. It also records a high-quality .MP4 or .MOV file, which can be uploaded to a content delivery network (CDN) like YouTube or easily imported into most NLE systems without transcoding. Files can be recorded to an SD card, USB drive, or network-mapped drive.

“Matrox Monarch HD makes it easy to stream a live event from a Broadcast Pix system and simultaneously record a Blu-ray quality version of the production,” said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing, Matrox Video. “It’s a powerful combination for content creators who want to share professional video productions with a Web-based audience.”

Granite is Broadcast Pix’s premium line of integrated production systems, with 11 or 22 HD/SD-SDI inputs from the Granite Switcher and seven channels of file-based inputs from the Granite Server. Mica includes a multi-definition switcher than can mix eight HD/SD-SDI inputs with seven channels of internal clips, animations, and graphics. Both systems offer a choice of control interfaces and include the Fluent™ workflow toolset, which includes built-in clip store, customizable multi-view, Inscriber CG, virtual sets, file-based macros, and live access to cloud-based content.

For more details about the promotion, please visit www.broadcastpix.com/Matrox-Monarch-HD.html.

About Broadcast Pix
The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent, Granite, Mica, and Slate are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Versatile Distribution Services Welcomes Herb Ricco to Broadcast Sales Team

Marlboro, MA – November 13, 2013 – Versatile Distribution Services, a division of Versatile Communications, Inc., today announced that Herb Ricco has joined its sales team as an account manager serving the Avid, Adobe, Assimilate and Grass Valley reseller network. Always ahead of the curve on industry trends and new and emerging technologies, Ricco has poised himself to better position Versatile Distribution Services as the go-to distributor for turnkey broadcast and post-production solutions (Avid 7, Adobe Creative Cloud, EDIUS Pro, & SCRATCH) powered by Hewlett Packard (HP) platforms. “At Versatile Distribution Services, our sales team is touted as a highly knowledgeable group of individuals, each of whom provides a seamless experience for the Avid, Adobe, Assimilate and Grass Valley reseller community,” comments Jason Quast, managing director, broadcast, Versatile Distribution Services. “Herb Ricco is an ideal fit for this team. With an impressive track record, Ricco has consistently contributed to both improved productivity and profitability through leadership, as well as proved to have a sound understanding of client needs. We are confident he will be an invaluable addition to our team.”

Ricco will be responsible for supporting Versatile’s vast network of Avid, Adobe, Assimilate and Grass Valley resellers, promoting HP-powered turnkey solutions optimized for the broadcast and post-production markets.

Before joining the Versatile Distribution Services sales team, Ricco served as key account manager at Broadfield Distributing for 13 years. There, he helped grow the company’s margin by 3% year after year, increasing revenues from $900K to $2.8M while streamlining sales approaches to improve efficiency of order routing and processing. Ricco’s proven ability to cultivate key business accounts through interaction with dealers, manufacturers and other company branches, as well as foster relationships through consistent and reliable customer service, will contribute to Versatile Distribution Services’ ongoing success as a leading service provider for the media and entertainment industries.

About Versatile Distribution Services
Based in Marlboro, Massachusetts, Versatile Distribution Services, a division of Versatile Communications, Inc., is a channel partner, solutions provider, and distributor specializing in the media and entertainment industries. Versatile Distribution Services supplies reseller channel partners with HP workstations optimized for Avid, Adobe, ASSIMILATE, and Grass Valley as well as other broadcast and post solutions, including the HP File-based Editing Platform and HP DreamColor Monitors. For more information, please visit http://www.versatiledistributionservices.com/.

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Nine Aquafadas-Powered Apps Named Finalists for Digital Magazine Awards

Bande à Part, ePals Media, UBM Design Central, Mondadori, Prisma Creative Media and Lufthansa Cargo AG each win coveted spots on the industry hot list

Montpellier, France – November 13, 2013 – Aquafadas, innovative developer of digital publishing solutions and creative software for HTML5 creation, praises six customers behind nine apps that landed a total of 14 spots on the list of finalists for the 2013 Digital Magazine Awards. Now in its fourth year, the Digital Magazine Awards (DMA) celebrate the best magazines, individuals and advertisers from the digital magazine industry. Aquafadas-powered apps topping the DMA charts include Bande à Part, Signum (UBM Design Central), Canal+ (Prisma Creative Media), and planet (Lufthansa Cargo AG). Each finalist is chosen based on brilliant editorial content and design that influence and set trends within the sector. Each digital magazine finalist embraces innovation and delivers engaging content that far surpasses that of its peers.

Bande à Part and EETimes 40th Anniversary Issue: Rise of the Geeks by UBM Design Central also nabbed desirable spots as finalists in the Launch of the Year category for “New Title” and “New Format,” respectively. The winning magazine in either category will have captured a significant market share in the period since launch, proving its status as a trendsetting digital magazine. Featuring superb editorial content and fantastic design, both Bande à Part and EETimes 40th Anniversary Issue push the boundaries of what is possible in the digital format thanks to Aquafadas digital publishing technology. Adding to this list of accolades awarded to the team behind Bande à Part, both founders of the digital feat are being honored with top spots on the finalist list. Fouzi Louahem was shortlisted in the Designer of the Year category, while Anne-Claire Cieutat was nominated for Editor of the Year.

Demonstrating her innate talent for not only producing a stunning digital publication but managing a creative team, Cieutat comments, “It’s very important that all Bande à Part journalists can think in ‘3D.’ That is to say, that all subjects are elaborated upon with text, sounds, images, videos, drawings, music and more. The iPad and iPhone open up a tremendous amount of possibilities for expression, which we take full advantage of while collaborating on Bande à Part.”

She continues, “The advantage of using the Aquafadas Digital Publishing System comes from the clear and understandable interface, which provides our production team with a smooth workflow that doesn’t get in the way of the final product. It allows us to combine images, sounds, videos, slideshows, and more. This near-infinite amount of possible combinations allows for a new approach to reading, watching, and listening for the Bande à Part audience.”

Aquafadas Customers Earn Top Spots as DMA Finalists
Aquafadas continues to empower agencies and publishers to unleash their creativity. The Digital Magazine Award finalists have each used Aquafadas in unique ways to express their creativity using a powerful combination of images, slideshows, animations and more. Aquafadas is proud to be associated with such innovative and highly interactive apps.

Bande à Part
Designer of the Year: Fouzi Louahem
Editor of the Year: Anne-Claire Cieutat
Launch of the Year (New Title)
Film, TV and Entertainment Magazine of the Year

UBM Design Central
Launch of the Year (New Format)
EETimes 40th Anniversary Issue: Rise of the Geeks
Technology and Gadget Magazine of the Year
Signum

ePals Media
Children’s Magazine of the Year
Ask
Babybug Magazine
Click Magazine
Spider


Science and Nature Magazine of the Year
Ask

Mondadori
Children’s Magazine of the Year
Science et Vie Kids

Prisma Creative Media
Customer Magazine of the Year
Canal+

Lufthansa Cargo AG / PRH Hamburg Kommunikation GmbH
Customer Magazine of the Year
Lufthansa Cargo’s Planet App

About the Digital Magazine Awards
The Digital Magazine Awards are the most coveted international magazine awards in the world. The awards celebrate the best magazines, individuals and advertisers from the digital magazine industry. The Digital Magazine Awards were launched in 2010 to highlight the incredible innovation in the publishing sector and showcase the highest quality magazines. The awards reward sensational creativity and hard work. They are designed to inspire readers by signposting the best in class and draw the attention of the brands and advertisers who fuel the sector. Over the past four years the growth of the sector and pace of innovation has exceeded all expectations.

About Aquafadas
Aquafadas, a pioneer in digital publishing technology, enables the creation and mass distribution of graphics rich, interactive digital content such as books, comics, corporate documents, magazines, and newspapers, across all major platforms including smartphones, tablets and the web. Businesses all over the world rely on Aquafadas’ purpose-built content creation and distribution solutions to achieve their digital publishing strategies, significantly expanding content reach while lowering overhead costs. Some of Aquafadas prestigious customers include Bayard, Carrefour, Egmont International, Kelby Media Group, Lagardere, Mondadori, Reader’s Digest, Sanoma, Standard & Poors and Vodafone.

In addition to the Aquafadas Digital Publishing Solution, the company’s line of award-winning creative software is utilized daily by thousands of graphic designers, web developers, photographers and video editors from the avid enthusiast to the seasoned professional.

A Rakuten group business, Aquafadas also provides its technological expertise to Kobo, the world’s fastest growing e-reader provider. For more information about Aquafadas, please visit www.aquafadas.com.

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

Lauren Leger
Zazil Media Group
lauren@zazilmediagroup.com
(p) 508.498.8433
(skype) lauren.zazil

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