"Weimar was a famously hectic, louche, and creative period, and 'Babylon' gives it a gorgeous sheen."

"Life comes flooding in from all directions in Babylon Berlin, the most expensive German TV series ever, which has become an international hit," reports Jon Powers. "Based on a series of novels by Volker Kutscher, this 16-parter began streaming on Netflix at the end of January, and though not as searingly great as Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1980 miniseries Berlin Alexanderplatz, it's far more fun and binge-able.


"The scene is 1929 Berlin, near the end of the vibrant, violent Weimar era that will soon curdle into the horrors of Nazism. The hero, Gereon Rath, is an upright but tormented vice cop recently transferred to Berlin from Cologne.

"Rath is trying to track down a pornography ring that has compromising photos of Cologne's mayor. While this sounds straightforward enough, he's soon confronted with political corruption and a freight train filled with mysterious cargo." To read the full article, click here.


"Most of the production was filmed on location in Berlin, and the long tracking exteriors along cobbled streets with vintage cars, passenger trams, and scamps begging for coins are dazzling," Taylor Antrim assesses. "We're treated to busy Alexanderplatz, squalid tenements with coin-operated lights, coal-fired trains that screech and belch smoke, and bustlingly sexy nightclubs full of pristine Bauhaus designs. Weimar was a famously hectic, louche, and creative period, and Babylon gives it a gorgeous sheen." To read the full article, click here

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"The trick is to try to create the sense that the people at the time don't know what's going to happen," co-creator Tom Tykwer tells Scott Roxborough. "No one in 1929 could have imagined what would become of Germany."

"The 1920s was a crazy time, society wasn't fixed, conservative and cautious, but experimental,” adds co-creator Achim von Borriess. "Berlin was a international, cosmopolitan capital, attracting young people and artists from around the world, much like it is again today. They all came together on Berlin's streets: communists, Nazis, feminists, homosexuals." To read the full interview, click here.

"Babylon Berlin has a fun, intriguing, artsy start and it promises viewers that more drama is due to come," Meghan O'Keefe says. "But what makes it really engaging is how eager it is to show a different side of 20th Century Germany than we're used to seeing. 

"This is the last gasp of bohemia in Germany before Hitler and the Nazis rose to power. Babylon Berlin is a show about crime, sin, degradation, romance, and glamour. It's a more freewheeling Germany, one with more sex and danger, and a lot less absolute evil." To read the full article, click here.


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More than 55 of the 2018 Fall Television and Streaming Series Rely on Blackmagic Design

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Jingle All the Way: Luxul's XMS-1208P Managed Gigabit Switch is Available for All CI Integrators this Holiday Season

Luxul, the leading innovator of IP networking solutions for AV integrators, today announced that it's giving CI integrators the gift of enterprise-level performance at affordable price points this holiday season. It doesn't matter if they've been naughty or nice, the company's XMS-1208P 12-port/18 PoE+ managed Gigabit switch — that delivers high-speed performance while enabling simple network expansion — is now available for all. And to ring in the new year, Luxul will begin shipping its AMS-1816P 18-port/16 PoE+ L2/L3 managed Gigabit switch in early January.


HoverCam Transforms Classrooms Fit for Future-Ready Students at Val Verde USD

HoverCam, an innovative technology leader in the digital education market, announced that Val Verde Unified School District (USD) in Parris, California, successfully installed HoverCam's Pilot digital teaching stations and CenterStage interactive flat panels (IFPs) in new STEM labs in the elementary schools, with plans for an eventual rollout to the district's middle and high schools. As part of the district's goal to create future-ready students, Val Verde USD chose HoverCam digital education solutions to address the rising challenge of updating classrooms and introducing curriculum with advanced systems that will prepare students for a rapidly changing career landscape.


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Global News Agency Ruptly Relies on Riedel's MediorNet and Artist on Board New OB and DSNG Vehicles

Riedel's MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom are providing the decentralized and redundant signal routing and communications backbone on board two all-new, state-of-the-art OB vehicles for Ruptly, a Berlin-based international news agency. Qvest Media, a world-leading system architect and integrator for the broadcast and media industries, designed and built the new broadcast van and DSNG vehicle.