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Westlake Pro Builds World-class Sound Stages

2017-06-14 08:23:42 ccwire-staff

Thunderbolt(TM) certified rackmount system adds enhanced durability, integrated RAID capacity, and I-O flexibility to their post-production workflows

Chatsworth, CA – JMR Electronics, Inc. a leading design center and manufacturer of scalable storage solutions now provides Westlake Pro with tightly integrated LightningTM Thunderbolt rackmount workstations that combines the Apple Mac Pro®, three Avid Pro Tools® | HDX cards, RAID storage, and a fiber channel HBA that networks the workstations into the studio’s high-speed SAN implementations. These Thunderbolt certified rackmount workstations are utilized in Westlake Pro’s sound stage solution for re-recording, mixing, scoring, automated dialogue replacement (ADR), and Foley for film and TV.

Westlake Pro works with post production facilities that can support over 200 Pro Tools systems running on Mac Pros. The new Mac Pros’ cylindrical design and Thunderbolt only interface create an operational challenge at many studios. Hamid “Gadget” Hopkins, Westlake Pro executive vice president said, “Our clients’ workstations are designed as semi-permanent installs so they can readily be reconfigured when the need arises. When the new Mac Pro came out, while it provided the performance and capability we needed, its design required expansion boxes, unique racking, and many exposed cables making it a challenging system to maintain and reconfigure. That led us to investigate JMR and their ability to encapsulate all our needs into one system just like the older Mac Pro towers.”

The JMR Lightning Thunderbolt (LTNG-XQ) product family is designed for Apple Mac Pro users needing to connect to PCIe peripherals. The LTNG-XQ products are the only storage systems on the market featuring four full-bandwidth PCIe slots, using two independent Thunderbolt-2 20Gb/s bridge circuits: One Thunderbolt-2 bridge drives two slots, and a second internal Thunderbolt-2 bridge drives the other two slots. Connections to a host like the Mac Pro include using two of the three available Thunderbolt 2 bus connections to the Mac.

Continued Hopkins, “Sessions and movies continue to become more complex and that requires more tracks to handle the intricacies of sound. That complexity requires a system that can handle the speed, connectivity, and reliability requirements we have to drive 3 HDX’s and local RAID along with an extra slot for fiber access. JMR’s system uniquely offers a 4th PCIe slot that allows us to do that all in one high-performance, self-contained, integrated system. Because of the rack system design, even swapping cards in the Mac Pro is easier now.”

“JMR impressed us with their absolute willingness to come out to the studio, listen to what we wanted, and helped us to custom design and configure a system that met our needs and would work well for our clients,” concluded Hopkins. “It took 12 rack spaces to store and stack all the equipment we needed for a single system prior to implementing the JMR Lightning product. Now we have one JMR workstation that fits in a 4U rack space with everything neatly inside. The system is well thought out, rock solid, and tightly integrated. Bottom line is that we are very impressed.”

More details on the JMR Thunderbolt product family can be found at http://jmr.com/product/ltng-xq-rmmp-new.


About Westlake Pro
Westlake Pro provides solution-driven sales and technical services for the finest post-production facilities, music studios, and content creators in the world. They offer a unique understanding of client’s needs, a highly knowledgeable sales staff, and industry leading customer service, including full design and integration services. For further information, please visit https://westlakepro.com, contact sales@westlakepro.com, or call 323-845-1145.

About JMR Electronics
JMR is a leading value provider and systems integrator of scalable storage systems for high performance and capacity driven applications for multiple markets including; video and post-production, military and government, education, VOD, DCC, gaming, security, medical imaging, HPC and Web 2.0. Since 1982, JMR’s reliable and innovative RAID systems are proudly made in the U.S.A., manufactured entirely from their Chatsworth, California facilities. JMR’s complete line of affordable Lightning™ storage products; SilverStor™ SMB focused products, and BlueStor™ Cloud-ready rackmount and desktop solutions are built to handle the most demanding project needs for A/V centric markets. Reliability. Innovation. Performance. This is JMR. For further information, please visit www.jmr.com or contact sales@jmr.com, or call 818-993-4801.

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Killer Tracks Launches GUM Tapes

2017-06-08 12:50:19 artisanspr

SANTA MONICA, Calif.— Killer Tracks, a premiere source for pre-cleared production music, announces GUM Tapes, a new label developed by Paris-based Green United Music. The initial release includes 11 albums of newly-produced, never-before-available tracks created for film, television and advertising by some of Europe’s hottest composers. All are available immediately for licensing and sync exclusively through Killer Tracks.  GUM Tracks plans to release five additional albums of fresh sounding tracks every month.

With studios in Paris, London and Shanghai, Green United Music has created music for some of the world’s best-known brands, including Peugeot, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Nike, Levi’s, Vodafone, Samsung and L’Oréal. “We’ve been fans of the GUM team for years,” said Killer Tracks Director of Marketing Andrew Donahue. “They produce multi-awarding winning, high quality work that is consistently fresh, authentic and on target with the needs of the market. We’re very impressed with their new work and excited to introduce it to the North American market.”

Produced by veteran GUM producers François Nguyen and Etienne Colin, the first 11 GUM Tapes releases draw on the incredible scope of the company’s artistry.  An ingenious synthesis of the contemporary and the classic, the collection spans a range of advertising, cinema and trailer genres with tracks that are touching, emotional, dramatic, catchy and intelligent…sometimes all at the same time.

Listen to a GUM Tapes sampler here.

All 11 GUM Tapes releases are available now on the Killer Tracks site.

Green United Music founders Frederic Monvoisin and Fabrice Dumont.

About Killer Tracks

Killer Tracks is a global source for pre-cleared music for film, television, advertising and interactive media.  With more than 2,800 active albums from 39 global libraries, the Killer Tracks catalog spans every genre and features original works from some of the music industry’s most innovative composers, artists and producers.  The premium catalog is continuously enhanced with exclusive recordings and new music updates. Friendly, knowledgeable support is always available through a dedicated team of music search specialists and licensing experts. When music matters, rely on the production music experts at Killer Tracks.

For more information, visit www.killertracks.com or follow @killertracks on Twitter and Instagram.

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Composer/Artist Amrita Sen Launches Amrita Sen Music

2017-05-13 09:37:27 rpg246

Los Angeles — Artist/Performer/Musician Amrita Sen has launched Amrita Sen Music to compose for commercials, feature films, television and live special events. In music, Sen is probably best known for her performance at the 2009 Academy Awards with music legend AR Rahman, singing “Jai Ho” from the Oscar-winning movie, Slumdog Millionaire.

Music As Metaphor

Long a musical performer, Sen recently collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Weezer and Timbaland. She also collaborated on a song that was co-produced by David Guetta and Timbaland which features Pitbull. She is now producing and composing for a Broadway show with Timbaland on board as music director. While working, Sen had been thinking it was time to launch her own music company. “I find composing an immediate way to connect music to visuals and work in the metaphorical,” says Sen. “Most music to picture is very specific, as if it is underscoring a specific music scene or dialogue. In commercials, the music doesn¹t have to be so literal. It can represent the emotion of the brand and not get too heavy handed.”

Another catalyst for Amrita Sen Music was commercial rep Mary Saxon, who helped Sen create her commercial reel. “I was amazed at how quickly she adapted to the dynamics of the :30 format,” says Saxon. “Not only is Amrita a natural at composing memorable branding themes for advertising , she also has an innate understanding of sound design and how best to integrate to enhance her compositions. I’m thrilled to be offering this extraordinary musical talent to ad agencies.”

Harmonium

When composing music, Sen likes to first work out the basics on a harmonium, a type of free reed pump organ. As a young girl, Sen took voice and music lessons while being taught classical Indian music and Western opera. This would be supplemented by rigorous training in classical piano, playing the harmonium, and trips to India to learn music. While in India, she was schooled in the Indian classics from the late Gaan Prakash Ghosh, a celebrated singer, and from her own aunt, the late Geetika Sen. The result is a composer and performer with a unique sensibility. Always a good student, Sen received degrees from The Wharton School of Business and an MBA from Harvard. States Sen, “My music has Indian influences but it also has a lot of influences from western classical – because I trained in piano and western opera. People look to me for Indian music but I think they are learning quickly that I am very versatile. I write both Indian music and english pop songs.”

Brand – Building Expert

In addition to music, Sen is a well-known entrepreneur, having recently launched the successful Amrita Sen line of products including designs from her brands “BollyDoll” and “Cosmic and Eternal Love.” Sen debuted her BollyDoll illustrations at Art Basel in Miami. Sen then created “BollyDoll”, a live event combining immersive visual worlds with vocal performances spanning East Indian, African and R&B influences. This colorful realm filled with music and art launched an entire fashion and lifestyle brand. Sen collaborated with MAC cosmetics to release a limited-edition illustrated brush kit and coordinating makeup bag. Her “BollyDoll” illustrations are also the inspiration for her pajama line sold at Dillard’s, Nordstrom, and Lord & Taylor. The “BollyDoll” jewelry line is featured on The Shopping Channel. Sen recently wrote and illustrated “Cosmic and Eternal Love: An Everlasting Love Story” (Galison; September 2016), a coloring book for adults, accompanied by an original soundtrack Sen wrote and produced.. The book, album and stationery line are being sold at Barnes & Noble and Dillard’s.

 About Amrita Sen Music:

The goal at Amrita Sen Music is to build a catalogue that celebrates the music of the world. Sen is a songwriter/composer backed by being a full service instrument ready musician and professional singer. For more information, please visit www.amritasenmusic.com.

 

 

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The Cavalry Signs SYYN Labs

2017-05-11 11:18:26 rpg246

Los Angeles – The Calvary Productions has signed the incredible creative collective SYYN Labs for spots, virtual + augmented reality and experiential branding. The announcement was made by Cavalry Executive Producer Ross Grogan and Tanya Cohen. This “League of Extraordinary Nerds” are probably best known for their physics-based branding spectacle-centered videos and installations. Among SYYN’s most notable credits are the Rube Goldberg machine music video for OKGO’s “This Too Shall Pass,” which has garnered tens of millions of views and a UK Video Music Award, and their videos and interactive installations for ESPN, Chevrolet, Ford, Allstate, Red Bull, Google, Disney, Sears, Target, and Xbox.

Infectious Creativity

“Talking with Adam (Sadowsky, SYYN Labs President), he has infectious creativity, childlike excitement, and he comes from a place of pure collaboration, offering up awesome, crazy ideas,” says Grogan. “I was immediately  impressed with their work. I realized that the Cavalry needed to represent SYYN Labs. In an age where we’re tricked into believing something is real through heavy vfx, SYYN is grounded in reality and the physical world. It’s happening right in front of your eyes and 100 percent authentic and organic.”

For his part, Sadowsky felt on the same page with Grogan and Cohen. “We had a fantastic initial conversation,” says Sadowsky. “I told them some of my craziest ideas – things that I haven’t yet had an opportunity to do. They absolutely got it. They clearly shared my enthusiasm for these ideas and what SYYN does.” “Of course, we do some pretty unusual stuff. But at the same time, we must remain focused on the engagement of our audience and the narrative. After all, story is essential for our projects to achieve that engagement – it’s the way we spread the message for our client brands. Not only do we figure out how to make it work, we make it work so that it has the maximum audience impact.” Adam has spoken at a variety of conferences including TED, InkTalks, Google Zeitgeist, CaT, F5, Web2.0, and was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.

SYYN City

SYNN Labs is a group of exceptional creatives – designers, engineers, scientists; dreamers, all. Anarchic, playful and imagination-centric, SYYN Labs first gained notoriety for their physics based stunt videos. “SYYN has an innate ability to brand through their videos and installations,” says Grogan. “They are also very forward thinking in technology, including VR and AR. It’s really the perfect time for SYYN Labs.”

About The Cavalry Productions

The Cavalry Productions is a global company focused on the creation of astounding moving imagery for both commercials and the digital world. We pride ourselves on being responsive collaborators and true allies for our clients. http://www.thecavalry.com

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Mr. Wolf Expands to New York

2017-05-04 16:25:40 artisanspr

SANTA MONICA, CA— Culver City, California-based visual effects boutique Mr. Wolf has opened a studio in New York City. The new operation, located within the post-production facility Post FactoryNY, will provide visual effects and finishing services for features, television, broadcast media, advertising and other projects. Mr. Wolf is known for its work on features American Hustle, Hercules, The Brother’s Grimsby and Allegiant. Its New York operation has already completed work for MTV’s Teen Wolf, SPIKE’s Adam Carolla and Friends Build Stuff, and VH-1’s America’s Next Top Model and Leave It to Stevie.

John Ciampa, a 25-year industry veteran, will head the New York operation as Creative Director. Like the company’s Culver City operation, the new site features a flexible IT infrastructure that enables it to quickly scale up or adapt its workflow to meet the needs of assignments of varying size and needs. In addition to tackling New York-based projects, it will provide supplementary support to the team in California.

“We’re extending the model that has worked so well on the West Coast,” said Mr. Wolf Executive Producer Mike Pryor. “It’s creative solutions through unparalleled client service.” Pryor added that the two offices share a data link that allows them to collaborate. Both sides have already teamed up on projects for the television series Channel Zero (SyFy), The Goldbergs (ABC),Kevin Can Wait (CBS), and The OA (Netflix) as well as the Peter Berg- directed Patriot’s Day.  They are currently in production on Nicole Holofcener’s Land of Steady Habits which recently finished shooting.

Mr. Wolf was launched in 2014 by Pryor and Creative Directors Danny Yoon and Duy Nguyen. It moved to its current studio location in 2015, where it offers visual effects, color grading, design, animation and editorial finishing services. It maintains a boutique mindset and artistic orientation from its highly experienced team.

Ciampa worked as a New York-based independent for the past nine years, most recently focusing on broadcast media for VH-1, MTV and other Viacom channels. Previously, he spent 11 years in Los Angeles, where he held staff posts with View Studios, Pittard Sullivan, and Ring of Fire. A talented compositor, visual effects artist and creative director, he has worked across features, television, broadcast and commercials.

Ciampa said he views his arrival at Mr. Wolf as a reunion as he previously worked with Pryor, Yoon and Nguyen at Ring of Fire. “It’s been 25 years of amazing opportunities, including commercials, movies, graphics and TV,” he noted. “Mostly I’m grateful for the people and collaborations. And now I feel inspired and energized to be working with Danny, Duy and Mike again.  Feels good.”

Mr. Wolf is located at 9503 Jefferson Blvd. Studio B., Culver City, CA 90232. For more information on Mr. Wolf, contact Mike Pryor, executive producer at (424) 259-1657 or mike@mrwolf.us

www.mrwolf.us

 

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Director/EP Danny Sawaf Launches Oceana Branding

2017-05-04 11:37:38 rpg246

LOS ANGELES — Oceana Branding, a director-driven production company for commercials, branded content and music videos, has opened its doors. The new venture is under the aegis of director/EP Danny Sawaf and maintains a directorial roster that includes Kendy Ty, Lev Pakman, Del, Ene Farina, Kim Gun, Bellone+Consonni (the duo of Marco Bellone and Giovanni Consonni), Jay Jun, Joe Zohar, and the NoBrain trio–all for U.S. representation. Additionally director Dan Gifford is handled by Oceana in the Middle East (Gifford continues to be repped in the American ad market by Aero Film.)

Headquartered in Beverly Hills, Calif., with offices in Dubai and Bucharest, Oceana has a support staff which includes head of production Rikke Heinecke and director of operations Joshua Lehnerd.

Recent credits for Oceana directors include: Nobrain’s short film for Citroen out of Havas division Hercules, a client-direct Emirates Airlines campaign by Bellone+Consonni and a Samsung spot directed by Kim Gun for agency Sampartners. The Citroen spot highlights the automaker’s C-Aircross Concept car. The spot is a visual analogy of how a car can fit both lifestyle and its surrounding environment. In Samsung’s “Memory Cards,” data cards come to life as they fall from the shelf, then get detected by a drone and a prancing digital camera. A playful fight ensues, highlighting the toughness of the 256 meg data cards. In an Emirates Airline branding film, a man reflects on the sights and sounds of his lifelong travels, savoring every piece of the world. He realizes that travel is like a book, with some travelers still on the first page.

Sawaf named his company after the ocean. “In a metaphysical sense Oceana describes our identity, culture and philosophy, which is internationalism,” he said, citing the shop’s overseas offices and directorial talent which has extensive global experience. For instance, the aforementioned Emirates Airlines spot was shot in more than a dozen countries. Samsung was lensed in South Korea. And the Citroen job was shot in Argentina.

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Blum Consulting Partners Launches in LA

2017-05-02 08:31:05 sj-golden
Los Angeles – Industry vet Alex Blum and his partner, Andrea Ruskin, have launched Blum Consulting Partners, a production consulting firm created to provide brands, agencies and their creative partners with the expertise and nuanced understanding of production needed to navigate the changing landscape of the advertising industry.
Blum, former Chief Innovation Officer at Advertising Production Resources (APR), and Ruskin, former VP and Brand Executive Producer, are motivated by their conviction that production consulting needs to evolve to meet the new challenges clients are facing.
“When we started in production consulting, the business was still holding on to a broadcast-centric model that laddered down from TV campaigns into a limited universe of media types,” says Blum. “Now, most campaigns are integrated across platforms with a broad range of deliverables, often with competing priorities, sometimes global demands, and typically challenging timelines. The value of production consulting is now about managing a complex process with a lot of moving parts to get the best value.”
The partners have worked with Fortune 500 companies and major advertising agencies across all platforms and verticals, implementing improved production process. Their approach fosters collaboration between partners and defines the culture of the new company.
Blum and Ruskin are skilled at devising new ways for creative partners to work together, maximizing the efficiency of production pipelines, guiding clients through business transformations, evolving relationships and seamlessly integrating workflow; all of which positions their new firm as a valuable resource for both brands and their agencies.
BCP provides real-time solutions for challenges that arise during the production process and functions as a resource to address the root causes of recurring production and execution issues.
One of the challenges facing both brands and agencies is the need to make a realistic assessment of the potential benefits of investing in in-house capabilities.  For brands this can be anything from creating an in-house agency to setting up an internal social team or content production unit.  For agencies, it’s about creating the infrastructure and collaborative workflow that supports in-house content production or postproduction capabilities, as well as determining which services to build internally and which are better left to specialized creative partners.
Both partners have strong and diverse backgrounds in production. Blum, a former award-winning production company owner, feature film producer and frequently called upon industry expert, and Ruskin, also a former production company owner who has spent her entire career in advertising, offer years of experience and a passion for problem-solving.
“Blum Consulting Partners is the first consultancy founded by production company owners,” says Ruskin. “We understand the creative process and have the 360° market intelligence to support brands and agencies in the rapidly evolving advertising production ecosystem.”
BCP is based in Los Angeles with resources in San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and London.
For more information, please visit our website, or contact Alex Blum at alex@blumconsultingpartners.com or 310-472-1005.
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Stephen Arnold Music Sonically Brands Relaunch of CCTV International As CGTN

2017-05-02 08:23:27 rayecke
DALLAS, TX — The rebranding of a channel group that reaches over one billion people requires more than just a name change — China Central Television International (CCTV) is now China Global Television Network (CGTN), emphasizing an even more expansive worldview and mobile-first strategy. To make the updated focus crystal clear, Stephen Arnold Music continued its collaboration with the network to evolve its memorable musical theme.
    The new themes for the rebrand followed Stephen Arnold Music’s work with Flint Skallen on a sonic brand and comprehensive music package launched in 2015 and shared between CCTV’s five International Channels. Their engaging four-note mnemonic remains at the heart of a campaign that announces the channel group’s new name while demonstrating the network is even more easily accessible as CGTN.
    Stephen Arnold Music’s composers post-scored the music to Flint Skallen’s bold graphics, building on the sonic signature and creating fresh arrangements to accompany the design team’s visceral new images. For the latest package, Stephen Arnold Music combined traditional orchestration with modern soundscape elements that drive home the mnemonic. As the sonic logo crescendos in announcing the network’s new name, the visuals highlight the multi-platform shift at CGTN.
    “As CGTN, the DNA of the international news channels remains the same: to cover the whole globe, reporting news with a balanced view from a Chinese perspective,” says Chad Cook, Vice President, Creative for Stephen Arnold Music. “Flint Skallen’s graphics were the driving force in their evolved messaging. Stephen Arnold Music’s updated themes reinforce the network’s leadership in global newsgathering, while highlighting the brand’s newly enhanced digital media and mobile aspects.”
    Experience the CGTN Sonic Branding package here.

About Stephen Arnold Music:
Often referred to as the most-heard, least-known composers in America, Stephen Arnold Music’s creativity is experienced every day in more than 100 million homes throughout the U.S. Based in Dallas with offices in San Diego and New York, with additional recording studios in Santa Fe, “The World Leader In Sonic Branding™ has more than 20 years of success delivering impactful, brand-defining music that makes a difference for today’s top broadcast networks, cable channels, television stations, film production studios and advertising agencies. With multiple Emmys, Addys and Promax Golds to their credit, Stephen Arnold Music’s specialized approach and commitment to the power of sonic branding, state-of-the-art production and unparalleled customer service is at the core of its promise. Stephen Arnold Music continues to set the creative bar in a highly competitive content landscape.
    For more information, please visit http://www.stephenarnoldmusic.com
Creative Credits:
Client: CGTN
Project: Rebrand
Music: Stephen Arnold Music, Dallas, TX
President: Stephen Arnold
VP, Creative Services: Chad Cook
Design: Flint Skallen, Munich, Germany
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Fox buys Technoprops: Glenn Derry to head Fox Studios’ VFX

2017-04-27 17:01:00 ccwire-staff

Twentieth Century Fox Film announced the acquisition of Technoprops, as well as a multi-year agreement with the Company’s founder, Glenn Derry, who will serve as Vice President of Visual Effects and oversee virtual production efforts.  Derry, whose appointment is effective immediately, will be based in Los Angeles and report to John Kilkenny, TCFF’s President of Visual Effects.

Under the terms of the acquisition, Technoprops will now operate as The Fox VFX Lab and the division is currently planning to open a virtual production facility in downtown Los Angeles, at which Derry’s team will operate and be headquartered.

“Technoprops is quite simply the entertainment industry’s top shop in the world of virtual production tools and real-time visualization techniques,” said Mr. Kilkenny.  “We couldn’t be more excited to have him join Fox to run the newly-created Fox VFX Lab.”

Glenn Derry heads up Technoprops and this acquisition is far more significant than it might first appear. It signals Fox Studios major commitment to a new way of making films: full Virtual Production.

Technoprops is known as the ‘go to’ place for wearable head rigs, such as seen in last year’s SIGGRAPH Live winning EPIC Games / HellBlade demo. Fox’s move to buy the company and have its founder as VP of Visual Effects signals a commitment to virtual production at the major Hollywood studio.

Apart from controlling ‘Teddy’ in Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence , virtual production supervising Avatar, simulcam developing and supervising on Disney’s The Jungle Book, and facial capture supervising at ILM on films like Warcraft, – Glenn Derry is also rumoured to have once personally installed Tom Cruise’s advanced TV, and taught him how to use the remote!

The company is known for:

  • The highest quality and most comfortable body worn facial capture systems
  • Virtual production pipeline creation and on set supervision
  • Bespoke virtual camera hardware and software
  • Augmented reality cinematography systems and on set operation – aka SIMULCAM
  • DIT, video assist, and dailies pipelines
  • Motion base operation and CG Integration
  • Helping really creative teams use technology to make scripts a reality

Technoprops movie and games credits include, Avatar, Warcraft, Avengers – Age of Ultron, Disney’s The Jungle Book, and Halo 4.

 

Read the full story at FXGuide.

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SABOTEUR Announces New Production, Sales and Finance Initiative Launching Five Titles at Cannes 2017

2017-04-26 16:40:20 ccwire-staff

New York, NY – Saboteur Media (Saboteur) announced today the launch of a new film production, sales and finance initiative based in New York, coinciding with the announcement that industry veteran, Mark Lindsay has joined the company as President of Distribution and will be presenting five new titles to the market next month in Cannes.

Mark Lindsay

Saboteur’s current slate consists of three narrative, and two documentary features.

On the narrative side Saboteur is presenting, Love Thy Keepers from director Josh Janowicz, Cleaning House from director Nick Quested, and Seize from director Jimmy Loweree, with Love Thy Keepers going into production in May.

On the documentary front Saboteur has two completed projects, Word is Bond from director Sacha Jenkins (Burn Motherfucker, Burn!, Fresh Dressed), features Nas, J Cole, Run the Jewels, Rakim, The Lox, Rapsody, and Tech N9ne, that tracks the history of hip-hop and explores the art of lyricism; and The Iconoclast, from director King Adz, a documentary crime thriller, that follows the life and exploits of international fugitive, Michel van Rijn, as he reflects on a life as the preeminent art thief and forger in the world.

Saboteur is co-producing and representing all rights on the projects they are bringing to Cannes next month.

Launching operations in 2014, Saboteur has handled the US release, as well as the production duties and international sales, on fifteen titles including Sebastian Junger’s Korengal, Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, Rubble Kings, and Being George Clooney.

Along with Saboteur’s push into feature narrative projects, they will continue to produce and distribute 8-10 high-end documentary titles each year with theatrical potential is the US, and which appeal to all-rights distributors in the international marketplace.

Central to Saboteur’s mission is empowering New York filmmakers to make New York films, in New York.

Nick Quested

Nick Quested, Executive Director of Saboteur, explains, “With Mark joining Saboteur, we are in a position to be a one-stop-shop for filmmakers, bringing projects from development through delivery.”

“I am thrilled to join forces with Nick and his talented team at Saboteur,” said Lindsay. “We have known each other for many years and both believe New York is the best place for independent filmmakers to thrive and want to help in making that happen.”

Goldcrest Post New York (Carol, Billions) under Managing Director Ben Cheah will be providing picture and sound post production services on all of Saboteur’s titles.

Most recently, Goldcrest Post New York provided all of the post production services on Nick Quested and Sebastian Junger’s Tribeca Film Festival entry, Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, which is set to air later this year on National Geographic Channel.

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Killer Tracks Launches New Production Music Label – ICON with 16 New Album Releases

2017-03-23 08:24:34 artisanspr

SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Killer Tracks, a premiere source for pre-cleared production music, today announces its new label ICON, featuring music for movie trailers, television promos, advertising, sports, games and other media.

The initial release includes 16 albums created and produced by award-winning composers Frederik Wiedmann and Joel Goodman, founders of independent music producer ICON Trailer Music. The collection runs the gamut from rich, melodic orchestral scores—many recorded with live orchestras—to cutting edge electronica. Also included are a large selection of alternate mixes, bonus elements and trailer toolkits. All 16 albums are available immediately for licensing in the U.S. and internationally.

“We are thrilled to represent ICON in the production music market,” said Killer Tracks Director of Marketing Andrew Donahue. “Frederik and Joel are gifted, versatile composers who write music brimming with emotion and energy. Their tracks are extremely functional, and expertly crafted to work well with picture.” ICON is expected to produce approximately five new albums for the collection each year.

Partnering with Killer Tracks provides ICON with access to the world market and an association with a respected, established brand. “Killer Tracks is known for quality and has been producing music at a high level for a long time,” Goodman said. “It also has tremendous market share in the U.S. and abroad. We look forward to enjoying great exposure.”

Frederik Wiedmann, Joel Goodman

Founded by Wiedmann and Goodman in 2011, ICON initially focused on orchestral trailer music, but has recently been expanding beyond that niche, creatively and conceptually. “We spend a lot of time researching trends and market demands,” explained Wiedmann. “We anticipate where the market is headed and are working with edgier and more contemporary styles.”

ICON has also developed a reputation for high production value. Whenever possible, it records with live orchestras, choirs and musicians. It also produces music with editorial in mind, creating tracks with numerous edit points, creating alternate mixes, and providing stems and musical toolkits. “We deliver lots of components that are useful to picture editors,” Goodman notes.

 

Wiedmann and Goodman bring broad experience in scoring for film, television, documentaries, commercials and animation. Wiedmann won an Emmy Award for the animated series All Hail King Julien. His credits also include the series Miles from Tomorrowland (Disney) and Green Lantern: The Animated Series (Cartoon Network), as well as the films Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox (Warner Bros. Animation), Hostel: Part III (Sony), Mirrors II (20th Century Fox) and Hellraiser: Revelations (Weinstein Company, Dimension Films). Goodman has more than 140 film and television credits, including the acclaimed PBS documentary series American Experience for which he wrote the main theme. He has also scored more than 30 films for HBO, notably Saving Pelican #895, for which he won an Emmy Award.

Killer Tracks will be exhibiting at NAB Show, April 22-27 in Las Vegas, Booth SL-7616.

Video Links

Making of ICON Cosmic Threat Vol 13: http://www.killertracks.com/#!/Video/ICON013.aspx

Making of ICON Dark Guardian Vol 9: http://www.killertracks.com/#!/Video/ICON009.aspx

 About Killer Tracks

Killer Tracks is a global source for pre-cleared music for film, television, advertising and interactive media.  With more than 2,700 active albums from 37 global libraries, the Killer Tracks catalog spans every genre and features original works from some of the music industry’s most innovative composers, artists and producers.  The premium catalog is continuously enhanced with exclusive recordings and new music updates. Friendly, knowledgeable support is always available through a dedicated team of music search specialists and licensing experts. When music matters, rely on the production music experts at Killer Tracks.

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Electus Embraces the WCPMedia Services Cloud

2017-03-23 08:19:28 artisanspr

HOLLYWOOD— Entertainment studio Electus has seen the future of media content distribution and its name is WCPMedia Services. Distributors of such popular television series as Running Wild with Bear Gryllis, Jane the Virgin, Fameless and Style by Jury, Electus began using WCPMedia’s cloud-based platform last year through its international arm to deliver content to broadcasters around the world. What began as a pilot project, quickly became standard operating procedure. The company now uses WCPMedia Services to deliver hundreds of shows each month to customers including divisions of Sky TV, Turner, Viacom and Discovery, on six continents.

“We use WCPMedia for high-speed, high-volume file transfers, and we use it a lot,” says Electus International Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations Brad Jorgensen. “We upload master files of our shows onto the WCPMedia cloud. Our customers are then able to sign in and download them. It’s fast, easy and secure.”

Electus formerly required outside service providers to deliver content to its international customers. That meant loading show files onto hard drives and delivering them to post houses, which handled distribution to end users. “It was cumbersome and inefficient,” observes Jorgensen. “Now, we no longer have to send hard drives all over town; we can do it all from our offices.”

One factor that gave Electus confidence to switch to WCPMedia Services was its use of Aspera as its high-speed file transfer engine. Jorgensen notes that Aspera is fast, reliable and a known brand. “Broadcasters in small markets and remote areas often aren’t as technologically advanced as those in major media centers, and so they are reluctant to work with a delivery service that they’re unfamiliar with,” he explains. “But 90 percent of broadcasters around the world use Aspera and they know that it works.”

WCPMedia also delivers the near-perfect reliability required by the broadcast industry. “We can’t use a distribution service if it doesn’t have a better than 99-percent success rate,” Jorgensen notes. “We have that with WCPMedia. On those rare occasions when a customer has a question or trouble logging in, WCPMedia’s tech support quickly jumps in to communicate with the customer and resolve the issue.”

Jorgensen says that Electus’ transition to cloud distribution happened faster than he anticipated. Last fall, when Electus was evaluating WCPMedia, it set up a trial involving the delivery of 20 television episodes. It worked without a hitch. “WCPMedia passed that test,” he recalls, “and now we’ve delivered more than 1200 files.”

Although Electus primarily employs WCPMedia for file delivery, the platform also includes powerful features for media management, transcoding, media review, and marketing. As a result, it can benefit a wide variety of media companies with different requirements and applications. “Electus continues to expand its partnerships with broadcasters and content producers around the globe, and many of those companies could also benefit from WCPMedia,” Jorgensen asserts. “Some may employ the full scope of features the platforms provides; others might use one component intensively as we do. It’s a fluid tool that adapts to the user.”

About WCPMedia Services

Founded in 2011 in Switzerland, World Content Pole SA (aka WCPMedia Services) is an entertainment software and services company based in Europe (Switzerland), USA and Canada that manages, markets and distributes content to business partners and clients quickly, easily and securely. WCPMedia Services offers a platform of smart process applications that combines proprietary software with top-tier solutions developed by proven and trusted technology companies.

For more information, visit www.wcpmediaservices.com

USA Office:  7083 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood CA 90028

Canada Office: 390 Bay Street, Suite 1706, Toronto M5H 2Y2

Europe Office: Via Peri 17, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

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MTI Film Expands Hollywood Facility to Support HDR

2017-02-27 12:06:21 artisanspr

HOLLYWOOD— MTI Film has completed a major expansion of its Hollywood facility designed to accommodate growing demand for post-production services and support for HDR content. The expansion includes the addition of two new color grading suites and an editorial finishing suite, all HDR capable. The company has also improved its IT infrastructure, adding significant bandwidth and storage, and installed new monitoring systems throughout the facility. All the moves are intended to address the growing number of television productions requiring HDR delivery as well as the company’s expanded slate of HD and UHD shows.

“We’ve built a complete HDR workflow,” said MTI Film CEO Larry Chernoff. “We can support productions from the set to screen, and provide deliverables optimized to any network specification including HDR10, Dolby Vision, IMF and AS02.”

A new edit suite at MTI Film.

MTI Film’s post-production services division has been growing rapidly.  It currently provides post production services for shows Outlander, The Affair, Longmire, Major Crimes, Bates Motel, Good Behavior, The Story of God and Outcast, among others. Its colorist staff has recently grown to five as former assistant colorists Alex Chernoff and Greg Strait have been promoted to colorist joining Tanner Buschman and supervising colorists Steve Porter and Johnnie Kirkwood.  “MTI has always believed in developing talent from within our ranks,” explained Executive Producer Barbara Marshall. “It assures continuity for our customers and engenders an environment where young talent have confidence they will be nurtured.”

The facility’s new color grading suites are equipped with the latest generation Digital Vision Nucoda color grading systems, and the new editing suite utilizes both Avid and Autodesk Flame.  Monitoring includes LG UHD OLEDs, with perfect rec 709 calibration, and Sony BVMX300s for HDR mastering.

About MTI Film LLC

MTI Film is a leading provider of software and services to the entertainment industry. Its software division delivers ground-breaking tools for dailies processing, digital film restoration and other critical process. They include the CORTEX family of products, which offer comprehensive solutions for dailies processing, media management, deliverables and more, and DRS™ NOVA, the industry standard for digital film restoration.

In Hollywood, MTI Film operates a full-service post-production facility, providing dailies, editorial, visual effects, color correction and assembly for film, television and commercials.

For more information visit www.mtifilm.com.
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Xytech and Phoenix7 Forge Technology Collaboration

2017-02-22 16:23:59 ignite

(Los Angeles, CA) Xytech, creator of the industry-defining facility management platform MediaPulse, has announced a technology collaboration with Phoenix7, creator of Zeus, the industry’s leading channel management system. This integration allows a channel schedule to automatically create jobs, schedules and transactions in MediaPulse. This adapter saves broadcasters from dual entry, reducing mistakes, lowering costs and increasing throughput. Simply put, the same staff accomplishes more tasks with fewer mistakes and greater transparency.

Channel management systems and facility scheduling systems have traditionally been disconnected islands within a broadcaster’s IT landscape. This collaboration allows for real-time channel scheduling and title information from Zeus to display in MediaPulse’s Schedule Book. The connection gives facility schedulers and personnel the ability to see immediate changes to a channel’s on air timetable and react swiftly. 

Daniel Lynch, Vice President of Broadcast Services for Xytech, said, “Broadcasters must organize their people and resources around their live, on-air output. This is especially challenging for sports and news broadcasters.  The events driving their schedules are by nature highly volatile.  A match can be altered on short notice due to inclement weather or a broadcaster changing its decisions based on a team’s current standing. In the fast-paced world of broadcasting, staff, studios and equipment need to be repurposed quickly and accurately.”

The ability to assimilate these two different but critically related systems is possible because of the software development expertise of Phoenix7 and Xytech. A seamless interface between the products fulfills many client requirements.

Hitesh Vekaria, Founder and Managing Director of Phoenix7, said, “Integrating the channel management power of Zeus with MediaPulse is an exciting development and one we believe will be highly efficient in our customers’ operations. Working with the team at Xytech has been a great experience because Xytech and Phoenix7 both operate with a similar approach – to provide the best service for our customers as they operate under extreme deadlines and pressure. We see this integration as a concrete example of our commitment to improve service for customers.”

For more information, visit www.xytechsystems.com.

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RED Digital Cinema To Show DSMC2 Cameras At BSC Expo 2017

2017-01-24 12:48:12 ccwire-staff

Irvine, CA — RED Digital Cinema will be exhibiting at the BSC Expo (booth #223) in Battersea, London, from Feburary 3-4. Those visiting RED’s booth can interact with RED’s DSMC2TMcameras including, RED EPIC-W TM and WEAPON® 8K S35, which feature RED’s newest sensor, HELIUM™. Additional RED cameras will be on display in the Cirrolite, Cooke Optics, Fujinon, Schneider, and Zeiss booths.

Exhibition attendees will also have an opportunity to join award-winning cinematographer Michael Snyman, as he discusses his choice of RED to shoot the highly-acclaimed television series, “The Night Manager.” Snyman will explain the technological benefits of shooting in high resolution and how it supported the creative outcome he was looking to achieve. The presentation will showcase footage from the production and will conclude with a Q&A. It is scheduled to take place in the Seminar Theatre on February 3 from 5:45pm – 6:15pm.

ABOUT RED DIGITAL CINEMA

RED Digital Cinema is a leading manufacturer of professional digital cameras and accessories. In 2006, RED began a revolution with the 4K RED ONE digital cinema camera. By 2008, RED released the DSMC (Digital Stills and Motion Camera) system that allowed the same camera to be used on features like the “The Hobbit” trilogy and “The Martian,” Emmy-winning shows like “House of Cards,” and magazine covers such as “Vogue” and “Harper’s Bazaar.” The cameras of RED’s DSMC2 line – RED RAVEN™, SCARLET-W, RED EPIC-W, and WEAPON – combine compact and lightweight design, modularity, superior image quality, and cutting edge performance – including up to 8K resolution. Find additional information at RED.com.

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SeventyFiveThousandDollarFoodCommercials.com Serves Gourmet Commercials at Fast Food Prices

2016-12-08 14:47:30 artisanspr

NEW YORK—A Brooklyn-based creative content producer has an offer food brands can really sink their teeth into. They’ll produce a 30-second television commercial with sparkling creative and high production value at a bargain basement price. Their name says it all: SeventyFiveThousandDollarFoodCommercials.com.

The upstart company with the tongue-in-cheek name is the brain child of Todd Coleman and Jonathan Cohen, principals of Delicious Contents, which has produced a ton of web content for major food companies like Chobani, McCormick and Conagra, in addition to working with big agencies including Grey, New York, and JWT on food accounts. Along with creative flair, the company applies  elevated production value, making their work stand apart from other web content. Clients have come to view their shoots as on par with more costly commercial productions. Producing actual broadcast work seemed like the logical next step.

In an environment where tightening budgets sometimes oblige agencies to accept less than optimal work, Delicious Contents’ ability to deliver premium results across all platforms is attractive. “Food needs to look appealing,” explains Coleman. “That may seem obvious, but brands and partners have been missing that. We feel there has to be a way to deliver the commercials they desperately need at the price they desperately want to pay.”

To avoid protracted negotiations over individual line items, Coleman and Cohen came up with the idea of offering production services as a package deal. The aim, says Cohen, is to offer agencies and clients with a holistic solution that combines creative and production, and keeps everything within clear budgetary parameters, but without sacrificing quality. “Our number just happens to be one-third of what it generally costs to hire an established tabletop director,” he notes. “And our spot will be as good…or better.”

SeventyFiveThousandDollarFoodCommercials.com from Delicious Contents on Vimeo.

As a proof of concept, Coleman and Cohen have produced a commercial for themselves. In it, the pair exchange banter about the genesis of their new venture while making use of the tried-and-true ad technique of constant repeats of the brand name.

Coleman and Cohen launched Delicious Contents a year and a half ago with a mission to focus exclusively on content for food brands. Coleman is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. His achievements include a stint at Executive Food Editor at Saveur, where he taught himself photography and videography. He is perhaps best known to the public for his leading role as The Garlic Guy, arguably the first food video to go viral. Cohen is a veteran ad executive who got his start as a broadcast producer at Ogilvy & Mather, before leaving for the digital side during the first internet boom. Before co-founding Delicious Contents, he straddled senior production and account management roles at agencies including Grey, BBH and FCB.

“We’re playing off industry norms and standards, and being disruptive,” Cohen says. “Some people will laugh, others will think ‘They’re killing us!’ and others will think, ‘We want to give those guys a try.’”

The cost, he adds, is simple. “$75,000.00.”

Delicious Contents is located at 194 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. For more information, contact info@deliciouscontents.com or (718) 797-2469.

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Amazon Partners with NGCodec for AWS-Based 4K Video Compression, VR & AR on FPGA

2016-12-07 15:38:37 ccwire-staff

AWS re:Invent 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada – NGCodec® (Sunnyvale, CA), a pioneering company focused on FPGA-based H.265/HEVC video codec development, today announced that it has been working with Amazon® Web Services (AWS) in the development of RealityCodec™ for hardware-accelerated AWS-based video encoding and VR / AR processing.

RealityCodec allows for AWS-based, ultra-high-performance video compression (at up to 4K resolution) and ultra-low sub-frame latency cloud-based VR and AR (should this feature be implemented by Amazon) for all AWS customers. By running the compute function in the cloud, it is possible to send only the graphics pixels in the form of a video feed to the HMD (Head Mounted Display). The benefits to this approach are higher performance, lower cost and longer battery life for the consumer VR/AR hardware.

NGCodec’s RealityCodec technology runs on NGCodec-designed FPGA instances, presenting significant advantages for AWS cloud computing compared to traditional software encoding, including:

  • Massive acceleration and efficiency compared to traditional CPU/GPU instances
  • Higher-quality video for live encoding
  • Lower running costs and flexibility / upgradability, just like traditional software

“AWS is breaking ground as the first public cloud to add FPGA instances, which offers significant acceleration over CPU and GPU instance types,” said Oliver Gunasekara, CEO & co-founder, NGCodec Inc. “Many large media workflows, including on-demand and live streaming content, are moving to the AWS Cloud. These can now have all the benefits of FPGA acceleration in the AWS ecosystem.”

Optimized for the newly-announced F1 AWS FPGA instance type, NGCodec will present a demonstration using Cloud FPGA acceleration for live H.265/HEVC video encoding on December 1, 2016 at the AWS re:Invent 2016 event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We have hand-selected a small number of companies to demonstrate FPGA acceleration at AWS re:Invent 2016,” said [name], [title] at Amazon Web Services. “In just three weeks, NGCodec, a leader in video compression, was able to port its FPGA encoder to run on the AWS Cloud using the new F1 instance type. We are looking forward to working together to enable these FPGA benefits to AWS Cloud customers.”

About NGCodec
NGCodec® has been in passionate pursuit of next generation video compression since 2012. With the support of investors including Xilinx and NSF, NGCodec’s agile startup team has created RealityCodec™, a compressor-decompressor technology optimized for ultra-low latency, high-quality applications. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, NGCodec licenses its H.265/HEVC video codec silicon intellectual property (IP) to semiconductor and equipment manufacturers around the World. To learn more, visit http://ngcodec.com.

For further information, please contact Jonathan Hirshon for NGCodec at jh@horizonpr.com
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One Year On from Major Expansion, Sixteen19 Continues to Lead the Way

2016-11-29 16:31:24 artisanspr

sixteen19_newNEW YORK—— Sixteen19, a growing powerhouse on the post-production scene, marked one year at its new headquarters in Chelsea with the launch of its second 4K DI finishing theater. The theater will enable the company’s premier group of artists and technicians – led by co-founders Pete Conlin and Jonathan Hoffman, and Senior colorist Andrew Francis  – to build on a breakthrough year marked by physical expansion, high-profile projects and in-roads into new markets.

The new 4K theater serves as a centerpiece of Sixteen19’s new flagship facility, opened in late 2015. The 20,000 square foot space features high-end technology consistent with the unmatched boutique service Sixteen19 has delivered for productions since the company’s founding in 2010. In addition to the two DI theaters, the Chelsea location also boasts 40 edit suites, three color suites, and two visual effects suites. High-speed bandwidth capacity reflects the increasingly global nature of post-production, allowing seamless connectivity with Sixteen19’s Los Angeles, Atlanta, and London outposts, as well as shooting locations around the world. Finally, clients’ work is covered by advanced security systems in line with major studio compliance standards.

Pete Conlin and Jonathan Hoffman

Pete Conlin and Jonathan Hoffman

In addition to these technical specs, the location offers the kind of ambience not found at standard post houses. With a lofty open layout, two sun-filled lounges, a huge kitchen, and a large windowed conference room, Sixteen19 is a space that fosters collaboration and creativity. This reflects an important tenet of the company’s driving philosophy: that post is about more than adding the final touches to a finished product – it’s an integral part of the creative process.

“We built a facility that is the most elegant in NYC—by far—and specifically designed it to provide a creative environment for our clientele to thrive,” says Hoffman. “In addition to our technical expertise, our clients have come to expect a certain culture that is uniquely Sixteen19, which is very different from other post houses. With the new space, we needed the environment to be an extension of that culture. With an abundance of natural light and an open layout, there is a lot about this space physically, creatively, and technically that makes it unique.”

In the past twelve months, more and more filmmakers have begun to take notice. Recently, director Peter Berg and his team chose Sixteen19 for their post work on the Summit Entertainment blockbuster Deepwater Horizon. For The Promise, directed by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) and starring Christian Bale, Sixteen19 delivered a complete post package comprising mobile dailies across Spain, Portugal and Malta, Avid suites, VFX, final color grading, and editorial finishing in the Chelsea facility.

 

“I was looking for the perfect New York location to set up my projects. Sixteen19’s new facility absolutely fit the bill,” said Berg. “I’m cutting two projects at Sixteen19’s new facility and I couldn’t be happier here. Jonathan and Pete have put together a very comfortable, state-of-the-art environment for creatives.”

“Sixteen19 was the top choice,” said George. “This is a place which truly fosters a community of creatives. The technical support team made life seamless for our editors. Their knowledge and cooperation to customize workflow was greatly valued by our team. The edit suites are large and comfortable, and the in-house screening room was the perfect place to review VFX, and work with our colorist. It was a pleasure to work at Sixteen19. They have the most helpful, and cheerful staff and are very conveniently located in the heart of Chelsea.”

Conlin points to Sixteen19’s development of a custom workflow for the upcoming Universal Pictures comedy Girl Trip as an example of the transformative impact the company’s boutique approach can have on a project. “We began working with the DP, Greg Gardiner, three weeks prior to the shoot in order to help him cope with some challenging locations,” Conlin explains. “Led by supervising colorist Andrew Francis, color scientist Bill Feightner, and dailies supervisor Olivier Girard, our team developed a proprietary LUT package that Gardiner utilized throughout the 40-day shoot. The looks were applied to the dailies and downstream files throughout the entire post process, including VFX and all Previews.”

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While Sixteen19 operates on the cutting edge of post technology, this collaborative approach to service makes it something of a throwback. “We’re not a factory like other facilities,” Hoffman says. “When filmmakers come here, they know we participate as an extension of their production both technically and creatively. That’s how business used to be done in New York. The fact that we still do that today really sets us apart.”

As momentous of a year as it’s been, 2016 isn’t a victory lap for the company – it’s the first step in a larger process. Conlin and Hoffman plan to add more editing and finishing suites, as well as ADR recording and sound finishing. The new resources will allow Sixteen19 to keep pace with its heavy slate of motion picture and television projects, and growing demand for advertising and commercial finishing. “Looking ahead, we’re going to build on our increased capacity and growing reputation for excellence,” Conlin says. “If you look at the kind of work we’ve been doing on major projects in the past year alone, we see all kinds of potential going forward. It’s an exciting time for us.”

About Sixteen19

Sixteen19 is a boutique production and post services company specializing in feature film, episodic storytelling and commercials. Based in New York, the company also maintains offices in Los Angeles, London and Atlanta. Founded in 2010, the company took its name from its original location at 1619 Broadway in the historic Brill Building. Recent projects include Deepwater Horizon, Jason Bourne, Pete’s Dragon, Bleed For This, Vinyl, and The Revenant.

 www.sixteen19.com/

 

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Taiwan’s Huallywood Film Studios teams with WCPMedia to Create Next Generation Media Infrastructure for Motion Picture and Television Production

2016-11-28 16:13:43 artisanspr

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Taipei, Taiwan—Huallywood Film Studios, the giant studio park currently under construction in Hualien County (Taiwan), has forged an alliance with Swiss-headquartered WCPMedia Services to deploy its cloud-based media asset management infrastructure in Taiwan.

Huallywood Film Studios aims to be positioned as a global Media & Entertainment ecosystem where the best companies in the industry will cooperate to create and exchange content, related services and skills. Huallywood will be, therefore, a company which will use technology and cloud-based solutions to extend its reach everywhere and anytime to interact and cooperate with its customers.

WCPMedia Services platform perfectly matches these key strategic technological and business requirements and it’s the perfect enabler for this ecosystem vision. “WCPMedia’s platform will serve as a powerful media backbone of the new studio, providing a fully-integrated solution for storing and managing assets during each phase of production through to delivery to third-parties worldwide”, says Ronald Thomson, CEO of Huallywood Film Studios. “The WCPMedia Services platform is based on a secure, cost effective and neutral architecture/solution, highly scalable and designed to support a many-to-many business exchange and connectivity with no time and geographical boundaries. We are excited to be integrating WCP’s cloud-based media asset management solution into our core production services architecture. This leading technology provides our film and TV production clients the most advanced and responsible approach for managing their high value content in today’s global market”.

WCP has developed its cloud-based platform, able to provide its services everywhere-anytime and to interact and cooperate with all the business players in the media industry: financiers, producers, labs and post houses, professionals, distributors, broadcaster, regulators.

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The cloud-based infrastructure will enhance Huallywood’s ability to collaborate with production partners and deliver media to clients worldwide. “Huallywood Film Studio will be a next-generation studio competing on the world market at the highest level,” said WCPMedia Services President Cristina Molinari. “Our platform will allow Huallywood to reach and support its clients and business partners anywhere in the world, and at any time in the media lifecycle”. The WCPMedia platform is currently being used by leading studios, production companies, distributors, broadcasters and film festivals in Europe and the United States.

About Huallywood Film Studios

Taiwan Land Development Corp announced plans for the Huallywood studio park in June. They include the construction of a studio complex, production and post-production facilities, executive office space and other resources that will form an end-to-end ecosystem for entertainment media production. Construction is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017.

Spearheaded by Ronald Thomson, founder of Cameron Thomson Group, Huallywood’s business responds to the expanding demand for technologically advanced audiovisual production facilities and enhanced services for the world film and TV industry.

“Huallywood Film Studios aims to create an end-to-end ecosystem in the scenic area to assist global film and TV producers by facilitating content development, production, distribution and monetization”, Taiwan Land Development chairman Chiu Fu-sheng (邱復生) said. The park is part of an ongoing development project in the Hualien Bay area that is to encompass a residential complex, hotels, movie theaters and recreational and retail spaces.

“Hualien has advantages to offer the world production market by creating the next generation of filming facilities for international producers,” said Mr.Chiu, who gained credentials in TV and film production before delving into property development.

Huallywood helps local film and TV producers move into the spotlight, taking over as the nation’s main industry from the information technology and communications sectors, Mr. Chiu said.

About WCPMedia Services

Founded in 2011 in Switzerland, World Content Pole SA (aka WCPMedia Services) is an entertainment software and services company based in Europe (Switzerland), USA and Canada that manages, markets and distributes content to business partners and clients quickly, easily and securely. WCPMedia Services offers a platform of smart process applications that combines proprietary software with top-tier solutions developed by proven and trusted technology companies.

For more information, visit www.wcpmediaservices.com

USA Office:  7083 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood CA 90028

Canada Office: 390 Bay Street, Suite 1706, Toronto M5H 2Y2

Europe Office: Via Zurigo 35, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

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Sony Pictures Post Production Services Adds Home Theater Dub Stage

2016-11-22 07:15:28 artisanspr

CULVER CITY, CALIF.—Responding to the growing popularity of home theater systems with immersive sound, Sony Pictures Post Production Services has added a new mix stage dedicated to next-generation home theater audio formats. Located on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, the new stage is designed to simulate a home theater environment and equipped to master feature film and television projects in Dolby Atmos®, Auro-3D and other immersive sound formats. This new room has been used to prepare several feature titles for Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Disc, and digital delivery.

“This new stage keeps us at the forefront in immersive sound, providing an ideal workflow and environment for mastering for home theaters,” said Sony Pictures Post Production Services Executive Vice President Tom McCarthy. “We are empowering mixers to maximize the creative potential of these new sound formats and deliver rich, enveloping soundtracks that consumers can enjoy in the home.”

“The Sony Pictures Post Production mix stage adds to the growing footprint of Dolby Atmos enabled post production facilities and gives the Hollywood creative community the tools they need to deliver an immersive experience to consumers, adding additional depth, detail and clarity to the soundtracks,” said Curt Behlmer, Senior Vice President, Content Solutions and Industry Relations, Dolby Laboratories.

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Thalberg B., Sony Pictures Post Production Services’ new dub stage for home theater.

“The hope of film buffs and makers alike is an experience that fully transports the audience into the world of the characters,” said Auro Technologies CEO Wilfried Van Baelen. “Having major releases from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment incorporating Auro-3D helps provide this immersive experience, with sound design unlike anything audiences have heard before, to ensure they are able to enjoy films how the creator intended—with full impact.”

“As their home theaters grow in sophistication, consumers are demanding high-quality home viewing experiences, with immersive sound, ultra HD resolution, and high-dynamic range. This new stage allows our technicians the ability to more closely replicate a home theater set-up, so they can continue to deliver the best experience for consumers,” said Rich Berger, Senior VP, Digital Strategy, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The new mix stage features an Avid Pro Tools S6 mixing console with 24 faders and two Pro Tools HDX systems. In addition to a wide array of plug-ins, the stage offers ancillary gear from Black Magic, Pegasus, Brainstorm and other manufacturers.

At 600 square feet, the stage is designed to replicate the dimensions and acoustics of a typical home theater environment. It employs a custom-built Delicate Audio truss system for mounting nearfield speakers. That allows the speaker array to be quickly reconfigured to conform to the specifications of individual sound formats.

“Flexibility is essential,” explained Sony Pictures Digital Chief Engineer Nathan Oishi. “We designed the room to seamlessly and fully support both Dolby Atmos and Auro formats, while building in enough routing, monitoring, and speaker flexibility to accommodate future immersive formats.  Streaming and VR deliverables are upon us, and we will need to stay nimble enough quickly adapt to new specifications.”

About Dolby Atmos  

Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio—sound that can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead. It brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive and emotive experience. To date, more than 100 Blu-ray titles featuring Dolby Atmos have been released or announced, including more than 20 HD and UHD titles from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/Atmos.

About Auro Technologies

Auro Technologies is a spin-off of the privately owned Galaxy Studios Group, renowned worldwide for its state-of-the-art leadership in audio innovation for music and sound for film. After 150 years of evolution in sound recording and reproduction, Wilfried Van Baelen (CEO Auro Technologies and Galaxy Studios) revolutionized sound by bringing “Immersive Sound” (sound in 3D) as an end-to-end solution for all markets with his Auro-3D® format. The addition of the missing and final dimension in sound (height) combined with Auro-3D’s® groundbreaking technologies provides a natural immersive sound experience unlike anything you’ve heard before, creating a totally new emotional level of entertainment in music, movies, games, events, etc. The Auro-3D® technology suite offers easy-to-use and unprecedented levels of sound reproduction capabilities to the broadcast, digital cinema, home cinema, mobile, gaming, and automotive markets. To learn more about Auro Technologies or Auro-3D, please visit www.auro-technologies.com.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

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