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15 2017 Mar

The format explosion – blowing up proceedings at HPA Tech Retreat UK in Oxfordshire this July

Richard Welsh, CEO SunDog, Co-Chair HPA Tech Retreat UK

Richard Welsh, CEO SunDog, Co-Chair HPA Tech Retreat UK

HPA’s Tech Retreat returns to the UK for its second year this July from 11 to 13, back at the wonderful Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire.  Hot on the heels of a sold-out Palm Springs event, the UK Tech Retreat again promises the latest from Hollywood mixed with a strong local view from the UK and European industry.

Examining the explosion of formats from cinema to home and beyond, HPA Tech Retreat UK will look at how creativity is impacted by the myriad of technology choices from lens to screen (and headset!). Kicking off with the new Tech Retreat Extra “TR-X”, Tuesday afternoon will explore Virtual Reality from a practical point of view with expert views on the hands-on practicality of VR, and a look inside real world projects being handled by leading local facilities. Wednesday’s Supersession will examine the format explosion in more detail starting at the camera right through the production and post process to the supply chain and the challenges of the ever expanding gamut of possibilities for audiences to consume content. From TR-X to the last session, we’re building out a program to address present, and future concerns you face.

We are continuing what we began last year, building an invaluable event that is informative and  connective.  The Tech Retreat brings together recognized experts and thought leaders; peers who head to Oxfordshire to debate the most important issues facing all of us who are at work creating and managing content. And, just as importantly, while the Tech Retreat is enlightening and may sometimes be mind-blowing, it is also great fun. The same HPA DNA runs through the veins of the Oxfordshire and Palm Springs events; a chance to step away from our jobs for a moment and to connect with our friends and colleagues over breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails (not always in that order). The Tech Retreat is an essential tool for navigating the technology world off the edge of the map.

We’re planning the event right now, and I encourage you to send in panel proposals or reach out to me directly with ideas or comments, we are keen to hear them. The Innovation Zone is returning, so if you want to learn more…  We’ll be announcing the first panelists soon, and I’m sure you’ll find them intriguing!

Hope to see you in July in Oxfordshire.


15 2017 Mar

AMIA’s Digital Asset Symposium Unveils Insightful Presentations on Key Issues in Media Management and Distribution

Topics to include cloud-based media management and distribution, automated metadata, artificial intelligence’s role in rchiving and asset management, and successful vault conversion strategies

The 2017 New York edition of the popular Digital Asset Symposium (DAS) series, presented by the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), has announced its program lineup, which will include a wide range of educational sessions focused on the ongoing challenges facing digital asset management practitioners led by top experts in the field. The daylong event takes place May 5 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Real world presentations will explore the many facets of the life-cycle of content – from collection and maintenance strategies to delivery with the purpose of reaching new, bigger audiences.

“DAS is a thoroughly unique event where attendees learn from and engage with some of the best and brightest in the international digital asset community,” says Program Chair Nick Gold. “Presenters share their knowledge and experiences, which apply across a cross-section of disciplines. We’re also addressing key topics in our program that apply to experts working in many different roles, yet whose work aspires to the ultimate goal of preserving and managing our heritage so that future generations have access to it.”

The 2017 DAS program includes:

• Netflix: Cloud-based Media Management and Distribution     

In just 10 years Netflix has become one of the most successful media streaming companies and, beyond that, a significant creator of original programming. For this case study, a Netflix product manager will discuss the platform that powers their original video content workflows, and how it fits into an evolving architecture for the company.

MTV: Archiving the history of music television

MTV set out to transform a massive footage tape library that encompassed production source tapes, master tapes and audio source tapes, into a curated digital library. A mere four years later, The MTV Vault project allows Viacom to better leverage the value of their content and seize opportunities to increase revenue while preserving the music group’s legacy. Viacom’s Jamie DiVenere and Johanna Salazar will take a deep dive into the processes, teams, and technologies used – recognizing the successes as well as the project challenges past and present.

Automated Metadata

Media content managers yearn for an “easy button” that will help with the massive challenge of usefully tagging assets so they can be as discoverable and productive as possible over the course of their lifecycle. Automation technologies seem like they offer a promise of great potential improvements in this area. Metadata strategist Sally Hubbard will lead a discussion to talk about the state of the art of metadata tagging automation technologies, and where this is leading.

• AI and its Role in Managing and Archiving Digital Assets

James Hendler is a recognized visionary, who, along with Tim Berners-Lee and Ora Lassila, created The Semantic Web. He continues to push the boundaries of thinking in computer science and artificial intelligence research with his latest book “Social Machines: The Coming Collision of Artificial Intelligence, Social Networking, and Humanity” that highlights the challenges and the possibilities of the interconnection of human and machine intelligence. Hendler’s talk will focus on how certain approaches in systems engineering can enable massive improvements in productivity for managers of information via sophisticated and increasingly intelligent algorithms, while at the same time leading to systems that perform in ways that are designed to work as naturalistically as possible for their human operators.

“AMIA is the only organization that brings everyone to the table to share their knowledge, enlighten colleagues and educate the diverse content creation and preservation communities,” adds AMIA President Andrea Kalas. “To be able to tap into the expertise of others at an event like DAS provides an unparalleled opportunity to learn and network, as well as develop a better understanding for managing assets today for the future.”

To register for DAS or for more information, visit

15 2017 Mar

Xytech Expands Executive Team

Michael Vinyard (1)Industry Veteran Michael Vinyard Joins as SVP of Professional Services

Xytech has expanded its executive team with the addition of industry veteran Michael Vinyard to the new role of Sr. Vice President of Professional Services. With mission-critical implementations at premier broadcasters, studios and media services companies worldwide, Vinyard will be responsible for the delivery of consulting, configuration and installation services across the company.
Prior to joining Xytech, Vinyard held senior management roles with organizations in media, entertainment, finance, healthcare and consumer goods, including Fortune 100 organizations such as Warner Bros. Entertainment, CBS, Mattel and McKesson. At Xytech, he will manage worldwide services from the company’s Chatsworth headquarters as part of the executive committee.

Richard Gallagher, CEO of Xytech, commented, “Our business is expanding and Michael is well positioned to deliver world-class services to our clients and help our talented team of professionals continue to grow.”

Vinyard noted, “I’ve worked with Xytech in the past and I’ve always admired the vision and dedication the company has shown. I look forward to being part of an innovative company and delivering the services our clients require to be successful in today’s challenging environments.”

“Success is all about focus,” added Greg Dolan, Xytech COO. “Xytech has the most stable ownership and management team in the business. Having Michael allows us to expand our goals while maintaining the focus required to properly serve our clients. This commitment has driven us to our market-leading position and the addition of Michael shows our dedication to working with the best professionals in the business.”

15 2017 Mar

See Our Members at NAB!

We’ll be updating this list right up until showtime. Send us your NAB news!


Booth SL 2505

ALT Systems

Booth SL11509

Booth SL8124

Booth SU902

Avid Connect, the annual gathering of the Avid Customer Association (ACA) will see hundreds of media professionals gather in person to discuss the latest industry trends and the future of the industry. The event will be held April 22-23, 2017 at Wynn Las Vegas prior to the NAB Show.

For the fourth year in a row, Avid is bringing media professionals together for this industry-changing event. Avid will announce the latest developments around the MediaCentral® Platform, the industry’s most open, tightly integrated and efficient platform designed for media, and Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions for creating, distributing and optimizing media. Avid will also unveil the results of the ACA Vote, which gives ACA members the unique and unprecedented opportunity to directly influence the company’s future technology, product and service offerings. The event will feature influential and thought-provoking keynotes, content-rich technical and business sessions, and insights from visionaries from a number of broadcast and media organizations.

Run by a dedicated group of global media leaders and visionaries, the ACA provides essential strategic leadership to the media industry. The multifaceted program engages an extensive network of broadcasters, creative professionals, and other media and technology partners to address the most important strategic issues facing the community and work together to shape the future proactively. Avid Connect 2017 provides an incredible opportunity for Avid customers to network with peers from around the world, interact with the Avid management team, and make their voices heard through formal feedback sessions on Avid’s strategy, products, and services.

For more details and to register, visit the Avid Connect website.

Blackmagic Design
Booth SL216

Join Blackmagic Design at booth SL216 to learn more about its latest products for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries, including two new portable hardware control panels for DaVinci Resolve, its professional editing and color correction software. The new DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel and the DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel are true professional grade hardware control panels that feature three exceptional quality high resolutions trackballs, precision machined control knobs, illuminated buttons and much more. Hardware control panels are critically important for professional color correction because the colorist needs to “hold the image in their hands” as they manipulate multiple parameters at once to create new and highly stylized looks, or even make very subtle natural changes. The incredibly small USB powered DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel is available now for $995, while the larger but compact and portable DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel with built in LCD screens and dozens in instantly accessible menus is available now for $2,995.

Booth SL14805

Booth SL9111

Booth SU11416

Booth SU1702

Grass Valley
Booth SL106

Booth S201LMR

Booth SL2216

Booth SL14808

Booth N1002VR

Booth SL11127

Quantum  SL 5705

Booth SL8711

Booth SL 1805

Scale Logic
Booth SL 5324

Booth SL 8711

Booth C11001

Booth L28

Teledyne Lecrowy pSG
Booth SL 13706

Booth SL3316

Xytech Systems Corporation
Booth SL9324