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18 2017 Apr

Therapy Studios Helps to Craft the Comedy for “The Gorburger Show”

Los Angeles-based post production company Therapy Studios helps to craft the idiosyncratic brand of comedy behind The Gorburger Show on Comedy Central.  Previously produced as a Funny or Die/Warner Music web series, The Gorburger Show features a giant blue space monster (voiced by Silicon Valley’s TJ Miller) who serves as the unlikely host of a Japanese variety show.

All 8 episodes of Gorburger were produced by Caviar and directed by its creators, Ryan McNeely and Josh Martin (aka The Director Brothers). The pair also serves as executive producers, alongside T.J. Miller and Sean Boyle of Funny or Die, and write for the show with Miller and four others.

Gorburger continues a longstanding partnership between The Director Brothers and Therapy Studios. McNeely is a partner of design and vfx company Visual Creatures, which began to operate out of the same space as Therapy in 2010. The companies frequently tackle projects together, with Therapy bringing the editorial, audio and VFX muscle while Visual Creatures focuses on design and animation. Prior collaborations include campaigns for Gamefly, Cap’n Crunch, KIA, and Red Bull, and the HBO show Sonic Highways, which was produced by Therapy Content.

As McNeely and Martin’s live action careers began to take off as The Director Brothers, they continued to foster solid relationships with Therapy’s artists, with both companies growing together in their work over the years. When The Director Brothers created Gorburger for Funny or Die, editor Kristin McCasey cut the first episodes, helping to set the tone for the show. Naturally McCasey was enlisted to cut the TV pilot and by the time Comedy Central picked up the show, it was evident this creative alliance would continue.

With the workflow and trust already in place, The Director Brothers gave McCasey and the other editors a considerable amount of creative freedom at the beginning of the process, inviting them to help craft the jokes and explore the funniest outcomes.

“We like to see what they’ll come up with that might have been different from what we were planning or what we initially liked on set,” explains McNeely. “When it comes to comedy, there are so many different ways to make a scene funny, and we don’t ever want to get boxed into what we wrote or anticipated.”

“On Gorburger, this was multiplied times a million because we were working with an animatronic monster that we could make say almost anything through ADR.  That means near endless opportunities to changes jokes and make a scene funnier…which is both a blessing and a curse.”

With creative free rein, Therapy’s editors could manipulate the order of the shot sequences and rewrite jokes by putting different captions onscreen as placeholders, making Gorburger say whatever they wanted.

McNeely says: “Because of the talk show format of the show, we had a lot of improvisation, so there were so many directions each scene could go. We relied on our editors at Therapy to help steer us in the funniest (or sometimes weirdest) direction possible. After the initial cut, we all worked together to craft the comedy of each scene.”

Along with Kristin McCasey, editors Jake Shaver, Sean Ferris, and Luke Lynch each contributed to episodes.  Eddie Kim manned the audio with impeccable sound design and mixing, and colorist Omar Inguanzo provided the vibrant palette for the series. Flame Artist Geoff Stephenson led the finishing duties with help from Therapy Partner Wren Waters and Rachel Moorer – a combination of talents that worked to bring the bizarre Gorburger universe fully to life.

The Gorburger Show premiered on Comedy Central on April 9 at midnight. Episodes will feature guests including Zach Woods and Johnny Pemberton of Silicon Valley, Reggie Watts, Rob Corddry, Larry King, Tig Notaro, Dr. Drew Pinsky, and more.

17 2017 Apr

American Society of Cinematographers Brings its Masterclass and Magazine to the Asia Pacific Region

Masterclasses Held in Beijing; American Cinematographer Magazine Now Available in Chinese

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is expanding its presence in the Asia Pacific region with the launch of an International Masterclass in Beijing and the availability of the organization’s magazine, American Cinematographer, in Chinese.

In collaboration with 107CINE.com, the first Chinese edition of American Cinematographer magazine was posted online April 1, featuring translated articles from the March 2017 print issue. The next edition will contain select articles from both the April and May issues of the magazine. 107CINE reports that the Chinese filmmaking community has responded with great enthusiasm; within the first 10 days, nearly 2,500 website visitors signed up to read the publication.

Concurrently with the premiere copy of the Chinese edition of the magazine, the organization is holding its first ASC Masterclasses in Beijing. Running April 10-13 and April 16-19 in partnership with ARRI, the classes are being led by ASC member instructors, including Bill Bennett, Karl-Walter Lindenlaub, Fred Elmes, Theo van de Sande, Steven Fierberg and Sam Nicholson. They will also present two forums with the Beijing Film Academy and the Beijing International Film Festival.

The ASC Masterclasses build on the organization’s mission to educate the next generation of filmmakers. Classes include instruction on a variety of topics such as lighting, shooting for live action, animation and visual effects, and color grading. The next Masterclass will be held in Los Angeles at the historic ASC Clubhouse in May.

ASC President Kees van Oostrum said, “Over the past years, the ASC has increased its global outreach. This mission began in earnest with our first International Cinematographers Summit in 2011 and has continued to grow significantly as evidenced by our increased participation at Camerimage, IMAGO, and the second ASC International Summit, which we hosted in Los Angeles this past June. We have also seen members travel to Dubai, Qatar, Munich, Amsterdam and Toronto in the past six months as representatives of the ASC. I am excited to announce that we are now extending that global outreach to China.”

For more information, visit www.theasc.com.

To read the Chinese issue of American Cinematographer, visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4l_Tu2kQOTDRVFVOFR0YlJ3ckU/view

 

Or to learn more, watch the promo video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY0qFsx6gtA

 

 

17 2017 Apr

Media Leaders to Redefine the Future of the Industry at Avid Connect

The Avid Customer Association’s fourth annual gathering will reveal the results of the inaugural ACA Vote. 

Avid® recently announced a jam-packed agenda for Avid Connect 2017, the annual gathering of the Avid Customer Association (ACA). Avid Connect is a unique industry event that brings together hundreds of media industry leaders, technologists and creative professionals from all over the world to explore new ideas, strengthen their knowledge, expand their network and prepare for the year ahead. Avid Connect 2017 will take place April 22-23, 2017 at Wynn Las Vegas prior to The NAB Show.

Avid Chairman and CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr.’s opening keynote will reveal the beginning of an exciting new chapter in Avid’s transformation and unveil the most significant developments to the Avid MediaCentral® Platform—the industry’s most open, tightly integrated and efficient platform designed for media—since its launch three years ago. Attendees will be first to learn about industry-defining cloud innovations that will take MediaCentral and Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions for creating, distributing and optimizing media to the next level.

Avid will also unveil the results of the inaugural ACA Vote, which has given ACA members the unique and unprecedented opportunity to directly influence the company’s future technology direction, product roadmap and service offerings. Attendees will not only learn the outcome of the collective vote, but also learn how Avid will use the results to aid the company in prioritizing its plans in order to best support the media industry in addressing its most pressing challenges and seizing the most important opportunities.

Avid Connect will feature dozens of thought-provoking and insightful sessions led by the industry’s foremost thought leaders, business trendsetters, technology innovators and award-winning creative artists from Avid’s preeminent client and user community. This year’s growing speakers list includes:

  • Mohammed Abuagla, CIO/CTO of Technology and Operations at Al Jazeera
  • Fabrice Lorenceau, Co-Founder and Head of Production at LiveLike
  • Editor Catherine Haight, ACE (Transparent, Girls, New Girl)
  • Sound editor James Mather (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, Me Before You, Wonder Woman)
  • Editor Kabir Akhtar, ACE (Arrested Development, Crazy Ex Girlfriend).

This year’s sessions are organized around three top-level tracks, offering something for everyone—whether they’re a media industry executive, part of a creative team, or an independent creative professional:

  • Transforming the Media Enterprise: Innovation in Business and Technology
  • Empowering Collaboration: The Talent, Tools, and Technology
  • Mastering Your Craft: The Art of Cutting-edge Storytelling

This year’s inspiring keynotes and interactive breakout sessions will cover everything from the latest in cloud technologies and the newest workflow innovations, to groundbreaking immersive viewing experiences and building long-term viewer loyalty.

“We’re coming together for the fourth consecutive annual event, at a time when the industry and Avid stand at the threshold of an exciting new chapter,” said Avid Chairman and CEO Louis Hernandez Jr. “With an outstanding lineup of speakers, we’re looking forward to another sell-out event. The Avid Customer Association is a shining example of what we can accomplish together when the community works collaboratively to define the future of our industry.”

At the Avid Connect partner pavilion, dozens of industry-leading companies that are part of a rich ecosystem made possible by the openness of the Avid MediaCentral platform will showcase their latest products and technology innovations for Avid workflows. The list of Avid Connect and ACA sponsors continues to expand, demonstrating the growing recognition of their importance to the industry by organizations like NAB, the IABM and Sports Video Group, and companies like HP, Dell, AMD, Dolby, Aspera, an IBM company, PACE Anti-Piracy, Quantum, Telestream, Oracle Diva, and HGST, a Western Digital Brand.

With last year’s Avid Connect selling out before the event, attendees are encouraged to register soon to secure their spot. For more information, including a complete agenda and registration details, visit http://www.avidconnect2017.com

17 2017 Apr

Avid NEXIS Media Storage Seeing Strong Customer Adoption

Buyers citing several key motivators including workflow advantages, true storage virtualization, capacity and system performance, and readiness for future requirements

Avid® recently announced that Avid NEXIS™, the first and only software-defined storage platform specifically designed for storing and managing media, has seen wide and rapid adoption around the globe, and has delivered valuable benefits to broadcasters, post-production facilities and educational institutions since its launch in April 2016. To date since its debut, over 1,400 systems have already been sold to customers worldwide, with significant sales momentum being seen in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Customers across North America, Europe, and the Middle East cite specific benefits they’ve experienced with Avid NEXIS, including: the ability to manage more advanced and collaborative editorial workflows; much more flexibility to accommodate changing storage needs on different projects; and the breaking down of silos within media production environments; all on a high-performance, highly scalable, flexible, and secure infrastructure that enables organizations to be ready for future media-production demands.

Powered by the Avid MediaCentral® Platform, the industry’s most open, tightly integrated and efficient platform designed specifically for media operations, Avid NEXIS is a powerful, intelligent shared storage system that enables true storage virtualization for any real-time media application. The openness of Avid NEXIS also enables real-time editorial collaboration using not only Avid Media Composer®, but other editorial and creative tools including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Apple Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve and more, as well as allowing easy integration with third-party asset management systems. It has been deployed by a wide range of media enterprise organizations around the world including major broadcasters, leading post-production facilities, and well-respected educational institutions.

Broadcast: Sky Deutschland

Broadcast facilities are leveraging Avid NEXIS to meet their needs scaling up for ultra-high resolution TV production, and for enabling more effective collaboration among studio facilities. Sky Deutschland, the pay-TV market leader in Germany and Austria needed to update its infrastructure to speed production schedules as they ramp up content volume. By connecting Avid NEXIS | E4 to Avid Media Composer, Sky’s news and sports production teams now have more power and speed, and are enjoying better collaboration across every stage of their workflow – all the way from content creation to distribution and monetization.

“With competition for viewers so intense, we have to give our customers the very best TV experience every time, which means we have to create and deliver highly engaging content at a very fast pace,” said Kevin Hughes, director of broadcast engineering at Sky Deutschland. “Our investment in the Avid platform has given us a much more scalable, efficient, secure and flexible production and delivery environment. So we can work at the pace we need, with the assurance of having the highest quality production levels. And we’re confident that we now have the technology in place to meet the next wave of future challenges.”

Post-Production: Cine Plus

Numerous post-production facilities are now using Avid NEXIS to facilitate collaborative and efficient 4K production workflows, and bring more flexible provisioning capabilities with virtual storage management. Cine Plus, a leading media service provider in Germany, recently extended its storage environment with a new 120TB Avid NEXIS | E4 storage system, using the System Director Appliance alongside its existing Avid shared storage system, which also includes Avid NEXIS | PRO professional class storage—an even more affordable alternative to the enterprise class Avid NEXIS | E Series storage solutions.

“A number of our multi-editor productions just wouldn’t be possible without the real-time collaborative editorial workflows we have with Avid NEXIS,” said Torsten Seemann, head of technical operations and support at Cine Plus. “The modularity of Avid NEXIS gives us great flexibility to extend the storage systems, or separate them for use at another location, depending on requirements. We’ve also been thrilled with the help we’ve gotten from Avid’s clearly expert and highly experienced technical support team. This combination of technology and expertise has made Avid NEXIS unbeatable for us.”

Education: Middlesex University

Avid NEXIS has also made a significant impact in the market for media-based education, enabling institutions around the world to prepare students for success in their future careers. Middlesex University, a leading media educational institution in London, has invested in Avid NEXIS | E4 and Avid NEXIS | E2 systems with the System Director Appliance to replace an aging, unreliable storage system at its newly formed School of Media and Performing Arts.

“With Avid NEXIS we have a reliable, high-performance and scalable central storage platform to support our curriculum,” said Daniel Sosnowski, Faculty Technical Manager at Middlesex University. “Avid NEXIS has received an overwhelmingly positive response from the industry and will now offer our students first-hand experience using systems that mirrors real-world production facilities, dramatically increasing their employability potential.”

Additional Avid NEXIS Customers Worldwide
Other customers that have recently adopted Avid NEXIS include Sinclair Broadcast Group, Quincy Station Group, The Golf Channel and Fotokem in the US; ITV Studios, Amazon, Envy, Molinare, Westminster University and Edinburgh University in the UK; Israel’s Ha-Mitcham, Discovery Dubai, MBC and Jordan TV in the Middle East; and across Europe at Canal Factory and Cinéfabric in France, Sky Italia, RTL Nederland, and TV2 Hungary.

“We’ve seen incredible success with Avid NEXIS, which has brought many demonstrable benefits to our customers in its relatively short time in the market,” said Jeff Rosica, President, Avid. “These early adopters are some of the world’s most acclaimed broadcasters, post-production facilities and educational institutions. Even with their diverse environments and business needs, Avid NEXIS is proving its versatility and effectiveness in helping all of these organizations increase their production capacity, streamline collaboration, and future-proof their workflows.”

 

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12 2017 Apr

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2017 HPA TECH RETREAT UK

Expanded programme and offerings in store for 2nd year of tech event

12 April 2017 (London UK) -  HPA has opened registration for the 2017 HPA Tech Retreat UK, presented in association with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE®).  The Tech Retreat attracts a high-level roster of engineering, technology, creative and business leaders who gather to confer on the trends and technologies of the future, while tackling the issues of the present from fresh perspectives. The HPA Tech Retreat UK takes place 11 to 13 July, and is returning to the Heythrop Park resort in Oxfordshire.

The Tech Retreat offers a rare opportunity to spend dedicated time to discuss the media business’ most pressing topics with industry leading colleagues.  Part think tank, part conference, and extensively connective, the Tech Retreat creates an engaging and inspiring environment for attendees.  As the industry navigates changing media production workflows, the HPA Tech Retreat presents three days of questions, conversation and understanding to place attendees at the forefront of knowledge.

Richard Welsh, SMPTE VP of Education, returns as Chair of the 2017 Retreat.  Welsh noted, ‘Last year was a great launch, and we have even more amazing content planned for this year. As before, the subject matter will be uniquely balanced between cutting edge creative techniques and technical innovation. With the addition of Tech Retreat Extra (TR-X), the 2017 Tech Retreat UK will be something extremely special’.

The multifaceted event will take place over three days, inclusive of TR-X, and includes thought provoking conference sessions, daily breakfast roundtables with thought leaders guiding discussions of important topics, and the Innovation Zone, where the latest products, workflows and technologies are available for examination in a curated environment. In addition, the HPA Tech Retreat UK is introducing TR-X, a special, standalone day focused on VR, AR & MR, from the production workflow perspective. Right at the core of HPA Tech Retreats are the numerous networking opportunities throughout the event including lunch, dinner and cocktail events where attendees and speakers meet and converse.

Seth Hallen, President of HPA, noted, ‘As we enter the 2nd year of this great event, I am looking forward to returning to Oxfordshire to plug back into the conversations there.  It’s important to take a few days out of our working routine, to engage and discuss with our colleagues what’s in store for the future.  The Tech Retreat brings attendees into the vanguard of our industry.  The work of Richard, Jerry, Andrew, and the entire team ensure this year’s HPA Tech Retreat UK will be a valuable and meaningful event for our community’.

Attendees can now register for the Tech Retreat UK at Early Bird rates.  New sessions are being added to the program daily.

For more information on the event or sponsorship opportunities, visit hpaonline.com.  Information about participating in the Innovation Zone is available here.

 

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)
For more than a century, the people of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE, pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in media and entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has received an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery engineering across the industry. SMPTE has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are currently in force today. SMPTE Time Code™ and the ubiquitous SMPTE Color Bars™ are just two examples of the Society’s notable work. As it enters its second century, the Society is shaping the next generation of standards and providing education for the industry to ensure interoperability as the industry evolves further into IT- and IP-based workflows.

SMPTE’s global membership today includes more than 7,000 members: motion-imaging executives, creatives, technologists, researchers, and students who volunteer their time and expertise to the Society’s standards development and educational initiatives. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) connects SMPTE and its membership with the businesses and individuals who support the creation and finishing of media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join. 

All trademarks appearing herein are the properties of their respective owners.

About the HPA Tech Retreat

The HPA Tech Retreat® is a gathering of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders, focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post production, film, television, video, broadcast and related technology areas, for the exchange of information. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place in Palm Springs, California, and Oxfordshire, UK. 

About the Hollywood Professional Association
Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at http://www.hpaonline.com.

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Media Contact, HPA:
ignite strategic communications
christine purse | kate eberle
+1 818 980 3473 | chris mobile: +1 323 806 9696
chris@ignite.bz| kate@ignite.bz

Media Contacts, SMPTE:
Aimée Ricca
+1 914 205 2381
aimeericca@smpte.org

Wall Street Communications
Joyce Cataldo
+1 732 747-0646
joyce@wallstcom.com

30 2017 Mar

Home Theater Geeks Interviews HPA Tech Retreat Attendees

Entertainment-technology consultants Geoff Tully and Ron Williams, just back from the 2017 HPA (Hollywood Professional Association) Tech Retreat, talk about some of the main topics of discussion at the event. Paramount among them was high dynamic range (HDR), which Geoff addressed in a presentation advocating HDR with 1080p resolution, a concept that broadcasters embrace. Ron discussed the demo he presented with Grass Valley of a live HDR camera signal shown on an SDR monitor and two HDR monitors, illustrating how HDR actually results in greater perceived detail. We also discuss the impending ATSC 3.0 terrestrial broadcasting standard, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Watch the interview HERE.

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 http://www.digitalassetsymposium.com.

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!

Adobe
Renaissance

AJA
Booth SL 2505

ALT Systems
Renaissance

Arista
Booth SL11509

Aspera
Booth SL8124

Avid
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.

Cinedeck
Booth SL14805

Dell
Booth SL9111

Deluxe
Booth SU11416

Dolby
Booth SU1702

Grass Valley
Booth SL106

Graymeta
Booth S201LMR

IHSE
Booth SL2216

MTI
Booth SL14808

Nokia
Booth N1002VR

Panasas
Booth SL11127

Quantum  SL 5705

Signiant
Booth SL8711

SAM
Booth SL 1805

Scale Logic
Booth SL 5324

Signiant
Booth SL 8711

Sony
Booth C11001

SMPTE
Booth L28

Teledyne Lecrowy pSG
Booth SL 13706

Telestream>
Booth SL3316

Xytech Systems Corporation
Booth SL9324