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6 2014 Aug

RSG Media and Xytech Join Forces to Streamline the Digital Supply Chain

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RSG Media and Xytech Join Forces to Streamline the Digital Supply Chain
Joint Solution Implemented at One of America’s Largest
Spanish-Language Broadcast Networks

NEW YORK, NY/MISSION HILLS, CA (August 6, 2014) – RSG Media, purveyor of the dominant media business rights management system and Xytech, the leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media industries, today announced a technology partnership integrating the companies’ flagship products. For content owners taking on the complex task of automating the digital supply chain to maximize the monetization of their content, the joint solution will simplify and streamline their efforts.

As content programmers seek to grow digital revenues by taking advantage of the increasing number of new platforms available to them, they are faced with a time consuming and expensive process, filled with an ever changing variety of requirements, formats and standards. Xytech and RSG’s solution successfully combines rights and order management functions in one system, effectively closing gaps previously found in the digital supply chain.

RightsLogic®, RSG’s rights management product, helps programmers determine which media assets programmers can use, when, and how (e.g. territories, platforms, languages, formats) it lets them window and schedule the content for maximum profitability. The system handles the financials, from amortization through royalty payments, and it presents usage, revenue and royalty information from every platform in at-a-glance dashboards and custom reports.

Xytech’s MediaPulse platform is a scalable solution automating workflows, managing assets, scheduling resources and offering an end-to-end order and billing system. The platform-independent, browser-based application tracks and manages workflow, resources, and costs from the moment a programmer publishes a schedule through media asset delivery for distribution or play-out.

As the companies have pre-integrated their two systems, programmers can implement a joint solution, gaining the benefits of digital supply chain automation quickly and easily. Xytech and RSG Media have already implemented their solution at one of the U.S.’s largest, Spanish-language broadcast networks.

“Automating the digital supply chain is absolutely vital to our clients looking to leverage the array of distribution platforms available,” said Greg Dolan, COO of Xytech. “Rights management is a key element in the chain, and RSG is the industry leader in this area. Integrating our two systems has already brought us success with a major broadcast client, and it is a win for all of our clients moving forward.”

“Managing and optimizing the digital supply chain can be daunting and costly for organizations,” said Thomas Siegman of RSG. “By pre-integrating RightsLogic® with MediaPulse, we’ve taken the burden off of our customers while lowering their costs. Our joint solution already has a proven track record, therefore potential clients know it will work seamlessly for them as well.”

About RSG Media
The world’s leading media & entertainment companies use RSG Media’s expertise and software to maximize revenues from their content and advertising inventories. RSG Media’s RightsLogic is the dominant media business rights management system; it lets content owners & distributors, gaming companies, IP licensors, and sports leagues manage and report on the content lifecycle, including acquisitions, sales, planning & scheduling, and associated financials. RSG Media’s order-to-cash ad sales systems help clients plan and manage deals across all platforms quickly and easily. Their AdVant yield optimization suite uses advanced mathematics to optimize proposals, flighting, logs, and promos, significantly lowering liabilities while generating new revenues. They are headquartered in New York, with offices in London, Delhi, and Mumbai.
About Xytech
Xytech is the leading global provider of facility management software for the media and broadcast industries. For over 25 years, the world’s best media services companies, broadcasters, and transmission facilities have depended on Xytech to run their businesses. Xytech’s collaborative MediaPulse platform is the only end-to-end solution for the complete content lifecycle, providing scheduling, automation, asset management, billing, and cost recovery in a scalable, platform-independent application. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world, and the company is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.7903.5170 (UK).

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5 2014 Aug

Formosa Group Re-Opens Former POP Sound Facility

Contact:  Michael Russell
mrussell@michaelrussellgroup.com
                 310.890.7865

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FORMOSA GROUP TO RE-OPEN FORMER POP SOUND FACILITY

SANTA MONICA, CA — Formosa Group, the talent-based post-production sound company serving film, broadcast, commercial and interactive clients, will re-open the facility formerly known as POP Sound (Pacific Ocean Post), as announced today by Robert C. Rosenthal, President and Chief Operating Officer. The Santa Monica-based facility shuttered on July 7, 2014.

“We are pleased to re-open this outstanding post-production sound facility,” said Rosenthal. “With this addition, we will now have an expanded west side presence. It also enables the core clientele to continue their great work here with many of the accomplished creative artists and support staff formerly associated with POP.”

The highly desirable facility, located in the heart of Santa Monica, consists of ten mixing stages, eight voice-over booths and an ADR stage. The facility will be refurbished and rebranded for an early August launch.

Formed in 2013 by parent company Picture Head, Formosa Group is a post-production sound company dedicated to offering the best talent and facilities to filmmakers and content creators. Based at The Lot in West Hollywood, the company also has a second West Hollywood location, along with West LA and Burbank locations.

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24 2014 Jul

HPA to Host Symposium Leading Into SMPTE® 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

SMPTE Contact:
Aimée Ricca
Marketing and Communication
Tel: +1 (914) 205-2381
Email: aimeericca@smpte.org
Agency Contact: 
Joyce Cataldo
Wall Street Communications
Tel: +1 (732) 747-0646
Email: joyce@wallstcom.com

 

‘Making Do With More’ Event at Hollywood’s Historic El Capitan Theatre Will Explore the Impact of Enriched Pictures and Sound for Filmmakers and Content Creators

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — July 24, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2014) will feature a pre-conference event — the SMPTE 2014 Symposium, hosted by the Hollywood Post Alliance® (HPA®) and titled “Making Do With More.” The daylong event is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 20 at the historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.

“As we consider how technological advances will improve the entertainment experience, we must also address the workflow challenges that will arise,” said Pat Griffis, SMPTE education vice president. “Each area of potential enhancement — higher resolution, greater contrast and color, higher brightness, more frames, and more objects associated with sound — brings with it new demands on workflow. Sessions within the SMPTE 2014 Symposium will address these and other next-generation workflow concerns from both a technical and creative standpoint.”

The SMPTE 2014 Symposium is among the first joint efforts of SMPTE and HPA as they move forward with plans for full consolidation by May 2015, and it highlights the strengths of both organizations. HPA is known for facilitating dialog among all disciplines in the entertainment industry, and for its contributions to SMPTE educational events such as SMPTE 2014 that enrich and expand the larger conversation about key topics shaping the industry.

HPA is well-known for the annual HPA Tech Retreat®, which brings technologists and filmmakers together to address many controversial topics influencing the industry. In developing the SMPTE 2014 Symposium as a “filmmaker’s symposium,” HPA is orchestrating sessions that take an in-depth look at advanced technologies that bring new tools to storytelling. The symposium will include creative sessions from renowned cinematographers, visual effects specialists, colorists, and other filmmakers discussing what they hope to do with enhanced pictures and frame rates.

Additional sessions will offer a look at immersive sound, its impact, and how it’s being applied today; changing models for delivery of content to the consumer — including theatrical, broadcast, physical media, and digital distribution — across TV sets, computers, and mobile devices; and the standards and practices being developed to address the changing content life cycle.

“By connecting the creative community and its supporters with the technical community at the SMPTE 2014 Symposium, SMPTE and HPA are creating an opportunity for all participants to gain a richer and deeper understanding of technology’s impact on the creative process,” said Leon Silverman, HPA president. “The new displays and distribution approaches being proposed by technology companies need to be understood in the context of how the creative community will use this extended tool kit. It is also critical that we examine the standards and workflow approaches that will be necessary to deliver something more to consumers than a higher numbers of pixels.”

SMPTE 2014 is the premier annual event for motion-imaging and media technology, production, operations, and the allied arts and sciences. Each year the event draws elite and world-renowned technology thought-leaders from motion picture studios, broadcast and distribution networks, production and postproduction communities, software companies, systems integrators, manufacturers, display technologies, distribution providers, over-the-top providers, and others leading the evolving motion-imaging industry.

Further information about SMPTE 2014 and the preconference symposium is available at www.smpte2014.org/.

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About the Hollywood Post Alliance®
Hollywood Post Alliance® (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. The annual HPA Tech Retreat® draws top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, postproduction, film, television, video, and related technologies together for an informal exchange of information. The 2015 HPA Tech Retreat is scheduled for Feb. 9-13 in Indian Wells, California. Further information is available here. Information on joining HPA is available at http://hollywoodpostalliance.org/.

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)
The Oscar® and Emmy® Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

The Society is sustained by more than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA), this membership is complemented by 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. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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7 2014 Jul

An Investment Banker Made This Epic Presentation On The Future Of TV

Investment banker Terence Kawaja, founder and CEO of LUMA Partners, has a new, epic presentation on the future of the television industry.

He built this presentation after talking to people in the digital media business as well as people in the traditional “linear” television industry.

Kawaja’s investment banking work focuses on digital media, with expertise is in the ad tech industry. (To get a sense of how connected he is in the ad world, check out his industry executive studded video from the Cannes ad festival.)

Unlike most digital people, though, Kawaja doesn’t think traditional TV is dying, or about to be killed by digital media.

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24 2014 Jun

In fond memory of Ron Silveira

It is with great sadness that the HPA has learned of the passing of one of our community’s leaders, Ron Silveira. Please hold Ron in your thoughts and prayers. Our most sincere condolences to his dedicated wife and companion, Annaliz and to his family. It is with fond memories and appreciation for his tireless contributions that I pass along this remembrance which appears in the Hollywood Reporter written by HPA Board Member and journalist Carolyn Giardina.

Leon Silverman
HPA President

 

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Postproduction Industry Veteran Ron Silveira Dies

The postproduction pioneer held roles at companies including Universal Studios, The Post Group, Compact Video and Unitel.

Ron Silveira, a well-known and well-liked veteran of the postproduction community in Hollywood, died June 20 after a battle with cancer.

He most recently served as V.P. Universal Studios Digital Services for NBCUniversal, which he joined in 2004. Earlier, Silveira spent nine years as COO of The Post Group, where he was responsible for the visual effects division and the digital film group as well as formed its design group, Momentum Lab. While there, Silveira contributed to the development of HD and digital-cinema services at a time when the post industry was going through rapid technological change.

“Ron was probably the kindest man in post,” said longtime colleague Loren Nielsen, co-founder and president of Entertainment Technology Consultants. “His clients, employees and colleagues all adored him. Not only was he committed to getting the job done, he was committed to making everyone around him feel good. He could always be counted on for words of advice, an introduction to colleagues and support for industry events.

“He was also a pioneer. He was involved with establishing the first nonlinear editing systems, and it was in 1996, while at The Post Group, that he first tested targeting projectors in his telecine suites, creating the earliest digital cinema images of the modern era.”

Earlier, Silveira served as president of Compact Video/Image Transform and president of Unitel. He was a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and a past president of former postproduction trade association ITS’ Southern California chapter.

Silveira received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MBA from Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

Survivors include his wife, Annaliz, and a brother.

Link to article

 

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19 2014 Jun

HPA and SMPTE News

Dear HPA Members,

We have some exciting news to announce about the future of HPA. This week we signed an agreement with SMPTE® – the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® – for them to provide administrative support to HPA.

As our HPA Board looked at the best path forward for the organization following the announcement that our long standing Executive Director Eileen Kramer wished to reduce her workload, we looked at many scenarios that would prepare HPA for its next steps. In SMPTE, we have found a partner who not only understands our industry, but is also a terrific fit with us.

This partnership gives both SMPTE and HPA the opportunity to extend their reach and serve our memberships, while better serving the whole industry – from the engineering and technical professionals to the creative community that the HPA celebrates and supports.

In addition to the agreement for SMPTE to provide administrative services to the HPA, the Boards of both organizations have approved a road map that will lead to an even tighter integration of HPA within SMPTE. While our goal is to become part of our industry’s foremost global association, HPA will continue to have its own unique identity and culture within SMPTE. This is important to both organizations and a key to why we feel that HPA strengthens SMPTE and SMPTE strengthens HPA.

As we move to embrace this new relationship, with its exciting new possibilities, there are a number of things that will continue as they were. Long time HPA employees Alicia Rock and Max Ma will continue to provide HPA members with support for events and online communications respectively. In addition, Eileen Kramer will continue to help drive the success of our Technology Retreat in the role of 2015 Tech Retreat Project Manager.

We are indeed looking forward to some exciting times ahead for HPA and thank you for your continued support. In the coming weeks and months we will be announcing more details of our partnership with SMPTE.

We look forward to continuing to help our industry meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead in this exciting time in the industry.

We’d love to hear from our members about this new development. Click here (or see below) to comment and be part of the conversation!

All the best,

Leon

Leon Silverman
HPA PRESIDENT

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12 2014 Jun

The Hollywood Post Alliance® Announces the 2014 Engineering Excellence Award Call For Entries

Coveted Honor Recognizes Outstanding Technologies for Post Production

June 11, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA)    The Hollywood Post Alliance has announced the 2014 Call for Entries for its Engineering Excellence Award. The Engineering honor showcases inventors, manufacturers, vendors and/or peer post production companies for outstanding product or technology application offerings. Valid offerings may include products or processes, and must represent a step forward for its industry beneficiaries. The HPA Engineering Excellence Award is recognized as one of the most important technology honors in the post production industry.

The Engineering Excellence Award spotlights the companies and individuals who draw upon technical and creative ingenuity and apply it to real world post production demands. Any individual, group of individuals or entity offering a submitted entry to the post production industry at large can submit an entry for the Award. The Engineering Excellence Award will be presented at the 2014 HPA Awards on the evening of November 6, 2014 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Launched in 2006, the HPA Awards have become the standard by which creative and technical excellence in the art, science and craft of post production is measured. The Engineering honors have been considered a crucial part of the HPA Awards from its inception. The 2013 winners were DTS, Inc. for MDA, NVIDIA for NVIDIA GRID™ Visual Computing Appliance (VCA), Sony Pictures Imageworks and The Foundry for FLIX, and Telestream for their 16 bit 4:4:4:4 Transcoding Technology.

In addition to the Engineering Excellence Award, the HPA Awards honor the important post production categories of: Outstanding Color Grading, Editing, Sound and Visual Effects for feature film, television and commercials, as well as the HPA® Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production.

Complete rules, guidelines and entry information are available at: www.hpaawards.net. Submissions for the Engineering Excellence Award will be accepted May 16, 2014 through June 20, 2014. Entrants for the Engineering Excellence Award will be invited to present at a special HPA judging event in early August. For more information about the HPA Awards, visit www.hpaawards.net or call 213.614.0860.

Contact Alicia Rock at 213.614.0860 or write to arock@hpaonline.com for information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 HPA Awards show. For more information about the HPA Awards, visit www.hpaawards.net or call 213.614.0860.

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About the Hollywood Post Alliance®
Hollywood Post Alliance (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.

About the HPA® Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

Media Contact:
ignite strategic communications
p: 818.980.3473
Christine Purse, chris@ignite.bz or
Mimi Rossi, mimi@ignite.bz

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9 2014 Jun

The Hollywood Post Alliance® Announces the Call For Entries for The Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation

June 9, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA)  The Hollywood Post Alliance® has opened its Call for Entries for the HPA® Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production. This award was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in post production, whether in creative storytelling and/or technical innovation, and is judged by a jury of peers and industry experts. The Creativity and Innovation honors have consistently attracted the most thoughtful and forward thinking companies and individuals in the industry.

Submissions for the Creativity and Innovation Award can include content such as a unique movie, TV program or commercial; a workflow, proprietary technical development, hardware or software toolset, or a creative approach that is not eligible for consideration in other HPA Awards categories.

In addition to the Creativity and Innovation Award, the HPA Awards honor important post production categories including: Outstanding Color Grading, Editing, Sound and Visual Effects for feature film, television and commercials, as well as the coveted Engineering Excellence Award.

The submission period for the Creativity and Innovation Award is May 16, 2014 through June 20, 2014. Judging is set for early August. Winners of the Creativity and Innovation Award will be announced on November 6, 2014 during the 9th Annual HPA Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, CA.

Complete rules, guidelines and entry information is available at: www.hpaawards.net.

Contact Alicia Rock at 213.614.0860 or write to arock@hpaonline.com for information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 HPA Awards show. For more information about the HPA Awards, visit www.hpaawards.net or call 213.614.0860.

 

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About the Hollywood Post Alliance®
Hollywood Post Alliance (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.

About the HPA® Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

 

Media Contact:
ignite strategic communications
p: 818.980.3473
Christine Purse, chris@ignite.bz or
Mimi Rossi, mimi@ignite.bz

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16 2014 May

Hollywood Post Alliance® Opens Official Call For Entries for the 2014 HPA Awards

The Best in Post Production Spotlighted in 9th Annual Award Gala

May 16, 2014 (Hollywood, CA) The Call for Entries has been announced for the 2014 HPA® Awards by the Hollywood Post Alliance®. The HPA Awards will take place on the evening of November 6, 2014 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The HPA® Awards recognize the achievements of the individuals and companies that have contributed to creative excellence and groundbreaking technologies within the post production industry and are considered the standard bearer for excellence and innovation. The HPA Awards invite entries in the following competitive categories:

  • Outstanding Color Grading-Feature Film
  • Outstanding Color Grading-Television
  • Outstanding Color Grading-Commercial
  • Outstanding Editing-Feature Film
  • Outstanding Editing-Television
  • Outstanding Editing-Commercial
  • Outstanding Sound-Feature Film
  • Outstanding Sound-Television
  • Outstanding Sound-Commercial
  • Outstanding Visual Effects-Feature Film
  • Outstanding Visual Effects-Television
  • Outstanding Visual Effects-Commercial
  • Engineering Excellence Award
  • HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production

The period of eligibility for the HPA Awards is September 4, 2013 through September 2, 2014. To be considered eligible, work must have debuted domestically and/or internationally during
this period. Entrants need not be members of the Hollywood Post Alliance or working in the U.S. to submit work for consideration. Lists of previous years’ winners can be found by visiting www.hpaawards.net.

Complete rules, guidelines and entry information are available at: www.hpaawards.net.
Submissions for the creative categories will be accepted May 16, 2014 through July 11, 2014 and Early Bird Entries (reduced fee for the creative categories) will be accepted through June 6, 2014. Submissions for the Engineering Excellence Award and the Creativity and Innovation Award will be accepted May 16, 2014 through June 20, 2014. Entrants for the Engineering Excellence Award will be invited to present at a special HPA judging event in early August.

Contact Alicia Rock at 213.614.0860 or write to arock@hpaonline.com for information about sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 HPA Awards show. For more information about the HPA Awards, visit www.hpaawards.net or call 213.614.0860.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance®
Hollywood Post Alliance (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.

About the HPA® Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

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Media Contact:
ignite strategic communications
p: 818.980.3473
Christine Purse, chris@ignite.bz or
Mimi Rossi, mimi@ignite.bz

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25 2014 Mar

Interviews with women at the 2014 HPA Tech Retreat

Speaking on women in the industry – “in their own words”