Eutelsat appoints Gary Donnan as Chief Innovation Officer

In this role, Gary is tasked with defining Eutelsat’s innovation roadmap and the identification and cross-functional development of innovation initiatives across the Group. He will also focus on forging stronger links between Eutelsat and the external innovation ecosystem to step up the roll-out of emerging technologies throughout the company.

A wealth of experience in the fields of innovation and transformation

Eutelsat_Gary_DonnanGary Donnan brings significant experience in cross-functional and collaborative management. He joins Eutelsat after eleven years at Technicolor where he conducted large-scale transformation projects and held several key positions in the fields of technology, research and innovation, gaining expertise in the broadcasting industry. As a member of Technicolor’s Executive Committee, he was successively Executive Vice President (EVP) for Research and Innovation, then EVP for technology and standards. Prior to joining Technicolor, Gary held similar research and innovation positions at Alcatel, including research and development for the deployment of fibre, cable, radio and satellite networks in various parts of the world. He is therefore well versed in telecom technologies as a whole.

Of Irish nationality, Gary holds a degree in computer science and data processing and a postgraduate degree in distributed and parallel systems from the University of Ulster (United Kingdom).

Rodolphe Belmer, Eutelsat CEO, said: “The appointment of Gary to Eutelsat offers a remarkable opportunity for all of us. His extensive experience within leading companies within the video and telecommunication industries will be invaluable in further aligning our innovation roadmap with the evolving requirements of our customers. This appointment is part of our strategy to accelerate our transformation in order to be more open and agile to a constantly changing environment.”

ENG Professionals Darren Bramley and Ken Cavalli Embrace New flowtech100

Renowned news cameramen Darren Bramley and Ken Cavalli have endorsed the new flowtech100 after field-testing the tripod in demanding electronic newsgathering (ENG) and live news environments. The world’s fastest deploying tripod, flowtech100 is compatible with all 100mm fluid heads and can support a payload of up to 30 kilograms (66 pounds), making it ideal for heavy-duty ENG production.

Available now from authorised resellers, flowtech100 is the latest collaboration from trusted brands Sachtler and Vinten. The new tripod is based on an exclusive carbon-fibre technology that makes flowtech100 extremely strong and lightweight and yet offers outstanding torsional stiffness. Quick-release brakes conveniently located at the top of the tripod enable the legs to be deployed simultaneously; each leg adjusts automatically to the ground’s surface, saving operators from having to bend over and manually adjust multiple brakes on each leg. These features — together with flowtech100’s exceptional stability and capacity for heavier camera payloads — optimise the tripod for ENG workflows in which camera operators are moving quickly to cover fast-breaking news stories.

Based in the U.K., Bramley serves as head of cameras at ITV Daytime, where he supervises the channel’s award-winning daytime programmes including “Good Morning Britain,” “Lorraine,” and “This Morning.” Bramley tested flowtech100 with a Vinten Vision 100 head carrying either a Sony 2500 or Sony 1750 camera with wide-angle or standard EFP lenses in both a studio environment and for stand-up interviews outside the ITV Daytime facility.

“I have used other carbon-fibre tripods, but none compare to flowtech100’s rugged build quality and attention to detail. It brings the benefits of light weight, high stability, and ease of use to the professional 100mm bowl size that’s so prevalent in ENG today. It’s a practical solution that can meet the everyday needs of even the most demanding of camera operators,” Bramley said.


“Our staff operators and freelancers alike were very keen to use flowtech100 in the field, and it more than lived up to their expectations. We often have to quickly reposition cameras during advertisement breaks, sometimes in under a minute. But with flowtech100, operators can just pick their position, open the tripod, and undo just three clamps at the top of the legs — and they’re ready to shoot in no time.”


He added, “Other innovative features really set flowtech100 apart, like the magnets for keeping the legs together for transport instead of bungy cords or old-fashioned clips. We also love the threading on the top of the legs for mounting accessories. Leave it to Sachtler and Vinten to come up with such simple yet clever ideas that really make a big difference for demanding field work.”

Cavalli is director of photography at satellite transmission service PACSAT and its subsidiary, Capitol Television News Service, a video wire service providing broad coverage of news from the Sacramento, California, region. He also does freelance camera work for NBC, which gave him the opportunity to field-test flowtech100 at this year’s Winter Games in Seoul, South Korea, and for NBC’s coverage of the recent Northern California wildfires.


“Right away, I knew flowtech100 was special. It’s unlike any other tripod I’ve ever used in my 30-plus-year career,” Cavalli said. “The ergonomics are fantastic — with the quick-release brakes at the top, you can set it up and adjust it in an instant and without having to bend over, and the shape of the legs makes it really comfortable to carry on your shoulder. Even the handle is in the right place for easy carrying. These features, in addition to its extremely light weight, made flowtech100 a dream to work with as we moved around to different venues at the games, some of them icy with uneven ground and other rugged conditions.”

Cavalli tested flowtech100 with a heavy payload of 20 kilograms (45 pounds) consisting of a Sony PMWX500 ENG camera, a Sachtler Video 18 S2 fluid head, and a teleprompter.

“The flowtech100 was especially useful in the extreme fire conditions, where easy setups and quick breakdowns were crucial. And even with all that weight, the tripod was incredibly stable,” he said. “Another really valuable feature is the ability to adjust flowtech100 to near ground level by removing the quick-release spreader. It means you don’t have to carry a high hat for super-low-angle shots, which saves a tremendous amount of time.”

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Ashley Cochrane joins Broadcast Solutions for the UK, Ireland and Central Europe

Cochrane has a track-record in sales, spanning over 10 years in the media and broadcast industry. He recently held the position of Senior Sales Executive at UK-company ES Broadcast, where he was responsible for product and system integration sales and leading dedicated sales team which resulted in a huge growth of the company.

In his new position at Broadcast Solutions he is pushing the company’s own products and further products in the portfolio, that help Broadcasters to be ahead of the competition. An additional field he will lead is developing a sales unit with used equipment.


Ashley on his new position: “Broadcast Solutions is an innovative and fast developing company with over 15 years know-how and experience in large system integration projects and pushing innovative products in the market. I am very much looking forward to develop Broadcast Solutions’ market presence in the UK and Ireland and to push the sales in Central European countries even further.”


Antti Laurila, Director Global Sales at Broadcast Solutions: “We are very happy, that Ashley is now part of the growing Broadcast Solutions group. With his experience in product sales – new and used- he is a perfect fit to foster our constantly growing business.”