Eutelsat announces the appointment of new Company Secretary, Julie Burguburu

Julie will oversee Eutelsat’s legal, compliance, regulatory and governance issues by heading the company’s teams in charge of these functions. She will succeed Edouard Silverio, who has decided to pursue new professional projects beyond Eutelsat.

As a senior counsel member (“maître de requêtes”) to the French Conseil d’Etat, Julie Burguburu was, up until now, a State rapporteur to the Administrative Litigation Division. She has held several top management positions in the French State administration. From 2014 to 2016, she was Deputy Chief-of-Staff to Claude Bartolone, President of France’s National Assembly, then from 2016 to 2017, to Bernard Cazeneuve, in his role of Interior Minister and then Prime Minister.

Julie previously spent four years in Shanghai, China, where she was Vice-President of Veolia China, with the responsibility of transforming the company. In particular, she steered the reorganization of the Chinese and Japanese structures as well as the merger of Veolia’s water and waste management entities in China. Prior to that, she had served seven years at the French Conseil d’Etat from 2003 to 2010.

Rodolphe Belmer, Eutelsat Chief Executive Officer commented: “The appointment of Julie Burguburu to Eutelsat marks a new chapter for our Group and our top management. In light of the increasing standards, laws and ongoing developments in the regulations related to compliance and governance, in a constantly changing industry, Julie’s contribution will be decisive in providing us with the support and guidance we need to carry out and accelerate our Group’s transformation. I would also like to express my gratitude to Edouard for his significant contribution to the success of our company over the past eight years.”

A French national, Julie Burguburu is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and Sciences Po Paris. A member of the Young Leaders of the France-China Foundation and an auditor with the IHEDN, she also holds a Diploma of Advanced Studies (French DEA) in general private law (from Paris I Panthéon-Assas University) and a Master of Arts in international relations and international economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC).

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GatesAir Appoints Charles Sotto as Regional Sales Manager

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, has strengthened its North American sales team with the appointment of Charles Sotto as Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast U.S. territory, effective immediately. Covering seven states plus Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Sotto brings three decades of industry and entrepreneurial experience to his new role, including sales and business development roles with Sony and Harris, the company from which GatesAir was born. Sotto will be based in Florida and report to Mark Goins, Senior Director, North American Sales.

gatesair_charles-sotto-3Sotto joins GatesAir at a time of active business growth for the company in the United States, driven largely by the GatesAir’s market-leading share of TV spectrum repack business. Sotto sees a wealth of opportunities to help TV and radio broadcasters reduce their utility costs and maintenance activities with GatesAir’s high-efficiency transmitter designs. He is also bullish about helping GatesAir customers transition their audio contribution and distribution systems, including studio-to-transmitter links (STL), to IP as broadcasters migrate from T1 and other more expensive circuit-based links.

“The broadcast industry has made significant progress in going green and reducing its collective carbon footprint, and GatesAir has been a pioneer in this movement for transmission systems,” said Sotto. “I see tremendous opportunity to help new and current GatesAir customers transition to our more electrically-efficient Maxiva TV and Flexiva radio transmitters, reducing operating costs and labor associated with maintaining the infrastructure. Furthermore, the Intraplex range of intelligent networking solutions has matured to serve some very diverse and interesting applications at a time when broadcasters are more comfortable using IP as a primary transport method. The innovative entrepreneurship driving GatesAir also very much strengthens the future vision of the company. It’s an exciting time to rejoin GatesAir family.”

Sotto spent several years with Harris Broadcast in the early 2000s as National Accounts Manager for Broadcast Systems and Special Markets, where he focused on complex projects for large commercial and government customers. Prior to joining Harris Broadcast, he spent 10 years at Sony as a Major Account Manager in Los Angeles focusing on studio, post-product and broadcast accounts. He was directly involved in many large-scale and technically intricate projects while at Sony, including the launch of DIRECTV as a direct-to-home satellite provider in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

“Charles brings a rare mix of customer relationship skills and technical expertise that will benefit both GatesAir and our customer base throughout his region,” said Goins. “Broadcast is a service-driven industry, and his human touch will play a big role in his success, particularly in the Southeast where we will continue to see robust and exciting business opportunities for years to come. We are proud to welcome Charles to the GatesAir team.”

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Cobalt Digital to Demo 9971 Series UHD Multiviewers at NAB 2019

The new cards support a variety of asynchronous signals and offer HDMI outputs for economical monitoring on consumer-grade 4K monitors.

Three models – the 9971-MV18-4K with 18 SDI inputs, 9971-MV6-4K with six SDI inputs, and 971-MV6-4H-4K with six SDI and four HDMI 2.0 inputs – are designed to accommodate a variety of signals and applications. The 9971 Series supports 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD-SDI and UHD1 3820×2160 square division (SDQS) or two-sample interleave (2SI) quad 3G-SDI formats as I/O. Each model can output ST 2082 12G-SDI for single-wire 4K transport, while up to two HDMI 2.0 outputs at 3840×2160 resolution allow 4K video monitoring of the mosaic image output.

Using 12G-SDI “single wire” inputs, the 9971-MV18-4K supports up to 18 asynchronous discrete PiP images, and can downconvert 12G and quad UHD using 12G-SDI and quad 3G-SDI inputs, while the 9971-MV6-4K supports up to six discrete PiP images. The 9971-MV6-4H-4K displays up to 10 sources, including a mix of computer and video sources, and also works directly with commercial or consumer HDMI signals as I/O without the use of additional converter boxes.

“4K production is here, and broadcasters and OB truck operators need to be able to monitor content at a glance,” explained Chris Shaw, Cobalt executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Not only does the 9971 Series support full UHD resolution, it can handle multiple asynchronous signals simultaneously and provide full resolution display on consumer 4K monitors. It’s an uncomplicated multiviewer solution for facilities with a complicated blend of HD and 4K sources.”

Up to five 9971 cards can be installed in one 2 RU openGear frame. Multiple cards can be included in a cascaded chain that provides multiviewer layouts of up to 64 sources (8×8), with low-latency processing to prevent significant accumulated delays within the chain.

Setup is simplified with one-button template presets, but users can also create and save fully customizable layouts. Real-time changes to template and custom layouts can be made on the fly without an external setup or layout program. The 9971 cards also include text “burn-in” insertions and other graphic overlay features. Card control and monitoring are available via the DashBoard user interface, integrated HTML5 web interface, SNMP, or Cobalt’s RESTful-based Reflex protocol.

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