THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO Master reaches an agreement with the National Film and Television School of London

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO Master, which gets underway this coming October, will be a certified course endorsed by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

From the 2020/2021 academic year, candidates will also be able to attend the Master in Barcelona.

Faithful to its innovative spirit and a firm commitment to the training of new talent, THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO has launched its first Masters in Screenwriting. Joining forces with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid’s Faculty of Information Sciences, the course will provide students with training tailored to the current and future reality of audiovisual production.

The program will be a certified Master’s degree endorsed by the UCM, which, thanks to THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO’s expertise and creative talents, offers students the possibility of gaining work experience in productions the Studio is currently developing all over the world, ensuring quality training tailored to the current audiovisual panorama both in Spain as well as abroad.

In collaboration with the prestigious National Film and Television School of London (NFTS), the Master will also offer students the opportunity to participate in a joint workshop on project creation designed for the international market. Workshop projects will be developed in conjunction with NTFS students enrolled in the Screenwriting Masters, and should be designed as potential co-productions under the supervision of tutors from both institutions.

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO’s commitment to seeking out the best talent means that supporting creative minds wherever they might be, is essential. As such, the company has always been convinced that this first edition of the Masters should provide a place for 1 scholarship student.

The presentation of this first edition of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO Masters in Screenwriting took place this afternoon at the Casa del Lector (Matadero Madrid) and was presided over by Juan Ruiz de Gauna, General Manager of MEDIAPRO; Jorge Clemente, Dean of the UCM Faculty of Information Sciences and co-director of the Masters and Irene Ortega, Director of the Masters.

After the presentation, an expert panel was set up titled “We seek out talent”, where the importance of the screenwriting in the different areas of production was analyzed. Panel experts included showman and communicator Gran Wyoming; filmmaker Fernando León de Aranoa; showrunners Diego San José and Iván Escobar; THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO artistic director Luis San Narciso, Javier Méndez, Chief Content Office of the MEDIAPRO Group; Javier Pons, Head of TV at THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO; Cristina López, director of “Las que faltaban”, and Jorge Clemente, Dean of the UCM Faculty of Information Sciences and co-director of the Masters.

The MEDIAPRO Group, one of the most important fiction factories internationally, takes up the mantle from Globomedia which identified and trained Spain’s most outstanding series creators for over 13 years through its Screenwriting Masters. Now, with the recent creation of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, and its impressive team of creative minds and directors, supporting grassroots talent and providing new creators eager to break into screenwriting was an essential next step. Talent is what allows to narrate the best stories with the broadest possible reach and quality training is essential to this process.

The line-up of lecturers is another of the strengths of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO Masters in Screenwriting. The goal was to source the best talent with the capacity to educate others from within THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO as well as from other production companies beyond the scope of the Studio. Professionals who will be sharing their knowledge with students include names like Ran Tellem (Homeland), Daniel Burman (Lost Embrace), Maikol Sánchez Romero (El Intermedio), Fernando León de Aranoa (A Perfect Day), Iván Escobar (Locked Up), Fernando González Molina (Palm Trees in the Snow), Diego San José (Vota Juan) and Marc Cistaré (Victim Nº 8), among others. David Muñoz (The Devil’s Backbone), Nacho Cabana (Matadero), Rubén Ontiveros (Homo zapping) and Beatriz Setuain, director of Imagina International Sales, will act as tutors for program modules.

The program will run for 35 weeks, from October 3rd, 2019 to June 26th, 2020 during which time participants will be guaranteed a month’s work experience and training in Group productions. The Masters will consist of 5 modules and places are limited (up to 25 students). The Masters will be given at the Casa del Lector (Matadero Madrid) and THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO headquarters.

For the time being, this first edition of the Masters in Screenwriting will only be given in Madrid. However, for the 2020/2021 academic year, work is already underway to ensure the degree can also be taken in Barcelona.

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Hipica TV Selects Envivo Replay to Enhance Daily, Live Thoroughbred Racing Programming

The newly launched Spanish-language Hipica TV (TSG Network) selected Envivo Replay from Variant Systems as the heart of its production system. The daily live show features races, replays and offers handicapping selections on races from The Stronach Group-owned (TSG) Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, Laurel Park, Golden Gate Fields, and Pimlico Race Course. The horse race programming is available every day at GulfstreamPark.com and youtube.com/HipicaTV.

The HD broadcast is independent of its English broadcast with separate producers, directors, cameras, on-air talent, race caller and now replay using Envivo Replay. Envivo Replay is being used to capture all TSG tracks to archive the day’s races, create race re-caps, and upload Spanish content to social media.

“For us, it was critical to archive each race track simultaneously and provide quick re-caps,” said Guillermo Burgos, Vice President & Executive Producer at Sellitto Video Systems (SVS). SVS produces the live broadcast for both Gulfstream Park simulcast and Hipica TV. SVS also manages all A/V requirements at Gulfstream Park. “It was so easy to archive all the race tracks in the Envivo system. The only thing we spent time learning was the sequence that would work best for the production team. The system is very intuitive and smart. And the company’s technical support is top notch. We’ve been very impressed so far with Envivo.”

In addition to race replays and highlights, the Hipica TV team is taking advantage of Envivo Replay’s built-in social media interface.  This capability allows Gulfstream to streamline their social media postings of individual race highlights and race day summaries.

“One huge plus Envivo had was its social media upload extension tool. There was no learning curve at all,” added Burgos. “There are a lot of components in our control room. With the Envivo replay system, our team can easily save clips from our different race tracks, make playback recaps and upload to social media content faster than any other tool we’ve ever seen. It is simply amazing how fast we can load content to social media, which for us, is a must.”

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“We are delighted that Guillermo and his team selected Envivo Replay to cover race replays, highlights and social media clips for their Spanish broadcasts,” said Adolfo Rodriguez, Variant Systems Group Co-Founder and CEO. “It’s fantastic to see how the capabilities of Envivo Replay are enabling Hipica TV to streamline their workflow.”

During its first month on GulfstreamPark.com and LaurelPark.com in March of this year, Hipica TV reached an average of 76,000 unique viewers each week and nearly 800,000 total views. Along with live races, Hipica TV will include live interviews, feature stories, and insights from its four anchors.

FOR-A is the exclusive seller of the Envivo Replay solution in North, Central and South America. The distribution agreement gives live event producers and broadcasters the ability to use Envivo Replay as part of a complete live event workflow with FOR-A’s HANABI series of video switchers, ClassX 3D graphics and video writer telestrators.

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Launched in 2017, Envivo Replay offers a complete replay solution packaged in an intuitive user interface with continuous multiple iso-channel recording capabilities, simultaneous clip storage of multiple angles to clip bins, playlists for highlights playback, built-in branding capabilities, direct publishing to social media platforms, as well as support for high speed super slow-motion cameras.

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Digital Alert Systems and Kaltura First to Bring EAS Alerts to Cloud TV Services

Digital Alert Systems announced an unprecedented achievement. Following a joint integration, the Kaltura TV Platform is the first cloud TV service to support Digital Alert Systems’ EAS-NET™ communications protocol, allowing joint customers to comply with Emergency Alert System (EAS)/Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) regulations by providing critical emergency messages within their Cloud TV deployments.

North American operators and media companies are required to provide emergency alerts to viewers via their TV service. With the increasing shift from traditional broadcast to IP video services, Kaltura customers are now assured their Cloud TV solutions comply as well.

Gideon Gilboa, Kaltura senior vice president of product and marketing, Media and Telecom, said, “Kaltura’s Cloud TV Platform combines the best of pay TV and OTT. We are in the business of helping our customers transform their legacy TV services into next-generation cloud and IP-based TV experiences. This includes all of the benefits of OTT — not only personalization, multiscreen apps, and improved TCO and agility, but also the ‘nuts and bolts’ of traditional pay TV, such as EAS alerts.”

To support EAS-NET, Kaltura enhanced its existing push notification and in-app messaging capabilities. With the new integration, the Kaltura TV Platform receives alert information over EAS-Net and dispatches the alerts in real time to relevant Cloud TV client applications, including mobile devices, managed STBs, and unmanaged STBs. Viewers see the emergency messages as push notifications on their connected screens when watching content or even when browsing within the application.

“We’re constantly striving to enhance emergency communications across a number of platforms, and finding the right partners, like Kaltura, who are able to leverage EAS-Net continues to showcase our evolution in the Cloud TV era,” said Bill Robertson, vice president of business development at Digital Alerts Systems. “As the means of TV consumption is rapidly changing, our customers can continue to count on us to help ensure compliance and their overall success.”

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VuWall Expands Into New Territories With Mindstec Distribution Partnership

VuWall announced that its full product portfolio, along with dedicated local service and support, is now available in more locations via Mindstec Distribution. With this partnership, VuWall expands for the first time with global distribution in Asia, the Middle East, and Brazil.

“Mindstec is a well-established global AV distributor with regional expertise and exceptional service that provides immense value to customers,” said Valentina Zarivchatska, VuWall’s director of business development in Central and Eastern Europe, APAC, and LATAM. “This partnership will enhance our brand awareness worldwide and bring VuWall solutions to new markets. We’re excited to partner with a company reputable for representing the highest quality solutions in the industry.”

Mindstec will demonstrate VuWall’s product portfolio of video wall solutions in each of the showrooms at its main offices located in United Arab Emirates, India, Singapore, and Hong Kong. This will allow integrators and end users to experience VuWall capabilities firsthand. Certified by VuWall, Mindstec dedicated personnel will be able to offer first line of support as well as training to system integrators at any of the distributor’s global offices. VuWall will also have a dedicated presence at Mindstec booths at industry events, including InfoComm SEA in Bangkok, InfoComm China, and InfoComm India. The booth will feature a video wall optimized with VuWall’s modular and scalable solutions.

“The heart of what we do is to provide our customers with access to proven and trusted AV solutions that will help grow their businesses,” said Syed Wahab, CEO of Mindstec Distribution. “As AV and IT continue to converge, our portfolio of IP-based products delivers the most comprehensive offering available in the market. With solutions designed for ease of deployment, use, and management, VuWall is a perfect addition to our broadening portfolio.”

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Cablecast Bringing Easy Online and OTT Video Publishing to AV Users at InfoComm 2019

Cablecast Community Media is heading to InfoComm2019 with an efficient new solution that lets video producers easily build a library of VOD and live-streaming content, and presents it attractively in controlled, customizable interfaces for online or OTT viewing. Cablecast will demonstrate the automated and intuitive offering in the booth (number 333) of fellow Tightrope Media Systems division Carousel Digital Signage at the event, taking place June 12-14 in Orlando, Florida.

The Cablecast platform’s streamlined, automated publishing workflows enable users in educational institutions, houses of worship, government agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations to easily bring video-on-demand (VOD) programming and live streams to audiences across an expanding array of viewing devices. Users can customize Cablecast’s professionally-styled, pre-built website and OTT app templates with their own logo, color scheme and content categories to quickly launch full-featured, branded content portals on the web, Apple TV® and Roku® devices. A comprehensive API is also available for customers wishing to tightly integrate Cablecast’s video presentation features within their existing website.

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Adding new VOD content to the library is exceptionally simple. Authorized contributors can upload video files from anywhere through Cablecast’s web-based interface. Users can associate metadata with each clip during the upload process or after-the-fact, and can select amongst multiple frames from the video or upload a thumbnail image to represent the clip in the library. Cablecast automatically takes care of the rest, transcoding the source file as necessary for streaming and OTT delivery;dynamically updating the categorized libraries based on previously-defined metadata criteria; and publishing the clips to the public-facing website and OTT apps.

Further improving the viewer experience, VOD chapter markers can be added to pre-recorded clips or in real-time during live capture, enabling viewers to jump directly to points of interest – such as agenda topics in government meetings, or scoring plays in sports matches – without scrubbing through the entire video. Supporting documents can also be associated with VOD clips, enabling viewers to read or download related materials such as meeting minutes or lecture notes while watching the video.

Augmenting customers’ VOD offerings, Cablecast’s optional live streaming support enables users to stream programs and events in real time through the same web portal and OTT apps. Live and on-demand OTT content are delivered to viewers via the cloud-based Cablecast Reflect streaming service, while online content can be distributed through Cablecast Reflect to minimize local network bandwidth impact or using the customer’s own hosting infrastructure.

Cablecast’s content presentation environment gives publishers far more control of their viewers’ experience than is available with popular web-based or social media distribution platforms. Unlike such free services, Cablecast does not insert advertising in front of videos, nor suggest third-party content afterwards. This ensures that customers’ programming is not shown alongside any unrelated, inappropriate, competitive, or – particularly noteworthy for public sector producers – commercial content.

“As the volume of live and on-demand video content being created by educational, government, corporate and worship media producers continues to explode, they need efficient tools to distribute it to viewers’ preferred devices while maintaining control of the presentation around their brand,” said Steve Israelsky, President, Cablecast Community Media. “Cablecast’s turnkey online and OTT templates save customers time and help them create a professional look, while our automated publishing workflows reduce turnaround time and minimize manual effort. Our latest offerings build on our more than two decades of experience in helping community media providers and content producers stay ahead of evolving trends in media consumption, and we’re excited to showcase them to InfoComm attendees.”

 

Hitachi Wins Prestigious Technology and Engineering EMMY® Award for Pioneering Camera Developme

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. announced today that Hitachi has been honored with a Technology and Engineering EMMY®award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) for pioneering development of the single-chip color video camera.

The EMMY® award was accepted by Koji Takaichi, President and CEO of Hitachi America, Ltd., at the 70th Annual Technology & Engineering EMMY® Awards gala. The event was held in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) on April 7 in Las Vegas during the 2019 NAB Show. Hitachi was recognized for this award alongside four fellow video equipment manufacturers and two individual developers.

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Left-to-Right: Mr. Yoshihiro Shiwa, President and Representative Director, Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.; Mr. Akio Ito, Executive Vice President and Executive Officer, Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.; Mr. Koji Takaichi, President & CEO, Hitachi America, Ltd. Photo Credit: Marc Bryan-Brown Photography

The Technology and Engineering EMMY® Awards honor development and innovation in broadcast technology. They recognize companies, organizations and individuals for breakthroughs that have a significant effect on television engineering and a material impact on the television viewing experience.

Hitachi co-developed the patented Saticon camera tube used widely in the television industry until the advent of solid-state imagers, and in 1982 released the MOS sensor based VK-C1000 camera, the first commercial single-chip product.

“The awarded technology was first commercialized in 1982, and is still operating in our professional video cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc.,” Mr. Takaichi said in his acceptance speech.

Hitachi Kokusai has a rich history of delivering high-performance, professional camera innovations for more than 60 years, and continues to be at the forefront of HDTV, 4K and 8K camera developments while actively championing emerging technologies such as High Dynamic Range (HDR). Its ongoing research and development of advanced camera sensors continues today, with its latest CMOS imaging technology at the heart of the new SK-HD1800 studio and field production camera that made its debut at the 2019 NAB Show.

“We are proud of our history of innovation, and we are honored to be recognized by NATAS for our role in the development of single-chip color camera technology,” said Toshihiro Matsuzaka, President and CEO, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. “We continue to work hard on developing new technologies and offering them in practical and affordable solutions to address the evolving needs of broadcasters and videoprofessionals in today’s dynamic media landscape.”