FOR-A Corporation of America Names Mike Buchanan to Lead Sales Effort in Western U.S.

In his new role, Buchanan will be responsible for sales in CA, OR, WA, NV, UT, ID, AZ, NM, CO, WY, MT, AK, and HI which comprise FOR-A’s western United States region. He reports to Ken Truong, President, FOR-A Corporation of America.

“Given Mike’s history at some of the industry’s leading systems integration firms – supervising customer liaison, on-site project management, and writing proposals; managing the U.S. distribution channel and large accounts for Kramer; and experience as Sales Manager at broadcast supplier Bittree, he has a well-rounded view of our entire business,” said Truong. “He’s managed world-class, million-dollar projects from start to completion. Plus, he has a proven history of setting goals and seeing them through. We’re eager to share his talents with our current and prospective customers.”

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Buchanan also looks forward to bringing his specific combination of talents to work at FOR-A. He has extensive experience selling complete solutions and project managing mission-critical PRO/AV and broadcast projects and background managing nationwide sales territories for established broadcast and PRO/AV manufacturers. Using that skillset, he’ll further develop partnerships between FOR-A and its consultants, system integrators, and end-users. His goal is to build upon FOR-A’s reputation of high-quality product, proven reliability, and excellent customer service by being easy to reach, knowledgeable about the product line, and striving to be a resource for his clients and co-workers.

 “FOR-A has a rock-solid reputation,” said Buchanan. “We’re moving forward aggressively with our 12G and IP infrastructure technology. I plan bring the full breadth of FOR-A’s products and knowledge with me as we help customers invest in the video production infrastructure of the future.”

Another core mission for Buchanan will be to promote the success of FOR-A’s recent integration with third party graphics, replay systems and production servers, including partner products such as: the ODYSSEY Insight video server; the ClassX content creation and graphics playout solution; Variant Systems Group’s Envivo Replay sports and live event replay solution; Media Links’ IP Media Gateway, Fujitsu’s IP-HE950 H.265/HEVC real-time video encoders; and InSync’s frame synchronizer, frame rate converter, and up/down converters.

“FOR-A makes a comprehensive range of world class products, including a single-link 12G video switcher and the FA Series of signal processors which are recognized as the gold standard in video processing, as well as significant new partnerships. Making those areas shine will be the key to my success.”

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO signs co-production agreement with Chilevisión

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO has reached a co-production agreement with Chilevisión, the network belonging to the Turner Latin America group, in a move to bolster its international expansion. The first project included in this agreement is “El Discípulo del Chef”, a show involving the collaboration of Phileas Productions.

The program is one of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO’s most significant investments in non-fiction and as such, will be presented at the upcoming edition of MIPCOM. “El Discípulo del Chef” sets out to set itself apart from other entertainment formats of a similar nature taking a much fresher and more daring approach to the culinary talent genre.

The first season of this big entertainment format will consist of 24 episodes to be broadcast during prime time, and giving an idea of the scope and level of production and direction.

Chilevisión recently issued the casting call for the program with the participation of renowned and prestigious chefs. Strategy goes hand-in-hand with gastronomic dissemination in the show, designed for family audiences. The show’s winner will offer an aspiring chef the chance to train with some of the best chefs around.

With “El Discípulo del Chef”, THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO and Turner Latin America strengthen their commitment to the production of innovative and original formats, thus offering a quality content alternative in this opportunity for the Chilean market. The project is part of the five-year global agreement signed between the two companies for the development and co-production of multiplatform content for Latin America. This agreement contemplates an overall investment of €9 million, which has already seen the production of 8-episode drama series “Las Bravas F.C.”.

“The alliance between THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO and Turner Latin America is an excellent opportunity to merge our expertise with their talent and thus contribute to the dissemination of innovative and quality content in Chile, confirming our desire to become leaders in terms of content production”, said Laura Fernández Espeso, TV director at THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO.


Javier Goldschmied, Director of Programming at Chilevisión, explained that “we are very happy to be able to form this alliance with THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, with whom we have achieved an excellent level of synergy regarding the format development and opportunities for fresh content. Both parties have top-class teams in place and “El Discípulo del Chef” is just the beginning of a long journey together”.