Theatre Presentation Lineup Announced for IP Showcase at METExpo 2019 in Sydney

The IP Showcase will feature a full slate of theatre presentations covering all aspects of the industry transition to IP, with an emphasis on technology tutorials and case studies.

Sponsored by the Australia Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), and the IABM, the IP Showcase at METExpo is an education and demonstration pavilion highlighting the benefits of and momentum behind the move to standards-based IP for real-time professional media across an extensive range of applications and users — from television and film to ProAV, small facilities, and independent operations.

Some of the specific topics to be covered by presenters at the IP Showcase Theatre include:

  • SMPTE ST 2110 Basics
  • Rise of IP in Remote Production
  • Scalable IP Architectures for Media and Broadcast
  • Timing for IP Video Networks (Beginner and Advanced)
  • Case Study: Telstra
  • Case Study: CBC/Radio Canada

The preliminary list of speakers is currently available on the IP Showcase website: http://www.ipshowcase.org/theatre-schedule-metexpo-2019/.

“In many ways, Australia has been at the forefront in the transition to IP for media applications with the ST 2110 standard already widely adopted,” said John Maizels, SMPTE Fellow and Producer for the SMPTE Australia Section’s IP Pavilion. “Hosting the IP Showcase this year at METExpo gives us the opportunity to take IP to the next level in our market, exploring not just the applications for broadcast, but also where it fits into the broader industry and showing a future in which the open ST 2110 standard will serve the ProAV market, smaller facilities, and independents.”

The presentation stages at previous IP Showcase Theatres have been visited by hundreds of attendees each day at major industry shows since 2016, often with standing-room-only crowds. The significant early adoption of SMPTE ST 2110 products and architectures by broadcasters and Outside Broadcast providers in Australia is paving the way for uptake by the audiovisual industry segment and other adjacent industries globally. Presentations at the METExpo 2019 IP Showcase Theatre will offer unique viewpoints on IP video and audio for production using SMPTE ST 2110 and AES67, as well as the latest developments in the AMWA NMOS technology stack (IS-04, IS-05, IS-07, and IS-08) and the JT-NM TR-1001-1 framework for installing, configuring, and interconnecting equipment.

The IP Showcase will take place on the show floor of the International Convention Centre in Sydney as part of the IP Pavilion at METExpo 2019 and will be open to all attendees.

 

Eutelsat announces two changes to its Executive Committee

These changes are effective as of 1 July this year.

Philippe Oliva, aged 46, currentlyExecutive Vice-President, Sales and Products, succeeds Michel Azibert as Chief Commercial Officer. In this role, he will be responsible for defining and supervising the commercial policy, as well as generating revenue for the Group.

Jean-Hubert Lenotte, aged 51, currently Director of Strategy and Strategic Marketing, will also be taking charge of the Deployment Department and will be responsible for Eutelsat’s satellite fleet, frequency management and resource planning. This newly revamped department will now be known as the Strategy and Resources Department.

Michel Azibert will remain Deputy Chief Executive Officer and, in this role, will participate in all matters of importance to the Group.

Previously Director of Deployment, Jacques Dutronc will become Director of Development, coordinating Group-wide business development projects.

Michel Azibert, Jacques Dutronc, Jean-Hubert Lenotte and Philippe Oliva will report to Rodolphe Belmer, Group Chief Executive Officer, alongside the other members of the Executive Committee: Yohann Leroy, Julie Burguburu, Antoine Mingalon and Sandrine Téran.

Philippe Oliva began his career as a consultant in the consultancy firm CIMAD, before joining IBM in 1999, where he held several senior positions. These included head of Business Services France, then Vice President of the services offered by the Technological Infrastructure Department. He also coordinated the launch of the Cloud business and Hybrid Cloud services in France, then in the United States, where he spent several years. He held the position of Vice President in charge of strategic accounts at IBM before joining Eutelsat in September last year.

Philippe is a French national and a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure des Ingénieurs Commerciaux.

Jean-Hubert Lenotte began his career with the Bouygues Group, taking part in the creation of its subsidiary Bouygues Telecom in 1994. In 1997, he joined the McKinsey firm in Paris, where he was appointed Associate Director in 2004. In 2009, he joined McKinsey’s global Telecommunications, Media and Technology Division, where he was in charge notably of consumer-related issues. He joined Eutelsat as Director of Strategy in 2013 and became a member of the Executive Committee in 2016 as Director of Strategy and Strategic Marketing.

Jean-Hubert Lenotte is a Belgian national and an Ecole Polytechnique graduate. He holds a Master’s degree in economy and finance from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.

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ATG Danmon Commences Riverside Studios Relocation Project

ATG Danmon announces the commencement of a large-scale systems integration project for Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, west London. The new venture will include the installation and interconnection of production infrastructure. Riverside’s former studios and the neighbouring Queen’s Wharf have been replaced by a new building across both sites. The venue will include state-of-the-art facilities with three flexible studio spaces for television, theatre, dance, opera, music and comedy, as well as a cinema, screening room, archive, community and rehearsal space plus a local events and entertainment space.

“Connectivity throughout the building has driven the design of Riverside from the outset,” says Duncan Stewart, Riverside Studios’ Technical Director.  “We have worked with ATG Danmon over the last two years to present our new cutting-edge facilities in a way that is reassuringly familiar to the freelancers who will be working with us in the future.”

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“We are working across all three floors of the new building,” adds ATG Danmon Project Manager Howard Dixon. “Our role is to integrate the technical systems in all the key production areas including the control gallery, lighting control room, audio control room and central apparatus room. The equipment itself is mostly new acquisitions, supplemented by some from the former building.  A key element of the project is the interconnection of 42 positions at various locations, including triax and SMPTE camera cabling, video, audio and data cabling, fibre tie-lines and low voltage power cables for facility boxes. Construction of the building is ongoing so we are liaising closely with both the Riverside technical team and other contractors on site.”

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“We are pleased to have been chosen to partner with Riverside on this very high profile new project,” comments ATG Danmon Managing Director Russell Peirson-Hagger. “Multi-function venues of this type are becoming increasingly popular around the world and this looks set to be one of the most advanced of its kind in the UK.”

The Riverside site dates back to 1933 when the Triumph Film Company acquired a former engineering works and created two large sound stages. The BBC bought the site in 1954 and converted it into the country’s first purpose-built television facility. The facility was in continuous use until the early 1970s, its rooftop camera position providing one of the best vantage points for the annual University Boat Race. In 1975, a charitable trust formed by Hammersmith and Fulham Council took control of the building. Soon afterwards, two large multi-purpose spaces were shaped by architect Michael Reardon from the two main sound stages, to be used for a mixed programme of live theatre, music, dance and film.

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A four year redevelopment of the site has entirely rebuilt Riverside Studios whose facilities occupy most of the ground floor and parts of the basement, first and second floors. The venue will play host to contemporary performance, film, visual art exhibitions and television production. Its largest studio, Studio 1, has a floor space of over 600 square metres with a seated audience capacity of 400. The facility will be able to capture productions in UHD or transmit live to BT Tower.

ATG Danmon has been at the forefront of the transition to the file-based technology now used throughout the industry. It has also assisted many clients in the construction of IT-based automated file workflow systems, high-definition studios, master control rooms and playout facilities, as well as the upgrade of existing SD systems to HD and UHD. By embracing tomorrow’s technology, ATG Danmon delivers maximum value through close co-operation with suppliers and customers, leading to mutually beneficial long-term relationships.

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ATG Danmon also offers a comprehensive range of products and services including transcoding and automated workflow management, accelerated global file transfer, media workflow-design, project-planning, equipment installation, software-configuration, commissioning, documentation, on-site training plus ongoing support and maintenance.

With offices in Asia, Denmark, Germany, the Middle East, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, the Danmon Group thinks globally and acts locally to support customers with its highly experienced sales and engineering teams.

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Middle Atlantic Integrates Sustainability Into the Award-Winning L7 Lectern Series

Middle Atlantic Products announced manufacturing improvements to their newly released, height-adjustable, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, eco-designed lectern, the L7 series. These improvements include reductions in materials use, which saves energy in the manufacturing process as a result of eco-design commitments. Eco-designed products are assessed during the concept phase to identify opportunities to lower the environmental footprint of the product throughout its lifecycle.

“For the last five years, we have been actively integrating sustainability into our manufacturing process as it becomes more essential not only to the environment but also in project specifications,” said Timothy Troast, vice president product management at Legrand | AV, Middle Atlantic Products. “The L7 Series is among several new products across Legrand that we identified as being able to contribute to this initiative through changes we made during its design phase, furthering the value of the final product. Legrand’s commitment to eco-design aligns with those customers who place a high priority on environmental sustainability and cost efficiencies.”

During the design phase of the L7, the team evaluated the opportunities to improve the environmental profile of the product. Legrand’s product and engineering teams were able to determine that the L7’s original steel design could be refined within the top and inner rack, which led to an overall 78.5 percent decrease in manufacturing time and reductions in energy use for top-rack steel elements.

This achievement is part of Legrand’s ongoing global commitment to embed transparency and sustainability into the design and manufacture of its products in the building controls, lighting, electrical and digital infrastructure, AV, and data center sectors, which are necessary for creating high-performance buildings. Legrand has published over 100 environmental product declarations in the form of product environmental profiles and eight health product declarations and has also signed on to participate in the International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI’s) Living Product 50, deepening its public commitment to product transparency.

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TVU Networks Wins “Best Product” in Inaugural Broadcast Production Awards from NewscastStudio

TVU Networks was a winner in the inaugural Broadcast Production Awards from NewscastStudio, a trade publication for broadcast production. TVU CAS (Contribution Automation Solution) won in the “Best New Product or Service” category.

“NewscastStudio is a well regarded broadcast industry source, and we’re thrilled with their recognition of our TVU CAS as one of the year’s top technology innovations,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “It’s further validation that our overall TVU MediaMind story-centric workflow platform, of which TVU CAS is a critical part, has tremendous revenue-generation and workflow benefits to broadcast professionals and content creators. We’re grateful for this honor.”

TVU CAS is designed to streamline the capture and automatic metadata tagging of live video content. With TVU CAS, all video acquisition resources, such as people and equipment, are identified for specific stories and tasks at the story creation stage. Assignments are automatically pushed to personnel in the field through connected devices. These devices include portable mobile transmitter equipment such as TVU One and TVU Anywhere as well as fixed equipment like TVU MLink. TVU CAS is part of the comprehensive TVU MediaMind workflow, designed to eliminate barriers between social media, digital and broadcast production departments and revolutionize how media is produced, distributed and consumed within existing workflows.

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The Broadcast Production Awards (BPA) are an expansion of NewscastStudio’s annual “Set of the Year” awards program. This year’s competition attracted over 200 entries across all categories.

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Expanded Riedel Intercoms Take to the Ice at Lanxess Arena

As Germany’s largest multifunctional arena, with up to 20,000 seats and 83,700 square meters of usable space, the Lanxess Arena has been hosting major events of all kinds for over 20 years. Since the very beginning, the arena has also been the home of the eight-time German ice hockey champion Cologne Sharks.

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After extensive testing, Arena Management GmbH chose a decentralized Riedel comms solution based on two Artist-32 digital matrix intercom nodes, with one Artist frame in the production control room and a second one in the central technical area below the arena. This two-frame strategy allowed technicians to access an existing network infrastructure beneath the facility to create required redundancies.

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“Since its completion in 1998, the Lanxess Arena has been relying on Riedel comms. Now, this comprehensive intercom upgrade is a gift to ourselves for our 20th anniversary,” said Martin Rebiszewski, Technical Manager, Arena Management GmbH. “In terms of reliability and flexibility, the products from our neighboring city of Wuppertal really are unmatched. And, with its unparalleled scalability, the Artist infrastructure is perfect for multifunctional halls with constantly changing requirements.”

Thanks to its modular structure, the Artist ecosystem can be easily expanded to match the specific conditions of various Lanxess Arena events. The ability to effortlessly integrate rented Riedel accessories, such as SmartPanels and Bolero wireless intercoms, has been particularly valuable for larger events and productions.

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The Artist ecosystem with 23 2300-Series SmartPanels enables flexible and creative workflows for the Arena Management GmbH production team. At Cologne Sharks hockey games, the communications system not only connects production, camera, sound, and lighting staff, but also integrates referees, house announcers, and the DJ.

“Ice hockey allows for particularly spectacular staging, but it also imposes exacting demands on TV and event production. By enabling clear and reliable communications between all participants, the production team can now present the Cologne Sharks games in an even better light. With this Artist installation, the Lanxess Arena is prepared to overcome any production challenge,” said Niklas Rautenberg, Account Manager at Riedel Communications. “We are very pleased to have renewed our long-term partnership with Arena Management GmbH and are already looking forward to the next ice hockey season.”

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