Leader Test Instruments Keep Mediapro OBs On Track

Leader LV5490, LV5350 and LV5333 test equipment formed the core signal monitoring resource deployed by Barcelona-based television production group Mediapro for its coverage of the recent UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid. Selected by UEFA as the host broadcaster, Mediapro fielded multiple OB vehicles, 42 cameras and more than 150 crew to capture the match for 4K and HD simulcasting. The project was accomplished in cooperation with system specialist and production services provider Mediaburst.

“The Leader instruments gave us the full range of facilities needed to ensure accurate colour matching from the very large number of signal sources,” comments Mediapro CTO and Operations Manager Emili Planas Quintana. “Shooting in 4K is especially demanding as the fourfold increase in resolution compared with HD means every aspect of the production process has to be handled with even greater care to ensure the improved quality is maintained right through the signal processing chain. Leader’s operator-assignable multiscreen feature is particularly useful for side-by-side comparison of the various signal parameters.”

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“This was the latest in a long series of high profile sports events at which Leader instruments have been deployed to ensure high quality signal monitoring,” adds Kevin Salvidge, Leader’s European Regional Development Manager. “Sport OB continues to be the primary driver for 4K-UHD broadcasting as the extra detail which can be delivered really brings match coverage alive. A key feature of the LV5490 is the ease with which it can be configured to match a wide choice of production standards. These can be selected either at the time of purchase or added as optional upgrades during the proven very long lifetime of Leader test instruments.”

As well as the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid, Mediapro also used Leader test equipment in Baku for the production of the UEFA Europa League Final and in Portugal for the UEFA Nations League Finals.

The LV5490 is waveform monitor supporting the full range of standard video production and transmission resolutions from 525 and 625 standard definition up to 3840 x 2160 and 4096 x 2160 4K ultra-high definition. It incorporates a 1920 x 1080 9 inch LCD monitor with a wide viewing angle and high quality colorimetry. This allows simultaneous analysis of up to four video channels. Equipped with eight input connectors, the LV 5490 accepts up to two 4K signals simultaneously. In the 4K video format mode, 3G-SDI dual link or quad link is supported. Up to four 3G-SDI dual link 4K video inputs or up to two 3G-SDI quad link 4K video inputs can be selected for display, or two sets of HD-SDI dual link signals. In the SDI mode, up to four signals can be displayed simultaneously. The LV 5490 also accepts video signals via two-sample interleave as well as square division. Two-sample interleave is the approved standard for 4K.

The LV5350 waveform monitor incorporates all the SDI facilities of the top-of-the-range LV5600 and LV7600 minus the IP measurement capabilities which are currently required by only a minority of production and post-production teams. These include engineering-related features such as test pattern generation, closed-caption monitoring, CIE colour chart, high dynamic range measurement, focus assist, customisable screen layout, tally interface, 4K/UHD operation and 12G-SDI interfaces. The LV5350 and LV7300 also incorporate Leader’s intuitive CINEZONE and CINELITE which are familiar to many camera crews, editors and colourists. A new focus detection algorithm enables the two instruments to sense edges across a very wide range of image contrast levels.

Compatible with over 20 HD-SDI/SD-SDI formats, Leader’s LV5333 is designed for deployment in studios or technical areas, or attached to a camera tripod. The integral 6.5 inch XGA TFT LCD screen can also be used to display video signal waveform, vectorscope or the video image. CINELITE, CINEZONE, histogram, gamma display, gamut and level error display functions are included as standard.

LV5333 features include cable length display, external timing display and field frequency deviation display. SDI-embedded audio can be extracted and two user-selectable audio channels sent as an AES/EBU stream to a BNC output. The levels of up to eight audio channels can be checked using on-screen bar displays. User-configurable multi-display combinations allow easy inspection of signal parameters. Full-screen displays can alternatively be selected to allow detailed review of specific elements.

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MEDIAPRO secures rights in Canada to Concacaf Nations League

MEDIAPRO has secured the media rights in Canada to the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League, the new three-tier men’s national team competition involving all 41 Concacaf (North and Central America and the Caribbean) Member Associations.

The 102 group stage matches, including Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team’s two home and two away matches, as well as the Final Championship (two semi-finals, the 3rd place match and the Final), will be aired on OneSoccer, the 24/7 digital platform devoted to delivering world-class dedicated Canadian soccer coverage and content.  All Canada games will be enhanced by live studio pre-, half-time and post-match shows, together with interviews, features and other content.

Canada qualified for League A, the top tier of the inaugural Concacaf Nations League, after posting a perfect 4-0 record in the 34-nation qualifying round, finishing second to Haiti, and will meet Cuba and the USA in Group A over four matches played from September through November. The winner of each of the four League A groups will progress to the Final Championship, which will be played in June 2020.

The action begins on Thursday September 5th with the opening match between League C teams US Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. Canada’s first match will kick off two days later, on September 7th, at BMO Field in Toronto, as against Caribbean opponent Cuba. Canada defeated Cuba 7-0 in the recent Concacaf Gold Cup tournament, with hat-tricks from Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini and an early second-half goal from Junior Hoilett.

Following the away match against Cuba on September 10th, Canada will return to BMO Field to take on the USA, which fell 1-0 to Mexico in last month’s Gold Cup final.

OneSoccer subscribers will be able to view all Concacaf Nations League matches at no extra charge, adding to a growing portfolio that includes over 100 Canadian Premier League matches, all 24 Canadian Championship matches and all the home matches of the Canada Soccer’s Women’s and Men’s National Teams. OneSoccer’s international portfolio now includes two weekly matches from the Chinese Super League, one of Asia’s top domestic soccer leagues, live coverage of the Chinese FA Cup from the quarter-finals on, and two weekly matches from LigaMX, Mexico’s top-tier soccer league.

OneSoccer also airs a wide range of complementary programming, including its weekly League in Review highlights show hosted by popular sports broadcaster Andi Petrillo as well as Kickoff Countdown, an insightful and irreverent league preview panel show fronted by soccer pundit Kurt Larson. From October, OneSoccer will boost its weekly grid with additional original content, including daily news programs, mid-week magazine shows, interviews, features and other formats.

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OneSoccer to air live coverage of League1 Ontario Men’s and Women’s championship finals

OneSoccer, the 24/7 platform devoted to delivering world-class dedicated Canadian soccer coverage and content, adds the League1 Ontario Championship Finals to its portfolio of domestic soccer content, including all Canadian Premier League matches, the home matches of Canada Soccer’s Men’s and Women’s National Teams and all 24 matches of the 2019 Canadian Championships.

The Women’s Championship Final kicks off on Saturday August 31 at 7pm at the Ontario Soccer Centre (7601 Martin Grove Road, Woodbridge), and will be produced for live domestic and international broadcast on OneSoccer by MEDIAPRO. The final will feature Oakville Blue Devils FC and FC London, winners of the League1 Championship semi-finals contested over two legs earlier this month.

The Men’s Championship Final will air on OneSoccer on Friday September 27 at 8pm when the two finalists meet after an eight-team group contest a playoff format of two-leg quarter-final and semi-final rounds later this month and in early September.

  “Showcasing our 2019 League1 Ontario Championship Finals on OneSoccer is a great opportunity,” said League1 Ontario Commissioner Dino Rossi Jr. “We will be able to bring League1 to a new and bigger audience than we’ve ever been able to reach in the past, expanding awareness of our league and the wealth of talent within it. ”OneSoccer is available to stream at OneSoccer.ca and through the OneSoccer app on the following streaming devices: iOS, Android, Apple TV and Roku. Further information on the OneSoccer brand and its features are available at onesoccer.ca.

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THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO signs LORENZO SILVA to produce series content based on his novels

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, through its production company GLOBOMEDIA, has signed a collaboration agreement with writer Lorenzo Silva for the adaptation of fiction content inspired by his novels. The first two projects included under the agreement are to be a series based on his latest book “Si esto es una mujer” (published by DESTINY), written in collaboration with Noemí Trujillo, and the long-awaited series about his two fetish characters and members of the Central Operations Unit (UCO) of the Guardia Civil, Rubén Bevilacqua and Virginia Chamorro, protagonists of nine novels and two stories (published by DESTINY).

Author of more than 30 novels and numerous works of non-fiction, as well as children’s stories and titles for younger readers, Lorenzo Silva, one of the top best sellers of the Spanish creative scene, also has experience as a series and documentary screenwriting, including the cinematographic adaptations of his novels. He was nominated for the 2004 Goya for the screenplay of La flaqueza del bolchevique and co-author of 20-N. Los últimos días de Franco, which received Spanish Television Academy’s Best TV Movie award in 2009. As a multi-award-winning writer, Silva won the Planeta Award for “La marca del meridiano”, his seventh novel in the Bevilacqua and Chamorro series, and El Nadal, for “El alquimista impaciente”, the second novel of the saga. The author is a reference of the Spanish modern narrative and a pre-eminent author among the contemporary classics of the literary gender.

In association with GLOBOMEDIA (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO), Silva himself will be responsible for these adaptations at the helm of the writer’s room in charge of each one. In the case of “Si esto es una mujer”, the author will also collaborate with Noemí Trujillo, co-author of this new fiction saga, starring Inspector Manuela Mauri, who in this novel investigates a chilling case that reveals the worst scourges of our society.

With regard to the adaptation as a television series of the investigations of Bevilacqua and Chamorro’s cases, the announcement comes as welcome news for fans, who have long called for a televised version of the characters. The project involving Lorenzo Silva and GLOBOMEDIA (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO) will be based on a storyline that will merge two of the titles published to date.

“It is with great pride that we announce this collaboration with Lorenzo Silva. We admire his story-packed career where he combines mystery with relevant social issues while doing so from a very human perspective about the character. We ‘re certain that all his current fans, plus those who’ll be discovering his work for the first time in the series created with Noemí Trujillo and our team, and who will have the opportunity to see the full scope of his talent like never-before-seen on television”, said Javier Pons, General Director of GLOBOMEDIA and Television Director of THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO.

 

“I’m delighted to reach an agreement to launch a series about Bevilacqua and Chamorro with the guarantee, experience and industrial strength The Mediapro Studio and Globomedia bring to the project. Over the past twenty years, there have been several projects in the pipeline in relation to the two characters, who for me, are much more than fictional creatures, but none of these projects quite convinced me until now and I think that many of the series readers would have liked. This is an excellent opportunity to settle this outstanding debt with them and myself, by proposing a show that allows me to explore the potential that as a writer I have found in them to offer a complete and complex account of my time and my place “, said Lorenzo Silva.

 

The author went on the say, “there’s no greater joy than seeing how an almost newborn character, Inspector Manuela Mauri, protagonist of only two stories; “Si esto es una mujer” and “Carabanchel blues”, will also get her chance to make the leap to the screen, and to bring her peculiar perspective on her city, Madrid, and some of the darkest areas of contemporary society. I share with Noemí Trujillo, my partner in the adventure of creating and giving life to her, the satisfaction of witnessing how she has gained a significant popular base in such a short time, readers who demand to know more about her and whom I hope will be just as excited about the series as we are. The reality here in Spain provides stories as powerful and universal as any other. I’ve drawn on this reality for inspiration in my work and it’s comforting to see that these stories can give way to another narrative language, with a similar ambition”, he continued.

THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO hires Juliana Barrera, the producer of “The White Slave” and “Always a Witch”, as Head of Content in Colombia

Juliana Barrera, the well-known Colombian producer and showrunner has joined THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO team. Barrera, one of the most respected professionals in the Latin American audiovisual scene, will be Head of Content at MEDIAPRO’s office in Colombia. By hiring Barrera, THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO once again confirms its commitment to high quality international content.

With a career spanning two decades in which she has specialised in creating, developing and producing content for television, Juliana Barrera has amassed extensive experience in writing and producing series of fiction and entertainment formats, and in directing content teams.

Since 2011 she has been linked to Caracol Televisión as a Producer, Head of Content and Creative Director. In this last role, she generated new business opportunities. Highlights of her long career include the executive production of the first season of “La Voz Colombia” and the development and production of fictions such as “Always a Witch”, the first original Netflix series in Colombia; “The Secret Law”, which brought to the screen for the first time the true story of a special police unit made up solely of women; “The White Slave”, an ambitious historical series about slavery in Colombia which has been sold to almost 150 countries; “Perfect Lies”, an adaptation for Colombia of the U.S. series “Nip/Tuck”, and “Lynch”, the first fiction written by Barrera and also the first Premium content in Colombia to be acquired by a pay channel.

In the area of entertainment, she has been Head of Content of several editions of the reality show “The Challenge” and of “Big Brother”, “The Farm”, “The Apprentice” and “The Hairdresser’s”, among other formats.

She has received a dozen awards for her work, including the TVyNovelas Prize for the Series of the Year for “Perfect Lies” and the India Catalina Audiovisual Industry Prize -awarded at the Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival- for Best Reality Show-Contest for “La Voz Colombia”.

Laura Fernández Espeso, TV Director at THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, has commented: “THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO has become a benchmark in the international market for the production of high quality content and, in this sense, Juliana’s becoming part of the team will help us to continue implementing our strategy. We feel very fortunate to have a professional with her talent and experience”.

Juliana Barrera has added: “Joining THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO as Head of Content in Colombia at a time when the industry is so eager for content is a very important step in my career. Now the challenge is to attract the best talent, offer the best stories, and turn THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO Colombia into a benchmark of creativity and production in Latin America that appeals to all types of channels and platforms”.

Juliana Barrera joins the extensive list of creators at THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, which includes Diego San José, Marc Vigil, Ran Tellem, Iván Escobar, Javier Olivares, Fernando González Molina, Daniel Burman and Lorenzo Silva, with whom THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO has recently signed a collaboration agreement to adapt fiction content inspired by his novels.

The Paraguayan Football Association choose MEDIAPRO to implement VAR in its División de Honor

MEDIAPRO has been selected by the Paraguayan Football Association (AFP) as the company to implement VAR technology (Video Assistant Referee) in the country’s División de Honor for the next three seasons: 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Furthermore, drawing on MEDIAPRO’s extensive experience, the company will also be responsible for the training and education of referees and certifying stadiums in order for them to implement VAR systems from January 2020, to coincide with the start of the Torneo Apertura. It will follow a decentralised model with three VAR units being sent to the stadiums to provide video refereeing services to a total of 792 games.

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This agreement with which the Executive Committee of the  Paraguayan Football Association places its trust in MEDIAPRO follows on from the group’s experience as providers of VAR in the Copa Libertadores and the Copa América, to implement the VAR technology in Paraguayan football for the first time.

The new deal sees the number of federations and countries who have trusted the MEDIAPRO group as their official VAR provider continue to grow. The company currently offers its services to official league competitions in Portugal, Greece, Mexico, Chile, The United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Kuwait, Colombia and Paraguay. Elsewhere, it also provides the video refereeing services for some of the biggest continental tournaments in the world, both at club and international level, including the aforementioned Copa América Brazil 2019, The African Cup of Nations in Egypt 2019 and the upcoming 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.

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The Pan American Games, live on YouTube for the first time ever

As international rights manager, MEDIAPRO has reached an agreement with YouTube to broadcast the Lima 2019 Pan American Games live for the first time ever via the online video platform. The MEDIAPRO channel (youtube.com/mediapro) will bring all the emotion the competition has to offer to fans throughout the world (except the Americas and Turkey), providing a 24/7 broadcast to ensure viewers won’t miss a minute.

Up until the 11th of August, the official MEDIAPRO YouTube channel will come to you live from Lima, televising the biggest events in America’s largest multi-disciplinary sporting competition, with more than 6,000 athletes taking part across 39 sports and 62 disciplines.

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Just a few days into the broadcast, the content from the Lima 2019 Pan American Games has already totalled 200,000 impressions and 400,000 minutes of watch time. Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia head the list for the most views by country.

This alliance was all made possible thanks to the Peruvian Olympic Committee assigning the rights, trusting MEDIAPRO’s vast experience in managing channels on the video platform. The group has been in charge of producing LaLiga’s YouTube channels since 2012 and has been behind live broadcasts of huge tournaments including the UEFA Champions League, the Copa del Rey or the Brasileirao.

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