L.A. Studios Restart Production Amid Surge

After a brief pause following County Health Department recommendations, Hollywood’s major studios are getting cameras rolling again. The industry had paused much of its Los Angeles-based filming around the holidays and into the early part of January when it became clear a coronavirus surge was underway.

Netflix Expands South Korean Footprint, Leasing Two Production Facilities

L.A. Urges TV-Film To Pause ‘For A Few Weeks’

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is urging the film and TV industry to consider pausing production for a few weeks during the ongoing surge in coronavirus cases throughout the county. “Although music, TV and film productions are allowed to operate,” the health department said, “we ask you to strongly consider pausing work for a few weeks during this catastrophic surge in COVID cases. Identify and delay higher risk activities, and focus on lower-risk work for now, if at all possible.”

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TVN Tech | Devoncroft Assesses A Disrupted Tech Market

This month’s virtual Devoncroft Executive Summit took the measure of a media technology market radically altered by COVID-19, from a 10% hit to its overall market size, a reassessment of how of it does business and a big potential shift in its sales and marketing efforts. Above, Devoncroft’s Josh Stinehour emphasized that technology investment by broadcasters is an opportunity to drive increased revenues, not simply a cost center.

TV Production Endures Behind-The-Scenes Hit

Hollywood soldiers on, but the return to set has been fraught with shutdowns, positive tests and budget spikes. Above, ABC’s The Conners has been among a number of prime-time shows to shoot and return to the air during the pandemic.

Hitachi Kokusai Moves U.S. Headquarters To Larger Facility

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) has relocated its U.S. headquarters to a larger facility in western Massachusetts. The move brings the innovative manufacturer of advanced broadcast, production, surveillance, and industrial vision cameras together with its subsidiary Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark LLC (Comark) under one roof with more than 53,000 square feet of usable space. “The expiry of the long-term lease […]

Your Favorite Fall TV Shows Look Normal. Making Them In A Pandemic Is Anything But

Hollywood soldiers on, but the return to set has been fraught with shutdowns, positive tests and budget spikes.

Netflix To Expand Production Hub In New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Netflix plans to establish one of the largest production hubs in North America with an expansion of its existing studio complex in New Mexico and a commitment to an additional $1 billion in production spending, government and corporate leaders announced Monday. Ten new stages, post-production services, offices, mills, backlots and other […]

Bridge Technologies Joins Grass Valley Technology Alliance

Bridge Technologies is the newest member of the Grass Valley Technology Alliance, joining 20 other members in an association that aims to support collaboration across the media production chain, with the ultimate aim of providing an environment that improves purchasing confidence for broadcast providers. Grass Valley describes its own Technology Alliance as an “ecosystem of […]

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Virtual SMPTE Tackles Changing Industry

In largely prerecorded sessions, SMPTE’s annual conference this week has drawn about 1,300 attendees and had a focus on esports. Using the cloud for everyday production was another emphasis. Above, the Virtual Tour of Flanders esports event, produced by race organizer Flanders Classics, cycling simulator firm Bkool, cloud production vendor Kiswe and VRT’s sports channel Sporza, featured 13 professional riders racing a simulated course on stationary “roller” setups at home.

What Apple’s New Mac Products And M1 Chip Mean For Production

Apple has unwrapped a new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and Mac mini, its first products using the M1, the computer makers’ first chip designed specifically for the Mac. With Tuesday’s news, some in the production community were encouraged by the potential of the new tech for many content creators.

Game Creek Video Selects Riedel’s MediorNet FusioN IP Gateways

Game Creek Video, a provider of advanced mobile television production facilities, has launched four new mobile units in the last year — with a fifth nearing completion — relying on Riedel Communications‘ ultra-dense IP gateway solutions for intertruck connectivity. Riedel’s MediorNet FusioN standalone IP converters drive full SMPTE ST 2110-based signal processing in the five […]

CP Communications Launches Red House Streaming Studios, NOC

CP Communications, a provider of innovative solutions and services for live event productions, today launched Red House Streaming Studios, a professional studio and network operations center (NOC) that represents the cornerstone of the company’s growing in-house production business. The two adjacent 600-square-foot spaces will emphasize technology from Red House Streaming (RSS), a CP Communications brand […]

Quickstream Unveils Rapid-Deployment Live Video Exchange Cloud Service

Quickstream, a provider of software-defined, cloud-based solutions for live video, today announced the release of its Quickstream Cloud product, what it calls the first one-click video cloud exchange for the broadcast industry. “The Quickstream Cloud solution is the first live video cloud solution designed for the delivery of broadcast-quality feeds globally to any partner in […]

Fewer Fistfights And Less Sex — TV Production Gets A Covid Makeover

As production resumes during pandemic, fear of contagion is changing everything about making television; ‘Are we crazy to be doing this?’

SMPTE Publishes VC-6 Video Codec Standard

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has published V-Nova’s VC-6 video codec as the SMPTE ST-2117 standard. Ratification of VC-6 as a SMPTE standard came after a comprehensive peer review. VC-6 leverages artificial intelligence as part of how the video codec approaches compression to offer contribution, production and workflow solutions for 4K and 8K.

NDI Integration With Microsoft Teams Opens Up Production Opportunities

NDI, part of the Vizrt Group, today announced that NDI technology is integrated with Microsoft Teams, “making it a key part of any video production workflow.” With video dominating communication on a global scale, the addition of NDI to Teams allows for versatile video workflows through a Teams meeting. Broadcast engineers can access the video feed of […]

Sony Acquires Nevion To Enhance IP/Cloud-Based Solutions

Sony Imaging Products & Solutions said today it is acquiring Nevion, a provider of virtualized media production solutions, to further enhance its portfolio, providing end-to-end IP and cloud-based production solutions for broadcasting and other applications. Sony, which has been a minority shareholder in Nevion since July 2019, is purchasing the remaining shares in the company, […]

Red Sox Roll Out New Robotic Camera System At Fenway Park

KABB Fox San Antonio Broadcasts & Live Streams Weather With Blackmagic Design

Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate KABB San Antonio Chief Meteorologist Alex Garcia is using a number of Blackmagic Design products, including an ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K live production switcher, to remotely broadcast and live stream weather segments for the nightly Fox News at Nine newscast. Pivoting to meet the demands of social distancing and the […]

Panavision LINK HDR On-Set System Employs Leader LV5350

With high dynamic range rapidly becoming the new production standard, filmmakers need the proper tools to make the most of it both creatively and technically. Fueled by the talent and technology leadership at Panavision and Light Iron, Panavision’s LINK HDR addresses the challenge of viewing HDR images throughout the production and post-production processes, bringing HDR […]

North Carolina Reopens TV, Film Production

North Carolina officials have approved a quintet of film and television projects to being filmed in the state as a part of its 25% rebate on production expenses, with shooting starting by the end of October. The news was announced Tuesday, six months after almost the entire entertainment industry halted production due to the COVID-19 pandemic. State officials said the new projects will generate a direct in-state spend of more than $107 million while creating 8,671 job opportunities, including 650 crew positions for the state’s film professionals.

AWS Debuts Cloud Digital Interface To Transport Uncompressed Live Video Between Applications

On Tuesday, Amazon Web Services unveiled the AWS Cloud Digital Interface (AWS CDI), a new network technology that allows independent software vendors (ISVs) and AWS partners to build reliable, live video applications that can connect products and services within the AWS Cloud. According to AWS, workloads that require high-performance connectivity and uncompressed live video transport “have […]

TVU Networks Adds Two Sales And Marketing Execs

TVU Networks, a provider of cloud and IP-based live video solutions, welcomes two directors to its sales and marketing team in North America. Gerry McAree joins as director, strategic accounts, Eastern region, and will be responsible for working with major television networks and station groups headquartered on the East Coast. Luc Comeau joins as director […]

IBC’s Accelerator Program 2020 Ignites ‘Broadcaster Firsts’ For 5G & Remote Production

A team of 10 world-leading broadcasters, collaborating as part of IBC’s Accelerator Innovation Program, today revealed plans for a “proof of concept” demonstration of a series of 5G-enabled remote broadcast production use cases, live from Amsterdam on Thursday, Sept. 10. The project team, led by the BBC, together with Al Jazeera Media Network, BT Sport, EBU, ITV, Olympic […]

Richard Zinn Joins Gravity Media

PlayBox Neo Announces Capture Suite Network-based Multi-Channel Ingest Solution

PlayBox Neo announces a major addition to its product line with the introduction of Capture Suite, an ingest solution designed to increase the efficiency of television networks, post-production facilities and playout centers. Capture Suite employs a client-server architecture that can be scaled to accommodate a practically unlimited number of channels, the company says. “Efficient ingest management […]

Latakoo Introduces Dalies Workflow Tool

Latakoo, a developer of software solutions for the broadcast production industry, has announced the release of its new Latakoo Dalies. Aimed at production companies, Dalies is a time and cost savings workflow tool that lets video professionals rapidly ingest video files from the shoot location to the Latakoo cloud for post editing. Latakoo Dalies has […]

NewTekTV Expands in September To Highlight How You Can Lift Your Voice Through Video

NewTek, a provider of IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, is expanding its NewTekTV programming lineup in September. The brand new content focuses on what it calls “relevant issues for today’s socially distant production environment and highlights new opportunities that open up by adding video to businesses of all types and sizes.” […]

The Switch Chooses Tellyo For MIMiC Cloud-Based TV Production-As-A-Service Offering

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Producing Political Drama In A Pandemic

Last week’s Democratic National Convention proved that innovative solutions are everywhere, and they are looking better and better as their use is expanded over the broadcast and digital spectrum.

Jenn Paonessa To Head ChyronHego’s New Venues Solutions Division

ChyronHego today announced that Jennifer Paonessa has been promoted to director of the company’s new Venues Solutions division. Focusing on custom, workflow-driven graphics solutions, Venues Solutions delivers an end-to-end sports production ecosystem that combines traditional LED content control, advanced graphics creation, and enhanced virtual and data visuals to help users boost fan engagement, team branding […]

NEP Group Names Brian Sullivan CEO

He joins the tech firm from McKinsey & Co. where he has been senior adviser to the Consumer, Tech & Media teams since 2019.

Latakoo Adds Two To Marketing Team

In a further move to strengthen its market presence, Latakoo has added two members to its growing team. Charlie Mitchell is the new vice president of sales and will coordinate all sales activities in the U.S., as well as oversee an expanding global sales team. And Alex Almada joins as director of marketing and will […]

Why Resuming TV Production Is So Complicated

Virus testing and other challenges are complicating efforts to resume production four months after the COVID-19 pandemic halted film and TV shoots.

Kevin Cottam Named Ross Video VP, Global Sports & Live Events

Ross Video today promoted Kevin Cottam to vice president, global sports & live events. He joined Ross in 2011 as a demonstration artist and trainer, and has a background in sports and live production. A graduate of Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario, Cottam began his television broadcasting career in 1996 with […]

Vancouver Gets Official COVID-19 Safety Guidelines To Restart Production

Renewed Vision Adds Live Streaming, Recording To ProPresenter

Hot on the heels of its upgraded version 7.0 release, Renewed Vision unveiled another new update of its flagship ProPresenter live presentation and production software. ProPresenter 7.1 adds new live streaming and recording capabilities that benefit customers immediately amid today’s restrictions on in-person gatherings while furthering Renewed Vision’s goal of expanding the highly-acclaimed software into a complete, all-in-one, live production and streaming […]

Cinegy Debuts Adobe CC Plug-In TurboCut

Cinegy today announced TurboCut, a new Adobe CC plug-in that the company says “significantly accelerates the editing of H.264/HEVC by utilizing the NVIDIA GPU’s hardware decoder.” This announcement coincides with Adobe releasing version 14.2 of Adobe Premiere with several new features added, but still missing NVIDIA hardware accelerated editing and using the NVIDIA GPU for […]

The Switch Launches Cloud-Based TV Production-As-A-Service

The Switch, A platform for the production and global delivery of live video, has launched MIMiC, an on-demand cloud-based production-as-a-service offering that gives broadcasters, streaming services, rights holders and enterprises access to remote production capabilities for live and virtual events of all sizes. Content producers can now use The Switch’s unique combination of agile cloud […]