Wallace To Join Deluxe As President, CEO

John Wallace, president of operations and technical services at NBCUniversal, has been named Deluxe Entertainment Services’ president and CEO.

Wallace replaces Deluxe’s current president and CEO David Kassler.

During his 27-year career at NBCUniversal, Wallace led the company’s operations and technical services, including studio, post production and distribution operations globally.

Wallace will officially join Deluxe in early September with Kassler remaining at the company during the transition.

To learn more, visit the Deluxe website.



Matrix Solutions Lets Sales People Take Their Tools On The Road

Matrix Solutions has released a mobile device interface that gives station sales people access to its Media CRM & Sales Intelligence platform from their devices.

Matrix Solutions has released a mobile device interface that gives station sales people access to its Media CRM and Sales Intelligence platform from their devices.

How many times have I written about TV news operations extending the newsroom into the field thanks to IP connectivity and tools that let reporters access all of the resources of the NRCS and newsroom MAM from a laptop, tablet or even smartphone while sipping a latte at Starbucks? I’ve lost count.

Well, it seems reporters aren’t the only station employees who can benefit from that type of remote connectivity.

Sales personnel calling on clients can now have similar access to the tools they use from their mobile devices with the assistance of Matrix Solutions, which on Monday “revealed the regeneration of the mobile experience” for users of its Media CRM and Sales Intelligence platform, a company press release says.

Calling it “a significant transformation of the mobile solution,” the company says the new offering gives users total access to all of the features of the CRM and Sales Intelligence platform on their mobile devices.

“The entire mobile suite includes comprehensive visibility into account and sales information and the ability to create, update, or manage it from anywhere,” the company says.

For more information, visit the Matrix Solutions website.

SMPTE To Present On UHD At IBC 2015

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will present “UHD: Where Do We Stand, and Where Are We Going?” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, at IBC 2015 in Amsterdam.

SMPTE EVP Matthew Goldman, SVP of technology compression at Ericsson, will moderate the session, which will be held in the Emerald Theatre at the RAI as part of the Advances in Technology stream.

Hans Hoffmann, head of media production technology at the EBU and former SMPTE standards VP, and SMPTE executive member, Spencer Stephens, EVP and CTO at Sony Pictures Entertainment will contribute to the session.

More information is available on the SMPTE website.

Aspera To Hold Webinar

Aspera will hold the next in its series of live webinars July 30 at 11 a.m. EDT. The topic will be enhancements to its Orchestrator product and moving big data files quickly.

The company’s Pavan Mukthi, solution architect, will speak during the online event.

To register to attend the webinar, visit the Aspera website.

Study Finds Media Execs Embrace MAMs

New research by market analyst Ovum conducted for Avid has found two-thirds of the executives surveyed said media asset management (MAM) technology has lowered the cost of multi-platform distribution.

Overall the study reflects favorably on MAMs as a technology that can reduce costs, improve efficiency and help to drive new revenue and produce ROI for media organizations. Avid is a large MAM vendor.

Other results include:

    • 82% see MAMs delivering more than 10% of ROI;
    • 54% say MAMs enabled new revenue streams across multiple channels; and
    • Media organizations are reducing multi-platform distribution costs by and average of 19% to 20% with their MAM deployments

The full study is available from Avid as a download.

Cinegy To Present On Cloud, IP In Media At IBC 2015

Cinegy will present “Cloudy with a Chance of Media” focusing on the challenges of transitioning to an IP- and cloud-based facility Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. during IBC 2015 in Amsterdam.

There is no charge to attend the presentation, which will be given in the IBC Technology in Action Theatre in Hall 3 of the RAI.

Lewis Kirkaldie, head of product management for the company, will deliver the presentation. He will discuss what the cloud means to broadcasters and how it can be deployed.

A series of case studies on the cloud, IP, production, post production and delivery will be presented throughout IBC 2015 at the Content Everywhere Technology in Action Theatre.

More information is available on the Cinegy website.

New FujiFilm 4K Sports, Entertainment Lenses Ship

FujiFilm North America is now shipping two new 4K UltraHD lenses, including the UA80X9 field lens.

FujiFilm North America is now shipping two new 4K UltraHD lenses, including the Fujinon UA80X9 field lens.

The pieces continue to fall into place for expanded 4K Ultra HD production with the news today that the Optical Device Division of FujiFilm North American has begun shipping the first two lenses in its 4K Ultra HD series.

Intended for sports and entertainment production, the lenses — the FujinonUA22x8 portable zoom and the Fujinon UA80X9 field lens — were introduced at the 2015 NAB Show in April. Both are 2/3-inch lenses.

More information is available on the company’s website.

LG Electronics Names Zenith R&D Labs’ Kim As SVP

Zenith R&D Lab president Kim Jong has been named SVP of the lab's parent company, LG Electronics.

Zenith R&D Lab president Kim Jong has been named SVP of Zenith parent company, LG Electronics.

Jong Kim, president of Zenith Research and Development Lab in Lincolnshire, Ill., has been named SVP of Zenith parent company LG Electronics.

President of Zenith R&D Lab since 2005, Kim was a key contributor to Advanced Television Standards Committee digital TV standards, the company said. Kim, who began his career as a research engineer at LG Electronics in 1983, joined Zenith Electronics in 1990.

Kim currently is directing the U.S. team of Zenith R&D Lab engineers on development of the ATSC 3.0 standard, and works in close collaboration with LG’s R&D labs in South Korea.

Bitcentral Redesigns Oasis To Streamline Workflow

Bitcentral has unveiled a redesigned Oasis interface to streamline newsroom workflow.

Bitcentral has unveiled a redesigned Oasis interface to streamline newsroom workflow.

Bitcentral has redesigned its Oasis for Distribution platform with a modern look that streamlines content delivery.

Users can customize their platform. Three distinct looks are available that vary depending on the newsroom workflow.

The redesign includes streamlined video preview and content review with simplified video scrubbing and head-up metadata preview in a single combined panel.

More information is available on the Bitcentral website.