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  1. Hello all, So I was talking to an actor about a film we were in the middle of shooting, and he told me about a director who said he was interested in my script and would like to read it, as well as meet me in person. This director, who's name is "Joe" for the purpose of this discussion (I don't want to mention his name as I've hardly even contacted him yet) is starting to carry some heavy weight in the independent industry; some of his films have been featured at Sundance and Cannes, etc. etc. My question is, can I trust him by sending my script to him? We're still in the middle of filming it, plus I'm just a student working with friends and the equipment I own. I would really like to meet this guy in person, but I'm wondering if there's any protection for me and my script if, in any case, he were to plagiarize it. Not that I believe Joe intends to do any of the sort, he has plenty of projects that are weighing him down right now, I'm just curious as to how this works in accordance with law. Thanks, John
  2. The Company's new organization charts the course for the future LONDON - Vitec Videocom, known for its world-class video brands, is evolving its structure: to put the tools and technologies developed for professional broadcasters and cinematographers into the hands of a growing community of independent content creators. The company's push to democratize some of its high-end technology will be supported by a new management team and organizational structure. "Every now and then we take a good hard look at where the video industry is going and how we fit in that picture," said Matt Danilowicz, CEO of Vitec Videocom. "The DSLR video revolution and the explosive growth of live Internet streaming has demonstrated that there is a whole new generation of filmmakers seeking new, affordable technologies that will help them create captivating content for new platforms. Videocom's new management structure helps align us with this new movement so that we can continue to innovate for both the professional video crowd and for this new wave of media producers." Vitec Videocom's latest acquisitions are a testament to its desire to democratize cutting-edge technology. Teradek, SmallHD, and Paralinx, all part of the Division's new Creative Solutions business unit, are well-known as trailblazers, offering high-level technologies at price points that independent content creators can afford. Some of Videocom's other premium brands, such as Litepanels and Anton/Bauer, have also embarked on this path, with the former developing new cost-effective run-and-gun lighting kits and the latter integrating leading-edge battery technology into a new line of affordable broadcast and cinema products. "Vitec Videocom is unique in that it combines legendary brands that have been around for decades with young upstarts that grew out of this new generation of media creators," said Danilowicz. "Like our brands, I have put together a management team that has years of video industry experience, but also the pioneering spirit of entrepreneurs. This new structure will help us continue to equip and inspire videographers far into the future, with the same commitment we bring every day to the world's largest broadcasters, film studios and production companies." The Division's new structure will be split into three core business units, capitalizing on brand synergies: Graham Sharp, a former senior executive at Avid, Grass Valley, and MAC Consulting, will run the Production Equipment unit, representing the company's core product brands such as Anton/Bauer, Autocue, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Sachtler, Vinten, and Vinten Radamec. Halid Hatic, founder of Curious Software and former executive at Avid and VizRt, will lead Production Services, which includes Bexel, Camera Corps, SIS, The Camera Store, and Autoscript/Autocue Hire. Nicol Verheem, a former GE engineer and founder of Teradek, will head Creative Solutions, which consists of Teradek, SmallHD, and Paralinx. Martin Vann, who recently joined Vitec Videocom, will oversee global sales and marketing for the Division. He brings with him significant sales and marketing leadership experience from such companies as Autodesk and Avid, where he held multiple executive leadership positions. About Vitec Videocom Vitec Videocom, the Broadcast Division of The Vitec Group plc, has some of the most respected, innovative and sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autocue, Autoscript, Bexel, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Sachtler, SmallHD, Teradek, Paralinx, The Camera Store, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business. Vitec is a global provider of premium branded products and services to the Broadcast and Photographic markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec Videocom - advancing the quality and science of media production. # # # Media Contact: ignite strategic communications +1.818.980.3473 Chris Purse, chris@ignite.bz
  3. New Addition to Charger Line Features Compact, Low Profile Design (SHELTON, CT) Anton/Bauer(r) - a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of battery, charging and monitoring technologies for the broadcast, film and video industries - has announced the launch of their new LP Performance Charger Series. An addition to the Performance Charger Series, which was introduced at NAB 2014, the LP Performance Chargers deliver the fastest possible charging sequence in a compact form factor. Available in two configurations, the LP Performance Chargers complement Anton/Bauer's Digital Batteries and Logic Series batteries, and are available in both Gold Mount® and V-Mount connectors. The LP2 Performance Charger, designed to fit into tight spaces and accommodate ease of travel, offers 2-position simultaneous charging. The LP4 Performance Charger, providing 4-position simultaneous charging, is ideal for larger operations. Both chargers are Wi-Fi ready to ensure ease of fleet management for rental facilities, ENG/EFP/OB vehicles, and broadcast equipment depots. Ideally suited for shelves, tabletops or compact spaces, the LP Performance Charger Series features an innovative, efficient charging algorithm for multi-chemistry, simultaneous charging. The algorithm ensures rapid charging while conserving energy, eliminating waste, and reducing cost of ownership. Software constantly monitors the charging process and discharge curves to ensure that each battery is charged to its peak performance. To ensure maximum efficiency in the field, the LP Performance Chargers automatically detect which battery has the strongest charge and prioritizes it, ensuring that a fully charged battery is always available in the shortest amount of time possible. "We are very pleased to be bringing our LP Performance Chargers to market," says Kieran Foster, Vice President of Product Management for Vitec Videocom. "When we introduced the Performance Charger series earlier this year, we knew it was the most efficient charger on the market. However, we were not content to stop there. We've added the LP line to ensure that our revolutionary charging system is available to our customers in whatever form factor they might need it." The LP Performance Charger Series will be available worldwide through Anton/Bauer dealers and rental houses beginning March 15, 2015. For more information, visit www.antonbauer.com or call (800) 541-1667. About Anton/Bauer With more than 40 years of proven experience, Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world's premier provider of multi-chemistry battery, charging, and monitoring technologies for the professional broadcast, pro-video, cinema and healthcare industries. Established in 1970, Anton/Bauer's product offerings feature several signature lines, including the leading Gold Mount® system, the Digital Battery series, Performance Chargers, and the Academy Award®-winning VCLX series. The company's industry-standard products are compatible with every camera brand on the market today, while providing top-tier levels of safety, performance and reliability. The brand's main office is in Shelton, CT, with additional offices in South America, Europe, and Asia. Follow Anton/Bauer on Twitter (@Anton_Bauer), Facebook andYouTube. About the Vitec Group Capture the moment For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com. # # # Media Contacts: ignite strategic communications 818.980.3473 Lisa Muldowney - direct: 760.212.4130 / lisa@ignite.bz
  4. Company Raises the Bar with Next Generation LED Panel Series (CHATSWORTH, Calif.) - Litepanels®, a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, has announced the release of its new ASTRA 1x1 Bi-Color panel. Building on the legacy of the company's original 1x1 fixture, which revolutionized the lighting industry, the ASTRA 1x1 sets a new standard for the form and function of professional LED panels. Following the Litepanels tradition of a one square foot form factor, the ASTRA 1x1 Bi-Color offers a light output that is up to four times brighter than the company's traditional 1x1 Bi-Color fixture, high CRI (Color Rendering Index), and user selectable active or passive cooling modes. The innovative daylight to tungsten tunable color model is the first in the company's new ASTRA line of panels, with additional fixtures in the series set to debut later this year. While the original Litepanels' 1x1 series was often imitated by competitors, its quality and performance has never been duplicated. In keeping with that tradition of excellence, the development of the next generation ASTRA product line was years in the making and every design element was meticulously crafted. "The original Litepanels 1x1 has been used on thousands of sets and shoots worldwide since hitting the marketplace," noted Chris Marchitelli, Vice President of Marketing for Litepanels. "We've always known that our next generation panel would need to push the performance envelope, so we approached our new ASTRA line very thoughtfully. We took our time, drew from our wealth of experience building professional LED fixtures, and accessed the wonderful feedback we've gotten from our loyal customers. The time, effort, research and development we put into the ASTRA series has produced an LED panel that is truly astounding, yet highly affordable. When you put your hands on this light, you'll see that we exceeded our own expectations." The ASTRA 1x1 Bi-Color panels are designed with select premium quality surface mount LEDs that are paired with custom designed TIR (total internal reflection) optics. The fixtures offer a tunable Bi-Color output, allowing users to adjust color from daylight to tungsten as needed. The high CRI LEDs have also been formulated to consistently deliver accurate color temperatures and visually pleasing color reproduction. Tightly binned LEDs and fine-tuned optics provide the new ASTRA 1x1 with higher intensity, a longer throw, and a wider effective beam spread than the company's original 1x1 fixture. This allows the panel to compete with strong exterior light sources or illuminate a large area effectively with a single fixture. Proper thermal management is the key to maintaining the long life and color accuracy of LED fixtures. To meet these demands, Litepanels' ASTRA 1x1 offers both passive and active cooling modes. The passive cooling mode provides a completely silent operation, while the active cooling mode enables an ultra-quiet fan module and double light output. An internal microprocessor monitors the temperature, minimizes fan speed, delivers smooth dimming from 100 percent to zero with no noticeable color shift, and ensures a completely flicker-free performance at any frame rate or shutter angle. With the addition of an optional communications module, the brightness, color temperature and cooling mode of the fixtures are all controllable via DMX512 protocol. Redefining the look of LED panels, the ASTRA series employs a modern, modular design. The modular-based ASTRA system currently includes a field replaceable fan module and the optional RJ45 DMX module with an LCD menu and function display. Additional wired and wireless communication modules are currently in development and will continue to be introduced to future proof the fixtures as new technologies become available. The unit's manual controls are ergonomically designed for ease of use in the field, ensuring ready identification of dimming controls, color controls, and power status. The new panels are produced with aluminum I-beam core construction to provide maximum durability and superior thermal management, and also feature strong, integrated aluminum accessory mounting points and lens/filter rails. The high impact, durable resin end caps feature downward angled exhaust vents carefully designed to direct air flow away from the fixture, minimizing obstructions and helping to prevent foreign materials from entering the panel. "The ASTRA line is a very exciting addition to the Litepanels family of products," commented Marchitelli. "We are always striving to set new standards and deliver the best in LED technology to our customers. We've done that with the ASTRA 1x1, which is likely the most versatile LED panel ever built. It's both sturdy and lightweight, flexible and strong, and provides a higher output and better color than has ever been seen before. We're especially pleased to be introducing this product at the Cine Gear Expo, as Los Angeles is where Litepanels got its start." The ASTRA 1x1's extensive list of features continues in the curved yoke design with a wide tilt range, dual integrated cable guides, and a combination yoke mounted power supply with a 3-pin XLR locking power connector and optional Gold Mount® or V-Mount battery plates. The yoke also features a removable TVMP connector and additional 1/4-20 mounting points. The ASTRA 1x1 Bi-Color panel will be available worldwide in the summer of 2014. For more information, visit Litepanels at www.litepanels.com or follow us on Facebook. # # # About Litepanels Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, was founded in 2001 by five professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television, and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy® award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world's leading broadcast organizations. Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker-free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and lighting directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures can pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. More information can be found at www.Litepanels.com About the Vitec Group Capture the moment For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com. Media Contacts: ignite strategic communications 818.980.3473 Chris Purse: Chris@ignite.bz Sally Christgau: sally@ignite.bz
  5. Popular Event Returns for its Second Year With a World-Class Lineup of Editors (Universal City, CA) 19 May 2014 - EditFest London makes its second appearance in the UK on 21 June 2014, when a lineup of top film and television editors will be on hand to share their insights and experiences in the art of editing. This year, American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.) will present the popular daylong event at London's BFI Southbank. A.C.E. launched EditFest in 2008 in Los Angeles, in response to a need to put the industry's top editors in conversation with other editors and post-production professionals. By popular demand, EditFest NY was added to its agenda in 2009. Designed for professional as well as aspiring editors, post production team members, students, content creators, production execs, and those who simply love the art and craft of editing, EditFest is a rare opportunity to hear the most compelling artists talk about their work and interact with them in an intimate theater setting. A.C.E. President, Alan Heim, A.C.E., said, "Last year, we had a terrific experience in London. The city, the panelists, the attendees were everything we could have hoped for and more. The most gratifying thing was to see just how much the attendees wanted to learn from and interact with the editors. There was a thirst for connection and knowledge, and the panelists were delighted to discuss the art of editing and meet those who wanted to explore it. All of us at A.C.E. are really looking forward to returning to London with an exciting new group of editors who will discuss the amazing projects they're working on." An impressive array of BAFTA, Oscar® and Emmy® winners and nominees are scheduled to be part of EditFest London. The agenda for the 21 June event features interactive, face-to-face dialogue, Q&A sessions and includes: Opening remarks by A.C.E. President, Alan Heim, A.C.E. (All That Jazz, Network, The Notebook) Small Screen, Big Picture - The Television Editors Moderated by John Wilson, A.C.E. * Mags Arnold - The Trip * Mark Everson - Alan Partridge * Tim Porter - Game of Thrones, Doctor Who From Dailies to Delivery - Editing Features Moderated by Mick Audsley * Mark Day - Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, The Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2. * Alexandra Mackie A.C.E. - Indian Summer, Kill Command, Rogue, Downton Abby, A Poet in New York * Mark Sanger, A.C.E. - Gravity * Ken Schretzmann, A.C.E. - Toy Story 3, The Lorax * Lucia Zucchetti, A.C.E. - The Queen Closing Panel: A Conversation with Alan Heim Moderated by Adrian Pennington, American CinemaEditor Magazine A.C.E. is honored to present an in-depth conversation with the renowned Alan Heim, A.C.E. (All That Jazz, Network, The Notebook) hosted by the International Editor of A.C.E.'s CinemaEditor Magazine. EditFest London closes with a cocktail reception where attendees and panelists can mingle in an intimate and friendly environment. Tickets for EditFest are available online at www.editfest.com for £200/$299. For further information, email jenni@americancinemaeditors.com or call +1818.777.2900. *Denotes BAFTA, Oscar®, Emmy®, A.C.E. Eddie nomination or win. About A.C.E. American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.) is an honorary society of motion picture editors founded in 1950. Film editors are voted into membership on the basis of their professional achievements, their dedication to the education of others and their commitment to the craft of editing. The objectives and purposes of the American Cinema Editors are to advance the art and science of the editing profession; to increase the entertainment value of motion pictures by attaining artistic pre-eminence and scientific achievement in the creative art of editing; to bring into close alliance those editors who desire to advance the prestige and dignity of the editing profession. A.C.E. produces several annual events including EditFest (a weekend editing festival in the summer), Invisible Art/Visible Artists (annual panel of Oscar® nominated editors), and the A.C.E. Eddie Awards, now in its 64th year, recognizing outstanding editing in ten categories of film, television and documentaries. The organization publishes a quarterly magazine, CinemaEditor, highlighting the art, craft and business of editing and editors. About A.C.E. EditFest Launched in Los Angeles in 2008 to put the leading film editors in touch and in communication with editors and those who work with editors and editing enthusiasts, EditFest expanded to New York in 2009 and London in 2013. EditFest presents panels, conversations and social interaction with some of the most influential editors working in film and television. The highly anticipated annual event, which sells out each year, has plans to expand to additional cities in the future. # # # Media contacts: For A.C.E.: Lea Yardum Perception PR lea.yardum@gmail.com For EditFest Christine Purse ignite strategic communications c: +1.323.806.9696 | o: +1.818.980.3473 chris@ignite.bz skype@cpurse A.C.E. Social Media Libby Higgins libby@citypostmedia.com p: +1.818.840.8400
  6. New 9" LED Fresnels Combine High Powered Illumination Output with Energy Efficiencies and Cost Savings Litepanels NAB Booth #C6025 CHATSWORTH, Calif. - Litepanels(r), a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, will debut the Sola 9 (daylight balanced) and Inca 9 (tungsten balanced) LED Fresnels at NAB 2014. Following last year's breakthrough launch of the Sola 12 and Inca 12, the new 9" fixtures fill a market demand for medium-sized LED Fresnels. Litepanels' industry leading collection of LED Fresnels now covers the complete range needed to deliver a full LED solution for broadcast studios, episodic television, and feature film production. Ideal for studio and remote applications, the Sola 9 and Inca 9 are stronger and brighter than a traditional 1K Fresnel while offering a host of cost effective features. These energy efficient fixtures draw a mere 189 watts of electricity, and generate only a small amount of heat through Litepanels' patented Cool to the Touch LED technology that allow for greatly reduced HVAC costs. They also offer years of color accurate service without the need for traditional lamp replacements. Additionally, an integrated DMX module offers unprecedented control by allowing both remote dimming and focusing. This eliminates the need for expensive dimmers and a dedicated, climate controlled dimmer room, and makes the use of ladders to adjust focus obsolete. The proprietary DMX module works with readily available and affordable RJ45 Ethernet connections via any standard DMX512 protocol device. With these energy, facility and labor savings, Litepanels' LED fixtures have been proven to generate a return on investment (ROI), typically in 3 years or less. Producing high quality, visually accurate, full spectrum light, the Sola 9 and Inca 9 feature Litepanels' smooth dimming, from 100 percent to zero with no noticeable color shift, and are flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle. The custom 9" Fresnel lens, with a beam angle from 54° to 15°, emits an even, collimated light source that can be focused and controlled for maximum flexibility. While the high CRI (Color Rendering Index) LEDs in the versatile Sola 9 and Inca 9 are optimized for lighting talent, they offer a host of applications. The high output allows the Sola 9 to balance natural light in full daylight exterior or interior situations, and it can serve as an artificial sunlight source through a window or other opening on a stage or location setting. The color temperature of the tungsten balanced LED in the Inca 9 is designed to match existing incandescent Fresnel fixtures, so that it can be easily installed for side-by-side use. With no external ballast and only a short restrike period required, the Sola 9 and Inca 9 are as perfect for the rapid pace of episodic television and motion picture productions as they are for the broadcast studio. "With the introduction of the Sola 9 and Inca 9, Litepanels now offers a complete LED solution for broadcast and production applications," commented Chris Marchitelli, Vice President of global marketing for Litepanels. "This has been our goal for customers since we first set out to reimagine the traditional Fresnel fixture. We understood the inherent differences between tungsten bulbs and LED emitters, and knew that it demanded a fresh perspective on fixture design. Litepanels' revolutionary LED Fresnel fixtures were designed from the ground up, and we took great care to ensure that familiar form factor and function were not lost in the process. Now our complete collection can be used to complement existing lighting plots or to create a whole new system, offering color consistency, energy conservation, and cost efficiencies across the board." The user-friendly Sola 9 and Inca 9 both include 8-way barndoors, a Standard Yoke with Junior Pin to enable easy mounting and positioning, and an AC power supply. Optional accessories include the 5-piece CTO or CTB Gel Set with Gel Bag and the RJ45 to 5-pin XLR Conversion Cable. For more information, visit Litepanels on the Web, or follow us on Facebook. # About Litepanels Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, was founded in 2001 by five professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television, and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy® award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world's leading broadcast organizations. Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker-free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and lighting directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures can pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. More information can be found at www.Litepanels.com About the Vitec Group Capture the moment For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com. Media Contacts: ignite strategic communications 818.980.3473 Chris Purse: Chris@ignite.bz Sally Christgau: sally@ignite.bz
  7. Hilio D12 and T12 Redefine the Power of LED Illumination Litepanels NAB Booth #C6025 (CHATSWORTH, Calif.) Litepanels®, a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, will premiere its new Hilio D12 (daylight balanced) and Hilio T12 (tungsten balanced) high light output panels at NAB 2014. The innovative panels provide the light quality, versatility and intensity of an open source fixture, while offering all of the benefits of Litepanels' proprietary LED fixture design. The Hilio D12/T12 fixtures were designed by Litepanels to augment the lighting requirements of broadcast studios, as well as motion picture, episodic television, and commercial location shoots. The versatile panels emit a raw, narrow beam that provides high intensity for long throws. This intensity can also be harnessed and shaped with an array of available accessories to light an exterior, wash a set with soft light, or illuminate a cyc wall or green screen. Eliminating the need for external dimmers, the fixtures feature Litepanels' smooth dimming, from 100 percent to zero with no noticeable color shift, and are flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle. The panels also offer an integrated DMX module, with readily available and affordable RJ45 Ethernet connections for remote dimming control via any standard DMX512 protocol device. With no need for a heavy ballast or cabling, the incredibly energy efficient Hilio D12/T12 fixtures draw only 350 watts of electricity, comparable to a 2K Tungsten Par in terms of output. The consistently color accurate, long life LEDs provide years of service without the need for traditional lamp replacement, and they emit no UV or infrared wavelengths. Each panel contains a microprocessor operated, active cooling system, which increases manageability and lowers temperature control costs. The Hilio D12/T12 fixtures feature a removable, external power supply with convenient mounting bracket and optional accessories that include a stand mounted plate and an extension power cable. The Hilio D12/T12 panels come complete with integrated slots to hold color and diffusion gel filters and Litepanels' new NanopticTM lenses. The Nanoptic lenses spread and shape the light in circular, horizontal or vertical patterns and essentially convert the powerful open source into a soft light or broad directional fill. The rear of the unit features an LCD display and a multi-functional control with a menu-based button interface. An SD card slot is also built-in to easily facilitate future software upgrades. The user-friendly fixtures include a Standard Yoke with Junior Pin to enable easy mounting and positioning. "Our new Hilio 12 series is a great compliment to our Sola and Inca LED Fresnel lines," commented Chris Marchitelli, Vice President of global marketing for Litepanels. "The Hilio D12 and T12 provide a big, broad wash of light, and they are an ideal lighting source for interiors and protected exteriors. In combination with our new Nanoptic lenses, these fixtures are a real breakthrough in lumen output and flexibility. This pair of panels sets a new standard and continues to move our LED solution forward for our customers." The complete optional accessories set for the Hilio D12/T12 includes the 5-piece CTB or CTO Gel Set with Gel Bag, the 4-piece Nanoptic lens set, an eight foot power supply extension cable, and a power supply stand/mounting bracket. For more information, visit Litepanels on the Web, or follow us on Facebook. # About Litepanels Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, was founded in 2001 by five professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television, and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy® award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world's leading broadcast organizations. Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker-free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and lighting directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures can pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. More information can be found at www.Litepanels.com About the Vitec Group Capture the moment For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com. # # # Media Contacts: ignite strategic communications 818.980.3473 Chris Purse: Chris@ignite.bz Sally Christgau: sally@ignite.bz
  8. Complete LED Fresnel Lighting Kit and Upgraded 1x1 LS Traveler Kits Now Available (CHATSWORTH, Calif.) Litepanels®, a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, has announced the release of its new Sola 4 Traveler KitTM. Designed specifically to accommodate the needs of shooters and productions on the go, the Sola 4 Traveler Kit includes three Sola 4 LED Fresnel fixtures in a rugged, ergonomically designed, trolley-style hard case. Customized for safe and easy transport from location to location, the Sola 4 Traveler Kit weighs only 65 pounds (29.5 kilograms). The three fixtures included in the kit can be easily deployed for a traditional 3-light set-up, and the kit's custom foam insert is expandable to allow for the addition of a classic Litepanels 1x1. Litepanels' Sola 4TM is the smallest DMX controllable LED Fresnel on the market. The daylight-balanced LED offers the controllability and light-shaping properties inherent in a Fresnel light at a fraction of the power draw of conventional fixtures. Offering an output comparable to a 125W HMI, the Sola 4 fixtures can be powered with AC power cables or from professional camera batteries with an optional battery plate and cable. Sola 4 Traveler Kit includes: Three Sola 4 LED Fresnels (Beam Angle: 72° to 13°) Three 4-way Barndoors Three Compact Light Stands Three AC Power Cords One Trolley-Style Hard Case "Our Traveler Kits have been very popular with our customers, and we're pleased to be adding the Sola 4 Traveler Kit to our offerings," said Chris Marchitelli, Vice President of global marketing for Litepanels. "At Litepanels, we're keenly focused on developing product that meets the real needs of our users. The Sola 4 delivers the performance of a compact Fresnel fixture with all of the advantages of LED. With features like daylight color balance, lightweight design and optional battery power, we believe that this kit will help to accelerate the industry's migration to the use of LED fixtures in the field." Optional accessories for the Sola 4 Traveler Kit include the Sola 4 5-piece CTO Gel Set with Gel Bag; the PowerTap 36 XLR, Anton/Bauer's 4 pin XLR to 2 pin S-Tap adapter cable; the PowerTap Extension, Anton/Bauer's 7 foot D-Tap extension cable; and the QRC-LG, Anton/Bauer's battery stand Gold Mount ®. Litepanels has also released an upgrade of their popular 1x1 Traveler Kits to now feature the company's more cost-effective LS models. The collection of three kits features the company's signature 1x1 panels in convenient trolley-style hard cases. The 1x1 LS Traveler Duo Kit provides a pair of daylight color balanced 1x1 LS LED fixtures; one Mono Daylight Flood, with a beam angle of 50°, and one Mono Daylight Spot, with a beam angle 30°. The 1x1 LS Traveler Trio Kit offers two Mono Daylight Floods and one Mono Daylight Spot. The third kit in the collection, the 1x1 LS Traveler Trio Plus Kit, features two Bi-Colors, with a 50° beam angle and color adjustment between daylight and tungsten color balance, and one Mono Daylight Flood. "Our new, more affordably priced 1x1 LS Traveler Kits are the perfect solution for news crews and professional videographers," added Marchitelli. "They feature Litepanels' 100 percent to zero dimming, with no noticeable color shift or flicker at any frame rate of shutter angle, and they can be battery powered for field use. Our LS fixtures were designed and priced to meet the needs of field productions, and our LS Kits now make them even easier for our customers to use." For more information, visit Litepanels on the Web, or follow us on Facebook. About Litepanels Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, was founded in 2001 by five professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television, and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy® award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world's leading broadcast organizations. Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker-free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and lighting directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures can pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. More information can be found at www.Litepanels.com About the Vitec Group Capture the moment For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.
  9. Award-Winning DPs to Teach Inaugural Session in October LOS ANGELES - The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) announced today that it will be hosting a new series of Master Classes that will teach all aspects of the art and craft of cinematography. Each Master Class will be held over a five-day period and will convene four times a year. The first will run October 21 through October 25, 2013 and will be limited to 20 students. Registration is on a first-come, first served basis. The syllabus - along with tuition and registration information - may be viewed on the ASC Web site. "The ASC Master Class offers an unprecedented opportunity to get direct, hands-on instruction from the best cinematographers in the world," notes ASC President Richard Crudo. "Classes will be based at our historic Clubhouse in Hollywood, and will be augmented by field trips to nearby state-of-the-art facilities. No one else can give such access to the range of knowledge and experience that resides under our roof. It represents a truly comprehensive, one-of-a-kind experience." The ASC Master Class Program Advisor is Oscar®-nominee Stephen Burum, ASC. Different cinematographers will lead the classes each quarter. Among the participating faculty for the inaugural session will be the world's foremost shooter of car spots and other commercials, Bill Bennett. Additional instructors will include ASC greats Dion Beebe, Russell Carpenter, Dean Cundey, Caleb Deschanel, Richard Edlund, Robert Elswit, Matthew Libatique, Dean Semler, Dante Spinotti and John Toll. Each of whom has been Oscar® nominated on at least one occasion, while Beebe, Carpenter, Elswit, Edlund (three), Semler and Toll (two) are Oscar® winners. In addition, Deschanel, Semler and Spinotti are also ASC Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, and Edlund has received the ASC Presidents Award. (All participants subject to availability) At the conclusion of the week participants will receive a certificate of completion at a celebratory dinner with ASC members. ASC was founded in 1919. There are 350 active members today who have national roots in some 20 countries. There are also 150 associate members from ancillary segments of the industry. For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com, or join ASC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/the.ASC and American Cinematographer magazine fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AmericanCinematographer. # # # Media Contacts: ignite strategic communications Lisa Muldowney - 760.212.4130 / lisa@ignite.bz Sally Christgau - 415.238.2254/ sally@ignite.bz
  10. (HOLLYWOOD, CA) Margarita Mix Hollywood, a FotoKem company that has been providing award-winning audio post services to the entertainment and advertising industries for 34 years, has developed a unique post production finishing workflow that includes the addition of two color suites and an upgraded hub for media management. The expansion and inventive new process enable content creators to complete audio and video work simultaneously at a single facility, adding speed and cost efficiencies to the workflow. The new color suites are completely integrated with the existing audio bays, utilizing Nucoda Film Master color grading systems to ensure unmatched Avid integration with direct connectivity to the ISIS and Avocent network. Through this network, the experts at Margarita Mix are able to access audio and video elements from multiple terminals at the facility. As part of the expansion, Margarita Mix has added colorists Troy Smith and Michael Mintz, and online editor Adam St. Clair, to their family of artists and engineers. Margarita Mix clients that utilize ISIS media servers from FotoKem's Nonlinear Services Division can now tap into the high-speed fiber connection between facilities, eliminating the need for transporting tapes and drives across town. Addressing the frequent need for shot replacement and other creative changes during the finishing process, this direct connection to the client's servers allows new media to be prepped and incorporated quickly. A variety of content creators have utilized Margarita Mixes' augmented capabilities in the last 18 months. Their projects include Ridiculousness, Top Gear U.S.A., Life Below Zero, Fantasy Factory, Breaking Pointe, The Glee Project, and Richard Hammond's Crash Course. Dustin Montez, Post Supervisor for Ridiculousness and Fantasy Factory, was one of the first clients to utilize the new color capabilities and expanded services offered by FotoKem and Margarita Mix. "With our space and equipment rented from FotoKem, the streamlining of our services made perfect sense. The fact that the buildings are connected via fiber saves us, literally, hours of time. When there are fixes, everything is instantly sent back and forth. In our business, it ultimately comes down to the people, and we love our team at Margarita Mix - our colorist, sound designer, the engineers, everyone we work with is top notch. The workflow is easy, saving me time and money, and I don't have to worry about anything. Any type of show would benefit from collaborating with Margarita Mix." Margarita Mix brings award-winning sound services to the pipeline, with four full mixing suites featuring 5.1 surround sound, as well as stations where sound design and pre-lay can take place. The facility's talented mixers frequently contribute to animated and reality shows, as well as gaming and long- and short-form projects. Rand Gladden, Senior Vice President of FotoKem, explains, "We knew that combining the power of our network with one-stop audio/video finishing would result in some major advantages in cost and time. This is especially a game changer for reality TV productions that may not have previously had access to high-end workflows at an affordable price point." Veneta Butler, General Manager of Margarita Mix, adds, "Our clients have been asking for centralized services for years, and now it's a reality. Shots on the editorial ISIS across town can be replaced in minutes during an audio or video finishing session at Margarita Mix, providing incredible efficiencies and the ability to work on every aspect of their projects simultaneously." Gladden adds, "The connection and design of these facilities will empower collaboration; when there are tight turnarounds, creative changes, and advancing deliveries, this will be a great value-add for the creative process." About Margarita Mix Hollywood Established in 1983, Margarita Mix is a premiere audio and video post-production facility located in the heart of the Hollywood media district. They provide a wide variety of services, including audio mixing, color grading, online editing, sound design, ADR, and voice over recording. Their projects include television shows, feature films, commercials, animation, video games, DVD commentaries, and web-based content. For more information, visit www.lastudios.com. About FotoKem FotoKem is an independently-owned, full-service post production facility serving the worldwide creative community. Since 1963, the company has been a trusted resource for every corner of the entertainment market, providing broad post production expertise, high-end solutions and innovative in-house technologies. The company assists filmmakers in successfully bridging production and post, helping navigate the expanding world of motion picture finishing technology. FotoKem offers a broad spectrum of services, including a full service film lab, file-based workflows, digital intermediates, digital cinema packaging, mobile dailies, global data delivery, film and video finishing, audio mixing and mastering, visual effects, restoration, and production rentals. FotoKem has expanded over the years with the acquisition of SPY Post, Keep Me Posted, L.A. Studios, and Margarita Mix. For more information visit www.fotokem.com, or follow FotoKem on Facebook and Twitter. # # # Media Contacts: Lisa Muldowney / Chris Purse ignite strategic communications 818.980.3473 lisa@ignite.bz / chris@ignite.bz
  11. Richard Crudo Named President (LOS ANGELES, CA) The Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has held its annual election to appoint its new slate of officers. Richard Crudo will serve as president, along with Vice Presidents Owen Roizman, Kees Van Oostrum and Lowell Peterson; Treasurer Victor J. Kemper; Secretary Fred Goodich; and Sergeant-at-Arms Isidore Mankofsky. The members of the Board, elected in May by the organization's active membership, include: Curtis Clark, Dean Cundey, George Spiro Dibie, Richard Edlund, Fred Elmes, Francis Kenny, Matthew Leonetti, Stephen Lighthill, Michael O'Shea, Rodney Taylor and Haskell Wexler. Alternate Board members consist of Kenneth Zunder, Steven Fierberg, Karl Walter Lindenlaub, and Sol Negrin. "I am honored to have another opportunity to serve this great organization," says Crudo, who previously served three terms as ASC president from 2003 through 2005. "Our 94-year history makes us the longest standing group in the motion picture industry. As always, we will be aggressively promoting our art and craft, as well as the related interests of cinematographers everywhere." The ASC carries out its mission of inspiring the next generation of filmmakers through many industry events and initiatives, such as its Student Heritage Awards, Breakfast Club seminars, panel discussions by their Education and Outreach committee, the burgeoning Friends of the ASC membership level, and the org's ongoing collaborations with other industry associations vital to the image-making process. "I want to thank Stephen Lighthill for his hard work and dedication during the past term," Crudo adds. "We operate in an astonishingly fast-moving world, and I look forward to working with him and the other Board members as we expand our efforts on all fronts, from pre-visualization through post-production and image delivery." Crudo is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, serving as an Academy Governor and Chairman of the Cinematographers Branch. In addition, he has chaired and co-chaired the ASC Awards for several years throughout the past decade. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Crudo began his film career as an assistant cameraman. As a director of photography, he has shot a wide range of feature, television and commercial productions. Among his feature credits are Federal Hill, American Buffalo, American Pie, Music From Another Room, Outside Providence, Down To Earth, Out Cold, Grind, Brooklyn Rules, and My Sexiest Year. He has also directed several independent films, and currently shares cinematography duties with Francis Kenny, ASC on the popular FX Channel series Justified. ASC was founded in 1919. There are 330-plus active members today who have national roots in some 20 countries. There are also 150 associate members from ancillary segments of the industry. For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com, or join ASC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/the.ASC and American Cinematographer magazine fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AmericanCinematographer. # # # (Photos available on request) Media Contacts: ignite strategic communications Sally Christgau / Lisa Muldowney sally@ignite.bz / lisa@ignite.bz 818.980.3473
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