Business Wire; Business highlights from broadcast and production
Belden’s electronic division installed over 4,000,000 feet of cable in the new Staples Center in Los Angeles. The majority of the cable connected the TV control rooms and routed digital audio/video signals within the 1 million-square-foot stadium.
The division also brought their high-performance networking cabling to Panduit’s termination, management and identification products to produce the end-to-end system, Integrity Structured Cabling Solution.
ABC-affiliate WSIL-TV3 converted from 3/4″ tape-based systems to a computer-based digital news production solution by Vibrint. The system includes applications for feed capture, nonlinear editing and playback.
Acrodyne recently added Rohde & Schwarz broadband solid state UHF and VHF digital television transmitters to the low, medium and high transmitters they already supply.
Communications Engineering designed, engineered and built WETA Washington, D.C.’s new digital TV and radio broadcast plant in Arlington, VA.
ECHOlab has changed its name to e-StudioLIVE to reflect its recent expansion into Internet broadcasting systems.
EMCEE announced that it will acquire Advanced Broadcast Systems in order to offer broadcasters low- to high-power digital transmitters.
Avid and Ultimatte reached an agreement to integrate Ultimatte’s real time keyer technology into Avid’s Symphony finishing system. This integration will allow Symphony users real time control over keying situations, especially blue-screen/green-screen compositing.
East Side Audio recently purchased a DPC-II digital console from Sound-tracs. The 32-bit, 48-fader console will be used in East Side Audio’s newly renovated Studio E.
CNN Interactive announced that it will use Virage Interactive video infrastructure on its site, allpolitics.com. The service will enable users to search for televised speeches by presidential candidates by subject and keyword.
California production company Digi-Dog Studios installed Otari’s Elite+ digitally controlled analog console to increase the studio’s capabilities. Otari also sold five of their Radar II hard disk recorders to Right Track Recording of New York.
Dielectric Communications constructed a new tower and transmitter for WWWB-TV’s move to Louisville, as well as designing their antenna. The new transmitter is the most powerful of its kind in America and will boost the station’s power to 5Mw.
Chyron will work with Microsoft to develop video graphics systems for Microsoft’s TV platform, which enables content developers to offer consumers a new TV experience.
Harris Corporation sold its TV antenna business to Dielectric Communications. The sale will enable Harris to focus on its core transmitter business and allow Dielectric to expand its antenna business.
National Mobile Television in Seattle ordered a 60-channel C2 analog mixing console from Calrec for installation in its Remote Vehicle Unit A9. The C2 will replace the Harrison TV – 3 currently in use.
Post production houses POP Film, POP Amination, Digital Magic and Riot are joining forces to form a Los Angeles-based, resource-rich media production center under the name R!OT. The full-service production and post production studio will offer telecine, editing, compositing, 3D animation, duplication, distribution and support services to clients from the advertising, music video, feature film, and entertainment and interactive television industries.
R!OT will operate as part of the Four Media Company division of the Encore Group, whose president is Larry Chernoff.
People Advanced Television Technology Center announced new officers for their board of directors. Edward Caleca, senior vice president of technology and operations for PBS, replaced Howard Miller as chairman. Philip Livingston, vice president and strategic technical liaison for Panasonic Broadcast and Digital Systems Company, replaced Dr. Robert Hopkins as vice chairman.
NAB recently announced the following winners of its 2000 Engineering Achievement Awards: Michael Dorrough in radio engineering and Max Berry in television engineering. Dorrough is the founder of Dorrough Electronics. Berry was vice president of broadcast engineering for Capital Cities/ABC until his retirement in 1989.
Steven Muni was appointed channel manager for Leitch’s United States sales operation.
The Advanced Authoring Format Task Force recently incorporated as AAF Association. Industry veteran and Broadcast Engineering writer Brad Gilmer was appointed executive director of the new association. Other AAF board members include David Dale of Avid, Andrew Oliphant of the BBC, Gordon Castle of CNN, Ian Gordon of Discreet, Gavin Schutz of 4MC, Alain Legault of Matrox, Tom McMahon of Microsoft, Laurin Herr of Pinnacle, Jon Pannaman of Quantel, Peter Dare of Sony, Clyde Smith of Turner Entertainment Networks and Steve Long of the US National Imaging and Mapping Agency.
Guy Campbell was elected president and a director of Andrew Corporation.
Avid recently announced the following appointments: Rob Kobrin as the vice president of worldwide product marketing and Mike Rockwell as chief technology officer.
Paul Schwartz was appointed to the position of marketing communications coordinator for Otari Corporation.
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