Broadcast News Archive for December, 2003
16/12/2003 Blackmagic announce software update for all DeckLink models
Blackmagic Design have announced a new software update, with new features for all DeckLink model uncompressed video cards. This update includes keying support for all standard definition DeckLink mo

16/12/2003 Film Council announce £180,000 funding for young filmmakers
The Film Council have announced that 700 young filmmakers across the UK will be given help making over 40 digital short films. Almost £180,000 of Lottery funds from First Light, the UK Film Council’s

16/12/2003 German company choose Leitch NEXIO server
Leitch Technology have sold their new generation scaleable NEXIO server to the Digital Playout Center (DPC) GmbH, a subscription television station based in Unterfoehring, near Munich. DPC GmbH opera

16/12/2003 Mitcorp create regional subsidiary
Mitcorp UK this week became the first supplier to offer the broadcast industry a range of products and services that cater for the entire programme-making process, from camera to screen. Following Mc

16/12/2003 Pepper complete picture post for five's Antipodean documentary
Pepper have announced the completion of the picture post on 'Inside Australia' the forthcoming five documentary presented by renowned sculptor Anthony Gormley. The fifty minute programme was shot on

16/12/2003 Queen's University partner DTS in £1m sound contract
A £1 million partnership between Queen’s University’s Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) and world-leading Californian digital technology company DTS (Digital Theater Systems, Inc.) has been announced

16/12/2003 Saudi order rounds off successful year at Courtyard
Courtyard Electronics have recently supplied a range of equipment for use by the Ministry of Information, Saudi Arabia. The package includes 11 Sheriff serial legalisers, representing the biggest si

16/12/2003 VTR deliver invisible effects for Sugar Puffs
Commercials and digital film postproduction house VTR have created a host of invisible visual effects for an amusing new television commercial for Quaker Sugar Puffs. Entitled 'Skateboard', the ad fe

15/12/2003 APTN provide comprehensive coverage of Chinese Premier's visit to America
APTN, the world's largest television news agency, have won international praise for their extensive coverage of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's recent visit to the US. APTN's exclusive news feed include

15/12/2003 BBC Broadcast create FA Cup trails
BBC Broadcast have created trails for the third round of the FA Cup, featuring the boxing promoter Don King. The trails will air on December 22 across the BBC on television, radio and online and wil

15/12/2003 Film Council unveil diversity proposals
The Film Council have unveiled a series of new proposals to increase diversity within the UK film industry workforce, and ensure that talent from all sections of the community is able to flourish. Th

15/12/2003 Graham Norton signs up to work on BBC formats
Graham Norton has signed to BBC Television in an exclusive two and half year UK deal to work on new formats for BBC One. Graham Norton will be joining the BBC in April 2004 to work on ideas for a Sat

15/12/2003 Ideal Systems implement Showman 5000 in TVB Galaxy project
Ideal Systems Asia Pacific Ltd, one of Hong Kong's leading broadcast systems integrators, haves awarded Broadcast Technology Ltd a contract for Showman 5000-series analogue television receivers. The

15/12/2003 Inscriber and Sanbolic develop SAN solution for E-Clips
Inscriber and Sanbolic have announced that Inscriber’s E-Clips is now certified for use with Sanbolic Melio File System. E-Clips is a powerful video scheduler that allows operators to edit play lists

15/12/2003 Pact announce new governing council for 2004
John McVay, Chief Executive of Pact, has announced the results of the elections for Pact's 2004 governing council, effective from January 1 2004. "The success of Pact depends on having a strong, deci

15/12/2003 Pepper complete Hardy drama grade and online
Pepper have recently completed the grade and online on the forthcoming production of Thomas Hardy's 'The Mayor Of Casterbridge', a Sally Head Productions project for ITV. Georgina Lowe, producer, Sal

15/12/2003 Rotana TV choose Pinnacle Systems
Rotana TV, the leading Arabic music TV station in the Middle East, have chosen Pinnacle to implement a fully networked editing, live production, and playout solution at their facilities in Beirut and

15/12/2003 Sherbet complete scenic commercial
Production company Sherbet have just completed a thirty second commercial through for Taylors of Harrogate. Taylors aim to raise the profile of one of their principle products, Yorkshire Tea, across

12/12/2003 BBC Charter Review process begins
The public have been invited to give their views on the accountability, commercial activities and future direction of the BBC. The public consultation, which will give people the chance to put their

12/12/2003 Bluefish444 announce availability of Adobe Premiere Pro plug in
Bluefish444 have announced that their award-winning range of HD SDI and SD SDI video cards can now support Adobe Premiere Pro. The Adobe Premiere Pro installer is available from and r

12/12/2003 Discreet and NVIDIA announce exclusive visual effects bundles
Discreet and NVIDIA Corporation have announced the limited availability of a series of software and hardware bundles combining specific PNY-NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics boards and Discreet combustion 2.1

12/12/2003 Framestore CFC win two awards in Australia
Framestore CFC have have been honoured with two awards at the recent 2003 Australian Effects and Animation (AEAF) awards. The Johnnie Walker 'Fish' spot won in the 'Commercials: Visual Effects' categ

12/12/2003 Media 100 announce significantly reduced pricing for 844/X
Media 100 have halved the price of their flagship 844/Xe real-time editing-compositing system, 844/Xi system, and announced a dramatic price reduction for their XBLUR advanced visual effects option fo

12/12/2003 Miami's WBPT television broadcaster choose Calrec Sigma console
Miami based public television broadcaster WPBT have begun a digital renovation project with the purchase of a 52 channel Sigma 100 digital console from Calrec. WPBT are the producing station for 'Nig

12/12/2003 Postproduction facilty One appoint Head of Visual Effects
Postproduction facility One have announced that Andy Brown has been appointed to head up their Visual Effects department. Brown joins One from Blue, where he was Head of Department and Senior Flame O