Broadcast News Archive for February, 2002
25/02/2002 BBC Worldwide announces 'substantial' sales increase
BBC Worldwide, a commercial arm of the BBC, have announced a significant contribution to the UK’s television export industry on the eve of their annual television programme market event – BBC Showcase

25/02/2002 Ealing studios and industry professionals back nature film
Ealing studios have recently provided space for at a heavily discounted rate to support Nitrate films in producing a film for Greenpeace called 'The Ancient Forests'. The film highlights destructive

25/02/2002 Mobile production service is launched
ETC Pinewood and Dream Media Group have joined forces to offer a low-cost digital mobile production service. Designed for the Rsi operator, the unit is ideal for broadcast and corporate production a

25/02/2002 Panasonic's Varicam HD camera passes tough location test
Nervestruck Media LLC, an entertainment content development company, have used Panasonic Broadcast's new AJ-HDC27 Varicam HD Cinema camera on a number of high-profile assignments, including features f

25/02/2002 Red completes effects extravaganza for pop video
Soho-based visual communications facility, Red, have provided over 280 effects shots for the promo for So Solid Crew's new single 'Ride wid us', which features a sample from cult TV show 'Knight Rider

25/02/2002 Ultimatte distributes third-generation compositing system
Ultimatte Corporation have announced that they are to begin shipping their third-generation real-time high-definition (HD) matte compositing system for all Digital HD and Digital Cinema 24p/psf image

22/02/2002 Convera empower Pankhurst's product research
Pankhurst Design & Developments (PDD), one of Europe's leading product innovation consultants, have installed Convera's Screening Room video content management software to assist in their product rese

22/02/2002 Grass Valley's Kalypso is a hit at 'The Brits'
The ITV1 "Brit Awards" ceremony featured the high-quality production work of a Grass Valley Kalypso Video Production Centre at the heart of its operation. At the live ceremony in London, the leading

22/02/2002 New collaboration boosts scriptwriting in the south west
Cheltenham Film Studios and independent producers Wildfire are collaborating on a new initiative, Storyville, in the south west of England. The project's objective is to produce quality films which

22/02/2002 NTL win three-year contract to relay WRC coverage
NTL Broadcast have been awarded a three-year contract by Channel 4 to provide transmission services for all European legs of the World Rally Championships (WRC) for the next three years. The deal com

22/02/2002 On-Air Systems announce On-Air Robotics
Extending the power of On-Air VANity into a glass-to-glass programme production system, On-Air Systems have introduced a robotic camera control system. On-Air Robotics comprises a dedicated camera in

22/02/2002 S&M SFX represented at New York Festivals
London post-production company Smoke & Mirrors (S&M) were among the nominations for Best SFX at the prestigious New York Festivals for their work on Smirnoff Red 'Crooner' – the ad featuring a dog tha

22/02/2002 Technicolor use Edifis Scratchbox for film retouching
Technicolor Film & Imaging, Europe's largest film and post-production facility, have purchased an Edifis Scratchbox to be used at the company's Heathrow production centre. The newly supplied system i

22/02/2002 The Bureau to manage New Cinema Fund
FilmFour Lab and the Film Council's New Cinema Fund have announced that the production company The Bureau have been brought in to manage the new short film scheme Cinema Extreme launched last year.

21/02/2002 5D to unveil post strategy at NAB 2002
At NAB 2002 in Las Vegas 5D are to present the completion of their first phase strategy for post-production. A rolling theatre demonstration, incorporating 5D Commander, 5D Cyborg and 5D Colossus, wi

21/02/2002 BBC4 negotations with BSkyB go right to the wire
With just days to go before its launch, the BBC remains locked in negotiations with BSkyB over the position of their new culture and arts channel – BBC4 – in the electronic programme guide (EPG). Th

21/02/2002 Chyron release software update for Aprisa Stillstore
Chyron Corporation have introduced the release of their updated Aprisa Stillstore software version 2.2, featuring the implementation of MOS Protocol. With version 2.2 software, newsroom journalists

21/02/2002 McMillan named GBI Partner of the Year
Scottish AV, presentation and communication specialists McMillan have won two awards at the GB International industry awards ceremony, held in the Belfry Hotel near Birmingham. GBI are one of the cou

21/02/2002 Next generation Blu-ray Disc to enhance video format
Nine of the industry's biggest companies have announced that they have jointly established the basic specifications for a next generation large capacity optical disc video recording format called "Blu

21/02/2002 OmniBus name new sales manager for Asia Pacific
OmniBus Systems have appointed Andy T. Stanton as their new Sales Manager for the Asia Pacific region, to be based in Bangkok. Formerly sales director in the region for Odetics Broadcast, Australian-

21/02/2002 Society of Film Distributors reveal their new name and website
The Society of Film Distributors (SFD) have completed their re-imaging process and announced their name change and newly established website. The SFD, the trade association that represents theatrica

21/02/2002 Two way TV add interactive option to Antiques Roadshow
Two Way TV have helped BBC1’s 'Antiques Roadshow' introduce enhanced interactivity through BBCi, the BBC’s interactive service. Digital satellite viewers watching the celebrated series, in which memb

20/02/2002 Discreet clients nominated for Visual Effects Academy Award
The top three films nominated this year for the Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects all used Discreet's effects, editing and finishing systems and software to deliver outstanding visual ex

20/02/2002 Edifis announce 'Stingkey' key and fill system
Edifis have announced a major new development of their Sting digital disk recorder, adding key and fill features for broadcasters requiring high quality combined with no-compromise on-air reliability.

20/02/2002 Industrial action over BFI pay dispute suspended
Industrial action, carried out by BECTU and Amicus MSF members to support a 4 per cent pay increase at the British Film Institute (BFI), has been suspended to allow mediation talks at ACAS. BECTU me