Broadcast News Archive for January, 2004
09/01/2004 Sonic and Microsoft enable HD DVD authoring in Windows Media 9
Sonic Solutions and Microsoft are developing new production tools that will allow film studios and production facilities to create high-definition DVD titles in the Microsoft Windows Media 9 Series.

09/01/2004 The Horror Channel choose Kingston inmedia for playout provision
The Horror Channel on BSkyB has chosen Kingston inmedia to provide a fully-managed playout and satellite linking system and as satellite space segment provider. The exclusive transmission deal follow

09/01/2004 US network signs up for third series of Spooks
BBC Worldwide have announced that the third series of the hit BBC One drama ‘Spooks’ has been licensed to A&E Networks in the US, following a successful stateside run of the first two series. The dea

08/01/2004 3ds max chosen for ‘The Last Samurai’
Visual effects studio Digital Dimension created complex realistic 3D effects for ‘The Last Samurai’ with 3ds max, Discreet's award-winning 3D modelling, animation, and rendering solution. Premiered t

08/01/2004 Ascent complete Systems Integration Center purchase
Ascent Media Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, have reached an agreement with Sony to acquire the assets of Sony’s San Jose-based Systems Integration Center (SIC), effecti

08/01/2004 BBC Broadcast name new Head of Operations
BBC Broadcast have appointed a new Head of Operations, tasked with helping manage channels at the recently opened Broadcast Centre. Stephen Stewart previously managed the five account at the London P

08/01/2004 BBC Scotland chief announces April retirement
John McCormick, Controller of BBC Scotland since January 1992, is to retire in April after 34 years with the BBC. McCormick, 59, has presided over a period of unprecedented growth at BBC Scotland, w

08/01/2004 BBFC relaxes classification policy on variant DVD releases
The BBFC have decided to change the classification policy which prevents different versions of videos and DVDs being distributed if they are not rated for the same age group. With the advent of the D

08/01/2004 New sponsors announced for Scottish Students on Screen 2004
Scottish Screen have announced three new sponsors for Scottish Students on Screen 2004, to run March 18-19 2004. This year’s event adds a new interactive category to the competition and will feature

08/01/2004 Nucoda's Film Master used on 'Johnson Family Vacation' trailer
LA-based post-production company Karma Bank have started using nucoda’s Film Master film finishing solution to colour, grade and conform the trailer for the new Christopher Erskin movie 'Johnson Famil

08/01/2004 Opera Film utilise Aurora IgniterX on new projects
Stockholm-based Opera Film, a production firm specialising in feature films for the international market, are using the IgniterX video capture and edit card in the unique production of two new project

08/01/2004 Pinnacle Systems release Studio 9 editing solution range
Pinnacle Systems have announced the release of Studio 9, the next generation of their family of home movie-making hardware and software. This latest version of one of the best-selling home movie mak

08/01/2004 Union members accept film construction deal
Freelance construction workers on feature films have voted in favour of a new pay and conditions package. In a postal ballot, which closed on January 5, 76% of voters supported a revised three-year a

07/01/2004 APTN again top European news provider ‘league table’
Associated Press Television News (APTN), the international video arm of The Associated Press, were the leading provider of exclusive stories to the news exchanges of the European Broadcasting Union (E

07/01/2004 Dantz ship Retrospect 6.0 for Mac
Dantz Development Corporation have announced that Retrospect 6.0, the latest version of their backup and restore software for the Mac, is now available. Retrospect 6.0 now protects Power Mac G4 and

07/01/2004 Denman animates Beagle 2 on Mars
It was a relatively mild Christmas this year, but the ill-fated British Mars lander Beagle 2 was plunged into temperatures of around -65C to -120C. The Beagle 2 lander was scheduled to unwrap itself

07/01/2004 Getty Images opt for Barco monitors
Colour Confidence, the UK & Ireland distributors of Barco monitors, have announced that Getty Images, a leading provider of imagery, film and digital services, are using Barco Reference Calibrator V m

07/01/2004 Khronos Group continue membership expansion
The Khronos Group have announced that ETRI, Futuremark, NVIDIA, Oki, Secret Level, TAKUMI and WOW4M have all joined as Contributing Members, to work with the fifty other Khronos Group Members in suppo

07/01/2004 Northern Ireland production companies selected for US visit
Two Northern Irish independent production companies, Brian Waddell Productions Ltd (BWPL) and Extreme Production, have been selected to participate in an international market awareness trip to New Yor

07/01/2004 Pro-Bel win On Sight contract for HD router
Soho-based equipment hire company On Sight have placed an order for a Pro-Bel Sirius HD router, which will form the core of their state-of-the-art Berners Street dubbing facility. The purchase was ma

07/01/2004 Research finds public ambivalent about digital television
More people would be willing to take up digital television if they were given the right information and the switchover were easy and cost-effective, according to new research published by the Departme

07/01/2004 This Scotland 2004 projects announced
Scottish Television, Grampian Television and Scottish Screen have announced details of the forthcoming award winning and internationally acclaimed documentary series ‘This Scotland’. Since its incept

07/01/2004 UTV and NIFTC announce fourth training scheme series
UTV and the Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission (NIFTC) have announced the launch of the fourth series of ‘HOME’, a factual television production training and development scheme. The ongo

06/01/2004 BBC Wales purchase Pro-Bel Sirius for Cardiff transmission area
Pro-Bel have announced the installation of a Sirius 64 x 96 SDI router at BBC Wales in Cardiff. The router forms the heart of the broadcaster's newly located graphics transmission area. Replacing t

06/01/2004 Channel 4 make final call for West Midlands talent search
Organisers of Channel 4's Ideasfactory scheme are urging talented film and music lovers from across the West Midlands submit entries to a new search designed to discover untapped talent. The talent s