Gavin Barclay Joins Bling Digital

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in SIM Digital News | No Comments

Former “Suits”/”Covert Affairs” Co-Producer to oversee expansion of on-set/near-set post-production services.

Los Angeles—SIM Digital has appointed veteran television producer Gavin Barclay as Vice President of its Bling Digital unit. Barclay, whose television credits include such shows as Suits, Covert Affairs, Nip/Tuck and Knight Rider, will oversee the expansion of Bling’s on-set and near-set post-production services, which include solutions for dailies processing, color grading, offline Avid rentals, online editorial and other operations. He will have both operational and client services responsibilities.

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Cortez Brothers Relies on Simian to Keep Its Sales Effort Operating at Warp Speed

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in media management, Simian News | No Comments

Los Angeles-based Production Company uses media management platform to build reels and drive sales.

Ed Rivero, managing director of Los Angeles production company Cortez Brothers, has worked in advertising for more than 20 years has witnessed many changes in the industry, including the way companies like his market their services. When Rivero was getting started in his career, production companies recorded show reels for their directors onto ¾-inch videotapes. They were time-consuming to prepare, awkward to manage and expensive to ship. “We would edit them once a quarter,” he recalls. “They were our calling cards.”

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Codex to Show Vault 2 at Cine Gear in Hollywood

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Codex News | No Comments

The new Codex/ARRI internal recording module for Alexa will also be on view.

London, UK – 22 May 2013Codex will demonstrate Vault 2, the latest iteration of its industry-leading line of location-based media management environments, at Cine Gear Expo, May 31 through June 2 in Hollywood. The Vault, which has been used on a number of recent feature productions including Marvel’s blockbuster Iron Man 3, now supports Sony’s F5 and F55 cameras. It also includes support for REDMAGs used by RED Epic and Scarlet cameras.

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SIM Digital to Demonstrate End-to-End Workflow Solutions at Cine Gear

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in SIM Digital News | No Comments

After Party set for June 1st at SIM Digital Hollywood.

Los Angeles—SIM Digital, one of the leading suppliers of digital production equipment and post production services in North America, will be a major exhibitor at the 2013 Cine Gear Expo May 31st through June 1st at The Studios at Paramount in Los Angeles. Showcasing its breadth of services, SIM Digital will be demonstrating leading edge solutions for every aspect of feature, television and advertising production, from the camera lens to the screen.

SIM Digital will also host a Cine Gear After Party on June 1st beginning at 4:00 p.m. at its newly-remodeled offices located at 738 N. Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood, just a ten minute walk from Paramount Studios. In addition to food, drinks and live music, the event will feature a fully-functional, end-to-end workflow demonstration.  The workflow will be similar to one the SIM Digital is currently maintaining for the television series Hell on Wheels. The party is co-sponsored by Fujinon, Shape, Pro K Solutions, ALT Systems, Rosco Laboratories, Tecads and Zeiss.

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Madheart’s Lisa Phillips Finds Success in a Competitive Advertising Market by Flaunting Convention

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Madheart News | No Comments

LOS ANGELES—Madheart goes its own way. A producer of artfully-crafted advertising of unusual emotional power, the company is led by executive producer Lisa Phillips who has made a habit of zigging when other companies zag. Rejecting the mainstream production company business model based on a “stable” of directors, Phillips has stubbornly maintained Madheart’s boutique status. She and Catherine De Angelis, the company’s national sales manager, prefer to direct their laser-like attention on a small number of directors in whom they passionately believe.

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Technicolor – PostWorks’ Tim Stipan Applies the Finishing Touch to Indie Drama “Disconnect”

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Technical - Postworks News | No Comments

NEW YORK—Disconnect, the new drama from LD Entertainment and director Henry Alex Rubin, weaves three loosely related narrative lines, each of which relates to the internet and the way it is affecting human relationships. The protagonists of its three plot lines include a TV news reporter investigating porn chat sites, a lawyer whose 15-year-old son is victimized by his skater buddies, and an interracial couple who turn to on-line grief consoling to cope with the death of their baby.

Post-production was completed at Technicolor – PostWorks in New York, where the work ran the gamut from dailies processing through DI Colorist Tim Stipan (Moonrise Kingdom, Black Swan) applied the final grade, working alongside Rubin and cinematographer Ken Seng.

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Simian Releases “Simian Real Time Video Encoder™”

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Uncategorized | No Comments

New encoding/uploading app makes uploading video to the web quick, simple and error-free.

Laguna Niguel, May 13, 2013—Simian, the global leader in creative workflow and media management solutions has announced the release of the Simian Real Time Video Encoder™, a groundbreaking app that makes it simple to simultaneously encode and upload any size video file to the cloud. Available free to Simian users, the new app reduces the complexities involved with encoding and uploading video files to a single drag-and-drop operation. Even large files can be quickly uploaded to Simian. The app also ensures optimal playback.

“The Simian Real Time Video Encoder™ is the fastest way to upload video,” explains Simian co-founder Brian Atton, “and it requires no technical expertise or training. Users simply drag and drop a file into the bucket and the app does the rest.”

The Simian Real Time Video Encoder (RTVE™) saves time by facilitating the encoding on the user’s local computer, thereby eliminating the need to upload uncompressed video to a web-based application. It also simplifies the encoding process with pre-set profiles that ensure optimal video playback on all platforms. Simian’s Smart Encoding Technology ™ also enables the uploading of PDF, JPEG and other media file types and enables the coding to be bypassed where needed.  In addition, the app lets you categorize, tag and add credits upon upload and also offers you the option to bypass.

The Simian Real Time Video Encoder dramatically reduces the time spent on encoding and uploading. “Uploading broadcast quality video files can take hours,” Atton explains, “and dealing with complicated video codecs often leads to errors and frustration.”

Simian is a groundbreaking workflow and ideation platform that sets the industry standard for online media sharing solutions for creative companies. It features a host of innovative tools for managing media libraries, creating and distributing reel presentations, managing projects, tracking sales and marketing activities, and building custom microsites. Advertising agencies, film, television and commercial production companies, music producers and a host of other creative companies worldwide rely on Simian to efficiently manage their media.


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Simian™ takes the business of managing digital media to the next level with an innovative workflow and ideation platform designed by industry leaders for industry leaders. Simian’s streamlined, yet highly flexible platform has set the industry standard for online media sharing and workflow solutions for creative companies.

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“Lawrence of Arabia,” Digitally Restored with Help from MTI Film, Wins FOCAL International Award

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in MTI Film News | No Comments

HOLLYWOOD—The new 50th Anniversary Directors Cut of Lawrence of Arabia, which underwent digital film restoration processing at MTI Film,  was awarded Best Archive Restoration/Preservation Title at the tenth FOCAL International Awards in London. The film was restored in 4K under the direction of Sony Pictures Entertainment EVP of Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering Grover Crisp.

David Lean’s 1962 masterpiece, Lawrence of Arabia is widely considered one of the greatest films of all time. Prior to its 50th anniversary release by Sony Pictures last year, the film went through a meticulous restoration and re-mastering in 4K.

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Restored “Lawrence of Arabia” Wins FOCAL International Award

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Sony Pictures News | No Comments

4K Restoration of David Lean’s Masterpiece Receives Top Honors;

Sony Pictures’ Grover Crisp Recognized for “Outstanding Achievement in Restoration”

CULVERY CITY, CA  – The newly-restored, 50th Anniversary Directors Cut of David Lean’s 1962 masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia took home the award for “Best Archive Restoration/Preservation Title” at the tenth FOCAL International Awards held May 2nd in London. The 4K restoration of the film was completed last year by Sony Pictures Entertainment under the direction of Grover Crisp, EVP of Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering for SPE. Crisp also received a special, individual award for “Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Film Restoration and Preservation.”

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Hollywood Center Studios Hosts Stock Shoot for GreenScreen Animals

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Hollywood Center Studios News | No Comments

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

HOLLYWOOD—Things were wild on Stage 12 at Hollywood Center Studios recently as a pair of gray wolves, two grizzly bears, a leopard, a lion, an African elephant and other exotic animals stopped by for their close-ups. The occasion was a 3-day shoot conducted by GreenScreen Animals, a Santa Monica supplier of specialty stock footage, that was seeking to add to its one-of-a-kind collection of more than 3000 stock images of wild animals.

There is a huge demand for stock images of wild creatures, especially hard to come by green screen shots, that are ideal for special effects purposes. GreenScreen Animals’ animal content has been used in everything from films (We Bought a Zoo) to commercials ( to late night TV (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno).

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