Thursday, August 17, 2017

IBC News: Hawk-Woods to Debut Mini V-Lok

New flight-safe broadcast battery delivers up to 150wh and fits in the palm of a hand.

Ashford, Kent, UNITED KINGDOM—Hawk-Woods, innovative developer of broadcast power solutions, today announces Mini V-Lok, a new ultra-small and lightweight addition to its V-Lok battery line.
The smallest battery of its type in the world to date, Mini V-Lok fits comfortably in the palm of a hand. It is flight-safe, available in two sizes, 100Wh and 150Wh, and capable of powering cameras, monitors, lights and other types of broadcast equipment. When used in tandem with an optional dual, hot-swappable adaptor, Mini V-Lok can deliver up to 300wh of power—double that of a standard V-Lok—in a device profile only fractionally larger.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

IBC News: Vocas Introduces Accessories for Canon EOS C200

Viewfinder bracket, cheese plate, cage and other accessories provide added stability and versatility to users of the popular 4K DSLR.

HILVERSUM, The Netherlands—Vocas Systems, European manufacturer of innovative, professional-calibre camera accessories, today announces several new products developed expressly for Canon’s ECS C200 digital cinema camera. They include a C200 viewfinder bracket, a top cheese plate, a camera adapter plate for the Vocas Sliding System, a special C200 cage and a handgrip relocator.

Introduced by Canon in June, the EOS C200 has become a popular option among camera professionals seeking to capture 4K video, and the new Vocas accessories make it easier to use and more stable in a variety of production applications. “Our new C200 accessories address some of the limitations of the standard accessories and make using the camera a little easier,” said.  Vocas Manager of Business Development Lars Verlinden. “We believe they will become must-have tools for committed C200 users.”

The new Viewfinder Bracket represents a complete C200 viewfinder solution. Based on NATO rail, the bracket overcomes the limitation of the standard Canon viewfinder bracket, which is not adjustable in a forward or backward direction as required when using the camera on the shoulder. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Killer Tracks Feel Good Music Featured in KXTV’s Award-Winning “Blah Blah Land”

Sacramento television station earns three PromaxBDA awards for musical spot inspired by hit movie. 

SANTA MONICA, Calif.— Blah Blah Land, a television promo for KXTV-TV, Sacramento, featuring music from Killer Tracks, an industry leader in production music, came up big at the 2017 PromaxBDA Local Awards. The ad picked up two Gold Awards and one Bronze Award, the latter for Best Use of Original Music. Inspired by the Oscar-winning movie La La Land, the promo shows anchors from the station’s morning show bounding from their cars and performing an upbeat pop song in the middle of a traffic jam. The voiceover offers KXTV-TV’s Morning Blend as an alternative to the “blah blah land” of other stations. The spot was conceived by KXTV-TV Creative Director Drew Fowler.



Monday, August 7, 2017

Fortium CEO Mathew Gilliat Smith to Speak at IBC Cyber Security Program

Los Angeles— Fortium Technologies, a leading developer of digital file security solutions for the media and entertainment industry, will participate in two expert panel discussions at IBC’s C-Tech Cyber Security Program. The invitation-only event is being held in conjunction with IBC 2017, September 14-19, at the RAI in Amsterdam.
Fortium Technologies CEO Mathew Gilliat-Smith will join other industry leaders for a discussion on Cyber Governance entitled Taking the Right Steps. Panelists will review case studies and discuss what can be done to avoid the same mistakes. They will outline security measures that companies in the broadcast industry must take to avoid becoming victims of hackers…and what measures to have in place if a security breach occurs. The session is scheduled for September 15 at 11:15 a.m. at Room G102-3. Session host is Michael McEwen, Director General, North American Broadcasters Association (NABA).
Mathew Gilliat-Smith
“Cybercrime is on the increase and is here to stay. Piracy can occur at any point in the digital supply chain and a security breach will lead to significant financial loss, disrupts roll-out plans and potentially causes lasting damage to a company’s reputation,” said Gilliat-Smith. “Organizations need to constantly review the changing threats and budget for the cost of using the proper tools and protocols to defend against and stay ahead of hackers.”
Gilliat-Smith will also participate in the program’s penultimate session, What If… Moderated by ex Sony Pictures Entertainment CTO Spencer Stephens, the panel will examine security scenarios, some based on real events, and offer practical advice on how to manage and avoid such crises. Panelists will also include representatives of the European Broadcasting Union and Microsoft’s Azure managed services division. The session is slated for September 15 at 4:00 p.m. at Room G102-3.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Love Hope Strength Band Announces Partnership with Killer Tracks

Proceeds from new tracks to benefit foundation working to expand the bone marrow registry.

SANTA MONICA, Calif.— Killer Tracks today announces that I Can, We Can and Love +, will be released this month via the Killer Tracks Artists Series. A percentage of the revenue from the licensing of the songs will go to Mike Peters’ Love, Hope, Strength Foundation which “leverages the power of music to expand the bone marrow registry.” Two more songs will be released later this year.

The songs were written and sung by Mike Peters, whose band The Alarm produced more than 5 million records worldwide and 16 Top 50 UK singles. Peters is himself a cancer survivor and the subject of a new documentary, The Man in the Camo Jacket, directed by Russ Kendall and produced by Jonathan McHugh, Jonathan Platt, James ChippendaleAlex Colletti and Stash Slionski. The film chronicles Peters’ 8-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A special screening of the film will be held on August 3rd at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, followed by a short musical performance and Q&A.


Directing Duo Jacob/Slade Joins A Common Thread

Enno Jacobsen and Kristina Slade inaugurate their new affiliation with a campaign for Ford.
LOS ANGELES— Continuing to add unique talent to its roster, A Common Thread has signed the directing team of Enno Jacobsen and Kristina Slade, who work as Jacob/Slade, for exclusive representation in the United States. Known for their ability to tell stories with charm and humor, the pair have directed spots for such brands as Target, Mitsubishi and the Kansas Lottery. In their first outing for A Common Thread, Jacob/Slade has directed two spots for Ford and GTB promoting Ford Truck Month.
“Enno and Kristina bring style, imagination and passion to every project,” says A Common Thread Executive Producer J.P. McMahon. “We’ve admired them, and their work for a long time and are excited to have the opportunity to work with them as they continue to flourish and grow.”
Jacobsen, who is originally from Germany, has been directing commercials for 14 years and has executed award-winning campaigns for Volkswagen, Target, Toyota and others. Slade has a background as an agency creative, including stints at Ground Zero, TBWA\Chiat\Day and AKQA. She has earned numerous accolades for her work, including Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show and Belding awards.
Jacob/Slade

Thursday, July 27, 2017

STORY's Ky Dickens Captures the Love Between Dogs and Their Owners in Beneful Campaign

CHICAGO—STORY’s Ky Dickens has directed a new campaign for Nestlé Purina’s Beneful where real dog owners—and real dogs—discuss what they love about the healthy, “grain-free” dog food. Conceived by Deep Focus, New York and Lapiz, Chicago, the three spots show dogs and their owners playing in verdant outdoor settings. The owners talk about the importance of good nutrition to their pets’ health. The dogs describe their ardor for the “farm-raised chicken” featured in the product. “That’s my number one thing to eat,” says a border collie named Charlie.




All of the human-canine pairs featured in the spots are actual dog owners and their pets. Dickens found them through a general casting call in Austin, Texas, where the commercials were shot. “We were looking for people who are active and health conscious,” she explains. “These are people who take their dogs hiking in the mountains and swimming in local lakes.”

During the shoot, Dickens encouraged the owners to play with their dogs as they would naturally, and she also conducted off-the-cuff interviews. “You could tell immediately if there was chemistry between the dog and the owner,” she recalls. “There are things you do with your dog when you really love her, sweet things, and I wanted to be sure to capture those moments.”