Friday, September 30, 2016

GPL Technologies Moves Headquarters to Burbank

IT specialist benefitting from a surge in media production by helping companies expand workflows quickly and cost-effectively.

BURBANK— GPL Technologies, a leading supplier of technology and IT support to the entertainment, gaming and advertising industries, has moved its corporate headquarters to a new, freestanding facility on Victory Boulevard in Burbank. The move comes in response to growth in each of the company’s four core service areas—managed services, infrastructure solutions, hardware-as-a-service, and technical staffing—and a desire to be closer to its clients, which include visual effects producers, post production facilities, advertising agencies, design studios and others.

More than double the size of the GPL’s previous site in Los Angeles’ Wilshire corridor, the new facility includes increased space for staff—which has grown by more than 40 percent over the past year—as well as additional inventory, technical support and service operations. It also includes room for further expansion.“We couldn’t be more excited to relocate to the heart of Burbank’s Media District,” said GPL Technologies CEO Brian Terrell. “We are now within easy reach of our clients in Burbank and Hollywood. That will help us to be more responsive to their needs for technology, service and support in a more timely fashion.”

GPL Technologies COO/CFO Hardy Parungao, CEO Brian Terrell, CTO Jason Blum

Monday, September 19, 2016

Emmy-Nominated VFX Producer Sean Tompkins Joins FuseFX

VFX Producers Danielle Beemis and Miles DeLong also added to Los Angeles staff.

LOS ANGELES— In a further strengthening of its Los Angeles production staff, FuseFX has added three veteran visual effects producers. They include Sean Tompkins, a two-time Emmy nominee who previously served as Associate Head of Production at Zoic Studios.

Tompkins, who received his Emmy nominations for Falling Skies and Hemlock Grove, has also produced visual effects for such shows as Homeland, True Blood, Mad Men and Fringe.  He began his career with the iconic CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation before joining Zoic in 2007. At FuseFX, Tompkins is producing effects for the CBS series Sleepy Hollow, Rush Hour and Limitless, among other projects.

Sean Tompkins

Monday, September 12, 2016

Rising Sun Pictures Launches Production Office in Sydney

New operation at Fox Studios Australia will provide VFX support for international and Australian film and television productions.
Adelaide, South Australia—Capitalising on a steady rise in international film and television production in Australia, Rising Sun Pictures, the Academy Award-nominated, Adelaide-based visual effects studio, has expanded its operation by opening a front-end office in Sydney. The new site will operate out of Fox Studios Australia and support productions located on the lot and based in the area. 

The Sydney site will be fully secure and linked via a secure, private data link to the company’s main facility in Adelaide and its deep resources for visual effects design and production. RSP is currently working on a variety of projects for clients including 20thCentury Fox and Paramount, among others.  

Piccirillo and Pearson Unleash Yard Dog

New commercial and branded content production company launches with six veteran filmmakers.
LOS ANGELES—Executive producers Joe Piccirillo and Beth Pearson have launched Yard Dog TV, a production company and “creative incubator” focused on producing impactful, innovative advertising content. Based in Los Angeles, the company debuts with a roster of six directors, Tom De Cerchio, Mark Dektor, Ron Hamad, Vic Huber, Alexander Paul and Joe Windsor-Williams, and plans to pursue creative opportunities across the United States and internationally. 
“A commercial production company is all about the talent it represents,” says Piccirillo. “Success depends on the director and agency working together in creative harmony to lift the project to its fullest potential. Beth and I share a commitment to nurturing the creative process and are very excited about the filmmakers we are working with. Each brings a distinctive voice to his work.”

Thursday, September 8, 2016

IBC News: WCPMedia Services to Show Revolutionary Media Management Platform

Aspera integration, enhanced Virtual Screening Room and much more.

LOS ANGELES— WCPMedia Services will demonstrate the latest enhancements to its revolutionary, B2B, cloud-based media management platform at IBC 2016, September 9-13, in Amsterdam. Improvements to the platform include the integration of Aspera high-speed file transfer, a new Uploader utility, additions to the platform’s Virtual Screening Room and a simplified user experience for third-party and occasional users. WCPMedia will be present at IBC in tandem with its technology partners Aspera, an IBM company, (7.G20) and Tiger Technology (7.K28). 

“WCPMedia is helping customers all over the world gain control over their workflows,” says WCPMedia Services Vice President of Operations Giovanni Contri. “And now, it’s better than ever. We are very excited to announce our partnership with Aspera, a brand synonymous with high-speed file delivery. We will also be demonstrating many other improvements that make our platform more powerful and easier to use.”

“These latest improvements are in response to the experiences and feedback of real-world users around the world over the past two years,” Contri adds.  “Our platform is used by professionals in every sector of the entertainment industry. It is employed in production by post-production supervisors, DITs, asset managers, producers and directors. Content owners, distributors and broadcasters use it for promotion and distribution of finished products.”

WCPMedia is a next-generation platform for storing, managing and sharing media content. The platform allows users to manage content from post-production through distribution in a unified, highly secure environment. It integrates leading-edge technologies for data storage and accessibility, file transfers, transcoding and content management, while remaining flexible and easy to use.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

SMPTE® Hollywood Section to Explore the Emerging World of ‘Phoneography’

Section Meeting on Sept. 14 Is Open to All Professionals

LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the organization whose standards work has supported a century of technological advances in entertainment technology, today announced that the increasingly popular practice of “phoneography” will be the topic of its September meeting. Phoneography is the use of smartphones as image capture devices in film and television productions. The event is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) Pickford Center for Motion Study’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Los Angeles. It will include special presentations on unique tools and approaches for creative success in using smartphones, tablets, and similar consumer devices to capture professional-caliber imagery.

“The smartphone has become an integral part of our ecosystem, and it’s now a viable tool for creating content,” said Marty Meyer, chair of the SMPTE Hollywood Section. “Forget big budgets and big iron; this is no-budget, in-your-pocket tech that is ideally suited for social media offerings. ‘Phoneography’ — yes, it’s a word — is becoming a ‘thing.’”

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

“Radio Free Albemuth” Delivered to Kickstarter Supporters via WCPMedia Services

Cloud-based management platform provides filmmakers with a new way to reach their audience.

LOS ANGELES—In a new  DIY distribution model for independent filmmakers, the producers of Radio Free Albemuth recently used WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based media management platform WCPApp to stream the film to more than 800 crowd-sourced backers around the world. Recipients were able to view a Blu-ray quality version of the film on devices of their choice via a private screening room. The WCP platform provided a cost-effective solution for backers to watch the film, while providing bank-level security against duplication and piracy.

Radio Free Albemuth, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly), was produced by Discovery Productions and directed by John Alan Simon, who also wrote the screenplay. Funding for a 15-city, limited U.S. theatrical release came in part from a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that attracted more than 1000 supporters worldwide.

The film has drawn enthusiastic reviews. Variety called it “consistently absorbing” and added that it “operates successfully as a study of enlightenment and a straight-ahead conspiracy thriller.” It has screened at special events, such as the Philip K. Dick Festival, the Worldcon convention and the Science Fiction Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at the EMP Museum in Seattle, and the prestigious Indie Night series at Lincoln Center Film Society in New York.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Pixel Underground Helps Peace Point Make an “Inspired” Move to UHD

“Inspired with Anna Olson” is the producer’s first television series produced and finished in 4K.

TORONTO—Pixel Underground has been providing post-production services to Canadian television producer Peace Point Entertainment Group for more than 15 years, but their latest project together, the food series Inspired with Anna Olson¸ broke new ground for both companies.

Inspired with Anna Olson is Peace Point’s first television series produced in 4K UHD. Created for Asian markets, where celebrity chef Anna Olson has a huge following, the show offers a lively mix of travel and cooking features with a Southeast Asian theme. Peace Point Executive Producer Les Tomlin says that his company decided to take the show to UHD in order to deliver the best quality product to Asia’s discriminating, tech-savvy viewers and ensure the show’s longevity. “We are future-proofing the show as television markets move to 4K,” he states.