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Panasonic Varicam

Panasonic unveils Varicam LT

Panasonic has developed a cheaper and lighter version of its Varicam 35 as it looks to chip away at Arri’s dominance of the high-end production camera market.

Pinewood review could lead to sale 

The Pinewood Group, including its studios in Buckinghamshire, Shepperton, Wales and facilities around the world, could be sold as part of the company’s strategy for growing the business. 

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The Collectv hires Graham for Sky contracts

The Collectv has recruited James Graham, previously technical lead at ITV Studios, as its technical solutions specialist.

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Envy adds two to grading team

Envy has taken on freelance colourist Jon Dobson and promoted Belgin Kaplan (pictured) to the same role.

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ERA duo depart to set up reseller Magenta Broadcast

Broadcast systems designer Tim Burton and sales executive Martin Riley have quit ERA and teamed up with former Gearhouse Broadcast service engineer John Currie to launch their own systems integrator and reseller business.

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Celebro builds more studios to attract live productions

Celebro Media is adding a second and third studio to its Oxford Street facility as it attempts to entice producers to base more of their live TV broadcasts in central London.

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Cregeen joins Halo as head of ops

Halo Post has appointed Blue 2.0’s James Cregeen as its new head of operations.

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Ahmed joins Zoo Digital

Sheffield’s Zoo Digital has appointed Syed Ahmed as its international business development lead for the Middle East, South Asia and Asia Pacific.

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Flaunt sets up long-form animation division

CGI firm Flaunt, part of the Axis Group, has created a long-form division that will specialise in animated series and specials for TV as well as feature films.

RTS offers broadcast production and journalism bursaries

The Royal Television Society (RTS) is offering bursaries to 20 “less affluent” students studying Creative Skillset-accredited Television Production courses and Broadcast Journalism Training Council-approved Broadcast Journalism courses. 

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BTI Studios reshuffles management team

BTI Studios UK managing director Mazin Al-Jumaili (pitured) has left the localisation company as part of a reorganisation of its senior management team designed to help it cope better with what it calls “multi-platform consumerism.”

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Garbutt takes MD role at Halo

Halo Post Production has appointed head of production Will Garbutt as its managing director.

AJA RovoCam

AJA unveils UHD block camera

AJA has launched the RovoCam, the company’s first compact block camera.

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Sam launches Kula switcher range

Snell Advanced Media (Sam) has launched a new line-up of multi-format production switchers that combine SD, HD and 4K capabilities.

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Arena builds £20m UHD fleet

Arena Television is hoping to steal a march on its outside broadcast rivals by building three Ultra High Definition-capable (UHD) trucks with an IP core that can handle High Dynamic Range (HDR) and High Frame Rates (HFR).

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Sara Cox On Friendship

Grade, mix and online the 3 x- 60-minute series looking at how social media affects our lives.

VER Reality Partners

Reality partnership for VER

Production equipment provider VER has taken on the staff of Amsterdam reality television systems integrator Reality Partners.

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Rewriting the script for China

China is hardly renowned for its high-quality television drama, so how did a British team end up penning a 40-part detective series for Chinese TV?

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STFC

Playing the long game

Telcos must adjust their pricing to allow TV to take advantage of remote production, says Kevin Fitzgerald

Sef Tuma

Dealing with digital Darwinism

Creating a modern IT platform is essential for the survival of traditional media firms, says Sef Tuma.

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IBC 2015: the IABM verdict

IBC showed that the future of UHD and IT-based technology is intertwined, says the IABM’s John Ive

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INDEX: cameras and lenses

Whether it’s digital or the nostalgia of film, Arri’s range of cameras dominates drama production in the UK

Digital Edition

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Digital edition: Broadcast TECH

The November/December issue contains: a behind-the-scenes look at Sonorous Post’s audio work on BBC drama Capital, the cameras and lenses used to shoot the highest rating drama, tips and cameras for shooting 360-degree video, Q&A with playout technology chiefs, vendors efforts to ease fears of moving to the cloud.

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Thirteen, BBC3

Commissioned before BBC3’s online move was set in stone, Thirteen had to shift from a traditional production road map to one that embraced all things digital.

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First Dates, C4

Feeling the series was lacking something, we brought in our own staff to give the restaurant an identity - and provide some familiar faces to keep viewers coming back, says Nicola Lloyd

The Jump

Behind the Scenes: risk and reward at The Jump Video

It may be known as the most dangerous show on the television, but there are some risks even The Jump won’t take.