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4K and vfx camera specialist The Lens Factory launches Specialist kit rental company The Lens Foundry has launched, catering for

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    4K and vfx camera specialist The Lens Factory launches

    Specialist kit rental company The Lens Foundry has launched, catering for 4K, vfx and aerial photography.

    The outfit has been 18-months in planning and represents a six-figure investment from founders vfx supervisor Alexis Haggar (winner 2012 RTS Award for The Fades), camera/ Steadicam operator Gareth Harfoot and cameraman and stereographer Adam Sculthorp.

    Sculthorp was 3D supervisor for the BBC Last Night of the Proms, and the forthcoming 50th anniversary episode of Dr Who.

    "We aim to bring some of the unique camera trickery associated with Hollywood blockbusters into the scope of UK documentaries and TV dramas," explains Sculthorp. "One of our key selling points is joining the camera department with vfx. Until now no one has really brought all those skills together under one roof."

    Key inventory includes a Sony F55, 3-axis stabilised 8-rotor aerial platform, a CineDrive motion control system and custom-built cable-cam.

    "We are not going after the work that traditional aerial camera or motion control companies are supplying, but for productions looking to achieve parity with the style of specialist photography, aerial sequences or camera moves associated with top end budgets then we can make every penny count."

    It is supplying a fully crewed 4K F55 package for an international factual co-production where there is a possibility of cinema release.

    "The increased cost of shooting in 4K isn't that significant even for shows which rely on archive film negative to be rescanned at 4k," says Sculthorp.

    "Our criteria was to select the most creatively adaptive gear we could find," says Harfoot. "Our motion control system is totally modular. This means it has many different and varied applications, which gives us a huge amount of scope. We're also designing in-house adaptions which will allow us to mount it in some very unusual places."

    Haggar adds: "While our main emphasis is on camera rigs, we wanted to offer the best 4K Raw camera package available. Over the years we have shot on just about every camera system available from film to data, and we looked at everything on the market before we made our decision. The Sony F55 offers a true 4k sensor and has a fantastic latitude of 14-stops in a small robust package, but its major advantage is the Global Shutter and 16-Bit Raw, which are both essential for visual effects work.

    "Our other consideration when selecting the F55 was to allow us to offer an entire vfx specialist unit," says Harfoot. "It means that productions shooting on a tight schedule don't have to interrupt the main unit. We turn up fully equipped to complete our sequence."

    The company is currently scouting for a permanent location with sites at studios like Pinewood Shepperton on its shortlist.

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    International Music+Sound Awards 2013 winners announced

    The winners of the inaugural International Music+Sound Awards have been announced with Downton Abbey, The Paradise and The Guardian's Three Little Pigs spot all picking up gongs.

    The awards are given for excellence in music and sound design in film, advertising, television (branding and programming) and gaming. Winners were decided by a panel of over 70 judges including Tim Mellors, Chief Creative Head, Grey Group Worldwide; Klaus Badelt, Composer, Pirates of the Caribbean; Brian Monaco, EVP Commercial Music, Sony ATV Music Publishing and Paul Lipson, Audio Director, Microsoft Game Studios, US.

    The Winners

    Best Original Composition:

    TV Advertising – Guardian Media Group, ‘Three Little Pigs’, Entrant: Woodwork Music, Composer: Phil Kay.

    Cinema Adverting - Deutsche Grammophon, ‘Rebirth’, Entrant: Kolle Rebbe GmbH, Composer: Sven Helbig.

    Non-Broadcast or Viral Advertising - Deutsche Grammophon, ‘Rebirth’, Entrant: Kolle Rebbe GmbH, Composer: Sven Helbig.

    Trailers and Promos – Hunger Games, Entrant: Pusher, LLC, Composers: Stefania Ziliotto, Lorenzo Montanari.

    Titles and Branding – Sky Arts 2012: Analogue, Broadcasting for the Arts, Freestyle, Oscillate, Ferro Fluidity (Pink), Sharpen, Spoken, Ferro Fluidity (Blue), Toy, Entrant: SATV Publishing Ltd, Composer: Radium Audio.

    Film Soundtrack – Brave, Entrant: Cutting Edge Group, Composer: Patrick Doyle

    TV Soundtrack – The Paradise, Entrant: Blaze Music Limited, Composer: Maurizio Malagnini

    Gaming – Journey, Entrant: Sony Computer Entertainment America, Composer: Austin Wintory

    Best Sound Design:

    TV Advertising – Hero’s Return, Entrant: Factory, Sound Designers: Anthony Moore & Jon Clarke at Factory and Sean Atherton at SIREN

    Cinema Advertising – Vogue Italia, ‘Get Richard’, Entrant: 750mph

    Non-Broadcast or Viral Advertising – Amnesty International, ‘Torture’, Entrant: Audentity, Sound Designers: Niels den Otter & Hecq

    Trailers and Promos – F1 Season Opener 2012, Entrant: The Jungle Group, Sound Designer: Toby Griffin

    Titles and Branding – Honda Channel 4 Idents, ‘The More We Look, The More We Learn’, Entrant: Factory, Sound Designer: Daniel Beckwith at Factory Studios

    Film Soundtrack – Private Peaceful, Entrant: Goldcrest Post

    TV Soundtrack – Downton Abbey, Series 3, Entrant: Carnival Films & Television Limited, Sound Design: Hackenbacker

    Gaming – Journey, Entrant: Sony Computer Entertainment, Sound Facility: Sony Computer Entertainment

    Radio Advertising – UHU GmbH & Co.KG , ‘Transformer’, Entrant: Kolle Rebbe GmbH, Sound Facility: Studio Funk GmbH & Co.

    Best Use of Existing Music:

    TV Advertising – Durex ‘Vinyl’, Entrant: Sync Agency / Soundlounge / Wave Studios, Music Supervision: Soundlounge / Sync Agency

    Cinema Advertising – Nike ‘2 Priority Sports’, Entrant: Soho Music, Music Supervision: Soho Music.

    Trailers and Promos - BBC One ‘All Together Now’, Entrant: RKCR/Y&R

    Film Soundtrack – Moonrise Kingdom, Entrant: Imagem Creative Services, Music Supervisor: Randall Poster

    TV Soundtrack – Hit&Miss, Entrant: Manners McDade, Music Supervisor: Iain Cooke

    Re-Records – Supergroup, Entrant: Manners McDade, Arrangement by Lester Barnes

    Non-Broadcast or Viral Advertising – O2 ‘Little Boxes’, Entrant: Leland Music, Music Supervisor: Abi Leland


    The Music+Sound International party will be held on Friday June 21st 2013 at Plage Goeland, Cannes.

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    30 Norfolk communities to receive faster broadband ahead of schedule
    Norfolk's super-fast broadband project is ahead of schedule, with around 30 locations to be upgraded by this September.
    Around 30 locations across Norfolk are set to gain access to faster broadband at least three months earlier than the original timescale, with some 3,500 properties set to be upgraded between July and September.

    Work in villages including Ditchingham, Emneth, Gressenhall, Gorleston, Holt, South Wootton and Thetford will be completed ahead of schedule as engineers were able to identify several areas in which BT's existing broadband infrastructure could be quickly and easily extended.

    Dozens more communities will be connected by the end of the year as part of the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme, with new announcements about further locations set to be made every two months.

    The project is being run in partnership by the county council and BT, the latter of which has already brought fibre optic broadband to 125,000 local homes and businesses through its commercial rollout.

    More than 80 per cent of Norfolk properties should be able to access speeds of 24Mbps or above by the end of 2015 as a result of the £41 million public-private venture.

    George Nobbs, Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: "This news is such a huge bonus for Norfolk and I'm sure lots of people living in these communities will eagerly take up these faster broadband services."

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    Arqiva to roll out free Wi-Fi across five London boroughs

    Five London boroughs have signed an exclusive wireless broadband rollout contract with Arqiva.
    Communications infrastructure and media services firm Arqiva has secured the exclusive rights to deliver outdoor wireless broadband connectivity in Camden, Wandsworth, Hounslow, Islington and Hammersmith & Fulham.

    Residents and visitors to the five London boroughs will be able to log on via the service free of charge for 30 minutes per day and enjoy unlimited access to online council services at any time of day or night.

    Arqiva will deploy the Wi-Fi network over the next year, prioritising high-footfall areas such as busy shopping streets and making use of existing street infrastructure, phone boxes, rooftops and other buildings.

    When the rollout is complete, more than 1.1 million people and businesses will be able to take advantage of fast connectivity when they are out and about in any of the boroughs.

    The project will involve the combined deployment of Wi-Fi and 3G/4G small cells to make the service available across indoor and outdoor locations.

    Councillor Theo Blackwell, Camden Cabinet Member for Finance, said: "Our aim is to make Camden one of the most connected places in the country.

    "This is great news for residents who will be able to access Wi-Fi services in public and open spaces."

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    Liberty Global completes £15bn Virgin Media acquisition

    The £15 billion acquisition of Virgin Media by Liberty Global has been completed.
    Liberty Global has completed its acquisition of Virgin Media after receiving the necessary shareholder and regulatory approvals, taking the company's global customer base for video, voice and broadband services to 25 million.

    In a move that Liberty says has created the world's leading broadband communications company, the takeover has gone ahead in a stock and cash merger valued at around $24 billion (£15 billion).

    Liberty is the largest international cable company on the planet, with operations in 14 countries - primarily in 12 European nations. Its consumer brands include UPC, Unitymedia and Kabel BW.

    Mike Fries, the organisation's President and Chief Executive, hailed the fast broadband speeds, "innovative" digital TV platforms and "superior" network capacity at its disposal. "We've never been more excited about the growth potential and strategic direction of our business," he added.

    Virgin Media Chief Executive Tom Mockridge said the energy of its employees and strong customer loyalty have helped to make Virgin one of the UK's "most powerful media brands".

    Mr Mockridge, who assumed his new position last week, commented: "I am fortunate to be joining the company at this important inflection point in its development."

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    Digital inclusion scheme to offer £24 PC

    Hard-up families are to be offered refurbished PCs for just £24.
    Government-backed digital inclusion initiative Get Online @ Home is to offer computers for just £24 to help people on benefits gain access to the web.

    The PC will be available in tandem with a £2.99 per month broadband subscription, allowing users to pick up a computer and a year's worth of web connectivity for less than £60.

    Shipped with Microsoft Office and Windows 7, the devices will mostly consist of unwanted machines donated by businesses.

    The scheme is designed to support a drive - led by lastminute.com founder and Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox - to get all 10.8 million people in the UK without a home broadband service online.

    Known as Go On UK, the programme aims to provide everyone in Britain with the skills they need to thrive in the increasingly digital world. Some 16 million people aged 15 and over lack basic skills such as sending and receiving emails, using search engines and filling out application forms.

    "With the cost of internet access cited as a key reason for not being online, this is an incredible saving and will transform the lives of everyone who hasn't been able to get online before," Ms Lane Fox commented

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    Govt publishes new guidance on broadband rollouts

    New government guidelines are designed to speed up the delivery of super-fast broadband.
    The government has published new guidance on the deployment of electronic communications apparatus that aids the delivery of improved broadband infrastructure.

    As it aims to speed up the rollout of super-fast broadband, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched the new code of practice with a view to making it easier for overhead lines and street cabinets to be installed.

    The guidance is designed to save time and money while ensuring that such equipment is positioned in a manner that reduces the visual and physical impact on the local environment.

    Civic work makes up as much as 80 per cent of the total price of rolling out broadband infrastructure, so it is important to reduce this cost if commercial deployments are to benefit as many people as possible.

    Under the consultation, the DCMS proposes that cabinets and telegraph poles can be installed without the need for prior approval from local councils, unless the equipment is to be located in a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

    Jointly produced by stakeholders from the communications industry and representatives from planning and highways authorities, the guidelines build on the proposed changes to siting requirements that were set out in an earlier consultation.

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    Sky 'to cut broadband prices in response to BT Sport launch'

    The impending launch of BT Sport could lead to Sky dropping its broadband prices.
    Sky looks set to slash the price of its broadband packages as it attempts to dissuade customers from defecting to BT when the telecoms giant launches its much-anticipated sports channels.

    When it debuts at the start of August, BT Sport will be available free of charge to all BT broadband customers - even if their TV package is provided by Sky.

    Citing unnamed sources, the Telegraph claimed Sky will issue a statement early this week regarding its broadband and TV bundles in retaliation to the introduction of BT Sport, with the move being described as a "market changer".

    Commenting on the report, Commercial Director for BT Consumer Peter Oliver said the company feels Sky subscribers are currently "grossly overcharged" and therefore backed a reduction in prices.

    "Many sports fans have broadband through us and their TV through Sky. Our channels will be free for those households, so we'd be happy seeing their monthly bills reduced by Sky," he added.

    Sky declined to comment, but a source insisted that the pay TV broadcaster does not regard BT Sport as being any more of a threat than previous failed services from Setanta and ESPN.

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    4G rollout 'to cause signal issues for 90k Freeview homes'

    Roughly 90,000 homes are expected to experience signal problems when the 4G spectrum goes live, according to at800.
    The rollout of 4G services at 800MHz is set to disrupt approximately 90,000 households that use Freeview as their primary TV platform.

    This is according to at800, the organisation set up to address TV interference problems caused by 4G, which published the estimate following a series of tests.

    A publicity campaign has now been launched by the body, with postcards sent to households in London and the surrounding areas to inform people about the forthcoming activation of 4G at 800MHz.

    Residents will be asked to get in touch with at800 if they experience disruption to their Freeview service over the next few months. However, the test results suggest the interference problem is likely to be significantly smaller than initial computer models predicted when 4G services were announced.

    In the capital, at800's tests indicated that Freeview signals received from the Crystal Palace transmitter are unlikely to be strongly affected by the mast activation because of a strong terrestrial television signal and its relatively large frequency separation from 4G at 800MHz.

    About 24 million UK households currently use Freeview to watch TV. Homes are most likely to encounter interference if they have a weak Freeview signal and a 4G mast is built in between the property and the TV transmitter.

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    ITV sells Mr Selfridge to BBC in Africa and NBC in Europe

    ITV Studios Global Entertainment has sold drama series Mr Selfridge to new partners in Europe and Africa.

    BBC Worldwide has picked up rights to the show, which tells the story of the creation of the London store, for its BBC Entertainment channel in Africa.

    NBCUniversal has also bought the drama for female-skewing channel Diva Universal in Italy.

    ITVS GE added it had concluded a third deal, with free-to-air broadcaster NPO in the Netherlands and that it has now sold the series to 99 territories in all.

    Latin American pay TV operator DirecTV said in a separate announcement that it will transmit the show exclusively across its footprint on in-house channel OnDirecTV.

    A second series of Mr Selfridge is in production.


 

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