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Industry NewsCall of the WildWildscreen, the world’s largestand most prestigiousinternational wildlife andenvironmental film festival, hasjust announced the Call forEntries for its coveted PandaAwards, the wildlife andenvironmental equivalentof the ‘Oscars’. Thebiennial festivalcelebrates and rewardsthe finest wildlife andenvironmental films inthe world during a weeklong event held betweenSunday 15th October and Friday20th October 2006 in Bristol,United Kingdom - the Hollywoodof wildlife film-making.The Wildscreen Festival attractshundreds of international entries.The twenty Panda Awards coversubjects as diverse as AnimalBehaviour, Campaigning, andEarth Sciences; and skills such asCinematography, Editing, Soundand Script. Winning an award atWildscreen is recognised as thehighest accolade that wildlife,conservation or environmentalproductions can achieve - andcommands world-wide attention.This year, Wildscreen has twonew prizes that are aimed atencouraging new filmmakers intothe industry. The winner of the‘BBC Newcomer Award’ will havethe opportunity of mentoring anda work experience placementwith the BBC Natural History Unitin Bristol, and the winner of the‘Wildscreen Award’ - to promotefilmmakers from developingcountries - will receive a cashprize to support their ongoingfilmmaking projects.8GB WonderSony Europe’s Recording Media &Energy (RME) division hasannounced the new 8GB model inits Microvault Pro range. Theone-inch hard disk drive isprotected by a newly designedmetal casing which, completewith its uniqueUSB swivelconnector, is ableto plug straightinto a computer’sUSB port.The new Microvault Prostands out from its predecessorswith its sleek new shape andhigher storage capacity,providing a secure, portable andelegant storage device for peopleWildscreen is a crucialmarketplace - where completedfilms are bought and sold, wherenew commissions and contractsare awarded, and where freshideas and skills are traded. Itprovides an opportunity forpeople from all aroundthe globe to gather todiscuss technical,editorial and scientificdevelopments in theirindustry. This year theWildscreen Festival willbe celebrating its 25thanniversary, and as well ashonouring the past, this year’sfestival will be looking to the future- new technologies, the changingdemands of viewers andcommissioners, new ways of storytellingand the increasing challengesfacing our natural world.The 2004 Festival was attendedby over 650 delegates from 36countries, bringing together theworld's top wildlife andconservation filmmakers, leadingenvironmentalists, scientists,zoologists, commissioning editorsand students. The event ismanaged by Wildscreen, a notfor-profitorganisation, whoseaim is to promote theconservation of nature and thepublic appreciation ofbiodiversity, through the powerof wildlife imagery. Wildscreenhas also created ARKive(www.arkive.org) the world’scentralised collection of films andphotographs of endangeredspecies, made freely accessibleto all via its website.Details of all Panda Awardcategories, entry requirementsand up to date information onthe Festival are available atwww.WildscreenFestival.org. Allentry forms must be received by30th March and the deadline fortapes/disks being submitted is14th April.For General Enquiries telephone+44 (0) 117 915 7100 or email -info@wildscreen.org.uk.on the move.The size of abusiness card,the 8GBMicrovault Procomes pre-loaded withSony’s Auto Sync filesynchronisation for high qualitystorage capacity. This softwareensures that the user always hastheir most up-to-date files withthem wherever they go andallows the retrieval of up to tengenerations of a file stored onthe Microvault Pro.The 8GB Microvault Pro is availablenow at around £136 inc. VAT.For further details contact the Focusoffice on +44 (0) 20 8502 3817.Solid Choice for TorinoAs the world’s top winter sportsathletes pushed themselves tothe limit at the Torino 2006Olympic Winter Games,Panasonic used its technologicalexpertise to help capture anddeliver the intense competitionand record-breakingachievements to billions ofspectators around the globe. Asan Olympic Partner for the Torino2006 Olympic Winter Games(TOP), Panasonic’s sponsorshipwas extended beyond the currentVideo and Audio categories toinclude car navigation systemsand related multi-mediaequipment, as well as securityequipment.For the first time in the history ofOlympic Winter Games, thebroadcasting equipment in Torinowas completely digital, making itthe most technologicallyadvanced ever. As the officialsupplier of standard and highdefinition recording equipmentfor the 2006 Olympic WinterGames, Panasonic provided theTorino Olympic BroadcastingOrganization (TOBO) withDVCPRO P2 solid-state memorydevices as well as DVCPRO HDand DVCPRO50 recordingequipment. The P2 card, as asolid-state device, has no movingparts making it an ideal choicebecause it is reliable and robust,even in severe weather. Thisdigital solid-state recordingtechnology is regarded by manyin the industry as potentially themost significant change to newsand broadcast acquisition sincethe arrival of videotape over 35years ago. Panasonic alsoprovided 200 DVCPROprofessional VTRs, 100 videocameras and camcorders and500 LCD monitors for theInternational Broadcast Centre,specific Olympic Games venuesand broadcasting companies.Panasonic also provided 25Astrovision giant outdoor videoscreens at various Olympicvenues, including the StadioOlympico, where the Openingand Closing Ceremonies wereheld, continuing a tradition ofproviding Astrovision screens forthe Olympic Games that began in1984. Panasonic also provided25 RAMSA audio systems,featuring line-array speakers thathave been developed to copewith extreme conditions andminimize sound leakage. Theline array speakers were used forthe first time at the Opening andClosing Ceremonies.In addition, Panasonic providedno fewer than 8,800 colourtelevisions and monitors,including 200 plasma TVs, for theMain Press Centre, theInternational Broadcast Centre,and the Media and OlympicVillages. Panasonic is possiblythe world leader in plasma TVs,which are currentlyrevolutionizing the TV industry.Large-size flat-panel TVs areexpected to gain furtherpopularity with improvements indigital broadcasting servicesexpected during 2006.Panasonic expects the globalplasma TV demand to reach 25million units in 2010. To meetthe accelerating demand, thecompany has just opened theworld’s largest plasma panelmakingplant in Japan.Moreover, 620 ‘Super-DynamicIII’ surveillance cameras wereprovided for the first time toensure safe and secure OlympicGames operations.Supporting the Olympic Gameshas become a part of thetradition of Panasonic. Since theinception of the TOP Program bythe International OlympicCommittee, Panasonic has beena TOP Sponsor and hassupported the Games in thefollowing capacities: the AudioEquipment Sponsor in the 1988Olympic Games in Calgary andSeoul (TOP I); the 1992 OlympicWinter Games in Albertville andthe Olympic Games in Barcelona(TOP II); the Video and AudioSponsor in the 1994 OlympicWinter Games in Lillehammerand the 1996 Olympic Games inAtlanta (TOP III); the 1998Olympic Winter Games in Naganoand 2000 Olympic Games inSydney (TOP IV); and the Videoand Audio Equipment andRecording Media Sponsor in the2002 Winter Olympic Games inSalt Lake City and the 2004Olympic Games in Athens (TOPV). Panasonic has alreadycommitted to support the Beijing2008 Olympic Games as a TOPSponsor.For further details contactPanasonic Broadcast Europe direct -see Video Manufacturers in TradeDirectory on page 29.6 March 2006 Focus Magazine www.iov.com

Industry NewsHung Up on SennheiserGorillaz had everyone fooledwhen the world's most successfulvirtual pop-rap band broughtMadonna onstage during thespectacular opening segment ofthe 48th Annual Grammy Awardsshow broadcast on 8th February.When Madonnawalked behind theanimated bandcharacters, theillusion was revealed;but the Madonna thatthen appeared atstage left to sing‘Hung Up’ with herband was no illusion,and neither was theSennheisermicrophone that shewas using - the firstof many Sennheisermicrophone andpersonal monitorproducts to make anappearance on the telecast. Itwas difficult to tell whatmicrophone the holographicMadonna who first appearedonstage was using, but the realpop diva made use of her longtimefavourite Sennheiser SKM3072. She was also wearingSennheiser's G2 personalmonitor system.And it was a Sennheiser 5200wireless with the Neumann KK104-S capsule that captured theperformance of one of theevening's top award winners,John Legend, as he performedhis chart-topping song he wrotein collaboration with Kanye West,‘Ordinary People’.A highlight of the Los Angeles -based show was the muchanticipatedappearance ofinfluential psychedelic soul andfunk icon, Sly Stone, whofamously retired from performinglive in 1987. The all-star line-upfor the Sly and the Family Stonetribute segment of the telecastfeatured Joss Stone, JohnLegend, Devon Lima, RobertRandolph and ‘American Idol’Fantasia Barrino - all usingSennheiser's new SKM 5200handheld transmitters outfittedwith Neumann KK 104-S vocalmicrophone capsules. Earlier inthe show countrymusic superstarFaith Hill and KeithUrban sang a duetusing the newSennheiser SKM5200s with ME5005E capsules.The two backingvocalists used thesame combinationmic and capsule.The show'sfrequencycoordinator, DaveBellamy, of locallybasedRF servicecompanySoundtronics, oversaw asubstantial number of SennheiserSR300G2 personal monitortransmitters and SennheiserEK300G2 personal monitoringsystem body-packs at the show.Twenty-four channels ofSennheiser monitors wereavailable at both the stage leftand stage right monitorpositions. A majority of theartists performing on the show,including U2, the night's bigwinner with five GrammyAwards, used the popularSennheiser G2 monitors.Over fifty Sennheiser andNeumann mics were used onbackline instruments, includingthe Evolution 906s, 602s, and604s for virtually everyperformance of the night. Anadditional forty mics were usedby seasoned broadcast mixer,Klaus Landsberg to enhance theshow's 5.1 surround broadcast.For further details contact the Focusoffice on +44 (0) 20 8502 3817.More Marketing CloutAfter two decades of marketingAV and video products for JVCProfessional Europe, at the closeof 2005 John Carpenter gave uphis management role with thecompany to ‘ply his trade’ in abroader market place.Throughout hisbusiness career, Johnhas worked on manysales and marketingprojects in both theretail and trade sectors,representing householdnames such as Shell,BP, Kelloggs, Aiwa,Fuji, and JVC. Thereare very few aboveandbelow-the-linemarketing activities that Johnhas not tackled during this time.Now, he will be using thatexperience to provide acomprehensive advisory serviceto SME’s throughout London andthe Home Counties.Operating as JC Marketing,John offers a flexible package ofsupport to small and mediumenterprises who need to addextra ‘clout’ to their image andmarket penetration but don’thave the creative skills to match.JC Marketing has a wealth ofcreative and professionalresources to bring into play toensure that any promotion isproperly briefed, commissionedand managed to maximum effect.John (pictured left with WilliamWoolard at the 2003 IOVAwards) said: “I am very excitedabout this change of direction inmy commercial life with theprospect of working for a varietyof clients in my own business. Iwould like to believe that anyonewho has had dealings with mebefore knows that I can betrusted to provide a timely,professional and cost-effectivesolution. All clients’requirements will be costed andagreed from the outset and mycharges will be incurred either atan hourly/daily rate or an aproject basis. I look forward toperhaps having the opportunityto work with some of my oldcontacts again.”For further details, contact John on 0208941 2607 or 07939 509488. Or email- johncarpenter@blueyonder.co.uk.Charge!The PAG V2 Charger is an ultracompactand economical 2-channel charger for PAG andSony V-Mount Li-Ionbatteries. It has atough but lightweightmoulded constructionwhich makes it anideal location charger.The PAG V2 is onlyslightly larger than aPAG L95 V-Mount Li-Ion battery and will fiteasily into a camerabag. The chargerincorporates two V-Mountconnectors and will sequentiallycharge PAG and Sony V-MountLi-Ion batteries. The V2 Chargeralso features PAG ACS softwarewhich will extend the cycle life ofyour batteries.The Recovery Charge Programwill automatically re-set theinternal protection circuit ofthe PAG Li-Ion batteryfollowing inadvertent abuse.The charger’s user interfacefeatures a comprehensiveLED indication of batteryand charger status. Thecharger is fully automatic inoperation and constantlymonitors every process.The PAG V2 can be poweredfrom almost any AC powersupply, worldwide, or from avehicle battery with the PAGVehicle Battery Power Converter.For further details contact PAG direct- see Batteries & Power in TradeDirectory on page 27.www.iov.com Focus Magazine March 2006 7

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