Fortium, a leading provider of digital content security solutions for media and entertainment, has selected Outloud Audio, Los Angeles and New York, as a new customer of MediaSeal. Fortium Technologies is a leading provider of digital content security for media and entertainment supplying innovative technologies that give businesses greater control over their digital content. Its file encryption software, which protects unaired TV and movie content at file level during the sensitive stages prior to release. In the current climate of increased concerns over cyber-crime, MediaSeal protects against leaks and accidental distribution by raising studio defences. “Our clients' media security is paramount,” commented Mark Kondracki, Principal of Outloud Audio. “When I saw how easil
Adobe Systems Incorporated has acquired all SkyBox technology from Mettle, a global developer of best-in-class 360-degree and virtual reality software. “We believe making virtual-reality content should be as easy as possible for creators. The acquisition of Mettle SkyBox technology allows us to deliver a more highly integrated VR editing and effects experience to the film and video community,” said Steven Warner, vice president of digital video and audio, Adobe. “Editing in 360/VR requires specialised technology and as such, this is a critical area of investment for Adobe and we’re thrilled Chris Bobotis has joined us to help lead the charge forward,” he added. The acquisition comes at a time when increasing numbers of media and entertainment companies are embracing 360/VR, and are
With a new stop-motion special SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom, Nickelodeon is getting its longest-running kids series into the Halloween spirit. Due to start telecasting in October, the special follows the Flying Dutchman (voiced by Brian Doyle Murrary), who is trying to scare everyone in town, especially SpongeBob. It is produced by L.A.-based stop-motion animation production company, Screen Novelties, which animated 2012′s SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! The news comes as SpongeBob gears up for a third movie from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, as well as its 12th season on air. The show’s 11th season will premiere this summer.
With the launch of AMD EPYC™ 7000 series high-performance datacenter processors, AMD and a global ecosystem of server partners today marked a new era in the datacenter. AMD was joined by multiple customers and partners at the global launch event in presenting a wide array of systems, performance demonstrations, and customer testimonials. The innovative, record-setting AMD EPYC design, with up to 32 high-performance Zen cores and an unparalleled feature set, delivers greater performance than the competition across a full range of integer, floating point, memory bandwidth and I/O benchmarks and workloads. “With our EPYC family of processors, AMD is delivering industry-leading performance on critical enterprise, cloud, and machine intelligence workloads,” said Lisa Su, president and CEO
Released this month by IFC Films, Band Aid marks the directorial debut of Zoe Lister-Jones, best known for her acting roles in Life in Pieces and New Girl. The film has been earning rave reviews for its engaging story of a couple who turn to songwriting to work out their marital difficulties. It has also generated lots of buzz for Lister-Jones’s unique decision to employ women in all key production and post-production crew positions. That includes colorist Allie Ames from Technicolor PostWorks New York, who worked with the director and cinematographer Hillary Spera through editorial conforming and final color grading. Shot in Los Angeles, Band Aid captures both the city’s sun-drenched streets and dimly-lit clubs in a fresh natural manner. Spera, who primarily worked hand-held, says t
Mattel has unraveled its five-pronged strategic plan that will see the largest toymaker in the US make major strides in creating digital content, internet-connected toys and products that promote learning. The strategic focus was presented by CEO Margo Georgiadis whose experience of six years at Google has shaped the company’s focus since the top job became hers in January. The strategy will see the company right-size its dividend by more than half to free up resources for re-investment. According to Mattel, the investment to execute its new strategies in both capital and operating expenditures will total up to US$350 million. Moving forward, Mattel will focus on building its Power Brands including American Girl, Barbie, Thomas & Friends, Fisher-Price and Hot Wheels into 360-degree
Ematic, the innovator in children's educational and entertainment tech products, has unveiled its 9" PAW Patrol Portable DVD player bundle, a kid-friendly DVD and CD player that can be taken on-the-go. It features the beloved characters from Nickelodeon's number-one licensed pre-school property PAW Patrol. The PAW Patrol Portable DVD Player is one of the first Text-to-Speech (TTS) functional portable DVD players available on the market that converts written text and button inputs into voice outputs for use in a variety of ways. The first in a collection of upcoming PAW Patrol products being offered by Ematic and Nickelodeon, the PAW Patrol Portable DVD Player Bundle is available at Wal-Mart stores and on walmart.com for $79.99 The 9" PAW Patrol Portable DVD player blends enjoyable ente
Besides visual effects studios, few companies push computing resources to the limits with animations, renderings and other 2-D production tasks that can make or break a commercial, TV show or film. At Crafty Apes, a full-service boutique visual effects company based in Culver City, California, the challenge of producing stunning effects with increasingly demanding turnaround times led directly to better storage technology. "We recognized a need for more storage and better storage," says Jason Sanford, co-founder and executive producer of Crafty Apes. "We had to prepare for the future," he continued. The company, that got its start in 2011 and has worked on productions such as Foxcatcher, Hidden Figures, La La Land, American Hustle, Into the Woods and The Walking Dead, was hamstrung by...
Fueling beyond-UHD creativity in all-in-one computing, AMD has unveiled the high-performance, power-efficient Radeon Pro 500 series graphics. “It is incredibly satisfying to see the capabilities of Radeon Pro 500 series in elegant form factors and enabling amazing content creation, gaming and VR experiences,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “Radeon Pro 500 Series graphics are enabling new generations of makers with compute-accelerated creative tools and new APIs, bringing their imaginations to life in ways like never before,” he added. Available in the updated 21.5- and 27-inch iMac, Radeon Pro 500 series graphics enable extraordinary computing experiences including stunning gaming, immersive VR on select models and fluid co
Motion capture technology specialist Vicon has entered into a partnership with the Technicolor Experience Center (TEC) in Los Angeles. While Vicon develops motion capture (mocap) products and services for the entertainment, engineering, virtual reality and life science industries, the TEC has invested in 28 Vicon Vantage cameras, which will allow it to continue to develop content, platforms and technology for virtual reality, augmented reality and other evolving media applications. “Vicon has a critically important role to play as part of the TEC community,” said Marcie Jastrow, SVP of Immersive Media at Technicolor and Head of the Technicolor Experience Center. “Vicon is a leader in motion capture technology that ensures storytellers deliver experiences of the highest quality and art