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Leadership and Innovation Expert Dr. Adam Klein and Time Magazine Contributor Jeremy Caplan Confirmed for Cross Media NYC 2010

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 8, 2010

Media veteran Dr. Adam Klein who has held senior management positions at MTV, Ask Jeeves, EMI, and Hasbro will deliver a special Case Study on the state of the music industry and current cross media opportunities at this week’s Cross Media NYC Conference http://www.crossmedianyc.com, which takes place on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at the Scholastic Theatre in New York from 6pm to 9:30pm. Klein is the founder of the leadership and innovation company Media Leader LLC, and has over 20 years of experience in the media and entertainment sector with both established and technology-led companies. Cross Media NYC 2010 will be streamed live online courtesy of http://www.livestream.com, the conference’s official streaming partner and one of the most powerful broadcast platforms on the internet with more than 16.7 million unique viewers each month. Find more websites like this and info on related sites.

Dr. Klein will be joined by transmedia storytelling expert Jeff Gomez, who will deliver a separate case study on Coca Cola’s Happiness Factory, demonstrating how an entertainment IP can successfully be distributed and monetized across multiple platforms. Gomez works on some of the biggest entertainment franchises including Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, and Hasbro’s Transformers.

Cross Media NYC also confirmed today that the event’s super panel will be moderated by longtime Time Magazine contributor Jeremy Caplan. Caplan, a Visiting Professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, writes high-impact stories about business and technology, covering giants Google, Apple and Yahoo and smaller tech firms such as Farecast, Zillow and 37 Signals. Titled Melting the Silos: the Reality of Cross Media Integration, the panel will feature media heavy hitters Roger Keating, Senior Vice President of Hearst Television Inc., President of HollywoodLife.com Bonnie Fuller, Ubisoft’s Cross Media Group Senior Producer Mathieu Ferland, RIM/Blackberry Vice President of Multimedia Integration Alistair Mitchell and global interactive agency Digitas’ Senior Vice President Ashley J. Swartz.

“We are excited to add two additional major figures in the media space to our already impressive lineup of speakers at Cross Media NYC,” said Founder of CROSS MEDIA NYC Gavin McGarry. “With Dr. Adam Klein delivering a special case study on music and Jeremy Caplan moderating our super panel, we look forward to providing a platform of insight from each sector of the industry, where attendees can learn how to monetize through today’s cross media opportunities.”

In addition to the panel and demos, four technology companies will present cross media product demonstrations during the conference. These include:
Demo # 1: David Kruis President and CEO of Metranome will demostrate the first ever animated Dilbert and New Yorker Magazine “Cartoon a Day” integrated calendar applications for BlackBerry phones.
Demo #2: Petri Martikainen CEO of MultiTouch will demonstrate its advanced technology that includes MultiTouch cell and boxes which are used in markets such as retail businesses, advertising, exhibitions, museums and design.
Demo #3: Sam Cox CEO of Milabra will demostrate their pioneering online image analysis, with a proprietary technology developed by leading MIT scientists in the pattern recognition field creating solutions for online advertising transactions.
Demo #4: Michael Scissons CEO of Syncapse will demonstrate SocialTALK an innovative tool which allows companies and brands to more effectively create, publish and measure their social media content strategy.
CROSS MEDIA NYC 2010 will feature participation from senior executives in such industries as Video (web video, TV, Film, DVD), Internet (websites, podcasts, social media, marketing, music, email), Gaming (Social Gaming, Virtual Worlds, Console), Publishing (magazine, books), Mobile (apps), Advertising and Merchandise. CROSS MEDIA NYC 2010 takes place Wednesday, March 10, 2010 from 6:00pm 9:30pm at the Scholastic Theater: 557 Broadway, Prince Street.

A number of major media and entertainment companies are confirmed to attend and participate at this week’s Cross Media NYC event, these companies include: Aditall, Chris Pfaff Tech/Media, comScore, Defined Logic, Digitas, Discovery Communications, Diversion Media/HD Cloud, Earth TV, Getty Images, Hanft Raboy + Partners, HGTV, Hollywood Life, Linkedin, Metranome, Quantum Media Partners, Readers Digest, Reynolds Dewalt, RIM/Blackberry, Seventh Generation, Starlight Runner, Stevens Media Consulting, Storyboard TV, Take Out Marketing, Turner, and Ubisoft.

CROSS MEDIA NYC 2010 has a number of prominent sponsors for the event including the Government of Canada, NATPE, Mashable, C21 Media and the New York Television Festival.

Conference founder Gavin McGarry is a veteran digital media executive. He was part of the global content team at web video start up JOOST and former head of Cross Platform Business Development for ENDEMOL. Currently McGarry runs Jumpwire Media, a cross media agency that helps companies profit from the emerging digital platforms. Conference co-founder Jennifer Harkness has been in the media and event business for over 20 years. Prior to joining Jumpwire Media as a Vice President Harkness was the Executive Director of the Banff World TV Festival. At Jumpwire Media, Harkness currently advises on such international events such as NATPE, KidScreen Summit and Stratford Documentary Festival.

For tickets, sponsorship or to submit speakers, please contact Jennifer Harkness 917-209-9797, info(at)jumpwiremedia(dot)com.

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Speaker Bios

Dr. Adam Klein

Adam founded and runs the leadership & innovation company Media Leader llc, through which he is committed to providing the complete resources required in preparing and supporting the next generation of business leaders to create a sustainable competitive advantage through building constant innovation companies. Additionally, he teaches graduate journalism students to understand and embrace the evolving digital media business realities at Columbia University (GSJ). Throughout his career, Adam has leveraged a combination of practical senior Executive leadership responsibilities, Strategy development analytical rigor, and Academic discipline to provide insights and pragmatic actions for effectively leading businesses through constant innovation to drive sustainable competitive advantage and growth. For the past 20 years Adam has particularly applied this expertise within the rapidly transforming media industry sector confronted by the relentless advances in digital technology, consumer adaption and business model collapse -affecting both the ‘established’ content-rich and the emergent ‘technology led’ media companies. He believes that constant innovation of products and organizational capabilities is the future of successful competitiveness. Adam is a pragmatic strategist whose starting point of insight is always to understand customers’ interests and needs. This allows him to innovate products and services that are highly valued, while at the same time develop marketing programs and advertising communications that effectively find the target audiences within their evolving, and increasingly digital, media life styles. Leading, Designing and Supporting this constant transition is Adam’s passion and experience.

Jeremy Caplan

Time Magazine contributor Jeremy Caplan writes high-impact stories about business and technology, covering giants Google, Apple and Yahoo and smaller tech firms like Farecast, Zillow and 37 Signals. He also covers cultural trends, writing popular stories on subjects ranging from carrotmobs and cereal cafes to mini-lit and life-hacking. Caplan is a visiting professor at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. In 2008-09 Caplan served as the Wiegers Fellow at the Columbia Business School, where he earned his MBA. In 2007 he was selected as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School. In the years before he joined Time, Caplan worked for George Plimpton at the Paris Review, reported on tech for Newsweek, and wrote a monthly tech column for Yahoo! Internet Life. An expert on simplifying complex technology tools, Caplan has taught at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Marymount Manhattan, St. John’s University, Post University, and Hunter College on subjects ranging from writing and reporting to new media and interactive journalism. He has also worked on courses at Columbia Business School and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. Caplan has appeared as an expert on CNN, CNBC, Fox and other networks and served as a featured speaker at conferences of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the South Asian Journalists Association, the Association of Independent Information Professionals, and the National Writers Workshop. He also teaches and tutors regularly on a volunteer basis for HarlemLive, Principal for a Day, and other youth programs.

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One of the World’s Longest Running Recording Studios, Trod Nossel, Celebrates 44 Years In Business













Before circa 1965-66, After 2010


Wallingford, CT (PRWEB) March 8, 2010

Since 1966, http://www.trodnossel.com Trod Nossel Productions and Recording Studios®, cited by the media as “one of the longest running recording studios of it’s kind in existence,” has been an icon in the music industry since founded by the late, oral surgeon turned music mogul, Thomas ‘Doc’ Cavalier. From 1962-1966, it was Syncron Sound Studios (hence the rare, sought-after Syncron microphones, AU7a and S10) when Doc purchased it before renaming it Trod Nossel 1966.

The studio’s comfortable, vintage vibe houses a collection of memorabilia on its walls; an original letter and release of “No Good To Cry,” by The Wildweeds, from Phil Chess (Chess Records/Cadet label), Andrew Loog Oldham (who describes “life on the Trod Nossel Studios lot” as “an American movie” – Chapter 6 in a Sirius Radio commentary) book cover posters, “Stoned,” and “2Stoned,” early Rolling Stones poster, Motley Crue platinum record for Cub Koda cover “Smokin’ In The Boys Room,” Grammy nominations for Pinetop Perkins, Howlin’ Wolf, and a plethora of recording clients’ CD projects. The two studios have an eclectic blend of analog, boutique, vintage and custom gear, and two independent digital state-of-the-art Pro Tools rigs (HD2/HD3). Everything has a story, from the EMT plate reverb to the Yamaha C7 Grand piano; from the control room (formerly the anechoic chamber built in part by Technical Expert, Danny Zellman), to the vintage Neuman U47s, the main sound room (which doubled as a television studio) and everything in between.

The music publishing and licensing division consists of 10 publishing companies representing over 150 writers. Comprising the 800+ titles from their respective era are some hits throughout the decades such as “No Good To Cry,” by Al Anderson, many by members of The Shags, Bram Rigg Set and Pulse, 96 titles by Cub Koda (best known for “Smokin’ In The Boys Room”), Howard Jeffrey (The Crayons), Nelsen Adelard, Darlene D, Michael DelGuidice, Gene Michael, Cavalier Brothers and a host of others. Selected titles are licensed directly for synchronization to music buyers such as HBO, NBC, Disney, ESPN, etc., and for mechanical licenses directly through the Harry Fox Agency or Carlin America (Cabas). The master catalog consists of well over 5,000 master tapes, including the famed Trod Nossel Concert Series from the 70s featuring unreleased live concerts from Fleetwood Mac, Steppenwolf, Chick Corea and 20 others.

From George Burns and then Yale acting student, Henry Winkler (when the main sound room doubled as a TV studio for The Producers, Inc., another Cavalier production company), to Andrew Loog Oldham, Fleetwood Mac and Grammy nominated blues legends, decades of clients such as Glenn Beck and Vinnie Penn, Inspirational Author Catherine Galasso Vigorito and more recently Sony/Jive Artist R Kelly recording tracks for his latest release, “Untitled,” last month, the client list is impressive and keeps on growing.

In the wake of the 5th anniversary of Doc’s death on January 1, 2010, his company continues to thrive to create, produce, consult, aid, inspire and welcome musicians and artists from all walks of life. Long before the inception of the home studio (“studio in a box”–Doc Cavalier), Trod Nossel Recording Studios had been recording local and major artists, and is the catalyst for launching the careers of many artists through its management division (known as “Rock & Roll Boot Camp” by some musicians previously managed, such as blues artist, Nelsen Adelard, who was managed by Doc in the 70s). Among the gamut of services with impact on the industry, it inspired engineers and current studio owners to set up shop through its audio engineering, computer recording classes (since the early 70s) and work training programs; it was the first to bring the public into the studio as spectators, teach engineering, duplicate tapes and CDs on site, and provide technical and career consultation. The thrust and passion of the organization has always been about the music; managing acts, producing records, and publishing and licensing songs. In the early 90s the Miracle Concerts division booked national and regional shows for then up-and-coming acts like Ellen DeGeneres, Queen Latifah, Gilbert Godfried, The Beach Boys and the Spin Doctors, to name a few.

The main 7,000 sq. ft. studio is one of 3 buildings on 3 acres of land, one being band rehearsal rooms. It is a 3 acre “music compound;” private, fenced, and at the end of a dead end street — a place to make music. Back in the day people like Donovan, whose only request was a basketball hoop installed in the back lot of The Barn (a 10,000 sq. foot building located behind the studio), played basketball between takes. You will always hear music just about any time you pull onto the property; whether it’s coming from the rehearsal spaces, the A&R office, or the recording studio, which delivers sessions 24/7. Due to the size of the lot and access to the studio, some filmmakers have expressed an interest in setting up shop there.

Besides a myriad of Doc’isms like the “moth around the light bulb theory,” if Doc passed on nothing else but perseverance to his offspring, Cavalier siblings Darlene, Tommy and Robbie did not let the adversity surrounding Doc’s death slow them down. Now run by the trio and their dedicated staff, in 2008 a collection of 60s psychedelic garage rock songs from the vault was released on Sundazed Records called, “Don’t Press Your Luck.” The company has regrouped, reorganized and gained momentum, formed new business ventures and partnerships, accredited experiential learning programs and signed several publishing deals in 2009. For 2010, several undisclosed ventures are in progress. Darlene Cavalier, CEO/Executive Director: background in contract negotiation, business development and executive consultation (Fairfield University, CT, Quinnipiac University, CT, Dean College, MA – Business Administration/Management Information Systems, Grammy Committee New York Chapter – Voting Member, MRT I/RIAA Certified, IP Certified); Robbie Cavalier, President/CFO: Grammy Nominated Mixing/Mastering Engineer, Network and Technical Expert (MRT I & II/RIAA Certified); Tommy Cavalier, President/Director, Miracle Concerts Booking Agency Division (University of New Haven, CT – Music Business Administration, NACA, IACEP)

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LazyTown Sportacus and Michelle Obama moves Washington DC











LazyTown Sportacus kicks a football with Michelle Obama


Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) March 8, 2010

On Friday 5th March 2010, LazyTown superhero Sportacus (aka Magnus Scheving) joined Michelle Obama for the US Soccer Foundation & National Alliance for Hispanic Health youth soccer clinic, in Washington, D.C. In addition to this event, LazyTown will be teaming up with the US Soccer Foundation on a 25 date tour to Hispanic communities throughout the US, helping to get kids moving with appearances from Sportacus. These events are part of Michelle Obama’s newly formed Let’s Move campaign.

LazyTown superhero Sportacus was there to support the inaugural event, provide warm-up activities for the attending children, and to give out LazyTown SportsCandy (fruits and vegetables) and water, helping to promote health and fitness.

Ed Foster-Simeon, President of the US Soccer Foundation, said, “We are very happy to team up with LazyTown in our effort to get kids all over the country active and moving.”

“Getting kids moving is a key factor in tackling obesity and health problems among the young,” said Magnus Scheving, creator and CEO of LazyTown, who plays Sportacus in the hit children’s TV series. “For over 20 years we have been promoting health and fitness to young children through LazyTown activities, and I am delighted to join the US Soccer Foundation and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign to tackle childhood obesity.”

“LazyTown is on a mission to move the world to be a healthier place. When we get kids moving, we get their families moving. And when families move, we are one step closer to moving the world. Move the body, move the mind, every day,” said Scheving.

Event details

The event kicked off at 10:00 am, Friday March 5th, with 60 children from Bruce Monroe Elementary School.

Lead Coach: Judah Cooks

Team of Coaches: United for D.C. Coaches & DC United Academy Coaches (8)

Team of Volunteers: U.S. Soccer Foundation Staff

Each participant received a Soccer Ball, T-shirt, LazyTown Go! Water, Sunsweet Fruits, Lunch, Snack (provided by LazyTown – SportsCandy, aka grapes and carrots).

Appearances:

Ed Foster-Simeon (President & CEO, U.S. Soccer Foundation), Dr. Jane Delgado (President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health), Don Garber (MLS Commissioner), Sunil Gulati (President, US Soccer), Eddie Pope, Claudio Reyna, Jaime Moreno, Cristian Castillo, Briana Scurry, D.C. United’s Talon (mascot), Washington Freedom’s Glory (Freedom Mascot)

Notes:

    LazyTown is the only children’s entertainment and lifestyle brand committed to health
    The LazyTown brand was conceived and created by Magnus Scheving, a world-class athlete, who plays the principal character in the TV series, superhero Sportacus
    The LazyTown HD TV series is broadcast in 128 countries worldwide
    SportsCandy is the name given by LazyTown to fruit and vegetables
For further information

Contact Suzanne Noble

Director of PR LazyTown Entertainment

(+44) 7957 371840

suzanne(at)lazytown(dot)com

http://www.lazytown.com

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New Sports Documentary “A Giant Awakens” to Support USA’s Attempt to Defend the Olympic Gold Medal — Now Available on DVD













1924 USA Olympic Rugby Gold Medal Team


Sausalito, CA (PRWEB) March 15, 2010

A Giant Awakens: the Rise of American Rugby looks at the majestic history of American rugby and captures the essence, spirit, and challenges of the game in America today. This film showcases all levels of American rugby from youth to the USA national teams in this inspiring 60-minute HD sports documentary by BIN15 Productions.

Directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Sylvain Doreau, the journey begins in the late 1800′s and runs through Olympic glory in the 1920′s, including the separation from gridiron American football. The journey continues after rugby’s 50-year near hibernation and participation in the Rugby World Cups. The finale addresses the new Olympic opportunity for rugby in 2016.

The film includes vintage footage from the American gold medal match that Sylvain helped uncover in France last year from the 1924 Olympics. With action-packed highlights set to music from today’s top independent bands from the San Francisco Bay Area and interviews with key players and administrators, A Giant Awakens is a must see for any sports fan.

20% of the film’s revenue supports youth rugby and will help develop the American team that will attempt to defend the gold medal in 2016.

Help the next generation of American rugby Olympians defend the gold! Help us communicate with sports fans, athletic boys and girls, documentary fans, history fans, rugby fans, athletic children, parents with athletic children, school administrators, athletic directors, and PE teachers.

Go to http://www.agiantawakens.com to view the film’s trailer and to purchase your own copy of A Giant Awakens. The retail price on the site is $ 24.99. Volume discounts for gifts, teams, fundraising, and resellers are also available on the site.

About BIN15 Productions

BIN15 Productions is a content creation production company who specializes in sports documentaries and behind the scenes for film and television. Rugby is our passion and our goal is to become the “NFL Films of Rugby” by creating memorable stories and capturing legendary images through stunning cinematography and full surround sound.

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HDcctv Alliance Announces Analog Devices, Cop UK, Pacific Corp, UFINE, and Win4Net Join Global Security Consortium











HDcctv Logo: Look for this logo on HDcctv Alliance products


Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) March 15, 2010

HDcctv Alliance®, the global security industry consortium established to manage and promote technical standards for HDcctv™ equipment interoperability, announced today that five new members – Analog Devices, Cop UK, Pacific Corporation, UFINE and Win4Net – have joined the Alliance. The Alliance is quickly growing its international membership with registration available at http://www.highdefcctv.org or at their Booth #42001, at ISC West, Las Vegas, March 24-26, where many HDcctv Alliance members will be demonstrating their products.

HDcctv-based systems transmit HDTV signals digitally over conventional CCTV media without packetization and without any perceivable compression latency. The HDcctv Alliance has partnered with SMPTE to reference the family of broadcast video interfaces known as HD-SDI to create a derivative standard to enable plug-and-play security systems and equipment that deliver high-resolution, high-definition (HD) surveillance video with no transmission delays, no image artifacts from transmission, with the highest possible signal integrity.

With new members joining from Japan, Korea, England, and the USA, the Alliance is expanding their already significant international presence and diverse array of security products, from component, OEM and branded equipment manufacturers to security sales, support and system installers.

New Alliance member Analog Devices, Inc (NYSE: ADI) is a multinational semiconductor company, headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world, specializing in data conversion and signal conditioning technology.

“Analog Devices is constantly evaluating emerging technologies such as HDcctv to determine alignment to our signal processing product capabilities. We are excited to join the Alliance as an actively contributing member and look forward to continuing the process of positioning our existing and potential new product developments for adoption within the burgeoning HDcctv application space,” said Michael Long, Analog Devices’ security segment manager.

Cop UK, based in North England, with offices in Taiwan, China, Scandinavia and the USA, have supplied and supported more than 2,000,000 products to the security industry in the UK with installations ranging from single-owner/manager companies to large corporations with national installation bases, with an annual turnover in the UK in excess of 10,000,000 USD.

“Cop UK believes the HDcctv Alliance represents a major step forward in meeting the ever-increasing demand for higher-quality, higher-resolution CCTV for our customer base that network camera solutions cannot fulfill,” said Chris Bentley, CEO Cop UK. “Many of our customers have no networking background and consider network cameras as belonging to the ‘big installers club’: too expensive and complicated to install. HDcctv is the logical way forward for small installations that represents a large proportion of the total UK CCTV installation base and fits our customer base perfectly.”

“HDcctv ideally suits our customers’ requirements for quality and ease of installation, at an affordable price point. Our plan is to be selling Cop UK HDcctv products in the UK by the end of 2010 that will include our own brand cameras and embedded DVRs currently under development. We will also be launching a small range of ancillary items like repeaters to provide our customers with a one-stop solution for HDcctv,” Chris added.

Pacific Corporation is the first Japanese company to join the HDcctv Alliance and will demonstrate a 1080p30 auto-focus 18x-zoom camera built to meet HDcctv v1.0 specifications in their ISC West Booth #42003.

“By joining the HDcctv Alliance we gain the ability to collaborate with and share the resources of many companies that have the same goal of bringing the highest quality HD video to the main stream CCTV market,” said Isao Omata, director of sales, Pacific Corporation. “We can seamlessly work with HDcctv members and component manufacturers to ensure our products meet high performance standards and are interoperable, like our HDcctv zoom camera we will be demonstrating at ISC West which incorporates HDcctv Alliance member AltaSens’ wide dynamic range image sensor.”

Win4NET, Ltd, headquartered in Seoul, Korea, manufactures a diverse array of security products including DVR’s, HVR’s, NVR’s, network software solutions, video servers and auxiliary products that include speed dome cameras, storage boxes, housing and bracket, and system equipment. The Trium Security brand, established in 2007 as a separate business entity of Win4NET, Ltd., stands apart as an experienced, professional brand name in the North American security industry and will be exhibiting at ISC West in Booth #23097.

“Joining the HDcctv Alliance is in line with our goals to build a new business foundation based on new products that match the customer’s need, combined with extensive promotional campaigns and increased sales,” said Chris Wembridge, Win4NET Sales Manager. “HDcctv and Win4NET principles are consistent: that surveillance and physical security products should be reliable, cost effective, and readily integrated into new, or concurrently with, existing installations and procedures.”

UFINE Logics & Chips Co., Ltd., located in Gyeonggi-do, Korea, just released a single-chip image signal processor (ISP) optimized for high-resolution applications including HDcctv cameras. UFINE’s ISP chip includes HDcctv interface logic and can process 1080p30 images while implementing such functions as wide dynamic range (WDR), 3D DNR, 3A (AE, AWB, AF), OSD, motion detection, digital zooming and more. Unique functions can easily be added by firmware inside the microcontroller unit (MCU) embedded in the chip.

“We believe that joining the HDcctv Alliance provides a good opportunity for UFINE and our customers, who are CCTV camera manufacturers developing HDcctv cameras,” said Chang-Hyun, Nam, vice president, UFINE Logics & Chips Co., Ltd. “By implementing HDcctv features in the ISP, UFINE makes it easy for our customers to develop cost-effective HDcctv cameras. Together with our customer partners, we intend to contribute to HDcctv market expansion as an active member of HDcctv Alliance.”

Visit the HDcctv Alliance at ISC West, Las Vegas, Booth 42001, March 24-26 and attend the ISC West session panel entitled “High Definition Surveillance: A Clearer Picture” with Todd Rockoff, executive director, HDcctv Alliance, and moderated by Scott Goldfine, editor-in-chief, Security Sales & Integration Magazine, Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 4:00 p.m., in rooms AD04/CS04.

Visit HDcctv Alliance members’ booths at ISC West to fill out a raffle card and qualify to win one of 11 prizes including an HDcctv camera grand prize, two iPads, three valuable art pieces, and five blueCaps coax terminator kits.

Todd Rockoff will also represent the HDcctv Alliance in the panel discussion “Video Surveillance 2.0: HD Standards and Challenges” with PSIA and ONVIF at SecuTech, Taipei, Taiwan, April 22, 1:30 p.m.

To learn more about HDcctv, watch videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee1Iq8mBCYg

About HDcctv Alliance

HDcctv Alliance is a non-profit, global consortium that manages global industry specifications for high-definition closed-circuit television (HDcctv). HDcctv systems transmit digital video over various media. HDcctv includes features for security applications, while it is derived from broadcast industry standards for serialized transmission of uncompressed video over coaxial cable. The Alliance promotes industry adoption of HDcctv and provides education to the security industry and end market. The Alliance compliance program facilitates the development of high-quality interoperable HDcctv devices. Devices that have passed compliance testing display the HDcctv logo and are promoted by the Alliance. Detailed information about the HDcctv Specification is available only to members on the Alliance’s Website. Further information is available by visiting the HDcctv Alliance website at http://www.highdefcctv.org

About Analog Devices

Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices’ common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “ADI” and is included in the S&P 500 Index. http://www.analog.com

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The Green Screen Handbook Brings Reality and Fantasy Together with Cinematic Results













The Green Screen Handbook by Jeff Foster


Ventura, CA (PRWEB) March 17, 2010

If you want to make movies with green screen compositing technology, The Green Screen Handbook, written by author, producer and motion graphics specialist Jeff Foster, is just for you. Published by Sybex (Wiley) this unique guide is a comprehensive how-to of professional production techniques, step-by-step instruction, and tips that can save you time and money. Learn when to use green screens instead of blue, find out how the pros operate in professional studios and get amazing results–even on a shoestring budget.

Topics include matting and keying basics; setups using fabric, portable background panels, or paint; lighting and digital camera essentials; broadcast TV hardware switchers; professional HD and major motion picture compositing; multiple-colored screen composites (background, foregrounds, and objects); directing storyboards and talent; working with virtual sets; motion tracking; and much more. A DVD accompanies the book that includes sample footage and all project files for each chapter.

According to Foster, “No one yet has provided this kind of extensive information that combines historical research, practical application, accurate lighting, shooting and set up in one book. My passion for this subject combined with twenty years experience hopefully has resulted in a project that will raise the level of green screen production from the novice to the professional.”

The Green Screen Handbook retails for $ 49.99 US and is available at TheGreenScreenHandbook.com and distributed through book retailers worldwide.

ISBN: 978-0-470-52107-6

Publisher: Sybex (Wiley) March 15, 2010

Paperback: 384 pages

“The Green Screen Handbook book has it all: interesting historical notes, edifying technical background, practical pre-production tips, and honest comparisons of various hardware and software tools that can help you in your compositing work. Anyone who is about to tackle a compositing job that involves keying should spend a few hours with Jeff’s book first. It’ll be time well spent.” – Todd Kopriva, Adobe

“Jeff Foster has written the ultimate Green Screen Handbook . . . a must-have educational resource for anyone wanting to learn and master this highly demanded video technique.” – Rod Harlan, Layers Magazine

“This is THE handbook for anyone working with green screen. Everything you need to know is covered in detail.”- Colin Smith, PhotoshopCAFE

About Jeff Foster

Jeff has been producing and training for traditional and digital images, photography, illustration, motion graphics, and special effects for DV and film for over 20 years. His clients include Tribune Broadcasting, Motorola, Nestle, McDonnell Douglas, FOX Television, Spike TV, Discovery/TLC, Universal Studios, and Disney. His best-selling book title, “After Effects and Photoshop – Animation and Production Effects for DV and Film,” provides tips and tricks for creating believable animations and reveals special effects secrets the professionals have been using for years. Jeff has written or contributed to several After Effects and Photoshop books and has been a featured speaker at Macworld, Photoshop World, Adobe MAX and NAB conferences. Besides corporate and private training Jeff is part of a team of Adobe application instructors at onlineinstruct.com. Jeff can be contacted through his company at: http://www.pixelpainter.com.

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Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center Renovates Ballroom











Rosemont, IL (PRWEB) March 18, 2010

The Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center (http://www.CrownePlazaOhare.com), 5440 N. River Rd., has taken another step toward total transformation with the opening earlier this month of the remodeled O’Hare International Ballroom. In conjunction with the new ballroom opening, anyone who books an event at the hotel through June 30 will receive 10% off the total bill, according to Patty Connolly, Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare general manager.

The 23,500-square-foot ballroom – one of the largest column-free rooms in the O’Hare area – has new high-end décor with state-of-the-art LED chandeliers and finishes mirroring the property’s recently renovated guest rooms and suites. More than 4,000 square feet of pre-function space has been added adjacent to the ballroom for staging registrations, pre-meal receptions (capacity: 400), dessert buffets, small-scale trade shows and similar events.

For maximum sound coverage, both the ballroom and the pre-function space have been equipped with a new 60-speaker sound system. Throughout, a new Lutron lighting system creates energy efficient, digitally controlled ambiance.

“We’ve gotten lots of compliments on the décor, with its elegant yet approachable look. The room’s new raised ceiling height gives it an overall spacious appearance, yet there’s an intimate feel,” said Connolly.

She explained that event planners appreciate the fact that the ballroom can be divided into as many as five separate spaces. “For example, you can simultaneously conduct a general session in one room, a trade show in another, and still have up to three spaces available for break-out sessions.”

The combined ballroom space can accommodate receptions for up to 3,800, sit-down meals for up to 2,300 and theater-style seating for up to 3,000. When divided, each smaller room can handle around 30 6-foot trade show booths or classroom-style seating for about 250.

The Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare’s dedicated meeting managers oversee all event details with services that include a two-hour response to RFP guarantee and daily meetings debriefs.

With its prime location just 1.5 miles from O’Hare International Airport, across from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, and adjacent to the Rosemont Theater, the hotel regularly hosts training sessions, conferences and trade shows in many industries, as well as religious gatherings, self-help seminars, dance competitions and, of course, weddings.

The hotel recently renovated all 503 guest rooms and suites, adding handcrafted custom furniture plus amenities including a refrigerator, in-room safe that accommodates a laptop computer, cordless telephone, 32-inch flat-screen HD television, wireless high-speed internet access and Roomlinx interactive entertainment solution.

A two-story fitness center with indoor swimming pool, several on-site dining options, indoor parking, and a free airport shuttle round out the property’s offerings.

“Whether it’s a trade show, full-scale convention, wedding or intimate social gathering, the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare with our newly remodeled guest rooms and ballroom, has the facilities, amenities and service to make it a success,” said Connolly.

For more information, call 847-928-3717.

About the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center

The Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center is owned by CPO Hospitality and managed by F & F Realty, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). Crowne Plaza was recently recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine as one of the industry’s top growing brands. As part of the IHG global portfolio, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has more than 350 hotels in nearly 60 countries, located in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit http://www.crowneplaza.com/ or call 1-800-2CROWNE.

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Miami Beach Leads the U.S. in Worst Winter Weather for 2009-2010 Season










Atlanta, GA (Vocus) March 20, 2010

In honor of the first day of spring this Saturday, March 20, The Weather Channel is helping the residents of Miami Beach, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and others breathe a huge sigh of relief. Over the past three months, their cities lead the United States in the “worst winter weather” for the season, according to data compiled by The Weather Channel.

A combination of sustained precipitation and prolonged cold temperatures from December 2009 to February 2010 shattered previous decades-old records and created memorable firsts.

    Miami Beach, FL, and the surrounding area experienced their second coldest winter since 1927
    Baltimore, MD, experienced record snowfalls of 77 in., including the nearby BWI Airport (31 in.) and Washington-Dulles International Airport (26 in.)
    Three of the top 10 snowstorms on record for Philadelphia, PA, occurred this season
    This season marked a first for Dallas, TX: falling snow on December 24, Christmas Eve

The top ten lists for the worst – and best – winter weather cities for 2009-2010 are as follows:

Worst Winter Weather U.S. Cities of 2009-2010 season

1. Miami Beach, FL

2. TIE: Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC

3. Philadelphia, PA

4. Dallas, TX

5. Oklahoma City, OK

6. Atlantic City, NJ

7. Fargo, ND

8. Atlanta, GA

9. Des Moines, IA

10. Portland, ME

Best Winter Weather U.S. Cities of 2009-2010 season

1. Seattle, WA

2. Taos, NM

3. Portland, OR

4. Honolulu, HI

5. Spokane, WA

6. Alpena, MI

7. Denver, CO

8. Fairbanks, AK

9. Los Angeles, CA

10. Boston, MA

SOURCE: The Weather Channel

Data was compiled by The Weather Channel meteorology team between December 1, 2009 through February 28, 2010, and included weather conditions and socio-economic related variables, as compared to average 30-year climatological data. For more information, visit weather.com.

About The Weather Channel Companies

The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) is made up of The Weather Channel television network, The Weather Channel digital properties, and Weather Services International (WSI). The Weather Channel® is based in Atlanta and is seen in more than 99 million U.S. households. TWC also operates Weatherscan, a 24-hour all-local weather network; The Weather Channel Radio Network; and The Weather Channel HD. The digital properties of TWC, which include the weather.com® site, The Weather Channel Desktop and The Weather Channel Mobile, reach more than 40 million unique users online each month and is the most popular source of online weather, news and information according to Nielsen//NetRatings. WSI, headquartered in Andover, MA, primarily provides business-to-business weather services, particularly for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. TWCC is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit http://www.weather.com/press.

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Viz Media Announces The Canadian Broadcast Premiere Of Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER On Super Channel, Presented By Manga Entertainment











Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER (Anime)


San Francisco, CA (Vocus) March 20, 2010

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the recent Canadian broadcast debut of the animated series, Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER, featured by Starz Media’s Manga Entertainment on Super Channel. MONSTER is based on the critically acclaimed manga series by Naoki Urasawa that is published in North America by VIZ Media.

New episodes of Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER, rated TV-MA will air each Monday night at 10 p.m. ET on Super Channel, Canada’s only national pay television network.

What would you do if a child you saved grew up to be a monster? An ice-cold killer is on the loose, and Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Tenma, a brilliant neurosurgeon with a promising future, risks his career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy named Johan. When the boy, now a coldhearted and charismatic young man, reappears nine years later in the midst of a string of unusual serial murders, Tenma must go on the run from the police, who suspect him to be the killer, to find Johan and stop the monster he set loose upon the world. Conspiracies, serial murders, and secret government experiments set against the grim backdrop of the formerly communist Eastern Europe are masterfully woven together in the compelling work of suspense that is Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER.

“Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER weaves an engaging story of psychological intrigue,” says William Germain, VIZ Media’s Director of Programming Sales. “The multifaceted plot and mysterious characters that make Naoki Urasawa’s manga a smash hit are adapted seamlessly in this animated series that stays absolutely true to the original story. We look forward to Canadian fans of manga and anime as well as mystery and suspense tuning in each week to catch the suspense and excitement of MONSTER!”

“We are very pleased to add Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER to the strong anime lineup on Super Channel,” said Gene George, executive vice president of worldwide distribution for Starz Media. “We know the excitement of MONSTER will engage anime fans that are regular viewers of this anime block of programming.”

For more information on Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER manga series (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) please visit http://www.vizsignature.com/monster.

About Super Channel

Super Channel is Canada’s only national pay television network, consisting of two new HD channels, four new SD channels, and Super Channel On Demand. Super Channel’s vision is to expand the Canadian premium TV experience by offering a broad range of fresh, entertaining movies, series and live events. Super Channel is owned by Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc., an Edmonton-based media company. Super Channel is currently available on Bell TV, Shaw Direct, Rogers PersonalTV, Shaw Cable, Cogeco Cable, Access Communications, Bell Aliant TV, Mountain Cablevision, Source Cable, SaskTel, MTS, Novus, EastLink, Delta Cable/Coast Cable, TELUS and other regional providers. http://www.superchannel.ca

About Starz Media

Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide. It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated and live-action programming – including theatrical films – and programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that programming, and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, theaters, broadcasters, ad-supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video distributors in the U.S. and internationally. Starz Media (http://www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group.

About Manga Entertainment

Manga Entertainment Ltd (http://www.manga.com), a division of Starz Media, LLC, is an entertainment company specializing in the production, marketing and distribution of Japanese animation for theatrical, television, Internet, DVD and home video release worldwide. Manga Entertainment content is marketed and distributed for television by Starz Media, in traditional home video outlets by Anchor Bay Entertainment, and across digital platforms by Starz Digital Media through its various online video and gaming platform partners. Starz Media (http://www.starzmedia.com), a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide, is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to Liberty Capital Group.

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including the popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages.

Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and website at http://www.VIZ.com.

Contact:

Evelyn Dubocq            

VIZ Media            

Evelyn(dot)dubocq(at)viz(dot)com

(415) 644-9238

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Hampton Inn Winchester-North Completes Renovation of Guest Rooms










Winchester, VA (PRWEB) March 20, 2010

Aikens & Allen today announced that it has completed a renovation of Hampton Inn Winchester-North located at 1204 Berryville AVE in Winchester, VA.

“This renovation demonstrates our commitment to providing guests with the most up-to-date and high quality accommodations they’ve come to expect during their travels,” said Roderick Ferree, general manager. “When travelers visit Hampton Inn Winchester-North they will continue to find the friendly service and value-added amenities synonymous with the Hampton name, all backed by our 100% Hampton Satisfaction Guarantee.”

As part of the renovation, improvements were made to the Guest Rooms including the installation of 32″ flat panel HD televisions, updating the carpet and wall treatment.

The 4-story, 100-room Hampton Inn is near such area attractions as Old Town Historic Winchester, Shenandoah National Park, many local wineries and the Apple Blossom Festival. Standard hotel amenities include new and improved On The House™ hot breakfast, business center, fitness center, guest laundry and seasonal pool. With three meeting rooms and a pre-function area totaling 5,900 sq ft that can host business functions and dinners up to 250 people. Guestrooms are equipped with Hampton Cloud Nine beds, high speed internet, microwave, refrigerator, iron with ironing board, in-room safes and 32″ HD televisions.

For further information or to make reservations for the Hampton Inn Winchester-North, please visit http://www.hamptoninn.com/hi/winchester-north or call 540-678-4000 or 1-800-HAMPTON. You may also visit http://www.aikensgroup.com for more information about Aikens Group.

About Hampton Hotels

The Hampton brand, including; Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn by Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton and Hampton by Hilton is an award-winning leader in the mid-priced hotel segment. With nearly 1,800 properties globally Hampton Hotels is part of Hilton Worldwide, the leading global hospitality company. All Hampton Hotels offer warm surroundings and a friendly service culture that share a common “personality” supported by the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. High-quality accommodations, in-room conveniences and the latest technology, combined with numerous locations and consistent offerings, have made Hampton a leader in its segment and one of the fastest growing hotel brands.

For more information about Hampton Hotels, please visit http://www.hampton.com/pressandmedia, http://www.facebook.com/Hampton or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/HamptonFYI.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For more than 90 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,500 hotels in 81 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.

For more information about the company, please visit http://www.hiltonworldwide.com.

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