Grass Valley Summit 2006 hits Palm Springs

Alongside presentations from Grass Valley executives and announcements of new products that will be showcased at NAB 2006 and recent major sales, the 2006 Grass Valley Media Summit in Palm Springs welcomed a number of industry leaders from the worlds of movies, broadcasting, post production and professional AV. These guests shared with the delegates their experiences of developing technologies and workflows.

Representatives of two of the world’s most influential broadcasters gave keynotes on some of the hottest topics. Paul Cheesbrough, BBC’s Head of Technology, Production, described how file-based production brings real benefits in post, whether for rapid turnaround news or in craft editing. Later, Charles Cataldo, Senior Vice President of Broadcast and Studio Operations of HBO talked about the challenges and opportunities of versioning and delivering content for mobile devices.

Craig Porter is Executive Vice President of KRON 4 in San Francisco, an independent station with one of the largest news departments on the West Coast. He shared his experience of desktop editing in the HDV environment using the Canopus Edius platform. Describing a practical implementation of IP TV was Kevin Feeney, Senior Information Technology Engineer of Cornell University.

Underlining the importance of using technology to support the creative vision, David Stump, a leading ASC Director of Photography based in Hollywood relayed his experiences of the Viper FilmStream digital cinematography camera on two very different movies: Red Riding Hood with director Randal Kleiser and What Love Is with director Mars Callahan.

Finally, talking about the increasing use of HD for displays in the professional AV arena were Dave Lemmink, Director of Engineering for Nocturne Productions, currently on tour with Jon Bon Jovi, and Kristi Ventura, an executive with leading US staging company Creative Technology.

“The entire Grass Valley team is honored that these respected leaders were able to give their time and share their valuable experiences, emphasizing the practical, technical and creative successes achievable with Grass Valley products,” said Marc Valentin, president of the Grass Valley business within Thomson.

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