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WTS Group opens C2S Nigeria Surviving extreme frontiers Leading broadcast equipment rental company HotCam has provided two Canon XF305 shooting kits for Big Earth Productions latest adventure travel series Charley Boorman’s Extreme Frontiers. The 4x60-min HD show, which is currently airing on Channel 5, sees presenter Charley Boorman journey across the wilds of Canada on motorbike, taking part in 20 hair-raising escapades along the way. Armed with their XF305s, Boorman and his intrepid crew covered more than 5,000 km during production and encountered some of the most extreme conditions on earth: sailing through Icebergs, pot holing 364m underground, kayaking with killer whales and climbing the 2,700m high Mount Fable. Because of the difficult filming conditions that the crew would face, the biggest challenge for Hotcam was making absolutely sure that the camera kit was in perfect condition before it went out. As the shoot was thousands of miles away in Canada we knew we couldn’t have any errors or technical problems as there would be virtually no way of solving them once the crew were on location, explained HotCam general manager Vicky McMahon. To make sure everything went smoothly we had our engineers check the kit fully and worked closely with Paul Mungo Mungeam, the DoP, to make sure it was carefully packed, with enough protective casing for the extreme conditions that Canada would present. The Canon XF305 is a file-based camcorder that combines an MPEG-2, 50Mbps, 4:2:2 codec with a Canon L-series lens and 3 Full HD CMOS sensors. Global technology solutions provider WTS Group has announced plans to open a new office in Lagos, Nigeria, under the company’s systems integration brand, C2S.  C2S Nigeria will introduce WTS’s full range of technology services and solutions to the region: Equipment supply and hire, training, technical support and product advice as well as systems integration solutions and financing.  Plans follow completion of a major integration deal for the group to supply Nigerian broadcaster M-Net, the country’s leading Broadcaster and owner of well-loved national brand SuperSport. C2S Systems supplied a studio complex and two OB units to the broadcaster, built in their Leeds integration facility, the second of which was shipped at the end of October.  Ian Cunliffe has been appointed as General Manager, Sales & Operations at the new office and has already begun work at the new site, employing 10 new staff to get business underway. Independent Television chooses Kahuna Snell have announced that Independent Television (ITV), a newly launched 24/7 satellite news channel in Bangladesh, has built its live news infrastructure around the Snell Kahuna SD/HD multi-format production switcher. “When we designed the ITV broadcast center, we had an opportunity to install the state of the art in live production technology. We placed a high priority on systems that are highly reliable, simple to operate, and allow for a convenient upgrade to HD,” said Jay Chauhan, vice president of technology at NDTV Worldwide, the media consultants for ITV. “Kahuna was by far the best choice, with an architecture that has been field-tested in live news productions all over the world. Also, although we are sometime away from launching HD operations, Kahuna’s multi-format capabilities mean we’ll be able to make a smooth transition from SD to HD when the time comes,” said Anowarul Azim, head of technology, ITV. 16 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE