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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE Production switcher Outside broadcast Sky News has installed Blackmagic’s ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K with an ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel and Smart Videohub as part of an overhaul of the broadcast systems in its Studio D. The new set-up is said to have speeded up the production of the short bulletins that are created there for distribution via Sky News’ various digital platforms. Anchorman Martin Stanford said: “This used to be a long edit suite job, marrying presenter video with news footage, adding information straps and so on. With the new studio workflow we can now create a bulletin in real time, mark the in and out, and then post to all digital devices. That has reduced the publication time lag from over an hour to a matter of minutes.” Every source, whether it is station wide or local to the studio, goes through a Smart Videohub router to an assigned channel on the ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K switcher. Four pre existing playout channels from the Sky News media server are connected to the switcher, as are three outside source channels that can be populated by almost any source from the central Sky router, and local feeds from a Mac computer and Apple TV unit. Screen Scene Group, Ireland’s largest supplier of post-production and live broadcast facilities, has been sold to the NEP Group for an undisclosed fee. The transaction includes all four of The Screen Scene Group’s businesses: OB firm Observe; Post and VFX house Screen Scene; satellite uplink company Digital Space; and OBStv, an OB business based in West London. All four businesses will continue to operate as separate entities under the guidance of their current leadership team, reporting to Steve Jenkins, the president of NEP UK and Ireland. For NEP, the acquisition of The Screen Scene Group will extend its reach into Ireland while adding extensive post-production and VFX capabilities as well as satellite uplink and IP services to its portfolio. “The Screen Scene Group is an excellent company, with a fantastic leadership team,” said NEP chief executive Kevin Rabbitt. “Not only do we have great confidence in The Screen Scene Group and its directors, we also have confidence in what we see as the tremendous growth potential in Ireland and Europe.” Screen Scene employs more than 90 people. NEP is majority- owned by Crestview Partners with a significant ownership stake held by NEPs management team. 12 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 99 MARCH 2015