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GRAPHICS VISUAL EFFECTS Framestore is to be sold to China’s Cultural Investment Holdings Co in a deal worth £150m. The Oscar-winning Soho visual effects firm has agreed a deal that will see the Shanghai-listed group acquire 75% of the business. The firm’s founder and chief executive, Sir William Sargent, and the rest of Framestore’s management team own the remainder of the company. Framestore, renowned for its feature film and commercials work, has recently returned to broadcast projects with Nat Geo’s Mars documentary-drama series. ChyronHego has signed a five-year contract with Israeli pay-TV operator Charlton that will see its technology used during coverage of the Israeli Premier Football League (IPFL). The systems included in the deal are the LyricX for graphics creation and playout, the TRACAB player tracking system and Virtual Placement for virtual graphics. “After an exhaustive tender process, we could see that ChyronHego not only has the most advanced technology, but the best understanding of how to leverage its solutions to meet our unique requirements,” said Oren Hasson, chief executive of the IPFL. “Plus, the company’s solutions have been field-proven at the highest levels with international media and sports organisations including the UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, and La Liga.” The deal cover five seasons from 2016- 2017 onwards and includes live matches from the IPFL’s Ligat Winner first division and State Cup competition. AUDIO NETWORKING Audinate, creator of the audio networking technology Dante, has announced the immediate availability of its Dante Analogue Output Module, a small form factor PCB for system manufacturers that aids development of Dante-to-analogue endpoints. The module supports one RJ45 Dante input, and one or two balanced analogue outputs. It can receive audio channels from a Dante network and provides studio-quality, low-latency audio via balanced output connectors to analogue audio equipment. “We are committed to enabling digital networking throughout the entire audio signal chain,” said Joshua Rush, vice president of marketing and product. “The Dante Analogue Output Module provides the perfect foundation for manufacturers to easily build adapters to add analogue endpoints to the Dante network.” 4K MASTERING Molinare has added to its 4k capabilities with the purchase of Marquise Technologies’ Mist and Ice. Mist is a mastering application for DCI cinema, broadcast and OTT deliverables, including DCP and IMF. Ice is a playback system. Both were supplied by Big Pic Media, Molinare chief technology officer Richard Wilding said: “The broad capabilities of the systems, their specialist features for new implementations such as HDR video and IMF packages, combined with the rapid development of the software to support new applications, were all exciting reasons to adopt these products.” KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 120 December 2016 | 15