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VENDORS Imagine Communications has made a raft of senior appointments and promotions. Sarah Foss has been promoted from vice president to chief product officer for the company’s Advertising Management Solutions (AMS) portfolio while Ajay Kapoor has moved up to lead Global Services. At the same time, Chris Sjerven becomes vice president of operations and former Nevion, Grass Valley, Textronix, Thomson Broadcast and Quantel stalwart Leonardo Emilo Ganan has been brought in to lead the company’s CALA (Caribbean and Latin America) sales region. The company has also launched Imagine Communications Labs, a service designed to allow its customers and partners to test proof of concepts and validate complex workflow integrations, including interoperability. Peter Riordan, who recently joined Imagine Communications from Encompass Digital Media, will lead the new Labs operation. VIDEO CONTRIBUTION Aviwest has revealed that Swiss broadcaster Canal 9 used its DMNG PRO180 video uplink system and the DMNG mobile application to aid coverage of a local election in Valais. In total 93 duplexes, representing 93 two-minute interviews, were broadcast through the DMNG apps using Aviwest SafeStream. Remote journalists transmitted live HD videos over bonded 3G/4G and Wi-Fi connections using their smartphones. Another two-hour interview was streamed live with minimal latency over a simple internet connection using the DMNG PRO180, which was installed in Canal 9’s newsgathering vehicle. “We wanted to meet candidates, follow the voting and counting process as closely as possible, and film citizens’ reactions,” said Joel Antonin, joint-CTO at Canal 9. “The Aviwest solution offered us an affordable and simple way to stream live high-quality videos from any location across the canton of Valais, even on cellular networks. The DMNG equipment was perfectly integrated in our production system and enabled us to deliver more dynamic TV programmes.” CLOUD PLAYOUT SUBTITLING Two French companies have joined forces to develop an alternative method for subtitling European films. VDM, working with digital distribution firm Under the Milky Way (UMW), has come up with a new approach that relies on both human and digital components and makes use of crowdsourcing, using multiple human translators to speed the work. The partnership was established in response to a European Commission call for tenders. The aim of Crowdsourcing Subtitling to Increase the Circulation of European Works was to reduce the high production cost of subtitles. Jean-Christophe Coin, general manager at VDM said: “The process of creating successful subtitles is two-fold: it needs an accurate and sympathetic translation; and it needs placement and timing of the subtitles to match the films dialogue and action. Machines cannot account for the artistic dimension. We never compromised quality, but through seamless workflows we were able to reduce the final cost and be more responsive.” Emerald Media, the Pan-Asia company backed by the global investment firm KKR, has acquired a significant minority stake in Amagi Media Labs, the targeted TV advertising and cloud-based TV broadcast infrastructure firm. Premji Invest, the investment arm of Azim Premji, an existing shareholder, is also participating in this combination of primary and secondary Series D funding which is worth US$35m (£28.5m). The money will be used to help Amagi develop new products and to expand its business around the world. Prior to this round of funding, Amagi had already raised US$25 million from Premji Invest, Mayfield India and Nadathur Holdings. The latter two companies will continue to remain invested in the company following the Series D round. It has also been announced that Tentkotta, which streams South-Indian language movies and TV shows around the world, has expanded its SVOD capabilities with the addition of Amagi’s Cloudport managed services. KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 121 January 2017 | 23