Bits & Bytes: Panavision to Atlanta

Incentive-driven Georgia shoots justify new facility

Panavision has announced it will open a new facility in Atlanta in February. The 10,000-square-foot facility will be in west midtown and include a full-service camera rental office with digital and film cameras. Panavision hailed Georgia’s financial incentives for attracting filmmakers to the region.

Mark Intravartolo has joined Encore Hollywood as senior Inferno artist for the company’s visual effects department. Intravartolo recently ankled Prime Focus’ Post Logic, where he was creative director-senior Inferno artist. … Stewart Filmscreen has named Jeffrey L. Thompson as general manager-chief operating officer. …

Sensio Technologies has acquired the IP assets of Algolith, including four patents and nine patents pending. Algolith’s tech includes video format conversion and noise reduction. Sensio expects it to help with current and future projects, including 3D delivery solutions. Transaction totaled less than $1 million. … Sensio has also announced a patent that establishes its exclusive rights over decoding content encoded in Sensio 3D format.

The Pixel Farm has released Airgrade, a color grading engine that can be controlled from an iPhone. Airgrade emulates pro film and TV grading tools… Live Nation has launched its free iPhone/iPod Touch app. App lets consumers buy concert tickets directly from their handheld device. …

The Foundry has launched an open beta of their digital cinema camera workflow product, Storm, which provides metadata tagging, facilities viewing, interactive color correction and rough editing. Storm was first shown at IBC … E-on Software has released free trial versions of Vue 9 xStream and Vue 9 Infinite PLE, along with Vue 9 Esprit, Vue 9 Studio and Vue 9 Complete.

GSN has launched HD service on Time Warner Cable in New York City, Bright House Networks and Service Electric Cablevision systems. GSN HD is now available to 3.5 million subscribers. … Outdoor Channel has implemented Telestream’s Vantage digital workflow automation and Pipeline HD Dual digital video capture products … KMOV St. Louis has installed a Grass Valley Ignite automated production system for its daily local newscasts …

Pubcaster Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) is outfitting its new HD studio complex in Kuala Lumpur with Grass Valley gear. Order includes HD cameras, production switchers and routers.

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