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In a move to capitalize on the growing global demand for tapeless workflow, media and entertainment connectivity company Sohonet has named Margaret Craig as executive director. “Margaret is a key thought-leader and respected strategist within the IT media industry and we are pleased to have her on board to help us take full advantage of increasing global demand for our solutions and services,” said Sohonet CEO Dave Scammell.

Craig’s earlier positions include stints as COO of Ascent Media Network Services, CEO of Leitch Technology, and president of Snell & Wilcox.

“Sohonet is the only global expert in connectivity and data management for the media and entertainment industry,” said Craig. “Indeed, media businesses that are not part of its rapidly growing Sohonet Media Network are increasingly finding themselves at a competitive disadvantage for not being part of the club. I am very much looking forward to working with Sohonet to build on its well-established global reputation as it continues to expand and offer a range of new, sought-after products and services.”

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San Diego-based 2D-to-3D conversion studio Legend Films has purchased Iridas SpeedGrade NX, FrameCycler DDS and FrameCycler PRO systems. The move upgrades the facility’s stereo conversion pipeline to include eight SpeedGrade NX suites, eight FrameCycler DDS review systems, and it now deploys over 500 seats of FrameCycler PRO to ensure that all employees, company-wide, have access to stereoscopic review on their desktops. Legend is credited with 3D work on “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “The Green Hornet” and “Alice In Wonderland,” and is currently working on additional stereo conversion projects.

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Now in orbit aboard the international space station: Panasonic’s AG-3DA1 Full HD 3D camcorder. The unit was carried into space on the final flight of the shuttle Atlantis. NASA astronauts are using the lightweight 3DA1 to document the ISS in 3D and to capture images of several scientific missions. “Panasonic is delighted (to play) a vital role in documenting this momentous NASA mission,” said Panasonic exec veep John Baisley. “The amazing 3D images that the 3DA1 produces may allow a new and unique view of the exploration of space for many applications.”

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