Sony is opening a new Digital Media Production Center in Glendale during May, which will be the company’s home to Los Angeles-based crews for gear, training and education about its latest production technologies that include 4K and high dynamic range capabilities. Plans for this new facility were highlighted Sunday during the company’s NAB Show press conference in Las Vegas. This was held at Sony’s exhibition booth before a stunning 8-foot 4K Crystal LED screen that the company is promoting for broadcast or to replace theatrical projection in cinemas. It will be displayed again in a few weeks at CinemaCon. At NAB, Sony revealed that Fox Sports has selected this modular Crystal LED display technology as part of its Moscow studio that will be constructed this spring for coverage of the FIFA World Cup. Cameras were also a big part of Sony’s announcements. Its new top-of-the-line Venice large format camera, which began shipping two months ago, is already in use on … [Read more...] about Sony to Open Digital Media Production Center in Los Angeles
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LAS VEGAS -- Technicolor is presenting a high dynamic range (HDR) imaging technology demonstration with an eye toward improving the consumer viewing experience -- effectively taking on Dolby's newly announced Dolby Vision, which is another development aimed at offering higher dynamic range to create better pictures, whether for HD or 4K content. Technicolor plans to propose its HDR work to the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG), looking to add it to the HEVC compression scheme for streaming 4K content, Christina Comila, director of research at Technicolor's France-based research and development center, told The Hollywood Reporter. Technicolor is additionally developing its own method for encoding HDR content for delivery to the home, as well as a method of mapping this spec to existing content. Like Dolby, it plans to license this technology when it becomes available. CES: DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor's M-GO Venture Introduces 4K Streaming Service At CES, Technicolor is … [Read more...] about CES: Technicolor Taking on Dolby Vision With High Dynamic Range Imaging System
Video processing software developer Elemental Technologies is working with FIFA right holders on a plan to deliver live Ultra HD coverage of this summer’s soccer World Cup. FIFA, in collaboration with Sony, is set to produce three matches including the final in Ultra HD, which is also called 4K as it offers four times the number of pixels as HD. But while FIFA said that these productions would be available to rights holders who want to broadcast it live, it has not yet announced any takers though the tournament is scheduled to start on June 12. But speaking with The Hollywood Reporter this week at the National Cable & Telecommunications conference in Los Angeles, Elemental CEO and co-founder Sam Blackman confirmed that his company and select rights holder are indeed devising a plan to deliver these 4K productions live. Currently, the stakeholders intend to place Ultra HDTVs at select pubs and other viewing areas in the given countries of the rights holders, enabling consumers … [Read more...] about NCTA: Elemental, Rights Holders Planning to Offer Ultra HD Coverage of FIFA World Cup
[Warning: This interview contains spoilers for Monday's episode of Better Call Saul, "Sabrosito."] Thomas Schnauz has been a busy man on Better Call Saul this season. He wrote the season's second episode, but didn't direct. This week's episode, "Sabrosito," was the first time Schnauz has directed an episode he didn't write. And stick around for the season's seventh episode, because that one Schnauz wrote and directed. It's the kind of versatility that Better Call Saul creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have encouraged here and on Breaking Bad that few other shows attempt. "Sabrosito" is packed with Breaking Bad-infused moments, like the return of Steven Bauer's Don Eladio and Mark Margolis' Hector Salamanca, and filled with tense confrontational scenes including several with Giancarlo Esposito's Gus Fring, who is finding himself more and more worked into the Better Call Saul narrative. Schnauz got on the phone to discuss his busy Saul schedule, how many times it took … [Read more...] about ‘Better Call Saul’ Director on Why ‘Sabrosito’ Felt Like a ‘Breaking Bad’ Episode
Will Sony’s incoming CEO have Hollywood in mind?On Feb. 1, the conglomerate said its top exec, Kaz Hirai, 57, would hand over the reins to chief financial officer Kenichiro Yoshida, 58, on April 1. The move ignited speculation that Sony’s entertainment assets could end up auctioned.Hirai, who rose through the music and games divisions, has been a passionate advocate for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), while Yoshida, a hard-nosed veteran of finance and corporate strategy, not so much. But despite a reputation for paring or axing underperforming divisions, many Sony-watchers believe Yoshida is unlikely to unload SPE.Yoshida joined Sony in 1983, a year before Hirai. Moving through a range of divisions, including a four-year stint at Sony of America in the early 1990s, Yoshida become an executive at Sony Corp. in 2007. Made CFO by Hirai in 2014, Yoshida became his "valuable confidant and business partner" as they "took on the challenge of transforming Sony together."The … [Read more...] about Will Sony’s New CEO Care About Hollywood?