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Broadcast Video Expo and The Production Show 2010

February 19th, 2010

bvelogoAnother February winds down and with it another successful Broadcast Video Expo at Earl’s Court, UK. With attendance up 9% to 12,450, all attention now looks towards NAB and IBC where we’re sure to see the 3D trend on show, plus other techno themes following on from BVE (mobile TV, free online content, DAB2, Sony’s unveiling of new cameras…).

Attention-grabbing presentations and demonstrations discussing smooth streaming, boosting production, HD Workflows, Special Effects were well attended and where ever you turned equipment stands were busy with interested spectators.

Welcomed back after a five year absence was The Production Show, in which suppliers, screen agencies, health & safety services and training facilities (over 60 exhibitors) were on show to network with the industry community. Along with these stands were seminars, touching on a varied selection of topics from 3D in Post to Production on a Budget. One particular seminar topic discussed on the Tuesday was regarding iphone broadcasting and live streaming and the realtime web (given by Videojuicer’s CEO, Steve Jelley) and was particularly insightful.

Pairing BVE and The Production Show gave the international attendance – and far travelling Brits – the opportunity to criss-cross between the technology sector and the production sector. Two markets that serve the media industry in TV and film through television production, television commercials and the motion picture market, “where technology is changing production acquisition.”

If you’re a supplier and attended BVE or The Production Show (or both), then let us know your thoughts…

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BBC Vision Plans Digital Cuts

February 12th, 2010

bbcBBC Vision, the corporation’s TV and video content division, is to cut back on digital spending to protect its programme budget.

Jana Bennett, the BBC Vision director, recently told a meeting of television producers that the corporation wants to reduce digital costs and focus on ensuring that the BBC continues to make high-quality programmes. One source said: “She said digital spending will be reduced but not reveal how much.”

The BBC director general, Mark Thompson, is conducting a strategic review of all the corporation’s activities that will lead to cuts in some content and programming, and possibly in some digital TV, radio and online services.

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Jana Bennett, BBC Vision Director

BBC Vision commissions and produces digital output including website and online video spin-offs of TV shows.

The division is also responsible for BBC1 and BBC2, and the digital TV services BBC3, BBC4, CBBC, CBeebies, BBC HD and BBC Alba, as well as housing the BBC’s in-house programme-making departments.

In the year to the end of March 2009, the BBC spent £199m on its digital TV services, according to its latest annual report.

In November, Thompson said that the strategic review would lead to “reductions in some kinds of programmes and content” and was looking at the “current scope of our website”.

He also promised a “further shift in emphasis in favour of key priority areas”, including news, children’s programmes and “content of every kind that builds knowledge and shares music and culture, a long-range commitment to outstanding British drama and comedy, national events that bring us together”.

The conclusions of the strategic review are due to be put to the BBC Trust within the next couple of weeks.

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