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Business highlights from broadcast and production

Miranda Technologies has acquired Oxtel to help further the mission of the two companies to provide solutions for centralized broadcasting and multichannel delivery.

NBC has agreed to a three-year technology agreement estimated at up to $25 million to deploy Grass Valley Group solutions in support of the Network's companywide centralcasting, new production, media asset management and HD playback.

Baranti Group has become a recommended design center by Genesis Microchip. The addition of Baranti will allow Genesis to connect its customers with a design resource. It is the first design center of this kind in Canada.

Turner Studios has purchased the Accom Abekas 6000 MultiFlex DTV Server for use in its main control room for live, play-to-air applications.

Boston's WB affiliate and Tribune Broadcasting station WLVI (WB56) has completed installation of an AMS Neve BTC analog console in its audio suite.

Fox Digital, Los Angeles, CA, has purchased AJ-HDC27V variable-frame HD cinema cameras from Panasonic.

Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) has selected Pinnacle Systems' new MediaStream Networked Storage system for its Toronto-based network control center.

Sweetwater Digital Productions has become the first to purchase and use Fujinon's new XA87×9.2ESM HD zoom lens. It purchased four lenses for its new mobile production truck.

WLS-TV, the ABC-owned and operated station in Chicago, has completed a two-year, $5 million rebuild of its technical facility in order to support HD digital television. WLS-TV has equipped its studio with a Thomson/Philips Venus serial digital router with a Jupiter control system with machine control to supplement its Venus 160×128 analog video router and Venus 160×128 stereo audio router.

JVC Professional Products Company has shipped an initial order of D9-HD 100MB/s recorders to Fox Digital for use in episodic television production.

JVC also announced that Yahoo! Broadcast Services is using JVC DV-500 camcorders for the daily acquisition of remote and studio footage used for delivering video webcasts.

Panasonic and Snell & Wilcox have joined together with NBC to integrate DVCPRO for newsgathering and editing, and MPEG for contribution feeds, transmission and storage.

Diversified Communications has purchased nearly $2 million of analog and DTV transmitter systems from ADC.

CBS affiliate station KENS-TV, San Antonio, TX, has received its second shipment of Harrison TV5.1 surround consoles.


Warren Allgyer has been named vice president of worldwide sales for Kasenna and will lead the company's efforts in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Vela appointed Bill Robertson president of the company's Broadcast/Systems Division. Rob Shevlot was also appointed the division's vice president of sales and marketing.

Thomcast Communications' president, Jerry D. Chase was named head of Thomcast Group Global Operations. Chase succeeds Patrick Desproges who was promoted to a senior executive position in Thales Group Information Technology & Services Business Area.