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Business highlights from around the world of sports on TV, video and the Internet.

Cinegy and Orad partner for digital graphic workflow solution

On-air graphics systems provider Orad Hi-Tec Systems and Cinegy, which offers media asset management software, have announced a new digital graphics production solution for the broadcasting market, which will be showcased for the first time at IBC2007 (Stand 9.510).

Both companies said storing Orad’s graphics assets into Cinegy’s media asset management system created a highly efficient graphics production workflow. The joint solution enables broadcasters to register graphic assets, including templates, rundowns, data sources, clips and audio files, to a database to be shared by multiple users in different locations. The storage of the media remains transparent to the user, who can associate metadata to specific assets and search the database according to the metadata.

The digital graphic workflow allows users to seamlessly integrate graphics into the production workflow, including ingest, storage, cataloguing, editing, rights management, news authoring, channel branding and on-air automation. Its modular design also makes it ideal for sports organizations of all sizes.

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Disney platforms cover Little League World Series in HDTV

ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 have combined to present all 32 games of the Little League World Series live from Williamsport, PA, Aug. 17-26. It’s ABC’s 45th consecutive year of Little League World Series coverage.

Also, for the first time, ABC will broadcast the International Championship Saturday, Aug. 25, at 12:30 p.m. (previously televised on ESPN). Every Little League World Series game on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will be available in HD for the third consecutive year.

Coverage will continue daily (excluding an open date on Aug. 24) through the Little League World Series consolation game (Saturday, Aug. 26, at noon on ESPN) and Little League World Series Championship (Saturday, Aug. 26, at 3:30 p.m.).

ESPN will have an on-site set in Williamsport throughout the Little League World Series, serving as a host position during game coverage.

Trio Video still going strong

Veteran mobile production company Trio Video, based near Chicago, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

After launching a new HD Expando mobile unit, Rhythm, earlier this year and completing this past spring’s NBA Chicago Bulls Playoff run, Trio is now busy supplying facilities and crews for Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN’s local and nationwide coverage of the MLB Chicago Cubs and White Sox.

The company also helped FOX Sports cover its inaugural BCS broadcast season. At this year’s 73rd annual Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, HD units Tango and Beta, and their tech teams, originated the telecast for the national TV audience as it joined the nearly 80,000 fans at the Louisiana Superdome to watch LSU defeat Notre Dame. Trio supplied more than 14 cameras, as well as full replay and graphic systems, for this perennial favorite.

Returning in August for the second year of its multiyear deal, Trio will also be supplying its HD mobile facilities and expertise for another exciting season of “NFL on FOX.”

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