Secure video sharing platform MediaSilo has released SafeStream, an on-demand watermarking system that embeds user-identifiable information as a visual watermark into video files in real-time. Amidst explosive original content growth in the media and entertainment industry, there’s an increasing need for creators to protect content in all stages of the production process, from pre-release to distribution. To prevent leaks, content creators have been forced to choose between locking down content or facing potential revenue loss from unauthorized distribution. SafeStream redefines that tradeoff.
As part of Universal Music Publishing Group’s ongoing effort to deliver what it says is greater value to songwriters, its production music arm, Universal Publishing Production Music has a new agreement with SESAC to enhance UPPM songwriters’ compensation.
Ymagis Group has begun a complete corporate rebranding initiative effective immediately, and which will be rolled out through the second quarter of 2016. The rebranding effort encompasses all aspects of the visual identity of each of the company’s brands as well as the complete revision of the company tagline, mission and vision statement. The company is now structured into three business units with new names and visual identities.
Motion picture and television professionals hungry to know what gear was used to shoot the latest Star Wars epic or Netflix’s hottest new show are quickly turning ShotOnWhat? into one of the production industry’s most popular destinations on the web. The production and post-production database site, which includes detailed information on everything from the camera lenses to the sound equipment to the visual effects software used to produce particular movies and TV shows, has pushed past 100,000 page views per month. Site founder James LaViola predicts that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Panasonic has announced a number of cost-saving camera kit packages for the recently unveiled VariCam LT Super 35mm Cinema Camera, which begins shipping later this month. In addition, Panasonic has announced a 40-price reduction in the cost of expressP2 cards, the media used for recording on the VariCam LT and VariCam 35 cinema cameras as well as the VariCam HS action camera.
Archimedia has introduced new metadata features the company says are so profound it has changed its name to GrayMeta. Iris 2.0, one of GrayMeta’s software applications, has added the ability to extract and search all metadata from any file format.
ScriptHop has introduced Character Breakdown Tool, software that is designed to help agents, executives and creatives streamline the process of identifying and defining roles within a screenplay. The full multi-platform content management system will launch later in 2016.
LipSync Post provided a full range of post-production services on two new projects starring Timothy Spall. Eye Digress, featuring full post-production services and The Journey featuring both post-production and equity investment complement the success of LipSync’s equity investment and post-production work on Mr Turner released in 2014.
An organization that fosters the creative use of Super 8 on a global scale – straight 8 – is accepting entries in the 2016 edition of their film competition. Anyone, anywhere can enter to make a short film on one cartridge of Kodak Super 8mm motion picture film. The contest is designed to inspire creativity using a beloved format that is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a unique visual medium. Top winning entries will be screened at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival in May, and a wider selection screened in London in early June.
Established for women screenwriters over the age of 40 by New York Women in Film & Television and Iris, The Writers Lab returns in 2016 once again with funding provided by Oscar winner and NYWIFT Muse honoree Meryl Streep. The Writers Lab 2016 has selected seasoned writers to provide exclusive mentorship and increase opportunities while cultivating more content made by women.