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RTW Names Mahmoud Chatah as Director of Marketing and Sales

RTW_Mahmoud_ChatahRTW, a distributor of professional audio metering and control devices for studio recording and radio and TV broadcast applications, announced the appointment of Mahmoud Chatah as the company’s new Director of Marketing and Sales. In this role, Chatah will draw upon his extensive background in international marketing and sales strategies and management in the technology industry to further enhance the RTW brand throughout the world.

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Hollywood Studios Announce Support for Ultraviolet Format

Six of Hollywood’s largest studios including Lionsgate Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. today announced their support for the UltraViolet service and format created by the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE).  Complementing the physical DVD and Blu-ray home entertainment markets, studios will begin offering UltraViolet content this year through digital online retailers and digital rights that come with packaged media, giving consumers the ability to watch digital entertainment across multiple platforms such as connected TVs, PCs, game consoles and smartphones.

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Universal Virtual Stage 1

Universal Studios just announced the opening of the Universal Virtual Stage 1 (UVS1). The former Sound Stage 36 has been converted into a pre-rigged, pre-calibrated virtual production studio with a green-screen stage that includes motion capture and real-time camera tracking for on-set visualization capabilities. The facility also offers two editing bays, a 60-terabyte server room and production office space attached to the stage. For more information, contact Aaron Rogers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Pacific Coast Shooting

OnLocationWashingtonPR_WoltjerTom2007_GigHarborThe Pacific Coast Region, which features some of the country’s most attractive coastlines, offers an unparalleled level of diverse scenery. Whether it’s the volcanoes of Hawaii, Washington’s Cascade Range, Oregon’s rivers, the deserts of California or the glaciers of Alaska, a filmmaker can find just about any look needed to bring a script to life.

Despite this region’s long history with production, big changes are underway. While Alaska has swung open its doors to production, California has just introduced a brand-new incentive program; the Hawaiian Islands are seeing an impressive increase in production as is Washington, a state with everything at its fingertips; and Oregon is increasingly becoming the focus of film and TV. It’s not hard to see why 2011 will be a year to remember along the Pacific.

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Casting: East Coast vs. West

There’s been an enduring East Coast versus West Coast rivalry going on in production as far as casting is concerned –– and both sides have something to brag about. After 20 years of filming and giving legions of actors their first job in New York, “Law & Order” series Creator/Executive Producer Dick Wolf decided to bring a new version of the franchise to the distinctive West Coast with “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (also known as “LOLA”). And while the original series featured wonderful New York characters, the L.A. show can boast casting characters that are equally as colorful.

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