Jody Michelle Solis

NAB to Induct ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and ‘Jeopardy!’ Into Broadcasting Hall of Fame

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Executive Producer Harry Friedman and hosts Pat Sajak, Vanna White and Alex Trebek to accept honor at annual NAB Show

Two of America’s most popular gameshows, “Wheel of Fortune” and “JEOPARDY!,” will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the new 2018 NAB Show Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 9 in Las Vegas. The two syndicated hits have produced a combined 13,000+ episodes. They are both produced by Sony Pictures Television Studios and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

“Broadcast television is home to America’s most beloved programming. Both ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and ‘JEOPARDY!’ have stood the test of time and represent the enduring power of broadcasting,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Television Marcellus Alexander. “NAB looks forward to honoring these legendary shows and their iconic producers and hosts in April.”

Reaching more than 25 million weekly viewers, “Wheel of Fortune” reaches more viewers than any other program on television. Created by Merv Griffin in 1975 as an NBC daytime show, it is based on the game “Hangman.” ”Wheel of Fortune” is currently celebrating its 35th season of syndication and is trademarked “America’s Game.”

Pat Sajak began hosting “Wheel of Fortune” in 1981 when it aired on network daytime television and continued through its syndication in 1983. Since then, he has earned three Emmy Awards, a People’s Choice Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Vanna White quickly became a household name when she was named co-host of “Wheel of Fortune” in 1982. Since her debut on the show, she has become a Guinness World Record Holder as “Most Frequent Clapper” and has also earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Both hosts have been with “Wheel of Fortune” through its entire 35 seasons in syndication.

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Westcott Solix | Versatile LED designed for convenience and professional performance

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

MEET THE SOLIX: With a rotatable speedring, umbrella receptacle, and magnetic front, the Solix was designed for versatility and quick modification.

Unmatched Versatility
Solix is the first compact continuous LED light source with an integrated rotatable speedring to attach softboxes up to 4.5 lbs.

Hassle-Free Design
A dual-purpose dial controls both power and dimming up to 2,125 lux at 1 meter. The built-in tilter bracket allows for quick positioning and umbrella mounting. Accessories attach quickly using convenient magnetic mounting.

Impressive Light Quality
Designed with powerful high-end LEDs, the Solix’s continuous daylight-balanced output eliminates the guesswork in lighting. It’s color accurate with a 96 CRI that compliments ambient daylight.

Built for Portability
Solix is compact, lightweight, and operates on AC/DC power for use in-studio and on-location. It pairs with any D-Tap/PowerTap 14.8v battery with D-Tap cable.

Consistent Performance
With flicker-free output up to 960 FPS, minimal heat through prolonged runtimes, and a quiet internal fan, the Solix is an ideal light source for video production.

Added Convenience
Removable all-metal barndoors and diffusion cap direct and soften output. The PowerStrap by Tether Tools secures the power source directly to a stand or boom.

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By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

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Search the Sid Sonic databasic by Genre, Mood, Instrument, and/or Tempo.
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Browse and listen to songs, music, and sounds that you can incorporate into your film, video, and multimedia projects at

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By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Beachtek DXA Micro Pro

Super Small, Super Performance

The Missing Link for your DSLR or Mirrorless Camera
Packed with features for pro audio

The BeachTek DXA-MICRO PRO is packed with all the features you need to record high quality audio from virtually any source. Superb operation and ease of use to make capturing pro audio a snap. Since the audio is recorded directly to the camera, it will always in sync with the video, eliminating the need for any post production processing. The compact size makes it ideal for use with the latest mirrorless cameras. The DXA-MICRO PRO is the missing link for connecting virtually any microphone to your camera. Learn more at

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FilmLight welcomes colourist Andy Minuth

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Well-known colourist joins FilmLight to provide seasoned and highly technical support

FilmLight, provider of professional colour grading solutions, has recruited colourist Andy Minuth as Colour Workflow Specialist. He brings a deep technical knowledge of image processing and colour management as well as a long and successful track record in colour grading.

Minuth, originally from Germany, was most recently lead colourist at 1000Volt Post Production in Istanbul. There he was responsible for the grade of commercials as well as feature films, creating detailed looks and realising the vision of directors using Baselight.

“With Baselight, I feel kind of limitless and incredibly confident,” said Minuth. “Some clients come into the grading session with headaches about particular shots or scenes. Often the shooting conditions were not optimal, for example. But when you set up the colour journey correctly within Baselight, the image looks ‘right’. With that kind of power and precision, I can offer them solutions very fast and reassure them that their project will look great.

“I am very much looking forward to talking to other creatives around the world, sharing my experience and helping them discover all that Baselight and the rest of FilmLight’s product range can do to help them reach their artistic goals,” he added. “I’m also excited to hear their stories about the productivity of the Baselight Linked Grade (BLG) workflow now that it’s reaching more artists – DITs, editors and compositors – throughout the production process.”

While Minuth will be based in FilmLight’s new office in Munich, he will have a global presence for the company, helping users develop unified colour pipelines and enhance skills wherever they may be located.

“The capabilities of Baselight and FilmLight’s portable, metadata-driven collaborative workflows are now incredibly rich and powerful,” said Mark Burton, head of EMEA sales for FilmLight. “Our customers need to know that we can → continue…

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By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

New XA15, XA11 and VIXIA HF G21 Camcorders All Feature a Full HD CMOS Sensor, 20x HD Optical Zoom Lens

Canon U.S.A. Inc. announced the launch of three new compact and lightweight Full HD camcorders, the Canon XA15, XA11 and VIXIA HF G21. Delivering first-class optics, powerful sensors and a range of versatile features, these camcorders are perfect for a broad range of video productions.

“The ability to capture high-quality video on-the-go in a compact and lightweight form factor is extremely valuable to videographers of all skill levels,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “These camcorders were designed to help professionals and enthusiasts who are in the field capture action as it happens.”

Professional Performance and Functionality
The Canon XA15, XA11 and VIXIA HF G21 Full HD camcorders each provide videographers with a spectacular 20x 26.8mm-576mm optical zoom lens allowing a user to easily capture a variety of scenes with superb image quality. Canon’s HD CMOS Sensor and the powerful DIGIC DV4 image processing platform deliver great performance in low-light and the ability to capture superb Full HD images in 60p at 35Mbps. Wide DR mode supports the smooth compression of high luminance areas to achieve 600 percent DR making it possible to shoot with smooth color gradation and suppressed overexposure. This is applicable to any shooting environment where the difference between light and dark areas is prone to causing overexposure. Flexible image expression is supported by a Slow/Fast Segment function that enables users to select shooting speeds from 0.4x to a maximum of 1,200x, and a Hi-UD lens supports the reduction of chromatic aberration and drives vivid imaging.

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DP Judd Overton shoots The Letdown with VariCam LTs

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Netflix and the Australian Broadcast Corporation have partnered to produce a new comedy series, The Letdown. Produced and written by Sarah Scheller and Alison Bell, the pilot and six half hour episodes follows Audrey, played by Bell, as she navigates the chaos of motherhood while still trying to balance a career-focused husband, a self-absorbed mother, and a care-free best friend. The series also stars Duncan Fellows, Sacha Horler, Noni Hazelhurst and Celeste Barber.

The series was shot by cinematographer Judd Overton with VariCam LT cameras. Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Overton graduated from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) where he went on to shoot many features, documentaries, and television series. He has earned 25 Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Gold and Silver Awards for his cinematography work.

Overton shot the pilot for The Letdown over two years ago. (The show was part of a ABC pilot program in which six comedy pilots were produced.) “A lot of the comedies in Australia have a broad, skit-based attitude,” explains Overton. “Director Trent O’Donnell, who is the showrunner on (Fox TV’s) New Girl, and I approached The Letdown as more of an international show, not just for the Australian television audience. We absolutely made it with an Australian voice, but we really wanted it to stand on its own two feet in an international market.”

Shooting with VariCam

Overton’s first experience shooting with the VariCam LT was on a short film, Remembering Agatha, which premiered in October at the Adelaide Film Festival. “I’ve been a fan of the VariCam since the beginning,” reveals Overton, “so I was already sold on the look. For The Letdown, it was more about making sure the camera delivered on resolution and workability. On the show, we had a lot of mid 30s women and we wanted skin tones to → continue…

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Robin Roberts to Receive Distinguished Service Award at 2018 NAB Show

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Co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts will receive the NAB Distinguished Service Award (DSA) during the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Roberts will accept her award at the NAB Show Opening on Monday, April 9.

Each year, the NAB DSA recognizes members of the broadcast community who have made significant and lasting contributions to the industry. Previous award recipients include Bob Schieffer, Michael J. Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, President Ronald Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite and Oprah Winfrey, among others.

Roberts began contributing to “Good Morning America” in June 1995 and was named co-anchor in May 2005. Prior to that, she appeared on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and “NFL PrimeTime.” Additionally, Roberts heads her own production company, Rock’n Robin Productions, which creates original broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks.

Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007, and five years later, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Upon her diagnosis, she joined forces with the national marrow donor program, Be the Match, to inform the public about the need for more donors. The registry has seen a tremendous increase since Roberts began her advocacy.

“Robin Roberts has shown indelible poise and strength throughout the course of her broadcasting career and subsequent illness,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “As a prominent TV personality, she has become a household name while generously supporting important causes. We look forward to honoring her in April.”

Roberts has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including The Susan G. Komen Foundation and The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program. She was also honored with a George Foster Peabody Award and Gracie Award. Additionally, Roberts was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in July 2013.

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