Media Choice announces it will have relocated by 2022 its main Service Operations division from Naaldwijk to Hilversum.
Media Choice's Service Operation Center currently manages hundreds of playout and contributed (fiber or satellite) lineair signals and the processing of numerous non-lineair contentfiles. These to be distributed to broadcasters, Satellite uplink and /or (Cable/OTT) lineair TV or VOD platforms.
The combined live center will also remotely monitor and support systems and operations of international productions for FilmPartners and other partner companies.
"The clientele, projects and services of the companies in the Media Choice group overlaps and strengthens one another more than ever. This makes it sense to combine these division in the same building that already homes FilmPartners in Hilversum for years." "Our building currently known as Oscar Romero Studios will be redecorated, extended and branded as the Media Partners' Studios and Media Center" Marvin Kooij COO/CDO explains
In June/July/Aug FilmPartners facilitated in partnership with MMC/Crosscast the recordings of Love Rules/The Cabin Germany for ITV's Talpa Germany, recently rebranded as Bildergarten Entertainment.
update june 2021: This production, that continues to be succesfully aired in The Netherlands and known as 'Lange leve de liefde' is now also launched in Portugal as 'Love Rules'.
FilmPartners has aquired another 8 Ikegami Studio Cameras. This to extend its pool of 24 studiocamerachains. All currently in use at studiocameras for The Farm in Greece or so called manned ring-cameras for Big Brother Portugal and Grande Fratello in Italy.
"We choose Ikegami cameras because of it known picture quality and ability to match seamlessly with our 500+ Panasonic robotic cameras" CTO Pieter Hornix stated.
FilmPartners introduces The Reality-van.
Other than traditional OB-vans made for traditional Tv-productions, these Reality-vans are specially designed for medium to huge Reality shows.
These Vans have all technology on board to facilitate up to 20 to 120 Robot cameras sets in HD or UHD.
Only the express versions (20-36 cameras) host the operation team of 3. In all other cases a mobile or permanent control room is build and connected over fiber to the van.
These Reality-vans able us to drive up and build small sets in hours and huge sets in days. A huge win on what took use earlier sometimes weeks" Edward Clarijs logistics manager at FilmPartners stated.
FilmPartners has expanded its rental pool of Panasonic PTZ cameras....January 2021 we reached the magic number of having more than 500 of these UHD Robot camera's in use at several projects.
update June 2021: With the upcoming Tsunami of Realityshows we are to faciltate now that the (production) world opens up after Covid, we are ordering even more Panasonic PTZ cameras. After re-evaluating also other known as well as new-manufacturers we are still convinced that the Panasonic PTZ are our choice for the future. The unknown zoomrange, capability to control and sublime picture quality keep convincing our choice
After a long pause, Big Brother is back in its home country The Netherlands. It all started in 2000 after a few years of development and now 20 years later we are facilitating the most advanced Big Brother ever. Produced for the Belgian and Dutch market.
It is a real pleasure to be back home the Reality that changed TV at the turn-of-the-century and ever since. The show that made us travel around the world and we are proudful of to be still one of the most succesfull formats we facilitate for Banijay and others internationally"
Again Grande Fratello has been succesfully extended. During the Covid period we were able to keep producing a show that has been a great success in Italy for more than 2 decades.
update june 2021: Again we are updating and preparing the GF set in Italy for a new saison. This tme expected be longer than before and with more storage, fiber based centralized signalrouting and the latest of our unique VisionMixer software
While the final show of BB Greece is only weeks finished, the same location South of Athens is to be used for another Reality show House of Fame.
update june 2021: After House of Fame we already are preparing for another Big Brother with the same set from the same location at Kappa in Athens. This time with even more cameras provided than before
For Warner Bros Germany we facilitated a temporary controlroom for only 10 days with 90 Robot cameras and more than 28 positions in the controlroom.