11Jun Rep. VerHeulen announces two local company expansions made possible by MEDC grants State Rep. Rob VerHeulen today announced Cascade Die Casting Group Inc., with facilities in both the Village of Sparta and Gaines Township, and SolarBOS in Walker plan to expand and add jobs to the communities with the help of MEDC grants.“It’s good to see local companies continuing to grow and invest in their communities,” said VerHeulen, R-Walker. “I look forward to continuing to work with these companies as they create better jobs in our state. Michigan’s economy continues to improve each day and this is just another example of our state’s comeback.”Cascade Die Casting Group Inc. plans to expand its locations thanks to a total of $5.3 million in investment from company contributions and $275,000 from an MEDC grant. SolarBOS will be investing $884,000 into opening a new facility with $250,000 from an MEDC grant.For more information about the grants, visit the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s website: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/press-releases/. Categories: VerHeulen News
16Nov Rep. Hooker honors Brown Elementary for receiving national Blue Ribbon award BYRON CENTER – Rep. Tom Hooker joined with students, teachers and administrators at Brown Elementary School today, celebrating the school’s Blue Ribbon award for “School of Excellence.”“This is a testament to the hard work being done by the teachers, administrators and students at Brown Elementary,” Rep. Hooker said. “I’m proud to have been a teacher in the same Byron Center school district for 37 years and it’s encouraging to see the success in the classrooms has continued to this day.”The national Blue Ribbon program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, honoring public and private schools for overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps. Brown Elementary School also was honored in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 9-10, picking up the award during a Blue Ribbon celebration that preceded today’s local events. Categories: News
Michigan residents with felony convictions will have the opportunity to gain employment in the insurance industry under a plan introduced by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga.Current law does not allow anyone convicted of any felony to become a licensed insurance agent in Michigan. Under Hoitenga’s plan, the Department of Insurance and Financial Services would no longer be required to automatically deny applicants with prior convictions. The measure also acts as broader criminal justice reform for people looking to get back on their feet and further their careers.“Barring anyone convicted of a prior felony – whether it was two years ago or 30 – from receiving a license to become an insurance agent is unreasonable,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “This is preventing otherwise qualified applicants from becoming licensed. My plan allows those who are deserving of a second chance to help contribute to our state’s success.”Hoitenga noted current law has also led practicing insurance agents to lose their licenses after a conviction. A resident recently reached out to her asking for a solution to this unfair, anti-competitive practice.“The state will still have the discretion on a case-to-case basis to deny applicants, but this at least opens the possibility for those trying to pursue a career in the insurance industry to do so,” Hoitenga said. “These people are trying to get their lives back on track, and the last thing they need is to be denied a chance to obtain a license to be employed.”House Bill 4044 now moves to the House Insurance Committee for further consideration. Categories: Hoitenga News 24Jan Rep. Hoitenga initiative stops licensure discrimination
ShareTweet35ShareEmail35 Shares April 24, 2019; Toronto StarIn the last NPQ North, we explored the Canadian federal budget of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, which weighed in at a somewhat daunting 464 pages, and stole the headlines—but only for a matter of days. Although any federal budget affects its citizens, there were very few surprises (a notable nonprofit community exception being plans to offer support to the future of journalism) and therefore not the type of controversy that fuels protracted media attention.By contrast, two full weeks since the release of Premier Doug Ford’s first Progressive Conservative budget for the Province of Ontario—home to more than a third of Canada’s total population—the budget and its consequences remain a source of media attention and ongoing debate throughout the nonprofit sector and beyond. The first budget of any new government is always going to generate intense interest, but the buildup to the 2019 Ontario budget was full of unknowns, and even after its release, the details are still not fully understood and are being actively debated.Response to the 382-page provincial budget has been shifting daily, with early reactions focused on the noticeable—and extraordinarily frequent mentions—of alcohol, gambling, and other vices and entertainment that earned intriguing headlines like, “Booze at 9 a.m., online gambling, and more combat sports feature heavily in PC budget.”Indeed, the combined mentions of beer, wine, spirits, and alcohol total 52, while cannabis comes in at 50 on the nose. While much of this is repetition and includes mentions in tables and appendices, critics were quick to point out that “poverty” received no mentions at all. This sort of selective word search does ignore other terms that reference poverty issues; for example, “social assistance” does appear more than 20 times, though not necessarily in ways that pleased anti-poverty advocates. But ultimately the budget’s true meaning (and evaluation of the Ford government’s priorities) comes down to actual expenditures, not the number of mentions.Watching, reading, or listening to the budget announcement in the legislature, it was difficult for even the most objective observer to free their mind from wondering about the relative importance of the slew of announcements from Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli that fit loosely into the “entertainment” category, and these included:new possibilities for drinking alcohol in parks and at tailgate parties, expanding locations where alcohol can be purchased, and the hours when it can be consumedpushing the federal government to allow single-game sports betting (currently prohibited by the Criminal Code of Canada) and loosening of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission role in maintaining and regulating online gamblingA full two weeks later, however, the budget is still generating front-page headlines, and although alcohol policy and related issues continue to generate controversy, discussions have turned to matters of the environment, education, and health, to name just a few sectors where the budget is being clarified—even if there is wild disagreement about the resulting impact on institutions and citizens.There is perhaps no better example than the fresh debate over changes in health spending. On April 24th, Toronto City Councilor Joe Cressy (Chair of the Toronto Board of Health) and Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Eileen de Villa, said provincial cuts to public health will cost Toronto Public Health $1 billion over 10 years and have a profound impact.“Because of these cuts, Torontonians will die,” said Cressy.Like other municipal health boards, Toronto Public Health funds and provides numerous services in the city, many of them delivered by nonprofit partner organizations. This includes everything from student nutrition programs (serving more than 210,000 meals a day in Toronto), vaccination programs that reached more than 20,000 students in 2018, food safety inspections, and safe drug injection sites.Rhetoric can’t get much stronger than death warnings, and the response from the Ford government thus far demonstrates just how much interpretations can differ. Government spokesperson Travis Kann, responding to Cressy, issued a statement from the office of Christine Elliott, deputy premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, asserting much ado about a small change: “Let me be clear: the financial impact of these updates will amount to one-third of a percentage point of the City of Toronto’s annual budget—hardly a billion dollars.” Minister Elliott also followed up on Twitter with a reminder that public health has always been a municipal responsibility.Premier Ford himself made an unscheduled call to a Toronto radio show, mainly in response to opponents of his plans for expanded private sector alcohol sales but also to defend the changes and differentiate these public health issues from other health services, such as those provided by provincially funded hospitals, “Those are the folks that go around and go into restaurants and put the little sticker saying it’s safe to eat here.”De Villa later responded that the food inspection program is only one of many public health initiatives but is not necessarily an activity to be so easily dismissed, noting that although most people do recover from food poisoning, E. coli and other foodborne illnesses can have long-term health impacts and “people do die.”Keeping an eye on responses from the official opposition provincial NDP (New Democratic Party) and Liberal parties shows the degree to which this is a not only a daily, but at times an hourly, exercise. Since the budget release on April 11th, the NDP is averaging more than two budget-related press releases per day, which include all of the topics discussed above, in addition to “cruel cuts to libraries” to “financial, emotional, and physical strain” on parents of children with autism as a result of changes to the Ontario Autism Program—the latter a hotly debated issue with Minister Lisa MacLeod insistent on a plan to “clear the waiting list” with a needs-based approach while some opponents are calling for her resignation.This ping-pong rhetorical atmosphere not only creates challenges for media outlets and their audience, it is creating tremendous anxiety throughout the nonprofit sector. The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) has responded with an impressive fact-based analysis that expresses concerns about spending reductions that are lacking in detail, while also pointing out bright spots, and attempting to reduce anxiety based on the unknown with a subsector impact analysis that utilizes available facts and figures.As reported by ONN, the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services—a major contributor to countless nonprofits across the province—is looking at a reduction of some $375 million (over two percent) in the coming year, with similar reductions planned in the following two years. How will $1 billion or more in MCCSS reductions play out for the nonprofits who serve some of the province’s most vulnerable populations? We’ll continue to follow these developments.—Keenan WellarShareTweet35ShareEmail35 Shares
The BBC has signed a deal with Microsoft to launch its iPlayer VoD service on the Windows Phone platform in the UK.Announcing the move, the head of business development for the BBC’s Future Media division, Cyrus Saihan, said that the BBC will release an iPlayer shortcut that will be available in the Windows Phone store, enabling the iPlayer site to work on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 models via a live tile.The launch is expected in the next few months, and comes after the BBC recently added iPlayer mobile site support for the new Blackberry Z10 phone. The corporation says that according to its latest figures, it estimates that more than 650 different device types can now access BBC iPlayer.The news comes after the BBC announced record breaking stats for the iPlayer in January. There were 272 million iPlayer requests in January, up 26% on the previous month. TV requests passed the 200 million mark for the first time. There were 37 million TV requests on tablets, up from 26 million in December, and requests on mobile devices grew to 38 million from 28 million in December.
The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) racing series has launched YouTube channels that will broadcast full race highlights in Germany, and live-streams for people outside of the country. DTM, which has a German TV deal with ARD to air the races domestically, has launched German and English DTM YouTube channels – the first will let viewers watch races in full, on-demand after the event, while the English DTM channel will offer live-streams of races abroad.“The start of our new YouTube channel represents an important moment for DTM. It goes without saying that we plan to also reach completely new spectator groups, with our additional content provided via YouTube,” said Hans Werner Aufrecht, the Chairman of DTM rights holder and promoter ITR.
Dan TaylorThe BBC is working to revamp its iPlayer recommendation engine to improve automated VOD programme suggestions – particularly around shows that attract large audiences.Speaking at the Video User Interface Conference in London yesterday, the BBC’s recently promoted acting head of iPlayer, Dan Taylor, said “the whole area of what happens when a programme finishes is something that we’re going to be devolving a lot over the next year, 18 months.”Currently the BBC offers the option to watch a programme again on iPlayer once it has finished and has introduced some programme recommendations. Taylor said that while this is “mostly algorithmic,” it is increasingly finessing this and adding editorial controls in a bid to replicate the role programme scheduler online.“The early versions of the recommendation engine were quite crude mappings of genre,” said Taylor, claiming that a comedy may have been recommended if a viewer has watched something else in this genre – respective of tone or if was a good fit.“The new version of the recommendation engine that we’re developing takes account of what channel it was on, what time of day it was on, what the sub-genre and format the programme was and how those things correlate. The plan is to increase the sophistication of the automated recommendations to get that scale across everything,” he said.Editorial controls would come in, he said, in order to override a poor computer generated recommendation, or when a show is guaranteed to get a “huge number of eyeballs”.“When Eastenders or The Voice ends in iPlayer, there’s a lot of eyeballs thinking ‘what should I do next?’ That’s where we’ll put extra attention, in the [same] way that there’s lots of very smart schedulers at the BBC who spend a lot of time thinking about ‘what shall we put after Top Gear,’ or ‘what shall we put after this programme where we know there’s a significant audience’,” said Taylor. “I think that a lot of the techniques that are used in traditional television around hammocking programmes – putting one programme in between two other programmes – we’re learning what some of the digital equivalents of those are and how you flow audiences from one programme into another. It may be that you don’t always want something similar to what they just watched – so if you’ve just watched a one hour history programme you might have had your fill of history.”Taylor joined the BBC in 2002, initially to work on the corporation’s online radio player, before moving to work on the TV iPlayer. Previously working on the editorial side as executive editor at the VOD service, Taylor was recently upped to head of product after that former iPlayer head Dave Price took a job at Spotify.
Polish cable operator Vectra is using new software from ADB to provide a user messaging system, advertisement control and set-top box remote monitoring.ADB has supplied DOCSIS 2.0-enabled set-tops to Vectra since 2009. The new user messaging system will enable information, recommendations, promotions and notifications to be sent directly to targeted customers. The advertisement control system meanwhile will give Vectra the ability to manage the delivery of advertisements and communication campaigns to subscribers, allowing it to choose to deliver adverts through the channel banner or on set-top box HTML pages. Set-top remote monitoring allows Vectra to control its base of set-tops and gather information about their usage.“The remote monitoring and messaging systems are particularly important and useful for operators like Vectra looking to provide high quality of services and gain efficiency in the management of their pay-TV network,” said Pierre-Alain Nicati, general manager of systems division at ADB. “Our solution provides an easy way to switch on or off features on STBs deployed in the field without upgrading STB software. Centralised control of all STBs in the field is a huge convenience for an operator like Vectra.”
Orange Cinema Series (OCS) in France is partnering with Viaccess-Orca on an immersive second-screen app for the fourth season of popular drama series Game of Thrones.For the app, OSC is using Viaccess-Orca’s DEEP platform, which automatically generates content about Game of Thrones in a digital magazine format.“In today’s multiscreen world, subscribers are increasingly using second-screen devices to enhance the traditional television experience,” said Serge Laroye, executive vice president, content division, Orange, and chairman of the board, OCS.“Viaccess-Orca’s DEEP will automate the creation of our TV companion apps, providing us with a dramatic cost and time savings, while enabling us to offer our subscribers an augmented content experience on second screens to boost user engagement.”
Vodafone Spain has partnered with content protection and multiscreen TV solutions firm Nagra, using the latter’s QuickStart Hybrid to power its combined over-the-top and digital terrestrial television offering.Nagra’s end-to-end solution lets Vodafone Spain’s fixed line and mobile customers receive OTT TV content from third party Canal+ Yomvi on TVs, personal computers or mobile devices, while providing access to a selection of DTT channels that will launch later this year.Vodafone Spain’s new offering, Vodafone Box, delivers third party, Canal+ Yomvi services such as live TV, subscription VOD, transactional VOD, catch-up TV and a new user interface bundled in a SmarDTV HD set-top box.“We wanted a technology that would allow us to bring premium services and applications to our customers quickly while giving us room to grow and innovate. Nagra provides us with a solution that enables value-added services without compromising security or the consumer experience,” said Isaac Mendoza, head of TV and digital services at Vodafone Spain.Vodafone Spain is the first Nagra customer to deploy QuickStart in Europe.
Liberty Global-owned UK cable operator Virgin Media is to extend the availability of its high-speed internet service to an additional 5,000 homes in the Glasgow region.Virgin Media said work is underway to connect additional households in Cumbernauld, Duntocher, Barrhead and Uddingston and is expected to be complete by the end of November, brining internet speeds of up to 152Mbps to residents.The network expansion follows a pledge made by the operator as part of its legacy as partner to the Commonwealth Games, held in the Scottish city in the summer, which has seen the operator engage in a number of initiatives to develop digital skills among the city’s residents.“Extending our network across the region means thousands more families will benefit from the UK’s fastest widely available broadband for the first time. We are proud to be supercharging Glasgow, helping build an exciting digital future for the city,” said Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge.
Pay TV channel provider SPI International has contracted Israel-based satellite operator Spacecom to provide capacity for distribution of SPI’s channels to Europe via the Amos-3 satellite at 4° West. Spacecom will provide SPI with uplink, encryption and capacity in a multi-year deal. The satellite operator is working with TTComm, its Polish partner, to provide the service.SPI International is using Amos-3 to provide six HD and five SD channels to Poland’s cable companies and DTH operators. The company’s services in Poland include Kino Polska, the country’s number one movie/TV series channel.“By working with Spacecom’s Amos-3, we are able to expand our presence in Poland and enlarge the audiences we want to reach. Kino Polska is a highly important element of our international business and we look forward to strengthening its core,” reported Loni Farhi president of SPI International.Jacob Keret, Spacecom senior vice president sales Europe, North America and Middle East, remarked, “Amos-3 provides high quality service on powerful platforms around Europe and the addition of SPI International in Poland is an important element for our growth in Eastern Europe. We are also proud to provide more than just capacity to SPI International by bringing them a full service uplink plus encryption.”
Gabriella VidusPan-European broadcast group RTL has appointed a permanent CEO and vice CEO at RTL Hungary following a turbulent period at its operation in the country.Gabriella Vidus (left) steps up from general manager of as sales Hungary to country CEO and programming director Péter Kolosi is upped to deputy CEO.Kolosi will remain in control of programming at the core RTL Klub service and the seven cable channels RTL runs in the country.RTL has butted heads with the Hungarian government, with the Luxembourg-based channel operator openly critical of the the government-levied advertising taxes that have affected the RTL Klub channel.Long-serving CEO Dirk Gerkens left his position in March, amid claims he had received death threats over RTL’s position on the advertising tax. Andreas Rudas was appointed interim CEO and will remain on the RTL board in his position as executive VP, regional operations and business development CEE and Asia.Rudas said: “Gabriella Vidus has been instrumental in making our family of channels the clear market leader in the Hungarian advertising market and in transforming our sales house R-time into an efficient and flexible service provider. She is deeply familiar with RTL Group, our management culture and the international TV industry. Her vision and dynamic leadership make her an excellent choice to open a new chapter in RTL Hungary’s growth story.”Speaking about Kolosi’s new role, he added: “With his programming skills and sense for new trends, he has been a key force in growing our audience leadership and building a strong, highly complementary family of channels. I am delighted we can appoint such a young and dynamic leadership duo from our local management team.”Vidus has been at RTL since 2002 and Kolosi since 1997.
Courteney MonroeNational Geographic’s reorganisation under the leadership of Courteney Monroe has continued and she has named the team running the global channels unit at the Fox-owned company.Monroe (left) became the international channels chief under a new structure at the factual giant introduced late last year after Fox took control of Nat Geo.Fox International Channels exec Ward Platt took on channel distribution and commercial activity at that time, as Monroe was named National Geographic Global Networks CEO.Tim Pastore is given a wider remit in the new structure. He was president of original programming and production for the US, and will now take that role for all of Nat Geo’s international operations.Reporting to Monroe, he will have the ultimate oversight of the production and development teams in New York, Washington and London.Hamish Mykura becomes executive VP, programming and development for National Geographic Global Networks. He was previously EVP and head of international content.Reporting to Pastore, he will continue to be based in London.Elsewhere, Alan Eyres remains in his senior VP, programming and development role. Based in Washington he will focus on unscripted programming for the international market and be Pastore’s most senior programming exec in the US.“By aligning my senior team to serve the global interests of the channels, we are now even better positioned to become the world’s leading destination for premium science, adventure and exploration programming,” said Monroe.In other changes, Heather Moran will extend her executive VP, programming, strategy and operations role beyond the US, and now oversee global production operations across the global Nat Geo footprint. Eyres and Moran also report to Pastore.Another exec extending their responsibilities from the US to US and international is Nat Geo Wild boss Geoff Daniels. His second in command, Janet Han Vissering, also now assumes a global role.In a similar vein, Brad Dancer, executive VP, programming planning and research, takes on that position across Nat Geo’s international operations.Jules Oldroyd will re-locate from London to Washington and join Dancer’s team as senior VP, programming and strategic development. She will continue to oversee the Nat Geo People channel.On the marketing side of the business, Fox International Channels chief marketing officer Liz Dolan assumes a dual role as interim CMO of the global National Geographic channel operation, reporting to Monroe.
Norwegian commercial broadcaster TV2 is reportedly planning to make record cuts of NOK350 million (US$42.7 million) over the next four years.Various local reports say “shock waves” were sent through the local industry upon the announcement, though the number of jobs lost was not clear, and TBI couldn’t reach Egmont-owned TV2 before press time this morning.However, the Nordic Film and TV Fund reported employees were immediately offered to apply to severance packages as part of a strategic initiative known as ‘TV2 in 2020’.“The time for gradual changes in the industry is over and the time for gradual changes at TV2 will also come to an end,” TV2 CEO Olav T Sandnes told the board in a statement. “It’s time for us to equip ourselves in the best possible way to achieve further growth.”It is thought the move is an effort to restructure to better position against digital upstarts such as Netflix and YouTube, which are gaining share in local markets, primarily by beefing up SVOD platform TV2 Sumo.“TV2’s main task is to continue to create content that our viewers want. We must steer the transformation towards a fully-fledged digital TV business where TV2 Sumo takes a bigger role than today. To achieve this, we must be prepared to meet the needs and expectations of future viewers, users and advertising customers.”TV2 has had international hits in recent years through dramas such as Occupied and Acquitted. Its channel includes the flagship FTA net, news net TV2 Nyhetskanalen, TV2 Sporten, TV2 Filmkanalen and entertainment channel TV2 Zebra.
Facebook has taken another step along the path to becoming more video and photo-centric by launching Lifestage, a new iOS app aimed at – and restricted to – teenagers and near-teenagers that seems designed to take on rival platform Snapchat.The app, created by Facebook wunderkind Michael Sayman, is available for iOS devices without the need for a Facebook account. Users can load videos of themselves in different emotional states and engaged in various activities, turning the clips into a video profile that can be followed by others.Users over the age of 22 will not be permitted to see others’ videos. The information about the app in the iTunes store carries the warning that posts are “always public and viewable by everyone, inside and outside your school” and that there is “no way to limit the audience” of videos.The app is aimed at those still at school. Users choose their own school and can see video profiles of their classmates and those from nearby schools. The app is only usable when 20 people from the same school sign up.The app does not include messaging capability, but users can add a line of text providing a link to another app or contact information for this purpose.Facebook is focusing heavily on developing itself as a video platform. The social networking site is facing intense competition for the attention of younger users from newer entrants including Snapchat and Instagram.
Danish cable operator Stofa has teamed up with Google to develop an Android-based set-top box, to be supplied by Korea’s Kaon Media with software from France-based iWedia.The UHD TV-capable box will provide access to Google apps, games, streamed content and TV services, according to Stofa, which says that the move is the first step in a new long-term strategic rethinking of how to provides TV services.The Android box will provide Stofa customers with access to content from Google Play. The box comes with built-in Chromecast functionality, enabling users to stream content from tablets and smartphones. It will also serve as a game console, with the ability to download games from Google Play and integration with game controllers and keyboards.The platform will provide universal search capability across all media on platforms. Stofa CEO Ole Fruekilde cited the example of a search for content related to Star Wars highlighting results with related content both on linear channels and on streaming services.Stofa said it pans to begin rolling the new box out from the autumn of this year, including access to Google Play and support for UHD TV.Fruekilde said that Stofa’s aim is to offer a “a single hub” for TV and film entertainment with unified search capability in the form of a ‘personalised television assistant’ to enable users to search for content globally across platforms. He said that the Android box would be “the first big step” towards this goal.
IP video specialist MobiTV has closed US$21 million (€20 million) in funding from Oak Investment Partners and Ally Corporate Finance. According to the company, the funding will accelerate expansion of the MobiTV Connect platform to enable app-based IP delivery for pay TV providers.MobiTV’s software-based technology is designed to address cable and broadband operators’ need to transition their pay TV offerings to IP-based technology and to deliver services via consumer devices rather than by deploying set-top boxes.MobiTV provides technology to customers including the Reliance live service, Jio, in India. This service includes features such as cloud DVR, seven-day catch-up and 400 live channels with support for large-scale live events. Other customers include C Spire, DirectLink and Citizens Fiber in the US.“We’re able to future proof the service providers’ pay TV offerings through state of the art features and rich user experiences that are not constrained by the legacy STB ecosystem. Our ability to utilize widely adopted streaming devices allows real time enablement of new technologies like 4K/HEVC, Cloud DVR, replay TV, robust voice control, and other consumer preferences across all screens without the high cost of replacing legacy QAM STBs in the home,” said Charlie Nooney, CEO of MobiTV.
Nicolas EglauProSiebenSat.1 has named former A+E Networks UK executive Nicolas Eglau to the new position of executive vice-president, international.Eglau, who was chief operating officer EMEA and general manager for Benelux the Nordics, CEE, the Middle East and Africa at A+E Networks, will take charge of ProSiebenSat.1’s international activities, including the European Media Alliance, the network of commercial broadcaster groups that includes TF1 and Mediaset. He will also take charge of ProSiebenSat.1’s activities beyond Europe.Eglau officially stepped down from his position at A+E in March to “take up other challenges”, but continued to work for the group in an advisory capacity until August.Prior to joining A+E, Eglau worked for ProSiebenSat.1’s main German rival RTL for 11 years, with responsibility for the group’s pay TV activities and venture fund.Eglau will work between ProSiebenSat.1’s offices in London and Munich, and will report to the company’s executive board.The European Media Alliance was created in 2014 to foster closer collaboration between European media groups to enable them to take on the challenge presented by global internet and media giants such as Google, Apple and Amazon.Initiatives from the grouping so far include collaboration on programming and production, the creation of joint-venture MCN Studio71 France and the establishment of the European Broadcaster Exchange as a pan-European digital advertising sales house.Christof Wahl, member of the executive board, digital, and COO ProSiebenSat.1 Group said: “Nicolas Eglau has extensive experience in both TV and Digital and a broad, international network. With him, we will expand our international cooperation ventures and generate growth and additional revenues beyond Germany’s borders.”
Germany’s international public news and information broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) has launched a new on air channel branding kit designed by London based digital design agency W12 Studios .The toolkit consists of a motion design language and mnemonic, idents, on screen graphic, and social media video treatment.The new brand toolkit uses movement to reveal contrasting storylines over time in line with DW’s corporate brand ethos ‘Made for Minds’, according to the broadcaster. The new channel branding is being rolled out globally across all four of their broadcasting languages: English, Spanish, Arabic and German.The on air branding tool kit developed by W12 Studios is based on building blocks that can be applied across all of DW’s distribution channels from on air, social to mobile web, according to DW.According to the broadcaster, W12 Studios developed a vocabulary of continuous motion from right to left that reveals content over time. As time progresses new content is revealed to resemble a timeline. The framework juxtaposes two clips in quick succession to invite the audience to interpret a story from multiple perspectives indicative to Deutsche Welle’s coverage approach.Michael Albers, director and cofounder of W12 Studios on the project, said: “We’ve developed an on air identity for Deutsche Welle that allows for continuous change. Content within the idents and web video can be replaced, while maintaining a consistent brand structure and formatting. This equips DW to respond to the daily changes paramount when dealing with current affairs and a global culture.”The refreshed branding will be rolled out across the DW broadcast, digital and social media ecosystem.