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France 3 Streamlines Workflow with Thomson Solutions

French network implements Grass Valley Digital News Production Solutions (September 23, 2004)

Thomson the world leader in integrated solutions (technologies, equipment and services) for the entertainment and media industries, recently announced that France 3, a major French broadcaster located in Britany, has upgraded its news production facilities with fully networked Grass Valley brand digital news production solutions (DNPS).

The France 3 Nantes Regional Center has moved to a virtually tapeless workflow model, complete with nonlinear editing (NLE) and video server playout products configured in a shared storage environment, which includes several Grass Valley M-Series intelligent video digital recorders (iVDR), a NewsQ Pro automated playback system, FeedClip interactive feed capture system and NewsEdit nonlinear editor. Multiple ingest and editing workstations are sharing media and completed projects across a Networked Attached Storage (NAS) array based on serial ATA technology.

Under the supervision of the France 3 technical staff, the significant commitment to Grass Valley equipment and services was based on their desire for an intuitive interface that streamlines operations and minimizes the learning curve, and a tightly integrated workflow.

The flexibility of the M-Series iVDR, the extensive features of the NewsQ Pro automation system, and easy integration with their existing Publison audio mixing solutions was also key to the sale.

Thomson will also support France 3 through its Systems Group and Customer Service organization. The company and France 3 have entered into a strategic partnership around its news and server architecture that leverages IT technology, Thomsons DNPS products and France 3s technical expertise.

?We are confident that Thomsons digital news solutions will enhance our news production operations in terms of quality and efficiency, said Yves Le Bras, head of France 3s technical team.

?We are very proud that France 3 has chosen to rely on Thomson, said Marc Valentin, president, Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions. ?This success confirms the penetration of our Digital News Production Solutions around the world, which are supporting complex digital upgrade projects deployed for a variety of regional broadcasters and local television stations.

About Thomson
Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: S) is the leading provider of technology and service solutions for integrated entertainment and media companies. By capitalizing on and expanding its leadership positions at the intersection of entertainment, media and technology, Thomson provides end-to-end solutions to content creators, video network operators, manufacturers and retailers through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, THOMSON and RCA brands. For more information:

Thomson's Video Network Solutions division develops video and film technologies, products and services sold to all major Hollywood studios, all major television, satellite, and cable broadcasters under the Technicolor and Grass Valley brand-names for the delivery of analog and digital entertainment. The division also includes Thomson's Broadband Access Products Business, which develops technologies and products for broadband and telecommunication networks to deliver digital entertainment and data to consumers and businesses.

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