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Northwestern Mutual Life Integrates Media Distributors' Next-Generation Asset Management System for Corporate Video

Innovative Business Products Manages Installation of Media Distributors` Constellation VCM System (April 12, 2010)
DMN Newswire--2010-4-12--Media Distributors, a leading provider of services, systems, and products for professional audio and video production today announced that Northwestern Mutual Life has integrated the Media Distributors Constellation VCM storage and archive management system for use in the Northwestern Mutual Life creative services video department. 

With the assistance of its Midwestern region reseller, Innovative Business Products, Media Distributors has secured its first corporate video installation for the Constellation VCM system, which debuted at NAB 2009.  Constellation VCM is a software-based system that includes an end-user interface that offers full search, retrieve, and manipulation of video and project files, without touching the original video source content. 

Innovative Business Products' CEO, Jim Phillips, had collaborated with Media Distributors' Tony Cahill over the course of several webinars and product training sessions to customize Constellation VCM to specific Northwestern Mutual Life needs.

"We wanted to help incorporate an asset management solution, which would include a LTO library, with their existing infrastructure and workflow that would provide Northwestern Mutual Life with greater storage capacity," said Phillips.  "Constellation manages their storage in a configurable manner; it is a truly flexible design that can evolve as their demand increases."


Constellation VCM is the first video asset management system to leverage next-generation enterprise tiered storage techniques and is the first to include digital fingerprinting, to deliver a highly flexible, scalable storage and distribution system for a wide range of customers, from large-scale video rights holders to small production and post-production companies.  The system easily conforms to the existing workflow of any organization. 

"The elegance of the Constellation design enables companies like Northwestern Mutual Life to adapt their workflow through the system in a way that is holistic," said Tony Cahill, chief engineer of Media Distributors.  "We want to reduce complexity while embracing expanding possibilities, and Constellation enables us to deliver a fully-integrated, customizable system for customers."

About Innovative Business Products
Established in 2002, IBP, with 45+ years of collective industry experience, is a Minneapolis-headquartered company that delivers video and data back up recording media, storage and disc publishing hardware and asset management software through a high-touch, customer service-friendly approach. We are committed to partnering with our customers and vendors by building long-term, personal relationships.

About Media Distributors
Since 1998, Media Distributors has become the nation's largest independent distributor of professional recording media products to the production, broadcast and entertainment industries. Supported by 85 full-time employees, it has earned this position by leveraging its numerous authorized dealer relationships to provide its customers with outstanding service, competitive pricing and a best in class branded product offering. The company offers a vast array of products, including professional videotape, motion picture film, data media, storage, video editing systems, rentals, software, disc duplication/publishing systems and media accessories. In addition, Media Distributors offers a number of
value-added services, including product re-certification, recycling & disposal, custom barcoding, consultation and systems integration. Offices are nationwide, including Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Diego, and San Francisco.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like a color photograph of Jim Phillips from Innovative Business Products; Tony Cahill, chief engineer of Media Distributors, or product shots of Constellation VCM, please contact Chris Pfaff at 201-218-0262 or


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