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?The 4400 Uses Thomson Grass Valley Viper Cameras

USA Network Original Series most-watched ever on basic cable (August 03, 2004)

The 4400

The 4400

The debut of the Grass Valley Viper FilmStream Camera System in a network television series has created dramatic results. ?The 4400, a new USA Network Original Series drama shot with two Viper cameras, had the highest-rated and most-watched premiere ever on basic cable according to the USA Network. This success is the latest in a string of high-profile wins for the digital cinematography camera from Thomson, the world leader in integrated solutions (technologies, equipment, and services) to the entertainment and media industries.

A USA Network Original Series, ?The 4400 tells the story of 4,400 people previously considered missing until they suddenly return all at once. The shows two-hour premier on July 11, 2004 reached 7.4 million viewers in 5 million households, according to the network.

The premiere of the ?The 4400 and its five one-hour dramas were shot in Vancouver, British Columbia using two Viper cameras as well as Sony SRW-5000 digital recorders.

Thomas Burstyn, CSC, director of photography for ?The 4400 project, said using the Viper produce excellent visual results and helped save time and money during production. ?I found lighting setup to be much faster with the Viper; the lighting process became more intuitive, he said. ?Now I light the set by eye, study the monitor, and then make my tweaks. With film, I fiddle with my meters more and dont rely on my eye as much. With the Viper, I see the image so well and so quickly, it feels right and you move on. In addition, the Viper FilmStream cameras compactness made it extremely versatile and flexible for all the shots [both in the studio and exteriors] we had to capture.

?Whether its television dramas, commercials, or major motion pictures, Thomson is proud to provide tools such as the Viper FilmStream Camera System to help story-tellers achieve their creative vision, said Marc Valentin, president of Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions. ?We congratulate everyone associated with ?The 4400 on its success.

?The 4400 is the only latest success for the Viper FilmStream camera. Leading Hollywood directors David Fincher (Fight Club, Panic Room, Seven) and Michael Mann (Ali, The Insider, Last of the Mohicans) have also garnered attention for their use of the digital cinematography camera. Fincher completed commercials for the apparel maker Nike and the European phone maker Xilibri using the camera, while Mann used it for his most recent film, Collateral.

?The 4400 was produced by Viacom Prods. in association with American Zoetrope and Renegrade 83. It airs through July 28, 2004. Viper cameras for the series were supplied by Plus 8 Digital of Vancouver.

About the Viper FilmStream Camera
The Viper FilmStream Camera System is the only digital cinematography camera designed from the ground up to capture every detail needed for brilliant, uncompromised, uncompressed output. With three 9.2 million pixel Frame Transfer CCDs capturing 1920x1080 resolution, the Viper FilmStream camera system delivers an RGB 4:4:4 10-bit log output?uncompromised by electronic camera signal processing?to a field recorder. Part of the Grass Valley FilmStream workflow, the Viper FilmStream camera delivers its output directly into the post-production process for finishing.

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.

For information about Grass Valley products from Thomson please visit

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