PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Oct. 2, 2012 -- NEP today announced that it has forged a partnership with Casablanca Online (CBO), Brazil's leading provider of digital satellite newsgathering (DSNG) vehicles and services, to deliver a complete outside broadcast (OB) production and transmission solution in Brazil. As part of this agreement, NEP is developing a new HD OB truck specifically designed for the Brazilian market and will provide maintenance, engineering training, and account management support. CBO will operate the equipment as part of a complete package of production and uplink services for Brazilian and international broadcast clients covering major live sports and entertainment events in the country.
"With an increasing number of sports and entertainment events coming to Brazil within the next four years, timing is perfect for us to begin offering broader solutions in that dynamic and rapidly growing market," said Kevin Rabbitt, CEO of NEP.
"CBO is the ideal partner to help us execute this first phase in our long-term strategy for Brazil," said Perry Ziff, NEP V.P. of business development and strategy. "NEP brings unmatched depth of experience in outside broadcast facilities and services. CBO, in providing satellite uplink services, reflects many of the same values for which NEP is known -- a top-notch reputation for quality service and expertise, and deep and respected relationships with key broadcast clients."
The new OB vehicle that NEP is developing for the Brazilian market is a 12-meter, single-expansion trailer that includes state-of-the-art production, recording and playback, audio, and routing equipment. The trailer supports up to 12 HD cameras and includes three EVS HD video servers to enable tapeless digital recording workflows. A 48-fader Calrec Artemis Beam 5.1 digital audio console anchors the vehicle's audio capabilities.
"With this partnership, we'll be able to offer both our Brazilian and international clients the premium-level OB services and facilities that NEP is so well-known for in the U.S. and the U.K.," said Alex Pimentel, CEO, Casablanca Online. "We're looking forward to the opportunity to grow our market share by offering a more comprehensive solution to our clients -- combining our first-class reputation among Brazilian broadcasters with the expertise, depth of resources, and reliability that international clients have come to expect from NEP."
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About Casablanca Online
A member of the Casablanca Group, Casablanca Online is one of the most complete providers of live satellite transmission services in Brazil. Since its founding in 1998, Casablanca Online has been involved with thousands of national and international events. It is a pioneering company in the implementation and integration of HD and 3D technologies. Casablanca Online's industrial division, Ibrasat, is a high-technology product research and development center committed to enhancing and differentiating operations. Casablanca Online has the largest fleet of DSNG mobile units in Brazil, reaching many points within South America. For more information, visit www.casablancaonline.com.br.
With the world's most advanced equipment, largest fleet of mobile units and global production studios to suit every genre, NEP enables its clients to execute, deliver, and display exceptional productions on any platform around the world. For more than 30 years, NEP has ensured its clients' success by delivering superior service and building lasting relationships with a passion for continuous innovation. NEP's talented staff is committed to acting with integrity and working as a team to deliver comprehensive solutions for remote production, studio production, video display, webcasting, and power generation that set the global industry standard. For more information, visit www.nepinc.com.
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