Summer 2008 Newsletter
CCI helps Start New TV/Broadband Media Network
Communications Concepts produced the first promotional video or "Sizzle Reel" for a new broadband and television network, Air & Space Television. The video is a compilation of the types of entertaining and informative content the network will broadcast. As the name implies, Air and Space Television will be the first network dedicated to the many people and events - past, present and future - relating to aviation and spaceflight. This includes air sports, space tourism, historical programs, education, news and many other types of programs. In the process of creating the promo video, Communications Concepts also provided production of a highlights program of the 2008 Sun N' Fun Air Show in Lakeland, FL.
The network was founded by Phillip Hurst, part of the team that founded the 100-million-worldwide subscriber Golf Channel. Also involved is George Greenberg, a veteran of several other network launches, including Sci-Fi Channel, Si TV and Tech TV. Other principals include famed aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff and Hall of Fame astronaut Story Musgrave. "It is very important for us in this venture to find the right partners, like CCI, that know the aviation, space and media businesses," according to Hurst. "With their producing TV coverage of numerous rocket launches, and the fact that they are producing original aerospace TV shows like Flying 411, The Space Show, and One Giant Leap we knew they fit the bill." Adding CCI's Web experience provides an added bonus. CCI designed and is currently building a "beta-version" rich-media website for Air and Space TV that will go into testing soon. The website will be an important platform for the network in the current, rapidly evolving media market.
Hurst concludes "This is an exciting time for aviation and spaceflight. There is a massive global interest and great stories to be told, and the time is right for a broadcast service dedicated to them. Air & Space TV will be that service."
CCI Produces The Space Show for TV in High Definition
The Space Show has been on radio and the internet for several years. The audio show has a total of about 100,000 listeners counting broadcast radio, internet radio and podcasts. The show is hosted by Dr. David Livingston, a well known and well respected authority in the space and new space industry.
In June, Dr. Livingston collaborated with Communications Concepts, Inc. to produce twelve special episodes of The Space Show for television. CCI shot the shows in 1080i 30fps HD on DVC Pro HD tape.
As with the radio version, each show focuses on timely and important issues influencing the development of outer-space commerce and space tourism. The twelve HD TV shows featured guests from not only your traditional space companies, but also representatives from upstart rocket companies, space tourism ventures and other space organizations. Some of the guests appearing on the shows included Brian Mosdell, Director of Florida Launch Operations for SpaceX, talking about preparations for the launch of Falcon 9; Jon Cowart, NASA Senior Project Manager for the Ares I-X Ground Systems; Linn LeBlanc, Executive Director, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation; Bill Werb, Co-founder of Space Frontier Foundation; Reda Anderson, adventure traveler and first person to sign up to fly on RocketPlane and Professor Joanne Gabrynowicz, National Remote Sensing Center, Space Law Center at Ole Miss
"The crew at CCI, Inc. in Cape Canaveral gave us terrific support in filming The Space Show TV sessions in June. Also, we credit Jim with the new Space Show introduction that you are hearing at the start of Space Show program. We appreciate the support and attention given us in the studio and the friendship shown, plus the extraordinary talent demonstrated over and over again by Jim Lewis and his crew," said Dr. Livingston.
CCI Shoots Education Video
In May, when the University in New York went searching for a local company to shoot a video for Calculus class, they choose to use CCI's studio's in Cape Canaveral. A professor from the University of Central Florida was hired to teach the video class.
CCI designed a new website for Beyel Brothers Crane and Rigging.
CCI designed a new website for Beyel Brothers Crane and Rigging. The new Beyel Bros. website established new branding to match a recent new logo design. The new website is driven by CCI's custom administration tools that are integrated with a SQL database. Administration tools allow anyone with log in and password access to update the website from any location. The site was built using the following website programming technologies: HTML, CSS, Java, PHP, and SQL.
"Our website objective was two fold - create a site the promoted our services and would be easy to navigate while making easy updates. The end product has been a website that is extremely user friendly and allows me to make changes and additions whenever the need calls for it. CCI was very responsive and timely," said Anthony Cordaro, Business and Development Manager.
Beyel Brothers specializes in Heavy Hauling, Barge Cranes, Tug Boats, Crane Rental, and Barges with offices located throughout Florida. Beyel Brothers, Inc. was formed in 1989 by Joseph, Philip, Steve, Danny and Mark Beyel who are each co-owners of the company. The five brothers bought out their Father after he was diagnosed with an illness. Since the existence of Beyel Brothers, Inc., the company has become one of the largest crane and rigging companies in the state of Florida.
A/V Rentals Update
CCI Provides AV Support Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Gala
And has a "Hoot" of a time
In May, CCI provided A/V rental support and video production service for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Gala. It was held at the Apollo Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center. More than forty Hall of Fame Astronauts gathered on May 2 and 3 to induct four Astronauts into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Class of 2008. CCI also sponsored a table at the event. The four astronauts inducted this year include the third American to live aboard the Russian Mir Space Station, John Blaha; Director of Stennis Space Center and commander of the first International Space Station assembly mission, Robert Cabana; Commander of the first Shuttle Mission dedicated to life sciences and current NASA Chief of Safety, Bryan O'Connor; and Vice President of Engineering and Integration Chief Technology Office at United Space Alliance and Commander of the mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope, Loren Shriver.
This is the sixth year CCI has been a part of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Gala. CCI provided 3 videographers, 2 LCD projectors, and microphones as part of the A/V rental agreement. The company also provided IMAG, and video play back for the event, shooting on three Panasonic P2 cameras. Switching, recording, and feeding was provided through a Tricaster fly pack, projecting with 5100 lumens LCD Projectors on two 9x12 rear projection screens, with two Panasonic 50" high resolution plasma flat screens with stands on the sides.
In addition to supporting the event, CCI attended the event with our guests from Sun Sports and Air and Space Television. "The night was flurry of excitement as everyone made their red carpet arrival. Being such a huge fan of the space program, CCI is proud to be a part of such a wonderful program." said Jim Lewis, VP of CCI. "We were so fortunate to have Astronaut Hoot Gibson join us at our table. Being in the presence of such heroes who believed in the unknown is always such fun and such an honor."
More A/V Rental News
CCI is also provided the A/V equipment for the PRSA/FPRA Media Roundtable presented by Disney. The annual event was held at the Embassy Suites July 17. The media roundtable gave PR professionals a chance to meet with regional magazine, newspaper, tv, and radio reporters. This year's featured speakers at the luncheon were Dick Bathelor and Tico Perez. Also of note, CCI is currently hosting and redesigned the PRSA website.