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Broadcast industry vet Tim Thorsteinson named CEO of Quantel

UK-based Quantel and Snell have named Tim Thorsteinson as CEO. Quantel’s long-time CEO and chairman, Ray Cross, has stepped down after 10 years.

Many of you may recognize Thorsteinson’s name — he has held many senior roles in the media technology industry, including twice as the CEO of Grass Valley, president of the Broadcast division of Harris and president/CEO of Enablence. He will split his time between Newbury in the UK and Toronto, Canada.

“We are delighted to have Tim Thorsteinson join Quantel to continue the company’s transformation. Tim has a proven track record of value creation, and his knowledge and experience are a great fit to grow the combined Quantel and Snell business into a major force in the rapidly changing broadcast industry,” says Chris Hurley, managing director Lloyds Development Capital and Quantel board director. “I would also like to thank Ray for all his hard work and achievements at Quantel over the past 10 years.”

“I’m very excited to be joining Quantel,” says Thorsteinson. “It is one of the larger independent businesses in our industry, with world-class products and a rich history of innovation. I want to build on that tradition to create an organization 100 percent focused on helping our customers prosper in the media technology world.”

Those customers live in both the broadcast and post worlds, and that won’t change according to the new CEO, whose background is mostly in broadcast. “We remain very much committed to the post market going forward.”

Quantel’s Digital Fact Book updated and online

For those of us who have been in this industry for more years than we would like to admit, Quantel’s Digital Fact Book has become like an old friend… one who knows a lot about industry terminology and technology. Well this old friend has been completely overhauled and updated to reflect the latest developments in our industry, and has its very own website at www.digitalfactbook.tv,  now featuring Quantel and Snell’s combined experience in the digital world.

In producing the new edition, each of the over 600 entries has been reviewed and updated, and many new ones added, echoing, in particular, the increasing adoption of web and IP technologies in the broadcast industry today.

Industry veteran Bob Pank, who has edited every edition of the Digital Fact Book in its 27-year history, once again oversaw the project. “It’s been an interesting as well as challenging job,” he says. “What is great about our industry is the way it continues to develop at breathtaking speed; keeping up with those changes is essential for broadcast and post professionals, and the Digital Fact Book is a useful one-stop resource for this. And now that it’s online, we can, of course, update it as and when new developments occur that impact our industry; it’s very much a living book!”

“You’d think that in the online age there would be no need any more for the Digital Fact Book, but the reality is everywhere we go people still ask us for copies of it; it’s great that the DFB still has this position in our industry,” reports Steve Owen, Quantel marketing director. “We haven’t done a new edition for a few years, but the coming together of Quantel and Snell gave us the opportunity to do a completely new version that makes the great depth of knowledge of both organizations available to the whole industry.”

Quantel (@quantel) welcomes all suggestions for updates and new entries for the Digital Fact Book from anyone in the industry. Send them to us at dfb@quantel.com.

Quantel published the first edition of the Digital Fact Book more than 27 years ago when the digital age in broadcasting and post was still in its infancy It was designed to provide a balanced, independent and, above all, useful source of reference on digital terminology, standards and technology for everyone involved in the industry – from students to seasoned pros who had grown up in an analog world.

Since then the Digital Fact Book has gone through 14 major updates, with well over 250,000 hard copies distributed by Quantel and countless references made to the online versions in more recent years.

IBC: Quantel and Snell, talk new products, upgrades, transition

In their first joint press conference since Quantel’s acquisition of Snell, the two companies shared the stage to talk about new products and how the integration of the two companies is moving along.

Ray Cross says it’s going very well, while announcing that Robert Rowe and Paul Martin have joined the Quantel board. Neil Maycock is now VP of product strategy. The two entities now also share a common sales team. And the goal, says Cross, is that all production will move to Newbury, Quantel’s main headquarters, by October 14.

Regarding product  news Quantel has updated software for Pablo Rio and Pablo PA.

Enhancements include:
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Quick Chat: Quantel’s Steve Owen on the purchase of Snell

By Randi Altman

As a follow-up to last week’s news that Quantel had bought Snell, we thought it would be a good idea to throw some questions at the UK-based company, which is not necessarily known for its history of acquisitions.

Steve Owen, Quantel’s marketing director, kindly took time out from what is likely NAB craziness to share some details how about the company’s path  led here.

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Quantel acquires Snell

Newbury, England — Quantel, a provider of news and sports production systems as well as high-end post tools, has acquired Snell. Snell specializes in broadcast and media technology providing a range of solutions for live TV production and the creation, management and distribution of content for TV on tablets, mobiles and Web.

According to Quantel, the purchase of Snell allows the combined business to offer customers a complete product range to create, version and deliver high-quality content efficiently across multiple platforms.

“This acquisition brings two great companies together to create a major new force in the global broadcast and media technology market. This will enable us to better serve Quantel and Snell customers around the globe,” said Ray Cross (pictured), executive chairman and CEO of Quantel. “Our product ranges are entirely complementary, so the excellent Snell and Quantel brands and product ranges will continue. We’ll be able to combine the best in class talent and technologies from Quantel and Snell to bring exciting new products and solutions to market to help our customers transform their businesses. More local offices across the world will enable us to build closer relationships with our customers and to offer even better support.”

“Paul Martin, managing director of the Snell TV Everywhere division and Robert Rowe, managing director of the Snell Live TV division will join the Quantel board to make sure it is business as usual for Snell customers,” continued Cross. Tim Banks, Snell sales director and Peter Fredericks, Snell finance director are also taking leading roles in the new combined organization. “I’m really delighted that the Snell and Quantel businesses have come together to increase the scale and scope for both,” said Simon Derry, outgoing CEO at Snell. “Under Ray’s leadership the combined business will be able to write a new and exciting chapter moving forwards. I look forward to supporting Ray during the important period of transition.”

“We will be creating a new world-class facility at the company headquarters in Newbury to produce the complete Quantel and Snell product range and we look forward to the new ideas generated when the two R&D teams start to interact,” said Cross.

Check out their FAQ here: http://www.quantel.com/snell