Thank you and Congratulations Michael!

All the Directors at Media Asset Capital would like to express their congratulations to Michael McEwan on his return to NABA and thank him for his contribution to MAC – he will be sorely missed.

Here is the official press release:

Michael McEwen appointed as Secretary General of the North American Broadcasters Association

MAC Chairman Michael McEwen has been appointed as Secretary General of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA).

NABA is a non-profit association of broadcasting organizations in the United States, Mexico and Canada committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Founded in 1972, NABA provides a forum for North American Broadcasters to share information and best practices, discuss common challenges and opportunities, and reach concensus on key issues.

Michael has been a Director of MAC since 2006, and has served as its Chairman since 2010. Prior to joining MAC, Michael served in a number of senior positions at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) including; Deputy Head of Radio Current Affairs, Director of Radio and Senior Vice-President Media – responsible for all French and English TV and Radio services. Michael was named Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the CBC, in November 1995.

As a result of his appointment at NABA, Michael is standing down as Chairman and Director of MAC. However, he will stay on as Chairman of the Global Broadcast Summit; a joint venture between MAC and BPL Broadcast Ltd.

MAC CEO Neil MacTaggart stated: “We are obviously very sad to see Michael leave MAC. He has been a great source of knowledge, experience and wisdom during his time with the company, but this was truly too good an opportunity for him to turn down. We wish Michael all the very best at NABA, and he will remain a close friend to us all.”

The gloves are off in Las Vegas…Apple is throwing its weight about

There’s a fine row brewing in Las Vegas.

The “Supermeet” scheduled to take place in Bally’s on the Tuesday of NAB (although nothing to do with NAB itself), is organized by the FCPUG, which stands for the Final Cut Pro User Group…which nevertheless bills itself as “The World’s Largest Gathering of Final Cut Pro, Adobe and Avid Digital Storytellers.”

This is usually a broad-church kind of get together of editors and creative people, and indeed this year’s Supermeet was scheduled to be sponsored not just by Apple but by Avid, AJA, Canon, BlackMagic, Autodesk and various others, most of whom were going to make presentations at the event.

But not any more.

The organizers have reportedly informed everyone but Apple that their sponsorship and platform appearances are no longer required, since Apple are planning to use the event to announce the next version of Final Cut Pro and apparently “don’t want to share the platform with anyone.”

As you can imagine, this has set numerous cats among several flocks of pigeons.  Avid were going to present the Indie film-maker Kevin Smith (otherwise known as “Silent Bob”) at Supermeet, and are scrambling to find an alternative venue.

NAB themselves, who were never overjoyed in the first place at having such an opportunistic rival event in Las Vegas during the show, are trying to find other opportunities for the spurned sponsors.

Meanwhile everyone is agog to see what Apple  are going to say about the much-anticipated  new version of FCP.

Here’s the FCPUG Supermeet homepage…which seems to be changing hourly.  Here’s Avid’s take. And here’s the latest from Industry Blog ProVideo Coalition.

All very exciting!

By the way if you’d like to meet MAC at NAB, to talk about how our team of seasoned industry experts might be able to help you, mail us here. Whether you’re a broadcaster, a vendor or an investor, we’d love to get together. And have a good show!