As the third in a series of articles profiling various manufacturers, suppliers and services who cater specifically to the film and television industry in Gauteng, In Focus spoke to Inala

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Colin Wainer - CEO of Inala Broadcast
Broadcast, a division of Inala Technologies, who represent a number of leading international suppliers to the broadcast, professional HD/DV, display technology and surveillance industries and Kontakt Agencies CC T/A Pro-Sales, who supply all major brands of industry related products.

In Focus spoke to Colin Wainer, CEO of Inala Broadcast.

In Focus: I see you provide an extremely wide variety of production, post production and broadcast equipment. What are some of the recent releases?

Wainer:
We recently held a road show in Johannesburg demonstrating a variety of new products from Thomson Grass Valley, including the latest broadcast cameras – the LDK8000 Multi format High Definition TV camera, the Standard Definition/High Definition Kayak Vision Mixers, the Trinix, Concerto and Accapella routers with Jupiter and Prelude control systems. We also demonstrated a tapeless with fast turn around News Production editing suite and media server, and the Ignite Integrated Production Solution.

This is however only one manufacturer from a list of 31 that we represent, which is a small segment of the variety of products that we offer.
Our main focus is on Systems Integration (SI) where from the list of manufacturers we represent, we can provide full turnkey solutions.

In Focus
: Any recent large sales and please describe the equipment and name the customer if you can.

Wainer:
In 2007 we were contracted to supply CNBC Africa with a full turnkey system for the establishment of the CNBC Africa facility in Johannesburg. In addition to the main system build, which consisted of a production studio, final control playout and news production, regional bureaus in Cape Town, Nigeria and Kenya were also built so that coverage from an African business perspective can be provided.

In 2008 we were awarded an order to supply and commission an M-Net Playout expansion with Miranda Imagestore, Master Control Switcher, Kaleido X Multiviewer, TSL Monitoring and Tektronix Video Test and Measurement products.

Also this year, we were awarded an order to supply, install and commission an Omneon server, Thomson Grass Valley Indigo switcher and modular products in order to streamline the workflow and output of the Lesotho Broadcast signal.
In Focus: How many staff do you employ, and do you provide service back up?

Wainer:
Inala Broadcast is a division of Inala Technologies (Pty) Ltd. Our division employs a total of six staff in sales consulting, project management and technical service and support. We provide full service back-up into Africa.

In Focus:
Is there anything on the cards in the future?

Wainer:
Besides the SABC digitisation implementation plan, the South African government has stated that the analogue network will be switched off in the near future and that DTT will be starting a roll out plan towards the end of the year.

In Focus
: Thank you.
Inala can be contacted on +27 11 206-8340 or fax +27 11 206-8370

Kontakt Agencies CC T/A Pro-Sales supplies a large variety of major brand products to the broadcast, professional and non-broadcast markets

In Focus
spoke to Arne Sack, owner and Director of Pro Sales, as the company is better known.

In Focus: What products do you have on offer?

Sack:
We supply Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Senheiser, AKG, Sachtler, Shure, Panamic, Wendt, Electro Voice, Canon, and Fujinon – in fact whatever product is required to put together a system. Our own range of products include Cosmo lighting, Swit batteries/chargers and LCD monitors, Secced Tripods and jibs among others.

In Focus: Any new products that have recently come on the market?

Sack: Cavision Filters, matt boxes, boom poles and lens adapters.

In Focus: Any recent large sales and if so please describe the equipment and the customer.

Sack: We supplied Clive Morris Productions with a new Television Studio. We provided everything from equipment to lighting.

In Focus: How many staff do you employ and do you provide service back-up?

Sack: We employ six staff, and absolutely, we supply full service back up. We will always endeavour to involve the local distributors and dealers of products, but wherever we find that the service is not up to standard we will import directly in order that the client will not be inconvenienced.

In Focus: Thank you.

Kontakt Agencies CC T/A Pro-Sales can be contacted on +27 11 462-0000/1/2/3 or on +27 82 576 1366.