MediaPro Group's engineering department, Unitecnic, has been contracted to implement the first phase of a network of TV studios for Saudi Research Publishing Company (SRPC), the print media arm of Saudi Research Marketing Group (SRMG).
Besides working as a news production facility, the studios will provide satellite uplink, stand up, play out, non-linear editing, transcoding services and complementary new media production capacity to SRMG Group as well as other broadcasters.
"The first phase of the network will cover Riyadh and London while the second phase will aim to provide similar facilities in Beirut, Dubai, Jeddah, Cairo and other parts of the Middle East," commented Paco Herrero, manager of Mediapro.
Key kit at the studios will include Panasonic's robotic AW-E650E camera systems, Thomson Grassvalley's Indigo Mixer, Sony's IMX Recorder, the VectorBox playout system, the Avid Xpress Pro, Sony's DSR-450WSPL equipment, Tandberg and Xicom uplink facilities as well as Andrew Antenna and Anystream's Agility system.
Once the facilities are ready, SRPC is looking to offer broadcast services to local and international broadcasters through its booking office.
In the meantime, MediaPro, which now has an office in Dubai Studio City and a steady stream of projects in the region, is looking to hire camera operators, editors, TV producers as well as broadcast & electronic engineers to work on its Middle East projects, confirmed Herrero.