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Grass Valley Announces GV STRATUS Support for ANNOVA's OpenMedia Newsroom Computer System

Hillsboro, Ore., September 10, 2013 — As part of its ongoing commitment to open standards architecture, Grass Valley® announced today that the company's GV STRATUS® nonlinear media production tools now interface with Germany-based ANNOVA Systems's OpenMedia 4 Newsroom Computer System. This signifies a powerful step forward for Grass Valley's presence in central Europe's newsroom market.

ANNOVA Systems GmbH is a leading German software provider that offers broadcasters innovative newsroom solutions for individual workflows. Its OpenMedia newsroom system is the latest to be added to the list of compatible Media Object Server (MOS) systems for Grass Valley's GV STRATUS, which includes Avid's iNEWS, the Associated Press's ENPS system, and Octopus 7. When interfaced with OpenMedia, GV STRATUS delivers 100% of its functionality within OpenMedia so journalists have a solid and unified work environment, allowing them to better focus on creativity.

"Grass Valley is a proven leader in broadcast and newsroom technologies, so it was a straightforward choice to select its market-leading solution for our project," said Michael Schüller, Chief Executive Officer, ANNOVA. "By collaborating with the powerful GV STRATUS toolset, our large pool of broadcast clients can now take advantage of a seamless work environment that gives them full control over every part of their content creation and distribution lifecycle. As a result, our customers now have a unified platform that combines production tools, device control, and asset control in an intuitive interface so they can deliver their news on time, on budget, and without any hiccups."

A key benefit of GV STRATUS is its full compatibility with the MOS protocol, which allows it to interface with and take programming instructions from most newsroom computer systems. It also integrates with Grass Valley K2 media servers and storage to offer an expandable foundation for new applications and workflows. To further expand its capabilities, a new multisite function has been added to GV STRATUS that connects multiple GV STRATUS sites, regardless of distance, and allows users to browse remote content and share resources.

"The newsroom market in central Europe is an important part of Grass Valley's trajectory and we're thrilled to be working with ANNOVA on such an innovative collaboration," said Mike Cronk, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Grass Valley. "We're especially excited to show European broadcasters how GV STRATUS, when coupled with existing newsroom systems, can meet the growing challenge of investing in technology for the future while maximizing efficiencies."

The latest version of GV STRATUS will be released in Q3 2013 and publically demonstrated for the first time at IBC 2013, on the Grass Valley stand, #1.D11 in Hall 1, from 13th-17th September 2013.

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About OpenMedia

OpenMedia is an advanced news management solution featuring powerful tools that enable highest productivity levels in story tracking, cross media planning, event planning, rundown management, web distribution, control room functionality, information sharing and playout control.

OpenMedia, the comprehensive, all-in-on Newsroom Computer System enables you to develop a story from the initial idea through to broadcast. It provides for flexible workflows in line with your requirements and offers ideal integration in the entire existing IT and production environment.

About ANNOVA Systems

ANNOVA Systems provides software solutions and services to help newscasters and interactive content producers streamline their news and production workflows. With more than 15,000 users worldwide and 20 years proven experience in news technology, is ANNOVA's OpenMedia the leading independent news production and rundown management system today. Solutions by ANNOVA Systems are used by both private and public organizations around the world. Its users include newsrooms of the broadcasting services ARD, BR, Deutsche Welle, SR, SWR, WDR, RTSI, Swiss Radio DRS, RTR, Mediaset, RFI and RTL TVI.

Headquartered in Munich, ANNOVA Systems GmbH is a privately-owned company.

About Grass Valley

Grass Valley is changing the way live television is made and delivered. Recognized with 18 Emmy® awards for technology innovation, Grass Valley's product portfolio—from image acquisition to playout—offers a complete end-to-end workflow of flexible, future-proofed solutions which enable broadcasters and content owners to build multiscreen, multiplatform futures. By simplifying and enhancing the way content is produced and distributed, Grass Valley gives customers the freedom they need to be creative in the studio, the field, and the newsroom. Merging optimizations of IT technologies with best-in-breed media systems, Grass Valley's next generation solutions deliver higher quality and greater efficiencies. Customers include world-leading broadcasters, teleproduction facilities, service providers, government, religious, educational, corporate, and independent video professionals. Grass Valley is headquartered in Hillsboro, OR, and maintains local presence across the globe with offices throughout North and Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific regions.

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