IDG’s Accela Communications Builds Studio Optimized for Web Delivery

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – DECEMBER 16, 2002 – Accela Communications, a leading webcast services provider, announces the opening of the AccelaCast Studio(TM), an in-house webcast services studio optimized for web delivery. The on-site studio also provides clients with the ability to rehearse, tape, edit, review, and approve their webcast program in one day – decreasing their production time and dramatically improving the rate of release to the marketplace.

 

"The opening of our AccelaCast Studio is just another confirmation of the growth we have experienced in developing first-rate webcasts for an increasing number of companies," said Bill Reinstein, President and CEO of Accela Communications. "Now, we are able to push the envelope that much further by having complete control over the production environment to deliver even higher quality programming on the web."

The AccelaCast Studio features digital video inputs to capture content directly into a non-linear editing environment, making it ready for web delivery. Kevin Cronin, Sr. Producer/Studio Production Manager commented, "every piece of equipment is optimized for web delivery, enabling our producers to get the most performance out of content captured on tape, which is not always what you find in a studio. Many studios are ready to broadcast Tom Brokaw via satellite, but are not optimized for delivering content on the web."

The new studio includes a full suite of robotic cameras decreasing distraction and noise on the set, and due to the automation, there is less room for error during taping. Professional backdrops, an attached control room, editing suite and a presenter's lounge are also part of the set up.

"As a partner to Accela Communications, we are thrilled to have the AccelaCast Studio at our disposal. It's a wonderful, state of the art facility designed from the ground-up for the webcast experience. It has a team of people who know that environment, and can deliver a terrific show and we love that," said John Gallant, President and Editorial Director of Network World.

About Accela Communications, Inc.

Accela Communications provides web-based marketing solutions that accelerate the lead generation process driving sales and business growth for a wide range of channel partners and their customers. Accela Communications has enabled more than 1,000 customers from global companies including IBM, Cisco, EMC, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and 3Com to reach highly qualified audiences and generate measurable, actionable sales leads through its AccelaCast(TM) platform and suite of fully integrated webcast production and marketing services, Lead Evaluation And Delivery System(TM) (LEADS), and through the award winning web site, ITworld.com.

About IDG

Accela Communications, Inc. is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com