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By By Michael Stabile
When directors of the independent feature Gone wanted to send a copy of their documentary about a missing ex-pat to the Tribeca Film Festival a few days ago, they discovered that the high-end tape stock they needed to screen it there was gone too.
Businesses in numerous industries fear quake-related shortages
By Verne G. Kopytoff
Businesses in a number of industries are trying to adapt. No longer can they count on reliable access to critical supplies, prompting frantic phone calls, contingency planning, and product redesigns.
For instance, film and television producers and the companies that support them are scrambling to stock up on commercial-grade videotape. A major supplier,Sony Corp., closed its factories in Japan. Many studios say they face no shortage now, but fear a shortage at some point.
“Folks everywhere know there will be a shortage and are buying as much as they can,’’ said Thomas Engdahl, chief executive of Advanced Digital Services, which archives Hollywood shows. “It’s creating panic buying.’’
Media Matters: Quake impacts local TV stations
The television industry has been abuzz for the past week over the possible impact of the Japan earthquake on local TV operations around the United States. That's because much of the equipment used in TV newsrooms comes from Japanese companies, long leaders in high-tech electronics.
News reports say that the Sony Corp. has been especially hard hit, shutting down six factories in the aftermath of the earthquake. One Sony plant in Sendai is only 80 miles from the quake's epicenter and was reportedly heavily damaged in the disaster.
Stateside, suppliers of products such as high-definition videotape and other components have started warning TV stations of possible supply shortages. Without fresh supplies of blank videotape, some newsrooms could eventually have trouble going out and covering the news each day as well as producing local commercials and other behind-the-scenes operations.
Hollywood Hit by Soaring Videotape Prices Following Japan Quake
firstname.lastname@example.org / Mar. 25, 2011 10:18 KST
Hollywood is feeling the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan. Prices of high-quality videotape are skyrocketing amid fears of a shortage as many tape manufacturers in Japan have been affected by the disaster.
According to U.S. media on Tuesday (local time), major Hollywood film studios such as 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. have expressed concerns as tape prices have doubled since the quake.
Japanese companies like Fuji and Sony dominate the market for various types of tape such as HD videotape and data storage tape, with Sony the sole producer of HDCAM SR tape. The earthquake and tsunami took a heavy toll on Miyagi, Fukushima and Ibaraki Prefectures where many tape plants are clustered. Most factories in these areas have not fully resumed operations yet.
Hollywood Sony HD Tape Shortage Caused by Japan's Tsunami Panics California and NY Filmmakers
By LA Weekly, Thu., Mar. 24 2011 @ 12:04PM
When directors of the independent feature Gonewanted to send a copy of their documentary about a missing ex-pat to the Tribeca Film Festival a few days ago, they discovered that the high-end tape stock they needed to screen it there was gone too.
A Sony factory in Miyagi, Japan was the sole manufacturer of high-quality HDCAM-SR tapes used extensively in TV and film production. But it was badly damaged in the quake and tsunami, causing an industry that relies heavily on the tapes to panic. The pricey tapes that usually go for $280 now cost $1,000 or more -- and many shelves are empty.
Supply of Sony Videotape is Running Low
MULTIPLE CITIES: The supply of Sony’s professional videotape started getting tight within days of the earthquake that rocked northern Japan. Users are reporting a shortage of HDCAM SR tape particularly, because there are no ready substitutes. However, the supply of all types of magnetic professional videotape is tight, according to Mark Schubin, engineer in charge at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
“We’re running into the problem here at the Met,” he said.
Both direct and indirect supply lines from Sony have been disrupted. Sony makes HDCAM SR and several other professional video products are manufactured at the company’s facility in Sendai, roughly 80 miles from the epicenter of last Friday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake. Sony announced on Monday that the facility had ceased operations. The Taipei Times said yesterday the facility was still flooded, “and Sony officials do not foresee the factory becoming operational in the short term.”
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