Public access
broadcaster relies on the Cartoni P 090 for versatility and ease of use in
producing public interest programming.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD— The Chicago Access Network
(CAN-TV) operates five public access television stations reaching more than a
million viewers in the Chicago metropolitan area. Recently, the non-profit
organization began the process of remodeling its 30-year-old studios and one of
its first steps was to replace its outdated camera pedestals with
state-of-the-art camera support systems from Cartoni.
CAN-TV currently has four Cartoni P 090 two-stage pedestals,
each capable of supporting camera/lens packages weighing up to 90 Kg. “Our old
pedestals were built like tanks; they were made from heavy ferrous metals and
weighed half a ton,” recalls CAN-TV chief engineer Jason Bryant. “We needed
something that was stable, lightweight and easy to use.”
Bryant points out that CAN-TV provides production space as a
public service and that much of its programming is produced by members of the
general public with little or no professional training. Student organizations,
senior citizens groups and groups for special needs individuals are among those
who use its facilities. Cameras, support systems and other gear needs to be
robust enough to withstand rigorous use, Bryant points out, “and yet be simple
enough for everyone to use.”

The versatile, compact and portable Cartoni P 090 fits the
bill. “The way that Cartoni products are laid out in terms of where the locks
are, how to steer them, where the drags are, how they move, the feedback from
the head…it’s all very intuitive,” Bryant says. “It’s perfect.”

The Cartoni pedestals get plenty of use. CAN-TV produces
dozens of shows each week, ranging from news programs to music and variety
shows to religious programming. Among its more popular shows is Chicago Newsroom, covering local news
and community affairs. It was recently honored for excellence at the 50th
Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards and the Best of the
Midwest Achievement Awards.
CAN-TV acquired its Cartoni pedestals through North
Hollywood-based Cartoni USA/Manios Digital & Film, which also provided
on-site assistance with set up and a unique 5-year warranty. Manios Digital
& Film National Sales Manager David Butler says that responsive support is
essential for busy production operations. “CAN-TV can’t afford downtime,”
Butler observes. “and we want to help them avoid any disruptions to their production
In describing the value that the Cartoni P 090 has brought
to CAN-TV’s productions, Bryant cites Senior
, a program produced by Chicago seniors that features a wide range
of subjects and issues important to older Americans. “One of the crew had a
fully loaded Cartoni P 090 and was trucking it across the floor,” he
notes.  “That was beautiful! That’s why I
got those pedestals.”
Reflecting the
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