“Inspired with Anna Olson”
is the producer’s first television series produced and finished in 4K.

TORONTO—Pixel Underground has been providing post-production services to
Canadian television producer Peace Point Entertainment Group for more than 15
years, but their latest project together, the food series Inspired with Anna Olson¸ broke new ground for both companies.
Inspired with Anna Olson
is Peace Point’s first television series produced in 4K UHD. Created for
Asian markets, where celebrity chef Anna Olson has a huge following, the show
offers a lively mix of travel and cooking features with a Southeast Asian
theme. Peace Point Executive Producer Les Tomlin says that his company decided
to take the show to UHD in order to deliver the best quality product to Asia’s
discriminating, tech-savvy viewers and ensure the show’s longevity. “We are
future-proofing the show as television markets move to 4K,” he states.

The show is also the first to go through 4K editorial
conforming, color grading and deliverable production at Pixel Underground. The
facility recently completed a major upgrade that included the addition of new
4K gear to one of its DaVinci Resolve color grading theatres and one of its
Avid Symphony finishing suites. It also made workflow enhancements that allow
it to work with data-intensive 4K media in real-time.
“Both rooms were fully rewired. Our grading theatre now
features 4K projection and monitoring systems,” says Pixel Underground Founder
and Colorist Marc Bachli. “We also added the latest graphics cards so that we
can handle 4K as easily as HD.” Pixel Underground works with original 4K camera
media throughout the post-production process.
As Peace Point was preparing to go into production with the new
show, Pixel Underground offered suggestions on 4K camera systems and how to set
up off-line editing facilities for 4K in order to create a smooth workflow from
the set through post. “We turn to them for advice on everything, not just
post-production,” recalls Tomlin. “They understand the 4K universe and that
made it simple for us to deliver a top-notch product.”
Pixel Underground’s Steve Jones served as conforming editor
for the series; Bachli applied the final grade. Greg Luce was the workflow
producer and Cailyn Webster was in-house post-production supervisor. The show
has a poppy, colorful look, says Bachli, noting that the food, in particular,
looks outstanding in high resolution. “Because of our longstanding experience
in finishing television shows we were able to work in 4K with only a few
modifications to our workflow,” he says. “It came off without a hitch.”
Having just recently premiered on the Asian Food Channel, Inspired with Anna Olson is fast on its
way to becoming Peace Point’s latest hit food series. “The network is
ecstatic,” says Tomlin. “It’s a very entertaining show and the picture
quality—in terms of its richness and beauty—speaks for itself.”
About The SIM
by Toronto-based investment firm Granite Partners, the SIM Group is a leading
supplier of production equipment, workflow and post-production solutions. With offices spanning North America, the
SIM Group provides stellar products and services for features such as the
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collaborated with producers, directors, cinematographers, post-production
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PS Production Services and can be complemented with SIM Digital cinematography
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