Defense Contractors Have a New Ground Zero: Hollywood

Desperate for new markets, the industry thinks Tinseltown is the perfect target for its high-tech wizardry

Actors and directors film the gritty NBC cop drama Third Watch in Brooklyn, N.Y. But the show is edited in Hollywood on the Warner Bros.' lot -- 3,000 miles away. It seems like that ought to make reviewing and cutting film from the day's shoot a bit difficult. But actually, it's not a problem: NBC instantaneously ships a digital version of the film back to the West Coast lot on a secure broadband network, which can transfer hours of footage converted to data files in a matter of hours. That's a big improvement over the two-plus days it takes these film dailies to reach the West Coast via more traditional methods -- FedEx and mail courier.

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