(February 19, 2015) BBC Worldwide, the wholly owned commercial subsidiary of the BBC, has selected ZOO Digital to provide a pioneering new subtitling and captioning solution for its global operations. The technology-powered service provider will deliver a cloud-based media workflow management system and associated subtitle and caption production services to BBC Worldwide in a deal beginning this month.
Utilizing its next generation ZOOsubs and ZOOcore cloud-based software, ZOO will provide a centralized, searchable system to manage and repurpose all BBC subtitling and captioning assets. BBC Worldwide teams across the globe will use the system to access, repurpose and download the localized materials for local broadcast and digital distribution.
All subtitles and captions shown on the BBC’s four UK terrestrial channels will be added to the system shortly after broadcast. The system will automatically localize US English and Australian and New Zealand English versions, making files immediately available to download in all formats.
BBC Worldwide intends to deploy the system more widely over time, ultimately creating a comprehensive, multi-language database containing all localized BBC Worldwide subtitle and caption assets.
Mark Lovatt, Global Head of Content Services, Global Content Supply Chain at BBC Worldwide, said:
“Having explored all potential providers, ZOO Digital presented the ideal solution to produce and manage our subtitle localization. ZOO’s industry-leading services and innovative technology deliver a powerful, easy-to-use solution that will support our global teams in delivering accessible, localized BBC content to audiences around the world.”
ZOO Digital President, Gordon Doran, added:
“In what is a highly competitive space with many well-established service providers, we’re delighted to have been selected by BBC Worldwide to deliver a solution to produce and manage subtitles and captions. Our flexible, scalable technology provides a powerful platform to support localization operations for one of the world’s largest content distributors.”
ZOO Digital, with offices in London, Sheffield and Los Angeles, provides a revolutionary new approach to global media production services, all powered by next generation ZOO technology. For more information, visit www.zoodigital.com
About ZOO Digital
ZOO Digital is a leading provider of global media production and management services for the entertainment industry. Using its own revolutionary technology, ZOO delivers cloud-based solutions to simplify the management of global distribution operations for creative organizations.
ZOO operates from the entertainment hubs of London and Los Angeles, and currently counts major Hollywood studios, global broadcasters and independent distributors amongst its growing client base.
About BBC Worldwide Ltd
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation . Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world. This is achieved through investing in, commercializing and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also champions British creativity globally.
In 2013/14, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £157.4m and headline sales of £1,042.3m and returned £173.8m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: http://www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview