BUSINESS & INDUSTRY From alliances between broadcast giants, to the acquisition of a major creative tool for film production, we cover the movers and shakers in the tech biz
FRENCH NEWS UPGRADE
A partnership has formed between France Télévisions and CGI, with the latter aiming to modernise the former ’s newsrooms with its OpenMedia solution. France Télévisions is the leading French AV group, tying in six national channels, 24 regional and nine overseas branches. For a planned period of four years, CGI will work to standardise the company’s offering – in a contract valued at over €3.5m. Specifically, France Télévisions wants to have a common tool for all its newsrooms. The project is split into two phases: • Phase 1 will involve the integration of OpenMedia NewsBoard. • Phase 2 follows with the integration of OpenMedia Infinity. Intended to be used by over 3000 journalists, OpenMedia will allow the network to adapt to market standards and facilitate collaboration between various entities.
DPP PUBLISHES METADATA RECOMMENDATIONS
Industry business network, DPP, published Recommendation DPP008 – Business to Business Metadata Exchange. Using insights from a selection of DPP members, the document is a bid to reduce friction in the supply chain at the point of content exchange – specifically around metadata. “While the interchange of content itself is well understood, the landscape for metadata is significantly more varied,” says DPP CTO Rowan de Pomerai.
“A huge range of different formats are used – many of them bespoke – leading to significant inefficiencies in the supply chain.” Recommendations are made within the document that most media organisations would be best served by implementing MovieLabs Digital Distribution Framework (MDDF), a suite of compatible standards and specifications for interchange. And it outlines a phased approach for adoption into the critical path of the supply chain.
Grass Valley has announced an enterprise pricing deal with OB truck manufacturer Broadcast Solutions Group. The deal will see investment of $31m over a five-year period, delivering on its vision to develop live content solutions for global media companies. The agreement underlines Grass Valley’s mission to be an industry leader in digital transformation and the provision of premium live content. Broadcast Solutions Group’s Nordic team will establish a new competence centre in Helsinki, based off GV AMPP. “We’ve been proud to work with Broadcast Solutions over many years, and are delighted to extend our partnership,” said Tim Banks, WORKING IN TANDEM
vice president of sales, EMEA at Grass Valley. “Formalising this relationship brings greater value for customers, ensuring the local resources and capability to support our wealth of innovative products and solutions. We look forward to
working together over many years to come.” The companies will also work on the Grass Valley edition of IP OB vans – known as Streamline. These trucks support 12-24 camera set-ups and will be made available in 2022.
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