Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), today announced that its flagship product CLEAR Media ERP has successfully gone live to automate the content supply chain for the UK public service broadcaster, Channel 4.
CLEAR has onboarded Channel 4’s content suppliers, including major studios, migrated petabytes of Channel 4’s archive, and has qualified its delivery BOTS supplying content to Channel 4’s video-on- demand platform, All4, and all other Channel 4 digital partners. CLEAR, at the heart of this deployment, is integrated with Channel 4’s scheduling system and orchestrates workflows across third-party vendors, including Localization, Postproduction, and Playout for all Channel 4’s linear & digital platforms. Additionally, working closely with Channel 4 and its commercials aggregators, CLEAR, for the first time in the UK, supports the AS-11 X6: MXF Program Contribution – DPP HD Commercials & Promotions standard for the delivery of finished HD Commercials and Promotions to Channel 4.
Andy Bell, Chief Engineer, Channel 4, said: “To manage a complex operation set up like ours and entirely undertake this project during the pandemic was not an easy feat. I’d like to credit PFT as a superb strategic partner who helped us get out of a tough spot, recover and help go live with CLEAR so we could resume our Media Services operations.”
Nick Kaimakami, Executive Vice President & Head – EMEA & USA East, Prime Focus Technologies, said: “What we have done for Channel 4 is a reflection of what a modern content supply chain automation looks like – one platform to automate the supply chain across a multi-vendor network of service providers for both linear & digital businesses. CLEAR’s unique & proven architecture of the application going to where the content is, helped us combine Cloud & our Leeds hybrid cloud infrastructure with running the Media & Online Operations.”
Late last year, PFT launched a new hybrid-cloud media center in Leeds to help manage the content operations. The company’s physical facility close to the City Center of Leeds is located near Channel 4’s new national headquarters.
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About Prime Focus Technologies
Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) is the creator of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, CLEAR® , for the Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry. It offers streaming platforms, studios, and broadcasters transformational AI-led technology and media services powered by the Cloud that help them lower their Total Cost of Operations (TCOP) by automating their content supply chain. PFT works with major M&E companies like Walt Disney-owned Star TV, Hearst Television, Channel 4, Sinclair Broadcast Group, A&E Networks, Warner Media, PBS, CBS Television Studios, 20th Century Fox Television Studios, Lionsgate, Showtime, HBO, NBCU, TERN International, Disney+ Hotstar, Cricket Australia, BCCI, Indian Premier League and more.
PFT is the technology subsidiary of Prime Focus, a global leader in M&E industry services. For more information, visit www.primefocustechnologies.com
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