Innovation in the Cloud – See the Presentation Decks From Our April 30 DEG Expo

by Marcy Magiera | May 1st, 2020

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April 30, 2020 | Sergei Kuharsky, EVP Franchise & Digital Enterprise , BBC Studios – Americas and a Board Director for DEG, opened DEG’s Innovation in the Cloud Expo by sharing his perspective on the importance of the cloud to entertainment production and distribution.

Cloud levels the playing field for companies of different sizes, it enables cost efficiency and it makes any organization agile, he said, before sharing how migration to the cloud has played a role in the growth of the BritBox SVOD service, created by BBC in partnership with ITV.

During DEG’s second Expo, a panel of executives, moderated by OWNZONES advisor Mitch Berman, discussed how technology companies and content owners are working together to leverage the advantages of the cloud, as well as the factors currently blocking a full cloud transition, and the acceleration in the move to the cloud for both production and distribution as a result of the coronovirus crisis. Panel participants were Iyuno Media Group’s Chris Carey, Intel’s Lynn Comp, Technicolor’s Bob Eicholz, and Warner Bros. Technology’s Lena Wasikowski.

The other Innovation in the Cloud speakers also addressed trends in cloud migration, including cloud’s importance for enabling entertainment production and delivery, and immersive experience.

Visual Experiences: Transforming Media, Connecting the World
Lynn Comp, 
VP Data Platforms Group General Manager, Visual Infrastructure Division
Intel Corp.

In this presentation, Intel’s Lynn Comp shared Intel’s vision for unleashing  intelligent visual experiences through on demand cloud and transformed edge networks so people can create, connect and immerse. As a wide range of visual experiences explode across the cloud and edge, she shares, organizations and service providers need more scalable infrastructures and a collection of hardware, software and open source tools. Some service platform innovations that can be enabled by “Visual Cloud” services are volumetric 360 video and customized ad insertion.  See the full deck.

From Render Origin Story to Reserved Capacity and Powering Remote Artists
Kris Kostiuk
, Global Director, Business Development – Media & Entertainment
CDW | StudioCloud

With over 100,000 render cores and seven data centers across North America, CDW | StudioCloud offers a completely secure, fully managed and infinitely scalable solution for studios of any size.  In this DEG Expo presentation StudioCloud’s Kris Kostiuk reviewed the company’s shifted focus to help studio clients work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, including connecting animation and visual effects artists to remote workstations, shifting projects to locations less impacted by the virus, pushing project delivery dates and flexibly managing cash flow. Kostiuk’s presentation also shares how, together with Intel, StudioCloud will be examining the COVID-19 impact on Animation & VFX and considering the future of production in the wake of the novel coronavirus.  See the full deck.


Supply Chain in the Cloud: How to Make an Immediate Transition to the Cloud & Deliver Your Content Today | Rick Phelps, Chief Commercial Officer, OWNZONES Entertainment Technologies

In response to COVID-19, there has been a lot of attention around enabling the creative process in the cloud. But what happens when masters need to be delivered? Ownzones walked attendess through how content creators can be enabled to encode, package, and deliver content from anywhere using the cloud. Chief Commercial Officer Rick Phelps’s presentation addresses how AI and ML are enabling companies to consolidate their libraries in the cloud and reduce their storage footprints by up to 73 percent, and explained how leveraging component-based workflow formats like IMF in the cloud gives companies the flexibility to facilitate the creation and packaging of localized and compliance versions.  See the full deck.