Pinewood Studios to utilise Sohonet’s Connected Cloud Services and network capabilities with five-year contract renewal
London, UK, 10 September, 2015 – Sohonet, the leading global expert in connectivity and data management services for the media and entertainment industry, today announced that the Pinewood Studios Group, one of the leading providers of studio and related services to the worldwide film and television industries, has signed a five-year extension of their successful long-term partnership with Sohonet. In addition to continuing to supply campus-network services to Pinewood Group’s studios in England, Wales and the US, Sohonet is expanding its services to support Pinewood Studio’s £200M Development Framework and the Group’s expansion plans globally.
Pinewood is a driving force behind the booming production and post production industry and a global destination for film, television, commercial and video game production. Since the beginning of their partnership with Sohonet in 2001, Pinewood has used Sohonet’s cutting-edge Ethernet and VDSL technology and lead the way in innovating and driving the growth of digital production and tapeless workflows for productions enabling internet speeds 1600 times faster than previously reached.
Pinewood has been a pioneer in implementing cutting edge technology, and uses Sohonet’s suite of connected cloud services for the benefit of its customers. Pinewood is now also installing Sohonet’s ClearView suites at multiple locations. This remote collaboration solution, will empower customers to stream the highest quality 4k video in real-time for editing, color grading, digital intermediate and approvals and includes an integrated network and customized hardware design. Pinewood also deploys Sohonet’s FileRunner and FileStore products for large file transfers with automatic download capability and secure storage solutions.
Pinewood’s Director of Technology, Darren Woolfson said of the renewal, “Our long-term partnership with Sohonet ensures that we remain at the forefront of digital asset management, storage and delivery for the film and TV community. We recognise Sohonet’s ability to accommodate the increasing demands of the media industry across the UK and worldwide which allows us to meet the production needs of our customers.”
Damien Carroll, Chief Operations Officer for Sohonet said, “As Pinewood expands its services both domestically and internationally, Sohonet is thrilled to continue to support this growth by supplying world-class connectivity, production grade WiFi and network support services on campus to both Pinewood and its customers. Sohonet’s expanding range of production services provides Pinewood and its customers access to an exciting range of flexible tools for remote collaboration and file delivery, in addition to providing access to next generation security solutions and cloud storage platforms.”
Sohonet offers a range of services for the media and entertainment industry that enable clients to manage, store and transfer valuable and critical content quickly, securely and effectively – all backed up by unrivalled technical support. To learn more, please visit us at www.sohonet.com.
Sohonet is the leading global expert in connectivity and data management services for the media and entertainment industry. Fully independent, with almost 20 years media expertise, Sohonet offers a range of connectivity, data management, storage and compute solutions that enable clients to manage store and transfer valuable and critical content quickly, securely and effectively – all backed up by unrivalled technical support. Our Sohonet Media Network is the largest and most established private, high-performance network for the media industry connecting the leading studios, production and post-production facilities across the globe and providing a fast lane to established and emerging cloud platforms.
For further information please visit www.sohonet.com.
About Pinewood Group
Pinewood’s award winning post production team can offer a range of comprehensive post services including: on-set/near-set, location and studios based front-end digital services (digital dailies, archive, dailies grading), picture post (digital intermediate, on-line and deliverables), sound post editorial and mixing (including Dolby Atmos), character voice casting and international re-versioning in 40+ languages, archival and restoration of all formats. Recent credits include: Genius, Everest, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Miss You Already, Paradise
The Pinewood Studios Group is a leading provider of studio and related services to the global film and television industry. Synonymous with world class British and international productions, the impressive heritage of its UK-based Pinewood and Shepperton Studios date back to the early 20th Century and are home to some of the most successful feature films and TV shows ever made.
The facilities comprise the best quality sound stages, a globally unique underwater filming stage, a wealth of specialist production resources including 3D printing and lighting, state of the art TV studios, post production and digital content services. The studios also offer easy access to the world’s most experienced crews as well as the expertise of hundreds of complementary media companies based at its Pinewood, Shepperton and Wales Media Hubs.
Renowned across the globe for excellence in its field, the Pinewood brand is now being exported overseas to studios in Toronto, Canada; Atlanta, Georgia USA; Iskandar, Malaysia and the Dominican Republic, and in the UK, Pinewood recently opened Pinewood Studio Wales, just outside Cardiff.
The Pinewood Group offers equity and debt financing to UK film and television production as part of its growing range of advisory services, representing media funds of both Isle of Man and Welsh Governments.
Recent film and TV productions that have used the Studios’ facilities include, SPECTRE (Eon), Avengers: Age of Ultron (Marvel Entertainment) Gravity (Warner Bros); Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Lucasfilm); Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel Entertainment)/
Visit www.pinewoodgroup.com for more information.