Marquis Broadcast Limited
Getting value on-screen is a widely-held producer’s mantra. However, with productions needing increased distribution, this is becoming harder to achieve. Teams need to leverage value from the systems and infrastructure that enable a production, whilst minimising the potential security risks when content is distributed between production centres. Marquis Broadcast has developed a number of tools that enable efficient and simple-to-deploy workflows, delivering secure distributed productions and not forcing producers into an on- or off-premise workflow.
We’re all back and recovered from NAB!
Although overall NAB registrations were down by 1.6% to 91,460. We really bucked this downward trend and our contacts are up year on year by 17.5% of which 48% were all new contacts. For any exhibitor these are a cracking set of figures, despite an epic hike to the back of the south hall.
When people ask me exactly what I and Marquis Broadcast do, I say we make software for television and movie production. The next question is usually, do you know a famous actor, musician, personality? I'm afraid my world is more ordinary than that, often about resolving mind bending, complex integrations. Nothing too sexy or exciting, just making things work for the journalists, producers and creatives of the world. Some people also know of us for our big enterprise integrations for broadcasters and studios.
Here’s a fun fact – Marquis Broadcast grew around 40% last year. So what, or even why, you may ask? For us, it was due to lots of hard work, new customers and perhaps – just maybe – we’re doing something right. As way of introduction, we develop specialist software, performing tricky integrations including apps for post-production, disaster recovery, analytics, cloud workflows and large complex enterprise middleware integrations. Our customers range from big studios, including Warner Bros and DreamWorks, broadcasters, such as CBS and the BBC, and large service providers, including Ericsson and Telefonica, right through to post houses, such as ENVY and The Farm Group, and finally to many thousands of creative individuals.
Marquis Broadcast transforming disaster recovery for Avid ISIS and NEXIS storage with Workspace Tools
The ever-increasing capacity of Avid shared storage has completely transformed production processes, with faster networks, greater storage and more concurrent clients operating at ever-higher resolutions. However, there is a down-side, in that the risk of outage – especially of work in progress – has become concentrated in increasingly larger systems, many of which are of petabyte scale.
In 2011, I presented one of the first ‘Cloud in Broadcast’ papers at BVE. It had a technology ‘waves of change’ theme running through it and made the case that adoption of cloud in broadcast was inevitable for many applications and really time for the industry to take notice. On reflection, I’d say 5% of the audience were on board, 20% thought it had legs, 25% were curious, and to the remaining 50% it was, to use modern parlance, ‘fake news’.
A lost tourist approached a villager in a rural area and enquired how to get to a famous landmark in another district. The villager responded: ‘Oh you can’t get there from here’. On the surface this statement makes no sense, but maybe in the villager’s context it does. Many existing broadcasters and media companies have an analogous problem with the potential journey to cloud; it isn’t easy, trivial or straight forward considering where they are today.