The saga of Digital Copy
This panel of experts was held at the London Video Rendezvous (16 June 2012). It looks at Channel 4's 'The Inbetweeners Movie' as a case study for Digital Copy.
Andy Evans is co-founder and Managing Director of The Pavement, a company that became one of London's premier media and motion graphic production company and one of Europe's most creative DVD facilities, mastering a wide variety of discs for the music, TV, feature film and corporate sectors.
Fresh from a Masters degree in 1994, Andy began his career in multimedia solutions and Virtual Reality simulations at the BT Research Laboratories, prior to joining London-based post-production facility TVI two years later. There, he focused on MPEG applications, including VideoCD and CD-ROM projects in the corporate sector before relaunching the division as a DVD production studio called Stream.
Andy left Stream in 2000 to form The Pavement. In 2005, the company was approached by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to become part of their beta development of UMD-Video tools and Andy pioneered this new technology at The Pavement, producing some 50 UMD titles.
In 2008, the company opened its Blu-ray division. One of the largest independent film production and post-production companies in the US and UK - Goldcrest Group - invested in The Pavement at the beginning of 2009, in a bid to develop the company???s much sought-after service offering, including 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, online, mobile and production.
Edward Hall is Operations Manager at Channel 4, responsible for the production, distribution and replication of all DVD and BD releases as well as digital copy and some aspects of DTO. Edward joined C4 to bring in-house a separate DVD label (Lace International) and run it.
Edward has overseen over 400 releases and more than 20 million replicated discs over the past 6 years, with such commercial successes as Deal or No Deal interactive, Frankie Boyle and Jimmy Carr stand-up titles, establishing a back catalogue from VCI with titles such as Phoenix Nights, Spaced and Black Books, as well as recent successes such as Sarah Millican and Micky Flanagan stand-ups, and The Inbetweeners TV series and movie, from which he also oversaw 4DVD???s first foray into Digital Copy.
Prior to this, Edward worked at Time Life, a branch of Time Warner, looking after all acquisitions and production for their direct marketing and smaller retail releases across the UK & European territories. He started is media career at HIT Entertainment in 1997 and worked there for 5 years in the video/DVD division, overseeing the birth and success of such children???s brands as Bob the Builder, Kipper, Barney and Pingu.
Volkmar Breitfeld, co-founder and MD of ACE GmbH and Protect Software GmbH, both headquartered in Germany, is an acknowledged expert in the Digital Copy field. Volkmar has worked with interactive content for about 25 years and holds multiple patents in the fields of optical media and online distribution.
Protect Software provides a variety of products and services for optical media such as digital copy and copy protection while ACE focuses on online distribution, web platforms and mobile app creation. Hundreds of content owners, authoring houses, replicators and solution providers rely on ACE and Protect solutions for the secure distribution of their content to virtually all platforms from Blu-ray/DVD players, PCs and Macs to smart phones and connected TVs.
Previously, in 1994, Volkmar co-founded VOB GmbH, a company developing solutions for CD and DVD authoring and recording which was sold to Pinnacle Systems, now AVID, in 2002. After overseeing Pinnacles authoring and recording activities as General Manager until 2004, he co-founded Protect Software in 2004.