London, UK, 11th June 2020 – 7fivefive has delivered remote edit technology for A+E Networks® UK, to enable its team to successfully work from home during the global COVID-19 crisis.
In response to lockdown measures implemented in the wake of the pandemic, A+E Networks UK needed to quickly increase its existing remote editing capacity. The priority was to ensure safe working practices and business continuity, by extending the existing on-premises post environment, to support compliance & re-versioning off-site. In addition to maintaining uninterrupted creative output, while its team adjusted to working from home.
A+E Networks UK is a joint venture between Hearst and Sky, the UK team employs 180 staff, with 28 team members based at its technical operations premises in London. The London office handles media operations, engineering, post-production and project management.
A+E Networks UK required a solution that could be scaled within days and that was compatible with its existing workflows. Due to the prior installation of remote edit infrastructure, A+E Networks UK was able to build upon the systems that were already implemented by 7fivefive. The unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic required swift action to be taken, within 8 days, 7fivefive almost quadrupled capacity for team members to work from home.
7fivefive deployed 16x GPU accelerated virtual machines which provided the same user experience as A+E Networks UK’s existing physical edit machines but only needed one VMware host for 4 of the GPU accelerated virtual machines. Increasing this capacity meant the team could access high-powered machines concurrently while working remotely. Subsequently, non-GPU accelerated virtual machines were deployed, which enabled the non-edit users to access internal systems and assets from home.
A+E Networks UK is continuing with these remote workflows for the foreseeable future, responding to ongoing social distancing requirements. A+E Networks UK continues to implement internal processes to support its team through these difficult circumstances.
7fivefive provides a customised technology consultancy service for the broadcasting industry. 7fivefive has previously worked with A+E Networks® UK to deliver a refit for its Hammersmith post-production facility, introducing remote editing infrastructure to maximise capacity.
Matt Westrup, VP of Technology and Operations for EMEA, A+E Networks UK, commented; “Normally we work within a very rigid booking process, but we had to give our team the flexibility to figure out the timings that worked for them. Despite these challenging circumstances, the remote editing workflows have proved to be very effective, our VP of creative noted that the quality of work has actually increased.”
7fivefive provides a unique combination of technical, business, and industry knowledge that is channelled into a complete service system integration for the broadcast industry. It helps content creators & service providers to find more efficient ways to deliver video content, using enhanced video workflows, virtual technologies and smarter thinking. Its highly focused and committed approach ensures quick and efficient infrastructure solutions tailored to individual business needs. Its high-quality product sourcing skills combined with fresh and innovative thinking ensures a smooth transition into next generation technologies and workflows.
About A+E Networks UK
A+E Networks® UK, a joint venture between Hearst and Sky, is a leading media network reaching 58 million homes across 100 countries. With our global portfolio of popular, high-performing and creative brands – HISTORY®, Crime+Investigation®, Lifetime®, HISTORY2® and UK free to air BLAZE® – we have entertained and inspired audiences for over 20 years; telling the stories that need to be told. Our award-winning factual and entertainment content includes global hit franchises like Forged in Fire and Born this Way, must see dramas Knightfall and Vikings as well as original local commissions including: Al Murray’s Why Does Everyone Hate the English and Murdertown with Katherine Kelly (UK), Married at First Sight (Africa) and The Hunt for Baltic Gold (Poland). We complement our programming with innovative talent-led exclusive digital content and top-rated podcasts. We currently partner with over 360 operators broadcasting throughout the Nordics, Benelux, Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We have offices in London, Warsaw, and Johannesburg.
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