Production Associates and Fanview choose Blackbird for global eSports event

June 12, 2018, London – Forbidden Technologies plc, the developer and seller of the Blackbird cloud video platform, has announced that Production Associates and Fanview have chosen Blackbird Forte for pre, live and post-event production at a major forthcoming global eSports event held in Los Angeles.

This month’s event will see professional and celebrity players of one of the world’s most popular computer games competing for charity in front of a live audience and hundreds of thousands more fans online. Premier live event company, Production Associates, has partnered with leading fan experience company, Fanview, to bring all the action to a global audience. The companies will use Blackbird Forte to rapidly clip content from multiple sources at the event and deliver it seamlessly across multiple online platforms and channels.

With a global audience of almost 400 million people, eSports is going through dramatic growth with the sector predicted to generate revenues of $905 million this year – up 38 percent from the previous year.

Production Associates CEO, Michael Thuney says: “At Production Associates we’re always looking for innovative technologies that support distributed teams and give us the capability of publishing content as quickly as possible, Blackbird allows us to do this.”

Forbidden CEO, Ian McDonough says: “We are very proud of this partnership with Production Associates and Fanview. Following previous partnerships established in the US, Blackbird is now building a strong reputation in the world of eSports and this very high profile event is a huge endorsement of the power and trust in the Blackbird codec and the manipulation tools that Forte brings. As the sector grows we expect to see more and more adoption of Blackbird into eSports infrastructure”.

Fanview Founder, Jim Irving, says: “We’re delighted to be working with our partners PA on an exciting project and support the adoption of Blackbird to ensure that it meets the demands of this complex project.”

About Fanview

Fanview was born from a passion to design, develop and evolve the most compelling and engaging fan experiences on the planet.

Our team boasts decades of experience in high-end broadcast and digital strategy, production and delivery.

We work with many of the world’s biggest rights holders, sponsors and sports broadcasters, and we believe that our technology can help grow your audience.

We’re currently working with our clients to deliver state-of-the-art graphics and cloud editing solutions. This technology really will change the way our clients produce their content and grow the value of their rights.

About Production Associates

Production Associates’ parent company was founded in 1987 with $100.00 and a computer and within two years it was a million dollar a year business consulting on integrating the latest technology into live events and television.

As part of our nothing is impossible mantra, innovation is what drives PA. Experience is the key to innovation as many new ideas still rely on elementary physics and knowledge of what has been done before. What makes PA successful is imagination and collaboration and that’s what makes the magic happen.

About Forbidden Technologies plc

Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000. Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform using our patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels, and corporations.

The Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content, improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social media distribution, and results in much more effective monetisation.

To find out more about Blackbird Forte and Blackbird Ascent contact commercial@blackbird.video or visit www.blackbird.video
Blackbird® is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc

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Forbidden Technologies Forms Technology Alliance with Veritone

22 May 2018

 Forbidden Technologies plc

(“Forbidden” or the “Company”)

 Forbidden Technologies Forms Technology Alliance with Veritone

 Forbidden Technologies plc, the developer and seller of the Blackbird® cloud video platform, has established a technology alliance with Veritone.

Under the new alliance, Forbidden will integrate its revolutionary Blackbird codec and cloud video platform with Veritone aiWARE™, an Operating System for Artificial Intelligence (AI). Application developers, such as Forbidden Technologies, can quickly integrate their applications with aiWARE and immediately inherit the ability to recognise languages, faces, objects and logos from audio and video files. By adopting the aiWARE operating system, which is constantly growing in the depth and breadth of its cognitive processing power, applications will automatically improve the speed and accuracy of their offering, providing continuous value for their users.

This new solution will utilise the existing power of Blackbird Ascent and Blackbird Forte to optimise operational workflows. End users are being stretched by consumers demand for fast turnaround and multi-platform delivery, as well as increasing legislation. Veritone employs AI to orchestrate multiple cognitive engines to automate the generation of metadata to enrich content, improve visibility and permit operational teams to focus on monetizing their content without the need for labour intensive manual data entry.

Forbidden CEO, Ian McDonough says: The capabilities of AI platforms are evolving rapidly, and multiple additional revenue streams are unlocked for our customers by the huge wealth of data they can expose. We need to partner with companies that have a strong vision for intelligently guiding content through the most suitable engines for our customers’ desired workflows. Blackbird’s value is to make use of this data, optimising existing workflows to maximise the content’s value.”

Andy Brinck, Vice President, Worldwide Channels at Veritone said: “Veritone provides a trusted operating system for AI that empowers innovative companies, like Forbidden Technologies, to deliver actionable insights from previously unstructured data sources. We’re thrilled to see Forbidden’s Blackbird video platform leverage these capabilities to offer increased value to their customers.”

Enquiries:

 Forbidden Technologies plc

Ian McDonough, CEO

Jonathan Lees, Finance Director

Tel: +44 (0)20 8879 7245

Allenby Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Nick Naylor

John Depasquale

Nicholas Chambers

Tel: +44 (0)20 3328 5656

 

About Veritone

Veritone (NASDAQ: VERI) is a leading artificial intelligence company that has developed aiWARE, an AWS-certified platform offering orchestrated cognitive computing to transform and analyse structured and unstructured data for clients in a variety of markets, including media and entertainment, legal, compliance and government. The open platform integrates an ecosystem of cognitive engines, which can be orchestrated together, and a suite of proprietary applications, to reveal unprecedented, multivariate insights from linear files such as radio and TV broadcasts, surveillance footage and public and private content globally. To learn more, visit Veritone.com

 About Forbidden Technologies plc

Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000. Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform using our patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels, and corporations.

The Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content, improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social media distribution, and results in much more effective monetisation.

To find out more about Blackbird Forte and Blackbird Ascent contact commercial@blackbird.video or visit www.blackbird.video

Blackbird® is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc

Our House Media chooses Blackbird for flagship TV documentary series

May 9, 2018,London – Forbidden Technologies plc. announced today that Our House Media has chosen to use Blackbird for one of its flagship documentary series.

The Blackbird cloud platform will be used remotely and on premise by Our House Media’s story editors, producers and numerous production staff for the TV show, Building Off The Grid.  Blackbird Forte will be used for the pre-assembly of multi camera and sync-mapped content for post-production using Blackbird’s unique capabilities for many post-production workflows. Hours of content produced during the making of the show will be seamlessly ingested via Blackbird Edge and accessed, enriched with metadata and pre-edited to string outs.  AAF publishing will be accessed from the Blackbird cloud at Our House Media’s Head Office where the final show will edited. Our House Media selected Blackbird following a rigorous testing phase out in the field.

Shown on Discovery’s DIY Network in the US, Building Off The Grid follows 8 teams of intrepid off grid builders tackling extreme weather, remote locations and creative engineering to build stunning off grid homes.

Forbidden CEO, Ian McDonough says: “We’re delighted Blackbird is spreading its Canadian wings. Our House Media has recognised the power of our Forte platform and we’re thrilled to have another show on a US network.”

Our House Media Director of Post Production, Gad Reichman says: “Working with producers and writers off site and in different countries requires us to share media seamlessly and quickly. Blackbird gives us the ability to do that and automate the process in such a way that it doesn’t add any more time to our internal workflows. We are very excited about working with Blackbird because now we can work in the cloud with the best talent around the globe.”

 

About Our House Media
With offices in LA and Toronto, Our House Media is a content creation company on a mission to create innovative, original formats, entertaining and returnable shows with the highest production values for audiences in the US, Canada, and beyond.

About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000. Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform using our patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels, and corporations.

The Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content, improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social media distribution, and results in much more effective monetisation.

To find out more about Blackbird Forte and Blackbird Ascent contact commercial@blackbird.video or visit www.blackbird.video

Blackbird® is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc

Forbidden Technologies establishes partnership with TownNews.com following NAB Show

April 23, 2018, London – Forbidden Technologies plc, the developer and seller of the Blackbird cloud video platform, has established a partnership with TownNews.com following a successful NAB Show in Las Vegas last week.

Earlier this month TownNews.com acquired acclaimed online video management system, Field59, which uses Blackbird Forte as its editing solution of choice. The acquisition expands TownNews.com’s broadcast capabilities and offers its media partners advanced video management tools. Over 1,700 newspaper, broadcast and magazine publications in the US rely on TownNews.com for their web, print, mobile and social media products.

Earlier this month, Forbidden Technologies, announced that it had repositioned its business under the Blackbird brand – the company’s revolutionary cloud video platform that enables live broadcasters to edit content directly in the cloud and publish it immediately to almost any platform. During NAB 2018 the company launched three new products, Blackbird Ascent, Blackbird Forte and Blackbird Edge.

Forbidden CEO, Ian McDonough says: “We would like to congratulate TownNews.com on their acquisition of Field59 improving the breadth of services that they can offer to their combined customer base. We believe the united entity can be a major force in the US and International news market. We are delighted that they have chosen the power of the Blackbird platform to be their editing solution of choice. Exciting times ahead for our partnership”.

TownNews.com VP of Broadcast and Video, Derek Gebler (formerly CEO of Field59) says: “Field59 has been a long-time partner with Forbidden Technologies for more than 10 years. I look forward to continuing that relationship with TownNews.com and a shared vision for digital publishers in the future.”

TownNews.com CEO, Brad Ward says: “We are pleased to reaffirm and continue the partnership that Field59 had with Blackbird. The Blackbird integration provides our customers with an incredibly powerful web-based video editing suite.”

About TownNews.com
TownNews.com was founded as the International Newspaper Network (I.N.N.) in 1989 to help community newspapers with developing technology. Today, their integrated digital publishing and content management solutions power some of the most distinguished media organizations in the industry. More than 1,700 newspaper, broadcast, magazine and web-native publications rely on them for their web, print, mobile and social media products.

Their complete solutions suite includes add-ons for data management, content exchange, over-the-top (OTT) video, business directory and more, helping to boost revenue, improve efficiency and grow audiences. Lee Enterprises (NYSE: LEE) of Davenport, Iowa, became majority partner in 1996. They are headquartered in Moline, IL.

TownNews.com acquired Field59, creator of acclaimed video management and streaming solutions for media organizations, in April of 2018.

About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000. Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform using our patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels, and corporations.

The Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content, improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social media distribution, and results in much more effective monetisation.

To find out more about Blackbird Forte and Blackbird Ascent contact commercial@blackbird.video or visit www.blackbird.video

Blackbird® is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc

Forbidden Technologies launches Blackbird® Forte into Japan with Tier 1 telecommunications operator

April 17th, 2018, LondonForbidden Technologies, is pleased to announce a preliminary collaboration with a leading Japanese telecommunications operator through its partnership with Dragon Touch Systems Inc.

Blackbird will be utilised in a specific part of the telco infrastructure to allow its B2B customers to edit and version content in the cloud. The proxy is continually uploaded to the Blackbird cloud and presented as growing files and easily accessible to reviewers and editors for daily collaboration. The team has the added advantage of speed providing viewing and remote capabilities which Blackbird offers without the bandwidth constraints.

This proxy-based cloud workflow offers enormous benefits of time management, collaboration efficiencies and flexibility to producers and broadcasters in the region.

Daisuke Matsuo, CEO at Dragon Touch Systems said, “Our customer required a powerful cloud video platform solution to process high resolution videos, and Forte’s ability to support multiple languages including Japanese, made it the perfect choice.  I believe Blackbird Forte will serve as a catalyst for change in a traditional Japanese broadcast landscape”.
Forbidden CEO Ian McDonough says, “We’re delighted to announce this new deal through our partner, Dragon Touch Systems in Kanagawa, Japan. It represents a minor breakthrough in a major market. The customer has recognised the power of the platform and the ability to have a highly responsive workstation experience while working in the cloud thanks to the Blackbird codec”.

About Dragon Touch Systems

Dragon Touch Systems Inc. (www.dtsgoon.com ) founded in July 2016.

Dragon Touch Systems is a team of experienced digital broadcast professionals, providing media workflow consulting services for streamlining video production.

About Forbidden Technologies

Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000.

Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform using its patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels and corporations.

The Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content, improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social media distribution, and results in much more effective monetisation.

Blackbird® is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc.

 

 

 

Forbidden Technologies Announces 2 leading UK companies to integrate the Blackbird Platform

April 10th, 2018, London – Forbidden Technologies, is pleased to announce 2 new Blackbird platform customers are using Blackbird’s mobile upload service and Mac Edge technology.

A leading UK production company has now integrated the Blackbird Upload App running on IOS devices as a major part of their production workflow. User-generated content is a significant part of television production giving more content and point of views for editing. In this workflow, users are shooting over several weeks. The Blackbird Upload App allows production to create a simple ‘smartphone to cloud edit platform’ using Blackbird Forte without the need for time-consuming and complicated exporting, backing up, and transcoding media into a unified format for editing. The full HD content will be uploaded to the Blackbird cloud where the Blackbird codec is generated from the content.  Editors will curate and select content shot by 30 members of the public. Selects will be exported as a DNxHD format from Blackbird publish and integrated in post-production.

Middlechild, a leading U.K. production company is currently using the new Blackbird Mac Edge technology on their series Wildlife Rescuers with the requirement to transcode and upload proxy video based on the high bit-rate content from numerous remote locations. The speed efficiency of the Mac Edge transcode accompanied by the light network requirements of the Blackbird codec solves the challenge of possibilities of low network speeds which are often the reality during remote shoots. The Blackbird Mac Edge technology is utilised on location as a standard part of the DIT file-based workflow. The result is immediate accessibility of the content from anywhere in the world.

Middlechild’s Series Producer Tim Dalby who is working with Blackbird says, the platform has been invaluable. “It gets the edit closer to the story, so geographical distance no longer creates a delay while you wait for rushes to be physically delivered back to the edit suite.Every day I can see footage shot in remote parts of England automatically transcoded on location into Blackbird proxies with minimal delay.”

Forbidden CEO Ian McDonough says, “We’re delighted to announce these deals as they showcase two new exciting innovations. The successful deployment of  The Blackbird Edge and the mobile upload extends the reach of the Blackbird platform increasing our addressable market significantly.”

About Forbidden Technologies plc.

Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000.

Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform using our patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels, and corporations.

The Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content, improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social media distribution, and results in much more effective monetisation.

To find out more about Blackbird Forte and Blackbird Ascent contact commercial@blackbird.video or visit www.blackbird.video

Blackbird®  is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc.

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Significant progress made in the Blackbird transformation to JavaScript, in partnership with Leaning Technologies

Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the developer and seller of cloud video platform technology using its patented Blackbird technology, announces that the Blackbird editor running in a standard JavaScript enabled web browser will be previewed at the National Association of Broadcasters (“NAB”) trade show in Las Vegas in April. This timely breakthrough has been made possible by the Company’s partnership with Leaning Technologies, a leading provider of web application development tools, and will enable the use of the Blackbird platform without requiring installation of any browser plugins or applications.

This Blackbird editor development is the next major step in moving the powerful cloud-native Blackbird suite of production and delivery tools to JavaScript. Developments in JavaScript itself, and the Leaning Technologies tools which support it, have made the rapid development of this product possible.

All features of the Blackbird editor in Java, which has already handled around eight million hours of professional video content in the cloud, will be available in the JavaScript version. Like the original Java version, the Blackbird editor in JavaScript gives the full panoply of video logging, clipping, editing, publishing and distribution tools. Forbidden will be releasing this set of capabilities over time.

Forbidden is making use of Leaning Technologies’ powerful new CheerpJ development tool. CheerpJ converts Java byte code directly into JavaScript web applications, which run in all major web browsers.

In addition to the new editor being 100% compatible with the Java version, any new features in the Java source will be converted into new web application versions.

Blackbird’s professional video editor is the most advanced media application to use CheerpJ.

“This latest partnership is a major resource for Blackbird, accelerating the conversion of the Blackbird editor to JavaScript by many months”, said Stephen Streater, R&D Director, Forbidden Technologies. “This innovation ensures Blackbird will continue to provide best-in-class efficiency in video production workflows for the foreseeable future.”

“I’m delighted that the teams at Forbidden and Leaning Technologies have made progress so quickly and that we have an early version to demonstrate at NAB. The ability to use Blackbird on any web browser will increase our addressable global market and overall market opportunity.” said Ian McDonough, the CEO of Forbidden Technologies.

The CEO of Leaning Technologies, Stefano De Rossi said, “We are delighted that the inspiring Blackbird editor in JavaScript is being demonstrated at NAB 2018, Las Vegas, USA. Compiled with our revolutionary CheerpJ compiler, our tight development processes and dependable software have allowed Forbidden to deliver their JavaScript editor in record time”.

 

Enquiries:

 Forbidden Technologies plc

Ian McDonough, CEO
Jonathan Lees, Finance Director

Tel: +44 (0)20 8879 7245

 

Allenby Capital Limited (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Nick Naylor
John Depasquale
Katrina Perez

Tel: +44 (0)20 3328 5656

About Leaning Technologies
Leaning Technologies provides its customers with development tools and professional services to develop large-scale, high-performance web applications in Java and C/C++. Its professional services include full porting services, optimisation and WebAssembly consulting, and enterprise support.

Leaning Technologies offers CheerpJ, a Java-to-JavaScript compiler, and Cheerp, a C/C++ to JavaScript/WebAssembly compiler. These solutions enable its users to convert desktop and mobile applications into web applications effortlessly. Leaning Technologies was founded by Stefano De Rossi, Massimo Grava, and Alessandro Pignotti in 2012. It has offices in London, United Kingdom; and Amsterdam, Netherlands.

www.leaningtech.com

 

About Forbidden Technologies plc



Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000.

Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform using our patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels and corporations.

 

The Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content, improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social media distribution, and results in much more effective monetisation.

Blackbird® is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc.

www.forbidden.co.uk

 

Leading US educational provider chooses Blackbird live editing platform for on-demand training services

27 March 2018, London – Forbidden Technologies, through its partnership with Bridge Digital, is pleased to announce a leading US education provider, specialising in legal education has selected the Blackbird cloud video platform. The platform will allow staff to edit live stream seminars and court procedures, which form part of  their on-demand training services.

Relevant video clips from live seminars can be provided on-demand for use across training sessions. Blackbird helps companies to manage digital content resources, ensuring legal professionals are at the forefront of legal knowledge and expertise.

Blackbird has processed over 8 million hours of professional video content using our patented Blackbird codec.

“We’re delighted to be able to partner with a prestigious US educational institution. Blackbird has the ability to embrace or become a part of existing core infrastructure on an ongoing basis”, said Ian McDonough, CEO Forbidden Technologies.  “Our Blackbird codec and suite of tools are an ideal solution for the fast growing area of enterprise video, as we can work with live growing files and closed archive files with superior speed and ease-of-use.”

About Forbidden Technologies plc



Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February 2000.

Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform using our patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels and corporations.

The Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content, improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social media distribution, and results in much more effective monetisation.

Blackbird®  is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc.