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RNS Number : 8066V  Zoo Digital Group PLC  16 December 2021

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16 December 2021

 

ZOO DIGITAL GROUP PLC

("ZOO", the "Group" or the "Company")

 

ZOO Academy launches to develop the next generation of media localisation
talent

 

Partnership with University of Sheffield will offer the industry's first
professional development course to train dubbing script adapters

 

ZOO Digital Group plc (AIM: ZOO), the leading provider of end-to-end
cloud-based localisation and media services to the global entertainment
industry, announces the launch of ZOO Academy, a programme of academic
courses, educational collaborations and practical workshops to inspire and
develop the translators, script adapters, dubbing actors and directors of the
future.

 

With demand for content production surging around the globe, ZOO Academy is
working with leading universities and teaching professionals to proactively
build long-term capacity in the localisation talent pool, particularly among
those languages that currently have low supply. ZOO Academy Partners will
deploy ZOO's cloud-based scripting and dubbing platforms (ZOOsubs and ZOOdubs)
as part of audio-visual translation courses around the world.

 

Under the Academy framework, ZOO has forged a landmark partnership with the
University of Sheffield to offer the industry's first professional development
course in dubbing script adaptation. The online course, which will be taught
by the university's leading academic specialists in media translation,
incorporates contributions from a global team of experienced script adapters
representing over 20 dubbing languages. The course is due to commence in early
2022 and will feature real world exercises and case studies consisting of TV
and film content provided by leading content creators, Magnolia Pictures and
Chicken Soup for the Soul.

 

Stuart Green, CEO of ZOO Digital, said:

 

"ZOO Academy will cultivate the talent pool of the future and support the
delivery of high-quality media localisation at scale for years to come. It
will develop a skilled resource of translators, adapters, actors and
directors, across all languages, who are expertly trained to work on premium
media and entertainment content using ZOO's cloud-based scripting and dubbing
platforms. Our dubbing course with the University of Sheffield is an industry
first and an excellent example of how we are leading the way and skilling up
the industry to meet demand for global content."

 

Professor Dominic Broomfield-McHugh, from the University of Sheffield,
commented:

 

"Alongside ZOO, our researchers from the School of Languages and Cultures have
created a modern professional development course that will equip script
adapters with the creative and technical skills to entertain audiences around
the world. We'll be providing new generations of translators, language
students and academics with the tools they need to successfully contribute to
the global media industry. We believe this collaborative university-industry
approach is essential to the success of such training and we're delighted to
have been able to forge this partnership with ZOO."

 

Gabe Monterrubio, VP, Digital Media Production at Magnolia Pictures,
commented:

 

"Magnolia Pictures is pleased to lend its support to this important industry
initiative. With the increased demand for more content across multiple
languages and territories, we are encouraged by the program ZOO has developed
to inspire and educate the dubbing and adaptation talent of the future. We
look forward to their potential collaboration on our own upcoming localization
projects."

 

 

For further information:

 

 ZOO Digital Group plc            +44 (0)114 241 3700
 Stuart Green
 Phillip Blundell

 Stifel                           +44 (0)20 7710 7600
 Fred Walsh / Tom Marsh

 Instinctif Partners              +44 (0)20 7457 2020
 Matthew Smallwood / Joe Quinlan  zoo@instinctif.com (mailto:zoo@instinctif.com)

 

 

About ZOO Digital Group plc:

 

ZOO Digital supports major Hollywood studios and streaming services to
globalise their content and reach audiences everywhere, by providing
world-leading, technology-enabled localisation and media services.

 

Founded in 2001, ZOO Digital operates from hubs in Los Angeles, London and
Dubai, with a development and production centre in Sheffield, UK. The company
is targeting $100m sales in the medium term.

 

The Group provides media services through its platforms that include: ZOOsubs,
ZOOdubs, ZOOstudio. Its full-service proposition delivers the end-to-end
services required to prepare both original and catalogue content for digital
distribution; these services include dubbing, subtitling & captioning,
metadata creation & localisation, artwork localisation and media
processing. Alongside this offering, ZOO also provides its customers with
management platforms and strategic solutions to support their own internal
globalisation operations.

 

ZOO is a go-to service partner for media businesses looking to globalise their
content across different territories, languages and distribution platforms.
Using its innovative technology-enabled approach, ZOO helps its customers to
reduce time to market, lower costs and deliver high quality products to their
global audiences. The business has frameworks in place with all major
Hollywood studios and streaming services. Its customers include Disney,
NBCUniversal, HBO and ViacomCBS.

 

ZOO's competitive advantage arises from three interlinking factors - the
leading role it has played in the digital transformation of its sector; the
world class proprietary platforms that it develops to enable this
transformation; and the global supply chain of thousands of freelancers,
working collaboratively in ZOO's platforms, which delivers services that scale
easily to meet demand. These factors combine to make ZOO uniquely geared to
capitalise on new market opportunities in a fast-paced and constantly evolving
industry.

 

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