BURLINGTON, MA (May 25, 2010) – Signiant, the leading developer of content supply chain management solutions, announced today that the company has partnered with EPIX to deliver and manage content for the next-generation multiplatform premium entertainment channel.
EPIX, a joint venture between Viacom, Inc. (VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF), delivers its extensive library of HD movies, concerts, and original content to subscribers across its premium cable channel, video-on-demand and online service. Signiant software will be used to create workflows, automations and notifications to power this multiplatform supply chain, moving EPIX toward “lights-out,” demand-driven and database-managed procurement workflows.
“Our mission is to bring our blockbuster movies, concerts, comedy specials and original programming to not just TVs, but to every consumer screen. We are rapidly onboarding new customers and don’t have the luxury of massive legacy infrastructures we can lean on. That demands creating operational efficiencies on a scale never before seen in the entertainment community. To achieve this, we’ve been working with some of the industry’s most innovative companies to create a technology ecosystem that is redefining the way all content providers can work in the future, regardless of their size or market positioning,” said Thomas Carpenter, vice president of operations at EPIX. “Signiant is helping EPIX push forward the next generation of movie and entertainment content delivery by simplifying workflows and allowing us to deliver content to our viewers more efficiently than ever before, no matter which screen they choose to watch us on.”
Signiant’s Integrated Partners Program (SIPP) makes it easy for modern media and entertainment companies like EPIX to execute unified procurement strategies. By gathering and availing the industry’s best technical resources, Signiant and its partners will enable EPIX to freely manage multiple procurement lifecycles from a single automated platform.
“We are delighted to extend the reach of Signiant solutions to a market-changing service like EPIX. Working with them validates the quality of our technology and its place at the forefront of the media and entertainment industry,” said Dennis Albano, CEO for Signiant. “Our leading content supply chain management technology is perfectly matched to EPIX, a company that has brought major Hollywood titles from the silver screen to the third screen since the beginning.”
Signiant will be a key technology partner in EPIX’s ability to streamline media workflows and automate backend processes to help drive profitability. The multiplatform approach EPIX is developing necessitates the free-flow of large file sizes between in-house studios, cable and online distribution channels and multi-screen end-users.
EPIX, a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), is a next-generation premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service launched on October 30, 2009. With access to more than 15,000 motion pictures spanning the vast libraries of its partners and other studios, EPIX provides a powerful entertainment experience with more feature films on demand and online and more HD movies than any other service. It is the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up of new Hollywood titles, classic feature films, original series, music and comedy specials through the linear channel, video-on-demand and online at EpixHD.com, the leading online destination for movies. EPIX has made the commitment to deliver the industry’s most expansive online collection of movies, making more than 3,000 titles available online to subscribers via its enhanced service, EPIX Megaplex, on http://www.epixhd.com/. The service is available to over 30 million homes nationwide through carriage agreements with Verizon FiOS, DISH Network, Cox Communications, Mediacom Communications, Charter Communications and NCTC.