The Pandemic Series

In mid-March, media and entertainment companies across the globe and throughout the industry began to face what China had experienced since January — the realities of the Coronavirus Pandemic social distancing and isolation. Amidst this public health crisis, companies abruptly confronted extreme technical and workflow challenges while continuing to create and distribute content.

During this historic outbreak, Signiant launched “The Pandemic Series,” a collection of articles, interviews, and other content from the industry, for the industry.

HELEN STEVENS | Operations Officer for Content Supply and Delivery | ITV »

“There’s a real fundamental life-change for people, which will be part of the workplace as well, which will mean everybody doing things completely differently. There are some quite profound changes that are coming about because of this. Not all of them are bad. They're just different, and they'll change our lives.”

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Ryan Salazar | Editor-in-Chief | Broadcast Beat »

“Two different networks who want to come to our facility and shoot over the next two to six weeks, one of the first questions they asked was, "What is your COVID-19 policy? I never really thought about that, but we have to come up with one.”

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Louisa Lockett | Head of Operations and Projects | Endemol Shine UK »

“We've worked together in ways that we didn't deem possible. We've known the tech can do this all along, but it's never been tested at scale in the way that it has. That gives us such a positive platform to build on. I'd be really sad if we didn't continue to grow those areas.”

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Richard Welsh | Founder and CEO | Sundog Media Toolkit »

“I think the impact of this episode has been to accelerate the entire industry towards that kind of cloud future. Maybe faster than some people would like, but realistically, it takes things like this to catalyze adoption of technology.”

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“If history is to be any lesson, we need to be very, very careful about what ways we relax any of these policies.” »

After over 10 weeks of isolating and remote collaboration, the return to work appears on the horizon. As The Pandemic Series moves to that new challenge, we conclude our remote work chapter with an interview that, while optimistic, reminds us to not forget what happened and how the return to work will be anything but normal.

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Ways of Working: Views from a Crisis | A DPP/Signiant Report »

As the world entered into remote working new questions emerged. How would our industry adjust? How are we feeling as events enfold over time? Where do we go from here? We set out to determine just that. Signiant is proud to work with the DPP to help tell this story as the industry navigates these historic and uncertain events.

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Eric Grau | Manager, Media Asset Management | Joyce Meyer Ministries »

"Just take it a step at a time. Because in the end, whatever that may be, that's all we any of us can do."

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Sathish Kumar | Manager/IT | PixStone Images »

“We don't know what will come tomorrow, so we have to be prepared. There are lots of lives, lots of families, dependent on this industry. We can't stay idle after facing such a scenario.”

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Rhodri James | Director of Technology and Operations | Gorilla »

"Time. I think it's the biggest challenge. It's been frantic. It's been so frantic. Every day is just inventive in a way. Trying to get everything done within an unknown timetable and deploying technology at a slightly wider scale than we've done before."

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Just Below the Surface »

“On the outside, we appear calm, cool, and collected. But inside, there is volatility, constant emotional swings, and sudden shifts.”

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