PREMIERE

ABOUT

Premiere Digital Services is one of the largest independent digital media post-production houses in the world. We offer multi-platform, multi-media digital content processing, storage and distribution for studios and independent content owners. Premiere also provides aggregation to digital platforms giving independent content owners a path to digital distribution.

Founded in 2008 by Erik Anderson, the company has grown from a small shop to 150 strong. In that time, PDS has managed to maintain its focus on High Touch Customer Service, Quality Deliverables and Agility to adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in Chicago and Bangalore, PDS has the resources to handle the 24/7/365 demands of worldwide content owners and platforms. PDS has works with several hundred content providers and distribution platforms/broadcasters around the world.

Whether you’re a studio, large content owner/licensor, independent filmmaker, digital platform, MVPD or linear broadcaster, Premiere is capable of meeting your needs.

SERVICES

PDS performs a wide array of services to prepare content for distribution to all media types from digital platforms (e.g. iTunes, GooglePlay, Hulu, Netflix) to traditional broadcast.

Mastering

Ingest

We ingest content from tape, hard drive or file delivery and work with all file types and tape formats.

Quality Control

QC is an integral part of the workflow at PDS. All content receives a prescribed level of QC based on the intended use of the content which often includes 100% human QC. We also employ industry leading automated QC tools. These measures ensure successful deliveries which reduce cycle time from potential rejections.

Repairs

Issues spotted in QC move to the repairs team. Repairs can range from digital hits and audio drop outs to cadence correction, de-interlacing, inverse telecine and more. We can work with pre-approval to perform repairs, obtain approval on a case by case basis or work with a re-supply of assets.

Asset Conformance

Conformance involves the preparation of ancillary assets, including poster art, audio, closed captioning, subtitles, forced narratives, and more. Domestically, closed captioning may be required by law and/or distribution platforms and on the international front, digital platform expansion has dramatically increased the need for localized asset conformance. The PDS conformance department is well versed in the various platform specifications which takes the burden off of content owners.

Fulfillment and Distribution

Transcoding

Our Fulfillment department has the knowledge and tools to make the files you need. We are well versed in the various platform and broadcast specifications in the marketplace. Our transcode farm is of significant scale which enables us to handle large content launches to new and existing platforms.

Digital Packaging

Packaging has become one of the most integral parts of digital delivery and Premiere has teams dedicated specifically to creating asset and metadata packages. This includes full automated creation of iTunes packages.

Aggregation

We are an approved aggregator for several online services (e.g. iTunes, GooglePlay, Playstation Network and more). Please contact us if you have need of such services.

Creative

Cable edits and Versioning

If you need your movies or television shows edited for broadcast or syndication, our team can help. We will QC and edit language and imagery to be broadcast-safe. Our editors have the experience to time-adjust and trim content to meet specific broadcast lengths without compromising the story.

Enhancement and VFX

Our C&E department can evaluate your footage for adding new effects or repair and enhance existing VFX even if the finished content is your only source. Enhancements can include:
• Scenery replacement/enhancement
• Set extensions
• Logo replacement on buildings and objects
• Wire removal and cleanup
• Car comps (scenery outside of windows)
• Precise motion tracking and placement of objects not originally in the scene
• Adding moving elements to bring translights or static background mattes to life

Premiere offers a number of creative and editorial services for our clients. If you have a specific creative need and do not see it on our list, please reach out to us. We may be able to help or put you in contact with those who can. 

Generic Trailer Creation

If a trailer does not exist for your content and it is requested by an online service, we can create a generic one for you from a portion of the content.

FACILITIES

Premiere’s facilities and operations all access the same secure infrastructure providing a private cloud based environment. The geographic separation of operations and technology allows us to provide both disaster recovery and business continuity for our clients.

Los Angeles

Premiere is headquartered in Los Angeles and centrally located for easy access to all the major studios. The facility handles our full suite of services and houses one of the company’s two data centers. Additionally, most of the company’s business and administrative functions are located there as well.

5757 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 505. Museum Square building on Miracle Mile.
Parking is located off Curson Ave., north of Wilshire Blvd.

Chicago

Opened in the fall of 2012, the facility handles all mastering and fulfillment services and also has a full client services team. Chicago is also the home of the company’s second data center.

225 W. Washington St. Located in downtown Chicago.

Bangalore, India

Our newest facility in Bangalore was established to handle software development but with the growth of our international client base we’re in the process of putting an operational team in place that will be able to handle our full complement of service offerings. We’re expecting to open our mastering and fulfillment services in early fall 2013.

SOFTWARE

Premiere Portal

The core of Premiere’s operations is our proprietary software solution that handles order management, workflow and asset/metadata management. With years of experience from platform, studio and facility perspectives our services portal has taken into account how people need to work in today’s fast moving, high asset volume, multi-platform distribution world. Direct communication with our clients is extremely important, however we also realize everyone is overwhelmed with emails and spreadsheets that can be out of date the moment they are sent. Our services portal helps to cut down on inefficiency by giving direct and immediate access to the status of your orders and assets.

Because metadata is such an integral part of distribution requirements the portal stores all of your product and technical metadata. Once ingested, it can be output to client or platform specific XML formats (e.g. iTunes current specifications, UltraViolet, etc.). In addition, metadata can be stored in all languages at title and version levels.

Real Time Order Tracking

Internal Metadata and Asset Storage

Financial Portal

Our financial portal is specifically designed for our aggregation clients to track the results of sales on the various platforms for which we distribute. Sales can be seen by platform and period which helps match sales against specific marketing activities.

Real Time Sales Tracking

PREFERRED STATUS

Premiere is an iTunes preferred encoding and aggregation house. In addition, Premiere is one of a few houses that can deliver features direct to iTunes which significantly reduces cycle time.

CLIENTS

Providers 300+

  • Lionsgate
  • NBCUniversal
  • Paramount
  • 20th Century Fox
  • Warner Bros
  • Sony Pictures
  • Reliance
  • Eros Entertainment
  • Magnolia Pictures
  • Music Box Films
  • Central Partnership
  • Turkish Film Channel
  • Volga Films
  • Snag Films
  • Discovery

Platforms 200+

  • iTunes
  • Google Play
  • Microsoft
  • Netflix
  • Xbox
  • Playstation
  • Vudu
  • InDemand
  • CinemaNow
  • Samsung
  • Verizon
  • Blockbuster
  • RTL
  • SwissTV
  • Vivendi

SOLUTIONS

We understand that new challenges arise which require solutions and our workflow must be flexible and willing to evolve in order to stay relevant. Our operations and software development teams welcome the opportunity to tackle those challenges. Many of the tools and processes at Premiere are direct results of those challenges so please do not hesitate to contact us regarding custom solutions.