ITV News selects SBS for archive solution

MAM Collaboration with Integration across Spectra Logic, Telestream and Avid

Square Box Systems is pleased to announce that in conjunction with ITV News in the UK they are supplying a solution which is about to go live integrating legacy systems through to current newsroom technology based on Avid, Telestream and Spectra Logic.

ITV News selected the Cat DV product via competitive tender because of its cost effective deployment and the ability to be integrated to existing key systems enabling the current investment to be maximised and continuing to be used in conjunction with the new modern managed archive.

One of the key aims of the project was to enable a self-service style operation where journalists across the country would be able to see an overarching database and easily search and retrieve assets to their workplace whether that be studio based in a bureau or on the road.

In addition to this the ability of the system to match assets to clips imported from the legacy database meant that a workflow could be enabled to bring in all the assets and match them to clips in the system.

The Spectra Logic BlackPearl integration was key because it meant existing manual workflows could be used in the new system and also through the tight integration via the plug-in meant that CatDV is managing very closely the Black Pearl environment without conflict which is extensively used across ITV.

ITV News has records from 1956 to the current day and this system enabled a seamless integration and one search across all of these records.

Steve Teague said he was delighted to be working with SBS on this project and found engagement straight forward.

The system will launch in June 2019 and is hosted at ITV data centres. A detailed case study will be produced post launch.

“ITV News has records from 1956 to the current day and this system enabled a seamless integration and one search across all of these records.”

About ITV
ITV is an integrated producer broadcaster and the largest commercial television network in the UK. It is the home of popular television from the biggest entertainment events, to original drama, major sport, landmark factual series and independent news. It operates a family of channels including ITV, ITVBe, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 and CITV, which are broadcast free-to-air. ITV is also focused on delivering its programming via the ITV Hub, mobile devices, video on demand and third party platforms. ITV Studios is a global production business, creating, producing and selling programmes and formats internationally across the world with bases in the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the Nordics, the Netherlands and The Middle East. It is the largest commercial production company in the UK, a leading independent non-scripted indie in the US and our distribution business, Global Entertainment, and the distribution arm of Talpa, Talpa Global, sell finished programmes and formats worldwide.