The DPP, which became a not-for-profit membership organisation on 1st April 2015, has announced further growth to its membership base.
Among the companies most recently joining the DPP are Sky in the UK and Ireland, Irish public service broadcaster TG4, professional services provider PwC UK and IT services company Endava. There are several new post production members: Deluxe, Manor Production Services, Factory Studios, and Gorilla TV. Media management specialist Cambridge Imaging has become a member, along with data services company DataCentred.
A number of trade bodies and not-for-profit broadcasters have also now become members: UK Screen, Production Managers Association, Institute for Training in Television, Institute for Professional Sound, British Film Institute, Community Channel and God.TV.
In addition the DPP now has 34 Production companies as members, as well as numerous individual consultants, craft freelancers, production freelancers, educational bodies and not-for-profit organisations.
“With Sky becoming a member, the DPP has the expertise of all the major UK broadcasters behind its work,” said DPP Managing Director Mark Harrison. “But the broadcasters are just one part of an extraordinarily diverse and vibrant membership community, featuring new and established companies and organisations of all sizes and specialisms. Together they will ensure the DPP can drive change for the benefit of the whole industry.”
The DPP brings its members together for the first Membership Forum on 17th June. At this Forum the partnership will be engaging members with all its current work streams, which include major new guides, and the definition of a number of new standards, including one for Ultra High Definition programme delivery. The first members-only report was released in May: File Delivery: The Story So Far charts the unprecedented change management that enabled the introduction of file delivery to the AS-11 DPP standard in the UK from 1st October 2014.
Today the DPP has also released a new version (v1.3.1) of its free-to-download Metadata Application for use in file delivery. Since the initial release of this Application in 2012, the DPP has been working with manufacturers to help them incorporate the functionality into their own products – and so v1.3.1 will be the final release of the DPP’s own Metadata App.
The new version includes numerous improvements and updates, the details of which are available on the DPP’s website, along with the download.
The DPP has recently appointed a General Manager. Dan Cherowbrier joins from Arqiva, where he was Head of Commercial. Dan will manage the partnership’s business development, as well as taking responsibility for the day to day running of the DPP. He will report to Managing Director Mark Harrison.
Further information regarding membership, DPP work streams, and the DPP team will be published on the DPP website.