Thomson launches DVD C&A operation in Bangalore

MUMBAI: Thomson, through its Technicolor Services division, has launched a new DVD compression and authoring (C&A) operation in Bangalore, to be co-located within Thomson’s new, 100,000 square-foot Paprikaas Animation and Game Design facility.

The new C&A facility will open in May and will be based upon Thomson’s industry-leading research and development efforts for high-definition Blu-ray Disc and standard-definition DVDs.

The new C&A facility will be a central production hub connected to Technicolor’s worldwide DVD operation through its secure, high-speed production network. Thomson’s Technicolor Services Division provides C&A services on Blu-ray Disc and standard definition DVDs monthly, specializing in theatrical high-concept, collector’s editions double-disc sets, as well as television episodic series and music videos.

Technicolor has been recruiting top talent to its Bangalore operation, and it currently is seeking a broad range of technical engineers, compression experts, java programmers, interactive graphic designers, quality control (QC) technicians, project coordinators and client account managers.

Technicolor also announced that Sumit Malik has been appointed as general manager, C&A for Technicolor in India. The Technicolor Services Division’s Bangalore operation will focus on serving the domestic Indian market, and it also will serve as an off-shoring location to augment the division’s capacities for worldwide DVD services.

Technicolor Content Services president Ahmad Ouri said, "As part of our expanding role in the Indian market, we feel the time is opportune to grow our C&A offering in Bangalore, especially in light of the increased demand for Blu-ray authoring now that the market has settled on a single format. I am delighted to have Sumit join our team. He brings deep experience with DVD production and strong relationships in the US and India."

"This move is another step in Thomson’s initiative to expand its offering from its Bangalore strategic platform. This will enable us to tap into the local gifted talent base and to address the fast growing Indian media & entertainment market. The execution of our India road-map is well underway," added Services Division Vice President India Thierry Pasquet.