MovieLabs, the technology joint venture of the major Hollywood motion picture studios, has released a new white paper in the 2030 Vision Series, titled “Interoperability in Media Creation” setting forth a transformative vision for the future of media production workflows as software and cloud infrastructure play a larger role in supporting creative work. The white paper provides the technical underpinnings that can revolutionize the way creative teams work by making it easier to assemble, manage, change, and secure their workflows. For creative teams, this offers more choice in their tools and processes enabling increased efficiency that gives time back for creative work.
The white paper focuses on interoperability and how it is a critical enabler for the 2030 Vision, emphasizing its increasingly pivotal role in shaping media production. Implementation of the interoperability principles in the paper can enable production teams to seamlessly integrate diverse software tools, services, and infrastructure. By achieving robust interoperability, studios and production teams can select and integrate the tools, vendors, and infrastructure that best align with each production’s unique needs, reducing the need for custom engineering and integration efforts.
“Creative teams are faced with historical levels of production complexity with more deliverables per title, rapidly changing technologies, and under tight schedules with a scarcity of talent and resources. To help meet these challenges, the industry needs to find ways to better support teams in their creative workflows, while also giving them the flexibility to adopt new technologies with less friction and risk,” said Jim Helman, CTO of MovieLabs. “MovieLabs believes interoperability is the key to success and our proposed approach promises to reshape the landscape of media creation, ensuring that creative teams have the tools and capabilities they need to excel.”
The MovieLabs Interoperability Paper tackles several critical aspects:
- Choice and Collaboration: The white paper emphasizes providing production teams with the freedom to choose tools and vendors that best suit their needs, while also facilitating seamless collaboration.
- Infrastructure Freedom: The paper advocates for interoperability across on-premises systems, public cloud, private cloud, and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings, rendering infrastructure choices transparent to end-users and enabling productions to be multi-cloud but also nimble in switching or supporting multiple infrastructures.
- Efficiency and Automation: Improved interoperability allows for automation of repetitive tasks, faster turnarounds, and enables creative teams to focus more on storytelling and innovation and less on mundane activities.
- Actionable Steps: The white paper concludes with a roadmap for all stakeholders, outlining measures such as adopting common data models, using open-source solutions, and enabling the reusability of workflow integrations.
By envisioning a future where interoperability thrives, MovieLabs seeks to create a more dynamic, efficient, and adaptable environment for media creation. This white paper and its ideas will resonate with those who provide technology solutions to the industry including technology strategists, architects and developers. A cohesive interoperability blueprint is a critical part in realizing the dynamic media production workflows outlined in the 2030 Vision.
At IBC 2023 MovieLabs will be hosting a panel with Hollywood studio leaders talking specifically about this approach to interoperability. MovieLabs CEO Richard Berger will be speaking with Yoshi Takashima, SVP of Advanced Technology from Sony Pictures, Anthony Guarino, EVP Global Production and Studio Technology from Paramount, Eddie Drake, Head of Technology from Marvel Studios, Patty Hirsch, Global EVP of Consumer Digital & Platforms from Warner Bros. Discovery and Michael Wise, SVP and CTO at Universal Pictures in a session at the conference on Saturday, September 16.
To learn more about the 2030 Vision and its transformative impact on the entertainment industry, please visit www.movielabs.com/2030vision.