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DPP launches new membership structure

DPP launches new membership structure
David Wood
26 March 2015

The DPP will become a limited company from 1st April governed by a new board of directors and funded on a new footing with revenues sourced from membership and partnerships.

As reported, from April the DPP’s funding will be on a new footing.

The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 will continue to offer lead funding, with DPP Ltd offering new tiered membership packages to individuals and companies, which will include UK and foreign broadcasters, manufacturers and suppliers, post-production companies, consultancies, craft freelancers and individual consultants.

A number of companies have already become founding members, these include vendors Signiant, Aspera, ERA, Vidcheck, and Interra.

Post houses The Farm and 422 and UK broadcaster BT Sport have also joined.

Membership will be available free of charge to production companies and freelancers, educational bodies and trade associations.

The new board will Include BBC’s commercial director Bal Samra, Channel 4’s director of strategy and technology Keith Underwood and ITV’s director of broadcast operations Helen Stevens, who will also be the first chair of DPP Ltd.

Mark Harrison, currently chair of the DPP, will become the new company’s managing director, while retaining his BBC role as director of the Technology Futures Group.

“The DPP story so far has been about creating a vehicle for the whole industry to work together,” said Harrison (pictured).

“We’ve been talking to the industry, and no one wants us to stop here. But with important new work to do – such as international interoperability and UHD – we needed to look at the best way to fund future activity.”

DPP Ltd will also offer commercial and non-commercial partnership opportunities to various companies and industry bodies.

Members and commercial partners will have exclusive access to a number of services, which are provided free as part of their membership.

These include:

•    A compliance programme with free access to product testing in the DPP Test Lab, supported by the BBC’s world-renowned R&D department
•    Interoperability workshops and special interoperability projects
•    Post production workshops
•    A new Workflow Group
•    Consultation on implementation and business change
•    An International Interoperability Group
•    The opportunity to contribute to the DPP’s specialist work streams, which currently include UHD standards and workflow, connectivity, news exchange, HD commercials standards, and acquired programmes

Sony Professional is in discussions with DPP Ltd concerning the potential for participation and partnership:

 “Sony believes the future of content creation and delivery will be increasingly about competition for quality and ‚Ä®excellence around a set of common standards,” says Niall Duffy, head of IT and workflow solutions for Sony Professional Solutions Europe.

“The DPP can be an important means of bringing such common standards; ‚Ä®and Sony sees an exciting opportunity to work with them in that mission.”

Membership applications and enquiries from both subscribers and non-subscribers can be made via:

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