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FotoKem Goes Global with Sohonet Connection

Sohonet Gives Global Reach to FotoKem with High Speed Link to Worldwide Production Centers (December 05, 2005)

Sohonet, based in London, maintains a high bandwidth transoceanic connection between the London Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) and points in Rome, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney and Wellington.   The network provides scaleable bandwidth, currently up to one Gigabit/sec, for the transfer of digital media of all types such as film dailies, visual effects files, audio, uncompressed 2K or 4K files or any conceivable digital media.  Sohonet currently provides point-to-point connections to more than 150 clients worldwide.  Clients include such high profile London studios as Shepperton, Pinewood and Leavesden.  Sohonet was also recently tapped by HBO for its hit series ?ROME. 

?This is the first and, at present, only independent secure gateway in Los Angeles to the Sohonet global community, said Rand Gladden, Sr. VP of FotoKem.  ?Our connection with Sohonet makes FotoKem a virtual facility with a presence worldwide.  Combined with our proprietary software packages, FotoKem is actively establishing service bureau sites in countries around the world that will provide a cost-effective and secure media services and distribution solution for all forms of entertainment data. 

While Sohonet has previously established connections in Los Angeles to Warner Bros. and HBO Studios, those connections were restricted to in-house projects.  FotoKems ?always on gateway gives Los Angeles area clients a local bureau with immediate access to the network at any time. 

The gateway brings FotoKem and its clients into a worldwide collaborative community where the rapid exchange of media will speed the production cycle and open creative and business opportunities for production companies, studios and talent to work seamlessly together on a global scale. 

?With the amount of production going on in London, the demand for a connection to Los Angeles has been growing rapidly, said Dave Scammell, Managing Director of Sohonet.  ?The London production community sees this as an enormous business opportunity to communicate with clients in Los Angeles and vice versa.  As a full service facility, FotoKem is an ideal partner to provide the on and off ramp for clients on both sides of the Atlantic to exchange media files of all types.

Scammell stressed Sohonets experience in setting up and maintaining high speed networks specifically designed for the bandwidth needs of the production community.  Sohonet was the primary network provider for such projects as ?Harry Potter and ?Lord of the Rings.  ?This is an area in which Sohonet has more experience than anyone else in the world, said Scammell.  ?As you expand a network and add bandwidth and distance, you have to assure that everything works properly all the time.  We monitor the network 24 hours a day to make sure clients are getting the bandwidth and transfer rates they asked for.  Our point-to-point connections, coupled with FotoKems sterling reputation for security, assure clients of the highest level of protection for their assets in transit. 

?The exciting thing about FotoKem becoming the first bureau is that FotoKem is a major full service facility, added Scammell.  ?Clients from around the world have access to the most advanced imaging technology available anywhere.  FotoKem can take companies into the next generation of capturing and delivering images and do it on a global scale. 

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