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12. May 2021

Workflow Innovation Group (Wig) To Host Wig Talks Live on May 26


A new type of free virtual event on AI and 5G in Media

  • Live event based on the successful “WIG Talks” industry podcasts
  • Focusing on how Artificial Intelligence and 5G are changing the Media Supply Chain
  • Panel discussion and breakout sessions on tech challenges and business implications
  • Supported by the Arvato Systems Vidispine team, Object Matrix and Zixi

Gütersloh – Arvato Systems’ Vidispine team is pleased to announce its upcoming participation in the WIG Talks Live virtual event on 26 May, 2021. An open conversation about the business and technology challenges facing the media industry in 2021 and beyond, the event is jointly supported by three of the leading brands involved in the modern media supply chain: Vidispine, Object Matrix, and Zixi.

WIG Talks Live is being spun out of the highly successful WIG Talks podcasts, which were first set up by the Workflow Innovation Group in 2020. Hosted and moderated by industry veteran and Media Consultant Christy King and founder of AI-oriented media consultancy Hackthorne Innovation, Steve Sharman, the event will feature  lively panel discussions that aren’t afraid to tackle the difficult questions, plenty of audience interaction and any sales rhetoric firmly left at the door.

The overall event will discuss two technology trends impacting the media industry, AI and 5G. As with past Workflow Innovation Group events, the primary focus of the event will be on the business and commercial implications of these technologies. However, to satisfy attendees of a more technical persuasion, the event will also incorporate a Vortech track, covering technical aspects of the same topics. Vortech, a summit for media developers and technologist, was first hosted by the Vidispine team in Stockholm in 2019 and followed up in 2020 with the vortechConnect virtual event.

“If we are to successfully solve some of the challenges that are facing us in the next decade, we need to be able to have frank, open discussions about the issues”, comments Steve Sharman. Nicolas Ley, Vice President at Arvato Systems and responsible for Vidispine adds: “That’s what the Workflow Innovation Group is all about and we are delighted to be taking part in this year’s WIG Talks Live which we are sure will be an insightful and illuminating time of discussions.”

WIG Talks Live takes place on May 26, 2021. Registration is free at the landingpage.

About WIG Talks

WIG TALKS is your window into the media technology world. Christy King hosts with two of WIG’s founders Nick Pearce and Steve Sharman, as well as industry experts, to bring you clear conversations about our rapidly evolving field, insightful discussions about industry news, and useful answers to your questions. The media technology industry was already changing at an incredible rate before COVID hit, and now those changes are exponential. Join us for fun and informative conversations. As we like to say, here is your chance to “listen, learn and build.”

About Arvato Systems


As an internationally active IT specialist, Arvato Systems supports well-known companies in Digital Transformation. About 3,100 employees at over 25 locations worldwide stand for a high level of technical understanding, industry know-how and a clear focus on customer needs. As a team, we develop innovative IT solutions, bring our customers into the cloud, integrate digital processes and take over the operation and support of IT systems. Vidispine is a brand of the Arvato Systems Group. The Vidispine portfolio enables companies working with media to focus on their core business by providing easy access to technology that supports their business needs. Our platform enables customers to get the maximum value from their assets, rights, media inventory and market. In addition, we are able to map entire value-added chains in the network of Arvato, a member of the Bertelsmann Group. Through our strong strategic partner network with global top players such as AWS, Google, Microsoft, and SAP, we continuously strengthen our know-how and leverage the most advanced technology. We Empower Digital Leaders.

About Object Matrix

Object Matrix is the award winning software company that pioneered object storage and the modernisation of media archives.  It exists to enable global collaboration, increase operational efficiencies and empower creativity through deployment of MatrixStore, the on-prem, hybrid and cloud storage platform. Their unified deployment approach ensures content spans on-prem and cloud storage whilst their focus on the media industry gives them a deep understanding of the challenges organisations face when protecting, processing and sharing video content. Customers include: BBC, Orange, France Televisions,  BT, HBO, TV Globo, MSG-N and NBC Universal.

Über Zixi

Zixi provides a cloud based and on-premises Software-Defined Video Platform that enables reliable broadcast-quality video delivery over any IP network, any protocol, any cloud provider and any edge device. The company offers technologies for broadcasters, enterprises, over-the-top video providers, and mobile service providers around the world. The SDVP makes it easy and economical for media companies to source, manage, localize, and distribute live events and 24/7 live linear channels in broadcast QoS, securely and at scale, using any form of IP network or Hybrid IP environments. Zixi provides enhanced control in large complex networks with ZEN Master, a live video orchestration and telemetry control plane  that provides visual tools to configure, orchestrate, and monitor live broadcast channels and events across industry protocols.  Over 10+ years, the Zixi Enabled Network (ZEN) has grown to over 250 OEM and service providers and serves well over 700 customers representing most of the top media brands around the world with 20,000+ channels delivered daily.

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