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Technicolor Opens DVD Facility in India

26 Mar, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey

Thomson's Technicolor division has added a new DVD compression and authoring operation in Bangalore, India, inside its new animation and game design facility. Opening in May, the new compression and authoring facility will act as a central hub for Technicolor's worldwide DVD operations.

Technicolor also announced it had tapped Sumit Malik as general manager of the India facility. Before joining Technicolor, Malik was executive director of advanced technology for Sony Pictures.

“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,” said Ahmad Ouri, president of Technicolor Content Services. “I am delighted to have Sumit join our team. He brings deep experience with DVD production and strong relationships in the U.S. and India.”

Malik will report to Bob Michaels, VP of worldwide DVD for Technicolor Content Services.

“Technicolor's entry into the postproduction space in India is well timed with the introduction of new high-definition content production, delivery and display technologies,” Malik said. “I am honored to be given the opportunity to be part of this new venture and excited to be able to assemble a team of world class engineers and bring Technicolor's global resources and know-how to the Indian market.”

Before the addition of the India facility, Technicolor's current annual DVD manufacturing capacity is more than 1.8 billion DVDs.

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