Integrated film digitization, restoration and archiving project launches in Japan
October 30, 2015 – London
Prasad, Togen and RightSmith form an alliance to provide world-class digitization and archiving services to preserve Japanese film heritage.
Prasad Corporation Ltd (Prasad), provider of integrated post production services worldwide, Tokyo Laboratory Ltd (Togen), market leader in Japanese film post production, and RightSmith K.K. (RightSmith), provider of global archive and content management services, have together formed a strategic partnership to provide digitization, restoration and archiving services for the Japanese market.
The new facility, operated by Togen in Tokyo, includes a state-of-the-art 4K Scanity HDR film scanner, which is the first of its kind to be available in Japan. Manufactured in Germany by Digital Film Technology (dft), a subsidiary of Prasad, the new scanner will manage even the most aged and damaged film stocks, transferring and preserving images for generations to come. The new facility will be managed and marketed by RightSmith, Prasad’s business partners for the Asia Pacific region. Aged film typically displays a number of issues – including shrinkage, bending, warping, buckling, poor splices, damaged or missing perforations, notched or broken edges. Scanity HDR has been designed to manage the issues present in the most delicate of films, handling the film material gently, to enable the preservation of images for generations to come.
Scanity film scanners are installed in leading archives around the world including Library and Archives Canada, Slovak Film Institute, Australia’s National Film & Sound Archive, BBC, Disney, Malaysian National Film Development, Technicolor, National Library of Norway and many more.
Narendra Jawahrani, CEO of Prasad said: "Having worked on several international projects over the years, we understand how important it is to have a first-hand knowledge and understanding of the local market. We are delighted to be part of this project. Customers will be able to get the best possible outcome from their film using our Scanity HDR film scanner, and will also benefit from an expert service provided by Togen, one of the most prestigious film laboratories in Japan.”
Masaru Yabe, CEO of Togen said: “Our priority at Togen is to ensure the customer receives the highest quality of service. In addition to working on current digital motion picture film projects we also simultaneously focus on the restoration, archiving and preservation of aged film – to ensure this valuable cultural heritage is accessible for years to come. We are excited to be working alongside Prasad, world-class experts in this field, to useScanity HDR, as part of this process.. This is a great opportunity for Togen to accelerate our archiving business in the Japanese market and beyond, into other territories as well.”
Mica Imamura, Founder & CEO of RightSmith said: “This partnership is a happy marriage between state-of-the-art film digitization technology and highly optimized services for the Japanese customer. Our mission at RightSmith is to produce the best possible quality film ingest and managed services for both the Japanese and APAC regions. I’m thrilled to be a part of this strategic alliance and look forward to serving Japanese customer.”
Notes to Editors
About Prasad GroupFounded in 1956 by the legendary filmmaker L.V.Prasad, Prasad Group is India’s largest provider of integrated services catering to every area involved in film, video and new media production, post production, distribution and exhibition though its facilities around the World. Prasad Group’s clientele include major Hollywood studios and they have worked on several Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, National and International Award Winning projects. Over the years Prasad Group has received the Indian National Award for best services 20 times.
dft (Digital Film Technology) has been at the forefront of film scanning technology for over 75 years, supplying the film post production market with a range of high quality, leading edge products and services. With a reputation for quality, dft is head quartered in Germany and has a network of sales, service and support centres worldwide. dft is a subsidiary of the Prasad Corporation Ltd, India.
About TogenTokyogenzosho founded in 1955 as a TOHO group, is a leading service provider in Japan in the domains of special effects, film scanning, film recording, editing, mastering encoding and authoring. Or the like is worked "video sector" In telecine video editing, DVD encoding & authoring and digital cinema packages.
About RightSmith K.K.RightSmith K.K. Group is a global company that refines, manages, and monetizes content from professional rights holders. The company was founded by industry veterans from the United States, Japan, and Australia. RightSmith K.K. is its Japanese entity headquartered in Tokyo, and was founded to service key clients in Japan as well as clients in Asia such as Korea, China, and India.
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