Zoo Digital celebrates deal with Disney

HIGH-tech DVD specialist Zoo Digital has signed a deal with Walt Disney to license Zoo's latest software tool.

Sheffield-based Zoo is selling Disney its Templated Authoring System, a software tool that automates all the elements that make up a DVD – namely the video, audio soundtracks, subtitles, closed captions and menus.
This means that non-specialists can assemble discs, reducing both the time taken and the overall cost.
Zoo recently raised £4m to pay for the roll-out of a number of new DVD software products.
Zoo's first software gizmo was DVD Extra Studio, which enabled software professionals to create interactive DVDs. Best-selling titles have included Who wants to be a Millionaire, Telly Addicts and Wallace & Gromit.
Zoo is now helping to produce a new crop of titles which are expected to make the best-seller list this Christmas. Last Christmas some 70 per cent of the best-selling titles used Zoo's technology.
The £4m fundraising will help to launch a number of new products, including the Templated Authoring System, which can reduce the time taken to put DVD elements together from several days to just hours.
In the year to March 31, Zoo made a £3.4m loss before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation, compared with a £1.6m loss in the previous 15 months. The loss was due to the traditional games publishing business which is now closed.

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