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InForm

Screen - A New Generation with
Its Sights on Being the Leader
in AI-Based Systems
Screen is set to continue to improve and innovate its current
automated offering for subtitling service providers...

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n light of the myriad mergers and
acquisitions in the industry right now
current preconceptions of such a move
seem to circulate around the 'we want
your IP so we'll acquire you to own it'
angle. It's a forgivable assumption
as it tells the story of so many
M&As we've experienced over
the past few years in broadcast
manufacturing.
This is not a criticism of that
approach directing an acquisition
because we agree that obtaining
specific IP through a wholesale
purchase of a company often plays
out to be a sound business strategy.
However, brands and the value they
represent alone are still real estate
that is keenly sought after.
Atlanta-based
BroadStream
Solutions who acquired Screen
Subtitling Systems during IBC last
year places a brand's reputation
high on the wish list of desirable
companies. This is not to say though
that BroadStream trawls the industry
with their sights solely on brands
carrying hefty equity, it's a much
smarter process than that.
A propensity to be moulded,
nurtured and to accept change leading
to improvement and consequently
growth is key. Sharing the same values
as BroadStream is a prerequisite.
So, take a strong brand with a
respected reputation, with values
that align with those of BroadStream
and a willing team with an open mind
and it's likely you have a company on
BroadStream Solutions' wish list.
The acquisition of Screen began
its life as a strategic partnership,
then subsequently the similarities in
values and working styles and product
synergies became so apparent that
it was the obvious fit for the planned
acquisition.
What makes this acquisition so
special is what BroadStream has
brought to such an established brand.
Consider the Chinese philosopher
Lao Tzu's proverb: "Give a man a fish
and you feed him for a day. Teach

Fig. 1: Lean 6 Sigma promotes
Continuous Improvement

him how to fish and you feed him for
a lifetime" and you're pretty close
to grasping what BroadStream as an
acquiring organisation brings with it.
Let's break down that fishing lesson.
Lean Six Sigma (See Figure 1) and
Continuous Improvement - including
process mapping - are components of
what is engrained in the companies
that BroadStream acquire from the
outset. The benefits of Lean Six Sigma
are too many to list and elaborate
on here but amongst them are factbased strategic planning, people
development, customer benefits and
of course competitive advantage.
Having a team of in-house Lean
Sigma Experts, BroadStream quickly
sets about training teams and indeed
begin turning around how operational
weak links are tackled and rectified.
Bringing Continuous Improvement
into the fold of everyday working
not only brings with it immeasurable
advantages for the company such
as increased productivity, improved
quality and lowered costs but also
empowered and satisfied
teams.
Core Values
We briefly mentioned
values earlier.
If you
ever come in contact with
BroadStream
in
whatever
capacity you will quickly

understand
that
values are at the core
of everything they do;
it's where everything
Screen was brought into the Broadstream brand in 2018
starts. Employees,
partners and of course companies
accountability and drives a desire to
in line for acquisition must share,
strive for continuous improvement.
live and work by the same values.
Empowerment and organisational
They may be deemed simple
adjustment have meant that Screen is
by some, but BroadStream's core
in a better position to plan and decide
values carry weight and penetrate
on a more certain future safe in the
deeply within the organisation.
knowledge that robust processes and
Respect and integrity sit at the top
reliable resource management are in
with instruction to 'be your best'
place to deliver it.
reaching out far beyond the confines
of the office; remember BroadStream
Quality Screen Delivery
teaches businesses but also individuals
As the pioneers of the first electronic
who work for them how to 'fish' which
subtitling system Screen has led the
is a skill for all aspects of life.
way in innovative technology for
A foundation constructed for these
the subtitling and captioning arena.
values to prosper is the insistence that
Never ordinarily holding back on
a no-blame culture is present or if not,
meeting new industry demands a fully
adopted.
automated live subtitling system was
BroadStream believes in and fosters
never tackled in the past. Screen has
a working environment where people
always held quality and accuracy high
are managed with more regard to
in its priorities and with speech-toagreed behaviour rather than actual
text not meeting those until only very
results. If results falter it is seen as
recently, reluctantly Screen had put it
a failure in the process and not the
firmly on a back burner.
fault of an individual. This goes full
Over the past two years Screen has
circle back to entrenching values (or
worked in partnership with speech-tobehavioural standards) that result
text developers who smashed through
in the outcomes BroadStream is
the quality barrier enabling automated
looking for. This kind of environment
subtitling and captioning systems to be
where human error isn't penalised
developed at a quality level acceptable
encourages transparency in the
to Screen.
work place which ultimately leads to
Now, as part of the BroadStream
employee loyalty, effective problem
family with not only a supporting
solving and much higher performance
structure but with a combined
all round.
portfolio
(including
Integrated
Interactive
and
motivational
Playout), development resource and
workshops are run amongst teams
worldwide presence, innovation in AI
allowing team members to have full
for access services and beyond is just
input to and hands-on experience
the beginning of Screen's new future.
of the positive outcomes. This
Fully embracing automation and AI,
employee
empowerment
Screen is set to continue to improve
leads to total buy-in and
their current automated offering and
innovating to be there for the
subtitling service providers as
they migrate to AI along with all
non-broadcast sectors relying on
dependable automated subtitling
Screen offers dependable
automated live subtitles and captioning.


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