Blu Digital Group, a technology company that offers cloud-based software and digital media services to the global entertainment industry, has bolstered its localization management team in its recently acquired BDG Studios Barham (Hollywood) facility. Sebastian Zancanaro has been recruited to oversee the production facility and Luis Ferreira de Castro has been appointed to head the audio services department.
The two appointments help manage the hundreds of hours of localization work that is currently handled by the facility in 50-plus languages on a monthly basis, according to Blu Digital. Zancanaro has forged an extensive career as a creative dubbing director spanning a variety of genres in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Ferreira de Castro is an experienced audio and post-production executive, having worked as lead audio engineer at Central Post LA and Voxx Studios.
In May 2022, Blu Digital Group launched its English dubbing studio with the acquisition of Central Post LA (renamed BDG Studios Barham), an audio recording facility in Hollywood. The 4,000 square foot facility has enabled Blu Digital Group to significantly grow its localization services including:
- English and foreign-language ADR, lip-sync dubbing, and voiceover recording;
- English and foreign-language audio description;
- editorial audio mixing and post work, including Dolby Atmos
- audio conformance, compliance, and censorship;
- complete English and foreign-language quality control services
- video mastering; and
- subtitling and captioning services in 80-plus languages.
“Since acquiring the new facility in May this year we have been able to significantly grow our localization business, offering increased languages and services,” Silviu Epure, SVP of content globalization at Blu Digital Group, said in a statement. “What makes us different from other localization providers is our advanced technology offering, which includes our proprietary project management tool. This enables us to integrate the localization component into our existing digital media services offering to create a seamless workflow that takes clients from post production all the way through packaging and final delivery to platforms. This high level of work requires strong management, and adding Sebastian and Luis further bolsters our position as leaders in the provision of localization services around the world.”