June 25, 2018, London – Forbidden Technologies plc has announced that
TownNews.com has significantly expanded its partnership with Blackbird in the US
Blackbird Forte will be used extensively by one of TownNews.com’s major partners
to deliver news content across multiple platforms to towns and cities in 11 states
across the US. At the heart of the integration is Blackbird, believed by the Board to
be the only codec specifically designed for manipulating video in the cloud.
Blackbird gives TownNews.com’s partner the freedom to rapidly access, navigate
and manipulate content no matter their location. They can then deliver stories with
unprecedented control using Blackbird Forte’s browser-based enrichment, editorial
and publishing tools.
Forbidden has agreed a significant six-digit two-year deal with TownNews.com for
the licensing of Blackbird for use in this media broadcast infrastructure.
TownNews.com provides over 1,700 newspaper, broadcast and magazine
publications in the US with web, print, mobile and social media services and
solutions. TownNews.com’s integration of Blackbird provides its customers with a
powerful editing suite for rapid and remote manipulation of video content in the cloud.
Forbidden CEO, Ian McDonough says: “This expansion of Forbidden and
TownNews.com’s partnership is a very exciting development for both companies.
This rollout is the first true execution of Forbidden’s OEM strategy for Blackbird.
Blackbird will be a key part of the infrastructure across US news channels in 11
states. This is a key step in taking Blackbird deployment to a whole new scale. Our
recent fundraising allows us to execute and support partnerships of this size to a
world class standard.”
TownNews.com CEO, Brad Ward says: “Blackbird Forte gives our customers
powerful cloud-based video editing capabilities that they can’t get anywhere else. We
look forward to continuing to expand our relationship with Forbidden Technologies for
a long time to come."
TownNews.com was founded as the International Newspaper Network (I.N.N.) in
1989 to help community newspapers with developing technology.
Today, their integrated digital publishing and content management solutions power
some of the most distinguished media organizations in the industry. More than 1,700
newspaper, broadcast, magazine and web-native publications rely on them for their
web, print, mobile and social media products.
Their complete solutions suite includes add-ons for data management, content
exchange, over-the-top (OTT) video, business directory and more, helping to boost
revenue, improve efficiency and grow audiences. Lee Enterprises (NYSE: LEE) of
Davenport, Iowa, became majority partner in 1996. They are headquartered in
TownNews.com acquired Field59, creator of acclaimed video management and
streaming solutions for media organizations, in April of 2018. Field59 have been a
customer of Forbidden since 2008.
About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT, www.forbidden.co.uk) floated in February
2000. Forbidden develops, markets and licenses a powerful cloud video platform
using our patented Blackbird technology. The technology underpins multiple
applications which are used by rights holders, broadcasters, sports and news video
specialists, post-production houses, other mass market digital video channels and
The Blackbird technology allows full visibility on multi-location digital content,
improves time to market for live content such as video clips and highlights for social
media distribution which results in improved monetisation of video content.
To find out more about Blackbird Forte and Blackbird Ascent contact
email@example.com or visit www.blackbird.video
Blackbird® is a registered trademark of Forbidden Technologies plc.