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Born on the Edge, living in the Cloud

Enhancing 8,000,000 hours of professional video and counting…

Innovation

Blackbird’s innovative Edge to Cloud technology is the essential link that ties the patented Blackbird codec and the cloud. It ensures our customers are always at the cutting edge of what is possible in video technology, enhancing the user’s experience and increasing speed, quality and monetisation potential.

 

Simplification

The Blackbird platform embraces the elegance of simplicity enabling you to streamline many production and delivery processes, leaving you to create videos with the highest impact and make your working day better.

 

Agility

Blackbird ensures you can complete your projects quickly, accurately and without compromise.

Expertise

Blackbird’s world-class team of highly skilled product specialists, developers and account managers share in a goal to continually improve our Blackbird video technology and platform services to meet the growing demands of a digitally evolving landscape, ensuring both your team and final projects are delivered successfully.

 

Collaboration

Our platform ensures you have the production and delivery tools for teams to work together and produce the best video content. Our teams work collaboratively to produce the finest products and solutions.

 

Support

We are passionate about what we do and support each other and our customers every step of the way.

Meet the team

Ian McDonough

Ian McDonough

CEO

Ian joined the company in September 2017, prior to Blackbird, Ian worked with Turner as SVP and Managing Director, UK and North Europe and previously held titles as  EVP and GM at BBC Worldwide, CEE & MEA, and Commercial Director, A&E Networks Europe. Ian has successfully led large, profitable, award-winning broadcast business –  securing external funding and driving world-first partnerships with the like of Warner Bros and HBO and Virgin Media. Ian holds, and attended Harvard Business School CTAM Executive Management, and holds an MBA from Imperial College London.
Dr Stephen Streater

Dr Stephen Streater

R&D Director

Stephen is an entrepreneur who likes to see his businesses through to success. Following the success of his first company, Eidos plc, where Stephen held multiple technical and commercial roles before settling on Director of Video Technology, Stephen founded Forbidden Technologies plc, which he floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2000. Currently R&D Director, Stephen runs the tight R&D team and drives the company’s technology, including our patented Blackbird codec.
Rachel Darcy

Rachel Darcy

SVP Commercial

Rachel joined the team in mid-2017 to drive sales growth across all of Blackbird’s current and potential new market sectors. Rachel came to the business with over a decade’s experience selling cloud computing, telecommunications, and network infrastructure services. Previous roles have included Account Director at Redcentric and Senior Account Manager at Exponential-e. Rachel is a driven executive and experienced leader that can help the business grow to its full potential.
Jeff Krebs

Jeff Krebs

VP Product

Jeff joined Forbidden in 2014, as the North American Manager and holds the title VP of Product. With over 30 years experience, Jeff’s career is best described as a hybrid working between software development, post-production, VFX pipelines and cloud workflows. Embracing technology waves including film editing on flatbeds and moviolas, to linear tapes suites and nonlinear systems, Jeff’s experience included owning Serial Digital Post, where he was ‘in the chair’ for countless programs as a finishing editor, colourist and VFX artist. Most recently he was nominated for an Emmy award in 2018 for a co-designed live sports clipping and highlights with MSG Networks.
Max McGonigal

Max McGonigal

Head of Operations and Customer Success

Max joined the company in 2016 as Commercial Manager and consultant in the broadcast post-production industry. Today he continues to be the main point of contact for new business development within the UK production and post-production sector and manages onboarding new clients. Max is a highly experienced client manager and leads integration projects with multiple platform mechanisms, including AWS and Microsoft Azure. Max has strong industry experience having previous roles as MD of Clear Cut Pictures, Crow TV and Head of Reversioning and Production at Discovery Channel. Max graduated from Humberside University with a BA in Graphic Design.
Kim Dunn

Kim Dunn

Marketing Manager

Kim joined in 2017 as Marketing Manager to rebrand and launch the Blackbird cloud video platform. Kim previously held roles as Global Digital Marketing Manager, EMEA Marketing Manager and Head of Marketing. Kim has strong experience marketing B2B high tech solutions internationally across Telecoms and Enterprise. Kim holds an MA in Marketing from Kingston University and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Huw Dymond

Huw Dymond

Product Manager

Huw joined the team in February 2018 to focus on Blackbird product management and to coordinate a commercially driven roadmap and delivery alongside strategic initiatives.  Huw previously held roles with Imagine Communications as Product Line Manager for content management where he managed legacy and emerging IP and cloud-based broadcast video workflow solutions.  Huw has strong experience in technology strategy, managing products, and relationships with high profile global clients and partners.  Huw holds a BSc in Broadcast Technology from DeMontfort University and is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Enoch Sameke

Enoch Sameke

Customer Support Manager

Enoch joined in 2014 and heads up the customer support team with over eight years experience in the broadcast and post-production arena. Enoch has held technical support engineering role at manufacturers and post-production houses including EVS and Avid. Enoc graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BSc in  Media Technology and Electronic Engineering.

Philosophy

Forbidden is founded on freedom. We enable users to run software in web browsers without installation or configuration by using enabling standards.

The pace of progress in technology has been, and continues to be, stunning. It is driven by a combination of pull – from demand for new services, leading to economies of scale – and push – from advances in the technology infrastructure.

Technology has advanced relentlessly for decades. Each year, the internet has doubled in speed and disks have doubled in capacity. The new iMac Pro is 100,000x faster and has 100,000x more memory than the Acorn Archimedes, the fastest home computer of 30 years ago.

The quantitative change in computer power has led to qualitative changes in what can be delivered. The high profile of “AI” obscures more widespread (and hence less news worthy) advances such as watching high quality videos over the internet.

The exponential increases in technology infrastructure layer ripple right down the technology chain to the end user product, whether this be cheap solar power, self-driving cars – or internet video. The implications of these new technology resources take time to trickle through to products and services.

Forbidden’s strengths include being able to apply the benefits new technology infrastructure and to be first to market with new technologies and products.

OUR EVOLUTION

Innovation

Forbidden Technologies develops its own technologies using its capabilities with optimised real time and reliable software. Pioneering simple access to video on the internet for the first time, through its browser, every computer could play back full frame rate video without configuration or installation.

We launched self-playing web video in 2001, years before YouTube, Flash video or HTML5 video was invented. Software mobile video, followed in 2002, with live internet streaming launched at the global IBC broadcast show , 2003. We have have pioneered many universally accepted tools.

In 2004 with the international launch of our cloud video platform, with editing at its heart we created an integrated platform to combine  new and powerful technologies – products and services for the information age.

Technology moves on, and with the advances in computer power and internet speed, our video has increased in resolution and quality. These simple quantitative achievements are easy to plan for, akin to higher resolution mobile screens and cameras and faster CPUs. 

However advances in infrastructure have given rise to a qualitative change. The extra speed and bandwidth available to modern devices has provided the opportunity to offer universal access to video platform through a suite of tools, running in JavaScript.  Unlike the original prescient launch, JavaScript on modern devices allows access to a much larger scale ready market for video. The JavaScript toolset is evolving rapidly, but includes:

  • The Blackbird Player, an advanced high features web player
  • The Blackbird Clipper, a frame accurate clipping tool

JavaScript tools in alpha test include:

  • Mobile Blackbird Player
  • Blackbird Ascent, a simple editor
  • Blackbird Forte, a fully featured cloud video editor and publisher

Success for a software developer is to have so many users that the the software is part of everyone’s lives. We want users and mindshare. A consequence of this success is becoming a global standard. A powerful route to this is to write software in a way that everyone can use it on their computers – and these days, mobile devices.

 

Forbidden was founded on freedom. We enable users  to run software in web browsers without installation or configuration. When Forbidden floated, back in 2000, the underlying technology was Java, but  recently a far more wide ranging alternative has started to show its strength.

The pace of progress in technology has been, and continues to be, stunning. It is driven by a combination of pull – from demand for new services, leading to economies of scale – and push – from advances in the technology infrastructure.

Technology has advanced relentlessly for decades. Each year, the internet has doubled in speed and disks have doubled in capacity. The new iMac Pro is 100,000x faster and has 100,000x more memory than the Acorn Archimedes, the fastest home computer of 30 years ago.

The quantitative change in computer power has led to qualitative changes in what can be delivered. The high profile of “AI” obscures more widespread (and hence less news worthy) advances such as watching high quality videos over the internet.

The exponential increases in technology infrastructure layer ripple right down the technology chain to the end user product, whether this be cheap solar power, self-driving cars – or internet video. The implications of these new technology resources take time to trickle through to products and services.

Forbidden’s strengths include being able to apply the benefits new technology infrastructure and to be first to market with new technologies and products.

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