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(L-R) Mike Whelan (Digital Garage), Michael Browne (Big Bear) & Stuart Lawn









Big Bear Sound & Digital Garage Form Strategic Alliance to Service Broadcast & Post Production Markets in Ireland.

Dublin and Oxfordshire November 17th 2016 : Big Bear Sound, Ireland’s leading professional audio suppliers and integrators and Digital Garage, one of the UK’s leading broadcast and post production solution provider, today announced that they have formed a strategic alliance to serve the broadcast and post production markets in Ireland. Responding to the increasing diversity of production mediums and the growing demand for innovative technology in Ireland, this new venture will offer a comprehensive portfolio of leading-edge solutions and full service offerings to the Irish media and entertainment industries.

Operating out of Big Bear’s central Dublin offices, the alliance creates a new broadcast video and post production division within the Big Bear Group and brings Digital Garage’s wide ranging  broadcast product portfolio,15 year track record in the UK industry, and their extensive technical expertise and resources to the Irish market. The collaboration also brings on board Stuart Lawn (former Co-owner & Technical Director of Tyrell), as Technical Director and Solutions Architect for the alliance.

Big Bear and Digital Garage will provide complete video and audio solutions from all of the major industry brands including Avid, Editshare, Content Agent, Broadcast Pix, Storage DNA, and Genelec. The collaboration sees the two companies create an end-to-end service, covering consultancy, sales, system design and integration through to technical support and maintenance. This will place the alliance in the unique position of being the most experienced system integrators and comprehensive providers of digital media solutions for post, broadcast and professional audio in Ireland.

Michael Browne, MD of Big Bear Sound commented “We have a long and successful track record in servicing the audio requirements of our professional media clients in Ireland and increasingly these clients are looking for Big Bear to provide all of their media technology needs from acquisition to online delivery. Having previously collaborated with Digital Garage on a number of joint projects, we recognised that the right synergies and shared values existed between both companies to enable us to bring an unmatched end-to-end service to the Irish market.”

Michael Whelan, MD of Digital Garage comments, “Having grown a hugely successful business in the UK and across EMEA, Digital Garage has already a number of prominent Irish media clients. The new relationship with Big Bear represents a perfect opportunity to bring our expertise, commitment and passion for creative technology solutions more prominently to this market.” He continues, “What sets Digital Garage apart is our ability to integrate highly complex and sophisticated engineering projects for major broadcasters and facilities. Recent projects have included audio post and archiving systems for Sky in the UK, ingest and archive system for S4C and ingest, shared storage and 4K Cintel film scanning facilities for the Irish Film Institute. It is this pedigree combined with Big Bear’s local presence and extensive track record that we believe will make a huge difference to our future customers.”

In charge of delivering the solutions, Stuart Lawn joins the new venture with over 20 years of industry experience and sees it as hugely significant for the Irish media industry, “As we enter a new era of IP, Cloud and VR based production, clients need more than ever to partner with a supplier that can provide a clear direction for their future technology requirements. The combined vision of Big Bear & Digital Garage is focused on exceeding customer expectations, delivering high class engineering and crafting unique digital solutions for our customers.”

For more information please see the Digital Garage website