2nd October 2023
Silk Factory Spins-up Internationally with Facilis
Set in the bustling Fitzrovia district of London, Silk Factory is an award-winning creative agency that produces some of the finest feature film trailer campaigns for cinema, television, and social media. Silk Factory also produces high-end motion graphics, virtual and augmented reality content. With locations in London, New York and Los Angeles, the directors and founders John Piedot and Andrew Snook have their hands full managing people and content. When the opportunity arose to spin-up their new Los Angeles location in 2023, they chose the solution that has been powering their creative process at Silk Factory since 2017, and other London Facilities they managed since 2006.
“The Facilis architecture has been rock solid for Silk Factory and previous companies for so long, the choice was clear to expand with HUB Server for the new location.”
“The Facilis product line gave them options that they didn’t find in other products, and the team at Facilis has always been responsive to their needs.”
Owen Williams of IT Collective, service provider and reseller for Silk Factory
The Silk Factory London location houses fifteen Avid workstations and five systems dedicated to motion graphics work. There are about 30 people working on-prem and remote in the London and Los Angeles locations. The Los Angeles location editors are all remote and access the server through screen sharing.
“The Los Angeles server is housed in a data center and the editors remote into the client workstations from home,” explains Owen, “This way the data needed in Los Angeles can be transferred to that server and the editors there can have it ready to work in a short time.”
Silk Factory London has doubled in size over the past several years, all while relying on the same Facilis server infrastructure they first deployed in 2017. “We’ve found the flexibility and the speed of the Facilis system to be great, along with seamless cross-platform compatibility, and minimal ongoing running costs.” Comments Ed Hick, Head of Online and IO at Silk factory, “We’ll keep investing in solutions that make it easy for us to create content and give us the opportunity to grow without major upheaval and cost when it’s time to upgrade.”
“We have certain criteria when it comes to technology – it has to be easily managed, reliable and scalable to grow with us.”
“We’ve had experience with Facilis for over 16 years, and in that time, we’ve seen the company grow in its dedication to our industry, and delivery of new products and features that help us keep our customers happy.”
Andrew Snook, Silk Factory Director of Production and Founder
About Facilis Technology
Founded in 2003, Massachusetts-based Facilis Technology, Inc. designs and builds premium, turnkey shared storage solutions for collaborative media production across all content creation workflows. Their production-proven solutions are designed for use by the craft editor, facility engineer, and owner-operator alike. Flexible, scalable, and compatible with industry-standard creative solutions, Facilis’ products blend seamlessly into any network environment. https://facilis.com/
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About Dark Matter Technologies
DMT was established 2011 to represent and support overseas suppliers of professional products to the Broadcast, Post, Film and AV markets. With a combined industry experience of 70yrs, DMT has a wealth of knowledge of the industry enabling them to advise and help grow the suppliers business.