Los Angeles, CA (Variety) — Universal Filmed Entertainment Group has its head in the cloud — and now it's going to push its production teams there.
The company has embarked on a major multiyear strategy to move its studios' film and TV production from in-house servers to the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. The goal is to let creatives collaborate more easily and efficiently across geographic regions and with outside vendors, said Michael Wise, CTO of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.
“It will unlock a new way to make movies in a way we haven’t been able to do before,” Wise said.
Universal is working with a team from Microsoft Azure to extend DreamWorks Animation’s proprietary production platform for animation to include live-action content, which ultimately will be housed in the cloud. With those workflows running on Microsoft Azure, according to Wise, Universal’s ecosystem of partners will be able to connect to them in open, standards-based ways.
The COVID-19 crisis has been an “impetus” for Universal's cloud migration, even as the company has been in the planning stages for the move since late 2019, Wise said. He pointed out that it's a near-term solution to accelerate a return to industry production during … — Todd Spangler/@Variety