Lightworks developer LWKS acquires ioGate cloud collaboration software – The Hollywood Reporter
LWKS Software, the British maker of the Lightworks editing system, has acquired Copenhagen-based ioGates, a developer of cloud-based file-sharing software for entertainment production. The terms of the contract are not disclosed.
Plans to integrate ioGates’ React cloud platform with LWKS’ Lightworks and QScan QA technologies to enable remote file sharing, review and approval, and daily workflows in the system.
Lightworks has a clientele of prosumers and professionals – notably, Martin Scorsese’s editor-in-chief Thelma Schoonmaker, who currently cuts the director The Moonflower Slayers. Customers using ioGates’ React cloud software include DR, TV2 and Discovery in Denmark, and post-production company Windmill Lane in Ireland.
The first stage of product integration — which allows DIT to share shots on set with the editor — will be presented to the British Film Editors (BFE) organization this week. Full integration is expected to be completed in the fall.
Calling the acquisition a “hugely positive move for everyone involved in video and filmmaking,” Peter Lambert, CEO of LWKS said, “IoGates’ React provides an easy and secure way to bring these teams together. With this capability and proven feature sets of Lightworks and QScan, anyone involved in the creative process will be able to collaborate in a single, easy-to-use connected environment.
Adds ioGates CEO Jesper Anderson, who with the acquisition takes on the new role of LWKS Cloud Workflow Design Director, “This acquisition allows us to take our workflow expertise in the cloud to the next level by developing powerful, easy-to-use and highly collaborative solutions for every type of content creator.
Lambert notes that React also works to varying degrees with Avid’s Media Composer and Adobe. First Pro.