Signiant Media Shuttle Enables Janson Media to Compete With Much Larger Companies

For the past three years, Janson Media has relied on the Signiant Media Shuttle to enable the most central function of their business as a global content aggregator and distributor — fast and secure large file transfers no matter the distance.

Janson Media was founded in 1989 by producer Stephen Janson as a boutique international television distributor with a curated collection of documentary films and classic Hollywood movie star biographies. Today, the family-owned New York-based company has grown to specialize in worldwide digital, television, and non-theatrical distribution, working directly with major digital platforms including Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, Twitch, and YouTube.

“Day in, day out, we’re bringing content in from all over the world — Korea, Australia, Russia, France, Italy, Brazil, the US and Canada — processing it in-house, and monetizing it on the best platforms for that content,” says Jesse Janson, Executive Vice President for Acquisitions and Development, and the founder’s son.

With the help of its major-market high-bandwidth Internet connection and Signiant’s Media Shuttle, Janson’s inbound and outbound file transfer system now runs smoothly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. But, like any small business with big ideas in the fast-changing media landscape, it wasn’t always so smooth.

About three years ago, the company was at a crossroads, on the cusp of a major growth curve yet still reliant on FTP to transfer media files. With global delivery of large file transfers becoming increasingly central to their business model, FTP’s poor speed, reliability and security concerns began to threaten the content distributor’s ability to capitalize on new ventures and potentially lucrative business opportunities.

Large-file, Long-Distance Transfers

As the amount of content arriving from the company’s world-wide partners rapidly increased, FTP transfers were either running too slowly or failing outright. Additionally, FTP’s extended transmission process for large files increases the chances of internet disconnections or other kinds of interruption. Once interrupted, FTP file transfers often must restart from the beginning.

“Transfer failures became a huge problem with FTP,” says Janson. “We regularly had 100GB files fail 80% of the way through to completion. It became a major issue with our partners from places like Seoul and Moscow.”

Signiant Media Shuttle

Signiant Media Shuttle

Janson selected Signiant Media Shuttle. The company was able to try the product without initially spending excessive capital.

A Flexible Workflow

The solution is delivered through a cloud-native SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) platform, allowing the solution to scale as demands require. The standard package accommodates 15 active users and an unlimited number of portals.

With three portal modes to choose from — Send, Share and Submit — and the ability to back up each portal with either on-premises or cloud (Amazon S3 or Microsoft Azure) storage, Media Shuttle can easily accommodate different workflows, clients, projects or teams. The majority of workflows are backed up by Amazon S3 storage.

The solution provides multiple workflow solutions.

For partners that send new films or TV series on a regular basis, Janson provides continuous access and allocates a dedicated S3 bucket, allowing them to securely upload content whenever it is ready.

When sending to licensees, there is often a mixed bag of content. For example, if the program is part of a TV license deal in Australia for a package of ten films, all ten of those elements are assembled into a customized folder. The client is then given access to download the flies within a time window.

The Media Shuttle is also used as a cloud ingest portal to Amazon S3, which provides the company with a secure, secondary back up and archive.

This is better than trying to use the AWS interface for uploading to Amazon S3 storage, because, says Jaensoen, “It’s easier, faster and more stable to upload a bundle of large files using Signiant’s Media Shuttle.”

The new workflow has removed the stress and worry about slow and failed file transfers. The staff now can focus on acquiring new partners and distribution opportunities.

Jesse Janson, EVP Acquisitions & Development at Janson Media

Jesse Janson, EVP Acquisitions & Development at Janson Media

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