ZOO licenses workflow solutions to Hachette Book Group

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- ZOO Digital (ZOO), the provider of workflow management software and services for creative media production, is pleased to announce that it has licensed its workflow management platform, ZOOcore (www.zoodigitalcore.com) to Hachette Book Group ("HBG").  HBG, a leading US trade publisher, releases over 800 titles each year in the areas of adult, young readers and audio titles.

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HBG required a system to support the preparation and conversion of electronic books – a significant growth area for the business.  This activity involves a number of distinct workflows, each requiring the collaboration of project coordinators, asset creators, reviewers and approvers across multiple locations, and the sharing and mark-up of document proofs.  ZOO created a tailor-made workflow management system using the ZOOcore platform that matches precisely HBG's processes, reducing administrative overheads significantly.

"The adoption of our ZOOcore workflow management system has significantly improved the productivity of our team" explained Craig Bauer, SVP, Publishing Operations & Strategic Planning.  "We are now able to manage a much greater number of simultaneous projects, with greater visibility and transparency and with status information that is accurate and available in real time".

Gordon Doran, President of ZOO, commented: "We are delighted to be working with Hachette to enable more efficient administration of workflows in the publishing industry. Using ZOOcore we have been able to deploy tailor-made workflow management configurations quickly and cost-effectively."

About ZOO Digital:

ZOO Digital provides software and related services that support the authoring, re-purposing and distribution of creative media. ZOO's products form an integrated suite of cloud-based and desktop applications for audio/visual content and printed materials, adapting these media for different languages, formats and delivery mechanisms.

By centralizing editorial and approval processes via secure cloud-based platforms, ZOO's proprietary patented software helps customers to increase their speed of production, reduce costs and protect their brand integrity. ZOO's services enable quicker and more cost effective processes across a wide range of applications and formats, including packaging, printed materials, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, video on demand, electronic sell-through, broadcast, music and electronic books.

ZOO's largest customers include major Hollywood studios, for which the production, marketing and distribution of titles in numerous formats across many geographies and languages has previously been a lengthy, costly and largely manual process. Increasingly ZOO's software is benefiting a variety of companies across sectors where the development of media products, printing, packaging and marketing involves complex processes in multiple countries and languages, particularly where brand integrity is of core importance.

The company's website is www.zoodigital.com.

About Hachette Book Group:

Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a leading US trade publisher and a division of the second largest trade and educational book publisher in the world, Hachette Livre. A global publishing company based in France, Hachette Livre is a subsidiary of the French media company, Lagardère. HBG is headquartered in New York, with offices in Boston, MA, Lebanon, IN, and Nashville, TN. HBG also owns Hachette Book Group Canada, Inc., a marketing and publicity company based in Toronto, ON.

In one year, HBG publishes approximately 800+ adult books (including 50-100 digital-only titles), 200+ books for young readers, and 300 audio book titles (including both physical and downloadable-only titles). In 2012, the company had a record 214 print books and 61 ebooks on the New York Times bestseller list, 36 of which reached #1 (30 were print titles and 6 were ebooks).

Media Contact:
Gordon Doran ZOO Digital, +1 310 220 3939, gordon.doran@zoodigital.com

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