The new chief financial officer of Picture PipeLine LLC, Jan A. Camacho, has joined the growing ranks of new-media types who are betting that digital content delivery will be the future of the entertainment business. Unlike many start-ups though, she has the full support of a Fortune 500 powerhouse TRW Inc. behind her and the company.
"A lot of companies go out and try to raise venture capital; it's nice not to have to deal with that," said Camacho, who is based in Carson and will oversee all financial activities for the company.
The technology employed by Picture PipeLine provides secure data transfer over broadband networks and was developed by TRW as part of its research-and-development contracts with the Department of Defense. The company claims that there is a growing demand for its application in the film, television, commercial and music video production communities.
"The technology was developed and is being used in the defense industry," she said. "We're basically offering the same technology to different markets one happens to be the entertainment industry."
So far, Picture PipeLine has inked a deal with Warner Bros. (which owns a stake in the company). The deal is focused on NBC's series "Third Watch," which Warner Bros. produces. The show is shot in New York and edited in Los Angeles, its content sent across the country via Picture PipeLine's proprietary software rather than overnight delivery services. (Overnight delivery is still the preferred method for many shows with the same shooting/editing arrangement.)
Camacho said other Hollywood deals are in the works at Picture PipeLine.
"We have a lot of potential customers that we will be signing contracts with shortly," she said. "We have a definite revenue stream."
Camacho is projecting that the company will be profitable within the year.Accounting & Consulting
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