Blu Digital Group, Inc. (BDG), a media and entertainment technology company, announced today the appointment of Tony Rizkallah as Chief Operations Officer, responsible for the operations and increased automation of business processes of Blu Digital Group.
Rizkallah has an extensive technology and operations background in digital media management. He spent 15 years building and running digital media management facility Bitmax, where he was responsible for the technology and operations of the business and was instrumental in the foundation of a number of its key contracts, including running the Apple iTunes preferred status contract from its inception. He also built and set the standards for the company’s localization division, providing languaging and dubbing services for a variety of foreign content for distribution to platforms including Apple, Google and Amazon Prime. In addition, he set up QC processes and developed software and tools for a variety of media management and delivery applications. Prior to Bitmax, Rizkallah directed IT operations in the healthcare industry.
Rizkallah’s appointment comes soon after the acquisition by Blu Digital Group of Central Post LA, a 4000 square foot post-production facility in Burbank, and its extensive technical and creative teams. Rizkallah will be helping to integrate the existing infrastructure, which includes state-of-the-art recording rooms and a Dolby Atmos-certified mixing stage, into Blu Digital Group’s existing operation, helping expand Blu’s English dubbing and audio description division.
Paulette Pantoja, Founder and CEO of Blu Digital Group, said: “Tony’s background in technology and operations in media management will be instrumental to the business as we continue to build and grow Blu Digital Group. He has the unique skill set of bridging technology and operations which is so important for Blu Digital as we integrate new business units and automate processes to continue our growth trajectory.”
Blu Digital Group, established in 2007, has grown from a film and TV quality assurance testing facility to a provider of application technology solutions and distribution services for the media and entertainment industry with over 100 staff in its Burbank facility. In late 2021, the business established its English Dubbing and Audio Description division, the same year it was recognized as one of the INC 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the US.
Tony Rizkallah, Chief Operations Officer of Blu Digital Group said: “Having worked within the media management and distribution industry for a number of years, I have been aware of the growth story of Blu Digital as it has evolved its services and software as the industry has matured. Blu is on a clear trajectory of rapid growth and I’m excited to join the company to help integrate and lead the operation through its next phase of transformation.”
About Blu Digital Group
Based in Burbank, California, Blu Digital Group, Inc. provides transformative digital supply chain services and software to the media and entertainment industry. The company offers cloud-based solutions focused on automated content servicing and preparation, and order management to video streaming platforms. These solutions include qualifying Film/TV content, and optimizing digital delivery of content through its proprietary software to enable content rights holders to reach new audiences and generate additional revenue streams.
For more information about Blu Digital Group, visit http://www.bludigitalgroup.com