An Emmy Award-winning production company, Ugly Brother Studios is in the storytelling business and creates projects from inception to final delivery. Shows we produce include Startup U for ABC Family, Life or Debt for Spike TV, Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse for Amazon Studios and, most recently, TheComedy Jam for Comedy Central. Although we sometimes partner with others, we develop, produce and post all of our shows in house.
Postproduction requires a stable, fast and responsive storage environment that lets us pivot creatively on a whim and makes our content available instantly and on demand. It’s all about speed, capacity and collaboration. At the same time, our editors need a technology environment that is seamless and invisible so they can focus on their craft.
We use Panasas ActiveStor scale-out storage to drive peak performance in our studio. Its plug-and-play system integrated easily into our postproduction workflow, and our editors noticed the impact immediately. Lag time disappeared and access to content was instantaneous. To further drive performance, we switched from NFS to DirectFlow for Mac, the Panasas parallel data access protocol, which has sped everything up even more. It is easy for us to increase disk speed or networking speed just by increasing storage.
Allen Dial is senior vice president of picture and post at Ugly Brother Studios in Culver City, Calif.