How the PRO Act Could Affect 250,000 US Language Professionals – via slator.com

Over 50 participants joined the Association of Language Companies (ALC) for its annual advocacy event, ALC on the Hill, to lobby US politicians on issues relevant to the language industry. The campaign, which wrapped up on March 19, 2021, consisted of virtual meetings with 70 offices from 17 states, the...

Legal & IP Translation Startup Bering Lab Gets Funded By Korean Search Giant Naver – via slator.com

If your company has AI as a cornerstone, investors will probably love you. Among such companies in recent funding news are Israel-based language service provider (LSP) BLEND, platform and API integration on a SaaS model; Berlin-based LSP Lengoo, an AI agency; and New York-based tech startup OthersideAI, an email productivity...

Genoveva Ruiz Calavera Is the European Commission’s New Chief Interpreter – via slator.com

Genoveva “Veva” Ruiz Calavera became the Director General of the DG SCIC on April 1, 2021. The search for the new head of the Directorate General for Interpretation at the European Commission (a.k.a DG SCIC, its French initialization) officially began in September 2020 after former chief Florika Fink-Hooijer stepped down.In...

Apple’s Job Openings for ‘Creative Producers’ May Hint at Plans for Machine Dubbing – via slator.com

Job-seekers, take note: Tech giant Apple is looking for “creative producers for voice.” The broad job title reflects the range of responsibilities each person will handle within an interesting department, Apple’s Text-to-Speech Design Studio.Voice producers will join research engineers, annotation analysts, and language engineers to create and oversee the synthesized...

Sony Sells Business Unit to Media Localizer Deluxe – via slator.com

Media localization and distribution company Deluxe has acquired Sony Electronics’ New Media Solutions (NMS) division. The terms of the deal, which closed on March 31, 2021, remain undisclosed.Sony NMS provides digital media supply chain capabilities, while Deluxe is an end-to-end solutions provider, which covers cinema, distribution, and localization services including...

Iyuno-SDI Gets USD 160M Boost from SoftBank only Weeks After Transformative Deal – via slator.com

On April 9, 2021, media localization provider Iyuno-SDI Group announced that they had secured a USD 160m investment from SoftBank Vision Fund 2.Iyuno (as the company was known until late March 2021) was founded in 2002 by current Group CEO David Lee; and was bootstrapped until 2018 when they received...

Top Performing LSPs in Q1, MotionPoint Investment, Media Loc M&A, US Dubbing – via slator.com

Florian and Esther discuss the language industry news of the week — and the exciting guest lineup in the weeks ahead.The duo compare the stock performance of the handful of publicly-listed LSPs both year-to-date (Q1 2021) and from the start of 2020. Florian calls out ZOO Digital and Keywords Studios...

Global Ambitions Podcast Launches with Episodes of Localization and Go-to-Market Insights – via slator.com

San Francisco, CA – The Global Ambitions podcast is a look into the minds of localization and international go-to-market experts.  The format is 15 minutes maximum and the episodes are short, actionable, and sharp. Guests in the field of localization, international go-to-market, and global engineering are asked to share their most...

Former TrustPoint Translations CEO Joins XTRF Advisory Board – via slator.com

The former CEO of TrustPoint Translations, Claes H Holm, has been revealed as the latest member of XTRF’s newly founded advisory board. Mr. Holm, himself an industry veteran, brings with him over 15 years of experience in the global language services sector. Prior to his most recent role, Mr. Holm spent...