Blu. Digital Group Bolsters Localization Management Team


Blu. Digital Group (BDG) has bolstered its localization management team in its recently acquired BDG Studios Barham, tapping Sebastian Zancanar to oversee the production facility and Luis Ferreira de Castro as head of the audio services department.

The two key appointments help manage the hundreds of hours of localization work that is currently handled by the facility in over 50 languages on a monthly basis. Zancanaro has an extensive career as a creative dubbing director spanning a variety of genres in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Ferreira de Castro is an experienced audio and postproduction executive, having worked as lead audio engineer at Central Post LA and Voxx Studios.

Blu. Digital Group launched its English dubbing studio in May 2022 with the acquisition of Central Post LA (since renamed BDG Studios Barham), an award-winning audio recording facility in Hollywood. The 4,000-square-foot facility has enabled the company to significantly grow its localization services, including English and foreign-language ADR, lip-sync dubbing and voice-over recording; English and foreign-language audio description; editorial audio mixing and post work, including Dolby Atmos; M&E augmentation; audio conformance, compliance and censorship; complete English and foreign-language quality control services; video mastering; and subtitling and captioning services in more than 80 languages.

Silviu Epure, senior VP of content globalization at Blu. Digital Group, said: “Since acquiring the new facility in May this year, we have been able to significantly grow our localization business, offering increased languages and services. What makes us different from other localization providers is our advanced technology offering, which includes our proprietary project management tool. This enables us to integrate the localization component into our existing digital media services, offering to create a seamless workflow that takes clients from postproduction all the way through packaging and final delivery to platforms. This high level of work requires strong management, and adding Sebastian and Luis further bolsters our position as leaders in the provision of localization services around the world.”