The Art of Remote Collaboration: Chuck Parker’s Perspective on Sohonet

Remote Collaboration

Welcome to the Vitrina Podcast, where we dive into the most innovative and cutting-edge companies from within the global entertainment supply chain.
In this episode of Vitrina Podcast, we welcome Chuck Parker, CEO at Sohonet.

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Podcast Chapters

00:00 Introduction
00:39 Sohonet: Overview
04:15 Impact of Covid
07:40 Perfect Recipes for Remote Collaboration
13:45 Primary Buyer Personas
16:20 Broader Business Overview
18:06 Looking Back at 2023
22:05:00 Moments of Recognition
23:40:00 Bespoke Solutions
31:35:00 Production Costs
33:15:00 Security is Super Super Important!
34:00:00 Gen A.I. Integration
37:43:00 Chuck’s Background
41:23:00 Closing Remarks

Key Takeaways:

  • Sohonet connects storytellers through communications, networking, and collaboration services for the film and TV industry.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the business, with a halt in production services but increased demand for networking and remote collaboration.
  • Sohonet primarily operates in North America, Western Europe, and Australia, serving medium to large budget productions.
  • Sohonet focuses on reducing production costs and time through remote collaboration and aims to enhance its services through acquisitions and product integrations.

The more Remote Collaboration makes life easier for people to work apart, the more we’ll see that talent creative, labour market democratize.

Chuck Parker, CEO of Sohonet, joins the Vitrina podcast to discuss the outlook for the 2024 calendar year and provide an overview of Sohonet’s business. Sohonet connects storytellers by providing communications, networking, and collaboration services for the film and TV industry.

Chuck is an innovative digital media industry leader who has been the CEO of Sohonet since 2014, where he has led strong growth for the company, including 2 acquisitions and was awarded 2 Emmys for technical innovation along the way.  Prior to Sohonet, Chuck was the CRO for Unicorn Media (acquired by Brightcove in 2013) and the founder and Chairman of the 2nd Screen Society.

Chuck’s industry capability was forged over 15 years in various senior-level roles at Technicolor including Chief Commercial Officer, President of their Digital Division, EVP & Managing Director of their International Home Entertainment division and Chief Information Officer. He holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame where he graduated with honors.

About Sohonet:

At Sohonet, we connect storytellers working across the production workflow, from pre-vis, right through post and distribution. Our multi-Emmy-Award Winning technology revolutionises the way storytellers create content by making collaboration more seamless and secure.
Starting with on-set communications for Film and TV production—phones, internet, and wifi—Sohonet powers hundreds of productions annually across 300 premium sound stages worldwide. We ensure a connected and collaborative on-set experience, allowing creatives to focus on their craft.
From set we facilitate the smooth egress of large-scale digitally captured camera and audio files back to the studio and partners, typically in Hollywood. Providing near-real-time access to this data, we serve hundreds of post-production and VFX service providers in the value chain – breaking geographical barriers and fostering creativity without compromise.
Delivering exceptional user experiences and empowering storytellers to collaborate effortlessly is at the heart of what we do. With a collaboration toolkit that includes workflow-specific remote collaboration, file transfer, and production asset management tools, in addition to Sohonet’s private media network, we enable creatives to work together seamlessly, as if they are in the same room, despite being thousands of miles apart.

Sohonet's Latest Work

Why You Should Connect With Sohonet?

Remote Collaboration Solutions: Emmy Award-winning technology facilitates secure collaboration across the production cycle, enhancing content creation.

Realtime Collaboration: Sohonet’s ClearView range offers tools like ClearView Flex and ClearView Pivot, supporting real-time iteration and response during remote review discussions.

Filesharing: FileRunner enables lightning-fast, easy file transfers, supporting creative workflows without the need for plug-ins or installations.

Networking & Connectivity: Critical services for editors and designers, providing fast and reliable connectivity through solutions like Sohonet Media Network, Multiport, and Fastlane.

Media Security: Ensures high-value data and sensitive content are kept safe from hackers or misuse, offering secure storage for unreleased final cuts.

In Conversation With

Chuck Parker 1
Chuck Parker
CEO at Sohonet

Chuck is a seasoned leader with a passion for leveraging technology to revolutionize the way storytellers create content.


California, USA

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