Richard Andrews Appointed Companywide President of SDI Media

SDI is pleased to announce that Richard Andrews has been appointed its new companywide President, a role in which he will be responsible for all aspects of SDI’s global business.

Los Angeles, CA, May 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SDI is pleased to announce that Richard Andrews has been appointed its new companywide President, a role in which he will be responsible for all aspects of SDI’s global business, reporting to SDI’s Board of Directors.  Richard joined SDI in late 2009, and since that time has served as a senior executive responsible for many of SDI’s most important initiatives.  Prior to SDI, Richard served as SVP/COO of Content Management at Ascent Media, President of Technicolor Creative Services, and President of Vidfilm International Digital.  Richard will begin to transition into this role immediately, with an effective date of August 1, 2015.

Richard has extensive experience in managing large international post production companies throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.  His primary objective going forward will be to continue the expansion of SDI’s geographic footprint, technology offerings, and service sets thereby providing clients with continued benefits and capabilities as SDI helps drive the transformation of the localization marketplace.

After having served as President & CEO of SDI Media since 2009, Walter Schonfeld has decided to take a step back from his day-to-day responsibilities, however he will remain on the Board of Directors and serve in an advisory capacity going forward.  During Walter’s tenure he oversaw a significant geographic expansion of SDI’s business, as well as numerous technology and service improvements.

“SDI has made significant strides in helping to expand and professionalize the localization market over the past decade” said Walter Schonfeld, “Richard is an excellent choice to lead SDI through the next phase of its evolution.”

“SDI has an incredibly deep team of talented and dedicated professionals who are passionate about providing our clients with top-notch localization and media services,” said Richard Andrews.  “As we start this next chapter in our story, I am thrilled to partner with our new owners to deliver world class localization services to every corner of the globe.”

A Consortium of Japanese companies including Imagica Robot Holdings, the Cool Japan Fund, and Sumitomo acquired SDI in April of 2015.

Masashi Nakamura, Chairman of SDI’s Board of Directors, said, “We couldn’t be happier with the appointment of Richard as SDI’s new President.  Throughout the years his position at SDI has evolved to fit the changing landscape, both internally and externally.  His years of experience and dedication to client satisfaction, along with Walter’s expertise, are key to SDI’s ongoing success.”

About SDI Media:

SDI Media is the world’s leading media localization provider, offering dubbing, subtitling, and media services for international, regional, and local content owners, aggregators, broadcasters, and new media distributors. SDI Media offers clients a complete end-to-end localization solution for feature films, episodic television series, interactive games, new media, and corporate needs using the most comprehensive suite of customizable localization software applications in the industry. With the world’s largest owned and operated network of facilities, incorporating over 150 recording rooms and more than 85 mixing rooms, SDI Media provides dubbing, subtitling, and other media solutions in more than 80 languages worldwide. Servicing over 40 markets in 37 countries across EMEA, Asia, and The Americas, SDI Media’s global localization footprint provides the only one-stop media localization solution in the industry.

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