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Thursday 13 January, 2022

Zoo Digital Group

Appointment of Non-Executive Director

RNS Number : 2741Y
Zoo Digital Group PLC
13 January 2022

13 January 2022



("ZOO", the "Group" or the "Company")


Appointment of Non-Executive Director


ZOO Digital Group plc (AIM: ZOO), the leading provider of end-to-end cloud-based localisation and media services to the global entertainment industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Nathalie Schwarz as Non-executive Director with immediate effect.


Nathalie brings 20 years of board-level international experience from her roles in both publicly listed and privately owned companies. She has particular expertise in the media and digital technology sector with a career spanning broadcasting (television and radio), mobile and digital interactive platforms and information/data services. This includes as Group Commercial and Development Director at Channel 4 Television Corporation, overseeing the negotiation of its commercial partnership with UKTV. She also served as Group Strategy and Development Director at Capital Radio plc as the FTSE 250 company completed an £800 million merger to create the largest commercial radio analogue and digital group.


A qualified corporate finance lawyer, Nathalie began her career at leading global law firm Clifford Chance and has since served as Chair of Boards, Remuneration Committees and Nominations Committees. Her non-executive experience includes roles at Wilmington plc, Matomy Media plc, BigHand, Optionis and Amiad Water Systems plc. She currently represents technology suppliers as Vice Chair of The International Trade Association for the Broadcast and Media Industry (IABM).


Gillian Wilmot, Chairman of ZOO Digital, said:


"We are delighted to welcome Nathalie to the Board after a comprehensive appointment process. She has a strategic understanding of the media and digital technology sectors, which will contribute valuable insight to support ZOO's international growth trajectory. This additional non-executive appointment further strengthens ZOO's governance and board-level expertise to reflect the growth in scale and global reach of our business and our ambitions for the future. Nathalie will also Chair our Remuneration committee."   


Nathalie Schwarz commented:


"ZOO's end-to-end service offering puts it in a fabulous position to take further share of a fast-growing, multibillion dollar industry. Market drivers for global media content are firmly in ZOO's favour and I look forward to working with the Board to capitalise on the significant opportunity ahead."



Regulatory Disclosures:


(Esther) Nathalie Schwarz, aged 51, is currently or has been a director of the following companies within the previous five years:


Current directorships/partnerships

Former directorships/partnerships (within the last five years)

Aleph Technologies plc

Amiad Water Systems plc

Belsize Lodge (Management) Limited

BigHand Limited


Matomy Media plc

IABM Investments Limited

Optionis Group Limited

8 Lancaster Drive (Management) Limited

Wilmington Group plc


Nathalie Schwarz does not currently have any beneficial interest in the ordinary shares of the Company.


There are no further disclosures required under Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules for Companies.



For further information:


ZOO Digital Group plc

+44 (0)114 241 3700

Stuart Green

Phillip Blundell


+44 (0)20 7710 7600

Fred Walsh / Tom Marsh

Instinctif Partners

+44 (0)20 7457 2020

Matthew Smallwood / Joe Quinlan

[email protected]



About ZOO Digital Group plc:


ZOO Digital supports major Hollywood studios and streaming services to globalise their content and reach audiences everywhere, by providing world-leading, technology-enabled localisation and media services.


Founded in 2001, ZOO Digital operates from hubs in Los Angeles, London and Dubai, with a development and production centre in Sheffield, UK. The company is targeting $100m sales in the medium term.


The Group provides media services through its platforms that include: ZOOsubs, ZOOdubs, ZOOstudio. Its full-service proposition delivers the end-to-end services required to prepare both original and catalogue content for digital distribution; these services include dubbing, subtitling & captioning, metadata creation & localisation, artwork localisation and media processing. Alongside this offering, ZOO also provides its customers with management platforms and strategic solutions to support their own internal globalisation operations.


ZOO is a go-to service partner for media businesses looking to globalise their content across different territories, languages and distribution platforms. Using its innovative technology-enabled approach, ZOO helps its customers to reduce time to market, lower costs and deliver high quality products to their global audiences. The business has frameworks in place with all major Hollywood studios and streaming services. Its customers include Disney, NBCUniversal, HBO and ViacomCBS.


ZOO's competitive advantage arises from three interlinking factors - the leading role it has played in the digital transformation of its sector; the world class proprietary platforms that it develops to enable this transformation; and the global supply chain of thousands of freelancers, working collaboratively in ZOO's platforms, which delivers services that scale easily to meet demand. These factors combine to make ZOO uniquely geared to capitalise on new market opportunities in a fast-paced and constantly evolving industry.


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