AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — Kiwa Digital (kiwadigital.com), the maker of VoiceQ (www.voiceq.com) dubbing software, has announced that Chris Fetner, Netflix’s former head of localization vendor strategy, has joined their board. The addition of an American board member steeped in both localization and Hollywood technology is a sign of the company’s commitment to accelerating its growth in the expanding localization sector.
Fetner is currently leading the Entertainment Globalization Association and is widely regarded as a thought leader in localization and supply chain. He spent nearly a decade with Netflix, during which he set the standard for partner programs with his creation of the Netflix Preferred Vendor Program and the Netflix Post Technology Alliance. Both programs were foundational to Netflix’s rapid growth into new markets.
“Having Chris join our board is incredibly important to VoiceQ at this moment in our evolution,” says Steven Renata, VoiceQ’s managing director. “He’s extremely well thought of among our client base and also among the partners with which we integrate our suite of tools. His thoughtful and strategic approach to partnerships will no doubt help Kiwa accelerate our impact in the industry.”
“While I was at Netflix, I saw first hand the impact VoiceQ had on the efficiency and quality of our dubbing workflows,” says Fetner. “It became the default tool for most of our LA-based vendors, which laid the foundation of the English dubbing industry. When I look at the massive demand for localization ahead and Kiwa’s innovation pace, it’s clear to me the company still has tons of head room in terms of their growth and impact in the industry. I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve on their board and help shape their strategy as they enter the next chapter in their product’s evolution.”