NEW YORK CITY — WrkFlo Solutions is a new provider of innovative workflow management, recruitment and remote collaboration services. The company launched this month and is aiming to help advertising agencies and brands build and operate in-house production more efficiently.
Photo (L-R): Paul Schneider, Radu Polizu, Joanne Ferraro, Peter Corbett, Dave Dimeola
Capitalizing on a paradigm shift toward remote teams, WrkFlo Solutions offers a complete solution for building and managing in-house production, spanning technology, security, talent and operations. This includes such tasks as production, editorial, design, visual effects and animation. The company’s goal is to streamline the administration of in-house and remote resources, while boosting productivity and reducing costs.
“The cause is the pandemic, but the effect has been a significant, permanent shift to the production paradigm, one that requires a new, hybrid infrastructure and ongoing collaboration between onsite and remote artists, project managers and technicians,” says WrkFlo Solutions founder Peter Corbett. “Even post-COVID, agencies and brands will rely on hybrid workflows that combine on-site staff and technology with external talent and resources. We offer a comprehensive solution to simplify the building and management of such hybrid teams.”
WrkFlo Solutions addresses an important yet often overlooked challenge: security. Huge video and data files are exchanged between in-house and remote workers, often with little security in place.
“Freelancers are granted access to company servers with nothing more than a verbal agreement not to share sensitive assets,” says Corbett. “We provide tools that allow companies to control access files while enabling full collaboration. Secure file access is integrated with other features that facilitate cloud back-up, synchronized on-premises storage and archiving.”
In addition to providing turnkey services for managing on-site and remote production units, WrkFlo Solutions assists with freelance and staff recruitment across a range of creative, production and technical disciplines. It also offers tools for remote collaboration, quality control, approvals and budgeting. Agencies and brands can opt for ad hoc or all-in-one solutions on a project- or retainer-basis.
The company is led by a team of industry veterans whose backgrounds span production, post production, engineering, staffing and management. Corbett (Pcorbett@wrkflo.solutions) has more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and innovator, including founder and/or partner roles with more than a dozen agencies, production and post companies. These include Bonfire, Click 3X, Heard City and Sound Lounge.
Paul Schneider is a highly experienced executive producer and post production supervisor, who will oversee operations as general manager. His background includes senior technology and production roles with Viacom/CBS, Hogarth/Gramercy Park Studios and UVPhactory.
Technology and security services are provided through FlyingMonk, a facility design and engineering firm. Led by Radu Polizu, it has a long history of successfully building dozens of turnkey solutions for agencies, editorial and post production, including remote workflows.
Joanne Ferraro, former executive producer at Jump Editorial and Spot Welders in New York, heads talent assessment, freelance procurement and business development.
Virtual staffing is offered via Brigade, a specialist in remote editorial, visual effects and animation. Headed by Dave Dimeola, it represents a network of more than a thousand editors, producers, visual effects artists, colorists, designers, animators and other often hard-to-find talent.
“Agencies and brands often struggle to produce content in-house,” says Corbett. “They lack the expertise to design facilities, select technology and manage operations. Companies outside major media markets have trouble finding talent to fill required creative and technical roles. That’s where we come in. We supply the expertise, resources and talent. Whatever the problem, we’re here to solve it!”