Jenkintown, PA (December 3, 2009) Managing Editor Inc. (MEI), an Adobe premier development partner and a leading provider of software solutions for the publishing industry, today announced that Editorial Televisa has begun live production with the vjoon K4 Publishing System. Editorial Televisa is the Mexico-based print branch of Grupo Televisa, the largest media conglomerate in Latin America, known throughout the world for its television production, programming and broadcasting.
MEI distribution partner Informática Dalai SA de CV is handling K4 consulting, installation and training at Televisa. Dalai has already completed the first phase of deployment, which includes 110 users across 27 magazine titles currently producing live issues with K4 in Mexico City.
Editorial Televisa is the leading publisher of Spanish-language magazines, with titles distributed in Mexico and the United States and throughout Latin America. Its portfolio includes popular women’s publication Vanidades, entertainment title TV y Novelas and music magazine Furia Musical. Editorial Televisa also produces Spanish-language versions of renowned publications such as Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and Men’s Health. Editorial Televisa’s magazines have a paid annual circulation of 137 million.
Televisa decided to move to K4 in late 2008 to enhance productivity and improve quality, to prepare for future development and to increase overall accountability. The company was planning a comprehensive reengineering of its publishing workflow to manage its massive catalog in a more standardized and efficient manner, and decided it was necessary to incorporate a powerful, reliable editorial system. So far, Televisa production staff has been very pleased with the smooth transition to K4:
Since installing the system, Televisa has already seen a positive impact on its workflow management, and the publisher is already considering its future plans for K4. According to production staff, the results obtained so far have generated many ideas about development at the company, specifically regarding how Televisa can obtain even more measurable benefits thanks to the new software:
Televisa is already complementing its system with K4 add-on technologies from Dalai, including Executive Vision for K4. This Web-based solution helps executives and managers closely analyze daily editorial operations. Using an optimized PrimeBase database and a custom Windows service, Executive Vision accesses and extracts sensitive production data from the K4 database server. It then generates a visual interface to track and report on specific key indicators, such as closing time by section, content produced, and detailed process follow up.
“We are proud to be working closely with Televisa’s outstanding leadership, consultants and users at this landmark project,” said Juan L. Aguirre, president and CEO of Informática Dalai SA de CV. “We enjoyed deploying the best editorial system in the industry, paired with our own software developments, to bring workflow efficiency and flexibility, as well as facilitating editorial accountability and enabling better decision-making. Our kudos goes to all involved for their insight, trust and teamwork effort.”
K4 is helping hundreds of publishers across the globe manage their Adobe-based workflows with improved efficiency. Televisa’s purchase further expands the system’s dominance of the industry.
“Televisa is a worldwide media leader and a recognized name in several markets,” said Linda Bruce, vice president of enterprise sales at MEI. “They require a high level of quality for producing their massive editorial catalog, and we’re proud that K4 has proven itself to be the tool to accomplish that.”
The vjoon K4 Publishing System, integrated with Adobe® InDesign® and InCopy®, allows publishing professionals to manage design and editorial workflow and to control the entire production process. With its multi-level security controls, open SQL architecture and robust customization options, K4 supports a transparent and secure production workflow for individual workgroups or entire publishing enterprises. K4 is a product of vjoon GmbH (formerly SoftCare) of Hamburg, Germany. With more than 350 systems installed in publishing houses, agencies and magazines worldwide, K4 has already revolutionized the editorial workflow for more than 17,000 users. MEI is the exclusive distributor of K4 in the Americas, with more than 150 installations managing more than 9,700 users.
Managing Editor Inc. is an industry leader in the development of quality, proven software solutions for the evolving publishing industry. The Page Director® Series of Advertising and Classified Layout Systems, K4 Publishing System, Integrated Production Suite (IPS) and IPS AdTrac deliver automated pagination, workflow and digital asset management solutions to newspaper and magazine publishers, as well as to other print and electronic publishing markets. MEI is an Adobe premier development partner and has twice been named a laureate of the Computerworld Smithsonian Collections. Additional information regarding MEI’s products and services can be found on the company’s Web site at http://www.maned.com.
About Informática Dalai SA de CV
Based in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Informática Dalai SA de CV (Dalai) specializes in developing and implementing end-to-end technology solutions to enhance productivity, control and profitability in newspaper, magazine and online publishing organizations. Founded more than 18 years ago, Dalai has grown to serve nearly 75 organizations in 18 countries throughout the Americas. It has a long and successful history of partnering with MEI for its product distribution and support across Latin America. For more information, visit http://www.dalai.com.