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Launch of The Pool - New Production Management Tool Helps Producers by Improving Efficiency, Reduces Errors and Risk

Producers of tv programmes, commercials and corporate programmes such as promotional and training films can now save time and money thanks to new software launched today. Called The Pool, and unlike any other on the market, it brings together in a single snapshot all the tools required to produce a programme from first ball park estimate to final reconciliation.

The Pool is a flexible and fully integrated suite of budgeting, directory, communication, scheduling and production management software. It allows companies of all sizes who are involved in broadcast production to manage the entire production process, collaborate effectively with colleagues and communicate with clients and crew.

Reliable and powerful, the production management system runs on both Mac and PC. It has been developed by start-up company The Pool. The software runs on desktop computers but the data is hosted on The Pool’s own secure servers, and allows anyone involved in production to work on projects with colleagues wherever they are in the world. Few other products support the production process from start to finish and are also as flexible and versatile as The Pool.

Key benefits are: -

• Single, Streamlined Tool Improves Efficiency, Reduces Errors and Risk
The integration of previously separate tasks reduces the likelihood of errors. For example, The Pool allows users to set shoot schedules with multiple shoot days and multiple shoot schedules. And being able to link schedules to budget allows the budget to calculate costs automatically and removes the risk of forgetting to update every row when a schedule changes. For international projects, users can add in rows, a section or even a whole page with the relevant currencies applied.

• Flexible and Easy to Use
The Pool provides, for example, templates that offer quick solutions for standard presentation formats – and users can build their own custom templates too. It uses a familiar spreadsheet style so there is virtually no learning curve. It also automatically provides industry-standard rates, which can be changed as required.

• Allows Easy Collaboration and Communication, Whatever the Location
The production team can access the project data and the desktop and the ‘cloud’ data is synchronized. Publishing information, for example budgets and forecasts, online is instant, and can be viewed by everyone to whom you allow access. The contact management tool can be integrated with the directory to provide a valuable repository of standard and personal information, all at the click of a mouse.

David Robins, Managing Director of The Production Pool, said, “From my experience in working in the industry, I realized there was no single simple yet sophisticated software tool which really helps and enhances the effectiveness of the media production community. In a single tightly integrated and flexible package, The Pool helps with budgeting, scheduling, industry contacts, communication and production management. Sharing of information and collaboration is made effortless, which means fewer mistakes, better time management and less stress.”

He added, “The drive behind The Pool is to build a focused community of production professionals and offer them reliable tools to help them do their job more effectively. We’ll also create regular networking opportunities, with the first one to be held early in the New Year.”

The Pool costs £325.00 per annum for a one-user licence (ex-vat). Discounts are available for multiple users.

A trial version is included with the Press Pack or by email

Note to Editors

About The Pool
The Pool is a flexible, powerful and fully integrated suite of budgeting, directory, marketplace, communication, scheduling and production management software.

The Pool was created by industry experts who understand the time and budget pressures of the production process. Sophisticated but simple to use, The Pool has been created specifically to support users intuitively as they work and requires virtually no training.

Unlike Excel spreadsheets which lack crucial sector-specific customization, The Pool works with users to enhance, not change, the way they work. Flexible, easy to use and sophisticated, it works alongside a producer as they, budget, manage and refine their production and crew and supplier requirements.

The company behind The Pool is The Production Pool Limited, a UK company founded by David Robins who has extensive experience in the industry. The company is committed to continuously improving its products and services, based on customer feedback.

The URL is http://www.theproductionpool.com

Further product details, and photos of David Robins and screenshots are available on request.

Editor Contact:-

Claire Moran
The Forge Public Relations
Tel: 0208 994 7668
Email: claire@theforgepr.com

Reader Contact:-
David Robins
Managing Director
The Pool
Tel: 0207 079 9323
Email: david@theproductionpool.com




Features and Benefits

The Pool allows anyone producing tv programmes, commercials and corporate programmes to manage the entire production process from one place. It offers quick and easy budgeting through a familiar spreadsheet format, specifically designed for media production specialists. It is invaluable when preparing pitches, and, once a job is won, the budget becomes a powerful production management tool.

It can be used as a simple spreadsheet if required, while all the more advanced functions such as management of mark up and currencies are easy to find and use. Comprehensive help files are available from every window.

You can use the schedules you have built, together with crew rates and industry standard rows to automate the budget calculation. Tables of crew rates are maintained to match recommended rates and can be linked to budget rows. Change a schedule, and the budget is automatically updated.

Other advanced features include integrated contact management, advanced publishing, communications and collaboration. Documents are available online and in PDF format and emails can be sent directly from The Pool making communication with suppliers and clients easy and efficient.

Finally, you can publish budgets to clients, and, at the same time, communicate with crew and suppliers.
Benefits include:-
Single, Streamlined Tool Improves Efficiency, Reduces Errors and Risk
This single integrated software package dramatically improves the efficiency of the production team and aids communication to crew, suppliers and customers.
The Pool helps you:-
• produce programmes, commercials and events more efficiently by providing a tool which combines budgeting, production management, production accounting and access to key contacts. Using it, you will be able to work much more effectively.
• collaborate easily and efficiently with clients, crew and suppliers wherever they may be - right from the beginning of a project to the end.
• control mark-up and currencies (work with as many currencies as you want)
• set shoot schedules with multiple shoot days and multiple shoot schedules. And being able to link schedules to budget removes the risk of forgetting to update every row when a schedule changes
• integrate previously separate tasks which reduces the likelihood of errors.

Flexible and Easy to Use
It can be as simple or as detailed as you want.
The Pool
• provides templates that offer quick solutions for standard presentation formats – and you can build your own custom templates too.
• offers total flexibility – you can lay out the project to meet your specific requirements.
• uses a familiar spreadsheet style so there is virtually no learning curve and comprehensive help files are provided in every window
• allows you to track actual or anticipated spend against budget as you move through the project
• gives you access to your contacts right on your desktop which can be added to the budget for easy reference – by you, and by anyone else with whom you share the project
• provides automatically industry-standard rates, which you can change as you need to
• enables you to synchronise desktop data with The Pool’s servers in the Cloud which means that collaboration and communication with colleagues across borders has never been easier

Easy Communication – Wherever You Are
• Easy sharing of information and collaboration means fewer mistakes, better time management and less stress.
• You can track actual or anticipated spend against budget as you move through the project.
• It can be as simple or as detailed as you want.
• Because the software can be accessed by the whole team, sharing information and ideas with colleagues becomes quick, easy and efficient. Changes are updated automatically.
• Publishing information online is instant, and can be viewed by everyone to whom you allow access.
• Your contacts are available on your desktop and can be added to the budget for easy reference – by you, and by anyone else you share the project with.
• The contact management tool can be integrated with the directory to provide a valuable repository of standard and personal information, all at the click of a mouse.

Editor Contact:-

Claire Moran
The Forge Public Relations
Tel: 0208 994 7668
Email: claire@theforgepr.com

Reader Contact:-
David Robins
Managing Director
The Pool
Tel: 0207 079 9323
Email: david@theproductionpool.com