IFE Post-Production and Content Integration Facilities To Learn Impact of Trusted Partner Network’s New Membership Model and Content Security Platform at APEX EXPO


The Trusted Partner Network (TPN), the content security program that provides best practices guidelines on behalf of the major Hollywood studios for inflight entertainment, has announced a new multi-tiered membership model impacting IFE content integration and post-production facilities. TPN believes the new structure will provide greater flexibility, efficiency and transparency to global Content owners and Service Providers in the media and entertainment industry. 

Details of the revised membership model will be described to APEX members by Terri Davies, TPN President, during a thought leadership session at APEX EXPO on 27 October from 3:45pm to 4:30pm. Attendees can ask questions about the financial impact of the membership structure as well as best practices compliance.

Davies will be joined by Brian Epperson, Warner Bros Discovery; Bryan Ellenberg, Paramount; Michael Mel, Sony Pictures; and Jerome Prescod, Disney Studios in a panel discussion focused on the impact of these changes on IFE. Content integrators and post-production providers in IFE must be TPN members, and must comply with content security best practices as a condition of receiving major studio content, particularly IFE Early Window content.

The TPN membership model, accompanied by a new platform, is set to launch in February 2023. One of the key changes in the program will be its expansion beyond the physical facilities of post-production providers and content integrators and will now include a major focus on cloud-based workflows. 

The enhanced platform offers even greater capabilities for Service Providers, such as IFE post-production and content integration facilities, to demonstrate their security status and compliance with the Motion Picture Association’s Content Security Best Practices. TPN, which is fully powered by the MPA, is continuing to expand its offerings in response to the rapid growth in multi-layered hybrid and cloud-native supply chains and workflows at a time when the IFE content delivery supply chain is moving toward the cloud. 

“Now that TPN is wholly under the ownership of the MPA, we are focused on providing application and cloud Best Practices and assessments, improved usability through our new platform, and real value and flexibility to all stakeholders in the entertainment industry,” said Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association. “With the full support of our member companies, TPN is a key component of the MPA’s complete approach to protecting content in every aspect of development through distribution.”

Member Content Ownerswill have access to the new platform, a source of trusted information for Service Providers’ security statuses, and a new status model that enables content owners to make accelerated independent, risk-based decisions about engaging Service Providers. Faster approvals within the IFE content delivery supply chain are anticipated.

The new platform will depend significantly less on the physical site surveys of the past, will increase the number of assessors that can be used to measure best practices compliance, and will allow service providers to submit qualified security assessments from recognized standards bodies, rather than being solely dependent upon a single assessor as was the case for many years.

The new membership model unlocks functionality that allowsMember Service Providers to self-manage multiple layers of information via matrixed profiles. The platform introduces self-attestation of non-TPN certifications and self-reporting of security preparedness via the TPN questionnaire, which leverages the MPA Content Security Best Practices V5.0. Members may also continue to undergo full TPN assessments. 

“After gaining support from key industry stakeholders and understanding how to build something that could serve a variety of perspectives across the media content supply chain, I’m confident that TPN will now serve as the source of truth for all Content Owners in our industry,” said Terri Davies, President of TPN. “This next phase of the program introduces efficiency and greater flexibility. It will also enhance communication and engagement for stakeholders and provide an improved user experience.”

TPN’s new membership model and platform leverage the MPA’s updated Best Practices (V5.0) framework, set to publish later this month, for cloud, site, and software application security. Critical to TPN’s growth, Best Practices V5.0 will now include cloud and application security and will provide control mapping to multiple recognized control frameworks, including ISO, NIST, SOC-2 and CCM. Control mapping facilitates an improved user experience for all stakeholders completing the TPN questionnaire and assessments.  

Service Providers are key stakeholders in the new TPN membership and framework, who are strongly supporting the TPN mission.

“Content security is our top priority at Pixelogic, and we continuously reinforce our internal security efforts with expert advice and consultation from our content partner customers and third-party partners,” said Rob Seidel, Co-President of Pixelogic, a global provider of content localization and distribution services. “The Trusted Partner Network (TPN) is one of those key partners, and we’re excited about their new content protection roadmap and membership program.”

“The TPN framework provides us with a highly beneficial, standardized, measurable and industry-wide compliance and assurance baseline,” said Royston Ballard, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of DNEG, a global visual effects and animation studio. “The new revisions to the TPN framework provide us with a relevant and required reference to not only minimize our risk exposure but function as a business enabler to promote further productivity, agility and collaboration.”

“ZOO has been part of the TPN program since its inception and we are very excited to be part of the early adoption of this new launch,” said Duncan Wain, COO of ZOO. “Including a cloud component is very important and in line with the direction our industry is trending. This is a big reason why ZOO continues to support the TPN Partner Network.” 

In the coming months, TPN will hold regularly scheduled webinars to engage with stakeholders and discuss the benefits of membership as well as the new platform. FAQs are available now at www.ttpn.org.