This Week in the News | July 2, 2021

Memsource Launches New Quality Assessment Features

The Prague-based language service provider Memsource announced June 30 that it has added a series of language quality assessment (LQA) features to its translation management system. The new LQA features include customizable LQA profiles, and the ability for clients to implement pass/ fail thresholds according to their individual quality standards.

Pairaphrase Launches New Speech Translation App

Pairaphrase recently launched a new web-based tool for mobile use — the tool is a speech-to-speech translation app, which transcribes live speech to text. When users use the translation feature, the text is automatically converted to speech in the target language.

Former Localization Executive at Netflix Joins KIWA Digital

Chris Fetner, the former head of localization vendor strategy at Netflix, has joined KIWA Digital, a New Zealand-based company known for its VoiceQ software, which is specially designed for dubbing film and television, according to a recent announcement from the company. Fetner is also the executive director of the Entertainment Globalization Association, and was involved with the launch of Netflix in 190 different countries, covering content in 27 different languages. 

Lionbridge Announces Acquisition of Rocket Sound

Lionbridge, a Massachusetts-based company which specializes in globalization for the video games industry, announced on June 30 that it has acquired Rocket Sound, a Los Angeles-based sound services company. The two companies had worked closely on projects before, and when Lionbridge first began to explore the option of developing in-house audio localization solutions, Lionbridge’s managing director said Rocket Sound was the company’s first choice.

United Language Group Announces New Chief Executive Officer

The United Language Group announced that its current chief executive officer (CEO), Kristen Giovanis, has made the decision to step down from the role and taking on the role of president. In Giovanis’ place, Nic McMahon has taken over as CEO, effective as of July 1. Giovanis was CEO of the United Language Group for about five years, after stepping into the role in 2016, when the United Language Group acquired KJ International Resources, which Giovanis co-founded and served as CEO of for more than 20 years.

Guildhawk Announces Partnership with Gammon Construction

Guildhawk, a language service consultancy, has announced that it is partnering with Gammon Construction, a Hong Kong-based company specializing in civil engineering and architecture, as well as interior works and design, among other specialties.


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