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Market: AIM
52-week High/Low: 15.13p / 4.63p
Sector: Software & Computer Services
Market Cap: 19.19M
Phone: +44 (0)20 8879 7245
Address: Tuition House, 27-37 St. Georges Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 4EU.
Forbidden Technologies plc

Forbidden Technologies plc

Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM:FBT, floated in February 2000. The Company develops and markets a powerful internet video platform, FORscene, which is used by broadcasters, in professional web video, in education and by consumers. FORscene is one of the world's most advanced browser-based and mobile applications, operating in the cloud.

Forbidden Technologies plc

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Founded by Stephen Streater in 1998, Forbidden Technologies is based on a 20-year heritage in video and broadcast technologies.


FORscene, Forbidden's flagship product, is the world's most advanced web-based editing system. Simple enough for producers and directors, yet responsive enough for editors, FORscene enables professionals to collaborate on video projects anytime, anywhere.


AIM listed since February 2000, we aim to create value for our shareholders by continually working to develop and enhance our product portfolio. This allows us to take advantage of what our target markets, customers and prospects need, thus developing the profile, appeal and uptake of Forbidden Technologies products.




FORscene provides professional editing tools in a SaaS (Software as a Service) package for all video industries including Broadcast post production, News and Corporate Professional environments.


FORscene’s video platform allows you to take advantage of Cloud computing by enabling the centralisation of material and collaboration in workflows.


SaaS with flexible monthly pricing through seat licences offers significant savings in time and budgets.


FORscene enables:

  • Management of media through an online directory
  • Connection through any web browser from anywhere
  • Monitoring usage to ensure productivity
  • Control of access to media via individual user settings
  • Savings in training time and storage costs
Osprey Video Codec
Forbidden Technologies launched its Osprey video codec at IBC2009.
Osprey is the first FORscene codec to support loss free video compression: broadcasters can use the output from FORscene for transmission without using any other editing software. Videos may also be edited at browse quality, with extra information transferred when the video is conformed to bring the source up to broadcast quality. This minimises internet traffic and delay. 
The Osprey upgrade is the latest in a range of video codecs specifically designed for editing on the Web. It increases the range of video qualities available in FORscene. Forbidden believes that this is the first practical implementation of a broadcast quality editing service over the Web. 
FORscene Load
Forbidden’s downloadable software for uploading video content into your FORscene account runs on Mac, PC and Linux.
FORscene Load compresses your video before uploading to FORscene, accelerating upload by up to 20x. FORscene Load - Linux is offered as a dedicated hardware and software solution, guaranteeing real-time capture and compression along with DVD and file capture. To download a copy of FORscene Load Pro contact Forbidden.
FORscene Server
FORscene Server allows you to scale up the number of FORscene users on your local network without overburdening its internet link.
Review, log and edit material using only your high speed LAN. In addition to all of the features of the FORscene Load Linux appliance, local users can begin working with rushes within seconds of the start of ingest.
FORscene remains an access-anywhere system. Video is transferred as required between your FORscene Server and Forbidden’s Cloud network seamlessly, automatically and on-demand, with edits and metadata instantly synchronised. In this way, both upstream and downstream internet bandwidth usage is minimised. 
Our customers in news broadcasting and at production houses find FORscene Server a cost effective way to facilitate large projects.
Clesh offers a fully interactive consumer web-based editing package that lets novices become ‘prosumers’. It’s easy to use and video can be shared across multi-media devices via a secure log-in.
Clesh is available as a plug in service for video portals. By adding your own brand and library you can provide configurable editing and publishing functionality as part of your site, at a fraction of the cost of developing your own solution. Content moderation is supported as a workflow option.
The main features of Clesh are:
  • Upload video from your computer or mobile
  • Simple to use, easy to learn
  • Storyboard and timeline editing
  • Access anywhere, anytime
  • Frame accurate
  • Real time cuts, fades and dissolves
  • Video and audio levels
  • Subtitles, pan & zoom

Vic Steel - Chairman

Victor Steel has held a series of senior roles including deputy chairman of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institute (NAAFI), a non-executive director of Eidos plc, chairman of European Leisure plc, Mansfield Brewery plc, Woolworths plc and Superdrug. His career includes having been an executive director of Kingfisher plc, Guiness plc and the Beecham Group plc. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has wide ranging experience in international business.


Stephen Streater - Chief Executive

Stephen Streater started his public company career as a founder of Eidos plc where his positions included Managing Director and Director of Video Technology. Stephen founded and successfully floated Forbidden Technologies plc where his combination of expertise in technology, business and finance has been instrumental in the creation of this exciting and technically vibrant company. Stephen's visionary approach can be controversial at times and he enjoys presenting his revolutionary ideas to public audiences, both at exhibitions and in the press.


Jonathan Lees - Finance Director

Jonathan is an experienced finance director of listed and private equity backed entrepreneurial SMEs within technology enabled sectors. His first main board Finance Director role was at Eidos plc, later taking similar roles at DCS Group plc and First Artist plc. More recently he co-founded Duet Partners Limited, a corporate advisory firm that provides capital raising, M&A, strategic advisory, and interim executive services to high growth technology enabled businesses.


Jason Cowan - Business Development Director

Jason was born and lived in South Africa until 2010, where he worked in the broadcast production and post production industry for 17 years. He worked his way up from on location filming on local and international productions across Africa to senior management roles in post facility companies including three years as Managing Director of Traffic Corporate Media Communications. He moved to the UK in 2010, at which point he joined Forbidden as Commercial Manager.


Aziz Musa - Marketing and Consumer Products Director

Aziz, who is a Warwick Business School MBA graduate, has worked in marketing for over 12 years, having held positions at, Reed Elsevier plc, Skills Market Ltd and Photobox Ltd. Most recently, Aziz worked as digital director at Pegasus Public Relations before joining the Company in May 2014 to work on the development of Forbidden’s consumer facing products.


David Main - Director

David is currently a Director of Talisman Management Limited, a management advisory company for private equity groups. He brings experience in retail, consumer and B2B services sectors, as well as technology experience to the board of Forbidden. Previously he was Chief Executive of Swets Information Services for four years, a global media business providing services to publishers and libraries around the world. He has held a key board position with Gus Home Shopping, the largest home shopping company in the UK, and was also a partner with Bain & Company in the UK and North America.


Information taken from Company website 09.05.2013


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Forbidden Technologies plc

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27-37 St. George's Road


London SW19 4EU

t: +44 (0)20 8879 7245

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