Company history . . . ZEN was started in the 1980s by Martin Kay, whilst working for ITV at Granada’s Manchester studios. His first computer was a built from a 6502-based Ohio Scientific kit, bought in the USA in 1979 whilst working as a Sound Recordist on a film shoot for ITV’s World In Action current affairs series.
With the advent of the Amiga in the 1980s, which could be gen-locked to a video source, Martin started writing a variety of video-related software. This included subtitling & tele-prompting, ident clocks, scoring software for sports & gameshows, and specialist software to mimic other computer displays for use in TV film dramas like Cracker, Prime Suspect and A Touch of Frost.
Martin left Granada in 1993 to concentrate on his computer-video activities with ZEN, following a natural path into non-linear editing systems, for many years the main business activity, although he still maintains an active interest in video production.