Big Finish is pleased to announce that our new website will be launched on the evening of 11th April 2012, and you can get a sneak peek of the homepage over to the left! The new site has been carefully designed and built with the user in mind. We have taken on board many of our customers’ comments and have tested the new site to ensure that you can do the things you want to do and find the things you want to find quickly and simply.
'We're in the final phases of testing and there are exciting times ahead,’ says executive producer Nick Briggs. ‘Richard and his team have done a fantastic job. I'd also like to pay tribute to Paul Wilson, who has done such fantastic work for us over the years and has been brilliant and so helpful in facilitating the changeover to the new site.'
While the site has been completely overhauled, we have tried to keep as many things familiar as possible. So your choices on the top menu will be very similar and there will be several ways for you to find what you’re after, including a drop down menu of ranges, a page displaying all the ranges Big Finish produces and an ‘any word’ search function.
Within each range, releases will be displayed in both Forthcoming and Out Now sections, with the latest release the first thing you see. Most ranges also have the new ‘Find and filter’ functionality, primarily the Doctor Who main range. This will permit you to filter releases so that you can view only those that feature a certain Doctor or enemy. Subscription options and processes have also been simplified and clarified.
We have also introduced the idea of Hubs, where you will find all ranges pertaining to a character or franchise; Doctor Who, Bernice Summerfield and Dark Shadows are the first.
Richard Dinnick will be in charge of the new site, taking over as Web Producer from Paul Wilson, who has moved on to become Head of Development.
‘I am thrilled to be the new Web Producer for Big Finish,’ says Richard. ‘Even more so as we have such an excellent site! I hope all Big Finish fans will find the new site as exciting as I do. I’m sure they’ll be letting us know!’
You’ll be able to email Richard on firstname.lastname@example.org
The new site represents several months’ worth of work but we haven’t finished yet. We have more plans in the pipeline for exciting, additional and interactive aspects to the new site plus a host of extra features.
In the meantime, you’ll find that there is a great deal more on the site – even for releases you already know about. One aspect of the site is that each release will have its own behind the scenes area where we will be adding images and interviews, alternative covers and blogs.
When we do launch, we will also have a helpful video here on the site and on YouTube to explain where you’ll find things and how you can get the most from bigfinish.com.
It's ten years since Nick Briggs became co-executive producer of Big Finish Productions. His friends and colleagues celebrate this fact in a not entirely serious tribute.