About 5th Kind

It all started in 2001. 5th Kind founder Steve Cronan was working on the Matrix Sequels, managing digital assets across two films, a video game, and an animatrix TV show.

But the glitch was obvious. Even at one of the most epic productions in entertainment, working across so many departments, tools, and workflows was a challenge. The creative talent was there, the editing tools and hardware was top-notch—it was clear that the last frontier was keeping track of and collaborating on assets at such a large scale.

From here spawned 5th Kind, the first virtual production platform that combined modern asset management, seamless integrations, and real-time streaming and collaboration tools that can handle the type of 3D animation and visual effects that blow audiences’ minds.

Today, we serve the biggest studios and agencies in entertainment:

Our Clients:

Meet Our Team

Steve Cronan
CTO & Founder
Tom Baird
President and Chairman of the Board
Larry Lien
Robert Crotty
Rob Winchell
VP Engineering
Sarah McCormick
VP Sales
Paige Barnett
VP Client Services
Alex Palomares
VP Client Experience

Our partners

Technology Partners

Amazon Web Services

5th Kind is part of the AWS Partner Network (APN). Our digital asset management (DAM) software as a service (SaaS) solution is hosted on the AWS Cloud. We work closely with AWS account managers, solution architects, partner managers and other AWS specialists to ensure our customers have a secure, efficient, cloud experience and our partnership provides AWS with an integrated and industry leading Studio Asset Management platform.

Box Pro

As a technology partner, 5th Kind has integrated the Box file browser, allowing upload, download, browse, search and review of your Box files directly in our CORE product. Box users gain access to real-time collaboration tools, granular access controls, faceted search and an enterprise-level digital asset management solution. Learn more.

IBM Aspera

IBM-Aspera’s secure, accelerated file distribution solution integrates seamlessly with 5th Kind’s CORE, our digital asset management and real-time workflow collaboration platform. Together, we enable enterprise organizations and entertainment studios to globally optimize their workflow processes and turnaround times with fast, secure, API-rich, cloud-based collaboration tools.

Value-added resellers


As DevOps specialists, PacGenesis’ customers leverage their vast experience in data networking, security, and media to implement and design workflow solutions that are fast, scalable, maximize value, and fit the business need.

Award Winning

DAMMY of the year

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