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Hi there!

I’m Max Deryagin, a veteran film translator, frequent conference speaker, independent researcher, tech consultant and blog writer, as well as:


  • Chair of the International Association of Subtitlers (SUBTLE)

  • Vice President at the European Federation of Media Translators (AVTE)

  • Member of the European Society for Studies in Screen Translation (ESIST)

  • Co-organizer of the Languages & the Media conference

  • Learning Lead at Plint

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Having learned the best subtitling practices from specialized academic literature and many years of hands-on experience, I’ve fruitfully collaborated with corporate clients, translation agencies, video publishers, content distributors, broadcasters and universities, and have subtitled over 1,000 videos for TV, Web, SVoD and DVD/Blu-ray throughout my decade-long career, including Oscar-winning films and record-breaking productions.

On the technical side of things, I have a solid grasp of some of the latest standards, technologies and software products in the field. Familiar with the FCC, Ofcom, BBC, DCMP and Netflix TTSG guidelines, I have delivered compliant, accurate subtitles and captions for various audiences. Over the years, I’ve used numerous subtitle preparation tools, such as Softel Swift, FAB Subtitler, WinCAPS Qu4ntum, TitleVision, Spot, SubtitleNEXT, Subtitle Workshop, Subtitle Edit and Aegisub, as well as OOONA and EZTitles Enterprise — some of the best professional tools on the market.​

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​Besides creating/proofreading subtitles and training linguists, I have also

▪ Consulted companies on subtitling technologies and file format specifications;
▪ Helped develop several proprietary tools and interfaces for captioning;
▪ Researched timed-text standards for several different languages;

▪ Developed apps and automations for translation workflows;
▪ Assisted in training an advanced auto-captioner AI system;

▪ Co-authored the AVTE Machine Translation Manifesto;
▪ Compiled subtitling and captioning style guides;
▪ Advised on setting up subtitle production;
▪ Managed a pool of translators.


I’m also a registered trainer and mentor at, the world’s largest network for translators. My courses cover a range of topics related to the craft of subtitling.

Finally, as an activist, I work towards improving the working conditions of audiovisual translators, help promote the visibility, understanding and status of our profession, and take part in cultivating good subtitling practices in Europe and beyond.

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