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A Closer Look: AWN Increases Speed

Animation World Network has been acquired by Creative Planet, a network of

business-to-business Web sites for creative professionals focusing on the

art, technology and business of content creation...

Animation World Network has been acquired by Creative Planet, a network of

business-to-business Web sites for creative professionals focusing on the

art, technology and business of content creation. "This acquisition

continues to build the Creative Planet Network as the largest, independent

resource for all creative professionals," said Allen DeBevoise, Creative

Planet's chairman and CEO. "Providing essential information and services to

the rapidly evolving animation industry is a key component of our business

plan. AWN will serve as our entry point into this important market." AWN

was created four years ago to provide a one-stop service and information

resource for the professional animation community. AWN was founded by

people who are passionate about animation, with a deep foundation and

commitment to the business. Today, our goal is unchanged. Adding AWN to

Creative Planet will afford us the opportunity to continue our growth

strategy and sustained position as the leading Internet site for the

animation professional.

Recently, Creative Planet obtained Planetpoint.com, the on-line resource

for creative buyers to find creative talent, and 2-pop.com, which also

showcases digital video filmmaking. These transactions are the latest in a

series of acquisitions by the company, which includes Movie Magic Budgeting

& Scheduling, the leading financial and logistics tool for media

applications and the Studio System. Web sites featured on

Creative Planet

include CinematographyWorld.com, DesignInMotion.com, DirectorsWorld.com,

DVDArtist.com, EditorsNet.com, InHollywood.com, MediaTechnology.com,

PostIndustry.com, TVIndustry.com and VFXPro.com. Firmly grounded in the

world of content creation, Creative Planet has established professional

associations with The Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, The

Broadcast Designers' Association, The Motion Picture Editors Guild, The

Visual Effects Society and The Association of Imaging Technology & Sound.

With editorial updated several times a day, professionals have timely

access to the information so vital to their success. Editorial content

spans breaking news to current events, job listings and important industry

issues. In depth features and interviews focus on the people that are

impacting and shaping today's media. And the latest tools and technologies

are profiled in detailed articles and case studies. Visitors also have the

opportunity to post their portfolio reels, search job postings and network

with fellow professionals.

While we invite you to discover the wide ranging array of content provided

by Creative Planet, we would like to highlight one of animation's

components -- visual effects. Whether you are a visual effects supervisor,

special effects makeup artist, compositor or have one of the many other

roles that represent the visual effects world,

VFXPro.com gives you a place

to gather and find the help you need to do your job and further sharpen

your skills. VFXPro.com has joined forces with the Visual Effects Society

to create a virtual online community providing daily news, feature stories,

events and jobs centered around the visual effects industry. VFXPro.com

also delivers free e-mail, newsletters, auctions and group buying programs

to further assist the artist that needs a single source for their

professional business needs.

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