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Pixar Hourvitz Joins Pulse As VP

Pulse Entertainment has hired Leo Hourvitz, Pixars former technical director and multimedia producer, as their new vice president of creative content technology. Hourvitz will oversee Pulses drive to up the use of its proprietary technology in the production of 3D Web animation. He will also be responsible for testing new technology and ensuring its functionality in real-life production environments. During his six-year tenure at Pixar Animation Studios, he worked on Pixar's award-winning films and interactive products. Hourvitz served as supervising technical director on the Oscar-winning GERI'S GAME, produced the Toy Story Animated StoryBook CD-Rom and was a technical director on A BUG'S LIFE and TOY STORY 2. Prior to Pixar, Hourvitz was director of systems and technology at Broderbund Software and director of media software for NeXT Computer, Inc. "Leo's extensive experience as an interactive entertainment engineer and artist will be of immense value as Pulse expands and amplifies the execution and implementation of streaming media on the Web," said Pulse Entertainment's CEO Fred Angelopoulos. "His innovative approach to driving our technology to its creative limits inspires 3D developers and animators alike." Hourvitz said, "Pulse Entertainment's pioneering technology enables 3D content to stream on the Web like never before. I'm highly motivated by the possibilities Pulse offers 3D developers and animators in achieving their creative goals through the marriage of content and technology." Pulse recently received a US$35 million private investment to develop and produce animated content and continue developing its animation software.

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