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Headline News K2 Network Gaming Co. Of The Year

The Technology Council of Southern California named K2 Network 2008 Entertainment & Gaming Company of the Year.

The awards were presented at the Tech Council's annual gala event on Thursday, in downtown Los Angeles at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Technology Industry Awards recognize Southern California-based technology leaders that have made outstanding contributions to the industry over the past year.

Headline News Chuck Dages To Oversee Emerging Technology for WB Home Ent.

Chuck Dages, who oversees Emerging Technology for Warner Bros., has been shifted from Technical Operations to Warner Bros. Home Ent. Group. He retains the title of EVP and continues to have oversight of Motion Picture Imaging (the studio's postproduction facility for film mastering, restoration and digital imaging for movies and television) and the Advanced Media Editorial department (which prepares feature films for distribution on airlines, cable networks and broadcast television).

Headline News Mobile Braveheart & Shooter Games Come to Artificial Life

Hong Kong-based Artificial Life Inc., a provider of award-winning mobile 3G technology and applications, announced that it has signed a worldwide licensing deal with Paramount Digital Ent. to release two exclusive mobile games based on the multiple-Academy Award-winning movie BRAVEHEART and the recent box office hit SHOOTER.

The advanced mobile games will be of the action genre with real-time strategy features and enhanced 3D graphics. The games are scheduled for release and sale globally in early 2008 via on-deck telecom carriers and off-deck resellers.

Headline News Luxology Licenses Pixar's Subdivision Surface Patents

Pixar Animation Studios has licensed its Subdivision Surface patents to Luxology. The agreement covers key Pixar proprietary computer graphics technology that will enhance Luxology's products. Luxology is making no specific announcements as to when this technology might be incorporated into future Luxology software offerings. The specific terms of the agreement are confidential.

Headline News Ottawa Animation Fest to Spotlight Technology

Some of the world's leading animation technology companies are coming to the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) for the 3rd annual Technology Forum, a series of panels and presentations showcasing cutting edge animation software. The Technology Forum takes place on Friday (Sept. 21) and Saturday (Sept. 22) at the National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage.

Headline News Feher to Create New Media Technology Organization for NBC Universal

Darren Feher, evp/cto for NBC Universal, will take on a new role to create a media technology organization dedicated to digital product innovation and emerging technology. Feher will add new technology and engineering teams concentrating on the areas of digital asset management, content distribution, production and commercial planning across NBCU's broad portfolio of assets.

Headline News Academy Sci-Tech Council Starts Up Internship Program

The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched a new summer internship program designed to provide real-world experience to the selected students interested in careers in computer graphics and animation technology. The Sci-Tech Council will provide a stipend of $4,000 to each student.

Pixar Animation Studios, Rhythm & Hues Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks will each provide an eight-week internship to give students hands-on opportunities in animation, production management, software programming and visual effects.

Headline News Luxology Chooses Bonjour for modo 301

Luxology Llc., an independent technology company dedicated to next-generation 3D content creation software, plans to use Bonjour technology from Apple as part of its modo 301 release. This is because Bonjour's "open, standards based networking technology" allows devices to operate together seamlessly. Available for Mac and PC, modo contains both a tightly integrated renderer and a "powerful, realtime subdivision surface modeling engine". The new comprehensive upgrade, which will include Bonjour technology, is scheduled to ship in summer 2007.

Headline News HP & AMD Provide Technology for Shrek the Third

HP and AMD's technology helped power DreamWorks Animation's Shrek the Third, opening today [May 18, 2007].

HP ProLiant servers, workstations and notebooks, powered by AMD64 processors, enabled the creation of technically challenging, detail-rich images and effects in the latest film in the successful SHREK series. Additionally, producers benefited by using HP Halo Collaboration Studios to connect DreamWorks teams from across the globe in a live virtual environment.

Headline News EIAS v6.6.1 UB Port Is Shipping

EI Technology Group (EITG), developer and publisher of innovative 3D software products, has released of version 6.6.1 of the Universal Binary version of the Electric Image Animation System (EIAS). The update is now available for immediate download on the EITG website. EIAS 6.6.1 takes advantage of the advancements in the new generation of Intel based Macintosh computers developed by Apple. This optimized update provides astonishing speed and performance improvements over previous EIAS versions on both PowerPC and Intel based Macintosh systems.

Headline News Leading Technology Forecaster Tim Onosko Passes Away

Tim Onosko, a leading new technology expert and trend forecaster, who worked for and advised The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Imagineering and Universal Studios, passed away at his home in Madison, Wisconsin, on March 6, following a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 60-years-old.

Headline News 58th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards Announced

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today (Nov. 2, 2006) the winners of its Science, Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for Broadcast Television, as well as nominations for its Science, Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for Broadband and Personal Television categories.

Headline News Polhemus Provides Motion Tracking Systems to Carnegie Mellon

Polhemus, the industry leader of 6 Degree-of-Freedom (6DOF) motion tracking, digitizing, eye-tracking and handheld 3D scanners, has provided its most recent release in tracking technology to Carnegie Mellon Universitys Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) for use in its Building Virtual Worlds (BVW) class this semester at the Pittsburgh campus.

Headline News Havok Adopted for 3ds Max 9

As in previous versions, Havoks realtime physics technology has been upgraded for Autodesks 3ds Max 9. The softwares 64-bit architecture makes it easier to work with the massive datasets required for next-generation digital content creation. The upgrade of Havok Physics in 3ds Max 9 means that greater numbers of interacting objects can be simulated in realtime, helping digital artists manage the increasing complexity of 3D datasets characteristic of next-generation game, film, broadcast and design development.

Headline News Happy Feet Won’t Debut in IMAX 3-D

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at 12:00am

HAPPY FEET wont be dancing in IMAX 3-D just yet. Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX announced that due to time constraints the animated feature about a tap-dancing penguin from Animal Logic would open in IMAX 2-D rather than 3-D on Nov. 17. There just wasnt sufficient time to deliver the master print and then convert it to 3-D by IMAX.

A spokeswoman for Warner Bros. Pictures noted that a 3-D release of the film was still in the cards at some point.

Headline News HP, AMD Power Over the Hedge

HP technology helped DreamWorks Animation SKG create the 3D-animated feature, OVER THE HEDGE, which was released today in U.S. theaters and is showing at the 59th Cannes International Film Festival.

HP, which is DreamWorks Animation's preferred technology provider, delivered servers, workstations and HP Halo collaboration studios to meet the demanding business and production needs required to create the new animated comedy.

Headline News NAB2006 Digital Cinema Summit Schedule Announced

The Digital Cinema Summit, which takes place April 22 and 23 in Las Vegas as part of the NAB conference series, announced its two-day schedule.

Day 1 Program:

Produced by SMPTE, the April 22 program centers on digital cinema mastering, distribution and exhibition including d-cinema package creation, 2K and 4K projection technologies, the visual/psychological impact of 3D installation, and the progress of digital cinema installations in theatres worldwide.

* New Projector Technology8:40 am 10:15 am

Headline News Superman Returns to Partially Fly in IMAX 3-D

SUPERMAN RETURNS will become the first live-action Hollywood feature to be converted from 2D to IMAX 3-D. IMAX Corp. will use its proprietary 2D to 3-D conversion technology to convert approximately 20 minutes of the film into An IMAX 3-D Experience.

"Releasing select sequences of SUPERMAN RETURNS in IMAX 3-D marks a groundbreaking moment in movies," said Dan Fellman, president of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures. "This film is going to give fans an opportunity to be immersed in a major live-action motion picture like never before."

Headline News Digital Musings From the Editor:

We continue our February focus on ads with Tara DiLullos coverage of Super Bowl XL spots, several of which show off cutting edge vfx technology. She finds out how the concepts came together and how they wowed viewers. Meanwhile, Janet Hetherington goes behind the scenes to discover how technology makes new ideas possible and affordable in commercials and music videos. Alain Bielik uncovers the vfx sensations behind the Russian sci-fi blockbuster NIGHT WATCH.