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Foundry’s Nuke Wins Engineering Emmy Award

Engineering team members Bill Spitzak, Jonathan Egstad, Peter Crossley, and Jerry Huxtable to be recognized for their contributions to development of their industry leading compositing tool; virtual awards ceremony scheduled for October 29.

London -- Foundry, developer of creative software for the media and entertainment industries, has announced that Nuke, its industry-leading compositing tool, will be honored with an Engineering Emmy Award by the Television Academy on October 29, 2020. Four key engineering contributors will be recognized for extensive developments in engineering that materially affect the production, recording, transmission or reception of television: Bill Spitzak; Jonathan Egstad; Peter Crossley; and Jerry Huxtable.

Spitzak and Egstad were part of the first Nuke development team that wrote the core architecture and 3D system at Digital Domain. Huxtable, Nuke software architect, has contributed to Nuke since it was acquired by Foundry in 2007; and Crossley, Nuke engineering manager, has been a developer on the team for nearly a decade and currently leads the engineering efforts.

For more than a decade, Nuke has been integral in the making of every Emmy award-winning TV show for drama and visual effects, including acclaimed productions like The Crown, Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. Its flexibility, efficiency, and feature-packed toolset delivers film-grade results fast, which has made it a top choice for compositors, lighters and animators who require a robust production-proven toolset.

“We are honored that our work on Nuke through the years is recognized by the Television Academy,” remarked Crossley. “Since joining the Nuke team nearly ten years ago, I have been in awe of Nuke’s power and quality and its contribution to all creative industries, as well as the  team’s commitment and enthusiasm to deliver the best tool for the creative community. During this time we've tried to build on the legacy that Bill and Jonathan created, by concentrating on improving performance and stability at scale, expanding our feature set and workflows with support for deep compositing, GPU processing and a proprietary particle system, as well as keeping Nuke up to date with industry standards by adopting support for the VFX reference platform and libraries such as OpenColorIO and Alembic. We are indebted to the artists and developers who use Nuke and inspire us to push the barriers to make the impossible possible.”

“Our vision with Nuke has always been to give more control to artists so they can create unimaginable worlds on screen,” added Foundry CEO Jody Madden. “The technical and pipeline trajectory of Nuke has enabled compositors to have more artistic and technical control over shots than ever before. The demand for television VFX has only grown and node-based compositing systems are a major contributor to the look of modern television. Our technology enables content creators to work faster and to higher quality to meet the increasing viewer demands for premium television. We are very proud of this award and recognition for the fantastic work of our team.”

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Source: Foundry

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