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Boris Soundbite, Powered by Nexidia, Named StudioDaily’s Best in Show for Postproduction Innovation

ATLANTA — April 16, 2013 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies, today announced that Boris Soundbite — software designed, developed, and powered by Nexidia — has received a StudioDaily Prime Award for the most innovative new postproduction product at the 2013 NAB Show. Boris Soundbite empowers editors, producers, and journalists to find and preview any spoken word or phrase in their media.

“Being named StudioDaily’s best in show for postproduction innovation is an honor, especially given the caliber of the other nominees,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “It’s a testament to the technology’s potential for transforming the way the industry discovers and leverages media. Dialogue is pervasive in almost all video media, so having an easy, efficient, and cost-effective method of discovery will be a game-changer for many operations.”

The StudioDaily Prime Awards honor the top tier of new software and hardware being used in production and postproduction today, a distinguished circle of products that hold the key to innovation in leading-edge technology. Entries were judged by a carefully selected panel of production and post professionals with experience in a variety of production environments across a range of media. Winners were chosen for their innovative use of new technology, integrated feature sets, ease of use, and overall value (return on investment). Winners were announced at a breakfast ceremony on April 9 in Las Vegas at the 2013 NAB Show.

Boris Soundbite is the desktop version of Nexidia’s enterprise application, Dialogue Search. It relies on Nexidia’s patented technology, which searches for any spoken word or phrase within the content on an editor’s workstation. Boris Soundbite instantly finds a quote without requiring editors to scroll through hours of footage, then imports it to an Adobe(R) Premiere(R) Pro or Apple(R) Final Cut(R) project with a single click. Users can perform keyword searches to organize clips by topic or fix problematic audio by finding alternate recordings of the same words. Boris Soundbite supports multiple languages and is available for immediate download from Boris FX.

More information about Boris Soundbite and other Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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John Toll, ASC Relies on Codex for Iron Man 3

London, UK – Master cinematographer John Toll, ASC recently made his first feature film foray into digital cinematography on Iron Man 3: Revealing the Mandarin, Marvel Entertainment’s latest installment of the hugely successful Iron Man franchise. Toll, who won Oscars for Braveheart and Legends of the Fall, and took home a third nomination for The Thin Red Line, teamed with director Shane Black and actor Robert Downey, Jr.

“I was very interested in doing a movie with digital cameras, and exploring the whole medium,” says Toll. “I love film, but obviously, there are reasons to use digital cameras on certain projects. Iron Man 3 was a good opportunity for me because I had the resources to do a lot of testing and to really explore how digital cameras work. I think part of the whole attraction of the digital world is convenience, especially for big visual effects movies. I thought it made sense for this project.”

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Treehouse Editor Peter Tarter Makes Feature Debut with “Chasing Shakespeare”

DALLAS—Director Norry Niven’s Chasing Shakespeare, which debuts this month at the Dallas International Film Festival, is an enchanting love story about a young Native American woman’s search for her destiny and her widower husband’s attempts to reunite with her after her death. Based on a screenplay by James Bird, the film features stunning performances from Danny Glover, Oscar-nomined Graham Greene, Chelsea Ricketts, Mike Wade and Ashley Bell, and delivers an emotional, dreamlike experience that is not to be missed. more

McNeel announces Neon 1.0 interactive 3D viewport plug-in for Rhino 5

Optimized for real-time photorealistic rendering with Imagination Technologies’ Caustic Series2 ray-tracing acceleration boards

Develop3D LIVE, Warwick, UK, 16 April, 2013: Robert McNeel & Associates, a leading software development company, today announces that the Neon 1.0 interactive viewport plug-in for Rhino® 5 is now available. The Neon viewport accelerated with Imagination Technologies’ Caustic Series2 ray-tracing acceleration boards will be showcased at Develop 3D LIVE 2013 (Caustic Professional, booth #44).

As the first fully-featured release of a ray-tracing viewport on the Rhino modeling platform, McNeel’s release of Neon allows designers to add a responsive preview window to their workflow. Neon’s photorealistic representations take on a nearly instantaneous reaction time when used in tandem with one of Imagination’s Caustic Series2 R2100 or R2500 ray-tracing acceleration boards, available for purchase at https://store.caustic.com.

Based on Imagination’s PowerVR Brazil SDK ray-traced rendering toolkit, McNeel’s Neon viewport enables an interactive preview of a final render to be manipulated in real-time, which advances aspects of look development to the earliest stages of the modeling process to shave hours off the design process.

“Neon is a versatile tool, and adding a Series2 card to the mix creates a powerful combination that lets me examine changes in my work as soon as I tweak it,” said Heath Satow, professional public sculptor. “With realistic lighting and reflection being so important to my designs, Neon and the R2100 card have earned their place in my production tool kit.”

The Neon plug-in’s ray-tracing characteristics stem from its base in Imagination’s PowerVR Brazil SDK renderer. These characteristics have proven their value to Neon’s beta-testers, many of whom now use Neon as the only renderer in their pipeline.

“I’m completely hooked on using Neon in all of my work,” said Paul Sherstobitoff, professional 3D illustrator. “The quick and accurate feedback I get provides a more refined and fluid modeling experience, allowing me to clearly see the relationships between positive and negative spaces when I am working out a new design.”

Driving the release of Neon, McNeel saw unprecedented interest from customers during the open beta for the plug-in.

“Neon is at the forefront for our on-going efforts to bring the most advanced ray tracing techniques to Rhino,” said Bob McNeel, president of McNeel & Associates. “Our customers’ feedback has been extremely positive when it comes to Neon. Rhino users should expect to see some interesting advancements come from our Neon technology soon.”

Inside Neon
McNeel & Associates, one of Imagination Technologies top independent software vendor partners, developed the Neon plug-in in collaboration with the ray tracing professionals at Imagination’s Caustic Professional division, using Imagination’s PowerVR OpenRL platform.

Key features of the Neon plug-in include:
• Full support for Rhino 5 rendering tools: Neon supports all Rhino 5 rendering features – including the sun, skylight, ground plane, standard materials, environments and most procedural textures
• Neon is a fully working viewport mode: You can edit your model just like any other mode and Neon keeps up; it supports in-command previews (like BlendSrf), real time dragging and many other commands
• Support for Brazil 2.0 Advanced Rendering: Neon supports many Brazil settings if Brazil 2.0 Service Release 2 (or later) is installed on your computer; this includes most Brazil materials, Global illumination, GI environments, advanced lighting including soft shadows, most Luma server settings, Depth of Field – and much more

Neon’s implementation allows designers to use a CPU-only desktop without the previous requirements of powerful, GPU hardware.

“We’re ecstatic to include such a respected ISV to our growing list of partners,” said Alex Kelley, director of business development for Imagination Technologies. “Neon powered by PowerVR OpenRL is a major leap forward, and we are thrilled to be able to provide this technology to all Rhino 5 users.”

Pricing and Availability
Rhino 5 customers can download the Neon plug-in for free at http://v5.rhino3d.com/group/neon.

The Caustic R2500 OpenRL PC board is priced at US $1,495, targeting the latest high-end workstations. The Caustic R2100 board is priced at an aggressive US $795, intended for upgrading a wider range of mid-range workstations. Both ray-tracing acceleration boards are currently available at https://store.caustic.com/.

About McNeel & Associates and Rhinoceros
Founded in 1980, Robert McNeel & Associates is a privately-held, employee-owned corporation providing technical professionals with productive tools shaped from emerging technologies. Rhinoceros is a registered trademark of Robert McNeel & Associates. See: http://www.rhino3d.com/.

About Caustic Professional
Caustic Professional is part of Imagination Technologies, a global leader in multimedia and communications technologies. Based in San Francisco, Caustic Professional is changing how interactive cinema-quality 3D graphics are produced, used, and enjoyed.
Caustic Professional’s solutions, based on Imagination’s PowerVR OpenRL API and PowerVR ray tracing technologies, use a unique, patented approach that fundamentally changes the performance and cost metrics for production quality ray traced images and animated content without cutting corners for quality or functionality. Thanks to the cross-platform features of PowerVR OpenRL, future generations of Caustic Professional’s products will migrate seamlessly from workstations to future generations of mobile and embedded platforms utilizing Imagination’s future PowerVR GPU IP cores incorporating Imagination’s innovative ray tracing technologies.

About Imagination Technologies
Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE:IMG) – a global leader in multimedia and communication technologies – creates and licenses market-leading multimedia IP cores for graphics, video, and display processing, multi-threaded embedded processing/DSP cores and multi-standard communications and connectivity processors. These silicon intellectual property (IP) solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by platform level IP and services, a strong array of software tools and drivers and extensive developer and middleware ecosystems. Target markets include mobile phone, handheld multimedia, home consumer entertainment, mobile and low-power computing, and in-car electronics. Its licensees include many of the leading semiconductor and consumer electronics companies. Imagination has corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. See: www.imgtec.com.

McNeel Press Contact:
Scott Davidson scottd@mcneel.com 1 (206) 634-4595
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Stephen Hoshaw stephen@liaisonpr.com 1 (503) 796-9822

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Filmworkers and Vitamin Go to Bat for Nutri-Grain

CHICAGO—Filmworkers and Vitamin recently provided visual effects and post-production services for a new, national spot about a family of vampires who learn to love mornings thanks to Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain.

Conceived by Leo Burnett, Chicago, the spot opens on a vampire couple who are interviewed in their suburban home. Admitting they weren’t “morning people,” the couple tells how their lives have been turned upside down by the crunchy taste of Nutri-Grain Fruit Crunch Bars. The whole family is now rising early and accomplishing much more. Dad even has time to walk the family bat. more

Mastering Engineer Nathan James Opens ‘The Vault’ In Phoenix

New WSDG Studio Geared For National Work

PHOENIX, AZ: A successful decade behind the console of his Manhattan-based Vault Mastering Studio, convinced engineer, Nathan James that he could shift his growing family back to their hometown of Phoenix and maintain a thriving business. Having developed a strong client base ranging from rockers like The Fray to jazz vocalist, Gretchen Parlato and comic Louis C.K., James was confident his skills would continue to attract interesting national projects. After establishing temporary quarters with a local mastering house, James’ next order of business was to retain the Walters-Storyk Design Group to create his new studio.

“My clients were very happy with the quality of the various rooms I worked out of,”James says.”But, for several years early in my career I assisted Scott Hull at the WSDG-designed, Classic Sound in NY. I always dreamed of having my own John Storyk Room. Our move to Phoenix was the perfect opportunity to make that happen. My conversations with John convinced me it was doable, both financially and physically. We started the ball rolling as soon as we were settled in.”

WSDG Project Manager Matthew Ballos, flew to Phoenix to access the site, take
measurements and perform acoustic tests. “Nathan had purchased a handsome three – level house,” Ballos says. “The lower floor presented a perfect location for a 300 square foot studio. We had an 8-foot ceiling height, and a large window capable of providing natural light, and a sense of connectivity to the outside world. Windows are rare in studios, given the option, we take advantage of them.”

Ballos and WSDG principal/architect/acoustician John Storyk, collaborated on a studio designed to maximize the existing space and provide ceiling and wall isolation to eliminate sound leakage. “While it wasn’t necessary to ‘float’ the room, we incorporated a 2mm thick, rubberized mat beneath the hardwood floor to reduce sound transmission. “During design we envisioned a front wall treatment comprised of three overlapping curved, stretch fabric – wrapped absorptive panels,” Ballos reports. “We developed a corresponding ceiling cloud and rear wall panel which complimented the aesthetics and completed the room tuning requirements.”

WSDG also devised a 6-foot wide, absorptive acoustic window treatment built with Clearsorber Deamp perforated transparent panels. The treatment is hinged to open the window and provide James and his clients with friendly breezes, when work issues permit. The studio also incorporates a custom-designed wall sleeve, which houses the sliding glass acoustic studio door when it’s not in use.

James was fortunate to find a local contractor with extensive recording studio credits to handle the build. “WG McKenzie has built studios in NYC and Phoenix,” Matthew Ballos reports. He was extremely sensitive to the technical concerns of building acoustically pristine environments. We spoke frequently throughout the construction process, and we were on the same page on virtually every issue.”

“The new Vault Mastering Studio meets every one of my specific requirements, and when you walk in, it’s got that WSDG wow factor,” Nathan James says. “I migrated my entire mastering setup from New York, from the Custom DM console to the Duntech Sovereign/Cello amp monitoring combination that I’ve relied on for well over a decade. I brought all my trusted processing tools as well. Everything I need to get the most out of every recording is available at my fingertips. This is the studio I’ve always dreamed about. My original NYC Vault was aptly named because it radiated a sense of total sonic security. The new studio sounds and functions in a totally natural way. Sunlight enhances the creative vibe of the room during the day, and in the evening; it takes on an entirely different atmosphere. When I say I’m totally at home in my new Vault, I mean that both literally and figuratively,” James concludes.

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1 WSDG designed The Vault Mastering Studio in Phoenix, AZ for engineer Nathan James (pictured)
2. The Vault Mastering Studio In Phoenix

Photos by John Brinkman.

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland

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Clean Up Your Sandbox

SandboxCleaner looks for incompatible QuickTime components that are known to cause crashes with popular video and photo apps on the Mac

Puchheim, Germany – April 10, 2013 – No one likes a dirty sandbox, and no one likes when their Mac crashes. Solve both of these problems with Boinx Software’s brand new SandboxCleaner, a new utility app that will leave Mac’s nationwide running smooth as ever. When QuickTime components are incompatible with OS X sandboxing, problems, like crashing, with many popular video and photo apps ensue. SandboxCleaner helps users find and disable these components, nipping problems in the bud and keeping your system up and running without a hitch.

“Our users were experiencing baffling crashes with FotoMagico and iStopMotion,” recalls Oliver Breidenbach, founder and CEO at Boinx Software. “It took us quite a while to figure out what was wrong. When we finally identified the issue, we realized the only way to deal with it was to scan for problematic components and provide the user with suggestions on how to resolve these issues. We spent months collating data regarding issues with outdated or incompatible QuickTime components reported by our users. Now, users can perform scans with SandboxCleaner to clean up their Macs, making their lives a whole lot easier. These problems affect all sandboxed video and photo apps – not just ours – so we decided to provide this troubleshooting utility to all Mac users.”

Once SandboxCleaner detects a component known to cause problems, it helps the user figure out what to do. In some cases, it will tell the user if the vendor of the component is offering an update, which will resolve the issue once installed. Other times, it is best to uninstall the component using the Finder. An FAQ on the SandboxCleaner web page explains to users how to temporarily disable these problematic components. Then, the user should contact the corresponding vendor for further information. If you know of components that cause issues but are not reported or are experiencing any other problems with SandboxCleaner, simply notify Boinx via the Feedback Assistant. Everyone with a Mac running OS X 10.8 or higher should run SandboxCleaner.

Be a Pal – Help Friends Keep Their Sandboxes Clean, Too!
Incompatible QuickTime components are a widespread problem. Many of your friends will experience the same or even worse problems than you. Unkempt sandboxes can lead to frustration – and no one wants a grumpy friend around! Be your friend’s hero by letting them know about SandboxCleaner using the built-in Twitter, Facebook and email sharing link.

Click here to download SandboxCleaner press images.

SandboxCleaner Pricing and Availability
SandboxCleaner is available now for FREE via the Mac App Store.

Members of the media are invited to review SandboxCleaner and other Boinx Software products. For more information or to request a review license, please contact Anya Oskolkova at anya@zazilmediagroup.com.

About Boinx Software
Boinx Software Ltd. is located in Puchheim, near Munich, Germany. Boinx Software develops award-winning animation, video production and photography software for the Mac® platform and iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod. Boinx iStopMotion, available for Mac and iPad, is the leading solution for stop motion animation and time-lapse capture, used by many thousands of enthusiastic animators at home, in schools, in advertising agencies and professional animation studios. iStopMotion for the Mac was named one of the Best Apps of 2012 on the Mac App Store. Boinx FotoMagico, winner of two Apple Design Awards – “Best Mac OS X Leopard Graphics and Media Application Runner-up 2008” and “Best Mac OS X User Experience Runner-up 2006” – is a presentation tool for professional photographers. BoinxTV, winner of the “Apple Design Award 2009,” is revolutionary live production software that turns any Mac into a TV studio. Boinx PhotoPresenter, winner of the Apple Design Award 2005 “Best Mac OS X Student Product,” is a quick slideshow tool with a variety of pre-built templates. Boinx Mouseposé is the indispensable mouse pointer-highlighting tool for users developing presentations, training or demos. You Gotta See This! is Boinx’s iPhone app that works off of 4th generation gyroscope technology to create amazing 360-degree photo collages. LightLoupe for the iPad provides photographers with an on-the-spot analysis of the technical quality of their photos and VGA connection capabilities for viewing photos on the big screen.

Follow @boinxsoftware on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information, please visit the Boinx Software website.

Press Contacts
Zazil Media Group
Anya Oskolkova
Anya@zazilmediagroup.com
(cell) +1 617.817.6559
(fax) +1 617.812.7683
(skype) anya.oskolkova

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Megan Linebarger
Megan@zazilmediagroup.com
(cell) +1 617.480.3674
(fax) +1 617.812.7683
(skype) megan.zazil

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A Common Thread’s Ross Ching Has a Soft Spot for Shaw

LOS ANGELES— Ross Ching of A Common Thread has directed a new campaign for Shaw Floors that reveals where the company’s new Caress carpet gets its luxurious feel: it comes “squarely” from the softest things on earth. Conceived by Three Atlanta, the four spots present a series of vignettes involving soft objects, including a child’s blanket, a grazing sheep, a pair of fuzzy slippers, cotton candy and a cloud, each of which has a square carved out of its center. The voiceover explains, “All the softness you love is now in your carpet.”

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AJA Wins Multiple Product Awards at NAB 2013

Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit and TV Technology STAR Awards go out to ROI Mini-Converter; Corvid Ultra Video Processing and Scaling Solution Wins DV Black Diamond Award

AJA Video Systems was honored with three “Best of Show” awards at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Conference. AJA’s newly introduced ROI, Region of Interest Mini-Converter, won the Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit as well as the TV Technology STAR Award, both selected by a panel of industry experts and contributing editors. Corvid Ultra, AJA’s newly shipping video processing and scaling OEM solution supporting up to 4K, stereoscopic or high frame rates and other high bandwidth applications, won the Black Diamond “Best of Show” award from DV Magazine. At NAB, it was announced that Corvid Ultra is the exclusive third-party solution delivering 4K workflows with Pablo Rio, the new high-end color grading and interactive finishing system from Quantel.

“At this year’s NAB, AJA was committed to only showing products that are shipping and available now, and that prevented us from showcasing some other groundbreaking technologies that are waiting in the wings in engineering,” explained Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “We were a little apprehensive about our decision, but these awards are a nice validation of our new approach. We’re proud to win awards for products that our customers can buy today, and that our resellers can get out into the channel immediately.”

AJA’s ROI Mini-Converter allows high quality conversion and realtime scaling, with region of interest support, of computer DVI-D and HDMI outputs to baseband video over SDI. With extensive audio functionality, incredible image scaling, an elegant UI, as well as aspect and frame rate conversion, ROI seamlessly incorporates computer signals into video production.

Corvid Ultra is part of AJA’s OEM program available to partners to incorporate into software applications or hardware systems to facilitate high-bandwidth / high frame rate performance using AJA’s proven technology. Corvid Ultra features support for 2K and 4K DI workflows as well as high-quality scaling capabilities for all resolutions. With support for high frame rates (48p and 60p), 4K and stereoscopic workflows, onboard debayering support and two expandable card bays, Corvid Ultra provides maximum performance for the most critical applications. Corvid Ultra’s new TruScale™ arbitrary scaling engine option allows high-quality up or down scaling of any raster from tiny web video up to and 4K.

ROI is available for a US MSRP of $995. Corvid Ultra is available at a US MSRP of $7995 (with PCIe card and cable); the TruScale™ option card is available for US MSRP $3495. For a complete set of features and technical specifications for ROI and Corvid Ultra, please visit www.aja.com.

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion and desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post-production markets. With headquarters in Grass Valley, California, AJA maintains an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website www.aja.com.

Christie Signs Patrick Artiaga to Lead New Business Initiatives

20-year veteran of audio / visual / cinema worlds brings a wealth of expertise
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Christie®, a world leader in visual technology displays, today announced that Patrick Artiaga has joined Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. in the new position of director, Business Development, Entertainment Solutions, reporting to Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie.
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Based at Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.’s headquarters in Cypress, California, Artiaga is joining Christie in a senior capacity, to drive several new product and business initiatives. “Christie’s culture of innovation, dedication to customer service and market leadership, convinced me to join this world leader in the cinema, Pro AV, visualization and simulation markets, and I look forward to contributing to the excellent team that makes up this visionary organization,” said Patrick Artiaga, director, Business Development, Christie.
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“Patrick’s global expertise developing and managing comprehensive services and solutions for entertainment companies makes him ideally suited to lead several new developments consistent with Christie’s 80-year history of product innovation and customer excellence,” said Sholder. “His depth of experience working closely with exhibition, distribution, and postproduction will accelerate the introduction of new Christie solutions for these sectors.”
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Artiaga joins Christie from ACS Enterprises, Inc. where for seven years as vice president, Sales and Marketing he led business units dedicated to engineering, consulting, and facilities maintenance for the motion picture industry. Prior to ACS Enterprises, Inc., Artiaga spent eight years with Dolby Laboratories, Inc., first as director of Film Marketing and later director, Automotive Marketing. He launched his career with Lucasfilm Ltd., in 1993 where he was manager, Customer Relations for four years.

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