AWS (Amazon Web Services) Thinkbox has welcomed Will McDonald as Head of Business Development. McDonald now leads client relationships for AWS Thinkbox, working closely with the business development team to help studios manage on-premises resources and rendering on the cloud.

“Will’s background in content creation and software development provides him with first-hand understanding of VFX workflows and the challenges studios face in production. At AWS Thinkbox, we are all committed to helping our customers meet their deadlines, and Will’s dedication, experience and leadership is an excellent resource for our customers. We’re very excited to have him join the AWS Thinkbox team,” said Chris Bond, Thinkbox Founder and Director Product Management EC2, EC2 Pricing and Launch Services, Amazon Web Services. 

“I really love the M&E industry and, as an artist and engineer, have always enjoyed finding new exciting ways to help both technical and creative people build new things. Joining AWS Thinkbox puts me in a position to help studios be even more successful and produce their best work,” noted McDonald. “I’m a huge believer in moving towards a more flexible way of working, whether that means leveraging cloud compute, machine learning, computer vision, or virtual workstations. The recent ability to burst to the cloud with Thinkbox Deadline at economical cost with EC2 Spot means tremendous opportunity for customers big and small in rendering, and we are only just getting started!”

McDonald comes to AWS Thinkbox from Conductor Technologies, where he served as VP of Product and helped launch the company’s cloud-based rendering platform. He has also spent more than four years at Autodesk as Senior Manager of Interactive and Emerging Technology, and has held various art, TD and R&D roles at Electronic Arts, ILM and Pixar Animation Studios. McDonald began his career as a VFX artist for LucasArts working on AAA video games and developing an internal particle simulation engine and node-based UI. He holds a Master of Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in VFX from Savannah College of Art and Design. With this new role, McDonald is based in Seattle, WA.


More than 55 of the 2018 Fall Television and Streaming Series Rely on Blackmagic Design

More than 55 of the 2018 Fall Television and Streaming Series Rely on Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design today announced that the company’s production and post products were used to complete many of the fall 2018 season’s new and returning television shows and streaming series. More than 55 shows rely on Blackmagic Design’s digital film cameras; Fusion visual effects (VFX), compositing, 3D and motion graphics software; and DaVinci Resolve editing, color correction, VFX and digital audio software; as well as its switchers, routers, monitors and capture and playback devices.


Jingle All the Way: Luxul's XMS-1208P Managed Gigabit Switch is Available for All CI Integrators this Holiday Season

Luxul, the leading innovator of IP networking solutions for AV integrators, today announced that it's giving CI integrators the gift of enterprise-level performance at affordable price points this holiday season. It doesn't matter if they've been naughty or nice, the company's XMS-1208P 12-port/18 PoE+ managed Gigabit switch — that delivers high-speed performance while enabling simple network expansion — is now available for all. And to ring in the new year, Luxul will begin shipping its AMS-1816P 18-port/16 PoE+ L2/L3 managed Gigabit switch in early January.


HoverCam Transforms Classrooms Fit for Future-Ready Students at Val Verde USD

HoverCam, an innovative technology leader in the digital education market, announced that Val Verde Unified School District (USD) in Parris, California, successfully installed HoverCam's Pilot digital teaching stations and CenterStage interactive flat panels (IFPs) in new STEM labs in the elementary schools, with plans for an eventual rollout to the district's middle and high schools. As part of the district's goal to create future-ready students, Val Verde USD chose HoverCam digital education solutions to address the rising challenge of updating classrooms and introducing curriculum with advanced systems that will prepare students for a rapidly changing career landscape.


The Sigma Holiday Sale Is Back!

Nothing makes gift giving as enjoyable as special prices on award-winning Sigma lenses and accessories; get the lens you’ve always craved or surprise a fellow shooter with the perfect present.


Global News Agency Ruptly Relies on Riedel's MediorNet and Artist on Board New OB and DSNG Vehicles

Riedel's MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom are providing the decentralized and redundant signal routing and communications backbone on board two all-new, state-of-the-art OB vehicles for Ruptly, a Berlin-based international news agency. Qvest Media, a world-leading system architect and integrator for the broadcast and media industries, designed and built the new broadcast van and DSNG vehicle.