Combined company offers new creative choice for designers and product visualization artists
London, 25th September 2012 – Leading visual effects software developer, The Foundry, today announced a merger with Luxology. This move expands the creative possibilities for designers, CAD artists, and arch-viz experts that require the best high-end VFX and 3D software tools for their visualization projects.
The Foundry brings a stable of award-winning 2D and 3D VFX software - including the industry standard compositor NUKE, and MARI, a 3D painting solution - to the table. Luxology offers its flagship product, modo®, which is a favourite of thousands of artists and designers worldwide. Both product lines have been heavily production-tested and are built with a strong emphasis on providing artist-friendly workflows.
The collective product range is very exciting, but equally important is the shared ethos of the two companies and the staff within them. Both The Foundry and Luxology have strong reputations for being community driven and good collaborators. They are widely recognised for building tools around customer needs, providing artist-friendly workflows and great support.
Bill Collis, CEO of The Foundry comments:
“We were impressed by modo's strong roots in the design market and by Luxology’s focus on creating artist-friendly, highly advanced technologies. Our customers are already using The Foundry’s products in areas including product design, architecture and even on projects such as album cover artwork. The Foundry and Luxology's products are highly complementary, and we both like our products to be open and flexible, so the customers can choose how they like to work. In the short term we will be continuing to develop the interaction between our products, which will be of immediate benefit to all of our customers. We can’t wait to see what our combined experience and knowledge will allow us to build in the long term.”
Brad Peebler, President of Luxology comments:
“The Foundry has an impressive pedigree in the visual effects industry, where its products and attention to customers are second to none. Joining forces with The Foundry will allow us to further our efforts to make modo the preferred tool for both concept design and product visualization. Together, we aim to accelerate the trend of the design and entertainment industries converging in terms of media, quality and deliverables."
Scott Robertson, President of Design Studio Press comments:
"As a concept designer modo has become the most innovative and essential tool supporting my creative workflow. I look forward to great things coming from this merger of two of the coolest computer graphics companies on the planet."
About The Foundry
The Foundry is a world-leading innovator in visual effects technologies and is internationally renowned for its product design and collaborative approach. Founded in 1996, the company has established itself as a critical partner to major feature film studios and post production houses worldwide including The Mill, ILM, The Moving Picture Company, Walt Disney Animation, Weta Digital, Framestore, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Digital Domain.
The company's products have been used to create breathtaking effects sequences on a wide range of features, television projects and commercials. High profile examples include the 2012 Oscar® winners, "HUGO" (Best Visual Effects) and "Rango" (Best Animated Feature Film) as well as the EMMY award-winning "Boardwalk Empire."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded a Sci-Tech Award® to The Foundry’s development team for the FURNACE image processing suite in 2007 – and the company now holds two products with AMPAS Sci-Tech Award® winning technology including high-end compositing system NUKE.
In 2011 The Foundry ranked 54th in The Sunday Times Tech Track (up three places from 2010), and debuted in both the Sunday Times International Track and the Deloitte Technology Fast 50lists.
Backed by The Carlyle Group with a substantial portion still owned by the staff, The Foundry is run by its original management team.
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Based in Mountain View, Calif., Luxology® LLC is a technology company developing next-generation 3D content creation software that enhances productivity via artist-friendly tools powered by a modern underlying architecture called Nexus®. Founded in 2001, by Allen Hastings, Stuart Ferguson and Brad Peebler, Luxology is home to some of the top 3D engineering expertise in the computer graphics industry.
Luxology’s modo is at the centre of an active global user community producing models, images and animations of the highest quality. Luxology’s rendering technology is under licence to Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation and Bentley Systems, Incorporated.
More information on the company, its licensable Nexus technology, its flagship product modo® and a gallery of images from the Luxology community is available online at www.luxology.com.
For further information please visit www.thefoundry.co.uk, or contact:
Ian Hall The Foundry T: +44 (0)20 7968 6828 E: firstname.lastname@example.org