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Yes, as some of you already know, Digital Domain is starting a Vancouver-based visual effects studio that is an offshoot of the main branch here in Venice. The Vancouver Sun has a post about it here. The employees here were notified a couple of weeks ago, after there was a rumor circulating around, and then the subsequent job postings on various boards.

What does this mean in the short run for me? Nothing, really. I'm still going to remain here in Venice for at least the short term. While DD VanCity is hiring local Vancouver talent, there are a couple seniors here that are going up to set up shop and the pipeline for Tron:Legacy. I still envision heading to Vancouver in the long run, but that's still a little ways away. The good (great!) thing is that there is now a Digital Domain in Vancouver!

A new update today as well.. VFXTalk has recently upgraded to the forums to a new version of vBulletin. Less spam, more goodness. Be sure to head on over and check it out! Lots of great discussion, a new look that's a little grayer than before, but it will insure that you don't get a flash of color while working in the dark!

Here is an extended Press Release from Digital Domain about the expansion into Vancouver.

Digital Domain Expands into Vancouver

--Company Names Gloria Borders President of Feature Film Operations--

Venice, CA - October 6, 2009 - Academy Award-winning digital studio Digital Domain is expanding its business with plans to open a new visual effects outpost in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company also
announced that it has named veteran production executive Gloria Borders to the position of President, Feature Film Operations, overseeing visual effects production across its Venice, California and Vancouver studios.

Digital Domain's expansion is funded by a new infusion of capital from its parent company, Wyndcrest Holdings.

Digital Domain CEO Cliff Plumer said, 'The current economic climate has created a new set of challenges for all companies in the entertainment industry. By expanding our talent and resources across multiple
locations we are able to offer solutions to production challenges - whether they're economic, creative, or technical.'

Digital Domain's main studio, headquartered in Venice, California will continue to be the base of the company's feature film visual effects and advertising production operations.

Vancouver - Visual Effects Outpost

Digital Domain is building out a 20,000-square-foot visual effects studio in Vancouver and is in the process of recruiting and hiring 50-60 digital artists immediately, primarily from Canada, for an early 2010
opening, with the intention to expand the employee base to 100+ by the end of the year. The new Vancouver studio will mirror technology and processes at Digital Domain's Venice, California studio headquarters, enabling the company to seamlessly extend feature film visual effects work across identical production pipelines. This will enable Digital Domain to take on multiple high-end feature film projects while reducing costs and delivering the cutting-edge work that is the company's hallmark.

By basing its visual effects outpost in Vancouver, Digital Domain is able to take advantage of local production and R&D incentives, and also benefits from the region's thriving artist talent pool, educational
programs, and well-established production industry. The first project Digital Domain will bring to its new studio will be to take on additional visual effects work for Disney's highly-anticipated Tron: Legacy, which is already in production at Digital Domain's California studio.

Kevin Krueger, B.C. Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts said, 'Having one of the world's top digital studios develop a base in Vancouver adds immeasurably to the strength of our overall production
community. This new studio brings not only new infrastructure, but also knowledge-based jobs and opportunities in the fast-growth visual effects, animation and games arena. Companies of Digital Domain's
caliber choosing to locate here both testify to our capabilities as a world-class production center and help us further that mission.'

Gloria Borders Named President of Feature Film Operations

Digital Domain also announced that it has named veteran feature film production executive Gloria Borders President of Feature Film Operations. Reporting to Plumer, Borders will run the daily operations of visual effects productions across the Venice and Vancouver studios.

'I can't imagine a more ideal leader, or a more perfect combination of studio and client-side expertise than Gloria,' said Plumer. 'She has managed large artist staffs, run several successful studios and overseen
hundreds of productions. Gloria's twenty-plus years of experience are a huge advantage and her presence strengthens both our strategy and our execution.'

Borders has been working with Digital Domain in a consulting capacity architecting and planning the studio's global expansion since early in 2009. She joined the company from DreamWorks Animation, where she was Head of Studio, overseeing the productions of Shrek The Third, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and other productions. Prior to DreamWorks she was Head of Post Production at Revolution Studios, where she managed all post and visual effects work. Previously, she was VP of Lucas Digital and General Manager of Skywalker Sound, where she oversaw award-winning soundtracks for Saving Private Ryan, Titanic, Toy Story and Toy Story 2, Fight Club, A Bug's Life and others. She received an Academy Award for Sound Effects Editing for Terminator 2: Judgment Day and was nominated for her work on Forrest Gump.

Borders said, 'What impresses me most about Digital Domain is that it's a group of people who truly want to do something different -- and are driven and nimble enough to achieve it. We've been working on taking the
company into the global production community, to continue Digital Domain's legacy as an innovator in visual effects and create opportunities to develop original content. The culture of 'nothing is impossible' is practically palatable here and I'm excited to kick off Digital Domain's expansion.'

With the expansion, Digital Domain executive Mark Miller will now focus more of his time on development of original content as Executive Producer. Commercials Division President and Executive Producer Ed
Ulbrich continues to oversee the company's advertising and marketing operations and develop new cross-media projects with filmmakers.

Digital Domain earned a 2009 Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and recently completed visual effects for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and 2012. The company is in production on Tron: Legacy, and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

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