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Alias Acquisition of Kaydara Completed

Alias MotionBuilder 6 to ship this fall (September 27, 2004)

Alias today announced the completion of the acquisition of Kaydara, a leading developer of real-time 3D character animation and motion editing solutions for the entertainment industry. This strategic acquisition will unite the top 3D product development talent in Toronto and Montreal and add innovative, complementary technologies to Alias' existing product and service portfolio. This is Alias' first major step since finalizing its independence from SGI. Alias is the leading provider of 3D graphics technology and services for the film, video games, web, interactive media, automotive, industrial design, education and visualization markets.

"When we announced our independence from SGI in June, we committed to further expand our business, extend customer value and create significant growth with our products and services. Now that we have completed this strategic acquisition, I can't wait for our customers to be able to realize the full potential of our combined product lines," says Alias president Doug Walker.

Operating under the Alias name, Kaydara will remain in Montreal and current President Michel Besner will stay with the company and join Alias' Executive Management Team. Kaydara products - most notably MotionBuilder and FBX - will continue to support all current industry platforms and will be sold as stand-alone products under the Alias brand name. Alias MotionBuilder 6 is expected to ship this fall.

"There is a natural fit between Alias and Kaydara's product lines. We share the same vision, strategy and goals as well as a powerhouse of tremendously talented employees," says Michel Besner, president of Kaydara. "We are poised to bring even greater value to Alias customers and the overall 3D industry," he adds.

About Alias
As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias develops award-winning software, custom development and training solutions for the film and video, games, web, interactive media, automotive, industrial design, education and visualization markets. On March 1, 2003, for the awards year 2002, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Alias|Wavefront(tm) an Oscar(r) for scientific and technical achievement for the development of Maya(r) software, the professional 3D animation and effects package. Alias also offers a powerful range of services for new to advanced users in the most demanding environments. Learning Tools and training, support, and professional services help meet rigorous production deadlines.

Entertainment customers include: Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., CNN, Digital Domain, Disney, Electronic Arts, Industrial Light & Magic, Factor 5 LLC, Midway Games, Nintendo, Pacific Data Images (PDI), Pixar, Sega, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Square Enix Co., Ltd., Warner Feature Animation and Weta Ltd. Design customers include AT&T, BMW, Boeing, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Italdesign, Kodak, Kwikset, Mattel, Price Pfister, Renault, Rollerblade, Sharp, Trek Bicycle, Teague and Timex.

Alias is headquartered in Toronto with a Custom Development Center in Santa Barbara. Please visit the Alias website at or call 1-800-447-2542 in North America. International contact numbers include: Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa, +44 (0) 1494 441273; Germany, East & Southeast Europe, 0049 89 31 70 20; France, Spain and Portugal, +33 1 44 92 81 60; Italy, 39 039 6340011; Japan and other parts of Asia Pacific, 81 3 5797 3500 and Latin America, 770 393 1881.

About Kaydara Inc.
Over the course of the past decade, Kaydara has become a leader in the development of real-time character animation and motion editing solutions for the entertainment industry. Kaydara's product portfolio serves a vast and varied range of clients in the TV, film, game development and Web content industries, including Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Midway Games, Ubisoft, Acclaim, Electronic Arts, Sony Picture Imageworks, Capcom and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.


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