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Alias Appoints Michel Besner to VP Business Development

To expand Alias' presence in the 3D interactive marketplace (November 03, 2004)

Alias today announced it has appointed Michel Besner (former president of Kaydara Inc.) as Vice-President, Business Development - Emerging Markets. Michel Besner's appointment follows the recent completion of Alias' acquisition of Kaydara, a company renowned for its MotionBuilder and FBX character animation technology. As a member of the Alias executive management team, Besner will be responsible for identifying strategic opportunities in the growing market of 3D interactive applications.

"We are very pleased to welcome Michel Besner to the Alias executive management team," said Doug Walker, president of Alias. "As Kaydara's president and co-founder, Michel garnered a strong technical and business acumen that will be very valuable to Alias as we look at expanding our presence and leadership in the 3D interactive solutions marketplace."

In his new role at Alias, Besner will help define the appropriate set of software and service value propositions, and develop a recommended strategy for Alias to increase its penetration in the market of 3D interactive applications. Besner will also play an instrumental role in completing a smooth and successful business transition process, following Alias' recent acquisition of Kaydara.

"I'm very honored to be part of the Alias executive management team, and excited to spearhead strategic developments in the burgeoning 3D interactive applications market," said Michel Besner. "Alias' world-renowned innovation and commitment, combined with my longstanding experience in real-time 3D and character animation technology, is a perfect combination for ensuring future growth and success for the company."

Besner joins Alias from Kaydara, a company he co-founded and presided over since 1993. Under Besner's direction, Kaydara became a leader in the development of real-time 3D animation software solutions for the entertainment industry while paving the way for motion capture as a viable production method and simplifying 3D character animation.

Additional appointments from Kaydara's key management team include André Gauthier (former CTO and co-founder of Kaydara), who will act as Director of Engineering for Alias' core technologies, and Laurent Ruel (former Director, Product Development of Kaydara), who will serve as Director of Engineering for the Alias MotionBuilder product line. Besner, Gauthier, Ruel, and many other team members will remain in Montreal as part of the Alias MotionBuilder product development group.

Alias Montreal (formerly known as Kaydara) and Alias MotionBuilder 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 in November 2004.

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 with offices worldwide. 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.


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