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Alias Linking Up with New Parent?

Maya maker in talks for acquisition By Dave Nagel
Alias today released a statement saying that it's up for potential acquisition from a private investor. The company, which develops the high-end 3D suite Maya, is currently owned by SGI, but comments made in the statement suggest that Alias may be happier elsewhere and that the talks are fairly well along, though no specifics for an acquisition date have been revealed.

In the prepared statement, Doug Walker, president of Alias, said: "As an independent entity, Alias would be able to further expand its business, extend customer value and create significant growth with its products and services. The investor believes that there is a great potential and synergy to having design and entertainment focused products, services and customers. The new investor has been briefed in detail on our roadmap and is attracted to Alias precisely because of our product and services portfolio. This is an exciting time for Alias in its 20-year history. Our ongoing goal is to exceed the demands of our global design and entertainment customers who continue to push us to build the most innovative technology and service solutions--enabling them to unleash their creativity and bring their ideas to life."

The statement also said, "There will be no changes to the management team, organization, services, support or product availability as a result of the negotiations or the sale of the business." No further details were available at press time. We'll bring you more information as it becomes available. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Corel Painter, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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