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Brief: NewTek Layoff

Rumor only partly true By Stephen Schleicher
As frenzy begins to escalate with the first showing of LightWave 7.5 this week, a rumor has been circulating that NewTek has closed it's San Francisco facility, home to much of the LightWave team.

I made a quick phonecall Sunday to NewTek and spoke with a representative who said that the San Franciso offices were not closing. NewTek is however centralizing the marketing portion of the company back to San Antonio, Texas, and this lead to several layoffs. So the rumor, is somewhat true, but not all together so.

I was told that the core team behind LightWave 3D were still there and are still working in San Franciso.

In postings on the NewTek discussion forum, Chuck Baker posted the following

"LW development has always been based in SF, but for a good many years proceeded without a formal office. The office, when established, housed marketing and liaison staff and several of the developers already working in SF, but not the primary developers, Allen Hastings and Stuart Ferguson.

Marketing and liaison staff will now be based in the SA office, while the LW development staff, which is in fact larger now than it has ever been, continues to work in SF."

You can access the complete forum posts here

If things change, be sure to check here, as we will keep you updated with the facts.

For more information on LightWave, Aura, or the Video Toaster 2.0, be sure to visit NewTek at

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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (, where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at

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