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NewTek Congratulates 2004 Emmy Visual Effects Nominees

Seven of ten nominees for Special Visual Effects used LightWave 3D (August 10, 2004)

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today extended their congratulations to the Emmy nominees in the Special Visual Effects categories for 2004. For the third year in a row, all five nominees in the Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series category, and two nominees in the Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special category (Battlestar Galactica and 10.5) relied on NewTek's Emmy-winning LightWave 3D as a key tool in their visual effects arsenal.

"Once again, NewTek's LightWave team is honored that our software has been used by so many talented creative artists to bring incredible visions to the screen, and congratulates these artists on achieving this extraordinary level of recognition," said Jim Plant, President and Chief Executive Officer of NewTek, Inc. "Our commitment is to provide incomparable value and capability for professional CG artists and producers. We designed LightWave to provide innovative and powerful tools that allow them the ability to achieve their visions without compromise, even within the tightest time and budget constraints."

NewTek's LightWave 3D offers one of the most complete professional toolsets in the industry at the most affordable price, and is used worldwide for broadcast graphics, games, print, web, and visual effects for film and television. LightWave combines a state-of-the-art photo-real renderer with intuitive and powerful modeling and animation tools, and is often used as a complete 3D production solution. LightWave also includes a powerful scripting language, API and advanced integration with other popular production tools.

"LightWave has always been our tool of choice because we know we can depend on the results. We get our work done fast, efficiently and on budget every time." said Emile Smith, Visual Effects Supervisor, Zoic Studios. "With the new animation tools and work flow improvements in LightWave [8] we have the opportunity to push the envelope even further. Also, I must say that the renderer is probably one of the best renderers around, and that's really what it's all about."

In the last eleven years, nine Emmy Visual Effects awards went to productions that used LightWave as their 3D tool of choice. Both Emmy VFX category winners in 2001, Star Trek: Voyager and Frank Herbert's Dune, were produced using LightWave 3D, as well as 2001 Oscar nominee for Best Animated Picture, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The Emmy-winning tradition for LightWave-powered productions continued with 2002 Series VFX Emmy winner Enterprise: Broken Bow, and then both categories again in 2003, for the series Firefly and the miniseries Children of Dune. Also in 2003, NewTek's LightWave itself received an Emmy Engineering Award for its role as a tool that has allowed talented artists to create a revolution in visual effects for television.

2004 Emmy Special Visual Effects Nominees

Outstanding Special Visual Effects for A Series

Dead Like Me . Pilot . Showtime . Showtime Presents; MGM
Jennifer McEachern, Visual Effects Supervisor
Robert Habros, Visual Effects Producer
Mark Breakspear, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
Carmen Pollard, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
Colin Liggett, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
David Allinson, Special Effects Supervisor
Kevin Little, CGI Supervisor
Nick Boughen, Lead CGI Animator
Adam de Bosch Kemper, Lead CGI Animator

Star Trek: Enterprise . Countdown . UPN . Paramount Studios
Ronald B. Moore, Visual Effects Supervisor
Daniel F. Curry, Visual Effects Producer
Elizabeth Castro, Visual Effects Coordinator
Paul Hill, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
Greg Rainoff, Lead Visual Effects Animator
Fred Pienkos, CGI Supervisor
Sean Scott, Lead CGI Animator
David Morton, Lead CGI Animator
Chris Zapara, Lead CGI Animator

Star Trek: Enterprise . The Council . UPN . Paramount Studios
Art Codron, Visual Effects Supervisor
Dan Curry, Visual Effects Producer
Steve Fong, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
Greg Rainoff, Lead Visual Effects Animator
John Teska, Lead CGI Artist
Sean Jackson, Lead CGI Artist
Mike Stetson, Lead CGI Artist
Koji Kuramura, Lead CGI Artist
Pierre Drolet, Lead CGI Artist

Stargate SG-1 . Lost City Part 2 . SCI FI . MGM Television in association with Double Secret Productions and Gekko Film Corporation
Michelle Comens, Visual Effects Supervisor
James Tichenor, Visual Effects Producer
Shannon Gurney, Visual Effects Coordinator
Bruce G. Woloshyn, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
Chris Doll, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
James Halverson, Lead Matte Artist
Craig Van Den Biggelaar, CGI Supervisor
Krista McLean, Lead CGI Artist
Patrick Kalyn, Lead CGI Animator

Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital . Thy Kingdom Come (Pilot). ABC . Touchstone Television and Mark Carliner Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television
James Tichenor, Visual Effects Supervisor
Shannon Gurney, Visual Effects Coordinator
Stephen Pepper, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
Bradley Mullennix, Lead Visual Effects Animator
Jeremy Hoey, Lead Matte Artist
Craig van den Biggelaar, CGI Supervisor
Kevin Little, Lead CGI Artist
Simon van de Lagemaat, Lead CGI Artist
Adam de Bosch Kemper, Lead CGI Animator

Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

Angels In America . Part 2 - Perestroika . HBO . An Avenue Pictures production in association with HBO Films
Richard Edlund, A.S.C., Visual Effects Supervisor
Ron Simonson, Co-Visual Effects Supervisor
Liz Ralston, Visual Effects Producer
Stefano Trivelli, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
Don Greenberg, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
Lawrence Littleton, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
Michele Moen, Lead Matte Artist
Steve Kirshoff, Special Effects Supervisor
Greg Jein, Lead Model Maker

Battlestar Galactica . Night 1 . SCI FI . USA Cable Entertainment
Gary Hutzel, Visual Effects Supervisor
Emile Edwin Smith, CGI Supervisor
Patti Gannon, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
Christopher Jones, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
Lee Stringer, CGI Supervisor
Jarrod Davis, Lead CGI Artist
Kevin Quattro, Lead CGI Animator
Aram Granger, Lead CGI Animator
Kyle Toucher, Lead CGI Animator

Dreamkeeper . Part 1. ABC . Hallmark Entertainment in association with RTL Television Germany
Nicholas Brooks, Visual Effects Supervisor
Sophie Leclerc, Visual Effects Producer
John Spooner, Visual Effects Cameraman
Ludo Fealy, CGI Supervisor
Alastair Hearsum, CGI Supervisor
Eve Ramboz, CGI Supervisor
Charlie Noble, CGI Supervisor
Luc Froehlicher, CGI Supervisor
John Vegher, CGI Supervisor

10.5 . Night 1. NBC . Pearl Pictures, Jaffe/Braunstein, Argosy Productions
Lee Wilson, Visual Effects Supervisor
Lisa Sepp-Wilson, Visual Effects Coordinator
Sebastien Bergeron, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
Jean LaPointe, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
Michael Joyce, Lead Model Maker
Les Quinn, Lead CGI Artist
Tristam Gieni, CGI Artist
Craig Calvert, CGI Artist
Jordan Benwick, CGI Artist

The Winning Season (A Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentation) . TNT . A Rosemont Productions International Ltd. Production
Craig Weiss, Visual Effects Supervisor
Deane Boeka, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
Christopher DeCristo, Lead Visual Effects Compositor
George Garcia, Lead Matte Artist
Bill Graham, Lead Matte Artist
Bob Scifo, Lead Matte Artist
Niel Wray, Lead CGI Animator
Loren Bivens, Lead CGI Animator

Pricing and Availability
LightWave [8] Training Edition Special with Electronic Manual is available now at authorized NewTek resellers worldwide for a suggested retail price of $1595US. The LightWave [8] Training Edition Special includes 3 Coupons for $400 in FREE training materials. The training materials include the following books: Inside LightWave [8] - by Dan Ablan, LightWave [8] Killer Tips - by Dan Ablan & Randy Sharp, LightWave 3D [8] 1001 Tips & Tricks, LightWave 3D [8] Texturing - Leigh van der Byl, LightWave 3D [8] Lighting - Nicholas Boughen and CGI Filmmaking: The Creation of Ghost Warrior - Timothy Albee. The training materials also include the following videos: Digital Car Series by Gerald Abraham (Vehicle Modeling - Volume 1 and 2), LightWave 3D [8] - Bone Tools by Larry Shultz and LightWave 3D [8] IK Booster by Larry Shultz.

Registered owners of LightWave 3D [7.5] or earlier are eligible to purchase an upgrade to LightWave [8] for $495US. To locate the nearest authorized reseller or distributor, see our reseller locater at

For more information on the items offered and to purchase direct from NewTek, visit: or call NewTek Sales at 1-800-368-5441, overseas callers dial +1-210-370-8000.

About NewTek
With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of full-featured video editing, animation and special effects tools including VT[3], and LightWave 3D, winner of the 2003 Primetime Emmy Engineering Award. NewTek launched the desktop video revolution in 1990 with the release of the legendary Video Toaster. The company's products are used worldwide on projects ranging from home video to feature film. Recent television and film projects using NewTek software include "I, Robot", Spiderman 2, Exorcist: The Beginning, Garfield, Hellboy, Van Helsing, Triplets of Belleville, The Last Samurai, Torque, Children of Dune, Battlestar: Galactica, Firefly, Taken, Smallville, Star Trek: Enterprise, Matrix Reloaded, Collateral Damage, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Agent Cody Banks, Daredevil, Spy Kids II, Oscar-nominated Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Final Fantasy, Blackhawk Down and Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Director's Edition DVD. Recent game titles include Doom III, Unreal Tournament, Serious Sam for XBox, Age of Mythology, Civilization III, Dead to Rights, Baldur's Gate II, EverQuest and Escape From Monkey Island. Website:


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