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Stabenau and Anthony Launch Giant Interactive

New company to offer authoring for DVD and interactive TV (June 21, 2005)

Blink Digital founder Jeff Stabenau and Metropolis DVD founder David Anthony have teamed up to launch a new company, Giant Interactive. Giant will offer design and authoring for DVDs and similar creative services for a range of emerging media applications including interactive television, wireless platforms and ?next-generation DVD formats.

Stabenau and Anthony, who have a long history of bringing innovation to DVD production, aim to continue breaking ground with their new venture. ?Were moving into the new frontier of media services, said Stabenau, who will serve as president of Giant Interactive. ?We have big plans - huge plans I might even say. Our intent is to offer the absolute best in creative and technical talent, and to maintain a giant passion and giant dedication to the success of each project.

Joining Stabenau and Anthony at Giant are several former Blink Digital and Metropolis DVD staff. Among them are Meri Hassouni, former executive producer at Blink Digital and Crush Digital, whose credits include the award-winning Capturing the Friedmans and The Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus, and Sandra Kim, former DVD director at Metropolis. Kims credits include Showtime-Penn and Teller's boxed set and The Rolling Stones: Four Flicks. Also joining Giant is former freelance producer Stephen Altobello, who has produced value-added material for DVD titles including The Last Waltz, Goodfellas and Gangs of New York.

Stabenau founded Blink Digital in 2002 and since then the company has authored hundreds of feature film, documentary and music DVD titles. They included Lost in La Mancha and Capturing the Friedmans, which captured Best Documentary honors at the DVD Awards with Leonard Maltin in 2003 and 2004, respectively. Another DVD completed at Blink during Stabenaus tenure, Rolling Stones: Rock and Roll Circus, recently won for Best Music Feature at the first-ever Music DVD Awards.

Stabenau was also the founder of Crush Digital, one of the pioneers of the DVD authoring business, in 1996. Under Stabenaus leadership Crush Digital authored more than 1000 DVD titles for clients that included major film studios and record companies. Key projects included The Complete Monty Pythons Flying Circus for A&E Entertainment, Silence of the Lambs and Spinal Tap for Criterion, Dave Matthews Band Video Collection for RCA, Queer as Folk TV series for Showtime Networks, Bob Dylans Dont Look Back and Whitney Houston - Greatest Hits for Arista and, for three consecutive years, the 411 Digital Showreel for LA 411 Digital. The latter received Discus Awards as Best-DVD-of-the-Year (Corporate) at the 1998 and the 1999 Pro DVD Conferences.

Anthony launched Metropolis DVD in 1999 in partnership with Sterling Sound. His work included overseeing the Directors Series for Palm Pictures, featuring the work of Spike Jonze and Michael Gondry; and the DVD portion of the Guggenheim Museums groundbreaking Nam June Paik exhibit, which featured 250 display surfaces and more than 10 hours of DVD video playback. He also produced the Janet Jackson Video Collection DVD as well as numerous other music DVDs. In 2003, Anthony was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Long Form Video for the Nappy Roots DVD The World According to Nappy.

Giant Interactive is located at 88 10th Avenue 6W, New York, NY 10011 212-675-7300.

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