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NewTek's Award-winning Application Helps Artists Deliver Bumper Crop of New and Returning Effects-Laden Shows

Last Updated: October 25, 2005 3:36 am GMT
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(San Antonio, Texas – October 25, 2005) NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading 3D animation and video products, today announced that artists from Eden FX and Zoic Studios are relying on LightWave 3D® for the production of content and shots for a large number of new and returning prime time shows for the fall 2005 season.

NewTek's Emmy®-winning 3D application is being used extensively for visual effects for series including Lost, Alias, Commander in Chief, Surface, Invasion, Threshold, E-Ring, Prison Break, CSI, CSI: Miami, and Over There.

The fall 2005 prime time television season has seen the largest influx of effects-hungry shows since the mid '90s. With the introduction of more than a dozen new shows, many of them focusing on subject matter ranging from alien incursions, to the supernatural, to military operations, there is no shortage of work for those in the visual effects field. Many studios are stepping up to fill this need, including Eden FX and Zoic Studios.

"We're pleased and honored again to see how many fine artists and studios are using LightWave to bring incredible visions to the screen," said Jay Roth, President of NewTek's 3D Products Division. "We're continually refining LightWave's tools and workflow so that artists and producers can raise the bar on what they can achieve in a given time and budget. The result is that for eight years in a row, talented artists who have relied on LightWave have brought home a raft of Emmy, VES, and other awards."

With a good many years of effects production for films such as Hellboy and television series such as Star Trek: Voyager, and The Seventh Day, Eden FX is no stranger to the demands of episodic television, and has met those to award-winning effect with LightWave 3D. Their portfolio also includes contributions to such memorable entries as Voyager, LOST, Alias, Medium and JAG. This season, they were called upon to provide shots for several different pilots/premieres, including Surface, Commander in Chief, Threshold, Invasion and The Unit. They continue work as well on returning series LOST, Alias, and NCIS, and create on-going effects for the new series Surface, Invasion and Commander In Chief.

"Our artists love challenges and breaking new ground in visual effects. This year, for example, our work in the new series Surface marks the first time that a digital character will be a regular cast member of a series," said John Gross, co-founder and co-president of Eden FX. "LightWave has always been instrumental in helping us push the boundaries of what's possible in visual effects for film and television. The fast, easy content creation toolset and the lovely results from the photo-real renderer let the artist achieve precisely what they've imagined and create elements that fit perfectly with the live footage, whether we're creating mattes, set extensions, vehicles or animating complex characters in complete environments."

Best known for their work on the science fiction hits Firefly (and its motion picture adaptation Serenity) and Battlestar Galactica, Zoic also has a long history with episodic television, and using LightWave 3D to bring award-winning visual effects to the small screen. They have also felt the rush of work provided by the networks this season, contributing shots to both new and returning shows including Threshold, E-Ring, Prison Break, CSI, CSI: Miami, and Over There.

"Whether we are creating eye-popping effects such as chase scenes or space battles, or subtle visuals where the viewer will never realize that any VFX elements were needed or are present, LightWave does the job for us," said Emile Smith, Visual Effects Supervisor for Zoic Studios. "With the robust toolset our artists can always find a way to achieve even the most ambitious visuals, and the fast photo-real renderer gives us the beautiful results we want in the time we need."

Pricing and Availability
LightWave® [8] is currently available for Windows 2000/XP and Mac OS X, for a suggested retail price of US$795. Registered owners of LightWave® [7] or earlier may upgrade to version [8] for US$395. In addition to our regular retail price offerings, the following special purchase options are available for a limited time:

LightWave Full seats:
- LightWave [8] full seat, PDF manual, Vue 5 Infinite, free update to v9: $795
- LightWave [8] full seat, printed manual, Vue 5 Infinite, free update to v9: $895

For registered owners of LightWave [7.5] or earlier:
- LightWave [8] upgrade, PDF manual, Vue 5 Infinite, free update to v9: $395
- LightWave [8] upgrade, printed manual, Vue 5 Infinite, free update to v9: $495

For Registered owners of LightWave [8]:
- LightWave 3D v9.0 upgrade with PDF manual and Vue 5 Infinite: $395
- LightWave 3D v9.0 with printed manual and Vue 5 Infinite: $495

Those purchasing any LightWave [8] full or upgrade product offering after August 01, 2005 qualify for a free upgrade to LightWave 3D version 9.0 upon its release. For more information or to purchase, visit: http://www.newtek.com or call NewTek Sales at 1-800-368-5441, overseas callers dial +1-210-370-8000. To locate a NewTek Authorized Reseller link to http://www.newtek.com/dealers

About NewTek
With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is a leading provider of full-featured video editing, live production, presentation, animation and special effects tools including LightWave 3D®, winner of the 2003 Primetime Emmy® Engineering Award, TriCaster(TM) and VT[4](TM). 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 production tools include Serenity, Fantastic Four, The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3D, Sin City, The Aviator, Aliens of the Deep, "I, Robot", Spiderman 2, Battlestar: Galactica, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight. Recent game titles include Ridge Racers, Full Spectrum Warrior, Burnout 3, Doom III, Unreal Tournament, and Age of Mythology. Website: http://www.newtek.com

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