California Teen Digital Awards Event Showcases the Importance of 3D Literacy in the 21st Century


TriCaster Pro used for live stream of Tower of Youth 11th Annual Teen Digital Reel Showcase and Awards featuring Emmy® Award-winning 3D artist Lee Stringer

Last Updated: May 2, 2007 7:26 pm GMT
(San Antonio, Texas – May 1, 2007) NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, announced that the 11th Annual Teen Digital Reel Showcase and Awards will be streamed live from the Crest Theater in Sacramento tomorrow evening, May 2nd beginning at 5:00pm PST using NewTek's TriCaster Pro™. The Tower of Youth organization gives voice to teens experimenting with the digital arts and recognizes those efforts through the annual showcase and awards. Emmy award-winning 3D artist and producer Lee Stringer will present "Your 21st Century Future Means 3-D Literacy."

Viewers may tune into the live stream at:

The partnership between NewTek and Tower of Youth provides global visibility to youth interested in the digital media arts to share their vision with the widest peer audience possible. Offering Internet broadcast allows the organizations to not only cultivate digital arts and sciences, but drive home the power of web streaming.

"I'm just overwhelmed with the opportunity NewTek has provided for us to expand the reach of our organization," said Tower of Youth founder, William Bronston, M.D., "My goal is to expose our youth to the specifics of the vast panorama of applications in the world of work that utilize 3D technology. This type of technology now goes well beyond the scope of entertainment as digital media arts literacy moves into all kinds of professions – from architecture to mathematics – we are now in a world where this genre of education is not only desired, but required to ensure our future generation will be a part of the global competitive workforce."

LightWave 3D®, NewTek's Emmy® award-winning 3D animation system has been in the forefront of Hollywood industry productions along with a broad spectrum of other critical 3D use scenarios including medical visualization, architecture, print graphics, industrial design and education. NewTek has a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive 3D animation curriculum slated for release in Fall 2007. Most recently, LightWave was used extensively in the production of visual effects for the box-office blockbuster, 300. Visit for more information.

"These young artists deserve to be recognized for their talent and contributions, we're happy to help make that possible," says NewTek's vice president of 3D marketing Donetta Colboch. "NewTek felt this was a tremendous opportunity to continue to cultivate our partnership with Tower and Youth in broadcasting live via the Internet introducing this extraordinary group of talented students to the world – and now because of TriCaster PRO™, a global audience can be introduced to this wonderful organization and the creative outlet it provides.'"

TriCaster PRO is a revolutionary portable LIVE video production device. A virtual control room the size of a shoe box, the TriCaster PRO is designed for anyone, including broadcasters, corporate presenters, educators and municipalities, to reach local and worldwide audiences with professional-quality, multi-camera video via the Internet. The device costs $6999, keeping it within the means of many organizations' budgets.

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, 3D Arsenal™, TriCaster™ and VT[4]™. 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 300, The Guardian, Ant Bully, The DaVinci Code, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Serenity, Sin City, Fantastic Four, Drive, The 4400, Stargate: SG1, Stargate: Atlantis, Battlestar: Galactica, Prison Break, LOST, CSI, Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight, Recent game titles include Shadow of the Colossus, Black, Ridge Racer 6, Burnout Revenge, Driver: Parallel Lines, Quake IV and Heroes of Might and Magic 6. Website:

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