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  • Laundry helps Fox Sports light up MLB's All-Star Game July 19, 2019
    LOS ANGELES — Laundry ( recently created an energetic series of videos and graphics for Fox Sports that helped promote the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. The videos use a light-writing style of animation that creates the look of neon in motion - all based around the action of the game.
  • Ben Lock & Patric Roos to head Outpost VFX APAC July 18, 2019
    BOURNEMOUTH, UK — Ben Lock (Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens,  Ready Player One) and Patric Roos ( Avengers: Infinity War,  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) have joined Outpost VFX ( as executive producer and executive creative director, respectively. Based in the APAC region, Lock and Roos will work closely with senior […]
  • Wacom to ship Cintiq 22 pen display this month July 18, 2019
    PORTLAND, OR — Wacom ( has introduced the Cintiq 22, the latest addition to its entry-level class of creative pen displays. The new release is larger than the recently-launched Cintiq 16 and incorporates the company’s premium pen technology with more screen real estate.
  • Colorist Gregory Reese joins a52 Color team July 18, 2019
    LOS ANGELES — Gregory Reese has joined the recently-established, stand-alone grading and finishing studio a52 Color ( Reese established a name for himself over the course of eight years as a colorist at The Mill. He has colored a spectrum of commercials for athletic brands, including Nike and Reebok, as well as campaigns for Audi, […]
  • FuseFX sees Emmy nominations for <I>The Orville</I> & <I>Deadwood The Movie</I> July 17, 2019
    LOS ANGELES — VFX studio FuseFX ( received two nominations when The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced those in contention for the 71st Emmy Awards. The studio is nominated for “Outstanding Visual Effects” for its work on The Orville, and for “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Supporting Role” for its work on  Deadwood The […]
  • PS260 adds editor Nate Cali July 17, 2019
    LOS ANGELES — Post production and editorial company PS260 ( has hired Nate Cali, an editor who began his career in the film industry over 10 years ago. Based in PS260’s Los Angeles office, Cali will work directly with editor/co-founder, JJ Lask, and the rest of the team in his new role, collaborating with clients […]
  • Foundry appoints Jody Madden CEO July 17, 2019
    LONDON — Foundry ( has appointed Jody Madden chief executive officer, effective immediately. She joined the company — whose products include Nuke, Hiero, Mari and Katana — in 2013 and has held positions that include as chief operating officer, and most recently, chief customer officer and chief product officer. 
  • The Third Floor receives Creative Arts Emmy nom for <I>GOT</I> work July 16, 2019
    LOS ANGELES & LONDON — Visualization studio The Third Floor ( has received a 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Special Visual Effects with the visual effects team for HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 8. Across multiple seasons, the previs studio played an important role behind the scenes to help develop sequences and shooting […]
  • HBO leads Emmy nominations with 137 July 16, 2019
    LOS ANGELES — Nominations for the 71st Emmy Awards were announced by the Television Academy, presenting the widest array of first-time performer nominees since 2011. Leading the nominations in totals by platform were HBO (137), Netflix (117) and NBC (58). Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma hosted the announcement with presenters Ken Jeong (The […]
  • Katya Pavlova heading post at CVLT July 16, 2019
    NEW YORK CITY — Video production studio CVLT (pronounced ‘Cult’), with locations in New York and Los Angeles, has hired Katya Pavlova as head of post production. She spent six years at The Mill, where she produced projects such as David Bowie's Life on Mars music video remake and Steven Klein’s AR experience for W Magazine’s cover, […]

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  • How would Google Answer Vague Questions in Queries? July 17, 2019
    “How Long is Harry Potter?” is asked in a diagram from a Google Patent. The answer to this vague question is unlikely to do with a length related to the fictional character but may have something to do with one of the best selling books or movies featuring Harry Potter. When questions are asked as […]
  • How Google May Handle Question Answering when Facts are Missing July 10, 2019
    I wrote about a similar patent in the post, Google Extracts Facts from the Web to Provide Fact Answers This one introduces itself with the following statement, indicating a problem that Google may have with answering questions from the facts it may collect from the Web to fill its knowledge graph: Embodiments relate to relational […]
  • Location Extensions Augmented Advertisements June 14, 2019
    Google Has Filed A Patent for Location Extensions to Geographical Paid Ads When a Google Patent uses the word “Content” they often mean advertisements, rather than just the content on a website. That was true when I wrote about a Google patent about combining advertisements and organic results in the post Google to Offer Combined […]
  • How Google May Rank Some Results based on Categorical Quality June 10, 2019
    A New Patent on Categorical Quality Some of the people who write patents for Google tend to stand out to me. One of those is Trystan Upstill. I noticed that he has published another one that looks really interesting, and worth reading. When I started following his patents, I read his doctoral thesis, Document ranking […]
  • Image Classification and Landmarks at Google May 20, 2019
    Image Classification in the past Back in 2008, I was writing about how a search engine might learn from photo databases like Flickr, and how people label images there in a post I wrote called, Community Tagging and Ranking in Images of Landmarks In another post that covers the Flickr image classification Landmark work, Faces […]
  • Context Clusters in Search Query Suggestions February 19, 2019
    unsplash-logoSaketh Garuda Context Clusters and Query Suggestions at Google A new patent application from Google tells us about how the search engine may use context to find query suggestions before a searcher has completed typing in a full query. Think of Google as a Decision Engine, focused upon bringing searchers more information about interests they […]
  • Universal Search Updated at Google January 4, 2019
    unsplash-logoTristan Colangelo Sura gave up on her debugging for the moment. ‘The word for all this is ‘mature programming environment.’ Basically, when hardware performance has been pushed to its final limit, and programmers have had several centuries to code, you reach a point where there is far more signicant code than can be rationalized. The […]
  • How Google’s Knowledge Graph Updates Itself by Answering Questions October 29, 2018
    unsplash-logoElijah Hail To those of us who are used to doing Search Engine Optimization (SEO), we’ve been looking at URLs filled with content, and links between that content, and how algorithms such as PageRank (based upon links pointed between pages) and information retrieval scores based upon the relevance of that content have been determining how […]

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