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  • The New Blank appoints executive director of client partnerships June 19, 2019
    SEATTLE — Erin Serletic has joined design and production studio The New Blank ( as executive director of client partnerships. Her previous experience includes tenures at design and branding firms Capacity and Trollbäck+Company. In addition, Serletic heads up business development at Dark Burn, which specializes in game trailers. 
  • SIGGRAPH reveals Production Sessions program June 18, 2019
    LOS ANGELES — The SIGGRAPH 2019 Production Sessions program was recently announced, offering a schedule that promisses to present behind-the-scenes looks at the making-of some of the year’s biggest productions. Production Sessions will be held throughout the conference (July 28th through August 1st), at the Los Angeles Convention Center. With 11 total sessions, attendees can […]
  • Chicago's Periscope Post & Audio opens Hollywood studio June 17, 2019
    HOLLYWOOD — Chicago-based Periscope Post & Audio ( has expanded to the West Coast, opening a new 22,000-square-foot sound and picture finishing facility in Hollywood. Located at 6860 Lexington Avenue, near Highland, the new studio offers offer a full range of post services, including dailies, editorial, color grading, sound editing and mixing. 
  • MPC bolsters color team with recent addition June 17, 2019
    LONDON — Moving Picture Company ( has bolstered its color team via the recent arrival of Yoomin Lee. A leading colorist, she cut her teeth working for some of Australia’s top post houses, including Frame, Set & Match, The Lab and Cutting Edge, before joining Jogger Studios London in 2016.  
  • Soundtheory & Cinemasound partner on contest June 14, 2019
    LONDON — Soundtheory (, the maker of audio processing solutions, has partnered with Cinemasound, a for audio-for-film educational resource. Over the next month, the two companies will publish four instructional videos about using the intelligent EQ Gullfoss in post production. In addition, each week, they will raffle off one license for Gullfoss and one free […]
  • SGO offers free, beta version of media management/transcoding software June 13, 2019
    MADRID, SPAIN — Currently in the Open Beta phase, Mistika Workflows ( is SGO’s free-of-charge and open-to-everyone media management, transcoding and delivery software tool. Pros are welcome to join the 30-day program to test drive Mistika Workflows and provide feedback.
  • Axis completes 1,000 VFX shots for new season of <I>Happy!</I> June 12, 2019
    LONDON – Axis Studios ( delivered 1,000 shots across 10 episodes of the second season of the UCP-produced Syfy and Netflix original show, Happy!, which recently premiered in the UK. Based on the graphic novel by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, Happy! follows alcoholic ex-cop turned hitman Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni), who teams up with the […]
  • Academy elects 2019-2020 Board of Governors June 12, 2019
    LOS ANGELES – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ( has announced its newly elected 2019–20 Board of Governors, who will assume their posts on July 1st. As a result of this election, the number of female Academy governors increases from 22 to 24, and people of color increases from 10 to 11.
  • Lenovo launches ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations June 11, 2019
    LONDON — At NXT BLD, here, Lenovo launched its next generation ThinkPad P Series ( with the release of five new ThinkPads, including the ThinkPad P73, ThinkPad P53, ThinkPad P1 Gen 2, and ThinkPad P53s and P43s. The new portfolio is designed to meet the ever-changing power and portability needs of modern professionals across industries. 
  • Amy Lounsbury fills new role at Chesapeake Systems June 11, 2019
    BALTIMORE, MD — Amy Lounsbury has joined Chesapeake Systems (, the full-service provider of technology systems and solutions that optimize media workflows. Lounsbury will be a part of the company’s Southwest team, and will serve as director of business development for the region.

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  • 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 […]
  • How Google Identifies Primary Versions of Duplicate Pages October 12, 2018
    Identifying Primary Versions of Duplicate Pages We know that Google doesn’t penalize duplicate pages on the Web, but it may try to identify which version it prefers to other versions of the same page. I came across this statement from Dejan SEO on the Web about duplicate pages earlier this week, and wondered about it, […]
  • Quality Scores for Queries: Structured Data, Synthetic Queries and Augmentation Queries July 30, 2018
    Quality Scores and Augmentation Queries In general, the subject matter of this specification relates to identifying or generating augmentation queries, storing the augmentation queries, and identifying stored augmentation queries for use in augmenting user searches. An augmentation query can be a query that performs well in locating desirable documents identified in the search results. The […]

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