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  • VES to honor Illumination's Chris Meledandri for Lifetime Achievement January 18, 2019
    LOS ANGELES — The Visual Effects Society (VES) has named Chris Meledandri as the forthcoming recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his valuable contributions to filmed entertainment. Meledandri is an Oscar-nominated producer and the founder and CEO of Illumination, the studio known for its work on Despicable Me and  Minions. The award will […]
  • MPSE announces Golden Reel nominees January 18, 2019
    STUDIO CITY, CA — The Motion Picture Sound Editors (mpse.org) have announced the nominees for the 66th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards. The MPSE Golden Reel Awards recognize outstanding achievement in sound editing in 23 categories, encompassing feature films, television, animation, computer entertainment and student work. The 66th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony will […]
  • MPC reveals VFX work for <I>The Boy and the Piano</I> January 18, 2019
    LONDON — Moving Picture Company (www.moving-picture.com) recently teamed up with Adam&EveDDB and John Lewis to work on their latest Christmas commercial. The Boy and the Piano uses the story of Sir Elton John to show how the gift of music - in this case a piano from the high-end department store - can affect so many people’s […]
  • Bullpen launches, offering lean, hands-on approach to design January 17, 2019
    NEW YORK CITY & SILICON VALLEY — Longtime creative partners Elliot Lim and Aaron Kemnitzer are once again joining forces to launch Bullpen (www.bullpen.tv), a bi-coastal design and animation studio that’s dedicated to providing a hands-on, narrative-driven approach. Lim and Kemnitzer combine to offer more than 25 years of experience in the motion design industry. […]
  • eTribez launches cloud-based Production Management Platform January 17, 2019
    LOS ANGELES & TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — A new, end-to-end, cloud-based production management platform has been launched by eTribez Labs (www.etribez.com). The eTribez Production Management Platform is now available to producers of content for the entertainment, broadcasting, promo and advertising industries, on a global basis.
  • Nice Shoes representing creative editor Marcos Castiel January 17, 2019
    NEW YORK CITY — Nice Shoes (niceshoes.com) has signed Marcos Castiel for US representation - a first for the creative editor. With over two decades of experience, he brings a vitality and eye for storytelling, having worked with such clients as Coca-Cola, Adidas, Vodafone, Asics, McDonald’s, Whole Foods, Nivea and Comcast, among numerous others. Castiel […]
  • MMC opens new grading theater in Germany January 17, 2019
    COLOGNE, GERMANY — MMC Studios (www.mmc.de) recently partnered with WeFadeToGrey (www.wefadetogrey.de) to open a new color grading theater - one of the largest in western Germany. The producers of the spy thriller The Operative were the first film team to make use of “The Suite,” which features a 33-foot-wide screen, cinema projection and high-end sound […]
  • Margie Cohn named president of DreamWorks Animation January 16, 2019
    GLENDALE, CA — Universal recently named Margie Cohn president of DreamWorks Animation. She was previously president of DreamWorks Animation Television, overseeing all television development and production, including the content for DWA TV’s multi-year deal with Netflix. In her new role, she will oversee both film and television operations.
  • VFX artist Betty Cameron joins Significant Others' LA team January 16, 2019
    LOS ANGELES — Senior VFX artist Betty Cameron has moved from Significant Others’ New York office to its space in Los Angeles. In New York, she worked as a lead artist on features, including Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk, Hearts Beat Loud and Gloria Bell. Other recent projects include work for Google, Facebook, L'Oreal and […]
  • Nominees announced for 17th annual VES Awards January 15, 2019
    LOS ANGELES — The Visual Effects Society (www.visualeffectssociety.com) has announced the nominees for its 17th Annual VES Awards. The yearly celebration recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on artists who bring this work to life.

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  • 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
    How A Knowledge Graph Updates Itself 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 […]
  • 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 on the Web about duplicate pages earlier this week, and wondered about it, and decided to […]
  • Quality Scores for Queries: Structured Data, Synthetic Queries and Augmentation Queries July 30, 2018
    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 performance of an […]
  • Learning to Rank July 16, 2018
    My last Post was Five Years of Google Ranking Signals, and I start that post by saying that there are other posts about ranking signals that have some issues. But, there are other pages that you may want to look at while you are learning to rank webpages, and I didn’t want to turn people […]
  • Five Years of Google Ranking Signals June 22, 2018
    Organic Search Google Ranking Signals 1. Domain Age and Rate of Linking 2. Use of Keywords 3. Related Phrases 4. Keywords in Main Headings, Lists, and Titles 5. Page Speed 6. Watch Times for a Page 7. Context Terms on a Page 8. Language Models Using Ngrams 9. Gibberish Content 10. Authoritative Results 11. How […]
  • Google Patent on Structured Data Focuses upon JSON-LD June 17, 2018
    Search Using Structured Data Structured Data is information that is formatted into a repository that a search engine can read easily. Some examples include XML markup in XML sitemaps and schema vocabulary found in JSON-LD scripts. It is distinct from semi-structured, and unstructured data that have less formatting. A search engine that answers questions based […]
  • Schema, Structured Data, and Scattered Databases such as the World Wide Web June 14, 2018
    Visiting Seattle to Speak about Structured Data I spoke at SMX Advanced this week on Schema markup and Structured Data, as part of an introduction to its use at Google. I had the chance to visit Seattle, and tour some of it. I took some photos, but would like to go back sometimes and take […]

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