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  • Supervising sound editor Martín Hernández joins Cinematic Media May 16, 2019
    MEXICO CITY — Cinematic Media (, one of Mexico City’s largest, full-service post production facilities focused on television and cinema content, is teaming up with two-time Academy Award-nominated supervising sound editor Martín Hernández to bring Hollywood-caliber sound services to region. Hernández, sound supervisor for such films as The Revenant,  Birdman and  Pan’s Labyrinth, is overseeing construction of a […]
  • Pixar releases RenderMan V.22.5 May 16, 2019
    EMERYVILLE, CA — Pixar ( has released RenderMan Version 22.5, featuring a completely rewritten RenderMan for Houdini plug-in, along with important new features and performance gains. 
  • Nice Shoes collaborates with Qatar museum on video experience May 15, 2019
    NEW YORK CITY — Creative studio Nice Shoes ( recently partnered with an array of global directors to complete film exhibits that are part of the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ). The museum, which opened on March 28th, is a sprawling architectural wonder, with galleries and courtyards spread across over 52,000 square meters.
  • Veteran colorist Jeremy Sawyer returns to Light Iron May 15, 2019
    LOS ANGELES — Jeremy Sawyer is returning to Panavision’s Light Iron ( facility in Los Angeles as a senior colorist. He brings over 20 years of color finishing experience to his role, and previously worked at the studio from 2015 to 2018. While there, he contributed to projects that include I’m Dying Up Here,  Easy,  The […]
  • Compositing supervisor Rebecca Manning joins Alkemy X's NYC studio May 14, 2019
    PHILADELPHIA — Alkemy X ( has hired Rebecca Manning as compositing supervisor for its visual effects division. She brings 16 years of experience and more than 40 major feature film and television credits, including Ghostbusters,  The Jungle Book,  X-Men: Days of Future Past and  Avatar. Manning will be based out of Alkemy X’s New York studio and will […]
  • Pineapple Entertainment employs Facilis shared storage May 14, 2019
    HUDSON, MA — The Danish production company Pineapple Entertainment ( recently chose a Facilis ( shared storage solution to enable a collaborative approach to media production. Based in Copenhagen City, Pineapple Entertainment has a staff of around 50 people and a core business of TV programs. The studio, however, has expanded since its inception to […]
  • Ntropic extends footprint to London May 13, 2019
    LONDON — Creative studio Ntropic ( has launched a new office in London, adding to a network that already comprises New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Leading the office will be two London-based additions: executive creative director Aidan Gibbons and executive producer Laura Livingstone. 
  • Cutters promotes two in Chicago May 13, 2019
    CHICAGO – Cutters Studios ( has promoted Heather Richardson to executive producer and Patrick Casey to head of production. The announcement was made by the editing studio’s managing director and partner Craig Duncan.
  • Entertainment Technology Conference set for June 5-6 May 13, 2019
    SANTA CLARA, CA — The Advanced Imaging Society and SMPTE are partnering to present the Entertainment Technology Conference, which will take place in Silicon Valley this June. The two-day event is set for June 5th and 6th at the Santa Clara Marriot and will follow the theme, “The Art and Science of Next Generation Storytelling”.
  • New Substance Designer engine goes beyond texture maps May 10, 2019
    CLERMONT-FERRAND, FRANCE — Adobe’s Substance team ( has announces the first major Substance Designer update of 2019, bringing with it a new Substance Engine that will lay the groundwork for the future. With Substance Engine V.7, Substance Designer can now process both values and textures to simplify the material creation process and take users beyond […]

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  • 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
    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 […]

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