SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Image Metrics Inc. (OTCBB: IMGX), a leading provider of facial animation technology for the entertainment industry, has acquired Big Stage’s premier platform for consumer avatar creation services. Big Stage was honored in 2009 by Forbes magazine as one of America’s top 20 Most Promising Companies. Its software allows consumers to instantly transform photographs into realistic 3-D, animated characters to represent themselves in virtual worlds, video games, video clips and online communities.
Image Metrics plans to merge Big Stage’s “Portable You” avatar creation platform into their existing real-time video-driven animation technology and make a new product suite available in the third quarter of 2011. This will allow online and mobile entertainment, social network and communications companies to provide their users with a simple, easy-to-use solution for integrating more realistic avatars into their consumer offerings. Image Metrics will also package and provide Portable You™ directly to consumers to allow them to customize their digital likeness and utilize it within their digital networks for a richer and more interactive experience.
“We are extremely pleased with the talent and technology coming from Big Stage,” said Image Metrics CEO Robert Gehorsam. “Their advanced yet easy-to-use avatar creation technology is the perfect platform to package with our facial animation technology for a complete life-like digital solution for both consumers and developers alike.”
With many years of experience providing leading facial animation solutions to top players within the video game and film industries such as Activision-Blizzard, Double Negative, Microsoft, Moving Picture Company, Rockstar and Digital Domain, Image Metrics’ ability to create life-like digital experiences is unmatched and will be available directly to business and consumer markets.
About Image Metrics, Inc.
Founded in 2000, Image Metrics (OTC BB: IMGX) has pioneered the field of 3D facial animation through its revolutionary technologies. The company provides complete solutions for the film, television, interactive entertainment and commercial markets, and through its consumer products, enables Internet users to create new immersive experiences in games and social networks. Over the past decade, Image Metrics has established itself as the go-to leader in the TV, film, game development and Web content industries with clients such as Activision-Blizzard, Rockstar, Microsoft, 2K Sports, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sega, Sony, Bethesda, Double Negative, Motion Theory and Moving Picture Company. Image Metrics is headquartered in Santa Monica, California with its R&D centre located in Manchester, UK. For more information, please visit www.Image-Metrics.com.