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Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. join Hollywood's open-source tech forum

Dreamworks' openVDB software will be the platform's first hosted project.
Saqib Shah, @eightiethmnt
October 23, 2018
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Just months after its launch, Hollywood's first forum for open-source technology tools is adding more big names to its lineup -- along with its first software project. Sony Pictures Entertainment / Sony Pictures Imageworks and Warner Bros. are among the newbies, who'll be joining launch members including DreamWorks, Walt Disney Studios, Epic Games, Autodesk and Google Cloud.

Arriving in August, the Academy Software Project (from the folks behind the Oscars; the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Linux Foundation) is designed as a neutral platform for the hosting, tracking and promotion of open-source tech -- and to facilitate communication.

Its first hosted project is Dreamworks' openVDB: used in the production process for animated CG films like Boss Baby and Trolls. "It's a critical technology developed by DreamWorks Animation that is used by many studios, and the developer community is very excited to maintain and contribute to the project," Academy Software Foundation executive director David Morin told Variety.

The inclusion of more industry heavyweights is viewed by the Academy as further proof that the industry is in full support of its forum and the need to host open-source tech (which 80 percent of Hollywood relies upon).

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