Image Metrics Acquires Big Stage

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Santa Monica, Calif. - Image Metrics Inc., a provider of facial animation technology for the entertainment industry, has acquired Big Stage’s premier platform for consumer avatar creation services.

Big Stage’s software enables consumers to transform photographs instantly into realistic 3D 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. It will enable online and mobile entertainment, social network, and communications companies to provide users with an easy‐to‐use solution for integrating more realistic avatars into their 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.

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