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Forbes Magazine Names Big Stage Entertainment Among America’s Top 20 Most Promising Companies

September 30th, 2009

Big Stage takes the 18th spot in Forbes’ new list, featured in the October 5th Edition of Forbes Magazine, and on Forbes.com

Los Angeles, CA – September 16th, 2009 – Forbes Magazine today announced the results of their newest list:  America’s Most Promising Companies.  In creating this list, according to Forbes.com, “We didn’t just look for the slickest technology, the largest addressable market, the fastest-growing top lines or the most storied management team.”  Their full methodology is described here, taken from the Forbes.com website:

Forbes went hunting for small, dynamic companies with the kind of growth potential that makes venture capitalists salivate. Other lists of small or privately held companies tend to be ranked according to a single metric: annual revenue, or percentage change in revenue over a given period. Yet every serious investor knows that a cursory glance at the top line is a far cry from what it takes to evaluate the potential of any promising company. Read More

MTV and Big Stage Entertainment Introduce “Be A Jackass”

August 31st, 2009

Fans of the Infamous MTV Show Can Now Replace “jackass” Stars in Videos and Photos With Their Own Realistic 3-D Clone on jackassworld.com

Source: Big Stage Entertainment, Inc.
On Monday August 31, 2009, 12:35 pm EDT

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MTV, jackassworld.com and media technology company Big Stage Entertainment today launched the “Be A jackass” campaign (http://www.jackassworld.com/pages/big-stage) where fans of the hit MTV show can digitally impose their own recognizable face on Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and others from the jackass gang as they perform the outrageous stunts that made them legendary. The free promotion lets fans create life-like 3-D clones of themselves, called @ctors, that instantly replace the faces of their favorite jackass stars in videos and photos that can be shared via email, Web site embeds and social media. The “Be A jackass” campaign is powered by Big Stage Entertainment’s BackStage product, which offers Big Stage Entertainment’s 3-D face modeling technology to clients and partners for creation of personalized interactive experiences under their own brands. Read More

Big Stage Entertainment Releases Blabber for Skype. New Skype Plug-in Lets Users Conduct Phone Calls via Their Voice-Animated Big Stage @ctors.

June 25th, 2009

Beta Release Makes Big Stage’s Realistic 3-D Avatars Talk on Skype. Marks Debut of Voice Engine Enabling Big Stage Users to Insert Their Expressive Voice and Face
Into Video Games, Virtual Worlds, Social Networks and More.

LOS ANGELES, CA — June 25, 2009 — Big Stage Entertainment, Inc., the leading platform for consumer projection of self into digital life, today released a beta version of Blabber for Skype, a free plug-in to the Skype Internet phone system that animates your photo-realistic, Big Stage 3 D avatar (called an @ctor) and automatically lip synchs spoken words as part of real-time virtual character conversation.  Users can accessorize their @ctor with hair, glasses and cool backgrounds, as well as conveying moods through a dashboard of animated gestures and expressions.

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Big Stage Entertainment Unveils Big Stage Studio. Teaches Others How to Create and Publish Original Programming to BigStage.com Starring the Digital You

June 24th, 2009

Free, Registration-Only Service is Targeted at Production Studios, Advertising & Marketing Agencies and Other Creators of Innovative Visual Programming

LOS ANGELES, CA — June 24, 2009 — Big Stage Entertainment, Inc., the leading platform for consumer projection of self into digital life, today announced the opening of Big Stage Studio, a free and easy-to-use online training and support environment for content creators looking to develop and publish original programming to BigStage.com.  Users can then insert their animated 3-D likeness, called an @ctor, and share the personalized result via email and social networks like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

To become a Big Stage Studio partner, register for approval at BigStageStudio.com.  Upon acceptance, partners are granted full access to educational videos depicting how to Big Stage-enable content.  Users of leading 3-D graphics and animation tools can quickly learn the steps necessary to mask and motion-track the facial images in stills and video. Big Stage’s @ctor technology can then seamlessly map the animated, 3-D facial models it creates for consumers into the action.

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Virtual Space Entertainment Selects Big Stage Entertainment’s 3-D Avatar Technology to Power Personalization of Blue Mars 2150 Groundbreaking Virtual Universe

June 9th, 2009

Landmark Virtual Universe to Launch Online and be Featured By National Geographic, On Television and at Real and Virtual Museums

LOS ANGELES, CA – June 9, 2009 – Big Stage Entertainment, Inc., the leading platform for consumer projection of self into digital life, has licensed its proprietary 3-D facial modeling technology to Virtual Space Entertainment for their new high definition, photo-realistic 3-D virtual universe, Blue Mars 2150. Blue Mars 2150 launches August 2009 with support to follow from innovative interactive museum exhibits, television and a million dollar race around a transformed virtual planet that is ready for colonization. Read More

Become an “Age of Conan” Barbarian With Big Stage Entertainment and GGL Global Gaming

April 21st, 2009

Big Stage Technology Puts Your 3-D Face on “Age of Conan” Video Game Content for Personalized Game Images, Animated Clips and Video.  Share the Experience and You Could Win Free “Age of Conan” Subscriptions

LOS ANGELES, CA – April 21, 2009 – Big Stage Entertainment, Inc., the leading service for consumer projection of self into digital life, and GGL Global Gaming, one of the world’s largest social communities for gamers, have teamed up to offer gamers the ability to put their faces into exclusive content from the Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures video game by Funcom. The experience is available on a GGL Global Gaming minisite on BigStage.com and is being promoted across GGL Global Gaming communities, with additional support from Funcom. Read More

Big Stage Entertainment Secures $2.7 Million in Series B Funding From Original Investors, Bringing Total Raised to $10.6 Million

April 14th, 2009

Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures and Tech Coast Angels Invest to Accelerate Big Stage’s Sales, Marketing and R&D for its 3D Photo-real Avatar Facial Modeling Technology

LOS ANGELES, CA – Apr 14, 2009 – Big Stage Entertainment, Inc., a media technology company enabling consumer projection of self into digital life, has secured an additional $2.7 million in Series B funding from Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures and Tech Coast Angels, its original investors. This funding brings Big Stage Entertainment’s total raised to $10.6 million. Big Stage Entertainment will use this funding to accelerate research and development as well as sales and marketing for its 3D photo-real avatar facial modeling technology. Read More

Big Stage Entertainment Unveils iStage For Personalized Media Applications on iPhone Using Photorealistic 3-D Big Stage @ctors

March 16th, 2009

Using a Single Photo, iStage Maps Each User’s Facial Structure to Produce a Recognizable Big Stage @ctor for Insertion in Personalized Mobile Media Campaigns

LOS ANGELES, CA – March 16, 2009 – Big Stage Entertainment, Inc., a media technology company that lets consumers project themselves photo-realistically into digital life, has unveiled its new iStage application that offers the company’s 3-D facial modeling and personalization system for branded mobile campaigns and games on the iPhone.  Read More

Big Stage Entertainment Expands Executive Team With Hire of Digital Media Industry Veteran Patrick Barry

February 24th, 2009

Barry Named VP of Content Alliances.  Will Promote Company’s B2B Tools for Realistic 3D Facial Modeling and Web Integration

LOS ANGELES, CA – Feb. 24, 2009 – Big Stage Entertainment, Inc., a media technology company that lets consumers project themselves photo-realistically into the digital realm, has named digital media industry veteran Patrick Barry to the role of vice president, content alliances. In this newly created role, Barry will focus on growing partnerships with media and entertainment companies interested in developing both new digital revenue opportunities and deep consumer engagement.  Read More

Big Stage Entertainment And Splash News Team Up To Put The ‘Digital You’ Into Hollywood’s Hottest Celebrity News

December 11th, 2008

Fans Can Insert Their Animated 3-D Faces into Celebrity Photos for a Supporting Role at the Hottest Parties and Events Covered by Splash

LOS ANGELES, CA – Dec. 11, 2008 – Big Stage Entertainment, Inc., a media technology company that lets consumers project themselves photo-realistically into the digital realm, is partnering with Splash News, a leading source of celebrity news coverage, to allow consumers to insert their 3-D faces into photos featuring some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities for free on BigStage.com and through extensions into partner websites.  Read More