Santa Monica, Calif. – Image Metrics, a provider of facial
animation technology for the entertainment industry, announced on Thursday that
it has acquired Big Stage, a platform for consumer avatar creation services.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Stage’s software lets consumers transform photographs into realistic, 3D
animated avatars to represent themselves in virtual words, online games, video
clips and online communities.

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Image Metrics says it
plans to merge Big Stage’s platform into its own real-time, video-driven
animation technology and release a new product suite in the third quarter.


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