Universal and DreamWorks transform animation with Azure

Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts on 24 August 2020
Universal and DreamWorks transform animation with Azure
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Universal Filmed Entertainment Group has partnered with Microsoft to transform animation and deliver production workflows via the Microsoft Azure cloud for remote collaboration and content creation. 

Microsoft says that “the teams will extend DreamWorks Animation’s cutting-edge production platform to include live-action production”. 

“With this partnership, Universal is continuing to build on our commitment as an industry leader in transitioning to a cloud production model across our portfolio of studios,” said Michael Wise, chief technology officer at Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. “As outlined last year in the MovieLabs 2030 vision paper, streamlining our workflows will allow for a more efficient creative process, empowering the artists and storytellers we work with to make the best content possible.”  

To create the new platform, DreamWorks’ and Universal’s technical teams will work with Microsoft developers to take advantage of Azure’s storage and compute platform to support animation and live-action content creation. Microsoft says that “Universal plans to leverage this new capability on Azure to enable easy remote production collaboration, asset reuse, and ubiquitous compute and storage to empower creatives to do their best work”.

“Together with customers like Universal and DreamWorks, we are prioritising cloud and edge technologies to help transform workflows, increase production output and reduce friction for creatives,” said Hanno Basse, media and entertainment chief technology officer for Microsoft Azure. “Working together, we aspire to create technology for the industry, with the industry, so they can tell stories the world loves.”

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