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The NAB Show Unveils Content Theater Headliners

The 2009 NAB Show’s Content Theater will feature content and insights from animated features, documentaries and industry execs. It’s part of the show’s overall Content Central exhibit area, located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Highlights will include:

Pixar Animation Studios—Case Study: Pixar Stereoscopic

This case study will examine the use of 3D in Pixar’s storytelling, the process developed for resurrecting and converting 14-year-old images to release “Toy Story” in 3D on Oct. 2, and the production pipeline designed for Disney Pixar’s first feature film in 3D, Up, opening nationwide on May 29. The speakers will be Josh Hollander, director of Stereoscopic Production, and Bob Whitehill, Stereoscopic supervisor.

The Jim Henson Company—Case Study: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop—Performing animated characters in real time

Kerry Shea, head of Digital Production demonstrates the technology from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop that allows Henson puppeteers to perform animated characters in real time by combining mechanical input technology, motion capture and a proprietary real time viewer. The session will feature special guest, Sid, star of the PBS KIDS animated preschool series “Sid the Science Kid.”

Animal Planet—Case Study: “Walk the Lion”

In Animal Planet’s upcoming series “Walk the Lion,” large predator expert Dave Salmoni embarked on the journey of a lifetime. For six months, Salmoni lived among a pride of lions, alone, in the African wilderness where his experience and knowledge as a zoologist and large cat expert was put to the test. In this case study, Salmoni will talk about the technology and production techniques that were used to create this groundbreaking and challenging documentary.

Robin Leach—Host of Content Theater—Tuesday, April 21

Television personality and entertainment business executive Robin Leach will serve as the host for the Content Theater sessions on April 21. Leach is a founder of Vegas HD, a Las Vegas television production facility offering full digital fiber connectivity from prime Las Vegas locations and, the premier destination for all Las Vegas celebrity news. In 1983, Leach created “Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous,” which ran 14 years.