Vizrt to Acquire Curious Software

Broadcast graphics provider Vizrt has signed a letter of intent to purchase all assets of Curious Software .

U.K.-based Curious Software produces Curious World Maps, the core product of its digital mapmaking software for the broadcast news, video and film production and has 500 customers worldwide, including 185 in the United States.

Vizrt will combine its Viz|Artist animation software with the maps product from Curious to produce a template-based mapping tool that uses 3D animation and design tools for mapping, using Viz|Engine for rendering.

Curious World Maps will also be integrated with other Vizrt graphics products.

The deal should be complete by June 1, 2005.