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Giant Interactive Ups Facilities, BD Team

30 Oct, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey

Compression and authoring house Giant Interactive is beefing up its facilities and its Blu-ray team this month at its Los Angeles facility.

Executive producer Jeffrey Eagle and supervising producer Allie Rosenzweig will head the company’s newly created Original Programming division, which will handle original productions and digital media, in addition to DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

The company will roll out two A&E titles on Blu-ray Nov. 18: the first season of “Universe” and Paul McCartney: The Space Within Us. CBS and HBO also will use Giant for Blu-ray work, the company said, and Walt Disney Studios and Lionsgate are among those working on projects for broadcast.

“We at Giant Interactive see Blu-ray not only as the successor to DVD, but as a marvelous challenge to give our clients a whole new way of looking at interactive digital content,” said Giant president Jeff Stabenau.

In addition to Eagle and Rosenzweig, Jay Chumley is joining Giant Interactive as its director of digital operations.

Giant hedged its bets during the format war last year, offering compression and authoring for both HD DVD and Blu-ray, along with DVD, on both the East and West Coasts.

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