June 25, 2014 6:00am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Autodesk to Acquire Shotgun Software
Autodesk has signed an agreement to acquire Shotgun Software, which creates cloud-based production tracking, review, and asset management software. Terms of the deal were not disclosed; it’s expected to close by the end of the month.
Software from both companies are familiar to the visual effects and animation industries, and both companies are also investing in developing cloud services for entertainment production. "Autodesk’s broad global network and development resources will speed up the pace of innovation and development of our global platform," said Don Parker, Shotgun co-founder and CEO. "Together, we will extend our tools deeper into the production process, and develop new systems that best support the studios of the future."
Parker will join Autodesk as senior director, project platform, reporting to Marc Stevens, Autodesk’s vp of film and TV products. According to the companies, plans are to keep the Shotgun brand name for its software. Research & development efforts will be shared by teams from both companies.
Maurice Patel, senior marketing manager at Autodesk, added that Shotgun’s software is currently open and works cross-vendor, and Autodesk is "committed" to maintaining that approach.
The community will likely see the two companies combined for the first time at upcoming CG confab Siggraph, which starts August 10 in Vancouver.