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U.K. satellite broadcaster Sky will receive the Sir Charles Wheatstone Award during the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society’s Creative Arts Awards on Jan. 25 at Warner Bros. Studios.
The award — named after Wheatstone, who is credited as the inventor of modern-day 3D — is presented to organizations that “singularly advanced the arts and sciences of 3D in movies and television.”
This year, Sky, along with the broadcaster’s acclaimed Sir David Attenborough documentary series, will be honored. The broadcaster’s original 3D programming has included six projects from Attenborough, including the BAFTA-winning Flying Monsters 3D. A seventh, Conquest of the Skies, premieres on Sky 3D this Christmas. These programs have been produced by Colossus Productions, a joint venture formed by Sky and Atlantic Productions.
Sky, which launched its 3D channel in 2010, is also credited with the broadcast premiere of Avatar and broadcasting in 3D pioneering opera programing as well as more than 150 live sporting events. “Sky has written the book on how 3D can thrill viewers at home. This is the society’s opportunity to honor their brilliant team of technical and creative professionals,” said awards chair Buzz Hays, studio chief of the True Image Company.
Previous Wheatstone Award honorees have included DreamWorks Animation, Pixar Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Panasonic Hollywood Labs.
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