Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the world's premier open
source and Linux provider, today announced that Jim Henson's Creature Shop (tm) is
using the Red Hat Linux operating system to power its award-winning Henson Digital
Performance Studio (HDPS) and other digital design projects.
"Red Hat has provided the Creature Shop with a highly functional, easy-to-use
operating system that also happens to be the production industry's de facto
standard," said Steve Rosenbluth, control systems designer at Jim Henson's Creature
Shop. "In addition, we had no idea how much time we could save on management until
we began using Red Hat Network. Now we spend our time getting work done rather than
trying to get our systems and applications to work."
With HDPS, the Academy Award-winning Jim Henson's Creature Shop has created the next
generation of puppetry and computer graphics--a system that makes a digital
character as instantly performable as a puppet. The Company uses Red Hat Linux as
the operating system on both the HDPS and the animatronic Henson Performance Control
In addition, Red Hat Network is utilized for crucial updates and management, and
commercial applications certified on Red Hat Linux for its design needs. With Red
Hat Linux powering its systems, Jim Henson's Creature Shop has completed successful
design and performance work for major motion pictures, video games, Web events and
"Jim Henson's Creature Shop is changing the way digital production works, so it
makes perfect sense that Red Hat Linux would be at the base of their innovative
systems," said Mark de Visser, vice president of marketing at Red Hat. "We're
thrilled that the company which brought us Kermit and Miss Piggy is using Red Hat
technology, and we're glad to be part of this growing trend within the digital
The HDPS was awarded the 2001 Computerworld Honors 21st Century Achievement Award
for Media, Arts and Entertainment. For more information about Jim Henson's Creature
Shop and the HDPS, please visit www.henson.com.
About Red Hat, Inc.
Red Hat is the world's premier open source and Linux provider. Red Hat is
headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. and has offices worldwide. Please visit Red Hat on
the Web at www.redhat.com. For investor inquiries, contact Gabriel Szulik at Red
Hat, (919) 754-3700.
About Jim Henson's Creature Shop, Inc.
Academy Award-winning Jim Henson's Creature Shop (tm) is one of the pre-eminent
character-building visual effects facilities serving the international film,
television and advertising industries, with a reputation for creating memorable and
moving film stars in such films as Cats and Dogs, Babe, Lost in Space, Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dr. Dolittle, among others. Located in London, Los Angeles
and New York, with a subsidiary workshop in Australia, The Shop has worldwide
capabilities. A leader in digital as well as physical visual effects, The Creature
Shop is unique in its ability to provide a total service from concept design through
film production to post production. Jim Henson's Creature Shop is a subsidiary of
The Jim Henson Company.
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