GPL adds pipeline
development offering to their extensive list of services

LOS ANGELES—GPL Technologies, a leading provider
for IT services for companies in the media and entertainment industry, announced
today that Scott Ballard has joined its expanding team as the VP of Software
Development. Ballard is set to head the company’s new pipeline consulting
division, Pipeline Now, which will provide production pipeline architecture,
development, support and training. He will oversee Pipeline Now’s strategic
planning, develop new workflows, and manage talent acquisition.
Ballard has 18 years of experience
in the media and entertainment industry, with a background in both technical
and artistic fields. He has worked as a character rigging supervisor at
Cinesite and DreamWorks Animation; CG Supervisor at Sony and Technicolor; and Pipeline
Supervisor at Saatchi & Saatchi, RGH Entertainment and Encore Hollywood.

Scott Ballard
“Scott has the technical competence and artistic vision to implement
a pipeline with the entire production team in mind,” says Brian Terrell, CEO of
GPL Technologies. “He is able to develop software tools that can be used in an
intuitive manner so everyone –from artists to supervisors– can easily
collaborate and communicate with each other.”
The company’s CTO Jason Blum adds, “Expanding into software
development is a natural step for us as system integrators, and Scott’s depth
of knowledge and experience in advanced pipeline development make him the
perfect fit for our team.  With Scott directing our development division,
we’ll be ideally positioned to deliver custom services that can maximize the
infrastructure solutions we design, implement, and support.”
Pipeline Now offers custom applications and tools along with
integration into the industry’s most popular and specialized applications including
from Shotgun/Toolkit, Maya, Hiero, 3DSMax, AfterEffects and Deadline. GPL
Technologies will utilize their team of engineers to integrate pipeline tools
while their account executives and system architects will help manage the
project, procure equipment and ensure deliverables are met on time and on
budget.
“GPL has become an indispensable resource for companies
looking to expand their creative ambitions while still meeting deadlines and
budgets,” says Ballard. “Joining GPL gives me the opportunity to deliver
pipelines for multiple studios, not just one, and I’m eager to get started.”
About GPL
Technologies
Founded in Los Angeles, California in 2003, GPL draws on over a decade of expertise as trusted technology advisers, adding value for our customers by offering personalized methods of improving IT
efficiency, streamlining complex systems and environments, and reducing the costs associated with acquiring and maintaining IT systems with innovative managed services and financial solutions.  
For further information, visit http://www.gpltech.com/
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