London – Foundry, developer of creative software for the media and entertainment industries, has announced that Nuke, its industry-leading compositing tool, will receive an Engineering Emmy Award from the Television Academy on October 29, 2020. Four key technical employees are recognized for extensive technical developments that materially affect the production, recording, transmission or reception of television: Bill Spitzak; Jonathan Egstad; Peter Crossley; and Jerry Huxtable.
Spitzak and Egstad were part of the first Nuke development team that wrote the core architecture and 3D system at Digital Domain. Huxtable, Nuke software architect, has contributed to Nuke since its acquisition by Foundry in 2007. and Crossley, Nuke Engineering Manager, has been a developer on the team for nearly a decade and is currently leading the engineering effort.
For more than a decade, Nuke has been a staple on every Emmy award-winning drama and visual effects television show, including acclaimed productions like The Crown, Game of Thrones, and Boardwalk Empire. The flexibility, efficiency and the feature-rich toolset quickly deliver results in film quality. This makes it a top choice for composers, lighters, and animators who need a sturdy, production-proven toolset.
"We are honored that our work on Nuke has been recognized by the Television Academy over the years," noted Crossley. “Since joining the Nuke team nearly ten years ago, I have admired the power and quality of Nuke and its contribution to all creative industries, as well as the team's dedication and enthusiasm for providing the best tool for the creative community. During that time, we've tried to build on the legacy Bill and Jonathan created by focusing on improving performance and stability at scale, our feature set and workflows with support for deep compositing, GPU processing and Extend a proprietary particle system to keep Nuke up to date on industry standards by supporting the VFX reference platform and libraries such as OpenColorIO and Alembic. We are indebted to the artists and developers who use Nuke and inspire us to break the barriers to make the impossible possible. "
"Our vision at Nuke has always been to give artists more control so they can create unimaginable worlds on screen," added Jody Madden, CEO of Foundry. “Nuke's engineering and pipeline development has allowed composers to have more artistic and technical control over recordings than ever before. The demand for television VFX has only grown and node-based compositing systems add significantly to the appearance of modern television. Our technology enables content creators to work faster and with higher quality to meet the growing demands of viewers for premium television. We are very proud of this award and recognition for the fantastic work of our team. "