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Digitization. Animation. Visual & sound effects. 3-D. Motion pictures. Video games. Virtual & Augmented Reality. Interactive, multisensory experiences. Real-time reporting. Live news.

The entertainment industry has always been on the cutting edge of technology. From creating the 1st motion picture in 1888 to producing the 1st animated film in 1908 & screening the 1st movie digitally – Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace — all forms of entertainment have come a long way.

At a time of great technological change and innovation, creative industries wouldn’t be where they are without Open Source Software. The origins of this shift began with digital visual effects and animated films in the mid to late 1900s when computer-powered techniques brought about a new era of filmmaking. In 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Linux Foundation established the Academy Software Foundation to serve as a neutral platform for continued development of Open Source Software in the industry. In the early 2000s, OpenEXR — developed by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) — and OpenColorIO — developed at Sony Pictures Imageworks — were publicly released as Open Source tools. 

By 2023, the Media & Entertainment industry is expected to reach $2.6 trillion dollars, according to Statista.

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Alibaba Pictures | OIN Community Member

Alibaba Pictures Group is a Chinese film company under Alibaba Group and was the largest Chinese film company by worth, Alibaba Pictures’ success is not limited to mainland China. In its 1st domestic release See You Tomorrow, the company combined both mainland Chinese and Hong Kong values. In 2015, Alibaba Pictures’ made its 1st investment in the United States movie industry with Mission Impossible — Rogue Nation. In 2016, Alibaba Group — the company which Alibaba Pictures operates under — partnered with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, an American film production company, making international headlines. In 2019, Alibaba Pictures financed 23 films, accounting for 1/5th of China’s total box office sales.

BBC - OIN Community Member

The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was created in 1922 by a group of leading wireless manufacturers and started its 1st daily radio service broadcasting from Nobel Prize in Physics 1909 winner Guglielmo Marconi’s London studio. Today, it is not only the world’s oldest national broadcaster, but also the largest broadcast news organization generating approximately 120 hours of radio and TV output each day, in addition to providing online coverage. It provides global news and analysis in more than 40 languages and offers commercial services to fund new programming and content.

Sony | OIN Community Member

Sony Pictures Television is one of TVs leading content providers, producing, distributing and carrying programming worldwide in every genre, for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films and TV shows, Sony Pictures operates 25 joint-venture production companies in 12 countries, as well as linear and digital channels around the world. Sony Music Entertainment was the 2nd largest of the “Big Three” record companies and its music publishing division — Sony/ATV — was the largest in the world. Sony Music Entertainment and Sony/ATV Music Publishing merged in August 2019 and became Sony Music Group.

Tencent | OIN Community Member

Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) Group is the leading online music entertainment platform in China, operating 4 popular and innovative music apps in China, including QQ Music, Kugou Music, Kuwo Music and WeSing. TME’s mission is to use technology to elevate the role of music in people’s lives by enabling them to create, enjoy, share and interact with music. Tencent also owns a smart interactive TV service, Tencent Pictures, Tencent Penguin Pictures, Tencent Video and Tencent Comic.

Walt Disney | OIN Community Member

Walt Disney provides magical moments to over 542 million worldwide visitors. Their first success was in 1928 with the introduction of what became a famous cultural icon, Mickey Mouse. The enterprise holds the record for the most Academy Awards earned by an individual with 22 Oscars, as well as 2 Golden Globes and an Emmy; its work is featured in the National Film Registry and Library of Congress and it’s the world’s largest diversified, international family Entertainment & Media enterprise with 12 locations in the United States.

Yamaha Corporation’s 136-year history is rich with milestones that touch lives throughout the world with the gift of music. Its roots began when the founder, Torakusu Yamaha, repaired a broken reed organ in 1887. Throughout the 1900s, the company began manufacturing upright pianos, grand pianos, electronic organs, HiFi audio players and wind instruments. The 1960s brought about such innovations as acoustic and electric guitars, trumpets, drums & horns. Flutes, clarinets, mixers, speakers & amplifiers followed. Today, Yamaha builds hundreds of all types of musical instruments, related production gear, and audio  visual equipment. It also operates the Yamaha Music School and the Yamaha Music Foundation.

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Open Source Advocates | Media & Entertainment

BBC - OIN Community Member
Inter Active Corp | OIN Community Member
Nielsen Holdings | OIN Community Member
Technicolor | OIN Community Member
Alibaba Pictures | OIN Community Member
Shutterstock | OIN Community Member
Pandora Radio | OIN Community Member
Sony | OIN Community Member
Walt Disney | OIN Community Member

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