Burbank, CA, November 3, 2008 – Twentieth Century Fox has turned to Archion to provide the storage solution to four of the studio’s major, upcoming feature film releases, “The Day The Earth Stood Still,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “Night at the Museum: Escape from the Smithsonian,” and “They Came from Upstairs.” The studio is utilizing Archion’s Synergy HDu™ storage technology for these new films, all of which are currently in production. Archion is the only digital media storage company that seamlessly performs with all Avid Unity™ platforms.
Archion’s client, Kory Voxen, Director, Digital Editing Operations, Twentieth Century Fox, said, “We are currently using Archion’s Synergy HDu™ storage systems for four of our major upcoming films. Currently we’re running our Archion Synergy HDu’s configured in RAID 5. This maximizes our storage space yet maintains the bandwidth needed for the demands of our HD cutting rooms. The safety and redundancy involved with RAID 5 gives us the protection we need as well.”
Mr. Voxen added, “Archion’s Synergy HDu™ is invisible to the Avid user and has integrated perfectly with our older technology infrastructure. Archion seems to have done a great deal of R&D to offer a product that just plugs right in and allows you to start cutting in high definition immediately. As our storage needs continue to increase, the need for inexpensive, reliable, high-bandwidth storage remains a constant. I’m really happy with Archion’s products and I am planning to buy more of them in the near future.”
Adds K.C. Najarian, Major Accounts Manager at Key Code Media, who managed the opportunity between Fox and Archion, “Archion has filled a market gap for my clients who own older Avid Unity MediaNet™ systems and who need to expand their storage requirements. The Archion Synergy HDu™ storage product is perfect for my clients who decide to upgrade, since it works with the latest Avid Unity™ system. Synergy HDu™ provides additional expansion and RAID, which will, in this case, allow 20th Century Fox Feature Films post production group to prolong the life of their initial Avid Unity™ investment.”
ABOUT SYNERGY HDu™:
Synergy HDu™ is Archion’s newest storage solution for use with Avid Unity™ and the latest entry in Archion’s Multi Award-winning line of “Synergy HD™” FC Raid storage products for digital video systems.
After digesting a good deal of client feedback and input, Archion developed Synergy HDu™, which is twice as fast as Archion’s previous Synergy HD system, and offers clients a number of new features, including loop-out capability, a removable controller and complete compatibility with all Avid Unity™ systems, including Avid MediaEngine 5.0.™
Synergy HDu™ provides a full 400 MB/sec bandwidth with its dual 2GB FC ports and has increased its capacity to 12TB. According to Archion executives, its Avid Unity™ compatibility and abilities are unmatched. Keeping with the Synergy™ standard of legacy compatibility, Synergy HDu™ is fully compatible with 1gig, 2gig and 4gig Unity, and, of course, with Archion’s own previously released Synergy Plus™ and Synergy HD™ products.
ABOUT “THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL:”
“The Day the Earth Stood Still,” directed by Scott Derrickson, is the contemporary reinvention of the 1951 classic by the same name. In the new film, slated for release on December 12, 2008. Keanu Reeves portrays “Klaatu,” an alien whose arrival triggers a global upheaval. As governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor’s appearance, a woman (Jennifer Connelly) and her young stepson (Jaden Smith,) get caught up in his mission³and come to understand the ramifications of his being a self-described “friend to the Earth.”
ABOUT “X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE:”
Hugh Jackman reprises the role that made him a superstar — as the fierce fighting machine who possesses amazing healing powers, retractable claws and a primal fury. Leading up to the events of “X-Men,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” tells the story of Wolverine’s epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the “X-Men” universe, whose appearances in the film series have long been anticipated.
ABOUT “NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: ESCAPE FROM THE SMITHSONIAN:”
Ben Stiller stars in “Night at the Museum: Escape from the Smithsonian,” directed by Shawn Levy. Fox releases the film everywhere on May 22, 2009. In addition to Ben Stiller, the cast will be rounded out by many from the original film, as well as several new characters from history. The centerpiece of the film will be bringing to life the Smithsonian Institution, which houses the world’s largest museum complex with more than 136 million items in its collections, ranging from the plane Amelia Earhart flew on her nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic and Al Capone’s rap sheet and mug shot, to Dorothy’s ruby red slippers and Archie Bunker’s lounge chair. No major film has ever previously shot inside the Smithsonian in Washington.
ABOUT “THEY CAME FROM UPSTAIRS:”
Currently in production in Auckland, New Zealand, “They Came from Upstairs,” a family fantasy adventure film, is being directed by John Schultz and stars a talented ensemble of young actors, including “High School Musical 2″ sensation Ashley Tisdale, and comedy veterans like “Saturday Night Live’s” Kevin Nealon. The story takes place in Maine, where a group of kids must protect their vacation home from invading aliens. Release date is January 16, 2009.
Based in Burbank, CA, Archion is the entertainment industry’s premiere, turn-key digital media storage solution company, providing its clients with systems that are seamless in operation. Founded by a team of technology and entertainment industry entrepreneurs, technicians and post-production professionals in l999, Archion’s products have now been utilized on over 60 major Hollywood feature films, most recently Robert Zemeckis’ “Beowulf.”
The Archion family of storage products is comprised of: the award-winning Synergy HDu™, Synergy HDLS™, Synergy HDδ™ (delta), Alliance Pro™, NODE™ 800 and NODE™ 2400. Archion regularly designs and delivers expanded technology systems based on the ever-growing demands of its diverse, global clientele. For more information about Archion Technologies, please visit: www.archion.com or call 818/840-0777.
Contact: Dan Harary