Pixeldust Expands NYC Studio, Promotes Jernigan

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East Coast-based animation studio Pixeldust is expanding, adding a new studio space in New York City and naming Nick Jernigan as visual effects supervisor.

The company recently relocated and expanded its main facility in Bethesda, Md., to a new, larger space.

Full details from the PR follow:

PIXELDUST STUDIOS CONTINUES COMPANY-WIDE EXPANSION, WITH ADDITION OF STUDIO SPACE IN NEW YORK CITY: NICK JERNIGAN NAMED VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR

Bethesda, MD, and NYC, January 4, 2011– Pixeldust Studios, a multi-award winning digital animation and broadcast design studio, continues its company expansion with the addition of studio space in New York City. Today’s news follows on the heels of the company’s recent relocation and expansion of its Bethesda, MD, headquarters.

Concurrently, Nick Jernigan has been named Visual Effects Supervisor of the company’s newly expanded Manhattan office.

The Pixeldust office in Manhattan consists of a large office space in the heart of SoHo. In addition to Jernigan, the office, which includes five digital artists and producers, has the capacity to expand personnel, based on individual project requirements. Pixeldust’s New York operation is located at 584 Broadway, Suite # 612, NY, NY 10012, and the phone is 646/476-2053

Ricardo Andrade, President and Creative Director, Pixeldust Studios, said, “We think that the New York market is always looking for fresh and innovative ideas. NYC has great potential for Pixeldust. Having a studio here allows us to better serve our current Manhattan-based clients, both locally and through the seamless workflow between the Big Apple and our operations inBethesda. The New York office also affords us the opportunity to grow our current client base in television, commercials and feature films. I am especially pleased to have Nick Jernigan on staff. He is a gifted Visual Effects Supervisor, and well-suited to lead the efforts of our company here.”

Recently, Pixeldust Studios provided digital animations and motion graphics for several high profile TV series, including the seven hour HD National Geographic Channel mini-series “Great Migrations” as well as “American Loggers” and “Powering the Future” for the Discovery Channel; “Hoarding: Buried Alive” and “DC Cupcakes” for TLC; and “Modern Marvels” for the History Channel.

ABOUT NICHOLAS JERNIGAN:

A native of Maryland, Pixeldust Studios’ Visual Effects Supervisor Nick Jernigan attended American University in Washington, DC, where he majored in Visual Media with a concentration in Film through the School of Communications (SOC).

Jernigan was employed by National Geographic Television for four years, working his way up to the position of Senior Visual Effects Artist. While there, he was nominated for four Emmy Awards for his work on behalf of National Geographic Television, and, in 2005, he won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Graphic and Artistic Design” for the TV program “Predators at War.

Since spearheading Pixeldust Studio’s operations in New York City as the company’s Visual Effects Supervisor, Jernigan has received an Emmy Award nomination for Discovery’s TV program “Apocalypse How?” The Pixeldust New York office has also contributed imagery to Discovery’s “Wrath of God,” “Powering the Future” and “Monsters and Mysteries in Alaska,” National Geographic Television’s “Mega Tsunami,” “American Serengeti” and  “Hooked,” History Channel’s “Mystery Quest” and “Alaska,” PBS’s What Darwin Never Knew,” Discovery Health Channel’s “Mystery Diagnosis,” TLC’s “D.C. Cupcakes,” and NHNZ’s “Man Made Marvels.”

ABOUT PIXELDUST STUDIOS:

Pixeldust Studios is an Emmy and Telly Award winning digital animation and broadcast design studio with the technical, creative and production capabilities to create innovative animations and motion graphic design for major broadcast and cable television clients. The company, which has delivered hundreds of hours of broadcast animation to its clients, specializes in combining proprietary techniques with world-class creative talent to develop character animation, visual effects, motion graphics, and digitally animated sequences seen within television series, specials, mini-series, documentaries, docu-dramas, and reality programming, as well as within on-air promotional campaigns.

Founded in 2004 by Creative Director Ricardo Andrade, Pixeldust Studios is based in Bethesda, MD (in the Greater Washington, D.C., area) and in New York City. Andrade, a multi-award winning designer, and his company are highly regarded for their work on behalf of such prestigious clients as Discovery Channel, Discovery Health Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Military Channel, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Television, NBC News, PBS, A&E, History Channel, NOVA, National Geographic International, NHNZ, Speed Channel, True TV, “Frontline,” Spike and the Smithsonian Network.

Pixeldust Studios is headquartered at 4350 East-West Highway, Suite # 350, Bethesda, MD, 20814. The phone is 301/656-0050. For more info, please see: www.pixeldust.tv.