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Pacific Title Leverages DataDirect Networks' S2A Storage Platforms to Develop Theatrical Trailers and Visual Effects for Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The Dark Knight'

May 28, 2008 (08:05 AM EDT)
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CHATSWORTH, Calif., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- DataDirect Networks, Inc., the data infrastructure provider for the most extreme, content-intensive environments in the world -- including more than 400 broadcast and post production facilities, the largest online gaming and music sites, social networking applications developers, and photo and video sharing services -- today announced its customer, leading post production house Pacific Title & Art Studio, successfully utilized S2A storage platforms to produce dynamic theatrical trailers and visual effects for Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Dark Knight," which opens in U.S. theaters nationwide on July 18, 2008.

"With such a high profile project and a demanding shooting schedule, the director and studio rightfully required the highest standards of creativity, content integrity, and delivery times," said Andy Tran, COO and CTO of Pacific Title & Art Studio. "That meant we required the extreme power and flexibility that would enable multiple users to quickly and easily access and manage multiple high resolution data streams, and ultimately help us complete projects on schedule and as promised. DataDirect Networks' S2A storage platforms delivered the performance, consistency and capabilities we needed to make it happen each and every day."

"Pacific Title was chartered with creating a multitude of 4K, 2K and HD trailers and effects for what is sure to be the summer's biggest box office hit," said Alex Bouzari, CEO of DataDirect Networks. "For companies with throughput-intensive, real-time environments, DataDirect Networks offers the only storage platform that writes as fast it reads with guaranteed QoS, ensuring consistently predictable performance for extremely large content files. Developed over a decade of global deployments, the S2A is a purpose- built architecture using custom FPGAs with extreme levels of intelligence, designed to solve the data infrastructure problems that others simply can't."

In "The Dark Knight," Christian Bale once again embodies the man behind the mask. The film reunites Bale with director Christopher Nolan and takes Batman across the world in his quest to fight a growing criminal threat. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman has been making headway against local crime ... until a rising criminal mastermind known as The Joker (Heath Ledger) unleashes a fresh reign of chaos across Gotham City. To stop this devious new menace -- Batman's most personal and vicious enemy yet -- he will have to use every high-tech weapon in his arsenal and confront everything he believes.

An official preview is available at: http://www.warnerbros.com/#/page=home&asset=064159/Dark_Knight_- _In_Theaters_July_18&type=video/ (Please copy and paste into your web browser)

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Offering unparalleled experience, creativity and expertise powered by its formidable history and forward-thinking approach, Pacific Title has evolved and innovated with the changing trends and technologies of the feature film industry since the company's inception. Pacific Title was founded in 1919 by legendary Warner Bros. animation artist and producer Leon Schlesinger, and quickly became the leading creator of feature film title sequences.

More information about Pacific Title is available at: http://www.pactitle.com/ or call (323) 464-0121.

About DataDirect Networks

DataDirect Networks is the leading provider of scalable storage systems for performance and capacity-driven applications. DataDirect Networks' S2A(TM) (Silicon Storage Architecture(TM)) technology enables modern applications such as video streaming, content delivery, modeling and simulation, backup and archiving, cluster and supercomputing, and real-time collaborative workflows that are driving the explosive demand for storage performance and capacity. DataDirect Networks' S2A technology and solutions solve today's most challenging storage requirements, including providing shared, high-speed access to a common pool of data, minimizing data center footprints and storage costs for massive archives, reducing simulation computational times, and capturing and serving massive amounts of digital content. For more information visit DataDirect Networks at http://www.datadirectnet.com or call +1-800-TERABYTE (837-2298).

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