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PRESS RELEASE: DigitalCustom names Andrea de Polo and Christopher Early to advisory board
San Francisco, CA and Florence, Italy, December 11, 2002 - DigitalCustom Group, Inc. of San Francisco and Fratelli Alinari of Florence today announced that Andrea de Polo of Fratelli Alinari, and Christopher Early, a technology consultant and former President of GameSpy Industries, have joined DigitalCustom's Advisory Board.
DigitalCustom's President, Jeff Makoff said, "I am pleased to welcome Andrea de Polo and Chris Early to our Advisory Board. Mr. de Polo is an important representative of one of our main constituencies, photo archivists -- museums and other institutional image archives and important private collections. Mr. Early's extensive management and marketing experience will benefit DigitalCustom enormously during its high growth phase."
Mr. de Polo said, "I am very pleased to be joining DigitalCustom's Advisory Board. Photo restoration and repair are essential services for archivists. DigitalCustom is the world's leading brand for high quality historical image restoration. It is a great privilege to extend Alinari's affiliation with DigitalCustom to a new strategic level."
Mr. Early said, "DigitalCustom has established itself as a strong force in the industry of outsourced custom digital editing. I am pleased to be part of the next phase of this exciting and innovative company's growth plans."
Since April 2000, when DigitalCustom was founded, DigitalCustom's Advisory Board has included a cross-section of media, technology, finance and education leaders. The Board includes movie producer Frank Beddor ("There's Something About Mary"), Jeff Bacon, a leading creative in the entertainment industry who co-founded the Cimarron Bacon O'Brien Hollywood marketing firm, business valuation expert Steven Kam, pro photographer Bill Pack, San Francisco intellectual property attorney Michael Stallman and educator Wanny Hersey.
About DigitalCustom Group
DigitalCustom Group offers custom digital photo editing and restoration services to photo retailers, marketing agencies, media companies, photographers, in-house corporate creative departments and consumers (through "DigitalCustom" and "Image-Edit & Art"). Under an agreement with Italy's Fratelli Alinari (www.alinari.com), DigitalCustom has reference access to one of the largest collections of historical images in the world. DigitalCustom's corporate offices are in San Francisco, California and its worldwide customer service facility is in Cincinnati, Ohio. More information about DigitalCustom Group is available on the company's Web sites at www.digitalcustom.com and its consumer site at www.image-edit.com.
About Fratelli Alinari
Fratelli Alinari is the world's oldest firm operating in the field of photography. Today, Alinari is the leader in traditional and multimedia photographic publishing and is a synonym for the highest quality in the production of artistic prints. The unique heritage of the Alinari collections gives life to one of the biggest international centers of photographic and iconographic documentation, with over 3.5 million vintage images from the 19th and 20th century from all over the world. Alinari now operates in broader image and communication fields, and its brand guarantees that an age-old fund of experience will be combined with state-of-the-art technological skills. More than 180,000 of Alinari's images soon will be online and available through Alinari's B2B service for the business (http://business.alinari.it). Alinari's B2E service for students and teachers (http://edu.alinari.it/) already is online, and the database will be translated into 5 European languages by 2003 (Italian, French, German, Spanish and English). Alinari also plays a vital role with its valuable experience in e-commerce, intellectual property, watermarking, cultural heritage matters, high speed communication, security and user authentication, Jpeg 2000, MPEG4, MPEG7, web semantics, pattern recognition, edge detection/wavelet compression and VR-360 navigation. Alinari is located at Largo Alinari 15, 50123 Firenze, Italy. Its corporate Web site is www.alinari.com.
(First posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 21:11 EST)