Future gives CGI new dimension

Future Publishing has signed a deal with Townhouse Media to resurrect its magazine Computer Generated Imaging.

Townhouse Media closed the title and made staff redundant when it went into receivership after the December issue. Future approached the administrators to express an interest and reached an agreement to acquire the name, masthead and use of CGI’s content. It now plans to merge CGI with its own international title for 3D artists, 3D World.

Future claims to own 70 per cent of the creative magazine market and hopes to raise its share further with the acquisition. It is understood there is no change to the 3D World team.

The magazine is expected to widen its editorial coverage to target CGI’s previous readers as well as its own, led by senior group editor Steve Jaratt. It will cover the web, TV, games and film. The new look will also encompass CGI’s opinion columns. Sheena Pittaway, publisher of 3D World, said it would be the only magazine on the news-stand to offer exclusive 3D content, including news, features, Q&As covering all aspects of 3D modelling, texturing, rendering and post-production.

The first issue of 3D World incorporating CGI is due to go on sale next week with a cover-price of £6. It will be cover-mounted with two CDs – one with 3D demos and the other containing the full content from CGI’s December issue.

By Ruth Addicott

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