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Academy Software Foundation Welcomes Maxon as a General Member

By August 3, 2021August 13th, 2021No Comments

ASWF Now Counts 32 Members, Strengthening Open Source Tools Development and Industry Standards

Los Angeles, CA (August 2, 2021) – Today the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), the preeminent organization for open source software development in the motion picture and media industries, announced the addition of new general member: Maxon. The news comes as the Academy Software Foundation heads into its annual conference, Open Source Days, a free virtual event August 4-5 where top Hollywood studios and technology developers come together to share the latest progress on open source tools and standards.


“We are pleased to welcome Maxon as a new member to the Academy Software Foundation. Maxon is joining us with a robust portfolio of software products already using our projects,” said David Morin, Executive Director of the Academy Software Foundation. “We look forward to working with Maxon to accelerate the adoption and development of open source software in Filmmaking, Motion Design and Animation.”


Formed in 2018 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the ASWF provides a world-class home for open source software developers to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation, sound, and other content creation. Since its launch, the ASWF has adopted seven open source projects including OpenColorIO, OpenEXR, OpenVDB, OpenCue, OpenTimelineIO, Open Shading Language, and most recently in July 2021, MaterialX.

The addition of Maxon marks continued growth for the ASWF, following the addition of Adobe and the Entertainment Technology Center@USC as members earlier this year. The ASWF has grown significantly in just three years, from 13 founding members to 33 members today, a testament to the importance and scope of open source development across the industry.

“At Maxon, we develop software solutions that empower and inspire artists to create, collaborate and entertain,” said David McGavran, CEO, Maxon. “We’re thrilled to become a member of the Academy Software Foundation and support the great work the Foundation is doing to further expand the capabilities of the creative industries we all serve.”

For the latest info on the Academy Software Foundation’s members, projects, and other initiatives, tune in to Open Source Days on August 4-5 or visit https://www.aswf.io/.

About Academy Software Foundation

Developed in partnership by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Linux Foundation, the Academy Software Foundation was created to provide a world-class home for open source software developers in the motion picture and broader media industries to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound. The Academy Software Foundation is home to OpenVDB, OpenColorIO, OpenEXR, OpenCue, OpenTimelineIO, and Open Shading Language. For more information about the Academy Software Foundation, visit https://www.aswf.io/.

About the Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.
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