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AVATAR DEVELOPS INTERACTIVE DISPLAY FOR CLIENTS IN CHINA AND U.S.

Move over CNN. There's an alternative to your “Magic Wall” that offers similar interactive capabilities at a fraction of the price.

The Avatar Technologies division of St. Louis-based Avatar Studios, a media communications company, has partnered with Lishen Battery Company in Tianjin, China and Demand Energy of Spokane, WA to create a unique, touch-screen application for digital signage to be installed in the two companies' headquarters.

Lishen is one of the world's leading manufacturers of clean energy lithium ion batteries used in Apple computers and iphones, many handheld devices and even automobiles. Demand Energy is a pioneer in smart energy storage for the electrical grid.

The Flash-based application, called AMP Touch, allows the user easy access to a wide variety of customizable and continuously changeable content delivered through Avatar's Intercast ® a Web based content management system to a flat screen television. This user-friendly system can be operated from anywhere with Internet access and allows users to easily upload and approve videos, build playlists and schedule distribution.

Avatar Technologies developed the AMP Touch and the Intercast system as a platform for its primary business, content development and production through Avatar Studios. The Lishen/Demand Energy project is the latest in Avatar's many video and presentation projects in China.

"Avatar has been tapped by several clients to provide multilingual programs and content. We have developed a roster of international producers, language experts and voice talent to meet our customers' needs." said Bill Faris, Avatar Studios President. According to Faris, Avatar has a significant sales presence in China and works closely with several international clients.



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BILL FARIS RECEIVES 2011 MASS COMMUNICATIONS ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM SIUE

Our fearless leader, Bill Faris, was recently honored by his alma mater, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, with the Mass Communications Alumni Award. Bill was selected for this prestigious award for his success in his field as well as his involvement and continued support of the school's communications department. His name is engraved on a plaque that will hang in the department's offices.

Bill has allowed SIUE classes to come to Avatar Studios to see a professional production studio at work, he has spoken to numerous classes and has provided internships for SIUE students over the past 20 plus years.

Congratulations, Bill! Click here to read the official announcement: http://www.siue.edu/MASSCOMM/Faris.html

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AVATAR HIRES NEW VP OF OPERATIONS

Veteran video engineer Brad Shelton has signed on with Avatar Studios as its new VP of operations where he'll oversee the day-to-day dealings of the St. Louis-based media communications company.


Shelton is known well in the local production community, spending 16 years working at the former Technisonic Studios. He began his career at Technisonic as chief engineer, rising to become the company's vice president of operations/engineering. During his time at Technisonic, Shelton helped redesign the firm from the ground up, bringing them into the digital age.

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