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SIGGRAPH 2021 announces new wave of production-centric featured speakers participating in the upcoming virtual conference, including Sergio Pablos Amy Hennig and Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan . Live events during the conference will take place throughout the week of 9–13 August, with on-demand content available from 2 August through 29 October.

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Featured speaker sessions at SIGGRAPH 2021 offer a chance for industry experts to discuss some of the most prominent topics in computer graphics and interactive techniques. The first wave of speakers announced included 3Blue1Brown's Grant Sanderson , MIT Media Lab's Dr. Kate Darling , and University of California, Berkeley Professor Hany Farid .

"I am thrilled to welcome this fantastic lineup of experts to SIGGRAPH 2021," shared SIGGRAPH 2021 Special Projects Chair Ian Failes , of befores & afters. "In particular, these sessions will offer unique stories across the spectrum of production — from historic to independent to major studio innovations — and I cannot wait to hear what Sergio, Amy, and Ed and Pat have to share."

Sergio Pablos , founder of The SPA Studios, is a Spanish director, writer, and producer who started his career at Walt Disney Animation Studios, lending his skills to such classics as "Hunchback of Notre Dame ", "Hercules", and "Tarzan", among others. His most recent project through The SPA Studios, Netflix's first original animated feature "Klaus", was recognized with numerous award nominations and wins. In his session, Sergio will discuss "How to Build an Animation Studio", sharing the story behind launching The SPA Studios in 2004.

"It has been almost 50 years that SIGGRAPH has been generously contributing to the world of computer graphics," said Pablos. "I feel so privileged to be a part of it all."

Amy Hennig , president of Skydance Media's New Media Division, is a 30-year veteran of the game industry and has served as creative director and lead writer on numerous titles, including Naughty Dog's acclaimed "Uncharted" series and Crystal Dynamics' groundbreaking "Soul Reaver" / "Legacy of Kain" franchise. In a fireside-chat format session, Amy will explore her career in interactive entertainment and offer her views on the future of gaming and where the industry is headed.

"I'm excited to join the virtual stage at SIGGRAPH 2021," shared Hennig. "I look forward to sharing my passion for innovations in interactive narrative and my thoughts on the new media landscape at such a prestigious venue."

Finally, in a special session tied to this year's Retrospective program , 2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients — a distinction known as the "Noble Prize of Computing" — Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan will open the 2021 conference with a session that offers their perspectives on the events that advanced computer graphics, their careers, and future lessons for the industry.

"RenderMan had far-reaching consequences which continue to this day," noted Catmull. "There is a very instructive story about the approaches used in its development and impact."

Adds Hanrahan, "I have been attending SIGGRAPH since 1981. It is an honor to share stories about my computer graphics journey with so many close friends and colleagues."

For full bios on each featured speaker, please visit our website .

Featured speaker sessions will be streamed virtually throughout the week of 9–13 August. Access to the sessions is open to all virtual pass levels. Register for SIGGRAPH 2021 at s2021.SIGGRAPH.org/register .

About ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH, and SIGGRAPH 2021
ACM , the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field's challenges. ACM SIGGRAPH is a special interest group within ACM that serves as an interdisciplinary community for members in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. The SIGGRAPH conference is the world's leading annual interdisciplinary educational experience showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH 2021 , the 48th annual conference hosted by ACM SIGGRAPH, will take place virtually with live events 9–13 August and on-demand content available starting 2 August through 29 October. Click here for news from the conference and its partners.

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The Company's board of directors believes that the market price of the Company's common shares (the " Shares "), from time to time, may not reflect the inherent value of the Company, and purchases of Shares pursuant to the NCIB may represent an appropriate and desirable use of the Company's funds.  Any purchases made under the NCIB will be made by the Company subject to favourable market conditions at the prevailing market price at the time of acquisition through the facilities of the TSX and other alternative Canadian trading systems.

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East Side Games Group (formerly operating under the name "LEAF Mobile Inc.") is a leading free-to-play mobile game group, creating engaging games that produce enduring player loyalty. Our studio groups entrepreneurial culture is anchored in creativity, execution, and growth through licensing of our proprietary Game Kit software platform that enables professional game developers to greatly increase the efficiency and effectiveness of game creation in addition to organic growth through a diverse portfolio of original and licensed IP mobile games that include: Archer: Danger Phone, Bud Farm Idle Tycoon, Cheech & Chong Bud Farm , The Goldbergs: Back to the 80s, It's Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile and Trailer Park Boys Grea$y Money , RuPaul's Drag Race Superstar and The Office: Somehow We Manage .

We are headquartered in Vancouver, Canada and our games are available worldwide on the App Store and Google Play. For further information, please visit: www.eastsidegamesgroup.com and join our online communities at LinkedIn , Twitter , Facebook , and Instagram .

Additional information about the Company can be found under its profile at www.sedar.com .

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