Bay Area's skills shaping future of new media
Firms use high-tech expertise to show Hollywood the way

Dan Fost, Chronicle Staff Writer

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Walt Disney's acquisition of Emeryville's Pixar Animation Studios this week is a significant milestone in the Bay Area's emergence as a key power in the new media world.

As people increasingly go online for their information, their communication and their entertainment, mobile devices and high-speed Internet services are accelerating many changes in the entertainment industry. And Bay Area firms such as Pixar, Yahoo, Google, TiVo and LucasFilm are leveraging their technical expertise to show Hollywood the way.

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