Vizrt Offers Hi-Res Maps of Gaza and Washington, D.C. at No Cost through Partner Digital Globe

Free Map Download Offer Draws Impressive Response from TV Stations Covering Gaza Conflict and U.S. Presidential Inaugural

Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Frankfurt Prime Standard, Oslo Main List: VIZ) - January 26, 2009 - Vizrt is offering high-resolution maps of Gaza and Washington, D.C. for free to television broadcasters to generate branded, animated map imagery for their newscasts. Through Vizrt’s partnership with Digital Globe, a leading provider of high-resolution world imagery solutions based in Longmont, Col., the Gaza and Washington, D.C. map packages are available for free download from

Once downloaded, the maps immediately “plug-and-play" within each station’s Viz Curious Maps system to create stylized maps that can zoom from the station’s geographical location directly to the streets of Gaza or Washington, D.C. These particular regions are central to two of the hottest news stories of 2009: the conflict in Gaza and the Inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Within 24 hours of notifying customers that the Washington, D.C. imagery was available for free download via Digital Globe, more than 50 TV stations had downloaded the image file. And within 48 hours of posting the Gaza map package, over 100 TV stations downloaded it.

“The response from TV stations to this free offer was quick and massive,” said Francois Laborie, Vizrt’s executive vice president of marketing. “We’re pleased to support the efforts of our broadcast customers to offer their viewers very detailed, informative coverage of these historically significant news events.”

Viz Curious Maps is a complementary part of Vizrt’s family of industry-leading broadcast graphics solutions, including Viz Trio character generators, Viz Content Pilot, Viz Weather, Viz Traffic, and Viz Artist. Viz Curious Maps users can seamlessly create branded, animated maps and insert them into graphic templates or 3D scenes they are building within other Viz graphics systems. Viz Curious Maps is a complete map creation solution with many optional features, such as Natural Earth Coloring, 3D Export, Paint and Effects, and server-based workflow management.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt creates leading-edge content production tools for the digital media industry - from award-winning 3D graphics & maps through integrated video workflow solutions and online publishing tools.

We propose a new vision for content creation, management and delivery with an end-to-end solution from conception to multi-format distribution. Through constant innovation and a good measure of fun, we create software and services that push creative boundaries and develop new ways of telling stories.

Vizrt's product suite is used by the world's leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, Sky, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions, including both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, utilize Vizrt solutions.


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