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Online Sales Leader Journey Education Marketing, Inc. and Pixar Animation Studios Announce RenderMan® Sales Collaboration

Today, JourneyEd, a division of Journey Education Marketing, Inc., announced a major collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios. As the leading online marketer of software to K-12 and college education, JourneyEd will market and sell RenderMan®, Pixar’s professional rendering software, through its website, to high school and college students, educators, schools, and higher education institutions at attractive academic prices.

Both JourneyEd and Pixar’s RenderMan® will exhibit next week at SIGGRAPH 2009, the leading international conference on computer graphics and interactive technology. The convention in New Orleans showcases the most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, music, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web. Educators and students are invited to drop by the JourneyEd and Pixar booths to see some of the best products.

“JourneyEd is thrilled to become Pixar’s connection to the education market,” said JourneyEd’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Fischler. “RenderMan is the software that Pixar uses to create not only its own Academy Award®-winning animated films, but is also used to render the bulk of visual effects seen in today’s movies. We are delighted that student artists can now access this coveted professional resource among our animation software offerings at a highly attractive price.”

RenderMan® is now available to the education community through JourneyEd at special academic prices, as low as $125 for an annual student subscription, at www.JourneyEd.com.

“Pixar is excited to be able to reach out to the education community through JourneyEd, and make RenderMan accessible to the next generation of CG artists,” said Chris Ford, Pixar’s RenderMan Business Director. “JourneyEd is a perfect partner for us, with deep roots in the education market and online sales leadership.”

Journey Education Marketing, Inc. (JourneyEd) is the leading multi-channel software marketer to the K-12 and college academic markets. It sells to students, faculty, staff, educational institutions and public school districts. With the addition of the popular K-12 education reseller CCV Software to its business in Feb. 2008, JourneyEd expanded from serving only higher education into the K-12 market. It acquired online retailer Academic Superstore in Jan. 2009. JourneyEd’s Academic eStore Network (AEN), which includes more than 22,000 online stores, offers thousands of market-leading software and technology products, including those published by Microsoft and Adobe, at discounts of up to 85 percent off retail prices to the education community. JourneyEd is also a leader in verifying academic buyers. Call JourneyEd at 800-874-9001 or visit www.JourneyEd.com.

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL•E and most recently, Up. The Northern California studio has won 21 Academy Awards® and its ten films have grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film release from Disney•Pixar is Toy Story 3 (June 18, 2010).

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