Existing Shotgun Staff Expected to Lead Customer Support, Product Development

Another key tool in the VFX ecosystem became part of the Autodesk portfolio today with the announcement that Autodesk has agreed to buy production-management platform developer Shotgun Software.

Launched in 2006, Shotgun offers tools for cloud-based production tracking, review, and asset-management aimed at global collaboration. Autodesk's 3ds Max and Maya are already closely integrated with the system. Shotgun claims more than 500 users worldwide.

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Autodesk said the existing Shotgun team will continue to provide customer support and will lead product development. "Together, we will extend our tools deeper into the production process, and develop new solutions that best support the studios of the future," said Shotgun co-founder and CEO Don Parker in a prepared statement.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but Autodesk said the deal is expected to close before the end of July.