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Stephen J. Cannell Productions & Big Stage Entertainment Partner to Place You into The A-Team, The Greatest American Hero and More.

Emmy Award-Winning Writer/Producer is First TV Executive to Embrace Next Generation 3-D Avatar Experience

PASADENA, Calif. -- Stephen J. Cannell Stephen Joseph Cannell, (born February 5, 1941; IPA pronunciation: ['kænəl], rhymes with "channel"), is an Emmy award winning American television producer, writer, novelist and occasional actor.  Productions today announced it has partnered with Big Stage Entertainment to offer a collection of vignettes from classic TV shows on BigStage.com. Users are now able to digitally take on the roles of their favorite characters from The A-Team and The Greatest American Hero American Hero may refer to:
  • American Hero (novel), written by Larry Beinhart
  • The Greatest American Hero
, with more to come. Central to the experience is the ability for fans to easily create a life-like 3-D avatar of themselves that literally replaces the role of key characters like Mr. T This article is about the actor. For the animated series, see Mister T (TV series). For other uses, see Mr. T (disambiguation).

Mr. T (legally changed his name from Laurence Tureaud), (born on May 21 1952), is an iconic actor known for his roles as Sgt. "B. A.
 in videos and photos, instantly. This cutting-edge technology was developed by Big Stage. To register and play, visit www.bigstage.com.

Using three snapshots taken with a standard digital camera, Big Stage maps the detailed contours of your face to create your life-like 3-D replica, called an @ctor[TM]. In about a minute, this incredibly accurate and animated digital version of you is born, seemingly alive through realistic movements and gestures. It can then be styled with any number of accessories, from hair to eyeglasses eyeglasses or spectacles, instrument or device for aiding and correcting defective sight. Eyeglasses usually consist of a pair of lenses mounted in a frame to hold them in position before the eyes. , hats and more. From here, your @ctor can be projected into everything from television clips and still images to virtual worlds and videogames. It can also act as your profile picture on popular social networks like MySpace and Facebook.

"The television audience has evolved dramatically over the past ten years due to the disruptive and positive force of the Internet," said Stephen J. Cannell Productions President, Mike Dubelko. "Innovation is clearly needed, and our partnership with Big Stage is a great way to repurpose our library of programming while helping to foster an entirely new engagement model for personalized entertainment."

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 a new era of digital media engagement by making it possible to become a part of the medium itself. The company is collaborating with studios, portals, social networks, advertising agencies and established brands to secure a continuing selection of engaging Big Stage-Enabled (BSE See Bombay Stock Exchange.

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) content and experiences. The company's 3-D capture technology stems from advanced stereo reconstruction technology funded by multiple government grants, including the CIA CIA: see Central Intelligence Agency.


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, as part of a nine-year cumulative research project at the University of Southern California The U.S. News & World Report ranked USC 27th among all universities in the United States in its 2008 ranking of "America's Best Colleges", also designating it as one of the "most selective universities" for admitting 8,634 of the almost 34,000 who applied for freshman admission .

"It's exciting to partner with one of the most prolific and successful television executives in Hollywood," said Big Stage President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , Phil Ressler. "Throughout his 30-year career, Stephen J. Cannell has been a true entertainment innovator, with more than 40 television shows to his credit including The Rockford Files, The A-Team, Wiseguy, 21 Jump Street, Hunter, and Silk Stockings. OK, so I'm also a fanOIt is no surprise that he is among the first to embrace Big Stage technology and explore innovative way for fans to engage with entertainment."

About Stephen J. Cannell

Stephen J. Cannell emerged as one of television's most powerful Emmy award-winning producer-writers over two decades ago. A prolific writer, he would eventually also become a television series creator, an executive producer, a director, a broadcaster, and the head of his own independent studio. He specialized almost exclusively in crime and action-adventure dramas, and his work, by its sheer volume, played a significant role in redefining the parameters of those genres. His early work includes such legendary classic hits as "Baretta" and "The Rockford Files." Yet, his most profound accomplishments came from his independent television production company, with such acclaimed hits as "The A-Team," "Hunter," "Riptide," "Renegade," "21 Jump Street," "Wiseguy," "Silk Stalkings Silk Stalkings is a 1990s TV crime drama originally shown on CBS in 1991 as part of the network's late-night Crimetime After Primetime programming package, and rebroadcast on the USA Network. ," "The Commish," and "The Greatest American Hero."

Stephen J. Cannell is also the bestselling author of twelve novels, including the critically acclaimed Shane Scully Shane Scully is a fictional character who has appeared in several novels by novelist and television producer Stephen J. Cannell. As of 2006, Scully has appeared in 6 of Cannell's novels: The Tin Collectors, The Viking Funeral, Hollywood Tough,  series, which includes Three Shirt Deal, White Sister, Cold Hit, Vertical Coffin, Hollywood Tough, The Viking Funeral Viking funeral

given to Michael Geste by his younger brother, as in their childhood games. [Br. Lit.: P. C. Wren Beau Geste in Benét, 87]

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, The Tin Collectors and the latest installment, On The Grind, which will be published in January 2009.

Cannell Studios is currently producing a series of independent films including The Poker House directed by actress Lori Petty. Other projects in development include feature films of "The A-Team," "21 Jump Street," and "The Greatest American Hero." For more information, please visit www.Cannell.com.

About Big Stage Entertainment

Big Stage Entertainment is a new generation digital media company enabling vivid personal projection into online media and activities. BigStage.com, currently in public beta, offers breakthrough technology allowing users to easily create and integrate a life-like 3-D avatar of themselves, called an @ctor, into everything from famous movie scenes, TV shows and video games See video game console. , to music videos, short video clips, virtual worlds, still images, user-generated content, instant messages, e-mails, social networks and more-instantly. For more information, please visit www.BigStage.com.
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