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INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC AND SILICON GRAPHICS ANNOUNCE JEDI

 SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucas Digital Ltd., and Silicon Graphics Inc. (NYSE: SGI) today announced the creation of JEDI (the Joint Environment for Digital Imaging), the largest and most advanced production environment for the creation of digital imagery in the entertainment industry. With Silicon Graphics systems as its core, JEDI marks the alliance between the world's leading visual effects facility and the premiere manufacturer of visual computing systems.
 Located at ILM's facilities in San Rafael, JEDI will combine proprietary digital scanning and film recording technology with the most advanced digital production facility serving the motion picture, television, commercial and attractions industries. In addition, JEDI will function as a media lab for developing innovative marriages of advanced equipment designs with new production software and techniques. Under an exclusive program, JEDI will be updated progressively with Silicon Graphics' most advanced systems so that the newest equipment can be tested and enhanced in an actual production environment.
 "This alliance will be important to the industry," said George Lucas, chairman of the board of Lucas Digital Ltd. "It allows for ILM's ground-breaking imagery to become more affordable to the entertainment community. In addition, ILM's artists and technicians working together with Silicon Graphics engineers will accelerate the development of the technology necessary to explore new creative possibilities. It is the dawning of a new entertainment age and ILM and Silicon Graphics are dedicated to leading that charge into the future."
 "Silicon Graphics has long benefited from its relationship with technologically sophisticated customers such as Industrial Light & Magic," said Edward R. McCracken, president and chief executive officer, Silicon Graphics. "The Lucas organization represents the vanguard of digital effects producers, demanding advanced features from our systems long before others recognize their possibilities. This teaming will propel digital technology into new markets in entertainment and communications."
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 /CONTACT: Miles Perkins of ILM, 415-258-2172; or Rosanne Siino of Silicon Graphics, 415-390-1029/
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CO: Industrial Light & Magic; Lucas Digital Ltd.; Silicon Graphics Inc. ST: California IN: CPR ENT SU: PDT

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