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Month: June 2014 (page 1 of 2)

New Companies This Week – June 30 2014

VendorDB is officially one month old!

We’re honored and amazed by the outpouring of interest we’ve received from producers, creatives, clients and companies. We’re working as fast as we can to get through our submission list, so if we didn’t get to you this week, check back in the near future.

Looking for awesome illustrators? Try Handsome Frank, Central Illustration or The Artworks.

Find the bleeding edge of web art with OKFocus. Or put the voice of Siri, Susan Bennett, in your next spot.

And we couldn’t forget to add our alma matter – Crispin, Porter & Bogusky!

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

1000 Volt
11 Dollar Bill
123w
1/29
180heartbeats
41? 29!
Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO
Absolute
Ace Metrix
adapter digital co.
Adaptly
Adara
Adcetera
AdCreative
Addiction
Adjust Your Set
Adknowledge
Africa
AFS Productions
Agile Films
Agoraphone
Akestam Holst
Alexander Interactive
Alldayeveryday
AllofUs London
AlmapBBDO
Alpha Century
Anorak
Antibody
Bozell
Brave One
Breaker Films
Bridges
Brolik
Burns Entertainment, Inc.
Camera Speeds Inc.
Canvas
+CASTRO
Catalyst Digital
Central Illustration
Chaos Visual Productions
CP+B
CrowdTwist
CTA Labs
Dan Milas Photography
Dan Phiffer
Devona
Diesel Displays
Different Projects
Dogstudio
Doner
Drastic Music + Technology
Eventstagram
FGreat Studio
FISH•EGGS
Folio Illustration
Gentleman Scholar
Golden Gekko
Goodness
Goodsir
Groove Guild
Handsome Frank Illustration Agency
Hello Pilgrim
Hungry
Imperial Woodpecker
IN10
Industry & Co
Inky Illustration
IUQO
Junction Creative Solutions
JWT Canada
Kyle Hurley
Laser Talent Group
LeadDog
Love Advertising
Lowe Campbell Ewald
Machines & Monsters
Major Productions
Make
Mangrove
Marcus Thomas
MARS London
Matt Woodward
Metropolitan Entertainment
Mill+
MKG
MMI Agency
MobiThinking
Nick Hasty
North By Northwest
North Endeavor
Ntropic
Obsidian
OKFocus
Orca Design
Outside The Pixel
Partnered
Pelorus Studio
PersonifyPro
Phun & Dunn
Picture Mill
Piro
PixelHouse
Rally Interactive
RAPP UK
Recommended
Reddyset
Relevent
Revolve Agency
Rocket Science Motion Capture Studios
Sarkissian Mason
Serviceplan
Social Factor
SSION
Story Worldwide
Strange Beast
Sub Rosa
Superbe
Supersteil
Susan Bennett
TBWA\Chiat\Day LA
TBWA\Toronto
Teton Gravity Research
The Artworks
The Black Sheep Agency
The Company of Others
The Hive
The Marketing Arm
The Pitch Agency
theatreMAMA
Tolleson
Toonboom
Touchstorm
Tragon Corporation
Unleaded Communications
W12 Studios
Whiskytree
XL Video

Partner Spotlight – Iron Claw

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great.  Next up is Iron Claw!

Football

The Vitals

Name: Iron Claw
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Year Founded: 2008
Specialties: We focus on the production and integration of design, live-action and visual effects. “Design. Shoot. Finish.”

 What inspired you to start your company?

We wanted to create a true boutique in which the entire studio focuses on a handful of projects only. There is value in having a small group focus intently on a client’s business directives, a more human process that is often lost in larger companies. Our backgrounds are in technology and we wanted to test the boundaries of what a handful of folks can do when clients demand big creative products like live-action commercials and intense visual effects.

How did the partners meet?

Iron Claw was founded by executive producer Greg Talmage and creative director Sean Koriakin. Having met as coworkers at Imaginary Forces, the two started the company in 2008.

What was the first job someone hired you for?

We created a Nike piece for the Jordan Brand that got us moving. It was an inspirational piece for our client at Nike and helped us gather steam to move ahead and gain momentum.

What was the most technically challenging work you’ve created?

We created animations for a custom physical installation at DirecTV that challenged us in many ways. Not only was the format entirely invented, a complex LED display playing in an immersive physical space, but the color and lighting had to be adjusted by walking through the experience, ensuring it not only looked great, but felt great. We interfaced with the architects and did a lot of R&D.

Directv

Which work or brand are you best known for?

As a studio, I think our most recognized work is the 2011 Emmy winning Sunday night football open for NBC Sports.

Which project is your most underrated?

We did visual effects for season 3 of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele. The work was a bit out of the box in terms of our core business, but as a studio we love the show and think those guys are genius!

What is the smartest work you’ve seen in the past year that didn’t come from your shop?

We’re in a such an exciting time. While expectations run so high in the industry, the quality of the work today is really unbelievable and extremely inspiring. There are the prominent heavy hitters out there that really push the technical and creative envelopes, like Psyop or the Mill as a shortlist example. A studio that put a smile on my face this year was Antibody. Beyond the True Detective title sequence, Antibody’s sense of visual communication has revived the classic idea and value of motion graphics.

How has the business changed since you started?

3,000% more demanding! The market has low barriers for entry and a lot of folks joining in. This means clients want what they see out there, no matter the budget range. The good thing is we get better with time as well!

What emerging tech trend will have the biggest impact on your business?

VOD is huge. It means a lot to different people, but to us it means there is more focus on television and promotion of TV. Integration of traditional marketing techniques with digital initiatives is key to a new series being successful.

What advice do you have for agency producers or creatives?

Don’t look past the boutiques, we provide way better customer service than the big boys. It’s why Iron Claw has so many repeat customers.

Iron Claw

 You can learn more about Iron Claw on VendorDB and at ironclaw.com.

New Companies This Week – June 23 2014

While we may be suffering from a small case of death by rosé (thanks Cannes Lions), we’ve still managed to add another batch of great companies to VendorDB this week.

Looking for talent? Try Creative Circle, Wolf Creative or Connect Digital.

Perhaps you need something fabricated? Have a look at Acme Made In America, Fry Fabrications and Portadecor.

And a big thanks goes out to Apollo Studios. We had a great time with you after hours in Cannes.

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

99 Tigers
Aardvark Brigade
Acme Made In America
Addroid
Aericon
Almighty
Anonymous
Apollo Studios
Arc London
Avatar New York
Axis Studios
Baleout Photos
Beutler Ink
Black Spot
Brand Arc
Cactus
Camp+King
Chaos
CHI&Partners
Co.MISSION
Connect Digital
CPCTY
Creative Circle
Crossmedia
Crucial Pictures
Cuurio
Daktronics
Danny Ghitis
Dareville
deedod
Delivery Agent
Delphic Digital
eg+ worldwide
Elvis
Eric Bucy
Fancy Pants Group
Farm League
Fighting Badgers
Filmgraphics Entertainment
Five by Five
Fry Fabrications
Gifted Youth
Good Apples
Guerilla Wanderers Films
Hudson Rouge
IMM
Ingenuity Engine
Instrument
inVNT
John McNeil Studio
Junction
Karmarama
Kids at Play
KINKY&Co
Legacy Marketing Partners
Legs Media
LIDA
Lily Media
Litmus
LRXD
Lucky Treehouse
Luxx
MAMA
Match Marketing Group Inc
Misfit Editorial
Mobiata
Mobile Pie
Mondo Robot
Motion Pantry
Mr. Wonderful
Narrative_
Neon & Sons
Nickelfish
O3 World
Opus Creative
Pereira & O’Dell
Pet Gorilla
Phelps
Phil Tobias
Plenty
PMA Marketing
Poetica
Portadecor Modular Furniture
Proximity London
Pulse Films
Pure Brand Communications
Quad
R E S I D E N C Y
RAPP
Reactive
Realise
Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners
Redux Pictures
Rethink Communications
Rooster New York
School
SeedCMS
Serial Pictures
Sharpe + Associates
SIREN
Social Control
SONNY
Splash & Ripple
Sterling Brands
Sterling-Rice Group
Streetlight Films
Studio Funk
Stuzo
SuperExploder
SUSPECT
Taxi Studio
TAXI
Tayburn
TBWA\Africa
TBWA\G1
TDA Boulder
The Red Brick Road
The Union
The Works Music
Thick
Thought Den
Trim Editing
Truly Deeply
Über Content
Undertone
Usable Media
Venables Bell
VendorDB
Visual Catch
WCRS
Weapon7
White Lodge
Wolf Creative
Work Club
Works Design Group
Yellow Boat Music
Zeus Jones

Partner Spotlight – Stopp

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great.  Next up is STOPP!

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Apoteket Hjärtat – Blowing in the wind – Modified Clear Channel’s Play screens in the subway. The mission was to capture the effect of the turbulence from the train and make it look like the models hair on the screen was caught by the breeze.

The Vitals

Name: STOPP

Locations: Los Angeles, New York, London & Stockholm

Year Founded: 1992

Specialties: We create compelling brand experiences. We’re a collective of artists, writers, designers, filmmakers, producers, technologists, developers and engineers with a passion for telling innovative stories in a multitude of mediums.

Why LA?

We opened our first U.S office in LA in 2008. Los Angeles has always been the mecca for film, but not so much for interactive/digital. We saw an opportunity to blend these two disciplines for the US market. Also, the competition was very low at the time when we launched. Today I think there are 4 of us Swedish shops all in Venice… We Swedes don’t get much sun, so to live and work blocks from the beach seems to make a lot of sense. We’ve since expanded to New York and London as many of our clients are based there.

What was the most technically challenging work you’ve created?

Technically challenging work is what we are passionate about, it’s the core of our business. One project that is up there is the ‘Hello, Again’ project with Beck and Chris Milk. We were fortunate to work on something that’s never been done before. Pushing the boundaries in technology and storytelling is what gets us really excited.

What is the smartest work you’ve seen in the past year that didn’t come from your shop?

Just a Reflektor by Vincent Morisset and Aaron Koblin.

What emerging tech trend will have the biggest impact on your business?

Virtual Reality.

What is the best thing about working at STOPP?

Working on some of the most creative and technically challenging projects in the world and shaping how technology is used in storytelling and entertainment.

 Where is the best bar in LA?

Our refrigerator.

Any wild company party stories?

On a night out with clients, our CEO (Fredrik) and Creative Director (Zach) got into a fight with some fellow Swedes at a nightclub in Hollywood. Fredrik was escorted out of the club by four bouncers; one on each limb. The next day, everyone realized that we knew each other (Sweden is a small place) and we all hugged and made up.

Care to share a joke?

My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana, but I said “No… but I want a regular banana later, so yeah.” – Mitch Hedberg r.i.p.

Beck_Hello_Again

Hello again is an audio visual experiment that Stopp created with Chris Milk that re-imagines how a live performance can be experienced. We were part of the team that helped invent new technologies like 360-binaural audio recording, 360 video and facial tracking. The Experience has since been ported to the Oculus Rift, in-turn becoming the world’s first live-action virtual reality film. It premiered at Sundance and has since been shown at Tribeca Film Festival and SXSW.

 You can learn more about STOPP on VendorDB and at stopp.se.

New Companies This Week – June 16 2014

This week VendorDB heads to the 61st annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for a little fun in the sun with all of our favorite agencies and creative partners. Looking forward to meeting many of you in person over the next few days.

And even though we’ll be drinking a bit of rosé in the south of France, the show must go on!

This week we’re adding another great batch of companies from all over the world including 180Amsterdam, BBDO San Francisco, DDB Canada, mcgarrybowen UK and Whybin\TBWA Group.

We’ve also got some more amazing specialists such as Bannerboy from Sweden, London’s P for Production and Evolution Bureau hailing from San Francisco.

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

101
15 Badgers
180Amsterdam
22squared
383
76 Ltd
A+
Academy Films
Accomplice
adam&eveDDB
allen & gerritsen
Anthem Branding
Arnold Worldwide
Arrow Kruse
Asylum Films
Bannerboy
Bare Films
Barnhart
BBDO Atlanta
BBDO San Francisco
Beakus
BEING
Bernstein & Andriulli
BETC
Blast Radius
Blast Theory
Blink
Blinkart
Blinkink
Blonde
BMB
Brandkarma
Brownstein Group
Brunner
Cause & Effect Productions
Chirp Films
Cohn Marketing
Collective
Cooee Design
Cornwell
Cossette
crush+lab
Cummins&Partners
DANIELS
David Procter
David Wilson
DDB Canada
DDB
Deep Focus
Dog Digital
Doron Gild
DT
Duval Guillaume
Edelman
Energy BBDO
Equator
Evolution Bureau
Family
Famous
Felt Music
Finish
Fitzgerald+CO
Foundation Content
FRIEND
frog design
George Patterson Y&R
Goalpost Pictures
GOOD COMPANY
Grand Central Sound Studios
Grey London
Grip
Grow Marketing
Heat
Hide & Seek
Hotspur & Argyle
Hyperactive Broadcast
interspectacular
Isobel Advertising
Jelly
JESS3
Jung von Matt
Karsh Hagan
Katch
Keith Schofield
KesselsKramer
Kinetic
Kingsday
Launched
Leo Burnett
LevLane
Lewis Creative Consultants
Line Digital
Liz Laine Reps
Love
Mad Cow Films
Made By Many
Made
Madwell
Make Lemonade
Marcell
Mark Likosky
Mark
McCann London
mcgarrybowen UK
Mister Face
Moxie Sozo
Naked
Napoleon Media
Neon Pictures
Oil Factory
One Big Happy Family
P for Production
Pirata London
Play Nicely Ltd.
Portal A
Press Kitchen
PrimalScream Music
Publicis London
Raconteur
Red Bee Media
Representation
Rushes
SGK
Shotopop
Silver + Partners
Sizzer
Slingshot
So/Cult
Somesuch & Co
Spacejunk Media
Steam Media
Story
TANDEM
Taylor James
The Annex Films
The Leith Agency
The Marketing Store
The Monkeys
The Supply
TRY/Apt
twofifteenmccann
U-Dox
Velocity Films
Vision At Wizzo
Vladimir Jones
we are experience
We Are Social
Whitespace
Whybin\TBWA Group
Wooshii
Young & Rubicam

Partner Spotlight – Caviar

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great.  Next up is Caviar!

Pharrell & Lonely Island

 The Vitals

Name:  Caviar

Locations: Los Angeles, Brussels, Amsterdam, Prague, Paris, London

Year Founded: 2004

Specialties: commercial, music video, film, branded content, television production

What inspired you to start your company?

Caviar began as a merger of two production companies – Roses are Blue, Caviar CEO Bert Hamelnick’s company, and Pix and Motion, which was owned by the Belgian media group Corelio. The reason we did the deal is that while we had a very successful commercial business, we were already thinking about the future and the fact that there were big changes happening in the industry. We knew that producing our own content would become a very important part, and that by merging we could focus on film and TV as well.

How did the partners meet?

Around 2002 Bert came to LA to shoot a commercial, and Michael Sagol, the partner who now runs Caviar LA, was then advertising in Europe offering a service for European companies who wanted to shoot here. The two got on great, and Sagol wanted to move more into production. Bert felt that by coming from a small country like Belgium, it’s always difficult to grow in Europe and the UK, so he suggested Michael take several of our top directors and sell them here instead. Needless to say, the plan worked. In 2010, Caviar welcomed current EP and Managing partner Jasper Thomlinson to the team after having worked as a freelance producer exclusively with Caviar for several years prior.

What emerging tech trend will have the biggest impact on your business?

Branded Content has been a big one, with focus now being put on non-broadcast multi-platform storytelling that organically integrates a client’s brand identity, we’ve had to shift gears and adapt. Which we have done-so successfully by creating branded content for brands such as Ford, Nowness.com, GQ to name a few.

Why Hollywood?

Earlier this year we moved from our offices in mid-wilshire and relocated to what used to the the Wells Fargo building next to the Arclight theater. We opted to move to Hollywood for several reasons. We looked at a lot of buildings, all over town, and we loved this location and the fact we could take an empty space and put our own identity on it. Is it a gamble? Not really, as Caviar has always been successful by not doing what everyone else is. And while there are other companies that might be similar to us, they’re either very successful in the US with a smaller operation in Europe, or vice versa. But we have two very strong bases, in both America and Europe. We threw a party to celebrate our opening which wound up hosting 1400 people in the industry!

Any wild party stories from that night?

Now, if we told you we’d have to kill you.

Where is the best bar in Hollywood?

We love Stella Barra Pizzaria next door!

What is the best thing about working at Caviar?

We love what we do and we think that energy is infectious. At the end of the day we are just a group of storytellers trying to save the world one bad commercial at a time.

Caviar

left to right: Managing Partners Michael Sagol, Depot Thomlinson, Jasper Thomlinson

You can learn more about Caviar on VendorDB and at caviarcontent.com.

New Feature – Favorites

Today we’re releasing a handy new feature allowing you to save your favorite companies.

Simply click the ‘Fav’ button on the company’s profile page and they’ll be added to your list.

You can access your favorites by clicking the heart icon in the main navigation. Enjoy!

New Companies This Week – June 9 2014

VendorDB is growing by leaps and bounds. Thank you to everyone who has asked to be included – we’re getting to you as quickly as possible.

This week’s additions run the gamut from agency heavyweights like Ogilvy, Martin, and Mother to VFX masters ILM, Lux and Cinesite.

We’ve also added a bunch of specialists in various categories such as sound experts Adelphoi Music, Wake the Town and 750mph.

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

750mph
Across the Pond
Adelphoi Music
Agency212
Albion
And Partners
Anthem
Bandujo
BCA
BETC
Big Fuel
Black Sheep Advertising
BLITZ
Burrell Communications
Cake
Campbell Mithun
Carat
Carmichael Lynch
Carrot
Casserole Labs
catch twentyfour
Centron
Cheil
Cinesite
Colle+McVoy
Conversation
Critical Mass
Crowdly
Dare
Designworks
Digital Kitchen
Dingo Bill
DLKW Lowe
Double Negative
East Pleasant
Egg Films
Electic Theatre
Engine Digital
Engine
Factory Studios
Fallon London
Fallon
FCB Inferno
FCB
FilmClub Productions
FITCH
Fold7
Forsman & Bodenfors
Garbergs
Geometry Global
Golden Wolf
Gracie Otto
Great Works
gyro
Hackett Films
Havas
Hear No Evil Productions
Hello Monday
Holler Australia
Holler UK
HOME.corp
Host Sydney
Image Engine
Industrial Light & Magic
Indy8
Initiative
iris
Jam
Jeff Wayne Music
john st.
Johnny Hardstaff
JUXT
Kelly&Co PR
Kitcatt Nohr
Kokokaka
Krowd
Laird + Partners
Landor
Lean Mean Fighting Machine
little dot studios
LOOK Effects
Lowe and Partners
Lux Visual Effects
MADAM
Martin Williams
Match Media
McCann
Media Storm
MediaCom
MEGAFORCE
Method Studios
Miller Advertising Agency
Mindshare
Mother London
Mother New York
Moving Brands
My Love Affair
Nearly Normal
Noisy Little Monkey
Nomadic Agency
Ogilvy
Olson
Pentagram
Piston
Poke
Prescient
Pretzel Films
Prime Focus World
Pumpkin
Purple Creative
Radar Music Videos
RBH
Realise Studio
Red Agency
Red Ant
Rhythm & Hues Studios
RKCR/Y&R
Rocket Science
Rosetta
RPA Advertising
Saatchi & Saatchi
Sagmeister & Walsh
SapientNitro
Sid Lee
Side Effects
Soleil Noir
Sony Pictures Imageworks
space150
St Luke’s
Struck
Tapestry
TBWA\Chiat\Day NY
Team One USA
The Distillery
The Foundry
The Martin Agency
The Richards Group
The Sound Campaign
Thinkmodo
Toby and Pete
Tribal
ultranoir
UncleGrey
Vaudeville
VCCP
Volontaire
Wake the Town
WCG
We Folk
W+K Amsterdam
Wunderman
yolk

Partner Spotlight – Pre-Future

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great.  Next up is Pre-Future!

On the set of 'Bullyproof'

 The Vitals

Name: Pre-Future

Location: San Francisco

Year Founded: 2011

Specialties: Digital storytellers for the modern adventurer.

What inspired you to start your company?

Pre-Future was formed initially as a collective of media creationists who saw how the media production model was changing from expensive large scale singular focused companies into the more “all in one” model.

What was the first job someone hired you for?

Yahoo hired us to create a film for their Cannes presentation. It was a great project on two street artists painting on enormous yahoo exclamation marks.

Which work or brand are you best known for?

The film that gets the most attention is actually one we made just for us ‘Summer In San Francisco‘. I used to own a 1964 Falcon but through a series of life events I had to sell the old girl. On the last day I was to own her, we loaded up with cameras and spent the afternoon driving around San Francisco. The result is a really beautiful ‘slice of life’ film.

Which project is your most underrated?

I am not sure if it’s underrated but the project I am most proud of is a mini-doc we did ‘Sams Day‘.  It was an incredible experience that forever changed us all.

What is the smartest work you’ve seen in the past year that didn’t come from your shop?

Hands down it has to be the projection mapping piece from Bot and Dolly. It’s unbelievably great.

How has the business changed since you started?

Big shops are dying so rapidly yet there is more demand for video then ever before.

What emerging tech trend will have the biggest impact on your business?

If you can’t multitask these days, you won’t survive. As an editor I am now expected to know an enormous amount of software.

What advice do you have for agency producers or creatives?

Let people do the job you have hired them for. Don’t micro-manage and mostly, don’t expect people to work for free just for the honor of working with you.

What is the best thing about working at Pre-Future?

The team. I am lucky to be amongst people who are as passionate about what they do as the day they started. We all love what we do for a living and couldn’t do anything else.

Care to share a joke?

Q:  Why does Snoop Dogg always carry an umbrella?
A:   FO DRIZZLE!

Pre-Future’s mascot Laney

Pre-Future’s mascot Laney

You can learn more about Pre-Future on VendorDB and at pre-future.com.

New Companies This Week – June 2 2014

Another batch of amazing companies made their way into VendorDB this week including creative hot shop 72andSunny and industry legends JWT and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.

We also added some gems that could be just what you need for your next project including Mr. GIF (super fun animated GIFs), Mapbox (open source mapping platform) and Zazzle (custom on-demand products).

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

180 LA
2150 Editorial
72andSunny
:MINT
Aarra
Ad Taxi
Amoveo
Anomaly
Aquatique Show International
Artifact
BBDO
BBH
bluemarlin
Bridges Advertising
BUF
CBX
Cherry Sundae Media
CO:LAB
Coolfire
DeSantis Breindel
Design Army
Design Royale
Deutsch
DigitasLBi
Disorderly Conduct
dstillery
Einar Snorri
Exit 73 Studios
Fastcuts
Firstborn
Flydra
FogScreen
FriendShop!
FutureBrand
Gloss Media
Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
Grey
Heard City
Hive
IDEO
ILL Corp.
Imagination
Improv Everywhere
Integer
Interbrand
Jack Morton
Jamshop
Jotta
JWT
KBS+
Kokoro & Moi
Launch
LOGAN
Lopez Negrete Communications
Magma
Mapbox
Michael Grant
Millward Brown
MODCo
Mr. GIF
Mullen
NBTV
New Object
New-A
Nurun
OwnerIQ
Pre-Future
Propane Studio
Prophet
Rain
Razorfish
Red Paper Heart
Rinker Design Co.
SandyAlexander
Saritasa
Sencha
Sequence
Shipp
Shortlist
siegel+gale
Simpli.fi
Soft Citizen
Stirpost
Superhuman
Tag Worldwide
TBWA
Ted Perez + Associates
The Halo Group
The James Group
The Mixing Room
The O Group
The Partners
Toaster
Ubiquitous Media
Unison
VSA Partners
Warehouse Agency
Watson & Company
Wintr
Wolff Olins
Zazzle
ZenithOptimedia

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