First Spark

Our history of creating innovations by applying leading edge technologies and digital content reaches back to 1987 when Moe Benesch co-founded a video production company. For post production, we used the world’s first non-linear editor (NLE) - EMC2 running on a 286 processor. From this success, Moe co-founded a separate software company in Maryland that served as a beta-site for Apple’s QuickTime digital video framework, Adobe Premiere NLE, and CoSA’s After Effects NLE (now owned by Adobe). We released our first QuickTime product at the 1991 MacWorld trade show where Steve Jobs announced QuickTime to the public. Our team released four additional titles over the next few years and eventually all were acquired, with the main product having been acquired by MacroMedia (later acquired by Adobe) to compliment their purchase of the Shockwave platform.

Another Spark

After a meeting with Electronic Arts Founder Trip Hawkins to review a new gaming console his company was developing called the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, Moe Benesch, with his software production experience, and Troy Benesch, who brought strong design and marketing experience as a Fruit-of-the-Loom brand manager, decided to launch a Virginia-based gaming company called VideoactV (video+active+TV) Studios, LLC in early 1993. Working industriously with great engineers, VideoactV was able to show a demo in the 3DO booth during the 1994 Consumer Electronic Show. Publicly released four months later, our title was sold through numerous retail chains including Best Buy, Babbage’s (origin of GameStop) Software Etc., EB Games, and through distributors into Europe and Asia. With our experience in interactive game development, we designed an immersive interactive television (ITV) test application for Mercury Communications (acquired by Cable & Wireless) to enable electronic transactions through residential televisions connected to a set-top box (STB) having modem uplink and satellite downlink. Services included time-shift video, banking, and purchasing goods - all charged to the customer’s cable bill. The same year, we worked with Interactive Engine to design Novell Embedded Systems Technology ITV user interface/experience. When the 3DO platform was surpassed by the launch of Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn, VideoactV pivoted to an exciting, emerging technology: The World Wide Web.

The Internet

VideoactV built, hosted, and managed database driven Internet solutions for businesses including CBS Radio, Major League Baseball, People Magazine, Washington Post, and Wolf Trap, among many others. Working with MIT graduates we repurposed an ecommerce engine they developed to establish Lillian Vernon’s (seventh largest mail order company) first online presence which was also designed and hosted by VideoactV. We were instrumental in getting American Floral Services’ (now Telaflora) first online presence. In 1996, we developed Gannett’s first intranet portal, linking content from over 1,200 newspapers in one website. Working with Intelnet International and ITT Corporation, VideoactV prototyped ITV solutions for Sheraton Hotel and Caesars Palace hotel guests.

Gamble Gilbertson, who brought strong marketing and customer management experience joined VideoactV in 1998. With the backing of the National Football League Players Association, VideoactV began building a professional sports portal that linked professional athletes and fans for customized memorabilia, youth athlete mentoring, speaking engagements, and even Internet simulcast of live games by retired players. When the dot-com bubble burst, VC backing evaporated for this portal. Around the same time, we evolved from VideoactV Studios, LLC to V! Studios, Inc. During the early 2000s we continued building Internet solutions for clients such as Mikimoto America, ExxonMobil, Newspaper Association of America; produced 3D and broadcast animations for media companies such as AOL, MSNBC, ABC, PBS and participated in a joint-venture to deploy ITV into hotels based in the Caribbean.

Helping Uncle Sam

In the mid 2000s we also expanded our work to include Federal Government clients. In 2006, V! Studios was a subcontractor on a team that won a five-year contract supporting NASA. Since then, V! Studios has supported more than nine multi-year contracts with the Federal Government. Chris Shenton, who brought strong DevOps experience, became a V! Studios principal with our acquisition of his company, Koansys. Our Federal Government work includes: producing over 200 ScienceCast episodes for NASA; designing and installing the USAID Memorial; migrating over 100 NASA applications into the Cloud; migrating SERVIR (a joint USAID and NASA application) into the cloud; building and deploying one of NASA’s first agency level cloud-native applications and RESTful API; creating 3D models of real-world buildings and city blocks for DHS training simulations based on the Unity gaming engine; managing NASA TV Internet streaming; building hyper-accurate 3D models for the world’s largest museum complex; creating a high-availability cloud infrastructure for nasa.gov.

Today

V! Studios continues its evolution with technology by providing agile cloud application development, video streaming, and multimedia production for its clients. V! Studios has developed and deployed its own cloud technologies and services including an auto-scaling 3D render farm; confidential email-based messaging app; and a real-time website retheming engine.

Awards and Accolades

  • 2014
    NASA Award
    2014
    NASA Agency Honors Team Award
    for successfully migrating over 140 websites and web applications into the cloud
  • 2014
    NASA Award
    2014
    NASA EVA Recognition of Excellence
    for completing proof of concept demonstrating easy access to EVA data
  • 2011
    NASA Award
    2011
    NASA HQ Honors Team Award
    for innovative web streaming work
  • 2014
    NASA Award
    2014
    NASA HQ Honors Team Award
    for Excellence in telling NASA’s story
  • 2012
    SBA Award
    2012
    SBA Administrator's Award of Excellence
    for excellent performance on the HITSS Contract
  • 2011
    NASA Award
    2011
    NASA Honors Group Achievement Award
    for creating a web-streaming capability for NASA TV, while saving the Agency millions
  • 3 Awards
    Davey Award
    3 Awards
    The International Davey Awards
  • 2 Awards
    Pixie Award
    2 Awards
    The Pixie Awards
  • 2 Awards
    Summit Award
    2 Awards
    Silver Winner
    International Creative Summit Awards
  • 1 Award
    Summit Award
    1 Award
    Bronze Winner
    International Creative Summit Awards
  • 8 Awards
    Telly Silver Award
    8 Awards
    Silver Winner
    The Telly Awards
  • 17 Awards
    Telly Gold Award
    17 Awards
    Bronze Winner
    The Telly Awards
  • 11 Awards
    Communicator Award
    11 Awards
    Gold Winner
    The Communicator Awards
  • 14 Awards
    Communicator Award
    14 Awards
    Silver Winner
    The Communicator Awards
  • 3 Awards
    Communicator Award
    3 Awards
    Bronze Winner
    The Communicator Awards
  • 1 Award
    W3 Award
    1 Award
    The W3 Awards
  • 2 Awards
    Webby Award
    2 Awards
    The Webby Awards
  • 5 Awards
    Tiva Gold Award
    5 Awards
    Gold Winner
    Tiva-DC Peer Awards
  • 3 Awards
    Tiva Silver Award
    3 Awards
    Silver Winner
    Tiva-DC Peer Awards
  • 2 Awards
    Tiva Bronze Award
    2 Awards
    Bronze Winner
    Tiva-DC Peer Awards

Acclaim

Yahoo Tech
Project:   NASA Image and Video Library
NASA Image and Video Library's Application Programmers Interface (API) allows automation of imagery uploads for NASA, and gives members of the public the ability to embed content in their own sites and applications. This public site runs on NASA's cloud native "infrastructure-as-a-code" technology enabling on-demand use in the cloud.
Smithsonian Magazine
Project:   NASA Image and Video Library
Though few will ever have the chance to see these breathtaking sights in person, it just got even easier to feed your space needs online thanks to a new, searchable database from NASA.
NBC News
Project:   NASA Image and Video Library
While not infinite, NASA's new archive of space images is still pretty big.
Ars Technica
Project:   NASA Image and Video Library
Finally, NASA has its universe of images in one happy, searchable place.
Pulse Headlines
Project:   NASA Image and Video Library
Before the launch of this website, each specific NASA Center was responsible for managing the data from its registers, which made difficult for users to find determined material. Now, the specialized company V! Studios has built an Application Program Interface (API) which makes the job less difficult for NASA curators to administrate all the content, establishing a sort of centralizing system easier for both users and system managers.
InformationWeek
Project:   NASA Cloud Migration
NASA has migrated its main nasa.gov website and more than 100 other sites and applications to the cloud, achieving millions of dollars in savings in the process.
Government Computer News
Project:   NASA Cloud Migration
NASA has migrated 110 websites and applications to the cloud in a cost-cutting technology overhaul … The migrated applications and websites, which previously resided in a commercial data center, now run on Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) or AWS GovCloud.
Federal Times
Project:   NASA Cloud Migration
Once the migration was complete, NASA saw an immediate 40 percent drop in operations and maintenance costs.

Design Winner

United States Agency for International Development
Project:   Memorial

Home Furnishings Category Winner

Forbes ASAP Magazine
Project:   Lillian Vernon Website
...the grande dame of kitsch...selling trinkets and knicknacks like crazy...

Outstanding Achievement in 3D Animation

Apple

Pro Bono Publico

American Institute of Architects
Project:   The Octagon Museum
...it clearly taught the public what architects really do.
The Washington Post
Project:   Sports-Way (SportsAllStars)
...guaranteed to break the ice and reel in the client.
The New York Times
Project:   Mikimoto Website
Website Of The Day

Federal Dossier

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  • NAICS Codes:
    • 512110
    • 512191
    • 518210
    • 519130
    • 541430
    • 541511
    • 541512
    • 541513
    • 541519
  • GSA MAS IT-70 Contract Number: GS35F346GA
  • Certifications:
    • ITIL
    • Scrum Masters
    • AWS Partner Network & Business
  • AWS Partner
  • Subcontractor on NASA COMIT
  • Subcontractor on NASA WESTPrime

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