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Executive director and executive producer with CBS, Weiss and Bloom say they’re all-in on virtual reality and want to do more there, at the same time as their unit absorbs projects for shows like Amazon’s Transparent and Netflix’s Daredevil.

“We believe VR is the next platform of how to express yourself, and we see a lot of growth headed in that direction,” Bloom said, adding that the team is also experimenting with consumer-facing products like Facebook’s Oculus headset. “We’re trying to anticipate where the future might lie.”

Weiss sees a blurring of lines between traditional TV and film media and VR in a way that’s comparable to how film and TV have begun to resemble each other, at least in terms of quality.

“And once we have that (VR) asset for that show, that asset can go right into the Vive or the Oculus,” he said. “And somebody can walk around on the set of Daredevil and experience that in a way they couldn’t before. It helps extend the brand of the show.”

“Even though we’re at CBS, we’re studio agnostic,” Weiss said. “So a lot of our clients are outside clients. We’re kind of guns for hire, and that really helps us stay on the cutting edge of technology. We’re brought in and become a creative partner with the show, sometimes maybe even before a script has been written, to see what makes sense … how can we help tell their stories. Because visual effects has become such an integral part of television, kind of woven into the fabric of every show.”


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