AthenaOnline Opens Studio in Northern California

EMERYVILLE, Calif., September 26, 2012 — AthenaOnline has opened a new production studio in Emeryville, in the East Bay area of Northern California. The new studio provides full production services for corporate, film, TV, advertising, and multimedia clients and projects. Athena’s new studio offers a 40′ x 48′ stage, including a 25′ x 25′ green screen area for virtual backgrounds. The announcement was made today by Jon V. Peters, chief executive officer/founder, AthenaOnline.

The studio, operating under the name of Athena Studios, is the production arm of AthenaOnline, which has been delivering award-winning educational programs to organizations around the world since its launch in l994. AthenaOnline was founded by Mr. Peters to leverage new technologies that can offer knowledge to a broader range of organizational learners. The company, which began its online video delivery system even before the advent of YouTube, has been featured in Fortune, Wired, and numerous other publications. Considered pioneers in online education and development, AthenaOnline has created numerous interactive programs and thousands of online videos.

Regarding the launch of the new studio, Mr. Peters said, “We have always wanted to create a truly compelling experience for our corporate users. After shooting over 2,500 educational videos, I realized that to achieve our ultimate goal we needed to strengthen our abilities in storytelling and filmmaking. We needed a great studio with a full green screen stage, capable of multi-camera shots involving larger groups of people for our upcoming presentation series `The New Leader.’ We also needed superb compositing tools, CGI and special effects capabilities. After almost a year of looking, we finally found a very nice facility here in Emeryville that we can call home.”

Athena held an open house celebration on Sept. 13th with attendees from corporations as well as major film studios. Athena’s first project on the new stage was hosting High Noon Entertainment for their new pilot of “Collection Intervention” on the SyFy Network.

About Jon V. Peters:

Jon V. Peters, chief executive officer and founder of Athena Studios, began his career as an industrial designer in San Jose, California. He went on to become a professional model maker. Shortly thereafter, Peters left model making to start his own advertising and design firm, Icon, which specialized in high-impact print advertising and packaging for technology clients.

Peters founded AthenaOnline, the award-winning educational company, in 1994. It was created as a sister company to The Institute for Management Studies, which was founded by Jon’s father, Gordon Peters, in 1974. The Institute provides classroom-based education to over 400 member organizations in North America and Europe.

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