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Curtis Wong

manager, Next Media Research Group, Microsoft

Curtis Wong is manager of the Microsoft Next Media Research Group, whose focus spans the linear and interactive media spectrum from television, broadband, and gaming to emerging media forms. The author of more than 20 patents pending in such areas as interactive television, media browsing, visualization, design, and mobile computing, Wong was previously Director of Intel Productions. At Intel, he was responsible for creating next generation content such as the Virtual Van Gogh Museum Tour; ArtMuseum.net, one of the first Web-based, broadband art exhibition networks; and the Whitney's American Century Exhibition. Wong was also the General Manager and Executive Producer of Corbis Productions, the digital image company started by Bill Gates, where he created a series of award winning CD-ROMs on subjects such as *A Passion for Art*, *FDR*, *Critical Mass*, and *Leonardo Da Vinci*. Prior to Corbis he was an interactive-documentary producer for the Criterion Collection, producing some of the first feature films on laserdiscs and multimedia CD-ROMs for the Voyager Company. Wongs work in interactive media has won many design and industry awards, including New York Film Festival Gold Medals, the ID Magazine Annual Design Award of Excellence, and Communication Arts Interactive award of Excellence. His collaboration with WGBH Interactive on the broadband-enhanced documentary *Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy*, won a 2002 Academy Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and was nominated for the first Interactive TV Emmy. He is currently working with WGBH *Frontline* on an enhanced broadband documentary for television/web scheduled to air in Summer 2006.