The NewTek LightWave Group Management

Tim Jenison

NewTek Founder

Tim Jenison is considered the visionary force behind the desktop video revolution. Jenison founded NewTek in 1985, and led the way in the development of a series of highly successful products, including DigiView (the first video digitizer for a computer), DigiPaint, and the Amiga Video Toaster®.

Jenison learned about technology and electrical equipment from his father, who ran an electrical engineering firm. At an early age, he learned to play the piano, and his keyboard talents propelled him to leave college to join a rock band—where, of course, he continually worked on ways to improve the sound equipment.

Tim Jenison was one of the early enthusiasts for personal computers. By the late 1970s, he saw the computer as the integrating medium for his various passions: electronics, music, film and video. He decided that forming a company was the best way to fuel his endeavors to create sophisticated, yet affordable video software tools that everyone could use and enjoy.

Jim Plant

NewTek President and CEO

Jim Plant joined NewTek in 2001. Before joining NewTek, Plant served as vice president of marketing communications at Geocast Network Systems. Prior to that, he was director of marketing and director of corporate communications at ReplayTV, Inc., a pioneering digital video recorder company. Plant is best known in the NewTek community as the founding editor-in-chief of Avid, the Amiga-Video Journal, and Video Toaster® User Magazine. As CEO of AMG Media, he oversaw the launch and development of Alpha Visual FX magazine, LightWave™ Pro and the Video Toaster User Expo. He began his career as the director of corporate and educational sales at HT Electronics, focusing on the sales of desktop video production and visual effects hardware and software.

Rob Powers

President, NewTek LightWave Group

Member Visual Effects Society, Art Directors Guild, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Virtual Production Committee.

Rob Powers is the President of the NewTek LightWave Group and leads the LightWave 3D software development design. Powers was one of the original "Malibu Five" Avatar concept design team and the first CG artist to join James Cameron’s team as Animation Technical Director for the film. Powers was a key team member during the development of the virtual workflows used by Cameron and created the industry's first Virtual Art Department (VAD) for "Avatar." Powers was also the Los Angeles based Virtual Art Department Supervisor for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s animated film "Tintin" based on the world famous graphic novels by artist Hergé.

Powers is a graduate of the University of Southern California Cinema Production. After graduation, he continued his formal film school education at the American Film Institute. At the time, the digital side of filmmaking didn’t exist and no schools offered programs in computer graphics (CG) animation. Self-taught in digital filmmaking methodologies, Powers is among the pioneers of the CG revolution. He has created animation and effects for a wide range of projects such as James Cameron’s stereoscopic IMAX film "Aliens of the Deep," Disney’s "Honey I Shrunk the Kids", and Jet Li’s "The One." Powers was also the lead animator for the 3D-dancing baby and animated tongues and exploding heads that debuted on the Emmy-Award winning "Ally McBeal" television show in the mid-90s.

More information about Rob Powers can be found on his IMDB Profile.