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CBS Digital (commonly abbreviated as CBSD, and not to be confused with the original CBS Digital Media Group) is a group that belongs to CBS Corporation. It was founded by Craig Weiss, among others, in the early 1990s, and is responsible for the visual effects (VFX) for a variety of television shows, including Jericho and 24.

More recently, they have been involved in the remastering of Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Enterprise under the project supervision of Michael Okuda. It is run by department director Craig Weiss and is located at CBS Television City in Los Angeles. For the newly created digital VFX – otherwise known as "CGI" – used in the remastered Original Series, CBS Digital made use of the Autodesk Maya CGI software, (Sci-fi & fantasy modeller, Vol. 26, p. 49) but has switched to the more ubiquitous LightWave 3D software, for their subsequent remastering projects. (source)

Though still in existence, CBS Digital has in recent years shifted its focus to the creation of "Virtual Reality" (VR) environments, predominantly for the CBS television productions, but has been passed over by its parent company for the creation of the digital VFX for Star Trek: Discovery, launched in 2017, in favor of Pixomondo, as they were for every other subsequent Kurtzman-era Star Trek production. This was a case of Star Trek history repeating itself as predecessor Paramount Pictures had in 1981 passed over its VFX subsidiary FGC – which had co-provided the VFX for Star Trek: The Motion Picture – in favor of ILM for the Star Trek films from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan onward.

In 2018 though, CBS Digital became shortly reacquainted with Star Trek when it gained permission from CBS Consumer Products to remaster the selected Star Trek: Deep Space Nine scenes that became featured in the documentary What We Left Behind, released the next year. Paid for by the documentary makers' fundraising campaign, the remastering was again overseen by Mike Okuda. [1] The VFX heavy battle sequence from "Sacrifice of Angels" constituted the highlight of the remastered scenes, and was featured twice in the documentary. [2]

Shortly after its contribution to What We Left Behind, the company changed its name to CBS VFX, effective 2019, in order to better reflect its focus shift. In the process the company moved its operations from the CBS premises in Los Angeles to those situated in Studio City. [3]



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