GenArts has purchased wondertouch to add particle effects to its growing software arsenal in a strategy to standardize VFX workflows.
Target Entertainment Group has appointed m4e AG as the licensing sub-agent for PlayStation software IPs (intellectual properties) in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In addition, m4e subsidiary Telescreen will act as the sub-agent in Benelux.
Disney plans to reintroduce Mickey in EPIC MICKEY, a videogame set to release late next year, VARIETY reports.
Best Buy plans to go head-to-head with the likes of Netflix and Blockbuster as it launches a branded movie service available on Web-connected Blu-ray players and other devices, VARIETY reports.
Kelley Avery has been tapped to head up distribution of DreamWorks' franchises across numerous platforms, VARIETY reports.
Video-game maker Electronic Arts and Extreme Music have signed a 5-year music deal that will see EA's backlog of more than 2,000 cues repped by Extreme, VARIETY reports.
VICON House of Moves was involved in creating the animation and providing motion capture services for the recently released highly cinematic video game, "WET," published by Bethesda Softworks.
MICHAEL JACKSON'S THIS IS IT came out on top for Sony in its opening weekend, Oct. 30-Nov.1, raking in $23 million. Paramount's PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, now its sixth week, continued to hold strong at #2 for the weekend, earning $16.3 million.
Sony Pictures Imageworks has struck a deal with The Foundry that would help standardize both toolsets by sharing technology, making the workflow easier and more cost-efficient for artists, which is essential during this economic downturn.
Films that hope to compete for the animated feature Oscar must submit at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences by 5 p.m. Monday, VARIETY reports.
Kevin Gamble has been named Vice President, Development, Disney Television Animation, it was announced today by Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation, to whom he will report.
After Microsoft got cold feet and backed out of a sponsorship deal over risque content in FAMILY GUY PRESENTS: SETH AND ALEX'S ALMOST LIVE COMEDY SHOW, Warner Bros. has picked up the slack and become the sole sponsor of the special, VARIETY reports.
Quincy Smith announced that he will step down as CEO of CBS Interactive in January to start an independent advisory business, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
In post-MIPCOM news, Foothill Entertainment, Inc. is proud to announce that it has signed a strategic co-production deal while at MIPCOM 2009 with two key partners.
Global pre-school channel JimJam, a joint venture between HIT Entertainment and Chello Zone, will launch into Israel for the first time in a deal signed with satellite broadcaster yes.
TELETOON Canada inc. announces the launch of the French language TÉLÉTOON Rétro on Bell TV, bringing the total number of subscribers to TÉLÉTOON Rétro to over 1.3 million.
Now that all of the Hollywood majors have signed on with Cinedigm, Overture Films has followed the pack and inked a virtual-print-fee agreement deal of its own with the digital-cinema integrator, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Paramount's PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, now its fourth week, surged to #1 for the weekend, Oct. 23-25, raking in $22 million. Saw VI came in at #2 for its opening weekend, earning $14.8 million for Lionsgate.
After being the last major distributor to hold out on a pact with Cinedigm Digital Cinema, Warner Bros. has inked a deal to help fund digital screen installations nationwide, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.