Miramichi, Canada-based Fatkat Animation has shut its doors. Studio founder Gene Fowler announced the studio's closure on the company's blog. Fowler blames the company's recent production of THREE DELIVERY as "the straw that broke the camel's back." Fatkat had recently completed work on the Animation Collective production, which Fowler called "most demanding and torturous production I have ever seen." This combined with the Canadian government pulling funding from the studio led to it closing.
Creditors have filed suit against bankrupt gaming publisher Midway Games, according to GAMASUTRA. The suit names majority stakeholder Sumner Redstone, his National Amusements holding company, investor Mark Thomas and Midway chairman Shari Redstone, as well as former and current members of the board.
Press Release from Rebel Rebel / Blue Zoo
Award-winning animation studio Blue-Zoo Productions today announces a strategic re-brand for its advertising work under the name Rebel Rebel. Comprising of Blue-Zoo's team of in-house creatives and leading 3D talent, Rebel Rebel offers bespoke and high-quality character animation to the advertising world. Commercial representation is continued by Dept.A at HSI London.
Press Release from Copyright Promotions Licensing Group
Tokyo, Japan (May 13, 2009) -- Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG) continues to expand its international reach with the opening of CPLG Japan, the company's first office in Asia. As Managing Director of CPLG Japan, Hideki Kunugiyama will develop and grow the company's current licensing programs to include Asia.
CPLG Japan is the Japanese affiliate of the CPLG group of companies, recently acquired by Cookie Jar Entertainment.
Press Release from Studio100
Munich, May 11, 2009 -- Belgian media company Studio100 has merged its German subsidiaries Studio100 Media N.V. & Co. KG, EM.Entertainment GmbH and Junior.TV GmbH & Co.KG. Since April 19, 2009 all three companies are now trading under the name of Studio100 Media GmbH. In July 2008 Studio100 took over the children's and youth entertainment unit of EM.Sport Media AG (now known as Constantin Medien AG) when it acquired EM.Entertainment and Junior.TV GmbH & Co.KG.
C21 MEDIA reports that what was formerly Entertainment Rights will operate as Classic Media. Subsidiaries Classic Media and Big Idea were acquired last month by Boomerang Media and private equity group GTCR.
Big Idea, owner of the VEGGIE TALES line, will continue to operate under its own name. Boomerang is under the management of Eric Ellenbogen and John Engelman, who founded Classic Media.
Boomerang plans to invest $200 million in equity capital into ER's franchises, which include CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST and HE-MAN.
THE HOLLWYOOD REPORTER is saying that Disney/Pixar is set to open a new animation studio in Vancouver this fall to work on the company's specialty projects. Ed Catmull told the trade that the small studio would create short-form animation for theme parks, DVDs, TV and theatrical exhibition.
IMAX Corp. today reported total revenues of $33.7 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009, a 43% increase compared to total revenues of $23.5 million for the first quarter of 2008. Operating income increased to $2.0 million, a $7.6 million increase compared to last year's operating loss of $5.6 million. The Company's first quarter net loss per diluted share of $0.06 compares favorably to the net loss per diluted share of $0.25 for the first quarter of fiscal 2008.
Game Culture has reported on a new bill passed in Texas that will require sexual offenders to register online avatars and gamer tags with the state. HB 22 specifically states that offenders must register their screen names and inform the state when they change any "Internet communication identifier."
Weta Digital is planning a branch dedicated to advanced computer graphics research called Transfx, reports VARIETY. VFXWorld reported in April that Sebastian Sylwan had joined Weta as head of research and development, and now he will oversee the new arm, which hopes to bridge the gap between R&D and production. Previously, Sylwan worked for Autodesk as senior industry manager for film and TV.
Electronic Arts Inc. announced that its EA Redwood Shores Studio has been renamed and rebranded Visceral Games. The newly named studio will focus on developing action games with state-of-the-art technology, visuals, audio, and gameplay. The studio is currently working on the highly anticipated games, DANTE’S INFERNO and DEAD SPACE: EXTRACTION, as well as two other unannounced titles.
Press Release from Electronic Arts Inc.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced preliminary financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2009.
Fiscal Fourth Quarter Results (comparisons are to the quarter ended March 31, 2008)
Marvel Entertainment, Inc. reported operating results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2009. Marvel also raised the low end of its financial guidance for 2009, reflecting a stronger than expected first quarter performance in its licensing and film production segments and a decline in the anticipated full year tax rate.
The Walt Disney Company today reported earnings for its second fiscal quarter and six months ended March 28, 2009.
For the quarter, revenues were down seven percent and net income down 46 percent from the same quarter in 2008. For the six months ending on March 28, 2009, revenue was down eight percent and net income fell 39 percent.
Press Release from 4Kids Entertainment International Ltd.
4Kids Entertainment International Ltd. and the Royal Air Force have ended their agency relationship following a competitive tender process.
4Kids was awarded the licensing agency contract by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in October 2004 to help raise the profile of the Royal Air Force as a consumer brand. The agreement was thought to be the first partnership with the MOD of its kind.
Hulu and The Walt Disney Company announced that Disney, through a subsidiary of ABC Enterprises Inc., has agreed to join NBC Universal, News Corp. and Providence Equity Partners as a joint venture partner and equity owner of Hulu. Upon closing, the agreement will enhance Hulu’s programming lineup through the expanded online distribution of Disney’s most popular current and library primetime series and library feature films.
Hasbro, Inc. and Discovery Communications announced an agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture, including a television network and website, dedicated to high-quality children's and family entertainment and educational programming. As part of the transaction, the joint venture also will receive a minority interest in the U.S. version of Hasbro.com.
Magna Ent. filed this news release as its second bi-weekly default status report. As a debtor-in-possession under the United States Bankruptcy Code, the firm will not issue a 2008 yearly fiscal report or a Q1 2009 report. The filing of this press release occurred after the two-week period following the company's last status report pending its agreement to terminate MI Development Inc.'s stalking horse bid to acquire certain assets of the company, and the final order of the U.S.
Nickelodeon is basic cable's top total day network for April, posting double-digit leads with its kid 2-11 target audience over competitors for the month, as well as year to date. Nickelodeon also owned the top three kid-targeted programs (SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, ICARLY) on basic cable among total viewers in April -- and placed those three shows among all of basic cable's top five programs with total viewers for the month.
Press Release from DreamWorks Animation
GLENDALE, Calif., April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2009. In the quarter, the Company reported total revenue of $263.5 million and net income of $62.3 million, or $0.71 per share on a fully diluted basis. This compares to revenue of $157.2 million and net income of $26.1 million, or $0.28 per share on a fully diluted basis, for the same period in 2008.
Red Stick began today for real, sort of. An abbreviated session wrapped up around 4, in time for people to go out and enjoy the warm Louisiana sun – which they needed to do after spending the past several hours in the sub-zero temperatures of the Shaw Center’s Manship Theatre.
Press Release from Hasbro, Inc.
First Quarter Highlights-- Net revenues of $621.3 million compared to $704.2 million a year ago; 2009 revenues include a negative $40.2 million impact from foreign exchange, in constant dollars revenues declined 6%; -- Net earnings of $19.7 million or earnings per diluted share of $0.14 compared to $37.5 million or $0.25 per diluted share a year ago.