Ubisoft announced today (Aug. 17, 2006), that STAR WARS: LETHAL ALLIANCE, an action-adventure game developed for the PSP and Nintendo DS, by Ubisofts Montreal and Casablanca Studios, respectively, will launch worldwide in December 2006. STAR WARS: Ubisoft is creating STAR WARS: LETHAL ALLIANCE under a long-term licensing partnership with LucasArts.
Fox Interactive Media (FIM) and 20th Century Fox announced a multi-year agreement to provide feature films and television shows on a download-to-own basis across the FIM network. Fox Interactive Media's network will have access to Fox Ent. Group's catalogue of content including hit feature films such as X-MEN THE LAST STAND and THE OMEN as well as episodes of television series like 24 and PRISON BREAK. IGN Ent.
WildTangent, the leading online game publisher, announced a new strategic investment from WPP, one of the world's leading communications services groups. WPP's investment in WildTangent will enhance its global client roster's ability to tap into the WildTangent Game Network (WGN), a videogame advertising network that includes hundreds of popular online and downloadable games from WildTangent's own studios in addition to titles from top publishers like Nickelodeon, The Walt Disney Internet Group and other leading online game developers.
Autodesk Inc. has launched the Autodesk Lustre 2007 digital color grading solution. Lustre has shaped hundreds of films, including KING KONG, CLERKS II and the upcoming films MACBETH and THE BLACK DAHLIA. There is also growing demand for specialized digital grading tools such as Lustre in the TV industry and for films shot in high definition (HD). With Lustre, colorists can deliver stylized looks, maintain continuity across shots and change the time of day during which a story takes place.
BET's newly-established animation division announces two new major deals in the world of animation. BET has partnered with Film Roman to produce a slate of animated films and multi-platform series. In addition, BET is re-uniting Denys Cowan, BET svp of animation and his former creative partner, Milestone Media co-founder Dwayne McDuffie (STATIC SHOCK) to create a new action adventure series.
Gameloft, a leading developer and publisher of games for mobile phones, has signed an exclusive multi-year agreement with Touchstone Television to develop, publish and distribute mobile games based on the award-winning series LOST and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, which air on ABC-TV in the U.S. The games are scheduled for release in early 2007.
Bethesda Softwork has secured all five actors who portrayed the STAR TREK series captains William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Scott Bakula, Avery Brooks and Kate Mulgrew to provide voiceovers in the STAR TREK: LEGACY videogame. The collaboration marks the first time the five actors have participated in a single STAR TREK project together.
GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System Inc. (TBS), has added content for its animation channel, featuring an original series entitled, "Computer Lab," and select animation content from the Cartoon Network and the Anime Channel. COMPUTER LAB is the 12th original series to debut only on GameTap.
Sierra Ent. has renamed the multiplayer component from the award-winning PC title, F.E.A.R. (FIRST ENCOUNTER ASSAULT RECON) to F.E.A.R. COMBAT, and will be made available to the public as a free download on Aug. 17, 2006.
F.E.A.R. COMBAT is the complete multiplayer component of F.E.A.R., and includes all the updates, additional official maps and additional official game modes all in one downloadable file. F.E.A.R. COMBAT users may play against the owners of the retail version of F.E.A.R., as well as the other F.E.A.R. COMBAT users.
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Warner Bros. Online is launching a website for the classic animation house Hanna-Barbera, relaunching its Scooby-Doo website and add a host of new content to its LooneyTunes.com site.
Beginning in mid-August, each site will roll out new, innovative, interactive content, including: broadband video channels featuring classic animated shorts; original downloadable audio content; customized applications; social networking; user-generated content; games and much more.
Rockstar, the maker of best-selling videogame series GRANT THEFT AUTO, announced that it would launch its controversial new game, BULLY, in October.
Set in a U.S. boarding school, the game follows 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins as he violently defends himself against school bullies ranging from nerds to jocks to authoritarian prefects.
"Finally BULLY can speak for itself. People can look at the game and see what it is and what it's not," company spokesman Rodney Walker said.
Vivendi Games' Sierra Ent. has secured top Hollywood talent to provide voices for the characters featured in the videogame, TIMESHIFT, scheduled to release for the Xbox 360 and PC this September. Dennis Quaid, Nick Chinlund and Michael Ironside will add their voices to the original first-person shooter videogame offering unprecedented time-control technology that allows players to slow, stop or reverse time in order to overcome difficult scenarios and defeat challenging enemies.
iThentic.com is looking for original animated short to distribute over cellphones. The company is looking for film under three minutes and 15 MB file size. Visit www.ithentic.com for details or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Entries that arrive before Aug. 15, 2006, will be considered for iThentics September release.
Mark Burnett Prods. and AOL are collaborating with DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features to create the FLUSHED AWAY UNDERGROUND ADVENTURE, DreamWorks first online game with custom animation integration, based upon the animated feature, FLUSHED AWAY, which opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 3, 2006.
Vivendi Games' Sierra Ent. has released MIAMI VICE THE GAME to U.S. retail stores. Set in present-day Miami, the third-person action shooter is inspired by the Universal Pictures crime drama, MIAMI VICE, in theaters July 28, 2006. Players will go deep undercover as narcotic officers Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs in the notorious world of MIAMI VICE.
Developed by U.K.-based Rebellion, MIAMI VICE THE GAME is available exclusively for PSP. The development of the game comes through an agreement with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group.
Lionsgate has launched the first 10 minutes of its Marvel animated feature, ULTIMATE AVENGERS 2, on the popular website, Habbo.com. This event marks the first time the online community will be able to view 10 full minutes of a never-before-seen film prior to its release.
Fans of the popular SIMS videdogame series may enrich the lives of their Sims with the addition of an animal companion. Electronic Arts announced SIMS 2, is going to the dogs and for that matter, to the cats, guinea pigs and birds too. The company is releasing The Sims 2 Pets on current generation console systems, handheld platforms and as a PC expansion pack. THE SIMS 2 PETS will build on the THE SIMS 2 experience that allows players to create and control digital characters throughout their lives while determining the outcome of their relationships and choosing their destiny.
THQ Inc. has released MONSTER HOUSE videogame for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, GameBoy Advance and Nintendo DS. The game is based on the recently released MONSTER HOUSE film by award-winning producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, and director Gil Kenan. Many could be seen playing it at the recent Comic-Con International 2006.
University Games, an international toy and game company, has aligned with the LEGO Group to create LEGO branded games and Colorforms products.
Available now, LEGO BIONICLE: The Quest Game includes six exclusive Toa Inika game piece figures and a Protodermis ball launcher that players use to take on the evil Piraka. Each player needs to find the Mask of Life and save the BIONICLE universe.
ReelTime Rentals Inc., the first broadband network offering a true full screen, DVD quality, "point, click and watch" online television experience, announced today (July 19, 2006) it is launching a specific service for kids of animated and live-action programming.
With 2006 being the 40th Anniversary of SPEED RACER, Art Asylum will be premiering episodes of the new animated promos, as well as the videogame, upcoming SPEED RACER soundtrack and toy line exclusively at Booth # 3913 at San Diegos Comic-Con, July 1923, 2006. Each day of the show fans can come by and watch the individual episodes while they meet the team from Heroes Garage.
The Right Stuf Intl (TRSI) has launched a special episode of ANIME TODAY, the first commercial podcast aimed at anime and manga enthusiasts, covering the biggest anime convention in the U.S. Anime Expo.
ANIME TODAY is rated one of the top 100 podcasts of all TV & Movie podcasts subscriptions on Apples iTunes competing against major podcasts by corporate moguls such as Cartoon Network, Fox and HBO. ANIME TODAY fans have been raving about the show since its initial debut last November.
The HELLO GARCI video is now on Google Video, reports INQ7.net. The short animation features excerpts from Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's alleged phone conversation with Commission on Elections Commissioner Virgilio "Garci" Garcillano as she manipulate the results of the 2004 elections in her favor.
D7 Studios has launched the first chapter of its new animated adventure series, D7PEACEMAKER REVELATION, in multi-platform release, including High Definition, DVD, iPod and Internet download at www.D7.com. The online version of the series allows the viewer to watch and interact with additional scenes, giving more insight into specific characters and foreshadow events to come.
SmashPhone, a mobile phone comic strip network, announced it's bringing Amy DeZeller's DATING AMY and Chris Muir's DAY BY DAY comic strips to mobile phones everywhere. Viewers may access the SmashPhone Comic Strip Network through Verizon, Cingular, Sprint, T-Mobile and many other carriers. The comics are served by SmashPhone for free (although phone company data charges may apply).