Pileated Pictures announced that it recently wrapped production of a dozen animated episodes to support the launch of Trivial Pursuit DVD for Kids. The team at Pileated handled all aspects of production for Parker Brothers, owned by Hasbro, including animation, design, voice-over production, video post work and DVD authoring.
Immersive community sites Urbanics.com and Ikoncity.com have pitted their gamers against each other in a battle for bragging rights as well as cool prizes. Members of the two sites can sign up to participate in the competition at www.ikoncity.com/battlezone10/. Top scorer will win an Urbaniacs t-shirt and the top will earn bonus Urbos, which can be used on the site to pimp out your custom Urbaniacs character.
Fox Interactive Media (FIM) and FOX offered fans on the Web an exclusive glimpse at the new season of THE SIMPSONS series. Through a campaign sponsored by Burger King, FIM sites will offer a promotional premier look at the first episode starting Sept. 8, 2006. In a first, online fans on three FIM sites, including MySpace.com (www.myspace.com/thesimpsons), FOX.com (www.fox.com) and IGN.com's new site IGN TV (www.igntv.com) have the exclusive opportunity to see the first seven minutes of the first episode before it airs on television.
A trio of Kansas University students has begun to drum up interest for their upcoming webtoon ZOOK MAYHEM AND THE BANDITS by releasing a short one-minute prequel at www.zookmayhem.com, reports THE KANSAN.
Having worked on the cartoon for the past seven months, creator Nolan T. Jones felt the prequel would be a great way to introduce the characters and spur interest in the series before the first episode launches in October.
In a broadcasting first, SCI FI will launch its season online, with a five-week, 10-episode online-only prequel season called BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE RESISTANCE. Premiering today (Sept. 5, 2006) SCIFI.COM will begin airing two- to three-minute episodes every Tuesday and Thursday at midnight, at www.scifi.com/battlestar, leading up to the Oct. 6 season 3 premiere on television.
iEntertainment Network, the award-winning developer of the World Famous WARBIRDS TOTALSIMS series, will develop the first Massively Multiplayer Online Game to tie in with the theatrical release of FLYBOYS, the true life World War I aerial adventure (with vfx by Double Negative and Framestore CFC), to be released on Sept. 22 through MGM.
Electronic Arts Inc. announced two separate agreements with Massive Inc. and IGA Worldwide Inc. in a move that will offer to marketers on a global basis new dynamic advertising opportunities across select EA franchises on the Xbox 360.
A portfolio of EA games developed for the Xbox 360 and PC worldwide will be incorporated into Massive's Video Game Network. Massive is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft. Financial terms of today's agreement were not disclosed.
Aardman Animations will, this week, launch its own mobile TV channel on the Orange TV service.
The channel, Aardman Animations will consist of a video loop, refreshed weekly of its own content combined with some of the best animation sourced elsewhere in Britain and around the world.
Electronic Arts announced that MADDEN NFL 07, the newest iteration of the EA SPORTS best-selling football franchise with the exclusive videogame license of the NFL and PLAYERS INC, is in stores everywhere. MADDEN NFL 07 features the all-new Lead Blocker Control and the new highlight stick so players can run like the real players run. NFL Superstar: Hall of Fame mode comes to Madden NFL 07 this year, where you can live the life of an NFL Superstar.
Cult genre magazine FANGORIA is launching a broadband television network, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. FangoriaTV.com already is offering on-demand movie trailers, public domain and independent movies and other content. The broadband networks official launch will be announced Oct. 1, 2006, at Fangoria's conference.
At the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, Microsoft Corp. unveiled several new products to enhance its gaming line the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows and Habu mouse in alliance with Razer USA Ltd. Guided by consumer feedback, these new products address specific gamer demands and demonstrate Microsoft Hardware's increased focus on the PC gaming market.
Konami Digital Ent. Inc. has release new information regarding the upcoming release of KARAOKE REVOLUTION PRESENTS: AMERICAN IDOL for the PlayStation 2. Gamers will not only come face-to-face with judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson as they rate performances and provide feedback, but Konamis artificial intelligence (AI) will also enable them to critique specific parts of any performance, a first in the franchises history.
Square Enix Inc. announced today (Aug. 23, 2006) that FINAL FANTASY III for the Nintendo DS will ship to retailers on Nov. 14, 2006. Incorporating the latest in portable gaming technology. FINAL FANTASY III features graphics that have been reworked and remodeled in full 3D, providing a brand new experience while maintaining the mythical FINAL FANTASY look and feel.
LucasArts will partner with Free Radical Design to develop a new videogame for next-generation console platforms. Product and release details will be unveiled at a later date.
Free Radical has always been about titles with great gameplay and innovative design, said Peter Hirschmann, vp of product development at LucasArts. In the battle for videogame quality, these guys are at the front of the line. This teams pedigree is one of the best in the business.
Autodesk Media & Ent.s new community portal, Area (www.the-area.com), is now live. The site is intended to be a centralized repository of content created using Autodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max animation, modeling and rendering software; Autodesk MotionBuilder character animation software; or Autodesk VIZ 3D modeling, rendering and presentation software. To foster collaboration and networking within the industry, content on the Area is intended to be generated by the community, and supported by Autodesk.
Studio ArtFX has released ANIME GENESIS: HOW TO TURN YOUR ANIME DREAMS INTO REALITY, a new podcast series that will continue in the Studio ArtFX tradition of showing how it was done. ANIME GENESIS, or ANIGEN for short, can bring users up to date information on the state of independent animation and the tools that continue to allow artists to create studio quality work without millions of dollars or major studio backing.
Epic Games and Electronic Arts Inc. have entered into a license agreement for EA to adopt the Unreal Engine 3 for use in several next-generation titles that are currently under development. With the largest studio operation in the world, EA employs a variety of engines, tools and technologies to best serve the needs of each game and development team.
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.
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.
F.E.A.R. COMBAT features: