A Squared Entertainment LLC, a new children's media company formed by veterans Andy Heyward (Co-President) and Amy Moynihan (Co-President), has teamed up with AOL to unveil a new slate of purpose-driven entertainment brands for children. The programs will feature some of the most iconic personalities of all time -- Warren Buffett, Gisele Bundchen, Martha Stewart and the late Carl Sagan -- and will entertain and teach kids about finance, the environment, creativity, and science.
Press Release from Blizzard Entertainment and Legendary Pictures
LOS ANGELES -- Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Legendary Pictures announced today that Sam Raimi has signed on to direct the eagerly-anticipated major motion picture based on Blizzard Entertainment's award-winning Warcraft universe. Raimi has, in the course of his career, clearly demonstrated a genius for developing and adapting existing fictional universes for mainstream audiences while staying true to the spirit of the original content.
Press Release from Disney Interactive Studios
BURBANK, Calif. -- A unique group of pint-sized heroes is ready to save the world. G-FORCE, the video game inspired by the highly anticipated feature film "G-Force" from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, is available now at all major retailers.
G-FORCE is available on Wii, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, Nintendo DS and Windows-based PC.
Press Release from Target Entertainment Group
London: Target Entertainment Group has signed its first licensing deals for PlayStation software IPs (Intellectual Properties), covering a range of titles.
A plush and accessory deal for LITTLEBIGPLANET has already been secured with Impact International for the UK, Eire and the Middle East. The deal will see the toy company produce a range of plush items, bean toys, mugs, bobbleheads and bags, all featuring LITTLEBIGPLANET's iconic character Sackboy.
Press Release from Electronic Arts
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Visceral Games, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced a collaboration with DC Comics/WildStorm to develop a comic book mini-series based on DANTE'S INFERNO, EA's video game adaptation of part one of THE DIVINE COMEDY.
Press Release from Ubisoft
SAN FRANCISCO -- July 21, 2009 -- Today Ubisoft stepped into the social gaming medium, unveiling UbiFriends, a new gaming portal on Facebook Platform. The portal will regularly offer new games and applications for Facebook users to share and have fun with their Facebook friends. The first game available on UbiFriends is TickTock, a trivia game designed to test Facebook users' knowledge of their friends.
Press Release from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
BURBANK, Calif., July 21 -- Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment, together with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, today announced the release of an all new original digital motion comic series, Time Jumper, available exclusively on the iTunes store (www.iTunes.com), beginning July 24, 2009.
Hasbro, Inc. and Discovery Communications announced that children’s entertainment veteran Margaret Loesch has been named President and CEO of the companies’ multi-platform joint venture. The yet-to-be-named network is expected to premiere in Fall 2010 reaching approximately 60 million U.S. households on what is currently Discovery Kids channel. Loesch will assume her new position on August 17th and will be based in Los Angeles.
Press Release from Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
NEW YORK -- Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) today announced revised revenue and earnings guidance for fiscal 2009.
Press Release from Warner Bros. Digital Distribution
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution today announced the availability of exclusive Harry Potter content on the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com). Harry Potter fans can download for free and enjoy never before seen footage from the highly anticipated film "Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince" and a Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince App.
Press Release from Psychic Bunny
Next Gen content produced by those who consume it: hybrid production studio Psychic Bunny is excited to unveil its original content banner Lead Balloon (www.madeoflead.com). Launched to produce feature films, web series, games, mobile and interactive projects, Lead Balloon is currently wrapping two projects, an exclusive web series "Coma, Period" with a distribution deal soon to be announced and an independent feature film "The Echo Game."
Press Release from Disney Interactive Studios
BURBANK, Calif. -- A new generation of fans will soon connect like never before with the illustrious story and characters of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Disney Interactive Studios today announced it will publish the video game inspired by DISNEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the Charles Dickens tale re-imagined by Robert Zemeckis as a major feature film starring Jim Carrey. DISNEY'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL video game is scheduled for release exclusively for Nintendo DS in North America on November 3, 2009.
Press Release from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
One of the world's leading game developers -- Ubisoft -- is coming to Toronto, Canada to establish a major video game studio and create 800 high-quality jobs over 10 years.
Warner Bros. has purchased most of Midway Games' assets for $33 million in bankruptcy court, according to VARIETY. WB now owns MORTAL KOMBAT, SPY HUNTER and JOUST, among other game franchises. It opted not to buy two development studios owned by Midway in San Diego, California and Newcastle, England.
A bankruptcy court in Delaware gave the approval for the deal last week, adding that all objections to the sale had been resolved. Midway filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.
Press Release from Six Flags, Inc.
Six Flags, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SIXFQ), the world's largest regional theme park company, announced today that it will expand its partnership with Nintendo and provide theme park guests with the unique opportunity to play the upcoming Wii Sports Resort(TM) video game. The game features 12 different fun sports activities like archery, basketball and table tennis that everyone in the family can play and comes with the new Wii MotionPlus(TM) accessory, which makes games even more precise.
Kunio Kato's 2009 Academy Award-winning animated short film, LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES, as well as his earlier work, THE DIARY OF TORTOV RODDLE are streaming today on Crunchyroll. More information can be found at:
Press Release from LucasArts
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- July 6, 2009 -- Fans have asked and LucasArts has delivered! Today the company announced a new initiative in its effort to revive its classic and beloved franchises by making its games available for the first time ever as digital downloads online.
Four studios bid for the rights to the Atari videogame ASTEROIDS and THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says Universal has won the game. BEDTIME STORIES writer Matthew Lopez will pen the script. Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce.
The game debuted in 1979 as an arcade title where a triangle spaceship blasted asteroids and flying saucers while trying to avoid smashing into the space debris.
THQ is taking toy firm Jakks Pacific to court over their joint venture on the World Wrestling Entertainment games, reports Gamasutra.com. Jakks unilaterally renewed its contract with the WWE without consulting the game publisher. THQ claims that Jakks has no right to make decisions that affect both companies. THQ specifically disliked the provision in the contract that prevents the publisher to release any wrestling game for one year following the termination of the WWE deal.