Press release from ACM SIGGRAPH (New Orleans, LA) - Winners of FJORG!, the third annual "iron-animator" style competition and GameJam!, the first videogame competition were announced during SIGGRAPH 2009, the 36th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques taking place this week in New Orleans.
Kotaku reports that DDM.tv in Japan will begin streaming HD-quality adult flicks to PlayStation 3 consoles. Consumers in Japan will need a broadband connection and an HDMI cable to download the Blu-ray quality content. Users can log onto the DMM.tv website and search through the available titles, which will be available on the PS3 as an on-demand service.
The transformation from game to animated movie is growing increasingly common. It’s usually driven by a title’s notoriety. Some translate well. Others do not. Enter Halo, one of the most popular franchises in the gaming world.
The Sims are off on an adventure to famous destinations around the world! The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. today announced that The Sims 3 World Adventures is in development and will ship to retailers worldwide the week of November 16, 2009.
Joystiq.com reports that Capcom has pushed the DARK VOID release to 2010. The move is to avoid a full fall season of game releases. Airtight Games developed the jet pack flying game. DARK VOID was set to hit stores in September, which is the same month that HALO 3 ODST is set to drop. However, the first quarter of 2010 is looking even more packed than the fall with such titles as SPLINTER CELL: CONVICTION, BIOSHOCK 2 and RED STEEL 2 already set for release.
Jeff Junge has been promoted to SVP, Business Management, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, it was announced today by Kevin Tsujihara, President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.
The final episode of WALLACE & GROMIT'S GRAND ADVENTURES releases today, completing a four-month escapade that has taken the famous inventor and his faithful pooch through a madcap series of wild and engaging new stories. Available today for PC at www.telltalegames.com, THE BOGEY MAN puts Wallace's mechanical and social skills -- not to mention his golf swing -- to the test. Filled with unrequited romance, hidden mysteries, perplexing contraptions, and a heavy dose of comic relief, THE BOGEY MAN brings the series to an exciting climax in grand WALLACE & GROMIT style.
Sony Pictures has picked up a pitch from screenwriter Sheldon Turner to adapt Sucker Punch videogame inFAMOUS into a feature film, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
The deal, in the seven figures, is still being process with Sony's sister company Sony Computer Ent., which publishes the game. Avi Arad and Ari Arad will produce. Sony execs Matt Tolmach and Jonathan Kadin are overseeing for the studio.
Press Release from Microsoft Corp.
A renowned set of storytellers from some of the world's leading anime studios in Japan are about to take one of the most iconic franchises in science fiction and video games to a new level. Microsoft Corp., in collaboration with some of the most acclaimed anime creators, today unveiled a new project called "Halo Legends," which will bring the "Halo" franchise and its sweeping sci-fi saga to an entirely new medium, in the form of several original anime short films.
Showtime is creating 12 animated webisodes that will serve as a DEXTER prequel to the series, reports THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's James Hibberd.
Titled "Earl Cuts," the webisodes will explore how Dexter honed his killing craft and will be online this fall. Michael C. Hall will do the voice work.
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 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.
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.
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.