Gazillion Ent. entered into a worldwide licensing agreement with Marvel Ent. to develop and publish MMO games featuring Marvel's iconic universe of more than 5,000 superheroes, including elements from its films and animated series. The first game in development is a casual MMO for younger audiences based on Marvel's SUPER HERO SQUAD property. SUPER HERO SQUAD features an exciting, super-stylized look for the greatest superheroes, including Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Thor, Fantastic Four, Captain America and many others.
Esurance, the online auto insurance company, has recently launched a new STAR TREK movie-themed Flash game featuring the company's special agent brand icon, Erin Esurance. The free online game includes animated versions of alien life-forms from J.J. Abrams' upcoming STAR TREK film produced by Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Ent. and due in theaters May 8, 2009. Esurance's STAR TREK movie-themed online game is the latest addition of fresh content to the company's STAR TREK micro-site: http://www.esurance.com/StarTrek.
Hybrid production studio Psychic Bunny have announced that ELECTBiLAT, a project spanning four years and one of the largest efforts to which the firm has contributed its game design and writing services, is being deployed for training.
Somewhere -- perhaps in Chicago, maybe in Paris, possibly in Tokyo -- the 100 millionth system in the Nintendo DS franchise has been shipped to a distributor or a retailer as of March 6, 2009. The combined total sales of 100 million Nintendo DS systems, Nintendo DS Lite systems and Nintendo DSi systems represent a significant milestone in the life of this franchise, which is still going strong.
Movies from Universal Studios Home Ent. and television programs from NBC Universal will be available for purchase on PlayStation Network, which is accessible for download via PlayStation 3 and PSP systems in the United States. Sony Computer Entertainment America now has a deal with every major motion picture studio.
YU-GI-OH! 5D'S WHEELIE BREAKERS for Nintendo Wii and YU-GI-OH! 5D'S STARDUST ACCELERATOR: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2009 for Nintendo DS are currently in development by Konami and set to launch in May 2009. The latest iterations in the popular franchise are based on the YU-GI-OH! 5D'S series on the 4Kids Network, which takes place in the future and features Yusei Fudo and Jack Atlus, the hottest duelists in Neo Domino City.
Gameloft has signed a licensing agreement with The Halcyon Company to develop, distribute and publish the official mobile game to the first film of the new TERMINATOR trilogy, TERMINATOR SALVATION. The game will be available day and date of the film release on May 22, 2009.
Disney today announced the launch of D23 (www.Disney.com/D23), the first official community for Disney fans in the company's 85-year history. Through D23, fans will go backstage and behind closed doors to get the inside scoop from every part of Disney, while experiencing the nostalgia, adventure and fantasy of Disney as never before.
The name "D23" pays homage to the wonder and excitement that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his fledgling studio in Hollywood.
THQ is working on the UP videogame, based on the anticipated Disney-Pixar film, to all major consoles worldwide beginning in spring 2009. UP is currently in development across seven game systems, including Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP and Games for Windows and Mac.
Birmingham's Second Home Productions has developed an innovative new animation technique for its latest animated sequence "Into The Microworld."
The film brings together the digital domain of computer generated images, stop-motion animation and technology developed for producing engineering prototypes, moving Second Home to the forefront of new animation production.
This month Paramount in the U.K. launches a brand-new film promotion vehicle called the "Paramount Picture Show." Conceived and produced by independent production company Abundant, this five-minute animated film will feature sneak previews of new theatrical releases, clips from new home releases, exclusive interviews, competitions and more. The short film will be available online and on mobile phones and will distributed widely throughout social media.
Multiple news sources are reporting that the next release of Harmonix's ROCK BAND will feature music from The Beatles.
VARIETY reports that Beatles management said Thursday that a version of the game with Beatles music will debut in September, along with accompanying instruments modeled after the ones used by George, Paul, John and Ringo.
Longtime Beatles producer George Martin's son, Giles Martin, is developing the game. The band's management, Apple Corps Ltd, is partnering on the project with MTV Games and Harmonix.
WATCHMEN: THE END IS NIGH, a long-form downloadable videogame published by Warner Bros. Interactive Ent., has launched on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360, PC via download and on the PlayStation Network. WATCHMEN: THE END IS NIGH is a prequel to the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures' WATCHMEN film, which opens in theatres nationwide on March 6, 2009.
marblemedia and The Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf (CCSD) have teamed up again to create the first children's animated American Sign Language (ASL) dictionary. The dictionary will finally allow deaf children to look up vocabulary according to their own, primary language -- ASL along with the English vocabulary counterpart -- without having to rely on adults for definitions.
Motion design and production company Monkeyhead created opening titles and custom graphics package for the RED BULL BIG TUNE documentary web series, and for the forthcoming BIG TUNE documentary special set to air in April on BET.
WATCHMEN: JUSTICE IS COMING, an online multiplayer game for the iPhone and iPod Touch based on the upcoming film WATCHMEN, will hit iTunes soon from Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.
Just six months after launching a dedicated, 24 hour Nickelodeon channel to more than 1.5 million subscribers across southern Africa, MTV Networks International, a division of Viacom, will expand the brand across multiple media platforms.
SPONGEBOB VS. THE BIG ONE: BEACH PARTY COOK-OFF has shipped to retail stores throughout North America exclusively for Nintendo DS from THQ. Based on Nickelodeon's upcoming episode airing in April, SPONGEBOB VS. THE BIG ONE, the new SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS cooking game offers a full menu of quirky and innovative dishes that can only be prepared SPONGEBOB-style.
SPONGEBOB VS. THE BIG ONE: BEACH PARTY COOK-OFF is rated E for everyone and is available at the suggested retail price of $29.99. This game is also expected to be available in Europe and Australia later this month.
Warner Bros. has launched "WATCHMEN - 6 Minutes to Midnight."
Visit the site and enter your name to experience a 10-minute long interactive trailer for WATCHMEN. You will enter the world of WATCHMEN, interact with one of the characters, and unlock exclusive content from the film.
Ubisoft has acquired the publishing rights for SIX FLAGS FUN PARK from former publisher Brash Ent. Partnering with theme park company Six Flags, Ubisoft will release the game for Wii to North America stores on March 10, 2009.
Activision Publishing and Corus Ent.'s Nelvana Enterprises will develop and distribute video games based on the toy and action animated television series BAKUGAN. The first BAKUGAN game will be released for Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 in fall 2009.
SEGA Europe, SEGA of America, and Madrid-based Pyro Studios will create a game based on its upcoming animated film, PLANET 51. The PLANET 51 game will be available in winter 2009 for Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo DS.
Interactive entertainment company Ludia will create video games based on publishing phenomenon and ultimate world traveler, WHERE'S WALDO?.
Through the exclusive multi-year deal with rights-holder Entertainment Rights, the pop culture icon will leap from the pages of his best-selling books to engaging new games for consoles, PC/Mac, iPhone and iPod touch -- for the first time. The first in the game series, WHERE'S WALDO?: THE FANTASTIC JOURNEY is slated to launch across several major platforms later this year.
Toon Radio has plans to turn over a portion of its broadcast schedule over to its listeners.
Toon Radio is setting aside Friday evenings for its listeners to use as they please. This new block will be called Open Source, in reference to the software community of the same name. Open Source will allow listeners and bloggers alike to have their own audio clips and podcast recordings play on Toon Radio's audio stream.