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Headline News Up Videogame Gets THQ Treatment

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.

Headline News Into the Mircoworld Uses New Technique

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.

Headline News Abundant Animates Paramount Picture Show

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.

Headline News Beatles Catalogue on Next Rock Band Release

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.

Headline News Watchmen: The End is Nigh Released from Warner Bros. Interactive

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.

Headline News marblemedia to Animate Sign Language Dictionary

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.

Headline News Monkeyhead's Graphics Introduce Red Bull Big Tune

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.

Headline News Watchmen: Justice is Coming Game to Launch on iPhone, iPod Touch

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.

Headline News Nickelodeon Africa Goes Multi-Splatform

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.

Headline News THQ Serves Sea-Worthy Menu with SpongeBob Beach Party Cook-Off

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.

Headline News WB Launches Interactive Watchmen Site

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.

http://6minutestomidnight.com/.

Headline News SEGA Partners with Pyro Studios for Planet 51 Game

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.

Headline News Ubisoft Acquires Six Flags Video Game

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.

Headline News Bakugan Getting Videogame Treatment

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.

Headline News Ludia Finds Waldo

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.

Headline News Toon Radio Goes Open Source

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.

Headline News Watchmen Arcade Game Launches

Littleloud's latest Flash game delivery for the upcoming WATCHMEN movie has just gone live at www.minutemenarcade.com.

It’s a web-based 1980s-style arcade game to promote the movie release. The cabinet is stationed inside the Gunga Diner, in 1986, where you can play as the Minutemen and enter your high score onto a global leader board.

The game was made over a six-week period from scratch and all of the assets from the 3D build of the diner through to the character sprites were created in-house.

Headline News Ubisoft and Midway Partner to Publish Wheelman

Midway Games has entered into a strategic relationship with Ubisoft to publish WHEELMAN, the open-world driving game starring action-film star Vin Diesel as an expert driver for hire.

Ubisoft will handle sales, marketing, and distribution of the title in North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Midway will continue to direct the development of the title and retains all future rights to the franchise and will sell the title in all other European territories.

Headline News Founders of Ensemble Studios Form Robot Entertainment

Robot Ent. has formed a new game development studio in Plano, Texas. Founded by many of the original founders of Ensemble Studios, Robot has a staff of 45 comprised entirely of former Ensemble employees. Robot's team developed the hit franchise AGE OF EMPIRES, selling over 20 million units worldwide, and the soon-to-be released HALO WARS for Xbox 360. Tony Goodman, the founder of Ensemble, is the CEO of Robot.

Headline News Help Solve the Mystery of the Dollhouse with Interactive Online Drama

Game enthusiasts and Joss Whedon fans alike need not wait for the series premiere of the highly anticipated new drama DOLLHOUSE Friday, Feb. 13 (9:01-10 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX to begin to unravel the show's mythology. "Dollplay," an innovative and unique online participation drama invites Whedonites, crime buffs and FOX fans to solve an intriguing mystery now unfolding at www.fox.com/dollhouse and www.rprimelab.com.

Headline News SEGA Announces New Aliens vs. Predator Game

SEGA of America, SEGA Europe and Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising have revealed new details of their increasing portfolio of upcoming games based on Twentieth Century Fox's ALIENS universe.

SEGA will publish an all-new ALIENS VS. PREDATOR (working title) game in early 2010. The game is currently in development with independent developer Rebellion, creators of the original 1999 ALIENS VERSUS PREDATOR; a legendary title that went on to define an entire generation of multiplayer gaming.

Headline News Conservation International Partners with Kango on Tales 4 Tomorrow

Conservation International entered into a three-year partnership with Kango on the TALES 4 TOMORROW (T4T) brand, which combines animal conservation with games for kids in an online virtual world.

The T4T toy line will be exclusively distributed by Fiesta to specialty and gift channels, and will include eco-friendly plush toys, trading cards and the interactive website www.tales4tomorrow.com. While online, kids will be able to help choose CI projects to save endangered species.

Headline News Reel FX Unleashes Webosaurs

Reel FX Ent.'s first virtual world, WEBOSAURS, will launch in spring 2009. The brave new world boasts customizable 3D dinosaur avatars, a game-filled prehistoric environment, and educational "Webosodes" from international wildlife expert Nigel Marven.

Headline News G.I. Joe Set to Invade Videogames this Summer

Electronic Arts is developing Hasbro's G.I. JOE brand to all major console and handheld gaming platforms in summer 2009 to coincide with the theatrical release of the G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA live-action movie from Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment, in association with Hasbro, which opens in theaters August 7, 2009. EA will unveil a "first look" of the G.I. JOE video game at Hasbro's Showroom at Toy Fair on February 15-17, 2009 in New York City.

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