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Animation Headline News

Channel 4 Plans Online Animation Site

U.K.'s Channel 4 announced that it has commissioned award-winning studio Aardman Animations and leading indie Lupus Films to develop a new online site devoted to animation.

The website, 4mations, will provide a lively new home for animators to view and vote on the latest and greatest animation, upload videos and games for cash prizes, get commissioned to create new work and view classics from the Channel 4 archive.

Disney Headline News

Spectrobes Sequel Information Released

Details of the next game in the highly popular anime-inspired, sci-fi action/role playing game series SPECTROBES have been uncovered.

Disney Interactive Studios announced Wednesday the name of SPECTROBES: BEYOND THE PORTALS, the sequel to SPECTROBES, which shipped more than 1 million units worldwide and was the best-selling third-party Nintendo DS game of 2007 in North America.

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New Details from 2009 Release Of The Sims 3

Electronic Arts announced today the first details on one of interactive entertainment's most anticipated games, THE SIMS 3.

Featuring a brand new engine that has been in development for nearly three years, THE SIMS 3 allows you to immerse your unique Sims in an open living neighborhood right outside their door.

The initial feature-set unveiled includes the new seamless, open neighborhood, new Create A Sim, new realistic personalities and new unlimited customization. THE SIMS 3 will launch globally in 2009.

Television Headline News

Bunny Found on Child's Head Actually Inspires Reading; Parents Shocked!

Super Bunny, Curious George, Edgar and Ellen, and Phineas and Ferb, among others -- all popular children's television characters -- are getting into the action.

They are all recommending books for children to read and the importance of literacy as part of a joint effort between the National Education Association (NEA) and the Smart Television Alliance (STA) in support of NEA's Read Across America project.

NEA is the nation's largest professional organization with 3.2 million members.

Advertising Headline News

Advertising Deal Signed For Cookie Jar's Magi-Nation Game

Cookie Jar Entertainment has signed on GoFish Corporation as the exclusive in-game advertising partner for their highly anticipated online, role-playing game MAGI-NATION: BATTLE FOR THE MOONLANDS.

GoFish, a leading youth entertainment and media network, will provide content-appropriate advertising support for the free-to-play adventure game.

The advertising in MAGI-NATION: BATTLE FOR THE MOONLANDS will be seamlessly incorporated into the players' gaming experience, and will be suitable for the 8-14 year old target audience.

Games Headline News

Epic Games Now On Steam

Epic Games and Valve, two of the PC industry's leading technology and content development studios, have inked an agreement to bring Epic's award-winning titles to Steam, a leading platform for PC games and digital content with more than 15 million accounts around the world.

The Epic hits now available on Steam include Epic's debut classic, UNREAL GOLD, as well as UNREAL II: THE AWAKENING and the UNREAL TOURNAMENT series of games, including the recently released UNREAL TOURNAMENT 3, which has shipped more than a million copies to date.

Game Headline News

Super Smash Bros. Smashes Nintendo Sales Records

After just one week on store shelves, SUPER SMASH BROS. BRAWL for Wii has become the fastest-selling video game in history.

Since its launch on March 9, the feature-packed fighting action game has sold more than 1.4 million units in the United States, including more than 874,000 on March 9 alone. It has sold at a rate of more than 120 units per minute between launch and March 16.

In comparison, Nintendo's SUPER MARIO GALAXY -- also considered a very successful title -- sold 500,000 units its first week last November.

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EA's Offer To Take-Two Gets Hostile

Take-Two Interactive's board has refused to accept Electronic Arts' $2 billion acquisition offer, so EA is turning hostile, VARIETY reports.

The largest videogame publisher went directly to the Take-Two shareholders on Thursday, offering them $26 per share.

The move wasn't surprising as EA had already revealed its offer to the public last month, an amount Take-Two executive chairman Strauss Zelnick said was too low.

EA's bid now represents a 64 percent premium over the last day of trading before the offer was first made.

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Multi-Segment Heavy Metal Animated Film In The Works

The 1970s-era sci-fi fantasy magazine HEAVY METAL will be the inspiration for a Paramount Pictures animated film, led by director David Fincher, according to VARIETY.

The magazine was known for erotic and violent storylines and images, and introduced the work of American artists and writers - including Robert Silverberg, Harlan Ellison and H.R. Giger.

Eight or nine different segments will be created for the film, each with a different director.

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HarperCollins' Web Initiatives For Prince Caspian

HarperCollins Children's Books announces the launch of its "Read It Before You See It" global digital campaign for C. S. Lewis' THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA series.

The massive Web presence focuses attention on the seven books in the series as a lead in to the Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media release of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN film on May 16.

World Headline News

New Online World For Tweens

HarperCollins Children's Books is set to launch Lola's Land next month, an interactive online world for tween girls, based on the character Lola Love created by Lisa Clark.

There are four new LOLA titles this year, starting with IT'S A GIRL THING and VIVA LA DIVA!,, published April 1 ahead of the site going live on April 14.

Lola's Land was created by Mykindaplace, with Sky Digital Media handling advertising sales.

Entertainment Headline News

Restructuring At Sony Online Entertainment

In a strategic move to closely align itself with the strong growth of the worldwide online gaming market, Sony Computer Entertainment announced Thursday that Sony Online Entertainment will report to Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO, SCEI, effective April 1, 2008.

The new structure is designed to mutually benefit both companies by further accelerating the PlayStation business through SOE's strong online gaming expertise.

San Diego-based SOE is currently part of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Games Headline News

Jump Into The Next Pokemon Adventure Early And Get A Free Guide

Two new Pokemon adventures for Nintendo DS are on the way, and Nintendo plans to reward fans for ordering early with guides to help them navigate the games.

Starting March 16, fans who place an order for either POKEMON MYSTERY DUNGEON: EXPLORERS OF TIME or POKEMON MYSTERY DUNGEON: EXPLORERS OF DARKNESS will receive a free, limited-edition POKEMON MYSTERY DUNGEON EXPLORERS GUIDE.

The guide contains an exclusive collection of tips, interviews and an original manga by Ken Sugimori, main art director of Pokemon video games.

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In And Out Of Court: Viacom And Activision Meet In Private

Within the span of two days, Viacom-owned Harmonix Music Systems has filed and withdrawn a lawsuit alleging Activision owes it royalties of $14.5 million for GUITAR HERO III and other spinoff products, VARIETY reports.

Harmonix, the developer of the first two GUITAR HERO games and the ROCK BAND game, filed the suit on Monday, saying Activision improperly used their technology to create the third installment of the hugely popular franchise.

By Tuesday night, Viacom reported that it was withdrawing the suit, with discussions to commence out of court.

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Fight Continues Between Take-Two and EA

Electronic Arts' bid to buy upstart Take-Two Interactive for $2 billion has gone virtually unanswered, according to Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick in a conference call with analysts on Tuesday, VARIETY reports.

The GRAND THEFT AUTO publisher remains open to discussing an acquisition after GRAND THEFT AUTO IV's release on April 29, but Zelnick said EA had rejected that option.

The $2 billion offer was deemed inadequate by Take-Two, but odds increased on Monday that EA (or another company) would offer a higher price.

Film Headline News

Dinner For Two From Emmy Award-Winning Animator

Conflicts between two people can sometimes lead to dire consequences: relationships are broken, innocent bystanders sometimes get hurt and there always is a possibility that violence will erupt.

The Responsibility Project and the National Film Board of Canada presents DINNER FOR TWO, an animated film short that brings these themes to life in the rawest of places -- the jungle.

Games Headline News

Futuremark Games Studio Selects Allegorithmic's ProFX

Allegorithmic announced that the newly launched Futuremark Games Studio has chosen ProFX as its texturing solution for next-generation game development.

ProFX and its authoring companion MaPZone were selected for their ability to rapidly author high-quality textures with maximum control.

Futuremark, famous for its breathtaking 3DMark benchmarks, will use ProFX to develop its first original IP game.

The non-linear authoring process behind ProFX enables game studios to produce texture assets up to two times faster than with regular techniques.

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Sega Ships House Of The Dead 2 and 3

Sega's THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD 2 & 3 RETURN for the Wii is in stores now in North America.

Delivering two of the best versions from the popular arcade series, THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD 2 and THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD III, this great collection flawlessly brings the intense arcade action home with new features exclusive for Wii gamers.

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Meet The JellyBeats Today

Aardman and Digital Outlook Studios are collaborating to co-produce a set of music-loving characters for teens: the JellyBeats, released today.

The JellyBeats are a collection of jellyfish, each one representing a different musical genre. They dance, talk and swim in the style of their musical preference.

The characters were created by Peter Peake for Aardman and developed together with Digital Outlook Studios.

Targeted at teens 14-18 years old the first phase was launched Wednesday and will consist of 16 different JellyBeat characters.

World Headline News

Guitar Hero Player Jams Way Into Guinness Records

To mark the launch of the inaugural GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS: GAMER'S EDITION 2008, some of the nation's best players of GUITAR HERO III: LEGENDS OF ROCK convened in New York City for a mesmerizing record-breaking jam session.

When the dust settled, one of the best GUITAR HERO players in the world, Chris Chike, age 16 from Rochester, Minnesota, walked away with a new Guinness World Record for the "Highest Score for a Single Song on GUITAR HERO III: LEGENDS OF ROCK"

Anime Headline News

Anime In The Limelight Returns To Toon Radio

Toon Radio and Limelight Media announce the return of ANIME IN THE LIMELIGHT after a three-year hiatus.

The Japanese anime and videogame music radio show has been on local terrestrial radio and has been recording new episodes since January 2008.

It will resume broadcasting on the Toon Radio internet radio station (www.toonradio.net) on March 15, 2008.

On the air since 1997, Anime in the Limelight is a 30 to 60 minute Japanese animation music and Japanese pop culture show.

Game Headline News

Atari Logs On To Steam

Atari and Valve announced an agreement to bring a variety of PC games from the Atari catalog to Steam.

Steam is a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC games and digital content with over 15 million accounts around the world.

Atari is one of the world's most recognized brands and a third-party video game publisher and distributor,

Now, gamers in North America may add the following Atari titles to their Steam games library:

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Condemned 2: Bloodshot In Stores

Sega's CONDEMNED 2: BLOODSHOT has shipped to retailers for Xbox 360 and will be available on PlayStation 3 on March 18.

CONDEMNED 2: BLOODSHOT, the next chapter in the horrifying series that began with the award-winning and critically acclaimed CONDEMNED: CRIMINAL ORIGINS, is a first-person action thriller that will immerse players back into a universe of unimaginable psychological terror.

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Hulu Launches Wednesday

Hulu, the online video service from News Corp. and NBC Universal, officially launches on Wednesday with content from partners Warner Bros. TV Group and Lionsgate, among others, VARIETY reports.

The move out of beta to live will offer full-length episodes of 250 TV series and 100 full-length feature films, all supported by ads.

A few hundred additional titles will be available in clip or behind-the-scenes form.

Million Headline News

Internet Guru Greenspan Acquires Revver

Brad Greenspan has acquired online video-sharing site Revver.com in a stock deal, making it part of LiveUniverse, which reaches 40 million unique visitors each month, VARIETY reports.

Revver's videos were ad supported and paid content creators depending on their view count. Revver will now be merged with LiveVideo.com's social network, video and interactive offerings.

They will continue to exist as separate branded properties, but will combine ad sales and customer service personnel.

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