Ubisoft, one of the world's largest videogame publishers, announced that on July 12, 2007 it sold the 13,367,923 shares it owned in Gameloft (representing 18.89% of the company's capital) to Calyon, Credit Agricole Group's Corporate and Investment Bank. The sale price was 6.08 euros, based on Gameloft's closing share price on July 12, 2007.
TotalVid.com, the Internet video-on-demand service from Landmark Communications, has announced the availability of five new anime series from FUNimation Ent. downloadable through its subscription platform. TotalVid.com offers consumers unlimited access to thousands of enthusiast, special interest and instructional videos, movies and TV episodes in categories such as anime, action sports, martial arts and travel on a subscription basis for $9.95 per month. Individual anime episodes will also be available on a download-to-own basis for $1.99 each.
Walt Disney Studios Asia Pacific's animated feature THE MAGIC GOURD scored $2 million in its second weekend in China and will now be turned into a videogame, reports VARIETY. Walt Disney Internet Group plans to release 15 Java-based mobile games based on the film later in the year.
The CG film's week two receipts were down only 16% over its June 29, 2007, opening weekend.
Digital 04 Studios is pleased to announce additional speakers to the //ADAPT 2007 Conference schedule. Presenting in the 3D Masters Program are Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena, renowned artists and two of the three founders of AnimationMentor.com, the leading online animation school.
Sony Computer Ent. Inc. & Sony Computer Ent. America Inc. (SCEA) recently unveiled a new PSP that has a more streamlined for a video-out port and two new PSP Entertainment Packs based on the DAXTER, FAMILY GUY and STAR WARS properties. The new units will be available in North America this fall for $199.99.
AtomFilms (www.atomfilms.com) and Aardman Animations announced the debut of PIB AND POG, an original broadband animated series. The series plays exclusively on AtomFilms.com at pibandpog.atomfilms.com and through the AtomFilms Channel on Verizon Wireless' V CAST service. Later this month, PIB AND POG will also be available for download on the AtomFilms Channel on xBox Live.
Sony Pictures Ent. has relaunched Grouper as Crackle, a streaming entertainment network. Crackle's comprehensive approach includes a unique programming and editorial strategy, wide-reaching global distribution platforms and collaboration with Sony Pictures Ent., the IMPROV Comedy franchise and other leading media companies.
SCIFI.COM announced July 15, 2007, a slate of online programming exclusive to SCI FI Pulse, the channel's popular broadband channel, including a FARSCAPE webisode series.
SCIFI.COM has ordered a 10-part webisode series based on the award-winning FARSCAPE. Exec produced by Brian Henson and Robert Halmi Jr., and produced by The Jim Henson Co., in association with RHI Ent., the series will revive and expand the beloved FARSCAPE universe.
MySpace and TOKYOPOP have partnered up to premiere four exclusive new shows based on TOKYOPOP's hit manga series I LUV HALLOWEEN, A MIDNIGHT OPERA, BIZENGHAST and RIDING SHOTGUN. Featuring music from the latest underground acts and cutting edge digital animation from Menfond Electronic Art, pilot episodes will air the week of July 16, 2007, with subsequent episodes running weekly thereafter. MySpace and TOKYOPOP are strategically launching a TOKYOPOP-branded profile (www.myspace.com/tokyopoptv) to host and deliver the shows to create a unique one-on-one relationship with MySpace users.
Ubisoft announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo its all-new IMAGINE series of videogames targeted at girls 6-14, allowing them to explore their favorite interests and hobbies in an interactive and entertaining way. The IMAGINE series is part of Ubisoft's strategic expansion into the casual videogame market.
The first games in the Imagine line will launch in October 2007 for Nintendo DS: IMAGINE FASHION DESIGNER, IMAGINE ANIMAL DOCTOR, IMAGINE BABYZ and IMAGINE MASTER CHEF. IMAGINE FIGURE SKATER will follow in early 2008.
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network, is previewing games based upon Cartoon Network and Adult Swim programming at the E3 Media & Business Summit, now underway in the Barker Hanger, in Santa Monica, California. Key titles include BEN 10: PROTECTOR OF EARTH, published by D3Publisher of America Inc. (D3PA) and AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE: ZOMBIE NINJA PRO-AM, published by Midway.
Along with the announcement of it E3 lineup, Konami Digital Ent. Inc. revealed the full voice cast for HELLBOY THE SCIENCE OF EVIL (working title), its upcoming videogame adaptation of the smash hit entertainment property for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and PSP. In addition to Ron Perlman, who portrayed Hellboy in the 2004 feature film, Selma Blair and Doug Jones will reprise their roles from the motion picture as Liz Sherman and Abe Sapien to lend their voices to the game.
Midway Games Inc. announced its product portfolio to be shown at the E3 Business & Media Summit, July 11-13, 2007, in Los Angeles.
SEGA of America Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. announced its lineup of videogames to be presented at the E3 Business & Media Summit 2007. SEGA will debut 13 titles consisting of original and high profile licensed properties developed for the Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. In addition, SEGA continues its strong support of the PC and Games for Windows - Live, handheld systems including the Nintendo DS and the PSP, as well as the PlayStation 2. SEGA will be located in booth #313 in the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport.
Games spanning multiple genres and platforms will be on-hand at the Atari booth (518 and 520) for the E3 Media and Business Summit, taking place July 11-13, 2007, at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California. The games include DRAGON BALL Z: BUDOKAI TENKAICHI 3 for Wii and PlayStation 2, THE WITCHER FOR GAMES for Windows, GODZILLA: UNLEASHED for Wii and JENGA for Wii.
D3Publisher of America Inc. (D3PA) will showcase titles for gamers of all ages at this year's E3 Media & Business Summit, taking place in the Barker Hanger, in Santa Monica, California, from July 11-13, 2007. The company's lineup includes titles based on popular entertainment brands, such as VIZ Media's hit anime series, NARUTO; and Cartoon Network Enterprises' BEN 10; as well as innovative offerings for PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and Wii systems.
D3Publisher of America's game lineup includes:
Akella revealed its lineup of new products that will be showcased at the E3 Media and Business Summit, to take place on July 11-13, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. Akella's products will be displayed in booths # 326 and 328, Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Air Center. Six key titles include DISCIPLES III, JAGGED ALLIANCE 3, HEAVY DUTY, SHOWDOWN: SCORPION, 2025: BATTLE FOR FATHERLAND and NUMEN.
Electronic Arts Inc. revealed the first details surrounding two of the three new original intellectual properties in development at EA Los Angeles (EALA) in collaboration with Steven Spielberg.
"I am a gamer myself and game development has always intrigued me," said Steven Spielberg. "Now I've been able to jump in and do it, enjoying the creative collaboration with the EALA team on our first two games and I feel we have two incredibly unique projects in development."
DC Comics announced today (July 9, 2007), the creation of Zudacomics.com, a new web comics imprint, where DC Comics will soon publish new, never before seen online content featuring new characters and concepts through Zudacomics.com.
Microsoft, the exclusive online media sponsor for Live Earth, has launched the MSN Live Earth Tree (www.liveearthtree.com), which features an interactive online animation that enables people worldwide to pledge their commitment to the environment and join the battle to halt climate change, reports BINK.NU.COM.
Fans of the LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD film from Twentieth Century Fox Films should check out the new LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD BARE-KNUCKLE BRAWL GAME at www.livefreeordiehard.com/index_site.html?section=brawlgame.
This game can be played using a browser or a Nintendo Wiimote. (This game is not associated with nor endorsed by Nintendo.)
LucasArts announced that THRILLVILLE, the videogame where players create and experience the theme park of their dreams, will expand with a whole new season in THRILLVILLE: OFF THE RAILS. It features some of the most outlandish roller-coaster concepts ever imagined, as well as new ways to talk to park guests and a wider array of carnival games. In October 2007, the release amps up the family-friendly mix of gameplay that made the original THRILLVILLE such a hit.
Minnie Driver will provide the voice for Lara Croft in GameTap's REVISIONED, the online animated series that will ask various artists to give their take on TOMB RAIDER for the first season. The 10-episode animated webseries debuts July 10, 2007.
"Minnie Driver really does have a fabulous voice," Ricardo Sanchez, GameTap's vp of content, said. "She's had experience doing animation as well, which was good. She was perfect."
Calon has sold BIG TATTIE, its first animated series for mobile media, to leading mobile distributor, Player X. Additionally, S4C has commissioned Calon to make 20 shorts of a BIG TATTIE for its Rugby World Cup coverage.
A DOGâS BREAKFAST, a dark comedy shot by the cast and crew of the hit STARGATE television series, makes its digital debut today (July 3, 2007) on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com) and Amazon Unbox (www.unbox.amazon.com). The film, which has developed a cult following online and features STARGATE ATLANTIS star David Hewlettâs theatrical directorial debut, is available for download now on both services.