qubo announced a new partnership with Bejuba! Ent. and zinc Roe design, the creators of the ZIMMER TWINS, one of Canada's most popular kids' websites, to bring the award-winning property to American audiences on qubo.com. Winner of the 2007 International Interactive Emmy Award, the ZIMMER TWINS, Edgar and Eva, are animated characters featured in interactive cartoons that kids can create from scratch, modify and share with their friends in a rich, safe web environment.
Worldwide Biggies Inc. has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Act III Licensing to develop a series of games based on the 1987 cult film classic THE PRINCESS BRIDE. Marking the first time the film will be brought into the interactive entertainment arena, Worldwide Biggies will create a downloadable game entitled TRUE LOVE AND HIGH ADVENTURE - THE OFFICIAL PRINCESS BRIDE GAME, as well as THE OFFICIAL PRINCESS BRIDE DVD GAM" featured exclusively on the film's 20th Anniversary DVD Nov. 13, 2007 from MGM Home Ent.
After launching just one week ago, the SESAME STREET Podcast is the most downloaded video on iTunes. Since the launch on Sept. 18th, SESAME STREET fans are continuing to download the weekly video podcast based on the award-winning preschool series produced by Sesame Workshop.
With single-day sales of $170 million, Microsoft is pretty much hailing HALO 3 as the biggest thing since sliced bread, declaring it "the biggest entertainment launch in history." In comparison, SPIDER-MAN 3's opening day record was only $59.8 million. The blockbuster film's three-day total of $151 million doesn't even meet HALO 3's mark. Moreover, the 8.3 million units sold even beat the summer release of J.K. Rowling's HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS.
RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION helmer Russell Mulcahy is set to direct ZEN IN THE ART OF SLAYING VAMPIRES, says VARIETY. CP Prods. partners Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters will produce. Capitol Films' David Bergstein is funding the production and will handle the distribution rights.
35th Annual Annie AwardsGlendale, California, USAFeb. 8, 2008Deadline: Oct. 5, 2007
Honoring outstanding achievements and excellence in the field of animation, awards will be presented in twenty-three categories, including best animated feature, home entertainment, short subject, television production, television commercial and videogame, as well as individual excellence in areas ranging from production design, character animation, character design, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, directing, music, and voice acting.
On the back of Buena Vista's investment in an all new TUROK videogame, Turok Prods. has completed an all-new TUROK animated feature titled TUROK: SON OF STONE. The Weinstein Company presentation will be released domestically by the company's subsidiary Genius Products. Gold Key, the games division of Classic Media, and home of properties such as MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER, DOCTOR SOLAR and M.A.R.S, will be selling the film at this year's American Film Market (AFM).
Toei Animation Europe S.A.S, a subsidiary of Toei Animation Co. Ltd., will launch its new corporate website for Europe on Oct. 6. The new Toei Animation Europe website will serve as a comprehensive resource for corporate information, providing current and potential clients with databases and updated news about the company.
Konami Digital Ent. Inc., announced that YU-GI-OH! GX TAG FORCE 2 for the PSP is now available in retail outlets nationwide. This sequel to the best-selling title, YU-GI-OH! GX TAG FORCE and based on the Cartoon Network series, features ad-hoc multiplayer support for up to four players.
Electronic Arts Inc. announced that the award-winning EA Redwood Shores Studio has been developing an original intellectual property in the sci-fi horror genre.
Gameloft announced a worldwide multi-year, multi-game agreement with CBS Mobile to develop, publish and distribute games based on the hit television series CSI. The first game, based on CSI: MIAMI, has already launched in the U.S. and will be available in 140 countries in the months thereafter.
The eDIT 10th Filmmaker's Festival, which takes place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at CineStar Metropolis in Frankfurt, will offer presentations of HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END, SPIDER-MAN 3 and TRANSFORMERS.
ILM: Past, Present and Future will be the subject of the Keynote. Marketing Director Miles Perkins dares to define the future prospects of the VFX industry on the basis of a retrospective of ILM's best works.
LucasArts revealed that STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED will come to the Wii next spring, giving owners the chance to live out their Jedi fantasies by wielding the Wii Remote as a lightsaber.
The producers of kids' CGI science series ZULA PATROL are joining with IBM to create a virtual world based on the popular property, report C21 MEDIA and KIDSCREEN. "Zulaworld," which launches later this year, will be a "marriage of Second Life with Club Penguin," according to creator Deborah Manchester. The immersive environment, which targets 4- to 8-year-olds, will be not only for the home market, but for educational establishments as well.
4Kids Ent.'s popular online destination for kids, 4Kids.tv, relaunched with brand new features and functionality in conjunction with the premiere of the sixth season of 4Kids TV -- the four-hour Saturday morning programming block on Fox -- on September 8, 2007.
Glu Mobile Inc. announced the launch of the classic Atari arcade hit, ASTEROIDS, for mobile phones. The original arcade game released by Atari in 1979 is among the most recognized and successful arcade games of all time. The classic retro space shooter has been reinvented specifically for the mobile platform, with all new enhancements including new themes, bonuses and gameplay modes, as well as "classic mode," which gives gamers the gameplay and graphics true to the original game.
Harmonix, MTV Games and Rhino Ent. announced a deal that will bring the legendary band Grateful Dead to the highly anticipated music videogame ROCK BAND. The iconic group is making 18 master recordings from its diverse catalog available as digitally distributed game levels following ROCK BAND's release this holiday season. Among the songs available will be the classic Dead tracks "Truckin'," "Uncle John's Band," "Touch of Grey," "Sugar Magnolia" and "Casey Jones."
Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. announced the formation of 2K Play, a new publishing label dedicated to casual gaming. As part of the 2K Play initiative, Take-Two also announced an expansive new handheld and console videogame licensing agreement with Nickelodeon, a partnership involving properties including Nick Jr. preschool television hits, DORA THE EXPLORER and GO, DIEGO, GO!
DORA THE EXPLORER and GO, DIEGO, GO! will be the first titles under the new 2K Play label and will be released this fall in North America.
Sony Pictures' Crackle announced the launch of Moving Targets, a programmed comedy channel. Moving Targets features work from Jerry Zucker (AIRPLANE!, NAKED GUN), animation innovators Starz and Jennifer Shiman (30-SECOND BUNNIES THEATRE) and Brian Dalton (MR. DEITY), as well as open submissions from today's emerging talent.
Electronic Arts Inc. announced the beta launch of THE SIMS ON STAGE, an interactive online playground for PC and Mac. By visiting www.thesimsonstage.com, people can immediately and free-of-charge start recording karaoke songs, stories, comedy routines and more. The site offers accessible tools that make it easy to watch, create and share recordings with friends, The Sims On Stage community, or the entire world online.
Andrzej Bartkowiak, the helmer of action flicks such as ROMEO MUST DIE, EXIT WOUNDS and CRADLE TO THE GRAVE, has signed on to direct a second big-screen adaptation of Capcom's popular videogame STREET FIGHTER for Hyde Park Ent., reports VARIETY. Hyde Park head Ashok Amritraj and senior executive Patrick Aiello are the producers.
Justin Marks, who is also adapting VOLTRON and HE-MAN for the big screen, is penning the screenplay for STREET FIGHTER. The story will follow female fighter Chun Li's search for justice.
In spring 2008, Warner Bros. Ent. will launch T-Works, a brand-new broad-appeal immersive animation experience which, for the first time ever, brings together all of the key characters from the studio's core animated properties. T-Works is a cross-divisional and companywide initiative designed to take the studio's wealth of animated characters to a fully immersive and customizable online world.
Digital agency Studiocom has brought new life -- in the form of a spidery animated robot -- to the website of 24-hour animation channel Nicktoons Network. The new character and its accompanying logo not only change the experience of users on the site, but also capture the brand attributes and personality of Nicktoons Network. Although the network was only seeking a website redesign, Studiocom's creative team decided to go beyond the request and create a character that would both connect with animation fans and also act as the interface for the site.
IO Interactive is integrating NaturalMotion's morpheme into its game development pipeline and will be using it to design assets for an upcoming undisclosed next-generation game title. morpheme is robust animation middleware designed to give developers and animators unprecedented creative control over the look of their final in-game animation by allowing them to author and preview blends, blend trees and transition graphs in realtime.