Lucasfilm and AtomFilms announced the 19 official selections in the annual "Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge," their long-running celebration of the best videos created by STAR WARS fans, for STAR WARS fans. The movies, which include short parodies, epic works of fan fiction, world premieres and Internet classics, are now available for viewing and Audience Choice voting at the Fan Movie Challenge site, starwars.atomfilms.com.
Activision Inc. has shipped SHREK THE THIRD videogame to retail stores in the U.S. The fate of Far Far Away is in gamers' hands as they assume the role of their favorite characters from the film and embark on an all-new adventure to save the land from the clutches of the evil Prince Charming. The SHREK THE THIRD videogame is based on DreamWorks Animation's highly anticipated feature film, which opens on May 18, 2007.
GoFish Corp. announced the upcoming launch of its latest Internet series, HIDDEN CELEBRITY WEBCAM. The interactive program, sponsored by the 2007 MTV Movie Awards, will premiere on the GoFish Network May 17, 2007.
HIDDEN CELEBRITY WEBCAM is created by Icebox. The animated parody gives audiences a voyeur's glimpse into the most private -- and unwittingly embarrassing -- moments of some of Hollywood's most notorious celebrities as imagined by series creator, Nell Scovell.
Electronic Arts Inc. today announced the upcoming release of THE SIMPSONS GAME (working title). Created in partnership with Gracie Films and 20th Century Fox Television and 20th Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising, THE SIMPSONS GAME features a storyline crafted by the TV show's Emmy Award-winning writers. The action-comedy will also feature the full cast of voice actors from the TV show who will reprise their roles for the game.
THQ Inc. announced the company's 2007 Nickelodeon videogame lineup. The upcoming portfolio will include the debut of EL TIGRE: THE ADVENTURES OF MANNY RIVERA, as well as all-new titles based on some of the top-rated kids TV shows including SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS and AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER. In addition, THQ plans to release new adventures based on highly-rated Nickelodeon live-action TV shows ZOEY 101 and DRAKE AND JOSH.
Electronic Arts Inc. announced that its casual gaming destination Pogo.com has teamed up with Rosie O'Donnell to launch their newest charitable program "Pogo Cares Benefiting Rosie's For All Kids Foundation." This two-month program raises awareness within the Pogo.com community of 11 million players. Rosie's For All Kids Foundation helps bring childcare and education to America's kids. With the help of its players, Pogo.com will donate $30,000 to the foundation.
The Voice123 Voice Over and Media Industry Directory has grown to include listings of animation studios.
The Voice123 Industry Directory, an online directory containing a list of resources related to the voice over acting and media industries, now features listings of studios and companies offering animation services.
VIZ Media Llc. has announced the availability of the DEATH NOTE anime series via digital download on Direct2Drive, IGN Ent.'s digital retail store. The subtitled version of the series will debut May 10, 2007, and fans may go to www.direct2drive.com to download the first episode.
Stage 3 Media Inc., an independent production company based in Vancouver, has released a five-minute sneak preview of SANCTUARY, the new online sci-fi series starring Amanda Tapping (STARGATE: SG-1, STARGATE: ATLANTIS). Showcasing exclusive scenes featuring characters and creatures that inhabit the fascinating world of SANCTUARY, the sneak preview is now available at www.sanctuaryforall.com. The first of SANCTUARY'S eight 15-minute webisodes shot in HD and using an XSI pipeline will premiere May 14, 2007.
Activision Inc. wants gamers to unleash their dark side in the SPIDER-MAN 3 videogame, timed to hit retail with the highly anticipated theatrical release of Sony Pictures Ent.'s Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios' SPIDER-MAN 3. Based on the famous Marvel characters, the game allows players to experience, for the first time, Spider-Man's mysterious black-suited persona, as well as his heroic red suit and battle villains in a massive New York City playground teeming with activity.
AOL's kids site, KOL (www.kol.com) debuted today (May 2, 2007) the KOL SUPER GLIDERS, a cartoon series based on KOL's mascots Ariel and Kiki -- two sugar gliders (marsupials) that live at the AOL headquarters in Dulles, Virginia. In the series, Ariel, the leader of the Sugar Gliders duo, and Kiki, the smart and bubbly, yet forgetful sidekick, are responsible for stopping evil schemes around the world.
Gameloft announced it has signed a multi-year agreement with 20th Century Fox to develop, publish and distribute LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, the official mobile game of the sequel to the famous film series. The game will be exclusive to the mobile platform and will launch worldwide shortly before LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD's theatrical release on June 27, 2007.
AOL's teen site, RED, is now offering FIRECHILD: TOURNAMENT OF THE ANCIENTS, a 3D, sci-fi action, multiplayer, console-quality game available for download and online play for free exclusively at www.firechildonred.com. TOURNAMENT OF THE ANCIENTS takes place where AOL RED's original FIRECHILD series left off and will introduce gamers to a new battle arena and new characters.
GlobalFun, a wireless entertainment development and publishing company, and www.adultswim.co.uk have teamed up to develop mobile games.
The deal sees GlobalFun developing a mobile game based on the [adult swim] program THE BRAK SHOW. The mobile game is a sim/social type of game in the vein of THE SIMS and contains well-known elements and characters from the popular show. GlobalFun will also, for certain selected markets, distribute the title to its carrier and B2C.
Advertising agency, J Walter Thompson, has inked an agreement with Comedy Central to develop its FLEX 'N' ZEPHYR animated shorts for ComedyCentral.com, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The shorts series were an agency experiment to help brand clients better target given demos. JWT's 15-month-old arm, the Nursery, produces the animated shorts, which are geared toward young males.
Turbine Inc. and Midway Games Inc. announced that THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE: SHADOWS OF ANGMAR is now available for purchase across North America. The game is the first and only massively-multiplayer online game based on the books of J.R.R. Tolkien. In development for more than four years, the game opens up the mystical world of Middle-earth and creates the opportunity for endless adventure.
TELETOON will launch two new digital services, Video on Demand (VOD) on April 27, 2007, and Mobile TV on May 15. Building upon the recent re-branding of the network, TELETOON now offers a more flexible and far-reaching suite of services from traditional broadcast, across VOD and Mobile TV to the popular teletoon.com.
LazyAnimation, which specializes in 2D and 3D animation, has launched its website, the third business venture for Jane Kirk's Copenhagen, Denmark-based firm. LazyAnimation's production facilities are located in Cebu City, Philippines.
"We can animate anything under the sun," said LazyAnimation's top animator Owen Cartegena.
Kirk said that the Philippines have always been her top choice when it comes to graphics. "Not only do we offer our clients low cost but the quality is superb, just superb."
Gameloft has signed a domestic and international licensing agreement with DreamWorks Animation to produce a mobile game based on the animated feature film, SHREK THE THIRD, in theaters May 18, 2007. SHREK THE THIRD, the mobile game, is scheduled for release across 170 operators in more than 75 countries, in conjunction with the movie.
The mobile game will closely follow the film's storyline of the film with appearances from all the main characters.
Corus Ent. Inc.'s Nelvana Enterprises announced that it will sell its animated and live-action content through Amazon Unbox, Amazon.com's video download service that offers digital downloads of movies and television shows.
Nelvana's fans in the U.S. will be able to download-to-own episodes of well-known classics like THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, BABAR and BOB AND MARGARET, as well as current hits like DI-GATA DEFENDERS for just $1.99. The content will be available starting in early summer at www.amazon.com/unbox.
Marvel Ent. Inc., SEGA Europe Ltd and SEGA of America Inc. have expanded their relationship to include the rights to develop and distribute games inspired by Marvel's franchises -- CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE INCREDIBLE HULK and THOR. Through the exclusive, multi-year global licensing agreement, SEGA will create titles for console, handheld and PC platforms based upon both the classic comicbooks and planned feature film adaptations of these superheroes.
AOL announced that it would launch an online interactive game based on the popular SHREK franchise on April 26, 2007, three weeks before SHREK THE THIRD hits movie theaters. The game is co-produced by AOL, DreamWorks Animation and Mark Burnett Prods. AOL also announced that Hillshire Farm would be one of the sponsors of the game.
Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. will launch the all-new LOONEY TUNES: DUCK AMUCK videogame in fall 2007, starring Daffy Duck in stylus-based gameplay for the Nintendo DS.
Minyanville Publishing & Multimedia, a leading financial intelligence community, will launch the first ever animated business television show, HOOFY AND BOO'S NEWS AND VIEWS, on April 10, 2007, at on Minyanville.com. Hoofy and Boo's News and Views features a topical and timely look at the week's big stories, market conditions and the world we live in.
Curious Pictures and game developer/publisher Gamelab roll out their first creative collaboration today (April 9, 2007). It's a casual game titled OUT OF YOUR MIND, where the action is set in a virtual "brain spa" where players can spruce up their mental hygiene. Gamers can find it a www.playoutofyourmind.com, as well as on leading gaming portals, where it retails for $19.95. Initially released on the PC platform, plans call for Mac, Nintendo DS and mobile versions as well.