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.
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.
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.
TRANSFORMERS: THE GAME from Activision under license from HPG, the licensing division of Hasbro, has shipped to retail stores in the U.S. Timed to coincide with the theatrical release of the TRANSFORMERS live-action feature film from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures, the game allows players to experience the unstoppable power and massive scale of the Autobots and Decepticons in an epic battle for Earth.
With THE SIMPSONS MOVIE hitting theaters on July 27, 2007, 20th Century Fox has launched the official movie website www.simpsonsmovie.com/. The interactive site features various games, including THREE CARD MOE, BALL OF DEATH and WRECKING BALL. Visitors can also download wallpaper, buddy icons, screensavers and ring tones as well as take a virtual tour of Springfield itself. Additionally, users can create their own Simpsons character avatar then go visit Moe's Tavern, where their character can hang out with Homer. Moreover, the site will feature trailers and teaser clips.
Kevin Costner is getting into animation, reports VARIETY. He will produce, fund and voice the animated webseries, THE EXPLORERS CLUB. The 12x4 series will be written and directed by creator Black Lamp Prods.,' Chris Baird, Jon Baird and Keith Quinn. Chiodo Bros. Prods. will produce the animation.
Costner hopes to build buzz on the Internet for the property than transform it into a live-action feature for him to star in and possibly direct. A feature script is in the works and will be finished before the webseries launches.
Sierra Ent. announced it will publish and distribute a videogame based upon ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE CONSPIRACY, the first title in its exclusive global partnership with Ludlum Ent. The game is being developed by High Moon Studios, one of Sierra's internal developers, and combines seminal moments from the bestselling novel and hit film, The Bourne Identity, with all-new content developed in conjunction with Ludlum Ent. ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE CONSPIRACY will be available for PlayStation 3 Xbox 360 in summer 2008.
Warner Music Ent., the video content wing of Warner Music Int'l, will launch the online comedy channel, Comedybox, this fall, according to VARIETY. The net network will feature weekly programs, one-off sketches, animation and user-generated content.
John Lloyd (BLACKADDER) is co-producer and Dan Schreiber is head of development.
JibJab, the branded digital comedy network best known for its political satires, released a new viral video today (June 27, 2007) celebrating American independence. It features Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush, Harry Truman, FDR, JFK and numerous other presidents singing and dancing to an updated, rock and roll version of "The Star Spangled Banner."
Bonus.com has launched a new webcomic for kids called THE PARANORMALS. The webcomic is set in a small town in Southern California named Cayce, where the strange and unusual has become the norm. A young girl named Rose Thornton moves into town with her dad, like most kids she's worried about fitting in, making friends and homework. However, unlike most she's hiding a major secret. Rose is a werewolf but the funny is in Cayce she's not the strangest girl at school.
VIZ Media has announced the availability of DEATH NOTE on a download-to-own basis beginning June 28, 2007, on TotalVid.com. The first 16 subtitled episodes will be available at launch, with one new episode added each week thereafter. TotalVid.com offers consumers unlimited access to thousands of enthusiast, special interest and instructional videos in categories such as anime, action sports, martial arts and travel on a subscription basis for $9.95 per month. Individual DEATH NOTE episodes will also be available on a download-to-own basis for $1.99 each.