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.
Gameloft has partnered with Sprint to launch a trio of award-winning 3D games to Sprint customers. Gamelofts slate of hit titles includes REAL SOCCER 3D, MIDNIGHT BOWLING 3D and MIDNIGHT POOL 3D.
The games are part of Gamelofts expanding catalog of original licenses and strong 3D offerings. The company upholds its commitment to 3D by continuing to provide consumers with the latest selection of enhanced high definition games. 3D, with an increase in file size, allows for realistic, immersive gameplay.
SCIFI.COM, the award-winning website of the SCI FI Channel, has launched the Battlestar Galactica Videomaker Toolkit, an exclusive SCIFI.COM resource that arms fans with everything they need to create their own four-minute BATTLESTAR GALACTICA shorts.
New Delhi-based La Vision Animation Pvt. Ltd. (LVAPL) has developed a new portal called Buzziboy for Kids. The edutainment site hopes to provide content to a generation children that will help them grow with the right values.
BuzziBoy.com is a place where not only kids, but parents and teachers, can interact with experts and help their children to get best out of the site. Buzziboy recognizes talents by giving a space to kids, theirs moms and dads and teachers by putting their short profile on the site.
RingTales announced the debut of a new iTunes podcast featuring animated versions of the world-famous cartoons of THE NEW YORKER magazine. Subscribers to the free advertiser-supported podcast will receive three new episodes of THE NEW YORKER "RingTales" each week. RingTales has the exclusive license to animate and distribute THE NEW YORKER's library of more than 100,000 cartoons.
JibJab released its latest musical satire entitled WHAT WE CALL THE NEWS. The original video, set to the classic tune "Battle Hymn of the Republic," lampoons news outlets for covering absurd and ridiculous stories to the exclusion of hard news in their epic quest for ratings. The free video is now available on JibJab.com and MSNVideo.com.
The National Film Board of Canada has launched the Hothouse 4 website at www.nfb.ca/hothouse, which includes a regular behind-the-scenes podcast series.
Hothouse is a NFB project that encourages new talent, provides an A-Z experience in professional animation filmmaking and re-imagines ways of making animation: ways that are faster, more flexible and that celebrate the shortest of short forms. Eight emerging filmmakers spend 12 weeks at the NFB Animation studios in Montreal to create 30-second films on the theme "A Chance Encounter."
Electronic Arts Inc. has renewed the license to launch additional games within the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien's epic literary fiction, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, through 2008. EA has developed games based on New Line Cinema's Academy Award-winning LORD OF THE RINGS movies since 2001. To date, the New Line Cinema feature film trilogy has grossed more than $3 billion worldwide. By moving ahead with this popular license, and the development of an all-new title scheduled for release in 2008, EA will continue to give gamers more Middle-earth adventures.
Cartoon Network New Media announced Bloo for FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS will be the first featured character within the new mobile application CallToons, the patent-pending technology that replaces ordinary mobile phone functions (such as ringtones and wallpapers) with an all-encompassing entertainment platform provided by users' favorite characters.
Beijing-based CDC Games, creator of the "free-to-play, pay-for-merchandise" model for online games in China, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to make a strategic investment in MGame Corp., one of South Korea's leading developers of online games including YULGANG, the hugely popular licensed free-to-play game in China.
CDC Games will be the company's largest external shareholder and John Lee, president of CDC Games Corp., will serve as a board observer of MGame.
Player X is now the exclusive distributor for Aardman Animations' premium mobile video content in North America. Player X will launch Aardman classic content, such as WALLACE & GROMIT, ANGRY KID and CREATURE COMFORTS on two of the U.S.'s major carrier networks for starters.
A new deal between Sony Pictures TV and Apple's iTunes will bring TV episodes online, including THE ANIMATED SPIDER-MAN. The deal is the first between rivals Sony and Apple. Sony previously announced to launch a competitor to iTunes in the U.K. Other series to go to iTunes as part of the deal include CHARLIE'S ANGELS, NEWSRADIO, and STARSKY & HUTCH.
Electronic Arts announced that the complete collection of MIDDLE-EARTH PC realtime strategy (RTS) games, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE BATTLE FOR MIDDLE-EARTH ANTHOLOGY has shipped to North American retailers nationwide.
Studio 2.0, a South Korean film studio and multimedia firm, has inked a video-on-demand agreement with RealNetworks Inc., according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The deal will start in the Asia-Pacific region and will grow upon the reaction to the initial launch.
DEF JAM: ICON is among a host of new titles that have been recently release by Electronic Arts. Other new releases include: BATTLEFIELD 2142: NORTHERN STRIKE, MEDAL OF HONOR COLLECTION and three new sports titles.
Ubisoft, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Consumer Products, announced today (March 19, 2007) that the SURFS UP videogame, based on Sony Pictures Animations CG-animated film in theaters June 8, will be shipping May 22, for the PlayStation3, PlayStation2, PSP, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance and Windows PC.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of THE GUMBY SHOW TV premiere, the friendly green clayboy is going digital. On March 16, 2007, classic TV episodes from the '50s and '60s, including the pilot, "Gumby on the Moon," launched on Google and AOL/In2TV, as well as a dedicated Gumby area on YouTube at the DMGI channel www.youtube.com/dmgivideo.
AtomFilms, Spike TV and Lucasfilm have joined forces to launch the "Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge." The trio unveiled details today (March 14, 2007) at the Challenge's website www.starwars.atomfilms.com and issued an immediate call for submissions. Challenge award recipients will be unveiled online, on-air on Spike TV and at the Star Wars Celebration IV fan event in Los Angeles, May 24-28.
Autodesk Inc. has licensed HumanIK middleware to Electronic Arts. Autodesk HumanIK is a customized development library that enables animated game characters to interact more realistically with digital environments. Dynamically and accurately porting animation data from the authoring environment into the game engine gives developers increased flexibility in animating the game with more realistic, realtime results.
ReelTime Rentals will provide movies from Lionsgate for rental by streaming download on the ReelTime.com website.
ReelTime customers may point, click and watch blockbuster and critically acclaimed Lionsgate films, like SAW III, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, CRANK, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, DR. T AND THE WOMEN, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM and more than 200 other titles. The end user may access full screen DVD-quality video, without buffering or distortion.
Eyetronics provided 3D scanning for the new science-fiction action and RPG game MASS EFFECT. Created by BioWare, the commercially and critically acclaimed developer of JADE EMPIRE and STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC, the hotly anticipated MASS EFFECT, an Xbox 360 title, promises to deliver an immersive, story-driven gameplay experience with stunning cinematic impact, advanced virtual acting and realtime tactical combat.
Epic Games reveals that it will be demonstrating the latest Unreal Engine 3 features at GDC 2007 in closed door presentations, as well as having its usual multiple speaker sessions, dedicated space in the Career Pavilion (CP 1502), special press sessions for the industry's media and a pre-GDC seminar for Unreal Engine 3 licensees.