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.
Silver*Ware Prods. Inc. is brining its first animated series WIND & FIRE to HelloWorld.com this spring. The 3D CG series has an anime influence.
Electronic Arts has shipped THE SIMS 2 SEASONS as a PC expansion pack building on the celebrated THE SIMS 2 experience that allows players to create and control virtual characters throughout their lives while determining the outcome of their relationships and choosing their destiny. Because each season unfolds differently, players are guaranteed a fresh experience year after year.
NewTek Inc. announced that LightWave 3D was the 3D centerpiece in the production of an initiative by the British Library to make a number of selections from its collection available to the public that may not be able to visit it's halls via the Internet. Dubbed Turning the Pages 2.0, this project has already made a number of priceless works available to the web-browsing public, including a personal notebook of sketches named the Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci purchased by Bill Gates in 1994 for $31 million.
NaturalMotion announced a partnership with publishing label Rockstar Games Inc. to integrate NaturalMotion's euphoria engine into upcoming next-gen Rockstar titles.
Based on NaturalMotion's DMS technology, euphoria uses the processing power of PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to simulate the human body and motor nervous system, thus creating fully interactive game characters that act differently every time. With euphoria, games move away from canned animation, toward a much richer, life-like experience that is unique to the player.
Comedy Central will premiere the first of six episodes of WEB SHOWS, a new on-air half-hour late-night series featuring all original broadband programming from comedycentral.com and AtomFilms on March 5, 2007, at 2:00 am with encores on Thursday nights at 2:00 am.
This is Comedy Central's first on-air collaboration with AtomFilms, which are both are divisions of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom.
As the highly-anticipated follow-up to the Amp'd Mobile original animated series and new Comedy Central series, LIL' BUSH, Amp'd Mobile announced the launch of its newest made-for-mobile animated series, LIL' HOLLYWOOD. The parody series will follow the pint-sized adventures of Hollywood's hottest celebrities as they try to get through their day-to-day lives, which we all know is no small task.
The SCI FI Channel is teaming up with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Comics to create a co-branded multimedia partnership called SCI FI/Virgin Comics.
SCI FI/Virgin Comics will develop fresh properties that integrate the unique spirit and vitality of both brands. Original concepts will be considered across all mediums from publishing, film and television to digital and gaming. Five new comicbook titles will serve as a jumping off point.
A 10-minute Flash-animated promotional webisode, UP LATE WITH STEWIE & BRIAN, will stream free on MySpace in a talk show parody Feb. 25, 2007, at 8:00 pm. From the Quahog Community Center, its UP LATE WITH STEWIE & BRIAN, features host Stewie Griffin and his martini-swilling sidekick Brian, an all-star FAMILY GUY band and a special appearance by celebrity guest Rob Corddry, plugging his new FOX comedy series, THE WINNER.