Sandi Isaacs, SVP, Mobile & Interactive, has announced the creation of Paramount Mobile Ent. (PME), a new business unit under the umbrella of the studio's digital division, Paramount Pictures Digital Ent. The new global unit will focus on developing mobile entertainment and alternative distribution models for the studio. Isaacs announced PME's senior management team, as well as key partnerships and content deals.
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Glu Mobile Inc. will publish a mobile game based on this summers expected blockbuster SPEED RACER in late April, they announced Monday.
SPEED RACER, a live-action feature based on anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshidas television series, stars Emile Hirsch in the title role and Christina Ricci as Speeds girlfriend Trixie.
The mobile game will be the first title Glu will develop through its partnership with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.
Aniboom (www.aniboom.com) announced that it has appointed four key senior executives to its advisory board whose leadership spans television, new media and mobile industries.
The advisors include: Barbara Corday, a top American television executive; Peter Hirshberg, Chairman/CMO of Technorati and leading new media and technology entrepreneur and marketing innovator; John Mass, EVP/Head of Business Development and New Ventures for William Morris Agency; and Mauro Del Rio, founder and chairman of Buongiorno S.p.A., a leading global mobile entertainment company.
Mobile media company Player X has been appointed by Virgin Mobile UK as its official aggregator for all its mobile games and video content. Player X will sign up all games, as well as video partners, on behalf of Virgin Mobile UK and execute all portal management including encoding, QA and deployment, as well as promoting the content across all platforms. Under the terms of the deal, Player X will source all entertainment and adult comedy mobile video content, as well as choosing games content for the Virgin Mobile portal from its range of content suppliers.
SilverBirch Studios and Breakthrough New Media announced that they have signed an agreement to develop two games based on the upcoming animated kids television series JIMMY TWO SHOES, to be broadcast on Teletoon Canada and Jetix Europe.
Hong Kong-based Artificial Life Inc., a provider of award-winning mobile 3G technology and applications, announced that it has signed a worldwide licensing deal with Paramount Digital Ent. to release two exclusive mobile games based on the multiple-Academy Award-winning movie BRAVEHEART and the recent box office hit SHOOTER.
The advanced mobile games will be of the action genre with real-time strategy features and enhanced 3D graphics. The games are scheduled for release and sale globally in early 2008 via on-deck telecom carriers and off-deck resellers.
Mumbai-based mobile phone content provider Hungama Mobile has entered into an agreement with Paramount Digital Ent. for the distribution of interactive content in the Indian market.
Paramount Digital is part of the Paramount Pictures Corp, a unit of Viacom Inc.
"With extraordinary growth and more new mobile subscribers than in any other country, India presents a great opportunity for our rapidly expanding global business," Paramount Digital Entertainment VP (Asia Pacific) Pradeep Mittur said.
Vivendi Games Mobile, a division of Vivendi Games, announced the launch of the CRASH OF THE TITANS mobile game, the newest installment of the billion-dollar-selling CRASH BANDICOOT videogame franchise.
CBS Mobile announced plans for its first original animated program DANNY BONADUCE: LIFE COACH, which will premiere on the mobile video services of major U.S. wireless carriers on Nov. 12, with additional episodes released every two weeks. Voiced by Danny Bonaduce, the eight animated episodes, each three to five minutes in length, will also stream on www.cbs.com and through online partners across the CBS Audience Network.
Gameloft, a leading developer and publisher of mobile games, has teamed with Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group to produce AMERICAN GANGSTER: THE MOBILE GAME, based on Universal Pictures' crime drama. The Imagine Ent. production starring Academy Award-winning actors Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe finished at the top of the box office in the United States this past weekend. AMERICAN GANGSTER is produced by Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, and produced and directed by Ridley Scott.
Celebrating today's first-time launch of Popeye on mobile phones, Namco Networks and Sprint announced a sweepstakes to promote Namco Networks' latest mobile game to consumers nationwide.
Mobile media company Player X and Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group have launched a series of mobile video animations based on the hit 1980s television show KNIGHT RIDER. Series one of KNIGHT RIDER: TURBO BOOST (THE ANIMATED SERIES) consists of six tongue-in-cheek, three-minute "Retrosodes" inspired by the classic show. The news follows the recent announcement of NBC's plan to produce a new live-action series based on the property.
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.
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.
Kerner Mobile Technologies will debut the first in its new line of 3-D Mobile Cinemas at the California Speedway in greater Los Angeles on Labor Day weekend. Kerner Mobile's 30-foot 3-D movie screen is set inside a 10,000 sq. ft. tented theater.
"The Kerner 3-D Experience is an incredible display of breathtaking digital 3-D animation for people of all ages to enjoy," said Dan Nelson, CEO of Kerner Mobile Technologies. "It's the first theater of its kind, and we are excited to debut at California Speedway this year."
Nokia announced that they are teaming up with Vivendi Games Mobile to bring the CRASH BANDICOOT franchise to Nokia's new N-Gage mobile gaming platform launching this fall. In another big deal, Nokia and Capcom revealed that Capcom will be publishing games on N-Gage. Capcom is the first Japanese based publisher to commit to N-Gage, which makes its global debut later this year.
Aardman Animations is expanding its content lineup on mobile. The content will be added to operator 3's ad-supported video service, which is operated by Rhythm NewMedia. Aardman has been successful in this arena with ANGRY KID, which, at its peak, sold more than 10,000 video clips a day over mobile networks. Aardman will be adding onto the ad-supported video service clips from CREATURE COMFORTS, A TOWN CALLED PANIC, PURPLE and BROWN AND MORPH.
Mobile service provider Amp'd Mobile will shut down at the end of July following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last month, reports THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
On Monday, July 23, 2007, Amp'd sent a text message to its customers saying it would disconnect their services the next day. Later, on its website, the company said it would be "potentially suspending U.S. operations on July 31."
Amp'd grew quickly with a youthful customer base, however in its bankruptcy filling it stated that nearly 46% of its 175,000 subscribers were not paying their bills.
IDT Internet Mobile Group (IMG), a division of IDT Corp., has formed Zedge Studios to develop and license digital content for distribution through web and mobile platforms. IMG has also acquired a controlling interest in IDW Publishing (www.idwpublishing.com), an independent comics publisher known for the horror, action and sci-fi genres, boasting such high-profile titles as THE TRANSFORMERS, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, CSI, STAR TREK, 24 and SCARFACE.
A virtual space of information about the MIPCOM Mobile & Internet TV Awards has been set up inside the 3D virtual world of Second Life. This virtual platform brings together creators and new talent in emerging areas of entertainment, such as Internet and machinima.
Electronic Arts Inc. announced THE SIMPSONS: MINUTES TO MELTDOWN, an original game developed exclusively for mobile phones starring the world's favorite animated family. Created in conjunction with Fox Mobile Ent. and Gracie Films, MINUTES TO MELTDOWN takes mobile gamers on a fast-paced, action-packed adventure through Springfield. The game, which features Homer and a colorful cast of Springfieldians, can now be downloaded directly from major wireless carriers in North America and Europe and on the web via Jamster (www.jamster.com).
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.
Karen Raugust reports that despite the wide gap in budgets and resources, independent animation houses can learn from the major media companies' digital/new media activities.
Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) announced the launch of Animax Mobile in Canada and Australia to kickoff a global roll-out of a "dedicated mobile version" of Sony's popular Japanese anime channel that currently can be seen across Asia, Central Europe, Germany, and Latin America on TV via cable and satellite providers. Animax Mobile is specifically designed for mobile TV viewing using mobile streaming technology and targets users ages 14-34.
NVIDIA Corp. has introduced a breakthrough NVIDIA Quadro professional GPU architecture for notebook computers that enables entirely new graphics and visual computing capabilities for mobile professionals. The new line of mobile graphics solutions includes NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M, Quadro FX 570M and Quadro FX 360M.