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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Universal Pictures Int'l Ent. has just bought the international DVD rights to the first 52-episode season of BERNARD. This deal for producer BRB Internacional represents the first time that the Spanish company has entered into such a wide-ranging alliance covering so many countries. Universal has also acquired mobile rights to BERNARD in the U.K.
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.
Robert Tercek, co-founder of PeopleJam and a leading figure in the mobile games industry, will deliver a keynote address at GDC Mobile on the second day of the conference. Tercek's address, entitled, "The First Decade of Mobile Games," will trace the major milestones in the evolution of this nascent medium, and provide examples of the games that signify the turning points, breakthrough, and pitfalls of the last decade. He will share an analysis of the trends that will herald a major shift in the future of the mobile games entertainment sector.
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.
Cartoon Network New Media has created CallToons, a new mobile application integrating smart technology with entertainment, enabling CN characters to take over a mobile phone. Using patent pending technology, CallToons creates an unparalleled user experience that replaces ordinary mobile phone functions (such as ringtones and wallpapers) with an entertainment platform provided by the users favorite character. At launch, CallToons will feature characters from Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, and will be offered as separate services for each brand.