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.
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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.
Alain Bielik discovers how Passion Pictures and Cinesite bring exquisite literary creations to life with animation and vfx in Miss Potter.
Paramount Pictures has launched a mobile phone portal to deliver content to mobile devices and act as a platform to promote theatrical and DVD releases. Visitors to the mobile movie sites will be able to browse and purchase movie-related content from their mobile phones, and opt-in to receive alerts about Paramount Pictures. Crisp Wireless, a provider of mobile content management solutions, was selected as the content management software partner.
Comedy Central and Amp'd Mobile announced today (Dec. 4, 2006) that the original animated mobile series, LIL' BUSH: RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, will be the first original mobile program to migrate to television. The new series, which will be co-produced by comedy writer/producer Donick Cary, Comedy Central and Amp'd Mobile, will launch in 2007.
Karen Raugust discovers how developers are investing in 3D mobile gaming, and positioning for success once consumer demand takes off.
Hong Kong-based Artificial Life Inc., a provider of award-winning mobile 3G technology and applications, announced today (Nov. 27, 2006) a deal with TeliaSonera, the Nordic and Baltic leader in telecommunications, to release the latest mobile games, such as V-Boy and V-PENGUINS and their accompanying side products, like wallpapers, screensavers, ring-tones and video mails. The products will be available on TeliaSonera's mobile Internet portal SurfPort, which is launched in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden.
Brad Blackbourn of DreamWorks Animation and Frank Passingham of Aardman Features describe how they met the challenges of layout/cinematography in marrying their two worlds on Flushed Away.
Sundance Institute, a champion for independent filmmakers for more than 25 years, is joining forces with the GSM Assoc. (GSMA), whose members serve more than two billion mobile phone customers across the globe, to create the Sundance Film Festival: Global Short Film Project. Sundance Institute president/founder Robert Redford unveiled the groundbreaking pilot project to showcase and extend the reach of the independent short film genre to mobile users worldwide, during a press conference at the Museum of Television & Radio in New York City.
Mobile media company Player X has collaborated with Universal Mobile Ent. to make special animated editions of the 1980s hit TV shows, KNIGHT RIDER and MAGNUM, P.I., directly for mobile delivery. Player X is creating a new genre in mobile video retrosodes, a suite of animated mobile video series.
The Comic Strip Network announced today (Oct. 23, 2006) it has added IPSO FACTO, DOT 'N DASH, JAC STRIPS, ZENJEFF and MR. STICK comic strips to its daily programming lineup. The Comic Strip Network (www.comicstripnetwork.com) broadcasts fresh comic strips daily to mobile phones worldwide and the Internet. CSN features funny cartoons rated to family newspaper standards, including MOSTLY HEADS, GIRLS & SPORTS, DATING AMY, THE MEANING OF LILA, DAY BY DAY and MOD.
MIPCOM announces the winners of the Mobile TV Screening & Awards 2006. The international trophies were awarded on Oct. 11, 2006, in a packed auditorium at the 22nd edition of MIPCOM. The winning titles were chosen by an international grand jury from a total of 23 nominated projects.
Sponsored by Orange, Ericsson and the Korean Broadcasting Commission, the Mobile Screenings & Awards 2006 call-for-entries opened as of July this year and brought in a record number of 290 entries from 34 countries, a 30% increase in submissions from 2005.
News Corp. and VeriSign announced a joint venture to form the worlds largest provider of mobile entertainment. News Corp. will pay approximately $188 million for a controlling interest in VeriSigns wholly-owned Jamba subsidiary and will combine it with Fox Mobile Ent. assets.
The new company will serve 30 territories with a potential reach of more than a billion mobile subscribers. The new firm intends to retain the Jamster brand in the U.S. and the Jamba brand worldwide.
Thumbplay Inc., a leading online retailer of mobile entertainment content, announced a mobile content distribution agreement with the Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG).
As part of the agreement, Thumbplay will distribute content from WDIG's publishing labels mDisney, creator of Disney-themed mobile content, and Starwave Mobile, the company's third-party mobile content licensing and publishing arm. The offerings will include graphics, tones and mobile games.
InfoSpace Inc. has signed deals with Classic Media and Bagdasarian Prods. to bring some of the worlds most famous classic movie and TV stars to mobile, including Alvin & the Chipmunks, Rocky & Bullwinkle and a host of others.
NVIDIA Corp. announced that its NVIDIA GoForce handheld graphics processing units (GPUs), are powering some of the world's first mobile TV production rollouts.
DVB-H, or Digital Video Broadcasting for handheld devices, delivers digital broadcast quality TV to your mobile phone. NVIDIA GoForce handheld GPUs provide hardware acceleration for Mobile TV, delivering higher quality visuals than devices using only software, and with less drain on the battery thanks to new power saving technologies employed by the GPU.
Aardman Animations will, this week, launch its own mobile TV channel on the Orange TV service.
The channel, Aardman Animations will consist of a video loop, refreshed weekly of its own content combined with some of the best animation sourced elsewhere in Britain and around the world.
Gameloft, a leading developer and publisher of games for mobile phones, has signed an exclusive multi-year agreement with Touchstone Television to develop, publish and distribute mobile games based on the award-winning series LOST and DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, which air on ABC-TV in the U.S. The games are scheduled for release in early 2007.
SmashPhone, a mobile phone comic strip network, announced it's bringing Amy DeZeller's DATING AMY and Chris Muir's DAY BY DAY comic strips to mobile phones everywhere. Viewers may access the SmashPhone Comic Strip Network through Verizon, Cingular, Sprint, T-Mobile and many other carriers. The comics are served by SmashPhone for free (although phone company data charges may apply).
MTV Networks International (MTVNI) debuted its first animated series of made-for-mobile shorts, WULFFMORGENTHALER. A co-production between MTVNI and the "Danish Duo" Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler, the series of 20 short animations is inspired by the famous WULFFMORGENTHALER comic strips of the same name. The witty, compelling animations are the perfect "snack-size" for mobile users wanting more.
WULFFMORGENTHALER underscores MTVNIs commitment to creating and providing users with breakthrough, original mobile content.
LivePitch OnStageSeattle, Washington, USAJuly 13, 2006Deadline: June 30, 2006
Sprint, Cingular and Amp'd Mobile are set to judge the first ever LivePitch OnStage game competition at the Mobile Game Conference. Game developers and publishers are invited enter their new games, demos or concepts to score an opportunity to pitch live onstage before a panel of judges who can actually make a difference in their game's future. Think of it as AMERICAN IDOL for mobile game development.
Puzzle/Strategy games drive one-third of the total mobile game revenues, according to Telephia, the leading provider of performance measurement information to the mobile industry. The Telephia Mobile Game Report for Q1 2006 shows that four of the top five revenue-generating titles fall into the Puzzle/Strategy (casual games) category, with TETRIS, TETRIS DELUXE and BEJEWELED securing the top spots. TETRIS and TETRIS DELUXE secured 5.2 and 3.6% of the total mobile game revenue share for the quarter, respectively, while BEJEWELED posted a 2.6% share. JAMDAT MAHJONG and MS.
Emdigo Inc. has acquired the exclusive rights to develop and deploy 3D graphics based episodic SUPERGIRL animation content to mobile users in China. One of China's hottest TV productions, SUPERGIRL is China's hugely successful, AMERICAN IDOL-like television show.