Brands still dominate, but a growing number of opportunities exist for animators to sell their content for cell phone distribution. Karen Raugust reports.
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Hosted by iHollywood Forum, Inc., Fun Little Movies (FLM) and NeTV the winners of the first MoTV Awards will be announced at NATPE Mobile ++ on Jan. 23, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at 5:30 pm in the Mandalay Bay resort. Film and TV comedy star Eddie Griffin (DEUCE BIGALOW, EUROPEAN GIGOLO) will present the Fun Little Movies Award for Best Comedy.
Filmmakers or animators can still participate by submitting their short films (10 seconds to 10 minutes in length) to www.mobilemediafest.com.There is a $35 entry fee, $25 for students.
For the first time ever SOUTH PARK and CHAPPELLES SHOW will be available on mobile phones beginning January 2006
"These deals further represent Comedy Central's multi-platform strategy to deliver content anywhere, anytime," said Michele Ganeless, evp/gm, Comedy Central. "We are committed to giving our audience quality programming beyond the boundaries of television. With the mobile launch of SOUTH PARK and CHAPPELLE'S SHOW, two of the top-rated shows on our network, Comedy Central is leading the charge in the wireless entertainment content arena."
MFORMA announced that it has released Activision Inc's. CALL OF DUTY 2 to mobile users everywhere. A sequel to MFORMA's CALL OF DUTY mobile game of 2004, one of the most successful mobile games of all time, CALL OF DUTY 2 is the mobile version of Activision's critically-acclaimed CALL OF DUTY 2 game.
Karen Raugust looks at how animators are increasingly turning to venues such as print publishing and mobile phones to debut properties ultimately destined for film and television.
THQ Wireless Inc., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. is developing, in association with Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts and developer Mikoishi, the STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT MOBILE game based on LucasArt's STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT, the best-selling STAR WARS game ever.
Korea-based Gravity Co. Ltd., an online game developer and distributor, has launched its mobile games in Japan and North America. Gravity launched RAGNAROK TACTICS, a strategic simulation 3D mobile game, and RAGNAROK 2 MOBILE EPISODE VERIENE, a 3D mobile action role- playing game, in Japan at the Tokyo Game Show 2005 (TGS 2005), which ran from Sept. 16-18, 2005.
Verizon Wireless and Gameloft have launched the first realtime multiplayer mobile game on Verizon Wireless V CAST consumer multimedia service. Available exclusively to Verizon Wireless V CAST customers, ASPHALT URBAN GT: MULTIPLAYER allows players to simultaneously compete in Gamelofts latest 3D driving game.
Billy Wright has been named vp, worldwide wireless, Warner Bros. Online. Reporting directly to Jim Noonan, svp/gm, Warner Bros. Online, Wright will lead the company's Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) strategic mobile teams as they develop, produce, publish and market content, including wallpapers, video and games based on the studio's world-renowned brands. The group also works to develop promotional mobile content that raises awareness for upcoming studio projects. Currently based in London, Wright will relocate to Glendale, California, in the fall.
Mitch Feinman has been appointed Feinman to the newly created position of vp to lead Fox Mobile Ent., the new unit of 20th Century Fox Television devoted to creating and distributing unique content and marketing to the worldwide wireless market. Feinman will oversee Fox Filmed Ent.s strategic relationship with Glu Mobile for domestic distribution of film content, as well as wireless content creation and marketing across Fox TV business units. Additionally, Feinman handles U.S.
Alien tripods are set to invade your phone with the release of WAR OF THE WORLDS, the mobile game, from Gameloft. The exclusive agreement with Viacom Consumer Products Inc. enables Gameloft to develop, publish and distribute the wireless game version of the highly anticipated War of the Worlds movie directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Cruise.
At Licensing Show, Nelvana has announced its direct-to-DVD plans, mobile initiatives and a new deal with London's Royal Horticultural Society.
As the Nelvana readies its production slate for the next two years, it is working on a comprehensive DTV strategy that will encompass titles based on its library, original and acquired content.
Zingy has announced an exclusive mobile publishing agreement with G-Unit, a leading urban brand founded by award-winning hip hop artist, 50 Cent. Under the agreement, Zingy will release a series of games based on members of the G-Unit crew, including 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and Tony Yayo.
Zingy is the exclusive distributor of 50 Cent voice ringtones, ringback tones, voicemail greetings, wallpapers and video ringtones. This extension of the partnership between the two entities will now include an array of 2D and 3D G-Unit mobile videogames.
Alphanim and M6 Web have signed a two-year agreement to exploit more than 250 episodes of animated content provided by Alphanim in the areas of mobile and VOD. Under the terms of the agreement, M6 Web has the exclusive mobile and video-on-demand rights of eight animated series including Alphanims French and international hits POTATOES AND DRAGONS (78x7) and RALF THE RECORD RAT (104x1).
Gameloft, a leading developer and publisher of videogames for mobile phones, has signed an exclusive agreement with Viacom Consumer Products Inc. to develop, publish and distribute the wireless game version of Steven Spielberg's WAR OF THE WORLDS starring Tom Cruise.
NVIDIA Corp. introduced the GeForce Go 6800 Ultra mobile GPU. Available immediately, the Dell Inspiron XPS Gen2 is the first notebook with the GeForce Go 6800 Ultra mobile GPU and features unprecedented notebook gaming performance achieving more than two times the performance of the previous Inspiron XPS, based on industry-standard benchmarks.
Atari Inc. announced at 3 GSM World Congress that it has entered into a worldwide, multi-year partnership with Sorrent Inc., a leading creator and global publisher of mobile entertainment, to develop and publish a suite of mobile content based on the MARC ECKO'S GETTING UP: CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE. The agreement expands Atari's platform mix for the game, which was developed in partnership with Marc Ecko Enterprises, to leverage the portability and connectivity of the mobile platform.
ATI Technologies Inc. announced its Mobility FireGL V5000 workstation graphics accelerator and that HP has selected this PCI Express based graphics technology to power the new HP Compaq nw8240 Mobile Workstation.
For the first time, notebook users have the same geometry processing hardware that they enjoy in the high-end desktops. The Mobility FireGL V5000 combines outstanding performance and stability with the industry's lowest power consumption design and features eight-pixel pipelines, six geometry engines and 128MB of GDDR3 memory.
NVIDIA Corp. announced the latest version of its industry-leading mobile workstation GPUs. The NVIDIA Quadro FX Go1400 mobile GPU for PCI Express resets the bar for mobile workstation graphics, providing the performance, programmability, precision and quality that CAD, DCC and scientific applications require.
Turbo Squid announced the launch of a new series of 3D mobile content in conjunction with face2face animation. face2face animation has launched its AniTones Mobile Character Player through the Turbo Squid Mobile Content Portal, which enables users to experience high-quality streaming animation on mobile phones.
More animation content providers are exploring the wireless frontier. Karen Raugust chronicles how wireless is creating a quiet animation boom.
Stan Lees POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment and Vidiator Technology (U.S.) Inc., a leading mobile multimedia solutions provider of mobile streaming and delivery of 3D rich-media applications, have team to develop and license exclusive live-action animated content for mobile devices using Vidiator's realtime streaming solution. The alliance will help shape the emerging business of content distribution and M-commerce on wireless platforms. Vidiator will have an exclusive relationship with POW!
Re-live Pac-mania in the palm of your handheld now that Namco America Inc., a leading publisher of wireless games and content, and Handango, the leading provider of mobile downloads, have formed a strategic partnership to make PAC-MAN, MS. PAC-MAN, GALAXIAN and MAPPY for Palm OS available through Handango's network of sites through the end of February 2005. Namco will also use the Handango Commerce Engine to provide mobile e-commerce to their customers worldwide at www.palm.namcogames.com.
DUPUIS, publisher of the cartoon strips LARGO WINCH, and Overloaded | Fun Everywhere have signed a deal for the development and exploitation of the cartoon strip and TV character on mobile phones. The first mobile game will be available for download to mobile phones before February 2005 and available at operators and mobile portals around the world.
Cingular Wireless is teaming with Disney Mobile to allow Cingular customers to access the Disney and Pixar characters from their mobile phones. Disney Mobile content, including ringtones, graphics, games, multimedia messaging and more, is now available directly from Cingular handsets and via the Web at www.cingular.com/media. Downloads range in price from $1.99 for ringtones and wallpapers to $5.99 for games.