"Walt Disney Internet Group and Shanda to Bring Disney Content to China's Online Game Market
Shanda to Develop and Distribute First Disney-Branded Online Casual Game for China, Based on Popular Disney Characters
Shanghai, China and North Hollywood, Calif. - May 23, 2006 - Walt Disney Internet Group and Shanda Interactive Entertainment (NASDAQ: SNDA) announced today that the two companies have entered into an agreement to bring Disney's premier branded entertainment content to China's online game industry via Shanda's online game operating platform. The agreement calls for Shanda to develop, distribute and operate an online casual game based on the magical worlds of Disney and featuring some of Disney's most popular animated characters.
The game, which will be developed for a broader demographic than traditional online games, as well as China's burgeoning segment of female online gamers, will be available in China for open beta in the spring of 2007.
“The market for online games in China is large and growing, and it was important for us to find the right partner. We're pleased to have found that in Shanda,” said Mark Handler, executive vice president and managing director, International, Walt Disney Internet Group. “Disney's rich content library, combined with Shanda's capabilities as a leading online game operator, will bring a new, unique and fun experience for the online game consumer. We actively look to bring more of our content to the online interactive entertainment market in China.”
“The Disney brand and its lineup of animated characters are already popular in China, and through this agreement we bring this well-known content to China's online game community in the form of an exciting new casual game. We remain firmly committed to providing our users with new and compelling entertainment content that will keep their online experience fresh and enjoyable, and we believe the addition of Disney's wholesome content will further broaden our user demographic, thus making a significant contribution to the implementation of our home strategy,” Tianqiao Chen, Chairman and CEO of Shanda, commented. “We look forward to a successful collaboration with the Walt Disney Internet Group and are excited about bringing Disney's content to China's online game community.”
The agreement with Shanda marks Disney's entrance into China's online game market..."
" Academy Announces 2006 Student Academy Award Winners
Beverly Hills, CA — Thirteen students from nine different colleges and universities have been named winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 33rd annual Student Academy Awards competition. They will participate in a week of industry-related activities and social events culminating June 10 with the awards presentation ceremony at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. One film student from South Africa also has been selected to receive this year's Honorary Foreign Student Film Award.
The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title within category):
"6 a.m.," Carmen Vidal Balanzat, City College of New York
"Perspective," Travis Hatfield and Samuel Day, Ball State University, Indiana
* Only gold and silver medals will be awarded in the Alternative category.
"The Dancing Thief," Meng Vue, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida
"The Possum," Chris Choy, California Institute of the Arts
"Turtles," Thomas Leavitt, Brigham Young University
"Reporter Zero," Carrie Lozano, University of California, Berkeley
"Three Beauties," Mak Hossain, Purdue University
"The Women’s Kingdom," Xiaoli Zhou, University of California, Berkeley
"Christmas Wish List," Sean Overbeeke, University of North Carolina
"El Viaje" ("One Day Trip"), Cady Abarca-Benavides, Columbia University
"Pop Foul," Moon Molson and Jennifer Handorf, Columbia University
Honorary Foreign Student Film Award
"Elalini," Tristan Holmes, The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA).
While the U.S. winners know they will each receive an award, the level of that award – gold, silver or bronze – will not be revealed until the June 10 ceremony. Besides trophies, gold medalists receive $5,000, silver medalists are awarded $3,000 and bronze medal recipients are presented with $2,000. The Honorary Foreign Film winner receives $1,000 in addition to the trophy.
The U.S. students first competed in one of three regional competitions. Each of those regions was permitted to nominate as many as three finalists in each of the four award categories. Academy members then screened these finalists' films and voted to select the winners.
"Elalini" by Honorary Foreign Film winner Tristan Holmes, was selected from an original pool of 29 submissions from 22 countries. Holmes is the first student from South Africa to win this award.
The Student Academy Awards were established by the Academy in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Among past winners who have gone on to prominent careers as filmmakers are Spike Lee, Robert Zemeckis, John Lasseter and Trey Parker. Three of last year’s winners received Oscar nominations earlier this year: Dan Krauss for his documentary, "The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club," Shane Acker for his animated short film, "9," and Honorary Foreign Film winner Ulrike Grote for her live action short "The Runaway" ("Ausreisser"). Overall, 33 past Student Academy Award winners have garnered Oscar nominations over the years.
The June 10 Student Academy Awards presentation ceremony begins at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Clips from the bronze and silver medal films will be shown, and the gold medal films and Honorary Foreign film will be screened in their entirety. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis only, and early arrival is suggested as once capacity is reached even ticket holders will be turned away. To request up to a maximum of four tickets, call the Academy at (310) 247-3000, ext. 130. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills."Academy Awards Official Site
Wii will put people more in touch with their games … and each other. But you’re probably asking: What does the name mean?
Wii sounds like “we,” which emphasizes this console is for everyone.Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak. No confusion. No need to abbreviate. Just Wii. "
SANTA MONICA, Calif. and GLENDALE, Calif., May 10, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Following on the heels of their multi-year strategic alliance, Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and DreamWorks Animation SKG (NYSE: DWA) announced today that Activision will be opening a dedicated studio facility on the DreamWorks campus. The move, which establishes an unprecedented level of collaboration between a Hollywood studio and a video game company, will facilitate simultaneous co-development between DreamWorks' CG feature films and Activision games based on those films.
"This announcement marks an unparalleled step in the convergence between Hollywood and video games," stated Robert Kotick, Chairman and CEO, Activision, Inc. "For the first time, we will be able to align our games' production schedules with the movies' from the pre-production phase onward. This will allow us to fully leverage the movie assets and storylines, in addition to collaborating closely with the talented production teams at DreamWorks to develop storylines that expand the movie experience in new and compelling ways."
"We're excited to have the game designers and film creators exchanging ideas on a daily basis," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation. "We hope to create an immersive atmosphere that will help us continue to produce the finest in cutting-edge video games with Activision."
In November 2005, Activision signed a multi-year agreement with DreamWorks Animation for the exclusive video game rights to all current and future console platforms, PC, and handheld devices for DreamWorks' upcoming feature films -- "Bee Movie," "Kung Fu Panda," "Rex Havoc" and "How to Train Your Dragon." The deal also extended Activision's rights beyond "Shrek the Third" to include potential future films in the "Shrek" franchise. The company's alliance with DreamWorks has resulted in more than $300 million in video game sales worldwide..."
Kidtoon Films is a leading US children's film distributor and She-Ra®'s 'The Secret of the Sword' will be screened throughout the US during May 2006 targeted at weekend children's matinee slots. The screenings will be supported by a comprehensive marketing campaign in 25 cities throughout the country including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington DC.
Today's announcement follows the appointment of BCI Navarre as ER's DVD distributor for She-Ra® in the US. BCI will release the first ever She-Ra® DVD into the US market in Summer 2006. BCI also successfully distributes ER's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe® on DVD in the US. In excess of 410,000 DVD units have been sold since the first He-Man® DVD was released in July 2005..."
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