TBS To Air ‘Injustice 2’ Esports Tournament With DC Characters
As DC Comics feels some momentum thanks to the box office smash of Wonder Woman, Turner and IMG’s esports tournament brand ELeague is teaming with Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios to bring DC characters to televised esports.
Injustice 2, a game full of DC characters, will be the centerpiece of the first ELeague Injustice 2 World Championship. TBS will carry featured matches live during the open qualifying round on Saturday, Oct. 21. The tournament will see the top 16 I… Read
SAG-AFTRA Seeks “Honest Overture” From Struck Video Game Companies To Resume Talks
SAG-AFTRA today said it's ready to return to the bargaining table to end the 232-day strike against nine video game companies if it receives an "honest overture" to do so. The union's statement comes a day after the struck companies invited the union to resume negotiations, which have been stalled since last fall. The strike is now the longest in the history of SAG.
"We've received the game companies' press release extending a welcome back to the bargaining table," the… Read
AMC & SundanceTV Up Mac McKean To EVP Innovation
AMC and SundanceTV elevated Mac McKean to the role of EVP Innovation, where he will spearhead the development of the next iteration of multiplatform products, experiences and content for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. He is based in New York and will report to Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.
McKean had been SVP Digital Media, where he led and will continue to oversee digital and gaming initiatives at the networks, which have found success… Read
Struck Video Game Companies Invite SAG-AFTRA Back To Bargaining Table
As SAG-AFTRA continues to negotiate a new film and TV contract, nine video game companies the union has been on strike against since last October today invited the union to return to the bargaining table. The walkout is now in its 231st day – by far the longest strike in SAG history.
"While there have been no talks since last fall, the video game companies would welcome the union back to the table for meaningful conversations," the struck companies said in a statement… Read
Rick Phillips Upped At Growing FoxNext Games
Rick Phillips has been promoted to President of Licensing and Publishing at FoxNext Games, a move that comes after FoxNext, the new gaming and VR division of Fox Networks Group and 20th Century Fox Film, made its first big play in the gaming space by acquiring mobile-game developer Aftershock.
Phillips previously oversaw Fox's game licensing across mobile, console, PC, social and online gaming, and now adds responsibilities for FoxNext Games marketing and distribution… Read
SAG-AFTRA Makes Inroads As Video Game Strike Drags On
As SAG-AFTRA prepares for its upcoming round of negotiations for a new film and TV contract, it continues to pressure a different set of employers – video game producers – in a labor dispute that is the longest strike in the history of SAG.
Now in its 207th day, the union's strike against 11 video game companies has pitted the companies' desire to maintain a 20-year-old pay structure that includes no forms of residuals against the union's demand for some type of residuals… Read
Universal Gearing Up For ‘Gears Of War’ Movie; Studio Sets Shane Salerno To Write
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set Shane Salerno to write the screenplay for Gears Of War, the big-scale live-action adaptation of Microsoft Studios’ iconic Xbox video game franchise. Universal-based Dylan Clark is producing.
Universal and Microsoft announced their collaboration on the game in late 2016. At the time, Rod Fergusson, head of Microsoft subsidiary The Coalition that develops new Gears Of War content and the franchise co-creator, said the film would not be… Read
SAG-AFTRA’s Six-Month Video Game Strike Left Out Of Highlight Reel For Merger Anniversary
SAG-AFTRA has posted a new video on its website celebrating the fifth anniversary of the merger of SAG and AFTRA. "A lot has happened in the last five years," notes the video (watch it above), but it fails to make any mention of a key event in the merged union's history: that it's been on strike against select video game companies for the past six months. It's quite an oversight, because on Saturday, it will become the longest strike in the history of the Screen Actors… Read
‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ Trailer For Video Game Unveils New Character And Battles
The official trailer for EA's Star Wars Battlefront II was unveiled today during the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida. In this new adventure, players we will able to immerse themselves into the Star Wars galaxy and battle on land and in space in an expanded multiplayer experience with iconic heroes and villains, thrilling space battles, and a deep progression and customization system.
With sneak peeks at Darth Maul, Yoda, Rey and Luke Skywalker, the video game… Read
GameStop Shares Slip On Report Of Possible Credit Card Data Breach
Shares in video game retailer GameStop dropped about 1% this afternoon after it confirmed to website KrebsOnSecurity.com that it’s investigating a possible hack from someone who took payment card data and then, it says, “offered [it] for sale on a website.”
GameStop says it learned about the possible breach from “a third party.” It has engaged “a leading security firm” to investigate. Meanwhile it will “continue to work non-stop to address this report and take appropriate… Read
Fox Film Gets Into Virtual Production Game With Technoprops Buy
20th Century Fox Film has made a deal to acquire Technoprops, the virtual production company that has had a hand in films from Avatar to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The pact includes a multi-year agreement with company founder Glenn Derry, who will become VP Visual Effects and oversee virtual production efforts at a new division to be knows as The Fox VFX Lab. The plan is to open a virtual production facility in downtown Los Angeles, at which Derry's team will operate… Read
SAG-AFTRA Claims It “Has The Momentum” In Video Game Strike Launched In October
Claiming that it "has the momentum" in its 23-week-old strike against selected video game companies, SAG-AFTRA says "many signs indicate that our strike is working" and that the 11 struck companies "are feeling the pressure."
The union says that it's signed 25 video games and 18 companies to a contract it promulgated in October that gives performers residuals amounting to a full-day's pay for each 500,000 units sold, up to four secondary payments if the games sells 2… Read