Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Jumps To Paramount With Neal Moritz & Tim Miller
Neal Moritz has made one of his first moves since landing at Paramount Pictures from his longtime Sony home, with his new studio nabbing movie rights to Sonic the Hedgehog, the iconic Sega video game franchise.
The pic was set up by Moritz and Deadpool director Tim Miller at Sony in 2014 as a hybrid live-action/CG-animated feature; in the new incarnation, Mortiz and his Original Film will produce, and Miller is among the executive producers. Jeff Fowler will… Read
SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal To End Video Game Strike, Longest In Union’s History
UPDATED with more details: SAG-AFTRA and the major video game companies have reached a tentative agreement to end the longest strike in the union's history. Up until this walkout, SAG's 2000 commercial strike, which lasted 183 days, had been the longest.
The new deal, which must still be approved by the union's board of directors, calls for "bonus pay" based on the number of sessions a performer works on each game, beginning with a $75 payment on the first session and… Read
Lionsgate-Backed Telltale Games Gets New Boss
Telltale Games has hired Zynga and Electronic Arts veteran Pete Hawley as president and CEO. He replaces the current CEO, co-founder Dan Connors, who shifts to an advisory role. This is the games developer and publisher that Lionsgate came aboard in February 2015 as an investor, part of its expansion into the game space; Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer is on Telltale’s board.
The company is behind narrative-driven episodic games including Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead… Read
Video Game Fans Remain Big Movie Goers, Machinima Survey FInds
EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood doesn’t have to worry about losing ticket buyers to video games, Warner Bros-owned gamer programming company Machinima says it found in a recent survey.
All of the 2,051 mostly male players polled in April go to the movies at least once a year vs. 71% of the entire population.
Some 17% of gamers see at least 12 movies a year, compared with 11% of the general population, and 83% see between two and 11 movies a year, vs 60% of the entire… Read
‘Future Man’ Cast And Creators Discusses Death Of Glenne Headly At TCA
"It was devastating; she was a big part of the show,” Future Man executive producer/showrunner Ben Karlin told TV critics today at TCA about the death of Glenne Headly during production of the Hulu series’ first season. He added that dealing with her death did not require “that much rewriting” on the show because the parents’ storyline always was going to recede in later episodes of the season.
Headly played the nurturing, ever-supportive mother of the series’ central… Read
Steven Spielberg Shows Off First ‘Ready Player One’ Footage At Comic-Con – Watch
UPDATED with footage: Warner Bros planted a big footprint in Hall H today, kicking it off with footage from Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. It marked the director’s second time here after The Adventures of Tintin in 2011.
Spielberg appeared alongside YA author Ernest Cline, who also co-scripted the film. “I learned to become a storyteller from this guy … his films are woven in my DNA,” said the author, who mentioned the movie will be a huge breakthrough for showing… Read
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