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Don Winslow & Shane Salerno Reteam To Shape ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon’ Game

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Don Winslow and Shane Salerno, who co-wrote the script for Oliver Stone’s Savages based on Winslow’s novel and are co-writing again for Winslow’s The Cartel — are back together again. The pair has teamed to create the cartel-themed narrative for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, the latest video game in Ubisoft series that streets next month. Winslow might know a thing or two about cartels: he wrote 2015’s The Cartel, the second in his drug-war novel series that began… Read

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Cartoon Network Orders ‘Mighty Magiswords’ Season 2, Plans New Game

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Turner's Cartoon Network has ordered a second season of comedy series Mighty Magiswords and will launch a related mobile game called Surely You Quest. The series follows the adventures of a sibling team of Warriors for Hire on heroic quests using their Magiswords. The immersive MagiMobile app allows users to collect the swords, and users of the new mobile game will be able to use their Magisword collections while gathering and upgrading more of the weapons. Mighty Magiswor… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Video Game Strike Rally Draws 400-Plus In L.A.

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More than 400 actors and their supporters rallied today at the La Brea Tar Pits to draw attention to SAG-AFTRA's 105-day-old strike against selected video game companies. It was the largest show of support for the strike to date and included representatives from IATSE, the WGA, the DGA, the Teamsters and the Musicians Union, which supplied a brass band. “We are fighting for a fair contract,” SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris told the cheering crowd as an airplane… Read

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Local Unions To Rally In Support Of SAG-AFTRA Video Game Strike

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A rally Thursday in support of SAG-AFTRA's 102-day-old strike against selected video game companies promises to be the union's biggest to date, with actors being joined by members of the Writers Guild, Teamsters Local 399, the American Federation of Musicians, and representatives from the L.A. County Federation of Labor. "SAG-AFTRA has been on strike against the largest and most profitable video game companies for several months now, and they have asked for our help,” WGA… Read

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Actors Video Game Strike Enters “Crucial Phase,” SAG-AFTRA Says; Companies Respond – Update

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UPDATED with video game companies’ response, 6:25 PM: The 14-week-old actors strike against selected video game companies "is entering a crucial phase," SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said in an email today to members of the union's Los Angeles board of directors, urging them to attend a rally next week outside the union's headquarters in Hollywood. "I am reaching out with an urgent request," she told the board members. "SAG-AFTRA needs your help in moving… Read

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Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope Developing ‘Apocalypse Now’ Video Game, Launches Kickstarter Campaign

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Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope is partnering with a team of entertainment and games industry veterans to develop a role-playing-style video game based on Apocalypse Now, Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam War epic. The project will be financed in part through a Kickstarter campaign, with backers offered rewards ranging from early access to the game to a surfboard used in the movie and five days at one of Coppola’s resorts. "Forty years ago, I set out to make a personal art… Read

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Actors Strike Against Video Game Industry Now Second-Longest in SAG History

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The 96-day actors strike against selected video game companies is now the second-longest in the history of the Screen Actors Guild, topping the 95-day strike of 1980 that established contract terms for pay TV and videocassettes. The ongoing walkout will have to last another three months to supplant the 183-day commercials strike of 2000 to become the longest in the guild's history. The strike is the first ever against the gaming industry; the first actors strike in 17… Read

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WGA Unveils Videogame Writing Nominees

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Twelve weeks into the actors' strike against selected video game companies, the WGA announced its nominees for outstanding achievement in videogame writing during 2016. None of the nominations are for on struck games. Brian Bloom was nominated for Activision's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and while SAG-AFTRA is on strike against five Activision games, Infinite Warfare isn't one of them. Winners will be announced February 19 at the WGA Awards in New York and Los… Read

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‘Clueless Gamer’ Series Based On ‘Conan’ Segment In Works At TBS

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TBS is prepping Clueless Gamer, a series based on the viral Conan segments in which Conan O’Brien checks out buzzy new video game titles, frequently with a famous celebrity, and riffs on the action. Longtime O’Brien collaborator Jeff Ross, principal at O’Brien’s Conaco production company, noted Clueless Gamer in an interview with Deadline. It is one of several TBS series in Conaco’s portfolio, along with O’Brien’s late-night talk show, Conan; new comedy series People of Ea… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Wins Battle With Video Game Companies Over Domain Name

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EXCLUSIVE: SAG-AFTRA has won its first tangible victory in its seven-week-old strike against the video game industry: it's gotten the companies to take down a strike news website the union says infringed its trademark. The companies' old website included "sagaftra" in its domain name – sagaftravideogames.com. Hours after it went up on October 28, the union fired off an angry response demanding the companies "immediately cease infringing" on the union's trademark and… Read

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Actor Who Voices ‘Uncharted’s Nathan Drake Speaks Out About Vidgame Strike In Awards Speech

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Nolan North won the Best Performance Award last night at The Game Awards, which celebrates the best in video games, and he got a huge round of applause – and raised some eyebrows – during an acceptance speech many observers viewed as a dis of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike against the video game industry. In previous interviews, however, he made it clear he stands with his union in the six-week-old labor dispute. North, one of the best known voices in gaming, won the award… Read

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Video Game Strike: Companies’ Final Contract Offer Expires As SAG-AFTRA Walkout Continues

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Today's deadline to make a deal to end the six-week-old actors strike against the video game industry has come and gone, with no end in sight for the walkout. The companies had offered a 9% immediate pay hike and additional compensation – up to $950, based on the number of sessions a performer works on each game – if their last, best and final offer for a new contract was ratified by December 1. SAG-AFTRA, however, never put the offer to a vote of its members, so the… Read