D3Publisher and DreamWorks Animation Announce Multi-Property Agreement for Next Three Animated Feature Films
Video Game Agreement to Include Upcoming Films Madagascar 3:
Europe's Most Wanted, Rise of the Guardians, and The Croods
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
D3Publisher (D3P), a publisher and developer of interactive
entertainment software, today announced a worldwide publishing agreement
with DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA). D3Publisher has
secured the licensed rights to develop and publish the video games based
on the upcoming DreamWorks Animation feature films Madagascar 3:
Europe's Most Wanted and Rise of the Guardians in 2012 and
The Croods in 2013.
"The upcoming video games based on the DreamWorks Animation films truly
fit our commitment to making fun games that are enjoyable and accessible
for the whole family across many platforms and handhelds," said Bill
Anker, vice president of business development and licensing, D3P. "We
look forward to working closely with the DreamWorks Animation team to
deliver an authentic and compelling gameplay experience that will take
the adventures in exciting new directions inspired by the films."
"D3Publisher has a wealth of experience in both the creative development
and marketing of family friendly licensed games," said Chris Hewish,
head of global interactive for DreamWorks Animation. "This, along with
their proven track record, makes them an ideal interactive partner for
our next three films."
Madagascar 3: The Video Game will be available in June
of 2012 to coincide with theatrical release of the film on June 8,
2012 in North America. In an adventure-filled tour across Europe with
a traveling circus, players can take on the role of Alex the Lion,
Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo in a journey
to escape the evil clutches of crazed animal control officer Captain
Chantal Dubois and return home to New York City. The blockbuster Madagascar
films have captivated moviegoers across the globe and have
collectively grossed over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office.
Coming this holiday season 2012, DreamWorks Animation's Rise of
the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a
group of heroes — each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil
spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world,
the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect
the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. In
the video game, players will team up as the Guardians and battle Pitch
to help restore the world's belief.
The Croods takes us back to the beginning - to a
previously undiscovered era known as the Croodacious - a time when
Mother Nature was still experimenting and the flora and fauna we know
today had yet to evolve. At the heart of this comically chaotic world
is the Crood family, led by Grug, an over-protective father who, like
all dads, is doing everything he can to hold his family together as
the world around them changes at a dramatic pace. The
Croods is scheduled for release in the spring of 2013.
For more information on D3Publisher and all their games, please visit www.d3publisher.us.
D3Publisher is a leading video game publisher for all platforms,
including: the Wii™ system, Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo 3DS™ handheld
systems, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360®
video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC, and
wireless devices. D3Publisher has operations in the U.S., and Japan. The
company also owns development studio Vicious Cycle Software, Inc., and
its technology platform, Vicious Engine 2™. For more information about
D3Publisher and its products, please visit: www.d3publisher.us.
About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG
animated feature films, television specials and series, live
entertainment properties and online virtual worlds, meant for audiences
around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong
and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and
techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the "100 Best
Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE® Magazine for three consecutive years.
In 2012, DreamWorks Animation ranks #14 on the list. All of DreamWorks
Animation's feature films are now being produced in 3D. The Company has
theatrically released a total of 23 animated feature films, including
the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu
Panda and How to Train Your Dragon.
Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This document includes certain forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The
Company's plans, prospects, strategies, proposals and our beliefs and
expectations concerning performance of our current and future releases
and anticipated talent, directors and storyline for our upcoming films
and other projects, constitute forward-looking statements. These
statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and
projections about the industry in which we operate and management's
beliefs and assumptions. These statements are not guarantees of future
performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions which are
difficult to predict. Actual results may vary materially from those
expressed or implied by the statements herein due to changes in
economic, business, competitive, technological and/or regulatory
factors, and other risks and uncertainties affecting the operation of
the business of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. These risks and
uncertainties include: audience acceptance of our films, our dependence
on the success of a limited number of releases each year, the increasing
cost of producing and marketing feature films, piracy of motion
pictures, the effect of rapid technological change or alternative forms
of entertainment and our need to protect our proprietary technology and
enhance or develop new technology. In addition, due to the uncertainties
and risks involved in the development and production of animated feature
projects, the release dates for the projects described in this document
may be delayed. For a further list and description of such risks and
uncertainties, see the reports filed by us with the Securities and
Exchange Commission, including our most recent annual report on Form
10-K and our most recent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. DreamWorks
Animation is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any
obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether
as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or
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Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox LIVE are either registered trademarks
or trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.
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Nintendo properties are trademarks of Nintendo.
Madagascar 3 © 2012 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C.
Rise of the
Guardians © 2012 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C.
The Croods © 2012
DreamWorks Animation L.L.C.
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