Sledgehammer Games to develop the next Call Of Duty

Gaming, Headlines
The next Call of Duty game, confirmed for later this year, will be developed by Sledgehammer Games. The developer joins Treyarch and Infinity Ward in what is now to be a three year development cycle for COD games. The news came as part of Activision’s investor call, and it marks what is arguably the biggest behind-the-scenes shift in the Call of Duty franchise to date – with the exception of Infinity Ward losing multiple members of its studio, including its founders, following a nasty legal dispute with Activision. Ever since the release of Call of Duty 2, Infinity Ward and Treyarch have been alternating development on the series’ main releases, with each studio taking two years to develop its game, thus ensuring that a new Call of Duty title can hit shelves each year. Annual releases

Animation City in Andhra Pradesh

The state government has come out with its Andhra Pradesh Gaming, Animation, Media and Entertainment (GAME) Policy 2014-19 for promoting the fast-emerging segment of IT sector. A Government Order to that effect was issued on Monday. The gaming, animation, media and entertainment industry in the state has the advantage of having some of the major suppliers to the industry such as HP, AMD and NVIDIA located within Andhra Pradesh, more specifically Hyderabad. The state has a rich and diverse heritage of art and culture, and there is a great potential for the talent in the state to adapt to the animation and gaming sector. (more…)

Sony Imageworks to Close India Facility

Headlines, Studio
Sony Pictures Imageworks is closing Imageworks India in Chennai, according to a report byVariety. Imageworks India was launched when Sony acquired Indian animation studio FrameFlow in 2007. Veteran VFX producer Joe Gareri was hired as general manager of Imageworks India and Imageworks’ web site still lists him in that role. Imageworks did not disclose the number of employees who will lose their jobs but say the Chennai branch reportedly had around 100 employees, very few of whom will be relocated. (more…)

Disney Announces an All-New Sing-along ‘Frozen’

Animation, Headlines
Disney announces the return of ‘Frozen’ to theaters with an all-new sing-along version on January 21 Frozen audiences are invited to join the act—literally—as more than 1000 theaters nationwide introduce an all-new sing-along version of Disney’s Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning big-screen adventure beginning Jan. 31, 2014. “Frozen fans have embraced the film’s original songs and its soundtrack with such passion—there are countless YouTube videos from people singing songs like ‘Let It Go’—we decided to create a version that would celebrate that enthusiasm,” said Dave Hollis, executive vice president, theatrical distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. (more…)

Cloudbabies expands global reach with Middle East, Portuguese and Korean deals

Headlines, Merchandise, Studio
The animated series teaching children to care will debut in the territories this year. Hoho Rights has signed a raft of new overseas deals for its growing pre-school property, Cloudbabies. The animated series is now expanding its global reach to RTP in Portugal, JCC in the Middle East and Kenny and Co in Korea, where it will make its respective debut this year. (more…)

Nickelodeon Announces 2014 Global Animated Shorts Program

Channels, Events, Headlines
Nickelodeon announces a call for submissions for its 2014 global Animated Shorts Program, designed to identify and develop new animation talent and provide a platform for new content for kids. BURBANK, CA -- Nickelodeon announced today its call for submissions for its 2014 global Animated Shorts Program, which is designed to identify and develop new animation talent and provide a platform for new content for kids. (more…)