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App developer Seriously launches 3D animated short

App developer Seriously launches 3D animated short

Animation
Furthering the growth of its last successful mobile game app Fiends, California-based app developer Seriously has launched the brand’s first original 3D-animated short namely Best Fiends Boot Camp which for co-founder and ex-Rovio exec Andrew Stalbow, has quickly exceeded all expectations. “We were targeting a million views for the first 10 days, but we hit that in three days with 1.25 million views,” Stalbow said of Boot Camp which now has 2.2 million views to date. With feature film-quality animation produced by Golden Globe-nominated studio Reel FX, the 3.5-minute short follows the comedic misadventures of a pair of slugs who enlist in an army bent on taking over the peaceful world of Minutia and its tiny insect inhabitants. Till date, the freemium apps Best Fiends (2014) and its seq

Studio Rovio effects several changes to its BoD; elevates Mika as new Chairman

Studio, Uncategorized
After the departure of its chairman Kaj Hed, Angry Birds developing studio Rovio has effected some changes to its board of directors with a new chairman taking over. After almost a decade in the position, Kaj Hed has stepped down. After his going, Mika Ihamuotila will lead the board having already been a member for four years. Incidentally, Ihamuotila is also a member of the board at Nordic media group Sanoma Corporation and executive chairman for Finnish textile and clothing design company Marimekko. "I am more than excited about my new role as the chairman of Rovio," he said. "I have had the opportunity to build Rovio's future as a Board member since 2013. Rovio is a great company with strong and profitable growth last year. It is a privilege to take part in writing Rovio's succe...
Confirmed: Angry Birds 2 to release in 2019

Confirmed: Angry Birds 2 to release in 2019

Animation, Headlines
Rovio and Columbia Pictures have come out with the official release date of the sequel to The Angry Birds Movie, titled The Angry Birds Movie 2. As per the announcement, the CG animated sequel will release on September 20, 2019 that would coincide with the Angry Birds franchise’s 10th anniversary. “We are thrilled to be teaming up again with Sony Pictures after the fantastic cooperation in the first movie, and I can’t wait to experience the new journey in the upcoming film,” Rovio CEO Kati Levoranta said. “Rovio is continuing to focus on creating exciting new stories and experiences around our games, and we’re eager to take fans back into the vibrant Angry Birds world on the big screen,” he added. Sony Pictures Imageworks is producing the film in collaboration with Sony Pictures Anim
Fourth season of POCOYO garners 47 million views worldwide

Fourth season of POCOYO garners 47 million views worldwide

Channels
On the occasion of the ensuing Easter holiday, Spanish production company Zinkia and creator of POCOYO have crafted a playlist on YouTube featuring various partners such as Aardman Animation (Shaun the Sheep, Wallace and Gromit), Rovio (Angry Birds), Zeptolab (Cut The Rope) and {Lottie Dottie). POCOYO’s YouTube channel has premiered a special production called ‘POCOYO: Easter Egg Hunt Patrol’, a long-form video that includes a completely new episode made for the occasion, in which kids will experience the joy of egg-hunting with POCOYO and the rest of the gang while they learn about this festivity. This Easter special has registered more than 3.3 million views in barely three days and has gone viral in countries such as Mexico or Peru. This episode is available in three languages - Eng
Rovio opens new game studio in London

Rovio opens new game studio in London

Gaming
Rovio is expanding its in-house studio capacity with a new London-based team that will focus on massively multiplayer online games, or MMOs, with new IP beyond the Angry Birds universe. "Our business is profitably growing and London is the most logical place for us to found a new studio that will complement our overall global mix of internal and external developers. London is also a fantastically diverse talent magnet.” says Antti Viitanen, SVP Studios. “We believe that the best game experiences are those that you share with other people,” adds Mark Sorrell, Head of Studio, “So we’re starting a studio to do exactly this. We look forward to bringing a diverse team together to deliver unique MMOs that are creative, inclusive and delightful.” The London studio joins Rovio’s four other in
Rovio launches Angry Birds Blast

Rovio launches Angry Birds Blast

Animation, Gaming
Rovio announced the release of Angry Birds Blast on iOS and Android. Developed in collaboration with MYBO, the puzzle game challenges users to save the Angry Birds, who have been trapped inside balloons. Each level in Angry Birds Blast challenges users to complete a different objective before running out of moves. For instance, one level may ask users to pop a required number of balloons of a specific color, while another stage may ask players to remove pigs from the board by popping balloons next to them. There are more than 270 levels available at launch, and more will be added going forward. Angry Birds Blast is also one of the most approachable games in the franchise, playable offline and conveniently downloadable anywhere at a svelte 80 MB. Connect the game to Facebook and find yo
Meet the new Indian Female Superhero – Mighty Girl

Meet the new Indian Female Superhero – Mighty Girl

Animation, Comics
Comic book legend Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment and Graphic India, a character entertainment company, have come out with Mighty Girl, a new female superhero for India. The new "Chakra The Invincible and Mighty Girl" comics were unveiled on Saturday at the Bengaluru Comic Con here, read a statement. Graphic India and POW! Entertainment created the comics in collaboration with Unicef's 'World's Largest Lesson' initiative, supported by GEMS Education and Unicef as part of an effort to promote the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, a global plan to end poverty, reduce inequalities and combat the threat of climate change by 2030. Mighty Girl expands the story of Lee and Sharad Devarajan's previous Indian superhero creation, Chakra- The invincible, which premièred as an animated

Movie -Angry Birds: A Vault of -Wonder and Cash…

Animation, Channels
The Market seems to be tapping in to the alluring appeal of the Angry Birds, in just promotional value; global giants have pumped millions into it. The upcoming phenomenon –Angry Birds Movie is a creative cash- cow for the Sony Pictures   Sony Pictures has teamed with promotional partners around the world to create a campaign building on the massive global appeal of Angry Birds, around the upcoming film based on the popular game characters. (more…)

LEGO® ANGRY BIRDS WILL TAKE FLIGHT

Licensing, Merchandise
Rovio teams with The LEGO Group to create a collection of building sets related to its 2016 film Rovio, makers of Angry Birds, the most downloaded mobile game ever, today announced a partnership with The LEGO Group to develop a line of construction toys. LEGO® Angry Birds will be available in spring 2016 to coincide with the release of The Angry Birds Movie, a full-length feature film based on the popular gaming franchise. (more…)