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UBD discloses details of UK consumer products roll out of action-packed animated series

UBD discloses details of UK consumer products roll out of action-packed animated series

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Universal Brand Development (UBD) has unveiled details of the UK consumer products roll out of the action-packed animated series DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender. The reimagining of one of the most popular fan-favourite shows of all time, the series follows five unsuspecting teenagers, transported from Earth into the middle of a sprawling intergalactic war as they become pilots for five robotic lions in a battle to protect the universe from evil. Only through the true power of teamwork can they unite to form the mighty warrior known as Voltron.  Voltron Legendary Defender has played on Netflix since June 2016 to critical acclaim and is now expanding its reach with Sony’s POP channel confirmed as the free-to-air home of the show in the UK. POP celebrated the arrival of the serie
Super Mario Odyssey wins multiple awards at Gamescom 2017

Super Mario Odyssey wins multiple awards at Gamescom 2017

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Curtains of Gamescom 2017 came down in Cologne on Thursday night with the presentation of this year’s awards. Sweeping the awards was the Nintendo Switch title Super Mario Odyssey which lapped up the coveted Best of Gamescom Award, the consumer-voted Most Wanted Award and three of the juried categories. Also among the winners were multiple nominees Destiny 2 from Activision Blizzard with two wins, Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft), Middle-earth: Shadows of War (Warner Bros. Interactive), Ni No Kuni II (Bandai Namco). The winners: Best of Gamescom Award: Super Mario Odyssey, Nintendo Best Add-On/ DLC: Battlefield 1: In the Name of the Tsar, Electronic Arts Best Booth: Electronic Arts Gamescom Booth 2017 Best Console Game – Sony PlayStation 4: Assassin’s Creed Origins, Ubisoft Best Console Ga
The Nut Job 2 records worst opening in film history

The Nut Job 2 records worst opening in film history

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With the kind of release The Nut Job 2 had opening in 4000-plus theatres, it is difficult to believe that the film has had a worst opening in film history, with an estimated weekend haul of $8.9 million. Going by facts, there’s nothing even remotely close on the record books for an opening so pathetic. The previous lowest-grossing launch in over 4,000 theaters was Sony’s The Emoji Movie that film opened with over $15 million more than Nut Job 2. Now, the question is as to why was a film with such a clearly limited audience released in over 4,000 theaters to begin with? First, it was opportune timing: Hollywood has faltered every step it has taken this year by creating few summer blockbusters that audiences want to see. In the bargain, it has left plenty of empty movie screens.  

Portfolio Ent. sells The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! to a lot many intl. broadcasters

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Canada-based producer and distributor Portfolio Entertainment has sold its pre-school series The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! to a number of international broadcasters. Among those who have picked up the first two seasons of the series are Ultra Kids (Ex-Yugoslavia) and Sony Pictures Television Networks (the UK and Africa). Besides, Sony has acquired the property’s four hour-long movies namely The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Camping, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Space, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween and The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas. The movies were also picked up by E-Junior and Discovery Kids for the Middle East and Africa. The last named also added the show’s third season to its lineup. Other linear broadcast partners include
Sony opens a new VR experience in New York

Sony opens a new VR experience in New York

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In order to celebrate the upcoming theatrical release of Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters on July 7, Sony has opened a new VR experience at Sony Square New York City. “Spider-Man: Homecoming is a movie that will thrill the senses, and it was our goal to give fans the opportunity to experience that excitement before the film opens on July 7,” says Steven Fuld, senior vice president, corporate marketing, Sony Corporation of America. “This Spider-Man exhibit is exclusive to Sony Square NYC–it cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world.” During the event, consumers will step into Peter Parker’s shoes in the Spider-Man: Homecoming VR experience on PlayStation VR, while in the virtual world, visitors will swing through the air in pursuit of the hero’s nemesis The Vulture. In additi
ChuChu TV crosses 10 million subscribers mark

ChuChu TV crosses 10 million subscribers mark

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ChuChu TV, one of the most popular edutainment channels worldwide, in only its fourth year of existence, has received 10 million subscribers with just 154 videos making it the fastest ever growing YouTube channel in the world in the family entertainment and pre-school education space. This incredible milestone which reiterates ChuChu TV’s remarkable success was achieved on 17th June 2017. ChuChu TV is the fourth largest YouTube channel in India with its online audience larger than that of All India Bakchod (AIB), Viral Fever Videos or Comedy Nights, Colors TV and Star Plus. The channels more popular with a larger subscriber-base than ChuChu TV are T-Series, Sony and ZeeTV. However, T-Series has grown over the years through an upload of around 10000+ videos, SET India has around 17000+
Spider-Man to be part of two new Avenger movies

Spider-Man to be part of two new Avenger movies

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In a deal with Sony, it has been decided that Spider-Man will be a part of the next two Avengers movies, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Spider-Man will appear in the Avengers: Infinity War that is slated for 4 May, next year and an untitled Avengers movie in  2019. The deal with Sony will allowed the wall-crawler to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his debut in Captain America: Civil War and his stanalone film Spider-Man: Homecoming that is set to release this year. After his appearance in the second Avengers movie, Spider-Man will be seen again in the Homecoming sequel, also set for 2019 release. Meanwhile, Sony is going ahead with the bug-boy’s spinoffs like Venom and a Silver Sable/Black Cat team up movie, but in that Marvel is not involved. Sony’s anim
Sony to pull the plug on Animax soon

Sony to pull the plug on Animax soon

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Ever since it was launched in July, 2004, Animax has been catering to that segment of audience that never really got much attention in India. Targeted at the people between 13 to 35 and niche anime lovers, Animax India has been around for more than a decade now. However, catering to very minimal viewers meant low viewership for Sony. As a matter of fact, for more than a year now, thick rumours were going rife that Sony would go in for new kids category floating a new channel. SPN India, CEO, N P Singh explains, “Animax has been here for a long period of time. Anime is popular with a very small segment of audience, so we will have to take away Animax. Instead we will give them the opportunity to view it on Sony LIV in sometime.” And now, with the announcement of new Sony kids channel,
Amy Schumer quits Sony’s live-action movie Barbie

Amy Schumer quits Sony’s live-action movie Barbie

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Driven by her unpleasantness over a scheduling conflict, Amy Schumer has quit Sony’s live-action Barbie. “Sadly, I’m no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts,” the actress has reportedly said. “The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I’m bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen,” she added. The big screen adaptation of Mattel’s iconic toy line was expected to start production this summer on June 23, but Schumer’s busy schedule has brought the film to a grinding halt. The actress’ schedule includes a lengthy promotional tour for her new Fox comedy Snatched that opens in May, as well as an upcoming shoot for Rebecca Miller’s She Came to Me opposite Steve Carell. Sony needed to stick to its June 29, 2018 relea
Trailer of Smurfs: The Lost Village released

Trailer of Smurfs: The Lost Village released

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The trailer of the upcoming animated 3D film Smurfs: The Lost Village has been released. Featuring the voices of Demi Lovato as Smurfette', Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf and Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf among others, the film is based on the Belgian comic series. Written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon, it has been directed by Kelly Asbury. Directed by Kelly Asbury, the film is scheduled to release on April 7. The film is based on The Smurfs comic book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo and is a reboot film, unrelated to Sony's previous live-action/animated films . The film stars Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf, Joe Manganiello as Hefty Smurf, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf, Danny Pudi as Brainy Smurf, and Rainn Wilson as Gargamel. In the story,