D3 Publisher has secured the licensing rights to three upcoming films from Dreamworks Animation, which were held by THQ until the troubled publisher announced its withdrawal from the licensed kids' game market.The deal, announced in a press release, gives D3 the rights to develop and publish games based on Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Rise Of The Guardians, and The Croods.
It’s November 1999 and the atmosphere in Steven Spielberg’s office is frosty. The director’s Amblin production company, on the Universal Studios lot, is hosting Paul Bucha, the president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. The Vietnam veteran, awarded America’s highest decoration for his own courage under fire, is stating his case against videogames. Strongly. The particular target of his ire: a firstperson shooter based on an original concept by Spielberg himself called Medal Of Honor.
Zynga has announced that Hollywood veteran and DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has been appointed to its board of directors.While board positions are often ceremonial – Katzenberg is not expected to take on any day-to-day duties for the social gaming king – his mere presence will give Zynga a valuable route into the upper echelons of Hollywood.Katzenberg was chairman of Walt Disney Studios when he quit in 1994 to co-found DreamWorks with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, overseeing production of the likes of Shrek and Kung Fu Panda.
The DICE Summit largely provides the opportunity for high-level gaming executives to meet, play golf and poker and relax, but for those interested the schedule of sessions offered a variety of fascinating insight into the development process — some from the most unlikely of places.
THQ and DreamWorks have signed a multi-year, multi-property licensing deal that gives the videogame publisher and developer exclusive worldwide rights to create titles based on DreamWorks Animation’s animated feature films.The deal immediately covers the upcoming DreamWorks pictures Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom, Puss In Boots and CG animated TV show, The Penguins of Madagascar.