TORONTO -- SpaceWorks Entertainment Inc. and Silverbirch Studios here are pleased to announce that production has begun on the mobile game of Ice Planet, part of a $50-million+ gaming and television entertainment franchise. The mobile game, funded in part by a grant from the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, will be a multi-level RPG game incorporating the characters and settings from the HD television series Ice Planet. Both game and TV series will feature Michael Ironside.
Gamers will be pleased to know that by July all reference builds will be complete and the final version will be mastered and released in time for the television series? broadcast debut this Fall.
Preliminary screen size resolutions planned include the following:
? Sony Ericsson S710 320 x 240
? Motorola V3 176 x 204
? Nokia 3220 128 x 128
?We?re very excited to work on this project,? said Silverbirch Studios Vice President Jason Azevedo. ?It?s an honour to be part of a sci-fi franchise that promises to be as original and ground-breaking as Ice Planet does. Creatively, it?s the perfect canvas for a successful mobile game.?
Integrating storylines from the television series into the mobile game play is a new concept for the two media producing their respective productions in tandem and launching simultaneously.
?We wanted to bring the gaming community back to television,? said SpaceWorks CEO Philip Jackson. ?A growing demographic has been moving away from television and our strategy in this and all our future productions, is to provide entertainment that appeals to them.?
A console game is also about to begin production with a street date that will coincide with the television series? season finale in 2008.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
About SpaceWorks Entertainment:
SpaceWorks Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian creative studio with depth in international coproduction and independent film and television financing. Since 1993, the creative team of Daniel D?or and G. Philip Jackson has been critically and commercially acclaimed for its diverse production and sales track record in television series and feature film production. Market-sensitive originality in content and style is at the core of the SpaceWorks approach. Under the D?or / Jackson leadership, the SpaceWorks team has produced more than 20 feature and series titles. In 2002 they were joined by partner Paul Rapovski, bringing further depth in production and greatly increased capacity in Pacific Rim markets to SpaceWorks.
About SilverBirch Studios:
Toronto-based SilverBirch, through its SilverBirch Studios subsidiary, is a publisher, distributor and developer of interactive entertainment applications including games, ringtones, images and other content. SilverBirch?s application portfolio is comprised of both original and licensed intellectual properties. After releasing the hugely successful Warner Brothers movie-to-game Constantine, the team at Silverbirch has just released the much-anticipated Superman, Lex Luthor and Crank mobile games.
About Bell Fund:
The Bell Fund provides grants to Canadian independent producers who develop and produce outstanding television content complemented and enhanced by innovative, interactive content designed for digital delivery. These new media projects reflect state-of-the-art technology and are helping traditional television producers and broadcasters to discover the value added benefits of a web presence.
About CHUM International:
CHUM International ( www.chumtv.com/international) is the development and distribution arm of CHUM Limited, one of Canada?s leading media companies and content providers. CHUM International distributes CHUM-owned and independent multi-platform programming worldwide and develops international licensing arrangements for CHUM?s original channel formats.
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SpaceWorks Entertainment Inc. Silverbirch Studios
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