Clients, Contacts & Vendors in the News: 

  • AMC Networks said on Monday that it had agreed to acquire substantially all of Chellomedia, an international content division of Liberty Global, the media company controlled by John C. Malone, in a deal valued at 750 million euros, or $1.04 billion. [link]
  • Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg is not terribly thrilled about the idea of games borrowing from movies to the point where they play out like films. [link]
  • Facts and background information on the upcoming highly anticipated Sci Fi shooter from Activision and Bungie titled Destiny[link]
  • Electronic Arts  said it plans to release independent video game developer Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall game on store shelves in early March for Microsoft Corp.’s  Xbox. [link]
  • Beginning with its championship event, PBR is teaming with CBS Interactive on the new service offering rodeo devotees more than 100 live streaming broadcasts, plus on-demand encores. [link]
  •  Rentrak, the leader in precisely measuring movies and TV everywhere, today announced its measurement agreement with Outdoor Channel which has been expanded to include Rentrak’s Advanced Demographics currency for automotive and retail shopping. [link]
  • More and more TV Everywhere apps are being introduced each month, and NBC Universal is leading the charge. [link]
  • The Golden Joystick Awards presented by Green Man Gaming today announces that Ken Levine, BioShock Creative Director and Co-Founder of Irrational Games, will be bestowed with a special Lifetime Achievement award at this year’s ceremony. [link]
  • Now 2K and Irrational Games have announced that BioShock Infinite’s Burial at Sea Episode One DLC will hit Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on Nov. 12.  [link]
  • MMORPG Rift from Trion Worlds is now available to play for free, which includes all its 16 major updates released to-date. Raids, dungeons, and the new Storm Legion expansion is all completely accessible. [link]
  • Using 130 Snapdragon-powered HTC One smartphones, Qualcomm has created “The Ultimate Smartphone Photobooth.” Check out the various stunts performed in the ring, from break-dancing to dog tricks, and yes Hadoukening. [link]

Industry Tidbits:

  • Brazil, the world’s fifth most populous country, is a Latin American goliath of interactive entertainment. [link]
  • PBS, America’s Public Broadcasting Service, has announced that it has launched an application that allows for viewing of its programming on Xbox One. [link]

On the Show Floor:

  • The themes for GamesBeat conferences seem to be all about taking challenges in the game industry head on. GamesBeat 2013 no exception, with organizers dubbing their event taking place next week in the San Francisco Bay Area as the “Battle Royal.” [link]
  • Organizers this week announced that PAX Australia 2014 will take place from October 31st through November 2, 2014, at the much larger Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. [link]
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