Cartoon Network Enterprises and D3Publisher Sign Exclusive, Worldwide Videogame Publishing Agreement for The Secret Saturdays|
First Games Based on the Hit Action-Adventure Television Series Scheduled for Q4 2009
LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)-- Mar 25, 2009 D3Publisher (D3P), a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software, together with its parent D3, Inc., today announced a worldwide publishing agreement with Cartoon Network Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of the network, for videogames based on hit action-adventure series The Secret Saturdays. The first game based on The Secret Saturdays is scheduled to be released for console and handheld systems in Q4 2009.
“The Secret Saturdays franchise provides everything videogame fans look for, from an exciting cast of heroes they can portray, to fantastic creatures with special abilities they can use, to the most dastardly villain for them to defeat,” said Yoji Takenaka, president and chief executive officer, North America and Europe, D3P. “Cartoon Network has proven to be an unparalleled partner for us in turning wonderful television universes into playable experiences for fans, and we are thrilled to be working with them once again to reach the gamer community.”
From secret artifacts to unexplained creatures, the adventure never ends for The Secret Saturdays. This family of cryptozoologists is on a mission to find and protect the weirdest and wildest cryptids before the bad guys get in on the action. They travel from ancient temples to bottomless caves in search of the legendary Kur stone because only The Saturdays can save the world from the evil plans of V.V. Argost! The Secret Saturdays television series premiered October 3, 2008 as part of Cartoon Network’s Fantasy/Adventure block on Friday nights with Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ben 10 Alien Force and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. New episodes of the series currently premiere on Friday nights at 8 – 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) and replays air Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) and Sundays at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The Secret Saturdays consistently ranks as a top 10 show with Boys 6-11 on Friday nights and a top 5 show with Boys 6-11 on Sunday nights.
“We have built a great partnership with D3Publisher with the Ben 10 interactive franchise and look forward to similar joint success with The Secret Saturdays,” said Christina Miller, vice president of Cartoon Network Enterprises. “D3 is a publisher that has proven they know how to turn a Cartoon Network fan favorite into a videogame fan favorite, and this title will be a key part of the brand’s product launch this fall.”
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About Cartoon Network Enterprises
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network, is charged with building consumer product franchises for Cartoon Network, its brands and characters from the channel's growing library of award-winning original programming. CNE also works to secure and support long-term licensee partnerships across all key merchandising categories. The division currently offers consumer product programs for an array of animation franchises including Ben 10, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Chowder, The Secret Saturdays, The Powerpuff Girls, [adult swim] and more, as well as serves as licensing agent for Nelvana Enterprises and Spin Master’s Bakugan brand.
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 97 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
D3Publisher, a subsidiary of D3, Inc., is a leading interactive entertainment publisher and distributor for licensed and original titles for personal computers, major console platforms and handheld systems. D3Publisher has operations in the U.S., U.K., and Japan. The company also owns development studio Vicious Cycle Software, Inc., and its technology platform, Vicious Engine. Recent releases have included Dark Sector®, Dead Head Fred®, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords®, Ben 10™: Protector of Earth and BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE™ The Game. For more information about D3Publisher, please visit: www.d3publisher.com.
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