Universal City, CA and Fort Lee, NJ - September 16, 2008 - SkyZone Entertainment and Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group today announced an agreement to bring the popular entertainment properties, Animal House and Tic-Tac-Dough, to mobile platforms. One of the most beloved comedy classics in history, Animal House delivered all of the outrageous antics of fraternity life as it made terms like "toga party" and "food fight" household names when it was released in 1978. Now, 30 years later, gamers can relive all of the mayhem in this interactive adaptation that puts them as a freshman pledge in Delta House tasked with helping Bluto, Otter, Boon, and the rest of the fraternity throw outlandish parties and foil the plans of Dean Wormer to shut them down. Tic-Tac-Dough, another timeless classic, makes handheld gamers contenders on the famous TV game show as they test their brainpower with challenging trivia questions. Animal House is scheduled to be available on most major North American carriers in Q4, 2008, perfectly timed to the film's special collectible 30th Anniversary Edition DVD release debuting on October 28th. Tic-Tac-Dough is slated for release in Q1, 2009.
"Animal House and Tic-Tac-Dough are two jewels of the NBC Universal library that remain as relevant today as they were when they were first released," said Key Sar, Chief Marketing Officer for SkyZone Entertainment. "Releasing compelling content based on popular properties like these reflects SkyZone's efforts to always provide the highest quality in mobile entertainment that will appeal to every type of mobile gamer."
"SkyZone has a fantastic track record with premium entertainment brands," said Jeremy Laws Senior Vice President Mobile & Broadband with Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group. "We think they are the perfect partner to bring these classic titles, with inherent gameplay, to the mobile phone."
About the Animal House mobile game:
Dean Wormer is back once again to shut down the Delta House in this interactive adaptation of the classic comedy. Players join Bluto, Otter, Boon and the rest of the men of Delta to help throw outrageous parties and keep Wormer from closing the house for good. The action-strategy game combines simple controls with memorable quotes, characters and still images straight from the film - including toga party, food fight, parade chaos, horse in the Dean's office and more - to keep gamers coming back for more!
About the Tic-Tac-Dough mobile game:
Based on the classic TV game show, Tic-Tac-Dough casts players as contenders vying to stretch their brain power in six engaging categories. Additionally, a special category provides questions that will challenge them even more. For those who get bored with playing against themselves, it is time to challenge others through the network multiplayer options as they look to become the ultimate trivia master!
About Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group:
Universal Pictures Digital Platforms (UPDPG) is responsible for global digital product development, production, licensing, distribution, and growth strategy for the extensive catalogue of Universal's properties across new and emerging digital platforms, including mobile, video game consoles, personal computers, and other portable devices. With a worldwide mandate to help shape the digital future of Universal Pictures, the Group has offices in Universal City, California; London, England; and Tokyo, Japan.
Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group is a unit of Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures. Universal Pictures is a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric and 20% owned by Vivendi.
About SkyZone Entertainment, Inc.
SkyZone Entertainment, Inc. creates and delivers exciting "Made for Mobile™" content that meets emerging consumer demand for gaming over multiple mobile phone networks and home entertainment devices. Through a network of investors and partners such as VSST, CVE and SK Group, SkyZone draws on an advanced Korean legacy of network interoperability and publishing innovation to offer cutting-edge games and brand name applications featuring 3D graphics, networked multiplayer environments and trans-medial access to telecommunications carriers and mobile gamers around the world. For more information, visit www.skyzonemobile.com.
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