First Games To Be Based On Columbia Pictures' Upcoming The Da Vinci Code
CULVER CITY AND SAN MATEO, Calif., October 18, 2005 - Sony Pictures Digital today announced that it has signed a worldwide multi-year agreement with Kayak Interactive, a leading global mobile entertainment publisher. With this deal in place, Kayak Interactive will develop, publish and market mobile games based on select Sony Pictures Entertainment licensed properties. The first two games in development will be based on the upcoming motion picture The Da Vinci Code, and will be available close to the nationwide release of the film on May 19, 2006.
From director, Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and writer Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar®-winning team of A Beautiful Mind comes the film version of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, one of the most popular and talked about novels of our time, with a cast headed by two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Sir Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina and Paul Bettany.
Produced by Grazer and John Calley, The Da Vinci Code, begins with a spectacular murder in the Louvre Museum. All clues point to a covert religious organization that will stop at nothing to protect a secret that threatens to overturn 2,000 years of accepted dogma.
"Kayak Interactive brings an incredible skill and a strong track record in creating popular mass market mobile game experiences," said Mike Arrieta, senior vice president of Sony Pictures Digital Sales and Marketing. "We plan to leverage that expertise and momentum to bring select Sony-licensed properties to life at people's fingertips," added Ira Rubenstein, senior vice president of Sony Pictures Digital Sales and Marketing.
"We're thrilled to work with Sony Pictures Digital to bring highly compelling properties, such as The Da Vinci Code, to mobile consumers around the world," said Keith McCurdy, CEO and president of Kayak Interactive. "Sony Pictures Digital is a leader in mobile content and we are delighted to participate in bringing their portfolio to market."
About Sony Pictures Digital
Sony Pictures Digital, an operating unit of Sony Pictures Entertainment, consists of Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Online Entertainment and Digital Sales and Marketing. The division produces stories, characters, images and experiences conceived, created, rendered and delivered digitally. With imagination and technological innovation, Sony Pictures Digital continues to create and expand the entertainment landscape.
Sony Pictures Digital Sales and Marketing extends Sony Pictures Entertainment properties into the digital marketplace through online promotion via SonyPictures.com, mobile entertainment and personalization products, and the digital sale of the studio's film and television programming to emerging outlets worldwide.
About Columbia Pictures
Columbia Pictures, part of the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.
About Kayak Interactive
Kayak Interactive is a leading global mobile entertainment publisher. The company has worldwide distribution with more than 60 carriers and partners in Europe, North America, and Asia. Based in San Mateo, California, and with European offices in Stockholm, Sweden, Kayak Interactive publishes an extensive portfolio of mobile entertainment content including mass market games utilizing community features with connected game play as well as cutting-edge high performance experiences for the avid gamer. Kayak Interactive has raised significant financing from top tier Venture Capital funds including VantagePoint Venture Partners, TL Ventures, and EnerTech Capital. More information can be found at www.kayakinteractive.com
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