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Lionsgate invest in Telltale Games, TV show/video game hybrid on the way
Lionsgate have announced that they are investing in Telltale Games, and Jon Feltheimer and John Riccitiello will be joining the Telltale Board Of Directors. In addition to this, Telltale have also released the first details in relation to a joint project between the two – a “Super Show” series which will combine elements of both TV and video games.
Lionsgate are behind such films as The Hunger Games and The Expendables, in addition to TV series including Orange Is The New Black and Weeds. This partnership has brought two new additions to the Telltale Games Board of Directors, who are veterans of the entertainment industry. Jon Feltheimer has been the CEO of Lionsgate Entertainment since 2000, and John Riccitiello is a former CEO of Electronic Arts, who held the role for 6 years from 2007-2013 and is currently the CEO of Unity Technologies.
Kevin Bruner, CEO & Co-Founder of Telltale Games commented that he was “thrilled to have these industry giants join us as we continue to define exceptional interactive scripted entertainment”.
Kevin went one step further, announcing that the two companies will be working together on a new concept for Telltale, a television and video game crossover that they call a “Super Show”. Kevin describes this as “one part of interactive playable content with one part of scripted television style content” and advises that this concept “will also contain a lot of content, much more than a standard hour-long television episode”.
Telltale currently release new episodes of their franchises roughly every 4-6 weeks, and Kevin alluded to the fact that these Super Show episodes will be fairly similar, noting that the release dates will “be more predictable like TV scheduling, but still a bit further apart like our games, to allow newer audiences time to consume and discuss both aspects of the show across their game consoles, tablets, mobile phones and computers.”
Telltale have made huge strides within the video game industry ever since the release of The Walking Dead in 2012. They are currently working on the Game Of Thrones and Tales From The Borderlands games, and have already announced plans for The Walking Dead Season Three, and a series based on the world of Minecraft.