Activision Blizzard Names Entertainment Vet As CMO

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard has turned to a veteran of the entertainment industry to head up its marketing efforts, saying on Thursday that it has named David Messinger, a veteran of CAA, as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Messinger previously spent more than 15 years at sports and entertainment agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), most recentl as co-head of CAA Marketing. activision blizzard entertainment david messinger executive

Activision Blizzard To Acquire King Digital Entertainment For $5.9 Billion

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard has agreed to acquire King Digital Entertainment , the developer of mobile games, including Candy Crush, in a deal worth $5.9 Activision said its wholly owned subsidiary, ABS Partners C.V., Activision said the acquisition will be highly complementary to its business. activisoin blizzard king digital entertainment mobile facebook game social merger acquisition international candy crush

Activision Blizzard Appoints Trio Of Executives To New Posts

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard made a trio of executive appointments today, naming Rob Kostich has been named President of Activision; apointing Humam Sakhnini as President of King Digital Entertainment; and naming Dennis Durkin President of Activision Blizzard's Emerging Businesses. Activision did not say what propted the shuffling of roles. activision blizzard executive kostich humam sakhini ennis drukin

Activision Blizzard Names New President; Leadership Team Members

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard Inc. Allen Brack its new president of Blizzard Entertainment Oct. named J. 4, alongside two new promotions to the executive leadership team

Activision Brings Back Crash Bandicoot

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Santa Monica-based videogame publisher Activision has brought back Crash Bandicoot , its popular videogame character, in a new remake of the original three games for the PS4 and PS4 Pro. Crash Bandicoot was originally developed by LA-based Naughty Dog Entertainment, originally for Sony Computer Entertainment; Activision acquired the rights to Crash Bandicoot in 2008. Activision said the new version of the three games was done by its team at Vicarious Visions.

Activision Completes $5.9B King Digital Acquisition

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Santa Monica-based Activision said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of King Digital Entertainment. Activision paid $18.00 Activision said it expects to boost its revenues in 2016 to $6.25 Activision said King will operate as an independent unit, led by current CEO Riccardo Zacconi, Chief Creative Officer Sebastian Knutsson, and COO Stephane Kurgan. activision king digital entertainment merger acquisition videogame

Activision Racks Up Over $500M In Opening Weekend For Call of Duty:WWII

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Santa Monica-based Activision reported today that it passed up more than $500M in sell through for the opening weekend of its new title, Call of Duty: WWII. Activision said it sold more than twice as many units in the opening weekend compared with last year's release. Call of Duty: WWII is published by Activision Publishing, and was developed by Sledgehammer Games with support from Raven Software. activision callofduty wwii gaming videogame opening entertainment hollywood

Activision Blizzard Snags New CFO From Microsoft

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard said this morning that it has hired a new CFO. Durkin was most recently Corporate Vice President, Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, which is in charge of Microsoft's Xbox game controller. activision blizzard executive microsoft xboxThe firm said that Dennis Durkin has been named Chief Financial Officer, and will report to CEO Bobby Kotick.

Respawn Entertainment Launches New Game Studio

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Jason West and Vince Zampella, the developer of video game Call of Duty and co-founder ofs Infinity Ward, have set up shop as Respawn Entertainment , and inked a deal with Electronic Arts to distribute its games. West and Zampella--who are in the midst of a nasty legal fight with former employer Activision--did not disclose what titles it might be working on, but said that it is now hiring a team of designers, artists, and engineers for the new venture.

Sports stars, franchises and Hollywood agencies are betting $38 million on an esports revolution

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What started with an esports team is now quickly becoming an esports empire, backed by some of the biggest names in sports and money managers for entertainment family dynasties and Hollywood power brokers.

Activision Blizzard Gets Clearance From South Korea For King Digital Acquisition

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Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard said late Monday that it has received clearance from the South Korean Fair Trade Commission, on its deal to acquire King Digital Entertainment. activision blizzard king digital merger acquisition south korea clearance videogame mobile legalThe clearance is one of a number of clerances required on the $5.9 billion deal, which was announced in November. The companies are still waiting for clerances from the EU, among other conditions.

Activision, ABC To Release Wipeout Game

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Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing and ABC Entertainment Group announced today that they are in a deal to publish a new Kinect for Xbox 360 game based on the show Wipeout. activision wipeout videogame content hollywood endemolThe two said they will release Wipeout In The Zone, based on the ABC show, for the Kinect controller. Financail details of the deal were not disclosed. The two said the title will be available sometime this summer.

Blizzard Entertainment Gives $1.1M To Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Demonstrating the sheer money making power of the online gaming space, Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment is making a $1.1M Blizzard Entertainment is a division of Activision Blizzard.

Arktos Entertainment Funds Online Gaming Firm

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Los Angeles-based Arktos Entertaiment Group , a firm which says it provides investment, creative and production management support, and other services to interactive and online entertainment firms, said today that it has led a $5M investment round in firm Online Warmongers. Online Warmongers says its founders come from EA, Activision, and Cryptic Studios. Tags: arktos entertainment venture capital online warmongers

Call of Duty: WWII Tops $1 Billion In Sales

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Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision says the latest installment in its popular Call of Duty game line, Call of Duty: WWII , has just passed up $1 billion in global sales. Activision says the game is now the number one selling console video game in North America. Activision did not release total sales on Destiny. Activisions aid that Call of Duty: WWII is so far the biggest console digital launch in the history of Activision Publishing.

Popbase helps YouTube stars build closer relationships with their fans

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Entertainment has changed. A new startup is seizing on an opportunity to help up-and-coming online entertainers take a leaf out of that book and grow their relationships with fans. Apps Media TC Activision artist Battlefield disrupt sf 2018 Los Angeles PewDiePie popbase Sony YouTube

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III Racks Up $550M In Sales On Opening Weekend

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Santa Monica-based Activision has released the results of the launch of its latest Call of Duty title, Call of Duty: Black Ops III , last weekend, saying that the title saw $550 million in sales worldwide. Activision bragged that the launch was the biggest entertainment launch of 2015, overtaking even theatrical box office, music and book launches. sales entertainment content launch activision videogame game black duty call callofduty

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Blizzard’s Overwatch League Adds Two New Teams

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Santa Monica-headquartered Activision Blizzard Inc.’s s Blizzard Entertainment announced Aug. 2 that it added two new teams to its global e-sports competition, the Overwatch League

Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Sells $500M In First 24 Hours

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Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing is estimating a sell-through of more than $500M in the first 24 hours of launching Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The firm said it believes that the launch will be the biggest entertainment launch of the year, given those estimates.

TZ & GR Present REACH | Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Gaming

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Scot has been an entrepreneur and executive responsible for the launch of several interactive entertainment ventures. Scot has 15+ years experience developing product integration and interactive campaigns for major sports, entertainment and consumer brands.

REACH | Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Gaming [Live]

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Scot has been an entrepreneur and executive responsible for the launch of several interactive entertainment ventures. Scot has 15+ years experience developing product integration and interactive campaigns for major sports, entertainment and consumer brands.

Overwatch League Claims 10 Million Viewers In Opening Week

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The Overwatch League , the new e-sports league created by Activision Blizzard--which had its kickoff of the season in Los Angeles last week--says it racked up more than 10 million viewers in its opening week, with an average "audience-per-minute" of 408,000 people during opening day. overwatch league entertainment gaming blizzard video videogame sports content streaming

Uniregistry Rolls Out.game Domain

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The company said that it already has pre-registered a large number of.game domains from major brands, including.game domains for all of Blizzard Entertainment's games (Warcraft, Starcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo, etc)., Activision (Call of Duty), Take-Two Interactive (Grand Theft Auto), and many others. Newport Beach-based domain name registration service Uniregistry said this morning that it has launched a new, global top level domain,game.

World of Warcraft Hacked By Players

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World of Warcraft , the massively multiplayer online game run by Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment, suffered an in-game hack which resulted in a mass (virtual) bloodbath, where thousand and thousands of players and characters were slaughtered over the weekend.

3BLACKDOT Snags Machinima Vet For Game Development Effort

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He also has previously worked at Electronic Arts, Collective Studios, Activision, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Los Angeles-based 3BLACKDOT --founded by Machina Vets Angelo Pullen, Luke Stepleton, Adam Montoya, and Tom Cassell--said Tuesday that it has snagged another Machinima vet, Marwan Abderrazzaq, to head up game development at the company. Abderrazzaq was previously Director of Franchise at Machinima. The company said that he worked with Warner Bros.

REACH Connected Future: Gaming Recap

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From investments and business, Robin Kaminsky , Entrepreneur in Residence at Rustin Canyon Partners, and former EVP of Publishing at Activision. As you might recall, our first installation of REACH , was back in November and covered disruptive technology in the gaming industry.

Club Caveman Takes To Kickstarter To Bring App To Life

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The team includes entertainment and tech vets who have worked on computer games from Activision, animation from Dreamworks and Disney, and who have worked at Yahoo!

Technology Outlook

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Sr VP Technology - Fox Entertainment Group, 20th Century Fox Colin Schiller ? VP of IT Strategy and IT Program Mgmt - Activision-Blizzard Tom Schwaninger ? Thursday, November 29, 2012 -- Technology Outlook: A Panel of CIOs Discussing Major Trends, How They're Leveraging New Technologies, and How They're Making their Firms More Competitive Today's IT organizations are experiencing major paradigm shifts.

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Guarding your Ones and Zeroes - Securing Intellectual Property Rights in Digital Content

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Speakers: Ronald Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Content Protection, Fox Entertainment Group Seth Weisberg, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Stamps.com Jeffrey Schneider, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Deputy General Counsel, Lifetime Television Networks Thomas Fenady, Senior Director of Information Technology, Activision/Blizzard Inc. Thursday, August 27, 2009 -- Guarding your Ones and Zeroes - Securing Intellectual Property Rights in Digital Content.

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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On the other hand, Rosenblatt is one of the biggest reasons why I think Silicon Beach is the future of the entertainment industry in the United States. Your former Activision early hire Scott Lahman is not on this list as CEO of Gogii/TextPlus. Follow PandoDaily: Search. Main menu.

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Why I Invested in Gogii (textPlus) – My First Ever Later Stage Deal

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Scott was one of the first employees at Activision and was VP of their Studio Business. He also was an executive talent at Activision having designed & managed two products (Mechwarrior 2 and ?Interstate Gogii’s “rest of team&# included people like Tricia Bertero as CMO of Gogii who at Activision held roles such as VP Global Brand ?Management, This is a post I’ve been dying to write for 18 months.

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Silicon Beach Fest | Panels, Hackathons, and Much More!

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Speakers From Startups/Entertainment/Tech Include: Howard Marks, StartEngine Co-Founder, formerly Activision Founder. Things are starting to heat up and not just weather wise here in the LA Tech scene. We are just a week away from the Silicon Beach fest and registration is open.

Interview with Howard Marks, Start Engine

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Marks is the co-founder of Activision, and Kessler a prolific investor in the region. Don't forget, as you know, I moved Activision from Silicon Valley to Los Angeles, which is why we were able to make it a number one company.

Develop.la | L.A.’s Own Hacker News and Why Now?

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site, the News section is broken into the top business sectors of Los Angeles that are poised for disruption including Technology, Entertainment, Fashion and Art.

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Interview with Greg Borrud, Seismic Games

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All three of us have been working together for quite awhile, since Activision, fifteen or sixteen years ago. At our core, game designers love to come up with something really compelling, to create a great piece of entertainment, and try new things.