Friday, December 15, 2006

WB licenses out Legion, other properties

From the Business Wire, it looks like WB is finally licensing out the animated version of the Legion, apparently for a video game of some sort. (I added the bold font below).

Some relevant passages:

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. will make an investment in SCi Entertainment Group plc, (‘SCi’ Epic code: SEG) the parent company of publishing label Eidos Interactive Ltd, representing 10.3 percent of the company’s enlarged share capital. Additionally, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and SCi have entered into an agreement for licensing and distribution of games based on select Warner Bros. Entertainment properties. The investment, licensing and distribution agreements are all pending SCi shareholder approval.

A part of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) has granted the licenses to SCi for the comic book version of Batman, the Looney Tunes, select titles from the Hanna-Barbera catalog and television properties The OC, Loonatics Unleashed and Legion of Super Heroes.

In addition, Eidos and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group have entered into a primary distribution agreement under which Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group will provide warehousing, logistics, merchandising and media buying services in the United States to Eidos. Eidos will continue to run, through its US publishing office, all other aspects of its US operations including manufacturing, sales, marketing and PR.

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has licensed the rights for selected intellectual properties to SCi. SCi’s publishing label Eidos will develop videogames based on the properties. The licenses are:

* Batman, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera catalog, The O.C. (details deleted)
* Other animated properties. Eidos has also signed license agreements relating to the children’s animated TV programs, Loonatics Unleashed and Legion of Super Heroes.

Eidos recently put out the Justice League Heroes game and owns the Lara Croft/Tomb Raider games. Here's a Variety article from October explaining the purchase.

I'll see if I can dig anything else out of their PR guys.

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