FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New York, NY, June 5, 2008—Digital entertainment studio Worldwide Biggies, Inc. today announced that Grammy Award-winner Steve Horowitz, best known for his work on Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me, is serving as audio director and lead composer on the upcoming The Princess Bride™ Game, with Chris Burke, the 8-bit musician and creator of Halo machinima talkshow, This Spartan Life, providing the sound effects.
“We know that we selected the right person to manage the complex audio demands of this game,” said Christopher Romero, CTO, Worldwide Biggies.“With Steve, we have an artist who understands both film and games. It’s rare, even today, to find such a unique combination of talent and experience. Steve’s choice to bring Chris Burke into the project was perfect. The way they worked together to underscore the action sequences and pace the narrative breaks is absolutely brilliant and adds so much to the game.”
This is not Steve’s first foray into the world of interactive entertainment. He started creating audio for games way back in the early 1990’s, composing and directing for companies like Sega, Sony and Rocket Science. His resume includes both BDA&Webby awards for his work with Nickelodeon Digital where he has literally worked on hundreds of projects with many of Nick’s most beloved characters like Sponge Bob, Jimmy Neutron, Dora the Explorer, and The Wonder Pets.
The Princess Bride Game will go on sale as a digital purchase at the official game Web site and other major game portals on June 11. The game comes with a MSRP of $19.95, and is available for Mac OS X / Windows 2000, XP and Vista. For more information, as well as to pre-order a copy, visit:
Steve Horowitz's music is available for purchase online from both iTunes and Amazon. However, the best place to start is at his official Web site, www.thecodeinternational.com .
About Steve Horowitz
Steve Horowitz is a creator of odd but highly accessible sounds and a diverse and prolific musician, with an output spanning the worlds of film, television, games, concerts, and recordings. In addition to his ground breaking work with Nickelodeon Digital and his film and television scores (Super Size Me, Casino Cinema, I Bet You Will, Nickelodeon), he also records and tours with his band The Code International. Steve won a Grammy award for engineering the multi-artist True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe
About Chris Burke
Sound Designer Chris Burke graduated from NYU Film School and went on to work with some of the most creative talents in contemporary film, including directors Robert Altman, Lucio Fulci, and producer G. Mac Brown.
In the 1990s, Chris started Bong + Dern, Inc., providing sound and music for more than 100 top-tier web sites including high-profile projects for Bjork and MTV Interactive. His concurrent work in videogames led him to conceive of his own project, This Spartan Life, in late 2004. A talk show in“game space” which uses Xbox Live as a programming platform and blockbuster videogame Halo 2 as its backdrop, Burke’s This Spartan Life is at the forefront of the red-hot machinima movement. Lauded for its brilliant combination of traditional filmmaking with the creative, interactive possibilities of videogame technology, This Spartan Life has attracted the attention of countless mainstream media outlets, including Wired Magazine, The BBC, Reuters, Stuff Magazine, and BusinessWeek, and won Best Machinima Series at the 2005 Machinima Festival. For more information, visit www.bongdern.com.
About Worldwide Biggies, Inc.
Worldwide Biggies, is a new digital entertainment studio creating web-based intellectual properties for kids, families and young adults that are designed for additional distribution in the film, TV and licensing arenas. Worldwide Biggies launched its first multi-platform hit on Nickelodeon and Nick.com last year with The Naked Brothers Band and has produced the Video Game Awards on Spike TV, which Hecht created during his tenure as the network's president. Last year, Worldwide Biggies also debuted Worldwide Fido ( www.worldwidefido.com) a website dedicated to user-submitted videos of dogs and partnered with TMZ.com on Star vs. Star ( www.starvsstar.com) an online celebrity fan community that features a celebrity fantasy league, a weekly video webcast and amazing Star Card artwork. Worldwide Biggies' affiliated non-profit Shine Global was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Feature category this year for War/Dance, a documentary set against the backdrop of Uganda's 20 year civil war. This June, the company is gearing up for the highly-anticipated launch of The Princess Bride Game ( www.princessbridegame.com), the first-ever downloadable video game based on the classicfilm.
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