BATTLE BEARS to be showcased at world’s largest television market MIPJunior and MIPCOM in Cannes, France this weekend.
The BATTLE BEARS TV series will be the first mobile app originated TV series with a full season of half-hour episodes.
The BATTLE BEARS TV series is a key piece of SkyVu's transmedia strategy to bring its characters to the world through mobile games, TV series, toys, and merchandise.
“BATTLE BEARS has enjoyed worldwide success as a mobile game,” stated Michael Polis, President, W!LDBRAIN Entertainment and EVP, Branded Entertainment & Consumer Produts, DHX Media. “Between its built in fan base and the expandable universe that lends itself to consumer products and character-driven extensions such as series, BATTLE BEARS has the potential to become the next big boys action comedy brand,” he continued.
BATTLE BEARS follows the lives of six highly skilled, power-enhanced soldier bears as they travel to a remote pink planet. The Battle Bears soon learn that this odd but seemingly idyllic planet is also home to some of the galaxy’s most dangerous dangers. Once again, they’ll answer the call to action as these unique heroes use their skills, heads and heart to save the day. The Battle Bears may be soft and fuzzy on the outside, but these soldiers take cuddly to a whole new level… of awesome!
SkyVu Co-Founder & CEO Ben Vu created the BATTLE BEARS while he was an animation student at CalArts, the Walt Disney-founded film school whose alums include Oscar nominated filmmakers Tim Burton, John Lasseter and Brad Bird.
While working on the Oscar nominated film CORALINE, Ben Vu saw the debut of the iPhone as a disruptive opportunity to realize his BATTLE BEARS not on the big screen but on millions of tiny screens.
Ben Vu says, “When I wrote the first BATTLE BEARS screenplay, I knew I wanted to entertain the world with appealing characters and compelling stories that would be enjoyed for generations to come. W!LDBRAIN shares our bold vision and brings an extremely talented team that is helping us make BATTLE BEARS into the next big thing.”
Vu adds, “With W!LDBRAIN producing the TV series and merchandise line, we’ll be able to bring an immersive brand experience to our loyal fans on mobile and attract new fans on a global scale with fully localized episodes, games, and merchandise.”
Vu adds, “The BATTLE BEARS are real characters that laugh, play, fight, and even cry. Everything is at stake for them at every moment. Although we’ve built the brand in mobile games, millions of fans care about our heroes and continually ask what’s going to happen next. This deep connection to the brand is what makes BATTLE BEARS special.”
BATTLE BEARS was...
- the first casual 3D shooter on the App Store & Android Market.
- the first mobile game with characters that actually talked.
- the first mobile game to include fully animated cut scenes.
- the first mobile game to sell its original soundtracks on iTunes.
- the first mobile game to sell toys and t-shirts through the app.
- the first mobile game to have its own booth at Comic-Con.
SkyVu Entertainment is the award-winning game studio behind the hit mobile game franchise BATTLE BEARS which has over 18 MILLION downloads on iPhone, iPad and Android. Co-founded by CORALINE animator Ben Vu and backed by venture capital funding from Lightbank, Nextview, Great Oaks and the Nebraska Angels, SkyVu (pronounced sky-voo) has quickly grown into a mobile game tour-de-force with multiple award-winning core games and was named one of the Top 50 Developers of 2012 by PocketGamer. Learn more at http://www.BattleBears.com
About W!LDBRAIN Entertainment
Wildbrain Entertainment, a DHX Media Ltd. Company, is an award-winning entertainment studio and one of the world’s foremost producers of animation. The studio develops television, motion pictures, short-form programming, commercial content and consumer products.Their exceptional slate of programming includes the critically acclaimed television series Yo Gabba Gabba!(Nickelodeon) and live touring show, Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! There’s A Party in My City; The Ricky Gervais Show (HBO); Higglytown Heroes (Disney); Bubble Guppies (Nick Jr.); The Hard Times of RJ Berger (MTV), Peanuts ( Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown) and Team Smithereen (Disney XD ). The studio’s global licensing group oversees a diverse licensing and retail merchandising portfolio on behalf of leading brands such as Yo Gabba Gabba! and hit UK series Rastamouse (CBeebies), among others. Wildbrain has received Clios, Addys, BDA Awards and Annies for their commercial work, reinvigorating classic brands for leading companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Honda, Kraft and Nike. Wildbrain Entertainment is based in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more at http://www.wildbrain.com