AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Feb 01, 2010 -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Inc. today announced two multi-year licensing agreements granting THQ the exclusive worldwide rights to develop and publish video games based on Sony Pictures Television's popular game show properties, "JEOPARDY!" and "Wheel of Fortune".
The new agreements give THQ rights to publish interactive games based on the two properties for the Wii TM video game system, Nintendo DS TM and Nintendo DSi TM , and grants THQ options for additional platforms.
"We are excited to add two iconic properties such as 'JEOPARDY!' and 'Wheel of Fortune' to our Kids, Family and Casual Games portfolio," said Doug Clemmer, Executive Vice President, THQ Kids, Family and Casual Games. "The opportunity to implement new features such as Wii Speak TM will re-imagine how these games are played and engage fans with a whole new level of interactivity."
"'JEOPARDY!' and 'Wheel of Fortune' are extraordinarily popular across the globe and it was important for us to find a partner with an international vision," said Mark Caplan, Vice President Licensing, Sony Pictures Consumer Products. "THQ's focus and proven success within the family market made them the most logical team to bring these renowned properties to new platforms, and we look forward to working with them to create family-friendly interactive experiences."
THQ plans to release the first video games under this agreement later this year.
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com. THQ and its logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
About Sony Pictures Consumer Products:
Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP), a Division of Columbia Tristar Consumer Marketing (CTCM), is based in Los Angeles and handles the merchandising and branding efforts for some of the most recognized properties in film and television.
Columbia Tristar Consumer Marketing is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). SPE is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.
About Wheel Of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune, America's #1 game show, is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. It is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Studios International, both units of CBS Corp.
Jeopardy!, the winner of 28 Emmy awards since its debut in 1984, was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most awards won by a TV Game Show. The series is the #1-rated quiz show in syndication with nearly 9 million daily viewers. Jeopardy! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company.It is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International, both units of CBS Corp.
Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi are trademarks of Nintendo.
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