Animoca Secures Rights to Publish Mobile Games for Mr Bean and Ultraman
Games based on the popular British comedy show and Japanese pop culture icon coming soon to mobile platforms
Hong Kong – November 16, 2012 – Animoca (www.animoca.com), the mobile gaming developer and publisher behind hit apps such as Pretty Pet Salon, Pet Cafe, Top Models and many others, announced today it has secured the worldwide rights to develop and publish mobile games for Mr Bean, the hit British comedy television series, and Ultraman, the Japanese superhero and pop culture icon.
Animoca agreed to license Mr Bean from Tiger Aspect Productions Limited, one of the UK’s leading TV and film production companies, for worldwide distribution. Mr Bean is the title character of the endearing comedy series that first aired in the UK in 1990 and ultimately gained a large global following. Starring actor Rowan Atkinson playing what he describes as “a child in a grown man’s body,” the show has received numerous international awards for its slapstick comedy while inspiring an animated cartoon spin-off and two feature films. Mr Bean, played by Atkinson himself, even made an appearance in the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.
The license to produce mobile games based on Ultraman was granted to Animoca by Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. (http://www.tsuburaya-prod.co.jp/en/), a Japanese special effects studio. As the title character of the Japanese Tokusatsu television series that first aired in 1966, Ultraman is a super-powered humanoid from outer space who fights to protect the Earth from sinister aliens and rampaging monsters. Ultraman became a major Japanese pop culture phenomenon with significant international appeal, spawning dozens of sequels, spin-offs, imitations, parodies and remakes. Animoca’s license with Tsuburaya Productions is worldwide.
“We are very excited to secure the rights to two such entertaining, beloved and globally recognizable figures as Mr Bean and Ultraman,” said David Kim, co-founder and CEO of Animoca. “Our mission is to deliver first-rate games on tablets and smartphones, and we look forward to turning the incredible IPs from Tiger Aspect Productions and Tsuburaya Productions into apps that will extend and enhance the brands of Mr Bean and Ultraman.”
About Animoca Animoca is a leading developer and publisher of mobile games and edutainment apps for global audiences. A subsidiary of Outblaze Ventures, the company has released more than 300 apps across multiple platforms, with more than 80 million total downloads since its launch in January 2011. Its Pretty Pet franchise has become wildly popular with audiences throughout the world, earning high acclaim from gamers and reviewers alike. Animoca also publishes several popular apps for children under its Baby Cortex brand. The company is funded by top-tier venture capital firms Intel Capital and IDG-Accel. It is headquartered in Hong Kong, with offices in Manila, Seoul, and San Francisco. For more information, visit www.animoca.com.
About Tiger Aspect Productions Tiger Aspect Productions, an Endemol Company, is internationally recognised as one of the UK’s most successful and prolific independent television producers. The company portfolio includes children’s/animation, comedy, drama, entertainment and factual/features genres.
Tiger Aspect creates a wide range of critically acclaimed and award-winning programming for all the UK’s major terrestrial and non-terrestrial broadcasters. In addition the company’s creative output now enjoys an increasingly high profile in the USA through its commissions for major stateside networks.
Tiger Aspect’s production slate includes primetime mainstream successes such as Robin Hood, Murphy’s Law, Mr Bean, The Vicar of Dibley, Benidorm, The Catherine Tate Show, Harry Enfield andCharlie and Lola.
Other hits have included Ross Kemp In Afghanistan (a follow-up to the BAFTA-winning Ross Kemp On Gangsfor Sky One),Restoration Man (Channel 4), Bad Education (BBC Three), Walking and Talking (Sky Atlantic) (Grandma’s House (BBC2),Ladies of Letters (ITV3) and Abi Morgan’s BAFTA-winning drama White Girl for BBC2.
Tiger Aspect’s programming is built on our relationship with the best on offer in UK talent. The company’s belief in nurturing and supporting creativity on every level means that Tiger Aspect consistently attracts the UK’s ultimate in on-screen, writing and production talent.