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Friday November 06, 2015

Activision Blizzard Launches Studios To Create Original Film And TV Content

Activision Blizzard today announced the launch of Activision Blizzard Studios, a new film and television studio devoted to creating original content based on the company's extensive library of iconic and globally-recognized intellectual properties. Activision Blizzard's owned content includes some of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world, including Call of Dutyآ®, Skylandersآ®, Diabloآ®, Hearthstoneآ® and StarCraftآ®. Former Disney executive Nick van Dyk has been tapped to co-head the division, along with a senior creative executive who will be announced soon.

Activision Blizzard Studios' first production will be "Skylandersآ™ Academy," an animated TV series based on the award-winning Skylandersآ® game. Currently in production under the supervision of showrunner Eric Rogers ("Futurama"), "Skylandersآ™ Academy" will feature the voices of Justin Long ("Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Ask Me Anything") as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale ("Phineas and Ferb," "High School Musical") as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks ("Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul") as Eruptor and Norm Macdonald ("Saturday Night Live") as Glumshanks. Additional voice talent includes Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz. The award-winning, $3 billion Skylandersآ® franchise has sold through more than 250 million toys since pioneering the toys-to-life category in 2011i.