AT&T reportedly looking to sell Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment

first_img Edited 1 times. Last edit by AbdulBasit Saliu on 13th June 2020 1:43am 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now. AT&T reportedly looking to sell Warner Bros Interactive EntertainmentTake-Two, EA, Activision Blizzard among potential buyers for potential $4 billion purchase of divisionRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterFriday 12th June 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleWarner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentAT&T is reportedly in talks to sell gaming division Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in a deal that may be worth around $4 billion.According to CNBC, potential buyers include Take-Two Interactive, Electronic Arts, and Activision Blizzard, though nothing has yet been confirmed.WBIE currently owns a number of studios including TT Games, Rocksteady Studios, NetherRealm Studios, Monolith Productions, Avalanche Software, and WB Games Boston, Montreal, New York, San Diego, and San Francisco, as well as the Portkey Games publishing label for games set in the Harry Potter universe. It also acquired mobile games communications platform Plexchat in 2018.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The division’s output includes franchises such as the Middle-earth, Mortal Kombat, and Scribblenauts series, as well as gaming properties that would presumably remain in WB’s possession in the event of a sale such as Batman: Arkham, Lego games connected to The Lego Movie, and Harry Potter.It also partnered with IO Interactive last year for an unspecified multi-IP deal — though it does not appear to be publishing IO’s Hitman 3, which was announced yesterday.AT&T acquired WBIE parent Time Warner in 2018.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesHogwarts Legacy designer quits Avalanche following public backlashTroy Leavitt claims the decision to leave was his own, promises clarity in a future YouTube videoBy Matthew Handrahan 2 months agoWarner Bros finally secures patent for Shadow of Mordor’s Nemesis systemPublisher could maintain rights to series’ signature mechanic until 2035By James Batchelor 3 months agoLatest comments (1)AbdulBasit Saliu Mechanic, Flowmotion Entertainment Inc10 months ago Take-Two should be the buyer and owner of WBIE, they could revive the Midway name as a fifth label and TT Games will give them rights to publish Lego games.last_img read more

Keselowski has hopes for contract extension with Team Penske

first_imgRELATED: Keselowski’s Darlington throwback | Full schedule for Michigan, GatewayWith the 2012 championship and 22 of his 23 race trophies coming as a Team Penske driver, Brad Keselowski confirmed Tuesday that his hope and intention is to re-up with Roger Penske and extend his contract with the team.Asked in a Tuesday teleconference why a new agreement to drive the famous No. 2 Miller Lite Ford hasn’t been signed yet, the soon-to-be free agent Keselowski chuckled a bit before assuring that he feels a contract extension with his team is imminent.“Well, that’s a great question, one that I hope to have answered very, very soon,” Keselowski allowed. “And I can tell you that I’ve gone a long ways in my life and career with the help of Roger and all Team Penske and I hope to continue to do so. So I think that’s all I can say really at the moment.”Since taking a job at Penske, Keselowski, 33, has provided plenty of reasons for the team to re-sign him to a contract. In addition to the wins and championship, Keselowski has 126 top-10 finishes in 283 starts – 44 percent of his race starts – and he has won Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at 15 of the circuit’s 23 tracks.The series visits one track still to be checked off the win list for the former champ, Keselowski’s home-state Michigan International Speedway – site of Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 (3 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM).Keselowski conceded that earlier in his eight-year full-time Cup career, he felt a lot of pressure – from himself and others – to score a win at Michigan. Now, the years and the accomplishments have helped form perspective, and the Rochester Hills native says he is in a great place headed to the track this week.“You know, earlier in my career it used to feel like a ton of pressure,” Keselowski said. “But as of late, I don’t seem to feel quite as pressured by it. I think maybe that’s just changes in my life or changes in the status of my career as I’ve become more established.“But now I just look at it and I think of how amazing it is to run well there, and I don’t seem to get stressed about if I don’t run well there. And that’s been good. But I would say it certainly affects people in different ways. And in my case it’s affected me differently as I’ve grown older.”Keselowski already has two wins this season and snapped a two-race DNF streak with a fifth-place showing at Pocono Raceway on Sunday. In addition to his two wins, Keselowski has three runner-up finishes in 2017 and is fifth in the season points standings.He’s finished no worse than ninth in his last six starts at the 2-mile Michigan track – with top-five showings in his last two. He was fourth in this race in 2016 and third in the second Michigan race.And the summer beyond looks encouraging: He is the defending winner of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway and has three wins at Kentucky, two venues that start the series’ July swing.“There’s some great charts that show that a driver’s best years are right around age 39,” Keselowski said. “… so I still have six of the best years of my career left. And I want to see those to fruition. I’m driven to win multiple championships, and I have that opportunity.“And it’s more of a waste for me to not see that opportunity and make the most of it or at least take it than it would be to even have an injury in that time span.“So I’m going to make the most of it and I’m looking forward to it.”last_img read more

Dog Photobombs Couple’s Engagement Pictures to Keep the Focus on Him

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The six-year-old dog has been with Megan longer than Chris has been — so maybe Louie was just reminding him who’s the boss.CHECK Out: More Inspiring Stories on the Pets Page at Good News NetworkWATCH the video above and see more pics at WCCO-TV.Share This Goofy Guy With Your Pack Of Friends… (Image from WCCO video)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The pictures may have been meant to announce a couple’s wedding day, but their jealous little dachshund made sure the photo shoot was all about him.Megan Determan and Chris Kluthe of St. Paul, Minnesota decided to include their dog, Louie, in their engagement photos. It was supposed to be a set of charming, family pictures.But Louie stole the show, photobombing the couple and completely blocking Chris in a wacky series of shots.last_img read more

Sighted: Ride Studio Cafe Edition Seven Cycles Road Bike

first_imgThis extra-special bike from Seven Cycles was spotted out at Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA Saturday night during ‘cross star Mo Bruno Roy’s “End of Cyclocross Season” party. RSC, as it is fondly and more succinctly referred to, is Boston’s only bike shop/cafe. It is fast becoming a hub (pun as unavoidable as a double baby jogger with two dogs leashed to it rolling down the middle of the bike path) for Boston-area cyclists . I asked the proud owner of this bike, David Chiu, to talk a little bit about it and RSC’s new road team.All words after the break are David’s. All photos are from Gregory Brown. (Shh, the weight is somewhere after the break too.)When we started this Ride Studio Cafe club project, we knew we wanted to do a little something special with Cervelo and Seven (hint: look out for something cool from RSC and Cervelo coming soon!).Ride Studio Cafe itself is different that most places, definitely one of the first in the North East; with a real focus on not being simply a retail space but somewhere for cyclists of all abilities to gather and hang out over coffee; not just “coffee”, but coffee that’s good enough to stand on it’s own next to brands like Seven, Cervelo, and Rapha.We wanted to do a special design available to club members, something a little different… bare titanium stripes outline a classic paneled motif, the pearl white paint is subtle but really pops next to the RSC-blue highlights.Most of the bare titanium has clear coat over it to keep everything clean and shiny, except for the chain stays, bare-ti w/ no clear  there makes maintaining the bike simple!I had only seen basic drawings of the paint early on and then everything went quiet while they were in paint, so I was definitely excited with how it came out, Seven really knocked it out of the park!RSC logos are spread throughout the bike on fork tips, stem, and there’s even the RSC drink list on the seat post!Weight as shown: 15.8125 lbs (7.17 kg)last_img read more

Sanders sticks fork in Senate GMO labeling bill

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Governor Peter Shumlin each issued statements on US Senate action days before Vermont’s first-in-the nation GMO labeling law takes effect: “On Friday, Vermont will become the first state in the nation to require GMO labeling. This is a triumph for ordinary Americans over the powerful interests of Monsanto and other multi-national food industry corporations.Senator Sanders. VBM file photo.”We cannot allow Vermont’s law to be overturned by bad federal legislation that has just been announced. I will do everything I can to defeat this bill, beginning by putting a hold on it in the Senate.“The agreement announced by Senators Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow would create a confusing, misleading and unenforceable national standard for labeling GMOs. It would impose no penalties for violating the labeling requirement, making the law essentially meaningless.“This isn’t controversial. The overwhelming majority of Americans favor GMO labeling. People have a right to know what is in the food they eat.”Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)Labeling Genetically Engineered IngredientsSenate FloorJune 28, 2016″This week marks an historic moment in Vermont.  This coming Friday, July 1, Vermont’s Act 120, the first-in-the-nation labeling law for genetically engineered (GE) foods, will take effect.  Unfortunately for consumers everywhere, it could be a short-lived celebration.  Late last week, a so-called “deal” was reached on a national mandatory labeling law.  I have now had the chance to review this proposal closely.  Vermonters have reviewed it closely.  I can say this:  It falls short.Senator Leahy. VBM file photo.This is an extremely complex issue – from how we define genetically engineered foods, to how we treat animal products; from the impact on the organics industry to how small businesses respond.  The details matter.  And that is why the Vermont Legislature spent two years debating it, with more than 50 committee hearings featuring testimony from more than 130 representatives on all sides of the issue.  The Senate has not held a single hearing on labeling, and only one hearing on the issue of biotechnology, but none on the issue of labeling foods or seeds.To be fair, the proposal unveiled last Thursday is an improvement over the legislation that the Senate rejected in March.  That bill would continue the current status quo.  It proposed a meaningless “volunteer-only” approach, a thinly veiled attempt to block Vermont’s labeling law and keep any other state from acting.  This current proposal at least acknowledges that states like Vermont have acted in this area.We heard from the organic industry, expressing reservations over how they might be treated under a federal GE labeling program.  Some of those concerns have been addressed, and the proposal reinforces that the USDA Organic seal remains the gold standard. The proposal follows what Vermont’s Act 120 does with respect to animal products and addresses the gap in the Vermont law for processed foods inspected by USDA.The proposal also acknowledges, at long last, what I have been saying for the past year: that in many rural parts of this country, including most of Vermont, we have significant technological challenges that make it nearly impossible for consumers to access the electronic or digital disclosure methods allowed in this bill.  By requiring the Secretary of Agriculture to complete a study on this issue, I believe these difficulties unavoidably will be recognized, and the Secretary should have the authority he needs to require additional disclosure options.  I do hope, however, that the proponents of this proposal will not try to put the burden on our retail establishments to install costly digital scanners.The proponents of this “deal” were sent back to the drawing board after we succeeded in derailing the earlier proposal on March 16.  I was proud to lead Vermont’s efforts to prevent that bill from passing.  While it is true that this new attempt is an improvement in several ways, it is clear that this revised plan is driven more by the perspectives of powerful special interests, than by a commitment to honor consumers’ right to know.  Consumers’ right to know merits only grudging acceptance in this plan; consumers are far from this plan’s highest priority. And so, while this proposal makes some positive, though modest, improvements, I remain deeply concerned that it will not offer transparency for consumers, transparency that many companies have already opted to provide.Thanks to the citizen-led efforts in Vermont, we are seeing more and more consumer-friendly information easily accessible to shoppers.  No scanning some code.  No calling an 800 number. They simply flip the product over and see if the product has genetically engineered ingredients. We have seen countless pictures sent in by shoppers finding these labels.  Labeling is neither complicated nor cost-prohibitive in practice.To make matters worse, this bill has absolutely no enforcement mechanism.  The negotiators of this proposal seem to think public pressure will be enough to force these multi-million dollar corporations to comply.  This proposal makes consumers the cops on the beat, policing companies to provide information about the contents of their product.  Surely families squeezing every minute out of every day will have time to hold companies accountable in the court of public opinion.  We should not place this added burden on consumers seeking only to know what they are feeding their families.At the end of the day, each of us have different reasons for wanting to know what is in our foods. The fact is that without labeling of GE foods, consumers cannot make informed choices. This purported “deal” does not go far enough to give consumers what they are asking for, a simple on-package label or symbol.And of course, this bill does more than just block states from enacting GE food labeling laws like Vermont’s Act 120.  It also blocks a longstanding seed labeling law in Vermont, one that Vermont’s organic farmers appreciate, as do conventional farmers and even backyard hobby gardeners.  This is a law that has been on the books since 2004 and ensures clear, meaningful information for farmers to know exactly what they are buying.Perhaps in a state like Kansas where the last Organic Farm Survey in 2014 counted only 83 organic farms, or in Michigan, where there were some 332 organic farms in a state that is 10 times the size of Vermont, having access to that seed information is not considered very useful or important to farmers.  But in a state like Vermont, where our organic farming association assures me that we now have well over 600 organic farms, our seed labeling law is important.  The industry has complied with it for the last twelve years.  Yet with no hearings and no debate, this deal will block Vermont’s seed law and prevent any other state that sought to enact one as well.As the Senate author of the national organic standards and labeling program, I continue to closely monitor and work to protect the high standards for the organic program that have given consumers’ confidence in the organic label, and that have given organic producers the strong, clear and meaningful standards that they have demanded.  These clear rules have ensured the success of the program and have given all producers a level playing field.  This extraordinarily successful program is the key reason that America’s organic sector continues its multi-billion-dollar growth and acceptance both here at home, and abroad, in the products we export.  Labeling of genetically engineered products is an outgrowth of the organic movement.  As a watchdog of that program, I simply cannot support this proposal.Vermonters have a long tradition of leading the national debate, on issues crossing the spectrum.  Vermonters stand for transparency and a consumer’s right to know.  Vermonters want to make informed decisions for their families and with their limited grocery budgets.  We acknowledge that powerful interests are allied against Vermont’s law and against the nation’s consumers.  That has been a fact from the beginning.  The proposal released last week does not respect the work that Vermont has painstakingly done in this space, and this Vermonter will not – cannot – support it.  Vermonters deserve better.  And so do all Americans.”Governor Shumlin signing the GMO bill in May 2014.Governor Shumlin said in his statement: “Our small state has been a pioneer in pushing vigorously for the rights of consumers to know what’s in their food. Our labeling law is set to take effect on July 1. It appears Congress has struck a deal that would preempt our law and replace it with a flawed national labeling standard.  While in concept a national standard makes sense, I have deep concerns with the provisions in this legislation.First, this bill will preempt Vermont and delay for several years the right for consumers nationwide to know what’s in their food. Second, while Vermont required GMO information printed right on the label, the legislation being put forward in Congress allows the food manufacturer to choose how to disclose the information, including using an electronic code that has to be scanned by a device to access GMO information. That solution falls short for consumers who lack access to technology or the internet to find out what’s in their food.In addition, I have concerns about a lack of clarity for enforcing monetary penalties if a company fails to comply with the labeling standard, which would render it toothless. Finally, the legislation – unlike Vermont’s – would potentially allow products with a significant portion of GMO ingredients to skate by without being subject to labeling requirements.The Vermont Congressional delegation have been tireless champions for Vermonters on this issue. I’ll be working with Sen. Leahy, Sen. Sanders and Rep. Welch  in the coming days to see if we can remedy the serious defects in this national legislation. If we cannot, this legislation should not become law and I will oppose it.”Source: WASHINGTON, June 28 – Senator Bernie Sanders; Senator Patrick Leahy; Governor Shumlinlast_img read more

The path to power

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Olympic champ Gabby Douglas soars at American Cup

first_imgGabby Douglass (AP Photo/File)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Reigning Olympic champion Gabrielle Douglas soared to victory in the 2016 American Cup on Saturday, serving notice she’s ready to make another run at the podium in Rio de Janeiro this summer.Douglas posted a score of 60.195 and avoided any major mistakes to edge U.S. teammate Maggie Nichols, who came in second with a total of 59.699. Elsabeth Black of Canada was a distant third.Douglas is attempting to become the first woman in nearly 50 years to repeat as Olympic champion. While there’s work to be done to catch good friend and heavy gold-medal favorite Simone Biles, Douglas showed she’s up for the challenge after four steady stops around the Prudential Center. Ryohei Kato of Japan won the men’s title after American Donnell Whittenburg fell in the final rotation.last_img read more

Versatile ESPN sportscaster John Saunders dies at 61

first_imgIn this May 12, 2013 photo provided by ESPN Images. John Saunders poses on the set of “The Sports Reporters” in Studio A in Bristol, Conn. (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images via AP)NEW YORK (AP) _ John Saunders, the versatile sportscaster who has hosted ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters” for the last 15 years, has died, the network announced August 10. He was 61.Saunders joined ESPN in 1986. The Canadian did play-by-play, led NHL Stanley Cup and World Series coverage on ESPN and ABC, and hosted studio shows for baseball, college football and college basketball.A cause of death was not announced.“This tragic news brings us unspeakable sorrow. John was the patriarch of our family, and we can’t believe he is gone,” Saunders family said in a statement. “We are sincerely touched by the outpouring of support and sadness, which is a reflection of the character and integrity that defined him.“While we don’t yet have all the specifics, John wasn’t feeling well physically in recent days and sadly, he was unresponsive earlier this morning. We appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers for our cherished father, husband, brother and uncle.”Saunders took over as host of “The Sports Reporters,” a Sunday morning staple of ESPN programming, after Dick Schaap died in 2001. Saunders played the role of calm traffic cop on the panel show that features three sports journalists volleying opinions on the top sports news of the day.“John was an extraordinary talent and his friendly, informative style has been a warm welcome to sports fans for decades. His wide range of accomplishments across numerous sports and championship events is among the most impressive this industry has ever seen,” ESPN President John Skipper said in a statement.Saunders was also a founding member of the board of directors for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a charity started by the network after former college basketball coach and ESPN announcer Jim Valvano died of cancer in 1993.“He was as close to Jimmy V as anybody at ESPN,” said Dick Vitale, who has worked at ESPN for decades with Saunders and considered him one of his closest friends.Vitale said Saunders was a diabetic, but he was not ailing, and the death of one of his closest friends was unexpected. Saunders has been the master of ceremonies at Vitale’s gala and V Foundation fundraiser in Sarasota, Florida, in 10 of 11 years the event has been held, said the longtime college basketball analyst.When Vitale had to have throat surgery that threatened his career in 2008, Saunders surprised him at the hospital and was there with Vitale before and after the procedure.“The doctor told me that there was a good chance it was going to be cancer,” Vitale told the AP in a phone interview. “I said, `John, do me a favor. When you come in that room after just give me thumbs up if it’s not … and if it is don’t do anything.’ And when I woke, the first guy I saw after surgery was John and I saw thumbs up and we hugged.”Vitale added: “He was like family. I’m so shocked.”The news of Saunders’ death was reported on ESPN’s morning edition of “SportsCenter” from the Olympics in Brazil by anchor Hannah Storm, who struggled to compose herself enough to get through the announcement.“John’s passion for his family, his nation, his favorite sport & the V foundation will stay with me forever,” NBC’s Mike Tirico, a longtime ESPN colleague of Saunders’, tweeted. “As will his kindness and support.”Saunders’ death came less than two years after the network lost another popular broadcaster, Stuart Scott, at the age of 49 in January 2015 after a bout with cancer.Saunders was born in the Toronto area and grew up near Montreal.“He was very proud to be Canadian,” said Leo Rautins, the former NBA player who teamed with Saunders on Toronto Raptors’ telecasts. “He’d mention it every time he could.”Saunders played hockey at Western Michigan from 1974-76, teaming with former New York Rangers president and general manager Neil Smith.“One of saddest days of my life today as I grieve suddenly losing my best friend of 42 years, John Saunders. Life will never be the same,” Smith tweeted.Saunders’ younger brother, Bernie, played 10 NHL games for the Quebec Nordiques from 1979 to 1981.Saunders started as news director at CKNS Radio in Espanola, Ontario, in 1978. He worked as sports anchor at CKNY-TV in North Bay, Ontario, from 1978 to 1979, and at ATV News in New Brunswick in 1979-80 before he became sports anchor for CITY-TV in Toronto from 1980 to 1982.Saunders worked as a sports anchor at WMAR-TV in Baltimore from 1982 to 1986 before joining ESPN. While at ESPN, he doubled as a play-by-play man for the Raptors.“I think you’d have a hard time finding anyone to say anything bad about John,” Rautins said. “He was very giving, very caring, very intelligent.”Saunders lived in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, with wife Wanda. They had two daughters, Aleah and Jenna.“He was one of the most significant and influential members of the ESPN family, as a colleague and mentor, and he will be sorely missed,” Skipper said. “Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this extremely difficult time.”last_img

Discussion or bloodletting… we’ll see

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Nar Nar Goon grieves after shock death

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS MEMBERS of the Nar Nar Goon and wider community were rocked last week after the shocking death…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img