The company handles both internal and third-party releases.” /> Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment handles the publishing, development, licensing, and distribution of content in the interactive space, including console, handheld, mobile, and PC games.
“I am very excited to join the incredible team at Warner Bros. “Being a part of the talented group at WBIE also provides an amazing opportunity to work on world-renowned properties, such as DC Comics, Mortal Kombat, LEGO and many more.” Interactive Entertainment and return to the games industry at this pivotal time of historic growth and transformative new platforms,” said Shaffer.
Shaffer will report to David Haddad, President of the company, and will begin overseeing the strategy and execution of the company's licensing, business development, and first-party partnerships. He'll be working alongside the executive team in an effort to drive the negotiation and execution of deals in this new position as well.
Interactive Entertainment, the company announced Thursday. Michael Shaffer has been appointed Senior Vice President of Business Development at Warner Bros.
Previously, Shaffer was employed as an advisor to Google, but before that he held the role of Vice President of Business Development at Dropbox, Inc. He's no stranger to the video game industry, however, as he made a career at Electronic Arts later on in life after beginning as an attorney in the Central California District of United States District Court and as an Associate Attorney at the firm of Morrison & Foerster.

Hill is also responsible for negotiating the Les Twins’ deal to star alongside Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson for the 2019 “Men In Black” spinoff. His background includes a six-and-a-half year stint at WME working in non-scripted television department, where he worked with producers, brand and talent including Johnson and Garcia, WWE, Reddit, Daveed Diggs, Andrew Jenks, Film 45 and Eli Roth. In this role, Hill will identify, develop and produce new scripted and unscripted projects for Seven Bucks Productions and Seven Bucks Digital Studios.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to officially welcome Kevin into the family," said Johnson and Garcia. He’s been a key driver of our growth, and we've been huge fans of his talents from the moment we first met." "Throughout his hard work with us at WME, Kevin has proven a deep understanding of the Seven Bucks ethos and ability to make groundbreaking and ambitious projects happen.
Seven Bucks Productions, the production company co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, has named Kevin Hill the head of television and digital development.
Before WME, Hill worked with producer Stephanie Allain of Homegrown Pictures, known for “Dear White People,” and with producer Paul Hall on films including “Peeples,” starring Kerry Washington, and “Good Deeds,” written and directed by Tyler Perry.
"I look forward to finding new ways to deliver premium content to their diverse and global audience." ” /> “I was fortunate to watch Dwayne and Dany build an amazing foundation and culture at Seven Bucks and I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with them, the entire Seven Bucks team and WME in my new role," said Hill.
In the past, Hill has worked with Seven Bucks on unscripted content, including upcoming NBC series “The Titan Games” and BET’s “Finding Justice.” Other projects include  HBO’s “Rock and a Hard Place,” Spike’s “Rock the Troops,” CNN’s “Soundtracks: Songs that Defined History” and “What Really Happened?” a podcast with documentarian Andrew Jenks.

19 release of the game will still be early access and still cost you just $29.99 (down from the launch price of $60). The news was announced in a press release, but mostly noticed by inpatient would be fans who spotted the release date change on the official Steam page. The, now, Dec.
“Atlas” is a pirate massively multiplayer game that is about 1,200 the size of “Ark” and can host 40,000 players spread out across its 700 unique islands and sprawling 45,000-square kilometer ocean. Variety spoke with some of the team last week following the Game Awards, where the game was revealed.
Make sure to check out our full interview for all of the detail built into the game, what inspired it and how it has evolved.” />
That means someone can steal the ship right out from under you, plunder your booty and take away your pets and crew. Every piece of the ship is placed by the player, allowing them to figure out not just how the ship looks, but where things are like the gunports and sails. The game has players building drydocks and then slowing creating the ship of their dreams, building up from a dinghy to a galleon, one plank at a time. Once built, players can recruit other gamers to join their ship, or they can hire a computer-controlled crew. Player customization includes things like per-pixel tattoo designing, dynamic hair growth, and real-time aging systems. As with “Ark,” the world of “Atlas” is almost entirely up for grabs.
13 won't be arriving now until Dec. A bit of disappointment for fans of "Ark: Survival Evolved," pirates, and games created by Studio Wildcard. 19. "Atlas," the pirate-themed, do-anything game set for an early release on Dec.

In addition, in the third quarter YouTube said it deleted 7.85 million videos (81% of which were first detected by automated systems) for violations of its guidelines prohibiting spam and adult content as well as "low-volume areas" like violent extremism and child exploitation. YouTube also removed over 224 million comments for violating community guidelines, most of which were for spam.
YouTube is enacting a broad purge of spam accounts over the next two days, and it's warning creators they could see a big drop in subscribers as a result.
YouTube says it's moving faster to remove objectionable content. The world's biggest video service remains a haven for hate speech and conspiracy theorists, and YouTube even recommends such content, according to a Washington Post investigation this week. It claimed that more than 90% of the videos removed in September 2018 by its automated systems and staff for violations of "violent extremism" or "child safety" rules had fewer than 10 views. Despite its efforts, though, videos that run afoul of YouTube's policies continue to get past its checks.
13-14, creators "may see a noticeable decrease" in subscriber counts. According to YouTube, on Dec. The Google-owned video service regularly works to verify the legitimacy of accounts, and its purge of spammy and bogus users has led to steep declines in sub counts in the past.
If the spam-purge causes a channel to drop below the 1,000-subscriber threshhold, it will no longer be eligible for the rev-share program.” /> YouTube requires channels to have a minimum of 1,000 subscribers to participate in the platform's ad-revenue sharing program, called the YouTube Partner Program.
"This should help give you confidence that the subs you do have are real fans!" YouTube said in a tweet, with the exclamation mark an apparent effort to put a positive spin on the purge.
To identify spam accounts, YouTube says it uses a mix of "industry-leading techniques and proprietary technology." Spammer accounts tend to subscribe to a variety of channels, instead of just subscribing to channels that bought the spam.
All told, those channels represented around 50 million videos (which were removed along with the channels). YouTube, as part of its quarterly report on enforcement of community standards that first launched earlier this year, said on Thursday it deleted 1.67 million channels during the third quarter of 2018, 80% of which were for spam violations.

"Many of us on the team grew up playing their games, and it’s incredible to think that some of their sons and daughters are now playing Hypixel." "It’s humbling and exciting to be learning from these veteran game developers and industry experts," Hypixel said.
Hypixel plans to launch "Hytale" on PC and Mac, but said it will explore the possibility of releasing on other platforms during development.” />
Hypixel said its "Minecraft" server will continue to be actively developed by its own dedicated team. It also said it's grateful to Mojang and Microsoft, "whose forward-thinking support for content creators from day one has allowed us to produce work that we’re proud of."
It also boasts a number of interesting features like community servers, minigames, modding tools, and the ability to watch movies together. "Hytale" is a sandbox RPG with procedurally generated environments and a "Minecraft"-inspired art style.
"Hytale's" similarity to "Minecraft" is no accident. Hypixel is the studio behind one of "Minecraft's" most popular player-made servers, which has reportedly hosted more than 14 million players and won four Guinness World Records, including "most popular independent server for a video game." The studio said the server's success allowed it to self-fund development of "Hytale," but it's also secured outside funding from investors like Riot Games and former Blizzard Entertainment executive Rob Pardo.
Hypixel Studios is creating a new game called "Hytale" with some help from "League of Legends" developer Riot Games, it announced in a blog post on Thursday.

The award will be presented by her co-star Emma Stone at the festival's awards gala on Jan. 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. 14. 3 to Jan. The festival, now in its 30th year, runs from Jan.
Past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Halle Berry, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Marion Cotillard, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Saoirse Ronan, and Charlize Theron.
Colman has garnered Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominations for "The Favourite," along with a best actress award from the British Independent Film Award and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
"The Favourite" star Olivia Colman will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award by the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Colman's film credits include "Tyrannosaur," "The Lobster," "Murder on the Orient Express," "The Iron Lady," "Hyde Park on Hudson," and "Hot Fuzz." For her TV work, she won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a miniseries for "The Night Manager." She will portray Queen Elizabeth II in the third and fourth seasons of the Netflix series "The Crown."” />
"For this superb performance, that has received much critical acclaim and awards recognition, it is our honor to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress to Olivia Colman.” "In 'The Favourite' Olivia Colman steals the show as a frail and aloof Queen Anne, whose attention is being sought by two scheming cousins," said festival chairman Harold Matzner.

As previously announced, Netflix has ordered 10 episodes.
She stars as Kat Baker, an up-and-coming, high-level single skater who's about to turn in her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track. Scodelario takes over the role that was previously held by Emma Roberts, who bowed out in October. When Kat seizes an opportunity to continue her career as a pair skater with a talented bad-boy partner, she risks exposing a fiercely kept secret that could unravel her entire life. On and off the ice, Kat and her new partner will face daunting odds, injury to body and soul, financial sacrifice, and even potential mental breakdown on their way to realizing their Olympic dream.
Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold of Safehouse Pictures will also executive produce, with Matt Schwartz of Safehouse co-executive producing. The series was created by Samantha Stratton, who will serve as an executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Lara Olsen.
Kaya Scodelario has signed on for the lead role in the upcoming Netflix drama "Spinning Out," Variety has learned.
Scodelario began her acting when she was cast as Effy Stonem in the popular British series “Skins.” She starred as the female lead in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” in 2017, and is also known for her roles in "The Maze Runner" franchise, “Clash of the Titans,” “Wuthering Heights,” “Twenty8k,” “Now Is Good,” and "Tiger House." She is repped by CAA, the Curtis Brown Group, and Bloom Hergott.” />

The movie came together during the Toronto International Film Festival in the wake of director Danny Boyle exiting James Bond 25, which delayed shooting on the Bond pic and cleared Craig's schedule.
"MRC put their trust in us when they first partnered with us on this film, and Lionsgate truly champions and empowers the artist to tell the story they want to tell so we couldn't be in better hands." "We're very excited to be in production on 'Knives Out' and can't wait to bring it to the big screen with great partners like MRC and Lionsgate," Johnson and Bergman said.
Lionsgate's 2019 film slate includes "Hellboy," "John Wick: Chapter 3," the Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy "Flarsky," and Roland Emmerich's World War II action adventure "Midway." The news about "Knives Out" was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.” />
Lionsgate has bought distribution rights to Daniel Craig's murder mystery "Knives Out" and set a Thanksgiving release date of Nov. 27.
Johnson is also creating a new "Star Wars" trilogy for Disney. Johnson directed from his own script and is producing with partner Ram Bergman through their new, yet-to-be named company.
The "Knives Out" cast includes Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Katherine Langford, and Christopher Plummer.
MRC financed "Knives Out," directed by Rian Johnson — best known for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." Lionsgate will also distribute the pic worldwide.

"Absolutely, absolutely," Lopez responded when asked by Variety if she wants to direct more in television and film.
Lopez recently directed her first music video, "Limitless," the track featured on her new rom-com "Second Act," and it seems the multi-hyphenate has caught the directing bug.
"We have to do one in the Bronx or in Queens…we did it last night and it was so much fun. They could not believe it, and they loved that A-Rod was there. "We've been doing these surprise sneak screenings," Lopez said. They went crazy."” /> Oh my god.
Lopez was also asked about surprise fan screenings that she's been holding leading up to the release of "Second Act."
"I love that sentiment. My daughter is in the video. "This is a song that Sia wrote for the movie. It's that perfect holiday movie with this perfect song. It's a dream project for me, so I'm excited for everybody to see it." That's exactly what the movie is about. 21. It's the anthem for 'Second Act.' I asked her watch the movie and tell me what you think — if you're inspired, write something, and she wrote 'Limitless,' which is: I thought I had to be somebody else, but look at me now, I'm limitless," Lopez told reporters Wednesday evening at the New York City premiere of "Second Act," which hits theaters on Dec.
Jennifer Lopez epitomizes the phrase "she's done it all" — but there's still more that the superstar would like to do.
"It was a lot of fun," she said about directing the music video in which her daughter appears.

The project was unveiled last year with “It” writer Gary Dauberman hired to write the script. Matt Kaplan is producing along with Dauberman, who's a co-writer on both "It" movies, and "The Conjuring" and "Annabelle" franchises.
Caruso to take the reins of its movie adaptation of the Nickelodeon horror series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” Paramount is in talks with "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage" director D.J.
Caruso is repped by CAA, Media Talent Group, and Bloom Hergott. Caruso's credits include "Disturbia" and "Eagle Eye." He's also attached to direct the fourth "xXx" movie, with Vin Diesel and Jay Chou starring. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.” />
MacHale and Ned Kandel and ran as an anthology series on Nickelodeon between 1992 and 1996. The show was revived in 1999 for two more seasons. “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” was created by D.J. It followed a group of teenagers who called themselves the Midnight Society and would meet weekly at a secret location in the woods to tell a scary story.
MacHale said the line was a tribute to the series “The Twilight Zone,” in which creator Rod Serling would introduce the episode by saying, “submitted for your approval.” Each episode was introduced with the storyteller saying “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society," who then would announce the title of that segment.