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Top PRs Roland Rudd and Sir Alan Parker brought together by Shell’s BG Group takeover

first_img More From Our Partners Porsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.com whatsapp Top PRs Roland Rudd and Sir Alan Parker brought together by Shell’s BG Group takeover Rarely does one get the two titans of the financial PR world, Finsbury’s Roland Rudd and Brunswick’s Sir Alan Parker, in the same room – but that’s exactly what happened earlier this week in the prep meeting for Shell’s agreed £47bn takeover of BG Group.Observers say that Rudd stood up to shake his rival’s hand as he arrived (a little late, it has to be said) to the meeting at Slaughter & May’s offices in Bunhill Row.  Finsbury’s Roland Rudd The niceties were short-lived, however, as there was some disagreement between the two about what the main PR issues would be, with Rudd disagreeing that the projected job cuts would become the major issue in the debate.  Many would have paid to have seen the top two up against each other.  The meeting, which was also attended by many of the big beasts of the investment banking world such as Simon Mackenzie-Smith, Karen Cook, Mark Sorrell, Simon Robey and Julian Mylchreest, came a few hours before news of the deal started leaking out into the outside world before being confirmed later that evening.  Share Tags: BG Group Company Mergers and acquisitions Royal Dutch Shell Plc ‘A’ Royal Dutch Shell Plc ‘B’ Express KCS center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach Raider Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Thursday 9 April 2015 9:30 pmlast_img read more

People / Kale Logistics invests in African market with appointment of Jack Bismohun

first_img Kale Logistics Solutions, an IT provider, has appointed Jack Bismohun as head of business development in Africa.Mr Bismohun has been head of business for Mauritius Network Services for the past two years, and has also been business director for Satyam Computers. He has nearly 20 years’ experience in business development and has been involved in delivering electronic solutions to governments, Customs and private logistics companies.Vineet Malhotra, director for Kale, said: “Jack is a great addition to the team. He brings with him experience in tapping and developing an important geography, Africa.“The African logistics market is gearing up for the future – building its infrastructure, enabling supply chains and distribution networks, providing mobility. Our IT solutions are gaining popularity in this region and it is the right time for us to invest here.” Mr Bismohun added: “I decided to join Kale Logistics after I was introduced to its wide spectrum of solutions which are at the forefront of emerging trends in logistics, airports and transportation industries. I am happy to bring my knowledge and experience in the African markets where it is already positioned by developing further its presence and success.” By Alex Lennane 11/10/2017last_img read more

South Korean Ministry of Unification poised to employ three defectors as…

first_imgNews News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest The Ministry of Unification announced on November 8 that it is likely to employ 3 North Korean defectors as regular civil officials, all of whom applied through the open career recruitment process last year. The positions include one grade 7 administrative official, and two grade 9 administrative officials.To apply for a position as a grade 7 administrative official, a Master’s degree in humanities and social sciences is required, while grade 9 positions require professional experience in general office work. The final decision will be made at the end of November following interviews and an examination of the candidate’s records. The Ministry of Unification noted that more than 40 people applied for the positions during the recruitment period from October 28 to November 1, meaning that the competitive ratio was 13.6 to 1.As of the end of last year, the number of defectors working for South Korea’s central and local government bodies is 133, of which 33 are full-time staff. Last year, the Ministry of Unification employed five defectors as grade 7 and 9 administrative officials, marking the first time that a defector has been employed as a grade 7 civil servant.A spokesperson from the Ministry of Unification noted, “As with last year, the recruitment is expected to create an optimistic atmosphere among the defector community and also enhance the diversity and openness of the government by providing opportunities for defectors.”“The Ministry of Unification is planning to increase employment opportunities for defectors in the government and public institutions to keep pace with a community of 30,000 defectors,” the spokesperson added. The ministry estimates that the number of North Korean defectors will exceed 30,000 by the middle of this month. News South Korean Ministry of Unification poised to employ three defectors as civil officials AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinacenter_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Daily NK – 2016.11.11 2:26pm News last_img read more

Support for energy customers impacted by floods

first_imgSupport for energy customers impacted by floods NSW GovernmentFinancial assistance and additional consumer protections on energy services will be available to anyone experiencing hardship from the recent floods.The new changes mean all NSW energy providers will offer payment plans until 30 June 2021 on energy bills to any customers impacted by the recent floods.Energy providers will not disconnect services from households or small businesses who have indicated hardship to their provider.If you are experiencing financial hardship from the floods, contact your energy provider to discuss support services available.More financial support will also be made available through Service NSW’s Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) Scheme.If you are facing difficulties paying current energy bills, you may be eligible for additional support via the EAPA.Energy Minister Matt Kean said nobody facing hardship should have to worry about being unable to pay their energy bill.“My message to customers is know your rights, and my message to retailers is know your responsibilities,” Mr Kean said.Learn more about the EAPA.Flood safety informationIf you have been affected by the storms or flooding, visit storms and floods customer care /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, energy, Government, Minister, New South Wales, NSW, Safety, Service NSW, Small Business, visitlast_img read more

Early childhood boost must make it free

first_imgEarly childhood boost must make it free The Australian Greens MPsAustralian Greens Education spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi has said reports that the Coalition government is considering a boost to childcare funding are welcome, but early learning must be made universal and free.Senator Faruqi said:“Any funding boost for early learning is welcome. But let’s be real: the most sensible and equitable move would be to make childcare universal and free.“Expensive early learning has held women and families back for too long. The benefits of free early learning for families and the whole community is beyond doubt.“We’re way past the time of tinkering around the edges and procrastinating on real and lasting change. Free and universal early childhood education is the way forward.“We should be expanding publicly-provided services so families aren’t reliant on for-profit centres. Education is not a business. It’s time early childhood education was funded and provided as the essential service that it is.“Early childhood educators should receive professional pay, reflecting the skill and responsibility of the work they do every single day.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian Greens, business, childcare, childhood, community, Early Childhood Education, education, Governmentlast_img read more

Students facing financial impacts of COVID-19 may apply for emergency funds

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: May 11, 2020 CU Boulder has received more than $9.3 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus funding that the campus has set aside for emergency grants for students facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.Depending on their unique circumstances, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled may be eligible for these emergency grants.How to applyTo determine if you qualify for an emergency grant related to COVID-19 expenses, submit your application through the Division of Student Affairs’ Student Emergency Fund site.For more information about federal emergency funding, please visit the campus’s main Coronavirus Updates and Resources page or the Office of Financial Aid’s COVID-19 site.Applicants must be U.S. citizens or qualified noncitizens to apply and must be in good academic standing, said Financial Aid Director Ofelia Morales.While some students may not qualify for the federal stimulus dollars, Morales nonetheless encourages all students facing financial difficulties due to the pandemic to submit an application to see if they qualify for other types of grant funding. Grants range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the applicant’s circumstances.“These federal funds are being made available right now to help our students weather these difficult times,” she said.Students who qualify for the CARES Act grants may use the funds to pay for food, housing, course materials, coronavirus-related medical expenses, child care and other educational expenses. The grants must be paid to students directly, and the institution may not apply the funds to students’ tuition bills, according to the federal legislation.In total, CU Boulder is expected to receive more than $18.7 million in Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund stimulus dollars through the federal CARES Act to support the university’s ongoing academic and research missions during the pandemic.The campus is awaiting further guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on when and how it will receive the remaining stimulus funding, but university administrators expect it will be available to cover institutional costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.Categories:Deadlines & AnnouncementsCampus Communitylast_img read more

Paso Robles CAB Collective Presents 4th Annual CABs of Distinction Grand…

first_imgLinkedin Facebook Pinterest Share Twitter Home Industry News Releases Paso Robles CAB Collective Presents 4th Annual CABs of Distinction Grand TastingIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessPaso Robles CAB Collective Presents 4th Annual CABs of Distinction Grand TastingBy Press Release – September 1, 2016 43 0 TAGSCABs of DistinctionConsumerfeaturedPaso RoblesPaso Robles CAB Collective AdvertisementAnnual celebration of Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux varietals, Friday, October 14, 2016September 1, 2016 (Paso Robles, Calif) – On Friday, October 14, the Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet And Bordeaux) Collective (PRCC), pasoroblescab.com, will hold its annual CABs of Distinction Grand Tasting bringing consumers face-to-face with acclaimed producers of over 75 different Cabernet and red Bordeaux varietals from Paso Robles. The event will take place at the picturesque Allegretto Vineyard Resort, from 4 PM to 6PM.The Paso Robles appellation’s warm days, cool nights, and long growing season contribute to exceptional balance, texture, and structure in Cabernet Sauvignon and red Bordeaux varietal wines, recognized by sommeliers, journalists, and in-the-know consumers as among the best in the world. At the CABs of Distinction Grand Tasting, guests will be treated to tastings of the finest Cabernet and red Bordeaux-blend wines the region has to offer, accompanied by live music and small bites prepared by Executive Chef Eric Olson of Cello Ristorante & Bar.“While Paso Robles has been synonymous with the Rhône movement for over a decade now, it is worth noting the quality of the Bordeaux varieties coming from these limestone hills today. I’m increasingly seeing incredible wines based largely on Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and other Bordeaux varieties from Paso Robles. While it may be hard for readers to believe, trust me when I tell you that these top-quality releases are a match for the best wines from California’s North Coast,” said Jeb Dunnuck, RobertParker.com, August 31, 2016.Event access will be provided to qualified media. Tickets for this exceptional event are $65. Designated drivers are encouraged, for which tickets are $35 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit pasoroblescab.com/events.Members of the Paso Robles CAB Collective who will pour at the Grand Tasting include: ADELAIDA Cellars, Ancient Peaks Winery, Bon Niche Cellars, Brecon Estate, Calcareous Vineyard, Cass Vineyard & Winery, Chateau Margene, Clos Solène, DAOU Vineyards & Winery, Eberle Winery, Halter Ranch Vineyard, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Opolo Vineyards, Parrish Family Vineyard, Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery, RN Estate, Rotta Winery, San Antonio Winery, Sextant Wines, The Farm Winery, and Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery.Sponsors of the 2016 Paso Robles CAB Collective include: Smurfit Kappa Orange County / Orange County Container Group; The Tasting Panel Magazine; The SOMM Journal; Fiji Water; Bruni Glass Packaging; Enartis Vinquiry; Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance; Travel Paso; Seguin Moreau; Nomacorc; Martinez Farming; Glenn Burdette; Farm Credit West; Lafitte Cork & Capsule; Portocork; Saury USA; Heritage Oaks Bank; Umpqua Bank; Vintage Nurseries; Cork Supply; Cellotape / Landmark Label; The Blueprinter & Graphics; Butlerz Events; Breakaway Tours and Event Planning; and Parker Sanpei Public Relations & Marketing.ABOUT THE PASO ROBLES CAB COLLECTIVEFormed in 2012, the Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet And Bordeaux) Collective (PRCC) is an independent collaborative effort of leading Paso Robles growers and producers of Cabernet and red Bordeaux varietals specific to the Paso Robles AVA in California. The PRCC strives to promote the full potential of the Paso Robles region in producing superior quality, classic and age-worthy Cabernet and red Bordeaux varietals that compete with like varietals on a global stage to consumers and media worldwide. For more information, please visit pasoroblescab.com.Advertisement ReddIt Previous articleNext Generation Santa Cruz Mountains: Carrying on Paul Draper’s LegacyNext articleAfternoon Brief, September 1 Press Release Emaillast_img read more

Somers Middle School Project to Break Ground This Summer

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Crews will break ground this summer on an expansive reconstruction of Somers Middle School, funded by a $15.8 million bond approved by voters last fall.Swank Enterprises is the project’s construction manager, with LPW Architecture of Great Falls heading up design and planning. Representatives from those firms and the school district held a public forum on May 24 to update the public on the project.The two-phase renovation will ultimately add roughly 45,000 square feet of new structure while remodeling about 12,000 square feet of existing space and demolishing other aging infrastructure.“We’ve got some great plans,” Principal Rose McIntyre said. “We’re excited.”Excavation on the foundation is expected to begin by July. The first phase will focus on renovating and expanding a wing of the school built in the 1990s. When complete, the remodeled wing and added two-story wing will include expanded classrooms, a maker’s lab, science room, new music room, new woodshop, new kitchen, amphitheater and commons area to be used for lunch, school activities and community gatherings, complete with a stage, green room and storage room.The second phase, which will begin next year, will demolish the main wing, gym and seventh- and eighth-grade wing, all built in the 1950s and 1960s. It will add a new gym, fitness and weight room, locker rooms and a venue for health class. The new gym will have a wood floor, not carpet like the current one.With the new amphitheater and gym, the middle school will offer two big spaces suitable for a variety of purposes.“We’re really excited, not only excited for our school but for our community,” McIntyre said. “I think that’s one of the great things about a small rural school: It can be the hub of a community. We want it to be open for community use on weekends and after hours.”last_img read more

Sharjah Art Foundation Production Programme 2012

first_img Tweet Deadline: 24th of February 2012Open to: artists working on projects with relevance to the MENASA regionGrants: a total budget of 200,000 $DescriptionThe Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) Production Programme broadens the possibilities for the production of art in the MENASA region by supporting innovation and excellence in artistic practice, encouraging risk and experimentation. The Foundation offers grants and professional support for the realization of projects selected from an open call for proposals.EligibilitySAF welcomes visual art proposals from artists, collectives and collaborating groups. These collaborations may be between visual artists and choreographers, composers, filmmakers, writers, curators, theorists or other professionals working in fields such as science or philosophy.You should be able to free yourself from any commitments that could hinder the production of your project, should it be selected.Proposals can be made for any kind of media, including time-based media, installation, sculpture, artist books or performance. While we have not set a specific theme or criteria, we are looking for work that relates to or that can be of relevance to the Middle East North Africa South Asia (MENASA) region. This should not be taken in a strictly literal sense, but rather as an opportunity to undertake an ambitious project with a broad philosophical or inspirational approach. SAF is seeking for proposals that can engage or challenge the artists and our audiences on a variety of levels, whether aesthetic, intellectual or political.The project must be a new project in the phase of preparation and its production time frame should not exceed 12 months.ApplicationIn 2012 SAF is offering production grants to artists working in a range of media including sculpture, installation, time-based media, artist’s books and performance. Up to a total of $200,000 is available in this application cycle. The success of a proposal will be determined by merit rather than budget. To this end, projects with budgets that range from modest to ambitious scales will be considered. The submission deadline is 24 February 2012 and selections will be announced in March. The selected projects will be developed and produced by the artist and the Sharjah Art Foundation, with presentation of the completed project as agreed between the artist(s) and SAF.Access the application form, the collaborator form – in case the project is a collective effort -, and the  captions form here.The Official Website LinkedIn 0 February 14, 2012 Published by admin MOBILITY FIRST – ASEF CULTURAL MOBILITY INITIATIVE 2021 2021 World of WearableArt Awards Competition Similar Stories Pocket Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. center_img ← PLURAL+ 2012 Youth Video Festival on Migration and Social Inclusion Equality Now – Video Contest → +1 Share 0 Sharjah Art Foundation Production Programme 2012 Reddit 27th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw 2021last_img read more

Why did licensed games get better?

first_imgWhy did licensed games get better?BD Labs’ Mark Caplan traces the industry trends that turned big-name properties from a warning sign to a welcome additionBrendan SinclairManaging EditorMonday 30th July 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareOver the course of his career working in licensed video games, BDLabs principal Mark Caplan has seen some of the best and worst of what the union of a popular brand and a game developer can produce. When he started on Fox’s licensing and merchandising team in 1993, the company was just coming off a two-year span in which it produced no fewer than eight licensed Simpsons games. Early on in his career, he worked on licensed game projects that were particularly well regarded (Alien vs. Predator on the Atari Jaguar) and ones that were… less so (White Men Can’t Jump on the Atari Jaguar).Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz recently, Caplan said the former type of licensed project has become far more common in the industry. Some of the biggest franchises in gaming now are licensed projects, whether it’s Batman, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Walking Dead, or Spider-Man. Big licenses are no longer the red flag for consumers that they were several decades ago.”At that point in time, the games industry was looked at more as a hobby for people, in my opinion,” Caplan said. “And I think producers, directors, and creators looked at the game industry much differently then. ‘Oh, it’s another area where perhaps kids are going to engage my characters.’ But they didn’t really see the value of the community back then. I think now everything has been flipped on its side. It’s all a continual evolution in terms of where fans went. If you look at the games that are made now, there’s a lot more critical awareness from the consumer; they expect the game to be a great experience.””The cost of a game back in the ’90s is so much less than the cost of a game in the 2000s, when development budgets were going over $10 million, over $20 million.” Caplan has seen those attitudes change every step of the way. After a few years at Fox, he jumped to Sony Pictures Entertainment where he helped produce games for big names like Spider-Man, Ghostbusters, and The Smurfs. At the end of his two-decade stint there, Caplan was senior vice president of global consumer products and in charge of a lot more than just game licensing.However, that broader remit also took him away from working with game developers and publishers, an area he personally enjoyed that was also where he felt he had the most to offer. So a couple years ago, he left to join BDLabs. It bills itself as a global entertainment business development company, but in plainer terms, much of its work involves connecting IP owners and licensing partners, whether it be helping Guns of Boom developer Game Insight find IPs to use in their games or working with toy company Spin Master to bring one of their core brands to games.So what happened to make licensed games better? A few things, not all of them universally regarded as positive developments.”As the console business evolved, the cost of development increased, and the risk factor grew,” Caplan said. “The cost of a game back in the ’90s is so much less than the cost of a game in the 2000s, when development budgets were going over $10 million, over $20 million… Licenses became a little too risky on the console side to pour in all the development and marketing dollars.”With a larger buy-in required, the quantity of licensed projects dropped. But at the same time, there were just enough big licensed games that released and justified those spiralling budgets that film and TV creators began to see games as a valuable commodity worth their time and investment. Caplan worked on a few of those himself, like the Spider-Man games based on the trilogy of moves starring Tobey Maguire as the wall-crawler. Right from the beginning with the adaptation of the 2002 film, Caplan was struck by the way the filmmakers wanted to be involved in the process.The Spider-Man movie games had considerable support from the filmmakers”We had countless roundtable meetings, not only with the game producers but with the film director Sam Raimi, producers of the film Avi Arad, Kevin Feige, and others to pitch the concept,” Caplan said.It was clear the creatives on the film side were taking the game project seriously. Raimi needed to be persuaded to allow the game to go beyond the film’s cast of characters and bring in other Spider-Man villains like Vulture, Scorpion, and the Shocker. (He did.) The developers were invited to the set during the filming of some key scenes so they could get a feeling for the film’s temperament and tone. Even the on-camera talent got involved, as Tobey Maguire came in for a voice-over session and treated it like more than a contractual obligation.”He was totally into it,” Caplan said. “It was totally natural for him to act as Spider-Man in a sound studio with some direction from us and the producers. That gave me the sense that yeah, talent and directors do want to be involved. Because they care about the output… I saw the potential with Spider-Man. I saw the potential of a Sam Raimi saying, ‘Yeah, I know this game industry. I know the digital lens that games are coming to in terms of quality.'”The willingness of top creative talent to get involved with games grew from there. For 2009’s Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Caplan helped get the cast of the original on board. With the film franchise long-since dormant at the time, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts all reprised their roles from the first two Ghostbusters for a game that would essentially serve as a third movie. They even got the blessing of original director Ivan Reitman.”From what I recall, it was really Dan Akroyd who pushed the rest of the group to get involved,” Caplan said. “The producers of the game decided they were only going to do the game if they had the talent, so what I had to do was go meet with the talent agents to convince them it was an opportunistic thing for the folks as well. We had to go back to the agents and convince them we had this really great opportunity to bring the band back together. ‘We know it’s not a movie, it’s been years since there was a movie, but we can do it in a game and we can do it right.'”When a third movie seemed unlikely, the stars of Ghostbusters treated the game as the next best way to continue the franchiseAkroyd, Murray, and Ramis all contributed to the storyline or wrote the scripts for the game, a level of participation that Caplan said “carried a lot more weight than just a licensor saying, ‘Hey just go make a game and we’ll see you in 18 months.'””The producers of [Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy] have a very obvious passion for what their product is in the end…They pushed us and the developers to really make sure every element of the game matched specifically what happened on the show” In fact, the big-name film talent turned out to be more committed to the project than the publisher. The Ghostbusters game was originally a Sierra Entertainment project, but when Sierra was subsumed in the 2008 Activision Blizzard merger, its new parent company dropped the game. (Atari scooped it up, along with another abandoned licensed title in Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, and published them both in 2009.)Not every big license Caplan worked with needed to have an awakening about the importance of its gaming tie-ins. The first IP holders he ever worked with that fully understood the possibilities of gaming adaptations were the people behind Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.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 producers of the shows have a very obvious passion for what their product is in the end, and I have to give them a lot of credit,” Caplan said. “They pushed us and the developers to really make sure every element of the game matched specifically what happened on the show, in terms of the cadence of the questions, the answers, the puzzles for both Wheel and Jeopardy. And it just really made for a better product, in my opinion.”The willingness of creatives to get involved in games has certainly been a sea change in the field of licensed games, but it’s far from the only one. All of the trends that regularly re-shape the games industry at large are obviously impacting licensed projects as well. And that’s changing the way developers and IP holders deal with one another.”The proliferation of all these new platforms has given the opportunity for more developers to come into the mix and create their own IPs, or for publishers to invest internally with their own IPs,” Caplan explained. “It’s a bigger ocean of opportunities, yet it’s a more finite group of companies that actually feel like they need a license to move their business forward… There are a ton of IPs but companies are a lot more selective in this day and age due to developing and owning their own a little bit more.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSolving the marketing mystery of Loop HeroFaced with promoting an intentionally enigmatic game, Devolver Digital’s Robbie Paterson drew inspiration from a Nine Inch Nails ARG and old PC gaming magazinesBy Jeffrey Rousseau 8 days agoMr Men books are for children. Assassin’s Creed is not and never should be | OpinionUbisoft is trying to expand the audience for its flagship brand, but more than oversteps when it targets kids who are too young to even readBy James Batchelor 18 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more