Television studio Lionsgate has made a significant investment in games developer and publisher TellTale Games, the studio behind ‘The Walking Dead’, Game of Thrones’ and ‘Wolf Among Us’ adventure games.
With the acquisition, Lionsgate and TellTale Games will collaborate to co-develop existing and original IP into episodic games and TV, bridging the gap between the two platforms.
Jon Feltheimer, chief executive of Lionsgate, said: “Telltale is one of the premier storytellers in the gaming world today.
“Their leadership in narrative-driven episodic games, together with our investment and the potential opportunities created by our premium content expertise, will continue to strengthen their ability to offer exciting new avenues of storytelling to their next generation audiences across a broad range of platforms.”
Kevin Bruner, chief executive of TellTale, added: “Lionsgate is one of the most innovative, entrepreneurial and impressive content companies in the world today. I'm delighted to welcome an experienced executive like Jon, a leader who shares our unique vision, to our board.
“Lionsgate has a great track record in developing and marketing feature films as well as platform-defining premium scripted television. This partnership will accelerate Telltale's ability to create not only original games, but episodic television series based on our game properties – an area at the cutting edge of industry growth.”
Lionsgate currently has more than 30 TV shows, including Mad Men, Orange is the New Black, and Nurse Jackie, on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production.