October 18, 2011 |
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment key franchises Batman/Arkham Upcoming game: Batman: Arkham City (Oct. 18) Developer: Rocksteady (Britain) Lego Upcoming games: Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Nov. 1); Lego Batman 2 (2012) Developer: Traveller's Tales (Britain) Mortal Kombat Next sequel expected in 2013 Developer: Netherrealm Studios (formerly Midway Chicago) Lord of the Rings Ongoing game: Lord of the Rings Online Developer: Turbine (Boston)
January 14, 2007 |
WHO says there are too many sequels? Certainly not the movie studios. In addition to new installments in the "Spider-Man," "Shrek" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, at least four other movie franchises will offer up third episodes this summer. The highest-profile entries are George Clooney in "Ocean's 13" (June 8), Matt Damon in "The Bourne Ultimatum" (Aug. 3) and "Rush Hour 3" (Aug. 10), the first starring role for Chris Tucker since the last "Rush Hour" movie came out six years ago.
June 29, 1990 |
Ask entrepreneurs if they've thought of franchising their businesses and watch the gleam in their eyes. With 2,400 franchise companies and 500,000 franchises in operation across the country, cloning a successful business is tempting. But it's not as easy as you might think, according to Mark Frydman and Robert (Goody) Goodman, principals in Box Bros., a Canoga Park packing and shipping company that is struggling to launch its franchise program.
April 23, 1998 |
The WNBA, its second season looming, has expanded again. The WNBA announced Wednesday that it would add franchises in Minnesota's Twin Cities and Orlando, Fla., for the 1999 season, bringing the league to 12 teams. "This broadens our geographic reach to two new regions," WNBA President Val Ackerman said. The WNBA, owned and operated by the 29 NBA teams, begins its second season June 11 with expansion franchises in Detroit and Washington.
March 26, 1992
After concentrating on developing an extensive network of company-owned stores, the Del Taco chain of Mexican-style fast-food restaurants said it plans to start aggressively franchising. Only about 25% of the 279 units in the Del Taco/Naugle's chain are franchised, but Paul Hitzelberger, executive vice president, said the field is ripe for expansion.
February 15, 2011 |
With their mania for film franchises, leading studios are behaving more like packaged goods marketers than the showmen of yore in pumping out movies, and appear more interested in taking direction from fanboys, brand managers and multimedia consultants. So the time appears ripe for consultants such as Jeff Gomez and Mark Pensavalle, co-founders of Starlight Runner Entertainment. Their job: To make sure that stories and characters remain consistent as a movie is reincarnated as, say, a TV series, a video game, a theme park attraction or an online virtual world.