San Francisco (March 17, 2005) --- Kuma Reality Games, a leading game publisher and developer specializing in high-quality episodic games, has signed with United Talent Agency. The New York-based company will work closely with UTA's San Francisco and Beverly Hills-based games and interactive agents, Jonathan Epstein and Brent Weinstein, to develop new hybrid entertainment concepts linking games and television.
"Kuma's core technology work and their network of development studios gives them the ability to produce high-quality games within two to five weeks, and to do so as frequently as every week," noted Epstein. "Their unique capabilities offer a wholly new palette for television programmers to create joint episodic and games product, and a powerful new toolset for marketing executives to deploy to connect audiences and program sponsors."
Kuma burst into prominence last year with the debut of its flagship product, "Kuma\War," an episodic 3D action game offered as a series of weekly missions based on or by inspired by real world events. The game, launched in Spring 2004 as a download from www.KumaGames.com, quickly developed a following among both gamers and war and history buffs.
The power of the company's approach was most dramatically illustrated by its Uday and Qusay and John Kerry Swift Boat missions, both of which received worldwide attention from both gamers and the media. The weekly episodes of Kuma/War are also now being used by the U.S. Army for instructional training of its troops.
"Kuma's episodic games redefine how games can be made and distributed in the broadband age," said Keith Halper, CEO of Kuma. "The synergies between our approach and both scripted and alternative television formats are too powerful to ignore, and we look forward to using our technology and unique production to transform how Hollywood and the games industry create product together."
KUMA, LLC., is the industry leader in the new market for Episodic Video Games -- rich, 3D, immersive game experiences delivered to PCs and consoles in weekly episodes. Using their pioneering technology, Kuma develops and delivers games with unprecedented speed, making game episodes that reflect just-released TV shows or films, real world events, audience input or players' own in-game actions. Is it the game industry's answer to Reality television or TV's answer to the challenge of Video Games? In either case, Episodic games are a thoroughly unique user experience and present distinct marketing advantages for content owners and distributors. Kuma Reality Games, headquartered in New York, New York, is a privately held company.
United Talent Agency is one of the entertainment industry's largest and most influential talent and literary agencies. Based in Beverly Hills, UTA represents many of world's most widely-known figures in the motion picture, television, publishing and music fields, including the leading actors, directors, writers, producers and recording artists behind some of the most successful properties in entertainment. Clients include actors Johnny Depp, Jim Carrey, Harrison Ford; filmmakers M. Night Shyamalan, the Coen brothers, Wes Anderson; TV producers Dick Wolf and David Chase; and corporate brands such as Amazon.com. The agency is also globally recognized in the areas of branding, licensing, commercials, endorsements and the representation of production talent.
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