Imangi Studios and National Geographic Kids Partner on Temple Run Action-Adventure Book, Available Now
Now Readers Will Explore Ancient Worlds and Meet a New Temple Run Character Debuting Simultaneously in the Book and Temple Run 2
RALEIGH, N.C. AND WASHINGTON, D.C., September 9, 2014 - Imangi Studios and National Geographic Kids today announced their partnership to bring Temple Run to life through an educational action-adventure book. Applying the popularity ofTemple Run to encourage academic learning, the book introduces young readers to the natural sciences, history and archaeology through the Temple Run world. The book, Ã�Â³Temple Run: Race Through Time to Unlock Secrets of Ancient Worlds,Ã�Â² is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the National Geographic store.
Blending the literary and digital worlds, explorer Maria Selva, one of the book¹s protagonists, will be introduced as a playable character in Temple Run 2simultaneously with the book¹s release. Maria is one of the first instances in which players can interact with a new game character at the same time as his or her book debut. In ³Temple Run: Race Through Time to Unlock Secrets of Ancient Worlds,² Maria will take young readers and fans of the franchise on a journey through various iconic destinations throughout the world, including Machu Picchu and Stonehenge.
³The goal of this partnership is to get students excited about reading and learning,² said Walter Devins, director of licensing at Imangi Studios. ³Teaming up with National Geographic is an amazing way to let our fans discover some of the awe-inspiring locations throughout the world that have influenced Temple Run.²
³As an exciting adventure story mixed with cool real-life information about explorers and ancient history, this jam-packed book is a blast for Temple Run players and fact-hungry kids alike,² added Kate Olesin, editor for National Geographic Kids books.
In ³Temple Run: Race Through Time to Unlock Secrets of Ancient Worlds,² readers explore ancient civilizations and discover a wealth of knowledge about each place along the way. The book includes ancient myths, little-known facts and insights from real-world experts about each environment readers visit.
Download the press kit here, and purchase the book on National Geographic here.
About Imangi Studios
Imangi Studios was founded in 2008 by husband-and-wife team Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova with the goal of creating small fun games for everyone to enjoy. What started as a dream job for the couple has evolved into a successful business, with Keith and Natalia now working with a team of other talented game creators. In June 2014, Imangi announced that its mega-hit Temple Run series had amassed over a billion downloads, defining it as one of the most popular mobile games in history. The Temple Run franchise has expanded to create Temple Run: Brave andTemple Run: Oz, as well as over 30 global licensees from apparel to publishing.
About National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids inspires young adventurers to explore the world through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. National Geographic Kids magazine (10 issues per year) and Little Kids magazine (six issues per year) are photo-driven publications available on newsstands or by subscription in print and on tablets. The award-winning website kids.nationalgeographic.com excites kids about the planet through games; videos; contests; photos; quizzes; and blogs about cultures, animals and destinations. National Geographic Kids Books is the leading nonfiction publisher with 60 titles each year, including The New York Times best-seller ³Kids Almanac.² National Geographic Kids safely engages kids to learn through digital play in the virtual animal world of Animal Jam. National Geographic Kids apps bring the best of National Geographic Kids to smartphones and tablets.
Bethany Hill, TriplePoint PR for Imangi Studios
King Kong Lives!
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 14, 2014 - Dimensional Branding Group (DBG), a San Francisco-based brand extension agency, has been named the exclusive licensing agency for the iconic character KING KONG as part of the property KING KONG of Skull Island, with all rights controlled by DeVito ArtWorks, LLC. Joe DeVito's KONG: King of Skull Island prequel/sequel has combined with Merian C. Cooper's KING KONG, the official family property of the creator of the original KING KONG, to form a unique and comprehensive KING KONG universe. This exclusive opportunity represents the most robust portfolio of story and art available for a consumer products licensing program to date.
DBG, working with Dannie Festa of Festa Entertainment, global manager of the rights to the property including television and film, will be overseeing the KING KONG of Skull Island licensing program.
DBG will be looking to use King Kong’s huge awareness to extend the property across a wide range of categories including digital and interactive platforms, unique promotions and innovative consumer products.
“DGB shares our vision on how to bring this iconic and special property to fans around the world and we are thrilled to be working with them,” said Dannie Festa, President of Festa Entertainment.
John Leonhardt, President of DBG says, “ An opportunity to represent a brand like King Kong with the backing of the creator and combing both the story lines and art of Merian C. Cooper and De Vito ArtWorks is rare. We look forward to extend the King Kong brand into new product categories including the vast digital landscape that King Kong has yet to conquer. . It will evolve into new ways for fans of all ages to interact with King Kong.”
About Dimensional Branding Group, LLC:
The San Francisco Bay Area based brand extension agency that focuses on brand licensing, business development and promotion services with a unique emphasis on the interactive & digital channels. DBG specializes in developing toys & games, iconic brands & digital trademarks into entertainment placement and new extension markets. Its clients include PlayStation, (including game titles such as God of War, Ratchet and Clank, and Little Big Planet, among others), Miniclip, Temple Run Jenga, Skee-Ball, Chronicle Books, Miniclip, Temple Run, Larry Gets Lost among others. www.dimensionalbranding.com
About Festa Entertainment
Festa Entertainment is a literary based management/ production company that represents talented individuals and brands worldwide while specializing in building multimedia platforms for entertainment properties. The Los Angeles based company not only represents a variety of writers and directors in both film and television but clients also include Dam Things (GOOD LUCK TROLLS) and Markosia Enterprises, the UK's largest independent publisher for graphic novels. Dannie Festa is currently the executive producer of TROLLS slated for release in 2016 from DreamWorks Animation.
About DeVito ArtWorks LLC
Joe DeVito, founder of De Vito ArtWorks, has co-written two novels so far, both in collaboration with Brad Strickland. His first published work, KONG: King of Skull Island, draws on a life-long love of storytelling, King Kong, dinosaurs, and adventure. It is a lushly visual prequel/sequel to the King Kong story which he created and illustrated over a period of twelve years. Joe’s credits and an artist include: Covers for Piers Anthony, Terry Bisson, Robert Bloch, Jonathan Carroll, Robert Heinlein, and Katherine Kurtz; memorable covers, posters and trading cards of Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Doc Savage, and Wonder Woman for DC Comics and Fleer; several covers for MAD Magazine; movie posters, concept art for TV shows, toys and more.