SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Planetwide Games, Inc., 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE) and TC Digital announced an agreement in principle for the MashON Chaotic Comic Book Creator, an interactive software application utilizing Planetwide Games’ MashON Platform to provide fans of the popular Chaotic Trading Card Game and television series an online tool to create customized comic books and graphic novels using licensed art and images from the brand. The software, available for free to all registered accounts on www.MashOn.com, is expected to be available by the end of the 2008 year.
Chaotic is a revolutionary trading card game which integrates a one-of-a-kind online multi-player experience. Complementing the trading card game is the Chaotic animated TV series, which can be seen daily on the Jetix block on Toon Disney and Saturday mornings on TheCW4Kids block on The CW Network. In addition, TC Digital recently launched Chaotic Battledrome Events, where the world’s best Chaotic players face off in head-to-head live matches.
"The Chaotic Comic Book Creator offers fans another unique and innovative way to enhance their interactive entertainment experience," said Carlin West, Executive Vice President, Property Acquisitions & Development, 4Kids Entertainment. “The brand’s vivid and distinctive imagery will offer fans a compelling environment in which to exercise their Chaotic creativity.”
"As a kid, I always wondered what it would be like if I wrote my own personalized story of my favorite trading card characters" said Philippe Benoliel, CEO of Planetwide Games. "Now, with the click of the mouse, you can drag 'n drop Chaotic characters, speech bubbles, caption headers, clip art, audio, and video into the story to create your very own customized comic book that can be shared with your friends online."
For more information on the MashON! Chaotic Comic Book Creator, please visit MashON.com/Chaotic or check our MashON! at San Diego Comic-Con (Booth #5367) July 24 – 27.
About Planetwide Games
Planetwide Games provides Web-enabled tools, widgets, and software applications that provide personal interactivity to easily create, connect and syndicate on the Internet. The company's signature product MashON Comic Book Creator™ (in Beta) is an online and desktop application that embraces user-generated content ("UGC") and enables users to blend their own user-generated content creations into their social networks, blogs, and Internet brand spaces. Planetwide Games licenses its technology and its MashON Platform, and is partnering with world-class lifestyle brands and advertisers in entertainment, online portals, video games, motion picture, television, music, sports, fashion, art, and travel.
For more information please visit: www.MashON.com.
About 4Kids Entertainment
With U.S. headquarters in New York City, regional offices for its trading card business in San Diego, California and international offices in London, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE) is a global organization devoted to the creation, development, production, broadcasting, distribution, licensing and manufacturing of children’s entertainment products.
Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, 4Kids produces animated television series and films, distributes 4Kids’ produced or licensed animated television series for the domestic and international television and home video markets, licenses merchandising rights worldwide to 4Kids’ owned or represented properties, and operates Web sites to support 4Kids’ owned or represented properties. Through its majority owned trading card company and website company, 4Kids produces and markets collectible trading card games. Additionally, the Company programs and sells the national advertising time in a four-hour “4KidsTV” block which airs on nearly 200 affiliated FOX television stations Saturday mornings. Beginning in September 2008, the Company will also program and sell the national advertising time in the five-hour Saturday morning “CW4Kids” block on The CW Television Network. Additional information is available on the www.4kidsentertainment.com corporate web site and at the www.4kids.tv game station site.
About TC Digital Games LLC
Headquartered in San Diego, California, TC Digital Games LLC, a majority-owned subsidiary of 4Kids Entertainment Inc., is the designer, distributor and marketer of the Chaotic Trading Card Game™. Chaotic™ is the first property in the trading card industry to combine traditional tabletop gameplay with a free integrated online game portal (www.ChaoticGame.com).
The information contained in this press release, other than historical information, consists of forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. These statements may involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. Important factors beyond the Company's control, including general economic conditions, consumer spending levels, competition from toy companies, motion picture studios and other licensing companies, the uncertainty of public response to the Company's properties and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations.