DDM AND VERVE Join Forces to Develop Multi-Platform Film, Television, and Video Game intellectual properties
Press Release Leading Agencies Kick-Off Partnership with Projects for Screenwriting Team Erich and Jon Hoeber/Bedlam Games and TRON Director Joe Kosinski LOS ANGELES, CA and NORTHAMPTON, MA – December 7, 2010 – In a first ever partnership, Digital Development Management (DDM), the world’s leading business and talent agency for video games and digital entertainment, and VERVE, Hollywood’s newest, trend setting talent-literary agency, are joining forces to develop multi-platform entertainment properties with their respective clients such as VERVE’s Joe Kosinski. The two agencies first project pairs RED screenwriters Erich and Jon Hoeber with cutting-edge video game developer Bedlam Games in an original feature/video game package entitled BLOOD & GLORY. The announcement was made today by DDM partners Joe Minton and Jeff Hilbert and VERVE partners Bryan Besser, Bill Weinstein and Adam Levine. “DDM and VERVE joined forces to further our common goal of providing unmatched opportunities for the creators of modern digital entertainment,” said DDM President Minton. “With a fresh agency approach and top-tier creative talent, Bryan, Bill and Adam’s agency is uniquely situated to help us bridge the divide between game developers and traditional entertainment talent early on in the development process.” “The DDM team has a unique, progressive approach to business that best complements our own, and as the ultimate insiders to the video game business, offer an invaluable view behind the curtain of a world that has not been easy for Hollywood to access effectively,” said the VERVE partners. “We are thrilled to be able to work together to match up the amazing talent they represent with ours. We hope to be able to now build projects from the ground up where movies, television and games can be created simultaneously so that each creatively complements each other.” As a direct result of this alliance, the industry’s top video game developers will come together with renowned film and television talent to launch new stories and franchises across video game and traditional entertainment platforms. By doing so, the two agencies will help game developers and filmmaker talent alike build movie and video game properties concurrently and from the ground-up. To launch the partnership, VERVE brought Erich and Jon Hoeber’s (RED and BATTLESHIP) original pitch BLOOD & GLORY to DDM, who then connected the screenwriters with Bedlam Games. The agencies together are packaging the feature rights based off of both artwork and game design generated by Bedlam and scripts by the Hoebers. This approach also offers BLOOD & GLORY to video game publishers thus expanding the property beyond a single entertainment vertical to wider media platforms. “Creatively our partnership with Bedlam is a slam-dunk. We create worlds. They create worlds. But we each do it differently. Putting our skill sets together has turned out to be incredibly successful. Historically, story has been a bit of an afterthought in video games, but that's changing fast. Right up front we bring story elements to the game that creates not just an exciting world, but an exciting journey all the way through,” stated the Hoebers. “At the same time, the Bedlam team beautifully conceptualizes the look and feel of the world of our film, which is a real creative luxury at the writing stage as well as a great selling tool.” “It has been absolutely amazing to work with the Hoebers on this project,” said Trevor Fencott, CEO, Bedlam Games. “It is exciting to work with top creative minds from across the spectrum of entertainment, and the Hoebers represent part of a new generation of Hollywood talent who are genuinely passionate and knowledgeable about video games – they grew up with games and view them as an additional way to express their creativity.” DDM will also consult with VERVE client Joe Kosinski on future projects as the director explores how to best maximize ideas in the video game space. About VERVE Launched earlier this year by former WME agents, Verve partners Bryan Besser, Adam Levine and Bill Weinstein made the move in order to have more freedom in representing their clients and to be able to create more opportunities in a faster, more efficient & strategic way. Verve is focused on helping clients create and develop content for all media platforms and is committed to fulfilling the promise of its name, bringing energy, enthusiasm, and strategy to each artistic project. Clients include director Joe Kosinski ("Tron Legacy"), writer Michael Arndt ("Toy Story 3"), director David Silverman (“The Simpsons Movie” and “Monsters Inc”), writers Jon & Erich Hoeber (“Red” and “Battleship”), writers David Elliot & Paul Lovett (“GI Joe” and “Four Brothers”), and writer Nick Bakay (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and “Zookeeper”). About Digital Development Management Created in 2005 by Founder & Managing Partner Jeff Hilbert and President Joe Minton, DDM is the world’s leading business and talent agency for video games and digital entertainment. DDM operates two divisions dedicated to both development studios and the industry at large across all platforms of connected entertainment. With a roster of over 15 high caliber studios throughout North America and Europe, DDM’s Game Studio Representation group manages some of the best talent around the globe. As part of its Game Industry Services division, DDM offers publishers, brand & license holders, and investors intellectual property, distribution, and sales services as well as research and strategic guidance. DDM’s executive expertise includes proven success across game development and studio management as well as the media and entertainment marketplace. DDM services clients via offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston, Stockholm, Sweden, and its headquarters in Northampton, MA. Clients include Ninja Theory ("Enslaved" and “Devil May Cry”), Slightly Mad Studios (“Need for Speed SHIFT” and “SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED”), Vatra Games (“Silent Hill 8”), and Turtle Rock Studios (“Left 4 Dead”).