On this morning’s investor call, Activision-Blizzard announced a new endeavor for the company: its very own movie and TV studio.
Activision Blizzard Studios will be headed up by former Disney exec Nick van Dyk and focus first on an animated TV show called Skylanders Academy and “a robust cinematic universe based on the Call of Duty franchise,” with a target date of 2018 or 2019.
Van Dyk told investors, “Activision Blizzard Studios has the unique advantage of starting with a library of world-class intellectual property that includes some of the largest franchises which have not yet been developed in film and television. […] Activision Blizzard Studios is not just an exciting new business for our company, it is a synergistic complement to our core business. Our movies and shows will benefit from the remarkable IP created in our games and will further increase the awareness of, engagement with, and passion for our franchises.”