If you have ever had a love of gaming, it’s likely that you’ve heard of Activision Blizzard. While you may know them for some of the biggest global franchises like Call of Duty, Skylanders, Diablo, Hearthstone and StarCraft, they’re about to extend their reach to a whole new market. Announced today is the launch of Activision Blizzard Studios, a new film and television studio devoted to creating original content based on their library of incredible games. Former Disney executive Nick van Dyk has been tapped to co-head the division, and the senior creative executive will be announced soon.
Activision Blizzard Studios‘ first production will be Skylanders Academy, an animated TV series based on their award-winning Skylanders games. Eric Rogers (Futurama) is show runner on the current production and the show will feature the voices of Justin Long (Alvin and the Chipmunks, Ask Me Anything) as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale (Phineas and Ferb, High School Musical) as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) as Eruptor, Norm Macdonald (Saturday Night Live) as Glumshanks and additional voice talent that includes Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz. The award-winning, $3 billion Skylanders franchise has sold through more than 250 million toys since pioneering the toys-to-life category in 2011. Another major initiative for Activision Blizzard Studios will be the development of a robust cinematic universe based on the Call of Duty franchise. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare remains the number one-selling titles in games, with today marking the launch of the highly-anticipated new Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Activision Blizzard Studios plans for a series of Call of Duty feature films as well as the possibility of television adaptations.