Skydance teams up with award-winning game publisher for officially licensed tabletop games starting in 2020
Los Angeles, CA (March 29, 2019) – Skydance Media has reached a multi-year licensing agreement with Hunters Entertainment to produce tabletop role-playing games set within the stunning sci-fi universe of the hit Netflix series, Altered Carbon. The Skydance-Hunters licensing deal was brokered by Joe LeFavi of Genuine Entertainment, who will manage the license on behalf of Hunters and serve as an editor on the game itself. LeFavi is no stranger to tabletop, as he is currently managing the master tabletop gaming license for Frank Herbert’s Dune with Legendary and Gale Force Nine. Skydance Media is represented by Evolution.
Based upon the best-selling novels by Richard K Morgan, Altered Carbon is set centuries into the future when the human mind has been digitized and the soul itself is transferable from one body to the next. Takeshi Kovacs, a former elite interstellar warrior known as an Envoy who has been imprisoned for 500 years, is downloaded into a future he’d tried to stop. Netflix recently renewed Altered Carbon for a second season, with Anthony Mackie (Avengers) becoming the new Takeshi Kovacs as the series continues to explore his journey spanning hundreds of years across many different bodies and planets.
The long-term agreement calls for an ongoing series of tabletop RPGs drawing from the full scope of the Altered Carbon series, with direct tie-ins to the highly-anticipated second season from executive producers Alison Schapker (Fringe), Laeta Kalogridis (Alita: Battle Angel) and James Middleton. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross serve as executive producers for Skydance.
“Altered Carbon is such a rich and expansive universe,” says Ivan Van Norman, CMO and Co-Founder of Hunters. “We look forward to producing an equally ambitious and inspired line of games for years to come.”
The games will begin with a crowdfunding campaign for the core RPG manual later this year, with plans for print and digital releases in 2020 through their global publishing deal with Renegade Game Studios.
ABOUT SKYDANCE MEDIA
Skydance is the diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high-quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories with immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive and animation divisions. Recent feature films include Mission: Impossible–Fallout and Annihilation. Skydance’s upcoming feature films include 6 Underground, Gemini Man, Terminator: Dark Fate, Top Gun: Maverick, The Old Guard, and Ghost Draft. Skydance Television launched in 2013, and its current slate includes two Emmy-nominated series, Grace and Frankie and Altered Carbon, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Condor and Foundation. Skydance Interactive launched in 2016 to create and publish original and IP-based virtual reality video games; its library includes the mech-shooter game Archangel: Hellfire and the upcoming 2019 title The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners. In 2017, Skydance formed an animation division to develop and produce a slate of high-end feature films and television series. The first slated movie is Luck, which comes to theaters March 2021. Visit: www.skydance.com.
ABOUT HUNTERS ENTERTAINMENT
Hunters Entertainment LLC specializes in the creation of tabletop games and engaging customers via Actual Play series, many of our products are featured in shows on platforms such as Geek & Sundry, VRV, Pluto, and Project Alpha. Responsible for the popular tabletop games: Outbreak: Undead, Kids on Bikes, and Overlight in which they carry the digital rights with Renegade Games, we also are also a licensee of Dungeons & Dragons with our children’s book The ABCs of D&D. Visit www.huntersentertainment.com for more information.
ABOUT RENEGADE GAME STUDIOS
Renegade Game Studios is a premier developer and publisher of original award winning board and roleplaying games, including Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, Overlight, and more. Our mission is to publish games that are fun, challenging, and unique. We believe that gaming is for everybody and that everybody is a gamer; you just have to find the right game!
Visit www.renegadegames.com for additional product information.
ABOUT GENUINE ENTERTAINMENT
Genuine Entertainment is an award-winning producer and paladin in genre entertainment, specializing in strategic licensing for entertainment franchises and fandoms that demand quality and authenticity in equal measure. It’s our mission to build brands by cultivating worlds and fan communities, making meaningful contributions with premium content and consumer products that extend intellectual properties beyond their core markets and genuinely connect with fans across multiple categories. Recent collaborations include such genre greats as Altered Carbon, Avengers: Infinity War, Blade Runner 2049, Dune, Game of Thrones, and World of Darkness. To learn more, please visit: www.genuineent.com.
ABOUT EVOLUTION USA, LLC
Evolution has the expertise to fully monetize all forms of intellectual property through licensing and merchandising, digital monetization, promotions, location-based entertainment, retail development, and brand management on a global basis. Evolution is also adept at managing manufacturing and distribution, which enables it to develop intellectual property from concept to the retail shelf. Visit www.evomgt.com.
Ivan van Norman