In an early morning announcement, it was revealed that Lionsagate, the entertainment company that is best known for its television and film distribution, is investing in Telltale Games. As part of the investment, Lionsgate’s CEO Jon Feltheimer will join the Telltale Board of Directors.
Lionsgate is expanding its business and will look to bring its content-creation expertise into Telltale’s already excellent story-driven games. According to a press release, the two will look to co-develop new and existing IP into episodic games and TV.
“Telltale is one of the premier storytellers in the gaming world today,” said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. “Their leadership in narrative-driven episodic games, together with our investment and the potential opportunities created by our premium content expertise, will continue to strengthen their ability to offer exciting new avenues of storytelling to their next generation audiences across a broad range of platforms.”
Telltale already has an impressive line-up of episodic games, ranging from The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Tales from Borderlands and The Wolf Among Us, to name a few.
“Lionsgate is one of the most innovative, entrepreneurial and impressive content companies in the world today. I’m delighted to welcome an experienced executive like Jon, a leader who shares our unique vision, to our Board,” said Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner. “Lionsgate has a great track record in developing and marketing feature films as well as platform-defining premium scripted television. This partnership will accelerate Telltale’s ability to create not only original games, but episodic television series based on our game properties – an area at the cutting edge of industry growth.”
With Lionsgate’s involvement, it will be interesting to see what kind of new IPs will be explored in the coming years.