17 Feb 2021Media & Entertainment
This week in Media & Entertainment: Gaming companies focus on advancing mobile gaming experience
Mergers and Acquisitions
Tencent acquires majority stake in Klei Entertainment 
Klei will retain full autonomy of creative and operations across all aspects of the studio, including projects, and talent. Read More>>
Jagex reportedly sold to Carlyle Group for $530 million 
The Carlyle Group will continue to supports Jagex’s teams to deliver more content for RuneScape and old school RuneScape. Read More>>
Rakuten acquires Fillr 
The Fillr autofill platform grows shopper conversion rates by simplifying registration and checkout processes. Read More>>
Executive Movement
Warner Bros. appoints Tom Ascheim to oversee Harry Potter franchise 
Ascheim will be the chief representative of WarnerMedia in its relationship with author J.K. Rowling and her reps, agent Neil Blair and Blair Partnership Chief Creative Officer James McKnight. Read More>>
Warner Bros exec JP Richards named Apple TV+ head of marketing strategy
Richards will assist Apple with its growing original film ambitions. Read More>>
Comcast appoints Dana Strong as Sky Group CEO 
Strong most recently served as president of consumer services for Comcast Cable where she headed up the company’s residential business and led new product and market launches in broadband, video, home security and mobile. Read More>>
Partnerships
Warner alum starts branded content label 
Former Disney and WarnerMedia exec Simon Dean has set up a London-based branded content production company in partnership with creative and digital agency Light Creative. Light Creative will encompass a specialized motion graphics and shortform production team with post-production facilities to act as a one-stop shop for companies wanting to build their presence in video and create 360-degree campaigns. Read More>>
Wonderland partners with Warner Bros. to bring a new immersive at home experience  
At $130/£100 for two people, the Justice League inspired Wonderland At Home experience features a “Mother Box” package containing restaurant quality food and drink to make at home. Read More>>
Tencent Games is partnering with RedMagic to advance mobile gaming 
Tencent’s SolarCore game acceleration engine will be used on this new device. Read More>>
NBCUniversal announces new nonprofit partnerships focused on the arts, media and creativity 
NBCUniversal’s volunteering and social impact initiative, these new investments focus on three key areas: empowering the next generation of storytellers, building stronger communities and promoting media and technology skills. Read More>>
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Latest Insights & Reports

Warner Bros. Account Intelligence Report: Warner Bros. leverages its business units with the development of theatrical and television products. Read more. 

Lionsgate Account Intelligence Report: Lionsgate revenue increased by 2% in FY2020 compared to FY 2019, due to motion picture and media network segments. Read more. 

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