Warner Interactive London Expands

3 09 2007

Warner Interactive are recruiting/headhunting sales, marketing and PR people for their new London office, and Ron Scott, VP of worldwide sales and distribution, has been interviewed by MCV. A couple of tidbits:

This move into games isn’t going to preclude us from licensing products – we have a broader portfolio of IP than we have development capability at the moment. So our partners like EA, Midway and Eidos will continue to be actively licensing IP, but I think you’ll see a larger percentage of Warner properties come on board as we develop the extra teams.

We’ve chosen to let other people take the risk and now we feel that we can take a bigger share of that overall entertainment dollar with games.

It is vital to be a fully functional publisher. We are not just an arm of a business that is simply going to leverage the movie properties that Warner has – we are going to be a creative force as well.

Cameron Fallout

3 09 2007

Here’s a collection of the fallout over David Cameron’s recent comments on violent games.

In July, ELSPA were full of praise for his stance on IP and copyright. They’ve made some very reserved comments on Cameron’s latest about games though:

“Summer is well known for mixed and confusing political messages. Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt MP showed a good understanding of the threats to our industry as published in MCV on August 17th. David Cameron’s comments require clarification.”

The BBFC are also getting involved, understandably defensive:

The dossier calls for an examination of the BBFC’s ‘regulatory framework’, in order ‘to ensure that violence and misogyny are not directly promoted to young people’.

But BBFC spokesperson Sue Clark told MCV: “BBFC classification is based on what the public deems acceptable. We feel confident that we have public consent on how we deal with issues such as gun and knife crime.”

It bothers me a little that assumptions about the effects of media get thrown around so readily by politicians and other influential people, but they are fairly easy to counter. It bothers me a lot more that, when informed dialogue should be having a bigger effect on culture, the people putting up a good defense are rarely in the public eye. The widely seen response is often incredibly tepid.

There is a decent one at Wonderland though:

I’m not the sort to jump on a soapbox and declare that violent media doesn’t have an effect on people who play, view, read or listen to it, especially on underage kids: I have no data either way on that subject. But violent media is a form of expression, and there are high forms and low forms. Both should be consumed with care and consideration