This Week's Stories: CCE, PBS team for live shows; Ubisoft, Sony animation developing games; Warner unit links with Destroy; SAG/AFTRA OK contracts

This Week's Stories:

CCE, PBS Team For Live Shows

By Carla Hay

NEW YORK -- Clear Channel Entertainment has teamed with PBS for potential live show productions. The deal will offer CCE right of first refusal to mount live tours based on shows produced by PBS stations' pledge drives.

The first tour under the agreement is "Celtic Woman," a concert that PBS will air as part of its March pledge drive.

As part of the deal, Clear Channel Entertainment Television, the TV-production division of CCE, is expected to produce original fundraising shows for PBS. The live events will allow local PBS TV stations to partner with CCE to promote the telecasts and live shows as fundraising events for the public broadcaster.

CCE executive VP of creative development Jonathan Hochwald will oversee the touring opportunities that result from the new partnership.

Ubisoft Brings Sony Ani Pics To Game Realm

By Chris Marlowe

(The Hollywood Reporter) -- Videogame publisher Ubisoft has acquired an exclusive multiple-title licensing agreement to develop and publish games based on "Open Season" and "Surf's Up," the first two feature-length animated films from Sony Pictures Animation.

The deal between Ubisoft and Sony Pictures Consumer Products was announced Jan. 26. The deal marks the first time Ubisoft has signed on to work on any project related to a Hollywood CGI title.

Sony Pictures Imageworks is handling the CGI animation for both films.

The game company is known for developing its own brands and franchises, including "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six," "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell" and "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."

Ubisoft shifted away from that approach when it announced that it was working with Peter Jackson on a videogame of "King Kong" that is scheduled to ship in conjunction with the Universal Pictures movie release in December.

Warner Unit Links With Destroy

By Jill Kipnis

LOS ANGELES -- Warner Strategic Marketing has signed an exclusive multi-year distribution and marketing agreement with Destroy Entertainment, a new producer of lifestyle and action-sports videos.

The deal launches March 22 with the release of the street-racing title "Mischief 5: Dynasty."

SAG, AFTRA Leaders OK Contract

By Jesse Hiestand

(The Hollywood Reporter) -- A joint board of leaders from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA) has approved their newly negotiated contract by a solid margin and offered to let opponents of the deal express their views on the ballots in the upcoming member referendum.

The board voted 71.4%-28.6% on Jan. 29 to accept the deal and recommend that members do the same. Ballots will go out Feb. 7 and must be sent back by Feb. 28.

In approving the package, SAG president Melissa Gilbert and AFTRA president John Connolly said that the deal reached Jan. 20 with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers was worth about $200 million during the three-year period, making it the richest in the unions' history.