London, May 4th , 2010; JoWooD Entertainment and HMH announce the finalization of the distribution agreement between the two companies. The agreement will add the world-renowned and highly successful Playmobil brand to JoWooD’s successful distribution portfolio. The Playmobil series of games will be distributed by JoWooD in Europe (except Germany) and North America.
“We at JoWooD are proud to cooperate with HMH as a confirmation of the distribution strategy that we as a company are focusing on. The localization of all products will be targeted for each market, and a well-designed mix of Marketing and PR activities will form the basis of, and be prerequisite to, our successful world-wide launch. We will take advantage of the existing, multi-faceted potential for brand synergy to absorb capital accordingly”, explains JoWooD’s Head of Publishing Stefan Berger.
“The top brands of the HMH line-up - including Playmobil TM and others - can now be handled by JoWooD Entertainment AG in all relevant countries”, says Dr. Thomas Völcker, HMH. “JoWooD is well-qualified to handle both Distribution and Marketing in all relevant countries. We are looking forward to a successful partnership with JoWooD and positive that our cooperation with JoWooD will result in the best possible international success of the Playmobil titles.”
Our first products of the Playmobil series of games for the UK will be available in June. “Playmobil – Circus“, “Playmobil – Knights“, due to their excellent quality and brand recognition, this should guarantee top placement at retail.
About JoWooD Entertainment AG
JoWooD Entertainment AG (ATXPrime: JWD) is listed in the Prime Market segment of the Vienna stock exchange. JoWooD is a publisher of computer and videogames, releasing international acclaimed, high-quality entertainment software for all existing and upcoming gaming systems.
JoWooD Entertainment also offers distribution services for third party developers/publishers over its global distribution network.
Visit http://corporate.jowood.com for more information.
About DreamCatcher Inc.
DreamCatcher Inc. is a leading worldwide publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment software. DreamCatcher Interactive is owned by JoWooD Entertainment AG, an Austrian based video game publisher traded on the Vienna stock exchange.
Established in 1996, the company markets its products under two popular labels: DreamCatcher Games, featuring the critically-acclaimed, bestselling game Painkiller; and The Adventure Company, the number one brand for PC adventure game sales worldwide including award winning titles such as Syberia and Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None.
DreamCatcher products include titles for Windows® as well as leading hardware platforms – the Xbox 360™, PlayStation® 3, Nintendo DS™ and Wii™.
About HMH – Hamburger Medien Haus GmbH:
Hamburger Medien Haus was founded in 1995 as a sales company for electronic media. The publishing company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hexaglot Holding GmbH and part of the Munich-based Langenscheidt Publishing Group, today numbers 20 employees and achieves an annual turnover of 15 million EUR. In addition to wholesale trade of software, DVDs and audio books for over 20 publishers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, a strategic re-orientation mid 2007 gave rise to the development of our own software titles. The prerequisites resulting from company history ensure success as a software and games publisher. Software applications are marketed under the "zoneLINK" brand. Software products for family entertainment and games for the PC, MAC, and the two consoles, Nintendo DS™ and Wii™, are released under the label "HMH INTERACTIVE".