News feedhttp://www.rovio.com/enWed, 23 Jul 2014 12:51:46 +0300Angry Birds fly to Comic-Con with Stella, Transformers and, of course, comics! #SDCChttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/526/angry-birds-fly-to-comic-con-with-stella-transformers-and-of-course-comics-sdccEspoo, Finland -- July 17th 2014 -- Angry Birds will soon be flying South to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con to meet our fans and present our brand new cinematic trailers for Angry Birds Transformers and Angry Birds Stella. To celebrate the world’s most impressive comic bash, we are issuing new Angry Birds Comics with IDW with an exclusive variation issue cover!

Outside the Convention Center both fans and media can hang out with Angry Birds Stella at the Stella Pop Up Experience in Petco Park - no badge required! Come and experience Angry Birds Stella, enjoy refreshments in our lounge, print out custom shirts while charging your phone, see the first gameplay demo of the upcoming game. Plus, if you drop by in an Angry Birds Stella inspired costume, you are in for an exclusive giveaway.

Earlier this summer we announced our epic collaboration with Hasbro on Angry Birds Transformers. Fans and media are welcome to visit the Hasbro booth inside the Convention Center to see the Comic-Con exclusive trailer - more information to follow!

Of course, a Comic-Con visit wouldn’t be complete without some comics! IDW has put out limited edition Comic-Con exclusive variants of the new Angry Birds Comics. Check out their booth inside the Convention Center for comic giveaways and signings. Also be sure to drop by the Kids Comics panel on Sunday the 27th July at 10  – 11am in Room 4.

Follow us with hashtags - #angrybirdsstella, #angrybirdstransformers and #birdsdisguised at #sdcc for last minute giveaways around San Diego!

Media contact and interviews

Rovio’s CMO Blanca Juti, Group Creative Director Mikko Pöllä and Editor-in Chief of Comics Jukka Heiskanen are available during the event for interviews. For interview possibilities and scheduling during San Diego Comic-Con please contact Communications Coordinator Janos Honkonen at janos.honkonen@rovio.com or +358-40-6685820.

About Rovio Entertainment
 Ltd.

Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the creator of Angry Birds™, is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland that creatively combines digital with physical, breaking the boundaries of traditional content delivery. What started as a casual game in 2009 became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Today Angry Birds is not only the most downloaded game of all time, it is a worldwide known entertainment brand reaching out into publishing, licensing, animations, books and location based entertainment. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July, 2016. www.rovio.com

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526Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0300
Rovio honored with LIMA Licensing Excellence Award in Digital/New Media Program of the Yearhttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/516/rovio-honored-with-lima-licensing-excellence-award-in-digitalnew-media-program-of-the-yearLas Vegas, NV, US -- June 18th 2014 -- Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the creator of Angry Birds, is thrilled to announce that it won the Digital/New Media Program of the Year award at the 2014 LIMA Licensing Excellence Awards. The awards are part of the Licensing Expo currently being held in Las Vegas where Rovio was nominated in four categories: Best Digital/New Media Program, Best Licensed Promotion, Best Digital/New Media Licensee, and Overall Best Licensed Program.

We’re very proud of our joint efforts with Lucasfilm Ltd on the Angry Birds Star Wars program. To win this award is an honor and a testament of our long-lasting collaboration with key partners and retailers. Rovio is building brands to last a hundred years, and this is an amazing start!” said Naz Cuevas, Executive Vice President Global Consumer Products Licensing.

Rovio has continued to strengthen its brand in the entertainment licensing business since being awarded the Best Character/Toy Brand Program and Overall Best Licensed Program in 2012.

The annual awards are the industry’s most prestigious recognition of outstanding creativity and performance. Each year the very best of each major segment of licensing are honored for their testimony to the professional and dynamic accomplishments of the industry.

PR and Media Contact
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About Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the creator of Angry Birds™ is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland that creatively combines digital with physical, breaking the boundaries of traditional content delivery. What started as a casual game in 2009 became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Today Angry Birds is not only the most downloaded game of all time, it is a worldwide known entertainment brand reaching out into publishing, licensing, animations, books and location based entertainment. Rovio\'s animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July, 2016.

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516Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0300
Rovio and Hasbro team up to present Transformers and Angry Birds in a brand-new mash-up!http://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/513/rovio-and-hasbro-team-up-to-present-transformers-and-angry-birds-in-a-brand-new-mash-upExciting mash-up of two beloved entertainment brands will connect with fans across generations and multiple platforms.

Espoo, Finland, and Pawtucket R.I. -- June 16th 2014 -- Autobirds, assemble! Rovio Entertainment and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) are teaming up again to bring together two of the world’s largest and most popular entertainment brands and their fans. Angry Birds Transformers will come to life in multiple forms, including a mobile game, consumer licensed goods and a product line from Hasbro.

“We’re really excited to combine the iconic Transformers universe with the quirky world of Angry Birds” said Blanca Juti, Chief Marketing Officer of Rovio. “This mash-up is going to appeal to those who grew up with the brand in the 80s, as well as fans of the brand today. People are going to love it!”

“Angry Birds Transformers provides fans worldwide with a fun, new story and characters, and innovative ways, like our TELEPODS platform, for consumers to engage with the brand” said John Frascotti, Chief Marketing Officer at Hasbro. “We collaborated with Rovio to create opportunities for kids and families to experience Autobirds and Deceptihogs across multiple formats and entertainment platforms, for a completely immersive branded experience.”

Later this year Hasbro will introduce a product line featuring TELEPODS technology which will enable fans to teleport their favorite Angry Birds Transformers characters into the game and gain unique powers. The Angry Birds Transformers franchise follows successful collaborations between Hasbro and Rovio including the Angry Birds Star Wars and Angry Birds Go! product lines, as well as the upcoming Angry Birds Stella TELEPODS line which will be available September 2014. In 2013, the companies announced an expanded licensing agreement making Hasbro its premier toy and game licensee. Hasbro and Rovio will reveal more exciting Angry Birds Transformers products and content throughout the next few weeks. Keep an eye on transformers.angrybirds.com for more info.

Rovio Entertainment and Hasbro, Inc. are participating in the 2014 Las Vegas Licensing Expo on June 17-19. Rovio proudly announces that it has been nominated in four categories in 2014 LIMA awards (Best Digital/New Media Program, Best Licensed Promotion, Best Digital/New Media Licensee and Overall Best Licensed Program) and the winners will be announced at the LIMA Opening Night Awards Ceremony on June 17th.

TELEPODS and Retoy are trademarks of Retoy, LLC, used under license.

PR and Media Contact
media@rovio.com
+358-400-214526

About Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the creator of Angry Birds™ is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland that creatively combines digital with physical, breaking the boundaries of traditional content delivery. What started as a casual game in 2009 became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Today Angry Birds is not only the most downloaded game of all time, it is a worldwide known entertainment brand reaching out into publishing, licensing, animations, books and location based entertainment. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July, 2016. www.rovio.com

About Hasbro, Inc.
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP.  From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 territories around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at www.hasbro.com.


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513Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0300
Head into battle with Angry Birds Epic – out now worldwide!http://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/512/head-into-battle-with-angry-birds-epic-%e2%80%93-out-now-worldwide


Espoo, Finland -- June 12th 2014 -- 
Today marks the global launch of Angry Birds Epic, Rovio’s first role-playing game featuring the iconic Angry Birds characters as legendary heroes. In this epic adventure, players get to explore a fantasy version of Piggy Island full of mysterious caves, tropical beaches, frosty mountains and loads of other exciting locations. Can our feathered heroes topple King Pig, Wiz Pig and Prince Porky to save their eggs from being scrambled?

In Angry Birds Epic, players get to transform the birds into truly legendary adventurers. They can craft weird and wacky weapons, upgrade characters, armor and potions, all while wearing some pretty silly hats. The rich crafting system, gripping campaign and challenging endgame offer buckets of fun for both casual gamers and die-hard RPG fans.

“The Angry Birds characters are a perfect fit for a role-playing game because they have strong personalities and individual superpowers. They are almost like character classes from the get go”, said Jami Laes, Executive Vice President of Games, Rovio Entertainment. “Angry Birds Epic isn’t straight-up fantasy, but we have kept that weird and surprising Rovio humor in there. Get ready to head into battle with some pretty wacky equipment and powers under your belt!”

Angry Birds Epic is a free-to-play game and was soft launched in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore earlier this year. The game is free and it can be downloaded from Apple App StoreGoogle PlayWindows Phone StoreAmazon AppStore. Find more about the game over at epic.angrybirds.com, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ABepic. Check out the launch trailer here.

PR and Media Contact
media@rovio.com| p: 358 400 214526

About Rovio Entertainment
 Ltd.
Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the creator of Angry Birds™ is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland that creatively combines digital with physical, breaking the boundaries of traditional content delivery. What started as a casual game in 2009 became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Today Angry Birds is not only the most downloaded game of all time, it is a worldwide known entertainment brand reaching out into publishing, licensing, animations, books and location based entertainment. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July, 2016. www.rovio.com 

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512Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0300
Angry Birds Stella and friends get their own games, animation, books, consumer products and more!http://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/502/angry-birds-stella-and-friends-get-their-own-games-animation-books-consumer-products-and-more

Espoo, Finland -- June 4th 2014 -- Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the creator of Angry Birds, is excited to announce the first details about Angry Birds Stella, a whole new set of stories, characters and adventures that was teased earlier this year.

Angry Birds Stella opens up an exciting new chapter in the Angry Birds universe with a new flock of fierce friends. Stella, Poppy, Willow, Dahlia and Luca share a common love for adventure and fun, but as in the real world, their colorful personalities sometimes clash! Still, they pull together to find creative and fun solutions to their problems. There’s also Gale, a good bird gone bad, who wants to rule over the birds’ island habitat. True to the Angry Birds spirit, Stella and her friends have a playful, offbeat attitude and great sense of humor. After all, they’re best friends forever – most of the time!

Angry Birds Stella is an inclusive brand that engages everybody, but also celebrates female heroism. It's all about friendship and the struggles of six very different personalities”, said Blanca Juti, CMO of Rovio Entertainment. “The wonderful spirit of these fearless friends will shake things up across games, animations, books, consumer products and other fun content under the Angry Birds Stella brand.”

Fans will first meet Stella and her friends in an all-new game coming in September. This first title will take slingshot gameplay to unseen heights – the treetops of Golden Island in fact, where Stella and her friends live! Stella and her fearless friends, each with their own awesome powers, do battle with Gale and her pig servants. With a new line of TELEPODS and other exciting gameplay features, Angry Birds Stella is going to challenge even the most experienced bird flingers!

Stella and her friends aren’t just going to be in games this fall – November sees the premiere of their very own animation series on ToonsTV! The first season will have 13 six-minute episodes, each one an inspiring tale of adventure, heroism and friendship. Episodes will air every week on ToonsTV, and the series will also make its way to TV and VoD services worldwide.

The Las Vegas Licensing Expo takes place from June 17-19 and marks the launch of the first Angry Birds Stella consumer product lines, including Hasbro TELEPODS figures – powered by Retoy – that combine digital and physical play. There will also be plush toys, apparel, accessories and other exciting products. The first Angry Birds Stella books, offering even more insight into the story and characters, will become available from September onwards starting in selected markets.

Stay tuned for more information about Angry Birds Stella coming soon!


Telepods and Retoy are trademarks of Retoy, LLC, used under license.

PR and Media Contact

e: media@rovio.com | p: +358 400 214526

About Rovio Entertainment
 Ltd.
Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the creator of Angry Birds™ is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland that creatively combines digital with physical, breaking the boundaries of traditional content delivery. What started as a casual game in 2009 became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Today Angry Birds is not only the most downloaded game of all time, it is a worldwide known entertainment brand reaching out into publishing, licensing, animations, books and location based entertainment. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July, 2016.

angrybirds.com

stella.angrybirds.com

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502Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0300
Angry Birds Star Wars II: 30 million TELEPODS scans and counting!http://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/499/angry-birds-star-wars-ii-30-million-telepods-scans-and-countingEspoo, Finland -- May 28th 2014 -- Rovio Entertainment Ltd is proud to announce that the fans of the massively popular Angry Birds Star Wars II game have scanned their TELEPODS figures into the game more than 30 million times! Released in September 2013, the game features the most extensive roster of playable characters of any Angry Birds title so far, including the first chance to play as the pigs by joining the Pork Side. At launch, Hasbro introduced the innovative TELEPODS platform, powered by Retoy, where players use smart devices to “teleport” their physical TELEPODS figures into game, and released more than 30 different TELEPODS figures including Rebel Birds and Imperial Pigs.

To celebrate this momentous milestone, Rovio is releasing a brand-new chapter for Angry Birds Star Wars II called Rise of the Clones, which brings 44 levels featuring new gameplay elements like wind and water currents.

“We’re thrilled at how popular the TELEPODS platform is with our fans,” said Jami Laes, EVP Games of Rovio. “Rovio is constantly exploring novel ways to delight the world with new entertainment technology, including ways for players to experience our games in both the physical and digital space. We’re happy to collaborate with the innovative team at Hasbro on the TELEPODS platform.”

Additionally, Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki (@TheAvanaut) will feature Angry Birds Star Wars TELEPODS figures in his new photo series, which you can see and download here.

Rovio is participating in the 2014 Las Vegas Licensing Expo on June 17-19. Rovio proudly announces that it has been nominated in four categories in 2014 LIMA awards (Best Digital/New Media Program, Best Licensed Promotion, Best Digital/New Media Licensee and Overall Best Licensed Program) and the winners will be announced at the LIMA Opening Night Awards Ceremony on June 17th.

PR and Media contacts:

Rovio PR
media@rovio.com
+358 400 214526

Note: Telepods and Retoy are trademarks of Retoy, LLC, used under license.

About Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the creator of Angry Birds™ is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland that creatively combines digital with physical, breaking the boundaries of traditional content delivery. What started as a casual game in 2009 became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Today Angry Birds is not only the most downloaded game of all time, it is a worldwide known entertainment brand reaching out into publishing, licensing, animations, books and location based entertainment. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July, 2016.

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499Wed, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 +0300
Rovio Entertainment Strengthens its Consumer Products Licensing Teamhttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/498/rovio-entertainment-strengthens-its-consumer-products-licensing-teamEspoo, Finland -- May 27th, 2014 -- Rovio Entertainment Ltd announced today that it is reinforcing its Consumer Products Licensing unit with seasoned professionals. Rovio has set foot strongly into the global consumer products licensing business, while transitioning from a mobile games company to a global entertainment company with a diversified portfolio covering games, animation, books and location based entertainment.

Naz Cuevas has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Global Consumer Products Licensing. “Naz Cuevas joined Rovio in 2012 and has done an outstanding job of focusing and developing our consumer licensing products line. She has lead innovation through the integration of the digital and physical worlds and most importantly ensured that our products continue to offer enormous delight to our fans,” said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio. “I’m also very proud to announce that Naz’s team has been reinforced and that we are strengthening our support to developing territories.”

Randi Spieker has joined as VP of Licensing and Retail for North America. Randi has over 20 years experience in the licensing industry, was formerly VP of Licensing at Hybrid/Jem, and has played key roles at Mattel Consumer Products and Paramount Pictures Consumer Products. Randi has a proven track record in retail and will be building a strong retail and account management team for this territory, with a special focus on softlines, fashion collections, activewear and trend categories.

Joe Lawson has joined as VP of Licensing and Retail for Asia Pacific & Latin America. With over 19 years experience in the entertainment industry, Joe was formerly Head of International Promotions at DreamWorks Animation and spent 12 years at 20th Century Fox Consumer Products overseeing countless promotional partnerships for The Simpsons and other titles. Joe will be expanding Rovio’s international markets while also strengthening the current licensing agents in his territories, with a special focus on promotional activations.

Paul Bufton will shortly join the flock as VP of Licensing and Retail for EMEA. Paul is arriving from Warner Bros. Consumer Products UK. With over 18 years experience in the Consumer Products industry, he is an executive with an established reputation for delivering strategic marketing and licensing initiatives on high profile properties such as DC Comics, Harry Potter, Scooby-Doo, Fisher-Price, Lego and Star Wars. Paul will be building a strong retail and sales team for this territory, with a special focus on hardlines, collectibles, and sporting goods while also playing a crucial role in the Hasbro partnership.

Rovio is participating in the 2014 Las Vegas Licensing Expo in June 17-19. Get ready to experience our newest brands and to hear some exciting news!
 

PR and Media Contact
e: media@rovio.com | p: +358 400 214526
 

About Rovio Entertainment
 Ltd.
Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the creator of Angry Birds™ is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland that creatively combines digital with physical, breaking the boundaries of traditional content delivery. What started as a casual game in 2009 became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Today Angry Birds is not only the most downloaded game of all time, it is a worldwide known entertainment brand reaching out into publishing,  licensing, animations, books and location based entertainment. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July, 2016. www.rovio.com

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498Tue, 27 May 2014 00:00:00 +0300
Rovio strengthens its executive team, names Pekka Rantala CCO and Blanca Juti CMOhttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/497/rovio-strengthens-its-executive-team-names-pekka-rantala-cco-and-blanca-juti-cmoEspoo, Finland -- May 14, 2014 -- Rovio Entertainment is pleased to announce that Pekka Rantala will join its executive team as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) starting June 2nd.

Pekka Rantala has a solid track record with over twenty years of experience in sales and marketing of consumer brands across several industries, from technology to fast-moving consumer goods. Prior to joining Rovio, Pekka held various executive positions. At Nokia he was responsible for all worldwide go-to-market and marketing activities as SVP, Marketing. Before that he was responsible for Nokia’s business in Europe, Russia and former CIS countries as SVP, Customer and Market Operations. Most recently Pekka served as Managing Director of Fazer Brands and CEO of Hartwall, Finland.

"We are proud to have Pekka join Rovio," said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio. "Pekka will be in charge of our commercial strategy and will play a key operational role in taking Rovio to the next level by forging even stronger relationships with our key partners. Country operations will also be under Pekka's area of responsibility."

“I’m really excited to join Rovio," said Pekka Rantala. "I’ve been an avid Angry Birds fan from day one, and have in fact partnered with Rovio in different ways over the years at the organizations I worked for. It’s going to be very inspiring to work with this talented team and to solidify our commercial strategy for the years to come."

Rovio also announced that Blanca Juti, currently EVP of Brand Office, has joined Rovio's Executive Team as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).

“Blanca joined Rovio last November as the head of the then-new Brand Office which brought together brand strategy, company creative direction, marketing, communications, customer support and consumer insights,” said Mikael Hed.


PR and Media Contact
e: media@rovio.com | p: +358 400 214526


About Rovio Entertainment
 Ltd.

Rovio Entertainment Ltd is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July, 2016. www.rovio.com

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497Wed, 14 May 2014 00:00:00 +0300
Rovio Entertainment reports 2013 financial resultshttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/495/rovio-entertainment-reports-2013-financial-results


Espoo, Finland -- April 28th 2014 -- Rovio Entertainment Ltd, the creator of the globally loved Angry Birds brand, announced today its financial results for the full 2013 calendar year.

Rovio´s total consolidated full-year revenue amounted to €156 million (2010: €6.5 million, 2011: €75.6 million, 2012: €152.2 million). Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were €36.5 million (2010: €3.1 million, 2011: €46.9 million, 2012: €76.8 million), and net profit after tax was  €26.9 million (2010: €3 million, 2011: €35.4 million, 2012: €55,5 million).

“After three years of very strong growth, 2013 was a foundation-building year. We invested in new business areas, such as animation and video distribution, ventured into new business models in games, and consolidated our strong market position in consumer products licensing. With these investments we have been gearing up for the future  growing markets”, said Rovio CFO Herkko Soininen.

“Building on top of our games business, where we moved into free-to-play, Rovio set its foot strongly into the entertainment business. In 2013 we formed a world-class movie animation production team in Los Angeles that is already working on the first Angry Birds feature film, to be globally premiered in July 2016. In addition we built the biggest animation studio in the Nordics for the production of animated TV content, bringing to market 42 Angry Birds Toons episodes in its first year. In launching ToonsTV, we introduced new means of content delivery, with 2 billion views already. On the licensing side, we continued to push digital and physical integration”, said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio.

2013 was a year of milestones. First, Rovio rocked the video distribution industry by launching the innovative ToonsTV, its very own distribution channel. Rovio Stars, a third-party games publishing program was launched, publishing three exciting games throughout the year. There was also the opening of numerous Angry Birds attractions including six Activity Parks, located across Spain, Finland and China. Rovio Books produced over 100 fun titles in over 30 languages across more than 40 countries. Plus, Rovio Learning proudly presented Angry Birds Playground – an inspiring physical learning space combined with our breakthrough teaching philosophy.
 

Strengthening foundations and opening new markets

2013 was a year of solid results, underpinned by increased investments to drive the transition to the free-to-play economy as well as to strengthen the company’s entertainment foundations. Towards the end of the year Rovio launched Angry Birds Star Wars II, which was acclaimed by fans worldwide. Soon after  it launched Angry Birds Go!, Rovio’s first free-to-play and non-slingshot Angry Birds game. Both launches rolled out a wide selection of top-selling consumer products, including  Hasbro TELEPODS™ and animations, while the games themselves went on to top the charts in over 150 countries.

Driven by these launches, and updates to existing games, the company's gaming revenues and gaming-related advertising revenue remained strong. The main revenue sources were paid games, free-to-play virtual goods, and advertising.                

Rovio’s Consumer Products business continued to perform strongly, accounting for 47% of total revenue in 2013, and there was expansion of the Consumer Products line into the important Russian and Latin American markets. Rovio also started a compliance program aimed at having a positive impact on production processes and improving transparency.

To match the investments made during 2013, the number of Rovio employees grew from around 500 to 800.
 

Market and business development expectations

“Future business will, for the most part, depend on how well last year’s investments perform and how our new properties delight our audiences. We are actively investing in the company to increase our capabilities for the future, and this year will see exciting new content and services coming from all our business areas”, said Herkko Soininen CFO of Rovio.

“Angry Birds has exceeded 2 billion downloads so far, making it the most downloaded game brand ever. We’re creating long lasting business, and strongly believe our entertainment strategy will consolidate Rovio’s position as one of the world’s most beloved brands”, added Mikael Hed, Rovio’s CEO.

Note: Rovio Entertainment Ltd’s financial statements are prepared in accordance with Finnish Accounting Standards (FAS).

For more information:

Press inquiries: media@rovio.com, tel +358 400 214 526
 

About Rovio Entertainment Ltd.

Rovio Entertainment Ltd is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July, 2016. www.rovio.com

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495Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0300
Rovio’s Angry Birds Stella is about to shake things uphttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/462/rovio%e2%80%99s-angry-birds-stella-is-about-to-shake-things-upStella and her friends open up an exciting new world to expand the fun and adventurous Angry Birds universe.


Espoo, Finland -- February 13th --
Get ready for something new in the Angry Birds universe! Meet Stella and her friends, a group of feisty characters with a shared love for fun, adventure and creativity. The story of Stella swings the fans to parts of the Angry Birds world we've never seen before. Angry Birds Stella is all about inspiration, empowerment and other real issues, without forgetting entertainment and quirky fun.

“Angry Birds Stella is breaking the mold by introducing strong, passionate characters who really stand for something, while adding plenty of action and reality into the mix", said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio Entertainment. “The Angry Birds Stella story will live and evolve across physical and digital, bridging them in fun and innovative ways. Stella and her friends are here to stay, with plenty of adventures ahead of them.”

Angry Birds Stella will bring fans a wide range of entertainment across multiple media, such as games, animation, toys, books and other retail products for many years to come. Stay tuned for more details, including exciting products and partnerships lined up for the future.

More information: http://stella.angrybirds.com/


PR and media contact
media@rovio.com
+358-400-214526


About Rovio Entertainment
 Ltd.

Rovio Entertainment Ltd is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com

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462Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0200
Rovio does not provide end user data to government surveillance agencieshttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/450/rovio-does-not-provide-end-user-data-to-government-surveillance-agenciesEspoo, Finland -- January 28th -- Rovio Entertainment Ltd, which is headquartered in Finland, does not share data, collaborate or collude with any government spy agencies such as NSA or GCHQ anywhere in the world.

There has been speculation in the media that NSA targets Angry Birds to collect end user data. The speculation is based on information from documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

The alleged surveillance may be conducted through third party advertising networks used by millions of commercial web sites and mobile applications across all industries. If advertising networks are indeed targeted, it would appear that no internet-enabled device that visits ad-enabled web sites or uses ad-enabled applications is immune to such surveillance. Rovio does not allow any third party network to use or hand over personal end-user data from Rovio’s apps.

“Our fans’ trust is the most important thing for us and we take privacy extremely seriously. We do not collaborate, collude, or share data with spy agencies anywhere in the world.  As the alleged surveillance might be happening through third party advertising networks, the most important conversation to be had is how to ensure user privacy is protected while preventing the negative impact on the whole advertising industry and the countless mobile apps that rely on ad networks”, said Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio Entertainment. “In order to protect our end users, we will, like all other companies using third party advertising networks, have to re-evaluate working with these networks if they are being used for spying purposes.”

Contact information:
media@rovio.com

Read more on Rovio's analytics and data usage & privacy policy.

About Rovio Entertainment
 Ltd.
Rovio Entertainment Ltd is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com


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Angry Birds Go! races into app stores worldwide!http://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/435/angry-birds-go-races-into-app-stores-worldwideReady, set, go! The birds and the pigs go soapbox racing in Rovio’s first blockbuster free-to-play game launched today and featuring Hasbro TELEPODS integration for all major platforms on mobile and tablet!

Espoo, Finland - December 11th -- Rovio Entertainment is proud to present Angry Birds Go! today in app stores across the world. The game is Rovio’s first major free-to-play Angry Birds title and the first time players get to see the Angry Birds world in glorious 3D as they race through Piggy Island.

In Angry Birds Go! players can jump behind the wheel of a downhill kart and race as Red, Chuck, Stella, King Pig, and other favorite characters from the Angry Birds universe. The game features well over 50 different soapbox karts and a selection of tracks ranging from canyons to speedways and stunt roads to air courses.

“Angry Birds Go! is our first major free-to-play Angry Birds game, and while we're super excited to step into this new territory, we’re also staying true to our roots,” said Jami Laes, the Executive Vice President of Games at Rovio Entertainment. “As with every previous Angry Birds game, there’s lots of free content and we have great new updates already planned – including the eagerly awaited arrival of multiplayer. Our main goal is to provide an amazing experience with more than enough content to make sure everyone has a blast. We do offer some really awesome premium content for fans who want a bit more, but we’ve designed the game so that you don’t have to pay to have a great time. The soft launch in select markets has helped us figure out what’s working well.”

There are many ways to enjoy the game with all the core gameplay in Angry Birds Go! available free of charge. Rovio has also teamed up with select partners, and these partnerships help Rovio to surprise fans with more fun and special content, such as free power-ups and exclusive karts. The first sponsors onboard at launch are State Farm, the Goldfish® Brand and Target.

Players will also have the opportunity to experience Angry Birds Go! with Hasbro’s TELEPODS digital gaming platform. Initially introduced with Rovio’s Angry Birds Star Wars II® earlier this year, the TELEPODS platform allows for a seamless integration of physical characters into the mobile gaming experience. The technology behind the TELEPODS platform allows players to “teleport” their physical Angry Birds Go! karts into the digital game using their mobile devices. With Angry Birds Go! Rovio and Hasbro are now launching a wide collection of karts, tracks, launchers and other fun toys across Hasbro’s TELEPODS and JENGA lines.

“With one million Angry Birds Star Wars TELEPODS figures sold within a month of becoming available, the TELEPODS line is one of the hottest toys for the holidays and Hasbro continues to deliver a seamless physical to digital play experience with the new Angry Birds Go! TELEPODS line,” said John Frascotti, Chief Marketing Officer, Hasbro, Inc. “Rovio has developed a fantastic new property with Angry Birds Go! and we look forward to fans enjoying the new TELEPODS line as well as the Angry Birds Go! JENGA games.”

Angry Birds Go! is out today for iOS, Android devices, Windows Phone 8 and Blackberry 10.


Press Contacts:

Rovio Entertainment Ltd
media@rovio.com
+358-400-214-526

Hasbro, Inc.
Daniel Benkwitt
401-727-5318
dbenkwitt@hasbro.com

Images and key art: http://www.rovio.com/en/news/press-kits


About Rovio Entertainment

Rovio Entertainment Ltd is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com
 

About Hasbro Inc

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP.  From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 170 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

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435Wed, 11 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0200
Puzzle & Dragons update features internationally renowned franchise Angry Birds from Roviohttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/422/puzzle-dragons-update-features-internationally-renowned-franchise-angry-birds-from-rovio

TOKYO – November 18, 2013 – GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc., a multiplatform publisher for the online gaming community and publisher of the highly successful mobile title Puzzle & Dragons, today announced that new content featuring Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds is now live in Puzzle & Dragons. Puzzle & Dragons players will be able to download Angry Birds-themed dungeons and other content starting today and ending Dec. 1.

In this unique collaboration, Puzzle & Dragons players can fight and capture the Angry Birds, including Red, The Blues, Chuck, Matilda, Hal, and Bomb, in the new Piggy Island dungeon. Styled after the visual and audio aesthetics of Angry Birds, players are challenged to conquer all four difficulty levels and defeat the powerful Wingman from Angry Birds Friends.

In addition, Rovio is currently hosting a themed contest (ending Wednesday, Nov. 20) asking Angry Birds’ fans to illustrate their answer to the question: “What if Angry Birds showed up in the world of Puzzle & Dragons?” The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Nov. 20. For more information on the contest visit: www.facebook.com/angrybirds.

A mobile gaming phenomenon, Puzzle & Dragons continues to see tremendous growth resulting from the game’s addictive combination of puzzle, dungeon-crawling and monster-collecting gameplay. Players capture, collect and evolve hundreds of elemental monsters while using quick thinking to chain combos and maximize the abilities and skills of their monsters. Puzzle & Dragons has now surpassed 20 million downloads in Japan and 2 million downloads in North America. Puzzle & Dragons is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

Angry Birds is one of the world’s biggest entertainment franchises, starting in 2009 with the original mobile game that remains the number one paid app of all time. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into entertainment, publishing and licensing to become a beloved international brand.

For information on GungHo Online Entertainment America, visit www.gunghoonline.com. Fans can also follow the latest Puzzle & Dragons news on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on Rovio Entertainment Ltd., visit www.rovio.com. Fans can also follow the latest Angry Birds news on Facebook and Twitter

ABOUT GUNGHO ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA

GungHo Online Entertainment America is a multiplatform publisher dedicated to delivering the best titles, content and support for the online gaming community. Established in 2012 and led by former Square Enix and XSEED Games executive Jun Iwasaki, GungHo Online Entertainment America is the US division of GungHo Online Entertainment (GOE), an established Japanese publisher. GungHo Online Entertainment America’s content partners include leading developers Grasshopper Manufacture, Game Arts, Acquire, and Gravity, all of which are subsidiaries of GOE. GungHo Online Entertainment America publishes and distributes network-oriented games for console, handheld, mobile, tablet, and MMO-style games for PC. GungHo Online Entertainment America is located in El Segundo, CA. For more information, visit www.gunghoonline.com.

ABOUT ROVIO ENTERTAINMENT LTD.

Rovio Entertainment Ltd is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com

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MEDIA CONTACT
GUNGHO ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA
Dakota Grabowski
Communications Manager
Dakota@gunghoonline.com
310-414-0888

Bender/Helper Impact for GUNGHO ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA
Alex Ryan
Alex_Ryan@bhimpact.com

ROVIO ENTERTAINMENT LTD.
media@rovio.com
+358 400 214 526

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422Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0200
GungHo Online Entertainment and Rovio Entertainment partner up for monumental Puzzle & Dragons eventhttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/416/gungho-online-entertainment-and-rovio-entertainment-partner-up-for-monumental-puzzle-dragons-event

Tokyo, Japan – November 4, 2013 – GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc., a multiplatform publisher for the online gaming community and publisher of the highly-successful mobile title Puzzle & Dragons, announced today its collaboration with Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds mobile game franchise. From Monday, November 18 through Sunday, December 1 an Angry Birds-themed event dungeon with popular Angry Birds characters will be available within Puzzle & Dragons.

“We are excited to announce the collaboration of Puzzle & Dragons and the Angry Birds games from Rovio Entertainment,” said Daisuke Yamamoto, GungHo Online Entertainment, Producer and creator of Puzzle & Dragons. “Angry Birds is one of the most recognizable entertainment franchises in the world, and we are thrilled to be working alongside Rovio to give our fans a look at what it would be like if Angry Birds characters invaded the world of Puzzle & Dragons.”

Rovio will be holding a themed-illustration contest from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 20 that asks Angry Birds’ fans “What if Angry Birds showed up in the world of Puzzle & Dragons?” Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 20. Please visit www.facebook.com/angrybirds for more information.

 "At Rovio we are very happy to bring Angry Birds together with Puzzle & Dragons, and to introduce the fun contest to both games' fans all over the world", said Jami Laes, Executive Vice President of Games at Rovio Entertainment. "It will be exciting to see what our creative fans will come up with!"

A mobile gaming phenomenon, Puzzle & Dragons continues to see tremendous growth thanks to the game’s addictive combination of puzzle, dungeon-crawling, and monster-collecting gameplay. Players capture, collect, and evolve hundreds of elemental monsters while using quick thinking to chain combos and maximize the abilities and skills of their monsters. Puzzle & Dragons has now surpassed 20 million downloads in Japan. Puzzle & Dragons is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

Angry Birds is one of the world’s biggest entertainment franchises, starting in 2009 with the original mobile game that remains the number one paid app of all time. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand.

For information on GungHo Online Entertainment America, visit www.gunghoonline.com. Fans can also follow the latest Puzzle & Dragons news on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on Rovio Entertainment Ltd., visit www.rovio.com. Fans can also follow the latest Angry Birds news on Facebook and Twitter

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ABOUT GUNGHO ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA

GungHo Online Entertainment America is a multiplatform publisher dedicated to delivering the best titles, content and support for the online gaming community. Established in 2012 and led by former Square Enix and XSEED Games executive Jun Iwasaki, GungHo Online Entertainment America is the US division of GungHo Online Entertainment (GOE), an established Japanese publisher. GungHo Online Entertainment America’s content partners include leading developers Grasshopper Manufacture, Game Arts, Acquire, and Gravity, all of which are subsidiaries of GOE. GungHo Online Entertainment America publishes and distributes network-oriented games for console, handheld, mobile, tablet, and MMO-style games for PC. GungHo Online Entertainment America is located in El Segundo, CA. For more information, visit www.gunghoonline.com.

ABOUT ROVIO ENTERTAINMENT LTD.

Rovio Entertainment Ltd is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com

MEDIA CONTACT

GUNGHO ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA
Dakota Grabowski
Communications Manager
Dakota@gunghoonline.com
310-414-0888

ROVIO ENTERTAINMENT LTD.

media@rovio.com

+358 400 214 526

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416Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0200
Rovio strengthens its brand management with Blanca Juti as Head of Brand Officehttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/412/rovio-strengthens-its-brand-management-with-blanca-juti-as-head-of-brand-officeEspoo, Finland -- November 1, 2013 -- Rovio Entertainment announced today that Blanca Juti has joined Rovio to head a new function, Brand Office as EVP, Brand. In this role, she will be heading Rovio’s brand management including business intelligence, marketing and communications units to continue driving Rovio towards a global entertainment company.

“I’m extremely excited to join Rovio, work with the Angry Birds brand, and be part of Rovio’s world class crew of brand and marketing professionals”, said Blanca Juti, recently appointed EVP Brand, Head of Brand Office.  “It’s impressive to witness this contagious passion for our products these people share at Rovio”.

Blanca Juti has lead high performance teams across the telecommunications and FMCG industries around the world. She has previously held marketing and sales roles at Nokia and Fazer.


For additional information, please contact media@rovio.com


 

About Rovio Entertainment
 Ltd.

Rovio Entertainment Ltd is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com
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412Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0200
Rovio Stars launches Juice Cubes, a fun and fruity free-to-play puzzle gamehttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/407/rovio-stars-launches-juice-cubes-a-fun-and-fruity-free-to-play-puzzle-game


Espoo, Finland -- October 31st 2013 -- Today Rovio Entertainment launched the third Rovio Stars title, Juice Cubes by Thailand-based developer Pocket PlayLab. The fun and fruity puzzle game features rows of colorful cubes that fans can connect to create massive combos and explosions, beat challenges and compete with their friends. The game is free-to-play and available now on iOS and Android, with a Facebook version to follow soon.

“When we first saw Juice Cubes, it was clear it had the hallmarks of a great Rovio Stars game: it combines smooth and engaging gameplay, great characters and a fun atmosphere, which makes it a perfect game for people of all ages”, said Kalle Kaivola, SVP Product & Publishing in Rovio Entertainment. “We were happy to sign up Juice Cubes under Rovio Stars and help bring it to fans all around the world.”

“After rejecting several big publishers and determined to do it ourselves, Rovio came knocking on the door and we very quickly found a perfect match in terms of our combined teams and fans,” said Jakob Lykkegaard, Co-Founder of Pocket Playlab. “Working together on the release has shown that this was a great decision and we are looking forward to working with Rovio for many years to come.”   

Check out the Juice Cubes gameplay trailer

Download Juice Cubes

Rovio Stars is Rovio Entertainment’s publishing initiative which brings out the best in mobile gaming. The first two Rovio Stars games, Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage and Tiny Thief, were released in the summer of 2013 to fan and critical acclaim. Developers interested in Rovio Stars can find more information at http://www.rovio.com/developers/

For more information contact media@rovio.com

About Rovio Entertainment
 Ltd.
Rovio Entertainment Ltd is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com

About Pocket PlayLab Ltd.
Pocket PlayLab is a globally operating developer and publisher of mobile social games headquartered in Hong Kong, with main production in Bangkok, Thailand. The company brings together a highly motivated team from around the world of people with many years of experience in the industry that is passionate for gaming. Pocket PlayLab strives to become the biggest casual mobile developer in Asia. www.PocketPlayLab.com


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407Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0200
Rovio and Holiday Club Resorts open their largest joint outdoor Angry Birds Activity Park to datehttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/405/rovio-and-holiday-club-resorts-open-their-largest-joint-outdoor-angry-birds-activity-park-to-date

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria -- October 29th -- Rovio Entertainment announced today the upcoming opening of Angry Birds Activity Park Gran Canaria on October 31st. Covering an area of more than 5000m2, this park is the fourth, and largest, in Rovio’s series of ventures with the leading provider of vacation travel services Holiday Club Resorts and the first to host Rovio’s new Café and Birthday services.

‘’We are really excited to bring another Angry Birds Activity Park to life; this time in Gran Canaria,” said Dan Mitchell, Rovio’s Director of Location Based Entertainment. “Gran Canaria is such a fun destination and the partnerships, teamwork, and dedication of everyone involved in this project will create another amazing experience for our fans. Featuring some all new elements, we really hope everyone, both local residents and tourists, will enjoy coming out and experiencing this together as a family.”

This new park in Gran Canaria will increase and complement the current leisure offerings on the southern side of the island. “We are all very proud of the forthcoming opening of Angry Birds Activity Park Gran Canaria. This new endeavor will certainly add value to the Puerto Rico resort area and will bring in more visitors. Apart from being a significant tourist attraction, it will also serve the local people and create new job opportunities”, says Calvin Lucock, Managing Director of Holiday Club Canarias.

“The European travel industry should concentrate more on content”, says Vesa Tengman, CEO of Holiday Club Resorts. “Too often the focus is on accommodation – of which there is already an oversupply. Active holidays are pivotal to Holiday Club. The Angry Birds Activity Parks complement our concept, which offers high quality holiday accommodation, services, and year-round activity possibilities.”

Rovio’s novel Café and Birthday services concept is a brand new addition to the existing amenities offered at Angry Birds Activity Parks, and will feature a diverse menu of fresh alternatives to quick bites as well as á la minute dishes and the possibility to organize personalized events at the venues, such as birthday parties.

‘‘Our Café and Birthday services at Angry Birds Activity Parks will offer delightful and tasty meal options for all family members as well as a variety of event planning possibilities for all occasions, adding further value to our existing range of entertainment options and allowing families to truly engage during their holidays’’, said Riikka Ahtiainen Director of Restaurants, Shops at Rovio Entertainment.

This park has been designed in collaboration with Lappset Group Ltd., a Finland-based company specialized in themed activity parks. ‘’We’re extremely excited to be part of this remarkable project and to have supplied this high-quality entity, the fourth of this kind for Holiday Club Resorts’’, said Tero Ylinenpää, Deputy CEO of Lappset Group Ltd.

For more information or media inquiries please contact  media@rovio.com


About Rovio Entertainment
 Ltd.
Rovio Entertainment Ltd is a global industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com

Holiday Clubs Resorts
Holiday Club Resorts Oy is the leading weekly ownership company in Europe and a significant operator in the fields of holiday housing and tourism. The company is owned by the acting management, Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Finnish Industry Investment Ltd and a group of Finnish private investors. Holiday Club Resorts Oy has 32 resorts and 1,300 holiday homes. Seven of the resorts feature not only holiday homes but also a spa hotel. Nine resorts are located outside Finland, in Sweden, on the Costa del Sol in Spain and in the Canary Islands. In addition to the Holiday Club Saimaa built in Rauha, Lappeenranta, Holiday Club acquired the spa hotel in Ylläs Saaga in December 2011. During the financial year 2011–2012, the group recorded a turnover of €121 million and employed 773 people. For more information visit www.holidayclubresorts.com

About Lappset Group Ltd.
Lappset Group Ltd from Rovaniemi, Finland, is a fast-growing company in design and supply of themed activity centers. The company is the sole supplier of Angry Birds Activity Parks in the world. With over 40 years of experience in design, production and sales of playground and sports equipment for the outdoors and indoors, the product portfolio comprises a wide range of solutions for an active way of life for people of all ages; playgrounds for children, a variety of interactive play and sports solutions, parkour tracks for teens as well as gym and fitness equipment for adults and seniors. The Group’s consolidated turnover exceeded 53 million EUR in 2012 and it employed 400 people in seven different countries. For more information visit www.lappset.com

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405Tue, 29 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0200
Rovio Entertainment Rolls out Angry Birds GO! franchisehttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/400/rovio-entertainment-rolls-out-angry-birds-go-franchiseBrand Licensing Expo, London – October 15, 2013 -- Rovio Entertainment, the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds franchise, revealed the roll-out of the all-new Angry Birds Go! franchise today. In addition it announced several new strategic partnerships to expand its product range and support its global licensing business.

Rovio’s Angry Birds Go! franchise countdown started today with the full reveal of the mobile gameplay, and the global app release date of December 11th, at Brand Licensing Expo in London. Angry Birds Go! will invite players of all ages to join the birds as they race downhill in karts. These new game elements will bring about additional opportunities for innovative product lines across multiple consumer products categories.

The Angry Birds Go! game will feature Hasbro’s TELEPODS™, which players can use to “teleport” new karts into the game. Rovio will provide consumers an exclusive first look to the new experience via a dedicated “Countdown to Angry Birds Go!” app integrated with TELEPODS at the end of October.

Together with its key partners, Rovio will continue to develop a long-lasting brand focused on product innovation through physical and digital integration.

“We are thrilled to see so much creativity around our Angry Birds property and can’t wait to welcome these companies onboard as we continue to delight our fans with innovative product lines,” said Naz Cuevas, SVP Global Consumer Products Licensing.

New Angry Birds Go! licensees include:

Fashion UK and Leomil, who will develop full lines of clothing, accessories and footwear for Europe. In the UK, Blueprint will develop a range of stationery products.

“We are excited to work with Rovio and the upcoming Angry Birds Go! brand to provide people with a fun new angle to the world-famous Angry Birds. Angry Birds Go! has a great new feel to it and we are confident there will be a lot of retail demand,” said Gurdev Mattu, Managing Director, Fashion UK.

Other new Angry Birds partners include:

Tigerprint, will create a range of greeting cards and gift-wrap available at Marks and Spencer. BIP will add Angry Birds themed novelty confectionery to their product line up across Europe. Brandon, a subsidiary of PUMA ™ will develop bags and luggage. In Argentina, Mondelez will bring to market a line of confectionary products, and Penguin Books will launch a line of sticker activity books, poster books and the new Angry Birds Official Guide, which will introduce the Angry Birds cast of characters in their environments.

In Russia, Hatber, will develop stationery products and Alisa will launch a line of sporting goods.  

“We are so pleased to be a part of the universal phenomenon with Angry Birds and so happy that the characters have found its place on the covers of Hatber’s multiple stationary products”, Eduard Antonnikov, Deputy General Director, Hatber.

In September Rovio Entertainment successfully launched Angry Birds Star Wars II along with Hasbro’s Telepod toys. The game immediately topped app store charts in over 100 countries. In addition Rovio recently announced that its ToonsTV channel, the video entertainment platform, surpassed more than 1 billion views in its first seven months, and that during 2014 Rovio will start airing new Angry Birds series and a range of high-quality 3rd party content.

More information:

- Gameplay trailer on YouTube 

- Angry Birds Go! website 

For more information and press inquiries please contact media@rovio.com or Tel. +358 400 214 526

About Rovio Entertainment
 Ltd.

Rovio Entertainment Ltd is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com


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400Tue, 15 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0300
Rovio Entertainment announces directors for Angry Birds moviehttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/397/rovio-entertainment-announces-directors-for-angry-birds-movieEspoo, Finland, October 9, 2013 – Rovio Entertainment announced today that Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis will direct Angry Birds, the upcoming 3D CG-animated film based on Rovio’s bestselling app.  The film is being produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder and executive produced by David Maisel; the screenplay is by Jon Vitti.  The movie is slated for a July 1, 2016 release and will be distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures.

Reilly and Kaytis are both animation veterans, making their directorial debuts with Angry Birds. Kaytis began his career as an animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. In his 19 years at Disney, he served as animation supervisor of Tangled and the follow-up short, Tangled Ever After.  He also conceived and oversaw the end credits sequence of Wreck-It Ralph and animated on that film; in addition, he was the supervising animator of the character Rhino in Bolt. Kaytis also animated on the upcoming film Frozen and the Oscar®-winning short, Paperman. Reilly joined Sony Pictures Animation in 2003 as a storyboard artist, contributing to the films Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. He was a director and Head of Story on several development projects at Sony Pictures Animation. Previously, Reilly was a storyboard artist on films including Spider-Man 2 and The Iron Giant.

Commenting on the announcement, Rovio Entertainment CEO Mikael Hed said: “I’m very excited that Fergal and Clay have joined us, bringing with them their vast expertise. They are two of the brightest rising talents in animation, and I’m confident we are building the right team to tell the story of Angry Birds and deliver an amazing movie experience to our fans.”

Producer John Cohen commented: "David, Catherine and I are thrilled to welcome Fergal and Clay to the Angry Birds filmmaking team. They both have an extraordinary range of talents, and we're looking forward to working with them to bring the birds and pigs to life on the big screen." 

Angry Birds is one of the world’s biggest entertainment franchises, starting in 2009 with the original mobile game that remains the number one paid app of all time. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand.

The upcoming movie marks Rovio’s first foray into feature films, although fans have already been introduced to the Angry Birds world with the weekly Angry Birds Toons animated series. Rovio launched the series in March through its Angry Birds apps, as well as on select video-on-demand channel providers, Smart TVs, connected devices, and on select TV networks around the world. Paving the way for a full-length feature film, Angry Birds Toons has been a massive success for Rovio and has surpassed more than 1,000,000,000 views in its first seven months. In addition, Rovio successfully launched a sequel in the Angry Birds Star Wars saga in September accompanied with Hasbro’s Telepod toys. The game immediately topped app store charts in over 100 countries.


About Rovio Entertainment

Rovio is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release, and is now the number one paid app of all time. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. www.rovio.com

Steve Elzer
Senior Vice President, Media Relations
Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group
(310) 244-7142
steve_elzer@spe.sony.com


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397Wed, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0300
Rovio Entertainment’s animation channel surpasses 1 billion views, new Angry Birds series slated for 2014http://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/390/rovio-entertainment%e2%80%99s-animation-channel-surpasses-1-billion-views-new-angry-birds-series-slated-for-2014September 25, 2013 -- Advertising Week, New York, NY USA -- Rovio Entertainment announced today its ToonsTV channel, the video entertainment platform for the mobile generation, surpassed more than 1,000,000,000 views in its first seven months. During 2014 Rovio will start airing new Angry Birds series and a range of high-quality 3rd party content.

Rovio’s brand new series, currently in development, include Angry Birds Toons Season 2, a dedicated series for Bad Piggies, and a dedicated series for Stella, the pink bird. In addition to the original Angry Birds series, the first selection of Rovio’s new content partners for ToonsTV include the worldwide launch of Stan Lee’s Chakra the Invincible from POW! Entertainment and Graphic India; shorts, specials and series from Hasbro Studios’ classic brands; National Geographic Kids’ Amazing Animals; Fraggle Rock from The Jim Henson Company; and Oggy & the Cockroaches, Zig & Sharko, Space Goofs and more from Xilam Animation.

“We are extremely excited about the positive reception from our fans with the original Angry Birds Toons series. Given the size of our reach and our massively engaged audience, it seemed only natural to extend beyond our own storytelling and partner with the best content creators to bring our fans even more fun entertainment,” said Mikael Hed, CEO, Rovio Entertainment. “Bringing delightful, long-lasting and memorable stories to the world in a meaningful way is at the heart of what we do at Rovio, and ToonsTV is a perfect example of our core promise to our fans.”

"I can't wait to introduce the world to Chakra the Invincible - and I'm thrilled to do it on such a massive scale on ToonsTV, and with a partner like Rovio that really understands the fan community," said Stan Lee.

"Hasbro is thrilled to expand our dynamic alliance with Rovio and to be a part of such an exciting new video platform at its launch,” said Hasbro Studios President Stephen Davis

The ToonsTV channel is supported by premium advertising partners from verticals including entertainment, consumer packaged goods, apparel, and more. Sony Pictures, an official launch sponsor of the channel in March, recently debuted in ToonsTV an exclusive 5-minute scene from Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, ahead of the film’s September 27 release, garnering more than 1,000,000 views in its first week. A custom branded channel for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, featuring additional scenes from the film, went live in the U.S. last week.

“We were excited to be one of the launch sponsors of this innovative video distribution platform from Rovio," said Dwight Caines, President of Worldwide Digital Marketing, Sony Pictures. “And we've been blown away by the engagement we've seen and the size of the audience we've reached with our Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 campaign."

Rovio’s weekly Angry Birds Toons series launched in March 2013 in a dedicated ToonsTV channel across Angry Birds games, select video-on-demand channel providers, Smart TVs, and connected devices. Additionally, the Angry Birds Toons series is aired on more than 20 broadcast TV networks around the world.

For more information please contact media@rovio.com

About Rovio Entertainment Ltd.

Rovio Entertainment Ltd is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry BirdsTM characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing company to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com

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Angry Birds Star Wars™ II launches with over 30 playable characters and the chance to “Join the Pork Side”!http://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/387/angry-birds-star-wars%e2%84%a2-ii-launches-with-over-30-playable-characters-and-the-chance-to-join-the-pork-side%e2%80%9dEspoo, Finland  September 18th 2013 – Rovio Entertainment Ltd. released Angry Birds Star Wars II today for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8 devices worldwide, with the biggest lineup ever of new characters in an Angry Birds game. Angry Birds Star Wars II is the sequel to the #1 hit blockbuster game with new characters, new levels, new powers, and new ways to play. For the first time ever, players can Join the Pork Side and play as both the birds and the pigs. In addition, Hasbro has introduced TELEPODS which combines physical and digital gameplay by allowing players to teleport physical Angry Birds Star Wars toy characters into the mobile and tablet versions of the game.

“Angry Birds Star Wars II combines the rich worlds of both Angry Birds and Star Wars™ in a unique way featuring fan favorite characters from both the dark and light side of the Force,” said Jami Laes, EVP Games, Rovio Entertainment. “We have taken the gameplay to a whole new level, giving our fans the option to play as both the birds and the pigs. We are also excited to introduce the amazing new TELEPODS from Hasbro. For the first time ever our new characters will not only appear in future game updates, but also on store shelves. We’ve heavily invested in the longevity of the franchise and have great updates already lined up for the coming months.”

Angry Birds Star Wars II follows the story of Star Wars Episodes I-III and introduces Angry Birds versions of iconic characters such as young Anakin, Jango Fett and Darth Maul. In addition to the vast amount of content readily available in the game, new characters and powers can be unlocked by placing one of the collectible TELEPODS physical figures onto the phone or tablet camera and scanning it into the game. Over thirty figures are available at launch on September 18th.

More information: 

Angry Birds Star Wars II download link: http://download.angrybirdsstarwars2.com
Angry Birds Star Wars II official gameplay trailer: http://youtu.be/xAr2oEdegKs 
Join the Pork Side with Ian McDiarmid: http://youtu.be/WdGk8S-gxiI

Press Contacts:

Rovio Entertainment Ltd
media@rovio.com 

Lucasfilm Ltd. 
Barbara Gamlen 
415-746-8528 
bgamlen@lucasfilm.com 

Hasbro, Inc. 
Daniel Benkwitt 
401-727-5318 
dbenkwitt@hasbro.com 

About Rovio Entertainment 

Rovio Entertainment Ltd is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com 

About Hasbro Inc 

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 170 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at www.hasbro.com. 

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

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Rovio exports a Finnish learning concept to the worldhttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/364/rovio-exports-a-finnish-learning-concept-to-the-worldEspoo, Finland – September 9th 2013 - Rovio Entertainment announced its Angry Birds Playground learning concept today, which is a new export title built on the highly respected Finnish educational expertise. The program is based on, but not limited to, the Finnish National Curriculum for Kindergarten. In addition, Rovio has entered into a preliminary agreement with 123 Education Development Ltd in China.

“The concept allows children to experience learning in a fun way. It has been scientifically studied and proven in cooperation with the University of Helsinki, Cicero Learning Network – making education both engaging and inspiring”, said Sanna Lukander VP Learning and Book Publishing at Rovio.

Young children are inspired in different life skill areas such as language, math and interaction, music, arts and crafts, and both physical and social education.

“What if learning was fun? That was the question we asked ourselves when we started to develop this exciting new concept. Having seen the enthusiasm when children and parents spend time with Angry Birds, we wanted to create fun new learning activities for them”, said Peter Vesterbacka, Mighty Eagle and CMO at Rovio.

“The most optimal circumstances for learning are set when having fun, being motivated, being appreciated for who we are and having permission to be autonomous and experimental. Learning is rewarding and effective when you feel safe to experiment, and this is totally in tune with the Angry Birds Playground fun learning philosophy”, said professor Jari Multisilta, director of Cicero Learning Network at the University of Helsinki.

“We collaborate with the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Helsinki, to ensure that our work is based on the most recent early learning research and also to adapt to innovative 21st century teacher education methods and practices”, said Sanna Lukander.

Rovio and 123 Education Development Ltd have now signed a preliminary agreement to open learning facilities in China, with the first Angry Birds Playground in a 123 Early Childhood Learning Centre in Shanghai. Here the children will have the possibility to play and learn through this fun learning concept with a designated classroom and play area.

The subject matter and skills to be learned are presented in a playful and exciting way. Children will be encouraged to get actively involved in the learning process while having plenty of fun at the same time. The Angry Birds Playground Club enables kids to learn in a creative, multifaceted way – making the best of technology-enriched learning environments, as well as learning opportunities within and beyond the classroom. Children will have access to Angry Birds learning materials such as activity books, toys, physical games, educational posters, mobile math, reference books, a five string instrument, game cards and physical activity games on an interactive whiteboard.

Rovio is known for collaborating with several scientific and educational brands and institutions like NASA, CERN, National Geographic Society and the University of Helsinki.

For more information please contact media@rovio.com 

About Rovio Entertainment Ltd.

Rovio Entertainment Ltd is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com


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Join the Pork Side in Angry Birds Star Wars IIhttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/336/join-the-pork-side-in-angry-birds-star-wars-ii

Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm introduce sequel to bestselling mobile game featuring TELEPODS from Hasbro, a fully integrated play experience for the mobile generation

 

Comic-Con International, SAN DIEGO -- July 15, 2013 -- Rovio Entertainment Ltd and Lucasfilm Ltd announced today a continued collaboration on the Angry Birds Star Wars franchise with Angry Birds Star Wars II, launching September 19th in app stores worldwide.

Angry Birds Star Wars II will follow the story of the three prequel Star Wars movies, including the introduction of never-before-seen Angry Birds Star Wars characters. For the first time in history, players can choose to “Join the Pork Side” and play as one of the villainous pigs.

Angry Birds Star Wars was a blockbuster hit for us and Lucasfilm with over 100 million downloads since its release. We are thrilled to be able to introduce the exciting next chapter in the Angry Birds Star Wars saga to our fans around the world,” said Jami Laes, Executive Vice President of Games at Rovio Entertainment. “Some of the most amazing character additions are versions of young Anakin, Mace Windu and Darth Maul. Hasbro’s TELEPODS technology also provides a great way to extend the experience beyond the app and bring a whole new dimension to the gameplay.”

The TELEPODS line from Hasbro brings an additional interactive layer of gameplay and content to Angry Birds Star Wars II. In addition to the vast amount of content readily available in the game, new characters and super powers can be unlocked for players by placing one of the collectible TELEPODS physical characters from the Hasbro line on the phone or tablet camera and scanning it into the game. For the first time ever, players can choose which character they want to use in the app by “teleporting” their physical character into the game. Over thirty figures will be available at launch in September.

“Hasbro worked closely with both Rovio and Lucasfilm to deliver a fully integrated TELEPODS experience with the new ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS II app. Now fans can enjoy unprecedented and seamless dual play in both physical and digital ANGRY BIRDS experiences,” said John Frascotti, Chief Marketing Officer, Hasbro, Inc.

Simultaneously with the launch of Angry Bird Star Wars II on September 19th, a new line of merchandise will be introduced to coincide with the game including a complete line of toys, apparel, accessories, books and plush from best in class licensing partners.  Hasbro TELEPODS will arrive in retail by September for the game launch and be presented to the public for the first time at San Diego Comic-con in July.

Visit the link for a sneak peek at Angry Birds Star Wars II featuring Hasbro TELEPODS: http://youtu.be/6DKNKI27GdA

 

Press Contacts:
Rovio Entertainment Ltd
media@rovio.com

Lucasfilm Ltd.
Barbara Gamlen
415-746-8528
bgamlen@lucasfilm.com

Hasbro, Inc.
Daniel Benkwitt
401-727-5318
dbenkwitt@hasbro.com


 About Rovio Entertainment

Rovio Entertainment Ltd is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com

About Lucasfilm Ltd.

Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production.  In addition to its motion-picture and television production operations, Lucasfilm’s global activities include Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual effects and audio post-production; LucasArts, a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide; Lucasfilm Animation, which produces cutting-edge digital entertainment; and Lucas Licensing which manages the global merchandising activities for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises.   Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd.  All rights reserved.  All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

About Hasbro Inc

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP.  From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 170 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

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Rovio Entertainment expands its consumer products initiativeshttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/316/rovio-entertainment-expands-its-consumer-products-initiativesLas Vegas, Nevada -- June 17, 2013-- Rovio Entertainment, the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds brand, announced at the International Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada plans to grow their licensing business. Rovio Entertainment is partnering with great companies and has expanded its licensing team dedicated to it’s consumer products business.  

In addition to announcing the expanded strategic licensing agreement with Hasbro Inc. earlier on Monday 17 June, Rovio Entertainment has entered into partnerships with other key players in the licensing business. These new partners will compliment Rovio’s existing partner base of over 500 companies.

The new key licensees include: Power A will develop a full line of mobile and video game accessories, Thermos will develop a line of hydration and storage containers, Pez will be selling collectible candy dispensers, Natrol will be creating multivitamins for kids and families and Gemmy Industries will add Angry Birds-themed Airblown inflatables and Halloween costumes to their 2013 product lineup. Additionally, returning partners will include Amscan and Fifth Sun, Rovio’s premiere apparel partner, and Accessory Innovations to name a few.

With the tremendous popularity of Angry Birds, Rovio has created a long-term growth strategy for its consumer products business and its iconic brands, including Angry Birds, Bad Piggies, Angry Birds Star Wars and the upcoming Angry Birds Go! In addition, Rovio is planning to focus on female consumers with Stella, the pink bird in 2014.

“We love the excitement of working with Rovio as they continue to introduce new characters into their gaming platforms. Each innovative game of the Angry Birds family has given Fifth Sun designers an array of characters to bring to life creatively in the marketplace,” said Dan Gonzales, Owner, Fifth Sun.

“We are thrilled to have these companies onboard with us. We are committed to developing great products for our fans with our dedicated partners, resulting in even deeper retail integrations,” said Naz Cuevas, SVP, Global Consumer Products Licensing, Rovio Entertainment.

In 2013 Rovio is heavily concentrating on strengthening its strategic brand management, brand and retail marketing, and licensing operations led by Naz Cuevas, SVP, Global Consumer Products Licensing.

For more information and press inquiries please contact media@rovio.com or tel. +358 400 214 526


About Rovio Entertainment


Rovio Entertainment Ltd is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com

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Hasbro and Rovio enter into expanded Angry Birds licensing agreementhttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/315/hasbro-and-rovio-enter-into-expanded-angry-birds-licensing-agreement


Pawtucket, R.I., USA and Helsinki, Finland – June 17, 2013 - Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) and Rovio Entertainment today announced an expanded licensing agreement for Hasbro to develop toys and physical games based on the globally popular Angry Birds brand. The new agreement makes Hasbro the premier toy licensee for Angry Birds, including the upcoming game Angry Birds Go! set to be released this year. In addition, Hasbro will continue to develop and expand their already highly successful collaboration with Angry Birds Star Wars from Rovio Entertainment and LucasFilm.

“We are delighted to have Hasbro onboard as a key licensee,” said Teemu Suila, COO, Rovio Entertainment. Commenting on the announcement, Naz Cuevas, SVP, Global Consumer Products Licensing said, “We have exciting projects lined up for 2013 and beyond, and Hasbro is the ideal preferred licensee to anchor the program, expand our retail reach and delight our fans.”

Angry Birds is one of the world’s biggest entertainment brands. The original mobile game was launched in 2009 and remains the number one paid app of all time. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into consumer products, publishing, and animation. In March Rovio released Angry Birds Toons, a weekly animated cartoon series distributed through Angry Birds games, TV broadcasters and on-demand networks. A full-length animated Angry Birds movie opening is also slated on July 1, 2016.

“Angry Birds is one of the most recognizable entertainment franchises in the world and we’re thrilled Rovio has chosen Hasbro as its premier toy and game licensee,” said John Frascotti, Chief Marketing Officer, Hasbro. “With the new Angry Birds Go! property and additional upcoming collaborations between the companies, Hasbro looks forward to delivering more innovative Angry Birds toys and games to kids and families across the globe.”

The terms of the agreement give Hasbro licensing rights worldwide. New toys and games are planned for fall 2013 based on the upcoming Angry Birds Go! property and Angry Birds Star Wars. More details will be released later in the year.


About Hasbro, Inc.

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP.  From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 170 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at www.hasbro.com.


About Rovio Entertainment

Rovio Entertainment Ltd is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. Rovio's animated Angry Birds feature film is slated for July 1, 2016. www.rovio.com

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Teemu Suila to steer Rovio's Strategic and Corporate Development as new Chief Operating Officerhttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/307/teemu-suila-to-steer-rovios-strategic-and-corporate-development-as-new-chief-operating-officerEspoo, Finland – June 10th 2013 Rovio Entertainment Ltd. announced today that Teemu Suila has been appointed Chief Operating Officer to support Rovio's strategic objectives and growth in becoming a global entertainment media powerhouse.

Mr. Suila has been a senior-level executive at several business units at Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks since joining Nokia Group in 1995. He brings to Rovio a wealth of experience in corporate strategic and operational development, portfolio and capability management and leading global businesses. Before joining Rovio, Teemu Suila played a major role in developing and streamlining Nokia's strategies and operations.

“Teemu's competence in strategic planning and execution is essential to raise Rovio's operations to the next level. Rovio's board and staff are delighted to welcome such an outstanding leader to our team”, said Rovio CEO Mikael Hed.

”I am thrilled to join the talented Rovio team in growing the company as a major player in the Entertainment industry”, said Rovio COO Teemu Suila. “The company has been growing fast and it is crucial that we drive our activities in an effective and efficient manner, without losing the entrepreneurial and artistic spirit.”

During the past years of strong growth, Rovio's former COO Harri Koponen supported Rovio’s developing business in many areas from sales to consumer products as well as developing operational processes. He brought in years of valuable experience from many areas and supported Rovio's evolution from a startup to a bigger company.

“I'm proud to have had the possibility to contribute to a company like Rovio. My expertise was needed to take the business to this point and now is a good time to pass over the reins”, said Mr. Koponen. “I will stay in the family by moving over into business development to Rovio's main shareholders investment company.”

Rovio Entertainment has grown alongside Angry Birds, and the multifaceted entertainment house currently employs over 650 professionals at its offices in Finland, Sweden, the United States, China, South Korea and Japan.


For additional Information, please contact: media@rovio.com, tel +358 400 214 526


Rovio Entertainment Ltd is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into multifaceted entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. www.rovio.com

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Rovio strengthens its Board of Directors with Marimekko CEO Mika Ihamuotilahttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/304/rovio-strengthens-its-board-of-directors-with-marimekko-ceo-mika-ihamuotilaEspoo, Finland – May 5th 2013 — Rovio Entertainment Ltd announced today that Mika Ihamuotila, Ph.D., (economics) has joined Rovio’s  Board of Directors as a Member of the Board and minority shareholder. He is currently President, CEO and principal shareholder of Marimekko Corporation – the Fashion and design company with over 100 stores in Asia, Europe and Americas. Previously he held President and CEO positions in the Bank sector of Sampo Bank Plc and Mandatum Bank Plc, where he also held a number of other leadership positions since 1994.

“Mika has comprehensive brand, channel and business expertise, and we are very delighted that he is joining Rovio´s Board of Directors,” said Kaj Hed, owner and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rovio Entertainment Ltd. “This year we will focus on building our products and services to ensure sustainable growth and value in the long term.”

“I am very honored to be joining such an exceptional team,” said Mr. Ihamuotila. “In a very short time, Rovio has grown to be a fully fledged media and entertainment company and it has the vision and expertise to create long-lasting entertainment brands for all age groups.”

Mika Ihamuotila is a Member of the Board in Sanoma Corporation, one of the largest media and learning companies in Europe.  Additionally, he has served as board member of several other companies, such as Elisa and Instrumentarium.

Rovio Entertainment’s Board of Directors consists of four members. Chairman Kaj Hed, and members Mika Ihamuotila, Camilla Hed, and Skype founder Niklas Zennström.

Rovio Entertainment has grown alongside Angry Birds, and the multifaceted entertainment house currently employs over 650 professionals in its headquarters in Espoo, Finland, and offices in Tampere, Sweden, the United States, China, South Korea and Japan.

For additional Information, please contact: media@rovio.com, tel +358 400 214 526


Rovio Entertainment Ltd is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds™ characters franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release, and is now the number one paid app of all time. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. www.rovio.com

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Jon Vitti takes flight with Angry Birds movie screenplayhttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/302/jon-vitti-takes-flight-with-angry-birds-movie-screenplayEspoo, Finland, May 17, 2013 – Rovio Entertainment announced today that comedy writer Jon Vitti, a veteran of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, The Office, Da Ali G Show, and The Larry Sanders Show, will write the screenplay for Angry Birds – the upcoming animated 3D film based on Rovio’s bestselling app. The movie is slated for a July 1, 2016 release and will be distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures. This highly anticipated feature film is being produced by John Cohen (Despicable Me) and executive produced by David Maisel (Iron Man).

Jon Vitti won an Emmy Award for his work as writer-consulting producer on King of the Hill. He was also a writer for Saturday Night Live, writer-producer on The Simpsons, writer-co-executive producer on The Larry Sanders Show, and writer-consulting producer on The Office, among many other programs. Jon also shared a writing credit on the feature films The Simpsons Movie and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Catherine Winder is another addition to the team working on the Angry Birds movie, joining as a producer. Winder was formerly the president of Rainmaker Entertainment in Vancouver, and also oversaw set-up, production and development at Lucasfilm Animation and served as Senior VP of Production at Twentieth Century Fox Animation where she re-structured Blue Sky Studios and oversaw the production of the original Ice Age.

Commenting on the announcement, Rovio Entertainment CEO Mikael Hed said, “I’m very excited that Jon and Catherine have joined us, bringing with them their vast expertise. I’m confident we are building the right team to deliver an amazing movie experience to our fans.”

John Cohen said, “I'm thrilled to have Jon and Catherine joining the project. Jon is one of the funniest writers I know, and we’re looking forward to working with him to bring the birds and pigs to life on the big screen. Catherine is a fantastic producer, with over 20 years of film and television experience, and I'm very excited to have her as a part of our filmmaking team."

Angry Birds is one of the world’s biggest entertainment franchises, starting in 2009 with the original mobile game that remains the number one paid app of all time. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand.

The upcoming movie marks Rovio’s first foray into feature films, although fans have already been introduced to the Angry Birds world with the weekly Angry Birds Toons animated series. Rovio launched the series in March through its Angry Birds apps, as well as on select video-on-demand channel providers, Smart TVs, connected devices, and on select TV networks around the world. Paving the way for a full-length feature film, Angry Birds Toons has been a massive success for Rovio clocking in over 150 million views from the Angry Birds apps alone within the first six weeks.

ABOUT ROVIO ENTERTAINMENT

Rovio is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release, and is now the number one paid app of all time. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. www.rovio.com

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Rovio's Angry Birds feature film nests at Sony Pictures Entertainmenthttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/299/rovios-angry-birds-feature-film-nests-at-sony-pictures-entertainmentAnimated 3D Comedy Slated For July 1, 2016

CULVER CITY, Calif., May 15, 2013 – Sony Pictures Entertainment has won the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the eagerly anticipated Angry Birds animated film, making it one of the most high-profile deals of the year. The 3D film is being developed, produced, and financed by Rovio Entertainment and will be released worldwide by Sony Pictures on July 1, 2016. Several major studios pursued the global film rights in recent weeks, with Sony Pictures Entertainment emerging as the winner.

Michael Lynton, Chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amy Pascal, Co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio Entertainment jointly announced their partnership today. John Cohen and David Maisel – producer of Despicable Me and executive producer of Iron Man, respectively – are both on board for the new Angry Birds feature film. Cohen will serve as producer and Maisel is executive producer.

Commenting on the announcement, Mikael Hed said, “Sony impressed us with their great attitude, determination, and professionalism. They convinced us that we have found the right partners and team to help us market and distribute our first motion picture. Michael, Amy, Jeff Blake, Sony's marketing and distribution head, and their teams will be the best possible collaborators as we get set to take our franchise to the next level.”

Lynton and Pascal said, “Every studio in town would love to add Angry Birds to their slate. There are few titles out there that bring this kind of excitement, brand awareness and built-in audience to the table. We’re thrilled to be distributing this film and we hope this is just the beginning of what will be a long relationship with Rovio as we look for ways to work on future projects together.”

David Maisel and John Cohen said, “We are very excited to join with Sony Pictures in presenting this movie to the world in 2016 and we will have many more announcements as we begin production in the coming months.”

Angry Birds is one of the world’s biggest entertainment franchises, starting in 2009 with the original mobile game that remains the number one paid app of all time. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand.

Angry Birds has been praised for its great value and simple, casual gameplay. Players use a slingshot to launch birds at green pigs in an attempt to get their eggs back, with the game setting the model for what is possible in terms of game development and commercial success. To date, the Angry Birds and Bad Piggies games have been downloaded more than 1.7 billion times across platforms and versions.

The upcoming movie marks Rovio Entertainment’s first foray into feature films, although fans have already been introduced to the Angry Birds world with the weekly Angry Birds Toons animated series. Rovio launched the series in March through its Angry Birds apps as well as on select video-on-demand channel providers, Smart TVs, connected devices, and on select TV networks around the world. Paving the way for a full-length feature film, Angry Birds Toons has been a massive success for Rovio clocking in over 150 million views from the Angry Birds apps alone within the first six weeks.

While known for distributing world renowned motion picture franchises such as Spider-Man, Sony Pictures has been building a strong reputation in contemporary animation through its house production unit, Sony Pictures Animation, and hit films including Hotel Transylvania, The Smurfs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and the upcoming features Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 and Smurfs 2.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com.

ABOUT ROVIO ENTERTAINMENT

Rovio is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release, and is now the number one paid app of all time. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly into entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. www.rovio.com


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Rovio Stars will bring out the best of mobile gaminghttp://www.rovio.com/en/news/blog/296/rovio-stars-will-bring-out-the-best-of-mobile-gamingRovio Entertainment to publish fun new mobile game titles under its Rovio Stars brand

May 14th, 2013 -- Espoo, Finland -- Rovio Entertainment announced the launch of its new mobile game publishing initiative, Rovio Stars, which will feature the best new games from talented and innovative developers. This is the entertainment company’s first foray into including third party titles in its game line-up.

“Rovio Entertainment has positioned itself as one of the powerhouses of mobile entertainment, so moving into publishing is a logical step for us at this point”, said Rovio’s EVP of Games Jami Laes. “We want to help our fans find quality entertainment among the more than 100,000 games available in app stores. That’s where Rovio Stars comes in.”

“In the course of our work, we run into so many fantastic upcoming titles -- games with memorable characters and entertaining gameplay that are also just really fun to play!” said Kalle Kaivola, Director of Development. “These are the sorts of titles we’re interested in. We want to help the developers to give these games that last coat of polish, publish the games and find their audience. We’re focusing on a small, select number of games, and each Rovio Stars launch will be an event of its own.”

The first game to be published under the Rovio Stars program will be Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage by Nitrome Ltd., followed by Tiny Thief by 5 Ants. Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage follows the adventure of a lone Viking, combining a unique ice slicing mechanic with an offbeat humour. Tiny Thief is a beautiful medieval adventure featuring stealth-based puzzles.

“Being involved with Rovio Stars means that we have one of the best marketing teams behind us, as well as visibility to their vast audience. To a small indie studio like Nitrome this is all the backing we could hope for!” said Mat Annal, Managing Director of Nitrome Ltd.

Check out the brand new Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage trailer here: http://rov.io/icebreakertrailer

Developers who are interested in Rovio Stars can find more information at: www.rovio.com/developers

For more information and general media inquiries please contact media@rovio.com

For more information on Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage, and Tiny Thief:

www.rovio.com

www.icebreaker-game.com

www.tinythief.com

About Rovio Entertainment

Rovio is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release, and is now the number one paid app of all time. Angry Birds has expanded rapidly in entertainment, publishing, and licensing to become a beloved international brand. www.rovio.com

About Nitrome Ltd

Nitrome is an award winning games studio based in London UK, who develop mobile, PC and browser games. With over 100 games to date, the Nitrome website reaches tens of millions of loyal fans each month and individually titles have reached over 100 million plays across the internet. www.nitrome.com

About 5 Ants

Barcelona-based 5 Ants Studio aims to create imaginative and unique games for all ages. Tiny Thief is the culmination of our most enthusiastic work, a delicious adventure you will never forget. Intrigued? Visit 5ants.com

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