SilverBirch Inc.

SilverBirch Inc.

April 06, 2006 16:26 ET

SilverBirch Acquires Rights to Develop 'Ice Planet' Mobile Game

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 6, 2006) - SpaceWorks GameCo Inc., a division of SpaceWorks Entertainment Inc. (Canada), and PlayG, a division of P&P Multimedia (France) announced earlier this week, from Cannes, that it has signed an agreement with SilverBirch Studios Inc. the wholly owned subsidiary of SilverBirch Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SVB), awarding exclusive rights to the development of a new mobile game based on Ice Planet, a new sci-fi television series and video game enterprise, starring Michael Ironside. Along with the development rights SilverBirch also acquires the right to publish and distribute the finished game in numerous world markets, subject to cross licencing arrangements with CHUM International, distributor of the TV series.

"SilverBirch Studios is the leader in Canada's mobile game industry, and their high quality, major brand track record in game development speaks to the top standards we're maintaining across the Ice Planet brand. We are delighted to have SilverBirch on board," said G. Philip Jackson, CEO of SpaceWorks GameCo Inc.

The game will incorporate many key elements from the television series, further immersing fans in its characters and storylines through the mobile medium. The TV series will be premiered in Canada on Space: The Imagination Station, in the UK on the Sci-Fi Channel, and in the US on GamePlay, an HD satellite channel.

"This project is a clear endorsement of the high standards we have been setting for branded games in the Mobile space", said Kevin Birch, President & CEO of SilverBirch. "We are excited to have this opportunity to participate in this joint launch of entertainment content related to an entirely new branded property."

It is anticipated that the mobile game will be available for download from mobile carriers and Internet portals coincident with the TV series.

About SilverBirch Inc.:

Toronto-based SilverBirch, through its SilverBirch Studios subsidiary, is a publisher, distributor and developer of wireless entertainment applications including games, ringtones, images and other content. SilverBirch's application portfolio is comprised of both original and licensed intellectual properties and includes Mobiloke™, Mobile Poker Trainer, Su Do Ku, Animal Snap, Covert Solitaire, El Presidente, Free Cell Block, and others. For more information please, visit

About SpaceWorks Entertainment:

SpaceWorks Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian creative studio with depth in international co-production and independent film and television financing. Since 1993, the creative team of Daniel D'or and G. Philip Jackson has been critically and commercially acclaimed for its diverse production and sales track record in television series and feature film production. Market-sensitive originality in content and style is at the core of the SpaceWorks approach. Under the D'or / Jackson leadership, the SpaceWorks team has produced more than 20 feature and series titles. In 2002 they were joined by partner Paul Rapovski, bringing further depth in production and greatly increased capacity in Pacific Rim markets to SpaceWorks.

About P&P Multimedia:

P&P President Sidonie Herman has 30 years of experience in international production and programming including Head of network programming promotion for 10 years at largest French broadcaster TF1; Head of production company, European Television Centre (350 hours produced in 2 years); Head of video services group V.O.I.R./Group Captain Video - studios, special effects, 3D and high definition systems; Head of International co-production and financing for Carat Espace a major European media broker.

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Contact Information

  • SilverBirch Inc. and
    SilverBirch Studios Inc.
    Kevin Birch, CEO and President
    (416) 621-6711 ext 26
    SpaceWorks Entertainment Inc.
    and Brand Manager, Ice Planet
    Mark Terry, Director of Marketing & Publicity
    (416) 465-5855 ext. 223