RingTales Teams With Metranome to Launch Animated Dilbert and New Yorker ‘Cartoon a Day’ Calendar Applications for BlackBerry Smartphones

December 10, 2009

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and WATERLOO, Ontario, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ –RingTales (www.ringtales.com), a digital media content company that produces and syndicates animated video versions of world renowned print cartoons such as Scott Adams’ Dilbert and The New Yorker Cartoons across all digital media, and Metranome (www.metranome.net), a leading mobile applications production company, have partnered to launch the first ever animated Dilbert and New Yorker “Cartoon a Day” integrated calendar applications for BlackBerry. Free trial versions as well as full versions of the Dilbert and New Yorker apps can be downloaded and purchased at BlackBerry App World(TM) today. The full version retails for $9.99.

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“We are thrilled to be the first company to bring two of the most popular cartoon franchises, The New Yorker and Dilbert, from simple desktop comic calendars to synchronized video calendar applications for BlackBerry, enabling fans to enjoy these world famous comics every day directly on their mobile phones,” said Jim Cox, RingTales CEO. “Metranome did a fantastic job realizing our vision for this ‘Cartoon a Day’ calendar app. Their expertise in this area is unparalleled.”

The downloadable calendars combine the utility of a daily agenda with the fun and enjoyment of daily animated New Yorker or Dilbert cartoons. The applications seamlessly integrate with the native calendar application on the BlackBerry Smartphone providing an up-to-date view of the users daily agenda. Users can select appointments to view details, move to previous or future dates, or quickly jump to any day to view those scheduled appointments.

The application also enables users to review each daily cartoon and scroll back to previous days to watch previously delivered cartoons again. The share feature of the Dilbert and The New Yorker synchronized calendar applications lets users share a daily comic or a trial version of the application with others via email link.

The Dilbert and New Yorker animated cartoons by RingTales are a perfect fit for our Smartphone media calendar platform,” said David Kruis, CEO of Metranome. “We are looking forward to the release of these calendars on Android, iPhone, and other devices over the coming months, as well as launching additional titles from RingTales and other content partners.”

Dilbert, created by Scott Adams, is syndicated by United Media and appears in 2,000 newspapers in 70 countries, making it one of the most successful syndicated comic strips in history. The New Yorker has been publishing cartoons from the world’s best cartoonists since 1925. The library contains over 100,000 cartoons from such world renowned artists such as Sam Gross, Danny Shanahan, Roz Chast and Robert Mankoff.

About RingTales

Santa Monica-based RingTales L.L.C, is a digital media content company that creates animated versions of popular print cartoons such as Dilbert and The New Yorker for syndication across the internet, mobile, broadcast and portable device markets. RingTales was founded by two industry veterans, Jim Cox and Michael Fry, who previously collaborated on the hit DreamWorks animated feature “Over The Hedge.”

Jim Cox is a long-time feature animation writer and producer. His credits include co-executive producer on the 2006 DreamWorks feature animated hit “Over the Hedge,” writer/producer on “Ferngully,” story on Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” and screenwriter on “The Rescuers Down Under” and “Oliver & Company.” Michael Fry is a four time internationally syndicated cartoonist. He currently writes the comic strip “Over the Hedge,” which inspired the DreamWorks film that earned $335 million dollars in worldwide box office sales.

For more information about RingTales and RingTales properties, please visit: http://ringtales.com

About Metranome

Metranome is an industry leader in creating rich media applications for the mobile market. As an expert in video delivery and monetization on smartphone platforms, Metranome works with brands and content owners to create and deliver engaging application experiences across all genres of content. Their application platform enables multiple service models including downloadable media, video-on-demand, subscriptions, sponsored, and advertising supported content. Working with individual producers and top tier studios, they have created applications that complement television programming, enable digital distribution on mobile, and generate market awareness for new and existing content brands. Metranome’s content delivery platform is integrated with popular social networks to deepen and expand the brand relationship with viewers. Applications created on their platform have received strong market success and industry recognition, including an International ITV award in 2009. For more information, please visit http://www.Metranome.net

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