CT Tech/Media News for April 14, 2011- FreePlay Labs Spotlight, new Web Savvy Marketers firm, Ruckus

In This Issue– FreePlay Labs Spotlight, new Web Savvy Marketers firm, Ruckus Mobile Media/Hasbro apps, CT Tech App, Events, Jobs and More. 

Startup Spotlight

FreePlay Labs, a new Stamford-based digital publisher headed up by president Greg Easley, has pulled in game publishing veterans from Microsoft, Disney, EA, Atari and Sony to focus on production, marketing and distribution capabilities for licensed interactive properties. Congrats to the startup on its brand new licensing agreement with Platinum Studios for Cowboys & Aliens for app development.  The company is presently working on developing titles for videogame console, mobile and tablet interactive use.

Digital Media News

CGWebHelp LLC and Devine Solutions/Manufacturer's Marketing Resource Group (MMRG) are combining forces and operations to form Web Savvy Marketers LLC. The newly created CT digital marketing company will be based out of CGWebHelp's Manchester office with MMRG continuing to operate as a Web Savvy Marketers subsidiary.

Fairfield’s all-American AmericanTowns.com is teaming up with Denver-based Examiner.com to offer up more community info to the latter’s users and additional local news and commentary for AmericanTowns.com readers. An AmericanTowns.com Community Information widget has been added to Examiner.com’s 244 local editions while Examiners articles will appear on AmericanTowns.com’s 15,000 hyperlocal websites.

Norwalk’s Ruckus Mobile Media will be doing a lot of playing soon with Hasbro’s toys. The two companies inked a licensing deal to collaborate on interactive storybook app development for all digital platforms. The first 3 Apple and Android apps to come out to play this May will be based on Transformers Prime, Tonka Chuck and Friends and My Little Pony.

Tech News

The Hartford has brought in IBM to help the insurance giant simplify its technology infrastructure as part of a 5-year tech services agreement between the two companies with the implementation of IBM's Smart Business Desktop Cloud technology. IBM will also manage the company’s data center operations (without any The Hartford jobs lost) by virtualizing its server network and installing a zEnterprise System.

Software News

LA’s Platinum Studios licensed its Cowboys & Aliens graphic novel to new digital publisher FreePlay Labs to come up with interactive games for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with other hardware versions in the works as well. FreePlay Labs, focusing on video games and interactive apps, is based in Stamford.

Big news travels fast and this story has hit the mainstream for good reasons. Stamford-based Walker Digital Management traveled down to Delaware to file 15 lawsuits against 100+ companies alleging patent infringement, including some biggies like eBay, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple and many, many more, with IP Navigation Group acting as Walker Digital’s IP advisor.

Events

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A special event screening of Herman & Shelly, filmed in Connecticut by Director Bridget Stokes, will take place April 23rd at 10:30 a.m. at Stamford’s Avon Film Theatre Center, followed by a panel discussion of filmmaking in Connecticut with panelists Marty Lang, A.D. Calvo, Alec Asten and the film’s director.

PowerMatch, a CT Digital Media Business Network and Connecticut Technology Council co-hosted event, will take place April 26th at the SoNo Brewhouse in Norwalk with Synqware as the featured company. The exclusive exec networking program is a structured event with limited attendees and, for this event only, CT Digital Media readers who meet the attendee criteria are welcome to register at the Connecticut Technology Council website.

Job Opportunities

Senior Software Engineer. Covidien. North Haven, CT

Principal Software Engineer Volly. Pitney Bowes. Hartford, CT

Senior Digital Marketing Manager. Sun Products. Wilton, CT

Senior Software Engineer and Software Engineer. Time Inc. Stamford, CT

Digital Technician and Graphic Designer. Oce. East Hartford, CT

Software Engineer. IBM. Somers, NY

Associate IT Applications Developer. Praxair. Danbury, CT

Software Developer. Oracle. Stamford, CT

Sr. Software Quality Analyst. DST Systems. South Windsor, CT

IT Manager, Application Development. ConnectiCare. Farmington, CT

Associate IT Project Manager. UnitedHealth Group. Rocky Hill, CT

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